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The Descent   (C-)
Um, how the hell does this have an 82% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes?? I don't get it. I do love scary movies, and sure, this made me jump a few times, but come on writers, put a little bit of effort into the dialogue. And even if they had, these five actresses would have butchered it. Horrible all around, but it gets above a 'D' because it was set in a cave and it was dark. It would get a 'C' if they showed some boobie, which would seem like a no-brainer with an all female cast.
On a side note, have you noticed that trailers lately, including this one, have really upped the use of "from the studio that brought you [insert title here]"? This one has "from the studio that brought you Saw and Hostel", and the trailer for Accepted starts with "from the studio that brought you American Pie". This must stop before it gets way out of hand:
"From the studio that brought you To Kill a Mockingbird and Schindler's List... Fast and the Furious 5: the Gaza Strip."
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby   (A-)
Will Ferrell is back. I was starting to get a little concerned... the last movie of his I enjoyed was Anchorman, which I know a lot of people did not. To all of you, you suck. So have most of Ferrell's movies since: Kicking & Screaming, Bewitched, The Producers... okay fine, I didn't see The Producers but I bet it sucked.
But no worries, he's back in full form in this one. I laughed quite a bit for the first third of the movie, then it went into a lull, and I returned to laughing for the last third. Overall, a great time. Sacha Baron Cohen was AWESOME, it really doesn't matter what he's saying, he sells it with the facial expressions and accent. I cannot wait to see Borat.
And I truly believe every movie should end with bloopers... even dramas. Imagine ending Platoon or The Godfather with a nice little blooper reel, it'd be pretty awesome.
"Cochise" - Audioslave
Little Miss Sunshine
Wonderful job all-around,
*gun to head*
*drive-by on LA street kills me first*
"No Man's Land" - Sufjan Stevens
"Chicago" - Sufjan Stevens
"You Love Me" - DeVotchKa
"How It Ends" - DeVotchKa
"Coming Home" - the 88
*this song was on the trailer
Clerks II   (A)
LOVED this movie. It's actually better than the first, and it was surprisingly touching. Very few movies can make your heart feel all warm while also throwing in a donkey sex show. Like the original, it's a lot of talking about random things, which is where Kevin Smith's at his best, covering Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars, Transformers, and the nuances of "ass to mouth".
If I ever become suicidal, just show me Jason Mewes doing the "Silence of the Lambs" dance repeatedly and I'll love life again. I also loved the romantic storyline between Brian O'Halloran and Rosario Dawson, very sweet. Rosario is smoking hot. And definitely keep your eye on the new guy, Trevor Fehrman... hilarious.
My buddies and I got an extra special treat at this screening, as Kevin Smith came into the theater and did a Q&A session for about an hour and a half. I'm pretty sure he could've gone on for another three hours if the ushers didn't stop him. The guy likes to hear himself talk. And so do I. Check out some of his live stuff at youtube.
"(Nothing But) Flowers" - Talking Heads
"1979" - The Smashing Pumpkins
"Everything" - Alanis Morissete
"Misery" - Soul Asylum
"ABC" - Jackson 5
*don't wanna get sued, so I'm just gonna link to the youtube scene
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest   (C)
Superman Returns   (C)
X-Men: The Last Stand   (C-)
They were all disappointing. These were the huge blockbusters I'd been waiting for? Hate you Hollywood! The scripts were really, really awful for all of them. And they were all ridiculously long. There is no need for a movie about pirates and a giant squid to clock in at two and a half hours. And as Kevin Smith said in his Q&A, "Could Superman please punch something? Something's wrong when you have Lex Luthor beating up more guys than the Man of Steel." Also check out Kevin Smith's funny tale of his Superman script experience. Maybe Bryan Singer should've stuck with the X-Men franchise, cause then the third one wouldn't have blown so hard, and someone else could've told a Superman story where the villain's demonic plot isn't selling real estate.
Waist Deep   (C-)
Not as bad as I was expecting... but not good. Tyrese is actually a pretty good actor, who I hope gets some better material. This was a typical B-movie, pretty well directed, but the script left much to be desired.
I did walk away from the movie with a heightened level of already existing fear of The Game. This guy was in a three-day coma in real life after being shot five times during a failed drug deal. I'm pretty sure he did a little method acting for this film.
The ending is so lame that it becomes pretty solid comedy. Actually, I recommend you go watch just to have that nice laugh in the last five minutes.
Oh and Meagan Good is smoking hot as well. She was also in the movie below...
This is my favorite film of 2006 thus far. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, it's crazy to think this is his first movie. Very, very impressive. It's a noir set in high school, with all the old-school noir dialogue... which could've really flopped. But the actors really pull it off... Lukas Haas is perfect as The Pin, and who would've thunk that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would become one of the best drama actors of his age? The score is really cool too.. composed by Rian's cousin, Nathan. For you independent moviemakers, check out their story of how they got the movie made (scroll down). A labor of love.
Anyhoo, it just came out on DVD so go buy it!! It's also on my "be my generous friend" list in my sidebar, so be a kind soul and send me a copy too. Just click, purchase and my address pops up as you're checking out. Oh and why don't you send me a MacBook too while you're at it.. sweet, sweet.. love you.
"Emily's Theme" (Main Title) - Nathan Johnson
Okay, I'm running out of steam here... but here's a short summary of a few things I've watched on DVD lately:
25th Hour   (A)
One of Spike Lee's best. I think Ed Norton's in my top five favorite actors. Again, Rosario is smoking hot.
Apt Pupil   (B)
Interesting movie. Sir McKellen is awesome as usual.. but I feel like the story had more potential. Nonetheless, it's still an intriguing film.
Bringing Out the Dead   (A-)
Not Scorsese's finest, but still above and beyond almost everyone else. It's oddly humorous.. didn't expect that going in. Still proves that whenever Schrader and Scorsese hook up (The Last Temptation of Christ, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver), it's something special. Anyone else insanely excited for The Departed?
"T.B. Sheets" - Van Morrison
"Janie Jones" - The Clash
"What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" - R.E.M.
"I'm So Bored With The U.S.A" - The Clash
"Nowhere To Run" - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
"Bell Boy" - The Who
Running Scared   (B)
Trying way too hard to be Pulp Fiction. And ridiculously over-the-top.. but ya know, director Wayne Kramer intended this to be an over-the-top B-movie thriller, and in the end, I gotta say, I enjoyed the ride.
The Shield Season One and Two   (A+)
The best cop drama on TV ever. Ever!!!! Why haven't I seen this show til now?! Michael Chiklis rocks my socks, and Jay Karnes, who plays Detective Dutch, really needs to be in more shows and movies! CATCH UP ON THIS SHOW BEFORE THE SIXTH SEASON STARTS IN EARLY 2007! I watched the first two seasons in one week... you should do the same.
(overall, they have some horrible songs on this show, but here's a few good ones)
"Graciosa" - Moby (Episode 101: Pilot)
"Promises" - India Arie (Episode 102: Our Gang)
"Love Loss" - Cardia (Episode 106: Cherrypoppers)
"Take Me Somewhere Nice" - Mogwai (Episode 107: Pay in Pain)
"All My Little Words" - The Magnetic Fields (Episode 108: Cupid and Psycho)
"Helicon 1" - Mogwai (Episode 110: Dragonchasers)
"Trouble" - Coldplay (Episode 113: Circles)
"If I Ever Leave This World Alive" - Flogging Molly (Episode 208: Scar Tissue)
"Overcome" - Live (Episode 213: Dominoes Falling)
High Tension   (D)
Piece of shit.
*EDIT: Figured I'd throw up some songs from the above movies to hopefully notch up the comment count. =)