Wednesday, January 29, 2014
More Random Thoughts Of A Movie Insomniac.
Sita Sings the Blues
This is a flash animated movie and before any of you start groaning. I should say that this is a mostly flash animated feature. There are some line animation and some Indonesian shadow puppets too, but yeah most of it is done in flash. Although to be fair, the animation does look incredible. The movie tells the story of The Ramayana and if you are unfamiliar with this Hindu story. It's OK, I was too. The story (in the movie) is about a girl named Sita who has gone with her husband Rama after he was banished from his kingdom. While living out in the forest she gets kidnapped by another man, so Rama has to go out and save her. This may sound very basic, but I assure you it's not. That's not to say I found it very deep and meaningful, but it certainly does stand out from most other animated movies I've seen this year. I really liked that all of the songs were just covers of old 30's torch songs by singer Annette Hanshaw. You may think that incorporating a religious Hindu story with songs most normally found in a Woody Allen movie would not mix well. But surprisingly it does. This is a feature that you can watch for free, and if you have the time. I highly suggest that you do. I won't lie and tell you that some of the actions done by certain characters were a little questionable, but I still found this to be one of the best animated features I've seen this year. That's All.
Her". It basically features a bunch of guys putting themselves in very dangerous situations for our amusement. The three "Jack Ass" movies were nothing more then a series of sketches. "Bad Grandpa" tries to be more like "Borat" and infuse a story line along with the sketches, and this is where it fails in my
opinion. The story is about Irving(Johnny Knoxville) having to take his grandson Billy(Jackson Nicoll) to visit his father. Along the way they stop and pull pranks with real people. In the show and the first three movies. Once the sketch ends and the joke has been established. It's alright to move on to the next one, but in "Bad Grandpa". There was never any aftermath or a conclusion. It just cuts to them back in the car on to their next prank. The sketches they do are really funny. Including one where Irving dresses Billy up as a girl to win in a child beauty contest. I just found the wrap around story line to be weak. I will be rooting for this to win Best Makeup at the Oscars because I want Spike Jonze to have another feature win an award.
(Why the formatting of this post is messed up and the lines don't match. I have no idea)
The Wolf of Wall Street.
this feature is that it points the finger mainly at us, then it does the characters on screen. Jordan and his cronies are all bad people who do horrendous thing, and yet they are celebrated for it. What does that say about us? What would you do if you had more money then you knew what to do with it? That's why I'm not really surprised when I hear about a celebrity getting into troubles with drugs and alcohol. We are giving them all this cash and fame, and high paying lawyers. Why not try a little coke. They have the money to go to rehab. We helped pay for it, by going to their latest blockbuster or downloading their recent hit single. As much as I loved Leo's work in this I should also praise Jonah Hill who is also very good. I think the guy has become a fine actor, but I don't agree with the Oscar nomination. He should get praise for the role,but not Academy Award winning praise.
This is a movie I should hate. I really can't stand characters who have things happen to them. Instead of them actually doing something. Yet for some odd reason. I found Greta Gerwig as the title character to be very mesmerizing. Mainly because I started to emphasize with her more as I watched this. In it she plays a woman who has this dream about being a dancer and yet feels stuck at how to peruse it. I feel that this is something we all can relate to. We all have our dreams but are afraid we may get stuck in a job we don't like. Frances is kind of awkward and doesn't know how to socialize well with people. But I found that to be kind of endearing. But many of you may find it to be annoying. There isn't much of a story line and if you just down right hate Greta Gerwig (although I can't see why) or black and white movies(I don't know why either). This will not be for you. However I did find this to be very enjoyable and it showed me that you must never stop chasing your dreams. No matter what you need to do to achieve them.
The Thin Man
If "The Wolf of Wall Street" made tossing midgets and having sex with tons of hookers look stylish. Then "The Thin Man" makes heavy drinking and chain smoking look very cool in this 1930's mystery comedy. Retired detective Nick Charles(William Powell) and his wife Nora(Myrna Loy) want nothing more then just drink all day and party all night(while drinking of course) When one of their friends becomes the suspect of a murder and goes missing. They'll stop at nothing to finish the case. At least the case of scotch they have, but Im sure after that. They will get started on this one. What I enjoyed most about this feature was the charisma between William Powel and Myrna Loy. They felt like a couple that has been together for a long time. In one scene where a detective has come to ask them about the case(the scotch is long gone by then). They are joking and teasing eachother with physical gestures rather then words. I also love that after each night of heavy drinking. The first thing they do when they wake up is to pour another cocktail. I have heard that this does work in preventing a hangover. Now for those who think that this movie does nothing more then celebrates smoking and alcohol. You should be aware that in the 30's everything that was bad for you was actually good. If civil rights were better established back then. It would have been a great time to relive. I plan on checking more of these features out very soon.
Allright Cats. That's the end of my post for this time around. I'm taking a break from writing for a little bit, but you can still find me around the web on the shows I'm on. As You Watch and Silver Screen Speak. Take care.