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12:07 am - September and October in the Chair
Some of you may have missed my last post, which features a book review that may be Relevant to Your Interests. This post, however, features many such possibly relevant movie reviews.

Hot Tub Time Machine: It's all right there in the title, guys. It's a hot tub...time machine. Four guys go back to 1986 and try not to fuck up the timeline while at the same time attempting to relive their glory days (except for Clark Duke, who wasn't even born yet). Rob Corddry is a complete asshole and John Cusack is a sad sack, but Craig Robinson is pretty much gold throughout the entire movie. Clark Duke is also pretty funny. There are three writers credited for the screenplay, and it shows, as there are quite a few really funny lines that don't seem to gel with the rest of the movie in style, but they made the movie more entertaining than it otherwise would have been. It's a very masculine movie, which means it's pretty misogynistic. Are there raunchy comedies starring women? Or are they all about sad men and their problems who solve everything through male bonding? Anyway, I'm a sucker for time travel, and this is not the greatest time travel comedy ever, but it's fairly entertaining and it has fun with the concept. Plus, Lizzy Caplan. B/B+

Batman: Under the Red Hood: The latest DC animated movie features Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing, and Jason Isaacs as Ra's al-Ghul! It's still odd to watch Timmverse-style animation with different character designs and voices, but the good thing about these movies is they get to be PG-13. This is not a movie for children. Villains actually get to kill people in cold blood, and the story builds to a totally fucked-up climax (that, unfortunately, doesn't go quite over the edge enough). Ackles brings the pain, as is his wont, especially in those final scenes, where he almost made me feel actual emotion! NPH is mostly around to deliver wisecracks, which is odd since I tend to think of Nightwing as much more serious. All in all, a good, dark outing for the Dark Knight. B+

13 Going on 30: This is sort of also a time travel comedy, in that a 13-year-old Jennifer Garner in 1987 gets transported into her 30-year-old body in 2004 through the magical power of wishing dust. What, at least it's not a wishing machine. Okay, the wishing machine was cooler, I'll give you that. Jennifer Garner is superduperadorable, oh my God. She is completely bright and bubbly, and I never failed to be amused by her bonding with fellow 13-year-olds. "Good luck with fractions!" The movie gets a lot of mileage out of the fish-out-of-water humor, and because Garner gives it her all, it never gets old. Eventually, it does settle into a more serious plot involving her job at a fashion magazine, and as she reconnects with her childhood best friend, she wonders about the person she grew up to be. The movie does succumb to romantic comedy tropes in the end, but it still got to me. I forgot how good a crier Jennifer Garner is. B+

Arachnophobia: I loved this movie when I was a kid, and it still holds up twenty years later. Jeff Daniels is a big-city doctor who moves to a small town that just happens to have been paid a visit by a new species of spider from Venezuela with a fatal bite. Soon, people start dying, and there is all kinds of spider-related mayhem. This movie is not for people who don't like spiders! Especially when they crawl on your face and stuff! But it has a very good, snarky sense of humor (that could stand to be a little more prevalent, really), and John Goodman is very amusing as a weirdo exterminator. It gets off to a slow start, and there are perhaps too many foreboding shots of spiders crawling around, but once the bodies start dropping, the movie picks up and makes you squirm. And laugh! As the trailer says, it's a THRILLOMEDY. B+

The A-Team: In business class, movies are free! So why not watch The A-Team on the plane to Paris? It's a much more serious movie than I expected, with tongue less firmly in cheek than a movie adaptation of an '80s television show ought to have, really. I mean, B.A. actually gets a character arc. And the plot is also fairly complicated, although unclear motivations complicate more than they should. I shouldn't have that hard a time following a summer popcorn flick! The cast is great, however, and the movie is pretty fun and ridiculous, with plenty of explosions and a tank falling from the sky. B/B+

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Why is Persia populated with white dudes with British accents?? No, really, it's honestly distracting. Eventually it did stop distracting me, and I could concentrate on the sandy adventure. Dastan and Tamina do make a fun, snarky pair, but I feel like so much more could have been done with the dagger. There could have been some incredible, but possibly hard-to-follow, fight sequences where Dastan uses the dagger to redo split-second decisions. Instead, it's always used to go back several seconds. Also, not once—not ONCE—does he run along the side of a wall. COME ON NOW. B

