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Will the four…stars be with you?

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It’s Monday! I saw a movie! Let’s discuss.


Star Wars VII poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A few days ago, in a living room far, far away, I finally watched the movie y’all saw in the theaters last Christmas. I had hope (a new hope? STAR WARS IV REFERENCE!) that the Star Wars reboot would be good since the same peeps rebooted Star Trek and I enjoyed that (only saw the first flick, in 2009). But Star Trek was not a staple, a defining cultural touchstone, of my youth like Star Wars. After people poorly remade Annie, The Karate Kid, and other movies from my childhood, and threatened to remake Say Anything (Say WHAT?!?), I watched with trepidation the VIIIth installment of Star Wars. (NOTE: I have never, nor will I ever, see the Sith nonsense of eps I, II and III.)
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Differential Diagnosis on House, M.D.

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House, M.D.

House CastWhy didn’t you people tell me? I was still watching copious amounts of TV in 2004 and had a blog (a different one) then. And yet NO ONE told me of the deliciousness that is House, M.D. It’s like that time I discovered pistachios on my own and felt pangs of all the years lost by not knowing just how awesome they are. Continue reading “Differential Diagnosis on House, M.D.”

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Drama with a side of Bacon

Movie Monday: Did You See and Agree?

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Cop Car movie posterCop Car

Mmmm, Bacon. That’s Kevin Bacon. Yes, I enjoy America’s favorite pork product, but I love the actor more. Kevin is and has been for a long time on my “Oh, he/she is in that? I’ll totes watch!” list of performers (also including Patrick Stewart and Drew Barrymore, among others).

The story: two boys who run away from home stumble upon an empty cop car in a field. They find the keys inside and decide to take it for a spin. Meanwhile, Kevin Bacon’s Sheriff returns from doing dastardly deeds to discover his cruiser missing. Chaos ensues: the boys can’t drive well, play with all the guns and gear in the car, and come upon a stranger they trust and shouldn’t; a woman passing by reminds viewers that no good deed goes unpunished; and Sheriff Bacon (as I called him whilst watching) struggles to balance two lives and to get his damn car back.

The good: The beginning is the stuff of genius. We find out quickly who the boys are, how they feel about taking risks, and who will come through in a tight spot, all by how they interact with each other in the first 15 minutes. The way the boys find the car and then we seamlessly go back in time to discover how the car got there in the first place and meet the Sheriff is so well done. The revelations about who the Sheriff really is surprise as well. One of the best things about that especially — so much was done with little to no dialogue. It’s mostly showing, not telling, and that was compelling (wasn’t aiming to rhyme there). Also, Kevin Bacon’s range is awesome — Sheriff Bacon is creepy in the best possible way.

The not-as-good: At an hour and a half, it’s not a long movie, but I skimmed through about 15 minutes near the end. An interaction the boys have (not with Sheriff Bacon) goes on too long. The ending also is not as well-presented, tidy, and gripping as the beginning.

I’ll give it two stars out of four. Let’s just say it was a bit undercooked, but even not perfectly cooked bacon’s still good, eh?


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A ‘Match’ Made in Netflix Heaven

Movie Monday: Did You See and Agree?

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Match movie poster with Patrick StewartNetflix suggested the movie Match. As soon as I saw Patrick Stewart was in it, I said YES! I love that man, since his days as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve admired a lot of his work since then, too. The fact that Match is based on a play also intrgued me — I love theater and I love drama. This movie is dramatic, and funny, and sad, and serious, and utlimately so human.

Match, which also stars Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard, tells the story of a Tobi (Stewart), a Juilliard professor who’s interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960s New York. It becomes increasingly clear, though, that there are ulterior motives to the couple’s visit.

The movie mostly takes place in Tobi’s apartment and through dialogue between the three. Some people find a movie like that boring — I am not one of those people. Some of my favorite movies are mostly dialogue — like Before Sunrise or Tape, which also was written by Stephen Belber, the writer of Match. I’m fascinated by human interaction, the need for connection, and the lengths to which we go to achieve it and also to sabotage ourselves from getting it.

Match is about: a man looking for a phantom, one he has let dictate his life and choices; a woman looking for the freedom and joy she once experienced; and an older man who cut himself off from the world and thought he was OK with it, until he discovered that he was actually missing out, a lot. It’s a lovely work, and Stewart is hilarious, real, and vulnerable.

If you have 90 minutes and want to spend them mostly in Tobi’s upper Manhattan apartment — and inside the characters’ heads and hearts — check out Match, an affirming, heartfelt, human story with lots of giggles and good performances.        (3 stars out of 4).

I love my life. I regret my life. The lines eventually blur, and it’s just… my life. ~Tobi

Match


Movie Monday is my extremely infrequent movie review series. Click the Movie Monday tag or category to read more reviews.