I know what I’m watching tonight.
I pretty much grew up on Disney movies and this one used to scare the living crap out of me for some reason, but now it’s definitely my favorite. I don’t know if it was the whole “going to Catholic school for six years” thing or what, but I really find myself enjoying books/movies/entertainment with religion as a main source of struggle or conflict. Such themes have always stricken me as being very honest and very impactful. Hunchback was one such book and movie; The Crucible was another. There is a bunch more, too, but for whatever reason I’m totally blanking on everything else I’ve ever read/watched right now. Probably ‘cause it’s like 5 AM and I had Red Bull and I’m feeling really antsy tonight.
Also, tell me this isn’t the best opening ever (I know I’ve posted this on here before, but screw it):
I’m not a movie person. We’ve established this.
I’ve mentioned Sunshine on here once or twice before because despite my not being a movie person, I really, really, really like this movie.
Reasons [and possible spoilers?]:
- It’s about the freaking sun, man. I love the sun.
- I was expecting it to be one of those cheesy “good looking action heroes wear overly revealing space suits and sucker punch the sun with a nuclear bomb, restarting it, and everyone lives happily ever after.” It’s totally not.
- The soundtrack is the most phenomenal soundtrack ever. Example, example.
- Despite it not being scientifically accurate in a lot of ways, the details included that are accurate (or at least are believable) make it a believable movie. At least to me. I guess what I’m saying is that the story itself is so strong that the specific details need not be totally accurate. Which I think is important for a sci fi such as this.
- Kaneda’s death makes me cry each time. Movies do not make me cry.
- Seriously, the soundtrack is beautiful. If you can’t find the movie, at least find the soundtrack.
- When Capa says, “we’re flying into the sun” near the very end, it is delivered in such a heart-wrenching and beautiful way that is just totally makes the ending.
- It lacks an unnecessary romance subplot. How many movies can you say that about?
- You go in totally expecting a HAL moment with the Icarus II computer. It doesn’t happen. It fakes you out a couple times, but it doesn’t happen.
- Dr. Searle is a badass.
- THAT EFFING FALLOUT-ESQUE FLASHY THING WHEN THEY BOARD ICARUS I OH MY GOD
- The third act. I’ve read a lot of review of the movie (’cause, you know, I get overly obsessive about things I like) and the main complaint is that the third act “ruins” everything because it is so different than the first two thirds. I didn’t like that as well at first, but now that I’ve watched it for like the hundredth time, I realize that I think it works. Again, you’re not expecting it.
- DID I MENTION THE SOUNDTRACK?
Haha, sorry. I just dig this movie. Go find it and watch it, seriously.
But holy freaking crap spackle, Sunshine is fantastic.
I first happened upon this movie via its beautiful, beautiful soundtrack (the Adagio was actually the background music in that “Science Saved My Soul” video I posted back on October 25th).
So my mom and I wound up at Bookmans the other day (because passing up a trip to Bookmans is a sin) and I happened to find the movie. So I bought it.
Watched it tonight.
I actually hesitate to post the trailer, ’cause I don’t think it’s an accurate depiction of how cool this movie really is. So instead you get this little teaser. And this happens like in the first fourth of the movie, so there’s a LOT that goes on after this.
NNNNNNNFFF, that music.
What’s really cool about this movie is the amount of research that went into making it accurate. Sure, there are of course some major inaccuracies (welcome to Movie Land), but the director and cast really went through a lot to try and get it as accurate as they probably could and still have it be an interesting movie.
Like, a lot of thought went into it. It’s like the antithesis of Atomic Train.
If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. It’s very, very good.
Be warned, though: there’s a scene in there that really reminded me of Vault 106 in Fallout 3 (the one in which you hallucinate in purple). If that creeped you the hell out, so will that scene in the movie. Fair warning.
HA, I remember the article that I was going to feature here a couple weeks ago!
If you’ve ever watched a movie or TV, you’ve probably been privy to the Wilhelm scream, a stock sound effect first used in 1951 and has since been audible in over 225 movies and TV shows (often as an in-joke).
The scream was first heard in the 1950s movie Distant Drums and gained popularity after George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino began to slide it into almost every movie they made (yes, including Star Wars). The fact that the scream is publically available has caused it to propagate throughout online media created by amateur film/media makers.
I found The Brave Little Toaster on YouTube. That movie is such a trip.
[Insert frantic Wikipedia research here]
DUDE IT WAS A BOOK TOO:
The blanket looks alarmingly like a serial killer in the cover illustration. One of those calculating, quiet types who smothers children in their sleep.*
Wiki: “The Brave Little Toaster was well-received by critics. Anna Quindlen, writing for the New York Times, called it ‘a wonderful book for a certain sort of eccentric adult. You know who you are. Buy it for your children; read it yourself.’”
