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05 June 2007 @ 04:21 pm
Movies and Mini-Rant ;)  
Not a terribly eventful weekend, which was fine-- always lots of little things to do.

We saw a couple of movies on DVD. One was Borat, which was extremely bizarre and very funny. The anti-Semitism was really bothersome, though. I realize that the Sacha Baron Cohen is Jewish, and that it must have been irresistible to him to surface anti-Semitism in his travels by having his character be rabidly anti-Jew. But it adds such a flavor of ugliness to the humor that I really wish he'd left it out.

And you have to understand, all the anti-women jokes didn't especially bother me.

My husband was hooked at "Commence movie-film" as one of the DVD menu choices, and the rest just kept getting stranger. Borat's journey from his village (made almost entirely of mud) to various Americana stopping points was unpredictable and hilarious. I was so far out of the loop that I didn't realize at first that it really was a mockumentary, full of real people who were not in on the joke. The driving instructor near the beginning of the film was amazingly level-headed (he just kept grabbing the wheel again and again). The Frat Boys in their RV-- yuck. What an ugly bunch. Kind of hard to sue someone for broadcasting you being yourselves, though-- it didn't look like Borat elicited the asshole comments those guys came up with; they managed that on their own.

I'm kind of sorry the "Policings" was left out of the actual movie, not to mention the Doctor's visit. "High Five!" "Making the sexy time!"

I've got the fake Kazakhstan national anthem stuck in my head now...

We also saw Open Season (animated kids' film), which was pretty funny though rife with bathroom humor. This is where the mini-rant comes in:

Although Ashton Kutcher did a great job as the comic sidekick-- and I wouldn't know his voice from Adam-- in general, it's really dismaying to see so many actors doing animated films simply because they are "Names" rather than because they're good at it. Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy do the Shrek films for obvious reasons, and you'd have to be a fool to pass up Robin Williams as a voice actor. But why Cameron Diaz? Why Julie Andrews? Anybody could do their voice parts-- they don't appear to be bringing anything special to the roles.

For "Open Season," Patrick Warburton has a small voice part in the movie... but he would have been perfect as the lead voice of Boog the Bear. Martin Lawrence did that part, but it was an "okay" performance. Patrick Warburton is a voice master. He has nuance in the ranges of his humor, and god, does he ever have the gift of timing.

My point here is, if we applied today's casting standards to the past, Mel Blanc would have never gotten work, because he was just some "nobody" who didn't have Box Office buzz like, say, Cary Grant. Of course, back then, regular actors deigned to do voice work such as this. Now, it's all about the money.

Bring back the voice-actors! Cast on vocal talent, not on "names."


How's everyone else?
mercurybard on June 6th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm supremely bored and babysitting my mother (so far, have not had to sit on her to keep her from doing too much, but no idea how long that's going to last). She's currently flipping back and forth between HGTV and the DIY channel.

Kill me now...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
She's currently flipping back and forth between HGTV and the DIY channel.

Oh, f**k.

At least the Lifetime network has "All L&O all the time," or used to, and one network now has some of my favorite character shows: House, L&O:SVU, Monk, and a few others.

But Gah. Though I suppose it could be Telemundo, or endless "Court TV" shows. :0
mercurybard on June 6th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Nevermind, she's for some reason now watching Special Unit 2 on SciFi, which is cool.
Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): BTVS Meepanthrogeeke on June 6th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
I just recently watched a Special Unit 2 marathon. I was amazed as how much I liked it.

mercurybard on June 6th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I like it, but it isn't Mom's usual TV fair.
bluesister on June 6th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
I used to watch Borat when he was a skit on the Ali G show. But we haven't gotten around to seeing the movie. I think I'll feel just like you.

We almost watched it this weekend while my father was visiting. The teenaged son messaged us: no, don't watch it with Grandpa!!! Heh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)

He was correct-- that would have been a very, very bad move.

Once you see it, you'll know exactly why. In soooo many parts of the movie. ;)

Is that your teenaged son, or your father's teenaged son?
bluesister on June 13th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
We have a 6yo and a teen. I swear the big one was 5 just about 3 years ago...
Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): BTVS Buffy Dork Momentanthrogeeke on June 6th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Your right about animated films. It used to be they used actors that brought something to the characters. Now it's whose name can the splash on the billboard.

I ended up watching several movie this weekend.

Stealth = Which I avoided for quite a long time. But turned out to be ok. The voice of the "smart plane " and and the design reminded me of
Flight of the Navigator
from when I as a kid.

See Jane Date = Mainly watched it because of Charisma Carpenter, I didn't' expect much but it was cute in a made for lifetime TV kind of way.

