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Lately we've been plowing full speed ahead through season 1 of Dexter, but last night M had to work so I had a chance to check out one of the bazillion documentaries available on Netflix (he is easily bored so they are usually my domain alone). I started and stopped several before stumbling upon one called The King of Kong: A Fistfull of Quarters, and I'm so glad I did. I loved every minute of it. I had no idea that there was this subculture of aging nerds who are still playing Pac Man, Centipede etc. and trying to get the highest score. There are tournaments, prizes, and an official governing body. There is a guy who sits in a room and watches every minute of tapes submitted by people all over the world hoping to break assorted records. They sit in their basements playing their games (only cabinet-style arcade versions are acceptable) and taping themselves in case they have an amazing run.

Documentary-making must be quite a crapshoot-- you pick your subject and hope something interesting happens while you're filming. The movie centred around two Donkey Kong rivals: the challenger, a suburban dad, and the existing record holder, an asshole. The filmmaker could not have come up with a more detestable antagonist if he had just made him up... the guy was a complete and utter douche, from his cocky attitude to his blow-dried mullet, tight jeans, cowboy boots, hideous ties with eagles and American flags on them, and of course his annoying wife with gigantic breast implants. Oh, and when he gets a high score he enters USA as his initials.

Anyway. I recommend this movie, it was great fun.
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We are watching this again for some reason. I am bored with it and updating LJ instead.

Goofs: Scott asks Ramona for a "Cliff Notes" version of her relationship with some guy. A Canadian would ask for Coles Notes, not Cliff Notes.

Incorrectly Regarded as Goofs: Maybe he said Cliff Notes so Ramona (an American) would understand what he was talking about.
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As I have mentioned previously, movie watching is something that is very rare for me these days. I guess it's just not easy for me to find two consecutive hours to spend on a single activity, as I can usually think of better things to do with the time. This is a very long-winded introduction when all I really want to say is that I've seen three movies this weekend and it's kind of blowing my mind.

Movie one: Up. I've heard a lot about this one, particularly a mysterious extra-touching part that makes everyone cry. I thought it was at the end, but it was actually at the beginning. Yes, I shed a few tears too. So after that, I found the remainder of the movie a bit of a letdown. It was just kind of... dumb. Also it became apparent very early on that this is not a movie for kids, at least not my kid. She got so upset (about balloons popping, of all things) that we had to stop watching after about 10 minutes and then Marshall and I finished watching after she was in bed. I can't believe my mother took me to see Bambi when I was two-- talk about trauma. Nat definitely would not be able to handle that one.

Movie two: District 9. I had very few expectations about this one, and it went a little better. We decided we'd give it 10 minutes, and then re-evaluate (these movies were all borrowed so we didn't feel the need to "get our money's worth"). After the first 10 was up, we decided to give it another 10. By 20 minutes I really wanted to see what happened to "the guy" and then we stopped timing. It was a pretty good story, but also sickening in the way Blair Witch Project and first-person shooters are due to shaky-cam and rapid cuts. We both had to look away at certain parts, not because it was disgusting (it was) but because the camera just wouldn't hold still. In a theatre, I think it would probably have been intolerable. Is it my imagination, or were there a lot of movies called "Nine" or "9" this year?

Movie three: Blade Runner (Blu-Ray). I got this one for xmas. I had it on my Amazon wish list for about two years, and my mother finally looked at it. I had completely forgotten about it. Anyway, I already have this on regular DVD and wasn't sure how much better the quality would be. The answer: Um, it looks amazing. I let Nat watch it for about 5 minutes and the turned it off right before the guy is shot during the Voight-Comp test. She was particularly fascinated by the test-giving dude who was smoking, something she has never seen before and I had to explain to her what he was up to. She later told my mother that we had watched "a smoking movie." So technically I've only seen the first 5 minutes of this one, but it's looking great so far.
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My only observation is, I seem to have had a lot of free time in the 90s.
Read more... )
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I'm going to shorten that movie meme that's going around and just focus on the ones I've stopped before they were over. Off the top of my head, in chronological order:

Brazil. Fell asleep. So did everyone else I was with.
There's something about Mary. Marshie and I both decided, at the same time, that we just didn't care what happened next.
The Matrix. God. It was just so dumb. And I hate it when people tell me I just didn't "get it". Oh, I got it. And it was stupid.
The Cell. Left a theatre halfway through for this one, thanks to the easily frightened [livejournal.com profile] haggisthesecond.
Robots. After about half an hour we agreed that we were just not interested.

Also, I have a related story about Dead Poets Society. My sister had rented it the night before with her friends, and I watched it the next morning before it had to be returned. Wow, remember renting movies? Be kind rewind? Anyway. I watched it but it was a lot longer than I had anticipated. The rental deadline was approaching and my mother started harassing me about getting it back before a late charge was incurred. Finally she came in and said TURN IT OFF so I did, and took it back to the store. I assumed it ended with Robin Williams packing up his stuff and leaving. Years later, I saw the actual ending with O Captain My Captain and all that. What a letdown.

