File Under “I couldn’t agree more.”

Shouldn’t I say something about the movies? I have seen a whole raft of
new-to-me films recently, and I’m slowly getting them updated on my Web
site. and have been
leading me through many good videos recently — everything from Close
Encounters of the Third Kind
to Tuesday night’s viewing of The
Celluloid Closet
. We’ve also just started watching “Gilmore
Girls” from the beginning (saw the first four last night), and I am well
amused by that show. If only I lived in a world where everyone was
smart and quick and funny ALL THE TIME. They make literary jokes!

The only movie I’ve seen in the theater recently was The Wedding
. I saw it Monday in a bid to take my mind of some Very Bad
News, and it worked for the full length of the movie. And then I walked
out and thought, man, that was funny — except there’s no one in the
world to whom I can recommend it. It manages to be offensive in so
many, many ways — both in its jokes and in its plot — that I can’t
think of anyone I would send to see it. So, see at your own risk.
There were parts at which I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, but there
were also parts where even I went, “Aw, come on, are we really going to
go there?”

Now, as we know, I do enjoy Owen Wilson, and I’ve decided not to let
this excitement be tempered by his recent interview appearances. I
choose to believe he’s not actually as dumb/shallow as he sounds. I
repeat my defense: he co-wrote The Royal Tenenbaums! And
Rushmore! And Bottle Rocket! Perhaps I will have to wait
and see if he ever contributes in a “writing” way to anything non-Wes
Anderson before I make any further judgments.

A chart comparing the 3-D Smurfs Movie (rock on!) and
the Transformers movie
, in which I find the “Something we hope each
film retains from its source material” and “Suggested Plotline” rows the
most entertaining. Also: Yay Smurfs Movie! Why am I excited about
this? Because I can be, kids. Because I can be.

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7 Responses to File Under “I couldn’t agree more.”

  1. phillyexpat says:

    I really liked Wedding Crashers-but I am a die hard lover of all things Vince Vaughn (which explains that copy of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story nestled next to Dogville). He was so on in that movie.

  2. kepkanation says:

    I really enjoyed Dodgeball, too. And I think Vince Vaughn took the hardest possible role in this movie and made it work, which was really an accomplishment. He was so screwy, but he was sympathetically screwy. And he played so well off of Isla Fischer.

  3. phillyexpat says:

    Vince Vaughn is really underappreciated, isn’t he. He’s often the best thing about the movies he’s in, but because he’s usually a sidekick, he gets no love.

  4. kepkanation says:

    I would agree that he’s usually a surprise highlight of many films (like Be Cool), but he kind of annoyed me in parts of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, though I think that may have just been that his role was cut down to where it didn’t make a huge amount of sense in the end.

  5. simplelyric says:

    I’ve yet to see more than a few minutes of Close Encounters, but, oh, I have such boundless love for The Celluloid Closet. It moves me every time I watch it. And every time I watch it, I remember to jot down another couple movies I want to try to see.

  6. kepkanation says:

    It was very, very good. And yes, I saw movies to add to the list, too.

    I tried to call you last night twice, but I got a funny message from your home phone — “This number is not accepting calls right now.” I’ll be driving in and out of range going home tomorrow (and it will be early morning), but maybe we can catch up next week sometime?

  7. simplelyric says:

    Huh. At first I misread that, assuming you meant my cell, because my cell service has been really, inexplicably crackaddled lately. I’ve been getting voice mails when my phone didn’t show any missed/received calls, and people haven’t been able to get through — nor have I heard a ring or anything when they’ve tried calling — even though I’ve had all bars showing and no notifications about a lack of service. At the same time, my sister’s phone, which is exactly the same model on exactly the same service plan, has been fine. It’s absurd.

    At any rate, however, I’m even more clueless as to why the home phone wouldn’t have worked. We have voice mail on that, and we don’t use dial-up Internet or anything. Also, we weren’t home until about 9:30 your time, so if it was before that, no person on our end could’ve even been using the phone. The only thing I can think of is if either someone else called in at the precise time you did, or if TiVo was getting data and bizarrely decided to block your call rather than switch off. . . .

    I’ll be on the road tomorrow morning, too, joy of joys. Sometime between Monday and Wednesday would probably work best next week, as Thursday we’re heading for Canada.

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