April 9, 2009

like you don’t even exist

Posted in music tagged , at 7:58 pm by placeinthestars

R. and I went to see Sunshine Cleaners tonight. I really liked it a lot. The acting is fantastic, and the story is sweet, but not too sweet, and quirky, but not too quirky, and it made me achy and teary a couple of times, in the good way. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt really make you believe they are sisters, and the movie really gets a lot about what being sisters is like.

For those of you who don’t know, in the movie, Rose (Amy Adams) and Nora (Emily Blunt) are sisters who start up a crime scene/trauma cleaning service, meaning they clean up after suicides and murders and accidents and such. There are even pie references! It is a thing. And also their mother killed herself when they were young, and Nora doesn’t really remember her, and Rose helped raise her, though when Rose is like, “I can’t take care of you anymore,” Nora says, “It’s not your job to take care of me,” and Rose says, “Somebody had to.” *sniffle*

I also really like that there was no romance. I enjoyed Winston, but I am glad she kicked Steve Zahn to the curb and didn’t take up with a new guy. And that it was still a family business at the end.

Anyway, I liked it a lot and would totally recommend it.



April 5, 2009

make it safe and clean

Posted in movies tagged , at 10:39 pm by placeinthestars

L. and I went to lunch today and then we saw Adventureland, which I really enjoyed. I wanted to see it for a couple of reasons – I was under the impression (incorrect as it turns out) that the “Adventureland” of the title was the one in Farmingdale (out on the island), which we used to go to as kids (the movie is set in Pittsburgh), and because it’s set in 1987, so it’s my teenage years they’re mining for nostalgia.

The movie does not disappoint – it opens with “Bastards of Young”, and makes fantastic use of songs like “Pale Blue Eyes”, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (which was my senior prom song, funnily enough) and “Unsatisfied”, and hilarious use of “Rock Me, Amadeus,” “Let the Music Play” and “Point of No Return”, plus brief appearances by “Just Like Heaven”, “Modern Love,” “Satellite of Love”, and something I think was Husker Du, though don’t quote me on that (Em does wear a Husker Du t-shirt at one point).

So I kind of want to marry whoever put the soundtrack together.

And the movie lives up to the promise of the soundtrack. It’s kind of a shambly, loose, sweet thing, about this kid, James, who’s just graduated from college and spends the summer between college and grad school working as a carnie at the amusement park, and the relationships he gets involved with there. It feels really true to the era, though, at least my recollection of it, and the music is perfect. Jesse Eisenberg has a geeky-sweet Michael Cera thing going for him, Kristen Stewart does a decent job as Em, the girl James falls for, and Ryan Reynolds is … well, he looks like he belongs in a totally different movie, but it suits the character – he’s playing an adult amidst all these 21 and 22 year-olds who don’t know quite what to do with themselves. Oh, and Wendie Malick, who is always awesome, has a small, funny role as James’s mom.

I really liked it, and if you’ve liked movies like Juno or Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist or if you were in your late teens/early twenties in the late ’80s and still have warm feelings towards the era, you’ll probably like it, too.


April 1, 2009

i been slappin da bass bigtime

Posted in movies tagged , at 11:55 am by placeinthestars

The other night, A. and I went to see I Love You, Man, which I highly, highly recommend. It was absolutely the funniest movie I’ve seen in forever. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard at a movie.

I was afraid it would hit my embarrassment squick, the way Michael Scott does, but it really didn’t. I think because I knew that Sydney wasn’t going to stop being friends with Peter just because Peter was amazingly socially awkward around him. So I was embarrassed for Peter, but it was tempered with affection and indulgence rather than the OMG HUMILIATION feeling I usually get from The Office. I think it also helped to see Peter be mature and capable in his other relationships etc. I don’t know. I just know I really enjoyed it way more than I ever expected to. Totes McGoats!

