A Surge of movie reviews going back 2 weeks

My first goal to fulfill after the cruise was take my journaling from notebook to Word… I’d posted it on this blog a couple of entries ago…
I wanted to take a little bit of a break to kinda put off the hold that technology undoubtedly has on me and a lot of other people

I became pretty obsessive about this blog in particular, feeling the need to post every time a thought comes to mind… kinda the way Prince felt the need to record a new song immediately before he lost the inspiration.

I’ve been rotating between a few story ideas, none of which are in any real sort of shape. My Vamp story is a series of scenes that I plan to glue together later… the last scene of course will my vamp-age on my former workplace… or rather, the number of individuals that I kinda… well, in the story I have a grudge against them…
these days, it feels a little more real, the grudge and not so much all the other stuff that happened… its hard to imagine that I was employed there for a number of time

trust me, the longer you’re away from something, the more you start to doubt it happened in the first place
It’s kinda like my very distant childhood past… there are far too many times, most of which have shaped the person I am today, where something went wrong, or I was in this situation… that made me kinda uncomfortable with society… whether it was at one sleep-over or it was at school where I felt I didn’t have any friends or nobody really wanted to socialize with me…
so I made my own way by simply keeping to myself…

:facepalm: kinda like what my character Jonas has become, but he’s comfortable in his solitude a lot more than I’ve ever been

There are some things about my past I want to tune out entirely and almost wish there was a machine that could erase these memories from my mind…
but it’d be kinda like “Eternal Sunshine” wouldn’t it… you don’t know what things you might forget and some things you wanna remember… any psychologist would say what I went through was “character building” and to be fair, the childhood mind makes things out to be a lot worse than they are

all this was before my teenage years, mind you… then I found things to be obsessed about that took over my life…
everyone’s entitled to their secrets, I get that… but I get self-conscious about things in my past… I consider myself a non-social person in most casses, the mere matter terrifies me (and based on my most recent trip to the grocery store, on my own, for a few items… I’ve withdrawn from society almost entirely… pretty sad, but it’s the unfortunate truth… I could go for a little positive reinforcement right now, I guess is what I’m saying, to prove I don’t have anything to be afraid of in the real world… right now, my greatest fear is failure… and feeling like a failure, and that’s where I’ve been for a while… because it is hard for me to speak my mind and contribute to society)…

okay, that’s enough of my own psycho-babble

I’ll give a few words about last night’s debate before escaping into my movie reviewing… escapism is still at large and I will use it whenever I possibly can…

I’m not willing to give it to anyone… a lot of people say that Obama clearly won (I don’t believe that), what I do believe is that both were evenly matched and Obama showed up this time…

here’s how I see it… I made a number of notes while watching it, so I could remember them later… I do not have the window open, but I’m sure I’ve got a bunch

My feel from Obama…
he spent more time saying Romney was stating falsehoods than defending his right to a 2nd term… that DIDN’T involve that fact that he had a huge mess to work his way out of… it’s been so damn long I don’t remember what the hell W. did domestically… all I remember is his foreign policy and after a number of years, people were getting sick of it… veterans of Iraq kept doing tours and some went mad over it… but at the same time, he did acknowlege our veterans and appreciate their hardwork protecting this country

Obama claimed that he wanted to do all kinds of stuff to free up the economy but blames the Republicans for not meeting him halfway across the aisle. One could easily say “they did that purposely to make him a one-term president”… that is sorta true…
but to be fair ๐Ÿ˜‰ we were the ones that voted the Republicans into Congress to buffer the president’s policies… so it was kinda our doing, the majority of Americans felt the same way about the “one-term president” thing

The rest of it felt like avoidance and mudslinging… he kept saying that Romney didn’t back certain programs, that he really wanted to do away with some of them… instead of saying why the 2nd term is really important to him…

On the other side of things, Romney brought up a couple good points… which Obama didn’t counter at all… he dodged the “fast and furious” question (the program where weapons were sold to Mexican druglords who turned them on their own people) like the bloody plague… off-topic or not, that’s a question my folks are very inclined to hear answers…

Immigration reform came up… I didn’t catch much of this because it was after 10 and there was something else on… Romney said that he would support people that had their green cards and suggests that they do be here legally or else he won’t give support to illegals… supposed there’s something called “self-deportation” which allows people to leave the country on their own will… Obama’s take on it was that Romney wants to make life here so miserable that they have to leave

Now take aside gay rights and the abortion issue… both are kinda big in my book, but certainly I’m not going to get a candidate that will agree with me on both topics…

