Discussion in 'Community' started by TheEmperorsProtege, Aug 15, 2004.
lol, you know Lambert is basically blind without his glasses, right? Still funny, though.
And apparently he can't wear contacts, so when you see him slashing around with his sword in those Highlander flicks, he's like a blindfolded kid swinging a stick at a piñata... if that stick weighed 15 lbs and was semi-sharp and the piñata were alive. Clancy Brown deserved hazard pay.
A Christmas Story:
I've practically got this one memorized but no matter how many times I watch it, it's still great. The movie takes an ordinary family in ordinary situations, with the entire premise of the movie revolving around a kid wanting a BB gun for Christmas, and makes it entertaining.
"My father worked in profanity the way other artists work in oils and clay. It was his true medium, a master." I love The Old Man, even in the scene when he's too lazy to get up and serve his own damn red cabbage.
Randy in so many coats that he can't move; my warm-climate no-school-in-snow brain is still working on that one.
The flag pole. "I triple dog dare you." 'Nuff said.
Ralphie's melodramatic fantasies over his theme and getting his mouth washed out with soap. And saving his family from convicts with masks. LOL.
And yes, Ralphie, um, kept the bully from terrorizing other kids.
That lamp, holy hell, that damn lamp. One thing I noticed on this viewing that I had never seen before, was the mother snickering in the background as the hastily glued lamp fell apart in the Old Man's hands.
That was a pretty rude department store Santa but the boot on the head was probably the funniest scene in the film.
Nice family scene on Christmas morning, with the pink bunny suit thrown in for good comedy.
My extended family all have dogs and there are plenty of Bumpus hound jokes when we get together on Thanksgiving. "Sonsof*****es Bumpuses!"
And the final scene with the kids asleep, adult Ralphie musing over his greatest Christmas gift...Awww.
The World's End, I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a comedy because it was rather depressing. It had good moments though.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
I thought this was really good. The Wachowskis have certainly come a long way from The Matrix. I loved how each story intertwined, as if time itself was not actually linear, and the actions of the past have huge impacts on the actions of the future, and vice versa. Some of the makeup effects wound up in the Uncanny Valley, but for the most part they looked really good. And I thought everyone gave great performances, especially Hanks and Broadbent. Whasisface, Q, was also pretty good in a more nuanced way. I did like some of the hamminess all around, from Hugo Weaving's Witch Doctor devil to Jim Broadbent's activities in the mental asylum/retirement home.
As for the idea of reincarnation, I saw two possible interpretations. A. All of the characters with the comet birthmark are the same, and it's a character arc that doesn't necessarily go in chronological order. Or B. All of the characters played by the same actor are the same person. This makes most sense with Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving's characters, who are all consistently antagonistic in nearly every story they're in. This also makes sense with Jim Sturgess and Doona Bae's characters. It could also be a little of both, but that's the fun part of this movie- figuring out just what is going on.
The Quest (1996)
I don't really know if this was Van Damme's attempt at directing and starring in potential Oscar bait or not. If it was:
the world's end. it was a lot better than "this is the end", but i thought it suffered a bit from the same problem where once the plot kicked in it kind of stopped being funny. the part where simon pegg was trying to take a drink of his beer while fighting off robots was priceless though.
Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Again.
Nixon, directed by Oliver Stone.
Read someone here really liked it.
It was definitely worth the watch. Anthony Hopkins looks nothing like Nixon, of course, but that doesn't matter. He nails the mannerisms and the voice, which is what really counts when it comes to portraying Nixon, although having the ski jump nose wouldn't have hurt. I am still doing my research to find out which parts of the movie are fact and which parts are the usual Oliver Stone bull****.
I love watching this one with kids, because they really appreciate the slapstick, as well as the dumb bad guys getting their asses kicked by an 8-year-old. I used to show the French version to my middle school students when I was in the classroom; half the lines still go through my head in French.
The soundtrack is really good and adds a serious note to an otherwise straight-comedy movie; that and the talk Kevin had in the church with the neighbor.
The house-rigging was great. All we needed was Legos. Those sons of *****es hurt under bare feet.
The family gathering at the beginning looked a lot like family gatherings when I was growing up, with people, including a lot of kids, crowded in a tight space and arguing.
Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were awesome as the "bandits". I enjoyed John Heard too.
One part that gets overlooked but always makes me laugh is Kevin being chased by the burglars and hiding in the Nativity scene.
"I think he went in the church." "I'm not going in there." "Me either."
Apparently nobody in Chicago has seen "Angels with Filthy Souls" except Kevin. Not that it matters because the way he used the movie clips was funny.
Seconded. Extremely creepy in places and very authentic looking, plus I loved the idea of a secret Moon mission gone catastrophically wrong.
Just got in from Catching Fire. Substantial improvement over The Hunger Games.
