Last edited by buddy; 12-31-2012 at 02:45 PM.
Tarantino's characters usually have a great deal of depth. The exceptions to this are Death Proof (my hatred of which has been sufficiently covered here) and Inglourious Basterds, which I found mostly exhilarating but ultimately his second-worst movie. Which is a testament to how good he can be and usually is. I'm hoping Django reverses course.
Saw Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin last night and just finished Funny People. I haven't seen them all since around when Funny People came out in theaters. Heading to see This is 40 now!
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"On my birthday I made everyone go see The Avengers. Do you like Thor? Chris Hemsworth? He's so good-looking. I think he should be Christian Grey."
- My grandmother, setting the family's cultural standard for the new year.
I was, however, massively impressed by Flight. I can't honestly say that I'm pulling more for Denzel to win an Oscar than Philip Seymour Hoffman at this point, but they both turned in equally remarkable performances in my book and I'd be happy if either took home the prize. And I had really hopped ship as far as Denzel goes some time ago, I think it was after that god awful Deja Vu. But he was absolutely fantastic in this, and the film as a whole was fantastic as well.
And John Goodman absolutely killed me. The most I've laughed at a role of his since The Big Lebowski for sure.
Saw Django today; fucking loved it. Tarantino with a brilliant, bloody spin on the endless Django narrative. I love all of the throwbacks to the westerns, with the fast zooms, the sheepskin jacket, and Franco Nero's amazing cameo. I was laughing out loud at points, (Waltz, Leo, and Foxx delivering awesome performances) and the scenes of violence against slaves were brutal.
I had a blast though. The Rick Ross track had my head bobbing; all the music was great to be honest. Especially the original Django theme song.
Is Jack Reacher supposed to be a parody or something? Man, that movie looks absolutely horrible
Just watched Looper. Thought the concept was actually alright, definitely less feather-headed and fucked up than Inception. The ending though was completely baffling. So, the Rainmaker kid wasn't Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Bruce Willis, right? Looper meant he saw the future in that he saw that if Rainmaker's mother was killed by him then Rainmaker would end up running away in the same fashion he had to and thus would be bitter enough to spend the future killing Loopers? 'Cause it made things rather confusing and for a second sounded like he was saying he is the kid, which doesn't make much sense.
Also, Joseph needs to stop doing movies that appropriate horrible pieces of old-timey language. Blunderbuss? Seriously? In the future, that phrase is coming back?
I'll have to watch Looper again but I thought it was pretty uninspiring the first time through.
Yeah I don't know that it was inspiring by any means but it was definitely less shitty than Inception which committed one of the most egregious acts of just completely bailing on the rules of the world they'd established in order to create a heightened tension that didn't need to be there. Plus I kinda dig the idea of murder being so difficult to get away with in the future that you have to send victims back to the past, that actually makes some sense in a weird way. All the shit about "closing the loop" was just bizarre though. Why the fuck do the people who employed these loopers give a flying fuck about killing you thirty years from now exactly?
"Uninspiring" means I finished Looper and went... "uh huh". I'll have to watch it again to see if I like it any better.
Yeah I definitely don't feel particularly compelled to watch it ever again. It was a nice idea, I was initially annoyed at how they just side step the paradox issue but then kinda pleased by it. Paradox problems in time travel stories have just gotten insanely irritating. As soon as the Rainmaker kid comes into play though I found myself really annoyed with Joseph Gordon Levitt. "Are you fucking kidding me? SHOOT THAT KID IN THE FACE."
Concept art for next four Pixar films:
Relieved at the lack of Cars III
Got that Bond 50 set for Christmas. Very excited to start watching these again, yet I know that excitement should be tempered by the fact that I'm going to put myself through seeing Moonraker and Die Another Day again. On the flipside, I have the Star Trek Original Movie series on blu, and I still haven't had the heart to watch Star Trek V.
My gf and I watched two movies on NYE (we're so exciting): Harold & Maude and Conan The Barbarian (yes, the original). Both have excellent soundtracks. Also, outside of voicing the most famous movie villain of all time, James Earl Jones should have played more villains in his career.