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August 11th, 2007
A Mind Boggler

I work with a charming young man who recently turned 20. He’s in college, and seems ‘hip’ to the pop culture of today. So you can imagine my shock and awe upon learning he had never seen The Princess Bride. Okay, I realize the film came out the same year he was born. But hasn’t this movie become embedded into American popular culture?? How is this possible? He hadn’t even HEARD of it!! He thought I was talking about some crappy Anne Hathaway movie!

Perhaps our tastes are just too disparate. He thought it a travesty that I hadn’t seen The Fantastic Four, a film I determined to be standard play-to-the-lowest-common-denominator filmmaking and not worth my time. At any rate, in 20 years will anyone care about The Fantastic Four? I doubt it.

So I’m boggled. He does want to see Stardust, a film that is said to be closest to The Princess Bride in genre, so that’s good. I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t judge, but I’m hoping it will be good.

Is there really such a generation gap in only eight years? I think of all the things my little brother and sister have lived with that I didn’t when I was a kid, and I start to think that maybe my generation (those born in the late 70′s/early 80′s) was at the tail end of one generation, and kids from the late 80′s/early 90′s are the start of another. Microwaves, computers, vcrs (now dvds), cable television (now satellite), the Internet. Cable television just started to be a big deal when I was a kid, seven or eight years old. I can remember when we bought a vcr, a couple years after they came out – wow, we can watch a movie at home! I remember buying the microwave, and we didn’t have a computer until I was 12 or so, and didn’t have one with a GUI and a mouse until late high school. Didn’t have internet until my senior year. I didn’t have a CD player until my senior year either. Cassettes, baby!

Geez, this makes me feel old and curmudgeonly. I guess it only gets worse.

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August 27th, 2006
Snakes! On a Plane!

Hee hee. Snakes on a Plane was the funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time. It made me jump a few times, and got DH at least once. Hee hee! Good times, good times.

The movie is, of course, deliberately cheesy. Samuel L. Jackson (simply one of my favorite actors ever since The Long Kiss Goodnight) plays it with a straight face but a twinkle in his eye. He’s having fun, and it shows. The plot is full of cliches, and it’s kind of fun playing “spot the cliche.” I don’t mean this in a bad way – it’d make an awesome drinking game when it comes out on DVD. Of course, you should probably drinking something watered down – with all the cliches, everyone would be too hammered by the end to be laughing.

I enjoyed it a lot. Art? No. Fun? Yes.

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May 28th, 2005
Incomplete

I’m still having trouble starting posts, usually at Sudsy, and then leaving before I finish it… although sometimes the post is started at home, and I leave for Sudsy before I finish it. I just get so distracted, too many things in my head competing for brain space and attention.

But… I’m going to finish a blog entry! I’ve seen two movies in the last 48 hours, both of which were excellent. Last night we saw “Head-On” (or Gegen Die Wand, the German title). I shall now attempt to write a brief review without resorting to cheap cliches like “gripping” and “real-life” and blah blah blah. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a movie about two Turkish immigrants in Germany (well, one of the characters was born in Germany) – strangers – who get married because the woman wants to escape her smothering family (very traditional Muslims) and the man wants… well, we’re not entirely sure why he agrees, except it’s an opportunity to do something to help someone else. Did I mention they met at a mental health clinic because both of them were suicidal? Really, it was a LOT better than I’m describing. DH and I have cultivated a taste for non-Hollywood, frequently foreign cinema because quite frankly most of what comes out of Hollywood today is total crap. “Head-On” moved me to tears, had me really caring about what happened to the characters, and left me feeling like I’d seen something really special.

Tonight we went to see “Kung Fu Hustle.” A totally different genre from “Head-On,” it’s a comedic send-up of kung fu movies, but complete with all the cool kung fu moves and special effects. It is FUNNY. Ebert wasn’t kidding when he said it’s Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meets Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny. But really, the most important thing is that it’s a comedy.

Next we want to see “Kontroll” (Hungarian), “Ladies in Lavender” (Dame Judy Dench and Maggie Smith), and “Kingdom of Heaven” (Hollywood, or as I’ve been putting it, the Orlando Bloomfest, which is perfectly okay with me).

Mmmmm. Hot days, cool nights, and good cinema. I love summer.

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February 4th, 2004
McNamara

We went to see the documentary Fog Of War this evening at Cinema 21 in Northwest Portland. (The website is very Flash heavy, btw, sorry.)

Wow.

This is an exceptionally good film. I recommend that you go see it.

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January 25th, 2004
The Revolution

We went to see a documentary tonight, titled “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” I cannot recommend this film enough.

The documentary makers started out to make a film about Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez. What they ended up capturing on film was the coup that ousted him and the return of the democratically elected government, all in a matter of a few days. This is literally the anatomy of a coup on film. Unbelieveable.

If you live in Portland, you can see this at Cinema 21, in NW Portland. It’s playing until Thursday. This is a film worth seeing. I can’t recommend it enough.

The scary part: in Venezuela, the corporate media is on the opposite side of the government, and we see just how much damage they can do (more here). In this country, the corporate media is clearly on the side of the administration. They wield immense power, and it scares me to think of what could happen if the media decided to take an even more active role in shaping politics than they already do. It’s frightening.

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