Friday, July 24, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CWE: "Mad Max" (1979)

OK, I'm actually watching this one with friends and out of order, since I just bought it last weekend. So maybe not a lot of notes. But yay! I remember being utterly confused the first time that I watched it. I'm pretty sure that I saw "The Road Warrior" first, so seeing this one set at the very end of civilization, rather than in the completely post-apocalyptic world, was startling.

  • Is this the dubbed version? I need to hear more of Mel.
  • So. Much. Civilization.
  • Think of "Fury Road". Such a different world. But a logical progression.
  • I think this is Mel's real voice.
  • Oh, the wife is clearly just here to die.
  • Oh, the "Mel Gibson hates Jews" jokes are rife tonight...
  • Did she call the kid "sprogger"? Oh, his name is actually Sprog. That's like naming your child Kid or Baby.
  • Also, it should be noted that I love the phrase "popped a sprog"
  • Jessie lives a lot longer than I remembered. But all the guys are waiting for her to die. And she's slightly better developed, although she's still a terrible parent.
  • I realized 1/2 way through the movie that the actor who plays the Toecutter is also Immorton Joe in "Fury Road".
  • I forgot that Jessie doesn't die right away. She's in the hospital. It's so odd.
  • And then it just ends. OK.

Friday, July 10, 2015

"Mr. Robot" - episodes 1-2

Episode 1:
  • 17 minutes into episode 1, I'm pretty much sold.
  • Although I haven't really read many reviews of the show, I did see the beginnings of several. All praised Rami Malek. And they are right - he has completely sucked me in.
  • So, obviously Christian Slater is somebody. Plus, I pulled the show up in IMDB to get Rami Malek's name. 
  • Here's the thing. I've had some beer. And I'm looking around because I feel like one of the reviews that I glanced at compared this show to "Rubicon," which I loved. But I keep missing things and having to pause and rewind. And if I'm willing to rewind, that says a lot.
  • I keep starting and stopping. Probably because I'm easily distracted. And had a very beer that's very high in alcohol. 
  • I feel the strong need to comment on the clear misogyny of this scene, Oh, Angela. Sigh.
  • I so love him for taking the dog.
  • For all his awkwardness, I really really like Elliot.
  • YES. Jeanie Boulet from "ER" - I knew that I knew her. Gloria Reuben
  • Hmmm. Wellick.
Episode 2:
  • Wellick. YES. I have a deep affection for many attractive evil characters.
  • I really love the vaguely '70s credits.
  • I genuinely love Elliot's paranoia.
  • I'm just. Yes. This is a show for me.
  • Interestingly, I fit Elliot into a continuum with Andrew and Ronan. Only here, he's the main character. Maybe less angry but from the same underlying core. 

Sunday, July 05, 2015

CWE: "Memento" (2000)

I'd probably have a ton to say about this one if I hadn't been doing 6 other things while watching it. In retrospect, it just really makes me sad for Leonard, both being used by others and manipulating his own memories out of anger and self-delusion.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

"Magic Mike XXL"

Previews: American Ultra, Ant Man, Paper Towns, The Gallows, Steve Jobs

Wow. That was not good. Mildly entertaining (and very entertaining in small bits) but incredibly badly directed. I wanted to see hot guys dance. I kinda sorta got that, but mediocre choreography and terrible directing and editing robbed the scenes of most of their fun and certainly any of the just sheer enjoyment of watching talented dancers dance. Ugh. Disappointing.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

CWE: "Mallrats" (1995)

    Time for my traditional "wow, it's been a long time since I watched this movie last" statement...
    • I have a hard time expressing my affection for a young Jason Lee. This is his first movie!
    • Let's just say, this is not a great movie. It's not a favorite of mine, although I know that it has its fans and it's not as bad as its reputation would sometimes suggest. Too much juvenile humor for my taste, however.
    • Claire Forlani is not good in this.
    • "Tremors" is a great movie.
    • Ben Affleck's suit is at least 2 sizes too large.
    • Oh, wow, I just realized this movie is 20 years old.
    • Degrassi jacket!
    • Lee and Doherty have no romantic chemistry.
    • That's at least the third outfit Shannon Doherty has worn in this movie. Which all takes place over the course of a few hours.
    • Brodie is pretty horrible.
    • Fourth outfit. Actually, this *might* be outfit #2 with a top on over it.
    • Well, that's done.

    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015)

    Previews (dear God, there were a lot): Sinister 2, The Last Witch Hunter, Jurrasic World, Terminator: Genisys, The Walk, Fantastic Four, Entourage, San Andreas

    Well. Although I hadn't read any specific reviews, I knew that this movie was getting great ones that emphasized its feminist themes. Overall, the film was a lot of fun, and very weirdly funny in a number of ridiculous ways, but not the greatest movie ever. Good action sequences and yes, I appreciated that basically, this was a group of women in a post-apocalyptic society dealing with a situation that could easily happen, with men (or a single man) treating them as breeding stock and little more. It was great seeing smart, strong women saying enough and doing what they had to do to try to take their lives back. I appreciated that Max and Nux were, for the most part, not men who came in to save the poor helpless women, but rather allies who fought beside them and helped them achieve their own freedom. And Charlize Theron reminds us again that she kicks ass. I also spent the movie staring at Nux and saying to myself, "that looks like Nicholas Hoult. But I'd know if Nicholas Hoult was in this, right? But it really looks like him, but painted white and without any hair." Of course, it was him.

    Very interesting camera work, especially at the beginning. And we laughed every time the guitar player appeared -- especially when he became part of the fight.