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Film Club: Much Ado About Jeff’s Quiz

I saw Much Ado About Nothing yesterday, and it did not disappoint me. I think it was John who said that setting Shakespeare in contemporary times makes him nervous, but this nerdy Shakespeare-loving English major thought it worked. I’ll be interested to hear what John thinks when he sees it. Nathan Fillion stole the show, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a little in love with him. He was hilarious. A lot of the film was funny, funnier than I remember the play being. It made me want to go back and reread it, which I haven’t done … Read the rest

Film Club: I Finally Watched a Couple Movies

After many, many weeks of not going to the movies, I finally got to the theatre this weekend. Twice, even. I didn’t see great movies, but I’m doing the best I can with the films Hollywood has presented to me.

Here’s my report.

This Is the End
Jason and I went to see this on Friday night at the newly renovated Lowes in Webster, which now has recliners instead of normal seats, which was very comfortable and really, really weird. This might also be a way to describe This Is the End. In my head, Brandon went to see … Read the rest

Film Club: Brandon’s Latest Quiz

1. What film hit you at the right place and right time, pertaining to and illuminating things that were happening in your life the moment you saw it?
This happens to me all the time. It’s one of the reasons I watch movies–and watch TV and read books and listen to music and seek out interesting podcasts. I hope these things help me figure out better ways to live in the world. When I saw Shut Up and Play the Hits last summer, it hit me particularly hard, as it was right around the time I switched jobs and was … Read the rest

The TV Club Formerly Known as Film Club

So this is what happened.

On the first leg of my flight out west back in March, I started writing a response to Brandon grading us on our quizzes (Remember that back in the olden days?), but then I got stuck overnight in Detroit, which goofed up the beginning of my trip and derailed all my bloggy plans. A quick note now: Brandon, I loved that you graded us on our posts, and you are so right that I also read Manohla Dargis in the NYT. I always forget things when I try to make lists. You guys are all … Read the rest

Film Club: Brandon’s Quiz

This is exactly the kind of thing I am terrible at, but Brandon thought it up, so I am participating.

1. What is the most overrated film of the past 5 years and briefly explain why?
Amour is kind of fresh in my mind, but maybe I’d go with The Dark Knight Rises.

2. What are your favorite 3 favorite television shows currently running?
Louie, Louie, Louie, Louie.

3. Name one film and television show you are ashamed to admit to liking?
I love all the Harold and Kumar films. LOVE them. I’m not ashamed … Read the rest

Film Club: Amour is Bullshit

“We have no control over anything large in life; only the small details are under our direct management. But even then, we lack any real authority.”
-Augusten Burroughs in This is How

Guys, we have some catching up to do.

Since I moved up the street from the Little, I go there to see a movie at least once a week, so I’ve seen a lot of movies. I got behind on blog reading (again–this may be endemic), but I caught up over the last few days, and now I want to talk about Amour.

Because, as this … Read the rest

Best Movies of 2012, Revised

Tiffany: You let me lie to you for a week?
Pat: I was trying to be romantic.
-Silver Linings Playbook

I told you this was how it was going to be, with the revising. It’s bye-bye Looper, hello Silver Linings Playbook.

1. Your Sister’s Sister
2. The Master
3. Brave
4. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Moonrise Kingdom
6. Finding Nemo 3D
7. Shut Up and Play the Hits
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
9. Django Unchained
10. Celeste and Jesse Forever

There’s a moment in Silver Linings Playbook when Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany tells Bradley Cooper’s Pat … Read the rest

Best Movies of 2012

I should really watch more 2012 releases before I make a list (and, per usual, I’m worried that I’m forgetting something I did see), but what the heck. Let’s call it a first draft.

1. Your Sister’s Sister
2. The Master
3. Brave
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Finding Nemo 3D
6. Shut Up and Play the Hits
7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
8. Django Unchained
9. Celeste and Jesse Forever
10. Looper

I thought I hadn’t written about Your Sister’s Sister, but it seems I did. That film edges out The Master for me, which is saying something. … Read the rest

Strangers on a Train: The Best Carousel Ride Ever

I feel like I must have gotten the idea to watch Strangers on a Train from someone in Film Club, but it could have been from an article or something. I don’t remember. Anyway, I was surprised to find that this film didn’t suck me in from the start. The main character, Guy, is the problem. He’s bland, and Farley Granger plays him so woodenly that it’s hard to pay attention to him or care what happens to him. Robert Walker completely outshines Granger with his portrayal of bat-shit crazy Bruno, but Bruno isn’t enough to carry the film because … Read the rest

“So I’m Packing My Bags for the Misty Mountains, Where the Spirits Go”

I mentioned that Maxwell has fallen in love with The Hobbit.

Apparently he’s now made the connection that the ring Bilbo finds in The Hobbit is the same one that’s in Lord of the Rings, and he wants to know what’s up with that.

He’s such a good boy.… Read the rest