Sunday, July 29, 2012
Halloween is always on my brain and to my delight i've started to notice stores putting out halloween items already. Usually its just a bunch of junk but with a little paint and a dash of imagination you can transform crap into frightful treasures. This is the result of my latest transformation...
Monday, July 23, 2012
"once there was a hushpuppy who lived with her daddy in the bathtub"
When you hear that line uttered from the face of this beautiful young child you will just melt. A friend of mine saw this movie at sundance and said how good it was. It finally came to theaters this weekend. I loved it! What an interesting story told through the eyes of a child.
There were so many quotes that i just loved. And there were moments where the scenes were just so imaginative and visionary. I also enjoy when a movie can spark some dialog afterword and this one did.
Here is the story in a nutshell: Faced with her father's fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.
Here is the trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/beastsofthesouthernwild/
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
So i ordered this office supply zombie head a while ago and when i opened the box i was so excited and sad at the same time. Excited because seriously its so awesome and sad because the paint job on it was the worst! I'm talking worse than the online picture of it. False advertising for sure. Its missing eye is magnetic and where you put paper clips. Its holes on the head are where pens and pencils go. Its teeth slide out and can hold a small post it note pad. And there is a slit in the back where envelopes go. See...Awesome!
Anyway, its been chillin' at my desk at work for a while now and everyday i see it i get bugged by its paint job. So i decided to repaint it myself. I'm totally happy with the results. I went for a more cartoony green flesh purple lips look. I love it!
Check out that poster! So awesome! I want it bad!
My good friend Becki Beecher recommended this movie to me. This is a French film and was made in 1955. It feels just like a Hitchcock movie with suspense that just keeps building and building. I was completely engrossed in the mystery of it.
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
What? They plot to kill him and then the body disappears? Da Da Daaaaaa! You'll have to watch it to find out what is going on. There were some scenes in here that felt so classic and i'll never forget. I guess there was a U.S. remake with sharon stone that i'm now curious to see but this one was worth checking out. My only complaint is that it was a bit too long and drags out some.
While watching this movie at the Tower theater in Salt Lake i suddenly felt some sort of furry creature brush past my legs. I was completely freaked out until my eyes adjusted to the darkness and notice the resident theater cat starring up at me. He must have smelled the food we had from the chow truck we snuck in. He would not stop harassing us and kept meowing loudly. It was incredibly distracting and yet the movie was still highly entertaining.
I laughed so hard in this movie. Its based on a true and very odd fascinating story.
In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.
Jack Black was brilliant. I mean it. He played this role so well. I can still picture his face and mannerisms. And those songs he sings are hilarious. I totally want the soundtrack. The movie plays kind of like a Christopher Guest film (waiting for guffman), combining character interviews with the plot line. These people in this small Texas town are hilarious. I recommend this movie for anyone that wants to laugh. My only complaint is that it is too long. It drags on a bit. But you will be amazed that this was a true story. Crazy!
We need to talk about Kevin. We really do. I've been dying for someone else to see this so i can discuss it with them. Tilda Swinton won for Best Actress last year for her role in this film. I love when i completely agree with the academy. She deserved it by far. Wow. Watch the trailer for this movie: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/weneedtotalkaboutkevin/
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Yeah...watch it and then let's talk about Kevin. Great editing, amazing acting from tilda, interesting subject matter and worthy of discussing afterwards makes for a good movie.
When i mentioned in my last post that i've seen some weird and heavy movies lately, i was referring to this one as weird and different. Let me begin by explaining why i wanted to see it in the first place. 1. Look at the poster. What the...? So intriguing. 2. Watch the trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony/theskinilivein/ What is this movie about right? 3. Antonio Banderas 4. The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
Did you watch the trailer? Well, its hard to make out just what this movie is and after having watched it, i had no idea thats what it was going to be. Wow.
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
I'll refrain from giving anything away and just state that i like this movie. It was different and odd but kept my attention. Contains adult subject matter so be advised.
I've recently watched some movies with heavy themes or that are just plane different than the norm. This being one of them. You may recall that this film was nominated last year for best foreign film. If you don't recall then let me remind you of the subject matter. Its the dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in a Nazi-occupied Polish city. Where were they hiding you might ask? Well take a look at the poster. The sewers. I'm still blown away by how many of these types of stories we hear about. They always make me ask myself what would i do. Of course i'd like to think i'd save anyone i could but the pressure to turn in these Jews and the reward they would get and the consequences if you were caught make me also question myself. And thats what makes these stories so compelling. This is for mature audiences and is quite hard to watch at times. But that moment when the children are raised out of the sewers and see the light of day for the first time in a year and a half will move you to tears. This was a good movie.