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An Early End: Coen Week

This first “episode” of a directors week acted as a sort of test run that would either continue, or end, this series. Unfortunately it has ended it.

The reason for my inability to continue this series is due to the fact that there is a lot that I want to watch and to write about, and I can’t do that when I am restricted to just one type of film. For example today I picked up Cache, The White Ribbon, and Boardwalk Empire Season One. All of which I will be writing about. I can’t do that if I’m forced to watch Burn Ater Reading.

I hope you understand and I apologize. I also hope that this will allow me to bring you content that I am more driven to produce. Thanks.

-Ethan

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Barton Fink

 

Short side note: This can be attributed to either my general lack of time to write this or my discovery of the undy-a-hundy blog but I have decided that every review for these directors weeks will be under 250 words. Starting now. Go!

The first thing that I will say about Barton Fink is that I won’t be as quick to label this as a black comedy compared to others. Although I will admit that this film has its funny moments I would never describe it as any type of “comedy”. If anything I would call this a dark drama telling the tale of a playwright from New York who found success and was immediately sold out to a life in Hollywood writing the “pictures”. This is also about his change as a character, from someone who cared about the art to an eccentric and arrogant writer who no longer cares and ends up failing because of it.

If I were to compliment two aspects of the film it would be the performances displayed by John Turturo and John Goodman. They were both excellent in their portrayals and they brought a strong realism to the screen. The other thing that I would compliment would be the set design, and that is because you truly feel as if you are in a 40’s version of Hollywood. Feel is everything in this film.

Overall, very, very good. An excellent early work of the Coen Brothers who truly show their talent as directors in this piece,

9/10

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Intro to: Coen Week

Hey everyone!

This is just a post informing you of the theme that each of my posts for this week will be about Coen Brothers films.

I will be watching the following:

-Barton Fink

-The Big Lebowski

-No Country for Old Men

-Fargo

Although these will fall into different categories they will all also fall under the umbrella of Coen Week.

See ya out there!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Childhood Classic #1: The Master of Disguise

Welcome to a new bimonthly series called Childhood Classics where I will be posting reviews of movies that I watched when I was younger and that I will be re-watching now.

I am starting this series with the fantastically ridiculous The Master of Disguise.

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I first watched this when I was around seven years old and it was the most incredibly hilarious thing that I had ever seen. The Master of Disguise stars Dana Carvey as,wait for it, Pistachio Disguisly. Pistachio comes from a long line of Disguisly’s who all acted as Masters of Disguise. Masters of Disguise have the ability to become another person by putting on a disguise and repeating the mantra “Become another person”. This allows them to embody the personality, the voice, and the abilities of said person, and this is utilized to help prevent evil.

The plot of this movie revolves around Pistachio’s parents being kidnapped by Damion Bowman who uses his fathers abilities as a master of disguise to steal priceless artifacts to sell on the black market. These artifacts include the Apollo space module which is stolen by Pistachio’s father dressed up as Jessica Simpson. After Pistachio’s parents are taken, his grandfather arrives to teach him the ways of the masters of disguise. And shenanigans commence…

This movie is rediculous, this movie is funny. This movie is funny because it’s ridiculous. Everything from the characters and the costumes to the voices is just so absurd that it is funny.

Who can forget Dana Carvey’s impression as essentially Tony Montana when he says, “Do you got a little wiener and some tiny nuts?”

As much as I will compliment this movie, it is only as good as I am describing because it has a special place in my heart from my childhood.

In all actuality this is a poorly acted, poorly written, occasionally offensive kids movie. But I love it anyway. In my personal opinion, none of the things that make it a bad movie make it any less funny and that is because you can laugh at how ridiculous it really is.

So Overall:

My rating: 7.5/10

What is deserves: 5/10

Should you watch it? Depends if you can laugh at just plain absurd things or not.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

American Beauty

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American Beauty is a familial character study that acts as a fantastic representation of the duality of modern suburban life. This duality is contrasted between the lives of the two neighboring families. You have the two extremes in this situation.
 
You have the “American life” where the father is in charge, the mother is loyal, and everything is disciplined. It’s like life in the 50’s. The father was in the marines, takes charge of his families life which end up debilitating them at times, and hates homosexuals. The mother who is barely in the film is just a figure that really seems to be there for the sole purpose of completing their “American” image. Their son, Ricky, is the exact opposite of what his family represents and what his father wants him to be. He is a pot-dealing pacifist who is able to see all of the beauty in the world. He also has made a habit of filming all of this “beauty” which includes a plastic bag in the wind, a dead bird, and his neighbor Jane Burnham.
 
Then you have the opposite extreme which is the Burnhams. They fully recognize that the act that they put on for the rest of the world is just that, an act. Throughout the film the two parents drift further and further away as they each begin to embody the lifestyle that they see best. This continues to the point where the father, Lester, who is brilliantly played by Kevin Spacey, has quit his job after blackmailing his boss and is focusing on a happy life which includes smoking weed, listening to pink floyd, and remaining infatuated with a friend of his daughters. On the other side of that family you have Caroline, played by Annette Benning who is also brilliant in this film. Caroline lives an unfulfilled life that is focused on her going-nowhere career as a real-estate agent. Caroline also has a hand in ruining their family from being the “typical American family” by having an affair with another real estate agent Buddy king. Their daughter, Jane, hates her suburban life because of its synthetic nature and its overall odd nature.
 
Why is this film fantastic? That comes from the performances by Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, and Wes Bently who plays Ricky. Kevin Spacey is a god of acting who embodies his role of Lester to the point of perfection. His droll monologues and his progressing oddity is fascinating to behold. Then there is Annette Benning whose frustrations and pain are shown so well that they make you feel for her horrible character. Finally there is Wes Bently who gets absolutely no praise for his fantastic role. His character is easily the most fascinating in the film just because of how unique he is. He makes you sense that his character is kind of broken yet has made the most of it by allowing himself not to conform to his fathers life, and to enjoy and take in everything.
 
This excellent directorial debut from Sam Mendes is engaging and masterfully executed.
 
10/10
 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Remember Me?

Hiya!

I’m Ethan and I run this site.

I apologize for the month-long break that I took for christmas and such.

Hopefully i’ll be getting back on track and bringing you more content.

This weekend I will be starting two different series and next will I will be renewing an old one.

Hopefully two of these series will be weekly while another will be whenever I watch a film that fits.

How vague am I?

Very.

I’ll see ya soon.

-Ethan

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas

Christmas time meas no posts from me. Ill be back with a lot in the new year.

See ya then.

-Ethan

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Uncategorized