Yeah, I really love it. I think Hopkins is really great; he totally captures the way that Nixon was just totally uncomfortable in his own skin. He's just so perfectly awkward. I like a lot of the supporting cast too; it's fun to see David Hyde Pierce as John Dean and words cannot describe the brilliance of J.T. Walsh and James Woods as Haldeman & Erlichman. There's that one really long scene where the camera follows them through the halls during a conversation. So great.
But I think it all really builds to that climactic scene between Nixon and Paul Sorvino's eerily dead-on Kissinger. I mean, Nixon is just flat out hated by a lot of people and so it was really amazing at the end when he breaks down and weeps and it just hurts so damn bad. It might just be the hardest thing a film director has ever done, making me cry for Richard gosh-darn Nixon, but Stone pulled it off. It's so amazing; you expect the film to be a screed against Nixon, but it's really intensely sympathetic towards him.
I think it's a much more emotionally vivid and gripping movie than JFK in just about every way. And there's nothing in Nixon nearly as absurd as the Tommy Lee Jones/Kevin Bacon scenes in JFK. And then there's Williams' score, which is one of his great underrated scores. It's just so insular and minimalist in its own way, but also just deeply tragic. It's a really uncharacteristic score for Williams and I really love it.
Did you see the Director's Cut? It's like four hours long, but I like it even more than the theatrical cut.
End of Watch. Ehhhhhhh, Gyllenhaal and the other guy gave it their all, but this movie really didn't deserve it. The black and Mexican gangsters were stereotypes that weren't fleshed out one bit-- one guy literally calls himself "Evil." The two main characters were pretty much thugs and the movie didn't seem to have a problem with that so long as they saved people and danced at teenagers' parties once in a while. The gangsters weren't really given that pass. The whole thing felt procedural. Like, we were supposed to care about these two cops and their lives on and off the job, but I didn't. Most of the time, they felt shallow. Although a few of their conversations helped give them a bit more depth, it wasn't enough.
Oh, and the "documentary" style filmed with in-universe cameras. What the hell was the point of that contrivance? It took me out of the film that seemingly every group had a character with a ****ing video camera, or that the police car interior was apparently covered with them. And it didn't really matter, since there were plenty of traditional camera angles shot by camera operators who weren't supposed to actually be there.
It reminds me of that opening monologue by the videogame prince with the unknown name: "Most people think time is like a river, that flows swift and sure in one direction. But I have seen the face of time, and let me tell you; time is an ocean in a storm."
Coincidentally, I have also seen a movie involving time travel today. The Time Traveler's Wife
It has its flaws and obvious logical shortcomings, but it still charmed me. Some moments and dialogue feel horribly contrived, as if it was written by one of those middle-aged women who write those supermarket pulp romance novels. The unique premise of the story is the hook here, but the love story is really the heart of the film. You just have to be able to go along with some lapses in plausibility for it to work. And here I don't mean the premise itself, but rather people's reactions to it, which is sort of swept under the rug. Overall, I enjoyed it though. Well chuffed.
While we're talking about the flow of time, I should mention that I saw the new Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) movie, About Time, yesterday. It was darn good. Richard Curtis has some kind of gift to make really sappy love stories that I, as a guy, can genuinely get caught up in. He makes chick flicks that guys can love. Well, this guy anyway.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
A really great experience through and through, and fortunately, none of the actors seemed like they were just there to be "catching paychecks".
Agreed. A significant improvement over The Hunger Games. Excellent film.
I am a little perplexed over why book 3 has been split into two parts.
Because of Harry Potter and the Mountain of Money?
Yeah, Harry Potter started that trend in part because Deathly Hallows had enough material to sustain two films (not that I'm really a fan of any of the film adaptations). The rest of the popular tween/teen series that have followed suit don't seem to have that justification.
In defense of this series, I've often heard that Hungry Games Number Three is nigh unfilmable. Perhaps adding an extra movie well help to rationalize the plot into something that works better on the big screen?
i watched catching fire in the imax format. i wasn't planning to see it at all, but a friend of a friend backed out at the last minute and i agreed to go. i wasn't expecting much - i had watched most of the first film and found it too harry potterish. i also felt they could have shaped it into a much more unsettling experience, but blew it. that said, i felt this one was much improved. my friend had told me that it was supposed to be "empire strikes back"-ish in terms of its relation to the first film, and i generally agree with that assessment. drama, emotions, and intensity are revved up. the dialogue and staging feels more natural. jenna malone in particular was really good. she really went for it and it paid off big time. i wish there was more philip semen hoffmans as well, but i guess he'll be in the third and fourth films so it's fine. stanley tucci did a good job channeling some of those tim and eric holiday special types. catnips looks like a statue. how can a person look so much like a statue?
Star Wars: A New Hope on VHS