Category Archives: Movies

Now you see it, now…

Dear Walking Dead director:

walking deadYou are so successful, you don’t have to listen to anyone, let alone a sticky blogger.

But I think you could learn a lot from the methods employed by the director of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

True, it’s a costume drama first and a zombie movie second, but zombies are its reason for being…although any Pride and Prejudice fan will recognize dialogue and plot lines that have been carried forward from the original text.

Except the zombies. They’re new. But they’re not in-your-face gory.

pride-and-prejudice-and-zombiesWell, their faces are half gone, and some limbs are missing, and your standard bloody-gutty zombie fare. But when the Bennett sisters expertly slay the zombie hoard — they trained in China — it primarily occurs off-camera.

Instead of watching blood and guts and gore spew forth, we get to see their expert swordplay and marksmanship. It’s really very fun.

And I for one didn’t miss feeling queasy one little bit.

 

 

Mistaken

I thought the word for 2016 was CHANGE.

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I’m beginning to think it’s really LOSS.

RIP Alan Rickman.

Laugh till it hurts

I was very excited to watch the new comedy Telenovela on NBC.

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Instead I am watching the goings on in the Mt. Sinai Urgent Treatment Center waiting room.

Bored patients like me.  Street traffic.  And a Will Smith movie on TV.

Oh well. Telenovela looked funny.  Would have made my ribs hurt to laugh that much.

Mismatch

Unlike 95 percent of all other moviegoers this weekend,  I saw The Big Short today,  and the critics were right.image

It was excellent. And it made me mad all over again that the banks got away with it.

The trailers before the movie kinda made me mad,  too.

Why did the movie studio attach such violent downer flicks to this picture?  Just because I am interested in a movie about a financial disaster doesn’t mean I am keen to watch bloodshed in every promo. The rest of the audience appeared to agree with me.

They only perked up when the trailer for Zoolander 2 was shown at the end.

Blue steel.

The force is strong

I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan,  but it’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement about the premiere of the latest installment…

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Especially since I helped capture a stormtrooper last weekend outside a museum near Chicago.

Typical Sunday morning kinda stuff,  you know how it is.

Sure he could

I was clicking through the cable channels this Sunday morning and happened upon one of my favorite Jim Carrey movies, Bruce Almighty, at the exact moment that Bruce — enjoying his God-like powers by this point — tells his dog to use the toilet instead of going outside.

bruce almighty dogThe image at left may have been doctored a bit, but if you’ve seen the film, the dog walks up to the tank, steps on the seat, does his business, flushes and even puts down the lid in deference to the ‘lady of the house.’

Now that I have an older dog in the house with more, shall we say, unpredictable pee pee patterns, I totally wish I had bought a little kiddie toilet and hired a dog trainer to teach him how to use it.

It would so rock.

He already reads the newspaper, of course.

Inconceivable

I am so over this hashtag and how people throw it around:

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Really?  Are you really feeling blessed to get a fancy toilet? 

Just Iike some folks on Facebook are blessed to find a parking spot or blessed to go out to dinner or blessed to do anything.

In the words of Inigo Montoya,  “I do not think this word means what you think it means.”

Don’t wear it out,  people…especially not on a toilet.