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Spike Lee's Old Boy Movie Poster

I recently watched the original Oldboy by Chan-wook Park on Netflix. When it first came out for rent, I tried to watch it several times, only making it halfway through the film each time. It wasn't the plot or the violence that stopped me from completing the movie. It was simply I had no interest in finishing the film. 

But having watch the whole movie recently I was blown away the the twist-and-turns. It's an intense vengeful movie. I am hoping the Spike Lee version doesn't pull any punches from the original, or go too far off the plot - just enough to make it standalone as a separate film.

Kelly Lynch and the Murray Brothers

By the way, speaking of Bill Murray, every time Road House is on and he or one of his idiot brothers are watching TV—and they’re always watching TV—one of them calls my husband and says [In a reasonable approximation of Carl Spackler], “Kelly’s having sex with Patrick Swayze right now. They’re doing it. He’s throwing her against the rocks.” [Away from the receiver.] What? Oh, my God. Mitch was just walking out the door to the set, and he said that Bill once called him from Russia.

I found this bit funny from a Kelly Lynch interview talking about Road House. She also talks about several other movies in this interview. Interesting interview. 

The Top Five Films I’m Interested in Watching This Summer

I think I’ll be able to actually watch a few films this summer. If all works out, I hope to watch the following movies. Half are comic book based movies, which appears to be this summer’s trend. Anyway, here’s my list in order of anticipation:

The Dark Knight Rises

If you know anything about me, I do love me some Batman! This is the last of Chris Nolan’s take on the Dark Knight detective. My expectations are high considering the last film.

Prometheus

I was excited about this movie when I saw the first teaser trailers. That excitement has lessened since seeing subsequent trailers. This is because trailers give away too much information.

The Avengers

Before seeing this movie, I thought it had the potential of a big letdown. To me the thought of too many characters and not enough screen time to develop each spelled doom. Boy, was I wrong. Nonetheless, I still looked forward to watching it. I may even watch it again before it leaves the theaters.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Charlize Theron as the evil witch. Well, worth the price of admission, right?

The Amazing Spiderman

I’m wondering about this reboot. It wasn’t long ago that the Toby Maguire Spiderman came out, so why reboot? But the story looks new and different enough to be interesting. We’ll see.

Ethan Hawke

All of three of us have been having similar feelings that we're ready to revisit those characters. There's nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again so we really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We're going to try to write it this year.

Ethan Hawke talking about the possibility of a third film to round out Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

The Avengers Assembled

I’m seriously hoping “The Avengers” movie doesn’t suck.  But it has great potential to do so.

(via agentmlovestacos):

The Avengers! From the @Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con (L-R): Robert Downey Jr., Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
Iron Man, Agent Coulson, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Hawkeye and Hulk. Boom. We win. Another photo and more details on Marvel.com.

My Ratings Scale Revisited

A few months back I decided to change the way I rate movies reviews. Previously I used the old standard of assigning a letter grade to a movie. I then moved to a liked it slash didn’t like it scale. I didn’t find much flexibility in that rating system. Now, I’m moving real world scale I use when asked about a movie. The scale, which I am sure is used elsewhere, is based on how much you are will to pay to see a movie. The scale is as follows:

  • Full Admission - Willing to pay for a full price theater ticket, especially on a crowded Friday night.
  • Matinee - Must see the movie in a theater, but do it as cheap as possible.
  • Rental (DVD, Blu-ray, whatever media you choose) - See it right when it hits the retail market.
  • Cable TV - You can wait until it shows up on cable to watch.

I’m sure there are other ratings that can be placed in there (e.g. cheap theaters, broadcast television) but I don’t find those ideal situations to watch most movies. Plus I don’t have a cheap theater near me and broadcast television has too many commercials to suffer through. Here are a few samples of movies I’ve reviewed and how I would rate them on this new scale:

  • Full Admission - 300, The Dark Knight, Wall-E, Juno
  • Matinee - Quantum of Solace, Grand Torino, Knocked Up
  • Rental - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Transformers
  • Cable TV - Nights in Rodanthe, Spider-Man 3

Let’s see how this scale works for me.

