1. Don’t Care: Carrie Prejean
To begin with, cool name! But more importantly– who cares about this vapid woman? So she voiced her opinion about gay marriage. Many people think marriage is between a woman and a man. Many more important fucking people think so. She’s Miss California. That’s a made-up title that has no responsibility tied to it. So why do we care about this? It’s unclear. It is really great that she has received an undue amount of celebrity appeal for making a common ignorant statement, but I guess that’s how Ann Coulter got famous too. What I’m trying to say is this: she may be wrong, but let’s stop talking about it.
2. Care: Leon the Professional
Last night, I watched Leon the Professional, a Luc Besson film (of Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita fame). This is the story of a young girl (Natalie Portman) whose family is murdered. She is taken in by a hitman (Jean Reno), who, encouraged by her fervor for revenge, teaches her his trade. I really enjoyed the movie, which reminded me in some ways of The Fifth Element (Natalie Portman’s haircut, the wide angled shots at the beginning, the slow zooms, Gary Oldman), but at the end, the coherence began to taper. It was as if they were trying to tie the story up quickly and neatly at the very end–which didn’t make sense, since I thought the movie was over forty minutes early!
3. Care: PUPS
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i think quite a few of the people who read this blog will appreciate this:
taken from |laconic||oration|, who stole it from keytars and violins.
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sorry everybody. i’ve been busy with band stuff and label stuff lately.
i’ve got a little bit of free time at the moment, so let’s get back into the movie challenge. right where we left off…
chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5, chapter 6, chapter 7, chapter 8
May 12th, 2005
i haven’t felt like doing anything but sleeping for a couple months now. it’s getting bad. i gotta get out of here.
not as bad as i expected. it actually had some neat visuals early on, and snoop dogg wasn’t as dreadful as i expected him to be. however, the movie was boring. it never really went anywhere, especially anywhere unexpected, and the end just got stupid. it’s not even a movie to watch for a good chuckle. don’t bother with it.
The Boston Strangler:
made in 1968. just 4 years after the killings had ended. i really liked the cinematography and editing. richard fleischer did a lot of split screen shots and cool cropping. i found it rather artistic and unique. but like with all movies ‘based on actual events’, they didn’t really go for realism. actual events were changed to work into the plot twists and to fit the angle they were going for. they made the boston strangler into a split personallity disorder, which wasn’t correct or even speculated in the real case. one interesting thing about the real case is that many people think the boston strangler is still alive and living in the boston area. i found the real story to be fascinating, and recommend anyone interested in serial killers to look into it. i also recommend the film. it’s not accurate, but it’s a well done movie.
some images from: moviescreenshots.blogspot.com
the title is dumb, and the cover is more dumb, but the movie wasn’t that bad. it’s about a small group of german soldiers during ww2. they’re in a bunker. they think the enemy is beginning to surround them, they’re running out of ammo, and they can’t get ahold of any other germans. to top it off, none of them really like each other, and the tunnels built beneath the bunker are supposedly haunted. you never really know if it is haunted, or if they’re just going crazy, or what. the movie never reallly gets suspenseful or anything. it’s decent and made on a small budget, but it seems like it could have been better.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula:
i actually didn’t like it much. maybe i expected too much from it? i dunno. i never got into it. i did like some of the visuals and effects and stuff, but it’s not gonna make it on my top horror movies list. i’m sorry. i know that coppola is supposed to be awesome, but he did not impress me at all with this film. and again i want to know why the fuck anyone would give keanu reeves any role more than ‘cop number 1’ or ‘shopkeep’ or ‘extra’.
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Okay, I just watched Batman (like you’ve never seen him before) from 1989 and that is NOT an A movie. This throws my entire Warner Bros. DC list into doubt. I first saw this movie when I was 10 and loved it so hard I had sex with it. I’ve seen it many times but I guess maybe not for several years before tonight. I’m thinking I either watched it with a really critical eye for the first time or maybe The Dark Knight is just so good that this movie looks silly but whatever! The point is – this movie ain’t that great.
I can tell you what I loved about this movie when I was 10 – the Batsuit, the (few) hand-to-hand fight scenes, and Joker’s kewl one-liners. Well, now I realize that this batsuit is kinda clunky. For one thing, the head is really big. In the few shots where you can see Batman from the feet up, it’s pretty obvious as the head and shoulder pads are huge and then you look down and see Michael Keaton’s cute little chicken legs poking out from underneath the cape. The fights are pretty short and not as cool as they could be but they’re still okay. I’ll describe them now: 1) A swordsman swings his swords all over the place and Batman kicks him in the face. 2) In a cathedral, this dude does 30 backhandsprings before flying toward Batman with blades protruding from his boots (which is pretty cool) but Batman gets him in the nuts with his EXTENDING PALM . 3) A guy jumps at Batman and falls through the floor (pretty funny). 4) A big guy beats the shit out of Batman and then Batman’s Batchickenlegs pull him down a staircaise to his death.
