Posts Tagged ‘movies’

stop calling me Shirley!!

Mon ,25/05/2020

I blogged about this before when I rewatched it during a period of unemployment several years ago. While parts of this movie haven’t aged well, MOST of it is still extremely funny and way ahead of its time (that’s what they all say)…

How We Made: Airplane!

I’ve also seen the Letterman clip where Leslie Nielsen uses his ‘fart machine’ (right around the 6 min mark) – mildly funny but the best part is that you can tell Letterman is annoyed after the first couple times, and it’s always funnier when the host isn’t in control of the situation – while LN sits there like a kid and just tries not to laugh at himself:

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Boondock Saints (2000) – wild schtuff….

Sat ,04/04/2020

Amid the various show-bingeing going on at present, we watched Boondock Saints last night. Crazy movie, ridiculous violence, but entertaining nonetheless despite its age (1999). And they do well with nearly a complete no-name cast, save for Willem Dafoe, Billy Connolly definitely playing against type, and (if you know who he is), Ron Jeremy in a bit part.

Basically this is a vigilante movie of another stripe – here, two Irish guys from South Boston go on a killing spree, wacking lots of heavy hitters in the various Boston Mafia clans (Russian, Italian, you name it). The movie doesn’t have a positive view of the Boston police for sure (Willem Dafoe is the FBI agent who gives them their marching orders) and it’s pretty gritty generally.

There are also some pretty crazy scenes in this movie and at least a couple notable stunts. While it’s nothing you haven’t seen before, if you’ve ever watched ANY gangster movie or movies with big shootout scenes (a la The Matrix of the same year as this movie but far less blood) and while the climatic scene to us simply didn’t work, it’s still a great ride, even if it veers into weird territory several times (You have to kind of figure out what’s going on at the start for a bit, it doesn’t really have much of an intro, kind of like jumping into a moving car, plotwise – and Willem Dafoe has a multi-layered character, to be sure).

Given the amount of blood flying around is not really less than say, Zatoichi, Snatch or In Bruges, or other similar over-the-top style fight/samurai movies, i’d definitely NOT recommend watching this with any kids. Enjoy!

it’s PEOPLE!!!!

Sun ,29/03/2020

Make Room! Make Room! versus Soylent Green: can film trump book?

Thankfully given the age (and the genius of Phil Hartman, RIP), it’s pretty hard to spoil 1973’s Soylent Green at this point. Saw this article in The Guardian this am and have to completely agree, movie is far better and more focused than the book, way better zap ending, too. I also knew (later) about this being EGR‘s final performance but not about the cancer diagnosis he never told others about – truly poignant. And of course Charlton Heston in his usual over-the-top craziness, gotta love that, perfect casting choice.

This riot/scoops scene completely freaked me out as a kid watching this, I had no idea what happened to the people once they were thrown in the truck, so scary.

here’s another take on the movie from 2013:

Soylent Green Is (More Than) People

The article does in fact leave out one other very cool piece of trivia – that movie was arguably the debut of one of the very first video games, Computer Space – the game is briefly shown when the Soylent executive and his GF are playing it in their condo, before he gets wacked, very early in the movie. Another piece of Nolan Bushnell marketing sharpshooting, although that game itself ultimately was a flop. But boy are they worth something these days….

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Too funny….

Sat ,21/03/2020

the Goldfinger comment about the cafeteria workers is priceless 🙂

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RIP, Old Woman….

Wed ,22/01/2020

One of the all time funniest people has passed – rest in peace.

Terry Jones, 77; charter member of Monty Python comedy team

A sampling:

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RIP, Syd Mead.

Wed ,01/01/2020

one of the great ones…..RIP.

Legendary sci-fi artist Syd Mead dead at 86

Iconic Concept Artist Syd Mead Passes Away

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What We Leave Behind – DS9 documentary

Sat ,21/12/2019

Watched this recent Deep Space Nine documentary this week, by the showrunner Ira Steven Behr and some others. As a huge fan of DS9 (I personally think it’s the best of all the Trek series, albeit Discovery season 1 is right up there too now) it was long overdue for me to see them re-examine the show. Plus, earlier this past year I rewatched the vast majority of the episodes (along with Babylon 5, but more on that in a minute) so was excited to see DS9 finally getting its due.