One last word about movies-- I have not seen one in a theatre since Wordplay (June 2006).

Fin
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So here's that movie meme that's going around. Apparently, I haven't seen a lot of movies, but note that you don't have to admit how many times you've seen them. A lot more of my life was wasted than is readily apparent.

But why 239? Couldn't they have come up with just one more?

on with the list )
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'Tis the season for year-end-wrap-up memes. I was looking around for one of those lists of movies of 2006 where you highlight the ones you've seen, when it occurred to me that I haven't seen many movies this year. So I found a list on Movieweb and went over it, and in fact I have seen a grand total of one movie this year, Wordplay. Twice, in fact.

I nearly saw Snakes on a Plane, but narrowly managed to get out of it, as chronicled here.

I guess I should remove "movies" from my interests list. But I do like movies... don't I?
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Whew... I narrowly avoided seeing Snakes on a Plane last night. I met up with Marshie after work and we went over to Queen W. to browse around Active Surplus, and grab a burrito at Burrito Boyz (that's a whole 'nother entry... they got my order wrong *twice* and I'm kind of disenchanted with them now). We passed that giant theatre on Richmond and Marshie begged and pleaded and cajoled and I finally relented. During a seemingly endless litany of ads and previews, I realized the heavy duty air conditioning was making me intolerably cold. I was wearing a tank top and had no sweater or coat. Marshie started to pity my frozen state and then begged, pleaded and cajoled me into leaving the theatre and getting a refund before the movie had even started. So, yeah. Dodged a bullet there.

One of the previews had both of us completely baffled. It was about the adventures of a guy from a foreign country, possibly something ending in Stan, like Uzbekistan. The second he appeared on the screen, everyone around us shrieked in recognition and mirth. Marshie and I looked at each other with alarm. Wha? Is it possible there's a cultural phenomenon we have somehow managed to remain completely oblivious to? Unpossible! I hope someone here can enlighten me. Despite my very strong Google-Fu, I can't remember any name or title so have nothing to base my search upon other than "guy with mustache and silly accent who everyone but me finds absolutely frickin' hilarious."
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I saw the most awesome movie at the Carlton last night: Wordplay, a documentary about crossword puzzles-- the people who make them, and the people who solve them. It frigging rocked. I don't imagine that it would appeal to absolutely everyone, but I loved it and I don't even like crosswords. Marshall enjoyed it too, crossword fiend that he is, but I definitely enjoyed it more. It certainly got off on the right foot with me by playing the Cake song Shadow stabbing during the opening credits. Marshie was positively beaming when they specifically mentioned that actuaries are very good at crossword puzzles. I thought of [livejournal.com profile] travellight when they interviewed Bill Clinton and [livejournal.com profile] pigri when they interviewed the Indigo Girls. There were hilarious parts, touching parts and parts that were absolutely gripping. My heart was pounding... over crosswords. It was pretty much in the same vein as Spellbound, but better, because nerdy adults are infinitely more interesting than nerdy kids. Go see it, if you can find it.
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Hee hee... flashback to the teacher or librarian deciding who was going to be picked to turn the knob on the filmstrip projector, and all the kids straining to hold our hands up as high as possible without looking *too* eager, because people who were too eager were never picked. And the BEEP to tell you when to turn the knob.

Only got picked once, but man, it was sweeet. Never got to see one about sniffing glue, though... damn.

http://www.nixiebunny.com/sniff/sniff.html (not a movie, just a really long .jpg)

I wish it had the soundtrack, but it's kind of fun to make up your own.

"Swell, my model airplane is finished."
*sniff sniff*
"Saaaay, this smells GOOD!"
*cue swirly dream music featuring harps and glockenspiels*

I also like the part where it shows you the effect glue sniffing has on your body. It harms your brain, your kidneys and your... macaroni?

Serenity

Oct. 1st, 2005 04:39 pm
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DO NOT click this link if there's even a tiny possibility that you might someday see the movie Serenity.

SPOILERIFIC-- Still can't take the sky from me )
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We finally saw Cinderella Man last night with some free movie passes we've had for ages. It was better than I expected. We mostly wanted to see it because it was filmed here and we hung around several of the sets last summer (as chronicled in this entry). Anyway, we easily recognized Queen St. E, the Distillery, the Carlu (the ballroom above College Park), the Royal York, Maple Leaf Gardens, Morningside Park, Richmond St., and a dock scene that was possibly down near the Yonge St. slip. In other words, in no way were we fooled into thinking it was NY/NJ.

