True story time …
I once spun someone up so much by five little words: “Danny Elfman’s full of shit!”
He then proceeded to defend Danny Elfman (without an argument from me otherwise) for the next 45 minutes. I don’t even actually believe in the point but my buddy had it coming.
I was reminded of this yesterday, nearly 12 years later and it made me smile.
Hercules. I’m pretty set.
Superbad…Idk how to feel xD
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2….well I don’t know if my still being American or 23 and out of school would have anything to do with this….uhhh so I think I’m a witch and everything is fine
Grand Budapest Hotel … not even sure I know where to go with that, but at least it’s an epic story either way.
2014 #140 - B. Monkey
B. Monkey - 1998 - Rated R
Rating 3 of 5 stars
Not sure how I missed this one from a few years back but, especially given I went through and Asia Argento phase for a little while, but I’ve finally gotten around to watching it. It was a bit of a surprise to see Jared Harris (Pryce in Mad Men) in this one since he seems only now is starting to see some recognition as an actor but he plays a fairly straight laced school teacher who wants more excitement in his life and has seemed to find in in Argento’s character. She is a bit of a bad girl who doesn’t let rules apply to her and while that is a contradiction for him, he can’t stop seeing her. She on the other hand is struggling with going straight from a life of robberies or perhaps doing one last heist. Decent film, I don’t even mind Rupert Everett showing up though I’m not a fan of his at all. Not going to rush out and buy this one, but I am glad I’ve watched it and probably would watch it again.
2014 #139 - Tabloid
Tabloid - 2010 - Rated R
Rating 3.5 of 5 stars
A documentary that shows life really can be stranger than fiction - tells the story of a former beauty queen that supposedly kidnaps a Mormon missionary. The story is so unabashedly honest, at least from the perspective of Joyce McKinney, the central figure of the movie, that it can’t be anything but true. As the story goes, she meets a man and falls in love, but just as they are getting serious, he gets pulled into being a Missionary for the Mormons and is made to cut off all ties to her. She decides that she cannot live without him and cooks up a scheme to “rescue” him because she believes he feels the same way. The plan, which seems to be straight out of a Hollywood movie by the way, goes off without a hitch and she spends a weekend alone in a cabin with him - this is where she is being accused of kidnapping him among other things. The story sort of devolves from there and we never do hear the other side of the story and the end is a bit sad (she’s a little lonely and a bit of a recluse), but it is a pretty entertaining ride. Recommending this one for fans of crazy real-life stories … or perhaps those that have a penchant for reality television.
2014 #138 - Melancholia
Melancholia - 2011 - Rated R
Rating 2 of 5 stars
Here’s another one where the previews looked so much better than the actual movie. First of all, the movie was WAY too long - and it took WAY too long to get to the climax, as it were. Dunst is a good actress but she comes off as a spoiled, ungrateful, rich kid who is throwing a fit because she doesn’t want to grow up. The movie overall has a weird tone to it and feels a bit like it’s being filmed by one of the onlookers from the wedding. I honestly lost interest in this one about midway through. I’d say skip this one unless you really have a need to see Kristen topless (which even that is a bit meh, honestly) which partly explains the R rating.
2014 #137 - Ambrosia
Ambrosia - 2012 - Not Rated
Rating 1.5 of 5 stars
No flash, no substance. Flat writing and two dimensional characters. The movie wanted so badly to be like a late night Cinemax version of the movie Disclosure (Michael Douglas, Demi Moore), but with two women. That said, even some of those late night Cinemax movies have had better writing and character development than this. Not that I had high expectations going in (I mean come on, read the description on Netflix) but even that was a lofty goal for this one. Avoid it, hands down.
2014 #136 - Done the Impossible: The Fans of Firefly
Done the Impossible: The Fans of Firefly - 2006 - Not Rated
Rating 4 of 5 stars
While I’m not the biggest fan of Adam Baldwin off screen, I think you can really tell even in his narration of this documentary that he definitely appreciated the fans of Firefly (the cast in general shows this repeatedly but the way he talks about the fans and how much they put their lives into their love of the show takes it to a different level). I really do see this movie as a bit of a “love letter” of sorts to the fans of Firefly/Serenity. I think on some level the casual observer would probably watch this and think how sad it was that fans were so deeply engrossed in a show that essentially lasted less than a standard season but being a fan both in general and and of the show, myself, I see it as so much more. To see how not just the show touched these people but how the fandom has lead to them finding people, who just like themselves, were just as passionate about a single TV show. And even in the sadness that still seemed to touch them years later when talking about the show being cancelled. It was a fascinating look (without a Tumblr filter) into what a fandom looks like and why when someone loves something it becomes a part of their life. Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of any show, but even more so if you loved Firefly.
2014 #135 - The Paperboy
The Paperboy - 2012 - Rated R
Rating 2.5 of 5 stars
This movie was a bit more odd than I expected it to be. Nicole Kidman is quite good even though she plays a character you’re not going to like. Matthew McConaughey ends up being more of a secondary character to Zac Effron (guess the poster showed the truth in this more than I normally expect) and the story kind of focuses on Effron’s infatuation with Kidman. The scene on the beach is a bit much and pretty much exemplifies the relationship between them. Subplots abound otherwise, including a couple around racism, to help drive home the setting a bit more explicitly. I don’t think this movie could be considered ground breaking by any stretch but it wasn’t a horrible film. I’d probably not watch it again though.