April 11, 2014
My 2014 Movies: Frozen (2013, at the theatre)
Oh this song, oh this song Can’t get it out of my he-eh-head Oh this song, oh this song Makes me sometimes wish I was dead
I don’t care It won the Oscar Let this ear worm die Frozen never bothered me half as much
It’s funny how this movie Having seen it months ago Didn’t stay as much in my head At the time I liked it, though
I never reviewed it back then Figured everything had all been said It’s fine, real good, but this refrain In my braaaaaain
Oh this song, oh this song Will lead to my insan-a-tee-hee-hee Oh this song, oh this song Tests my humanity
Frozen’s great I may buy it one day-ay-ayyyyy. But I wish this soooooonnnnng Would go cold and peacefully die away…
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My 2014 Movies: Frozen (2013, at the theatre)

Oh this song, oh this song
Can’t get it out of my he-eh-head
Oh this song, oh this song
Makes me sometimes wish I was dead

I don’t care
It won the Oscar
Let this ear worm die
Frozen never bothered me half as much

It’s funny how this movie
Having seen it months ago
Didn’t stay as much in my head
At the time I liked it, though

I never reviewed it back then
Figured everything had all been said
It’s fine, real good, but this refrain
In my braaaaaain

Oh this song, oh this song
Will lead to my insan-a-tee-hee-hee
Oh this song, oh this song
Tests my humanity

Frozen’s great
I may buy it one day-ay-ayyyyy.
But I wish this soooooonnnnng
Would go cold and peacefully die away…

(GIF via crushable)

April 4, 2014
(original image via makingstarwars)

(original image via makingstarwars)

April 4, 2014
My 2014 Movies: Iron Man 3 (2013, on DVD via Netflix); Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, on DVD, home collection); Star Trek Into Darkness (2013, on Blu-ray, home collection); Pacific Rim (2013, on Blu-ray via Redbox)
About a week ago, my three boys had the day off school and my wife had some things she wanted to get out and do, so I figured the timing was right for an Old-Fashioned, All-Burbanked-Boys All-Day Movie Marathon. This dovetailed nicely into catching up on a few things I missed last year, namely Iron Man 3 which had recently arrived from Netflix and Pacific Rim which was perhaps in danger of soon disappearing from my local Redbox.
It all came down, as they say, to this.
The boys and I had a terrifically fun day. I’m not sure how we only made it through four movies when by all rights we should have been able to fit in five or six. I think we probably started too late in the morning and then took too much time later for silly things like bathroom breaks and fixing “food” to “eat”. Even so, all four of those movies are pretty lengthy, with Butch Cassidy being the relative breeziest at 110 minutes. This was the one that I was most gratified that the boys enjoyed it, and got all the humor as well as the sadness; my youngest remarked that he may have liked Butch Cassidy the best of the four - except for the ending (interestingly, in the moments leading up to the movie’s climax, he kept making comments about “how will they fight all those soldiers?” and “they’ll probably find another way out”, seemingly refusing to accept that, well, it might end poorly for the pair. His cinematic worldview, thus far, has been weighted heavily toward Happy Endings Resolve Everything, Always. Until now, I suppose).
Star Trek was still dependable fun, and the two boys who had seen Wrath of Khan were suitably surprised and gleeful at the plot developments. I enjoyed ST better than I did originally, perhaps, although for some reason it stuck out this time that Simon Pegg’s heart doesn’t seem to be in this role like it was the first time around. He does a fine enough job and goes through the paces, but for whatever reason I found him less invested, less interesting on this viewing.
Iron Man 3 was good, obviously better than 2, and absolutely benefited from having someone of a different sensibility like Shane Black in charge. It felt energized somehow; the plot hung together a bit better, although I’d argue that the silliness of Tony’s Magic-Controlled Armor really lacked any logic or rules. It was barely set up, never explained, and then just kind of worked exactly how the plot needed it to. Lazy.
Pacific Rim was definitely the highlight of the day for me. Just such a delightful mixture of fun, color, noise and character. Not too deep but not overly silly, either.
Overall, a pretty excellent movie marathon day!

My 2014 Movies: Iron Man 3 (2013, on DVD via Netflix); Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, on DVD, home collection); Star Trek Into Darkness (2013, on Blu-ray, home collection); Pacific Rim (2013, on Blu-ray via Redbox)

About a week ago, my three boys had the day off school and my wife had some things she wanted to get out and do, so I figured the timing was right for an Old-Fashioned, All-Burbanked-Boys All-Day Movie Marathon. This dovetailed nicely into catching up on a few things I missed last year, namely Iron Man 3 which had recently arrived from Netflix and Pacific Rim which was perhaps in danger of soon disappearing from my local Redbox.