Predators: This movie begins with maybe one of the best openings I've ever seen—Adrien Brody waking up in freefall and crashing down in the jungle. What? What the hell is going on? Exactly! The marketing never played up the use of one of my favorite, though possibly overused, story concepts: a bunch of strangers put together in an unfamiliar environment for an unknown reason. Since we're dealing with Predators, though, we're pretty sure they're there to be the prey. The first half of the movie is particularly impressive because I noticed that there wasn't a single wasted scene; I was fully engaged in their plight the whole time. Who are they, why are they here, how will they survive? The movie moves. The second half, when the Predators are more prominent, feels a little weaker, but in the movie's defense, it was very hard to see what the hell was going on on my little Delta screen because the movie is so dark. Not in its defense, however, the first movie was able to be suspenseful and scary with most of the action taking place in the light. The sole female character is pretty cool and competent and not just there to be placed in peril all the time. I mean, everyone's in peril at one point or another. For a new-school take on an old-school action flick, it does very well. B+/A-

Mystery Men: If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the first entries into the "second-string superhero" genre, featuring Mr. Furious, whose power comes from his boundless rage, the Shoveler, who...has a shovel, and the Blue Raja, who throws cutlery. These lame, ineffective superheroes demand the respect that Captain Amazing and his multiple product endorsements command, and they get their chance when they attempt to defeat Casanova Frankenstein. There are various good ideas in this movie, but the execution falls flat more often than not. Half the characters speak in silly accents, and the jokes are very hit-or-miss (Janeane Garofalo is basically all hit, however, even though she doesn't show up for forty-five minutes). The movie doesn't have much of a sense of direction (it's a half hour too long), and it's full of bizarre and distracting first-person POV shots, as if the director just learned how to use a camera. (And sure enough, this was the director's first and only film. I guess he realized he wasn't a very good filmmaker.) It's kind of a mess, but it has its moments, and it does have a great cast. B

Monsters vs. Aliens: This movie is about, well, monsters. And they are versus some aliens. Well, really, one giant alien robot and a Rainn Wilson-voiced alien overlord. It's always nice when an animated movie has a female protagonist who's not a princess in need of being rescued, and Susan (Reese Witherspoon) is pretty great as a reluctant monster who has a journey of self-discovery aided by a fish-man (Will Arnett), a cockroach mad scientist (Hugh Laurie), a blob (Seth Rogen), and a giant insect. There are cute references to monster and alien movies, and the monsters (especially BOB) are pretty entertaining, but the movie doesn't seem to reach its full potential. It could gel a little better, and it could be snappier, but it's fun and has several good jokes. Plus, Stephen Colbert as the President. B/B+

Kissing Cousins: After developing a crush on Rebecca Hazlewood in Outsourced, I had to Netflix her first American movie, a romantic comedy about Amir, a "relationship termination specialist" who breaks up with people on behalf of others. He's a single guy with couple friends, and then he meets his hot British cousin, Zara (the aforementioned Hazlewood, using her natural accent), after twenty years, and she pretends to be his girlfriend. But then he starts falling for her! Of course. This was writer-director Amyn Kaderali's first feature, and it's definitely trying a little too hard to be "indie" and "quirky" at times, with some annoying stock characters, but the characters that actually seem like people are nice. Amir is generally likable but a bit bland, which I think comes from the actor, who doesn't really sell the climactic speech at the end. I did really enjoy watching a movie about an Indian protagonist whose story didn't revolve around being Indian, though. Hell, except for a few lines here and there, the main characters could have been white. Rebecca Hazlewood is a joy to watch, as expected. The movie also features David Alan Grier, Jaleel White, and Zone from Dollhouse. Overall, it's a decent movie, a good effort, and even though it does employ some rom-com clichés, it didn't do everything I expected it to do, so that was kind of nice. B/B+

Noises Off...: It's a crime to be a theatre person and not to have seen this movie, so I have rectified said crime. The movie is based on a play in three acts. The first act shows us the tech/dress rehearsal of Nothing On, a British sex farce. Michael Caine, the director, is trying to reel in his actors—including Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, Marilu Henner, Nicollete Sheridan, Carol Burnett, and Denholm Elliott—while making sure props are set correctly and doors actually open and close with the help of stage manager Julie Hagerty and techie Mark Linn-Baker. The rehearsal doesn't go smoothly, but it's not that bad. The play-within-the-movie is actually pretty funny. I was a little underwhelmed by how little went wrong until I realized that we as the audience need to get a decent picture of what is supposed to happen. Because the second act is a disastrous matinee that we mainly see from backstage, and it's brilliantly choreographed so that the backstage antics become as farcical as the on-stage action. Seriously, the timing and camerawork is pretty amazing. And then the third act takes disaster to a whole new low. Noises Off... is a classic behind-the-scenes theatre film for a reason. Unlike Slings and Arrows, it doesn't really have anything to say about theatre, really, but it's an entertaining farce that hits its mark. A-

