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finally, a real update!

the Karate Kid

Million Dollar Baby

Corpse Bride

Kung Fu Hustle

Flight Plan

Lords of Dogtown

Blue Collar Comedy tour rides again

Bubba Ho-Tep

The Ringer

Thumbsucker

Anchorman

Robots

Aristocrats

Madagascar

It Takes Two

Phil the Alien



the Karate Kid
Wax On, Wax Off… I love this movie. Is it possible to not? Ralph Macchio, pat morita… the little stork-kick on the beach thing… This is a classic from the 80’s. Anybody that hasn’t seen it… well, they should. I personally like ‘the next karate kid’ with Hilary Swank, but this one is and will remain the ultimate. Daniel-San rules!

Million Dollar Baby
A way better boxing movie than Cinderella Man. Best Actress? Makes Sense. Best Director? Makes Sense. Me and Lizzy watched this on HBO (meaning no breaks) and we were hooked from the moment it started. I still want to know what happened between him and his daughter. And we criedcriedcried at the ending. I was slightly bitter that there wasn’t exactly a happy ending, but I suppose few really great movies have one. Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman are great, and Hillary Swank (yes, the next karate kid) plays another non-girly girl that is never sexy, but reliably determined and role-model-y.

Corpse Bride
We watched this while I was working. I plan to buy it tomorrow. My coworker made a good point, when he said he hadn’t liked it that much. The style of Nightmare Before Christmas was so gritty and original. But Corpse Bride looks more like the Toy Story or Shrek animation style. Once you stop expecting the animation to be less clean, though, it’s easy to see this movie as amazing. It’s Tim Burton to the core; the look of the characters (if not the animation style) is distinct; the plot refreshingly original; the voices, as usual, really well placed (including Burton favorites Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter); the songs strange and the instrumental soundtrack (all hail Danny Elfman!) beautiful; and the general gorgeous original absolutely stunning world of Tim Burton engulfs you anew.

Kung Fu Hustle
This movie was so weird. I really hadn’t wanted to see it, originally. But I read in ‘Hotdog’ (a british movie magazine that is practically my bible) that it’s one of the greats and figured I’d give it a shot. It was fun. I didn’t pay absolute attention to it, I was playing with my new Photoshop at the time, but the fighting was awesome and the story… well I didn’t follow the story all that well.

Flight Plan
When will people learn? Don’t fuck with Jodie Foster’s kids! Like Panic Room, Jodie Foster plays a fiercely protective mom with the buff-ness and ingenuity any kidnapped and potentially fatally sick/placed/wounded daughter could ask for. The bad guy has an awesome plan and executes it perfectly (up until that part where he loses to Foster’s awesomeness), and the supporting cast (Pilot, other flight attendants, passengers) all serve to further the plot and showcase a more-or-less original idea. (Perhaps, it’s more like 3 or 4 really cliché’d ideas combined together to make something new and unseen). The pilot wasn’t the Morgue Director, was he? Cuz if so, the whole conspiracy going on takes on a whole new level.

Lords of Dogtown
If I liked skateboarding, I would have really liked this movie. If I could stand listening to skater-dudes, like, totally awesomely talk, man… I might not have wanted to kill myself watching this movie. Unfortunately, I hate skater-dudes and their way of talking. That said, this was a pretty good movie. If you like it, check out Dogtown and Z-Boys – a documentary from a few years back on the guys depicted in this movie. I watched it at someone’s house, and now I kinda want to rent it, just because it looks like the coolest part of the whole thing is likely to be the DVD extras.

Blue Collar Comedy tour rides again
I missed Bill Engvall, and he’s favorite. I got to see the majority of Ron White, and I love him. I managed to miss most of Larry the Cable Guy, which is fortunate since I can’t stand that asshole, and I was actually able to hear most of Jeff Foxworthy’s routine. This was being watched at the same place Lords of Dogtown was watched, and there was a party going on (literally) so there were a few of us watching and a few people who didn’t care and were having a great, loud time behind us. I would watch this again, even if alot of the material wasn’t much of anything new. (seen it or not, it’s still funny as hell every damn time)

Bubba Ho-Tep
Bruce Campbell is a weird motherfucker. This movie as funny, in that way where it’s just ridiculous. Don’t watch it if you take yourself or your movies (or your elvis love) too seriously. I think my favorite part of the whole thing is saying the name… Bubba Ho-Tep, heheh