It all came down, as they say, to this.

The boys and I had a terrifically fun day. I’m not sure how we only made it through four movies when by all rights we should have been able to fit in five or six. I think we probably started too late in the morning and then took too much time later for silly things like bathroom breaks and fixing “food” to “eat”. Even so, all four of those movies are pretty lengthy, with Butch Cassidy being the relative breeziest at 110 minutes. This was the one that I was most gratified that the boys enjoyed it, and got all the humor as well as the sadness; my youngest remarked that he may have liked Butch Cassidy the best of the four - except for the ending (interestingly, in the moments leading up to the movie’s climax, he kept making comments about “how will they fight all those soldiers?” and “they’ll probably find another way out”, seemingly refusing to accept that, well, it might end poorly for the pair. His cinematic worldview, thus far, has been weighted heavily toward Happy Endings Resolve Everything, Always. Until now, I suppose).

Star Trek was still dependable fun, and the two boys who had seen Wrath of Khan were suitably surprised and gleeful at the plot developments. I enjoyed ST better than I did originally, perhaps, although for some reason it stuck out this time that Simon Pegg’s heart doesn’t seem to be in this role like it was the first time around. He does a fine enough job and goes through the paces, but for whatever reason I found him less invested, less interesting on this viewing.

Iron Man 3 was good, obviously better than 2, and absolutely benefited from having someone of a different sensibility like Shane Black in charge. It felt energized somehow; the plot hung together a bit better, although I’d argue that the silliness of Tony’s Magic-Controlled Armor really lacked any logic or rules. It was barely set up, never explained, and then just kind of worked exactly how the plot needed it to. Lazy.

Pacific Rim was definitely the highlight of the day for me. Just such a delightful mixture of fun, color, noise and character. Not too deep but not overly silly, either.

Overall, a pretty excellent movie marathon day!

March 25, 2014
Mark Wahlberg Calls Transformers "The Most Iconic Franchise in Movie History" | Vulture

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March 6, 2014
(original image via lobbycards)

(original image via lobbycards)

March 4, 2014
Anyone else notice the tension between 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley at the Oscars the other night? I read that there might have been some kind of credit dispute, but not much else.
(original McQueen image via kate-mara)

Anyone else notice the tension between 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley at the Oscars the other night? I read that there might have been some kind of credit dispute, but not much else.

(original McQueen image via kate-mara)

February 27, 2014
Forget it, Jake. It’s judgement day.
(original image via drzayasdrzayas: jamesthemovieman)

Forget it, Jake. It’s judgement day.

(original image via drzayasdrzayas: jamesthemovieman)

February 16, 2014
(original image via lobbycards)

(original image via lobbycards)

February 12, 2014
My 2014 Movies: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999, on Blu-ray, home collection)
I could probably go on quite a bit about the fun, bouncy nature of this terrific-looking film.
And I could point out that, even though it’s fun and bouncy, there’s also a strong under-current of the nature of adult relationships. Of trust and hurt. Loneliness. All mature themes for something seemingly so light.
I might suggest that its uber-wealthy lifestyle porn feels intoxicating and enticing, even though I don’t usually tend to be easily lured by such things.
I could wonder if it’s among my favorite roles for both Brosnan and Russo.
And I even could posit that the heist scenes are so brilliantly staged because we’re set up to root for both sides - will he get caught? will she trick him? - so even if these sequences are wildly implausible, we have a stake in them resolving either way, so it’s still amazingly fun.
But why go on so, when instead I can simply say:
My God, do I miss John McTiernan.

My 2014 Movies: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999, on Blu-ray, home collection)

I could probably go on quite a bit about the fun, bouncy nature of this terrific-looking film.

And I could point out that, even though it’s fun and bouncy, there’s also a strong under-current of the nature of adult relationships. Of trust and hurt. Loneliness. All mature themes for something seemingly so light.

I might suggest that its uber-wealthy lifestyle porn feels intoxicating and enticing, even though I don’t usually tend to be easily lured by such things.

I could wonder if it’s among my favorite roles for both Brosnan and Russo.

And I even could posit that the heist scenes are so brilliantly staged because we’re set up to root for both sides - will he get caught? will she trick him? - so even if these sequences are wildly implausible, we have a stake in them resolving either way, so it’s still amazingly fun.

But why go on so, when instead I can simply say:

My God, do I miss John McTiernan.

February 5, 2014
(via Dummies - Hollywood Elsewhere)

(via Dummies - Hollywood Elsewhere)

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