Sunday, January 25, 2009

no need to get off my arse, there're movies to be watched

It's been exam week here at Zombie central, and since the Resident Offspring had a very light exam schedule, we had time to watch a few movies.

e Express
ved it! It was a hilarious buddy stoner action flick, that had a sweetness and innocence about it which made it very endearing. Seth Rogan and James Franco are both so fun to watch, but it is Danny McBride who all but steals the show as Red, the supplier who just won't die. Franco is absolutely adorable as Saul, the drug dealer, who takes his bubbeh to the opera and calls her a pimp.

My Bloody Valentine 3D
Highly predictable slasher flick, which was actually made quite fun via the magic of 3D glasses. We giggled through the whole thing, were suitably grossed out when the dude got his jawbone ripped off and it flew past our heads and we could hear it splat on the wall behind us. At one point the film stopped abruptly, leaving the six of us in attendance, sitting in a dead quiet, pitch dark theatre. I am happy to report we all survived.

What We Do Is Secret

The biopic of the 1970's LA punk band, the Germs. Apparently the surviving members of the orginal band were so impressed with Shane West's performance as front man Darby Crash, that they invited him to join them in a reunion. The film is done is a semi-documentary style, alternating
interviews with performances and scenes depicting the relationships and the conflicts within the band.

Crash had a five-year plan to become a legend, and in the process led the Germs into becoming one of the most notorious bands in LA, resulting in their being
banned from every venue in the city. Ironically, his suicide, planned to cement his legendary status, was overshadowed in the press by the murder of John Lennon the following day.

A comedy, a slasher flick, and a rock biopic - I would say that's a pretty well balanced diet, wouldn't you? What's your favourite genre of film?


Allison said...

I thought there were funny parts to Pineapple Express, but also that it was too long. Although the part where one of the characters pumps the gun and says "Thug life" makes me giggle.

That rock pic sounds very intriguing. Shall have to look out for it.

Favourite genre? Hmmm...tough question. But I'm a sucker for a melodrama...or some good Film Noir.

Karen said...

Sounds like quite the week! The only thing you're missing is a zombie/end of the world as we know it flick! I had avoided Pineapple Express based on my other experiences with Seth Rogan films (especially Superbad...which was exactly that). However, it seems that everyone thought it was hilarious. Hmmm, perhaps I'll have to give it a go.

As you know, I'm a big fan of the documentary but love a good action flick. Disaster movies? Big Fan! Pretty much anything but chick flicks and I'm good to go.

Wandering Coyote said...

I really liked Pineapple Express, too, except for the first half an hour and the final 5 minutes. Between those, it was hilarious! I loved how the paranoid delusions actually became reality! The more I watch of Seth Rogan, the more I like the guy. And he's from Vancouver...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

"Thug life", that was a great line, Al. There were a lot of good lines in Pineapple Express.
I have to be in the right frame of mind for a melodrama, I find, and I need to watch more films of the noir persuasion.

I am a complete sucker for zombie apocalypse films, Karen, as you can well imagine.
Actually, if you didn't like Superbad, you may not like Pineapple Express. You really have to embrace your inner 12 year old boy for both of them.
There are so many great docs around these days! Most of them you can still only see at film festivals, but I am more and more for docs all the time.

He's really funny, Wandering Coyote, but I haven't seen all of his films. What a fun romp PE was, though!

Remi said...

I very rarely go and actively search out documentaries but then I go flipping channels and I can almost never get past Newsworld when The Passionate Eye is on.

Kevin Smith movies. I can quote far too many silly lines from his flicks.

Bruce McDonald's road movies should be a genre unto themselves.

I'm also a sucker for good movies about writers or painters.

Anonymous said...

And I thought I was pushing the Cold Weekend Movie Watching envelope with The History Boys. But Pineapple Express? Go you.

Gifted Typist said...

Dunno what my fave genre is. What's Breakfast at Tiffany's? Rom Hep Com?

I watched North by Northwest this wk/end with Cary Grant. Is George Clooney not the the modern day Cary Grant!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I always thought Bruce McDonald road movies WERE a genre onto themselves, Remi. As a Don McKellar films.
Everybody needs to be able to quote far too many lines from Clerks.

