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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac: Issue 3.



I'm a bit upset that the first two months of summer are almost gone and I have only seen a few actual movies in theatres.  Well technically one because it was the only blockbuster, but I still really enjoyed the other one.  I did happen to first see "Iron Man 3" and "Before Midnight" back at  the end of June. Since we have all seen this new adventure with Tony Stark.  Let's switch gears and talk about "Before Midnight




 I consider this  to be a great conclusion to a series of movies I thought would not get any sequels but instead now stands as  of my favorite trilogies next to "Back to the Future" and "Star Wars" Ep 4-6. It's rare to see a movie that has nothing but dialogue that is still so engaging and interesting.No longer where you projecting yourself on a particular character.  You liked both of them and you wanted them to be together.  I really thought Jesse(Ethan Hawke) and Celene's(Julie Delpy) story ended perfectly in "Before Sunset", but then again I thought their story ended great in "Before Sunrise" too.  The thing that really stands out in all of these films is just how natural the dialogue feels.  I recently rewatched "Before Sunset" and the way the drama unfolds just through talking is a great testament to both screenwriters and director.  The third one is a bit more serious, but it is a lot of fun too.  Click here to read how I would envison a great Criterion version of all three flicks






 The other recent movie I saw in theatres was Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring".  I am a little torn on this one because I did enjoy the style she was going for, but I thought the structure and the pacing of the story was lacking a bit.  Emma Watson is really good and I wish the movie focused more on her character instead.  Great soundtrack and some cool visuals make this worth watching.  Read my full review by clicking here.






 Since getting Netflix back I have been able to catch movies that perked my interest , but I didn't want to pay for them.  One such movie was the documentary "CleanFlix".  This one was about the video store out in Utah that edits R and PG-13 movies.  Those places ended up going out of business because of copyright infringement, and they should.  I have no problems if people want to edit copies of their own movies to show their friends and family.  But you do not have the right to make a profit out of those titles for your own gain.  The best part of the documentary was when one of it's store managers was busted for soliciting sex from two underage girls.  He won't have scenes of sex between two consulting adults in the movies, but will partake in that.  Once he got busted and the stores went down I laughed.





 On the entire other end of the spectrum I decided to watch "Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood".  Now why did I decided to watch this sequel out of the many that have been released.  It was the only one that was the closest to being a Carrie Vs. Jason movie.  Now granted the girl in this one was not the one from the Stephen King novel.  Despite having psychic abilities, she was acutely not  that much of social outcast either.  Oh sure people thought she was weird, but she looked all right.  It was just fun watching her and Jason battle.  It would have been better if the whole movie was a continuing battle between them.  Not just the last ten minutes.   My version would be more like "I Saw The Devil"(Click link to hear our episode about this movie on The As You Watch Podcast's archive page). In it the psychic girl wants revenge on Jason for killing a family member. she tracks him down and just when he is about to off someone she beats the crap out of him.  No matter where he goes she appears and just destroys him.  She does let Jason kill off the ones who treated her badly and the two form almost a mother and child like bond.(this would be a good throwback to the first one.)




Another movie I watched was "Bachlorette".  This was the little bratty sister version of "Bridesmaids".  Starring, Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan as three horrible bitchy women who are invited by one of their friends(Rebel Wilson) to attend her wedding as bridesmaids.  These woman are self loathing, selfish, drug addicted cunts(yes I went there) who don't care at all about their friend.  Kristin Dunst's character is pissed off that her friend might get married in her dream wedding dress before her.  Lizzy Caplan wants to hook back up with a guy who left her to get an abortion herself back in highschool.  Oh and Isla Fisher's character will fuck anyone that can give her drugs.  Let me be clear about this.  It's not the character's behavior the reason why I hated this movie.  Seeing them be egotistical, selfish, and mean was where a lot of the humor was used.  It's that for no real reason all three of them have a change of heart and suddenly become nicer.  I don't know when it happened.  Just all of a sudden. Hey they're not complete cunts anymore  They're just slightly nicer bitches.  This is suppose to be a a movie aimed at girls, but the male characters in this have a much better time then the female characters do.  If it was done from their perspective.  It would be about three guys who go to a wedding for one of their friends.  One of them has sex with Kirsten Dunst in the bathroom stall, the other gets to nail Lizzy Caplan back in his old bedroom, and the shy wallflower gets Isla Fisher to fall in love with him.  Our three women characters went through a lot more problems.




This weekend I am seeing "Pacific Rim", and "Much Ado About Nothing" if they are still playing by me.  I hope to see "The Conjuring" if I have time.   Augest it's all about Troma as I help gear up for Troma Fest:2013.  More details to come soon.  Keep reading kiddies.  I will be back.

20 comments:

  1. Hey just wondering if you're interested in contributing to our '1001 Overlooked Movies' project over at The Movie Waffler? All the details are here http://www.themoviewaffler.com/2013/07/1001-overlooked-movies-call-for.html

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    1. I am interested. I will look into this more over the weekend

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  2. Great stuff here. I really liked Before Midnight as well, and if it is the conclusion to the series, then it ended perfectly. If it continues, well, then, I can't wait to see what's next.

    I didn't really dig Bachelorette either. I suppose I liked it a little more than you, but it honestly equated to bitch bitch bitch, moan moan moan, blah blah blah. To me, anyway.

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    1. Thanks Alex. I do appreciate the comment. Yeah I would love seeing more short adventures with Jesse and Celine, but I dont really want a franchise of films with these characters

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