Normally I can't stand Will Ferrell, primarily because his idea of funny is to just have no shame. But I decided to give Anchorman a try tonight, because I heard many friends say they liked it.

It was 24 minutes in before I laughed the first time, with the panther cologne. Second laugh was at 1h09m. The outtakes during the credits were the funniest part.


Miller's Crossing

Today I watched Miller's Crossing. It's an interesting pulp crime drama by the Coen brothers set in the 1930's. But I'm not sure "what the rumpus" was.


Aguirre, the Wrath of God

I decided to watch Aguirre, the Wrath of God because it was on a list of movies that Roger Ebert said was great, as well as being listed in a Top 50 Cult Films list by Entertainment Weekly.


Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown was the second Tarantino movie I watched this weekend - although Tarantino only wrote True Romance, while he both wrote and directed Jackie Brown.

And it's very Tarantino. Clever dialog. Women's bare feet. Camera shot from the trunk of a car. Singing along with music. Long steadicam shots. Samuel L Jackson. Anachronisms.

It was remarkably non-violent for a Tarantino film.


American Hustle

I went today to see American Hustle.


The performances were the very best part, and this is saying something, because the costumes and makeup alone are almost worth the price of admission. The editing was crisp (although it could have been a bit more aggressive), the story was engaging, the characters were interesting and complex. The 70's era music was used to great effect.




Gaming room at MarsCon

Came back from MarsCon today after a weekend of rolling funny-looking dice. It was a good time.

True Romance

True Romance is not bad - Tarantino wrote it, after all. But it's not great - Tarantino didn't make the film.

On the good side: clever, snappy dialog. Christian Slater is appealing as the hero. Patricia Arquette's scene with the always likeable yet chilling James Gandolfini was memorable. Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper deliver the best performances of the movie. Brad Pitt was funny, which is not something you see enough of. The soundtrack was also good.


The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale is a very good dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, and as is usual for movies based on books, this movie is not as good as the original material. However, I do try to judge each on their own merits, because the two forms are so different and the comparison is basically inherently unfair.



Today I watched Hellbound? which is a 2012 documentary about the doctrine/concept of Hell. Specifically, the Christian doctrine/concept.


Watched Lolita this evening, primarily for the fact that Stanley Kubrick directed it. I had heard about the book, but I have never read it nor seen the movie.

I have always respected the performances of James Mason and Peter Sellers. Shelley Winters was obnoxious, although she was pretty much supposed to be for the character.