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  • Jay 1:29 pm on September 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alec Baldwin, Angelika, Cate Blanchett, Woody Allen   

    Movies at The Angelika: Blue Jasmine 

    This has been a rather humdrum summer for movies.

    So I find myself surprised by a couple of flicks that were released towards the tail end of the season. We happened to watch both movies at the Angelika, which historically has been a little too hip for me. However, a popcorn in one hand, and a cappuccino/organic cheesecake in the other is a novelty I could repeat; commercial theaters should consider expanding their food offerings, though I’m sure there’s a financial analysis that indicates otherwise. The crowd at Angelika an odd concoction – Lincoln Center constituents meets Williamsburg hipsters. OK, off topic as usual.

    Blue Jasmine, Wood Allen’s latest, is understandably reviewed by many as a shade of “Streetcar Named Desire.” Most things I would write treads familiar, and Blue Jasmine is certainly deserving of its 90%.

    So what of the manly men who are hesitant to see the movie? Well, see it with a date. It makes for an evening at the theater … except, you’re not at the theater. I’m not saying the movie is cheerful, but guess what, you and your date will have something to converse about at some length (as opposed to the conversations I had with Juliet following the Summer’s blockbusters,  “Sorry. Bad choice. You get to pick the next one.” Though I suppose, that could have been a strategy to secure a second date).

    If you don’t already know the plot, well … life goes wrong for the wife (Blanchett) of a Bernie Madoff type (Alec Baldwin), and she moves in with her adopted sister (Sally Hawkins). Tragic hilarity ensues.

    See it. Because when Blanchett gets nominated for the Best Actress Award, you’ll want to be able to participate in the conversation.

    I’ll review Austenland next, the second movie we saw at the Angelika. But first, I’m going to finish watching Apollo 18 … in fast forward.


    • CMrok93 4:13 pm on September 22, 2013 Permalink

      It’s one of those rare instances where Woody just let his ensemble do the talking for him, and what a perfect idea that was! Everybody’s great, especially Blanchett. However, I feel like that’s sort of known by now. Good review Jay.

  • Justin 3:35 am on March 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, , , , Piece of Crap, Shit, , Waste of Money, Waste of Time   

    Peter Jackson Takes a Dump on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

    I cannot wait for the “Honest trailer” on this movie…


    Everyone on the site knows how I kept saying last year I had zero interest in seeing The Hobbit in theatres and that Director Peter Jackson was a sellout. With poor reviews, I pulled off not seeing. Finally, now being for rent, I thought I’d give it a try.

    Bottom line, it is completely unnecessary, badly paced, and you will have zero (probably negative) emotional attachment while you watch. I thought about shutting it off about six times. It’s just embarrassing as it:

    1. Takes 40 minutes for the character to leave Bilbo’s house and start the journey (no joke)
    2. There’s zero personal connection and character development
    3. The special effects are crap
    4. It’s just horribly paced (and its 3 hours…)
    5. Howard Shore just reuses the same music which makes you wish you were watching the real deal (the original trilogy and not this abomination). He does have one new theme for the movie but it’s used so often its feel process oriented/going through a motion (everytime there’s action sequence, “que the new theme!”).
    6. And let’s not talk about the hippie wizard….
    7. The scene with Gollum is okay. I wish it was better, but the movie just moves along with no weight and substance and unfortunately carries over to even the scene with Gollum and Bilbo (but Martin Freeman does well with what he has).

    I will say there is one scene, the meeting of the white counsel, which is pretty good. In that scene, Saruman (Christopher Lee), Elrond (Hugo Weaving), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan), and Lady Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) hang out and talk about what it appears to be possible return of Sauron. And for a brief moment, only for five minutes, do you get to see some good acting, some good dialogue and remember that while the Lord of the Rings has flaws, it’s a great trilogy.

    The movie just has no real point and should be called The Hobbit: An Unnecessary Journey.  And we all know that The Hobbit itself is simply a short story for children, lighthearted, and not carrying the weight of the Lord of the Rings. But with that said, that doesn’t mean this has to be a bad movie.

    Grade: C.

    What have you done Peter Jackson.  But, I’ll say it again, I cannot wait for the “Honest trailer” on this movie.

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