Day 86: Scott Pilgrim Versus the World


I used to watch movies in the theaters quite a bit when I was in high school and college. I loved sitting on the red velvet seats in a dark room that always smelled of popcorn—even when no one in the theater appeared to be eating it. There, with the lights dimmed and the sound blasting, I would be transported to new worlds, experiences other peoples’ stories, or watch things explode (I wasn’t picky about my movie choices,then, either). It was an experience—not just a movie—that I would share with a room full of strangers. We would laugh together, sometimes cry together, and hurl together (or was that the tag line for Wayne’s World? Schwing!). When the film was over, everyone would file out to the real world and step casually away from the few hours where they were captivated by a long strip of celluloid. Once the credits rolled, and the lights slowly faded up, we seemed all too ready to leave behind that shared sense of community we had for that brief time. These experiences—these almost magical moments—were what lead me to study film in college. And, ultimately, this is what led me to writing this blog.

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Day 83: Easy A (2010)


I sometimes wonder if I am watching the same films as the majority of critics (and the general public). Often, I find that I like the movies that everyone loathes, or I just can’t get into others that have most people foaming at the mouth with rave reviews. In the past, I had attributed this trendy, popular adulation to what I like to call the “Emperor’s New Clothes Phenomenon.” Similar to this classic tale, I am curious if positive word of mouth causes audiences to adore these choice films (“No, he’s not naked. Only people with the most discerning eye can see this exquisite material. You can see it, right?” “Er, yes, of course. And such a beautiful garment!”). On the other hand, it could be just that I have unique or poor taste in media. After seeing Easy A, I wonder which is true.

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Day 75: Megamind (2010)


Last week my husband and I went to see a matinee of Megamind. Admittedly as of late, I haven’t been a fan of seeing movies in the cinema because the public’s movie etiquette has become exponentially worse over the years. Besides, the trailer for the movie didn’t really beckon me to the theater. Plus, let’s be honest, the last Will Ferrell film I saw, Land of the Lost, makes me throw up a little in my mouth when I think about it. It soured me towards both my love of anachronisms and delicious fear of dinosaurs for a few months. Plus, I thought I had reached my fill of Tina Fey after watching a few seasons worth of 30 Rock. Yeah, seeing Megamind at the multiplex just seemed like a recipe for disaster to me. However, we took a chance that Friday afternoon. I’m actually glad we did.

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Day 70: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)


OK, I’ll admit it– I love a good anachronism as much as the next person. Combine that with my strange fascination (slash fear) of dinosaurs, and you have an explanation as to how Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ended up on my queue. As to how it ended up in position #1, well, I guess that can be attributed both to the fact that I am trying to watch (and review) a variety of shows for this site and because I have quirky taste in media.That leads me to this moment—the aftermath of finally completing the beloved Ice Age trilogy.

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Film Flashback: The Goonies (1985)


I love the 80s. No, I am not talking about the VH1 show—but mostly about 80s pop culture (which is, funny enough, what that show is about). The movies are so over the top, the music is catchy, and the hair is big. Some of the films I watched as a kid created this bizarre love of movies within me. I realize now that it was total escapism. Willow was not real–though I probably spent more time trying to find out more about Nockmaar than was considered healthy. The Ghostbusters were just a bunch of comedians, and didn’t really have knowledge about the supernatural. At this point, I question whether Corey did, in fact, have a License to Drive. But the films were fun, youthful, and (maybe I am projecting my inner child here) innocent.

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Film of the Month Club: Get Ready for Goonies!


Pull out those leg warmers you had stashed for a rainy day. Tease your bangs to astronomical heights. Listen to some Cyndi Lauper (hey, it’s empowering). Buy a case of Baby Ruth bars. Dust off your treasure hunting shoes. I plan to take a trip down memory lane and watch The Goonies. Do you feel up for the adventure?

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Day 48: Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)


When I was a kid, two of my favorite books were The Castle in the Attic and The Indian in the Cupboard. Both of these tales involved toy historical figures coming to life and or sucking the owner into a historic era. Come to think of it, The Castle in the Attic reminded me a lot of the scene in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when the crazy duo jet on into Medieval times– only The Castle in the Attic used the phrase, “dude” considerably less. I loved these stories; the idea of history literally coming to life always enthralled me.

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Day 39: The Invention of Lying (2009)


I would be lying if I said I like this film. Get it? The film is called The Invention of Lying and I used that same word in the first sentence of my review. Eh? Eh? No? If you like that type of a joke (plus countless jokes about various body functions), then you would probably enjoy this film. While I am usually all about random poop jokes, this film was just not my cup of tea (it stars Ricky Gervais, you see, and he is from England. In England they have tea… oh, never mind).

 

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Day 36: Eddie Izzard: Circle (2000)


I have to admit, I am kind of a sucker for stand-up comedy. Whether it be a live show, watching the latest season of The Last Comic Standing, or setting up a little stage at home where I tell jokes to the cats; I like it all (FYI, the cats don’t tip well. They may be European). A few years ago, when my husband and I took a road trip across country, we listened to a few stand-up routines. I learned a few things from doing this on a trip: (1)- Eddie Izzard’s Dressed to Kill routine was really funny; and (2)- the “random” setting on my mp3 player doesn’t seem so random as it kept playing clips from Dane Cook’s routine that (3) I didn’t find so funny (especially the hundredth time the joke was played). Naturally, the second I returned from the trip and had access to a computer, I added a few of Eddie Izzard’s stand-up shows to my queue. Today I finally decided to watch Circle (maybe it was all of The IT Crowd episodes that put me in the mood for British comedy).

 

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Day 34: The IT Crowd, season—er, sorry, SERIES 3 (2008)


Sorry, but I am so unmotivated to write today. I took a few days off while I visited the old stomping grounds, and apparently my creative ambition was zapped on the flight back home. I don’t know whether to blame the recycled air on the plane or how uncomfortable the seats were, but either way I feel that I left my brain 30,000 plus feet in the air. Double oy.

 

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