Watching


Cinematical Seven: Youth, Music, Sex, and the ’90s

I have seen all of these movies multiple times, memorized half of them, felt like they reflected my life at the time, etc. The one movie missing that I would include in my personal lexicon: Heathers

A nice list of the LA filming locations for the movie, including Google Maps and trivia about the places.

There is an interesting discussion going on at ask.metafilter about the twist in “The Illusionist”, and whether it was successful. Lots of spoilers, so proceed with caution.

I liked this comment a lot:

But on an emotional level — for me at least — it’s a love story. The howdoneit angle is secondary. Think about it as a love story for a minute: it’s a pretty clear-cut example of boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-wins-girl-back again. To me, that’s inevitably going to be an engrossing formula, if the storytellers set the romantic tone well and if I’m attracted to the protagonists.

For me, all the magic stuff was a backdrop. It gave the movie a gothic feel, like “Wuthering Heights” which, for me, is a love story about Catherine and Heathcliff. The windswept setting just makes adds spice to the romance.

I agree with all the flaws mentioned, but this really hits it on the head for my personal experience – and makes me think of how my film-viewing style has sort of morphed into this over the years: the movie doesn’t have to be perfect on all levels; if it makes me feel, evokes a big emotion – distaste, love, wonder, thrill, terror, dislike, silliness – then it’s a good movie. This is why I consider both “Requiem for a Dream” and “Anchorman” to be great movies. But it doesn’t mean I will ever watch the former again, and the latter, I watch a few times a year.

Graboid

I was a little cautious when first trying this out because, honestly, it seemed too good to be true. But after downloading a couple of movies on my free account, and getting my account resurrected by super-quick and friendly customer service, I’ve decided to stick with this and explore it for a while.

There’s a nice selection of movies and tv shows available on the free account, and you get a generous 4 gigs a month to download.  That comes to about 4 movies.

I haven’t read much about this on the Internets so far, good or bad – would love to hear others’ experiences.

Cloverfield trailer

This is the new movies by JJ Abrams, and it looks deliciously horrifying and apocalyptic.

I have very fond memories of reading this trilogy, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, when I was pregnant. These books made me think of a more grown-up, heavier version of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Judging from the trailer, the casting, for the most part, seems spot on. Sam Elliot is perfect, Lyra looks spunky and brave, and Nicole Kidman is certainly fitting as a seemingly warm, really evil pseudo-mother. I can’t wait.

Apple – Trailers – The Golden Compass – Final Trailer

Gory R-Rated ‘Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem’ Clip – Cinematical

I’ve watched it, and it is indeed NSFW – proceed at your own risk.

Olivia, you and I have a date to watch this together!