What I’m kinda looking for in a president right now…

someone who will balance the budget and take care of the deficit (while explaining what the hell that means, in the words of Dennis Miller “don’t tell me who actually OWE someone all that money?”)

a job creator… although I still don’t feel like I fit into any niche in society… that’s kinda where I’m stuck with things… training programs are good, but I’m not sure if they’ll ever be in an area of my personal interest…

makes education a priority and more accessible to people…

here’s the issue, though…
I mean, they talk about this 1%, lowering taxes, tax cuts, raising taxes… I get lost in all the math… I’d like the middle class to have tax cuts and the 1% to pay more… that’s not gonna fix the deficit, not even close… I like the idea of politicians not taking any pay (because they’re already bloody rich as it is) so their paychecks will go to programs that need it and balancing budgets

my folks tend to think that Obama is :gasp: socialist because his policies are meant to make everyone equal, get them under universal health insurance, etc, etc.
what is so bad about everyone paying equal taxes… doesn’t necessarily mean its socialist, so where’s the line drawn?

someone in that townhall should have asked that question… Obama’s opposers believe his policies are socialist, is that true or not and give examples to support…

there were some pretty good questions in there, but I think the format might have benefitted Obama a bit more…

my take is that I shudder to think what will happen if Obama gets re-elected… gun sales will go up… scarily, I anticipate a lot of middle school people who are struggling and not Obama supporters, they’re either going to leave this country or… there’s gonna be a rash of suicides or homicide/suicides… because there’s no point being here anymore if things aren’t going to change for them…

The realm of the Hunger Games comes to my mind as something we might need… but at the same time, they had a corrupt Capitol and a couple of corrupt districts that were favored in the Hunger Games every year…
no matter what disaster strikes, there will always be corruption

it’s kinda disturbing, but I think we do need a natural disaster or some sort of massive destruction to put everyone on equal ground… that way we can come up from the ashes and rise to greatness…

mind you, if this disaster is a nuclear winter… that’s it for me… not just because of the loss of technology and all that, but because of all the health consequences that come with that… I don’t want to live through that kind of illness that takes years to develop and its a very painful thing to live through…

geesh… things got really somber for a second there…

I’ve got a couple of movies to check into today… one was recommeded and the other is “A Few Good Men”… I’ve always kinda wanted to know what that was all about, aside from the Jack Nicholson line everyone knows by heart…

but before I get underway, on a “personal” note,
I found out when I got back from my trip that “Iron-Man 3” has resumed shooting. Robert came back to the set October 2nd.
and it only took 47 days (according to my series of hash marks) for him to get back on his feet ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope he used that downtime to his advantage, to work on scripts and perhaps some other side-projects…  Yucatan, Perry Mason or perhaps another album :shrug:

they announced a couple days ago that they’re going to release Iron-Man 3 and Thor’s sequel in 3D… I loved one comment that said “entertainment industry people are so cute, they still think people like 3D”

I thought it was a dead genre they did release Frankenweenie in 3D… although I have yet to see it or “Perks of Being a Wallflower” in a local theater… WTF guys, I read the book, I want to see the goddam movie!

no thanks, guys… I saw Thor in 3D and it really took away from the action scenes… don’t do it unless you do it well…

The other night I watched the first 90 minutes of “Zodiac” because it’s been a while… okay, 2 weeks… since I’d seen any of his movies… not since Avengers anyway… and I don’t have a whole lot of options (on another note: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has been frequenting HBO and Cinemax the past couple weeks… I strongly recommend it! great movie ๐Ÿ˜€ )

“Zodiac” was pretty good this time around… the acting was really good… I’m starting to see a little Sherlock in Robert’s performance… just his presence, especially when he’s on his feet

The moment I started falling asleep, I knew was a good time for me to check out…
the only negative about the movie, aside from its length… Paul Avery’s fuse kinda makes him the most interesting character in the movie, and when he’s down to only 2-3 scenes in the 2nd half, it just doesn’t do it for me… Peter Travers had it right… he enjoyed the movie and his performance and he asked the question frequently “when he’s coming back on because I love watching him”

I’ve got Peter Travers on notice for one entry I want to do on my movie blog… which will entail my top 5 Downey performances… which will be my personal favorites that I love coming back to…
hence, Less than Zero won’t be listed… although it was an amazing performance and he practically carried the movie, just for personal reasons, I won’t include it…
Chaplin will be included simply because… C’MON, Oscar-nominee… enough said

Here’s the list of movies I’ve seen in the past 2 weeks that I haven’t commented on yet:

