I seriously laughed out loud at more than a few parts. I’m really digging it.
And we’re back!
Sorry for the delay. A pressing family matter kept me preoccupied all of yesterday. To make up for it, we’ll be posting part 3 later today, keeping everything on schedule.
Now on with the show:
Taos: That first section with so little dialogue really proves Pixar’s ability for storytelling. Plus, the frickin guy is heartwarmingly adorable.
David: Didn’t fulfill the promise of its superb first act. Instead, we’re dealt a less engaging social commentary that sacrifices much of the emotional pull. Still, a fairly strong movie with a few beautiful moments and some bright, occasionally dreamlike animation.
David: First I’ll start by saying this was the best midnight showing I’ve ever been apart of; a thank you to Amarillo, Texas. Second, I was wrong in not voting this movie higher up the list. Now, I could spend this space and more defending my love for this movie: its detractors always find the need to disparage it. But I’m tired. Is it the Superman movie I would make? No. (Perhaps you’ll see if it I ever get the chance.) Was it what people wanted or asked for? No, mostly not. But then that wasn’t the point, was it? Superman Returns, Bryan Singer’s vision, his love letter to classic adventure serials and Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman – The Movie in particular (a movie that I grew up with close to my heart), gets its interpretation of the character so startlingly right that I’ll never understand the… not criticism, but HATE it provokes and endures. I’ve thought of, read, watched, seen, written and listened to Superman a thousand different ways. Anytime he is dreamt up with such sure clarity, I’m consumed by the imagination central to the character itself.
Taos: This plays worse and worse every time I see it. So, Superman raped Lois, right?
[Editor’s note – sorry, couldn’t find an English language trailer. But this one helps set the tone, so no worries]
David: Memories of Murder, a deconstruction of police procedurals, is one of those exceedingly rare thrillers that remembers to actually thrill. It always stays a step ahead of the audience. Funny, frightening, suspenseful, at times uncomfortable, and just enough insane, director Bong Joon-ho is on top of it all (as always). This flick just exudes atmosphere (see it during a good evening rain). And that ending: !!!
Taos: Interesting little flick about a rural Korean serial killer. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of it.
Taos: This was the first musical to prove itself as a legitimate storytelling medium. The songs are memorable and the performances are great. Totally earned the Oscar that year.
David: I’m not a musical kind of guy. Leave that shite to kiddy pictures and Kevin Smith. Who by the way, though I’m regretting not including Clerks 2, doesn’t make our list. But one fantastic fucking honorable mention goes out to SModcast. A round of applause, everyone! [Editor’s note: what the hell is up with that random Taye Diggs cameo at the end of the trailer?]
David: In composing our list of 50 films, this was the one that made me stop and say, “I want to watch this again right this moment.” Roger Ebert’s immediate response, as it occasionally is, was absolutely accurate. It’s the best movie Eastwood has ever directed, better than Unforgiven even. This month-long production is a master class. If you afford it the label as I do, it’s the best ‘boxing’ movie ever made. And to top it all off: has a damn perfect ending. (I haven’t seen Ray, so I can’t yet say, but I also believe this to be Eastwood’s best performance and thought it should’ve been awarded as such.)
Taos: Not so enjoyable knowing the liberties taken with the true story. Almost a disgrace to the actual person. Still, Eastwood is amazing as always on both sides.
And, even though it’s just a dash down the page, in case you’ve missed it so far, here’s Part 1.
Just watched Zack and Miri. Should probably rewatch Dogma before doing this, but…
Chasing Amy is generally Smith’s most highly regarded, but a back-to-back viewing of the original Clerks alongside its sequel kicked me in the emotional nutsack. And whether it really is or not, it feels like a bookend to the View Askewniverse.
Plus, it features my, I think, all-time favorite song. And a donkey.
A new “Evening With Kevin Smith.”
Both 1 and 2 were great—with an emphasis on the British part of 2.
Check out the preview and further info here.
Should I get some sort of advertising kickback for this?
You bet I should!
Zack and Miri red band trailer has been released:
More typical Kevin Smith stuff here. I listen to SModcast so much that his dialogue is almost predictable, and I think i’ve heard a few stories or vulgar anecdotes that end up in the trailer. Oh, if you don’t know what SModcast is, then head over to Quick Stop Entertainment or iTunes and check out Kevin Smith and producer Scott Moser’s podcast. It is hilariously vulgar and sometimes disgusting, but always hilarious.
Top 10 of 2007
- There Will Be Blood
- No Country for Old Men
- Into the Wild
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- Lars and the Real Girl
- Michael Clayton
- Knocked Up
And there you have it. For reference, I place The Dark Knight at #4. It seems harder to place Dark Knight once a proper list is compiled. What will be interesting is where Dark Knight will rank once this year is over. Especially with Benjamin Button, Australia, Body of Lies, Choke, Traitor (haven’t seen yet), Changling, The Road, and Valkerie still to be released; Wall-E and In Bruges releasing beforehand. Should be a good year. I’m at least hoping the best is yet to come (which I can almost bet is true).
David: I have a problem with Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. I’m surprised to even see it on a top ten list. What’s it do for ya? I guess different tastes for different folks. I guess I need to watch Bottle Rocket and Angel-A as well. My list my change yet.
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