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Addendum: movies and eBay

Spooky and I haven't seen the inside of a movie threatre since we saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which must have been July. This might be the longest I've gone without seeing a movie in a theatre since the first few months of my time in Athens, Georgia. Partly, it's the outrageous ticket prices. And partly, it's rude, loud, annoying-ass audiences that theatre owners do nothing much to keep quiet. It's also the convenience and quality of DVDs. A few weeks back, I wanted a Big Dumb Movie and considered The Cave, A Sound of Thunder, and The Brothers Grimm, but all three films were getting such poor reviews, and at more than seven bucks at ticket, my courage faltered. However, on September 23rd we'll be getting Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and then both Serenity and MirrorMask on September 30th. Later on, on December 14th, there will be Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong. So, at least there are a few movies coming that will no doubt manage to lure us back to threatres. Most everything, though, unless it's a great spectacle of a film, I figure can wait for a DVD rental.

Now that the Wrong Things auction has ended, Spooky's relisted some of my stuff. Please have a look.. There's bound to be something there you don't have, and with Sophie's diabetes no longer in remission, a little bit of extra income for vet bills is much appreciated. Thanks.


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Sep. 16th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
I saw The Brothers Grim and actually, it was really good and especially beautiful.I almost went and saw it twice.
Sep. 16th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
I saw The Brothers Grim and actually, it was really good and especially beautiful.I almost went and saw it twice.

I just can't imagine Terry Gilliam making a bad film, but the reviews were so lukewarm, I decided to wait for the DVD rental.
Sep. 16th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what people were expecting or why they didn't like it. I read complaints that it was dark (well..YaY!) and that it didn't live up to being a Terry Gilliam film but no one would explain what they meant by that. At any rate - the film I saw was gorgeous and dark and smart. Familiar and not so familiar fairy tales were woven in interesting ways through-out but weren't the focus of the film (and may be why some were disappointed). The film ends up being about the brothers and their relationship with one another. I also thought some of the political side-bars were interesting (it's set in French-occupied Germany). Visually its just as gorgeous as Sleepy Hollow was. I could get lost in those woods forever.
I've never been a Heath Leger fan either but he's one of my favorites after having seen this. He's nerdy and un-sure and completely adorable.
Sep. 16th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
Grimm is a hobbled film; I have no love for Ehren Krueger's writing (not even The Ring), and the basic idea he came up with isn't very interesting. This film came close to blowing my oft-stated belief that (if I may quote myself) "Terry Gilliam is simply, completely, congenitally incapable of making an uninteresting film." He tries mightily, though, and I think the Mirror Queen stuff, a flashback for Lena Headey's character, and the ending actually work well and are worthwhile.

And this I like: You'll see if/when you see Brothers Grimm that Gilliam and Tony Grisoni (his usual co-writer for the last decade, like on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and the Good Omens script) are in the end credits as "Dress Pattern Makers." That's their code for "We re-wrote the script but can't take credit for it the usual way."

We still have Gilliam's Tideland to look forward to, thank everything. Supposed to be disturbing in a good way.

P.S. As a non-scientist, I apologize to the scientist part of you who knows that "congenitally" probably doesn't mean what I said it means.
Sep. 16th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
Plus I'm glad Grimm has the ballsiest score for a Gilliam film since Michael Kamen went nuts on Brazil and Munchauseun (quite possibly my favorite film of my life so far).
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
We'll actually be driving from Augusta to Atlanta to see Mirror Mask - because well, nothing good ever reaches us here. But that one will be worth it. We don't go to the movies often, mostly for the same reasons you mentioned, especially the loud, rude audiences. I remember when we saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - people were actually reading the subtitles aloud - it was awful.
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