Alright, catching up...
Hadn't seen this in a few years and watched it with BoobyTrap since she hadn't seen it. Very enjoyable. The car chase sequences still stand up as some of the best I've ever seen. I might even consider buying the Blu-Ray if it had any special features on it, which it doesn't. I never bought the 2 disc special edition DVD of it, but I may just do that next time I come across a used copy of it now.
Another one I've seen before, but not in a while. I think I used to have this on VHS, and hadn't seen it since. It's a pretty good movie and I was really kind of surprised at how good and likable Jennifer Lopez was in it. I would say that it's a shame she never really lived up to the potential she showed in this movie, but she's a billionaire and not just some indie actress, so my opinion means dick. Still, though...
Man, I love it when Criterion movies show up on the HD movie channels. This is a documentary by Orson Welles mostly about an art forger. It's one of the weirdest movies I've seen in a while. The editing is so rapid at times that it's very difficult to get a handle on, though once you kind of get into the rhythm of what Welles is doing you can get into it. It took me a while to figure out what the hell was going on, though.
For the most part, I liked the movie. I was pleased that a movie about, mostly, art forgery was interesting and had zero difficulty keeping my attention. It was very interesting the way that Welles would juxtapose the "stale" documentary footage with really dramatic/cinematography friendly scenes in which he appeared in.
Like I said, I enjoyed it. It seems like the kind of film that would appreciate with multiple viewings, although I'm not sure I liked it enough to care about seeing it again.
The one Brad Pitt movie that BoobyTrap will watch and only because she liked it before she decided she hated him. I thought it was ok. I might have liked it more if I had seen it closer to when it came out, but in the time since I've seen half a dozen movies that were very similar. The cast was good and the cinematography and music were nice, it just didn't really grab me on any emotional level.
Bought this on Blu for BoobyTrap because she liked it when we saw it in the theater. Not sure why it didn't do so well at box office, as it's good fun. Clever enough for adults to enjoy.
Normally, when I hear about remakes, I don't get upset anymore. I've kind of resigned myself to the fact that they exist and will continue to for as long as I live. I tell myself that a remake doesn't do anything to the originals that we all know and love other than, maybe, remind people they exist and hopefully bring in a little extra money for the people that made them. It doesn't have to be a bad thing.
And then I watched the original Death At A Funeral. I didn't see the remake with Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, etc but I saw the trailer/commercial for it about half a million times when it was in theaters. And now I can honestly say that I've changed my mind. Remakes DO have an effect on the originals.
The trailer for the remake did that thing that Hollywood has been doing a lot the last few years that's even more annoying than remakes themselves: giving away all the good parts of the movie in the trailer. I ****ing hate that ****. And so, when I sat down to watch this very very very funny British comedy, I found myself chuckling at times when I'm sure that I would have been laughing my ass off because I already knew what was going to happen. Thanks to the trailer for the ****ing remake spoiling 95% of the "twists" (more like turns) in this movie. Mother****ers.
Despite knowing most everything that was going to happen, I still managed to enjoy the **** out of this movie and even laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes at one point that was only partially spoiled by the trailer for the remake. It's very clever and really ****ing funny. And it gives Alan Tudyk WAY more screen time than I've ever seen him given before which, in and of itself, is a great thing, but since he was ****ing funny it was even better.
HIGHLY recommended, especially if you haven't seen or don't remember the trailer for that completely unfunny looking ****ing remake.
The new Ghost Rider trailer got me all hot and bothered for some Neveldine and Taylor, so I bumped this up on the priority list. Very enjoyable. It's like the Crank movies without all the funny ****. Just straight forward action and explosions. I ****ing LOVE their style and the way they shoot things (cinematographically speaking), and this did not disappoint in that way. It's nowhere near either of the Crank films on my Love List, but it was cool.
Another HD Criterion film on the movie channels! Yes! This documentary about assassinated gay rights activist Harvey Milk was fantastic. Moving, inspiring and depressing. I was a Political Science major for a while back my first time in college and I honestly think if I'd have seen this back then, I might have been inspired enough to stick with it instead of dropping out and losing interest (even with the assassination). The story of One Man Trying To Make A Difference and actually succeeding is the kind of thing everyone can find some inspiration in and this doc really brings it out. Really enjoyed it.
This movie came out in 2008 and has yet to be released out here. If you're curious as to why that might be, I have two words that should explain it: Weinstein Brothers. These douchebags bought the rights to it, for a pretty penny, and have shelved it for no apparent reason. The gave the first one a ****ty direct to DVD release, even though it's ****ing awesome, but they couldn't even be bothered for that with this one. So when I saw a bootleg of it at Amoeba a few months ago, I jumped at it.
I waited so long to watch it because many reviews I read of it said it wasn't as good as the first one. Not bad, but not great. And I pretty much agree. There's plenty to like in the film, but it seems like it had a much smaller budget and it's a lot less interested in the horror aspects this time around. It's almost more of a drama. There are some good, effective creepy bits, but not enough of them. It almost seems like the filmmakers expected the audience to care more about the character than they should have.
Having said that, it was really, really nice just to see a Shinya Tsukamoto movie I hadn't seen before. It had been years. I still haven't seen the new Tetsuo movie, and reviews for it have been pretty similar, so I didn't pre-order it or anything. But he's still one of my top 10 directors of all time. No question.
A comedy about a hitman (Bill Nighy) who decides not to kill his target (Emily Blunt) and the hilarious hijinks that ensue when his employers find out and get mad. Fun and enjoyable. I don't think I'd buy it, but I wouldn't mind watching it again. Bill Nighy is always awesome and Emily Blunt is always cute, so all you really need is a halfway decent script and some sense and you're fine. And this was better than just that. Worth a watch.
Sadly...this movie rates an 'incomplete'. I liked what I saw, but the movie is truncated and not at all fleshed out. Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but a major plot point is just kind of thrown out there with no explanation/rationale and it made the movie awkward. The twist at the end, well if you didn't see that coming...
What there was was likeable, there just wasn't enough of it.
Remember when Eddie Murphy used to be funny?
Maniacal Laugh, Maniacal Laugh, Maniacal Laugh
Yet another disc that sat too long on the shelf...Claymation movie from the makers of Harvey Krumpet, this is a heartbreaking little movie. Not as good as Krumpet(which is included on the BLU and is really worth seeing) but still worth a watch. More good work from Phillip Seymour Hoffman(damnit am I going to have to change my mind about him***)...Not for everyone, but if you like things a little different, check it out.
***actually I do think PSM is a great actor but he plays a lot of skeevy characters, and he is so good at what he does that he kind of makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
Watched The Disappearance of Alice Creed last night. Definitely brutal in the kidnapping aspect up until the twists start popping-up. Decent flick for an entire cast that consisted of 3 people.
Quick heads up. Peter Gabriel New Blood tour shot in 3D at the Hammersmith Apollo showing in theaters with exclusive dates in LA on Sept 6th and Sept 12th
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Great chance for those of you who missed him the last time out at SB Bowl to catch up. The Regal is at LA Live. I'll see both showings there.
Just watched these 2 from the Bloody Disgusting Selects series...
Cold Fish was tough. Speaks to the whole Japanese debasement/humiliation fetish. The gore was minimal, but effective. The horror was much more psychological...much more.
Yellowbrickroad I am on the fence about. Fairly effective 'Roanoke' riff, where a bunch of wannabe scholars walk the road that a small town of people either died or disappeared on. Shot documentary style it works for the most part. The ending will throw a lot of people and I am still trying to decide if it worked or not.