  • Shanghai Noon
  • Rush Hour
  • Young Guns
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The French Connection
  • What to expect when you’re expecting
  • Dark Shadows
  • Ed Wood
  • In Bruges
  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • The Descendants
  • I don’t know how she does it

LOL…
I find it hysterical that I was SO worried I wasn’t going to reach my movie goal before 2013… I underestimate my own procrastation to contribute something to society

[going off real quick to double-check]

hmm… my last entry before leaving was on Friday, so a lot of this didn’t make it over

I’ll take care of them over a couple of headings, I guess…

Shanghai Noon, Young Guns, Rush Hour

Most people would find it “shocking” that I haven’t seen a single Rush Hour movie until recently… it was supposedly a hit series that everyone was crazy about, a couple were friends of mine… Between that and Shanghai Noon, I kinda figured that Jackie Chan was a guy you shouldn’t mess with because, man, his stunt skills are insane. He doesn’t have the same, what’s the word, conviction in a bad-ass way the way Bruce Lee did… but a lot of the stuff he did had you going “whoa, how’d he do that?”
I think a lot forgot just how much an action star he was… this new generation of course will remember that because of the “Karate Kid” remake…

I’m still getting over the third movie, and I doubt I’ll ever see the remake…
I’ve never come across a sequel that literally spits on the legacy of the original… I kinda feel that way about Graffiti Bridge too… I’m very hesitant to watch Purple Rain again because I don’t want it to ruin what good memories were in the past

I loved Owen Wilson in “Shanghai Noon”… not quite a cowboy you could take seriously, as some were thieves and bad guys in those days… but he gave another great performance…
Lucy Liu was a pretty good princess as well…

part of me is thinking that my latest idea, which involves a female warrior wanting to get revenge on this evil foe because he was responsible for “relieving” her of her guardianship duties of a princess… my mind is in very much Asian/animรฉ inspired territory, so part of it is coming from that and movies like “Shanghai Noon” and “Crouching Tiger” (more on that later)

I think I dismissed “Rush Hour” for a number of years because I thought Chris Tucker was a bit of an idiot… not because of his “fifth element” performance, but I just didn’t take him seriously… and I’m sure race placed in a role in that as well… I don’t give a lot of black actors a chance (except for Eddie Murphy, I’ve always kinda liked him for one reason or another, and Whoopi Goldberg) because not a lot of them were serious actors, or, I dunno… race plays a lot of tricks on a young mind…
while its true that Prince is sort of the reason I flipped the switch and started to take invest in both sides, I don’t think he’d want to get credit for me no longer having a racist mind set about certain things

At the beginning of “Rush Hour,” I saw Chris Tucker in what looked like an undercover bust in progress… right away, I was thinking “dude, this is so ‘Beverly Hills Cop'”… that continued going when things kinda went horrible wrong on his part, he got one guy blown up, and I was wondering when he was gonna get chewed out by his boss, the way Axel Foley did during his mishapped bust that cost a lot of money to Detriot’s PD since the runway cigarette trucker caused a lot of vehicular and muncipal damage…

Chris Tucker’s punishment was being paired with Jackie Chan to keep him away from this one case involving the daughter of an ambassador, in which he takes personal interest because he’s friends with the kidnapped girl
but they tell him it’s a “top secret” mission for the FBI misleading him into believing it was more important than it really was (but at the end of it, joke’s on them, because those two guys came out on top)

I tell ya, though… when Chris Tucker got this one guy blown up, kept him from getting away with what he wanted to bust him for… one of the coolest moments in a movie I’d seen in a long time
they started playing “Another Part of me” by Michael Jackson and Chris Tucker was grooving to it in a way that said “oh yeah, I’m the best, I’m the greatest cuz I busted this guy”
so bad-ass :w00t:

another hilarious moment was when he and Jackie Chan first started working together, he was led under the impression that he didn’t know any English… haha, he starts speaking to him after one action scene in complete English, and he’s like “how come you didnt take me you speak English?”
“you never asked”

:falloff:
it was predictable, but c’mon, it was funny…
I’ll definitely be looking for the rest of the Rush Hour series after that

the uneasy partnership between Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in “Shanghai Noon” was pretty cool… didn’t know whether to trust each other, but there were all kinds of great lines for laughs and some pretty cool action

