Archive for July, 2010

Weekend Wacky Quotes

So, I decided to do something a little different.  I’m going to list ten quotes, and you all get to guess from which movies or TV shows they came from!  Sound exciting?  Well, it should!

1. "Show me the money!"

2. "It’s a gift, and a curse."

3. "You know, I like history too, and maybe when this is all over you and I can stop by the souvenir shop together but right now I just… I just wanna find some rockets!"

4. "Well, think me up a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut with some of those little sprinkles on top, while you’re thinking."

5. "Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly; they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves."

6. "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!’"

7. "This crazy Kraut is crackers! He crashed in here and crassly tried to kill us!"

8. "One comeback I can take, but two? Who’s next? Lazarus?"

9. "Hey, when do I get my own memory-messer-upper thang?"

10. "Daddy, you shot yourself!" "Seemed like a good idea at the time."

Changing my view of Angelina Jolie?

I finally watched Changeling.  During the opening, I was thinking, "Oh, it’s going to be one of those plodding movies full of weirdly dramatic music…"  (What can I say, I’d watched Eclipse recently and my brain was still a little warped.)

I was impressed with Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins, a mother who has lost her son and insists that the boy returned to her is not her son. She was able to portray the necessary emotions with a sort of contained desperation. My "problem" with her in the past has more been about her movie choices rather than her acting ability.

The plot of Changeling does take some time to unfold, but it’s good.  Hard to watch, but good.  It’s a good depiction of how chauvinism ruled society in different eras.  On top of police corruption is the horrific patronization (e.g. the "little woman is confused" idea).  It seems ridiculous today that anyone would try to tell a mother that a child was hers if she insisted it wasn’t.  Shouldn’t a mother know?

I would recommend that anyone who hasn’t watched this movie do so now.  It’s definitely worth it.

 

I occasionally tour the "old releases" section of places like Blockbuster because I never know what I might find.  I recently came across a 2007 movie Charlie Bartlett.  I picked it up mostly because it had Anton Yelchin, who was charming as Chekov in Star Trek, and Robert Downey, Jr. who has become a fascinating actor.  I was not disappointed.

Charlie Bartlett is about an affluent teenager who ends up going to public school after being kicked out of numerous private schools.  Yelchin plays the title character with charm, wit, and depth.  Charlie goes from getting beat up at school to being the one person that everyone can talk to.  The fact that he then prescribes drugs for his classmates is what lands him in trouble again.

The movie is about much more than a kid getting drugs for his classmates, though.  It’s more about the importance of having someone who will listen to you, even if he or she can’t help.  This applies to both the children and the adults.  Robert Downey, Jr. is excellent as the troubled principal of Charlie’s new school.  The principal, Gardner, is caught between trying to understand the kids and trying to obey school policy.

Charlie Bartlett is a captivating movie because instead of getting oppressive and angst-ridden, the story is carried along with hope and humor.

Bring it on!

There are two movies coming out this year that I’m excited about watching.

The first one I’ve known about for a while.  Since I loved Seabiscuit, I’m sure I’ll like this one, if it’s done well at all.

www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2618427161/

I first heard about this movie when I saw a preview for it while watching a different movie.  The interesting this is that both of these movies have John Malkovich in them…

www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi4089185817/

Helen Mirren with a machine-gun?  I’m sayin’!

Pouring Salt into wounds

Philip Noyce has come out with an action movie that is destined to be as big as some of his previous endeavors, such as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.  Although Salt is not based on a book written by a best-selling author.  However, I think it will hold its own.  Apparently, the main character was originally supposed to be male and Tom Cruise was approached about the part.  When he backed out, it was rewritten for a female lead.  All I can say about that is "Thank goodness!"  Tom Cruise would have been bad for the part, and I find it more interesting that the main character is a woman.  I think it works better, actually.

The main premise of Salt–which one can ascertain from the trailers–is that a witness says CIA agent Eveyln Salt (Jolie) is a Russian spy.  Since she works for the CIA, she is immediately under suspicion (not somewhere I’d want to work), but she escapes the building, claiming she has to save her husband.  But is that really what she’s after?

In reality, there wasn’t that much to the plot of the movie.  It all takes place in a short amount of time, but it’s packed with action and fleshed out with flashbacks.  There was a twist to the plot that I didn’t expect, perhaps because I was so hyped up on the adrenalin-packed action scenes.  I did, however, predict a different plot twist so I guess I didn’t completely fail.

I enjoyed Salt.  It’s a good action movie with good acting.  I thought Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor were particularly good, although I was impressed with Jolie, perhaps because she didn’t talk much.  And punched a lot of people.  Exciting!

A while ago someone recommended that I check out the show "Veronica Mars."  I’ll admit I was skeptical when I found out the title character was a high school girl.  However, I decided to give it a shot anyway.  Since the local renting establishments have a dearth of good TV show selections, I searched for "Veronica Mars" on Hulu, from whence I was sent to the WB website.  Long story short (too late!), I started watching the first season.  I was impressed.

I’ve watched parts of several TV shows that mostly revolve around teenagers, and "Veronica Mars" is the only one–other than "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"–that I found engaging.  Something like "The OC" made me want to gag.  "Veronica Mars," on the other hand, has good character development, good plots, and not all the adults are made to look like complete and utter morons.  In fact, I think two of the best supporting characters are Veronica’s dad, Keith, and the local public defender, Cliff McCormack.

"Veronica Mars" is an interesting and engaging show, and I look forward to seeing if it continues strong over time.

I was doing some on-line searching, and I "accidentally" came across this.  I’m pretty sure my mouse hovered over the "Pre-Order" button for a while.  Hey, I’ve waited this long, I can wait a little longer, right?  Right?  Right?

www.amazon.com/NCIS-Season-Seven-Mark-Harmon/dp/B003Q7B7B0/ref=sr_1_1

Celebrities…

Sometimes no one says it better than Brad Paisley.

www.youtube.com/watch

You tell them, Brad!

 

Christopher Nolan’s Inception

Christopher Nolan has become quite popular in recent years, and much of this is due to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.  The Prestige was a hit as well, although I personally think that Neil Burger’s The Illusionist, which was released the same year, is better.

I’ve heard from a number of people that Inception is the movie they are most looking forward to this summer.  So, as with most eagerly-anticipated movies, the first question is, Did it stand up to the hype?

The main premise of Inception is that people can be motivated to give up secrets in their dreams.  Certain people, trained as extractors, can enter the dreams of others and steal their secrets.  The tough part is convincing the people being "hacked" that they’re not dreaming, otherwise the whole scenario falls apart.  One things that makes Inception interesting is how a dreamscape can be changed and manipulated.  But perhaps even more interesting is the manipulation of the mind while the body is asleep, and how many different layers one mind can operate in at the same time.  It makes for a very intense movie.

Inception is stylistically quite fascinating, and the acting is quite good.  The cast is rounded out by a few relative unknowns, some rising stars, and a number of well-known actors.  I thought Tom Hardy was particularly good as Eames, and Cillian Murphy as Robert Fischer, Jr.  I was disappointed that Michael Caine wasn’t in more of the movie, but he only has to appear on screen to make a movie that much better.

I was, however, somewhat disappointed at the way Inception ended.  Not only was it a bit ambiguous, I found it to be a predictable ending for that type of movie.  Frankly, it was a bit of a let-down.  The movie is enjoyable, though, and I would recommend watching in theaters in order to get the full effect.

This is what I’m talking about!

I laughed so hard when I first saw this!  It looks hilarious!

www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3717727769/