How I Rate Movies

I'm changing the way I rate movies reviews on the site. I started with an old standby - the letter grade. I recently moved to a liked it slash didn't like it scale, but I found that didn't have much flexibility. It was too black and white. Now, I'm moving to actually a scale Farrah and I use in the real world. The scale, which I am sure is used somewhere else, is based on how much you are will to pay to see a movie.

The scale is as follows:

  • Full Admission - Willing to pay for a full price theater ticket, especially on a crowded Friday night.
  • Matinee - See it in a theater, but do it as cheap as possible.
  • Rental (DVD, Blu-ray, whatever media you choose) - See it right when it hits the retail market.
  • Cable TV - You can wait until it shows up on cable to watch.

I'm sure there are other ratings that can be placed in there (e.g. cheap theaters, broadcast television) but I don't find those ideal situations to watch most movies. Plus I don't have a cheap theater near me and broadcast television has too many commercials to suffer through.

Here are a few samples of movies I've reviewed and how I would rate them on this new scale:

  • Full Admission - 300, The Dark Knight, Wall-E, Juno
  • Matinee - Quantum of Solace, Grand Torino, Knocked Up
  • Rental - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Transformers
  • Cable TV - Nights in Rodanthe, Spider-Man 3

This makes sense, right?

My First Five Blu-ray Movies

I remember the first five DVDs I bought when I purchased my first DVD player. They were:

Yes, The Wedding Singer appears to be the odd choice, but I found the movie very funny. Anyway, now that I've converted to blu-ray, I wondering what my first five discs should be? I already have a head start with three, two of them coming from a deal when I bought the PS3. The discs we current have are:

I only bought Life of Brian because it was part of a deal. There were no other movies on the available list that I thought I would enjoy. I like Monty Python, but I enjoyed Monty Python and the Holy Grail more than Life of Brian. But anyway, I'm still trying to determine (1) what my next purchases will be, and (2) how big is my blu-ray collection going to be. I don't want to repeat what I did with DVDs - a collection that grew close to 300 discs.

Why don't I want to collect a bunch of blu-ray discs?

It's not the whole 'investing in a technology that may change' thing that makes me hesitant. It seems to be a fact that anything you/I have a lot of - whether it be clothes, cds, mp3, or whatever - you/I only seem to really use, what, 20% of whatever you have of. Seriously. There are plenty of mp3s in my collection that I haven't listened to since ripping. There are plenty of clothes that I've only worn once, if not at all. There are DVDs that I haven't watched since buying them. They all take up space. They all took up $$.

Well, let's see how I do. Saying and doing are two different things.

QotD: My Intro to the Big Screen

        

What was the first movie you remember seeing in a movie theater? 
Question submitted by mainmor.

Star Wars.  At least it was only known as Star Wars back then.  I would go with my older sister to work on the weekends.  She worked at Liberty House in San Antonio Shopping Center, which was located across the street from the Old Mill Six theaters.  I would wander the shopping center - yes, all by myself - as she put in her 6 to 8 hour work day.  If I went to work with her, I had to be willing to occupy myself the whole day.

There is only so many times you can go to the San Antonio Hobby Shop or to the bookstore, and so, I would cross the street and go to the Old Mill Six theaters  I still remember the first scene: the music, the scrolling words, the laser fire, the smoke, and Darth Vader.

Trailer Watching

Catching up on some movie trailers since we haven't been to the theater in a while. If you view these trailers, most require Apple's QuickTime to view. Check these out:

  • [Batman Begins] - The Dark Knight's tale goes back to Year One. Christian Bale plays a serious Batman. Hopefully this will erase the Schumacher Batman movies from memory.
  • [Bride and Prejudice] - From the director of Bend It Like Beckham.
  • [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory] - The Tim Burton/Johnny Depp remake of the Gene Wilder classic. I'm sure it's not going to be the same ride.
  • [The Longest Yard] - Another remake, this one featuring Adam Sandler.
  • [Sin City] - I am looking forward to this adaptation of Frank Miller's noir comic book. Directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez.