Friday, February 26, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
Alright, let's do it.
I need to express my apologies first and foremost, for not seeing this movie until I was either a junior or senior in high school. And my opinion has not changed at all, I loved it the first time and love it just as much now. Which is odd because in terms of story there's hardly any. It's the characters or more accurately the performances and overall experience of the film is why people hold it so highly and with a lot of adoration. The story is just about teens in high school and junior high enjoying the last day of school and the subsequent evening in 1976. That's it. It's not even a, well we finished high school so what the hell do we do with our lives, kinda vibe. It's just following various groups of kids as they meander around the real town of Austin, Texas. No sets, no bullshit, just the real deal. And I think that's the perfect way to describe the film, it's the real deal. How the teens talk and act, what they do after finally getting out of school, for all intents and purposes in my head this might as well be fact. But that's what is to be expected, Richard Linklater produced, wrote, and directed this movie so it is 100% his baby and he does such good work with it all. It's such a fun, easily watchable, and highly quotable movie. Most everyone's favorite character is McConaughey, and he is brilliant but the rest of the cast do such great work it's hard not to give them credit. My personal favorite of the bunch is Slater, he just cracks me up and was my favorite long before the George Washington monologue he gives. Christ, it even has the best damn history teacher ever potrayed in cinematic history who flat out explains and gloriously so, the reasons why America even exists. I almost applauded. The soundtrack is also a slam dunk, with a perfect storm of late 60s/70s tracks, from Black Sabbath to ZZ Top to Bob Dylan. It's a soundtrack totally worth buying. I know this is just an unimaginable rainstorm of praise for this movie in all it's facets, but did anything happen that I hated? Yes, actually. Very severely if I can speak plainly. Not about the production but just the, for lack of a better word mentality of this town. It really struck me as a vicious cycle, seeing kids get brutally beat with paddles and sophomores be completely and quite honestly repulsively subjugated. And hardly anyone bats an eye at it. I'm serious man, watching those girls go through so much shit just left a scar on my heart that enrages me to this day and very truthfully makes me feel horrendous. It's f***ed up and there's no reason for it. I detest it with every last vestige of my soul and particle of my body. Which is the only reason why it doesn't get a 10/10! It's a solid 9/10 from me, 4 stars check it out! You're in for a trip man. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021
Is it bad to say I've seen weirder?
I've heard very few, like count on one hand few, opinions on this film and I really just caught it on television and decided to watch it. I very much liked it, and from the few views I have heard all accounts point to a very strange, very weird movie. However, I wasn't that phased by it. I've seen films that disturb me more, I've seen films that make me question a lot more, I've certainly seen films that befuddle the ever living shit out of me, but this isn't one. The story follows a young teen named Donnie who has psychological issues and is told very bluntly by his imaginary friend that the world will end in 28 days, and we mainly follow his regular day to day activities with time jumps and even a countdown timer. He doesn't necessarily believe it but things keep happening that are more than just coincidences. I got to say this is the most laid back and enjoyable armageddon movie I've ever seen. The cast very much is what centers the film, I know some people give Jake Gyllenhall good grief but he was mighty damn good in this movie and is the best performance I've seen him in. Jena Malone does very good work though the romance could be said to be rushed, in this movie I really couldn't complain. Drew Barrymore and Patrick Swayze pop up in supporting roles which is great, and you know without Drew this film would not have hit theaters at all so my thanks goes to her for helping fund this movie. This might be sort of an odd comparison but I got Blue Velvet vibes from time to time throughout the film, mainly the opening but it felt sort of David Lynch which by the by is no bad thing in my book. The comedy is sparse but very distinct and actually did get a laugh out of me, the more dramatic parts are executed well enough, the proper odd stuff doesn't feel slapped on but incorporated throughout, it's a decently made movie. Now I'm not one to delve deep into meanings of movies, there are far more intelligent people who can voice their opinions superbly, so most of the time I look at it on face value. The ending was certainly different, and had great mood to it thanks to the soundtrack (PS. The soundtrack is actually amazing.), but even I couldn't help but think something still lingered in the character's minds right before the credits roll. You'll know what I mean when you see it. So I didn't try to divulge some deeper meaning behind it all, I can appreciate that kind of work but that doesn't necessarily mean I do it a lot. If I feel there is something there, I dig. But I still had a good time with it regardless, I'd very easily give it 4 stars, a solid 8/10, you should see it at least once before the end just to have your own opinion.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
No, my name isn't Joe Pera but I wouldn't mind being more like him.
