Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Shop Around the Corner

This was one of the last movies SHR and I watched together before Double Trouble. We had seen it before a numbers of years ago at Film Forum. In fact, I think I'd already seen it twice before at Film Forum.

We enjoyed it again but not as much as before. However, I don't think that that was the movie's fault. Rather, our minds were a bit preoccupied with other thoughts.

Because this movie is awesome. One of the best romantic comedies of all time by far. Sure, it's a bit dated but in a good way. God Bless Ernst Lubitsch, Jimmy Stewart, kooky 1940sness, and the dude who played the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
1940
DVD

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Mighty Heart

Michael Winterbottom's movies are always fascinating. I really like the way he blends real footage with cinema verite-like fictionalized action. His movies feel completely unique.

Despite this film not being one of my favorites of his (granted I only see about one out of every three), it is well worth seeing. Like United 93, this film turns a tragedy (the Daniel Pearl beheading) into a suspenseful thriller. Even though you know how it's going to turn out, you can't stop rooting for the good guys.

Angelina Jolie ruined the mood for me though.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
2007
Showtime

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Sting

Newman and Redford are just so darn charming together.

I can't believe that I had never seen this before. I wasn't expecting it to be so light in tone. I wasn't disappointed though. It just threw me for a loop. But I guess, it makes sense. Every George Roy Hill movie I've seen has a light touch to it.

This is a fun movie and deservedly considered a classic of the era.

Directed by George Roy Hill
1973
Cinemax

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Harvey


What a piece of crap.


I mean ... seriously. What a piece of crap.

Nice poster though.





Directed by Henry Koster
1950
Cinemax

Monday, March 02, 2009

The House Bunny

I really should have known better. Why didn't I? Why did I think this might be good? Do I love Anna Faris that much? Was I so enamored with Smiley Face that I thought this might be good? Well, Mr. Fred Wolf (writer of such film classics as Dickie Roberts, Joe Dirt, and Without a Paddle) is no Greg Araki. This movie was stupid.

It should have been a female version of Revenge of the Nerds but instead it was close to unwatchable. Jason and I were ready to give up after 35 minutes but SHR was intrigued enough to keep going. I'm not sure why and she regretted it by the end.

A few thoughts:

- Hefner sucked.

- The jokes weren't funny - except for the many times where Faris has to speak in a growl to remember someone's name.

- Everything about this was flat and dull. I just didn't care. But I guess the average 12-year-old would. I still don't know why I thought this was supposed to be halfway decent.

- I hate Colin Hanks.

- Both Jason and SHR likened the film to a sorry ripoff of Legally Blonde. I just reread the Onion review of this movie and came across this line, "But that's just one of a host of musty old tropes peddled by the movie, which is what Legally Blonde might have looked like had it been made in the Revenge Of The Nerds era." Exactly.

- Kat Dennings (as cute as she is) was in two of my least favorite movies of '08. Too bad she didn't make a cameo appearance in the Indiana Jones flick to complete the trifecta.

On another note, this was my first Blu-ray disc on my new Blu-ray player. Which is pretty funny considering that the first DVD I ever watched on my first DVD player was, if memory serves correctly, either Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore with Balgavy back in the late 90's. This movie was produced by Adam Sandler under the Happy Madison production company.

Directed by Fred Wolf
Blu-ray
2008

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Edge

The first time I saw this was at a shitty little theater in Sunnyside, Queens right after I moved to New York. Balgavy, Alex J and I were enthralled by the manliness of it all.

The second time I saw it was on video in a cabin at Mt. Baker, WA as part of a great snowboarding, hottubbing, venison eating weekend with Sam U and a cast of thousands including my cousin Jason.

The third time I saw it was a few weeks ago. Jason and I freaked out with glee. SHR thought the movie was a dumb boy movie.

Much like Grand Theft Auto makes me want to pull people out of their cars and beat the living daylights out of them, this movie makes me want to kill the motherfucking bear!

All these years later, this scene still inspires me! Say it with me! What one man can do, another can do!



Directed by Lee Tamahori
1997
Cinemax