Stranger than fiction = I turned it off halfway through.

28 Days later & 28 Weeks later = Friends and I now have a Zombie contingency plan. (yes, we are dorky enough to have spent an hour actually talking about it. )

mercurybard on June 6th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
The voice of the "smart plane"
It's Wentworth Miller, of Prison Break fame! ;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
I had to look up "Stealth" to see what it was, and I don't think I ever seriously thought about seeing it. Don't know why-- it looked overly manufactured to me in terms of what it was getting at (you know-- a "chick flick" for guys). Mercurybard is correct about the plane voice being Wentworth Miller-- that is quite the voice, isn't it? I also dimly remember "Flight of the Navigator" from my youth, but sadly not very well.

You must have liked Angel, if you're watching movies for Charisma Carpenter! I hadn't realized she had a movie out. :)

"Stranger Than Fiction" I loved desperately, but I can see it not being for everyone. Boy, if you don't like the basic schtick of that movie then you're pretty much doomed, because the whole thing stems off of accepting that.

I'm afraid of horror/gore flicks, though I've heard things about the 28XX movies. How gross? And was there something in there that really grabbed you (not in a Zombie way, either)?

I ask because "Near Dark" is a weakness for me (so weirdly atmospheric-- really, "Vampire Western" says it all), and god but I desperately love "The Hidden" (which is funny, outright weird in a stylish way, and then there's pathos at the end that brings tears to my eyes).

You watched way more than we did. Although... 3 of 4 more episodes of The Shield, Season 5 as of tonight! Just one more before it goes back to the video store. Damn but I love that show. :D
Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): SGA Rodney Dangerous Don't Touch Signanthrogeeke on June 7th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Yeah I loved BTVS and Angel. I'm a complete Joss freak. I'll watch pretty much anything he does.

Near Dark! Oh I loved that show. I need to get that on DVD.

I think I liked the fist 28 Days Later because it 1) it gave me a plausible reason for the Zombies, 2) yes, it was gory very much so in some scenes, and the gore when it is there is ...mmm bad but It wasn't overly so for no reason, it's not an hour and a half of random acts of people hacking each other apart 3) For some reason the filming grabbed my attention. I'm not sure that I could really explain why it did, but it did. 4) as mentioned before it gave you the hope of a happy ending of sorts. I am a sucker for happy endings, even with fic, I don't read stories that don't end happy or with hope and am devastated if it slips through the screening process and ends badly. Sadly, I get very emotionally invested in the characters I read/watch.

bluesister on June 13th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Near Dark! Might be my fave vampire film. Kathryn Bigelow brought a welcome freshness to action movies for awhile but I'm not sure I've seen anything by her since Strange Days.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
I've been told I'll cringe, but it's still worth the watch, so we'll see :).
The anti-Semitism makes me cringe, period. It's hard to watch.

But other parts of it were either flat-out funny, or cause for GOOD cringing in a totally train-wreck fascinating kind of way. You must see it!

Writing! You're writing! I not only got a drabble out last night, I might have broken the dam on the Wincest angsty thing that's been plaguing me for almost 2 weeks now. I.Hate.Being.Stuck. !
happy is as happy does: lmao - teardropdangelhappywriter06 on June 6th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
I found Borat insanely funny. I was nearly on the movie theatre floor (ew!) from being doubled over for like the entire time. My stomach and face really hurt after.

The best part though? The diversity of the audience. There were young and old there laughing hysterically. I personally wouldn't watch it with my mom or grandparents.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
On the movie floor seems gross, unless compared to cleaning out the back of a you-know-what-laden ice cream truck!! :0 Which was one of the really strange parts of that movie (and god, there were just tons of them).

I know better than to watch this kind of movie with my parents (who are 81 now). My Dad might find parts of it funny, but my Mom would never Cease Judging. Heck, I don't even encourage her to watch "House, M.D." (which I love) because I'm absolutely certain that the unbudging unlikeableness of House would really hack her off, and she wouldn't enjoy it.

She doesn't always get that a show/movie can be good when the main characters are flawed, and that you're not necessarily being asked to "like" those characters. Case in point: The English Patient is now ours because she hated the main character. Well... you're supposed to. He's an unrepentant jerk. The movie-- and the way that story unfolds-- is still fascinating, though.
happy is as happy does: lmao - teardropdangelhappywriter06 on June 7th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh yeah the movie theatre floor is imaculate compared to that.

Even though I wouldn't want to hang out with Dr. House, I love his character. As I've gotten older, I tend to lean towards flawed characters unlike when I was younger. The flawed ones seem to be more interesting and have more fun. My favorite example of this is the main character from that tv show Profitt. Loved him!