Marshie was very sweet last night. He knew that the theatre (Canada Square at Yonge & Eg) was one I used to frequent with an exasperating romantic interest exactly 10 years ago, and also knew I had not been back since. After the movie, when we were trying to figure out where to go for dinner, he asked which restaurant held the worst memories for me, so we could replace them with new, good memories. I had to admit that it was North 44, so northwards we trooped, and dined among suits and cocktail dresses in our jeans and t-shirts.

Marshie = nice.

Pot Pourri

Jul. 14th, 2005 12:09 pm
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Marshie brought home our free movie for July last night, and it was Heavenly Creatures. I had to break it to him that I've seen it about 450 times, but sure, I was up for 451. Still quite good, though I found my tolerance for excessive giggling is a lot lower than it used to be. I love the part where Kate Winslet corrects the French teacher and gives herself the name "Antoinette" with the big sign around her neck. My name in French class was Genevieve, in case you care.

So I had my appt. with the crotch docs this morning, and it looks like I have to have surgery to remove the cyst, which is apparently bigger than a navel orange but smaller than a grapefruit. They said it's not causing me any trouble at the moment, but it's so big it's got to come out at some point, so it might as well be now. I don't have a date yet but they insinuated that it might be soon. It will be a day surgery and take about 45 minutes. It sounded really interesting but no, I'm not allowed to stay awake during the procedure. She'll go in through my belly button and two smaller holes. She said she couldn't promise me pictures, but she'd try to take some for me while she's in there.
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Let's talk about Napoleon Dynamite. Has anyone seen this movie? Marshie and I chose it as our free PPV movie this weekend, and we laughed ourselves silly. About halfway through, I hailed it as "the greatest movie of all time". As soon as it was over, we watched it again. I intend to subject my sister to it this weekend, more than once if possible.

Then Marshie went to work yesterday and started asking other people about it, and no one he talked to thought it was any good. They claimed they didn't "get it". One guy said he had watched it with a bunch of his friends, and they were all in hysterics while he just sat there, confused. Do Marshie's workmates exist in a parallel but unfunny universe, or are we just complete idiots?

Here are some things I found particularly hilarious:

Tina
Nessie, our underwater ally
The chapstick
The time machine
The liger
The van
The glamourshots
The tupperware
The prom suit
Pedro's cake

just writing this list is making me laugh
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So this movie thing is making the rounds, and I was startled by how many movies I didn't see this year.
The list of 2004 releases can be found here.
cut for your enjoyment )
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The Madison Square Garden set on Richmond came to life last night, and we hung around to watch. We've been watching them build it for over a month so it was cool to see it finally finished and lit up. It is the most elaborate set I've ever seen in the city. The back of the big Bay at Yonge & Richmond has been transformed into an entire depression-era New York city block, complete with storefronts, crumbling curbs, light standards and garbage cans filled with crumpled-up pieces of paper. Last night there were even 30s cabs and vintage streetcars on the existing tracks.

We also finally found out what movie it's for: Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger. Though it's a boxing movie, I might actually go see it just to see Richmond Street.

A car pulled up and out sprang director/Richie Cunningham Ron Howard and some other guys. A girl beside me was convinced one of these other guys was Russell Crowe, and soon everyone was saying, "Oh yeah! It's totally him!" even though it was, like, totally not. The mere suggestion was enough to cause a shared hallucination. Anyway, Ron walked up and down examining the set and peering in the windows of the fake drug store, record store, shoe store, cigar store and hat store (I just found an old picture of MSG, and these stores are all accurate). He seemed as impressed with it as we were.

At about 9 p.m. they kicked us off the street. They opened the barricades and a long procession of vintage cars came up Yonge St. and turned onto Richmond. I lost count, but they just kept coming and coming, maybe 20 or 30 cars. The drivers were having a great time, honking and taking pictures of the crowd that had gathered. The stench was incredible. I mean, talk about no emissions standards. Imagine what the air quality would have been like back then, not to mention all the coal burning that was going on.

Three school buses pulled up and a tidal wave of depression-era extras flooded down Yonge St. and across Temperance. This, to me, was one of the most amazing parts. It was completely surreal. We crossed the street and walked with them as they shuffled along, clothes rumpled, heads bowed, spirits broken. Who better to play the part of depression people than extras? They're already hungry, underpaid and downtrodden, no acting required.
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Went with sister and spouse to take in Shrek 2 last night, which was enjoyable, but also involved exposure to a larger quantity of children than I'm used to. Clearly, the modern-day child is unschooled about the difference between watching videos at home and watching movies in a large room with people who have all paid money to be there. In short, a whole lot of chatter and seat-kicking. One of the little brats even brought a goddamn laser pointer and would frequently shine it on the screen, but in short enough bursts that it was impossible to tell where it was coming from.

But anyway, the movie was pretty good. We honestly couldn't determine if it was better or worse than its predecessor, because we can't really remember its predecessor. Anyway, a pleasant diversion to be sure. A late show would have been preferable, however.

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