Movie of the Day – Fantastic Mr. Fox

I recently got back from viewing Wes Anderson’s latest film Moonrise Kingdom, which will have a review later tonight or tomorrow, and decided to pick a particularly whimsical Anderson film for today’s post.  Now I could have gone with something obvious like The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore, maybe even picking his first film Bottle Rocket, but I wanted something out of the box and unique to the Anderson profile.  I have a certain affection for this film, not only because of the Roald Dahl book the film is based on, but because of the long forgotten art of stop-motion animation.  I adore the craft and technique that is require to make an animated film of this nature, often reveling in the details and subtle movements that are required to make these types of film.  Fantastic Mr. Fox is a stunning example of what imagination, determination and little bit of flair can set apart an animated film from the rest of the CGI pack.

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Movie of the Day – Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny

I am not a big fan of musicals.  I don’t have anything clever really to say in terms of explaining why I am not a fan of them other than it is not my favorite genre of film.  Hell I even had critic passes to see Rock of Ages and I bailed on that cause of the use of “We Built This City” and using the worst rock song of all time doesn’t really get me excited to see people lip sing to a grown up version of Glee.  It’s not that I am adverse to seeing people spontaneously break out into song and dance, I just don’t get excited for catchy tunes and dance theatrics.  What I will see though is a rock opera from the greatest band in the world…Tenacious D.

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Movie of the Day – Bowfinger

I don’t want to keep harping on Eddie Murphy and his recent filmography, but there is some gold that I keep coming back to and mining from his career.  I can look past the fat suits, family friendly comedies that hamper his comedic talents, and even more fat suits, as there are some rather strong, memorable movies that he has done.  Bowfinger is one of those movies that I put up there as one of his better movies in his storied career.  Placing his comedy talents with that of Steve Martin already have me sold on this movie even before I saw it back in 1999.  But what makes this memorable for me, besides the talent that is on board for the movie, is that Bowfinger is really a strong parody of Hollywood filmmaking and the industry itself.  A kind of smack in the face of movie making that calls out the ridiculous process of movie magic and the ability to get shit made in the sycophantic world of celebrities, big shot distributors and those that worship at the feet of the industry to make it someday and somehow.

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Movie of the Day – Danger: Diabolik!

So ignore the entire last 20 seconds of the trailer cause apparently in 1968, they had no problem spoiling the end of a film.  With that aside, you would be hard pressed to find movie that solely focus on the capers of a villain, even in this day and age.  Much to my excitement in finding little precious nuggets of films forgotten, Danger: Daibolik! is certainly one of the films that is a campy, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of a European comic book of the same name that focuses on the life of a career criminal and his sexy mistress/companion/whatever.  I adore this movie for the wacky sensibilities, stylish settings and unique B-movie feel from the late Italian director Mario Bava.  Danger: Diabolik! is certainly all style and flash, which helps when the movie is utterly paper thin in acting and plot.

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Movie of the Day – Final Destination

Amongst all the death and carnage of the Final Destination series has given us over the decade or so it has been around, the real catalyst for fear of death came from the first film.  It introduced the notion that death will come for us when it is our time and there is no way to avoid it.  Now I am aware that we will all die, unless we get some sort of technology that will allow us to live forever, but in this case we will die in the most Rube Goldbergian way possible and it will look utterly spectacular.

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Movie of the Day – Purple Rain

First off, ignore the fact that there is no trailer for today’s post.  Nothing can be found on Youtube other than some recut trailer that makes this sexually charged film look like some sort of David Lynchian psychological thriller.  So instead, you get the bombastic, epic sound of the Purple Rain song by none other than Prince and The Revolution.  I don’t know what brought me to picking this movie today, but it might have something to do with me listening to the soundtrack, which is fucking amazing by the way, for a large portion of my work day.  So why not do a movie post on the iconic, for some, film titled Purple Rain.

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Movie of the Day – Airheads

Let’s be clear, no movie will ever come close to This Is Spinal Tap in terms of spoofing and using satire against heavy metal music.  It is just the ultimate movie in lampooning the culture, so lets just out that to rest.  Airheads tried to say something clever about the music genre, but it didn’t come through, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t entertaining and funny with some cast of soon to be famous unknowns in the film world.  I have a fondness for Airheads and the deadpan humor that stems from this rock n roll  comedic movie and it also features one of Sandlers non-abrasive roles.  It’s win win!

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Movie of the Day – Casino Royale (1967)

I am sure everyone is probably saying to themselves that I somehow must have meant to talk about the 2006 Casino Royale film with the Adonis actor Daniel Craig.  While I agree that Craig is a gorgeous, chiseled man and he both revitalized the Bond series with his steel blue eyes and gritty persona,, he did also destroy it with Quantum of Solace, which is a terrible fucking name if I ever heard one.  So with those factors in mind, I decided to pick the original Casino Royale from 1967 which also is a funny spoof on the Bond series with a remarkable cast of comedic actors and even Orson Fucking Welles as the villain.  Yeah, this is gonna be awesome.

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Movie of the Day – Ronin

Today’s post is both a special one and also an easy one since this evenings events sparked this movie in my mind and I just had to post it.  During my nightly walk around the neighborhood of Westport, me and my dog Dexter witnessed a high speed chase through the residential area of town.  It was pretty interesting and dangerous being literally just 30 feet from a beat up suburban driving down a one way street doing 75 with 4 police cars and a helicopter following by.  I have seen numerous Worlds Wildest Police Chases and I hate to say that the getaway driver never wins.  Only in the movies will you see someone outrun the police and copters following them.  So I know this guy ain’t Jason Statham, so yeah, he got caught.  But then this got me to revisit some movies with amazing chase scenes and Ronin shot right to the top of the list.

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Movie of the Day – 21 Jump Street

Since this is coming out on Blu-Ray on Tuesday, I got to talk about this movie.  I mean, I lament the fact that Hollywood continuously scarps the bottom of the barrel and will pretty much remake every fucking television show in existence into a movie, but once in a blue moon, they do yield a nugget of gold amongst all the shit that gets made.  21 Jump Street was by far and away, one of the funnier comedies to come out in 2012.  It took the ridiculous premise of the show in which it is based on and made it even more ridiculous by reveling in the absurdity of grown men infiltrating a high school to bust up a sophisticated drug ring.  Even typing that sentence was absurd, but damned if this movie isn’t side splitting hilarious and well acted by C-Tates (Channing Tatum) and Jonah Hill.

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