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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Movie Stuff Both Good and Bad

The original WarGames--with a predictable, not particularly bright plot offset by the incredible charisma of young Matthew Broderick --will always be a guilty pleasure of mine. If I come across it while surfing channels late at night, I’ll stop and enjoy the little blast of eighties Cold War nostalgia that I also get from the likes of Red Dawn. It isn’t a good movie in the same way as, say, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but it still makes me smile.

But a remake (with an even dumber plot plopped on an apparently no-charisma zone) probably won’t be making anyone’s nostalgia tour two decades from now. Which might be why it’s skipping the theaters and going direct to video where only the plainly foolish might be suckered into watching the thing.

Yet again I feel surrounded by seas of stupid. You can see the trailer for the abomination at the link.

On the plus side, when we went to see the slight but funny Forgetting Sarah Marshall (with all of its surprising and unfortunate male frontal nudity), I saw trailers for movies that I absolutely cannot wait to see. Steve Carell was born to play Maxwell Smart--which might seem a small thing to be born for, but if it’s as funny as the original TV show, Get Smart will be one of the funniest movies I will have seen in years. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian looks to be a worthy followup to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Lastly, a new version of The Hulk, with no connection to what shall forever be known as Ang Lee’s worst film, with Edward Norton is coming up, too, and it looks much more fun than the last movie. It doesn’t hurt that Norton, apparently, contributed some of the writing. Between that and Robert Downey, Jr’s turn as Iron Man, I have to think that there is some good comic book action coming to theaters this year.

Anyway, the message is this: don’t see War Games: The Dead Code, but look forward to some fun, dumb eye candy while the Democrats continue to work hard at making presidential politics a real brutal contact sport.

And if you’re looking for more raunchy comedy from the Judd Apatow machine, Forgetting Sarah Marshall will have you laughing and, true to form, has some touchingly real moments about how men and women screw up their relationships. It’s a joyously vulgar thing and, for all the talk of bravery for movies like Crash and Brokeback Mountain, Jason Segel showed true bravery in his willingness to bare himself in so many (often disturbing) ways and top it off by singing a portion of a melodramatic rock opera about Dracula’s desire to be loved. That’s courage, my friends.

Let us all, who have attended Rocky Mountain Blogger Bashes, give thanks that I am not a particularly courageous man.

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Speaking of guilty pleasures, Cheryl and I saw The Forbidden Kingdom last week. I think that’s going to be a guilty pleasure. Cheryl described it as “this generation’s The Last Starfighter,” which is another of my guilty pleasures. And I lent another of my guilty pleasures, The Last Dragon to a friend over the weekend.

And speaking of courage, if you were a courageous, wouldn’t the term also apply to those who went to see your performance, knowing beforehand what they were in for? Or are you speaking of something apart from your singing prowess?

on Apr 28 2008 @ 06:28 AM

I wish you were more courageous…

Also, War Games?  In my top 5 favorite movies of all time.  I never said I had taste.  WHO REMAKES WAR GAMES?  It’s blasphemy, I tell ya.

on Apr 28 2008 @ 11:33 AM

More odd movies coming out this year
Where the Wild Things Are - Spike Jonze live action
Choke - based on the book by Chuck Palahnuik
Wall-e - Pixar can do no wrong
X-Files: I Want to Believe
And a couple others, but those are either the best or the weirdest I’ve found so far, unless you count the remake of Scanners set to come out next year.

on Apr 28 2008 @ 02:07 PM

I love me some “War Games.” I too am a channel pauser when I catch it on, any time of day or night.  Would you like to play a game?  Hell yes, Joshua - bring it on!  But, you know, it’s a strange game that nuclear war; the only winning move is not to play (are you listening El Senor Ahmadinejad?).

I also would pause on, say, “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club.” Definitely would stop for “Say Anything,” the greatest movie ever made even if you’re wrong in not thinking so.

During the holidays, I can survive the 24 hour TNT “A Christmas Story” marathon - AND THEN ASK FOR MORE.

on Apr 28 2008 @ 08:48 PM

P.S. I hear the new WarGames ends with RIPLEY playing a fast and furious round of Bunco with the kid’s mom and her friends.

on Apr 28 2008 @ 08:55 PM

I figured that the end would have a nasty, drooly little beasty gnawing its way out of RIPLEY’s electronic innards.

Maybe I was just a little confused on the source material, though.

Cheryl, I can’t imagine how Choke will be good, I truly want to believe that X-Files will be good, and I know deep in my soul that Wall-E will be good.

I hadn’t heard of the Scanners remake--and it just convinces me more that Hollywood has damn near run out of new ideas. I give them a pass on Get Smart, but some of this stuff just doesn’t make any sense at all.

As Mr. Lady said, that’s BLASPHEMY!

on Apr 28 2008 @ 09:46 PM

For some reason, I fail to be able to consider the Lost Boys sequel as blasphemy.

Both Coreys? Together again? ‘Nuff said.

I feel that Wall-E will be disappointing, Get Smart will be worth its weight in shoe phones, and Iron Man better not have the Black Sabbath song in the actual soundtrack.

on Apr 28 2008 @ 10:26 PM

Actually, if you want odd or weird, there’s an Italian studio working on a release of The King in Yellow.

on Apr 28 2008 @ 11:31 PM

Cheryl, they’re making CHOKE?  Whaaa?????  Not.  Cool.

They are filming X-Files up here. It’s pretty cool, seeing them around town.  They hand out at Josh’s joint a lot.

on Apr 29 2008 @ 04:58 PM
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