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 0Posted on Nov 28th, 2012 | re: Is Ben Affleck Your "Entertainer Of The Year" Too? (34 comments)

Entertainer Of The Year should be someone that gave us consistent entertainment for the better part of the year, not just with one thing at one time. I nominate Mitt Romney.

 +1Posted on Nov 28th, 2012 | re: Is Ben Affleck Your "Entertainer Of The Year" Too? (34 comments)

I had the pleasure of seeing the movie in the theater with a Q&A by the director afterwards. Really, really good movie.

 0Posted on Oct 5th, 2012 | re: This Week In Movie Trailers, You Guys (24 comments)

Live Free Or Die Hard was complete garbage. But I’m thinking its entirely possible that Gabe meant what he said sarcastically. I don’t know how else to explain it.

 +2Posted on Oct 2nd, 2012 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Looper (48 comments)

Yeah, I basically understood it like that. The future guys couldn’t kill guys in the future because people had like trackers and heart monitors and stuff attached to them. Killing them would set off too many alarms. So they send them back.

Also, a couple things I’d like to submit regarding Bruce Willis having the same change of heart and maybe deciding not to kill the Rainmaker.

1) Regardless of what JGL goes through as far as character development, Bruce Willis still had the love of his life taken by this dude, so I’d say he’s gonna have a slightly different opinion about this child, whether or not his younger self bonded with the boy. JGL doesn’t have the memory of losing someone close to him at the hands of this person, so it’s easier for him to just see a cute kid.

2) The movie doesn’t give a definitive answer on whether or not the kid still becomes the Rainmaker. Perhaps Bruce Willis’ memory, which is changing ever so slightly with each new change in the present, still sees this kid grow up to be a total monster? Even though he gets to be “raised right”?

I don’t know, I guess I can’t change your mind or whatever, but to me it makes sense.

 +7Posted on Sep 25th, 2012 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: The Master (64 comments)

I needed 2 viewings to really crystallize my thoughts on this movie. But I think I’ve cracked it. Let me tell you why this movie would make a great double feature with the movie “Project Nim”.

To my mind, “The Master” is about the struggle between man’s most primal, animalistic instincts and our need to be civil, proper members of society. Soldiers at war are made to behave like animals and when they come home they are told to put that aside and assimilate themselves back into the civil world. But once you’ve seen the things they’ve seen and done the things they’ve done, how do you tame the animal? A common way for many soldiers has been belief systems; religions, cults, etc. In many ways the teachings of most belief systems are exercises in domestication. Especially in the case of cults such as Scientology, the goal is to bend the subject to the will of the teacher, and assert dominance in order to get the desired result.

Our main character Freddie is shown as a complete savage in the beginning of the film, a man who only lives to indulge each base, primal urge that pops in his brain. Someone who humps everything that moves and ingests anything he can put in his mouth. Like a dog. Lancaster Dodd is constantly saying that man is not animal. That we live above that. But what he truly believes is that the people around him are pets he can control with the right conditions. Freddie appears to him as his ultimate challenge; the wildest animal he’s tamed yet. Yet he also finds something alluring about the man. Perhaps because there’s a bit of wild animal in him as well. We only get brief indications that confirm this when he blows up on a few dissenters throughout the film. We also see how even The Master has a master, when we come to discover the domination techniques his wife uses on him. Perhaps he also identifies with Freddie as a fellow pet.

The climactic sequence in the jail cell couldn’t possibly be more explicit about this theme. On the left side of the screen, we have Freddie wailing and biting and thrashing. On the right side is Dodd, posing calmly in his suit, perfectly composed. And they’re both locked in cages.

 +1Posted on Sep 21st, 2012 | re: What Is A Movie That You Want To Rewatch That We Should All Rewatch? (233 comments)

La Bamba

 0Posted on Sep 5th, 2012 | re: What Is Your Dream Broadway Musical Adaptation Of A Movie? (52 comments)

Drop Dead Fred is one of those movies I saw like 50 times when I was a kid and then caught most of it on TV not too long ago and realized what a piece of shit it is. Sometimes I think I should actively avoid every piece of pop culture that was important to me when I was very young. It may be the only way to protect the reputation of these things. Drop Dead Fred should’ve DEFINITELY stayed in the taped up Jack In The Box, if you catch my drift.

My choice for a broadway musical is Showgirls.

 +6Posted on Aug 13th, 2012 | re: Breaking Bad S05E05: THAT POOR BABY! (113 comments)

He also killed somebody on Cold Case.

 +9Posted on Aug 13th, 2012 | re: Breaking Bad S05E05: THAT POOR BABY! (113 comments)

Oh shit, AND NCIS!!! Damn, he be killing fools.

 +9Posted on Aug 13th, 2012 | re: Breaking Bad S05E05: THAT POOR BABY! (113 comments)

It was the CSI episode “Down The Drain”. He stabbed somebody plus also he had dead fish in his bedroom and they found a chunk of fur (gross) in his trash.

