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Jason X

Before you start laughing, let me tell you this: This movie was THE funniest movie I've seen all year. Of course it's an Alien ripoff. Of course it's not very scary. The director and the writer I think knew that, so they went for the funny, cheesy movie that every other Friday the 13th (except the first one) is. Talk about no name cast. The only guy I recognized was in Nickelodeon's "Are You Afraid of The Dark," many moons ago. That's pretty sad. Brian and I, and the rest of the audience for that matter, checked our brains at the door, and were pleasantly amused. Also, we saw trailers for Spiderman (ONE MORE WEEK!!!!!!!), Eight Legged Freaks (looks hilarious, and I've only heard good things) and XXX (A secret agent movie with Vin Diesel). XXX looks decent for an action flick. Somewhere in my youth, I think it was when I was Jr. High when I first watched Heathers, I lost my passion for action flicks. I don't know how it happened. I can still take them in on occassion, but not nearly as much as I used to. Okay, back to Jason X. See this movie, it's funny. Also, Jason sticks a girl's head in liquid nitrogen, and then shatters her face all over the place. I give it a B+ on the campy fun scale.

posted by | 04/26/02| 11:03:18 pm| Movies|


Scratch

Brian and I just saw Scratch at the Ragtag in Columbia. This is probably the fifth movie I've seen there, and I love the place more and more every time I go there. It's what keeps me sane here sometimes. Anyways, Scratch is a documentary about hip hop and DJ's, also known as turntablists. It made me appreciate the whole scene/genre a whole lot more, and introduced me to a bunch of cool artists. I almost peed my pants during a scene where this DJ guy gets to go in this secret basement in a record store. I have never seen so much vinyl in my life. For those of you who don't know, I love vinyl. I have a decent collection, and am always looking for more. My favorite record store in the whole world is Lou's Records in Encinitas, California. Anyways, I give Scratch a B+. Jeri, the "image hosted by tripod" deal shows up in the post window on Blogger, but when you go to the actual site, you can see all the pretty pictures. Good night all... even you Brian, you freakin jerk (J/K)!

posted by | 04/24/02| 01:04:01 am| Movies|


wow...

donniedarko.com is one of the most amazing sites I've ever seen. It's what got me really curious about the movie before I watched it, and it's what helped me make sense of the movie after I'd watched it numerous times. It contains probably some of the best, most insane, and most creative uses of Flash I've ever seen. What amazed me the most is how engrossing the whole thing is. I couldn't stop clicking. I had to know more. It also helped explain a lot of the harder to understand elements of the film, especially the time travel stuff. I am just now starting to watch the movie with the commentary tracks, and they are also extremely helpful. Directory Richard Kelly explains everything very well and even gives a lot of technical advice to anyone wanting to make a film. I'm not even finished with the first commentary yet, and I am already even more engrossed in this movie than I was before. If Kelly's next effort is even half as good as Darko, it will be amazing. Good night all...

posted by | 04/20/02| 11:36:21 pm| Donnie Darko|


The Cheese King

Went to Hannbial again and saw The Scorpion King with Brian and Liz. It was sub-par cheesy action with mindless dialogue and your standard action hero lines ("I'm here for the girl, and your head..."). It was a good way to kill an hour and a half I guess. And we saw a trailer for Reign of Fire, which looks pretty cool. Overall, it was entertaining for what it was. Nothing special. I definitely see The Rock becoming the new action hero though. I'd give it a C+.

posted by | 04/20/02| 09:36:01 pm| Movies| 1 comment »


Memento...

Like I said below, Memento is really stinking cool. I had a wierd day. I didn't go to class cause I stayed up till like 4 in the morning, thinking I would stay up all night. Then I foolishly decided to nap for an hour or two and before I knew it, it was 11:30. Hooray. My mom and her friend Liz were in Hannibal because my mom was looking for a place, so Brian and I went out and met them for dinner. It was pretty amusing. Talking with Liz about California made me really homesick. More madness will ensue tommorow... My room is about to be invaded by junior high kids, so I guess I'll call it a night. I am very proud of what this board has developed into over the last week. I'm excited to see what's going to happen in the future. Keep it real guys....

posted by | 04/19/02| 10:21:04 pm| Movies|


Memento

Another phenomenal movie. I know I'm behind on this stuff, but bear with me. I live in the midwest now. No longer can I see an independent movie the day it comes out. If I'm lucky, the one indie theater in my area will pick it up a few months after its initial release. So I'm behind on this stuff. Put this one on the top ten. Probably at number 6. I don't know how to explain it or what to say really. Very original, great concept, extremely well done. This blog seems to have gotten a lot more substance today with these beefy post. That's pretty cool.

posted by | 04/19/02| 02:21:32 am| Movies| 1 comment »


donnie darko is awesome

brendan, henry, and i watched donnie darko tonight. it is really good. i've been reading The Philosophy of Time Travel (a fake book used in the movie) and other assorted things about the movie on donniedarko.com for the past hour or so. i now feel like i understand pretty much everything, so i'll be able to sleep tonight. ...i think i'd put the movie on my all-time top 10.

