Great recap/assessment of this mostly underwhelming year (or year of indifference). I agree with most of your feelings on the movies of the year so far. I think I still have a lot of residual good feelings toward Warm Bodies, so I think I liked it a bit more than Patrick, Having only seen it once, though, I would want to revisit if to confirm that. Certain life circumstances have kept me from seeing The Place Beyond The Pines, so I am interested to catch up with that one, and Upstream Color also looks interesting. One summer release (if I'm not mistaken. I believe it's a summer movie) that you didn't mention and I would like to get your current take on is Only God Forgives. Are you excited for Refn's follow-up to Drive? Personally, I know I am.
I am very excited about Only God Forgives. I should have had a complete list in front of me, because I'm sure there are other movies I'm forgetting.I liked Warm Bodies enough after I saw it, but like so many movies this year (even ones I was initially very high on), it has faded from my memory pretty quickly.
That's okay! I know it's probably pretty tough to keep a mental catalog of all the movies coming out within a three month period or so. I just ask about it because it's very much on my radar. Only God Forgives looks really great to me from the trailer. I don't want to send my expectations too high, but I have a feeling it stands a good chance to be at least the most well made movie of the summer. Hopefully Refn and Gosling can churn out another winner. Fair enough with your take on Warm Bodies. Though it could have been executed better and possibly in a more memorable way, I still enjoy the concept of the marriage of the romantic comedy genre and zombie movies with elements of Romeo and Juliet. It's clever (to me) in that regard.
Well, I WAS super excited for Only God Forgives (and really, still excited to a degree), but after seeing this, perhaps I should temper my expectations. Boo.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/only-god-forgives-reviews_n_3318705.html?ref=topbar
Cheer up, Patrick, I also loved loved LOVED the "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels. Of the 30 movies I saw during my 'Trilogies Month' in April "POTC: Dead Man's Chest" was my #1 favorite (and "Curse of the Black Pearl" was #4). So we're out there, it's just that we're outnumbered by the masses that couldn't get over how "DMC" ends and carried that sourness with them into "On Stranger Tides."I've seen 21 movies in theaters so far in 2013 but only four have been same-year releases, the rest were repertory. I'm just not feeling it from the newer movies, everything seems to be so got damn generic, safe and predictable. I'm going with someone to see "Iron Man 3" over the weekend because, on my own, I just can't muster enough enthusiasm to see it. Like JB says though, at least I'm saving me some cash and hours of my life that would have been otherwise wasted. :-)
I'll also throw my hand up for some Verbinski PoTC love. Sure the plots are WAY too convoluted, but they're just gosh darn fun (sort of like Star Trek Into Darkness).
Anecdotal evidence re: Hangover III vs. Fast and Furious 6. My local small theater took to Facebook, asking people which two movies they should get, out of Hangover, F&F, and Epic. I voted for Speedy and Peeved, but the comments were overwhelmingly for Giraffe Murder Simulator. Long story short, I won't be going to the movies the week of May 24th.
Feeling embarrassingly out of the loop. Can I get a link or description for this Soderburgh speech please.
HERE IT IS, in both WRITTEN and VIDEO form. :-)
Side Effects is a movie I like more in retrospect than I did in the theatre. The "twist" really threw me, because it's not just a plot twist, it's a genre twist. The film ceases to be one thing and dramatically becomes another. So dramatically, that I kept wanting the movie to go back to what it had been. However, when I think about it now I understand more (I think) what it's going for - the real theme of the film is how far we're willing to go to hang on to what we think we deserve.SPOILERS AHEAD - When we see Jude Law at the end, with his life back together, it's filmed with an almost unreal air about it - and the music playing is the exact same music that underscored Rooney Mara's flashback of when her life was everything she could have wished for - and right before it was all taken away. So the film makes a parallel between those 2 characters that is unsettling (and is the kind of thing Hitchcock loved to do - witness Strangers on a Train).
I originally looked at that ending as kind of a generic happy ending, but your reading of it makes me like it a lot more. Excellent observation. I'm looking forward to seeing it again so I can view it for the movie it is and not the one I thought it would be -- especially with your theory bouncing around in my head. Thanks, Steve!
Maybe Steve K is Steven Soderbergh. Whaat.
I wish. I'd kill to have glasses like that!
Patrick, Still listening to the podcast, but I just paused it on the part where you're talking about being aprehensive about STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. I saw it last night, and the IMAX, and even the 3-D were pretty cool. (I really don't care about 3-D, only movies where Karl Urban is 3-D) But if it makes you feel any better, it's not really dark, nor do they really go INTO it. Not to hype it up but I loved the 1st one and I think this one was better. So go into it feeling the way you do and you should be very happy.
Rad! Now I'm back to being excited. Thanks, David!
Jesus, really, Kick Ass 2? Like the first movie wasn't the Hollywood equivalent of Human Centipede, a hideous look into the heart of filmmakers who despise and hate humanity and joy. There was nothing good, competent or worthwhile in that movie and I can't imagine the sequel isn't going to more of the same of Mark Millar indulging his inner 12-year-old.Yes, I have feelings about this.
The (i really really hope) sleeping giant for this year is going to be "Alan Partridge is in Alpha Papa". One of my favorite comedy characters who has such a strong history is getting his big screen debut. Fingers crossed.
JB is correct about where the quote came from.Seinfeld - ep. The Big Salad (series 6)Elaine: Maybe there's more to Newman than meets the eye.Jerry: No. There's not. There's less.Elaine: Well, maybe there is and we just don't know it.Jerry: No, trust me. I've looked into his eyes. He's pure evil.
For a second I thought JB was saying he read AMANDA SEYFRIED's autobiography and in that brief moment of shock that such a thing existed AND JB read it, I could feel the universe begin to implode around me.Fun episode guys - I have been doing a terrible job with my New Year's resolution of going to the theatre more so have seen none of those but will keep your words of wisdom in mind when they come out on blu-ray!
as i listened I mentally went: see it, won't see it, see it, won't see it, don't care, really don't care, etc..when you got to ben stiller ass raping thurber I banged my head on the desk.
If only more people would react that way to Ben Stiller... the world would be a better place.
And more people would be mistaken for Hindus regardless of their race. ;-)
How about a podcast of, well one of my fav. movies DePalma's "Blow Out", thanks, luv the shows..jerry kowalski
This podcast has inspired me to listen to your Spring Breakers podcast. Didn't realize Erika was joining you or I would have already listened :)I will probably listen to the spoilers...I am sure I will end up wanting to see this even though it was a movie I was intentionally avoiding.
It's worth seeing. Even if you don't like it, it's interesting and artistic.
So more cinema than movie? :)
I like your distinction...but to answer honestly, I think it works as both.
Damn... I don't remember which podcast you guys brought that up in, maybe this one (I have listened to four or five in the last week), but I was hoping to be a stud and use it!Oh well, I will settle for, "it was fine" until I can use "Room 237ing" correctly.
Hey, did you say this Room 237 is on Netflix? Sounds interesting...I want to understand this verb.
It's not on Netflix yet. It was available via Video on Demand on certain cable providers. Might still be. But it will be on Netflix before you know it.