Movies

In Praise Of Love (2001)

The Beginning

I’m going into the next movie on TSPDT, In Praise of Love, pretty blind. The only thing I managed to learn about it is that it’s directed by the same guy that did Breathless (which I actually liked) and that Roger Ebert gave it 1 star (not very promising). I have no choice but to watch it though as this is #995 on TSPDT. Here goes…

15 Minutes Later…

So I’m 15 minutes in and I have absolutely no idea what’s going on. There are clips of interviews with random people about a play or movie or novel and there is a guy flipping through a book with no words. I’m incredibly bored, confused and uninterested.

The Next Night…

I got through another 12 minutes of the movie and I still don’t know what’s happening. I also just don’t care. I don’t know who these characters are or what they’re doing or why they’re doing it. Maybe this is one of those fancy art house movies where there is no story and you just have to “feel the movie”. If that’s what it ends up being then it lost me before I even turned it on. I don’t much care for these kinds of movies, but I won’t leave something unfinished so I’ll do my best to power through it.

2 Days Later…

Now there is a scene where the woman is speaking french and I’m reading her subtitles, but a man is speaking English over top of her and I can’t concentrate on what either of them is saying. I can’t make any connection between the last scene and this one. I’m done.

5 Days Later…

I can’t move on with the list until I finish this movie so I’ve mentally prepared myself to push through the rest of this thing. It’s only an hour… I can do this. Some more talking about random things. Then an approximately 3 minute long scene where the camera is pointing at the back of a man and a woman who are talking to each other. Here’s something the man says, “What you’re saying is interesting. Things beginning, things coming to an end. *Train sounds and no subtitles so I don’t know what he says* Not your story or mine, but, whatever happens, our story. Even if we aren’t acquainted. History.” *rips out hair* What does that even mean? Those aren’t sentences. I can’t. Interest level has hit an all time low. I have no dialogue or visuals to keep me interested. Get me out of this nightmare.

I will keep on going though because I want this to be over. Oh great, someone died and he gets to keep one of her books. Now it switches to color and they start talking about history or something, and just like in school my brain put on a hat and coat and left. I lost track of time, but I think around 10 minutes later my brain came back and I was treated to the first scene I actually cared about at all. A man is talking about Americans and the woman asks who he means since Canada is in North America, and Brazil and Mexico are also technically America. I was somewhat amused by this. This gave me the strength I needed to go on.

I’m in the home stretch now and this is where I start to feel like this is just a movie about ideas. There’s no real story and it feels sort of pretentious. It’s almost like he had an idea for a movie, but instead of making the movie, he made a movie about having the idea for a movie. Honestly, I’d much rather watch something with a full story that left me feeling what he was trying to convey, rather than listen to random ideas strung together against the backdrop of seemingly random images. On top of that, this movie has a Pulp Fiction structure where the scenes aren’t chronological so you have to struggle against that at the same time.

The End.

No it’s not… the movie keeps going through the credits. Please just end my suffering.

The Real End!

The sweet, glorious ending and I’m finally free! I’m just so sorry this review had to go this way. I hate saying only negative things about a movie. Originally I even wanted to scrap all of this and just write a short review politely saying that I did not enjoy this motion picture but that it might be good. Who am I to criticize something like this which I don’t even understand? But this is my blog and I want to be as honest as possible and not go along with what everyone else says just to fit in. I also know I said many times I had no idea what was going on and to be totally honest, I didn’t even try to find out. This was just one of the most uninteresting movies I’ve watched in a long time. It’s sort of like reading a really difficult essay where you don’t know half the words so you just let your eyes glaze over and you force yourself to move your eyes across each line but don’t absorb anything you “read”. That was this movie… I let the movie run in front of my face and I kept my eyes open. Maybe one day I’ll rewatch this and understand why it made it on to this list. For now, I just don’t get it at all. To me it was pointless and I don’t know why it’s in the top 1000 movies.

Verdict: 5/10 In praise of it being over

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Movies, TV

Catching Up

It’s been quite a while since I wrote anything here. I haven’t felt the desire to really put my thoughts about what I’m watching into words. Not to say I haven’t watched things lately that weren’t worth writing about. I’ve slowed down a lot on movies, but I’ve watched some great TV Shows. I’ll do another quick fire of things I’ve watched recently to get my juices flowing. Then the next movie I plan to watch, At Once, will hopefully have something worth writing a full post about.

