Movies I have seen

Hello again, friends 🙂

I’ve been doing quite a lot in the last few months, but this is something that has been sitting in my drafts queue for about 3 months now, spurred on by my still-poor knowledge of movie quotes.

This is a partial list of the movies that I have watched, or recall watching portions of… 🙂

It’s an update of this list; there’s a lot of duplication 😉

– Rain Man
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
– The Martian
– Interstellar
– The Hunger Games (Part 1)
Top Gun
– Days of Thunder
– E. T.
– Room
– Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
– Strictly Ballroom
– Romeo + Juliet
– Back to the future trilogy
– All three of the known Indiana Jones movies. (Ok, there is a 4th, but nobody acknowledges that one!)
– Terminator 2
– Ghostbusters (original, partial – only through 64 minutes or so)
– All the Way (HBO film)
– Her
– The Visit
– Santa Clause
– Toy Story 1, 2, 3
– Cars
– Horton Hears a Who
– Wreck-it Ralph
– Silence of the Lambs
– Night at the Museum
– Titanic

And I have these in my queue to watch –

– 2001: A Space Odyssey
– Behind the Candelabra
– Brainstorm
– Gravity
– Inception
– The Bone Collector
– Animal Kingdom
– Blackhat
– Broken Arrow
– Cold in July
– Deadpool
– Heathers
– Meet the Feebles (I laughed my ass off at the description, plus it’s by Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings Fame)
– Night at the Museum parts 2 & 3
– The American President
– Trumbo
– Ghostbusters

And many many more 🙂

The Best Space Movie? OR…

The BEST Space Movie?

For only about the third or fourth time in my entire life I went to the cinema to watch a new release movie. All of the other movies that I’ve watched have been on either my TV set or on a computer monitor. Literally, these are the movies that I’ve watched in the cinema –

  • Look Who’s Talking Too (this one I’m questionable about)
  • The Santa Clause 2
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  • And now…

The Martian. If you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is –

The premise is quite simple – it’s the 3rd manned mission to Mars under NASA’s Ares program, and the crew is forced to abort the mission due to an extremely severe storm. When leaving, they lose signal with one of their party – Mark Watney – and are forced to leave him assuming that he had died from whatever cause the loss of signal.

It turns out that he isn’t dead…and that’s where we begin.

I won’t get into the whole story, and I apologize for not having screenshots, since it’s a movie still in cinemas, you should watch it yourself as well as read the original book by Andy Weir.

Immediately after the movie ended, I opened my phone and started creating a list of observations (while texting back and forth with Snoskred who was going into her theater simultaneously as I was leaving mine…something which didn’t click for me until she mentioned that it would end at 4:06pm, or about 3 hours after it finished for me). I’ll get back to the list in a moment 🙂

My initial impression? Wow, that was an awesome movie! After Snoskred and her other half had watched it, she asked me a question –

“Best space movie ever?”

I said right away that I thought it was equal with Apollo 13 (incidentally, the only movie I own on both DVD and Blu-Ray), but thinking about it more, I am thinking that The Martian might just have a slight lead over Apollo 13. 😉

I’m so glad that I went to see it in the cinemas on opening day. Why is that? Firstly, the room was full so you could hear when people’s reactions throughout the movie. Second – I could have gone to the nearest theater to me and seen it in either 2D or 3D with good seating; however, I chose to drive further afield (to what is, probably, the most affluent suburb in the area) where they have something called “UltraScreen DLX”, meaning that this is the seat that you are in –

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And there isn’t another row of seats just inches in front of you – in fact, you have 7 feet (2m) of legroom in front of you – enough to fully recline the chair, which reclined like one of those airline lie flat seats you get in first class. BUT to the best of my knowledge, you don’t pay a penny more for this experience than you do if you take normal seating. In fact, my ticket cost me a total of $10.60 (of which I had prepaid $7.60).

The snacks I purchased – 1 litre of water and a small popcorn – cost more than the ticket itself!