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February 4, 2009

racing with the rising tide to my father’s door

Posted in movies tagged , at 10:42 am by placeinthestars

Former co-worker R. and I went to see Taken tonight. My quick non-spoilery reaction is that I enjoyed seeing Liam Neeson kick ungodly amounts of ass, but as with all middle-aged white man revenge scenario movies, you can’t think too much about it because it’s highly problematic.

spoilers, with a side of not thinking too much about it

January 25, 2009

they sing along and they love you

Posted in movies tagged , at 12:45 am by placeinthestars

L. and I went to see Notorious this evening – the biopic of the Notorious B.I.G., not the Hitchcock movie. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. I think the guy who plays Biggie does a really fine job, and Angela Bassett as Voletta Wallace is awesome as usual. I also liked the women who played Faith Evans and Lil Kim. I only knew the basic outline of the story, though of course I remember both Biggie’s and Tupac’s deaths – they didn’t have the same personal impact for me that Kurt Cobain’s suicide had (the only celebrity death that I’ve ever felt viscerally), but I was sad we’d lost such talented young men, and wow, the soundtrack on this movie reminds me of that and makes me sad all over again. Now I am trying to decide if I should buy the soundtrack to the movie or his greatest hits album, except the latter doesn’t appear to have “Party & Bullshit” on it, and that just ain’t right. Hmm…

January 19, 2009

what can’t we face

Posted in movies tagged , at 9:48 pm by placeinthestars

R., E., and I went to see My Bloody Valentine 3D.

Keep in mind that I would still be far more interested in a movie about the band My Bloody Valentine (named for the movie, natch), and that I am not a fan of slasher flicks, nor of horror in general, and that I had never seen the original. All that being said, I thought the movie was hilarious. The writing is, well, it’s pretty dumb, and really, Jensen Ackles was the only character I cared about – well, him and the two old guys. I’d have probably cared about the deputy if he’d had any lines. Ackles is very pretty. Kerr Smith has poor facial hair, and Jaime King is pretty as a redhead.


January 6, 2009

i see orion and say nothing

Posted in movies tagged , at 11:52 pm by placeinthestars

L. and I went to see Slumdog Millionaire tonight and it was lovely. Also, every movie should have a big musical production number over the credits. I would totally stay and watch them if that were the case.


December 10, 2008

i never knew you

Posted in movies tagged , at 11:55 pm by placeinthestars

RB and I went to see Changeling, which was omg long and sort of oddly paced, imo, and hella depressing. Angelina Jolie looks gorgeous in period costume, though, and her lipstick is FABulous. Jeffrey Donovan does an accent that I guess is meant to be Irish? but mostly comes off as, “Wtf accent is he doing?” But this movie reminded me that he does sort of resemble Guy Pearce, and wow, if this had been an LA Confidential type of noir instead of what it actually was, I probably would have enjoyed it more. As it was, I can’t say it was bad, but it was also really long and really depressing and not something that would have been my first choice. Oh well. Happy movie next time.


November 1, 2008

singing to the earth

Posted in movies tagged , at 1:01 am by placeinthestars

So I ended up watching Ten Inch Hero this evening.

I thought it was sweet.

Don’t judge me!

It’s not a particularly well written movie, and certainly not worth spending $12 + popcorn and soda, but it was sweet and a little funny and even a little touching. It probably helps if you like the actors in it, and since I do like Clea DuVall, Alice Krige, John Doe, and Sean Patrick Flannery, it was all right. And Danneel [sp?] Harris is very pretty and has nice chemistry with Jensen Ackles, who only embarrasses himself a little bit, and I think that’s more the writing than him. I actually really liked the friendships – the one between the three girls, and also between everyone who worked at the shop.

If you like indie rom coms that try just a little too hard to be quirky – and I do have a weakness for them – and don’t mind plot contrivances too much, you might enjoy it. Plus, Ackles wears a kilt and guyliner and has tattoos and piercings. There is no bad there. I even kind of find the facial hair cute.


(Though I could have done without the naked people on horses at the end.)

I am choosing to believe that the Banana Republic outfit was a one time thing, and that Priestly would be back in his regular gear the next day.

You’re totally judging me now, I know it.



October 4, 2008

like the deserts miss the rain

Posted in movies tagged , at 11:06 pm by placeinthestars

L. and I went to see Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which I liked a lot, even though the gross bits were possibly the grossest thing I have ever seen (and I watch Bones) – I had to hide my eyes for that whole sequence, and then they kept bringing it up AUGH – and there was a moment where Nick was really douchy, even if Tris was awful. I need to get the soundtrack. I loved Norah, and I especially loved Norah’s lipstick. I also really loved seeing familiar NYC places on screen (Veselka!).


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