3:10 To Yuma Is Awesome!

Hello loyal fans. I had the great pleasure of seeing 3:10 To Yuma last night. That was an awesome film. At the time I did not know it was a remake of a 1957 film of the same name, but even that can not damper my enthusiasm. The film was just sweet! Now, I know some of you are thinking “that crazy Batch…he likes westerns, but nobody else under 50 does”. That may be true, but this, nevertheless, is a fine film. Sure, 90% of the audience was walking with a cane, but do not let that deter you. Erin actually really enjoyed the movie (except for the blood…but you know) and we actually spent some time afterward discussing the various motivations of some of the characters. I rarely get as psychologically involved in a film as I did in this case. I actually suspended my disbelief and cared about the characters and such. WEIRD!

Aside from the generally gripping storyline and excellent acting (especially Peter Fonda, a man with great western acting heritage), the historiography was outstanding. One of the things that so often turns me off about movies is historical inaccuracy. This film had no glaring problems and few minor. They even got the two tined forks right!

Overall, you really should see this film (even if you are not into westerns). Take a friend. Eat some Rubios first (even though they changed their menu). Make it an evening. I did and it was great!

If you still are not convinced, check out the previews here: 3:10 To Yuma

If I can get ahold of the original I will let you all know how it is. I would expect greatness given that it stars the eternal Glenn Ford.

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Quote of the Day:

“I’ve always liked you Byron, but even bad men love they mommas.” – Ben Wade (Russell Crowe)

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Published in: on September 9, 2007 at 6:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Shawshank Redemption (Drama)

Hello loyal fans. With summer a week old, it seemed the time had come for another film recommendation. So, this week, I suggest you check out The Shawshank Redemption. Though a relatively recent film (a 1994 release), it is, in the eyes of many, a classic. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins), a “tall drink of water with [a] silver spoon up his ass” who is convicted of the murder of his wife. While inside Shawshank Prison, Andy meets Red (played by Morgan Freeman). Red is the kind of man who “who knows how to get things” and he quickly befriends Andy and helps him adjust to prison life.

I feel that revealing more will detract from the plot…so go watch the movie!

If you have seen the film, you should totally check out the following piece done by the good folks over at JibJab. If you have not seen the film, go do that, then watch the clip (you do not want to spoil the film by seeing the plot).

Shawshank in a Minute

Quote of the Day:

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

Published in: on June 28, 2007 at 2:32 pm  Comments (1)  

West Side Story (Musical)

Hello loyal fans. Today I would like to recommend West Side Story to you; it would be an excellent way to kill a couple of hours during the upcoming long weekend. The film is a “modern” retelling of the classic Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. The plot itself is extensively modified (no Montagues and Capulets here), though it remains true to the general theme of “star crossed lovers”. The main feuding “families” are the Jets and the Sharks, two mid 1950s New York street gangs. The Jets are lower/working class white kids threatened by the recent influx of Puerto Ricans into their west side neighborhood; the Sharks are those Puerto Ricans. They fight for control of the neighborhood. Amid all of this conflict Maria, sister of the Sharks’ leader, and Tony, former leader of the Jets end up falling in love.

Now, I mentioned above that this was a musical. It is, in fact, the best 1950s gang warfare musical ever made!

EVER!

Nowhere else is fighting combined with carefully choreographed dancing. There is something compelling about a man with a chain singing and prancing about as he tries to kill his foe! I tried to track down a video of the rumble, certainly the high point of West Side Story production, but alas it was not to be so. Instead, enjoy “The Jet Song”.

If only you really had to have dance and voice lessons to join a gang. I dream of Crypts and Bloods prancing about South East LA; Slauson Blvd. would never be the same. I wonder if all that dancing would prevent the trigger happy LAPD from killing so many people…or simply inspire them to kill more?

There is actually an incredible amount of social commentary throughout the film; tales of shattered American dreams and social injustice are woven into the songs through witty wordplay. I submit for your consideration “Gee, Officer Krupke” and “America”.

Anything Family Guy has taken the time to parody has got to be good!

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Quote of the Day:

“My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!” – Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Scene V)

Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Office Space (Comedy)

Hello loyal fans. Boy do I love my job, but if I did not, this film would speak to me even more than it already does. After two and a half years in an office environment I can say with some authority that while it presents an admittedly absurd presentation of office politics, it is not inaccurate. Follow Peter, a programmer stuck in a cubicle farm feeling overburdened by meaningless paperwork (mostly TPS Report cover sheets), as he develops a plan to break the restraints of his unrewarding job. His merry band of renegades will grow to include Samir “Naga… Naga… Naga… Not gonna work here anymore, anyway.” Nagheenanjar and Michael “Mike” Bolton. Together they strive to take down Initech, the vile enemy of workers everywhere. Put on your pieces of flair and get ready for fun.

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Quote of the Day:

“Doesn’t it bother you that you have to get up in the morning and you have to put on a bunch of pieces of flair? You know, the Nazis had pieces of flair that they made the Jews wear.” – Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Published in: on May 8, 2007 at 9:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Princess Bride (Comedy)

Hello loyal fans. This week is the beloved STAR Testing week at the High School. As a result, most of the teachers, myself included, are showing films. Today I had the privilege of sharing one of my favorite films, The Princess Bride, with a group of freshmen. Despite some initial hesitation, many of them seemed to thoroughly enjoy the film. This inspired me to regularly post suggested viewing for my readers; if you find yourself with a few hours on an overcast weekend day, perhaps you can find something here of interest.

I have to say that The Princess Bride is one of the finest comedies ever made. It includes an ensemble cast which includes future stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, and Fred Savage. The more established stars (at the time) include Peter Falk (Columbo), Carol Kane, and Billy Crystal. And, of course, we dare not forget Andre the Giant; he is big and scary and might get mad (ignoring that he is dead).

The witty dialog based on William Goldman’s classic 1973 novel of the same name makes for an amusing romp through the world of screeching eels, sword play, the Fire Swamp, and castle storming. Will the beautiful Princess Bride Buttercup be forced to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck? Will Inigo Montoya avenge his father’s murder at the hands of the mysterious six fingered man? What exactly is a Holocaust Cloak? And more importantly, where does one procure such an item? Will Westley save the day? Remember, as Westley reminds us: “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

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Quote of the Day:

“Anybody want a peanut?” – Fezzik, The Princess Bride

Published in: on April 30, 2007 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment