Mary and Max (2009)
Mary and Max (2009)
My top 10 movies of all time countdown starts now with "Magnolia"
Those conspiracy theories about celebrities who died of overdose or suicide were actually murdered because they knew too much. To me, they feel insensitive. I may be being a sensitive person but this is how I feel. It seems like people are saying that it's unusual or just doesn't seem right when celebrity committed suicide even when they have their mental health issues or trauma like Marilyn Monroe. Hollywood is a toxic industry to be a part of when we see how it corrupts and changes child stars and how not all of them get passed to adulthood.
Chester Bennington was 6 months sober yet in his previous time getting help, he relapse which is something that happens. I wonder if people don't like the reality of someone they look up have mental issues like a normal person. The idea of them ending their life by themselves doesn't sit right to them because either they aren't allowed to have these problems or their life is a life that everyone would like.
It's really sad to hear about when a celebrity died of suicide and you are aware of the issues they were dealing with because they were probably opened about it. But the whole they were actually murdered doesn't make sense.
This week has some classics and some New Releases and ENJOY!!!!
5. A MOST WANTED MAN
New to Hulu
4. Fight Club
New to Amazon Prime
3. In the Hieghts
New to HBOMax and
2. Bo Burnham: Inside
New to Netflix
1. Dr Strangelove
New to HBOMax
before the devil knows you're dead thread pt 1
That ending - holy S*@#.
Mission Impossible III - 2006
Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Lawrence Fishburne, Eddie Marsan, Aaron Paul
Review: This is Mission Impossible. The tone is there, the gadgets are there, and it’s fast paced and action packed.
J.J. Abrams does any amazing job directing, just like usual, and he not only gets it to fit his usual tone in movies, but he gets it to fit in the right way with what Mission Impossible is suppose to be.
The bridge scene had me on the edge of my seat, and I was completely blown away by that scene in particular.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman does absolutely brilliantly as the villain in the movie, he was just absolutely spectacular.
The plot of this movie isn’t as twist and turney at the first movie was, and it does rely a lot on the action within the movie, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
JJ easily saved this series. If it went down the route of making more movies like the second one, then I don’t think we’d have the series that we have today. I doubt it would have made it past #3.
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Last song: Shut Up and Kiss Me by Mary Chapin Carpenter, mainly because I was looking to see if anyone made a mashup of it and Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London. Answer: sadly, no.
Last movie: Doubt (2008). I had a great time watching this movie, which is a weird thing to say about a storyline centered around two nuns’ suspicions regarding a Catholic priest’s relationship with a young boy but here we are. I enjoyed every single argument. Sister Aloysius, man. I LOVE HER. Is she right? Idk but I love her.
Currently reading: My reading material is embarrassing. I am like four books behind on my reading goal for the year. I have started Sylvia Plath’s Ariel Poems, The Cost of Discipleship, and Recovering From Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and have not succeeded in finishing any of them. I DID just finish A Court of Wings and Ruin, which I read on a dare because I cannot resist a challenge. I cannot accurately describe the psychic damage I took from this book. My brain melted. @SJM’s editor: I just wanna talk.
Currently watching: I JUST finished Chernobyl. I love stories about what people do when they know they are going to die, so I was very into this.
Currently craving: Early retirement, Cool Ranch Doritos, a soak in some hot springs
Tagging... anyone else who wants to do this
It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated... and they'd really rather be bowling.
“That rug really tied the room together.”
This is the first time that one of us saw this film, and let me say, I was not disappointed. This Coen brothers’ classic was a wild trip from beginning end with its crazy plot twists and turns. There is so much madness that goes on and so many memorable scenes and dialogue.
The humor of this film was great. For one us, this is the third time that they’ve seen this film. To them, some jokes were funnier when being rewatched. The gags with the set-ups and pay-offs are so cleverly placed and extremely well executed. With all that goes on during this film, it also has some heart to it. It has elements of found family, different types of bonds, and friendship.
Again, this plot was ridiculous and incredibly interesting. Because there is so much going on, there are lots of characters that are introduced to only be left behind in the madness. Which isn't the worst thing in the world, but there are just points where it felts a bit out of place and disruptive to the main story. Also, it doesn't feel like there's too much resolve in the end.
The music was alright. The cinematography was phenomenal. Roger Deakins is a fantastic DP, using him for a comedy like this is great, the dream sequence is very stand out. All performances were nothing less of amazing and memorable.
K - 8/10 B - 10/10 (One of the funniest films of all time)
What movie do you recommend this week?