“Young Guns”
I watched to kill time, honestly… really didn’t feel like doing much that morning, everyone else was packing up for the cruise, I was practically done

it’s a movie about Billy the Kid, starring a couple of big names at the time… Emilio Estavez was Billy the Kid, Charlie Sheen was in it, Lou Diamond Phillips was in it, and a couple other guys…
I was kinda bored with the story after a while (the boys were on a mission to kill the people responible for the death of the man who brought them all together), though… Billy had a short fuse and when it wasn’t necessarily, he would shot up half a dozen guys…
the ending was improbable and kinda ridiculous… all the bad guys were cornered in this one house, they’re going to burn it down to get them out… they come out, guns blazing, people are shot… and they survive it and get away…
like C’MON… Billy the Kid got shot 5 times, and he’s still alive? I don’t believe it

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

I think I was under the impression for years that this movie was kinda conceived as a joke that not a lot of people took seriously… I heard recently that it was heralded as an amazing film that changed stunt work forever, much the way it was with The Matrix (same guy did both movies)

The story, somewhat, was about two people who were taking this sword, The Green Destiny, to this one guy as a gift… it was a sword that was once of great importance to the man in the group, but he is willing to give it up… the woman he’s with, they’ve been in love for years, but unable to be together because of either class or one of them was promised to wed someone else

Then there’s this young girl, who might be a princess, I’m not entirely sure… she’s promised to wed another man that she’s not in love with. she talks to the other woman as she wants her as a sister and she respects her for being free to make her own choices…
not surprisingly, this girl turns out to be a ninja that aims to take the sword to create her own destiny… she’s aided by her Governess who I kinda see as being a bit of a witch because she seems like a spell-casting type, but without the actual spells… she is good with the poisons, though

there are a number of fight scenes, obviously, and the wire work makes it look like everyone is flying, but it’s not physically possible to move the way they do.

I feel after it that I need to rewatch “Memoirs of a Geisha” because the two girls were in that movie as well… One was the Geisha, Chiyo who became Saiyuri when she officially became a geisha
the other one was the golden girl of that particular geisha company… I nicknamed her “Kikyo” because she seemed to me about as vain as the InuYasha character… and she did take some cruel measures to make sure she remained “in power”

I recognized Chow Yan-Fat from a few other films… he’s very easy on the eyes and you can see simply by looking at him that he has a very commanding stage presence where you’re on your knees automatically… kinda like the Asian equivalent of Sidney Poiter…
his stunt work wasn’t too bad either :wink wink:

Aside from the wire work, where it didn’t look too realistic/believable at times, my only other grip with the movie was… well, you could easily tell that it wasn’t originally done in English… the dubbing is horrible at times… the words don’t always synch with the lip flaps, and there were times when people had a completely different voice from one scene to the next, it was very jarring..
I really should have seen it in its original language to truly appreciate it… then it’d officially be my first foreign film

My favorite part about it, aside from the great acting… the scenery, the cinematography… it was so beautiful… like jaw-droppingly gorgeous… that’s one thing I really love about the ancient Asian cultures

The French Connection
I’ve heard it was good and it was a Best Picture winner

but honestly, I was kinda bored with it in a lot of places… the action scenes were good, but they were few and far between to keep me really interested… the cinematography was good, I’ll give it that, the acting was good, I’ll give it that… but the story dragged…
and it was kind of a bummer that one of those bad guys got away and was never captured per the real life credits at the end

What to Expect when You’re Expecting

I didn’t have any MAJOR plans to see this movie… it was available on the cruise, I had to kill some time, so I watched it…
I think I’ve seen almost every one of those movies recently where they have an ensemble cast with a bunch of big names, in hopes of it actually making a decent profit, etc, etc.

He’s just not that into you was pretty good
Valentine’s Day, I liked quite a bit more

“What to Expect”… it worked and sometimes it didn’t…
All of the cast mates were really good…
although I found Brookyln Dekker’s character a little bit of a question mark at times… she’s a bit of a health nut, but plays down a lot of drama (she did have one cool scene where she demanded Dennis Quaid, her other half, apologize to his son… to whom she’s a stepmother)… I found her about as irritating as Elizabeth Banks (her step-daughter-in-law) did… she kinda felt like they were competing with their pregnancies… she and her husband were trying for a number of years and finally got it right… Brooklyn Dekker and Dennis Quaid were having twins… and my god, the hospital scene was ridiculous… she didn’t take any pain-killers at all, but she was blase about going through the delievery

I’m sure all of the women watching this movie were screaming at it and saying how unrealistic that was and “damn you, bitch!”… as it wasn’t bad enough that she’s a model-turned-actress that’s blonde and totally hot ๐Ÿ™„

Jennifer Lopez and her other half were adopting because she couldn’t conceive…
her husband became a new member of this social circle of dads with kids led by Chris Rock (he was cool in this movie, as the critics have said), kinda like their Fight Club, where they can fume about their wives and kids, but nothing they say can leave the group…

that does happen, but eventually, the guy said it was the best thing that happened to him and his wife