I got to the cinema at about 7:32 for the 7:30 showing – I managed to get what I will say is the best seat in the house –

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Just about dead centre of the theatre and not at the back or the front – thought I almost wound up in the front row since I thought it was displayed with the back at the top of the screen and the front at the bottom when I picked my seat!

Anyway, I make my way to the theatre just in time for the final three trailers, and the movie starts.

When Mark says one of “those” words, there was an audible chuckle from the audience, and that is the reaction throughout the whole movie. 🙂

Here’s the point where I’m going to put in the more tag as there will be spoilers

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And I thought Fox News was bad!

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Over the last year, I’ve had somewhere in the neighbourhood of 40-50 channels added to my TV service, including one channel in particular that has quickly become a “must watch” for me when there’s something live on.

That channel is Willow TV, and it’s a channel that airs only one sport. Cricket. (OK, they did air one field hockey game a couple of months back, but it had India in it, so they aired it). With it airing Cricket, you can only take a guess who the target audience of the adverts on the channel are aimed at…the Indian expatriate community. The ads are mostly in English, but you do get some in Hindi and some other South Asian languages thrown in for variety.

There are even ads for major American companies (State Farm, New York Life) that air and are aimed, again, at the expat community.

One of the ads that has popped up more recently is for a movie called PK. The whole gist of the movie, as far as I can tell, is this guy comes to India and thinks everything is weird. Seeing that this is a Bollywood movie, they feature songs, and the ad that they introduced the movie here with is this one –

Love is a Waste of Time

After one or two airings of the ad, the song starts to get to earworm status, and stays in for quite a while!

Anyway, I get to searching YouTube for the ad and now I learn that there’s a huge brouhaha surrounding the movie, since some people think that the movie should not have received approval due to it making fun of Hindu rituals and customs.

And I find this video which is a “full debate” about the movie and who crossed the line –

Let’s see…we start not with a commentator introducing people one-by-one, we get all 6 of the guests on screen at the same time, with the “moderator” (I use that term very loosely, he’s more of a floor director and commandeer) in the biggest box. Very soon, in a moment when nobody in speaking (at least audibly to us), he tells them all to be quiet. Then we have the religious pundit and the politician going at it in English. Eventually, it just pretty much turns into a shouting match, first in English and then in Hindi…and then it just…ends.

I don’t get it. Maybe we can get an explanation of what’s going on here…John Oliver?

Maybe I should check this movie out…but with English Subtitles

Impromptu Movie Review

I had the TV on tonight and I managed to catch a movie that wasn’t terribly bad – and it had some nice and funny moments. 🙂

However, since I did watch it on TV, there won’t be any screenshots of the movie. If I knew it was on, I probably wouldn’t watch it, but I started watching it and I got sucked in. The movie is Bubble Boy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Jimmy, the boy in the bubble and Marley Shelton as the first “outsider” he meets and who he falls in love with.

I didn’t pay attention to the beginning, but the point is that Jimmy’s been forced to live in a bubble because he had no immune system, and he has grown up in the bubble, being taught by his mother, who is quite the “purist” when it comes to religion and insularity (for example saying that any woman outside of the house is a whore and he’d die if he would touch her).

When Chloe is introduced, she is seen washing her car in her driveway, in quite a provocative way; Jimmy feels the need to wash his window (just as a cover to watch her – and I can’t say that I blame him 😉 ). Eventually, as what would happen with us blokes after a certain point, there comes some excitement. Of course, his “pure” mother has apparently sheltered him from anything related to the reproductive system, so he screams. What’s her solution to the problem? Say the Pledge of Allegiance – it apparently works for his father, and it does work for him (and thinking about it, it probably would work for anyone)…

Eventually, Chloe does decide to meet Jimmy and she finds out that he’s no different to any other person, just that he’s in a bubble. Then, she comes over and wants to get into the bubble with him – he declined the offer, and then he finds out that she is going to a dance with Mark, who is a complete jackass, constantly making jokes about Jimmy being a charity case and that Chloe only liked him out of sympathy.

