Archive for December, 2010
I’m still digesting the fact that I’ve discovered a Coen brothers movie that I really, reallyÂ like.Â I am, of course, referring to the new True Grit.Â I’m still going to write a review of it, but I will say that you all should watch it if you get a chance.Â Watch it in the theaters!Â Do it now!
IÂ saw most of the original Tron, years ago, so I was curious about the new Tron: Legacy.Â Â I didn’t have anyÂ highÂ expectations when I went to watch it, but I was still disappointed.
While Tron makes impressive use of special effects, the entire movie seems driven by the effects and suspense.Â It seems like a gimmick to sellÂ an unimaginative story.Â What’s unimaginative about someone being trapped in an alternate universe?Â Well, there have been a number of movies that have dealt with such issues, not the least of which is the still-popular Back to the Future trilogy.
I guess my point is that Hollywood is consistently letting viewers down.Â There really should be more to a movie than pretty effects and cool action sequences.Â Perhaps I’m being too hard on Tron.Â After all, it’s not the fault of the movie that I saw True Grit first, and was thrilled by it (more later on this).
It seems strange having to go back to work after a three-day weekend. Â However, the fact that this coming week is only a four-day work week might help…
I hope to have some reviews up later. Â I watched both Tron and True Grit over the weekend. Â I found it mildly ironic that Jeff Bridges is in both of the movies.
I love snow at Christmas!
I don’t think I’ll have time to do a quote quiz today, so I will simply say:
After watching I Have Found It, which is a Bollywood adaptation of Sense & Sensibility, I was reminded of an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed how Austen is becoming more popular.
In my opinion, Bollywood is uniquely suited to interpret Austen’s stories because modern Indian society tends to have more rules and regulations than modern British society.Â The sense of someone having to fight against popular opinion comes across well, even if they movie is subtitled (as I Have Found It is).
I think this also proves what W.H. Auden said in his poem to Byron: Austen said she wrote for the posterity, a bold claim, as Auden says, but “by posterity she’s read.”
I have read the book True Grit more than once, and rather enjoyed the 1969 movie version of it. Â However, I have to say I’m quite looking forward to watching the remake with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. Â It should be awesome!
After all, I believe Bridges is a better actor than Wayne. Â Such a statement will win me friends in some circles and lose me some in others, but I believe it is the truth.
I was talking to one of my friends last night, and we got into a discussion of how much we enjoy kung fu movies. Â In my opinion, kung fu movies are kind of the eastern version of westerns. Â There are usually honor codes, one person standing up against many, and border-line ridiculous fightÂ sequences.
So now I’m curious. Â Do any of you like kung fu movies? Â If so, which ones are your favorites and which ones would you recommend?
I acquired a Bollywood take on Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility.Â I’m looking forward to watching it, even though it’s subtitled.Â It should be great fun.
After all, Bride & Prejudice, the Bollywood version of Pride & Prejudice is pretty excellent.
1.Â “Fluctuate? You make it sound like I’m retaining water. I’ve gained 45 pounds in a week. Pete, what’s happening to me?” – Scott Calvin, The Santa Clause
2.Â “Don’t ever say hickory honey ham again.” – Nora Krank, Christmas with the Kranks
3.Â “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” – Clark Griswold, Christmas Vacation
4.Â “I’ve had a really lousy Christmas, you’ve just managed to kill my New Year’s, if you come back on Easter- you can burn down my apartment.” – Lucy, While You Were Sleeping
5.Â “Three balls, two sticks, one corked nose. Snowman? No. Much, much more. I am the Wizard of Blizzard! Hahahahahaha! Now run you little mountain goats!” – Jack Frost, Jack Frost