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Last night [livejournal.com profile] quietchris and I went out to see Trust The Man (IMdb, Trailer, Wikipedia). It stars David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal. (four good reasons to go to see it anyway)

I really enjoyed it. It was a romantic comedy that didn’t screw up the ending.
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Eddie Izzard stars in this fantastic movie with a bunch of other lesser-known people like Uma... Umm.a... something. Anyway, it was a cute flick. Not going to win any awards, and not going to make a lot of money since it is NOT kid-safe. However, Eddie fans rejoice... the URL that his charactor mentions is real! ”Oh, and you can email me at professorbedlam.com. All one word!”
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Friday:
Strangers With Candy: Particularly funny if you’ve seen the TV show. However, if you haven’t but like the Cobert Report, its in that style. You’ll love it. Now in theaters.

Awakenings: Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro in this film from 1990 about a doctor that finds a cure for a rare disease that puts people into a catatonic state. Based on a true story. I should check Wikipedia, etc. to see what modern science says about what happened.

Dumb and Dumber: Watched it on DVD tonight with [livejournal.com profile] quietchris. Funnier than I would have expected. I want to look up more films by these guys.
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Saturday night [livejournal.com profile] quietchris and I went to see The Devil Wears Prada (IMDB, Wikipedia). I have to say it was THE BEST MOVIE EVER.

The line for popcorn went pretty quickly. The woman at the ice cream counter wasn’t “confused” by such a big order (2 items... usually well past her limit but not this time).

Things were looking good. But they only got better.

We found perfect seats. Right at eye-level to the screen and directly in the middle. The problem, however, was that the row in front of us was a mother flanked by an 8 year old and a 6 year old. I whispered to [livejournal.com profile] quietchris that these kids were way too young to understand this film and were going to be talking, squirming, and being a total distraction.

But then 5 minutes into the movie, the mom realized this wasn’t a movie that kids would enjoy AND LEFT.

THEY LEFT! WITHOUT BEING SHOUTED AT! THEY LEFT ON THEIR OWN BEFORE THERE WAS EVEN A PROBLEM!

Then I realized nobody was talking on the phone, text messaging people, or yelling at the film.

About half way through the film a baby started crying and within seconds the mother quieted the baby and it was quiet for the rest of the movie! Awesome!

Man! This was the best movie I’d seen in years! I might even go see it again.

In conclusion, I highly recommend The Devil Wears Prada. Excellent movie!
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Last night [livejournal.com profile] quietchris, a co-worker Paul, and myself saw A Scanner Darkly (IMDB, Watch the trailer, WebSite, Wikipedia) at a preview (it doesn’t open until Friday).

I never read the original P. K. Dick book, but the movie was excellent. It was filmed with live actors and then computer rotoscoped into an animation. Watch the trailer to see what I mean.

A good time was had by all.
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I can't believe the slowness of the people at the food counter. This is completely unacceptable.

...wait... let me start this review over.

Superman Returns was a disappointment. The audio was completely screwed up for the first fifteen minutes. It sounded like the left audio channel was occasionally going at the wrong speed while the right channel was fine. Then once that was fixed there were new problems with the audio. In particular, whoever mixed the audio seemed to have two babies in the mixing booth while he was working on the film and their crying bleed onto the soundtrack. And his cell phone kept going off. Oh wait, that may have just been the audience in MY theater.

...let me start this review over...

Superman Returns is Pixar's best production yet. You could hardly tell that the entire film was computer generated. In a daring risk, the director decided to make an entire film about the lead-up to Superman returning. I guess he'll return in the sequel. Meanwhile the film was about talking cars who...

...wait... let me start his review over...

Ok, here we go. Superman Returns. I was freakin' appalled. With all the advances in computer animation in the last 25 years why weren't we able to have Christopher Reeve playing Superman? He's the only real Superman (except his dad, George Reeves, who played the one on TV). Sure, I know Christopher Reeve is technically dead, but so is Danny Devito and he keeps making appearances all over. Heck, Devito's got a new TV show on TBS! But seriously, what's my real problem with the new guy playing Superman? He's sooo straight! This movie should have been called SuperHeterosexualMan. Bring back Gay Superman! I mean Christopher Reeves wasn't just cute in the old Superman movies, he was clean-cut-cute-gay-gay-1970's-porn-gay-cute! I mean, in the 1980's if you were too embarrassed to go into a video store and rent a gay porn flick you could just rent Superman, Superman II: Deathtrap, Superman III: Monsignor, or any of his other films where he plays a super-hot-cute-gayboy-sexy-sexy-awesome-hotness. Did I mention he was teh hot cuteness!?!?!?!!!11!!one!!11!!

Now this new guy is ok, but he's not Gay Superman. I had to actually pay attention to the plot. Which seemed to be about some guy that could fly and didn't like green rocks. Or bald guys. Or something. Nice tights.

Meh.
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Today [livejournal.com profile] quietchris and I watched The Last Picture Show (IMDB, Wikipedia). This is one of those films that is mentioned all the time but nobody I know seems to have seen it. Well, now we've seen it.

It takes place in 1951/52 in a town in Texas that is about to become a ghost town. It's a sad movie, very long (2.1 hours) and slow (but typical for a film in 1971). If your NetFlix diet includes 10% older classics, make sure you include this one.

But the real reason to watch this movie is to see Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges before they were famous. As the charactors are introduced you'll keep saying, "Wait! I recognize that person!" but not until you check IMDB will you realize it is Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman (Mary Tyler Moore, Young Frankenstein, The Muppet Movie, etc. etc.), Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Exorcist, That's Life (tv), etc) , Eileen Brennan (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Murder by Death, Clue, Will & Grace, etc.) and others.
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I saw it last night and IT WAS AWESOME.

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