New Jack City: Severely classic early ’90s movie of gang-owned, crack-dealing drug lords in late ’80s New York City. Great movie! Super fantastic, and now I’m dying to watch what promises to be some really incredible interviews with the main characters over a decade after the movie originally filmed. Also, Ice-T’s and Chris Rock’s first movie–who knew? And they’ve both got pretty significant parts.
Shrek Forever After: I love the Shrek movies. And Ben and I have seen every single one of them in theaters. However much I enjoyed this one (WAAAY better than the third one, mind you), it was tempered by the fact that it wasn’t as funny as I expected it to be. But it was well done and I did enjoy it. And since they’re now finished with the series, I can start looking for the box set. Which just sets my geeky little heart all aflutter.
Fast Food Nation: Sweet baby-jesus on a cracker. This book should be required reading in every high school. EVERYONE should read this book. It’s astounding the information that is contained. Once finished I informed Ben that as soon as we become double-income again, we are no longer eating food of unknown origins. It’s not just about fast food–it’s about how the fast food industry changed how Americans butcher/process ALL their food; and it’s not anti-meat, it’s pro-healthy food. It’s really quite amazing. READ. THIS. BOOK. You will be so amazed. (There is a movie and I will add it to our queue soon to compare)
DayBreakers: Surprisingly awesome. Some of the CGI looked pretty cheap, but the other special effects looked Bad-Ass. Adequate gore without going over the top. Interesting concept/storyline: Vampires have outnumbered humans and now their natural food supply is running low and they’ve not found a proper synthetic substitute yet. Still doesn’t push Let The Right One In, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, or Interview With a Vampire out of their Top Three Best Vampire Films Ever list, but it may be in my top five.
True Romance: Tarantino’s first movie (written but not directed) is still one of my all time favourite movies–full of bad assery and true love and gangsters and a wonderfully diverse cast (check out way early unknown Brad Pitt as a major stoner and Gary Oldman playing a pimp/drug dealer). Love. Love. Love.
Mother: Korean suspense film; a bit dark and not nearly as awesome as I hoped it might be–but still, very good (although Ben would like to add, he didn’t really care for it). I’m afraid I’ll give too much away if I expound on this one.
Cop Land: Really amazing and super well-acted cop drama that somehow flew right under the box office radar. How did everyone miss this? It’s fantastic. And watching Stallone play a wimp is pretty cool. His performance alone would make this a great movie.
Ave. Q: I’ve wanted to see this play since I was living in Manhattan in 2003. When I found out the Broadway tour was passing through Knoxville I HAD TO be there. And it was wonderful and perfect and hilarious and fun. It’s Sesame Street for adults and it’s AWESOME.
Bringing Out the Dead: A very strange Scorsese picture from the late ’90s. Almost like watching a bunch of tv episodes in quick succession. Extremely dark and visually fascinating look at the third shift EMTs of New York City. And who knew Nicolas Cage could act?
Men In Tights: I love this movie SO MUCH. I’ve got the entire thing memorized. No kidding. It’s pretty amazing. I’m a die-hard Mel Brooks fan and anytime it’s been a bit stressful this is one of the go-to classics.
Prince of Thieves: Watching Men In Tights got me in the mood for this one…of course. And it’s a pretty brutal little flick with the realism and the blood and the dirt and whatnot. Great movie though (despite only two actors actually being English–and hey, didn’t the “story” of Robin Hood originate in France? anybody? Bueller? Bueller?)
Toy Story 3: GO. WATCH. THIS. NOW. I mean, I am a lover of cartoons in general. And I have a soft spot for the Toy Story characters. But neither of those factor in to how amazingly funny and touching and visually astounding this movie is. A total five-star worthy movie. I’d even see it a second time. Hell, even the animated short at the beginning is totally worth the price of admission.
Batman: One of my favourite movies ever. If ever I can’t decide what to put on as background (usually during band practice); this movie is my number-one go-to. LOVE.
The Killing Joke: One of the very first Batman comics I ever read. The artwork is what I usually expect from my graphic novels. When Joker and Batman are drawn any differently, it will always take me a few panels to adjust. Fun fact: This particular [re: wonderful] novel served as the inspiration for Nolan-Goyer-Kane Joker in The Dark Knight.
Maria Full of Grace: When a Columbian teenager realizes she is in need of a better paying job, she becomes a drug mule. This 2004 movie is seriously heavy. And extremely good. Catalina Sandino Moreno does an excellent job playing the anxious María. Quite wonderful.
Double Exposure: short albeit very interesting article on June Newton (a.k.a. Alice Springs), wife of deceased Helmut Newton and an artist in her own right.
Independence Day: A yearly tradition at the Petler Inn, and this year we watched the director’s cut–which is nowhere NEAR as good as the theatrical release. (Not to say that this movie is a cinematic masterpiece, but it is a fun flick.) The explosions and fiery scenes were A LOT longer, and there was this sick child side-story that ended up getting dropped and still didn’t make any sense. Silly. Happy Birthday America! and We love you, Will Smith!! (Oh, and according to IMDB, the people in charge are working on a second AND third Independence Day movie–stupidity is everywhere.)
Blast from the Past: This charming late ’90s flick came out at just the right time with the perfect cast. An adorable romantic comedy that has provided so many familiar quotes.