Hey everyone. Today’s Tossin’ It Out there is one I’ve been sitting on for a while, as I figure it’s something that people love to do, especially people who read or write about movies on the net!
Everyone loves recommending good movies to others, whether it’s some enormous summer tent pole movie that they happen to see before everyone else, or an indie gem that they’ve dug up that no one else has even heard of! It’s the most common form of movie discussion, I think… the “Ohhh, you’ve got to see it!”
It’s not necessarily to me, just to anyone in general. Many other people read through the comments every week, what movie would you recommend to them? Or to someone you just met? What film do you feel strongly enough to promote, or… is there a movie you’d like to get more people to see?
So what movie will you recommend? Something you like that everyone else has unfairly overlooked? Something foreign that you think is worth people’s time to track down? Maybe something classic – a movie that time forgot!
Whatever it is, let’s hear it! What movie would YOU recommend?
NOTE: For this thread, it’s ok if you’d like to link to a review you’ve done, I can understand that, and it fits well here with the discussion. So it’s ok, here! But please, outside of threads where I expressly clear it, remember, posting links to your own stuff without permission is… gauche. ;)
I have comedy on the brain somehow, today, and so I thought today we should turn our discussion towards movie comedians (or comediennes).
Who’s YOUR favorite? Do you lean towards the classics? Is it a duo or a troupe? Someone current like Will Ferrell or Zach Galifianakis? Or someone classic like Laurel and Hardy? Can we get some love for Peter Sellers today? Or will the usual suspects like Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy rise to the top? Will we get any female comics breaking through? How about the immortal Madeline Kahn? Or maybe Melissa McCarthy, who is currently atop the comedic movie world?
Everyone has a film star or two that really crack them up consistently, who’s YOURS?
This Friday sees the release of “Iron Man 3″, the third film in the Iron Man franchise, and the fifth time Robert Downey Jr. has played Tony Stark (including his cameo in “The Incredible Hulk). It won’t be the only big sequel this summer, either, the slate is full of them. “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “The Hangover III”, “Despicable Me 2″, “Monsters University”, “Fast and Furious 6″ just for starters.
Sequels have come a long way though. Franchises are carefully planned now, and audiences don’t attach half the stigma to them that they once did. Once upon a time, the question was “Which sequels are better than the originals?” Nowadays, the second installment in a franchise is often expected to be the best.
There are no shortages of sequels out there. Many of them are great. What’s your favorite? Will you go old school with “The Godfather: Part II” or “The Empire Strikes Back”, or something more modern, like “The Dark Knight”? How about one of James Cameron’s noted sequels, “Aliens”, or “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”?
There are hundreds to choose from, and the choice is yours.
[Alfred Hitchcock voice] Good morning. [/Alfred Hitchcock voice]
Yesterday’s “Rear Window” post brought some of the comments around to Alfred Hitchcock and his directorial prowess. That put it in my mind to turn this week’s discussion topic to the subject of directors.
Who’s your favorite? Will it be one of the big names, like Spielberg, Scorsese, Kubrick, or Hitchcock himself? Or will it be some of today’s auteurs, such as Paul Thomas Anderson or Darren Aronofsky? How about the Coen Brothers? Or Quentin Tarantino? I’m sure that everyone has a director or two whose projects they eagerly anticipate, or whose filmography they’re checking off like a check list.
Which is (are) YOURS? Is there a director who speaks to you more than others? Is there anyone you think can absolutely do no wrong?
With “42″ upcoming this weekend, I thought that it might be a good time to ask about biopics. Biographical movies… those films that tell the story of historical figures and actual people.
Whether they’re biographies of political figures, such as “The Iron Lady”, “J. Edgar”, or “Nixon”, sports figures, such as “Cobb”, “The Babe” or “Ali”, or musicians, such as “Ray” or “The Doors”, Hollywood has mined the lives of the famous and the historically important for stories ever since they began making movies.
It doesn’t have to be limited to a birth to death straight up biography, either. Recent films such as “Hitchcock”, “Lincoln” and “Moneyball” which tell the true story of a brief period in someone’s life are fine as well. (although I reserve the right to use “What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Based on a True Story?” in the future ;) )
So what’s YOUR favorite? Is it Kingsley’s “Gandhi”? Or Denzel Washington’s “Malcolm X”? There are movies you wouldn’t think of right away that should be considered… “Goodfellas” is pretty much a biopic of Henry Hill, and “Braveheart” is based on the life of William Wallace.
