Welcome ya'll,

Thanks for checking out my blog. This is mostly my own crazy thoughts on a variety of subjects, but primarily they will be about movies, tv, and books. Being a movie junkie, rabid reader, and TV show-aholic, this blog is just another excuse to feed my addictions. [a quiet 'yay me']. Hope you enjoy, Clancy Metzger

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Megamind", Morning Glory" and "The Girl Who Played with Fire"

Yes, movies again. It's my addiction, people. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD!

Let's start with Megamind (in 3D no less - which was cool). Will Farrell voicing the blue, jealous, confused, smitten, alien wanna be villain and Brad Pitt voicing the super good, super good looking, super everything don't wanna be hero. It was funny (LOL funny) and had a lot of emotion. It's a pretty good movie when the main character has to go thru a lot of self exploration and growth (better him than me). Tina Fey voices the girl reporter all the guys love. Anyway - kids will love it, adults will love it. Did I mention the piranha like wanna be evil sidekick fish named Minion? LOVE HIM.

Morning Glory - Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Wilson. Something for everyone at any age - and all good. This was a really fun and sweet movie. I laughed a lot, I felt bad for the characters a lot, I cheered for them. It was emotionally very satisfying. I left a happy camper. So, what's it about, you ask? McAdams wants to produce a morning talk show more than anything. She gets her chance at an underdog show that stars Diane Keaton. Needs to boost the rating or lose her dream job. Hires embittered and lonely award winning serious-news journalist Harrison Ford who hates, hates, hates that he's reduced to doing a fluff morning show and makes everyone's lives miserable for it. Patrick Wilson is McAdam's love interest who also produces in the same building, so understands the demands of her job. After, McAdams does boost the show, A LOT, she gets a job offer from a better show. The only thing keeping her from staying at the underdog show- Ford's surly character. Will he invest in the show too in order to keep our young producer there? What do you think? Again - I was a happy camper leaving this one and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Finally, I just watched The Girl Who Played with Fire on DVD. I enjoyed the first movie (in Swedish) and have no issues with subtitles, but this one had an option to watch dubbed in English and that allowed me to watch the movie itself more, so yay for that. I love Noomi Rapace who stars as Tattoo Girl, Lisbeth Salander. She's amazing. As is Michael Nyqvist who plays our helper hero journalist, Mikael Blomkvist. This one is really dark too, but so good. Lisbeth kicks ass. Really. I haven't read the books yet (I am getting to them!), but the movies rock. Saw the trailer for the next one and can't wait. Yes, for all you foreign film snubs - they are making a Hollywood version of the first one starring Daniel Craig that is supposed to be out Dec 2011 (Pretty sure I'll love it too). But, really - you should watch the Swedish ones. They are so worth it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Hereafter" and "Kickass"

Let's talk about two movies that were not what I thought they would be. Neither of them - go figure.

Hereafter starring Matt Damon. I wasn't sure what exactly I expected, maybe a little action, a little thriller, a little drama - about dead people. The premise that you get from the trailers is that Matt Damon is a psychic who really can commune with the dead in the hereafter but doesn't want to. That's it. Yes, that's exactly what he is and what it's about. But it's also about a French woman and a British boy who have some hereafter stuff of their own to deal with and how these three lives eventually intersect. It's not fast paced, it methodical. It introduces these three characters, shows you their lives, lets it all simmer and eventually meld. It's character driven and by the end, I cared. I cared about these three people and their lives and their problems and solutions. I thought it was a good movie, well acted and a nice escape for two hours.

On to Kickass which I watched on DVD last night. I remember the trailers for this because I wanted to see it when it first came out but didn't get to. I remember it seemed like a wanna-be superhero sort of comedy not exactly spoof but not without some spoofy elements. That was my impression. There are one or two character actors you'll recognize, but aside from that the only people you'll really know are Nicholas Cage and that kid who played McLovin in Superbad (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) - both are good. The ones you need to watch out for are the kid who plays Kickass (Aaron Johnson) and the little girl who plays Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz). They did a great job, especially this little girl - she was amazing. As for the story. I thought it was going to be a comedy (it's not), although there are a few funny moments. IMDB lists it as an action/adventure/crime/thriller. I'm not sure I see it as any one of those but it is a combination of all of them including comedy of a dark nature. If you know that going in, you may enjoy it more. I did enjoy it. I would have enjoyed it more had I not been expecting dumb comedy. I love the relationship between Nick Cage's Big Daddy character and his daughter Hit Girl - both in and out of costume. Love the girl across the board - when she goes in to kick ass and take names, she leaves no one standing. It's pretty awesome. The complete dorkiness of Kickass and his lack of abilities full of good intentions are endearing. And poor Red Mist, aka the villain's son, aka McLovin is so naive - you feel bad for him. It's good (not great, maybe more okay than good), just be aware - lots of violence (mostly by the little girl - seriously awesome to my sick sense of humor) and not a dumb comedy. I did like it and as I sit here after having returned the movie already - I kind of want to watch it again.