I was going to review a movie but to heck with it, this show has had it's day coming since last year. I can't fully remember how this show came to my attention, I was flipping through YouTube and happened across an episode of the show that was called "Joe Pera Talks You Back To Sleep". Now me, I need noise to sleep and have found myself emerged in the ocean sized culture of ASMR, so I wanted to see what it was like. What I found was the tip of an iceberg of a show that I can easily say objectively, is the best show I have ever seen and is one of the best shows ever made. I'm being real with you. But what is 1000 times harder to do is explain why. It is crucial to have the right mindset for this show, the subject material is different from episode to episode but the basic premise is, choir teacher Joe Pera talks about a myriad of topics from iron, grocery stores, and breakfast. It's one of the most relaxing, stress melting, wholesome, and vastly entertaining pieces of media I have ever witnessed. It's an introspective show with odd touches of humor and endless rewatchability. And most shocking of all it comes from Adult Swim, one of the greatest platforms for televised independent shows with shoestring budgets and bizzare comedic material. You just would not expect such a show from that platform. But man Adult Swim when you get right down to it, has an incredible fanbase that sticks through it and they repay that love with shows like this. But the quality here is pretty good, and the comedy is more of an after thought yet never fails to make me laugh every episode. There's tons of clips and two proper episodes on YouTube so you can gauge it for yourself, but this show could not possibly get better. It's just that good! We're talking 5 stars out of 4, 12/10, I simply cannot love it more.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Don't do drugs kids.
This is a fascinating yet greatly fun movie to watch, and I'm genuinely surprised I haven't touched it yet. The first time I saw it a friend showed it to me in college and I could hardly believe what I was seeing. It was such an outrageous comedy but what I find infinitely more interesting is it's true. It chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a man who slowly works his way into Wall Street and completely loses his mind. It was the 80s after all so the excess was real, and the tales of copious amounts of sex, drugs, and sans rock and roll are nearly impossible to believe but if you were alive during that time and perhaps even in such a line of work no doubt you have tales to be told as well. It's odd thinking of this as a Scorsese film because of it's steep comedic material but he did a great job with this. Leo I feel really has only gotten better and more entertaining roles as time went on, and I'm very happy he really shed that romance stuff off and did tons more than just that. But I feel Jonah Hill was the star for me, and I can't even explain why he was just wonderfully cast and attributed good comedy. Friggin' Matthew McConaughey, I feel he was almost criminally underused but really I can never complain when he is in a movie, even if it is garbage. Of course I can't forget the presence of beauty that is Margot Robbie, hey girl, always happy to see her and not just because of the more obvious reason you filthy animal. But the film doesn't shy away from more intense stuff, I mean proper uncomfortable upsetting shit. I mean any time I see parents fight over kids, that's hard to watch. There's so much absurd and downright extraordinary stuff that happens yet it never loses that edge in reality and the downer of it all. It's a very good film, maybe not so much on a technical or storytelling aspect but through sheer entertainment, and I can respect that. I give it 4 stars, 8/10! This and next week will be short of reviews but we'll get back to normal I promise.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Alright, that was Spinal Tap.
I get the fanbase, I get the love, consider me a fan. I knew for a long time I was going to sit down and watch this and it really didn't disappoint, I mean I've heard quote after quote from this movie and if I have learned anything is that, good comedic writing is easily quotable. I've heard many people unsure of whether or not this was a real band or a real documemtary about the formation and history of a rock band, and it no doubt has a foot firmly in real stuff that has happened but it's too funny to be real. Art imitates life that's facts, but I have to say regarding the fact a lot of this movie was ad-libbed and such striking and memorable mishaps occur, and not even to mention the fact I knew it was a mockumentary waaay beforehand makes it obvious to me. But think back in 1982 when this hit, you'd really have no clue if they were on the level or not. And I like the fact the movie takes it's time before getting funny, it starts out like many a footage of backstage and band interviews to gauge you for the stuff coming ahead which lends to the reality of it all. I have to give an immeasurable amount of credits to our leads, not only did Michael, Chris, and Harry contribute so much to the script (or lack thereof), but that's really them thrumming out riffs and singing away. You just wouldn't see that level of skill, and I throw zero shade at modern fictional or non music stories whether it be Bohemian Rhapsody or A Star Is Born, but Spinal Tap man. What a different metaphysical beast this is. This week went the perfect way, each subsequent movie improving on the laughs, and I know there's a 1001 other music movies out there, God knows how many during that surge after Walk The Line came out, but I searched for more traditional rock and metal stuff and couldn't find a lot. These were just some of the most prevalent I've heard of. But I'm thoroughly happy with what I saw and can accept I probably won't get a major motion picture biopic about say Tony Iommi or Ronnie James Dio or even Dave Mustaine, some things are just better in books than on screen. Regardless, damn good movie. 4 stars, 8/10, I should probably go to 11 but IMDB beat me to the punch already.