After not meeting for what would be a couple of years, Chloe comes over and says that she’s getting married in the period of a couple of days in Niagara Falls – literally the other side of the country from where they are at the moment.

Here is where the great parts of the movie begin – Jimmy takes the initiative to assert his feelings to Chloe. Of course, he’s stuck in the bubble, but he creates his own suit, complete with ventilator and arm and leg extensions. The first stop for him is the front yard – where he steps in dog crap, which he finds quite a thrill! 😀

He gets to the bus station and is told that the amount of money he has would get him all the way to the end of the curb, and definitely not to Niagara Falls. Luckily, he gets picked up by a bus that has this amazing ability to back up on queue, and find targets it wants. The occupants of the bus, all called Todd and Lorraine, followers of the amazing Gil and a theology that they’re not exactly certain of are on their way to Vegas. Somehow Jimmy susses them out as a cult and is promptly booted out of the bus. They would come around again and again, as it turns out, Jimmy is the mystical all-powerful person who will prevent them from going to Planets PX41 and PX42.

As he continues his trek across the country, he encounters a whole host of characters including a motorcyclist who has a mere less-than-moped for his current travel who brings Jimmy to Vegas and gets him to gamble and gives him a great lesson – don’t have any regrets. This lesson would definitely come to fruition at the end of the film.

When his parents catch wind of him going off on his quest, they start in chase, and catch up to him in the desert east of Las Vegas, causing him to jump onto a train filled with freaks who travel with a doctor; Doctor Phreak – played by Vern Troyer who Jimmy’s Mom eventually takes a bit of caring to, until it’s time to meet Jimmy once again, at which point he’s shuffled out of the stolen truck they were using and out onto the street, bolted into his car seat.

Jimmy then frees himself from the travelling circus and gets a ride in a combination ice cream/curry van which goes bust when they hit a cow and the proprietor has to honor his religion and treat the fallen cow with the utmost respect. He gets to Illinois and a taxi is there and the fare to Niagara Falls is $500 and a packet of Depends underwear. Luckily there’s a parlor across the street with the money on offer. He wins a mud wrestling competition and goes on his way with Pappy, who after a night of driving, dies.

At this point, he had only a short distance to go, but made a call to Chloe’s phone and got Mark, who reminds him of the charity case bologna causing Jimmy to lose hope and call Dr. Phreak. He goes to take a can of soda or possibly beer, and is allowed to because, I mean, why would the robber care if some kid in a bubble took a can of somethig from the refrigerated case?

He’s put back into the truck with his mom and dad and while she’s off to go to the bathroom, his dad reminds him of what home was like, and he bolts off towards Niagara Falls once more. He’s picked up by Pippy – Pappy’s brother and is flown almost into the falls but the straight vertical flight is too much for him.

All in all, the movie ends with the happy ending we all would expect, including an intriguing revelation about Jimmy’s immune system – one which if it were me, I’d have been quite angry with my mom, but for Jimmy, he shows amazing compassion.

If you get a chance to see Bubble Boy, it’s good for an hour-and-a-half of distraction and is a happy movie to watch. The only lingering question is what happened to the Todds and Lorraines? The last time we saw them, they were in Illinois getting tricked by the freaks that they were mutating. It would have been excellent if they had the cult come back and find Jimmy out of the bubble and rejoice in the news…oh well. 🙂

The end of a Trilogy

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a movie review around here. In fact, I think it’s been about four months since I watched the second part of the Indiana Jones trilogy – The Temple of Doom.

Obviously, I’ve had quite the hectic time between then and now, and haven’t given myself time to watch a movie, but I did recently. As had been noted in the comments on the other two reviews of the movies, the finale would be the best of the bunch. Those declarations are definitely not unfounded.

Last Crusade Ending Picture.

