Weren't the 1920s in black and white?
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Weren't the 1920s in black and white?
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
This is simply called Eat My Rotten Tomatoes, a feature where I will watch one of my favorite movies of all time, and then look up the critics responses on Rotten Tomatoes. Basically, what this will boil down to is me yelling at imbecilic critics for giving my favorite movies a bad review. HOW DARE YOU DEVALUE THE WORTH OF MY LIFE!!! Plus, this gives me a forum to respond much longer and openly to critics on RottenTomatoes in a passive-aggressive Internet way that seems fun to maybe only me. "Who cares?" you may ask. Well, I do, so here we are.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Starring: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
If you have never seen this movie, and like to laugh, you should watch it. It's good. THE BEST SNL inspired movie. EVER. PERIOD. We can get into A Night at the Roxbury and Wayne's World (and probably Stuart Saves His Family if I ever watch it) one day, but not now. It has everything. Violence, humor, music... OH THE MUSIC!!! If you hate everything about this movie, but like music, you will like this movie. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, the list goes on and on. And that doesn't even include the Blues Brothers Band, which is solid in their own right. And this is before the obvious celebrities were just there for a cameo and to collect a paycheck. They actually play roles that move the story along (I know it's weird to say "celebrities" when referring to a major motion picture, but, for real, when put them up against the main characters of the film at that time, you can say "celebrities" and feel comfortable doing so). It's wacky, yes, but that is the charm of the movie. It's not supposed to necessarily be believable. The Blues Brothers are on a "mission from God," and they go on a delightful quest to fulfill the mission objective. It's a story of wish fulfillment, goal attaining, and human friendships/relationships all right there for everyone to enjoy. It's not like films like Project X or Horrible Bosses in that something actually happens, there is a storyline, a point, and you don't find yourself saying "that's retarded" at something wild and outlandish. IT. IS. AWESOME!
Alas, some pretentious critic-types think they are/were too good for the movie. Here is their lame ass story. (FYI: I only respond to the snippets, because, seriously, you and I have better things to do than read their full dumb comments).
Sunday, February 26, 2012
|Buzz Williams two-stepping to "Country Roads" by John Denver after his Marquette Golden Eagles defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown.|
That's awesome. And ballsy, because West Virginians are crazy people. Not all of them, mind you, just the college students.
The best part about this video (well, moreso the extended video on Deadspin--link below), other than the dance, because wow, is the student section reaction. Oh man, were they upset. Especially one guy, who I have chronicled throughout "Buzz Dance-gate."
Saturday, January 7, 2012
So, I meant to do this about a month ago. My bad.
|No, no, no. Haven't you ever seen a movie poster? You're supposed to be standing in random places, looking away like you don't care.|
Today's Character: Jay Gatsby (James Gatz)
Luhrmann's Gatsby: Leonardo DiCaprio
Not a bad choice. DiCaprio can play a playboy and has done it in the past. But he has come a long way from the days of Titanic where he is just sooo dreamy and doesn’t have to rely on actual acting. This is good because, like the book, he will not stand out as soon as he walks on screen. I mean, he will, because he is Leonardo DiCaprio, but it is easier to believe that Daisy would have let him go in kayfabe.
Pros: Grown as an actor, does not command screen as in earlier work, own unique style brought to the role, American actor, can play a rich guy in real life and in movies
Cons: Did “The Aviator” and “Catch Me If You Can” and those movies were annoying, “The Beach” also sucked but was a long time ago
The weird and peculiar qualities of the prior two film Gatsbi are their most endearing traits. Redford could play a creepy stalker Gatsby without being all rapey because he is Robert freakin’ Redford. It’s hard to see him as a “creeper” when you are also thinking “day-umm, he look fine” at the same time. But, it did not detract much from the fact that he was madly in love with Daisy, etc., etc. Stephens was just kind of all around awkward, but that was his thing and it worked. It worked because I believe that Mira Sorvino would say no to him. Of course, when she realizes he GOT DEM DUCKETS the audience is supposed to forget that he cutt out newspaper clippings of her like a serial killer. This also shows us the shallowness and emptiness of the upper class yada yada yada. Maybe that is why Redford’s Gatsby works too well; he’s the proverbial total package, and Fitzgerald does not necessarily portray Gatsby that way. But it works, and allow me to explain why with Gatsby’s Law:
dude + ample $$$ = woman (or lasting relationship)
But, if dude=x, ample $$$=a, and woman (or lasting relationship)=w, what if we add a variable y=weird, awkward, then:
Weird, awkward dude + ample $$$ = woman
If that is true, let’s add a variable z=semi-attractive, then:
Weird, awkward + semi-attractive (dude) + ample $$$ = woman
Wait, what if you take away variable a=ample $$$, thus:
Weird, awkward + semi-attractive (dude) + no $$$ = no woman
Why is this true? Well, let’s look at Gatsby in his early twenties. He had Daisy, then lost her because he did not have variable a (ample $$$). So, no matter if the equation xyz was changed or manipulated in some way (for example, a new variable v=HOTT!!!, or variables yz are eliminated) Gatsby’s Law still would be true because what matters is that a=w. Therefore, ample $$$ and woman (and vice versa, -a=-w) are potentially inclusive. By adding a variable x (or xy, xyz, etc), the statement becomes a law. Thus:
HOTT!!! dude + no money = no woman ß Not false according to Gatsby’s Law, but v has been added for z and does not fit the qualities of Gatsby. A=W, and is true, thus this is why Robert Redford’s Gatsby works.
Repulsive dude (variable t) + ample $$$= woman ß Also true in Gatsby’s Law because of the same reason, but not in it’s perfect form.
HOTT!!! dude + no money = woman ß False, because a does not equal w no matter what you add to a.
But, to make Gatsby’s Law perfect (aka Fitzgerald’s Law of Gatsby) is to put it in the same equation above: x+y(z)+a=w, where xyz=weird, semi-attractive dude. This is because, well, that is how Gatsby is portrayed in the novel. Thus, Toby Stephens’s xyz is perfect for Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, while Redford’s vz version still works.
And, yes, all women are untrustworthy gold diggers in this equation. Deal with it.
Pretty simple, and believable in the novel and in life. No money equals no Daisy, but ample money equals a caring, lovable, laughable Daisy. Gatsby doesn’t have to be played by a strong, charismatic, or attractive actor because Gatsby is the everyman, albeit an decently attractive and affable everyman. He comes from nothing to become nothing more than a bootlegger. Of course, we don’t know that exactly, but he’s an elusive character we just don’t know a whole lot about by the time he is killed. He’s your next-door neighbor, if your neighbor lived in a mansion. He wants the good life with someone he loves, an American Dream, and he fails due to things slipping out of his sweaty, Cheeto-stained everyman grip. He’s grandiose, extravagant, excessive, but easy to identify with. He’s a man with a plan, who trusts the wrong people. His plans go unfulfilled and crappy people go on living their lives, and the end of the novel leaves you with a feeling of emptiness. Oh, and spoiler alert.
DiCaprio can’t go wrong, as long as Daisy’s character is executed well. The two need to be able to work off of each other. Farrow-Redford creates an atmosphere of odd, lost, confusing love between two people that don’t understand how the past few years led them to where they are, nor do they really know what the future holds. And each actor makes that explicitly clear.
But, Daisy is a bad person, and Gatsby is just an innocent, addled male. An innocent male who is eye candy for female moviegoers.
For those scoring at home:
Law of Life: a=w
Gatsby’s Law: z+a=w
Fitzgerald’s Law of Gatsby Relationships: x+y(z)+a=w
*I apologize for the math