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23 December 2010 @ 08:05 am
The Movie Backlog, Part Two  
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), Terry Gilliam. Nov 7, 8pm. View count: One.
Paper Moon (1973), Peter Bogdanovich. Nov 8, 8pm. View count: One.
Futureworld (1976), Richard T. Heffron. Nov 10, 10pm. View count: One.
RoboCop (1987), Paul Verhoeven. Nov 14, 8pm. View count: Many.
The 400 Blows (1959), Francois Truffaut. Nov 16, 8pm. View count: Two.
Point Break (1991), Kathryn Bigelow. Nov 24, 5pm. View count: One.
Watchmen (2009), Zack Snyder. Nov 25, 6pm. View count: One.
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966 - MST3K version), Harold P. Warren. Nov 26, 6pm. View count: Four?

Imaginarium I found to be fun and attractive, surprising no one. It did have a sense of disjointedness, and not really because of the replacement of Heath Ledger (that mostly worked okay, I thought, although my thoughts when this happened were more along the lines of 'does he look different? I can't tell' than 'look, it's Johnny Depp!' There were almost always makeup and a mask involved, so it was harder than it could have been). Probably would have benefited from some judicious editing, but I couldn't promise that reshoots wouldn't've been necessary, so...

Paper Moon I'd only ever read the book, so this was nice to see. 70s does 20s, which is unusual of itself, I think. The lead actress did a really impressive job with a demanding part, and there was even a small part for Madeline Kahn!

Futureworld: Pretty terrible. It's been too long since I saw this to remember its redeeming qualities.

RoboCop is always better on the big screen.

The 400 Blows we watched on blu-ray, to try out this new functionality, and it was accordingly quite beautiful. I learned this time around that every damn line in this movie was overdubbed by the actors (no sync sound -- too expensive), which is a heroic feat. It's a brilliant looping job; you'd never, ever know if you weren't told. Impeccable.

Point Break I think I was not quite in the right mood for, but I still thought it had its good points. The chase in the middle was legitimately good, and I'm always up for watching Buseys behaving oddly. Also, Kathryn Bigelow? The lady who directed Hurt Locker? Hmmm.

Watchmen I was rather pleased with. I think the decision to make Dr. Manhattan entirely CG was a bad and distracting one, although it did not ruin the movie for me. The only other major issue I had was the overbearing, intrusive soundtrack, with its Big Hits of the Past 30 Years!! Too on the nose, too music-video-envy. As a whole, though, the little touches were brilliant, and the tone was spot on. The casting was very good, and, really, Rorschach made the whole thing worthwhile. I hope that guy is getting a lot of work, because he's got chops.

Manos is terrible/amusing as always.
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Some Frightening Dingbat: Big Cheese says sanspoof on December 24th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
It was sort of a weird casting decision, but I thought he came across okay as a genius? I didn't specifically have a problem with him. I had a problem with the pointy-eared tiger thing, though.
Matt McIrvinmmcirvin on December 23rd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Futureworld has no redeeming qualities, as far as I know.

Though I've always loved the moment when those samurai robots materialize out of thin air with some kind of teleportation special effect, because it indicates that the people making the movie either could not remember or did not care what the premise of their movie was, or whether what they were showing made any sense. It's always a pleasantly disorienting experience to come to that realization.
Some Frightening Dingbat: Krell doorsanspoof on December 24th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
This read of the movie betters it.

I seem to recall liking the semifunctional faceless robot butler. I think that's what I liked.
Matt McIrvinmmcirvin on December 24th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
It also has the squickiest Yul Brynner Robot Cowboy appearance ever shoehorned into a movie.
Some Frightening Dingbat: Beetlejuice: Otho is Very Upsetsanspoof on December 25th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Oh, goodness me, you're right. How awful.
Jacob Hallerjwgh on December 23rd, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
I think you already mentioned watching Point Break somewhere and I already said this in response, but what the heck, I'll say it again here.

If you want a perfect portrayal of someone who hates someone else with the intensity of a million suns, look no further than John McGinley's performance as Keanu's boss. When I watch the movie and he comes on screen it just makes me really happy. So over the top! So great! The fact that he doesn't have any obvious reason for hating Keanu just makes it better.

Someone pointed out to me that a running joke in the early part of the movie is that Keanu is such an obvious square that it's impossible to think of him as a surfer.
Some Frightening Dingbat: comics: Mysterio laughs at nothingsanspoof on December 24th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
No, you're absolutely right -- the police chief being a dick was hilarious. I think if they'd crammed in more stuff like that and curtailed some of the endless surfing footage I would have been more into the whole thing.
Matt McIrvinmmcirvin on December 24th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
I was a non-fan of the Watchmen comic, and found the movie kind of hard to get into. Not least because none of the characters is really likeable except maybe Laurie some of the time; yet the movie didn't really give these jerks the business either; it was sort of a tragedy in which the characters don't really rise to the status of tragic heroes. (Sam thought that the ratio of backstory to foreground plot was so high that it felt like the movie never really got started before it ended.)

I get the sense that fans of the comic see it differently, that they've gotten to know these stories in much more detail and the question for them is whether the movie did the comic justice.
Some Frightening Dingbat: comics: Griffy as Wolverinesanspoof on December 25th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I guess I'm on the fence, because I'd read the comic years and years ago, and didn't remember all that much consciously. It's possible that part of why I liked it was recognition, actually.
I guess I thought of it more as just a really weird soap opera, but then that's not unlike how I think of a lot of movies. And maybe life? I think I enjoyed the superheroes inhabiting the world enough not to mind a lot of things. My standards are kinda skewed, I admit.
Jacob Hallerjwgh on December 24th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
A recent dangerous discovery I made is that Rifftrax + Netflix On Demand = lots of time spent in front of my computer.