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Movies, movies, movies [Nov. 11th, 2007|09:44 pm]
Beemer
What with being all by my lonesome*, I've watched a lot of movies the last few days.

*Well, modulo the socialization mandated by my boyfriends. I hung out with Thomas & played some Earth Defense Force 2017 yesterday, and tonight was Movie Night, and Friday was recuperating from presenting at the conference, so it was really only Thursday. But anyway.

I enjoyed Meet the Robinsons. I bet it was fantastic in 3-D. On the TV... I think I'd put it middle of the pack for Disney / Pixar type movies. (Although I'm totally hooked on the song "The Future Has Arrived" from the end credits, which I've been listening to on YouTube all weekend.)

I also liked Knocked Up. It probably would have been better in an crowd that was enthused about it than on its own, but it was sweet and funny at the same time that it was about people totally screwing up, so I give it a thumbs-up. I was impressed at how much awkwardness there was in it without it making me cringe.

Hot Fuzz, which we watched for Movie Night, was AWESOME. YAY! I loved it. Simon Pegg does a really great job at making these shifts in tone and feel that are very sudden but not jarring. It's great fun to watch them point out the silliness of all the standard action cop movie tropes, and then say "but now we're going to do them anyway" at the end, and do them really well. I think I'm going to have to keep it an extra day or two to watch it with the commentary on.

I tried out the chicken tikka masala recipe from Cook's Illustrated tonight, and I think it turned out really well. It's a bit of work, but not bad. I'll probably make it again.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2007-11-12 01:38 pm (UTC)
Aaaah! I forgot to call you and let you know I couldn't come. I was caught up in family stuff this weekend.
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From: chaosqueen42
2007-11-12 02:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry we missed it! (And we didn't call, either. Poor Beemer.)

Between crunchtime at boat of car's work and the Denver Film Festival, it was the first night in a week or so that we could stay home and do laundry and stuff.

We loved Hot Fuzz when we saw it, too. Underrated, I think.

On the subject of Movies, Movies, Movies, keep an eye out for these films that we've seen so far at the film festival which are not to be missed when they get general release!
* The Savages
* Juno
* How to cook your life
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-11-12 05:07 pm (UTC)
Wow! I tested that Masala recipe, too! It is a bit of work, as you say, but, lots of interesting flavors.
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2007-11-12 05:45 pm (UTC)
That was me. I'm not even sure how I got logged out.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2007-11-12 05:54 pm (UTC)
The big shoot-out at the end of Hot Fuzz (hope I'm not ruining it for anyone) was really really stupid. And it couldn't have ended any other way.

Glad you liked Knocked Up, too. It was one of my favorite recent movies. Why aren't there more movies like it?
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From: chaosqueen42
2007-11-13 04:03 am (UTC)
Movies that are like Knocked Up (in that they're by Judd Apatow and much better than the previews might lead you to believe) include Superbad and 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Catch Juno when it comes out -- another comedy about unwanted pregnancy, this time with teenagers! Woohoo! And with Michael Cera, who's also in Superbad.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2007-11-13 05:27 am (UTC)
Haven't seen Superbad yet. I've been an Apatow fan since I netflixed Freaks and Geeks. Still, isn't it sad when you can only rely on that one guy (and his perennial collaborators)?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-11-14 12:23 am (UTC)
The big shoot-out at the end of Hot Fuzz was really really stupid.

But I think that's sort of the point. "It's dumb, but who cares! Let's do it anyway!" Part of the whole demolishing the line between parody and homage thing.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2007-11-14 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. That's what I meant.
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[User Picture]From: mahannie57
2007-11-12 05:54 pm (UTC)
The chicken masala was yummy! Oddly enough, I also made chicken.

Also really enjoyed the movie. I I too will have to listen with the commentary, but the library's copy has 22 holds on it, so that will have to wait. Beemer, did you notice that when Angel was jogging through the town at the beginning, all the townspeople were all in the same spots as they were at the end?

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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-11-14 12:23 am (UTC)
Ha! I didn't. I'm rewatching it with commentary track and trivia notes, though, and they point it out.
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