Yes, exactly. We’re on the same page now!

I know that Tyler Cassidy is from Flint. Krispy Kreme is from Alabama. Catch my drift?

Actually, the rapper Krispy Kreme is from Alabama, so…..

Yes, Jeffrey. I was thinking to post this. The home of Krispy Kreme is Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is also the birthplace of Camel cigarettes. Winston-Salem, where you kill yourself slowly.

My best movies ever list is way more funny than their list for sure:

1. Annie Hall
2. Groundhog Day
3. This Is Spinal Tap
4. Toy Story
5. The Truman Show
6. The Big Lebowski
7. Tampopo
8. Back To The Future 1 and 2
9. Being There
10. The Princess Bride

After watching the Sight & Sound poll winners, you may feel a sudden urge to hang yourself. After watching my list, you may feel a sudden urge for PIZZA!!

 +1Posted on Jul 31st, 2012 | re: That's Your Proposal: "You Don't Know Jack" Ad Proposal (7 comments)

This girl looks like Lena Dunham THE END.

 +1Posted on Jul 3rd, 2012 | re: You Should Probably Go See Safety Not Guaranteed ASAP (19 comments)

I thought it was pretty good. Not great by any stretch. I hate when people say the word “flippin” in a movie and that happens like 3 times in this movie. I also did not care for Aubrey Plaza’s performance in this movie unfortunately. I liked every other performance, but the way she chose to imply chemistry with Duplass’ character was to make anime eyes and smile a lot and lean in close to him. It’s basically the same exact rom-com “acting” that people like Rachel Leigh Cook and Jennifer Love Hewitt used to do, but for some reason (perhaps some sort of perceived cred due to being a comedian with a sour face most of the time), Plaza gets a pass for doing it.

Overall I thought it was indeed a sweet movie and my favorite stuff was the Jake Johnson/Karan Soni stuff. Especially the night where he tries to get the kid laid. And Johnson’s whole plot with his ex from high school or whatever was really good also and Duplass was charming enough. But I really didn’t care for Aubrey Plaza’s character ultimately, and that’s what ended up keeping a merely good movie from being great as far as my opinion is concerned. Also *SPOILERS BELOW*:

Do we think they actually travelled back in time or did they disintegrate and die? It’s seriously a question I’d like somebody else’s thoughts on, because I was wondering out loud about it after my viewing.

 0Posted on Jun 6th, 2012 | re: We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 2) (13 comments)

I’d like to see Fuck NASA guy post a rebuttal video.

 +20Posted on May 21st, 2012 | re: That's Your Girlfriend: This Racist (62 comments)

Wait, yep. This is totally Ginger Kid’s grandma. He is the one FILMING THESE VIDEOS. And his videos often talk about discrimination. The tactic of “well, actually its us that are discriminated against, not them” is a particular favorite of Ginger Kid’s, and now we see where he gets it from. I think I’ve seen more than enough from this family. Disgusting people, really.

 +12Posted on May 21st, 2012 | re: That's Your Girlfriend: This Racist (62 comments)

Is this Ginger Kid’s grandma? I’m serious, it looks and sounds like the lady who told the internet to “quit trolling my grandson”. Does anyone know?

 +2Posted on Dec 29th, 2011 | re: Favorite TV Shows Of 2011 (68 comments)

Can’t believe Louie didn’t make it. If I remember correctly, Videogum said that season 1 of Louie was the best show of last year. What happened between then and now? Was season 2 that much of a drop in quality for you? Cause to me it was even better than the 1st season. I’m confused by this omission.

 0Posted on Dec 21st, 2011 | re: Wait, What IS Your Holiday Vacation Viewing List? (141 comments)

On Demand I’ll be watching:

A Better Life
The Help
Project Nim

In the theaters I’ll be watching:

War Horse
Sherlock Holmes
Dragon Tattoo
A Separation

And I’m gonna try and catch up with the show Homeland.

 +10Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Favorite Movies Of 2011 (80 comments)

Drive is a movie about a monster of a person trying really hard to get away from the truth of who he really is. The director said after driving around Los Angeles with Gosling and hearing some song on the radio, he realized that he wanted this movie to be about a man driving around Los Angeles listening to pop music and trying to feel something. At one point in the film there is a reference to “The Scorpion And The Frog”, a fable about how creatures cannot ultimately hide from their true nature. The main character wears a jacket with a scorpion on the back. He is given no name in the story. The whole movie he seems to be restraining himself, until fate compels him to finally let loose and do what he does well, which is inflict harm. In order to hide from that truth, he’s adopted a purposefully superficial relationship with the outside world, as does the film in which he is featured.

I find this movie to be largely misunderstood.

 0Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Favorite Movies Of 2011 (80 comments)

Tinker Tailor is great. Masterfully directed and acted, although it can be a bit hard to follow at times. Highly recommended.

 +2Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Favorite Movies Of 2011 (80 comments)

Attack The Block just barely missed my own top 10 this year, as did The Trip. I highly recommend The Guard if you haven’t seen it.