the fate of two of my classes will be decided tomorrow, and niether in traditional ways. it is 3am right now, so there is a good chance i will sleep through my eight o'clock class, which would result in me being dropped from the role and failing the class for the semester. we get a test back in my one o'clock class, and if my grade is sufficiently low, then i'm just not gonna go anymore. i could still pass the class, but i'm not going to if it requires more than 5% effort.

i must say that this was one of the best days i've had in quite a while. i woke up at a decent hour, got a lot of sun, socialized, and watched a great movie. i am now going to bed with a smile on my face.

posted by Eric | 04/18/02| 02:12:17 am| Donnie Darko| 1 comment »


Donnie Darko

What is up with the movie?
Brings up many great topics
1. Time Travel and the paradoxes it brings
2. Mental Illness and how friggin scarry it is
3. Love and self sacrifice
4. Theories on tangent universes
5. Satire of a culture

posted by Eric | 04/18/02| 01:14:51 am| Movies, Donnie Darko|


Changing Lanes

As part of our Skip Day festivities, Brian and I saw Changing Lanes at Hollywood Stadium Theatres in Columbia (an excellent venue, and cheap to boot). This was a fantastic movie. It boiled down to a lot of ethical questions that people face everyday and how different people deal with them differently (did that make sense?). Anyway, really well done, great cinematography, and superb acting. Affleck was the bomb and Samuel L. Jackson was great as always. Amanda Peet even put in a good bit performance as Aflleck's yuppy wife, akin to Reese Witherspoon's performance in American Psycho. I give it an A-.

posted by | 04/17/02| 08:24:21 pm| Movies|


What the....

CHUD - Cinematic Happenings Under Development
By Nick Nunziata
Contributing sources: Yahoo News
It's days like this I was the creator of one of the top fly fisherman's websites instead of this little lair of cinematic trinkets & whatnot.
There's a sequel being planned to Dude, Where's My Car?
Those hoofbeats you hear are horsemen. Bear them no mind as they only come to rape your soul.
Here's a snip from Yahoo News as gleaned from Variety:
"Entitled "Seriously Dude, Where's My Car?," the new picture would follow the adventures of two sophomoric underachievers, played by Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, who -- thanks to some particularly potent marijuana -- are once more comedically denied the whereabouts of their ride."

posted by | 04/17/02| 03:24:07 am| Movies|


Mad World

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tommorow, no tommorow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cos I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

This is the song from the end of Donnie Darko, written by Tears For Fears and performed by Gary Jules. I'm sorry, I just love this movie, and the music is phenomenal.

posted by | 04/15/02| 11:30:30 pm| Movies, Donnie Darko| 3 comments »


Hmmm.....

The JoBlo.com Movie Report: The Latest from Hollywood
Mike Myers has found his CAT IN THE HAT co-star in Dakota Fanning, last seen alongside Sean Penn in I AM SAM. Fanning will play one of a brother/sister team who are visited by the Cat who in his own inimitable way, teaches them a lesson about enjoying life. The film will be produced by Brian Grazer and will be directed by Bo Welch, who was originally set to direct the failed DEITER project and has worked as the production designer on such films as BEETLEJUICE.

posted by | 04/12/02| 03:20:57 pm| Movies|


Frank the Bunny is Watching

You will probably hear this a lot from me, but Donnie Darko
rules.  I'm not finished with the DVD, so no review yet. Just wanted
to say how much it rules and try getting a pic up on this thing.

posted by | 04/12/02| 12:02:26 am| Movies| 29 comments »


In Search of the Holy Grail

I'm looking for a copy of the long out of print Mallrats book. It's quite hard to come by, so I'm trying every outlet, including my own crappy site. Any help would be appreciated. Okay, with that being said, I got my Donnie Darko DVD in the mail today, so that's sweet. Rent it or go see it in the theater if it is still around near you, you won't regret it. I'll elaborate on that sometime in the future.

posted by | 04/11/02| 02:28:12 pm| Movies|


Warriors.... Come out and Play-ay....

CHUD - Cinematic Happenings Under Development
WARRIORS REMAKE INCHES CLOSER TO HOME
4.9.02
By Smilin Jack Ruby
Contributing sources: Done Deal, 4 Filmmakers
Done Deal is reporting that even though we all wish the remake of the classic Walter Hill-directed film THE WARRIORS (the film that gave a young producer named Joel Silver his first associate producer credit), it is in fact moving forward at Paramount with MTV Films producing.

--At first, I almost peed my pants. Then I saw the MTV thing. This may not be all bad, as MTV has sort of redeemed itself with their films lately. If you haven't seen the original though, go watch it.

posted by | 04/10/02| 06:29:06 pm| Movies| 2 comments »


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