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My mom and I decided to go do a movie marathon yesterday. it was fun and all mom-kid-bondie; I even found out that my unwanted tendency to chew loudly is definitely an inherited thing. The short breakdown of the movies:

Episode II: Enh. Sorry, I can't go along with the general public on the rocking-ness of this movie: more on this later.
Spiderman: Good! Unlike in the trailers, the red red red hair on Kirsten actually works. Also noted: Tobey has really huge eyes.
About a Boy: The best of the lot! Perhaps it works because Hugh plays a character seemingly much like himself? Also noted: Hugh is definitely starting to show his age.

Let's break it down:
Amidala: Absolutely loved the costumes, especially the diaphanous gown without the back. Smashing, truly. But, y'know, hi? Anakin tells you he massacres an entire village, including the women and children, and you do nothing but pat his back and this does nothing for your love for him? I mean, really. And I know that you need to get knocked up to have Luke and Leia, but I wouldn't have thought marriage would have been in the plans here. Loved how Natalie played you though, despite what she had to work with from the writer.

Anakin: Kinda wanted to smack you around as often as Ewan -- er, Obi Wan did -- with all your whining. At least you do have chemistry with Amidala, even if you do keep calling her Padme; I guess you didn't get the memo that Padme was her fake name! But, dialogue aside, Hayden was a decent actor, and not just because he was Cutie McPatootie.

Ewan, er, I mean Obi wan: You looked so much cuter in Episode I, dude. At least shave that stuff off your cheek where the beard doesn't come in so well, eh?

Yoda: Loved the swordfight scene. Probably the best scene in the movie! Amazing how you've improved with age (and computer technology), ain't it?

Samuel L. Jackson: Loved you too -- but you so need more "The party's over." lines in Episode III. And I'm sorry, Sam, but 'Darth Windu' sounds so much better than "Master Jedi Windu"; I bet you'd get better lines if you turned to the dark side.

Count Duku: Dude, you are so typecast in bad guy roles now, aren'tcha? Good thing you're a natural for it, but still, you might want to give your agent a call.

and last but not least:
George: Put the pen down. Now. I mean it. Do not think of writing any more dialogue for your movies. Just like Quentin Tarantino should not act in his films, you should stick to the broader concepts of the story and let someone with writing talent do the work. I mean, really, you could not have been more ham-handed about foreshadowing Anakin's turn to the dark side unless you prefaced each scene with a flashing neon sign that said "Warning: Dark Side foreshadowing ahead!". And so much chemistry and wonderful acting on the parts of your main characters was totally ruined by horrible stilted dialogue that belonged in a 7th grade play. Or Shakespeare. I'm not quite sure which one.

Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: damn backache

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From: jezaurelle Date: May 19th, 2002 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't About A Boy fabulous? Awwwwwwwwwwww. I want to see it again and again. I still thought Hugh looked hotbuns, though. :)
maigrey From: maigrey Date: May 19th, 2002 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, he was definitely a hottie in this movie, and I wouldn't kick him out for eatin' crackers in bed.! I just started to notice in this movie he's getting older -- in a good harrison ford kind of way.
szasz From: szasz Date: May 19th, 2002 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

But isn't Harrison Ford with Calista Flockhart now? How gross is that???

swoobysnacks From: swoobysnacks Date: May 19th, 2002 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

1. Lucas can't write scripts or direct.
2. The ex-queen's name is listed as Padme Naberrie. I think Amidala was an honorary... so cut him slack on that one.
3. Mace Windu kicked ass.
4. Yoda kicked more ass.
5. Saruman, I mean, Dooku, was alright. He had a cool lightsaber.
6. They're just Tusken raiders, right? :O

maigrey From: maigrey Date: May 19th, 2002 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I give you #2 -- Imdb lists her as Padme Amidala. So her queen title was more like "president", and she used her last name. Same for the whole senator thing, too.

And I so loved the Yoda scene!
snidegrrl From: snidegrrl Date: May 19th, 2002 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Padme was cool to me perhaps because I saw the movie in such close proximity to Spiderman. Padme is like "let me kick ass now" whereas M.J. was like "let me whine and get rescued".

2. Padme was not cool to me because she fell in love with her stalker. Hello, can I get an intergalactic restraining order on this guy? He's upset because she kissed someone else when she was 12 and in the Model U.N.??

3. Which brings me to Anakin: Creepy. I mean, I know he's supposed to be foreshadowing, but please. He's more like forehammering. And I really can't tell if the kid can act because, for chrissakes, the dialogue written for him was just so. bad. I'd much, much rather have Tobey M... heh. Let's put it this way; I enjoyed Jar Jar more than Anakin.

4. What is with the like, 5 different "Oops! I lost my lightsaber!" scenes?? I'd think a Jedi would be trained to sacrifice his nuts before his lightsaber hand. I was irritated with the ways the force conveniently worked and didn't work depending on what was needed for the plot.

5. Yoda - As I said, they should have named the movie Episode 2: Attack of Yoda. I will say I think I actually kind of prefer him as a muppet than as CG.

6. I maintain that Samuel L. Jackson was way too Samuel-L-Jacksoney to make him believably.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: May 21st, 2002 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am with you on every point there, except for the #6 one.

And GIRL! You know I am coming into town not this weekend, but next, right? Jody's got the schedule, but I hear there is a high tea on saturday!
snidegrrl From: snidegrrl Date: May 22nd, 2002 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
And woulnd't you know: my schedule was changed so that I don't have to work that saturday. I think... that is not the weekend of the 8th, right? Right. Golden! I haven't responded about hugh tea because I'm a slacker and I suck.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: May 22nd, 2002 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, I'm in town from the 30th thru the 2nd. Rock!

Hie thee to a computer and respond to High tea! :)
snidegrrl From: snidegrrl Date: May 22nd, 2002 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Done and done!
maigrey From: maigrey Date: May 22nd, 2002 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Wahoo! Eeeeexcellent!
From: ex_rollergir829 Date: May 19th, 2002 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw About a Boy yesterday and I just loved it! I really wasn't expecting it to be good in the way that it was.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: May 19th, 2002 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely think it was the best out of the three, but I have an idea that if we had seen it, unfaithful might have given it a run for the money...

But it definitely made me laugh throught the whole thing!
From: ex_rollergir829 Date: May 19th, 2002 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


"Unfaithful" is good, in an entirely different way. Although "Unfaithful" had gotten really mixed reviews. "Unfaithful" isn't about fancy plot twists. It isn't one of those movies where you have to suspend disbelief to enjoy the movie. You can actually see how something like that could actually happen...But I won't say anymore. If you get a chance to see this movie, I recommend it. Although it's difficult to say if you will like it or not. It depends on what you are hoping to get out of the movie I guess.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: May 19th, 2002 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right now, I'm not sure what I expect, except some fine acting. And seeing the plot from the female POV for the first portion.

I figure that's not too much of a pre-conceived notion :)
From: ex_rollergir829 Date: May 19th, 2002 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)


I thought the acting was excellent. The acting is somewhat low-key and not overdone. This is one of those movies where they is a lot going on under the surface. I can see why a lot of people would miss that because people are so used to going into a movie and being smacked in the face by the blatancy of the plot.
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