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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Steve Evil » Sat May 14, 2011 6:10 am

David Silver wrote: From the same fellow who directed "Calendar Girls" in 2003, which was wonderful.


Funny, I just saw the stage production at the local theatre. Wonderful indeed; I'm not ashamed to say I shed a few tears.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby David Silver » Sun May 15, 2011 4:53 pm

Okay, so yesterday morning the wife and I trekked downtown (San Francisco) to see "Thor" at the old, cold, ugly, soon-to-be-another-Target Metreon multiplex. The ticket counter was empty. Weird. Nobody there, nobody in line, only the lone ticket seller, weaving back and forth on his stool at his cash drawer, acting like he was late for his elevenses coke snort. No noise to muffle my request, no distractions, just as calm as can be. I walked up and clearly said, "G'morning, we'd like two tickets for the 2D "Thor" playing at 11:05, thank you." My wife at my side nodded in agreement. The ticket seller weaved a few times, his eyes trying to figure out where to focus, and he mumbled, "Thor?" We both nodded again, and I said, "Yes, at 11:05." He puzzled over this for a moment, then did whatever voodoo they do on the register, two tickets popped out of a slot, he took my $12, handed over the tickets, and gibbered, "Ha..fu..thrup..poo..." Well, it sounded like that.

I quickly squinted at the tickets and saw we were headed for theater 14. So up the escalator we went, to the ticket taker at the door to the hallway into the myriad of theaters. He ripped the tickets in half and said, "Theater 14, down at the end, on the left." We took the seemingly endless walk to the very end of the hall, where we found 14 and a couple of comfy aisle seats in the mostly empty theater.

Time passed, we chatted through the annoying commercials screaming at us for attention, when the lights went down and previews began. Ugh, a train of stupid upcoming sex farces pretending to be comedies. What the hell is this? Where are the summer blockbusters? Why would they preview this schlock before a showing of "Thor"? Then the movie began, no credits, no title, just a fade-in to a scene outside an apartment at night, and the obvious sounds of a couple doing the nasty in there, much grunting, sprinkled with what I can only assume was meant to be witty bits of frenzied conversation relating to their efforts. Then the camera view switched into the room for a close-up of a gal on top of a guy, going at it like crazy, punctuated with more silly lines, and I heard my wife whisper, "What the fuck..." Now I'm scrambling to get the tickets out of my pocket and read them in the light of the screen, squinting hard, and only THEN did the problem reveal itself. Far too loudly, I said, "This ain''t fuckin' Thor!" To which some clever fellow a few rows ahead of me alertly replied, "No, she's definitely fucking somebody else!"

Good Lord, what laughter in the theater, and I hazard to guess more laughter than those poor movie goers were going to experience through the rest of that movie. Anyway, my wife says, "Ah, shit..." and we scrambled for the door as fast as possible...

Back in the hallway, I showed my wife the tickets, and she saw that they were for "Bridesmaids", not "Thor"! So we ran down the hall, my wife spouting profanities about the "stupid meth addict" at the ticket counter, and we eventually found "Thor" playing in theater 5. Into the darkness we stumbled, where we remarkably felt our way to a pair of aisle seats right about where we usually prefer to be, just as the previews were finishing. Darn. But the movie began, we saw the familiar fanning of old Marvel comics pages on the screen, and we settled in for a good time.

Enjoyed it.

It wasn't exactly the Thor I grew up with in the 1960's and 1970's, the purists among you will no doubt pick nits endlessly, but the writer and director clearly understood what they were dealing with, and it was that rare comic book adaptation that maintained a nostalgic sense of comic book innocence without either slipping into pointless self-parody or taking itself too seriously. It was fun, and for those who enjoy a good action packed popcorn movie, I recommend it.

Just make sure, when you get your tickets, that it ain't fuckin' "Bridesmaids"!
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Mon May 16, 2011 2:05 pm

Frost/Nixon. I saw it in the theater and I thought I'd watch it again. Langella gives a masterful performance as Nixon. I don't take the movie as a historical document, but it did show what a manipulative bastard Nixon was.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby markabaddon » Mon May 16, 2011 8:37 pm

David,

Frogot to say this in the Pav, but a great story. Thanks so much for the laugh

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Tue May 17, 2011 6:35 pm

Nixon: You should marry that woman.

