November 7, 2006

borat

Filed under:, , , — cwage @ 10:57 am

We went and saw Borat this weekend. I had expected more of this movie. I had expected it to be the kind of difficult, but brilliant movie that is shown for years in sociology club movie-roundtable-discussion-nights. I had defended Borat in the past, pointing out that it wasn't just a dumb cultural stereotype, but that he used that overtly racist, sexist persona to bring out the same latent qualities in the people he interviews. And in this movie, he does, to an extent, but that's only perhaps 1/4th of the movie. The rest of the movie is essentially Jackass.

It's funny, don't get me wrong -- I had tears in my eyes at several points. But it wasn't the brilliant commentary on cultural differences, or scathing expose of American bigotry that I was expecting.

I also realized that Borat isn't merely a ripoff of Latka. He was also obviously inspired by Mahir.

mahir

September 3, 2006

idlewild

Filed under:, , , — cwage @ 12:55 am

We went to see Idlewild today. It pretty much sucked, sadly, as I expected. I was gonna try to write up a more complex review, but you should just read this review in the Village Voice instead. It pretty much sums it up.

July 21, 2006

lady in the water

Filed under:, , , — cwage @ 11:17 pm

Sam Smith, who I mocked openly earlier this week, has a pretty good review of Lady in the Water, which makes me want to see it -- if only because I might hate it for a different reason than I would have thought.

UPDATE: NK's review actually really makes me want to see it, now.

July 17, 2006

3 reviews for the price of one

Filed under:, , , , — cwage @ 12:47 am

These aren't really reviews, I lied. We saw three movies over the last week or so:

Pirates of the Caribbean: meh. I think that the rest of the world apparently finds Johnny Depp prancing around as a pirate a lot cuter than I do. It was okay, but not great.

A Scanner Darkly: Disclaimer: I haven't read the PKD book. I found it to be slow and boring through the beginning and middle -- sortof like True Romance, except not funny. The ending was good. The "animation" was a stupid, distracting gimmick that I didn't care for.

Oldboy: One of the best movies I've seen in a while -- and one of the most messed up. Highly recommended.

June 26, 2006

district B-13

Filed under:, , — cwage @ 11:46 am

Amanda and I saw District B-13 last night at the Belcourt. Do yourself a favor and check out this movie. It's a lot of fun.

It's being billed as science fiction for some reason, even though it's not, really -- I guess maybe because it's in the future, and Luc Besson wrote it. It's basically just a fun 85-minute action movie. It stars David Belle, a guy I have blogged about before -- he's the founder (more or less) of "Parkour", which is features in several scenes in the movie. In fact, I didn't know it at the time, but the movie clips I linked to in that post, including the screencap, are actually from District B-13, which I guess was released France years ago.

UPDATE: Trailer below:

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March 30, 2006

Tristram Shandy

Filed under:, , — cwage @ 11:15 pm

We went to see Tristram Shandy last week.

I don't have a complicated review here: It was thoroughly enjoyable. Honestly, I went in expecting postmodern wankery, and instead I got a movie that was pretty hilarious and lighthearted. I would consider even seeing it a second time.

February 17, 2006

point break humor

Filed under:, , , — cwage @ 4:42 pm

Via Carneggy:

This NYC theatre group is staging "Point Break Live!", a stage adaptation of the stinker film with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.

The brilliance? They grab a random audience member each night to play the Keanu Reeves role, with the person reading their lines entirely off cue cards for the duration of the show.

Can't be a worse performance!

Also, I found this amusing, from the IMDB entry for Point Break:

Plot Outline: An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers.

Greanted it's been a while since I've seen the movie, but I am pretty sure it was unclear whether or not they were bank robbers. It was pretty obvious they were surfers. The giant boards, wetsuits, and "duuuuude"'s are a dead giveaway.

vesper

Filed under:, , , , — cwage @ 8:12 am

Yesterday, it was Le Chiffre. Today they've chosen someone to play Vesper: Eva Green, aka "the hot chick from the Dreamers". Overall, I'd say that's pretty good casting. She's hot and yet creepy, which I guess should work. I have nothing more to add.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled program of not caring about James Bond movies.

UPDATE: And they cast Jeffrey Wright as Leiter. What an odd cast.

February 13, 2006

netflix throttling

Filed under:, , , , — cwage @ 6:00 pm

Amanda and I had been wondering why Netflix seemed a lot slower lately.

Now we know why:

Los Gatos, California-based Netflix didn't publicly acknowledge it differentiates among customers until revising its "terms of use" in January 2005 -- four months after a San Francisco subscriber filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company had deceptively promised one-day delivery of most DVDs.

"In determining priority for shipping and inventory allocation, we give priority to those members who receive the fewest DVDs through our service," Netflix's revised policy now reads. The statement specifically warns that heavy renters are more likely to encounter shipping delays and less likely to immediately be sent their top choices.

I don't think this is enough for us to leave the service (especially since I am not sure where else we'd go, short of greencine, maybe), but it seems pretty shitty nonetheless.

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