December 2012


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

PLOT SUMMARY: This movie is to tourism what The Invention Of Lying is to lying. That is, tourism starts to exist in a world that’s never had it. Quirky comedy ensues, as well as some conflict.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Tourism creates evildoing.

PEOPLE: From the same director as The Hogfather, comes another 3+ hr double-feature TV movie. Watching these in 1 night is quite a challenge!

The main character Twoflower is played by Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee from The Lord Of The Rings movies, Mikey Walsh from The Goonies, the movie Click, 50 First Dates, Encino Man). Troubled wizard Rincewind is played by David Jason (the original voice of Danger Mouse, as well as the Danger Mouse narrator, and Albert in Terry Pratchett‘s The Hogfather, and Count Duckula). Evildoer Trymon is played by Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kinsey, Scary Movie 2 Pretorius from The Mask animated series, King Chicken from Duckman, Dr. Sevarius from Gargoyles, Konk from The Pirates Of Darkwater). Death is played by Christopher Lee (just like in The Hogfather; he is Count Dooku in the new Star Wars movies, Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings movies, Sleepy Hollow, The Last Unicorn, and well over 200 movies). The Arch Astronomer is played by Nigel Planar (Neil from The Young Ones, The Hogfather, and one of the Department Of Works dudes from the movie Brazil; he also narrates a lot of the Discworld audiobooks). Cohen The Barbarian is played by David Bradley (Argus Filch in every Harry Potter movie, Arthur Webley in Hot Fuzz).

QUIRKS: Based on 2 of Terry Pratchett‘s books (The Colour Of Magic and The Light Fantastic), and thus it is deliberately quirky fantasy with a lot of dry British comedy.

VISUALS: Decent effects for something on a Made-for-British-TV budget.

WILHELM SCREAM: Thought we might have heard one, but really not sure.

POLITICS: The tourism industry is created not to help tourists, but to make sure as much money as possible is extracted from tourists.

BAD STUFF: LONG! Made for TV. And many people probably don’t like Terry Pratchett‘s “non-serious fantasy” tone. They probably don’t like unrealistic quirkiness for the hell of it. And Death’s eyes are still the saddest special effect in either movies. We still think this formula works though: Quirky is weird, weird fantasy is unique, and unique means a lot to us.

CONCLUSION: An exceedingly long, quirky, non-serious, fun fantasy romp.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.9/5 stars–closer than the average!).

RECOMMENDATION: Fantasy maniacs should really like this — though you may want to watch it over the course of 2 nights. 10PM is definitely too late to start something over 3 hrs, especially if you tend to take breaks while watching movies.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Other fantasy movies.

MOVIE QUOTE: Rincewind: That’s old Twoflower for you. He just appreciates beauty in his own way. I mean, if a poet sees a daffodil, he stares at it and then writes a long poem. But Twoflower would wander off and buy a book on botany, and then as he reads it he would tread on the daffodil. (more…)

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

PLOT SUMMARY: Schoolgirls try to find pirate treasure. I shit you not.

QUIRKS: Ridiculous girl power adventure comedy mystery. Not everybody’s cup of tea.

PEOPLE: From director Oliver Parker (Dorian Gray (2009), St. Trinian’s 1 (2007), The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)) and Barnaby Thompson (producer of Wayne’s World, Kids In The Hall:Brain Candy, Coneheads).

Starring Rupert Everett (Prince Charming in the Shrek movies), Colin Firth (Dorian Gray), David Tennant (Doctor Who), and a bunch of girls… From the first movie, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley (The Boat That Rocked), Tamsin Egerton, and Sarah Harding. Not that I have any idea who they are. Just a bunch of hot “schoolgirls” who are all actually over 20. Ahh, the warped realities of ‘cinema’…

VISUALS: Plenty of schoolgirls. And a bit o’ action too.

SOUNDTRACK: Bands with girls in the movie in them. I dunno… Apparently they’re more popular in the UK or something. I don’t care.

BAD STUFF: A ridiculous schoolgirl mystery sounds like hell to a lot of people. Also, if you can actually keep track of the individual characters (I can’t), some of the ones from the first movie aren’t in this movie. So no Lily Cole (NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!). No Mischa Barton. Sigh. It’s a sequel. Of course, this whole franchise is a reboot from the original 5 St. Trinian’s movies (1950s-1980s). So there’s plenty of things to dislike here. We just happen to be too distracted by hot “schoolgirls” to notice.

CONCLUSION: Pretty lighthearted, random, and ridiculous. Judging by our ratings, this was better than the original. But I’m not 100% sure if that’s really true. It’s hard to rate consistently. Just more of the same really. Nothing special. Lighthearted fun.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3.4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.2/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars.

RECOMMENDATION: If you can stand this type of shit… Go for it.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Looks like a 3rd movie is coming out in 2010: St. Trinian’s Versus The World.

MOVIE QUOTE: Zoe [emo]: There’s no reason to be scared of death. ‘Cause death is, you know, like life, but all of the crap gets taken out. Like poverty and fascism and Miley Cyrus.

COINCIDENCES: (double coincidence type) (St. Trinians #2, Bro’ Town #6) 2 videos in a row mentioning King/Queen Lear, as well as doing a “My Precious” Lord Of The Rings parody.
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These damn deadly bugs infesting everywhere. Society was in shambles. There was some supernatural zombieism/monsterism going on too.

At one point we were in the street, with screaming decayed monster-face people coming at us. They didn’t run, but they lunged. It was hard to get through the crowd.

My parents replaced their treehouse with another treehouse, and there was no way to get up to it anymore. I climbed a brick wall where I could barely get my fingers in between the bricks to grip. I could have fallen to my death. Meanwhile, Carolyn was trying to climb the front, which was actually much eaiser. When I got to the top, my parents came out, and I think I complained about the pointlessness of building a treehouse no one can easily get to.

Then we went inside and watched someone demonstrate how to kill the deadly bugs from this global bug infestation. The were worse than zombies because they multiplied. He had a tray on the floor where he was cultivating a bunch of these baby bugs, to demonstrate how to best kill them. They started hatching, and would leave the vat and try to run away really quick. It was a challenge to smash them whack-a-mole style.

But then we learned something disturbing. One of the ones he smashed had a smaller, younger baby bug pop out of it. Alive. When these bugs were born, they were actually born pregnant, with their offspring already viable. Simply squashing one was no guarantee of anything. You had to make sure the bugs inside it were all individuall squashed as well.

These bugs, apparently, were never eggs. The invasion was going to go worse than we thought.

''Dreams... They're the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.'' --Xavier:Renegade Angel

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
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