Infernal Affairs: I love The Departed, but that fabulous idea of two moles trying to suss each other out originally came from this Hong Kong film. Yan is the cop who infiltrates the Triads, and Lau is the Triad who infiltrates the police force. The Departed did take many scenes and set-pieces directly from the original film, and...I kind of like the Hollywood version better most of the time? What, I'm a Scorsese fan. The original film is an hour shorter than its Hollywood counterpart, the biggest difference being the relationship with the psychiatrist (the American version combined Lau's girlfriend and Yan's psychiatrist into one Vera Farmiga, which confused me because I assumed they were the same person here at first). The movie doesn't really need that, so it's okay, but I do feel like more time could have been spent on the relationship between Yan and Sam, the crime boss, who's a lot more likable in this movie than Jack Nicholson's Costello. One aspect in which I think the original film is superior is the characterization of Lau (Matt Damon's character in The Departed). He's much more interesting and comes off as one of two protagonists rather than the antagonist. The movie moves swiftly and hits the right beats as Yan and Lau play their deadly cat-and-mouse game. B+

Goodfellas: It's easy to see why this Scorsese gangster flick is considered a masterpiece. Throughout its two hours and twenty minutes, you know you're in the hands of a master storyteller, being told a story. That story is the tale of Henry Hill, a real-life gangster played by Ray Liotta. There isn't a specific plot, per se; rather, we simply follow Hill from the beginning of his gangster life to the end. It's kind of like a slice-of-life gangster movie, in a way. What is it like to be a gangster? It focuses on mundane, procedural aspects rather than complicated gang wars or detailed heists. Hill is an interesting protagonist because he's kind of likable as our narrator, and in comparison to his buddies played by Robert De Niro and a very foul-mouthed Joe Pesci, he's not as violent and hardcore, but he does have his more despicable moments, especially as the film goes on and he becomes more of a Gangster. The movie is full of great scenes, as well as small roles for Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli, and Samuel L. Jackson. Hill's wife is underwritten and underused as a second narrator, but I suppose you can't have everything. A-

Outsourced: The current television show is based on this movie, which follows Todd Anderson, a Seattle call center manager who is sent to India when the call center is outsourced. The company sells novelty items like cheeseheads and hot dog toasters, and he must teach the call center agents a little about America so they can sell the items successfully. Whereas the TV show is more of an office comedy with wacky characters saying funny things, the movie is more about Todd's experience in India. It's less offensive and more respectful than the show, as it was actually filmed in India. It feels more like the India I know, and the fish-out-of-water humor worked because I was familiar with those experiences myself. It's actually quite lovely to watch Todd's growing appreciation for his new locale...and Asha, the outspoken call center agent who tells him he needs to learn about India. It's a nice little movie. B+

The Evil Dead: Five idiot college students spend the night in a creepy cabin in the woods, where they unwittingly unleash Candarian demons who possess them and turn them into...the evil dead! Bruce Campbell must survive both bloodthirsty monsters and terrible dialogue! Not to mention bad acting! It's a low-budget, home-grown horror movie, but once the scares start coming, actually, it's kind of terrifying. Also, extremely bloody, gory, and gross. This movie is not for the faint of heart. It all leads up to one of the longest and grossest death scenes I've ever seen. There's not a lot to this cult classic besides bloody mayhem and Bruce Campbell, but sometimes that's all you need. B/B+