It was a pretty standard ensemble movie… there isn’t a lot to say about it… everyone kinda knows the castmembers by name…
the only thing I kinda felt bad about that I didn’t quite agree with…

Anna Kendrick has really stepped into her own after a couple of movies of being Bella’s friend Jessica in the Twilight films… she got nominated for “Up in the Air” which was pretty cool for her first non-Twilight film

I recently rewatched 50/50 because of her… she oddly enough had a cameo in one of my friends recently, so I figured, what the hell, I’ll see if I change my mind about the movie a bit
(I do like it more this time around, but there were times that were utterly depressing to the point of tear-jerking… all of which were within the last half hour of the movie)

Her character kinda got the short end of the stick… she and this guy who was the popular guy in high school, they are in competing food trucks… they have a one-night stand… stuff happens…
they kinda move in together and she miscarries…
kinda destroys a budding relationship, although its kinda in the vein of “you’re off the hook, dude, now you don’t have to pretend for me just to be a decent guy”

in the end, it kinda worked out… they rekindled things, started things over… I guess they’re going to start dating and do this relationship thing right… but I couldn’t help but wonder “oh, her character has to be the one with this storyline because she’s not a freaking A-lister”…

there weren’t any complications to speak of… except Cameron Diaz almost went into labor a month early and Elizabeth Banks ended up having a C-Section where she was in for a few extra minutes because there was excessive bleeding to be taken care of

if this movie was meant to be based on the nonfiction best-seller, they didn’t have enough variety of what could happen, although I will tip my hat off to Elizabeth Banks who said at a convention (I forget what for, but it is maternity/baby-related) that pregnancy freaking sucks….

much in the same vein in those emails that occasionally get forwarded about women raving about the “happy period” adds from Always… :falloff:

so yeah, movie was good… it wasn’t GREAT

Dark Shadows, Ed Wood

I paired these two together for one simple reason… okay, two…

Tim Burton & Johnny Depp

yesterday I got through what has become a tradition of mine… much the way I cannot have a Christmas season without seeing Rudolph or Charlie Brown at least once… I cannot go through the Halloween season without seeing Nightmare Before Christmas once

I don’t think I even liked the movie when I was a kid…
it took Kingdom Hearts to get me interested in seeing the movie… now Tim Burton (who is the reason for a lot of movies I’d come across in the past 5 years with and without Johnny Depp)… to really look at it and enjoy it… I think I do it under obligation, I’m not entirely sure how much I really like the movie… just feels like something I have to get into… and I do great songs, great memorable characters… its kinda like a feast for the eyes if you’re a Tim Burton fan…

it was overally important to me this time that I see it from start to finish without interruption… cuz if I miss a single note or line, it just isn’t the same… maybe its cuz of last year because I missed out on the last 30 seconds… which is one of those pristinely beautiful moments…
the song ends on a beautiful note, as does the sceenplay…

so anyway…

I was kinda repulsed, I’ll admit, by the fact they were showing “Dark Shadows” on the cruise ship because I highly doubted if I’d ever get to see it from start to finish
at the very least, I might have missed the first 5 minutes, which might tell the backstory as to how Barnabas Collins became a vampire, how he was cursed by this witch…

I’m unbelievably grateful I did get to see the whole movie (barring a possible 5 minute window)…

my dad said how much he loved the soundtrack for this movie…
no kidding… cuz the first song they played was “Nights in White Satin” by the Moody Blues… my parents’ favorite group and one of their favorite songs by them…
memories of it go back to my childhood… I didn’t entirely get it or even the sermon in its 3rd act :shrug: what comes to mind is a loved one going away to war, missing having them and although I don’t know whats in the sermon, it sounds like this loved one died

there are a couple tracks on their greatest hits album that are unbelievably theatrical… almost in the same vain as Meatloaf’s “Bat out of hell”… but not nearly as extreme…

lets see…
the movie starts with this girl Veronica, who changes her name to Victoria, and gets called Vicky… who wants to fill a governess position at the Collins’ estate… which has gone to ruin as their fishing business is going under

Barnabas gets uncovered at a construction site where he kills 5 people, much to his chargin… “I’m sorry, I’m just really thirsty”… since he’d been locked away from almost 200 years

Johnny Depp was being himself ๐Ÿ˜Ž naturally… in the same vein as a lot of gothic characters he’s played recently… Sweeney Todd comes to mind for me… plus a little Captain Jack Sparrow, but only a tiny bit
He’s amazing in this role, as he always is… quite a different vampire than your typical one… he’s not so much into drinking blood or killing people… his only desire is to restore the family name… along the way he finds love in Vicky…
then of course we have your obligatory Helena Bonham Carter…

