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December 2nd, 2007


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12:12 am - AMC Bay Street 16, Showtime, and SciFi: A Cinematic Saturday
Enchanted is the movie du jour, and now I have seen and loved it myself! It's quite silly and cute and enjoyable. And Amy Adams is really pretty, and, as all the newspapers say, she's pretty perfect as a real-life Disney princess. The best kind of fish is one out of water! (What most newspapers fail to mention, however, is that James Marsden is completely hilarious! He's pretty perfect as a real-life Disney prince, a little like a combination of all the Prince Charmings with a generous dose of Gaston.) And even though I have no interest in Patrick Dempsey and also have no bad Grey's Anatomy associations, I actually liked him in his role.

To be honest, I was expecting a little more satire and metahumor, but that's okay. There were fun songs instead.

It was like a Disney movie turned into real life with just the right dose of reality and fantasy. They managed to stay true to the tropes and subvert them at the same time. The audience clapped when it was over, and this was a little 11:15 showing.

Also, why has no one made this movie before? Animated characters get turned into real-life people! It's fun!

Finally, one of the executive producers is named Sunil! Yay!

Then, tonight, in preparation for Juno, I watched Hard Candy, which put Ellen Page in the spotlight (and for a very good reason). If you haven't heard about it, it's about a 32-year-old photographer who chats up and meets a 14-year-old girl on the Internet...except she's the predator. The movie is almost exclusively Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page; there are only three other actors in the movie at all, and they get about five minutes of screentime combined. It feels like a very claustrophobic play, full of tight close-ups and slow pans around the set; there are frequent fades to black, as if a Scene has ended. The tone and shooting style somehow reminded me of One Hour Photo, which makes a little bit of sense since this was also the first movie of a director known for music videos.

It's a very well-made film, very tense, and I love how, because you know absolutely nothing about these characters, you're hanging on every action and piece of dialogue to learn more about them, about who they are, about what's truth and what's a lie. And you struggle with what you want the outcome to be, how far you want it to go.

It's a really good but really disturbing and uncomfortable psychological thriller. It's obviously meant to be provocative (it was inspired by stories of Japanese girls who did this sort of thing). And I kind of want Hayley to meet Dexter so they can compare notes or something. (And I am now really looking forward to seeing Ellen Page play someone completely different in Juno, just so I can stop being scared of her. Stop it, Kitty Pryde, stop it!)

I had to chase that shit down with some National Treasure. Which was really fun! Come on: crazy clues and riddles, secret artifacts, random American history trivia, a pretty lady, and a wisecracking sidekick? What's not to love? And...now I really kind of want to see the sequel. But perhaps not actually pay money. Or redeem a free ticket. Do I lose all credibility as a film critic? Enchanted and Hard Candy are really good too! They're all good in different ways!

I liked every movie I saw today. I'm...running out of thumbs.
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From:amarettolime25
Date:December 2nd, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
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Enchanted was awesome. For the first time in a long time I didn't think that the CGI animal in the live-action film was completely lame.

Finally, one of the executive producers is named Sunil! Yay!


I totally did a double-take in the movie theater when I saw that. I mean, you'd tell us if you were going to be involved in a big budget Disney movie wouldn't you?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Well, you know I don't like to brag...



Wait.
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From:alliterator
Date:December 2nd, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
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Also, why has no one made this movie before? Animated characters get turned into real-life people! It's fun!
Have you not seen The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, a hilarious and unfortunately unsuccessful movie, where Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader became real-life people? Of course, Rocky and Bullwinkle stayed their cartoon selves.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I have not seen that! I didn't know it worked like that.
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From:bsidetales
Date:December 2nd, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
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Now I can of have to see Enchanted. Darn it. Okay, not really, I'm stoked. I love Disney songs! And James Marsden! And shit!

Yay to excutive producer!Sunil!


Also, why has no one made this movie before? Animated characters get turned into real-life people! It's fun!


