Sunday, May 08, 2005

Wow, I've got to go back to February for the movies I've seen since I last updated them.

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos: The Hands of Fate. Oh, this movie is awful. On the bright side, the DVD contains a set of very funny bloopers from the MST3K host segments. (Borrowed from Teena*, of course.)
  • MST3K: Santa Claus. This Mexican movie has one of the most disturbing depictions of Santa I've ever seen. (Teena.)
  • Zig Zag: Real Stories, New Angles. This locally-produced DVD contains short pieces about transportation choices: cars vs. bicycles vs. mass transit. (Checked out of the library.)
  • Constantine. Teena & I saw this together. It wasn't as bad as I feard, but it did help to pretend that it didn't actually have anything to do with the Hellblazer comic. Tilda Swinton was great as Gabriel.
  • Vera Drake. Excellent, but very depressing.
  • MST3K: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Another terrible film (this one features a very young Pia Zadora!) made funny by the MST3K folk. (Teena.)
  • The Tall Guy. Jeff Goldblum before he took himself seriously. Emma Thompson. How could you go wrong? (Library.)
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. I don't care for this as much as I'd like. I think that part of the problem is that the film they make fun of, This Island Earth, isn't all that bad. (Teena.)
  • Shane. I had never seen this before, although I had seen Clint Eastwood's remake, Pale Rider.
  • The Incredibles. Pixar just keeps outdoing themselves (although I have to say that the trailer for Cars doesn't excite me). An amazing family story, with superheroes! (Teena.)
  • MST3K: Teenagers from Outer Space. Apparently teenagers from outer space look like they're in their early 30's. (Teena.)
  • Texhnolyze, vol. 1: Inhumane & Beautiful. I only watched one episode of this anime series before abandoning it as hopelessly slow-moving & incomprehensible. It looked nice, though. (Library.)
  • I attended one night of the Faux Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre. It was a collection of movie parodies, trailers for films that will never exist, mocumentaries, & the like.
  • Sin City. Wow. This is an amazing translation from comics to film. It looks just like the graphic novels. I liked this a lot, but I enjoyed the comics, so that's no surprise. This is one of the most visually interesting movies I've seen in a long time.
  • A Hundred Dollars & a T-shirt. This locally-produced DVD is a documentary about zines & the people who make them. I was pleased to see a former co-worker among the interviewees. (Library.)
  • MST3K: Tormented. (Teena.)
  • Young Master. This is part of the Jackie Chan Triple Punch Collection. It's an early one of Chan's films. It's not great, but there are some nice fight sequences. Chan has a fantastic gift for physical comedy.
  • Fantasy Mission Force. Another selection from the Triple Punch Collection, this movie is very bad and nearly incomprehensible. It doesn't feature Jackie nearly enough.
  • The Iron Giant. Oh, this is such a good movie. Between this & The Incredibles, Brad Bird is a director to watch. (Library.)
  • MST3K: The Hellcats. I've never seen so many drug references in an episode of MST3K as I did in this movie, but given that the movie is about a motorcycle gang involved in drug smuggling, I shouldn't be surprised. (Teena.)
  • Kung Fu Hustle. Oh man, I loved this movie. I had a big stupid grin plastered across my face for the entire thing. I cannot remember the last time I laughed out loud so often in the theater. The action sequences are spectacular. Often, the CGI effects are noticible, but the whole movie has such heart that you just don't care. I think I need to see this again in the theater. And I'll definitely be buying it when it comes out on DVD.
  • Ocean's Eleven. I'd never seen this before, so Teena showed me her copy. A lot of fun.
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Unfortunately, I was tired when we watched this, and I dozed off once or twice. But it's definitely not boring.

*This distinction will become meaningless once we move in together.

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