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Last week I went and saw Tom Hooper's Les Miserables. It's not a story that I was previously familiar with -- I've never seen the play and I didn't read any summaries before I went.

I did not particularly like the movie. I left the theater feeling confused and off-balance.

Spoilers below. I wrote a lot.

Why Sometimes a Play Should Stay a Play )

Anti-Oscar

Mar. 5th, 2006 09:46 pm
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Pat and I decided that the best way to spend Oscars night was to go see a really horrible movie. Don't ask me why this makes sense -- my logic is excellent!

So we saw Ultraviolet. Yes it was that bad. But, it was bad in a way that was funny -- possibly even intentionally. It had some redeeming qualities: the tech in the movie was very interesting and I think worth sitting through all the bad. Anyways, it would have made the perfect video game plot: split into tiny cut sequences in between lots of fighting it wouldn't be that bad.

So how did them Oscars go?

Edit: I think I'm going to make this a regular holiday (much in the vein of Halloween in July). What better day to go see a movie than Oscars night? Guaranteed to be almost noone in the theater because a) the Oscars are on and b) its a sunday night. And I think it'll have to be a bad movie too. This is the part of the year when a lot of bad films come out.

I need a snazzy name though. Suggestions?
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Haven't been keeping up on my movies.

The other day Pat and I saw Night Watch, the new Russian movie that's been talked about a lot. Its one of those dark things versus light things movies, sortof like underworld in tone, but much better in reality. I liked it quite a bit, even though it's plot was a bit predictable and its logic a little weird. One thing that really stood out is what they did with the subtitles -- rather than just having them on top of the film almost in the way, they actually incorporated them into the storytelling. Really neat thing that I don't think I've seen anywhere else. That alone made the movie for me. I've read that they're planning to make two sequels: one in Russian and one in English. I wonder how that will turn out. I've also heard that they re-cut the movie for American audiences and that the Russian cut was much better. So I'll have to hunt that down if I can and watch it.

Last night we watched Mirrormask, which I wish I'd watched in theaters when it was out. Really gorgeous visuals and a neat, weird little story. Some parts were a little slow, and Pat couldn't help but groan at the ending -- but really, its a fairy tale, what do you expect? There were pieces that were reminiscent of Labrynth and other pieces sortof like Legend -- a mix that I thought worked really well, since they have different flavors. Labrynth is often silly and strange while Legend is serious and strange, so this was a good mix of silly/serious strange. And some of the scenes were pretty comparable, to the point where I wonder if they were thinking of those movies when they made them. Of course, the Jim Henson company helped to make this one, and they also did Labrynth, but I think the similarities go beyond that. Really excellent little movie.

random

Feb. 28th, 2006 10:09 pm
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My second favorite movie is Royal Tenenbaums. Its a fantastic and weird flick. I watched it again the other day, which led me to wonder about Wes Anderson's other films. Just watched Bottle Rocket and Rushmore for the first time. Bottle Rocket was pretty amazing in its own weird little way; Rushmore was just as funny as I thought it would be. I think I liked Bottle Rocket better than Rushmore.

Tenenbaums, still the best.

Odd fact: in each of these there's a shot of characters underwater, with the number increasing in each additional movie (Bottle Rocket 1 - Tenenbaums 3).

Weird.
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Pat and I watch a lot of movies out here in Boulder (by this I mean even more than the many, many we used to watch at home). I want to try and write at least something about each of the ones that I see over the next year, maybe every two weeks or so (or when I get around to it).

Early January (and late December) movies:

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Saw wedding crashers. Overall, good movie. Owen Wilson = hot. Vince Vaughn = incredibly funny.

If it had been anyone else playing these roles, it would have been a terrible movie. But somehow, these two just have really good chemistry together, and so it works.


I also saw that Chocolate movie the other day. More on that later.

A movie

Jun. 29th, 2005 06:20 pm
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Ok, so I just watched War o' the Worlds. SPOILERS AHEAD. Overall I liked the movie a lot -- had a couple of issues though.

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I'm waiting for Pat to call me, so that I can go grab him from work. While I wait some thoughts on that Bat movie. SPOILERS AHEAD!

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