The biggest issue with this movie is that it has no plot. I’ll sum it up for you: Gotham is turning 200 years old. There’s gonna be a party. Crime Boss’s Henchman is humping Crime Boss’s lady so Crime Boss sets up Henchman. Henchman becomes Joker, takes over crime and randomly does stuff that is bad. Batman randomly opposes him. Police do FUCKING NOTHING EVER. There’s a scene where Joker kills a dude on the courthouse steps and in the background you can see 2 cops just standing there doing NOTHING (and then they get shooted). Wait, is that part of the plot? In the newest movie, Joker basically does bad stuff randomly but at least he explains that he just thinks it’s fun. In this old movie, Joker seems half-crazy and half-just like any other crime boss.
This movie is campy, too, just like the old Batman TV show. When I was a kid I thought that the “new” 1989 Batman was dead serious and grim and awesome and the old show was silly but no, the 1989 movie is just silly in an ’80s way. I already mentioned the silly EXTENDING PALM on Batman’s glove. PS – Why did he implement such a feature? Was he really expecting to have to whack a guy in the nuts to avoid boot blades at some point? There’s a part where Batman flies in his Batwing jet and uses SCISSORS on the front of the jet to collect some parade balloons. ARGH! What was he planning for when designing the jet that he decided it should have scissors?
I dunno, man. This movie is a C.
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* = I like it to some extent, even if has a bad grade
Superman: The Movie (A)
Superman II (A)
Superman III (C)*
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (D)*
Superman Returns (C)
Batman Returns (A)
Batman Forever (C+)*
Batman & Robin (D)*
Batman Begins (A)
The Dark Knight (A+)
V For Vendetta (B-)
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I may have told you before about my horoscope conversations I’d have with my art teacher.
I may have told you other things about her.
Here is another. She mentioned that many of her favorite films have a theme of a young girl traveling to a fantasy land and she cited Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Labyrinth. “Oh,” I said, “then you must like Mirrormask and Return to Oz.” She responded with, “Huh?” So I let her borrow them, along with The Dark Crystal. Alas, she couldn’t make it all the way through Dark Crystal or Return to Oz because she found them to be too boring but mainly too . . .
Yep, now you know. The Dark Crystal is too old be enjoyed. THANKFULLY, she acknowledged that it was proabably a “great movie in its time.” When I asked what her deal is with old things she blamed the media, and then added that we’re all affected by the media in the same manner.
I asked what movies she likes and her list included Fight Club, The Saint, and “anything with Val Kilmer.” Fuck art teachers.
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I know a lot of people here are big fans of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s seminal comic Watchmen. With that in mind, here is the trailer for the movie version directed by Zack Synder (300):
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One of the most tantalizing prospects for art and/or pop culture enthusiasts is the “lost” work…a piece that once existed and now does not, or something that never was in the first place. An offshot of this is the truncated or fragmented work, where elements of a project are available but, for whatever reason, the final product as envisioned is no longer available or was never allowed to reach fruition. In music, perhaps the most famous example is the album Smile
, The Beach Boys
‘ follow-up to their masterpiece Pet Sounds
. As for comics, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World
saga was only allowed a few years of publication before being cancelled. But it’s probably the movies that have lost the most: around 80% of all the films made between 1894 and 1930 no longer exist.
The reason for such a low survival rate for movies of this period can be attributed to several factors: the film stock of the time was highly flammable and prone to deterioration, the studios at the time saw little reason to keep movies that had played through their theatrical run and subsequently trashed, or prints were destroyed in order to obtain silver nitrate to strike new prints from, to name but a few. With all of these obstacles in the way of a film from the silent era surviving to the present day, it’s always heartening when one that was thought lost is found; but when a complete print of an all-time cinema classic is uncovered for the first time in 80 years, it’s little short of a miracle. Yet this is what happened when yesterday it was announced that the full 210 minute version of German autuer Fritz Lang
‘s science fiction masterpiece Metropolis
has been found…in Argentina, of all places.
I won’t go into the whole story…if you’re interested, you can click here
. Basically, a copy of the original version of Lang’s film was sent from Berlin to Buenos Aires in 1928. There it stayed, changing hands over the decades while the cinematic world believed the full-length version to have been lost forever. Since then, various different cuts of the film have floated around, the most complete of which was released by Kino
in 2002. Even so, this version is only 118 minutes long, with missing scenes supplamented by title cards explaining what happened within the gaps. With this discovery of the 210 minute print, a huge chunk of Metropolis
can be seen by modern audiences for the first time. Though this print is apparently in rough shape and in need of work, it does seem to be complete. Martin Koerber, the man behind the most recent restoration of the film says that “no matter how bad the condition of the material may be, the original intention of the film, including all of its minor characters and subplots, is now once again tangible for the normal viewer. The rhythm of the film has been restored.”
I own Metropolis, but have yet to watch it. Part of me wants to wait, and see the full cut someday the way Fritz Lang intended. Another part wants to watch the 118 min version, in order to compare it to the complete one. Regardless, this is an amazing find: the complete version of a masterpiece from one of the most influential directors who ever lived. It also allows for hope that other lost movies may be rediscovered. I plan on writing another post about lost and/or recovered films soon. In the meantime, hold out hope that your favorite “lost” work might be found….it’s probably just behind someone’s couch in Peru, waiting to be rediscovered…
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