Friday, August 22, 2008

Moving Images Projected onto a Big Screen

VCB is hands down Woody Allen's best picture (of those I have seen) of the last twenty years. What's particularly remarkable is that, unlike the also impressive 'Match Point,' it isn't simply a rehashing of one of his previous movies in a non-New York setting. In other news, I'm a partisan of 'Tropic Thunder' over 'Pineapple Express' but would be willing to entertain alternative interpretations.

13 Comments:

Blogger Scantron said...

I didn't realize that VCB was a Woody Allen movie. But did you notice how Cassandra's Dream came and went with almost no fanfare? See it? And how was Scarlett Johansson in this movie? It pains me a little to trash talk a former favorite, but I thought she was completely vapid in both Match Point and Scoop.

Neither Pineapple Express nor Tropic Thunder knew what it ultimately wanted to be, methinks. Thunder had moments where it was pure parody but it was encumbered by its whole "it's a movie being filmed within a movie" conceit. The opening sequence was awesome, especially with the hands, but there was a lot of serious dead time in this movie. Jack Black was also wasted (no pun intended) -- I don't think I laughed at anything he did, except maybe with the exception of the "I will give you a blowjob right now" bit.

Pineapple Express took itself *slightly* more seriously ("this is what might really happen if stoners were being chased by the mob"), but Apatow and the director obviously wanted an excuse to gratuitously blow some peoples' feet off with shotguns, too. I think it wanted to be Tarantino on weed (tentative title -- Purp Fiction), but the violence was actually more shocking than usual because, as in all Apatow movies, there were lots of male crying scenes and generous affability, so when the hitman squeaks "this is so exciting" and then later gets scarred by scalding coffee, it's particularly jarring.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Machine said...

Calling the film "VCB" is hip.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Note to self: See VCB, TT, and PE.

Btw, serious lack of blog posts about DK. RIP HL.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Machine said...

lol.

J, y a s f.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Sebonde said...

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11:16 PM  
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2:23 AM  
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2:29 AM  
Blogger Machine said...

@Sebonde

"It was Crimes and Misdeamenors for the Cliff Notes crowd."

Spelled Misdemeanor. You should proofread comments that you steal from other blogs.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Sebonde said...

Sorry for the misspelling. I really am. But you are wrong to accuse me of plagiarism. Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor. Do you want me to pound the erasers, too, teach?

6:25 AM  
Blogger Sebonde said...

You actually liked Match Point? Geez. Well, you do know that it was a rehash, and it was an awful rehash at that. It was Crimes and Misdemeanors for the Cliff Notes crowd. Hey, kiddies, I've mentioned Dostoevsky more than twice in this film. Therefore, this reference must have meaning. Can you guess what it may be? And, yes, Scantron is, as usual, right: Miss Johansson was especially vapid. A smoky alto may be necessary to establish sultriness but is hardly sufficient. I actually was glad when Jonathan Rhys Meyers blew that insipid bitch away.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

T M!

10:10 AM  
Blogger The Sheriff said...

Internet people are for correcting mispellings.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

THEN WE WILL GO FEAST ON THE CHILDREN OF IRELAND!!
you are in good company my dear satirists.

7:31 AM  

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