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Mike Leigh’s Naked

February 2, 2013

So, so good. I love movies.

naked (4)

naked (5)

naked (2)

naked (3)

Quiz Show

August 11, 2012

I felt like I hadn’t seen this logo in years.

dreamy future nazi


The Miracle Worker

July 10, 2012



Sometimes a Movie Doesn’t Bother You

June 20, 2012

The Change-Up didn’t bother me, and I laughed a few times despite myself.

not that annoying

Movies in 2011

January 4, 2012

Movies Watched in 2011:
1. Thirst
2. Black Swan
3. The Fighter
4. Super High Me
5. Valhalla Rising
6. Witness
7. I am Comic
8. Like Stars on Earth
9. An American in Paris
10. Empire of the Sun
11. Punchline
12. A Prophet
13. I Am Love
14. Easy A
15. Animal Kingdom
16. Leon the Professional
17. Dogtooth
18. Restrepo
19. Toy Story 3
20. 35 Shots of Rum
21. Winter’s Bone
22. Papillon
23. Catfish
24. The Social Network
25. Let Me In
26. True Grit
27. King’s Speech
28. Please Give
29. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
30. Piranha 3D
31. Trick r Treat
32. Cloverfield
33. Exit Through the Gift Shop
34. Frost/Nixon
35. The Town
36. My Dog Tulip
37. The Fall
38. Four Lions
39. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
40. An Education
41. Inside Job
42. Atonement
43. Greenberg
44. Looking for Eric
45. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
46. The Proposition
47. Raging Bull
48. Citizen Kane
49. Three Kings
50. Monsters
51. Made in Dagenham
52. Waste Land
53. [REC]
54. Marwencol
55. 127 Hours
56. GasLand
57. The Other Guys
58. On the Beach
59. Fish Tank
60. Goobye Solo
61. Departures
62. Bridesmaids
63. Everything Must Go
64. Full Metal Jacket
65. X-Men: First Class
66. Super 8
67. OSS 117: Lost in Rio
68. I love you Phillip Morris
69. The Searchers
70. Hoop Dreams
71. Cairo Time
72. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2
73. No Such Thing
74. Human Nature
75. Parenthood
76. Good Hair
77. The Square
78. Another Year
79. The Big Picture
80. American Werewolf in London
81. Of Gods and Men
82. Mesrine: Killer Instinct
83. Mesrine: Public Enemy
84. Deerhunter
85. Kramer vs Kramer
86. Caddyshack
87. Downfall
88. House
89. Black Dynamite
90. Centurion
91. The Man from Nowhere
92. Blitz
93. Das Boot
94. Sisters
95. Starter for 10
96. Hopscotch
97. Grey Gardens
98. Thin Blue Line
99. Crazy Stupid Love
100. The Help
101. Stevie
102. I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
103. Timecrimes
104. Leaves of Grass
105. The Big Lebowski
106. In A Better World
107. Big Night
108. Incendies
109. Babies
110. Lawrence of Arabia
111. Bridge on the River Kwai
112. Drive
113. Moneyball
114. Contagion
115. 50/50
116. Machine Gun Preacher
117. In the Name of the Father
118. Win Win
119. Repo Man
120. Elegy
121. The Apartment
122. Special
123. Marty
124. Stay
125. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
126. Poolhall Junkies
127. Meek’s Cutoff
128. Better Luck Tomorrow
129. The Muppets
130. Hanna
131. Vernon Fl
132. Martha Marcy May Marlene
133. Take Shelter
134. Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains
135. Red State
136. Sunrise
137. Intacto
138. Return of the Living Dead
139. Cashback
140. Last of the Mohicans
141. City Lights
142. Art School Confidential
143. The Trip
144. 7 up
145. 7 plus 7
146. Tell No One
147. Welcome to Colinwood
148. The Limey

Bold = Watched alone
Everything else = Watched with Bethy

There’s no science behind these lists whatsoever. Except for the top three movies on each list, pretty much  everything else is interchangeable.

Top Ten Movies watched in 2011:
1. The Apartment
2. Winter’s Bone
3. Marty
4. Kramer vs. Kramer
5. True Grit
6. Dogtooth
7. Drive
8. Sunrise
9. Martha Marcy May Marlene
10. Bridge over the River Kwai

Top Eleven non-2011 Movies Watched in 2011:
1. The Apartment
2. Marty
3. Sunrise
4. Kramer vs. Kramer
5. Parenthood
6. Hopscotch
7. Return of the Living Dead
8. Das Boot
9. Punchline
10. Bridge on the River Kwai
11. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Top Ten 2011 Movies watched in 2011
1. Drive
2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
3. Win Win
4. Bridesmaids
5. Red State
6. Take Shelter
7. 50/50
8. The Trip
9. The Muppets
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2

Top Movie that would have made my “Top Ten 2011 Movies watched in 2011” List were it not for the Frustrating Ending:
1. Meek’s Cutoff

Top Movie that Made me Cry Because it Reminded me of E.T:
1. Super 8

Top Seven Pura Mierda Movies Watched in 2011:
1. The Guide to Recognizing your Saints
2. Crazy Stupid Love
3. I love you Philip Morris
4. Crazy Stupid Love
5. Leaves of Grass
6. Poolhall Junkies
7. Stay

Top Two Movies Loved by Critics but Lost on Me Watched in 2011:
1. 35 Shots of Rum
2. I am Love

Top Eleven 2010 Movies Watched in 2011:
1. True Grit
2. Another Year
3. Winter’s Bone
4. Restrepo
5. Please Give
6. Dogtooth
7. Black Swan
8. GasLand
9. Of Gods and Men
10. A Prophet
11. Greenberg

