Movie of the Day – Congo

Like King Solomon’s Mine I am digging up this wonderful artifact of filmmaking.  Congo is a pure guilty pleasure in every sense of the word.  It was panned by critics, set up for numerous Razzies, but damned if I don’t love the hell out of this movie.  A jungle adventure where the gray gorillas protect an ancient diamond that hasn’t yet been exploited by child labor and Freedom Fighters for profit, it had laughs, chills, kills and hammy acting that just called to me from the depths of the jungle.  Also a talking gorilla!  AMY GOOD GORILLA!

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Movie of the Day – Sicko

I am not doing this post to make a political statement or trying to drum up some kind of heated discussion on the topic of healthcare in America.  I mean if people want to talk about it in the comments section, please feel free to do so.  What I am wanting to talk about today is a solid documentary film, that is what I want to do and maybe some personal commentary.  No matter what Michael Moore does, he always has his detractors.  Whether they launch into the man and his weight problem, call him ultra-liberal or disparage his films as being one-sided and sensational, I got to give him some credit with his skills in terms of getting us to talk about the issues.  It might be far too left leaning for me (I don’t affiliate with Democrat or Republican parties) at times, but you got to appreciate that this individual is going out and tackling the things that matter most to Americans and bringing it to light.  That is what a good documentary is, even if there is an agenda behind it, the mechanics and themes resonate.

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Movie Review – The Watch

I love science fiction.  I love comedy.  I thought that the two genres of film might make beautiful love, but instead end up circle jerking one another in the Akiva Schaffer directed sci-fi comedy The Watch.

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Movie of the Day – Sneakers

Man, why don’t they make more movies like this?  I almost completely forgot about this gem until I was looking up Robert Redford movies to Netflix and this technological thriller was on prominent display.  I think the thing that is most shocking about this is that the director of Field of Dreams, Phil Alden Robinson, went on to director this movie three years after his baseball film and it was a completely different change of pace from the moody drama’s that he is known for.  With that little bit of film trivia known, does anybody else love watching older films and their depiction of technology during that time?  I really love seeing movies like Hackers and what they think hacking is really like.  Sneakers falls into that category that Hackers does, except that it is way better and even slightly more interesting because of a cavalcade of top notch actors lending their skills to this movie.

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Movie of the Day – Shaolin Soccer

In the back of my mind, I think if American Soccer was anything like this, then there wouldn’t be any question as to the popularity of the sport.  Then again, I think people would be contrarian for the sake of being contrarian against soccer, so it is a moot point.  Anyways, what I am getting at here is some half-assed connection between today’s movie, the state of sports fanaticism and what I will be doing today, cause I like to pick relevant movies that I like that happen to coincide with what I am doing this day.  No, I am going to see shaolin soccer as that doesn’t exist, thus making me sadder at the fact.  Yes I am going to see a soccer match tonight, so go Sporting KC.

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Movie of the Day – The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Now I have recently been watching the new trailer for The Rza’s kung-fu epic “The Man with the Iron Fists” over and over again.  It’s basically a dream come true in that The Rza has finally made his throwback epic to the days of Shaw Brother studio classics.  If you haven’t seen the trailer, I suggest clicking on the link I provided and indulge in what will be greatness.  With that said I went to back to my extensive collection of movies and picked out today’s film because why the hell not.  The Rza’s movie isn’t due out for a while and I need a kung-fu fix like a junkie, so why not watch the grand daddy of all kung-fu films with The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.

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Movie of the Day – Total Badass

I think that we all want to be a total badass at some point in our life.  Unless of course you are already a badass then you should probably avoid this subversive documentary that chronicles a true badass, lest you question your own badassery.  With that said, this is a weird ass movie about a guy who is a legend around Austin, TX for living the fringe life of society, while dabbling in guinea pig contests and diving into trashcans.

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Movie of the Day – Casshern

If you are interested in movies that look like video games, then this will be the movie for you.  I have seen a lot of movies in my time, but none that really just go for the visual spectacle like Casshern does.  How it escaped my eyes for several years, I must say that I took the recommendation of Netflix to check this out after watching Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow (I liked that movie, so what) and sat there glued to my TV by the visual onslaught of a large, production budget for effects and nothing else.  Yeah, it kind of plays out like a video game that is all style and no substance, but damn if this isn’t one of the prettiest movies out there.  For an Asian release anyways.

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Movie of the Day – Meatballs

I fucking love Bill Murray.  That’s all I got for the opening of this post and frankly it is all I need to open this post.  Bill Murray is the man, everything he does is amazing, except for like Garfield and Osmosis Jones, but all if forgiven for his body of work.  It’s also like 100 degrees outside, Fahrenheit not Celsius or Kelvin, so Meatballs seems like a proper choice for today with it’s theme summer camp shenanigans and wholesome, raunchy 70s humor.  Also Bill Murray is in this movie as he is the shit, as I stated earlier.

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Movie of the Day – Big Fish

Tim Burton is a director that I seem to be torn between liking and hating his work.  I think he is currently stuck in this MOMA exhibit of a career where he just takes old properties and adds a veneer of Gothic, Hot Topic look and makes Johnny Depp dress up in weird clothes and acts frilly.  He does the same thing again and again, which gets tiring to watch as he can make amazing movies without having to resort to the old stable of characters, thematic elements, familiar score and overly gothic imagery.

Today’s film proves that he can evolve and present us something amazing and unique, while still retaining what makes him the director that we are familiar with.  Big Fish is a film that manages to take all the familiar tones of a Burton film, but present in a way that blends all those elements together to tell a beautiful narrative with a Southern, Gothic fantasy twist that lends well to his talents.

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