Thursday, April 01, 2010

Seen in March


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02 - It Might Get Loud
It's worth seeing Jack White and the Edge grinning like idiots as Jimmy Page plays the opening of Whole Lotta Love. If that doesn't make you want to see this film then what will?

05 - Whip It
Drew Barrymore's debut comedy set in the wild and woolly world of amateur roller derby. Ellen Page demonstrates the charm and ease that makes her fun to watch. One gets the impression that Juillette Lewis provided her own wardrobe.

06 - Throw Down Your Heart
Béla Fleck takes his banjo back to its homeland - Africa. Fascinating to see the level of skill of many of the African musicians display on such primitive looking instruments. Eye opening to say the least.

Various Dates - Bored To Death season 01
Jonathon Ames' alter ego, Jason Schwartzman, is up to no good in Manhatten and environs with wing men Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakias (just assume I spelled that wrong).

13 - Alice in Wonderland (2010)
At this point only a few movies make a genuine use of 3-D and Tim Burton's latest is one of them. His mash-up of Through the Looking Glass and Jaberwocky will leave you thinking it was the original story. Someone said to me they thought the story wandered but when I asked how or when they were unable to say. I think you just have to give into the journey and enjoy the dreamlike non sequitors and fantasy world you're in. 3D still gives me eye strain and a headache and as someone who has to wear two pairs of glasses to see 3-D I can't wait for a glassless 3D experience.

14 - King Kong
Mark it as seen but not necessarily enjoyed. Sure it's a classic and the action scenes are great but the film really drags due to clunky dialog and some stinko acting. In general, I think people remember this film more fondly than it might deserve. I'm not sure why but people are so forgiving of these kind of proto-films (Frankenstein's Monster is better but still pretty campy). In literature it's not as though we read bad old books an luv 'em 'cause they are old? Shakespeare and works like the Odyssey aren't loved because they are quaint but because they are great.

20 - Temple Grandin
The first hour is great. The second hour is a mystery because our copy only played for 1 hr and 7 mins.
Update: Somehow figured out how to watch the entire film (insert tech-geek babble here) and I have to say it's great. I'm in the "Claire Danes deserves a Golden Globe thingy Camp". Well, to be honest, I'd be happy to be in any camp with Claire Danes. She's purdy, but she plays plain here. It's like award cat-nip.

Various Dates
Damages season 01
Lock up your pets. Glenn Close is taking names.

30 - Good Hair
Chris Rock's entertaining journey into the world of the black woman's hair. Rock is at his best when improvising and thinking on his feet.

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