Archive for October, 2012

Quote Quiz 10.27.12 – ANSWERS

Yesterday was busy, so I didn’t get my quiz in. So here it is now!

1. “I’ve hired you to help me start a war. It’s an prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.” - Vizzini, The Princess Bride

2. “You’re worried about the Ayatollah? Try the WGA.” –  Lester Siegel, Argo

3. “ I’m ten years old. My life is half over and I don’t even know if I’m black with white stripes or white with black stripes!” - Marty, Madacascar

4. “You want me to drive?” — “No, you’re supposed to be suicidal, remember? I’ll drive.” — “Anybody who drives around in this town is suicidal.” - Riggs and Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon

 

Skins

I recently watched Skins, the 2002 movie which should not be confused with the controversial TV show of the same name.

Skins is about two brothers, Rudy and Mogie, Sioux Indians who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rudy and Mogie are opposites in many ways–Rudy is part of the Tribal police force, while Mogie is an alcoholic. The movie does not shy away from the issues that exist on the Reservations, but uses the relationship between the brothers to illustrate the power of forgiveness and love.

Skins is at times brutal, and yet has wonderful moments of dark humor, usually from Mogie. It’s a movie worth watching, especially since the issues on the Reservations are ones that many people want to turn a blind eye to. Skins exposes the issues without asking for pity or blame, and shows what the Indian nations have had to endure. You should watch it.

Quote Quiz 10.19.12 – ANSWERS

1. “You said I was your cousin!”  -  “That was a lie. If I was a relative of yours, I’d shoot myself.” - Lennie and George, Of Mice and Men

2. “Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you; for, out of question, you were born in a merry hour.” - Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing

3. “I have to murder and dismember a crustacean.” - Julie, Julie & Julia

4. “If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” - Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

5. “Get your slimy, webbed phalanges off mah boots!” - Beans, Rango

Argo

Ben Affleck’s third movie, Argo, is his best so far. Argo is based on the true story of six Americans who escaped the hostage situation in Tehran (that begin in 1979) and hid with the Canadian ambassador. Those six people have to be flown out of Tehran, but the question is how to do that without the Iranians discovering they are Americans and not Canadians.

There are some flaws in the movie, namely the oversimplification (as Hollywood does so well) of the behind-the-scenes politics that had been going on for years to bring the whole situation to a head. Also, from what I’ve read, it seems that some of the scenes in the movie, especially toward the end, are over-dramatized to add more tension and slightly misleading.

Those flaws aside, the movie was captivating and quite thrilling. The drama, whether amped up for Hollywood or not, will certainly keep the audience’s attention. What is also fascinating is how well they captured the look of the era–the clothes, the hair, the tensions, and more importantly, the terror in the streets of Tehran. While all the hostages are eventually released, Tehran remained a dangerous place for those who wouldn’t toe the line. If you don’t believe me, read Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. But I digress.

What was most surprising to me about Argo was the humor. I wasn’t expecting a movie about hostages and secret rescue missions to be so funny, but it was. Much of the humor is a dark humor, but it rings true to how people would have reacted in such a situation. Alan Arkin and John Goodman’s Hollywood characters add a lot of the humor, although the CIA agent O’Donnell, played by Bryan Cranston, has some of the best lines.

Argo is a thrilling and entertaining movie about a frightening time in American history. Even though the story is a little doctored, it is still well worth watching. This is a movie that, while it will be good on a TV, is worth the money to watch in theaters. The large screen of a theater makes the terrifying mobs in Tehran more realistic, and it makes the Hollywood scenes more opulent in comparison. I recommend you watch this movie in the theater if you get the chance.

Hobbits!

I had to share the second trailer for the upcoming Hobbit movie. It looks pretty wonderful!

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi650683417/

I have heard that they are breaking The Hobbit into three movies. I’m not sure how I feel about that. What do you all think?

Quote Quiz 10.12.12 – ANSWERS

1. “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” - Hunter “Patch” Adams, Patch Adams

2. “I love America. America gave me wings.” - Dieter Dengler, Rescue Dawn

3. “No, it’s for everyone who told me that being a Norte Dame Football player would be impossible. My brothers, the guys I work with at the mill, they can’t come to practice and see that I am a part of this team.” - Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, Rudy

4. “You must learn to attack me whenever and wherever I least expect it.” - Jacques Clouseau, A Shot in the Dark

Pitch Perfect

There has recently been a slew of a cappella-related movies and TV shows, which is understandable because a cappella music is quite fascinating. Since there have been so many shows, though, some are bound to be better than others.

Pitch Perfect is one of the better musical-type movies I have seen. It is like Glee, only more grown-up. It is still silly and humorous, but there is less angst and more music.

It was nice to see that Anna Kendrick, who plays the main character, Beca, has been able to avoid being pigeon-holed after her work in the Twilight movies. Another bright spot was Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy. She’s able to make a completely outrageous character mostly believable.

If you’re looking for a lighter movie, one that is humorous without being too vulgar, this is a good option. And the music is wonderful!

Looper

If people didn’t know the name Rian Johnson before, they will probably remember it from now on. He is the writer and director of the new action thriller Looper.

Looper is not a perfect movie, but it is a rather fascinating one. There are some moments when the story is confusing and the plot a little muddy. However, the premise is interesting, and the combination of action and violence is tempered with ethical dilemmas.

And the acting was good. Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt were great, and Jeff Daniels makes a superb villain, but the real stand-out role in the movie belongs to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mostly because of his ability to emulate a young Bruce Willis. He gets the facial expressions and the voice so spot-on at moments that it becomes a little eerie, which adds to the depth of the movie.

Looper is a movie worth watching. Rian Johnson is someone to keep your eyes on, even if you’ve never heard of him before now.

Quote Quiz 10.5.12 – ANSWERS

1. “I agree, it’s not my best disguise.” – Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

2. “The All-Father wove the skein of your life a long time ago. Go and hide in a hole if you wish, but you won’t live one instant longer. Your fate is fixed. Fear profits a man nothing.” - Herger, The 13th Warrior

3. “I haven’t seen Berlin yet, from the ground or from the air, and I plan on doing both before the war is over.” - Hilts, The Great Escape

4. “Being the only child of a woman who gave birth in a commune after changing her name to Skygirl, I’ve come to loath hippie-handie crafts.” - Prudie, The Jane Austen Book Club

5. “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” - Noah, The Notebook

Rev.

I recently watched a couple seasons of a BBC show called Rev. It is about an Anglican priest (or vicar) named Adam Smallbone. He has recently moved from a country parish to an inner-city parish, and seems to attract the strangest, most troublesome, people to his church.

Rev. Smallbone, however, tries to deal with everyone he encounters in the proper Christian manner, even though he is frequently put into terrible situations by the very people he’s trying to help.

Rev. is a hilarious and well-thought-out show. It’s definitely worth checking out. 

Thanks to Supercharged Hobbit for mentioning this series to me!