Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What ham did you slap honey? I hope it wasn't the one I just bought.

We had actual thunder last night for the first time I can remember. Hooray! I had forgotten what it sounded like.

Today's been fairly relaxing, I got the chance to catch up on some Netfux. Started with Ju Dou, which I had never seen before.

Jesus, wasn't that cheery. But good stuff.

Followed it up with Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which I expected to be a pretty major letdown. Surprisingly, it wasn't half bad at all.

Whoops, where did that come from. *cough* Let's try that again.

Honestly, I had forgotten Clive Owen was in it. And it was very pretty (the whole movie) and entertaining. Nowhere as good as the first one, but far better than I expected. Blanchett was her usual amazing self, needless to say. (And damn if Owen doesn't look fine on a ship, but that's beside the point).

And then I tried very hard to watched Across the Universe. I really did.

I mean, obviously I got the memo that we're all supposed to loathe and detest it and berate it for bastardizing Beatles songs and being a two-hour long music video. But so much of it looked pretty, the animation looked fun...I thought, maybe it will have a good guilty pleasure thing going on.

I could only watch an hour. I just couldn't bring myself to care.

Still left to go are The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford (and worst title of the year goes to...) and Brazil (I know, I know, how long have I had that?), but I can't watch that one without D, as he's never seen it. I'm honestly not expecting to like TAOJJBTCRF, I don't seem to be a huge fan of Westerns. But we'll see....


Alex said...

HOLY CRAP! D is in for the treat of a lifetime, Brazil is the best movie ever, ever, ever. EVAR.

I mean, yeah. (Though watching it will only compound frustration that TG's latest films haven't been of quite the same caliber.)

Damn, I need to see that on your telly one day. ♥?

Oops. Guess I'll be delaying Across/Universe till I'm deeply caffeinated and bored. Bummer.

Triana said...

TAOJJBTCRF is beautifully filmed, though it takes far too much after its title (too fucking long). But enjoy the way it was shot, it's truly a work of art.

CinemaslaveJoe said...

Across the Universe is such a piece of shit. Not because it's a bastardization of Beatles music -- it's just a piece of shit. It looks great, but really, could this thing possibly BE ANY LESS SUBTLE? (Hint: the answer is not "yes.") Absolutely horrid.

Jesse James is another great LOOKING film, but my mistake was not understanding what kind of movie it was before I started watching it. Pretend that it's a Terence Malick film and you'll enjoy it much more. If you're expecting an engaging story, you'll be disappointed. Expect something long, slow, lyrical and beautiful, and you'll get through it fine.


Ellen Aim said...

Alex: The TV is always here! Yes, you must come watch it.

I don't know if TG's films will ever recover.

Tri: I will certainly keep that in mind!

CSJ: I don't think Universe had any concept of SUBTLE, but I don't think it cared, either.

I think I'll try JJ tonight and I will focus more on the look than the story!!