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Apocalypto

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apoc.jpgMy movie watching has gone down somewhat due to a 3 week intensive workout regimen leading up to the Philly half marathon. Last night I did manage to watch Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto or as I like to call it… how Mel Gibson wishes he was born.

The movie is almost so good. It starts off well, but if you are going to have a 139 minute movie… maybe cut some of the slower breathing shots. And why do all the violent deaths have the arrow come out of someone’s mouth or the snake bite dude right in the jugular. It just reminded me of the South Park episode where Mel Gibson keeps trying to get the kids to torture him.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 66%

The Last King of Scotland

Ding, Political, Thriller 2 Comments »

last-king.jpgI finally watched The Last King of Scotland. We went to go see it once and got stuck in traffic and abandoned ever seeing the movie. Luckily, Netflix came through for us. When I saw it, I thought, “Wow.  What a crazy story…” but then I looked it up and it ends up it is based on a novel. So… anyway… I loved Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin and I didn’t even mind that he delivered the ding.

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Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, the horny doctor, was played by James McAvoy. Luckily he was good because it is going to take a lot from him for me to forgive that Becoming Jane trailer. I still can’t watch him in a movie without calling him Mr. Tumnus and asking about Lucy Pevensie once or twice.  Lucy was from Spare oom, by the way.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 88%

Infernal Affairs

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Let’s just get this straight, Infernal Affairs is a great movie.  In comparison, The Departed is a nonsensical and pointless movie with a few too many dings.  Okay, I’ll try not to dwell, but just go see Infernal Affairs.  Actually, I can’t even talk about without dwelling.  So… just see it.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 95%

The Bourne Ultimatum

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bourne.jpgSaw The Bourne Ultimatum over the weekend. It is hard to go see a movie that has been so over-hyped. We were talking about going to the movie in a store and a guy turned and said, “I hear it is the best one yet.” We said, “We know… We know… Manohla Dargis said, ‘the three Bourne movies drill into your psyche as well as into your body.’” It was good… about the same as the first and second movie. Really what I was most excited about is the casting of Albert Finney as the doc because I am pretty sure that he is the rich man’s version of Brian Cox. It is like they regretted killing off Brian Cox so they had him return in the form of Albert Finney. By the way, if you are wondering who is rich-man who is poor man, Albert Finney has been nominated for 5 Oscars with another 24 wins & 30 nominations whereas Brian Cox has been nominated for a Golden Globe with another 6 wins & 10 nominations.

Also, I just want to point out that the movie did not contain a single ultimatum.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 94%

The Secret of NIMH

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nimh.jpgApparently, The Secret of NIMH is still enjoyable as an adult… or when nothing else is on. I looked on imdb while I watched the movie and was sad to see that Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman) killed herself a few years after the movie. I was also surprised to see that her children were played by Shannen Doherty and Wil Wheaton and some other kids. I read the imdb forums, but there was just a lot of talk about why Justin (a super intelligent rat) and Mrs. Brisby (an ordinary widowed talking mouse) didn’t hook up at the end. I wonder what these people think about when they read Animal Farm?

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 100% (wow)

Update: Apparently there is a sequel, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue starring Ralph Macchio.  Apparently it wasn’t as critical acclaimed.

Man of the Year

Comedy, Political No Comments »

tomdobbs.jpgMan of the Year is available on HBO so of course I watched it. I love when all the kind of bad movies come out on cable and then there are lots of things to watch. No Bear Grylls for me, when Man of the Year is on. I have a good buddy Sameer who used to claim that every time he came over we were watching Laura Linney movies. Now, I can’t see her in a movie without thinking “Laura Linney” in my head.

[spoiler alert: don't read further if you don't want any mystery in this movie]
Laura Linney plays a programmer that finds a bug in voting software that made Tom Dobbs, played by Robin Williams, win the election by mistake. She “cracks” the bug when she realizes that the software ranks people by the alphabetical order of the double letters in their name. So, Dobbs wins because he has double bs which are lower in the alphabet than the double gs of incumbent president Kellogg. What kind of crazy bug is that? Why doesn’t the system just add up the votes? I guess this is why we need code reviews. Accidental alphabetizing of double letters is the number one cause of buggy code in the country.

Oh, also I want to point out that on imdb the plot keywords are: Fart Joke / Political / Fart / Satire / Political Thriller

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 21%

American Dreamz

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mandymoore.jpgI watched American Dreamz the other day and was pleasantly surprised. It is actually kind of funny and makes fun of as many people as possible. I like that it has Willem Dafoe acting creepy because I was starting to think from watching Inside Man that maybe he never was creepy. Mandy Moore performs a song in the movie called “Dreams with a Z”. For the record, that accounts for a lot of dings.  I can’t find the lyrics online so I guess I’ll have to re-watch the movie and painfully record the words for future appreciators. If I wrote a silly song like that I would definitely put the lyrics on the interweb.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 41%

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Pre-season football (Giants v Panthers/Seahawks v Chargers)

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football.jpgWatching pre-season football is so unsatisfying. The game is still in there, but the players are all wrong. T.J. Swindley drops backs to pass to Chauncy McButterworth. Terrell Garcia might defend against Peyton Longbottom. Who are these people? It is not to say that I don’t value all the players who don’t get to be starters, but who can watch this? Last night, Madden went on about how Seneca Wallace (Seattle backup QB) would be a great wide receiver, but the team would need a new backup QB. Make him a wide receiver already… he is not a good QB. Anyway, this is all just frustration because football season is still so far away.

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Pre-Season Football

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Dallas v Coltsmcnabb.jpg

Pre-season sucks. 4 weeks until football season.

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Lean on Me

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leanonme.jpgI hadn’t seen Lean on Me until the other night. I’m usually a sucker for the Mr. Holland’s Opuses and Remember the Titans of the movie world, but Lean on Me wasn’t quite doing it for me. As Joe Clark attempts to pump up the students before the big test, the movie has about the biggest ding a movie can have. A ding is when a movie says the name of the movie in the movie itself. Whenever it happens I say ding out loud.

Some dings are great:

                          BRIAN (VO)

               But what we found out is that each

               one of us is a brain...

                        ANDREW (VO)

               ...and an athlete...

                         ALLISON (VO)

               ...and a basket case...

                         CLAIRE (VO)

               ...a princess...

                         BENDER (VO)

               ...and a criminal...

                          BRIAN (VO)

               Does that answer your question?

               Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

ding!

Others are not as great:

			GOOSE

	He's the best you have. He's going

 Top Gun!

ding!

Some are just annoying:

                                 COLIN

                       What was his name? The, ah,

                       departed.

ding!

In Lean on Me, the ding comes in the form of the song Lean on Me. Two different versions of the song are in the movie and one is played a few times. I like Bill Withers quite a bit, but that is one big ding.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 64%