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn: This sequel/remake recaps/retcons the first movie in five minutes and picks up with Ash fighting the forces of darkness alone, until he's joined by a few soon-to-be demons. Evil Dead 2 plays up everything to a ridiculous extent. Ash has a fight with a severed head, an evil hand, himself, etc. Bruce Campbell goes all out with the camp and engages in some fantastic physical comedy in between all the screaming (well, also during the screaming). While Ash is surprisingly lame in the first movie, surviving it has made him awesome, and in this movie he transforms into the iconic character we know and love. I may have clapped when he finally said, "Groovy." The "deadites" have been redesigned and reimagined a bit since the first movie, and, strangely enough, the better makeup makes them less scary, which is fine since this movie isn't really supposed to be scary. It's got great stop-motion work and impressive POV shots, and it actually tries to have more of a plot than the first one. Tries. There's a stretch early on that doesn't seem to have any narrative drive, but it picks up. Then there are buckets, geysers, oceans of blood and gore, but in a funny way rather than a gross way. Finally, this movie has the best Hemingway-related visual gag EVER. B+

Army of Darkness: I was going to skip the final installment in the trilogy since I'd already seen it a couple times, but it had been a while, so I gave it another whirl. As in the previous sequel, this one takes the first five minutes to recap the story with some minor changes and then drops Ash in medieval times, where he must recover the Necronomicon and defeat the Army of the Dead. Ash has much more personality here than in Evil Dead II, and nearly every one of his lines is quotable. The movie has a little more of a plot than its predecessors, which is both good and bad, since it makes some of the gratuitous silliness seem, well, gratuitous, even if it's hilarious. It's full of Three Stooges humor and one terrible pun. Like Evil Dead II, it's got great stop-motion work and impressive POV shots. The villain is unfortunately kind of lame, but he's probably supposed to be. All in all, it's just as good as I remember it, and it was great to watch it in context. B+

The Lost Boys: I probably saw this classic vampire movie when I was a kid, but what better time to (re)watch it then Halloween? A family moves to the Murder Capital of the World. The older brother falls in with a vampire pack led by Kiefer Sutherland, and the younger brother meets a couple kid vampire hunters led by Corey Feldman. There are two movies at odds with each other here. One is the story of a teenager struggling with incipient vampirism, and the other is some sort of silly The Goonies Meet the Vampires thing. They don't really mesh well together. The first half of the movie is strangely boring, although it's moody and atmospheric, but once the actual vampire action starts going, it's not bad. I want to like it more than I actually do, but I have to give it points for Richard Gilmore and Bill S. Preston, Vampire. And coining the phrase, "vamp out." Also, an awesome last line. B/B+

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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 1st, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
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You are much nicer to some of these films than I would be.
I'm a nice guy.
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From:laria_gwyn
Date:November 1st, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Noises Off! I have adored that play since I was a freshman in HS. I didn't realize there was a movie version, and directed by Michael Caine? How awesome! Totally going to go look that up now.

I almost felt like Infernal Affairs and The Departed were two very different films telling the same story. Infernal Affairs is very suspenseful, in a what is going to happen next, are they going to find out, are they going to figure it out in time sort of way, whereas The Departed was very gritty and more violent. I think it's hard for me to compare the two, especially since I saw IA first.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 1st, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
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I didn't realize there was a movie version, and directed by Michael Caine?
The movie isn't directed by Michael Caine; he plays the director of the play. I'm sure you'll love the movie!

That's a good point about IA and The Departed. I do think it Saw It First Syndrome plays a part.
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From:thekatiegirl
Date:November 1st, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
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My high school did Noises Off when I was a junior and it was hilarious- I need to see the movie!
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From:musesfool
Date:November 1st, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Hill's wife is underwritten and underused as a second narrator, but I suppose you can't have everything.

But she has some great scenes. "THERE'S A WHORE IN 4B!" And then she wakes him up with the gun, and he's all, "Take it easy. Don't get hostile." Oh, Lorraine Bracco, how so awesome? Man, why don't I own this movie on DVD?

Ackles brings the pain, as is his wont, especially in those final scenes, where he almost made me feel actual emotion!

He's good at the woobie/sociopath thing.
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:November 1st, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Ah, Army of Darkness. One of the bread-and-butter quoted films of my gaming group.
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From:prophetkristy
Date:November 1st, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
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I've been pondering Under the Red Hood since I heard about it. On the one hand, I hear it's SUPER violent, but on the other hand, Bruce Greenwood! NPH!