Alright, everyone. Inspired by the underwhelming “The Host” this past weekend, I thought it would be a good time to discuss GOOD Science Fiction movies.
Sci-Fi movies have a long lineage, dating all the way back to the earliest days of film, so there should be no shortage of choices for everyone.
It’s also a broad genre, encapsulating movies that seem to be more fantasy films set in space, such as “Star Wars”, or action movies set in space, such as the most recent “Star Trek”, to movies that are based around hardcore science and scientific endeavors. Any type of movie involving an alien is deemed Sci-Fi, from “Close Encounters” to “The Thing”.
So with so much to choose from, what will you choose? “Blade Runner”? “Dark City”? “Total Recall”?
Let me hear it! What’s YOUR Favorite Sci Fi film?!
The other day, a spam comment found its way through the filters and awaited moderation on my Chick Flick City “Steel Magnolias” post. It was spam, and wound up in the trash, but it did bring me back to Chick Flick City. I was shocked to find that it had been over a year since I did the last one (Dec, 2011). 8O
So, with nothing else goofy looming on the horizon here, I decided to resurrect the series. Yup, heading back to Chick Flick City.
For those of you who don’t know, Chick Flick City is a series where I brave the movies that most men would rather jump off of a bridge than watch… those flicks where any testosterone-abled man writhes in discomfort just thinking about them. I post a running commentary as I watch (a la my recent Twilight marathon) and post for your reading enjoyment.
To mark my return, I selected ten chick flicks I’ve never seen. The poll will run for a week and the top two choices will get their day in the sun here over the next month or so. You can make two choices, and base it on any criteria you like. Actually a fan of one or more of these films, and hoping I’ll enjoy them? Great! Love watching reading me suffer, and want to pick the worst ones you can? That’s fine too. It’s all in good fun.
So have at it! My first stops in my return to Chick Flick City are up to you!
In honor of “Olympus has Fallen” and “G.I Joe Retaliation”, and to welcome back all our regulars who were scared away by yesterday’s MTESS (LOL), I thought we’d turn our attention to action movies in this week’s discussion.
I thought, however, that a straight up “What’s your favorite action movie” would turn into a debate between “Die Hard” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, so let’s add a twist… let’s explore that sub layer of movie that, like “Olympus Has Fallen”, you know are stupid, but you enjoy watching them anyways.
There’s absolutely no shortage of those, and it will broaden the choices up beyond “Die Hard” and “Raiders” (which aren’t dumb). If someone wants to select “A Good Day to Die Hard” though, be my guest! :roll:
So what’s YOUR favorite? Will you reach back to something from the heyday of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, or will you choose something a little more recent, like, say, the first “G.I. Joe”? Maybe you’re a Michael Bay fan, there’s so many in his oeuvre that qualify! :D
Ok, let’s hear it! What’s YOUR favorite big dumb action movie?!
Hey everyone, it’s Friday, time for another entry in the Reader Recommendations series!
The Reader Recommendation series is intended to help me formally pursue all the great films that commenters bring up each week in discussion which I’ve never seen. If there’s a movie that comes up that I haven’t seen, but you think I should, email me @ email@example.com or let me know in the comments that you’d like to participate!
This time up, our movie recommendation comes from Melissa Hunter of The Soul of the Plot! Melissa’s selected a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie for us, 1951′s “Strangers on a Train”!
I’m a big fan of Hitchcock, and have seen many of his films. But somehow this one has eluded me until now, so I’m all too happy that Melissa gave me the opportunity to formally check it out!
As I’m sure everybody knows, I spend the weekend watching some terrible, terrible movies. I made it through, but certain movie elements need to be redeemed in my eyes… one of which being movie monsters.
From the classic movie monsters to the animated monsters of Monsters Inc, there’s a lot of cool movie monsters out there. Scary ones, funny ones, creative ones… they’re not all as bad as the ones I spent Sunday with!
Who’s your favorite? Do you lean towards the funny? Like, Slimer from Ghostbusters? Or the terrifying, like the cave creatures in “The Descent”? How about giant monsters, like in “Cloverfield”? It’s wide open, let’s hear it! In order to allow zombies (there aren’t many specific zombies) you can choose monsters who run in packs, if you like.
Just to make this ruling early, Aliens are allowed, but no serial killers, please! ;)