10. Seen in January 2004

  • L'Auberge Espagnole (2002) - This movie was so entertaining. It was very funny at parts, and very cute and charming at others. The only place I've been in Europe is Iceland (bizarre, I know), but this is exactly how I imagine being young in Europe is. Of course, not many movies about American youth are accurate, so maybe this isn't either. I could bitch about the ending a little
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    (a bit too perfect / corny / expected)
    , but really, I had so much fun with the rest of the movie that it's not even worth it.
  • Lost in Translation (2003) - I always feel like I have no idea what I'm talking about when I try to write some thoughts about movies after I see them. LiT is no exception, but I'm going to try. This is a great movie. I loved it. It was beautiful, the acting was super, and I enjoyed it immensely. I even added Scarlett Johansson to my Celebrities I Have a Girl-Crush On list. It's so amazing to me that she is almost exactly a month younger than me. She acts like she has been doing it for decades. Anyway, LiT is very charming. I'm not sure if it deserves all the praise it's been receiving, but it's kind of quietly great, in my opinion, and I have a feeling it will be in my mind for a while.
  • Confusion of Genders (2000) - If I say I kind of enjoyed it and I kind of didn't, do I have to know why?
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000) - I asked my mom to pick this up when she was going to rent something else. She came back with the edited version... *sigh* I guess that's probably why it didn't affect me the way I expected it to. Everyone I talked to about it told me not to watch it alone, and by the end I would just be stunned. Well, I was pairing socks and packing at the end. I wasn't stunned at all. Ellen Burstyn really stood out in this, though. I was quite impressed, and her's was the only story I ended up caring about. I really think the problem was that I saw the edited version, though, and I'm going to try to see the unedited sometime.
  • Big Fish (2003) - Big Fish is gorgeous. It's also a lot of fun, and there's a lot of good acting in it. Some parts are overly sentimental, but I didn't think it was a big deal. Semi-related Tangent: All of my life I've been hearing stories about my great-grandfather. He died before I was born, but the character of Ed Bloom reminds me of him. My great-grandfather always told hilarious, exaggerated stories of his life. No one believed him, but he never stopped telling them. His stories weren't as extravagent as Ed Bloom's, but I guess that connection is probably one of the reasons I liked the movie so much.
  • Uptown Girls (2003) - Ok, so... I'm probably the only person to think Dakota Fanning was cuter when she was the anal kid in the beginning of the movie. To tell the truth, I didn't finish watching this. I was kind of half watching, half chatting with people online while my mom finished watching it.
  • Strictly Ballroom (1992) - A friend of mine just had minor back surgery, so I watched this with her to make her feel better. I wasn't too excited to watch it agian so soon, but I knew she would like it, so it was worth it.
  • Man of the House (1995) - Let me defend myself. My friend's brother has this movie, and whenever we would get bored at her house we were like, "Well, we can always watch Man of the House..." Of course we never did, but then my friend found it at a thrift store for a dollar and got it for me. And what could be better than Chevy Chase, Farrah Fawcett, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas? Well, it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, anyway.
  • 21 Grams (2003) - I guess I wasn't expecting much, partly because of AAA's very negative review, but I thought the movie was decent. It does try too hard, though - not having the scenes in chronological order added nothing. It felt, to me, like at some point someone decided the movie wasn't going to be good enough on it's own, and they threw that in there for the hell of it. Still, that wasn't enough for me to dislike the movie.
  • American History X (1998) - So disturbing, and so good. I've seen the movie 2 or 3 times, and I still haven't watched the
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    'bite the curb'
    scene. I know what happens, and it scares the hell out of me. It's never an easy movie for me to watch, but it is definitely worth it.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - It was too long, of course, and I was not into the
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    fake-out endings (What's the point?)
    , but I really enjoyed this. I wasn't crazy about the second movie (in fact, I laughed out loud at some supposedly serious parts... oops), so I wasn't too excited to see this. I'm really glad I did, though. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - When I first saw this, my review was less than favorable. I don't know why, though. I had a lot of fun with it this time around. I'm not a huge Johnny Depp fan. I mean, I like him, but I'm not as crazy about him as everyone else seems to be. He was awesome in this, though. I can't believe my opinion of the movie changed this much, but damn, it totally did.
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Alright, I put off this review as long as possible, but I have to write it now. I wanted to watch the movie again before I returned it, but it's due today, and I won't have time. Anyway, parts are hilarious. The war room scenes are by far my favorite, and most of the other scenes are great, too. The first half hour or so of the movie didn't really hold my attention too much, though, and I think that negatively affected everything after. Maybe I'll rent it again because I really liked the movie, but I feel like I could love it after more viewings.
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966) - It didn't really do anything for me. It was fun, I guess, but it wasn't as funny as it should have been. One thing I did get out of it, though - If A Confederacy of Dunces was published when it was written, and made into a movie right away, Zero Mostel would have made a great Ignatius Reilly, and we wouldn't have to deal with Will Ferrell playing that awesome character.
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Yay! How did you like Dr.Strangelove?

