"Alfred, could you come here for a sec?"
"Yes, Master Bruce?"
"Did you let Vicki Vale in the Batcave?"
"Y'know I'm trying to maintain a secret identity here, right?"
"Yes, Master Bruce."
"Kinda hard to do that when YOU LET RANDOM WOMEN IN HERE."
"Yes, Master Bruce."
"And this was AFTER I told her we had to go out of town and YOU immediately told her we weren't going out of town! HOW DUMB DO YOU HAVE TO BE…
Graham J's Dictionary Corner
henkelbomb - pronounced hen-kul-bom is a bad film, remake or sequel directed or produced by a key collaborator on its original masterpiece, thus mocking its legacy in the process, - eg. The Vanishing (1993) is such a henkelbomb - or 2013's Evil Dead henkelbombed my entire life.
Thanks Kim, the one thing I got from your shitty movie is a new word. Awesome!!
PADDINGTON is better than 5 of the 8 movies currently nominated for Best Picture.
also, while we're playing that game, i'll add that it's a better (and more nuanced) immigrant story than THE IMMIGRANT. and it would be even better if sprinkled with Werner Herzog's narration from GRIZZLY MAN.
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I got all the way into this movie. Leaning forward in my seat, chuckling, gasping in horror, jaw on the floor, wish they played the movie again as soon as it was over into it. First and foremost, I appreciate just how engrossing this story is, and how unpredictable it is as well. Even knowing a fair amount about the plot, I could not have guessed the final scenes, even a few minutes before they happened.
I have just returned from seeing this, and I can still hear drums in my head. One word that describes this film best is intense. This film is intense. The premise will have you labeling the film as a cliché story about following aspirations, and working heard to achieve goals, but this film takes it's own visceral and more emotionally challenging route. Here, quite literally, it takes blood, sweat and tears to achieve ones ambitions.
What holds this film so…
I've long ago given up on trying to pinpoint what tickles my funnybone, but there has always been one consistent thing that gets me laughing and that is dead pan absurdism.
Anchorman has that in spades. It plays everything with a straight face and it's just absolutely ridiculous. The dialogue, the physical comedy, the plot and the spontaneous spells of absurdity make this film a cocktail that clicks really well with me.
There's no point in analyzing this film. It's…
Good job, Damien Chazelle. Good job, Simmons. Good job, Teller. Good job, newcomer Melissa Benoist. Good job to Paul fucking Reiser, who seems to be getting no love since this came out, but I think he is pitch perfect as "Dad". The cut to his face at the end, so perfect. Just an overall, heartily earned "good job" to everyone involved.
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Ok, I got the whole premise of this challenge wrong last year. This year I have thoroughly read Lise's rules and I think I understand what I'm supposed to do now. I think we have to do impressions of people and connect them to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey somehow. I have to say that I think this is pretty weird, Lise, but I'm willing to give it a try because the consequences of not participating…
A good indicator of whether or not I am invested in a movie is what I call the "Sleep Factor" which is pretty basic but works a treat. It's a measurement of sorts that I use with movies that basically bore me to sleep or at least to the point where I could easily be doing something a lot more fun. And I LOVE watching movies so that gives you an indication of how bored I really was.
What We Do in the Shadows feels like a missed opportunity. Its premise of a group of vampires with hundreds of years age difference sharing a flat in New Zealand is quite a promising one but it doesn't fully deliver.
The story is told through a documentary crew who are following the vampires and this approach actually hinders the flow more than helping it due to the clunkiness of the characters stopping what they're doing to explain everything to the…
I was a bit disappointed with this to be honest. I had quite high hopes but it wasn't anywhere near as funny as I expected/wanted it to be. The idea is great and they pull it off really well but for some reason it didn't gel properly.
I'm not sure what else to say. It was certainly funnier than most other stuff that purports to be comedy but I just felt let down. I think it's more my fault than theirs.