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Everything is Illuminated

Comedy, Ding, Drama No Comments »

everythingillum.jpg Good movie, good book and good ding:

         Jonathan!

                 I have reflected many times upon our rigid search.

                 It has shown me...

                 ...that everything is illuminated in the light of the past.

                 It is always along the side of us...

                 ...on the inside, looking out.

                 Like you say, inside out.

                 Jonfen, in this way, I will always be along the side of your life.

                 And you will always be along the side of mine.

                 Our families will be with us, and our families' families.

                 Your grandfather.

                 And perhaps, in some way, my grandfather as well.

                 It is possible I will never know why Grandfather did this to himself.

                 Perhaps he wished to bury his life...

                 ...along the side of his past.

                 But I must tell you, Jonfen...

                 ...in this moment, he seemed, as if for the first time in his life...

                 ...contented to be where he was.

                 Jonfen, I am sending you this...

                 ...because we have shared something to exist for.

                 And, of course, in case anyone comes searching.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 66% (oy)

The Laws of Motion

Comedy, Drama, Family No Comments »

lawsmotion.jpgI went to a screening of The Laws of Motion Tuesday night with my good buddy Jenn. The movie isn’t finished yet and we had to watch it and then give feedback. In studio speak, I think the movie would be characterized as Matthew Broderick’s character from election in a sibling coming to terms movie ala You Can Count on Me. The characters all seemed to have names of elderly people. The main character (played by Matthew Perry) is named Morrie and his sister (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) is named Ida. Morrie is married to Betty. All it needed was a character named Moishe to really complete the family tree. I don’t want to give the movie too hard a time because it ends nicely and someday I’m sure my mom is going to enjoy it on cable and ask me many times if I’ve seen it. I did write on the comment card, “Just because the character is constipated doesn’t mean the movie has to be,” so I am sure they will fix that.

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Wes Anderson

Commercial, Editorial, Jump the shark 1 Comment »

wesanderson.jpgI was getting ready to watch the Eagles/Jets game and one of those quirky AT&T commercials came on the tv. You know the ones… they start with someone introducing them self and then they mention different places they go while the background moves to show those locations. At the end, the actor makes up some funny name for all the places they make calls. I was watching it and it struck me, Wes Anderson directed this. A quick google search confirmed this. I am so disappointed. Last year, if you asked me what I want to be when I grow up I would have said Wes Anderson. Now it is as if everything he makes is an homage to himself. Buzz Feed says it is a backlash against quirk. I don’t mind quirk, but I mind quirk without substance. Knock it off Wes Anderson, I want to want to be you again.

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Tombstone

Action, Drama, Western No Comments »

tombstone.jpgWe will pretty much watch Tombstone any time it is on. Tombstone has some of the greatest dialog in movie history. None of it makes any sense to me, but it sure sounds good. One of the best lines is when Wyatt Earp wants to get a spot in the gambling saloon and says:

                     WYATT

          Go ahead.  Skin it.  Skin that

          Smoke wagon and see what happens.

And of course the best line said by the best character in the entire movie, Doc Holliday.

                     O.S. VOICE

                I'm your huckleberry.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 78%

Flushed Away

Children's, Ding 1 Comment »

flushedaway.jpgHugh Jackman is a lot hotter in Scoop than in Flushed Away.

Roddy: Of course.That's the toad's plan.

That's why he needs the cable.

When everyone goes to the toilet the whole city will be flushed away.

Ding!

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 75%

Good Fellas

Ding, Drama 1 Comment »

goodfellas.jpg From the Goodfellas script:

We always called each other good fellas.You'd say to somebody:

"You'll like this guy. He's all right.He's a good fella, one of us."

Understand?

We were good fellas. Wiseguys.

Ding!

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 96%

The Station Agent

Comedy, Ding, Drama 2 Comments »

dinklage.jpgI’m cheating a little because I didn’t just watch The Station Agent, but… when I did see The Station Agent for the first time I liked it so much that I looked up the lead, Peter Dinklage. Whenever I see an actor I like in a movie I look up their name and info on the small chance I ever run into them, that I can say, “Hey, you’re Peter Dinklage.” A few years ago James saw another actor from the movie, Bobby Cannavale, at the MOMA Design Store and neither of us could remember his name. So, I went back and really made sure that I knew the three main actors’ names.

All of this is to say that yesterday by Union Square, my coworker turned to me and said, “Hey, that little guy from Elf just walked by.” F*ck! Well New York isn’t that big. Maybe I will see him tomorrow. (For the record, I would probably never actually talk to an actor I saw, but this way I am prepared for the small off chance they decide to talk to me).

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 95%