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I really can't figure movie critics out. They baffle me.

The movie Step Brothers is getting bad reviews. Now, I hate Will Ferrell more than anyone. I'm just tired of his same old routine, movie after movie. But, I couldn't stop laughing during this movie. Yet, if you read reviews, they comment on not liking Will, or that he's doing the same character.

Well, last time I checked, Seth Rogen has played Seth Rogen in every single movie, yet he doesn't get knocked for that (and I think he's funny).

I loved Woody Allen's film "Casandra's Dream". Yet, it didn't get great reviews. But, if you read any of the reviews, they seemed to like it. Their big complaint was that it was too much like Match Point and his other recent films, which deal with a man murdering a lover, or wife, and trying to cover it up. I'm not sure why critics didn't say in the 70s and 80s, that Woody Allen was always doing his little neuratic Jew character. Yet, when he does murders, they don't like seeing the same thing.

A better complaint would be why anyone even supports this guy, when he went and took nude photos of an underage girl, that was the adopted daughter of his girlfriend/wife, Mia Farrow. He's now married to her, with two kids. But still. It's my same problem with Roman Polanski, who should be in jail. But I digress. Back to film.

I saw Brideshead Revisited. It was awful. Yet, it's getting good reviews. I'm not sure why. I think critics feel like they have to like it, because it's an English period piece. That's insane.

Emma Thompson was completely wasted in this role. The rest of the cast was good, in a poorly written film. That was filled with cliches, and just not that interesting.

I remember when Definately, Maybe came out months ago. The critics liked that, too. It was awful. The characters were all cliches (Kevin Kline as the professor who writes books, sleeps with students, drinks too much, etc.) The jokes about Clinton and chordless phones being huge (it was supposed to be in the early 90s).

And even when I'm on the same page with the critics, they say idiotic things.

The documentary out right now called "Man on Wire" is a must see. It's an amazing film. Of course, I might think that because I'm afraid of heights. But even if you aren't, you'll enjoy this.

Yet, when I read a bunch of the reviews, the one thing critics liked, is the one thing I didn't like.

The movie is about a guy that broke into the World Trade Center buildings countless times, to figure out how to string a wire across the two buildings and walk across them. Oh, I should note...he's a professional tightrope walker in France.

He got fake IDs, became friends with some workers in the building. Flew to the states countless times to plan this out. In 1974, a few days before Nixon bailed office, he did it.

My complaint (and, the one critic that agreed with me...our own Duncan Shephard), is why we didn't hear this guy talk about 9/11.

So many critics say it's great that he didn't, because the movie isn't about that. Well, who cares. You don't need to spend 30 minutes on 9/11. You can spend 30 seconds on it. That 30 seconds could be during the closing credits.

Even if we know what he'll say about 9/11...I couldn't help wonder, where was he when he heard the news. Did he all of the sudden get called for a bunch of interview requests.

But critics like to act like they're so intelligent. And, they think to themselves...hmmm, the filmmakers must've had a reason for not having his comments on 9/11 in the movie. So, I'm going to agree with that decision.

Wrong. Completely wrong.

You can think of the pros and cons, and when you do that, the only conclusion to come to is, the movie dropped the ball on that.

Because, there were elements of the movie that weren't covered I wished were. Like how they made enough money to continue to fly back and forth from France. Did this guy have any kids? They show a photo of his wife with a young child at one point, but we don't hear about that.

I could see how if you go down those paths, it makes the movie three hours long, and takes away from the great story at hand.

But you can't leave out 9/11, in a documentary that is about a guy who walked across those two buildings in 1974, and made the news worldwide when he did it.

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I'll probably see "Man on Wire" on Monday (if I don't see "Bottle Shock" instead). Here's an interview that addresses the question of why any discussion of 9/11 was not included:

http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_15128.html

Which is about what I expected. Appears to be a very uplifting, positive, artistic sort of film. As the filmmakers state, 9/11 would be just the 'opposite' of the tone of the film, and what it represents. As far as I can tell, it's about a specific event from another era entirely. And I'm sure a lot of people will see the symbolism of "rising above" the horrible events of 9/11.

Does anybody really need that sickening day shoved in our faces one more time? I don't. Only serves to evoke a very negative emotional response that's just not constructive at this point, in any way.

They didn't "drop the ball." It was a very conscious decision.

