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Take 2 Capsules...

So I'm diving right into this 100 Movies in a Year goal. I've already got two down! At this rate, I'll have 365! ... Or not. Anyway, capsule reviews!

1. Music and Lyrics

I'm glad I didn't see this in theaters, but I'm glad I saw it. Of course, everyone knows I'm a sucker for ridiculously tight pants and sequined jackets... Alright. That's a horrible lie, but Hugh Grant --despite being old as dirt as far as chick flick dreamboats go1-- pulled them off with charm and grace. I mean it, I really liked his character. He wasn't a caricature, and he wasn't as whiney as he could have been. He admitted freely that he was a has-been, he was okay with playing state fairs, he had a good sense of humor about it all. Drew Barrymore, on the other hand, was the epitome of melodrama. Let's be serious. Her character was batshit crazy, but she didn't need to be quite so crazy. The wide eyes, the hypochondria, the frantic pen clicking, the impulsive needs, the hiding from people... it was a little much. Plotwise, the movie was fairly formulaic. Boy and girl meet, they interact, they have sex right after their first kiss, something goes amiss, there's tension, then an unbelievably sappy recovery. It goes well with red wine and/or Bailey's on the rocks.

1 Excepting Richard Gere, of course.


2. Imagine Me & You

An infinitely better chick flick than above, and I'm not just saying that because one chick falls for another. It's also not because Piper Peribo pulls off a rather cute British lesbian. Nay, I liked it was startlingly more realistic than your average chick flick, at least in terms of cause and effect. That doesn't mean the movie is at all plausible. The plot is a series of highly unlikely meetings, but it's also very human and emotionally driven. It's still a cheeseball lovefest complete with the kissin'-in-the-traffic-jammed-street happy ending, but it's refreshing to have a lesbian-kissing-in-the-street film with all the usual conventions. Perhaps the best thing of all, however, is the support the families give. At least from my perspective, it's nice to not have parents freak their shit out, throw pictures on the ground, and disown their respective children. The message of "love who you will as long as you love them completely and truly" is one that, I think, can't possibly be said too often.


I'm hoping to see Le Scaphandre et le Papillon tomorrow. I really want to get my hands on the book too, but the film looks gorgeous and I want to see it in theaters. I still can't believe that Jean-Dominique Bauby dictated the memoir to his assistant by blinking a number for each corresponding letter of the alphabet after his stroke left him with mobility in one eye. It's incredible to think of that determination and accomplishment in the face of total paralysis.

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Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oh man! That's an awesome goal! It's a shame I have this strange compulsion to own movies. Otherwise I'd be all about this.

Let me explain. I can only watch a movie three different ways: If I see it in theaters, if I purchase it, or if I borrow it. I do not, however, pay money for temporary acquisition of movies (I don't rent).

So unless you're counting movies you've already seen or own, this endeavor would cost me between $1000 and $2000.

Actually, I'm interested to see how much I spend on movies and games this year.

Either way, this goal is awesome and I encourage you to keep it up.
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
See, Dom, this is why God invented the cheap theater. For the low, low price of $2.50, you too can watch great movies in the theater!

This is also why God invented HBO and Showtime On Demand.

...And the Sundance Film Channel.

I typically don't rent either. I rent by walking into my neighbor's apartment, taking 6 DVDs at a time, letting them sit on my coffee table for about a month, and gradually working my way through them. Heh.

I totally understand where you're coming from though. I like to watch movies multiple times, so I MUST buy them. Best Buy is a dangerous place for me to shop. Anyway, I'm not counting movies I've seen before. They must be new-to-me films. I would be happy to extend invites to you in our movie-going extravaganzas.
Jan. 5th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
That sounds pretty fun. I'll forewarn that on most occasions I'll turn you down, since I start working at unholy hours of the morning, hours God didn't intend on making exist when s/he made this convoluted ball of mass we call a home.

That problem applies to me for video games, too. It's to the point where my New Year's Resolution is "Two games on your shelf must be completed before you can buy a new game." I went into a Gamestop the other day. The temptation to buy something was so bad I almost tore my arm off. Seriously. Nate told the cashier, "That crazy look in his eyes means we have to leave now."

I go into Target planning to pick up shampoo and I leave with $50 in movies. I can only assume this means I need therapy, but how can I justify spending money on that when there are so many movies and games I could buy with that money instead?
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