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Magnolia

January 31, 2010

    “She had a bad reaction to Magnolia.  She sat there screaming for 3 hours ‘I want my life back!'” – 1.07

I am openly disagreeing with Lorelai on this movie.  I love it.  It’s one of my favorites.  We did a unit on this movie in my Religion in Film class, so maybe I love it because I got to hear a lot of different people’s feedback on it.  Though I will say I think this is one of those movies that you either love or hate.  It’s not as funny as Boogie Nights, but it does have its funny moments.  But for the most part, it’s pretty serious.  And it has a ton of the same actors as Boogie Nights.  John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy…  But subtract Heather Graham and Mark Wahlberg and add a big helping of some crazy Tom Cruise.  His first appearance is in an infomercial for a program called Seduce and Destroy.  The phone number is 1-877-TAME-HER.

God I love this movie.

Now some things to mention:

  1. I love all the “coincidences” they cite in the beginning.
  2. Generally I don’t like cops, but if they were all like John C. Reilly I would love them all.
  3. Being a hospice nurse could be the most depressing job in the history of the world.
  4. I don’t understand how people just have an idea about something…Getting women, religion, money, parenting…and they can suddenly proclaim themselves an expert.  I’d like to say that no one would buy this Seduce and Destroy crap, but sadly, they would.  I’ve seen close to it.
  5. I want a door like Jimmy Gator’s.  I caricature of my face as the front door to my apartment.  That’d be awesome.
  6. This movie always makes me want to buy an Aimee Mann cd.
  7. I like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character a lot more in this movie than in Boogie Nights.  Way less creepy.
  8. I’m sure very few people in the world would know this…but the old guy at the bar played a leprechaun in a Disney movie called Luck of the Irish.
  9. The music in  this movie makes you feel like you’re sitting through 3 hours of tension.  Just building and building and building.
  10. There are some characters in this movie that I’m pretty sure could be cut out.
  11. “What am I doing?  I’m quietly judging you.”  Awesome line.
  12. Poor Stanley.
  13. I love that Jim does monologues when he’s alone in his car.
  14. Man this movie is long.  We haven’t even gotten to the frogs yet.
  15. I can’t believe Earl is only 65.  He looks 90 million.
  16. Everyone singing “Wise Up” always makes me get a little teary eyed.  Oh, and Stanley ending it with that last line “So just give up.”  Oh man.
  17. Apparently everyone in the world cheats.
  18. Best line of the movie:  “Now that you’ve met me, would you object to never seeing me again?”
  19. Let me start off with some background info.  I have this laser cat toy thing on top of my tv.  It’s in the shape of a mouse.  As soon as the scene in the movie with the raining frogs happens…that cat toy falls off the top of the tv.  I think I just had a minor heart attack.
  20. Stanley is the hero in this movie.  Just walking into his dad’s room and saying “You have to be nicer to me.”  There are so many people I want to say that to.

Awesome movie.  However, I will say, if you just like to watch a movie that you can just enjoy without having to figure out or put too much thought into, you may not like it.  It’s definitely something that takes some brain power.

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    Unrelated to movies…

    January 26, 2010

    …but still good to read about!

    Last year my sister, Leanne, and I walked 60 miles in 3 days to help find a cure for Breast Cancer.  My amazing sister has walked twice now in the Susan G Komen 3 Day for the cure, and has committed to walking in two of them next year.

    This is an AMAZING event, and helps a lot of people.  Some of the people we saw walking last year were friends, husbands, daughters, sisters, granddaughters (like myself and my sister) of people who have lost their fight to breast cancer, as well as many survivors.  Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  I don’t know about all of you, but I certainly know at least 8 women that I care about that deserve a lifetime.

    The big challenge of this event (minus the beating your feet take after walking 60 miles!) is the fundraising.  Each participant commits to raising $2,300.  Last year, I am proud to say that both my sister and I met our goals before the event.  This year, with Leanne walking in two events, she has committed to raising $4,600!

    If you want to help end breast cancer, please go to her 3Day page and consider donating today.  Any amount of money is helpful.

    If you’re still not convinced about how incredible the 3Day for the Cure is, please read her blog and learn all about our experience last year, and even hers the year before.

    Thank you all so much!

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    Midnight Express

    January 26, 2010

    Rory: Hey, maybe on our big trip to Europe we could go to Prague and stay in his cell.