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Bill and Jo Harding are advanced storm chasers who are also on the brink of divorce but they must work together to create an advanced weather warning alert system by heading into the violent tornadoes for the data! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (more…)
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i would fight charlie kaufman for a number of reasons but firstly for the use of the word menstruation in synechdoche new york (the funniest movie ever made) and secondly for when me and my mom saw anomalisa and had to sit thru a 5 minute long graphic claymation sex scene
According to actress Nancy Olson, before filming on the set of SUNSET BLVD. (‘50) in Norma Desmond's mansion, the cameraman would rub his hands together crushing stone which created dust, then blew the dust on the camera lens, an effect, which encapsulated the ambiance of stagnant corners haunted with memories of the past. One of the most difficult tasks to execute in a retrospective period piece is to precisely immerse an audience. It takes more than vintage vehicles and costumes to fully capture the aura of an era.
Reverting to centuries ago seems an easier feat than reflecting the later years of the 20th century, perhaps because many of us can still attest to it. With most modern-day period pieces, what should be exceptional based on the subject matter alone, unfortunately resembles a costume party. A few feel-good films that readily accomplished this feat of transporting their audience include DAZED AND CONFUSED (‘93), THE SANDLOT (‘93), DETROIT ROCK CITY (‘99) and ROLL BOUNCE (2005). Although some of these films may not be hugely popular, each power-up their flux capacitor, fill the tank with plutonium and hurdle their audiences back in time.
We don't know what director/producer/screenwriter and Academy Award-winning Cameron Crowe sprinkled on his camera lens for ALMOST FAMOUS (2000, the film takes place in the ‘70s so take your pick). Still, the film, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020, beams with the spirit of black lights, velvet posters, Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert and The Midnight Special performances. It would only stand to reason, as Crowe is an avid fan of classic film director Billy Wilder, director of SUNSET BLVD.
Based on Crowe’s true-life experience as a teenage reporter for Rolling Stone magazine, ALMOST FAMOUS mirrored classic film by layering the correct actors, costumes, dialogue, sets and of course an exacting soundtrack. For those of us mature enough to recall the ingrained crackle of a needle against vinyl and the scraping of a lead pencil against paper (all of us know that sound), from the opening credits, Crowe utilizes simple auditory cues and visuals powerful enough to immediately engross his audience until the film's end.
In his first feature film role, the innocence of Patrick Fugit’s portrayal is perfectly and adorably awkward. When Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) urges William (Fugit) “to be honest and unmerciful,” the look on William's face reveals a naive boy who is about to be eaten alive. Although not their first roles, the enchanting Kate Hudson and the fresh-faced Zooey Deschanel both shine in their breakout roles, with each demonstrating exceptional performances. And, if you ever had a doubt of which Philip Seymour Hoffman performance to watch, this may be it, or perhaps, every Philip Seymour Hoffman performance is the one to watch.
Truly, every performance in the film is exceptional. With almost half the cast being newcomers, in theory ALMOST FAMOUS should not have worked as seamlessly as it did, but according to Hudson during a recent ALMOST FAMOUS reunion, its synergy was the result of “...a magical group of people.”
Conjuring indelible memories by adeptly fusing scenes with music, ALMOST FAMOUS leaves a lasting impression on the psyche which had to be a painstaking process since creating such powerful associations means there can only be one exacting fit. If you’ve seen the film, I'd wager that every time you hear Elton John's “Tiny Dancer,” you recall a sunlit tour bus driving through cornfields with the occupants joining together in an impromptu sing-along, lending an entirely new appreciation for an old song, or if you happen to hear Brenton Wood’s “The Oogum Boogum Song” you recollect William dwarfed by boys supposedly his own age in the throes of puberty grooming themselves in a mirror. When Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” plays, we witness the exact moment a young boy converges with his future while running his fingers over newly discovered album covers as if taking them in by osmosis.
On the surface, ALMOST FAMOUS is about the once-in-a-lifetime adventure of a teenage journalist, but according to Crowe, and quite apparently, it's an endearing love letter to music. You certainly don't need to be a fan of ‘70s rock to enjoy ALMOST FAMOUS, you simply need to be a music fan period. Like revisiting an old time capsule, it’s is a film where you can easily lose yourself and even though the majority of us haven't toured with a rock’n’roll band during the ‘70s, ALMOST FAMOUS captures its journey so succinctly, hitting every note that it's difficult to convince yourself you weren't actually there. Billy Wilder would approve.
“These strange things happen all the time...”
Paul Thomas Anderson
As I wrote in my Manhunter review, that film was only the first of three different adaptations of Thomas Harris’s novel Red Dragon. Although Manhunter spent a long time as a semi-forgotten also-ran, I’m guessing that producer Dino De Laurentiis knew that he had failed to strike while the iron was hot by letting ten years pass between the releases of Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, and he knew…
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I think it’s pretty obvious why Hoffman won best actor for this film. I loved this movie. While I do think that critics overhyped it some, I loved every minute of this movie. I will admit though that some of the editing made it seem like the filmmakers were in a rush. But it tells a story that I had never heard of before, and I was intrigued. It’s rare to see a movie where the killer is humanized. This movie reminds us of what we tragically lost in Hoffman. I love this movie, even though to say it’s perfect is reaching.