Oops, sorry for the delay, Mary. I really should go to bed, though. I'll try to post a review sometime Sunday.

That's ok :)

Have you seen "Funny Forum" in the theater? I think the movie is pretty good but doesn't really do the musical justice.

Nope, haven't seen it. I hate to think that if I had I would have liked the movie even less...

I haven't read Confederacy of Dunces, but I think I recall jgandcag bemoaning the casting of Will Ferrell as Ignatius also. jgangcag, if you're reading, what do you think of Zero Mostel (theoretically, of course) playing the part?

Zero certainly had the girth. mirth and intelligence needed for that part but the paranoia and uneasiness I associate with Ignatius is something I thik he would lack. I actually would have loved to see Orson Welles or Charles Laughton take on the role if that was possible.

I think they should have given the role to Kevin Spacey and just put him in the fat suit. Maybe Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

A couple years ago I never would have thought I'd say this, but I'd be leary of casting Kevin Spacey. It's been mostly significantly downhill for him since American Beauty. I liked The Big Kahuna, and I even liked the schmaltzy K-PAX, but not enough to check out the other panned stuff he's done (although I'm waiting for your Shipping News review to see if I should add that one to my queue).

Spacey is still a very good actor, he has chosen some really bad material lately. Shipping News is good and Dench and Spacey work well together. I just watched David Gale recently and though the movie was pretty horrific in some logic details Spacey is still very good.

The More I think about it though, Charles Laughton would have been the ideal Ignatius. Heck he was the best Falstaff so Ignatius would not have been much of a stretch. Of course, I read Dunces more than a few years ago (actually I think have a copy from the first run because I remember reading that Freshman year in college and that would have been the year it was printed-1980. Yikes I am so old)

I love Spacey, but I don't think we're really on the same wavelength here. I really couldn't see him playing Ignatius. Philip Seymour Hoffman, maybe. But if you're looking for paranoia and uneasiness, I could see Albert Brooks playing the role. Although he might be too submissive, not forceful enough to play him.

Oh, but yeah, Charles Laughton would have been awesome. Too bad he died 18 years before the book was published.

What did you think of Return of the King?

I liked it more than I expected to. I just posted my review.

I'm pretty sure the camera pans away before you see the actual act in that American History X scene, but I still I shudder just thinking of it (and I'm not ruling out the slim possibility that I only *think* the camera pans away because I'm repressing the memory :-).

Edited version of Requiem for a Dream? Good god that must have sucked. Would hardly have made any sense.

Actually, I talked to AJ about it, since we watched it around the same time. He said it didn't sound like any complete scenes were edited, just made less intense. I, obviously, have no idea what I missed (due also to the fact that I watched it while packing for school at 2 in the morning...), but I'm sure I'll eventually see the unedited version.

She said that the "ass to ass" Jennifer Connelly scene was kept in, and so were the shots of Jared Leto's arm, the shot of him sticking heroin into his disgusting arm, and the shot of them amputating the arm. Oh, and Marlon Wayan's sex scene was kept in. All this surprised me quite a bit; I thought that stuff was the most objectionable content in the movie, and I didn't know they could get away with it in an R-rated one.

Actually, after looking at some stuff online, I'm pretty sure not all of that scene with Jennifer Connelly was left in. Also, to be honest, I looked away when the amputation would have happened, so I don't know if it was in or not.