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Mac and Me

Yesterday I headed down to the 92Y Tribeca for the final installment of their ‘Rip-off Cinema’ series.  A series of films that clearly are rip-offs of bigger and better movies.  Last night I had the pleasure (not sure that is really the right word for it) of watching Mac and Me.  A movie about a Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) trying to escape from NASA that is befriended by a young boy in a wheel chair. Yes, seriously.

The movie is clearly is rip off of E.T. The plot is basically the same, so we don’t really need to get into any of that.  I’m going to, instead, point out some of the horrific highlights of the film.

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My friend Matt was making those loud, short gasps that usually come from sprinting, or climbing too many stairs. With my peripheral vision I could see his arm were stretched out, and the girl next to me had taken shelter in her scarf. She was using it to shield herself for what she thought was about to happen. I kinda wanted to look at them fully, but I didn’t dare take my eyes off the screen.

That’s how intense this movie was.

After walking about a block outside of the theater, I unconsciously let out a heavy sigh. Matt called me out on it. “I guess I just had to release some of the pressure that movie built up” was my response. There are two main forces that built up that intensity in the film. One was Ryan Gosling and his quiet, yet continuously hand crackling ways. The other was the score.

I mistakenly thought Clint Marshall had done this score, when in fact it was Cliff Martinez.  The score had reminded me so much of the Pi score I just assumed it was the same guy.  I haven’t yet seen Contagion, but I’m almost tempted to see that film just to hear the score Mr. Martinez puts to that.  Honestly, the last score that got my belly so tangled up in knots was Inception.

Director Nicolas Winding Refn really got the best possible crew together on this one.  Between the score, the amazing cast, and the cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel, the film is a must see.  Seriously, lighting on this film will be taught in film school classes someday.  I loved all the ‘heavenly’ spot light moments that slowed the film down just enough to catch your breath.  Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

Lastly, I never read the book that this film is adapted from.  Hell, I didn’t even know it was adapted from a book until a couple days before seeing the film.  I only really even mention that it was adapted from a book because some douchebag was talking about it on my bus ride home.  I was minding my own business reading A Clash of Kings, when I heard this girl and her boyfriend mention Ryan Gosling.  I’m all about eavesdropping, so I listened in.  I didn’t catch much since they were about to get off, but the girl said something about the movie being ‘too Hollywood, too stylized’.  “There was just so much more in the book”.  Here’s my gripe to this chick. First, if you knew anything about Hollywood you would know this movie is the opposite.  There was no sex, the violence shown was true to nature and incredibly violent, shit even the car crashes were quick and realistic.  Yes, the movie was stylish, but let’s face facts.  Hollywood hasn’t made an incredibly unique and stylish movie in awhile.  And there is always more in the books, life sucks that way.  I usually get sad about film adaptions too, but every now and then a film comes out that gets what was at the core of the book.  Let the Right One In was that way.  Game of Thrones is that way.  There is SO much more in those books, but the adaptations got the core right.  I have a feeling this movie did the same.

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Summer Lovers

On Saturday I decided to watch ‘Summer Lovers’. I decided to do so for a few reasons. Mainly, it is starting to get chilly here in NY and I wanted to feel warm, and also I had missed the screening of this movie back in July at the 92Y Tribeca. I had a few friends that were really stoked that this movie was showing, as it was one of their ‘favorite summer movies’. I didn’t even know what the premise of the movie was until I started watching it. After watching the beginning credits and seeing nothing but naked Greek bodies all over the place, I new I was in for a tale about awakening sexuality.

I could go on about the plot of the movie, but I prefer to tell the tale through of series of shit eating grins. If you would like to read a great, quick little blurb about the movie, I suggest checking out the the 92Y’s page for the screening that happened in July. But for now, why don’t you click here to see more grins and eyebrows…..

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Empire of the Ants

Empire of the Ants became a ‘must see’ movie for me after a recent discussion involving the movie Thankskilling.  Wait, you’ve never seen Thankskilling? Put this blog post down and go watch it!

Anyways…during the discussion it was brought to my attention that Netflix recommended this movie in association with Thankskilling.  THEN I was told hold it had Joan Collins and William Shatner in it.  It doesn’t really have Shatner in it, but whatever.  It was enough of a draw to make me sit down on Saturday with a plate of tater tots and watch the big ants that destroyed the world.  Not really the world, just a small part of Florida, but again, whatever.  Plus it is a HG Wells tale, so you really can’t go wrong.

But let’s back up.  It takes place in Florida!  I was swelling with home state pride when I saw that it was shot in Florida.  Right by Lake Okeechobee! I thought all that flat boring land looked familiar.

Back to the movie.  The real star of the movie? Robert Lansing! Joan Collins is awesome, and really showcased that she had that ‘I’m a bitch’ routine nailed, but Robert Lansing as the crotchety old boat captain that ends up saving the day? Brilliant.  And who is that in the background being the dick of the movie?  None other than Sgt. Joseph Getraer from CHiPs, Robert Pine!  Man, he’s a pussy in this movie, and a huge dick.

The only thing about this movie that didn’t make me hit the Awesome button, was the soundtrack.  They got a little lazy and stole the soundtrack from Jaws.  Yes, the DUM DUM from Jaws is terrifying, but you really couldn’t think of a better suspense theme?  Points retracted for that, Empire of the Ants. 

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