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Biggus Dickus And Les Triplets de Belleville

06.09.2004

Isss dare da Wyan?

I've been watching more movies at home lately than Pee Wee Herman.

Solaris which stars George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, and Jeremy Davies and is based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem. This is definitely a different type of science fiction movie. It's real, yet not. It's scary, but it's not trying to be. It's kind of like the Blade Runner for 2002. Worth renting if you haven't seen it and Clooney does a very good job.

Big Fish, is where Obi-Wan Kenobi does and sees some amazing things and lives to tell about it. And boy oh boy, does he tell about it. He tells so much that that's what is life is about to the point of frustrating his son into not knowing what's real and what's not. This movie was a lot more depressing than the previews made it out to be. Nothing that great, but atleast the rental was free.

Office Space is a movie I've seen bits and pieces of and heard about so much that I thought I knew it by heart. However, I had never seen the whole movie at once and most of the times I've seen pieces it was on tv and heavily edited. For some reason it feels like Boyz N tha Hood meets 9 to 5, with it's office humor with gangsta mentality. There's so many lines from this that become part of your office vocabulary after seeing it. A case of the Mondays? Not getting a piece of the office birthday cake. Did you get that memo? Yeah, okay. And for every time you've felt frustrated with the printer or copier, you get to see how you wish you could behave.

Life of Brian was the quintessential Jesus film by Monty Python before Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. Now that I think about it, it still is. Mr. Gibson didn't have a Dickus Biggus.

Les Triplets de Belleville was nominated for an Oscar in the same category that featured Finding Nemo, so you can guess who got screwed? What a great animated film this was. It's beyond anything I've seen lately, and you cannot simply call it weird:

To call it weird would be a cowardly evasion. It is creepy, eccentric, eerie, flaky, freaky, funky, grotesque, inscrutable, kinky, kooky, magical, oddball, spooky, uncanny, uncouth and unearthly. Especially uncouth. What I did was, I typed the word "weird" and when that wholly failed to evoke the feelings the film stirred in me, I turned to the thesaurus and it suggested the above substitutes -- and none of them do the trick, either.

That passage from Roger Ebert gives a good idea of what you are getting into. This is not little kids animation. This is for big kids, even though there's nothing wrong with letting the little ones see it as well. I've got a fat cat at home. I don't just mean a fat cat, but a F A T cat. If you've seen the dog, Bruno, in this movie, you'll understand, and not until you see it can I do my cat justice, or this movie by description alone. So see it.

With being sick and having more free time and not enough energy to do much else, I've spent enough time watching movies, tv and playoff basketball games. Speaking of playoff basketball, the Evil Empire (LA LAKERS) did a good job of letting everyone forget about the conspiracy with injuries and court trials. When it all comes down to games that really count, many people forgot that the Lakers and not the Kings, Spurs or Timberwolves were the team with too many future Hall of Famers who wanted nothing but a title. So far, Detroit seems to be up to the challenge, but we've all heard that before. Like I said before the charitable donation by Payton and Malone should give LA the title, but maybe the Pistons will kick enough butt to say otherwise.


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Comments

Jesse Thompson said:

From the previews etc I was worried Solaris might be similar to Event Horizon, or 2001, or The Astronaut's Wife, Pitch Black, or Mission to Mars so I panned it.

But, you use words to describe it such as "Stanislaw Lem" and you have my attention :) Lem rulx0rz



monkeyinabox said:

Solaris doesn't go all wacko, like the films you mentioned. I remember Event Horizon. I thought it was a great film until pinhead showed up.