    Lorelai: Absolutely. And then we can go to Turkey and stay in that place from Midnight Express. – 1.09

    Gilmore Girls references this one a couple of times, so I figured it would be pretty good.  But I’d never really heard much about it, so I didn’t know what to express.  It’s Academy Award-winning so it can’t be all bad.

    Really, it’s pretty good.  It’s incredibly violent.  I did a lot of screaming and covering my eyes.  But it was pretty incredible to watch.  The story is amazing.  It would be cool to do some research and find out just how true the movie is to the actual story.  What I do know is that Hayes was pretty disappointed at the movie’s negative image of all Turks, but that’s not much dirt.

    Now some things to mention:

    1. Billy Hayes, if I were to pick out anyone in that airport who was trying to smuggle drugs out of the country, it’d be you.  Look a little less nervous next time you’re committing a crime, buddy.
    2. Enough with the heartbeat sound effects, guys.  I get it.  It’s stressful.
    3. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you should never smoke the pot.
    4. I know he doesn’t get out quickly, but when his dad visits, you really start to think he’s going to get out soon.
    5. If anything happens to that cat, I will strongly consider turning this movie off.
    6. …And of course, the next scene is a hanged cat.  I won’t give up on the movie, but I will pick up my Sookie and pretend it never happened.
    7. Well, the homosexual relationship was an unexpected twist.
    8. I’m just going to say it, Brad Davis is an attractive man.
    9. Oh my god!  He literally scratched a man’s eyes out!  My neighbors are going to have my committed after listening to me scream about this movie.  He bit someone’s tongue out!

    The moral of the story…Don’t smuggle drugs or you could face a lifetime sentence in a Turkish prison.  It was worth watching, but if you have a weak stomach, I don’t recommend it.

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    Boogie Nights

    January 22, 2010

    Dean – So, at what point does the outsider get to pick a movie for movie night?

    Rory – That depends, what movie are you thinking of?

    Dean – I don’t know, Boogie Nights, maybe?

    Rory – You’ll never get it past Lorelai.

    Dean – Not a Marky Mark fan? – 1.07

    I love this movie.  I was so excited to watch it again.  I’m not a Mark Wahlberg fan, but I am a Paul Thomas Anderson fan.  Plus, who doesn’t love John C. Reilly?  And Heather Graham on roller skates?  Love it.

    There’s a lot going on in this movie to keep track of, a lot like Magnolia.  It’s like this crazy screwed up famile of people in the porn industry.  It’s pretty tragic, but definitely entertaining.

    Now some things to mention:

    1. No 17-year-old boy looks like that.  At least not when I was 17.
    2. The 70’s is not a decade I would ever want to live in.
    3. I wish I could tell people, “I got a look!  Chocolate love!  100% of the time!”
    4. Poor Bill, every time he turns around his wife is screwing someone else.
    5. There are so many freaking characters in this movie.
    6. Burt Reynolds looks like a Ken doll.
    7. There is actually a line in this movie that goes “Where are you going?”  “I’m going to wash my vagina.”  “Well, how long is it going to take?”  “2 minutes.  You want it to be clean, don’t you?”
    8. It totally blows my mind that Dean actually wanted to watch this movie with the girl he likes and her mom.  Awkward…
    9. Watching people do coke makes me want to vomit.
    10. The donut shop scene makes me die a little inside.
    11. Paul Thomas Anderson makes LONG movies.

    It sounds kind of crazy, but it kind of ends on a happy note.  I mean, they’re all still porn stars and their lives are totally dysfunctional, but somehow they make their little dysfunctional family work.

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    The Way We Were

    January 20, 2010

    Lorelai: Oh I’ve got one. At the end of The Way We Were, you wanted Robert Redford to dump his wife and kid for Barbra Streisand.

    Dean:  I’ve never seen The Way We Were.

