Movie of the Day – John Q

Gah…….this illness sucks.  And with all illnesses, there is an underlying issue and cure to be had.  The issue, I am still not better.  The cure, Denzel Washington movies.  While I could watch a myriad of other Washington films that are largely better, I settled on this one cause if we need a change in the medical world, then by god Denzel is the man to do it.

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Top Ten Movie Drugs

Alright, I haven’t done a top ten list in a while and I think this is the one that gets me back into list making.  I had a great conversation with some fellow movie critics and bloggers the other night, which led to us talking about Looper and the eye dropper drugs.  I will admit, along with science fiction movies, I love the concept of drugs evolving along with time.  Future Drugs are my jam and I love seeing what filmmakers will come up with in terms of creating fictional drugs that are just a plot device or a piece setting for movie and character.  Looper for instance had Levitt using an eye dropper to give him a high.  I am sure that wasn’t Visine, but it did lead to some trippy effects and side effects to the user.

So why not compile my list of favorite movie drugs, sci-fi and non sci-fi.  Like most lists, I am not necessarily ranking one over the other, it’s just that I picked 10 movie drugs that I enjoy and remember from movies.  So hold your outrage of some drugs not getting a higher ranking over another drug.  Take some pills and relax.

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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 Waiting Room

Finally finding a bit of time in my hectic life to start fully reviewing the films of the True/False Fest, I decided to start with the social documentary called The Waiting Room.  Also I was spurred on to do this review after being contact through twitter by the official Waiting Room handle, which promptly corrected me on the misspelling of the directors name Pete Nicks.  So embarrassment aside, I wanted to actually give this a full review instead of the small snippet of coverage.

To be frank and continue my traditional insight before diving into the film, healthcare in this country is one of the most heated topics of debate in this country.  I am of the notion that a country as prosperous and great as we are, it is a shame that we cannot provide healthcare to everyone in America.  It says something about a country and the way they treat their citizens when getting ill is the difference between life and death.  Sometimes it isn’t even about that, sometimes it is just about trying to get healthcare and choosing between paying for food or paying for medicine.  There have been many films in the past, one I will bring up is John Q since most people love Denzel Washington and will remember his spirited portrayal of a father going to extreme lengths to save his son.  The film was an extreme, not unlikely though, case of healthcare putting a price on life and how absurd it is to even be healthy in this world.  While the sensational nature of the film will rally those who need a new cause to take up, it is sensational to begin and end with.

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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 – Cold Souls

Hmmmm.  A movie that deal with the idea of removing your soul and letting you live life without fear, worry or other stupid emotions that could our minds everyday.  I am not sure if this is a play on current healthcare industry with their Viagra, Clarinex, Prozac, and that pill that gets rids of foot fungus, but could kill you as a side effect.  Too many people worrying about symptoms that they lose sight of their life.  Maybe the trailer is describing what really make us, well, us.  The concept of removing the, albeit briefly, is a farcical idea that just seems work so well.  I am not sure if it’s the acting, the message, the science fiction like story, or that it is something new and unique from a first time writer and director.  All I know is that this movie tackles a subject that defines us all.  Also I could just be rambling on and on about nothing altogether, but damnit, this is one of those trippy little films that remind about Being John Malkovich.

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