Hi guys. So I just wanted to post some answers here and say thank you so much. I get so many messages and I appreciate every single one so thank you for the interest in my blog. AND THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ME! I have over 3,000 followers now. Can’t believe it really. Thanks!
1. Well I thought it was pretty flawless but I am biased being that I worked on the thing. I really can’t look at it objectively as I slept on that freaking boardwalk. However, I think I’d feel the same even if I wasn’t involved b/c I just love this genre and I love Marty. I mean I don’t think it gets any better than that. As the show goes on you will see it is not formulaic I think. (:
3. Don’t be worried about sending me messages, guys! Yes I get a lot of them but I love and appreciate every one so don’t feel like you’re annoying me or something. Thanks so much for your sweet comments.
4. If you like Almost Famous, you should watch Cameron Crowe’s other films. There is something about the way he writes that gets me absolutely every time. My favorite after Almost Famous is Vanilla Sky (which is actually based on the film Abre los Ojos). List here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_Crowe
1. I really can’t name a genre I don’t like because I will watch any film that looks good. My favorite genre is probably dramedy, though, if that’s even considered a real genre. (: I like something that is going to make me crack up laughing and maybe shed a tear too.
2. That is a fantastic top ten list! I love all those films, of course.
I have no idea where it came from, it’s just something I’ve always been so drawn to. My first memories of movies, though, are my mom watching them and me catching a bit of something here and there and then watching too. She used to watch movies all the time and as long as they weren’t completely inappropriate for children, I’d watch too. I’m talking like, from infancy on. And my mom would be like trying to get me to go outside and play and I would be like “No, I want to watch a movie.” Then once I was old enough to know what HBO was I was obsessed with HBO and watched EVERYTHING and it did not matter how many times. I have a huge soft spot for any film shown on HBO in the early 90’s. Then as I got older my mom told me that you could look up a person’s filmography and that if I liked a movie I should look up the director and see what other movies they made, and the same with actors, so I started doing that when I was like 8, and then I REALLY started watching a lot of movies. I could go on and on, there are a lot of things that happened that made me love movies even more. But that’s the basis of it.
1. I know this isn’t a question but I just thought this was a really sweet comment and I really appreciate it so thank you so much!!
2. I have no idea how to answer this. Why do I have to do something inhuman? To save the world or something? And who is making me do this? If some Hitler type is telling me to just PICK something inhuman to do, and it can be anything… I don’t think I quite have the mind to come up with that.
THREE MOVIE REVIEWS: The Joneses, The Good Guy, and Cop Out
I didn’t feel like doing three full reviews for these films so I decided that every once in awhile I will do these posts with mini-reviews. Of course I still rambled on and on because that is what I do, so maybe they aren’t so mini, but you know, whatever. I saw three semi-new films this week and here’s what I thought of them.
The Joneses is a smart and funny dramedy laced with some slick commentary on consumerism in this country.
As someone who watches a ton of movies, I often get bored with the way so many of them are the same. Therefore, I automatically love anything that’s different. The Joneses features an entirely new concept that not only have I never heard of before, but I’ve never seen featured in a film.
During the opening of the film, we see the Jones family - a husband, wife, and two teenage children - moving into a very upscale community. They have the hottest cars, cutting edge tech gadgets, latest fashions, and seem to love each other more than anything and just generally have the greatest life you’ve ever seen. They quickly make many friends and become well known in town. Soon, everyone is emulating them. The at home housewives start buying the same food Kate (Demi Moore) cooks, the same furniture she decorates with, the same clothes she wears. The husbands want the same golf equipment Steve (David Duchovny) has. The teenagers at school practically build shrines of worship to Jenn and Mick (Amber Heard and Ben Hollingsworth). All of this, it turns out, is precisely the idea, and is carefully crafted by a company who sets up fake families in communities all around the world in order to sell ‘a lifestyle’ AKA high end products.
