Oh, Jennifer, how I do love you:
An online acquaintance of mine, Mike, recently sent me the following. I like it too much not to share it!
A friend started a circular email with the idea of taking movie names and changing one word to “bacon.” It came at just the right moment and my twisted carnivorous subconscious pumped out a slew of ‘em. For your delectation:
Bacon at Tiffany’s Bacon and Sympathy The Bacon of King George Bacon in the Grass Bacon Bacon The Bacon of Madison County Eating Bacon Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bacon Lethal Bacon
And not quite by the rules, but Thank You for Smoking Bacon
Bacon in the Woods 30 Days of Bacon How to Train Your Bacon Million Dollar Bacon
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I suppose that this story is funny and interesting in and of itself: WikiLeaks movie script apparently leaked — to WikiLeaks founder.
Alas, I was so traumatized by the picture of my beloved Sherlock (a.k.a. Benedict Cumberbatch) as a gross bleached blond that I was rendered speechless. Happily, Grumpy Cat always knows exactly what to say:
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I’m a bit late with this post, I know. But, as I often say, better late than never!
Paul and I saw Prometheus in early June. Alas, we were seriously disappointed — as we’ve been with most of the movies we’ve seen in the theater of late. (Even Brave didn’t live up to my expectations: the plot and the theme weren’t well-integrated, and the mother’s change of heart seemed substantially unmotivated.)
The major problem with Prometheus were all the ginormous plot holes, as this hysterical video points out:
However — and here’s my real reason for writing up this post, late though it may be — I strongly recommend that you read this essay if you’ve seen the movie, whether you liked it or not: Prometheus Unbound: What The Movie Was Actually About.
For me, the essay explained so much of what seemed random and incomprehensible in the movie. It didn’t make me like the movie any more, but I could see that the creators of the movie were attempting to push some clear themes. They just didn’t do so in a way that really worked, at the level of plot. Still, the analysis is pretty masterful.
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Paul and I saw The Hunger Games on Tuesday. We really enjoyed the movie, and I thought it a particularly stellar adaptation of the book. (Paul hasn’t read the books yet, but he plans to do so soon.) The plot was compressed well, the violence was not glamorized or overdone, I loved much of the casting and costuming, and Jennifer Lawrence was superb as Katniss.
The movie was a really good proxy for the books, I think. So if you liked the movie, I definitely recommend reading the books. If you didn’t like the movie, don’t bother reading the books. Also, the movie was such a good adaptation that I don’t think that you need to read the book before seeing the movie. (That’s usually a hard and fast rule with me!)
On a humorous note, here’s two negative reviews that I ran across while searching for movie times:
I went to go see this movie this weekend and it made me sick. Literally I got sick and had to leave the movie because I felt like throwing up. After seeing the children killing each other, it left me with a sick feeling. This is not what I expected this movie to be about and it was a waste of money. It’s sad when hit movie is about people enjoying a sport about children killing each other. Where is the American peoples morale’s? No wonder our world is in so much trouble when we are saying this is going to be the Movie of the year. We have enough killing in this world why do we need to encourage it. I strongly recommend parents not to let their children see the movie. All it is doing is encouraging violence.
Hollywood I pray you become convicted and start fearing God and change what you’er making. You may not have to answer to someone in this life, but you will in the next.
This movies is full of hidden meaning. The rich politicians controlling every aspect of the working class. Then getting their entertainment from the children of the working class between a certain age killing each other. Plus they bet on which kid will win so they make more money. It sounds a lot like what is going on right now with the politicians and the wars in the middle east. They have control of our working class kids and they can fight them to death, then sit back and collect of every last bit of it. All the talk before they actual get to the arena is completely unnecessary. The set up of the training events reminds me a little of Harry Potter. The actual arena is boring and the action sucks. Don’t waste your time or money.
Sadly, these people probably vote.
On a more serious note, some people are upset that Rue was correctly cast as a black girl… which is revolting. I’m not sure whether the criticisms of Jennifer Lawrence as too “big” for Katniss are worse or not… but they’re still revolting.
Alas, these people likely vote too.
But hey, we live in a world in which awesome books like The Hunger Games are written and published, then made into awesome movies. So phooey on my gripes! To hell with the morons!
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Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of my personal favorites in literature, and I’d rank it somewhere in the top ten of all literature.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I gave myself the gift of watching my favorite of all the movie/miniseries versions of Jane Eyre, namely this version by Masterpiece Theater. The omissions from and changes to the plot are minor, and the characters of Jane and Mr. Rochester are perfectly written and acted by Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. It was such a delight to watch again, and I highly recommend it, whether you’ve read the book or not.
(I did like the recent movie adaptation, but I didn’t think the characters were nearly as well-portrayed.)
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The 1/30/2012 blog for The Objective Standard has published my short post, “The Grey: A Great Reminder of Crucial Truths“.
Here is the opening:
Could you survive deep in the Alaskan wilderness and make your way out with only the resources from a crashed airplane?
That’s the stark challenge faced by the seven protagonists of the movie The Grey, starring Liam Neeson. An airplane carrying Alaskan oil field workers crashes during a storm, and they must battle harsh winter conditions and a pack of aggressive wolves while attempting to find their way back to civilization. In addition to spectacular cinematography and spellbinding action scenes, the movie demonstrates surprising philosophical depth in delivering its theme: “What does it really mean to fight for one’s life?”
The movie also dramatizes three related principles that are easy to forget during everyday life but that are made vividly clear in the context of the movie…
(Read the full text of “The Grey: A Great Reminder of Crucial Truths“.)
Many thanks to Craig Biddle and Ari Armstrong for their help editing the piece. And don’t forget to check out the other fine commentary at the TOS blog!