Its full title is The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances, which leads me to believe that author Thomas M. Disch is pretty freaking great. Must…acquire…copy…
*NaNoWriMo 2012 idea: rewrite The Brave Little Toaster as a horror book. Call it Burnt. The five appliances are bitter to the point of extreme revenge over being left at the cabin by their master. They set out to seek revenge on him. Along the way, Blanky’s initial harmless hallucinations about the master soon give way to his psychopathic tendencies. Because we all know it’s the quiet, innocent-seeming ones who are apt to snap and turn on their friends in the middle of the woods.
Dude. This is so happening.
Edit: Mr. Disch and I share a birthday. It’s a sign.
You know what’s a fantastic movie?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Not just because it’s a ridiculously awesome musical, but because of the COLORS.
I think I first saw this movie when I was eight or something, and I always remembered the barn raisin’ and the dancin’ that happened before it. I remembered it because of the colors.
By the way, pardon my crappy screencaps; the easiest way I could get these pics was by renting the movie on iTunes and using ScreenHunter to somewhat haphazardly get these shots.
The dancing sequence (perhaps one of the coolest of all time) has some pretty hot color-on-color action.
I love this ending shot. None of the color pairs match. The next time you’ll see them all this happy is months after they’ve kidnapped all the women and have forced an avalanche between the lady-folk and themselves and the rest of the town.
Go watch this movie, seriously. It rocks.
I have honestly not watched this movie since I was about seven. It’s SO FREAKING FUNNY. I think I laughed hard enough to give myself a nosebleed when I get up tomorrow morning (this has happened several times before).
Snow White: “We’ll clean the house and surprise them! Then maybe they’ll let me stay!”
Yeah, that’ll do it. Though I must admit, as a kid I freaking LOVED the cleaning scene. There’s just something about synchronized cleaning, I guess.
Side note: no animated animal labor laws were violated in the making of this movie.
And Doc’s great. He really reminds me of someone, but I can’t think of the person. And Bashful’s adorable, but GRUMPY HAS NO TIME FOR HIS NONSENSE!
Snow White totally mocks Grumpy when she firsts meets him. “OOOOOOOOH, you must be GWUMPY!”
They jab at each other through almost the whole thing. If this were a romantic comedy today, they’d be making out at the end of the movie.
Also, why are they so afraid in the beginning? There are seven of them and they have pickaxes.
Happy: “What is it?”
Doc: “It’s a girl!”
Happy: “She’s waking up!”
Sneezy: “What’ll we do?!”
Hahaha, it’s like a frat house the morning after a BAD party.
Doc: “You might be cold and wet when you’re done, but you gotta admit, it’s good clean fun.”
“GET THE SOAP.”
I love you, Doc.
Happy can really move his hips, but Doc’s the lady’s man.
The scene in which they’re chasing the queen is pretty epic. You don’t want to make Happy angry. And does her death ring of “Wile E. Coyote” to anyone else aside from me (she’s on a cliff, tries to push a boulder onto the little gang, and the cliff on which she’s standing gets split from the mountain and the boulder falls after her)?
Random side note: after Disney’s first few movies, notice how black hair is almost strictly reserved for villains.
Also, one of you needs to tell Rebeca that it’s very hard sitting straight-faced in front of 200 students proctoring an exam when you’ve got “SCREW THE VAGINA, I HAVE A VAGINA!” going through your head.
Today’s song: We Used to be Friends by The Dandy Warhols
TODAY I will give you my top 5 Disney movies, mainly because I’ve been watching way too many of them on YouTube. Also, this is based more than what Disney considers their “masterpieces,” which excludes, unfortunately, things like Toy Story and Anastasia. Anyway.
1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This movie is EPIC. Love the animation, love the music, love the evil Claude Frollo. He’s badass.
Another epic movie with great animation and great music. There’s also quite a bit of humor in this one that I missed when I was little.
3. The Great Mouse Detective
Basil’s hot. Don’t care if he’s a mouse.
4. Toy Story
FREAKING LOVED THIS in elementary school. We quoted it as often as possible. I also think the idea of Tom Hanks voicing a cowboy is automatically funny.
Another movie we were obsessed with in elementary school. I was also probably biased towards this one because of my friend Anastasia.
This movie’s going to be great if the whole thing resembles the previews. Check this out:
I think I finally realized why I like the movie Apollo 13 so much (aside from the fact that it’s a good movie and Tom Hanks = awesome).
It’s the music.
The music is very cool.
Haha, sorry, nothing much is going on.