The Newsroom (2012)

This is a TV Show that aired on HBO for 2.5 seasons. I watched the first episode and was hooked. I actually couldn’t make myself stop watching it. I watched the first season and a half in just 2 days. I thought the premise to try and run a news broadcast that focuses on the news and not ratings was interesting because I hate watching the news for that exact reason. I immediately fell in love with the ideas, the characters and the dialogue. I’m a fan of the fast talking sarcastic quips they do fairly often. I laughed a lot and ended up caring about almost every character on the show. Season 2 was brilliantly laid out and made it so I had no choice but to keep watching. They start off somewhere in the middle of the season’s plot and then fill in the pieces with each episode until you’re caught up. I watched the first episode and just had to know what could’ve possibly happened that was so bad. Season 3 took a little bit of a dive with the first 2 episodes feeling dull, and the series finale wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t that great. If they were able to do a full last season and finish it off stronger I would have given it a perfect score. It’s definitely worth a watch, just make sure you have a couple hours set aside cause you won’t be able to watch just one episode.

Verdict: 9.5/10 


Carol (2016)

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I absolutely loved this movie, it’s now one of my favorites and is on my regular re-watch list. I’ve seen it twice and am probably going to go for a 3rd watch soon. Maybe tonight because writing about it makes me want to see it again. It was so beautiful and restrained, nothing felt forced or unrealistic. It was slow but it sucked me in completely. Carol is kind, sophisticated and knows what she wants. There is something about her that just draws you in and it’s easy to see how Therese felt drawn to her. The movie had ups and downs that kept me emotionally invested and I felt so much throughout the entire movie. That feeling of thinking you found something special and then having it ripped away from you is devastating. I don’t want to say too much on the plot cause I think not knowing how it turns out really amplifies every decision the characters make and leaves you in suspense. It’s one of my top favorite romance movies and 100% recommend it.

Verdict: 9/10


Hush (2016)

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This is a horror movie where the main protagonist is both deaf and mute. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. As far as thriller/horror movies go, this is one of the most suspenseful and thrilling ones I’ve seen. I really wanted the main character, Maddie, to succeed and get out of there alive. Every scene is straight out of all the other horror movies out there, but it’s elevated to a new level when we know she can’t hear anything. He could be coming up behind her and she would never know it. When she’s trying to be quiet walking on the roof, she doesn’t know if she’s making lots of noise or not. That unknown makes it all the more suspenseful. Not to mention the fact that they inject some realism into the story with her not being able to load the crossbow.  Great, she got a weapon, but she’s still just a regular person and didn’t immediately become some badass who can shoot a man with a crossbow from across the room. Not that I don’t love that, but when I don’t have to suspend my disbelief as much, I enjoy movies a lot more. This one is on Netflix and is definitely worth the time.

Verdict: 9/10


10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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As I was writing my other reviews, I realized a common actor among them–John Gallagher Jr.. He was in the Newsroom, Hush and in this review’s movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane. This is a “sequel but not really” to Cloverfield which I liked a lot when it came out. I didn’t know much about the movie before I started watching it and felt myself getting frustrated wondering when the Cloverfield things were going to start happening. So much so, that I almost couldn’t finish the movie because I thought it was crap and a waste of time. So I paused it, went over to IMDb and realized that it’s a standalone movie that merely exists in the same universe as the other. Once I understood that, it became a lot better of a movie. It was suspenseful and mysterious. I kept going back and forth in my mind wondering if John Goodman was telling the truth or if he was lying to keep her imprisoned. If it were me in that situation, I wouldn’t want to believe him because all I could think is that I’d end up as some idiot who was tricked into living in a bunker for 10 years. Momma didn’t raise no fool, so I really felt her predicament. On the flip side,  I’m really crushing on John Gallagher Jr. now. He was so sweet in this movie as Emmett and in the Newsroom. Ok sure, he was like a serial killer in Hush… but he was also in Short Term 12 which was an equally amazing movie. It all balances out in the end and I loved his character in this movie. When Emmett, let’s just say, was no longer part of the movie my jaw hit the floor. I love when movies have balls and just shock me with a plot decision. Overall, this was a really cool standalone movie that I will definitely re-watch.

Verdict: 8/10


And lastly, one sentence verdicts on some of the other movies I feel deserve a shout out.

10.000 km (2014) – Another great romance movie, except the characters start out in love and the movie progresses from there. Verdict: 8/10

Victoria (2015) – A 2h 18m movie all done in 1 continuous shot with strong characters and plot. Verdict: 7/10

Moulin Rouge! (2001) – A loud, obnoxious, annoying movie with weak characters and plot. Verdict: 5/10

Ant-Man (2015) – Pretty boring super hero movie that was lacking something that I just can’t put my finger on. Verdict: 5/10

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Great movie but needs a re-cut without the Mr. Yunioshi scenes… Verdict: 8/10