Frost: She is lovely, isn't she?

Nixon: Yes, but more important...she comes from Monaco. They don't pay any taxes!
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Tue May 17, 2011 7:20 pm

Chuck Messer wrote:Frost/Nixon. I saw it in the theater and I thought I'd watch it again. Langella gives a masterful performance as Nixon. I don't take the movie as a historical document, but it did show what a manipulative bastard Nixon was.

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Chuck, who were the actors in the theater? I saw Stacy Keach here in DC and I thought the play had a bit more snap and crackle than the movie.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FinderDoug » Tue May 17, 2011 9:33 pm

Currently working through the Canadian series "Slings and Arrows", a short (3 season/18 episode) comedy/drama centered around the season of a fictional Shakespearean festival. The central trio (played by Paul Gross, more familiar in the US for his work on Due South, Stephen Ouimette and Martha Burns) is a lot of fun to watch, considering one of their characters is a brilliant actor who once went mad in the middle of his "Hamlet" and another is dead for most of the series' run. In a way, it dovetails nicely with our upcoming trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby David Silver » Tue May 17, 2011 10:23 pm

"Slings and Arrows" is nothing less than magic! My wife heard about it a couple years ago, and she got the first season DVD. Friggin' amazing! We watched the six episodes across three consecutive nights. Then immediately ordered the second and third seasons. It just got better and better. Never seen anything quite like it. Highly recommended...
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Wed May 18, 2011 1:27 am

Chuck, who were the actors in the theater? I saw Stacy Keach here in DC and I thought the play had a bit more snap and crackle than the movie.


Oops, sorry. I meant the movie theater. I'd love to see a production of the play. Someday, perhaps.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch the rest of From Russia With Love while I log in the paperwork. One of my favorite Bond films.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Wed May 18, 2011 9:00 am

Notice how the best Bond songs are on the worst Bond movies?

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Wed May 18, 2011 5:30 pm

You said 2D? haha. Silver, funny stuff.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby David Silver » Wed May 18, 2011 6:51 pm

Hey Frank, yep, 2D. I wasn't spending more money for the "experience" of 3D without good reason. All the critics were saying it was pretty pointless in "Thor". You know the very best 3D I've seen the past year? It was "How to Train Your Dragon". Superb 3D! Plus it was a darn good film, and I'm hoping it gets the Hugo...

"Time After Time", haven't seen that in years, not since it was originally in the theaters, I think I was in college, but I remember it well. A ripping good yarn punctuated with subtle humor and a good dose of social commentary. Love that line where HG Wells refers to McDonalds as "that Scottish place where I had breakfast". Worth revisiting. I'm going to see if it's available on Apple TV...
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Wed May 18, 2011 8:20 pm

Notice how the best Bond songs are on the worst Bond movies?


Oh, I dunno. Casino Royale (the Daniel Craig version) had a kick-ass title song, You Know My Name. It was one of the best Bond films ever. I like the hard-boiled approach of that film.

Goldfinger, both theme and movie, were good.

Your mileage, of course, may vary.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Moderator » Wed May 18, 2011 8:56 pm

David Silver wrote:Hey Frank, yep, 2D. I wasn't spending more money for the "experience" of 3D without good reason. All the critics were saying it was pretty pointless in "Thor". You know the very best 3D I've seen the past year? It was "How to Train Your Dragon". Superb 3D! Plus it was a darn good film, and I'm hoping it gets the Hugo...


"How to Train Your Dragon" was one of the most pleasant surprises I've had in years. Simply stunning film, and wonderfully well told.

Had not much of an idea about it and went to see it as a lark, almost. Walked in expecting "Meet the Robinsons" and got another "Wall-e".

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Thu May 19, 2011 7:49 am

I'm boycotting Disney but I might catch Wall-E.


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