I swear he does this in every movie they’re in together…
she finds out that he’s a vampire and actually uses his blood, rather than making him more human, but to make her more like him… lusting after his lifestyle and possibly him…
and he ends up killing her and she’s sleeping with the fishes

like, WTF… except for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where she plays Charlie’s mother, in every movie she’s in with Johnny Depp… she’s either lusting after him, goes to certain lengths of deception so they will end up together… but she gets killed by him or some other circumstance so they never end up together…

well, she is married to Tim Burton, so I get that, but you see it enough times and you start to wonder if that’s on purpose

Interestingly my dad said the best scene was the music that played during this love scene between Barnabas and the witch… lol… it’s to Barry White, who I will forever associate with John Cage of “Ally McBeal”

all of the acting was great.. the twists at the end were pretty great… kinda explained a few things… and not to give too much away, there is a *whisper* at the very end of a possible sequel

“Ed Wood” was something I’d been kinda wanting to see… yet another Johnny Depp/Tim Burton effort… but the way I decided to watch it wasn’t quite how I intended, but it worked out just the same

it’s one thing when the guide says one thing will be on, but it lies and there’s actually something else scheduled…
but its another when you say a movie is going to be on, specifying which one… and its a different version of the same movie… they listed the new Three Musketeers with Logan Lerman and Orlando Bloom… but the credits start and they’re listing Charlie Sheen and Oliver Platt… I was ROYALLY flipping out (and I doubt I’ll forget this anytime soon) that they were showing the wrong version of the movie…
I completely lost interest in pursuing it, so I rushed to find something else…

by sheer coincidence, “Ed Wood” was starting within 2-3 minutes
can I just say “Best Substitution Ever”?

I thought it’d be another movie I’d have to explain to my folks why I wanted to watch it (that’s kinda why I wanted to get my 2nd viewing of “In Bruges” and “Brokeback Mountain” out of the way… sure, Brokeback would drive my dad out of the room immediately, but not before he unleashes a comment that will go something like “why the hell do you wanna watch this…” in a voice that suggests he thinks its a lame idea… I wouldn’t go as far to say that he’s homophobic, but he’s not shy about voicing his opinions or rolling his eyes when someone in some film or heck, even the large obnoxious guy from the cruise… is over the top to the point you know his sexuality from a mile away)

instead, the three of us watched it and I declared it one of the best movies I’d seen in a long time… I loved it

I already kinda had a heads up about a couple of things, one of them being that Ed Wood dressed as a woman sometimes because… you know, “my mother wanted a girl so she dressed me up that a way and it became a habit”…
one of the movies Ed Wood worked on appeared semi-autobiographical… about a man who likes to dress as a woman and later on come out with the secret to his girlfriend

Sarah Jessica Parker was hilarious in a couple scenes… in one, she was talking about a review that said she had a face like a horse… all of us lost it at that point because one of my aunts calls her “dog-face” :falloff:
Ed came out with his secret to her at one point and after her comment “that’s why all my sweaters are stretched out”… while doing another movie, he was directing while wearing his Angora sweater… and she was asking why the hell nobody was calling him out or saying there was something wrong with that…

For a number of reasons, you can say we live in strange times…
but honestly, I don’t find that all that shocking :shrug: supposing I see Rocky Horror within the next couple weeks, I might change my mind depending on how provactive it is… I mean, how far do they push the envelope beyond the fact the star is a transvestite named Frank N. Furter (omg, where they even trying? lol)… I’m willing to bet that they do push society norms quite a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ that’s why its a cultural phenomenon

Johnny Depp’s performance was totally goofy in some parts, though… IMDB says that he based his performance on a couple of people, James Cagney among those… one of which he credits for the “bobble-head” thing that he does… he does this outrageous accent so he sounds nothing like he does now… I originally attributed it to the fact there’s a huge difference between being in your 20’s than your 40’s…

the biggest highlight… was Martin Landau as Bela Legousi in his latter years… it was so believable, it was unreal how good he was… an Oscar SO well deserved, I cannot begin to say… Ed Wood thought Bela was the greatest actor and wanted to work with him, and in fact, that was part of the reason a bunch of his movies got made… because Bela was in the cast

one of my favorite scenes, although it was funny for some horrible reasons… the two of them are at Bela’s house for Halloween… there’s a knock at the door… and Bela’s like “Children… I love children”… based on recent events, it could take on horrible connotations… but it was honestly a point where, if all of us were sitting in standard wooden chairs, we would have fallen out and laughed ourselves to death…

