Movie of the Day – Contagion

Well, I think this movie perfectly sums up how I feel currently.  I am in the midst of battling illness, one that is definitely winning as I came home work and pretty much it all hit me like a sack of bricks.  I was fine Saturday, I was ok this morning, but something about coming really lets your defenses down and the cold to take over.  I assure you, I don’t need Matt Damon to come and help me out, but it would be cool to hang out with him for the day.   Just saying if that ever happens it would be cool.

So, what a perfect movie to instill fear in the populace with the threat of a global pandemic of sinus infections, coughing and chest congestion.  CONTAGION!

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Movie of the Day – 50/50

There must be some sort of rule in Hollywood that states that if a movie is about cancer, it’s got to be utterly depressing and a sob fest.  I understand that the subject matter they are dealing affects millions of people and can be a devastating time in one’s life, but is it all death and sadness?  Is it about just giving up hope and wallowing in your depression?  It’s a trivial thing for me to say this being that I don’t have cancer, but I can’t imagine life being over as soon as those words come out of the doctors mouth.  I am certain I will catch flack for this so I am well prepared for any backlash.  Movie are meant to be entertaining, that is the point of films, at least that is what I want them to be.  You can make a compelling movie without having to resort to tears and sadness from the get go.  You want me to feel sympathetic with a characters dilemma, then at least let me get to know the character.

50/50 was and still is one of the most underrated comedic drama’s that came out this year.  Sure some people might have been turned off by the premise as Funny People sort of covered it the previous year with the terminally ill character trying to lead a life in comedy while fighting the illness.  I personally found that to be both mature and effective in the themes that it was going for.  50/50 was a here and there film, meaning I got to see the movie in the 2 week time span that it was available at our multiple theaters and was absolutely stunned by how funny and touching a movie about having cancer can be.  It does what a lot of movies that deal with this subject matter miss a lot and that is the character aspect of the films.  Instead of following a character that is on the path to death right from the start and slowly watching that person wall himself up from society, 50/50 managed to make a compelling film that follows Levitt as a young person dealing with the in’s and out’s of coping with his new found odds on life.  He doesn’t become a wreck or push everyone away, but rather goes on with life and the notion that he’s got a shot at beating this.  He is young, optimistic, and has a full plan for his life.

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Movie of the Day – 28 Weeks Later

I figure it has been about 28 weeks after my initial post on 28 Days Later and if it hasn’t, well let’s pretend it is so that my opening statement is a pun off of the title of today’s post.  You all know how I feel about horror films and 28 Days Later broke that mold and flipped it on it’s head with the traditional “zombie”/horror flick.  While you can go back and read what my thoughts were on the original, I can’t forget that they made a sequel to 28 Days Later, which surprisingly was very enjoyable and good for a solid horror flick.  Sure it shed the original director, Danny Boyle, but damn if doesn’t bring back that ultra fast, rage induced infected beings to chase you to the ends of the Earth.  That is my sort of horror flick, one that keeps the pace running as fast as the villains.

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