Over the past two weeks, we’ve watched a handful of movies. I thought I would pass along which ones and a quick yay or nay about checking them for yourselves.
Buck is a documentary about a horse whisperer. It’s a good way to spend an hour and a half. It won’t blow you away, but it won’t leave you feeling empty.
I talked a little bit about this movie before, and it makes a good case for how treating animals and people with respect and dignity goes a lot further than treating them like shit.
Carnage is a movie from Roman Polanski with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly.
This is one of those way-homer movies. I was entertained, but the more I think about it, the more I liked it. I liked the performances. I liked its criticism of social etiquette, and how no matter how up-to-date you are on the liberal or conservative views of raising kids, things have a way of working themselves out without parental interference.
I give this movie a solid recommendation. It’s funny, tragic, nuanced, and boring … all at once.
My Afternoons with Margueritte is a Gérard Depardieu picture in which he falls in love with a 95-year-old lady. Keep in mind, it’s not falling in love sexually. Depardieu is a country bumpkin who finds a love affair with words and literature through his friendship as well. It’s a solid little piece of work. At one hour twenty two minutes, you can’t beat it.
Plus, the French is beautiful throughout, and if you’re learning the language or need a refresher, Gerard reads slowly and somewhat enunciative. The script flows like a poem, and is fun to listen to.
An Invisible Sign is a pathetic little independent film with Jessica Alba. If you want to watch this movie, watch the trailer. It’s better, more intriguing and thoughtful than the entire movie.
The production lost its vision somewhere along the way. And it looks like it’s a cobbled pieced together movie of disparate chunks, re-shot scenes and a script that lent itself to no comprehensible concept.
It’s poorly acted, and — like I said — the nuts and bolts are in the trailer. So save yourself from wasting your time. Rent something else.
Saturday Night Live
I’m throwing SNL in the mix for a couple reasons.
Primarily, because I want to ream it a new asshole in its own post. But I don’t think it deserves that much of my precious time.
First, let me say, I’ve been a big fan of the show — through thick and thin — since I can remember. The current cast is not good. And some of the characters are pissing me off, and may prevent me from watching all together.
Jay Pharaoh is the THE worst hire in a long time. And he’s being pushed on us fans like Romney on the republican voting block. I hated him as a minor character, and now I loathe him for getting more airtime. I haven’t laughed at one of his jokes. He’s not funny. He’s pathetic.
Perhaps the best new hire is Kate McKinnon. At least she’s funny, and I can already tell she’s going to grow on me as a cast member.
Other shitty members are Nasim Pedrad and Taran Killam.
The veterans need much more screen time and the up-and-comers need less screen time and more observational experience or something. They suck. Meanwhile, the show suffers, because the older members are getting crappy roles and shitty writing.
Seth Myers and the news portion was probably the best part of Saturday Night’s show.