Top Ten Movies that I’d seen before still Held up in 2011:
1. Raging Bull
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Three Kings
4. Full Metal Jacket
5. Hoop Dreams
6. Vernon, Fl
7. In the Name of the Father
8. The Proposition
9. Big Night
10. City Lights

Top Two Movies I Hated the First time but liked in 2011
1. Big Night
2. Human Nature

Top Seven Devastating Movies that I can Never Bear to Watch Again Watched in 2011 (in order from glad I watched to sorry I watched):
1. GasLand
2. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
3. Stevie
4. Restrepo
5. Downfall
6. In a Better World
7. Incendies

Top Eight Movies I thought would be Crap but wound up being Good Watched in 2011:
1. The Other Guys
2. Cairo Time
3. Babies
4. Atonement
5. Everything Must Go
6. The Fall
7. Elegy
8. Special

January 26, 2011
“You want an area rug!”

Punchline (1988) made me feel old-timey and conservative. None of the comedians in it were particularly funny, nothing about it struck me as being at all realistic, but I liked it because it’s a sweet movie. The ending made me feel good. There wasn’t anything torrid or dark about it– in fact it was a really kind of harmless movie for its R rating. It had a few “fucks” here and there but no one self-destructs or murders or even sleeps with anyone in the entire film. Tom Hanks plays a self-centered comedian on his way up who learns a little lesson about life when someone does something completely selfless for him. That’s it. I can barely think of that previous sentence without hearing it in an ironic or sarcastic voice.

Writing about it makes me feel so… Andy Rooney-ish. In the end I just felt like it was … nice. And sweet. John Goodman is in it and he rules in everything. There were these weird Home Alone-esque gags in it that were so bad and misplaced that they were great. Also, young Tom Hanks still looks like my older brother to me. It’s difficult for me not to think of him in a good light.

Anyway, thanks to Beth and the random-ass (like a Canadian Netflix only it’s so shoddy you rarely get what is at the top of your queue, so the movies that arrive each week are kind of random), I was finally able to see Punchline between episodes of Mad Men and two European movies about murders (A Prophet) and affairs (I am Love) last weekend.

Demon in a Bottle

January 11, 2010

I haven’t finished a book in months. I don’t know if its depression or a parasite or the winter (I doubt its a parasite. Too gross.) or what, but I haven’t finished anything in a while.

Including movies. I’ve been to the movies, and that pretty much guarantees that I’ll finish them, but I haven’t watched anything at home, by myself, in a while. Only one movie, Sin Nombre, a Mexi-Salvadoran thriller about immigrants and murderous gangsters who hop trains to get into the states, have I been able to get through. Sin Nombre is a movie I totally recommend, by the way. A little generic–you know where its going for the entire film– but it still managed to enthrall me with the violence, setting and characters.
3.5 stars, if Netflix had a .5 setting.

I also have only been to the gym a couple of times since late in November. Its been rough. I’ve thrown caution to the wind and eaten everything in sight. I’ve put on some weight.

Still, I did read one thing. It may not be a proper prose book but IRON MAN: Demon in a Bottle is the one graphic novel I’ve read in the last couple of months. I liked it, too. It was so much a product of its time in ways that I hadn’t really noticed in my years of reading comics. It is rife with thought bubbles and commentary from bystanders. It even has an origin retelling so that new readers wouldn’t be lost. They used to do that every few months and I always thought it was kind of neat that they did that. Everytime Iron Man did anything, someone in the background would offer something up like “Dickie! Come quick! Thar’s a man in red-an’-gold armor just crashed in ahr back yard!” or after Iron Man flies away from an aircraft carrier, two of the sailors onboard have this exchange: “Hey Cookie! Y’all evuh see anything lahk that back in Omaha?” “You kiddin’, Beau? A flyin’ man in shinin’ armor? Shoot, we don’t even see stuff like that after tokin’ corn silk!”

Clearly the writers and editors at Marvel of the late seventies thought the world was just crawling with hicks. Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle also deals with Tony Stark’s alcoholism head on. Tony’s a millionaire playboy with a big mustache and Burt Reynolds good looks who loves his scotch and his brandy, and his wine. Demon in a Bottle collects eight issues or Iron Man from 1978-79 (at least one of them was released while I was being conceived) and at least once in every issue someone notes the alcohol in Tony’s breath or says “well, uh, you have had three already, sir. Are you sure–?” While Tony thinks things like “well, I am drinking for two men…” Himself and Iron Man, get it?! The whole book is a great if not a little-too-campy look into old style comic-booking. I don’t know what ‘age’ its supposed to be (possibly silver age?) but I never paid too much attention to that stuff. There are other adventures and ridiculous villains along the way, but the underlying theme is that the world coming down around Tony and he hits the hard stuff to deal with it sometimes.

I’m just glad I read it and that Tony Stark got some help. The lush.

Refused are Fucking Dead

April 26, 2006

Frankly, I expected this disc to be bullshit. Not so much a retrospective as it is an analysis of their break up, Refused are Fucking Dead is a loving piece of hardcore history that doesn’t suffer from over-reliance on live footage, band pranks, or any of the usual trappings of band documentaries. The documentary itself is about 40 minutes long, and the extras include both of their videos and a few live cuts that were thankfully left out of the documentary itself. I haven’t been this ecstatic about a purchase in a very long time. Beware those who would call this “artsy,” because of it’s chello based score and its complete lack of laughs, for they are lame.