Double Feature Duel (Rd2): Midnight in Paris vs. Horrible Bosses

Double Feature Duel (Rd2):
Midnight in Paris vs. Horrible Bosses
 
Woody Allen’s Best Picture nominated film vs. a movie with Charlie Day. OK. Could be a good match.
Title: I didn’t watch True Lies for a long time because of how stupid the title was. Horrible Bosses is a little better than that. (Point, Midnight 1-0)
Funnier: Two very different kinds of humor. Horrible Bosses has that in-your-face low burlesque humor working for it, while Midnight in Paris has that high-brow intellectual non-funny type of humor. (Point, Bosses 1-1)
Better Turn: Horrible Bosses’ trailer was pretty much the turn. So I had already seen it. (Point, Midnight 2-1)
Better Ending: It was no Pineapple Express, but I think given an afternoon, at least 4 people in my wedding party could have come up with better endings. (Point, Midnight 3-1)
Better Message: The grass is always greener on the other side of a time-traveling horse-drawn carriage. (Point, Midnight 4-1)
Better Acting: Not to devalue Marion Cotillard’s cuteness and all the 1920s caricatures, but I loved Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston in their new calling as comedic villains. (Point, Bosses 4-2)
More Creative: A time traveling writer who longs for days of old only to find that others from the days of old long for days of older, and so on and so on. I’ll buy that. (Point, Midnight 5-2)
Poster: Horrible Bosses, Horrible Poster. (Point, Midnight 6-2)
Watch again: I’d certainly watch either over Tree of Life, but I’d like to sweep up the dirt I may have missed in Midnight in Paris. (Point, Midnight 7-2)
Overall: Sorry Charlie. Winner: Midnight in Paris (7-2)

Double Feature Duel (Rd2): It’s a Wonderful Life vs. Tree of Life

Double Feature Duel (Rd2):
It’s a Wonderful Life vs. Tree of Life
This matchup may not be a lot of things, but it will certainly be full of life.
Title: Taking the lowest common denominator, we have “It’s a Wonderful”vs. “Tree of”. Tree of sounds incomplete whereas It’s a Wonderful sounds Italian. (Point, Wonderful 1-0)
Funnier: Staring at a rock for 2 hours is funnier than Tree of Life. (Point, Wonderful 2-0)
Better Turn: I’ll let somebody else go looking for a turn on a Mobius strip. (Point, Wonderful 3-0)
Better Ending: Cheesy, campy, silly, but it worked on me for sure. And nothing about Tree of Life worked for me. I can’t believe it made it this far. (Point, Wonderful 4-0)
Better Message: If the movie did nothing else, it drove home the “way of grace vs. the way of nature” point. Even if it was whispered in my ear like someone trying to get me in bed. (Point, Tree 4-1)
Better Acting: It’s tough to compare acting across decades. It’s like comparing apples to 50-year-old apples. Maybe if I got the point of the movie, I’d appreciate what it was that Tree of Life was trying to do. (Point, Wonderful 5-1)
More Creative: Some people think Jackson Pollack is creative. I see a devalued canvas (Point, Wonderful 6-1)
Poster: Sure, we’ll give you a garbage 4th quarter touchdown. (Point, Tree 6-2)
Watch again: If all goes well with my life, I’ll never watch that movie again. (Point, Wonderful 7-2)
Overall: I still can’t believe a 0-bug movie got past the first round. That should give hope to the University of Vermont. Winner: It’s a Wonderful Life (7-2) 

Double Feature Duel (Rd2): Swimming To Cambodia vs. Super 8

Double Feature Duel (Rd2):
Swimming To Cambodia vs. Super 8

What if you took 3 hours worth of random scenes and told them in story form in about 80 minutes vs. what if Lost was condensed from 200 hours down to 2…

