Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, March 07, 2015

"What We Do In The Shadows" (2014)

Previews: Entourage (NO); Leviathan (talk about a change in tone!); Pitch Perfect II; Ted II (1,000 times NO)

Really fun movie. I think that I had a smile on my face the entire time. A faux documentary about a group of vampires who share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Unexpectedly upsetting in parts - people get killed (because, you know, vampires) and attacked and vomit blood and burn up in the sun. But very funny and extremely entertaining.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

CWE: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)

Summary: Hobbits, rings, etc.

Not sure how much I'm going to have to say about this one. The first of the trilogy, of course, and knowing how long they'd take to watch has been making me procrastinate. I liked the series well enough -- obviously, since I bought the DVDs -- but it's not one that I go back to rewatch much. I've still never read all of the books; I got bogged down in the middle of "The Two Towers," and, honestly, I feel like I didn't read it at the right time. I know a number of big fans who read the books when they were relatively young and it had a huge impact on them. I started them as an adult, even long after college. As a result, I don't feel like I have a history with the story. I don't have a lot of comparisons or deep thoughts or whatever to share.

Also, I'm doing like 6 other things and not really paying attention.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Into The Woods" (2014)

Previews: Mortdecai, Paddington, Selma, Cinderella, Tomorrowland (hey, all one-word titles!)

Just a quick blurb. Really enjoyed the movie. I did feel like there were some loose ends -- we never really learn what happens to Rapunzel and her prince once they ride away, or what happens to Cinderella's prince either. And it felt a little too much like the Baker's wife is punished for her actions.

Stared at Rapunzel's Prince the whole time he was on screen, thinking "he looks so much like the actor who played Casey on "As The World Turns" ... only to discover in the credits that it's completely the same actor! I'm good with faces.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

CWE: "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006)

Summary: A family takes a road trip so that their 7-year-old daughter can compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

OK, it's been a while! I've been busy and I know that the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is next after this one, so I think that's been slowing me down. Also, my cat died. That's the last post before this one and now I'm sad. Sigh.

  • I try to write the summaries from memory, but sometimes I have to cheat a little.
  • Also, I think I've been spending my Saturdays trying to keep up with Mark's videos, which ate up a lot of my time. Now that "Farscape" is done and "In the Flesh" is only 9 episodes, I'll have more time. Not doing the videos for "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," since the videos aren't anywhere that's easily available. I watched the show back in the day, so hopefully I'll remember at least the big stuff when I read the reviews.
  • Was this Steve Carell's first serious-ish role? OK, he did a Woody Allen film the year before, and, of course, "The 40-Year Old Virgin." I guess it was a part of that sudden proliferation of Carell movies. Playing a suicidal gay man was a little bit of a different track, though.
  • OK, now I want chicken.
  • I do like all of the actors in this movie. Steve Carell is very, very good. But I'm always a sucker for the conflicted gay character.
  • I also like that Frank really doesn't like Richard. Because Richard is kind of an ass.
  • And Grandpa, Frank and Dwayne are kinda awesome.
  • Frank and Sheryl have nice sibling chemistry.
  • Josh is a little ... obvious. Frank can do better.
  • Also, it makes me deeply uncomfortable that no one in that van is wearing a seat belt.
  • Reading the costuming recaps for "Mad Men" has made me notice everything. The bedspread, curtains, and Sheryl and Richard's shirts are all busy patterns that are in conflict with each other, visually representing the conflict within their relationship. Also, I really want to go back and re-read all those articles.
  • Bryan Cranston!
  • Richard in shorts on a tiny scooter.
  • ... and goodnight, Grandpa.
  • Frank just kinda goes along with it all, from pushing the van to stealing a body. I can't help but think all the pushing outside the limits of what's acceptable or "normal" is revitalizing for a man who feels lost and completely disconnected from his life.
  • The porn distracts the cop from the dead body in the trunk.
  • Is the cop Hank? OMG. It is. It's like a "Breaking Bad" reunion in (in tiny roles) this movie.
  • I remember doing tests for color blindness when I was a kid. Would it really take until someone was 15 before it was discovered?
  • I love Beth Grant. She always plays the most horrible people.
  • "Is there anything else?" "Yeah, is there a funeral home around here?"
  • Oh, pageant kids. Scary.
  • It's really sad that Grandpa spends 1/2 the movie wrapped in a sheet in the back of the van, but getting Olive to the pageant basically became everyone's top goal.
  • So. Interesting. These girls are *obviously* pageant girls. They have the hair and the fake smiles and the ridiculous makeup. Do they know that this is, in a lot of ways, a complete condemnation of their lives? I'm gonna say not.
  • OK, it's half a strip show, but I giggle through Olive's talent demonstration.
  • And all the guys dancing with her.
  • Still like it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014