    Rory:  Are you kidding?
    Lorelai:  What are you waiting for?  Heartache…laughter…
    Rory:  Communism…
    Lorelai:  All in one neat package! – 1.07
    I’ve been so excited about watching this one.  It’s been years since I’ve seen it, but it’s just so stinking good.  I usually remember the Sex and the City reference to this more than Gilmore Girls, but there’s a reason so many shows reference it.  It’s awesome.
    I mean, really, who doesn’t  love the outspoken Communist girl?  And the handsome, popular guy with a heart of gold who teases her?    It’s just a good time.  It’s great watching this totally opposite couple try to have a normal relationship.  Katie’s just this unbelievably outspoken, stubborn girl and Hubble is just a fun-loving, go with the flow kind of guy.  But what I love the most is that Katie stays who she is the entire time.  Even if it means she’s being difficult and doesn’t fit in with the crowd.  I love that.  I wish I was more like that.
    Now some things to mention:
    1. I have to ask because we’re all wondering…What the hell kind of name is Hubble?
    2. Poor Katie clearly did not get the memo that high school is when you’re supposed to be angry and antisocial.  College is for fun.
    3. I think that if Robert Redford (when he looked like that) drunkenly got undressed and into my bed…I might be ok with it.
    4. Barbra was really pretty in her day.  Even with the nose.
    5. I miss that feeling of being so excited about the guy you like coming over.  Katie makes it look very high school.
    6. It’s true.  It is always bad news when someone starts a sentence with “Look…”
    7. Katie calling Hubble after they break up is SO reminiscent of Lorelai’s call to Luke after they break up.  I mean, Lorelai references the movie, but just everything about that call is almost exactly the same.

    All in all, watch this movie.  Because it’s fantastic.
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    Nine and 1/2 Weeks

    January 18, 2010

    “By the time it gets to Miss Patty it’s like a scene from 9 1/2 Weeks.” – 1.07

    Another one I didn’t really know about going into it.  I do know that it was made the year I was born.  Which explains the awesome 80’s music.  And I also had a feeling it would be pretty risqué.  But besides that, not much else was there to give me any preconceived notions.
    And yes, it was very risqué.  I was nervous because I though it would be like watching porn.  Although, I think I would have preferred that over watching this stupid woman fall further and further into it with this misogynistic sex-crazed man.  Honestly, I wanted to gauge my eyes out by the end just to avoid having to watch Kim Basinger let this guy control her.  Every time you think “Seriously, that has to be it, she has to be done with him,” she’s right back in bed with him.
    Now some things to mention:
    1. They have one lunch together and he buys her a $300 shawl?  Where have those guys gone?
    2. The flower delivery man steals the show.  He should be the star.
    3. A man you hardly know takes you back to his place and starts making the bed, making you feel like a whore.  Makes you so uncomfortable you leave.  Then, he sends you flowers and suddenly you’re totally fine with him again?  Women are stupid.
    4. John’s pretty creepy…
    5. I don’t care how sexy they try to make it look…no one is pouring honey on me.
    6. I can’t believe I watched this movie after church.
    7. The feminist in me is dying watching Kim Basinger in this movie.
    8. If you leave a woman alone in your apartment, you can pretty much bet she will snoop.  It’s no reason to get angry.  It’s just life.
    9. Where are Elizabeth’s girl friends and why is no one saying “Dump this freak!”?
    10. I wonder how awkward it was for all involved to film this movie.
    11. It seems so counter productive to me to hit the woman your boyfriend was cheating with, instead of the boyfriend.

    All in all.  I could have lived without this one.  But…the next few movies are some of my favorites and I’m very excited!

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    Ice Castles

    January 17, 2010
    Dean – I have no embarrassing secrets.
    Lorelei – Oh please.
    Rory – I bet I know one.
    Dean – What?
    Rory – The theme from Ice Castles makes you cry – 1.07
    I went into this one completely clueless.  I knew there was figure skating involved and I kind of hoped it would be like The Cutting Edge.  But it wasn’t.  But it also wasn’t terrible.
    It was really slow to start, and I wasn’t really invested until the end, but once we got into it, I was hooked.  The theme didn’t make me cry, though.  It’s a pretty typical story.  Small town girl, talented, moved to the big city, cheated on her small town boyfriend, gets injured, makes a recovery… and scene.  But, still, a decent show.
    Now for some things to mention:
    1. It makes me really sad that 16 is too old for anything.  Even if it is figure skating.
    2. It’s totally weird when fathers and daughters kiss on the lips.
    3. 1979 was filled with bad hairstyles and bad clothes.
    4. MRI machines from 1979 look very different from the ones on Grey’s Anatomy.
    5. I wish I could skate.  Or do anything like that.

    All in all, if you stick it out through the boring stuff, you eventually find a decent movie.