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No Country For Old Men

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It is so nice when you go into a movie with no expectations and then love the movie. I went to see No Country for Old Men and spent the next two hours holding my breath. I was so scared of Javier Bardem’s character Anton Chigurh (pictured right). I had never seen a Javier Bardem movie before so I had to look him up just to see that he doesn’t always look that scary. James said afterwards that he had been worried that it would be just another Coen brothers movie with people talking in funny accents. Instead it was a different kind of Coen brothers movie with people talking in funny accents.  We are going to see it again when James is back from traveling.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 96% (hey, they got it right)

Everything is Illuminated

Comedy, Ding, Drama No Comments »

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


                 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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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:


          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.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/jimfrazier/340160588/)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 78%

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."


We were good fellas. Wiseguys.


(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/freddynewendyke/4917618/)

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%

Lean on Me

Ding, Drama 1 Comment »

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.


Others are not as great:


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

 Top Gun!


Some are just annoying:


                       What was his name? The, ah,



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%