Movies, Movies, Movies

Hola! Feliz Mucho Monday!

We've watched 3 movies in the past 10 days worth mentioning. Saw them on either Netflix or Amazon Prime....

SPRING BREAKERS!!!

What the heck is going on with this movie. Its horrible and its brilliant. Seriously. The duality is perplexing and invigorating. Its a trainwreck.  Certain elements of this film I could appreciate. It's gritty. It's edgy. It's a wild ride. While you sit and watch It really feels like your on Spring Break is some seedy, trashy, southern beach city. It creates a very real, very visceral experience in that sense. There are hot chicks in bikinis. Crazy parties and naked breasts soaked by pitchers of beer. How can you not like that? Certain elements I loathed. Didnt LOVE James Franco in this. I was disappointed. There was a lot of REPETITION in this movie. Repetition that they tried to pass off as an artistic choice. It became obvious at some point that they made a 45 minute movie and turned the film in to some sort of MEISNER exercise to give the movie some length. Which became annoying. One thing for certain, love it or hate it... I couldn't look away.

It's so BAD, that John Water's (??) actually has it sitting at NUMBER ONE on his Top Ten movies of 2013 list!!!

"The best sexploitation film of the year has Disney tween starlets hilariously undulating, snorting cocaine, and going to jail in bikinis. What more could a serious filmgoer possibly want?" http://www.indiewire.com/article/john-waters-top-films-of-2013-spring-breakers-is-1

James Franco really had a chance to knock this role out of the park. Home Run, Slam Dunk, Body Blow Body Blow. KNOCK-EM-OUT. I feel like he dropped in with a stand up double. His portayal of the weird, white-rapper-pimp-hustler... on PAPER... showed some potential. And he definitely had some strong moments... but he didnt quite NAIL the swagger and the sketchy, southern, white guy-wants-streetcred-so-he-walks and-talks-like-a-black-guy thing.



Ok, Ok, not bad. Not GREAT. Not Oscar-worthy. But not bad. Now, if you want to see some genuine white-guy-wants-streetcred-so-he-walks and-talks-like-a-black-guy sheeit.... Take a look at THIS....

"Riff Raff Interview"

(This is apparently the ridiculous person he modeled his character after)




Now... I havent done much research on this guy...so I don't know. He COULD be an actor. I don't now what he does or where he came from. This could be another Sacha Baron Cohen thing going on here. But I'm kind of sensing its not. There's a LOT of home video stuff on the internet about this guy. Most of it particularly ridiculous.

Ok, watch THIS....

(Riff actually talks about the film and James Franco)





Now that this guy is on to the fact that his "likeness" was used in the movie... meaning James Franco stole his identity.... I believe Riff Raff is suing somebody. And the people behind SPRING BREAKERS are now denying any connection. After watching a few RIFF RAFF clips on Youtube, I actually think that the existence of this guy actually makes James Francos performance worse. He could have done SO MUCH better. Wth all this great material to pull from? I hear Riff Raff talking and I'm like "THATS what James Franco should have been like."

Franco was close... but like I said... Stand up Double... could have been a home run. STILL, the movie is intriguing enough to be worth a watch.

SEE it. Tell me what you think.

MONSTERS!!!

My buddy Josh loves campy, quirky, often times bad, science fiction movies. Every once in a while he recommends stuff that is surprisingly good. MONSTERS was surprisingly good. I had never heard of it. He told me to watch. I did.... with very low expectations... and I was pleasantly surprised.





MONSTERS is listed as a British movie, but it takes place in Mexico and nobody is British... as far as I can tell. I'm sure the actors are British, but they are speaking in American accents. I love that this movie is about the relationship that develops between the two main characters. Its almost like a hiking/road trip movie.... with gorgeous landscape shots and other vibrant visuals of the surrounding territories.... and with monster/alien things being thrown in there to keep it interesting.

The ENDING? Catches you off-guard a little bit. When the movie was over I said "THAT'S the end?" But after sitting there for a while and digesting the film, I realized that it was actually a REALLY GOOD ending and if this was MY movie... I would probably have done the same thing.

MUD!!!

Thats right I said MUD. It only cost me 99 cents to rent this on Amazon. 99CENTS!! If you ask me, that's a pretty good deal. MUD is a pretty good movie.

"Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love."

"Mud is a 2012 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, and Reese Witherspoon."





It's a little STAND BY ME, a little NIGHT OF THE HUNTER,

The acting is solid. The two kids are pretty good. There are a few moments where you say to yourself "Nah, that wouldn't happen like that," which I hate... but for the most part, you buy into the story and it keeps you engaged through the entire film. You can find yourself really caring for these characters.

Alright, thats my Mucho Monday Movie Beat. I gotta go. Have a TON of work to do this week. Still have about 10 legal-themed short sceenplays to write. Our anniversary is TOMORROW (December 17th), Colleen graduates from SAC STATE this weekend. Gotta go up and give a HOO HAA HOORAY for you chant as she walks the walk. Congratulations Colleen! Now it gets REAL. Party time is OVER girl.... time to GROW UP.... get a JOB...... pays some BILLS... sweat it out like the rest of us. Sounds FUN.... dont it?

It's actually a very cool time of your life. Transitioning out of the college world and trying to break into the workforce and find your way is kid of daunting at first... but once you achieve some independence... its pretty awesome. Sounds scary, but working and paying your own bills and doing your own thing is the best thing that'll ever happen to you. The good, the bad, the ugly, it's all part of the process. Trust the process. You'll grow and learn more about yourself and the world in the next 5 years than the sum of all your  years combined at tis point. Dive right in. Take some chances. Mix it up. Try new things. Become adventurous. Whether thats at home or abroad. Put yourself in situations that test your character. Live, Love, Learn... Get out there!! 
 
And on THAT note... it's Christmas. Happy Holidays Y'all!!!!

 

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