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7.21.2006

Resurfacing

Hello. My name is Jessica, and I am a Movie Addict.


(This is the part where you say, “Hello, Jessica.”)


They say you have to admit a problem before you can fix it. The trouble is, I don’t know how motivated I am to “fix” it. Do I watch too much TV and too many movies? Yeah…probably. But I’m conflicted about whether that’s really such an awful thing. Certainly it has impacted my blogging time. *ahem!*

In the past month or so, I’ve been to the theater more times than was probably good for my bank account (because I often treated) and rented quite a few as well.

As I indicated in my last post, I saw Superman Returns. I loved it. I think it’s my favorite summer movie so far, and that’s including Pirates 2.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was good. I enjoyed it—but I didn’t leave the theater saying, “That was awesome!” or anything. And you know why? Because it’s the middle of a trilogy. Seriously. The second installment of any trilogy is notoriously darker and less beloved. Think Empire Strikes Back, Matrix Reloaded, and The Two Towers. They always leave at a somewhat bleak point; the story arc hasn’t resolved and so you don’t know how it’s going to end. Endings are key. It’s rare to like any story most of the way through but hate the ending.

I also saw The Devil Wears Prada. It was good. Not quite as funny as I’d sort of thought it’d be; but interesting none-the-less.

And I rented:

Yours, Mine & Ours—ehh. Take it or leave it. It’s family fluff. It was alright.

Just Friends—mostly stupid. A little funny, and a good ending, and I guess a good message, if there was one—but mostly stupid humor.

Just Like Heaven—way better than I thought it would be. Very cute, funny, and sweet. And a nice pairing of actors.

On a Clear Day—very good. This is a British film, set mainly in Scotland, so you know I like it. Good story, if a little choppy and disjointed in some places, but overall full of the importance of family, friendships, integrity, and purpose. Plus, Billy Boyd is frickin’ hilarious. I love him. *sigh.*

She’s the Man—if you don’t like Amanda Bynes, don’t bother. But I happen to find her very funny; and since the whole movie kind of hinges on whether or not you find her brand of improv, timing, expressions, and tone of voice funny…I really enjoyed it. I laugh at her if I even watch five minutes of “What I Like About You.” But also, it’s an interesting take on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” in the same way that 10 Things I Hate About You updated “Taming of the Shrew” and Clueless reinterpreted “Emma.”

Well, I guess that’s it…I did see most of Cellular on TV…that was pretty good. Intense. There’s probably something I’m forgetting, because this list doesn’t sound so impressive and time-consuming after all. Maybe it’s just that I’ve also been buying and re-watching too many movies, too.

I don’t know. I guess my feeling is that I “collect” good stories, and that includes movies just as it includes books. Sometimes you come across a good one, sometimes a stinker. Some people watch movies purely to be entertained. I look for meaning and depth and something that points to lager truths about who we are and what life is about. But that’s just me. And I like to laugh and be challenged in the process, if possible. Is it a waste of my time? What do you think?

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Addendum:
I just saw Lady in the Water last night, and I had to blog about it.

I loved it.

A lot of people seem to want all of M. Night Shaymalan's movies to be just like Sixth sense...which is ridiculous. Now it may be partly because the ending was ruined for me...but Sixth Sense is my least favorite of his. My favorite was Signs. Until last night.

Lady in the Water was a perfect example of why I go to movies. It was beautiful; it had deep meanings and underlying themes. It spoke of purpose and love and redemption. I don't know what else to say. I was blown away by the movie. I don't want to rave too much and build it up too much...knowing that the critics are already griping about the movie. (So what if Night himself is in the movie? Is that so horrible? Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won a freakin' Academy Award for a movie they wrote and starred in. Geez. Give the guy a break. They just didn't like what happened to the movie critic in the story!)

Anyway--go see it, and if you disagree with me, tell me why. If you liked it, I'm also very open to discussion. I am already anticipating a long and probably geeky conversation with Brianne in which we both pull the movie to fibers analyzing it.

Arrividederci!

5 comments:

Brianne said...

You basically said everything there is to say about Lady in the Water, but I know I will blog about it anyway. Also, and this is something that I'll say on my blog: Woody Allen and Ed Burns both write, direct, star in, and produce their own films and many of their films are highly lauded and critically praised. I have even seen some of their films. So I don't know what all the gripe is over Night doing all those things in his films, becuase it's not like he butchered any one of those duties. Anyway. Read my blog, eventually, I will say the same thing on there.

cynthia said...

did you think that "Pirates" was a little slimy? i did. i mean, come on, how much saliva can they put into one movie?! people kept telling me how abrupt the ending was, but it wasn't. do they expect the movie to just keep going? there has to be some saved for the last installment. savvy.

splitrock4jesus said...

I loved Pirates 2 - want to see it again. I actually liked Matrix 2 better than 3 - totally confused and disapointed me. I'm currently reading a fun book that is pulling me in. It's called "Found Pheobe". Heard of it? :)

erin said...

Here's my opinion - watch as many movies as you can NOW!! Because once you have kids, you won't have the time or the money!! I love watching movies and I love going to the movie theater. However, all these stupid teenagers hang out at the theaters here and they talk through the entire movie, so it pretty much ruins it for me, so we've been...maybe twice since we've moved up here. How sad. Even now, when we rent movies, we have to wait until Emma's in bed if we want to be able to sit and relax through the entire thing. Otherwise, we're pauing the movie every 5 minutes keeping her out of the dog's crate, the dog's water dish, off the treadmill, and from climbing up and the stairs or over the baby gate!! And let me tell you, sad as it is, we're often too tired to start watching a movie at 9:30 at night (whatever happened to the college-me??). So, my sad story should tell you, don't feel guilty about doing something you enjoy while you're at a time in your life to do it! Now, if you were skipping church or your best friend's birthday party that'd be another story, or if that thing you enjoy doing was lighting firecrackers on cats' tails we'd be having a nice long talk. But, no, you're a writer, so you need to read and to write and to experience other people's writings (through books, movies, plays, whatever). It's part of who you are and what you do. And, I think you should be able to write all that off as "business expenses." :) So, there; now you have my forever-long two cents.

erin said...

Oh, one more thing - the only one of those movies I've seen is Cellular...and how long ago did THAT come out!?!?!?