Posts tagged ‘Movies’

Tim Burton, You Are Walking a Fine Line

Like many people our age, I grew up watching and loving the work of the young (by comparison) Tim Burton. I remember seeing one of his early feature films, Frankenweenie (1984), when I was but a wee lass of 8 or so after my mom picked it out for me at Blockbuster. I was somewhat hesitant to watch it, seeing as how it was neither animated nor in color, but after I did it elicited one of the most intense emotional reactions I have ever had to a film and remains burned into my memory. Because it was traumatizing. (It’s the story of a kid whose dog is killed, then he reanimates it into a Frankenstein monster of sorts. Burton is re-making it. We’ll see.)

From there, Burton continued to nourish my interest in film with his classics, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and even Beetlejuice. His aesthetic was like no other’s; it was his fantastically dark, yet somehow childlike rendering of characters and production design that made him so unique among other auteurs of film.

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June 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm 5 comments

Apologies for the Late Skeet

The Lord decreed Sunday as the day of rest. I am now decreeing it the day of Skeet. Well, for this week at least. Sorry for missing Friday, we were, uh… busy. Get over it!!

Dev Patel!

Okay, admittedly this is sort of a weird skeet for me, mostly because this guy kind of reminds me of my brother when he was 18, and sometimes Dev has been seen sporting the infamous “crustache.” I’m willing to overlook that because he was Anwar, a member of the genius ensemble cast of our favorite guilty pleasure teen drama import “Skins,” and because he’s the lead in what I’m told is a really fantastic film, Danny Boyle’s latest and greatest, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

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December 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm 1 comment

Family Movies and the American Dream

I put up with a lot of shit from people on a day-to-day basis. But there is one thing I cannot let go, will never surrender, and will continue to stand strong by: 

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August 7, 2008 at 10:40 am 5 comments

Movie Meterology: Late Summer/Early Fall Edition

So it’s already mid-July, and I don’t know how that happened. But so far, it seems that all my predictions from the last edition were correct. I went to see Wall-E on opening night and it was fantastic, and I didn’t bother to even remember the names of the other films because I stand firm in my opinion that they look, and therefore must be, horrible. With the exception of the Batman film which premiered last night at midnight, which I would like to see, but probably won’t be able to until the frenzy of out-sold shows dies down.

Anyway, the summer is almost coming to an end (gasp!) and if I were still in school, this would mean, back to school. Obviously. And with “back to school” comes a re-awakening of those pesky cells housed up in your skull meant for thinking and not just absorbing insane action sequences and Angelina Jolie’s breasts. Hopefully, this season’s movies will be a little more thought-provoking and inspiring than the summer’s slew of re-makes and sequels and Angelina’s breasts. So let’s get ready for another round of presumptuous conclusions regarding movies I haven’t seen, based only on their trailers!

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July 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm 2 comments

Things to Do This Friday Since the Sex & The City Premiere is Sold Out

OMG! So you totally wanted to go see your favorite whoresome foursome, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and that brunette who is just dying for a baby, vamp around Manhattan and have careless sex with fabulous hats on, but the premiere is sold out! What’s a girl to do! Well, here are some suggestions of activities that might make you feel better about not having someone else’s sex life to talk about with your gal pals on Saturday morning:

– Vamp around Manhattan and have careless sex with a fabulous hat on

– Buy hundreds of pairs of shoes

– Disrespect the valet, or any other lowly service employee

– Paint your Pomeranian’s toenails the same color as your vagina

– Start therapy

– Come up with cute nicknames for your private parts in the vein of The Papaya, Snugglepuss, Mrs. Jones, or The Great White Nightmare

– Get your fix of bitchy women by watching re-run marathons of “The Real Housewives of New York City” on Bravo and hanging out at Urban Outfitters

– Have sex with the valet, or any other lowly service employee

– Sort out your drawer of thongs and fishnets

– Begin research to explain why ugly girls are so mean to you

And if all else fails, you can watch hundreds of hours of Sex and the City on DVD. Don’t get too down girls, you can always go see the movie on Saturday night. Unless of course it’s out of fashion by then.

May 28, 2008 at 7:58 pm 5 comments

Glass City

I went back home this weekend to see a public screening of a film I spent 13 days helping to shoot over the summer.  It’s the only feature I’ve worked on so far, and I am certain it will always remain a unique experience.  First of all, the script was based upon a group of people I know, at least as acquaintances.  It was directed by one of those people, and the writer/producer/cinematographer was the guy who started the theater group upon which the film was based.  The main character was named after my best friend, and it’s set in my hometown.  So it’s pretty close to home already, in a very literal way.

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April 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm 3 comments

Funny Games

First, I have to say that as far as theater experiences go, this was one of the worst. The audience started making rude comments about halfway through. By the end, one group was openly deriding almost every line of dialogue. At one point, they were actually making paper airplanes and throwing them down the aisle. Worst of all, these were my friends. On top of being completely annoyed, I felt embarrassed at their behavior- and also guilty for enjoying a movie they so clearly hated.

All of that aside, it was still one of the most riveting, horrifying films I’ve ever seen.

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April 23, 2008 at 12:02 am 1 comment


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