I LOVE History Boys, Justrun! Is Posner not the most adorable thing ever? Damn, now I want to watch it again.

George Clooney is pretty much Cary Grant reincarnated, you are correct, Gifted. I think you could lump them in with Audrey Hepburn under the "classy film" genre.

John Mutford said...

I don't know if I have a favourite genre. As long as it's not a romantic comedy, I'm open to it. I'd say simply "drama" probably gets rented most often, but that sounds boring as hell.

Evelyne said...

Favourite genre? That's really a hard question, I would say that it really depends on my mood and that I haven't seen many good movies recently. It sounds like it was a fun week for you guys, it reminds me of the days that I spent at home during Christmas.

Anonymous said...

i would like to know what its like to see in 3D...never have.

bloody awful poetry said...

Ooo Pineapple Express!I have not watched that yet, but I've seen a couple of clips and they're all pretty funneh.
And My Bloody Valentine sounds pretty crap, but I'll sit through anything if it means I get to see a Jensen Ackles in 3-freaking-D.

And I'm not too sure if I have a favourite genre of film, really. Anything goes, as long as it is Awesome! Unless Gyllenhaal counts as a genre..

Deb said...

Movies...I remember those. I think the last one I saw was The Wizard Of Oz. I'm long overdue.

You guys know how to do it up right.

Joe said...

I liked Pineapple Express, but not as much as I liked Superbad.

The girls saw My Bloody Valentine and LOVED IT. I just found out the theater closest to us only has it in 2D, so I saw Underworld today.

Sounds like you had some great viewing.

Heh--my word verification is "uslesse"

S.M. Elliott said...

Poor Crash. Worst timing ever.

Sean Wraight said...

That is certainly some inspired movie viewing for the Zombie household. Great diversity in one's film viewing is always essential.

That being said, I do have a favourite genre. I love documentaries. Although I haven't seen the Darby Crash bio-pi; (I want to!) I have seen documentaries about Arthur Russell and Frank Gehry recently and loved both a great deal.

I saw Slumdog Millionaire on the weekend and absolutely loved it. A very busy, very noisy and very brash motion picture. Highly recommended if you're up for a roller coaster ride!


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't know, John. There's drama and then there's DRAMA!

That is the best way to spend Christmas at home, Evelyne, especially when it is really cold and snowy and you have lots of cookies.

That's right, you have no depth perception, do you, Kelly? SO what would happen if you wore 3D glasses? Nothing?

In BAP-world, Gyllenhaal certainly counts as its own genre, BAP, and I mean, really, who wants to live anywhere but BAP-world?

Most of these were just DVDs, Deb, you can do DVDs, I know you can!

I loved Superbad too, Bubs. Good decision not seeing My Bloody Valentine in 2D. WOudln't have been worth it.

I KNOW, right, SME? And to have that the culmination of your 5-year plan, too.

I do want to see Slumdog Millionaire, Sean, but it's on at weird times at cinemas that are hard to get to here.
I find that I see a lot of docs during the film festival, and love them. I need to seek them out during the rest of the year as well.

Karen's Mouth said...

Oooh, I loved Superbad so you have convinced me to watch Pinapple Express - thanks!

Favourite genre is The Michael Douglas Thriller. Any film in which The Douglas is a wealthy business man embroiled in some thrillerish goings on. Mostly from the 90s. Favourites include The Game, Fatal Attraction, and A Perfect Murder. Sadly it is a finite collection of films.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

At least it's easy to say that you own the definitive MD Thriller Collection, Kees. And that's saying something right there.

Oh do watch Pineapple Express! The lovely Resident Offspring just bought me the two disc version as a late Christmas gift. Woot!

BeckEye said...

I like comedies best. Imagine!

I haven't seen "Pineapple Express" yet though, or any of the other movies you listed. Just saw "Stebrothers" this weekend and it was kind of stupid, but kind of funny, just as I expected.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Stepbrothers was a Will Farrell movie, BEckeye, a genre unto itself. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.


We've seen a Must SEE obscure old movie lately that I have to get around writing a review on so you'll be dying to watch it!

And even better for the Zombie family I own it so all you have to do is mosey on down the road and borrow it.

PS Out of the three listed I'm leaning towards the rock pic.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A must see obscure old movie, UB? I am suitably intrigued, write thee that review already!