More on Slumdog

I read an article in Script magazine that said Slumdog Millionaire was adapted from a novel, and that the novel had the gameshow thing, and then the story parts in between were random stories with no strong thread to tie it together as a solid movie, so they rewrote all that stuff. Furthermore, they didn't want it to be all about money so they added the love element and de-emphesized the character's desire for money making it all about the girl. Although I didn't really like how the girl thing was handled at the end, the rest of the story they wrote was quite good, it's just the remnants of the book it was adapted from that sucked. Now maybe the book itself was good, but as a movie I wish they'd just dropped the whole book adaptation thing and written a movie about India without the Hollywood ending. That being said, it's doubtful anyone would have paid this much attention to it if they had done so since good gritty movies come out all the time and don't get this much press and love of the audience. WHat it all comes down to is that for a movie to do this well it's gotta have a hollywood ending. Of course some hollywood hacks are better than others.

Whatever the case I still don't like the movie, but it was interesting to know that really it's that first bad apple that spoiled the bunch, but also what got the whole thing going.

When working on other people's work I always have the inclination to just totally change it into something good. I guess this is what happens if you follow through with that feeling but don't have the power to just get rid of that original thread. All sorts of things can inspire you, but that doesn't mean they should be adhered to in the final product.
I think this is one of the problems with not giving one single person creative control over a project. TOo many cooks in the kitchen.

Some Good, Some Bad (New Movies)

Gran Torino was good. Hopefully you don't need more than that to go see it.

There's a not alot that I can say that wouldn't spoil it besides that it's about an old man surrounded by change and he doesn't really like it.

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Let The Right One In
This is by far the most enjoyable "off beat" movie I've seen in a while. Don't watch trailers, don't read about it, just see it. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't, but the less you know about it the better. The little I can say is this:
A sensitive boy comes across rather strange circumstances.
The movie is slow and artful, full of space in which to meditate. If you can't sit still without squirming in your seat this is not the movie for you. If you don't like dark movies, this is not for you. Otherwise, I urge you to check it out, maybe it'll make your day, maybe you'll regret you payed, but it's not like anything that's been out in a while, so for me it's not only great, it's a refreshing change from the shiny pop that's been coming out lately.

Yes Man
Jim Carey at his best, not just a slapstick empty doodle of feel good boredom. This is the kind of movie that leaves you feeling better about life and about giving your left pinky for a movie ticket. If you want solid, enjoyable, funny, well done comedy, this is the one for you.

Slumdog Millionaire sucked it's own hollywood balls.
Ingeniously made making the absolute best of it's Indie budget, using dry ice cooled custom modified computers in backpacks to record and monitor footage in the hot box streets of India, the Slumdog vision had one single failure: It's concept is entirely hollywood. Collapse )

Current Movies


I am very excited about this movie. It suffers from some of the things so common in fantasy films: Simplified storyline, too many things fall into place for the characters, generally directed at children when it doesn't need to be to include them. That being said, unlike most of the Fantasies in the past few years however, these traits do not ruin the movie. The star actors do a great job, the story premise is interesting and relevant to today's world, and above all THE SETS AND COSTUMES ARE FUCKING AMAZING! Finally a director has come who is over the whole CG dazzle and understands that CG has it's place but that it should be reserved for things that you couldn't otherwise do. Yes, this movie includes CG, but wherever it can it steers away from it. Collapse )

This is a crucial attitude in the advancement of quality fantasy and sci-fi films. For years now we've been plagued with things like "episode" 1-3 of Star Wars, or worse, the animated special edition of the original films. UGH!
For some guy's accurate rant about CG click HERE.
Anyway, City of Ember brings back great costuming and set design aesthetic and is a huge step int he right direction for the future of fantasy and sci-fi film. And of course, it's engaging, enjoyable, and cool. Even if a little too childish to go down in history as one of the greats.

Being his second film since the short animation that got Gil Kenan his career, and being such a step up from that, I am hugely excited to see what this fledgling director will be coming out with next.

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The classic wacky road trip adventure done fairly well. Sex Drive is stupid -no stroke of genius from the comedy world. It's more like Dude Where's My Car than Zoolander or Superbad, but out of all the movies I've seen lately, this one does stand out as an enjoyably funny retarded comedy.

The quest for love and adventure in Highschool is well depicted in an over the top storyline that isn't TOO FAR over the top to be liked. I'm not really a fan of "OMG and then THAT happened and then THIS happened, and she was SOOOOO FAT, and then a monster truck crushed EVERYTHING!" plots, and this story did a good job of keeping it all at least somewhere within the realm of reality such that things were still funny when they happened.

TheMovieBlog.com did a decent review of Sex Drive reviewHERE</a> but reading about the movie will probably just ruin it, and all you really need to know is this: If you're in the mood for a stupid high school comedy and have low expectations, this movie will come through for an enjoyable evening. If that's not your cup of tea, this isn't special enough to cross preferences to see it anyway. It's no rare gem, but if you've got nothing to do and need a little fun to spruce up your day, go ahead.


Another middle east terrorism film, Ridley Scott's Body of Lies is actually enjoyable. There have been a whole slew of these things lately, including Rendition, Traitor, The Kite Runner, and movies about War and today's soldiers like Stop-Loss and Lions for Lambs. The middle east is popular these days, or unpopular, whatever it may be, tons of movies are coming out that take place there and have some relationship with terrorism, religion, and war.
Body of Lies sort of sums a lot of these things up, considering many of the angles that were each the focus of one of these other films. Although in doing so it doesn't make as strong a point as the others which very simply illustrate ONE THING so that it's very clear to the viewer. Body of lies considers all of these things and carefully weaves much of it in to the overarching plot of the film. The result is a very engaging enjoyable film that is no slouch in it's depth, but also no hard hitting political statement.
Within the run of these movies Body of Lies was one of the most consistently enjoyable and overall well balanced films. I would definitely recommend it to someone looking for the pleasure of an adventure movie that's more than just action, or maybe to someone who likes to think about international relations, terrorism, and morality, but I would NOT go to this movie to be inspired or enlightened.

I saw this and then went to Sex Drive, and the combination made for an evening of good fun, which has been lacking in my trips to the theater of late. If that's what you're looking for, check em out!

Possible race issues


A question of perspective: Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around?.. think about it.

Would the country's collective point of view be different? Could racism be the culprit?

Ponder the following:

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain had only married once and Obama was a divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

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