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The Martian, Movie and Book

We’re just back from the family outing to go see the Matt Damon movie, The Martian. Because it has Matt Damon in it, I am suppose to say that it sucks and that I hated it, but because it’s based on the Andy Weir novel, I am compelled to say that I did like it. It’s Castaway (trailer) in space, wherein our hero has to “science the shit” out of things in order to make his way back to Earth. It’s a good movie.  

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Luke Skywalker: So, why is that?

Luke Skywalker is a self-professed Jedi Knight. So, why is that? Because he has a light saber? If you watch the movies, Jedis are always losing their light sabers. It’s something of a galactic epidemic. And with that, they are landing in the hands of all kinds of folks — General Grevous, for example, had a whole collection of them, and he was no Jedi. So, just having a glowing stick sword thing isn’t enough to be a Jedi. Because the Force is strong in him? Well, no. The Force is in everyone and everything, and not everyone or

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100 Movies in 100 Days

That’s that. 100 movies in 100 days. Well, 101 movies in 100 days, but it’s really not worth counting. Top 5: 5. Juno 4. Big Lebowski 3. Traitor 2. Iron Man 1. Eagle Eye Bottom 5: 5. Revenge of the Nerds 4 4. Walk Hard 3. Rambo 2. Imaginationland 1. Bangkok Dangerous What I recommend you see: 5. Donnie Darko 4. The Dark Knight on IMAX 3. Double feature Night: Hellboy 1 & 2 2. Michael Clayton 1. Iron Man Move along, there’s nothing to see here: 5. Righteous Kill 4. Over Her Dead Body 3. Conan the Destroyer

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Movie: Down and Out in Beverly Hills

That, my friends, is the face of Down & Out in Beverly Hills. Nick Nolte, actor and probably-rich guy, picked up for DUI in 2002. Even the mightiest have their issues. Fitting, I suppose. In this movie, Nolte plays a down on his luck homeless guy. Being homeless is one thing; having your dog leave you is another. To end it all, he sneaks into the backyard of the Whiteman residence, loads his pockets with rocks, and jumps in the pool. His dumb luck is that Dave (Richard Dreyfus) sees him jump in, and goes in after him to

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Movie: Ruthless People

Forgive me if I get a bit nostalgic this week, as I finish out my summer of movies effort. Today was our last graded event. I have my last brief. Well, I gave it twice, but still, it’s done. I settled in tonight with Ruthless People, a classic black comedy from the god-awful 80’s. 1986, to be exact. The era of leggings and spandex skirts, of big hair and Miami Vice. And the 80’s — the high point in Zucker Brothers films — Airplane, Top Secret, Naked Gun, and all that good stuff coming to a pinnacle in American

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Movie: The Chronicles of Narnia

Now I’m bummed that I did not read this when I was a kid. How did that happen? And I’m also bummed that I am seemingly the last American to see this film. How did that happen, too? The movie is based on the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Yes, it’s one of those books that everyone is forced to read as a child, or should, or something. I was not, and I am lesser man for it. It is a fantasy tale, set in a magical world to which 4 siblings escape during the 1940/1940

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Movie: Donnie Darko

The guy who loaned me The Big Lebowski told me that I needed to see Donnie Darko. I had never even heard of it. Said it was a cult classic. Wow. It’s wild. Cult classic is the right. It’s deep. It’s complex. It’s outright bizarre. And it’ll probably take a few viewings to really understand all of it. Before I talk about the movie, though, let me offer a few words. It was made on the cheap — $4.5 million. It was made to go straight to video, but ended up seeing a few theaters (and didn’t break even

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Movie: Sid & Nancy

I hadn’t even turned 10 when Sid Vicious died. 2/2/79. And I am really unsure why I even remember that date. The Sex Pistols were punk rock. I don’t know how else to describe them. They weren’t all that good — well, they had some good songs, but they also put out a lot of crap. But they were one part music, one part attitude, and one part culture. And the first to put the three together. Why did it all work? I think it was the era. Late 70’s, coming out of Vietnam and Korea, the rise of

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Movie: Appaloosa

I snuck off today, with the boys, to see Appaloosa. Friday afternoon, my last one here in Augusta, and we went to see a Western. On opening day. At a matinee. Just awesome. And, it turns out, we made a wise choice on the movie. Appaloosa is very good. 7, on a scale of 10. Some comments on the experience first, and then about the movie itself. Friday afternoon, in Augusta, Georgia, to see a Western. Lots of people in the theater. I can say that — I’ve seen maybe 10 matinees at this same theater, a lot of

