Comm & Pop Culture Post

The Warrior’s Way – Hmmm…I wonder if this would be Post-Modern?

An actual movie review – “visually inventive hybrid martial arts Western tracing the adventures of an Asian assassin who must fight for his life while hiding out in the Wild West.” – anonymous

Style over substance? Check. Is anything not overly-styled in this movie, and this is just the trailer! Flying through the air, ninja’s in perfect garb – in a perfect line on the top of a building.

Confusions over space and time? Maybe. How could there not be some sort of flashback or confusion of space and time in a movie like this, guess we’ll have to wait and see…

Erosion of Identity? Check. This warrior refuses a mission when he has to kill the last person in a clan, aka a baby. Somewhere in this he most likely realizes he has lost a sense of his identity – which is the purpose of the movie. It’s a wild guess but I’m assuming he finds his identity throughout the course of this movie – what a hero!

Inter-textuality? Mehh. Maybe. This is for the Cultural Capitalist out there. When you see Geoffrey Rush from Pirates of the Caribbean, his character doesn’t seem that much different.  Also, if you have been a-long-time-hollywood-tabloid-junkie then you would know that Orlando Bloom (yet again from Pirates of the Caribbean) dated the swash-buckling-leading-lady Kate Bosworth……..Coincidence?

Simulacra? A little. The trailer alone captures the “real” and imaginary collapsing together. At some points this even looks like a video game. What could be more “simulacra-ish” besides Disneyland and video games?

Bricolage? A bit. This is one big jumbled mess of other movies put together. Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…..The list goes on.

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Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud Movie Poster

Just from watching the trailer I am already reaching for the kleenex, there has been quite a few Drama Romances out there lately but I really think this one is going to be special. I don’t think I can wait until July 30th. So I think I may just have to read the book.

Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta

Based on an acclaimed novel, Charlie St. Cloud is a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a unique way. In this emotionally charged story, he begins a romantic journey in which he embraces the dark realities of the past while discovering the transformative power of love. Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) has the adoration of mother Claire (Oscar® winner Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (newcomer Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high–school classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own. [apple]

Charlie St. Cloud Trailer


Upcoming Funnies…

Easy A

Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley, Lisa Kudrow, Dan Byrd, Thomas Hayden Church

September 17 2010

Wild Target

Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint

June 18 2010

Good Will Hunting

★★★★★

(yes, that is six stars – reserved for only for my top 3 movies)

Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.

“So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure fuck it, while I’m at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president” – Will

“I have a bullshit answer for everything” – Sean


“I think I got some of your pickle” – Skylar

“Does this violate the doctor-patient relationship?” – Will
“Not unless you grab my ass” – Sean

“You’re my best friend, so don’t take this the wrong way. In 20 years, if you’re still livin’ here, comin’ over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin’ construction, I’ll fuckin’ kill you. That’s not a threat; now, that’s a fact. I’ll fuckin’ kill you” – Chuckie

If you haven’t seen this movie, you seriously haven’t lived yet. It’s incredible that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were nobodies and wrote this incredible screenplay. It changed their lives forever. Every time I watch this movie, I interpret it differently. It changes your philosophy on life, and impacts you differently every time. The intensity of it is almost scary, and the good ending is the cherry on top. If you don’t grow as a person after watching it you have some serious disconnect issues. When I say this is one of my favorite movies I actually mean it. It falls in at No. 2 right behind Gladiator. This is a classic, worth watching once a year to do a little soul searching, with some great actors Minnie Driver, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Robin Williams. Love them, (and the amazing soundtrack)!

“I have to see about a girl… Son of a bitch he stole my line”

“You’re legally allowed to drink now, so we figured the best thing for you was a car” – Billy

An Education

Simply Amazing! My new favorite! ☆☆☆☆☆

It’s no wonder Carey Mulligan won the “Best British Actress of the Year” award, she more than deserved it. Starting this movie I wasn’t sure what to expect, I had only seen the previews for it on TV which reveal nothing about the movie. I was expecting it to be good considering all of the Oscar Buzz, but wow I was blown away! The movie is just so well done! The screenplay by Nick Hornby, who wrote another favorite About a Boy was plain and simple brilliant. I just thought it was very applicable, maybe it’s because I’m in college, but I thought wow school is important and it almost slipped between her fingers. It translates to a large audience, there is actually living and discovering, living how we think we should and trying to be mature, and then doing the smart and invaluable thing – learning even if the lessons are hard.

Sure dating a man that much older isn’t common, but it was so well done it seemed realistic. Sitting there watching this movie I felt as though I was standing right behind her shoulder yelling “NO” don’t do this! Jenny is smart and that is what makes this movie worth watching, you aren’t witnessing a airhead teenager who wants to rebel. You are seeing an educated, smart, young girl, who just wanted to live. Can we blame her for wanting to live life?

The cast was perfect. Who doesn’t love to see Emma Thompson. Even though it made my skin crawl Peter Sarsgaard was still a charmer. Dominic Cooper – hello bad boy, loved his mysterious role. Rosamund Pike’s second movie with Carey Mulligan, they were in Pride & Prejudice together, and she is a sophisticated fashionista in this movie, almost idol like.  Love to see Olivia Williams in anything. To top it off no one could have played the father role as well as Alfred Molina. Not to forget Carey Mulligan, my new icon, in the lead role.

Not to mention an amazing soundtrack!

New Eclipse Trailer

Only 67 days left, and the cast will be on Oprah May 13th!