Even thou I have a huge girlcrush on Jennifer Garner, I have to admit my favorite part of 13 Going on 30 was seeing Andy Serkis doing live action!
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From:etherealclarity
Date:November 1st, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I absolutely adore Noises Off (the movie version) and have seen it way too many times to count!
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From:smrou
Date:November 1st, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh, how exciting to see Noises Off on there. It's one of my favorite movies ever. I think I own four copies of it. I saw the play when I was in fifth grade and then when the movie came out my whole family went together and we all immediately fell in love. I always said the silver lining of John Ritter dying was that they finally put the damn thing out on DVD (I mean, not that I'm glad he died or anything, obviously), though I already owned it on VHS of course.

The second act is my favorite. After the third or fourth front-of-house calls I'm usually crying with laughter.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 1st, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, the second act is my favorite too. So great. And the flowers!
From:toastandtea
Date:November 2nd, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
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I'm looking forward to seeing Under the Red Hood at some point, but i know for sure it will be weird to hear the characters with different voices. Plus i always get distracted when they're recognizable actors. (the one that bothers me with TAS is John Glover as the Riddler, because Lex Luthor's dad, whaaaat?)

I rewatched Arachnophobia a little while back after also loving it as a kid, and the thing that threw me off was that i remembered the final spider being much larger. But i will never forget the spider in the shower, that one really stuck with me over the years.

I saw The Lost Boys for the first time a bunch of months ago, and honestly i did not like it except for the very last line. That was the only truly great part of the whole movie. Totally went out on a high note.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 2nd, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
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I rewatched Arachnophobia a little while back after also loving it as a kid
Woo, let's be friends.

I saw The Lost Boys for the first time a bunch of months ago, and honestly i did not like it except for the very last line. That was the only truly great part of the whole movie. Totally went out on a high note.
It was a pretty great last line. I sort of liked the mood and atmosphere and color palette and, you know, the fact that vampires were scary and murderous and stuff, despite being "cool" in their own way. I know it has a lot of fans, so I wanted to really like it, but I only regular liked it. Mostly. What the hell is up with Corey Feldman? Why did we love the Coreys so much? They don't appear to have much acting talent.
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From:ethanvahlere
Date:November 2nd, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
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I don't like Jennifer Garner at all, except for Juno, which is why I avoided 13 Going on 30, but friends have told me it's worth checking out.

I haven't seen Arachnophobia in a long time, but I remember it being fun.

Aw, I liked Mystery Men more than you did. The plot does move in fits and starts, but I liked all the jokes, particularly the in-joke involving Mr. Amazing's press agent, and the Six Million Dollar Man reference. Plus, Tom Waits!

I would agree Infernal Affairs and The Departed are two sides of the same coin; Scorsese's is a great pop movie, but the Hong Kong movie has more heart, I think (no surprise, since Tony Leung is one of the leads). The Hong Kong movie also is superior to Scorsese's film in one respect; it has more female characters, and they're all distinctive and compelling.

While I like Goodfellas a lot, I've never been in the "Scorsese's masterpiece" camp. For one thing, it seems like it elevates Henry Hill to a more important position than he actually was in; maybe that's the inevitable by-product of adapting this story as a movie (if you've never read it, you should read the source material, Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy). Also, it seemed at times like a somewhat glossier version of Mean Streets, which I think is superior in every way. Still, there is quite a lot to like.

Have you ever seen High Fidelity? It has a great joke about Evil Dead 2.

Lost Boys is a movie from my teen years, and while it's of course nowhere near as good as Near Dark, which had a somewhat similar storyline in a radically different setting, I still think it's a cheesy good time, plus it has a great soundtrack.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 2nd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
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Aw, I liked Mystery Men more than you did. The plot does move in fits and starts, but I liked all the jokes, particularly the in-joke involving Mr. Amazing's press agent, and the Six Million Dollar Man reference. Plus, Tom Waits!
I do think it's funny that the director never made a movie after that. Because it didn't really feel competently directed. It did have some good jokes here and there, though.

Also, it seemed at times like a somewhat glossier version of Mean Streets, which I think is superior in every way. Still, there is quite a lot to like.
I liked it a lot more than Mean Streets, though I can see the similarities. I saw it a while ago and don't remember being TOO into it.

Have you ever seen High Fidelity? It has a great joke about Evil Dead 2.
I saw it and loved it long ago, but I don't remember the joke.

Lost Boys is a movie from my teen years, and while it's of course nowhere near as good as Near Dark, which had a somewhat similar storyline in a radically different setting
Yeah, heh, IMDb trivia pointed out that both movies came out the same year.
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:November 2nd, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
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There was a movie of Outsourced? I've given the show a try and just not found it funny, but now I'm curious about the film. I may have to seek that one out. I'd never heard of 13 Going on 30 either, but now that I've made my way through all of Alias, I'm a big Jennifer Garner fan, so I think I'll watch that.

