So, this post has been coming for a long time, but I really haven’t had any reason to post. I’m quite sorry about it, and I realize that my last post rolled well over a couple weeks ago, so yeah… I’ll work on it.
My weeks in movies, that’s one topic I decided I wanted to cover with this post. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve seen 4 movies, I think. Underworld, Lost in Translation, Kill Bill Vol. 1, and Intolerable Cruelty (in that order). Let me cover them all real quick: giving a quick opinion.
1. Underworld. Good, the female lead is cute, the supporting actor that plays the head Vampire is quite cool. Would I pay full price to see it again? no. See it when it hits the cheap theater.
2. Lost in Translation. See it. Amazing movie. Sophia Coppola has 2 great movies under her belt, and I can’t wait to see what she produces as she goes on in life. She is going to be like her father, produces little, but all of it quality. Oh, and the female lead… HOT.
3. Kill Bill Vol 1. What can I say? Covert and I (and Outlaw too to my knowledge) love revenge movies. There’s so much potential there for truly brilliant action, and gruesome actions toward other people (mentally and physically). This movie is very Tarentino. Great shots, amazing soundtrack, and really, I have to agree with Gene Siskel, this movie was very much about the genre of Samurai movies of the 50’s-70’s and not so much about the story. Nevertheless, since I have seen the movie, I have wanted to go see it again and again. Not for the hemophobic, but I will say that while there is a huge amount of blood in the movie, almost all of it is humorous in nature. Then again, I was shown in Psychology that laughter is a common human response to an uncomfortable situation… so it could be that it was humorous only for that… but I tend to think just because most of the bleeding was such an exercise in hyperbole as to be hilarious rather than grotesque.
4. Intolerable Cruelty. Coen Brothers to the core. As usual, a story that may have been covered before, but not to the level that they cover it. A tried and true story, often almost Shakespearean with humor infused throughout. Amazing fight scene as seen in Raising Arizona, or the couple in Barton Fink, or the rather violent/graphic one in Fargo. This one involving a rather lovely character named “Weezey Joe”. Clooney plays his part wonderfully and very reminiscent of his role in O Brother Where art Thou. Catherine Zeta Jones does a wonderful job, even without her husband. 😉 I highly suggest going and seeing this movie if you’re a Coen brother’s fan. If you’re not, or are unfamiliar with their work, see it anyway… and if you’re a cheapskate, wait until it hits the $1.50 theater and see it there. Then go rent the rest of their movies and see those. Please don’t ask me to rank their movies, I don’t think I could.
If I was to rank these four in the order I’d suggest seeing them, then I’d have to go: 2, 3, 4, 1. But 3 and 4 are very close. And 2 is my main suggestion because I think it’s amazing… Bill Murray is wonderful, Johansenn is amazing, and Coppola is perfect. I hope it gets some nom… though I’m not sure what. Kill Bill will, and Cruelty will too… but they are mainstream movies. Lost in Translation is just now getting main stream coverage at major movieplexes, so my hope is that it will gain the acclaim it deserves. Though, I will say, it takes a few minutes to get over the Japanese references.
School is interesting. I’m taking a whole lot of chemistry, and when I can convince myself to go, I rather enjoy it. Really, I’m pretty burnt out. I know it’s just a whining, but I really haven’t had a good long vacation in a long time. I really just need to go somewhere. But, I really don’t know where. Work is interesting, and overall pretty uneventful, but building up to to Winter Break. For those of you who have seen the Jschool, we will be upgrading our really old shitty lab (full of 7500s and beige G3’s) to be all modern. Flat Panel 17″ iMacs. The bitch is still going to be print accounting, but hopefully we can get that taken care of. It will so speed up the lab. I’m not sure what we’re going to do about quark or pagemaker, but that’s all Andre’s job to figure out.
On that note, I must say I love MacOS 10.3… I have been running the final build for some time. The biggest thing, I must say, is that on my 12″ powerbook, it makes my machine run much cooler.
Some of this post was done while I was in Central Oregon over the weekend. Could be the last time I go over there. My Grandparents put the property up for sale. Really has me pretty upset. I’ll miss that place a lot if I can’t go over there anymore. It’s been around longer than I have, so I always remember going over there and enjoying the dry heat, thunderstorms, beautiful landscape, etc. Probably one of the main reasons I believe Oregon is the most amazing and pretty state there is. And I’ve been to a lot of the states, though I must admit, not all of the areas within them.
Well, anywho, I should go. I’ll try to make another post by the end of the week, but I’m not making any promises. Thank you for being so patient and not bugging me about my lack of posting, or the nice black background you see since my last post rolled. I think I might have some different posting topics if I get a chance to post again. Partially sparked by books I’m reading, and partially by what’s taking up a lot of my free time at work and home… watching Good Eats.