Posts Tagged ‘sci-fi’
We've got a hodgepodge of films for you this time round, some of them better than others, and some watched at the drive-in! This time we watched:
- We talk about why senior thesis projects don't always make good movies when we discuss 9
- Tony tells you how to be an effective stalker while critiquing Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo
- Everyone who works with him may hate him, but we still love Ricky Gervais in The Invention of Lying
- If you're looking for the definition of "80s humor" look no further than A Fish Called Wanda...
- Steph winds up with a lot of strong views about effective video game films, which come out when we discuss Prince of Persia
- Is Iron Man 2 the Ulysses of summer 2010? No, not really... unless you found Transformers 2 to be a subtle and intelligently-crafted art film
Shocking to see a new installment of What We Watched up so soon, but we watched a freakish amount of movies in the past week and, for better or for worse, we just had to blab about them. Featured this time:
- Tony reveals a crush while we talk about The Girl in the Cafe... and it's not on a girl!
- Yes, Fantastic Mr. Fox is pretty fantastic!
- Generally time-lapse photography is meant to speed things up, but we talk about how it seems to slow things down in Chronos
- Michael Douglas may be the King of California, but he's also pretty creepy... and maybe that's a good thing?
- Steph insults Asians everywhere (and Tony) while discussing facial hair and Infernal Affairs
- We rag on Gwyneth Paltrow so bad while talking about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow that she may have to whine on Goop about us
On this installment of What We Watched:
- Much to Steph's chagrin, all the puns in the world aren't enough to make Running Man a good movie
- I Heart Huckabees? More like I ZZZZ Huckabees...
- Our discussion of Rosemary's Baby devolves into what makes a movie scary... Also, Tony tells you all the ways in which you are stupid
- We get passionate about education and inner-city school kids (who knew?!) while discussing the documentary Pressure Cooker
Warning, this one's a doozy, folks. Plenty of banter and grousing!
For people who own a television but who don’t have cable (or even rabbit ears), Tony and I do pretty well when it comes to keeping current with must-see tv. Just to be clear, we don’t eschew cable because we’re those snotty folk who turn up their noses at television; far from it! Mostly we don’t have cable (or as we refer to it, “don’t have tv”) for two reasons: 1) the local cable provider here is SUPER expensive (in Toronto, I recall not having to pay more than $60/month for cable AND internet; here a comparable package would set us back some thing like $100… I am not willing to pay that kind of money for tv... or really any monthly service); 2) it is probably for the best we can’t just watch tv whenever we want, because we would literally watch it all the time. Buh bye reading time. Say hello to the glazed look that I inevitably take on after having watched 5 hours of HGTV or Animal Planet straight. (Seriously, so little is my self-restraint when it comes to watching the idiot box, I will watch hours worth of “When Animals Attack”, which pretty much no one should watch.) Essentially, it’s in our best interest to have our tv watching limited to what we can rent through Netflix, or watch online (and with Netflix’s “Watch It Now”, Hulu, and all of the major networks streaming their stuff, we’re not doing too bad!). Anyhoodle, normally Tony and I take the summer to purge bad shows from our repertoire that we no longer enjoy, and to seek out potential replacements. Often times this involves us cottoning on to shows that are long since done, but that’s what DVD is for, right? This summer found us watching: (more…)
Victor LaValle's second novel, Big Machine. What can I say? I loved this book, and I hope you will too. If you enjoy mysteries, fantasy, sci-fi, or just a rolicking adventure story with a pretty biting sense of humor, there's a good chance you will! When this one hits the shelves, I'll probably buy a hard-cover copy because I liked it that much. In my own personal reading loI gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 rating, which says a lot. Also, I made Tony read it after I finished it and now both of us are interested in reading LaValle's back catalog. He's likely an author you haven't heard of before, but now all of that's changed so you have no excuse not to give Big Machine a shot! I'm pretty proud of this review, and was extra excited to see that it got "Feature" billing (and also kicks off the Fiction reviews in the print edition of the magazine). Please check it out and let me know what you think!Since it's a new month, it also means I have a new review up in the current issue of BookPage. For the August issue I read