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Movie: 10,000 BC

I’d like to tell you that I liked this movie, but I didn’t. Skip this one. 10,000 BC is a fantastic tale. Too fantastic. Our hero leads his people and their effort to track down an enemy on horseback that came and took their tribe, and hauled them off to Egypt. In few numbers, and in gathering allies along the way, they chased them down and changed the world. I dunno. Maybe I’m just getting old. The saber-tooth tiger was distracting — it looks that fake. The gathering of tribes seems, well, impossible. I was more interested in their

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Movie: Untraceable

This movie was not meant for me. 1. It’s just plain cruel. I’m not a big fan of unnecessary cruelty. I’m not a big fan of cruelty, period. This is a movie with a bad man who captures, tortures, and kills people, broadcasting it live over the internet. Yeah, that sucks. 2. There are 14,893 technical errors in this movie. These almost distracted me from the cruelty. Almost. I don’t know whether to advise just ignoring everything that is even remotely technical, or trying to point out the problems. Probably the former — it’d take years if i tried

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Movie: Street Kings

Not a great movie. On a scale of 1 to 10, Street Kings is a solid 5. Not bad, not good, but there are so many other good movies out there worth seeing stead. Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie and Forest Whitaker all star in this. It’s kind of hard to figure out what’s going on. See, Keanu plays Tom, an LAPD cop who is crooked and something of a thug. He works for Jack (Forest), a captain who has a posse of cops like Tom who are willing to go outside the rules to get things done and who

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Movie: Miracle at St. Anna

Wow. This movie fails in so many different ways. Which is too bad — I was hoping it would be good. There was no miracle at St. Anna. There was a massacre, but I think that’s different. The four US soldiers? Yeah, they never went to St. Anna. In fact, they did not learn of the massacre at St. Anna. I suppose it’s possible that the one guy learned about it later, but in the movie, they don’t know. Have you seen the trailer for the movie, or the print ads? There’s that statue head. Do you think that

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Movie: Juno

There are still some things I need to do. At some point, I’ll need to compile the Top Ten and Bottom Ten lists of movies I have seen this summer. Juno, I strongly suspect, will be in that Top Ten list. Juno is a teenager who, out of boredom, sleeps with her friend Paulie. He’s in love with her — always has been, always will be. He follows her around like a puppy. Always has, always will. She briefly consider an abortion, but decides to have the child. She finds a couple — Mark and Vanessa Loring (played by

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Extra Bonus Movie: Doom

I had no plans to watch a movie this afternoon. I’d already watched one (late last night) and blogged about it for today, and was planning on closing up some odds and ends before heading out tonight to go see another movie. But then I made the mistake of checking the TV schedule (to plan what to record this week), and guess what’s on? Doom. This movie is based on the game series. Doom has been a pretty decent series of first person shooter games — you looking out over your weapon, shooting everything that moves. Lots of blood,

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Movie: Bubba Ho-tep

With the passing of Paul Newman, I was struggling with deciding what movie to watch today. A Newman classic, maybe? That’d be easy — I have a few with me, like the Hustler. I ultimately decided on Bubba Ho-tep. And I decided on it for a few reasons. 1. It’s a movie about growing old. In Bubba Ho-tep, our hero is Bruce Campbell as an elderly Elvis Presley, living in a retirement home and working with a guy claiming to be JFK (played excellently by Ossie Davis), as they fight an ancient Egyptian mummy. Really. But it Elvis is

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Movie: The Big Lebowski

I was thinking that I was the last guy on the planet to see this movie, when at dinner tonight I mentioned to my buddy that I was going to watch it. His response? The big what? This is a Coen brothers film, Coen brothers, as in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy, Miller’s Crossing, Blood Simple, The Man Who Wasn’t There, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Barton Fink and Burn After Reading. I am at something of loss for how to describe this movie. It’s a cult classic, and I understand why. The

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Conan the Destroyer

Remember when I said to see Conan the Barbarian? Do not see Conan the Destroyer. You know that feeling you get, when you happen upon a skunk with its tail raised and pointed at you? 1. This movie features — features! — Wilt Chamberlain. Basketball sensation, and sex addict, he was probably just getting his fetish fill in making this. 2. This movie features — features! — Grace Jones. She’s a lousy model, a lousy singer, and a nightmare of an actress. 3. Three words: Andr? the Giant. 4. It’s rated PG. Wilt Chamberlain is tasked to protect the