you definitely gotta give it to Ed Wood for doing what he believed in, no matter how much he sucked at it… I’m sure I’ll check into some of his films that they went into in this movie just to laugh at how bad they are…
during the movie, my dad YouTubed a scene they were filming where Bela was in the jaws of this octopus, but since they forgot the motor for it, he was flailing around, screaming for help, while moving the tentacles himself to make it look like he was in trouble… he found the actual scene and we were laughing hysterically at it… the movie was called The Bride of the Monster, originally Bride of the Atom…

and of course it was a somber moment when Bela died… he was an amazing character of a man… Plan 9 from Outer Space looked even more goofy… and definitely will be on my watchlist… just to enjoy how much it sucked there’s just too many things to go into to say how much I loved this movie…

one of Tim Burton’s BEST… but I’m not sure as of yet if its his best ever

I don’t know how she does it

Since I mentioned SJP in the previous movie, I might as well make the connection

[while walking the dog, I was kinda thinking that maybe I ought to get a Kindle or a Nook… sure, it’d be selling out to the idea of paperbacks being out of date, but it might be an easier way to get older books that aren’t available in stores… I might end up requesting a couple of books for Christmas about movies… I’ll leave that to my family to decide, I think… I’ll suggest in December sometime or whenever I reach my goal of 1000 movies that I’m gonna do this blog and it might be cool to get access to books about movies… like those “movies to see before you die” ones or one by Roger Ebert called “Your Movie Sucked”… stuff like that… I kinda regret that years ago when we still had Waldenbooks that I didn’t pick up a copy of 1000 movies to see before you die… most of which I haven’t seen yet… but I know Citizen Kane and Gone with the Wind were among them]

I felt like seeing this movie out of boredom, really… I saw it listed and thought it might be cute…
I’m not sure why I decided to check into it or even her… we’re not huge SJP fans in my house… we find her kinda overrated… maybe I just never took her seriously because of “Sex and the City”… which I never saw EVER… I thought of her as kind of a ditz…
the first time I took her seriously in anything was “The Family Stone”… it was really refreshing to see her as a businesswoman who was worried about whether or not her boyfriend’s family would like her

๐Ÿ˜• and I have a sneaking suspicion that the fact she and Robert used to date might have had something to do with me changing my mind a bit

Back to the movie… it wasn’t excellent by any means… I wouldn’t put it the same conversation as “What’s your number?” which you know is supposed to be kind of a lame movie, but its so much fun that I didn’t care… “Something Borrowed” was another kind of horrible chick flick in that it was somewhat predictable, but it did these storylines to death where you didn’t know if these people should even end up together

I loved that in the movie, SJP narrated like it was the book it was based on… she did a couple of 4th wall tricks where she froze the action to do her asides. early on, postproduction did that trick where they scribble people’s names on the screen when you’re getting introduced to them the first time

she plays a working woman with a family… who she’s seeing less and less of all the time… she’s moving up in the business work… looks like she’s doing a great balancing act, but she puts her energy all into work and her family starts to feel neglected…
then there’s a little sexual tension between her and Pierce Brosnon, some guy she’s working with from another firm (its not fully explained what it is they do)… he develops feelings for her, but she doesn’t meet him with hers…

she ends up choosing her family over moving up in her career….
I liked how they did some scenes “confession booth” style… where one of the characters (SJP never does this) is in a scene by themselves talking to the camera in the style of “The Office”…
Olivia Munn is pretty cool as her assistant, but I’m probably giving her extra props because her name is Momo

(I explained in a previous entry how I gave that nickname to a “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant because she reminded me of an animรฉ character in Bleach of the same name)

Momo is all business, as in “no time for a social life”… but she apparently gets knocked up in a one-night stand… something that doesn’t fully get through to her until she has the baby, is all emotional and asks SJP why she didn’t tell her about this feeling… like that ridiculous amount of joy you get when you’re a first time mom, like this sense of importance and all that…

I don’t quite remember what her words were, but that’s close enough

[hmm… I just got a memo that “your C drive is low, click here to free up space… hopefully its not too bad… I’ve noticed over the past few months that my disc drive space has been shrinking all the time, but I don’t know how that’s been going on… undoubtedly its because of stuff wrong with my PC, perhaps a virus or two]

In Bruges

I watched because a) its a little late at night for “Disturbia” and while I’m not the kind of person who freaks out at scary movies to the point its hard to sleep at night (The Exorcist was the only exception)… and b) I kinda wanted to hear Colin Farrell’s native Irish accent… like he’s among the league of actors who dont get to use their native accents in movies