Title: Two favorites here, but I’ll go with the one that evokes thoughts of an era. (Point, Super 0-1)
Funnier: Very funny, but only if you’re in the mood for highbrow stuff. (Point, Swimming 1-1)
Better Turn: It’s a little tough to discern a turn in the sojourn Spalding burned. (Point, Super 1-2)
Better Ending: Maybe it wasn’t much for theatrics, but it didn’t ruin the movie. (Point, Swimming 2-2)
Better Message: To those paying attention, a lot was to be learned in that monologue. I think. (Point, Swimming 3-2)
Better Acting: I still don’t think that a word was misplaced in 8 straight minutes of monologue. (Point, Swimming 4-2)
More Creative: Bold, yes. But is sitting in front of a desk talking for 80 minutes creative? (Point, Super 4-3)
Poster: I think Swimming’s poster was done by Spalding Gray in the back of his car on the way to the DVD release. (Point, Super 4-4)
Watch again: There is another Spalding Gray monologue out there that I’d like to watch someday. And because of that, this loses. (Point, Super 4-5)
Overall: The most unique movie (if you believe that those two words can be put together like that) in this bracket almost pulled off the upset. But it didn’t. Go Elle Fanning! Winner: Super 8 (5-4)

Double Feature Duel: The DC Quadrant

Double Feature Duel:
The DC Quadrant

It’s finally time. The last of the 64 movies have been viewed and vetted and voted down to 8. And there’s already a new biggest upset ever with a 0-bug film actually advancing to the Round of 32 (0-bug Tree of Life defeated 5-bug Limitless). This system is definitely broken. And I finally got around to watching some Oscar nominations in this quadrant, but they only brought the QBA (Quadrant Bug Average) down, with the three of them only averaging a 3.83. Go figure. Not really a strong year for the Academy.
Well, let’s get this party underway because I’d rather spend my time writing to my unborn daughter than spending time doing on this hair-brained exercise to help me get inspired to write that I came up with shortly before I got married last May. Jeez.
And in “We’re cancelling the show you’ve already recorded 4 episodes for” fashion, I’m just going to post all these up here right in a row at a time that only the smartest DVRs will be awake to catch.

Review of Back to the Future

Review of Back to the Future

If you know one thing about me, you know that I get the hiccups every time I drive passed a cemetery. If you know two things, you know that I appreciate the Back to the Future series in the same way that the Hamburgler appreciates Hamburgers.
The trilogy came out on DVD back on December 17, 2002. Between Joe, Mike, Kevin and I, there were 15 copies of it given out for Christmas that year. Once the first two were opened, it was tough to disguise the surprise when someone was handed a wrapped box with a very familiar shape and weight. It was the best Christmas ever.
Almost ten years later, I finally opened the box. It seems that I have this hang up watching movies that I own unless they come on TV. Why the hell is that? I own the DVD, but I’ll only watch it when it comes on TV. In poor quality. With commercial breaks. I call it the Forrest Gump phenomenon.
Anyway, I watched the first movie. It was actually research for an assignment for class. So yes, I’m getting yet another useless degree with my time. But I thought it was now a good time to give a formal (as formal as I get) review for one of my 5 favorite movies of all time.
Here’s why I love this movie. It gets you with two stories that blend so seamlessly together that you don’t realize it. Marty McFly is both trying to get back to 1985 and trying to get his parents back together. The movie uses a variation of the Grandfather Paradox which may erase Marty from existence and oh – by the way – destroy the space-time continuum in the process if he doesn’t get his parents back together. If he completes that task, he must then find a way back to the future by harnessing the energy from a bolt of lightning. Failing this will not directly ruin the Universe, but it would still suck really bad because he has a date with a girl. The scheduled lightning strike (cleverly written into the story) gives Marty a deadline to get his parents back together. And it just so happens, the Fish Under the Sea Dance is on the same night as the storm. Perfect for the rising action at the end of the second act. Do these storylines make sense in the world of physics? The movie is about time travel. So no. But they make perfect sense within the world the movie creates. Which is what really matters.
Save for a silly line about the future earth’s gravitational pull and a bad special effect involving a disappearing hand, this movie was perfect. And then some. 10.5 bugs (out of 10)