Friday, January 29, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
A great movie with a great twist ending.
A good movie with a good twist ending.
A passable movie with a twist ending.
A movie with a twist ending.
A bad movie with a bad twist ending.
A horrible movie with an insulting twist ending.
Ah, screw it. Let's just make a CGI martial arts blockbuster based on a kids TV show.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
So we have chimps in space, dogs in space and flies in space (and all three came out within the past two years). Personally, I think the filmmakers should all be sentenced to read Laika cover to cover as punishment.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Blah blah. Movie based on retro TV show. Blah blah. Hollywood out of ideas. Blah blah. Setting up a franchise. Blah Blah Blah.
This time out, I really couldn't give a damn. I never watched the original series and so I don't have a dog in this fight. When I finally checked out a couple of episodes on DVD last year, I found it typical of the kind of goofy TV action show that the seventies and eighties really knew how to churn out (With the hills of California standing in for every location they could manage... Including southern Florida!).
I will say that the cast looks good, particularly Liam Neeson filling George Peppard's shoes. The recent death of his wife not withstanding, it would seem that old Liam is having a grand old time in his career playing Jedis, Spies and Batman villains (not to mention supreme beings of both Greek and Christian traditions).
The trailer is really over the top and gun heavy, which is not surprising but a bit sad when you consider the lack of bloodshed on the original show. Of course, Drew Barrymore kept the "No Guns" rule for her "Charlie's Angels" movies and that didn't keep them from being ridiculously over the top themselves.
And I suppose the movie is entitled to lapses of logic if it wants. In that same episode that featured a very mountainous South Florida, a couple of members of the the A-Team got out of a prison by inflating some garbage bags with hairdryers and floating out. Hell, even Macgyver never got that silly.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Obviously, the choices had dwindled down quite a bit (though if anyone wanted to re-shingle their roof with used copies of Righteous Kill, my local Blockbuster could have easily hooked you up). Here's what I did end up picking up:
Alien Uprising - Ah, if you can't afford to buy a bad cheesy sci-fi movie for ninety-nine cents, what can you?Finally, in the non-DVD category, I picked up "Car Talk: Maternal Combustion" on CD. I checked this out from the library several years ago and it was hilarious. All in all, the quartet of DVD's and the CD cost me just over five bucks. Not bad at all. And at the risk of sounding cruel, if Blockbuster wants to close any more stores, I'll be there.
The Host - More cheesy sci-fi, except this is actually very good. I had already seen this Korean import last year, but it was definitely worth a buck.
There Will Be Blood - No explanation needed here. It made a lot of top ten lists for the decade and for good reason.
Bottle Shock - A cute little comedy that shows Professor Snape going orgasmic for a bowl of guacamole. What else could you want?
Friday, January 08, 2010
First off, the joke Jay Leno told in his monologue last night ("What does NBC stand for? Never Believe your Contract.") isn't a new one. In the HBO movie The Late Shift about the Leno/Letterman conflict in the early Nineties, The guy playing Leno makes the same joke at a news conference. Whether that joke was actually made by Leno in real life or the scriptwriters made it up, it's ironic for Jay to use it now.
Second, you just know somewhere David Letterman is laughing his ass off. Not at the misfortune of Jay, mind you, but at the incredible incompetence of the NBC management. One of the nice moments in The Late Shift is the one scene where the two stars actually meet. They are friendly to each other, if not actually friends. The message is that these are just two comedians doing their job who have professional respect for one another.
And now Dave is safe at CBS away from this whole NBC debacle. Granted, he has his own worries what with his recent sex scandal, but at least in that case was the one doing the screwing and not the one being screwed.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I haven't read it, but I'm going to guess one of the tips isn't "Don't pointlessly pay for something you can get free anyway just because some famous schmuck tells you to."
Monday, January 04, 2010
IMUS: "Well, we checked this morning and unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately if you are a Buddhist, there is a path to recovery and redemption. Right? Well yes there is. The idea of redemption — nirvana under Buddhism — is achieving the state of being freed from greed, hate, and delusion."Hmmm. "The state of being freed from greed, hate and delusion". Well, that pretty much excludes all of FOX News right there.
Friday, January 01, 2010
Well, I suppose it's hardly a surprise when the guy's name is in the post title.
But even though I'm choosing someone who has entire websites dedicated to his quotes (I haven't checked, but I'm sure there are some), I'm going to attempt to choose some less obvious films and quotes. In other words, don't expect anything that combines snakes and planes.
So, in that vein, let's start with one of his early films that some people are surprised to hear that he was even in: Jurassic Park. Yes, indeed. It was Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne "Newman" Knight who played Ray and Dennis, who worked behind the scenes at the park. And you can bet that Knight (who rarely plays anything but "Newman") is irritating enough to raise that superb Jackson ire:
Ray Arnold: [trying to bring the system back on-line] "Access main program. Access main security. Access main program grid."
Dennis Nedry: [on computer] "Uh uh uh! You didn't say the magic word! Uh uh uh!"
Ray Arnold: "Please! God damn it! I hate this hacker crap!"