Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Good Movies

What are movies?

Movies are made up of moving pictures. They usually tell stories. Some of them can be really great. Like these ones:

King of California

I liked this movie because of the story. It's simple but really touching and funny at the same time. It's cute. The acting was great too. Mike D is awesome in this. He has awesome facial expressions and he can make you believe that he really is nuts. Woody-Wood Rachel is really good too. Want to watch a movie about a girl who works at McDonald's whose father just got out of the nut house and makes you want to believe that he knows where to find some lost treasure? Watch this. It's a fun movie.

Smiley Face

This is a stoner movie about an actress who eats all her roommate's pot-laced cupcakes and ends up being high the whole day. All I have to say is that it has no plot, which makes it even a better stoner movie, because after all, stoners don't really have elaborate story lines in real life. What's good about this movie though is the acting and the silliness that emerges from all the problems that have to be faced. I have to say that I'm not really a fan of Anna Faris and I've always found her annoying, but she's actually bearable in this movie. Her portrayal of a stereotypical pothead is dead-on and her facial expressions are hilarious and cute. I like the parts where she's eating her roommate's cupcakes and when she's trying to reverse her car out into the driveway while extremely high, but can't. It's hilarious. The ending isn't what you'd normally expect, which I thought was great because it's different from other stoner movies. You might think that this movie promotes the use of marijuana, but it really doesn't. You'll see what I mean.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

This is about growing up and knowing who our "saints" really are. This movie takes place in 1986 in Astoria, New York. It's the story of Dito Montiel, who also directed the movie and based it off his autobiographical novel. The filming was great. Though we're introduced to tragic news in the beginning, the movie starts off as fun and lively and slowly turns emotional and sad, but in a very interesting way, then...how it ends, I will not tell you. You should watch it. Shia Labeouf does a great job in this. This is the first movie that I've heard him saying naughty things in. It's really surprising. Definitely not your typical Hollywood movie, which I love it for.

The Air I Breathe

The concept of the film is based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones - Happiness (played by Whitaker), Pleasure (Fraser), Sorrow (Gellar) and Love (Bacon). The proverb speaks of these emotions, not as isolated fragments of feelings, but as elements that make up the whole of the human existence. Each of the four main protagonists is based on one of the four emotions; and like the proverb, their paths are inextricably linked to each other. (Yes, I took this off of wikipedia because it's more interesting than I feel like writing it hehe) Anyway, it's great. Great concept, great filming. You'll definitely feel this movie. I'm not a fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar but she's actually bearable in this movie. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen the actors here as serious in their other movies.

Yup, I've been watching movies everyday, ever since the term ended and I handed in my final assignments (a series proposal and a Rent-A-Goalie spec script). School starts again on Wednesday. Yes, Wednesday, meaning school from now on will only be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Yes, you got it, you genius - 3 days of school a week. Ain't it nuts?

Anyway, I gotta go get ready to spend the night at Nathan's. Him and his brother are a riot. It's just joke after joke after joke after joke. I don't know if I'll survive living with those guys. They're just hilarious together. Picture Nathan imitating, teasing, and making fun of his chubby and comically ridiculous (notice I didn't say "ridiculously comical" XD) year-older brother every 5 minutes. And I'm just there in hysterics. It's crazy. I laugh so much that it gets tiring. I have to film them.