Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The latest on our Netflix progress:

Never Been Kissed, 1999: Good, funny movie right up until the end, when it gets all morally and mushy on us. Morals+mush=bad! And Drew Barrymore's mouth is weird ... a little too weird.

Get Over It, 2001: Embarrassingly bad. The only funny thing in this movie is the musical version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that the kids put on. Skip the rest, I say.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003: I fell asleep.

What to Do in Case of Fire, 2002: Oh, me and my German movie rentals ... why do I do it? This one was pretty good, but we watched it too soon after watching "Good Bye, Lenin!" so the material (post-reunification Berlin) felt a little worn out.

The Bourne Supremacy, 2004: We had friends over who talked through the whole thing, so I really can't say. I wish I had fallen asleep.

Muddy Waters Can't Be Satisfied, 2003: ... but I can be satisfied with this movie! Very good documentary. Muddy follows the typical musician's plotline can't keep his hands off the women, but is a genius with style. Interviews with contemporaries help set the scene and provide interesting historical context.

Before Sunrise, 1995: Face it, this movie is really good. My favorite line comes at the beginning: "Europeans, they're not very customer service-oriented."

Before Sunset, 2004: Ah, it is so tragic to have once been young and beautiful, and now be older and sorta wrinkly ... Actually, I really like this movie, too. My favorite line in this one is something like: "When you're young, you think there will be all kinds of people that you meet and connect with during your life. But as you get older, you realize that it's really only a handful."

Stalag 17, 1953: They don't call it a classic for no reason! Rent it now, I tell you!

Antonia's Line, 1995: Really dull Dutch movie about a family that consists of one woman per generation (the men, except for one, are summarily dismissed once the girl child is begat), none of whom look remotely alike. It's one of those movies that goes on and on without you feeling very involved in the people, like a bad biopic. But it's not even a biopic, so what's the excuse here?

Zus & Zo, 2002: Another Dutch movie, rented in preparation for our trip to Amsterdam. But it didn't provide us with much insight or positive feelings about Holland. In fact, we both fell asleep. Before that happened, I saw enough of this movie to think "people aren't really like that, are they? Barf!" But now that I've seen "Closer," these people don't seem so bad.

Operation Amsterdam, 1959: Mediocre WW2 flick about getting the diamonds out of Amsterdam as the Germans close in. I slept through about a third of this.

Ray, 2004: Hey! This movie is really good. It suffers just a little from the biopic genre's weaknesses, but ultimately is very affecting. Shoulda got the best picture oscar. I haven't seen it, but that boxing movie that won looks lame.

Garden State, 2004: Also really good. I actually really liked Natalie Portman in this, which is the first time I can really say that's happened. "If they had a retarded Oscar, you should win it!" Chris didn't like her, though. He liked the boy, Zach Braff, better. I invite him to comment.


Sunday, March 27, 2005

I watched these on the airplane:

Closer (2004): People aren't really like this, are they? It's a complete nightmare, this movie. On the one hand, there are a smattering of funny and compelling moments, it's well-made, and I did put off going to the bathroom in order to not miss a moment. But, the people in it are nasty. Alice (Natalie Portman) is the only one I even came close to liking. Anna (Julia Roberts) was perplexing. First she marries a guy who picks her up by claiming he chatted with her in the cleverly-named "London Sex Chat Room" ("I know how you like it up the a**") , and then she leaves him for a guy who's been stalking her for years. Jeez. Maybe should go to eHarmony.com, because she's not having any luck out there on her own.

Bridget Jones 2: The Edge of Reason (2004): The tattered remnants of a good movie are in here somewhere, I think. But this movie sucked. Colin Firth's Mark Darcy has become incredibly boring, as opposed to the kind of square handsome nice guy from the first movie. Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is fairly similar to the first movie, but strangely more self-conscious and foot-in-mouthy than before. Basically, this movie just sucks. There's not even anything all that entertaining to say in criticizing it.


Wednesday, March 23, 2005

This is totally inspirational:

High school student threatens hunger strike,gets school to play Foghat

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Tom Waits talks about his 20 favorite albums...

Look how old the Beasties are looking! They might want to consider getting some moisturizer with anti-oxidants to help reduce their fine lines and wrinkles.

Monday, March 14, 2005

This image belongs to the Apostrophe Protection Society
I just started reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss, and I am very taken with her idea of forming a militant wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Everyone needs to see this now! But, especially Ben! (I would have just emailed it to him, but it's too good not to share it)

Max (2002):
John Cusack as Hitler's Jewish buddy... hmm... what could go wrong? Surprisingly, not quite as much as I expected. Except for Leelee Sobieski, who was even worse. And then there were the amazing toss-off lines like, "Hitler, let me buy you a glass of lemonade." I really don't know what to say about this one, except that it isn't by any means essential, either as art or kitsch -- though it comes close on both counts.

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