Of course, because it’s a movie, everything goes horribly wrong. The kids have got secrets, Steve’s not so comfortable with living such a fake life, and is it really true that all Kate cares about is upping their sales numbers? How this and much more plays out is very enjoyable. Out of the three films in this post, I would reccomend this one first and foremost, definitely. I loved it.
Shame about the barely there promotion, though - I wouldn’t have heard a word about this movie had it not been for Demi Moore. I’m a pretty big fan of hers, I think she’s talented and she did a lot for women in the 90’s. Instead of taking the typical Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan roles (which, I must point out, I find nothing wrong with as I love those actresses too) she started her own production company and made movies about women being strong and independent, like G.I. Jane and Striptease. They may not have done as well as My Best Friend’s Wedding or You’ve Got Mail, but it sure was a nice change of pace to see a kick ass broad not giving a hoot if she’s got any mail in her box. Heh heh.
THE GOOD GUY (2009) Written and Directed by: Julio DePietro Starring: Alexis Bledel, Bryan Greenberg, Andrew McCarthy, Scott Porter, Anna Chlumsky (aka VIDA FROM MY GIRL), Aaron Yoo Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFXJQouqKAY
I was supposed to attend the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of this in 2009, and because of horrific Manhattan traffic, I missed it. When I arrived to the Tribeca offices the next morning, everyone told me I didn’t miss much, so I really wasn’t in a rush to see this one.
I have to say, while I didn’t LOVE it, I really really enjoyed it and it was much better than I expected. The film’s themes include a love triangle mixed with how seductive money and power can be to a young person (or any person, really) and how an addiction to these things can quickly turn a good guy into a not so good guy. It involves young men starting their careers at a firm on Wall Street, and one of their girlfriends, Beth (Alexis Bledel). As a single girl who works in Manhattan all the time, I have to say, I found the portrayal of these types of men to be spot on. I avoid men like this - If you’re a golddigger and you don’t care how you are treated, then enjoy. Otherwise, you may want to steer clear of them. But, is it possible that there could be a “good guy” in the midst of all this excess?
Alexis Bledel is again playing the basic good girl in this movie which is a disappointment to me as a huge fan of Gilmore Girls. Yeah, I miss the show, but can the character of Rory be reserved for GG only? Fight for those tougher roles, Alexis. Cause I know you’re reading this! Not that it’s a bad thing to stick to a typecast, if that’s what makes you happy, then that’s wonderful. But as a performer, I just can’t imagine not wanting to be challenged.
I always thought Bryan Greenberg was alright but I absolutely fell in love with his character in this film. He played it to perfection and I was very impressed. I now consider him someone to watch out for.
Lastly, I have to mention that all you (and I know many of you follow this blog!) Andrew McCarthy fans are in luck. He provides a fantastic breath of fresh air to this film, playing a the complete jerk-off boss of the is-he-or-isn’t-he a good guy.
COP OUT (2010) Written By: Robb and Mark Cullen Directed By: Kevin Smith Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Seann William Scott, Kevin Pollak, Jason Lee, Rashida Jones, Michelle Trachtenberg Trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA4FJEohL8E
I am a huge fan of Kevin Smith so anything he puts out I usually see immediately. This was not the case with Cop Out, mainly because he did not write it. I didn’t expect much out of the film because the trailer made it seem stupid and just didn’t make me laugh at all (I maintain that most trailers are poorly made/give too much away). I really wanted to like it, but I’m not really a fan of buddy cop movies. I like Bruce Willis just as much as the next girl, though, who doesn’t? He gives his normal tough guy shtick here, but shows some real tenderness when talking about his daughter who is getting married soon (Michelle Trachtenberg). Unfortunately, Tracy Morgan does not show the same spark that burns so strong every week on 30 Rock, but is of course still funny - they get him into some ridiculous situations that will make you chuckle. It was definitely better than I expected and I laughed out loud many times. If you just want a few laughs, pop this one in.
