Perhaps it is because of my age, I am 48, but I have always known Ted to be a short form for Edward.
Or, of course, Theodore.
Three dorky high school kids embark on a mission to, get booze, go to a 'cool kids' party, and get with the girls they want. Starring Seth Rogan....make of that what you will.
I put this on expecting it to be a crapfest, but it's actually one of the best films I've seen all year. The interaction between the teens is brilliant, it really does seem like they're childhood friends. I don't know what to make of Seth Rogan yet, some people love him, some people hate him. Me, I've only seen him in this and The 40-Year Old Virgin, and in this he seemed quite content to take a backseat.
Highlights, for me, include:
1. Two of the friends winding up at an adults' party. I genuinely felt as threatened as they did. The situation they were in made them seem powerless, like...children. Bravo!
2. Michael Cera's hopeless romanticism, bordering on the cringeworthy. We've all been there!
3. The cops; they seemed unhinged in a believeable (with a slight stretch) way.
Verdict: buy it
At the risk of sounding like a cynic, when I first saw it advertised I immediately thought 'British Gran Turino' and the film, for me, really failed to even accomplish that. Michael Caine is an aging pensioner who decides to make a stand against the local 'landan yoofs' when his friend has an unfortunate run in with them. Cue bumbling cops, viciously clueless gangstas and a string of lucky coincidences for our 'Arry.
I wanted to like the movie, I tried, but in the end, it was simply...sufficient. Michael Caine is 5-10 years too old for the role. He looks more 'frail old man' than 'crazily dangerous old man' that Eastwood managed to pull off in Gran Turino.
The movie can't seem to decide on whether or Harry Brown is an underestimated, veteran killer, or a doddering old man who is in the right place at the right time. The end result is a jumbling mixture of the two, as scenes juxtaposed together strain credulity. One cringeworthy thing that springs to mind right away are the blood spurts in the film, there are a lot of them. They're also terribly, terribly, fake looking cgi. Someone gets knifed in the stomach? Geyser of blood. Someone gets shot in the face? Blood spray everywhere. Someone gets poked in the ribs? Yep, fountains of blood.
Somewhat grim finale that feels all together too rushed and leaves you wondering about characters' motivations.
Overall: borrow it off someone who's rented it, otherwise, pass
Maybe its a UK thing but I have never personally known anyone named Theodore.
Edwards, also known as Ted, I know of a few including a couple in my family.
I have of course heard of famous Theodores including of course Teddy Roosevelt....and with him in mind to bring this back on topic;
'The Wind and the Lion'
I saw this on cable the other day, a good old fashioned adventure film from the mid seventies I believe. The story is about an American woman and her children that are kidnapped at the turn of the century by a Morrocan Berber chief, and the diplomatic incident around it.
Watch it on a Sunday afternoon.
I taped a film off sky movies today, "Revolution", its from the makers of BFG, will post a review tomorrow, I think its about some disgruntled colonists and sci fi politics.
Saw Alice in Wonderland last night. Was rather disappointed. It was neither Alice in Wonderland, nor Through the Looking Glass, but seemed mostly a mish-mash based on the Jaberwocky poem in Looking Glass. That said it was reasonably well done (Anne Hathaway cracked me up). I just wish I hadn't been forced to see it in 3D (only two 2D sessions a day during the day ).
I'm still unsure about why the 2d was meant to be superior.
I was told to see it in 2d because the colours were messed up in the 3d..But in 2d the colours were faded/aged/worn (as I had been told the 3d version was).I thought it was a deliberate thing to show the deterioration of the kingdom.
Did the 3d version just staple on 12 extra layers of foreground making it look cheap or something..whats the real beef?
The best use of the 3d tech was the growing flowers/shrooms border on the end credits : /
This whole 3d thing is perplexing and I hope the fad dies soon.
Not if TV manufacturers have anything to say about it; they need more 3D content to push their LCD sets which are 3D compatible.
Finally got my dvds from play.com a few days ago. Fulltime Killer, A Scanner Darkly and Screamers. I think I wrote something about A Scanner Darkly earlier in this thread and definately wrote about Fulltime Killer. Really looking forward to watching Screamers again. I have very fond memories of that film but it's been years since late night tv blessed me with that one.
Film of the year, and it's only March.
One of my favorite films - a superb example of John Milius balls-out action with a period twist. It's worth watching just for the portion which features the USMC shore party storming the palace.Originally Posted by freddythebig
Oh, watching the the Men in Pointy Hats getting a drubbing is also always good fun.
PS: Land of the Lost is Hilarious. I know Will Ferrell is an acquired taste, but I can't help but love him.
Kick Ass: hugely entertaining. Does a better job of satirizing/deconstructing comic books and super heroes than the 'Watchmen' movie did (but not the graphic novel... ).
It has a couple of moments that manage to be surprising, if not shocking even.
Not perfect -
but mostly this film works splendidly. Nicholas Cage is the best he's been in any film for about 15 years.
And Hit Girl rules. She alone deserves a sequel.
Verdict: if you like action films, if you like comics, if you like super-hero movies, if you just like an entertaining romp, if you like films that have a bit of satirical commentary to them, then you should definitely Watch it.
I think I've covered everyone on here?