And I usually agree with the critics, too -- the ones who really LIKE movies in general, and can appreciate seeing even ONE element in a film done extremely well. The type of critic I want to hear from is the polar opposite of the more common pissy, snarky type whose bumper sticker should read something like, "I hate everything (and am therefore cooler than you)." Thousands of these unoriginal, uninspired, sarcastic hacks with the same personality, same reviewing style, same attitude, indistinguishable from each other. Booooooooring.

Sorry, but if I see one more black horn-rim bespectacled clone of that ilk, I'm gonna puke my popcorn. Really. I mean, why the hell should we waste our time watching them? Or reading them? It's a foregone conclusion they're not going to like what they've seen this week, AND they're going to do their level best to suck all the joy out of it for you and me, as well.

On a more positive note, I always remember the example of Ebert giving thumbs up to Greystoke (a totally silly movie) years ago, just based on the cinematography alone. He was right. It was gorgeous to look at, and worth seeing on a large screen, just to be absorbed in the lush imagery.

I'm still mad at him for making me pay to see Jay & Silent Bob, though.

Aug. 15, 2008

I knew it was a conscious decision. I still think they dropped the ball. As Roger Ebert says in his review (although he is also glad they didn't mention 9/11)...he thought the scene that showed workers building the towers, was from 9/11.

Not a single person watches this movie, without wondering about it. So, to address it...to me, during the closing credits, would've been perfect. A nice fit. He could've even said, what he said in that link you just posted (thank you for that, by the way). He could've said he married the towers. They were alive. He used to call them "his towers" but now they are "ours"...or "everyones" or whatever he said.

They also mention, in every interview I read, that Nixon resigned the next day. One interview even says that Nixon was saying "I wish I had the press that Frenchman got."

They show Nixon on the TV talking early on, about how he records and destroys all his things. So...why not show Nixon resigning, either?

They dropped a few balls on this one...but it was an excellent film.

Aug. 16, 2008

I've long lived by the rule that "if the critics hate it, I'm more than likely gonna love it." Hasn't failed me yet; at least not that I can remember.

Aug. 15, 2008

PS: Will Farrell sux worse than any 3 actors put together.

Aug. 15, 2008

Well, the weird thing is...he was great on Saturday Night Live. I'm just not sure why he doesn't pick his comedies better. I mean, Jim Carrey could've easily fallen into a similar trap. He played that idiotic Ace Ventura. But then he showed he had some acting chops (playing andy kaufman, among other interesting characters). And he still does crazy comedies, where he can make weird faces and arm movements, but not enough to where you are sick of seeing him.

I have friends that say the same thing about critics, but I find, most often I agree with them. If a movie is getting 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, that means most critics liked it, and it will probably be good.

If it's getting 11%, it will probably suck. Although, I hate to admit that I saw this Cedric the Entertainer movie called The Cleaner, or something like that. It was getting 8% good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. And, I actually laughed enough in it to say I liked it. Although, that rarely happens with a rating that low.

Aug. 15, 2008

Bottle Shock is getting bad reviews. Stay away from it. Yeah, it looked good. And great cast. But, I'd avoid it.

So...after seeing Man on Wire, do you agree, that 9/11 should've been mentioned?

Not during the story, obviously. That had a nice flow going. But...in the closing credits, to hear him talk about 9/11.

Even Richard Nixon resigning. It happened THE VERY NEXT DAY....why not show that on a TV, the way they showed Nixon early on in the movie, on a TV, talking about how he records and destroys everything.

Aug. 19, 2008

I finally saw Man on Wire today. I thought it was fantastic. Unfortunately, when most people hear "documentary," their eyes glaze over. But this film is actually a very entertaining "caper" movie more like "Ocean's Eleven."

And it just happens to be true.

I was already thinking that when Phillipe's former girlfriend brought up the fact that he began to look at it like a bank robbery, and how much that delighted him, being a bit of an anti-authoritarian "bad boy." In fact was watching loads of TV shows and movies about bank robberies before the attempt.

I'm not sure what the trailers for this film looked like, but I think it should have been promoted this way -- a caper. It probably would have had a much bigger mass appeal.

It 'really' surprised me that there was so much original footage from 1974 in this film. What great foresight on their parts, and what a fantastic piece of history they preserved. The event was 'very' well chronicled -- a film 34 years in the making, and just begging to be made.

The scene with the guard at the desk struck me as really squirrelly and unbelievable, though. I don't think it could have gone down as depicted in the film. Very strange.

That's my only gripe, though. You're right. A must-see. And a probable Oscar nominee for Best Documentary.

Next: "Bottle Shock."

Aug. 18, 2008

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