Comedy was one of my favorite genres growing up, and alongside action films, this constituted a great portion of my viewing. I love a good comedy film, but once again I’ll repeat, I love a good comedy film. I feel like only two or three of the comedies per year really pan out for me, but for a long time I loved going back to older comedies, finding it easy to appreciate them despite their “datedness” that I’ve heard complaints of from others. Unfortunately, when it comes to the selection at your local Blockbuster, I feel like I’ve literally run through all the good comedies. In fact, I’ve run through so many comedies that even the films I’ve seen recommended in various places that have shot to the top of my Blockbuster queue are starting to bore me. Such was not the case with the most recent of these selections, Midnight Run, starring Robert DeNiro and the highly underrated straight man Charles Grodin. Continue reading
On this episode we talk about movies that we thought got an unfair bum rap. Benn defends Alien 3, James defends Lady in the Water, and Fil defends Knowing.
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Lock, Stock, and Two Film Geeks Podcast
We enter another week of “Taking Stock,” our weekly column in which the entire staff tells you what they think of the movies coming out this week based on very little knowledge and first impressions.
Knight and Day
James: Cruise looks to be kind of back on his game, but Diaz looks way out of place. I guess that’s the point, but I’m still not too interested.
Benn: Diaz is terrible, but Cruise looks like he’s having fun, and that goes a long way. I won’t be lining up for the film, but I’ll say this, “Hey, its better than ‘The Killers’.”
Dylan: I remember when the early trailer came out that made this film look like a comedy/action flick. Cruise was playing a goofy character which works for him now (especially after Tropic Thunder). But now they’ve made it look like an action flick and I’ve lost all interest in seeing it.
Fil: Yeah this looks kind of fun. I mean, it’s not something I’d seek out, but it looks better than The Killers. Then again, watching paint peel was probably better than that film.
Anna: Looks kinda fun.
“Writing,” William Lee (Peter Weller) says, “is a dangerous thing.” I imagine he says this because writing is an act of introspection, and if you’re anything like Lee, what lies beneath is a surrealistic, Beat nightmare that is as fascinating as it is insatiably weird.
We enter another week of “Taking Stock,” our weekly column in which the entire staff tells you what they think of the movies coming out this week based on very little knowledge and first impressions. (Fil bases his on third impressions and wikipedia)
Toy Story 3
James: My love for Pixar is endless, and these characters are the ones that started it all (well technically a VHS of their previous shorts was, but you get the idea). I already have plans to see this Friday night.
Benn: Come on, did you not read my review?
Dylan: Pixar can do no wrong. I’ve never seen a bad Pixar film and I don’t think I’ll be seeing on any time soon. See it!
Fil: Do I really need to say anything about this? I don’t know anyone who hates Pixar. I’m sure I’ll see this at some point, and I’ll love it.
Anna: I’ll be seeing this after I get home from Sacramento. Pixar hasn’t failed yet. I’ve been waiting eagerly ever since it was rumored on IMDB.
In the past, horror has been a genre I wasn’t fond of. It just wasn’t a set of films I really had much desire to pursue. But as I’ve begun to run out of truly great films in some of the other genres, I found that the gaps in my viewing such as horror and foreign films were able to provide me the most enjoyable new watching experiences. This is primarily because I had previously avoided some classics. The discovery of films like The Thing, The Mist, and Let the Right One In have been some of my favorites of the last couple years. So when I heard The Descent often placed alongside these other movies in respected critics’ favorite foreign films, I knew I had to check it out. Continue reading
In an unfortunate summer that has yet to make a real impression on anyone, the lavish, designer label-laden Sex in the City 2 has garnered a bit of attention for being a critical and commercial failure. Not only is it a terrible, but the content of the film has ruffled many a feather due to its obsession with fashion, wealth and its unabashed adherence to stereotypes long thought negative towards feminism.
Just when I think I’ve outgrown Pixar films, they go and release a film like Toy Story 3.
The best cartoons are the ones that are made for kids, yet have something for the adults to enjoy, whether it’s a few well-disguised jokes that go past the kids’ heads, fascinating animation, or just good old-fashioned nostalgia. It’s in this way that Pixar is the sneakiest of film companies: they don’t make cartoons, they make real films. They just happen to be animated.
We enter another week of “Taking Stock,” our weekly column in which the entire staff tells you what they think of the movies coming out this week based on very little knowledge and first impressions. Also, if you can read this column, you have too much time on your hands.
Get Him to the Greek
James: Aldous Snow was the highlight of Forgetting Sarah Marshall for me. I’d be down to see more of this character.
Benn: Love Brand’s Aldous Snow character, but I’m not crazy about Jonah Hill in anything but very small roles. Still, it just might be worth.
Dylan: I’m in a small minority that doesn’t think Russel Brand is entertaining. However, I did like Forgetting Sarah Marshall for reasons other than Brand, and P. Diddy (Diddy Dome Diddy Doo, or whatever he’s called now) looks kind of funny. If a group is going, I wouldn’t be opposed.
Fil: Russell Brand was the best part of Forgetting Sarah Marshall (that bitch) – so if given a choice between this and anything else but Splice, I’d probably see this.
Anna: I really liked Forgetting Sarah Marshall, so I probably wouldn’t go into this kicking and screaming. But it’s really not worth the movie ticket.
I remember pretty vividly the days when the approach of summer meant my favorite time of year for films. I’d pull out the Calendar Summer Sneaks section of the Los Angeles Times and look through every movie that was on deck. I even recall making a list of the things I just “had” to see that summer. I wouldn’t say the appeal of summer blockbusters has gone away completely, an exciting, fun, action packed summer flick is still one of the most enjoyable things in the world for me. But, I have become a bit more discerning, because just because a film is trying to be “fun,” doesn’t mean it can’t be well executed, have an interesting story, and feature engaging characters. When I recently made my list of anticipated movies for this summer, I considered expanding it to 10 or featuring some honorable mentions, but when it came down to it, most of the movies beyond the first five were wild cards. I hoped they’d be good but I had no amount of certainty that they were. Amongst these considerations was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the newest video game adaptation from producer Jerry Bruckheimer (reigning king of the summer blockbuster?) Video game adaptations have never been good, it’s simply a fact. But I’ll admit I’m a fan of Jerry Bruckheimer, having liked even some of his films that most have not, and I have fond memories of playing the original Prince of Persia on my first PC, so I had cautious hopes that I’d have a good time watching this movie. So what’s the verdict? Continue reading