Friday, January 21, 2011

Good Movies: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a often-fascinating look into the world of street art, a field I am intrigued by, though know little about. The film explores the character of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant, who, through family ties and a love of filming the everything around him, gets swept up in the street art craze, right around its boom in the mid 00's. While I don't love the film as much as others, it is undoubtedly a very good picture, put together by the awesome street artist Banksy. The film's end explores what art means, and peels away at some of the pretension that had built up throughout the movie. Guetta is a very interesting character, Banksy a good director, and street artists intriguing enough to make this a film worth watching.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Favorite Thing of the Day: The LeBrons

LeBrons' face lighting up when he recalls his wise, mentor-ish self is what propels this video to greatness. That, and the fact that Business LeBron is a pimp.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Took Me Long Enough: Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

I cannot believe it took me this long to see this. Neil Patrick Harris is one of my favorite actors, and I love Nathan Fillion. I wish I could say I love Joss Whedon, but all I've seen of his is a couple (excellent) Dollhouse episodes. But if anything inspired me to check out his obvious classics such as Buffy and Firefly it's this. Beautiful, hilarious, emotional with an excellent soundtrack. And damn, NPH has an awesome voice. This duet is a highlight of a short film that's all highlights.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Surprisingly Awesome: Easy A

So Easy A isn't a brilliant movie. It has flaws, sure. A good amount of jokes fall flat, it's not as biting as it could be, riddled with cliches, and annoyingly points out the cliches as they happen as if that makes it ok. However, this was one of my more enjoyable experiences at the cinema this year. The script did have some great zingers and actually made a weird plot kind of work. The tone was breezy but serious enough, but not overly serious, when handling the more delicate issues. The jokes weren't yet another onslaught of dick jokes. The supporting cast was great, especially Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as the parents.
And then there's Emma Stone. I'd seen her before in Superbad and Zombieland and really liked her in both, but here she proves she is more than capable of carrying a film. She also proves it doesn't take a guy to carry a teen sex comedy. She is also, coincidentally, ridiculously attractive. I kind of fell in love with her. This hasn't happened this bad since I fell in love with Linda Cardellini's character Lindsay Weir on Freaks & Geeks. Also, she is really talented. Double threat. Awesome.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"You Are Not Alone" by Mavis Staples

This song was written by Jeff Tweedy and sung by Mavis Staples. It is about as beautiful as music gets. The next time you are down listen to this song. Then listen to it again, and again, and again and again and again. Music doesn't get much more perfect than this.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Social Network: Trailer

First off, I'm looking forward to The Social Network more than just about any movie the rest of this year (besides maybe Somewhere). But I am here to praise not just the potential awesomeness of the movie, but the actual awesomeness of the trailer. I've considered becoming a trailer editor, and this is the reason -- trailers can be art, and this undoubtedly is. The music, the opening shots of Facebook activity, the timing, everything. When Justin Timberlake tells Jesse Eisenberg "this is our time", and Jesse smiles with a hint of evil, I still get chills, and I've seen this trailer at least 20 times.