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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Capsule Reviews

We managed to catch a few movies during the holidays. I didn’t see anything fantastic enough to write a whole post about (except No Country for Old Men), but I thought I’d give you a sentence or two on the rest:

This Film is Not Yet Rated

Very engaging documentary about the MPAA, those fickle folks in charge of rating movies. Humorous and eye-opening.

Blades of Glory

What can I say? Will Ferrell as half of a male-male figure-skating couple. What’s not to like--had me choking on my beer and popcorn.


This one surprised me. Super stylized violence (if you liked Sin City you’ll probably like this), lots of phalluses (oh yeah), great pace. I wouldn’t count on it for a history lesson, but highly entertaining.


Loved this one—visually stunning, like 300, but with more depth (though I can’t say anything about how it compares with its source—I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve never read Beowulf). Very pleasant surprise.

The Brave One

Fucking terrible! What was Jodie Foster thinking! Did she read the script? Don’t even bother.

The Last King of Scotland

Riveting. This one actually deserves a whole post. Forest Whitaker is marvelous. And who is this hottie James McAvoy!? Is this a party I’m late to, or what!

BSG (I’m one of you now, I'm using the acronym)

We’re now several episodes into Battlestar Gallactica and are fracking LOVING it!

Now my flixlist is getting low again. What can I add to it?



Blogger Amy U. said...

You know, I did Medieval English in university but we didn't do Beowulf. Maybe I should get caught up and watch the film.


10:30 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Ugh. Beowulf. I was so disappointed. The only character at all I felt something for was poor Grendel, he just had a big case of sensory integration disorder and was acting out. Poor guy. Everyone else was kind of...meh. But it looked pretty. ;)

And Blades of Glory, LOVE! It is pretty damn funny.

I haven't seen the rest.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Mouse said...

Another BSG convert. Doesn't take much, I tell you. Savor it, though, since the last season starts airing this spring--and there's some concern that the writers' strike means they won't get to do the last half of the season.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Beck said...

And the only thing I've seen your list? Blades of Glory. I really liked it, but I was drunk when I watched it so take that glowing review for what it's worth.

11:25 AM  
Blogger something blue said...

I've never had the combo of beer and popcorn. Does it really go together? We finally watched Children of Men and I thought of your review.

11:50 AM  
Blogger kgirl said...

sicko was good, especially for us smug canucks, and bring it on 3: in it to win it is better if you're high, i'm sure.

3:38 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Last King of Scotland rocked and I want to see Blades of Glory. As for Beowulf - I stick to the book.

You know I want to hear about No Country for Old Men - write it! Write it!

Oh and I got Eastern Promises for Christmas and think you would enjoy it - warning: it's bloody and intense (and you get to see my hotty Viggo's butt).

6:31 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

BSG!! Amazing show.

If you don't watch Lost or Dexter, or if you've never seen Arrested Development, I highly recommend them. Dexter's second season just wrapped up and it was even more amazing than its first. Arrested Development is my favourite comedy ever and I watch all 3 seasons on dvd over and over again. Oh, and another really fun show is Weeds - it's a bit over the top sometimes, but I enjoyed getting into it recently. I have tons more recommendations if you've already seen those.

P.S. I'm sorry if we've already discussed some of these at a pub night and I was too tipsy too remember...

8:45 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

BSG rocks!!!!!!!!

We've been really enjoying Friday Night Lights.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Jake said...

I loved Blades of Glory. I nearly peed myself. No joke.

The rest I have yet to see, including 300 (which everyone says is simply amazing). I need to start watching more movies!

11:55 AM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

I haven't seen any of the movies on your list...but we did recently watch No Country. I liked it and I thought it was very, very well done but I felt there were aspects of the plot -- veins, if you will -- that could have been left out to make the movie feel much more compact and effective overall.

The only other movie we've watched recently is Superbad. So much swearing, so immature...we loved it.

2:23 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

Year of the Dog.
Molly Shannon was excellent.
very sweet movie- and quite touching.

just saw Charlie Wilson's War and it was also good.
How can Julia Roberts have twins and another baby and then film a scene in a bikini a few short months after giving birth?
seriously not fair.
but a very good movie aside from that.

Oh and Factory girl. very good as well.
I think I now have a crush on Hayden Christensen.
great cast and soundtrack.

have a great weekend.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I loved Blades of Glory, and my expectations were low. James McAvoy can currently be seen in Atonement. Yummers.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Denguy said...

I'm terribly afraid of how bad Beowulf will be. I did enjoy Beowulf and Grendel which uses some of the John Gardner novel "Grendel" mixed into a portion of the epic "Beowulf."

My movie reco for you: "The Man From Earth."

By the way, if you really like BSG, stop watching at the end of season two. Trust me.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Karen MEG said...

Blades of glory was the only film I've seen. I've been into more of the "stupid humour" lately for some reason. Thanks for the other reviews though. I also heard that King of Scotland was phenomenal. I think james McAvoy is in Atonement now too, another I want to check out.
Just popped into your blog... I really like your writing style!

12:05 AM  

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