Mediocre, Mediocre, Mediocre, Mediocre, Whoa… that was awesome

26 09 2009

I haven’t felt this convinced about the goodness of a film while leaving a theater since… maybe ever. It’s one of those indescribable things. It had reached that level of goodness where I no longer care about plot holes. I no longer care about suspension of disbelief with regard to CGI. In my mind, District 9 was perfect.

I have never been able to pinpoint the characteristics that make movies click with me. If I had to make a list of my top ten movies right now (of which District 9 would be one), three would be animated, two would be sci-fi, three would have a major element of romance, four would have major elements of fantasy, two would be action-packed, two take place in the modern world. Really, the only thing similar between all of them is that when I’m watching them, the rest of the world disappears in a way that no other movies can achieve. There are good reasons why I should never be a movie reviewer.

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District 9 finally reminded me what it’s supposed to be like when you watch a movie for the first time. It reminded me that it’s actually worth sitting through all those mediocre movies while waiting for the one to come along. Eventually, it will come.

I don’t know if I want to see District 9 again. All of my favorite movies also have the characteristic of me being able to watch them multiple times without losing any splendor. But I’m afraid to find out that isn’t the case with District 9. It was such a wonderful journey the first time, I can’t say if the second runthrough would live up to such high expectations. I’m neutral on District 10. People can complain all they want, but I always withhold judgment until it is released and at least the movie critics get a grasp of it.

I think my favorite movies are a great insight into myself as a person, eclectic as I am, and I find they usually are for other people as well. What movies just clicked with you?

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Think Responsibly

21 03 2008

PlugsIt seems that I have been subconsciously watching dreams of similar natures recently. Among them are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Memento, both of which deal with memory loss.  The implications of not knowing what happened this morning, yesterday, of ten years ago give rise to a great deal of controversy, mostly because people choose to dream of only the advantages and not the disadvantages.

Both movies suggest that memory is an integral part of living.  Without it, we can never move forward from experiences.  We just get stuck in repeat, making the same mistakes over and over again.  However, this brings in to question what everyone who presently has their memories fully intact are doing.

People are constantly making repeated mistakes: diplomatic mistakes, relational mistakes, physical mistakes.  These two movies show us how embarassing it can be to not know the same reality as another.  You don’t think you’ve met this person before, but others know you have, and you are left being forced to laugh at yourself because you look ridiculous.  But occurrences like these aren’t reserved for those with broken memories.  Since we are lucky enough to have more or less complete knowledge of the things we do and the choices we make, shouldn’t we feel compelled to not follow in the footsteps of these people?  Don’t we have a responsibility to use correctly the only thing that allows us to know who we are and what we’re doing?

I believe too many people take memory for granted.  They throw it away with drugs or simply choose to make choices based on instinct or irrational thoughts.   With alcohol, people often throw around sayings like “Drink responsibly.”  How about a new one, “Think responsibly.”

Both movies are absolutely fantastic and definitely worth seeing once, if not multiple times.





Once in a blue moon

28 01 2008

Plugs“Once” in a blue moon a movie is released that reminds us (the viewers) that good movies don’t have to be made of million dollar budgets, superstar celebrities, and intricate plots. If you have not heard of the movie, Once, then you may be missing out on one of the best films of 2007. The movie was shot for on $160,000 (about 1/1000 of the cost of the recent films, I Am Legend, Shrek the Third, and Evan Almighty) and yet has rated in the Top Ten for 2007 of twenty professional critics (Top Five for eleven of them). These are the same level of critics whose reviews are compiled on RottenTomatoes.com and MetaCritic.com.

Even more impressive is the fact that the lead actor, Glen Hansard, and the director, John Carney, both come from the Irish rock band, The Frames. The lead actress, Marketa Irglova, worked with Glen Hansard on a CD titled The Swell Season, but neither had ever acted before. If the movie itself isn’t inspirational enough, the story behind the movie shows that certainly shows that you can do almost anything you put your mind to. Unfortunately, Once was more or less skipped over for the Academy Awards. They have one nomination for Best Original Song, “Falling Slowly,” one I hope they can win.

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