So I think this is a great documentary. There are some things I would have done differently, and while I know they were trying NOT to do a linear, ‘history of the show’ approach to the series – mission accomplished on that – I think a bit more of it would still have been cool.

One thing I really liked was the ‘writer reunion’ that ends up crafting a rough outline of a proposed Season 8 kickoff episode. Not only did they come up with some very cool and interesting ideas (which I won’t spoil but if you must know – you can read about them here) it was just neat to see the writing/brainstorming process in action, even if we don’t get to see the bulk of it (I think they spent the day doing it, and then included the key highlights in this movie).

It was really good to see them make an effort to connect with most of the cast, even if many of them don’t end up getting a lot of screen time. And while Avery Brooks isn’t ‘in’ the movie per se – I believe the interviews with him were separate from it but not completely sure – they paid him a lot of respect in this, which he definitely deserves in a number of key ways.

A couple bittersweet points for me – the fact that René Auberjonois (Odo) and Aron Eisenberg (Noq) both passed away only in the past couple months this very year, and the film notes that Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross, recurring character) passed away a couple years ago. RIP to all of them.

So while I won’t offer spoilers here as noted before, there are a couple key actual *gripes* I do have with this film:

1) They don’t address the whole Babylon 5 situation. It’s well established by now that the creator of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski, pitched his ‘space station series’ to Paramount well ahead of DS9’s appearance, and while Ira, Berman and Piller may not have ultimately been in on it at the studio mgmt level, it still looks pretty fishy to this day. While Straczynski has ultimately let it go by now, read and judge for yourself.

2) It’s obvious there were several motivations for telling this story – ‘Give DS9 its due’ (for which it was long overdue if you liked DS9 :)); Showcase all the VERY hard work that went into making it – the quip where Colm Meany talks about time in the makeup chair is a great example, but even if it was just about many of the actors having to get into work around 5am for 3 hours of makeup, EVERY DAY – gives me new respect for their dedication! The pioneering nature of several things DS9 did and did very well (watch the show itself and this documentary for more on that)…..the list goes on. But what I felt was lacking here was getting into the writers’ head (excepting the great ‘proposed Season 8 opener’ mentioned above – they don’t really address it. Moreover, there were a number of turning points in the show (several of them involving Louise Fletcher as Kai Wynn, one of the great all-time bad guys if there ever was one, otherwise known as Nurse Ratchet 🙂 – what was the thinking behind these, where did you think you were going with the story, etc. etc.? Not really discussed. For a series way more detailed-story-heavy than the previous TNG, TOS and the animated series (yes, remember that? great stuff) this is somewhat inexcusable? When they make probably a reference to this (“…the documentary would have been 8 hours or more…?” – BFD. Every fan hates that because it’s an excuse, they ALWAYS say that, and we ALWAYS want more??! Cry me a river. At minimum, there were likely a lot more fan interview extras out there they could have thrown in? Just throw in a DVD of that stuff too? Cost, schmost.

In the end, I’m really glad they did this, it was worth it just for the ‘writer’s room Season 8 opener’ thing alone but I definitely enjoyed it, even with its ‘flaws’. Just like DS9 itself 🙂

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Other links:
Interview: DS9’s Ira Steven Behr Sees Something Familiar About ‘Star Trek Discovery’
Interview: Ira Steven Behr Talks What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine (Exclusive)

weird….

Sat ,02/11/2019

as seen originally on Boing Boing – pretty weird. definitely a Yellow Submarine vibe, among others…

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I would SO watch this!

Tue ,30/07/2019

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RIP, Roy Batty…

Thu ,25/07/2019

Rutger Hauer, ‘Blade Runner’ co-star and memorable bad guy, dies at 75

Rutger Hauer obituary – The Guardian

Need to watch The Hitcher again at some point – RIP.

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