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some things I learned from movies over Thanksgiving break

To be fair, the movie was reasonably funny. And I love me some Patrick Warburton voice acting.

Lesson: Jerry Seinfeld’s dramatic range is no greater as an animated bee than it is when he plays himself in a sitcom.

Worth seeing, but keep expectations moderated.

Lesson: It is more difficult than you’d think to create a movie ending where everything goes off the rails in a satisfying manner.  Adaptation and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels are the shining examples here.

The dragon looks like a Pokemon ripoff.

Not sure why it wasn't funnier.

Lesson: A good way to test-run your animated kids movie: Put four boys ages 5-11 in a room with the movie and some blown-up balloons.  If, by the end, they’ve stopped watching the movie and are playing with the balloons, your movie probably isn’t very good.

white Christian wish fulfillment

Lesson: To be honest, I only saw about 30 minutes of this.  But I have never seen a more patronizing and exploitative 30 minutes of mainstream cinema.  Good lord.  The fact that this movie won awards and drew so many theatergoers is a bigger harbinger of this country’s demise than any economic indicators.

update: edited for spelling and because I calmed down a bit

Best Picture Nominees

They announced the nominees for Best Picture this morning.  They’re expanding the list to 10 movies, so that they can further dilute the notion of “Nominated For Best Picture” in the service of marketing campaigns.  I’m glad to see Pixar’s Up getting on the list, although I don’t think it is Pixar’s best movie.  And I hate to stereotype a movie I haven’t seen, but… 


A Lifetime Original Movie, right?

The Blind Side?  Seriously?  Isn’t that a Lifetime Channel exclusive?  And Sandra Bullock is nominated for Best Actress? 

Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room, I overheard an Entertainment Tonight-type television show talk about Bullock as taking the title of “America’s sweetheart” from Julia Roberts, who “held it for ten years.”  Besides speaking as if describing a title belt (a funny idea already), I like the idea of Sandra Bullock taking the title of “Julia Roberts” from Julia Roberts.  

At the risk of sounding elitist, I’m going to go all in on The Hurt Locker (which I have seen) being a vastly superior movie in every possible way to The Blind Side.  And I’d say the same about Star Trek.  And probably The Emperor’s New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove, which I assume does not contain paternalistic depictions of racial empowerment that make you feel rather queasy.  Which is the impression I got of The Blind Side from watching its trailers. 

Has anybody actually seen The Blind Side?  Can anybody tell me if it’s as bad as I assume it is?  Mostly I wrote this post so I can try this wordpress poll feature.