Random Factoid #444

15 10 2010

Bleh.  I’ve been watching a ton of cult favorites over the past week trying to bulk up my queue for the “F.I.L.M.” series, and I haven’t found ANYTHING.  I’m not dissing any of these movies or saying that they are bad, but they just didn’t meet the high expectations that I had for them.

Let me give you a run-through of what I watched this week with some quick thoughts, because I don’t think they are quite deserving of “F.I.L.M.” status but they don’t deserve “Save Yourself!” status either.

I started with the films of Edgar Wright because so many bloggers love him.  “Shaun of the Dead” was hilarious, but I didn’t really feel like it was any different or better than “Zombieland.”  The satire I had heard so much about was invisible to me.  “Hot Fuzz” was also pretty funny, but it just kind of devolved into madness at the end.  I get that it was kind of the point since it was a send-up of those beautifully corny ’90s action movies, yet I just lost interest in the end.

Then I went onto “Down to the Bone” because I love Vera Farmiga after “Up in the Air.”  Despite the acclaim she received for the role that put her on the map, I couldn’t help but feel a precarious emotional distance from her save a few powerful moments.  Rehab has been much scarier and much more real than it is here.

Then it was onto the movies of Danny Boyle.  First came “Millions,” which had an interesting premise and a great moral conflict at its core, but all the intrigue in the storyline was finished in the first 20 minutes.  Then was “Trainspotting,” which was visually stunning but lacking in plot.

Isn’t it frustrating when you don’t see something in a movie that everyone else sees?  I think it’s more nerve-wracking that just seeing a bad movie.





Random Factoid #433

4 10 2010

Today’s factoid was inspired by Simon/Ripley of Four of Them.  I read her post “You want multitasking?” this weekend which consisted of only this brief paragraph:

I’ve somehow managed to alternate between The Wayward CloudBoxing HelenaHe Died With a Falafel in His Hand, and Treeless Mountain since last night. Granted, I haven’t finished any of them…

I find myself doing the same thing all the time, and I can’t stand it.  I find myself starting a ton of movies, getting distracted, and turning them off.  Usually the distraction is me falling asleep…

Right now, I am 15 minutes into “Solitary Man,” 10 minutes into “Pollock,” 40 minutes into “Control,” 7 minutes into “Down to the Bone,” 2 minutes into “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and I’m probably forgetting countless others.  This fragmented moviewatching style totally doesn’t work for me, yet I’m having to resort to it more and more because of my demanding schedule.

Anybody else have this dismembered moviewatching style as well?