I love Oliver Stone. Always have. Platoon was one of the movies that I watched with my dad at least once a week, perfect cinema. JFK was a beautiful look at an ugly piece of history. Anyone who does not love Natural Born Killers is probably reading the wrong blog.
And so to Nixon. I didn’t know a lot about R.N. until Manic Street Preachers released a song about him and then I read all the books and got up to date. But the movie works so well, whether you know nothing or everything, this is a film to watch, it is beautiful in terms of look and build, a true masterpiece.
Hopkins is astonishing as Nixon, it takes a while to get used to his accent but when you do it is just incredible. Joan Allen as his wife is perhaps even better, always there but never blind.
James Woods is spectacular as are the rest of the supporting cast.
The extras are great – a new documentary looks at Nixon’s legacy and there is a Charlie Rose edition with Oliver Stone which is interesting and essential.
Look at the TV, get scared, watch this, vote Clinton.
When I first saw the poster for Storks, I thought it would not be for me. Yet I had not read the small print…Not only is it from the creator of one of my favourite comedies ever, Get Him To The Greek, but the main stork is played by Andy Samberg of The Lonely Island. Suddenly it became essential. 🙂
Storks takes place in a world where storks no longer deliver babies, now they are in charge of a massive Amazon style operation that delivers parcels to the humans. This is a clever beginning, a comment on the change in people at the start of the 21st century, how we now aspire to own rather than to create, need rather than nurture, how a new phone can bring temporary relief from what life throws at us – it is a strong message wrapped in cotton wool.
Yet there was a baby lost who never got to her parents, she remains in the warehouse, being shifted and shuffled until one day, Junior starts the machine and they have another baby to deliver, but this time they will not fail. That is not a spoiler is it? There are certainly plenty of perils along the way, not least a pack of wolves who fall for the little darling, played brilliantly by Key and Peele of Keanu fame. They steal all the scenes that they are in but all the characters are well painted and interesting. EXCEPT ONE. Yes, there is a pigeon who is this film’s equivalent of the turtle in Finding Nemo. God, I hate that turtle. The pigeon is the most annoying thing, whenever he is on screen the film threatens to grind to a halt, so I have no idea why he is given the only song to sing, I dunno, perhaps the kids will love him. I hate him.
Pigeon aside, Storks is a great animated treat that speeds along at such a pace that you never get the chance to be bored and chances are you will want to come back and see what you missed. Hey, how many movies contain the lines “Is your seat wet?” “Yes, it’s urine.”?
And thanks for some of the greatest songs of my life. ❤
Brilliant rockers Babymetal feel like a cartoon at the best of times, so it is awesome to hear that the trio are now set to star in their own animated TV show! The show will feature live action performances and then they will be taken into the animated world where they must save the world of heavy metal. YES.
Warner Brothers explained : “The action-adventure will take viewers inside the magical world of heavy metal music as it comes under attack, and one lonely god, Kitsune, forms the warrior band Babymetal to save the day. In the series, Su-Metal, YuiMetal and MoaMetal join together to ultimately redefine the genre, the series will also feature new live-action performances from the group, who will enter the animated world through a secret portal.”
This sounds amazing, listen for more soon.
I have no previous with The Pirate Bay, obviously I knew it existed but I have never used it and so perhaps I was going into this movie slightly differently to a lot of the audience who i imagine were all ‘Free the Pirate 3!’ and other such ridiculous cries. There’s a scene where you see their supporters showing up in a bus decorated with pirate paintings that you will shake your head at and not care if they all get thrown in the brig.
The strangest thing is how young the 3 accused in this case were. They just look like your average students and as you follow them, that is how they come across. Trying to justify it by saying “Well, we just allow freedom of information” as if they are not fully aware that their site is popular because you can download whatever you like from it, is a little ridiculous. The best thing about this doc is it does not sway one way the other, ie it just shows you what happens and lets you make up your own mind as to whether these boys are freedom fighters or the equivalent of those backstreet boys who used to wire VHS players together and sell you blurry copies of Total Recall from the back of an escort.
Luckily one of the three defendants (Peter) is totally likeable and thanks to him you get a clear view of what is happening throughout, whereas one goes off to ‘find himself’ (SPIT!) and the other disappears to Laos as if nothing is happening.
When you see one of their scratched up automobiles, it is obvious that thee boys do not have the millions that the copyright owners are seeking, but it is also naive to think that they are just doing it to ‘share information’ when all the servers are hidden in arenas that look like something out of Superman’s Fortress Of Solitude.
TPB : AFK is an interesting documentary about a very grey area, just how much good art will be made if it is instantly stolen and viewed for free? Isn’t this why Hollywood is mostly revamps and reboots, because they need to rely upon proven successes in a world where 98% of films are watched freely on computers? Of course, the irony here is that the only way I could have seen this excellent story is via on online site.Well, the film DOES claim “Share online” at the end, so here we are fine doing it, yes?
Don’t leave me here
With a half drunk cocktail feeling half drunk.
I check my phone
To look as if I am not missing you
But then I stare at the door and wait for your return.
After an hour
I stand up delicately
Throw up on myself
And begin to cry
The one thing I promised not to do.
Fix my eyeliner in the restroom
Hold my head up high
Then this girl will return home and die.
“Love is the one emotion actors allow themselves to believe.”