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After Tony Almeida allegedly died in season five, my friend Andrea and I refused to believe that Tony was really dead. He did not receive a silent clock. Jack was whisked away to China before he ever returned to CTU. Tony had almost died every season prior so why should we believe that he was finally dead.
I made Andrea a t-shirt after season five with Carlos Bernard’s 24 cast photo with one line: “Almeida Lives”
I debated whether I was going to blog about this season but after the events of the two night season premiere, how could I not? The greatest tag team television has ever known has reunited. Even better, they’ve gone rogue like a peanut.
First off, Josh Brolin was great as Dubya. He was able to humanize him but show how his flaws led to some tragic decisions. I really hope he gets some award love this season.
It wasn’t much of a movie as a series of sketches of some famous scenes during Bush’s presidency. Some were compelling (like the discussion to go to war with Iraq) and some were just well cast Saturday Night Live sketches.
It was also kind of distracting that the actors had different levels of commitments to their roles. Brolin, Richard Dreyfuss (Cheney), Banks (Laura Bush) and Toby Jones (Karl Rove) deeply embraced their characters while James Cromwell (Bush Sr.) and Jeffery Wright (Colin Powell) just played themselves. Speaking of SNL, Thandie Newton as Condi was just a caricature. You couldn’t take her seriously and I don’t think we were supposed to.
This would have been a great movie to make three years from now.
It was cute. Really, that’s the only way to describe it.
I haven’t gotten tired of Michael Cera’s one mode of acting but it is probably smart that he does as many roles as possible until people do START getting tired of it (hopefully before Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).
Kat Dennings took awhile to start to enjoy.
This movie will mean more to you is you a) live in New York and/or b) have been to a some of the indie rock venues around the city. I’ve done both so I’ve enjoyed it more than most.
I kinda get tired of high schoolers getting into places like the Mercury Lounge at 1 AM in the morning and not getting carded but after watching Gossip Girl for a season and a quarter, I’ve come to accept it.
What a weird, weird movie.
I’m not even quite sure what I watched there. It looked like everyone on the screen was having a good time (especially Brad Pitt who got the break out the Cool World hairdo again and John Malkovich who has never said “fuck” more in his entire life)
It was funny to watch but not necessarily funny ha ha.
The best part of the movie came out of nowhere so I won’t spoil it but it involves a dumb smile by Brad Pitt.
Mindless, testosterone-y fun.
Emphasis on “mindless.”
Sadly, 80% of the best scenes were in the trailer, just less graphic.
On another note, I expect to see Jason Stratham and Tyreese in movies like this, but JOAN ALLEN?!? C’mon, Joan. I understand the need to have some fun but Joan…Joan, no.
I’ve been slacking. This isn’t a reflection on how I felt about the movies but I just didn’t have it in me to write comments about a movie. Anywho…
I was kinda disappointed. I enjoyed it and laughed alot but it was clearly a movie written through a series of puff-puff-pass sections as there were parts where the plot just disappeared. Plus, any movie that can’t find anything funny for Gary Cole to do has committed a crime against comedy gods.
That said, Danny McBride is quickly becoming the guy who steals every scene he’s in.
The best thing for me was seeing James Franco get a comedic role. just because he’s a pretty boy who looks like James Dean doesn’t mean he should be doing dramas. Anyone who watched Freaks & Geeks knows how funny he could be in a laidback way.
Now this movie was hilarious. There were definitely parts where it dragged but when it was funny, it was asthmatically hysterical.
If Heath Ledger doesn’t get Best Supporting Actor for The Joker, I hope Robert Downey Jr. does (although I’d like to think Hollywood would flinch at nominating a guy in blackface no matter how inoffensive I found it). Better yet, Tom Cruise should get the nomination
Not as good as Anchorman or Talladega Nights but better than the other Will Ferrel/non-Adam McKay comedies that strived for the same aesthetic (Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, etc.)
It slows down towards the end but the last 15 minutes is insane.
I guess I’ll finally get to this. I’ll try not to spend too much time on this because there’s already been a shitload of things written about it.
Is it the best comic book movie ever? Yes, sorta. I’d say it’s the best one for adults. There is something aesthetically pleasing to the kid in me about movies like Superman II, Spider-Man 2 and X2: X-Men United in that they exist in complete fantasy worlds and appeal to kid and teens. The Dark Knight was made with the conceit that “Let’s pretend that Bruce Wayne actually existed and that there was a terrorist that wore makeup.” This was like Heat with a cape. The Dark Knight is a comic book movie in the way that Road to Perdition and A History of Violence were comic book movies.
What I Loved:
- Heath Ledger as The Joker. Believe the hype. As a guy who can say he’s seen 80% of the movies Heath Ledger has been in, even I didn’t think he had this in him. To get a full range of what we lost with Ledger’s death, compare Ennis De Mar from Brokeback Mountain to The Joker.
- Gary Oldman as James Gordon. Talk about range. It’s already been established what a great actor Gary Oldman is but it’s rare to see him do such restrained work. It’s a shame that his performance is getting lost behind all the (well-deserved) praise Ledger’s Joker is getting
- Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. Eckhart is one of my favorite actors and he sold the transition of the “White Knight” to Two-Face. Especially the scenes in the hospital with Gordon and Joker
- The characterization of the Joker and Two-Face. The Joker is a pull from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke where The Joker is convinced that all it would take is one bad day to make someone lose it like him (and Batman) Harvey Dent is pulled from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s The Long Halloween where the only killings Two-Face does are to the people he feels are responsible for his situation. Also that’s where the idea of Harvey Dent, Gordon and Batman working together on cases came from. Since these are two of my all-time favorite Batman stories, I was quite pleased.
- Maggie Gyllenthal did what she could with what little she was given but she made me care about her fate. I doubt Katie Holmes could have pulled off her last scene over the phone with Harvey.
- Batman as a detective. I’m glad they didn’t just have Batman figuring stuff out by looking at like he’s Monk.
- The IMAX shots. Holy shit. When you see the picture fill up the entire IMAX screen for the first time, you will be taken aback.
- I’m glad Two-Face wasn’t the main villain. The way this universe that Nolan has created works, it’s not like Harvey Dent was going to start gathering henchmen and start to rob banks.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Bale’s Batman voice. It works when he’s only saying one or two lines but when he’s having full conversations with The Joker, Gordon or Harvey, he starts to sound ridiculous. I know everyone can’t be Kevin Conroy but if there is one thing Michael Keaton had over fellow Batmen is his voice didn’t sound silly.
- Speeches. There were too many speeches driving home the themes of the movie
What Made Me Think:
And the summer of good comic book movies continues.
This must have been a cross between director Guillermo Del Toro clearing his mental sketch pad from Pan’s Labyrinth and warming up for The Hobbit. The imagination in Hellboy II makes the first movie look like a straight to video affair. The collection of creatures throughout the whole movie – especially the scene in the Troll Market – was probably the greatest collection of random creatures since the Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.
Ron Perlman is more comfortable as Hellboy this time and Selma Blair as Liz Sherman didn’t bother me so much this time (I still think she can’t act). The evolution of their relationship with each other and the outside world really carries this movie. Seth McFarlane as the voice of Johann Kraus almost stole the movie though.
Upon first viewing, it is up with my top two Pixar flicks, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Who knows what happens when I own this gem.
WALL*E has replaced Dory from Finding Nemo as my favorite animated character ever created. The fact that WALL*E and EVE displayed more personality through expressions and limited vocabulary than most characters in live-action movies is amazing and kinda depressing.
I could probably go on all day about how great this movie is. I just want to know who are the souless human beings who gave this movie a bad review to only give it 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.