I played Poppy in a stage production of Noises Off before. That was a blast. I love the movie too.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:November 2nd, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
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I watched two of those movies in the past month. I don't know why but I am entertained by the notion of us having similar Netflix timelines. Statistically, it seems like overlap ought to happen more often among friends, but until now I have not found that to be the case.

Also I kind of hope NPH continues his trek through DC. But I agree with you on the Nightwing seriousosity.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 2nd, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
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Which two?? I am entertained as well, especially given how arbitrarily my queue is arranged (that is, it's not completely arbitrary, in fact, not really at all since I tend to cluster by genre or director sometimes, but then there are random movies that jump to the top because of current relevance).
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From:chrryblssmninja
Date:November 2nd, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
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yes, Noises Off!
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From:beeker121
Date:November 3rd, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
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strangely enough, the better makeup makes them less scary

My boyfriend and I watched the first four Romero zombie movies over the past few weeks for Halloween, and it was like a crash course in how makeup design evolved. But your comment holds true, the zombies were scariest in the first and last movie (by 2005 the effects were amazing). In the middle, not as much.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 3rd, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
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I've got the Romero movies in my queue! I've only seen the first one, but I'm looking forward to watching them all in order.

Have you seen The Walking Dead? Those effects are pretty great.
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From:the_narration
Date:November 6th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
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I originally saw the Evil Dead trilogy in reverse order over the space of many years. It was quite strange going from the action/comedy and quotable dialogue of Army of Darkness to the blood-drenched horror of Evil Dead 2. (The stories about the making of those movies in Bruce Campbell's autobiography were pretty interesting, too. They had a budget if jack shit--and jack had left town--so they had to jury rig a lot.)

Army of Darkness remains a beloved classic, and Bruce Campbell is so damn fun to watch.

Batman: Under the Red Hood
A friend of mine was raving about this to me on Sunday, and we wound up getting into a big discussion about the comics it was based on and about how DC is eternally incapable of having a genuine discussion about the ethics of lethal force and annoying all the other Shadowrun players by holding up the game while we gabbed about comics. I'm probably going to see it.

...which is odd since I tend to think of Nightwing as much more serious.
While all of the Gotham crowd is fairly serious as superheroes go, Dick is usually (when he's not in the midst of an angstgasm... which come to think of it, he was at the time of this storyline) thought of as being probably the second most upbeat of the bunch, after Steph.

Why is Persia populated with white dudes with British accents??
A question I asked when I first heard who they were casting. Gyllenhall doesn't look much like the guy from the game.

There could have been some incredible, but possibly hard-to-follow, fight sequences where Dastan uses the dagger to redo split-second decisions. Instead, it's always used to go back several seconds.
Oh, now that's a shame. I'd love to see a fight scene like that. A chance at really original, visually-astounding new kind of fight scene, and they just wasted it. This could have been the next Equilibrium.

(It's been about a decade and a half since I last played a PoP game, but the prince's main schtick--in classic platform fashion--has always been his ability to *move*, to get places past dangerous traps and falls. A great chance to astound the audiences with a little parkour. Did they do anything like that?)

Mystery Men
Ah, yes. I remember that movie being a lot of fun.

...the first movie was able to be suspenseful and scary with most of the action taking place in the light.
Y'know, that's a good point. Darkness is an easy way to evoke fear, much like (as per a previous discussion of ours) making something look humanoid and attractive is an easy way to evoke sympathy. Those who can eschew it and still achieve the same effect deserve mad props.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 6th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
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The stories about the making of those movies in Bruce Campbell's autobiography were pretty interesting, too.
Yeah, I read some stuff on Wikipedia and IMDb trivia, like the fact that they couldn't get the rights to use footage from Evil Dead, which is why the first five minutes of Evil Dead 2 recaps the movie with refilmed scenes. Ha.

the prince's main schtick--in classic platform fashion--has always been his ability to *move*, to get places past dangerous traps and falls. A great chance to astound the audiences with a little parkour. Did they do anything like that?
A little, but not nearly enough. Like I said, he never runs along walls! He does an Assassin's Creed-style fall, but that's about the most acrobatic thing.

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