February 2011

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] [Wikipedia link] At this point I will watch any movie based on a Bret Easton Ellis novel.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): AIDS was worse when people weren’t expecting it.

PEOPLE: Brad Renfro’s last film before his death. The only movie we’ve watched of his is Happy Campers!

Quite the cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Chris Isaak, Brad Renfro, Jessica Stroup, and many others.

QUIRKS: Based on a Bret Easton Ellis novel — like The Rules Of Attraction (my favorite), American Psycho, and Less Than Zero. However, all occult and vampirism scenes from the novel were excised from the movie.

It is a collection of loosely connected short stories featuring depressing people whose lives don’t really have anything to do with each other.

VISUALS: Not really a visual movie, but there are a lot of sex scenes with hot naked girls. Threesomes, even. Possibly even mostly. But this movie isn’t to tittilate, so that’s not a reason to decide to watch this. Just thought I’d mention it.

SOUNDTRACK: Pat Benatar and Wang Chung. 80’s music! This takes place in the early 1980’s, like Less Than Zero.

MORALS: None really. Just a bunch of people’s lives going badly. The only real moral to the story is: Don’t live your life like any of these people if you don’t want to end up in their situations. Try not to get AIDS as well.

BAD STUFF/CONCLUSION: It was an ok film while watching it, but it was a little confusing keeping track of the many unrelated characters, and we don’t know what the point of it all was. When done watching, it simply felt completely pointless. We thought it would wrap up better, but then it just seemed to kinda fizzle out at the end. Things keep going, but with a turn for the worse. Everyone keeps going with the shitty flow of their lives. This feels like the ending of the movie Wasted (2006) that we watched.

This is our least favorite Bret Easton Ellis film adaptation.

Most people love American Psycho, because it was literally fun to watch, and had kind of a light ending. We do too, but greatly prefer Rules Of Attraction to American Psycho, as it was fun (and even psychedelic) to watch, while having a real nihilist feel to it. It’s one of my favorite movies ever.

We didn’t like Less Than Zero as much as Rules Of Attraction or American Psycho. It had all the nihilism, and only a little bit of the fun. At least there were big, trippy parties in Less Than Zero. In The Informers, we pretty much only get the bad / non-fun / nihilism side. Oh, there’s some sex. But nobody in this movie seems to really be having fun. We’re presented with a conflict for 1.5 hrs, and there is never really a solution. Things just get worse.

This movie was just too pointless and depressing — without having enough OTHER kinds of value — for us to end up really liking.

RATINGS: Carolyn: Netflix: 2.5/5 stars, IMDB: 5.5/10.
Clint: Netflix 2/5 stars, IMDB 4/10.
Netflix in general gave this 2.3/5 stars. IMDB gave it 5.7/10

RECOMMENDATION: I’d recommend staying away from this one, unless you specifically like dramatic stories with a bunch of unrealated people’s lives. I will have to take Bret Easton Ellis-based films with a grain of salt after this one.


MOVIE QUOTE: “B) You’ve got holes in your arms. C) You’ve got holes in your arms. D) You’ve got holes in your arms.”

COINCIDENCES: (Battle Royale 2, The Informers) 2 movies within a week that were the last movie directed by the directors (before they died).

ACTUALLY!! This jailbrake sucked for me. I ended up re-doing it with Spirit.  But you need “Spirit.Fox.iTunes.9.2” to do this with iTunes 9.2 or greater.

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PEOPLE: Different director and writers from the other Shrek movies, but most of the same voice actors. Except Rumpelstiltskin. He was voiced by a non-voice actor, Walt Dohrn who works on the story and such. Nobody came close to matching the voice he used during their table reads, so they used him instead of an actor. And it was a good call.

Also, Lake Bell from the hilarious AdultSwim live-action series Children’s Hospital voiced one of the witches.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Fiona reaches higher potential without Shrek, but then he drags her back down again.

QUIRKS: An partial-alternate-reality Shrek movie! They used the excuse of magic to come up with something that made the franchise fresh again. Impressive job!

VISUALS: Unfortunately we did not see this in 3-D, but the visuals are as awesome as any Shrek movie is. There’s a lot of things they really nailed in their animation style, and it looks really great in HD.

SOUNDTRACK: A few 80’s songs, and a remix of Bach’s Toccata & Fugue…

MORALS: Sometimes you need to lose what you have in order to appreciate that you ever had it in the first place.

CONCLUSION: I daresay this was better than the previous Shrek movie or two. Using magic to create an alternate reality adventure changed all the characters and situations, making this movie fresher than the last few, while still retaining the extreme feelgood feel of the Shrek franchise.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.7/10, Netflix: 4.0/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was also 4.0/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: See this. Hell, even if you didn’t see Shrek 2 or Shrek 3, you could skip right over them and watch this instead.

MOVIE QUOTE: Donkey: “And I thought the waffle fairy was just a bedtime story!”

COINCIDENCES: (Shrek 4, Transformers Prime S1E4) Two videos in a row with a # of 4 where a character wakes up from being unconscious/faking hurt, mumbling about grandmas. “Granny?” “Grandma? Are those cookies?” (more…)

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