Adam Brody’s talent is completely wasted in this film. The role could have been played by anyone. I wish he could get better work, something that he could nail (He’s got a film coming out soon called The Oranges that actually sounds great - look it up). I didn’t really buy him as a cop… it was more like, “Yay! Adam Brody is on screen now! Cute!!!!” I mainly blame that on my unrelenting obsession with The O.C., though. There’s a really funny scene in which Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan openly mock Adam and Kevin Pollak’s characters that made me laugh and was very Seth Cohen-y. Jason Lee is great in his cameo. Seann William Scott was funny, but you know… not that funny. Rashida Jones was just kind of there.
Look out for a very very funny break-in scene involving one tough broad from Brooklyn. I’m kind of surprised they didn’t get a name actress to cameo this, because it was a fantastic part. I laughed my ass off.
Well, no one is more surprised about this than I am but I am now getting so many messages that it is impossible to keep up with them all. I selected a few to answer in this post. If your message is not here, please do not be offended. I have to just give a big, widespread THANK YOU to all of you. I appreciate ALL messages and I promise I read every single one of them and I’m flattered. I never expected people to respond so strongly to this blog, I just did it because I love movies and wanted somewhere to put all of that passion I have for it. It hasn’t even been up a month and I have almost 2,000 followers. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!
1. Thanks for the feedback. It’s nice that someone out there enjoyed the film. But I must advise against you doing the same thing they did. I don’t know how anyone could think it’s okay to knock on the door of a celeb and expect them to be all like O HAY, WELCOME TO MY HOME.
2. Ah, Robert De Niro. Love Love Love. I have not seen that (FOUR HOUR?!) cut but you have me intrigued. I also can’t recall the music right now so I will probably download the soundtrack because I am a music freak in general, and am obsessed with so many scores. Thanks for this awesome message!! I love messages like this. Leave me recommendations and I will love you forever. =)
3. Google is your friend. But, it is really quite simple and requires almost no skill on photoshop. I use Adobe Photoshop…7? I don’t know, but the version is from 2003, to edit the screencaps and place them together, then I use Paint Shop Pro 8 to put the text on because I can not figure out how to do bordered text on Photoshop. If you’re looking for a good program to make screencaps with, or just a good program to play movies in general, download BS Player for free. All you do is hit SHIFT+P and a cap is made. I am really bad at explaining computer stuff/tutorials but like I said with a bit of googling you will be fine. And if you are really desperate and have a specific question you can ask me and I will try to help.
1. I have gotten so many messages almost identical to this one. I’m so happy so many Almost Famous lovers are following me because I’m sure there will be more stuff posted from that film than any other. Thanks for the sweet message. :)
2. Your favorite?! Well shit. Thank you.
3. Well, yikes. I do wish you had specified a bit. Like, what genre you’re in the mood for, a classic film or something more contemporary, actors/actresses you like… etc. So we could narrow it down a bit. But what just came to my mind, because I re-watched it last week, is Cactus Flower. It’s one of my favorites, it’s a classic comedy with heart and stars Walter Matthau, Goldie Hawn (for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), and Ingrid Bergman. Frankly how could you not watch it? :) If you drop me another message and narrow it down a bit I could probably help you out more.
4. Legendary? It’s been around for a month, you ain’t seen nothin yet!! But thanks so much!
5. I love your username, obviously, and this is a wonderful comment. Thank you so much.
1. Thank you very much for this message. I appreciate it. You are definitely right about me doing it just because of my love of film, and I’m really glad people have picked up on that. :)
2. I actually prefer Clerks II to Clerks. I think overall, it is a better story, and that jail scene at the end is just incredible. But Clerks still rocks on it’s own. I love both films and I think Randal is attractive always. I LOVE Jeff Anderson, omg. He just kills me and I am so attracted to him. I died recently because Kevin Smith announced Jeff would be doing a Smodcast with him and Scott Mosier and I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN OMG. I don’t know if anyone reading this listens to Kevin’s podcasts, but I listen to basically…alllllllll of them. Yep. And I’m just excited.
3. Why thank you, anon. That’s a nice thing to hear. However, I’m not so sure…