Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph

In the theater, Sujan and I weren't sure if the boys actually enjoyed watching it. But the day after the movie, they kept talking about it. They know a lot of the details and keep asking if they can see it again. So ... if any of you out there in Listmaker Land want to take them, let us know!

The movie is pretty good. Not necessarily Pixar at its best good but it is pretty clever. I would have liked more than the three games that were featured but what can you do? John C. Reilly was great, Sarah Silverman was good, Jane Lynch was super fun, and even that Jack McBrayer doofus didn't bother me.  The story was intriguing even if the dialogue wasn't as clever as it thought it was.

Still, I'll be glad to watch this again in a few months with the boys.

Directed by Rich Moore
2012
Kips Bay

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Skyfall

This is the best new Bond yet. Perhaps one of the best ever? To be honest, I have no idea. I didn't see any of them from A View to a Kill until Casino Royale.  And I've barely watched many of the old ones since 1985 anyway. I just know that I have great memories of watching the old ones with my dad and I can't wait until the boys are old enough to start watching them with me.

I love the first "Is Bond dead" scene? I like all the being mad at M scenes. The charm is back. The humor is there. And then there is the whole Javier Bardem aspect. What a crackpot. I love that guy. And how awesome was Bond's response to Bardem's come-ons? Not played for homophobic laughs but rather a clever retort to a baddie. How many years before Bond takes a gay lover?

Directed by Sam Mendes
2012
Times Square 25 IMAX

Monday, December 17, 2012

Flight

The Lost Weekend of Denzel Washington pilot movies.  Awesome.

I liked this movie quite a bit. Why?
1. I'm a sucker for airplane crashes in drama.
2. John Goodman is awesome.
3. Um, cuz's it a well made Hollywood flick?

Would I have liked it to be a little darker than it was? Sure. But judging from the reaction of the sold out Court St. audience, it was more than dark enough.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
2012
Court St. 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Band of Outsiders

 Oh Jean-Luc Godard. So French. So arrogant. So awesome ... sometimes.

This falls nicely into his 1960's output of playful good times with a biting edge.

And Hal Hartley kinds of owes his whole career to this scene, doesn't he?

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
1964
TCM

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Tiny Furniture

 I was anti Lena Dunham. Then I started watching Girls and disliked her even more. Then I gave it another shot after many of my friends told me I should and I became pro Lena Dunham.

Since I watched this movie in the mindset of being pro, I liked this movie quite a bit.

If I had watched it a year earlier, I'm sure I would have hated it.

There's just something about that Lena Dunham. 

Directed by Lena Dunham
2010
Sundance Channel