Yeah, I don't know at first it felt like it had been done. I think it's because the reverse has happened, you know (but mostly in movies I only sort of remember). But, aside from the above mentioned (which I have never seen), I can't think of one that go to life action, really. Hmm.

Hard Candy seems very interesting!

Do I lose all credibility as a film critic?

...well. ;]


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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Enchanted has Disney songs, James Marsden, and [chipmunk] shit!

Hard Candy is very interesting, though it has none of those things.

Edited at 2007-12-02 07:06 pm (UTC)
From:cerulgalactus
Date:December 2nd, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
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Enchanted I want to see so very very much.

Hard Candy was all manner of tops.

I'll forgive your love of National Treasure.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
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Have you actually seen it, Shane? I mean, really, it's a good time if you like that sort of movie.

Hard Candy was its own sort of movie.
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From:being_fulfilled
Date:December 2nd, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
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He's pretty perfect as a real-life Disney prince, a little like a combination of all the Prince Charmings with a generous dose of Gaston.

Exactly! Except not the worst parts of Gaston. Just the slightly self-absorbed parts that are overshadowed in the end by his Prince Charming heart.

The thing I loved most is that both he and Amy Adams totally committed to their characters. They were there--which, yes, is the point of acting, but they both took characters that required such physical and vocal commitment (I loved Amy's little hand flutters near her face) and totally inhabited them.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
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I completely agree! Both of them committed to their characters, as if "Amy Adams" and "James Marsden" did not exist.

"Do you like yourself?"
"...What's not to like?"

(And you're right that it's not the worst parts of Gaston, as Gaston would have delivered that line as much more full of himself, whereas Edward is just sort of bewildered by the question.)
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From:harper47
Date:December 2nd, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
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I loved Enchanted. I was just mesmerized by how perfectly Amy used her body language in this. The voice and facials I expected but her body language just blew me away. So many smart acting choices.

And how fun to see all good movies. That's a great kind of day!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Everyone was ra-ra about Amy Adams, and to be honest, for the first few minutes in New York, I thought, "Er, is she maybe overplaying it a bit?" But then I got used to it and realized that, well, that's Giselle. That's seriously the Disney voice-acting style brought into the real world. What about her body language was impressive?
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From:wiscck
Date:December 2nd, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
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I know that a lot of people hated National Treasure, but I enjoyed it. Is it a great movie? Definitely not. Is it a good family movie? Yes. It's clean enough for the kids, grown-up enough for the adults, and exciting enough for the whole family. It's not a movie I'd watch over and over again, but it's a good enough way to pass the time. It was a piece of fun fluff. My only problem with it is that it tried to be Indiana Jones and fell short.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Well, there weren't enough Nazis for that. But you're right in that it's "clean enough for the kids, grown-up enough for the adults, and exciting enough for the whole family." Heh. They should have put that in a trailer.
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From:duchessdogberry
Date:December 2nd, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Also, why has no one made this movie before? Animated characters get turned into real-life people! It's fun!


It was called Cool World. It scarred me for life.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I think I saw that! But it was PG-13! So racy! So edgy!

Is this the first time it's been done with fairy-tale characters, though? That's more my thing.
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From:eirefaerie
Date:December 2nd, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to see Juno too! On Tuesday. Thanks to you!

Ellen Page scared the shit out of me in Hard Candy. I saw it in the theatre when it came out and I was part "holy crap, kid, dial it down twelve notches" and part "oh my god castration yes!"

HA HA HA national treasure. Oh, sunil.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to see Juno too! On Tuesday. Thanks to you!
Yay! I'm glad I posted the link!

Ellen Page scared the shit out of me in Hard Candy.
Seriously, dude.

I saw it in the theatre when it came out and I was part "holy crap, kid, dial it down twelve notches" and part "oh my god castration yes!"
When that scene came up, I think I had a vague sort of memory of reading about it before. I know I'd read somewhere that the whole movie was pretty uncomfortable and icky to watch, and yet I watched it anyway. But it wasn't like Hostel or anything like that.

