Wednesday, April 25, 2007

In reponse to a request from Victor

I enjoy a wide variety of movies, but prefer those made before 1960, but I also like 70's b movies. If I have to name favorite genres I like screwball comedies a la Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, film noir, almost anything in the horror vein. I tend to avoid current comedies unless forced to watch them by other persons. Favorite movies are:

Giant
Godfather 1&2
Bringing Up Baby
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Heaven Can Wait (Gene Tierney, Don Ameche)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
and Star Wars and Lord of the Rings

of course there's lots more I just can't think of any right now.

Friday, April 20, 2007

A Scanner Darkly


We get the comic relief from Robert Downey JR and Woody Harrelson. We're taken for a ride by Wynona Ryder. All of this while focusing on the main character, Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) who is an undercover officer put in place to take down a government cover-up of the sale and distribution of substance "D". An addictive drug derived from a rather delicate flower. Bob must use substance "D" to keep up the undercover facade but is soon unable to distinguish reality from unreality.
The film is rotoscoped, (computer painted live action movie) to appear and play as a comic book in live action. This lightens the weighted subject of drug use and it's destructive effect on the addicted. It also allows Bob Sabiston's artistic interpretation of "Scanner's" reality a great deal of creative liberty.
Knowing more about the author who wrote "A Scanner Darkly" published in 1977, Phillip K. Dick, will help when watching this movie. During the end credits there are dedications to some who have fallen to the use of drugs.
So, while the movie is heavy via subject of drug use and power abuse it's message is delivered with humor and cautious awareness.


Sunday, April 8, 2007

Equilibrium

Movie Review #1,

Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson and Sean Bean.




This was a movie I added to my queue based on a recommendation from Eugenious. Now he has also recommended the Devil Wears Prada so I have a little doubt in his movie choices. However, I greatly enjoyed this movie. It takes place in the future, where society is run by the mysterious Father, who has declared that human emotion is what causes war and violence. In order to stop war from happening, everyone takes daily dosages of a drug designed to render you emotionless. Christian Bale plays a Cleric, a kind of ultra police officer whose job it is to search out "sense offenders"; those people who have stopped taking their drugs and are hiding secret caches of illegal items: art, music, anything that you make you feel.

Maybe you can guess what is going to happen, and I must admit that I did figure out the movie rather quickly as the plot is not all that original, however the acting is top-notch, the sets seem to me to be quite the realistic vision of the future and there is a fight scene towards the end that satisfied all my gore needs. The movie is extremely well assembled, the action scenes great and most importantly of all, the movie passed my watch test: I did not look at the time once while I was watching the movie.

In spite of the obvious Matrix, 1984, and Metropolis influences, this is an underrated little movie that I feel you will find quite enjoyable. I give it 2 baby bottoms up!

Feed the Babies!!!

Well alrighty, in case Victor has stopped by a word of explanation is in order. Since Biff and I work different schedules its hard to find a time to watch our Netflix movies together. Also, we have extremely different taste in movies and may not want to watch the same movie at the same time. So we've come up with a solution: Film Fed Babies! We'll post movie reviews for each other here and if it sounds good, the other can put the movie on their Netflix queue.