Movies of Late

Saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 last night. Completely awesome. See/read what came before or you won’t get it. I think seeing it in “Digital Projection” at the Daly City Century 20 was good, the cinematic effects were just so…. real. 2 weeks after opening, the theater was full, and everyone in the audience was over 30. Curious.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 3 hours of kinda bland character study with 1 neat twist. Meh.

Grandma’s Boy – juvenile, funny male humor. I liked it.

40 Year old Virgin – I was expecting juvenile, funny male humor. There was a bit of that, but it was much better than that. Very enjoyable :-).

UHF – Ouch. Weird Al has learned a LOT about entertaining people after this film

Anvil! The Story of Anvil – Holy crap, these guys love music. An honest documentary about the real life Spinal Tap.

Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus – there are 60 seconds of awesome and 2 hours of them poking you in the eyes with a stick. Watch the awesome here.

Eddie Izzard: Definite Article – stand up show. He completely rocks. You should watch more stand-up. Seriously. Funny.

The Passion of Joan of Arc – I always thought I was missing out on something awesome by not seeing this 1928 “classic”. I watched most of it and completely couldn’t get through it. I totally don’t get why this is a classic.

City of Angels – Started pretty good, went way downhill. :-(

Demetri Martin. Person. – Funny stand up is always funny and puts me in a good mood. I like funny standup.

The Gates – the story of Christo and Jeanne-Claude installing The Gates in New York City. Good stuff. It’s amazing how much perseverance it took them to get this piece to happen. Pretty awesome. But then I like big awesome art.

Iron Man 2 – Wee!

High Fidelity – Certainly classic John Cusack.

Idiocracy – After all the hype some friends gave it, I though it was going to be as awesome as Zoolander (wow, that is an awesome movie… just earlier this week a friend said offhandedly “Oh, the files are in the computer!” and I laughed so hard). It isn’t. It has it’s moments, but only a few.

The Princess Bride – watched again at a house party with friends, brought my holocaust cloak :-). This is still a near perfect movie.

The Sopranos – I’m most of the way though the last season. What a powerful show.

6 Comments

  1. Paul Sulwer says:

    My knowledge of recent movies is usually half-baked at best (I’m also proudly ignorant of current TV and news :), so I’m surprised that I actually saw more than one on your list…

    Curious case of Benjamin Button – This one was pretty interesting & thought-provoking for me and ended up being one of my favorites. Not so much for you, eh?

    40-year old virgin – not too bad; had it’s moments but I’m not too sure I’d watch it again.

    Princess Bride – wow, the last time I saw this it was on VHS! I saw the name and remembered it was a good movie but had to look it up before I remembered what it was about – I guess that means it’s time to watch it again!

    If you haven’t seen these already, here are a few recommendations on some of the better movies I can think of at the moment…

    Book of Eli
    Slumdog Millionaire
    and for your classic:
    Evil Dead 3 – Army of Darkness

  2. lee says:

    Hi Paul.
    >My knowledge of recent movies is usually half-baked at best
    Most of the movies I saw of late are, curiously, several years old. So don’t sweat it.

    >Benjamin Button
    Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it. After 30 minutes I started skipping through the movie. I just never saw a unifying force behind his experiences.

    >Princess Bride
    Yeah, the movie is -tight-. Pacing, sets, plot, feel. It’s just tight.

    I’ll be sure to try Book of Eli. The others I’ve seen and yeah, well worth it. I thought Slumdog was a little bit of a stretch until I went to India on a trip. The film nails it.

  3. jen says:

    I might be the only person in existence who can’t STAND The Princess Bride. Ugh. Sorry :)

  4. lee says:

    I think there was one other person that couldn’t stand it. She was head of the Ashbury Healers Guil… oh wait, nope, you’re the only one. ;-)

  5. muffin says:

    Time bandits. Worth seeing again! Princess bride a true favorite of mine.

  6. lee says:

    The phrase, “Mom! Dad! Don’t touch it! It’s evil!” defines an entire subfield of psychology.

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