Monday, December 31, 2012
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
This post is just to let you know that I’m going to be taking a short break for Christmas. After that I will be finishing up my Great Year for Movies – 1994 category with five more films to recommend. Two are probably expected, while three may not be.
In the meantime, for those of you who were not around these parts at this time last year, here are some Christmas related posts you may want to check out.
For my first Christmas as a blogger I did a category of the Five Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. I also shared some humorous pictures of Christmas Lights and Christmas Jammies. And even though I will be back before then this year, I also wanted to share a cute video Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt did for New Year's Eve.
I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Good Winter Solstice, Happy Holidays, Merry Festivus (not so obscure TV reference) and a Good Gurnenthar’s Ascendance (really obscure TV reference).
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Just to give you a quick idea of what I thought of the film: it’s a notch below The Lord of the Rings, and quite a bit sillier, but this is fitting since this is also the relationship of The Hobbit book to the LOTR books. I did not see the movie at the higher frame rate, so I can’t give you an opinion on that. Overall, I’d give this film a high 3 out of 5 stars. For comparison, I would give the three Lord of the Rings movies 5, 4, and 5 stars out of 5, in that order.
No, I am doing this post in the hopes that maybe I have some latent voodoo ability that has as yet not manifested itself and by writing this I will be able to curse two sorry excuses for movie goers.
I was sitting there in the theater just starting to watch the first trailer when all of a sudden I could hear this screaming coming from the short hallway that separates the entrance from the seats. I turned to look and a man and woman walked in pushing a stroller. The screams were coming from the kid in the stroller.
They didn’t just sit in the front. No, they had to take the stroller up over the stairs, bump, bump, bump, which made the kid scream more. Once they settled down the kid continued to scream until his mother took him out of the stroller and held him. Soon she was texting away with one hand while bouncing the kid in the other. The few people that were sitting by them found seats much further away.
Either the kid was smart for his age or they’d had him in the stroller long past the time he should have been walking on his own because he soon showed the rest of us in the theater that he could talk. Sure, he didn’t have the largest vocabulary, but he did make up for that lack with an overabundance of volume.
It turns out his favorite word was “Mommy”. He said it approximately 5,000 times. Okay, admittedly it probably wasn’t that much. I lost count somewhere in the 3,000s.
What possesses these people who do this? I only go to the theater a few times a year and I bet that close to half the movies I have seen in the last three years have included a young child who doesn’t know to shut up. Yes, I understand babysitters are either hard to find or expensive, but so what? Maybe, just maybe, becoming a parent involves making some sacrifices like, I don’t know, not going to the movies together when you can’t leave the child with someone else?
Oh well, at least when I eventually watch this movie on Blu-ray I will be able to do it in the peace and quiet of my own home.
By the way, notice how quiet that young gentleman over in the right hand column looks? I bet you could take him to the movies and he wouldn’t cry.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
“That's why when somebody say, ‘When you get to the NBA, don't forget about me’ […] I should've said to them, ‘If I don't make it, don't you forget about me.’" - William Gates, Hoop Dreams
If you stop to think about it, the movies that came out in 1994 were released a generation ago. (Anyone feel old?) Many of them have already been forgotten, some justly so, some unjustly. I am going to be recommending the best films of 1994; ones I’ve given at least a four star rating to. You will find some of the usual suspects among these films (but not The Usual Suspects – that’s a 1995 film). However, I can almost guarantee that there will be some movies that you have either forgotten about, or maybe never even heard of in the first place. In fact, the two films that I consider the best of the year – ones I have given five star ratings to – are not the most well known. The important thing is, you will know about them after I am done.
Why am I doing this category? Why this year? It is because I consider 1994 to be the second best year for quality, enjoyable movies in all of cinema history. 1939 would be number one, in case you are curious. 1954 and 1974 are also standouts. 1994 had so many good movies that I wouldn’t have time to review them all here even if I spent a month on it. That’s why I am going to limit this category to only 4 and 5 star films (fifteen in all – four of them I have already reviewed for other categories.)
So that these good films at least get some notice, here are the 1994 movies that I would give three stars to. Check them out if they sound interesting: The Legend of Drunken Master; Eat Drink Man Woman; SFW; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Four Weddings and a Funeral; Chungking Express; Pulp Fiction; The Hudsucker Proxy; Nell; Nobody’s Fool; The Lion King; The Crow; Stargate; The Mask; Heavenly Creatures; Ed Wood; Il Postino; Interview with the Vampire; Quiz Show; Sister My Sister; Maverick; Barcelona; Farinelli; The Road to Wellville; Three Colors: Red; Three Colors: White; and Star Trek: Generations.
Here are the “shut your brain off and have fun” three star movies: With Honors; Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult; Only You; It Could Happen to You; The Santa Clause; PCU; Wolf; I.Q.; Airheads; Speechless; Timecop; Terminal Velocity; My Father the Hero; Milk Money; Major League II; Color of Night; Junior; and Dumb and Dumber.
Here are the 1994 movies I have seen that I would not recommend: Satantango; Legends of the Fall; Cemetery Man; Natural Born Killers; Wild Reeds; Exotica; Muriel’s Wedding; Clear and Present Danger; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; The Client; Reality Bites; The Paper; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; The River Wild; Corrina, Corrina; Greedy; Blown Away; Disclosure; Blue Chips; Love and a .45; Trapped in Paradise; The Shadow; Princess Caraboo; The Chase; Drop Zone; City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold; The Air Up There; Beverly Hills Cop III; The Scout; The Favor; I Love Trouble; The Specialist; Chasers; On Deadly Ground; The Next Karate Kid; Exit to Eden; and Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow.
There are some notable 1994 movies that I have not seen. If you have a particular favorite among them, please let me know: To Live; Crumb; Through the Olive Trees; Shallow Grave; The Madness of King George; Little Women; Wyatt Earp; Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle; and Angels in the Outfield.
As I post the reviews, I will come back and add links here for those posts:
Five star films:
Once Were Warriors
Four Star films:
Leon: The Professional - (reviewed January 11, 2011)
Speed - (reviewed June 2, 2011)
Don Juan Demarco - (reviewed August 15, 2011)
The Secret of Roan Inish - (reviewed March 27, 2012)
The Shawshank Redemption
The Last Seduction
The Shawshank Redemption
The Last Seduction
On to the reviews…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Most of us have at some point watched a movie because the trailer made it look interesting, or funny, or scary, or whatever it was we wanted to see, but when we paid our money we found out that the film wasn’t at all what the trailer made it out to be.
In fact, there was even a contest a few years ago to craft a trailer of a well-known film, using only footage from the film, but making it look completely different from the truth. Here is my favorite – a trailer for Mary Poppins that makes it look like a horror film (Scary Mary):
Well, some people have decided to fight back. They’ve started doing what they call “honest trailers”. They humorously point out all the stupid parts of movies, even ones they like. I’ve embedded my favorites below. Be aware that there are spoilers for these movies in them, so if you haven’t seen one, you may want to skip it. Also be aware that you need a sense of humor about movies that you may have liked. Just yesterday another blogger made a post about how she is sick and tired of people making fun of the stupid parts of movies and it was apparently triggered by the “honest trailer” for Prometheus, which you will find below. For the record, I liked Prometheus, Avatar, and The Dark Knight, but I still think these "trailers" are funny.