A Weekend for Movies

Well, it’s that time of the year when I start financing the movie industry and indulge in all of the great movies released at this time of the year. My list seems to be a mile long again this year, and I tried to knock out a few over the Thanksgiving weekend. I did something I’ve never done. Jeremy and I went to the Grove here in Hollywood and had a movie marathon. I watched two movies back to back, interrupted by a cup of coffee and a visit to Abercrombie to see people who are blessed with genetics different than mine. I can’t wear one thing in the whole store, and it’s a darn shame. I wanted that shirt that said, “I am the after party” but inside the shirt was a label that said “muscle” and I knew better than to even try it on lest I become discouraged that I am not an Abercrombie model.

The first movie I saw was The Queen. I had no expectations for the movie and only went to see it because of all of the great reviews, and I always try to see the “Oscar” movies each year. The movie was delightful, and I was suprisingly impressed. The movie is about the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the days surrounding the death of Princess Diana. The acting is superb, and the cinematography is stunning. While the movie profiles the conflict between a Queen dedicated to tradition and formality, and a baby boomer Prime Minster dedicated to transparency and informality. But the story line is not the real story in this movie. The movie is really about the way in which the vestiges of a modernist and more traditional generation interacts with a more postmodern generation where authenticity, disclosure and transparency is valued more highly than tradition and privacy. I’ts the difference between Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, who disclosed what type of underwear he wears on national television. It’s the difference between professors in my division who don’t disclose their politicial biases in the classroom, and myself who openly discusses my biases in the classroom. It’s a modernist to postmodernist generational shift, and this movie depicts it in a story that is unsuspecting but ultimately interesting and hopeful.

I also saw Borat and The Fountain. Borat was just plain fun, and 90 % of the movie was some of the best Un-PC humor that I’ve seen in any movie. The movie pokes fun at almost every possible ethnic and social group possible, but I’ll have to admit that I thought it was funny. But the worst part of the film was the hotel wrestling scene which makes this movie something I can’t recommend. It was outrageous and disgusting, and well beyond any good sense of humor with no purpose beyond pure shock value.

The Fountain was horrific. It’s the first movie I’ve wanted to leave in years. The movie stars Hugh Jackman as a medical research scientist looking for eternal life. That plot line interested me, and I decided to give the movie a chance. The only problem was that the movie seemed to last for an eternity. I’m sure some will see the film as creative and artistic, but I found the plot and character development to be dreadful. I cared nothing for these characters, and I was only hoping that they would die so I could go home. Yes, the Tree of Life was beautiful and the depiction was artistic. But that’s the only thing that is impressive in this film. Just go read Revelation 21 and 22 and skip this movie. At least I understand the ending in Revelation.

Next on my list: Casino Royale, For Your Consideration, The History Boys, Dreamgirls, Bobby.

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