It seems a little unfair that Hugh Grant gets to keep his in all of his movies, yet Hugh Jackman and Robert Pattinson are forced to develop American accents for their roles… Hugh Jackman’s got this cool Aussie accent, native tongue, and he can’t use it in any of his roles… hopefully “Les Miz” will allow him that access… and Robert Pattinson hasn’t been allowed to attain his native tongue since playing Cedric Diggory… he sounds so much cooler with his native tongue and it’s a little hard to take his performances as seriously…

but this oddly enough became a movie that, while it took a long time for me to get into it… I really really regret not being awake for… like I watched the first 40 minutes with full interest, it started to wane after a while… and the last 20 minutes were so good that I felt like I missed a lot of good stuff… so I’ve got my eye on seeing it again… maybe as soon as tonight at 12:15, which I might be having a can of Pepsi to keep myself awake for… or something… or Friday at 2:30… which would be better cuz its in broad daylight…

It depends on how much I want to rectify the situation

[I forgot that I had all this stuff in my recycle bin… songs I deleted from my iPod just for the cruise… I don’t really listen to my iPod except for the first and last day… during the ride to and from NYC]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I haven’t seen enough Westerns and after this, I might be making my choices a bit more carefully… in that, if I ever do another one, I want it to be when I’m really in the mood… this movie was LONG… my god… I thought it was never going to end…
Eastwood was really cool in this, totally bad-ass before his era as “Dirty” Harry Callahan…
his partner was freaking hilarious in the first couple scenes… where he appeared to be treating him like dirt, turning him into authorities to sell him out… but in fact, they’d been doing this a while. The “Good” turns him in for the reward money, he saves him from the hanging in cutting the rope with his excellent gunshot aim, and they split the money… after a while, the “Good” tried to sever ties… his partner then gives him hell to pay
to his credit, the “Bad” guy was REALLY bad… I mean, he shoot a couple of people for no reason at all… he was just plain angry… in another he slapped around a woman just to get information of her, it was pretty brutal…
the movie ends with the three of them ending up at this grave site where there’s supposedly a lot of money buried… there’s a stand-off… “Good” shoots “Bad” dead… he leaves his partner hanging out to dry and he rides into the sunset (well, not quite a sunset, but you get the picture)…

The one thing kinda annoying about the movie… you know that good old Western stand-off music… they play this like 50 times throughout the entire movie, maybe 100… whenever there’s like a dramatic twist or someone just plain had a bad-ass moment

The Descendants

I’ve heard mixed reviews of this movie… it was nominated for a bunch of Oscars and I think it only won for best adapted screenplay… which isn’t too bad, I guess… but it was pretty competitive all around…
others say it was overrated, Clooney was overrated cuz he was kinda playing himself in this…

It was off-beat in a pretty sick way… the language that his daughters were using was pretty racy at times… especially coming from Scotty the 10-year old…

The story is as its written… a middle-aged man deals with the bombshell that his comatose wife cheated on him… its a hard issue to approach for a couple reasons… firstly, we have the moral dilemma of whether to prolong the life of someone who’s comatose… they decided kinda early on that she wasnt going to wake up and if she did, she wouldnt be the same… it was in her will that she didnt want to be kept alive…
so it was kinda awkward with all the people wishing the family well and they didnt have the heart to tell them that she’s going to die. you’d think itd be easier if they did explain things
The title refers to Clooney being among a bunch of cousins descended from a royal family of Hawaii and part of the plot is about a trust of land and whether or not they’ll sell it.

Shailene Woodley definitely earned her nomination… I LOVED her in this… her character was a little rough around the edges at first… I mean she’d been sent away to private school because she was involved in drugs and stuff… when the accident happened, she was brought back to help look after Scotty while Clooney was taking care of other matters… she delievered the bombshell that mom was cheating on him and thats the reason why they had a fight the last time they saw each other

She was actually very supportive and helpful to her dad… especially when it came to finding the guy the mom was cheating with… 
geesh… and he was also married with kids, that was kinda screwed up

but she cheated because he wasnt spending enough time with family, and was gonna serve him with divorce papers

the acting was great, the story dragged a bit but never enough where I lost interest… it was really well executed, like any good Oscar nominated movie should be… and most of them I find to be kinda boring it was an admirable amount of filmmaking, something I don’t get to say very often. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/fact-checking-the-second-presidential-debate/2012/10/17/d6d3a7b4-17a3-11e2-a55c-39408fbe6a4b_blog.html#pagebreak

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