not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake

movie fucking log

Hey, guess what I've been forgetting to do for forever, and therefore have a zillion of. Well, not so many, as I slacked on movie watching, and I was planning to cut it out for nanowrimo, but I've decided that hey, once I get done my writing for the day, I can do what I want, and I just watched two movies.

I've also vowed not to kill myself. I'm at 6500 words, and my target for the weekend was 8000, but ok. I definitely need to increase the pace, and catch up, but I'd rather do that fifty words a day then write total utter crap when I can have a reasonable chance of catching up writing only mostly crap.

So anyway, the semi-huge list this time around is:

  • A Christmas Story
  • Nice Guys Sleep Alone
  • The Man With Two Brains
  • Choose Me
  • The People vs. Larry Flint
  • Pushing Tin
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A Christmas Story

In the 50's (?), a boy desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Seemed mostly dopey to me, with lots of broadly humorous but not really very funny stuff. But it was so long ago, I can't really remember what I thought. Rating (-4 to 4): 0

Nice Guys Sleep Alone

A guy tries to woo a gal. An independent movie, and boy can you tell. Nice setting, I'll give it that. Dialogue is horribly on the nose, things are too over the top when they shouldn't be--like the names of the horses. The movie just had earnest written all over it. Rating (-4 to 4): -1

The Man With Two Brains

Steve Martin falls in love with a brain in a jar. Sort of a parody of horror movies, it had some good funny moments, but it also had the habit of belaboring things for a lot longer than was necessary. Rating (-4 to 4): 0

Choose Me

A bar owner and a radio love therapist romance an ex-mental patient. Umm. Genevieve Bujold sure is cute. The script is kind of clever in how it winds the three females and the two males together so they all have a relationship of some kind or another, but the ending is stupid and I didn't really like how Carradine's mental instability--and Bujold's weird relationship with her therapist--were never really explained or resolved. Rating (-4 to 4): 0

The People vs. Larry Flynt

The life of Larry Flynt and the fight for freedom of speech. Man, the cheese factor is high, especially as Larry Flynt was given a producer credit and has a cameo role in the movie as a judge. The one bit I liked was how they handled the legal stuff. I don't know whether Flynt really did such grandstanding in court--although given the diaper incident it seems likely--and I doubt Jerry Falwell would have been so self-promoting, but they nailed right in on the libel issue there in a realistic way. Even better was the Supreme Court scene; I'd read recently some detailed commentary on the Eldred vs. Ashcroft case and how it was presented, so I really liked the scene here. Edward Norton did a great job of acting like he was working from prepared notes but trying to cope with tough questions that he hadn't prepared for precisely. I'd credit the screenwriters, but apparently this part was adapted from the actual court transcription, so. Woody Harrelson's over-the-top portrayal is impossible to judge, but all in all, eh, except for the handling of the legal stuff. Rating (-4 to 4): 1

Pushing Tin

Macho air traffic controllers John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton catfight. This was mostly really silly. Also, one thing really annoyed me. You know how in movies, sometimes the person driving a car is constantly looking at the passenger seat while they're talking? A lot of movies these days try to be more accurate, but not all of them. It's kind of forgiveable as a movie thing, but would you forgive it if a movie was about how difficult and dangerous driving is and how you have to pay constant attention to the road? That's what happens in Pushing Tin: it's about how difficult and dangerous ATC is, and how you have to pay constant attention and be focused. And every time somebody gets in trouble and their scope starts beeping, everybody else stops and looks over. The whole time while Cusack is trying to decide whether or not to jack in, the person he was swapping for is sitting there watching him. GRRRRRRRRRRRR. The one thing that was cool was that they attempted to portray when Cusack's character "gets in the zone" by suddenly dropping to a first person perspective view of the scope data, where you can directly see the heights and other data not obvious in the 2D view. That was a clever idea. Rating (-4 to 4): -1

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Cute bachelor Hugh Grant can't find a woman to marry. This actually had lots of funny bits. Andie McDowell was actually pretty good for most of it, and the parts I didn't like of her were probably mostly the fault of the dialogue. Rating (-4 to 4): 2

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman's crumbling marriage is shaken up by Burl Ives' illness. Wacky. I need to digest it more, but boy was it fairly obviously a play, not a movie, if you know what I mean. No rating yet.
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