HA HA HA national treasure. Oh, sunil.
Look, one of my favorite movies is The Rock.

And even though you didn't mention Enchanted, I haven't hit Post yet, so I will drop in here the fact that I was the only person in the theatre who cracked up at the fact that Edward's horse was named Destiny.
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:December 2nd, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
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National Treasure, Sunil? Really?

Yes. Yes, you do lose all credibility as a film critic.

And also: JUNO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh I have been waiting for this for so long. (Well... three months.) Hyperventilate, squee, et cetera.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't really heard about Juno until the article about Diablo Cody in EW. It has such a great cast! Why hadn't I heard about it before? It looks very amusing.

As for National Treasure, nyah! I can't have layers?
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From:gymble
Date:December 2nd, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Animated characters get turned into real-life people! It's fun!
They Framed Roger Rabbit. I saw in the theaters and I was so not old enough. Which means you were definitely not old enough. And now I feel old.

I want to see Enchanted.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
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It's Who Framed Roger Rabbit? And I love that movie; I've seen it bunches. And there weren't animated characters who got turned into real-life people, were there? They were just animated character in the real world, period. And sometimes real-life characters got turned into animation a little.

You should see Enchanted.
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From:afrocurl
Date:December 2nd, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Enchanted was a very awesome movie. I had the same thought about why he movie hadn't been made earlier, but oh well.

It's cute!
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From:dlgood
Date:December 2nd, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Also, why has no one made this movie before? Animated characters get turned into real-life people! It's fun!


Also, there was The Purple Rose of Cairo in which a fictional movie character (though not animated) pops out of the screen and begins a romance with a depression-era fan. It's a great flick.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
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And it's Woody Allen! I'll have to look into it.
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From:filmtx
Date:December 2nd, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
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I took the boys to see "Enchanted" in Florida after spending a week at Disneyworld. So Disneyverse was very fresh in our minds and probably made it all the more fun to watch. And, yes, James Marsden was hilarious. He had the best lines. I loved it when he was talking to the tv like it was the Magic Mirror. And the charades with Pip. Hee.

ETA: I really liked "Hard Card." I am looking forward to "Juno." I'm sure the boys will force me to see "National Treasure."

Edited at 2007-12-02 06:28 pm (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
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And, yes, James Marsden was hilarious. He had the best lines. I loved it when he was talking to the tv like it was the Magic Mirror.
That was great, as that gag is usually "They have trapped people in this little box!" But the Magic Mirror angle made sense for them.

Also, I loved that Nathaniel gained self-awareness through a soap opera. It takes all kinds of stories, eh?
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From:seawench
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
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I have to admit I also thoroughly enjoyed National Treasure, but then I am one of those rare Nicholas Cage fans. I don't know how the same person who chose scripts for Leaving Las Vegas and Lord of War also ends up involved with Snake Eyes and Family Man (and, oh god, Con Air). Sure it was Indiana Jones/Da Vinci Code lite, but it was fun. I'm sure I'll be in the theater with my dad for the sequel's opening weekend.

Enchanted was delightful, although I wish that Idina Menzel had a bit more to do. I don't entirely buy her character going off at the end. And it would have been nice if Amy Adams had actually saved the day rather than looked good wet while the chipmunk did all the work. Still, she charmed the cockroaches and that's what counts, right?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 2nd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
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I am a Nicolas Cage fan too! Although I've never seen Leaving Las Vegas, because it sounds boring and depressing. Snake Eyes was really bad, and I liked Con Air, but not as much as The Rock.

As for Giselle at the end, I was just impressed she got a sword and the chance to save her prince, although I agree it would have been nice for her to have actually slain the dragon. But maybe they didn't want to make her a "killer" or something. Chipmunks are murderous little beasties anyway.

Unrelatedly, Amy Adams' hair just got better and better over the course of the movie, huh?

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