stuff i watched lately

Been feeling a little ill. Can’t be arsed thinking too hard. These are films I saw all or part of lately, cruelly reviewed. Smarter content will resume shortly: meanwhile, get your fill of mindless pop culture comments 😉

Hellboy

If you’re a fan of the comic, this is pretty fun, because everything looks right (even the occult Nazis), and Ron Perlman’s delivery of lines like “Ouch” and “This is gonna hurt in the morning” is perfect. Fun but maybe a bit lacking in substance. (Trivia: Idle Faction’s bassist made Hellboy’s gun.)

Constantine

Not quite what Hellblazer fans would have wanted – I don’t recall JC shooting demons with a converted cross shotgun, or using a gun ever, for that matter – but on its own terms as a movie it’s interesting and entertaining and less stupid than others of its ilk. But pretty solid, and otherwise fine.

Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Original, silly, off kilter comedy. Consistently does the unexpected. Bill Murray gets better at deadpan as he ages. Sneaking suspicion Cate Blanchett may prove to be a really good actress enhanced. Jeff Goldblum makes a fantastic prick.

Air Force One

Amazing that V for Vendetta gets squeals of protest when a somehow mainstream movie like this can put ultra rabid right wing speeches in the mouth of President Harrison Ford and generally wallow orgasmicly in might makes right hero worship and presidential idolatory with nary an eyebrow raised. Berserk piece of shit. Was flicking mindlessly between this and

Half Past Dead

Steven Seagal ensemble(?) action movie. He goes undercover at Alcatraz as a bunch of heavily armed dudes in black invade to rescue a guy about to be executed who knows where kabillions in gold is hidden. Nia Peeples has great eye makeup and wears leather. Kind of ludicrous and shallow but entertaining. (See? This is how flat I’ve been.)

McLibel

Fun little doco about the pair of British environmental activists who were sued by McDonalds for libel, and eventually won out in the “biggest corporate PR disaster in history”. Nice to get the sense of ordinary people sticking it to the faceless monster machine. Eric Schlosser came over really well in his interview segments.

What the bleep do we know?

Definitely worth a look. An inventive information-dense sashay through quantum physics, neurophysiology, consciousness and spirituality, generally looking at what the hell is it all about, wrapped around Marlee Matlin wandering around looking thoughtful and realising she can make herself happy as well as miserable. The wedding sequence is inspired.

However, easily the most interesting thing I’ve watched recently was Grant Morrison’s speech from Disinfo.Con on Disc Two of the Disinformation DVD. His analysis of embracing magic as a means of resisting the corporate magic turning the world into itself was wicked. Generally head-melting hilarity rendered in glorious Scots accent. Motto: It works!

5 Responses to “stuff i watched lately”

  1.   strong_light
    April 26th, 2006 | 11:44 pm

    Hellboy is tres good, but dear lord I thought what the bleep do we know was terrrible!! In fact I may have fallen asleep in it.

  2.   Pearce
    July 18th, 2006 | 3:57 pm

    FYI: here’s a link to an article by a physicist on science in movies, which claims that What the Bleep Do We Know is one of the worst offenders of bad physics in movies:

    http://www.physicsweb.org/articles/world/19/7/3/1

    One talking head with believable credentials – Columbia University science philosopher David Albert – later complained that his interview was edited to completely excise his opposition to the ideas in the film.

  3.   Administrator
    July 19th, 2006 | 2:47 pm

    That article explains why that mostly incredibly flaky new age channeller was in the film so much. She’s their guru.

  4.   Pearce
    July 19th, 2006 | 2:57 pm

    It also explains why her accent was so incredibly fake – when you’re a 35,000 year old warrior, modern English is unlikely to be your first language. 😉

    She’s not just the guru of the filmmakers, she’s the guru of several of the “experts” interviewed, including the kiddie-fiddler former Catholic priest.

  5.   Pearce
    July 19th, 2006 | 3:06 pm

    Just re-reading the original post:

    Jeff Goldblum makes a fantastic prick

    What does he make it out of? 😉