As it so happens, I had seen bits of this film as well – in particular the last section where Indiana has to cross the stone bridge by spelling Jehovah. I also remembered seeing where he had to cross over the pit based on faith alone. The strangest thing though is that I could have sworn that I had seen the actual bridge that they used to cross the pit. Maybe my eyes were just deceiving me. 😉

Well, now that I’ve started with the end, let’s go back to the beginning and talk about the awesomeness of the opening sequence where we see a young Indiana being chased by some, well, hoodlums after his discovery of a gold cross which, as it turned out, was being sought after by its supposed original owner. Part of the chase involved going through one of the things that I hold close to my heart – a train. Not just any train, a circus train.

Circus Train

Part of the brilliance of the sequence is how all of them get into the snake pit. Granted, it was quite eerie to be sent into the snake pit, it certainly helped Indy get out with the cross.

After the flashback to his youth, we go back to the present where he is teaching another class of students, who, like in Raiders of the Lost Ark, were completely enamored with Indy as a teacher. Maybe we need teachers like him for archeology in today’s schools, eh? 🙂

Anyway, he’s delivered a message about his need to be helped and, while in his office (after fighting off the hording masses of students) he finds a package from Venice containing his father’s “Grail book”, which was a diary of his search for the holy grail. What had happened is that him, along with a fellow archaeologist, had found one part of the “grail stone” whose inscription had information on where to start from to search for the grail.

Pay attention!

Once in Venice, Indiana meets up with a woman who would turn out to be more trouble than necessary (and, really, a woman who was having way too much fun apparently). He winds up in a boat chase with some people whose mission in life is to protect the grail. Unfortunately, this almost ended up being the end of our hero when he was too busy with fighting to notice a small problem. Can you see the problem? Yeah, generally heading into a propeller isn’t going to do the hair, body or anything else any good.. 🙂

Another really cool part of the film comes after quite a while – they’ve found the rest of the grail tablet (of course, after almost getting incinerated in a sewer filled with rats), finding out that the woman had a dual purpose–specifically a need to be friendly with the Third Reich. Indiana and his father are on a convenient Zeppelin flight from Berlin to somewhere outside of Germany, when some Nazi agents come after him.

Brilliantly, he decides to commandeer the uniform of the ticketing agent and check for tickets. Of course the agent didn’t have a ticket, so when he’s booted off of the flight, everyone heeds attention.

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Soon enough, it’s discovered that they are still on the flight, so they do an about face, which leads to Indy repeating something he’s done in the past – fly a plane. Of course, landing? That’s a different matter. Let’s just say that the landing goes much smoother than the last plane he had tried to land 😉

Some more time passes (I’d guess a few days or weeks, but it’s only a matter of minutes; it’s a movie you know 😉 ), and then the third chase begins – an automobile chase. Granted, Indy, his father and Salah are somewhat overpowered. Tank v. Car. Who do you think has the advantage here? 🙂

 Tank falling through Photoshop?

If you guessed Indiana, you’d be right. 😉 Though, I think the fact that the tank’s fall down the cliff looks like it was put in via Photoshop might have something to do with that…Just saying 😉

Of course, the movie ends with everything being set right, and everyone riding off into the sunset. Really, everyone but the Germans are happy – the Hatay Republic has use of a new Rolls, the grail was found then lost thanks to the Germans wanting it to go past the threshold, and Indy’s father was saved thanks to grail water.

Into the sunset

So, why should you watch this movie?

Well, why shouldn’t you? The music is brilliant (as you would expect from John Williams), the acting is amazing. Even though the special effects might look a bit “cheap” – it adds a lot to the quality of the movie (consider that it was made in 1989 so CGI was still in its infancy). Lastly, there’s a fourth movie coming out sometime in the near future. Why not remind yourself of the greatness of the original trilogy.

The whole trilogy is out on DVD on a three disc set – and it mustn’t be too expensive (I’d venture to guess it’s priced at around $25 for the set, but with Christmas sales you should find it cheaper).

Do yourself a favor this weekend (or sometime in the near future) and watch Raiders of the Last Ark, The Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade. If you’re crunched for time, watch the Last Crusade 😉