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My 2013 Movies: 42 (2013, at the theatre)
You’ll find nothing extraordinary here; you’ll find no surprises or conflicts that are more than skin-deep. You’ll find serviceable, occasionally community-theatre-like performances*, a thoughtful yet superficial biopic treatment that neither discourages discourse nor provokes it.
But what you will find is a rather perfect movie to bring two** of your sons to so that they can learn something rather simple and meaningful about the world, and the sport they love.
And that made it worth it.
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* 2013 Best Performance by Outrageously Furry Eyebrows: Harrison Ford.
** if you’ve been paying attention, you may remember that I have three sons. My oldest 1) was performing in a choral concert when the rest of us went to the movies and - more importantly - 2) could not possibly be dragged to a movie about baseball.
My 2013 Movies - Traffic (2000, on DVD, home collection)
There are just so many wonderful things about this movie that I’m pretty sure a bulleted list is the only accurate - and certainly the most concise - way that I can convey them to you:
- Michael Douglas’ face when Brolin hits the punchline of the “write two letters” story.
- The cut to the pool scene pictured above.
- How the color-shift of the pool scene really impacts how you view Del Toro while he’s talking here.
- How much character, exposition, tension and humor is conveyed through the pool scene.
- Really just the entirety of the pool scene.
- The fact that there’s barely a wasted minute in all 147 of them.
- The “what if” factor of Harrison Ford having turned down Douglas’ part.
- The giddy thrill of brief-yet-impactful “I forgot they were in this” roles like Peter Riegert and John Slattery and Benjamin Bratt
- "That’s good coke!"
- The cinematic bad-assery of Catherine Zeta-Jones - a wondrous feat not attempted or achieved since.
- Miguel Ferrer is George Clooney’s cousin.
- (that’s not relevant to my viewing of the movie, but it is fascinating.)
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Revisionist George Lucas #12.
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I will spend my time and money to see Raiders on the big screen again - and converted to IMAX to boot - in a few weeks. I am happy to do so.
But if they’ve edited the movie’s opening and changed its title, I will burn that mother to the ground, Shosanna-style.
That screengrab above - half of which is from the IMAX release trailer seen here on Movieline - doesn’t even say “Indiana Jones AND THE Raiders of the Lost Ark” like the other idiot revisions have done. It’s just “Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark”, which somehow makes even less sense than the other one, which absolutely completely didn’t make sense.
Is this too subtle to be upset about?
No. No, it is not.
George Lucas, speaking about development of Indiana Jones V.
By the bumbling-yet-dignified wailing ghost of Denholm Elliott, Mr. Lucas, please stop using that word. You’ve beaten it dead into the ground long ago and it ceases to have any meaning or impact.
STOP YOUR IDIOTIC RAMBLINGS ABOUT THE MACGUFFIN - WHICH VIRTUALLY NO ONE IN MAINSTREAM MOVIE AUDIENCE-DOM KNOWS THE MEANING OF, NOR CARES - AND WRITE A FRIGGING STORY THAT MAKES SENSE. LET SOME ACTUAL SCREENWRITERS RUN WITH IT. LET SPIELBERG BE SPIELBERG.
Won’t ever happen, but sometimes it’s nice to let my inner 14-year-old dream.