The Ringer
Johnny Knoxville actually managed to play a leading role well. He’s likeable throughout his moral dilemma. This movie isn’t nearly as offensive as it looks at first. (though it is pretty damn offensive). He owes a lot of money (for noble enough reasons), so his uncle (as unnoble as it gets) convinces him to rig the special Olympics. Tom Hanks, Juliette Lewis, Sean Penn… it seems like every great actor has to play a (pardon the un-PC name-calling) retarded person. I’ve never seen one play a normal guy pretending to be retarded. Other than the bastard uncle, the love interest and her fiancé (a creep if you’ve ever seen one), and the medical-insurance lacking janitor Stavi, the majority of the cast is played by ‘special’ actors. They’re awesome. Not in that ‘hehe, look at the retard’ way (which I very rarely actually find funny), but rather in the ‘that was a funny line! That guy is a good guy! That looks like fun!’ way. Not the best or most PC movie to come out these days, but still a fun little romp that, as long as you focus on the lesson-learning don’t be assholes to developementally challenged people idea, and not the offensive ‘Johnny Knoxville pretends to be retarded’ idea, proves to be entertaining and, at times, pretty funny.

Thumbsucker
Based on the book Thumbsucker: A Novel that I never quite got into reading several years ago, this is a slow but interesting film. It’s all acted quite splendidly (I just love Vincent D’Onofrio, don’t you?), but the general plot just doesn’t always feel like enough to sustain a movie. The ending leaves a little something to be desired, and the main character concerns are never quite concerning-enough. I’ve never seen the kid that plays the main character before. He looks like a girl. (actually, he looks a lot like the daughter from Panic Room) But he carries the bland role with emotion and stamina.

Anchorman
I actually only watched the special features. But just the ‘afternoon delight’ music video was enough for me to have to mention this movie. It is so stupid, and so funny… I just love it. This is the kind of movie Will Farrell belongs in. He seemed so out of his element in Melinda and Melinda. It seems that he needs to play completely out-of-control, impossible-to-believe, over-the-top characters. He just doesn’t take to supporting roles, nor does he take to subtlety. Steve Carrell identified himself for most people in this movie, leaving the entertainment-value of the 40 year old virgin obvious. He’s just so goofy and funny.

Robots
’Who are these idiots?’ … ‘We, Sir-’ … ‘I’m a woman.’”… that line never fails to amuse me. I love Amanda Bynes in this movie, and Robin Williams, as usual, manages to take a second-fiddle character and overshadow the main character. Halle Berry’s robot just looks too much like her, all the rest manage to be creatively different. This movie is so inventive… Cracks me up.

Aristocrats
not to be confused with the animated Disney classic ‘the AristoCATS’
I don’t know what I was expecting, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t this. Incest, bestiality, anal rape, shit cum cunts vomit piss and more are used repeatedly to retell the same joke over and over again. A joke with a punchline that I don’t quite get. All in all, entertaining but kind of pointless.

Madagascar
Watched this one at work today. I don’t care what anybody says, I think the ‘I like to move it move it’ song is stupid and annoying. I like the movie, in general, though.

It Takes Two
Last time I put this on, I wasn’t more than 10 minutes in when a customer asked to rent it. I got to watch the whole thing this time. Ok, yeah, it stars the annoying-as-hell multi-million dollar Olsen Twins (pre-puberty, by the grace of god). And yeah, it’s basically a less-believable ‘Parent Trap’. But so what? It’s cute, and it’s fun, and I love the description of what love should be … “That can't eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars over the fence, world series kind of love.” (and Guttenberg’s reaction after hearing that for the second time… “I’ve got to get myself a dictionary.”)

Phil the Alien
This movie was so odd. The main character, Phil, is so stupid that he’s sweet. It makes no sense though. I honestly can’t find any reasoning behind this movie. The plot barely fixes together. There’s the feisty hit-woman with the bad wigs, the ignorant beaver hunter, the talking, betraying beaver (who threatens to bite Phil, which is pretty funny actually), Agent Orange (in a mind-bogglingly Orange Fur Coat), and the weird-ass teenager. Even the ending scene is weird, though I did like the line with “‘I think I’ll miss you Most of All’… ‘Why?’… ‘I don’t know’”…. Phil, the alcoholic, mentally deficient, mass murdering, band-leading, gospel preaching plaid wearing alien who’s never met a comb… weird character. I would like to see what else this actor’s done. To see whether he’s a really amazing actor, or actually a total idiot. Good Music.
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