Category: Movie Watching

New trailer: ‘Birdemic 2: The Resurrection’

Here’s the brand new trailer for Birdemic 2: The Resurrection. “Just what the hell is that?” you might be asking yourself. To that I answer, “Only the sequel to one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies ever!”

No release details are known for Birdemic 2, so in the meantime I’ll just say that if you haven’t seen the original, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, you need to…RIGHT NOW! The guys at RiffTrax have also done a hilarious riff on it, and they’ll be doing a live show for it that can be seen in theaters across the country on October 25th.

Movies with girlfriends

Posted by: cody on August 22, 2012.

“So, do you want to see Farewell, My Queen sometime?”

This is what my girlfriend asked me this past weekend. Immediately I had no idea what she was asking me to do. Given the structure of her question, though, I surmised she was asking me to “see” a movie. Other possibilities running through my mind, given the title Farewell, My Queen, included a play, a musical, and an organized drag queen fight. The drag queen fight was eliminated quickly because I doubted my girlfriend had the chutzpah to go and watch an organized fight between drag queens and because I didn’t think an organized drag queen fight would use language so subtle in its title; sure, the title Farewell, My Queen included the word “queen,” but the sentiment the phrase evokes seemed too subtle and dark for an organized drag queen fight. Also after a few moments of thought I didn’t think organized drag queen fights existed, title card or not (link has video that is NSFW).

Plays and musicals were also eliminated from contention because a) Des Moines, Iowa, where we both live, does not offer many options for plays and musicals, making it uncomplicated to stay attune to what plays and musicals are available at any given time. I therefore knew that an option called Farewell, My Queen was not viable; and b) my girlfriend and I have never attended a musical or play together, so if she were to ask me to see a musical or play she would emphasize that what she was asking me to join her in attending was a musical or play.

Her question would thus have been something more in the vein of: “So, do you want to see the Farewell, My Queen MUSICAL (or PLAY) sometime?” Or she would have casually mentioned the musical or play days or weeks prior to asking me to officially “see” Farewell, My Queen. I would therefore have been prepped and appropriately prepared to accept the invite and heroically grind my way through a musical or play when the time for seeing a musical or play was upon us.

Despite having crudely deduced that she was asking me to see a movie called Farewell, My Queen I smoothly replied to her question, “What’s that?”

“It’s a movie with Joshua Jackson’s girlfriend. She was in Inglourious Basterds!” she replied.

Current day, non Pacey Witter Joshua Jackson

I thought, “Joshua Jackson’s girlfriend! And she was in a movie as outstanding as Inglourious Basterds! What?!” Those thoughts were immediately followed by, “Joshua Jackson is still pertinent to popular culture?!” Jackson’s most recognizable role as Dawson Leery’s friend, Pacey Witter, on Dawson’s Creek, ended almost 10 years ago. I knew he is also involved with Fringe, a TV show currently airing on Fox. I have not seen one episode of Fringe, but I was aware that he starred on that show nonetheless. Jackson was also in the first two Mighty Ducks movies, but that was years before his fame explosion came via trolling the Capeside, Mass., shoreline as a teenage heartthrob pining after Dawson’s soulmate, Joey Potter, on the aforementioned Dawson’s Creek. None of these roles seemed like they would keep the waters of Joshua Jackson’s pop culture importance high enough that they could entice anyone into seeing a movie in 2012 featuring his present day girlfriend.

“You know, Pacey Witter from Dawson’s Creek?” my girlfriend continued.

“Wow. That’s really good work for ol’ Pacey!” I retorted.

I was referring to the fact that my lowly opinion of Joshua Jackson’s post-Creek career did not equate to him being in a romantic relationship with anyone who could possibly be considered important by 2012 standards. I truly was impressed that he had a relationship with a woman who not only was in Inglourious Basterds, but that he was dating a woman who could also be identified by a casual fan as being in Inglourious Basterds. It would have been one thing if E! News host Giuliana Rancic had told me that Joshua Jackson is dating a woman who was in Inglourious Basterds, but the impact of this Joshua Jackson factoid was greatly amplified because it was stated by my girlfriend who, unlike Giuliana Rancic, is not gainfully employed to sickly obsess over celebrity gossip.

Picking up on my Basterds excitement and muting my enthusiasm in one fell swoop, my girlfriend said, “She was also in those National Treasure movies.”

A ha! The pieces started to fall into place with this bit of information! It made sense that someone who was a main player in the National Treasure movies would date someone who hit his career peak 14 years ago. There is nothing wrong with the National Treasure movies, other than they are oversimplified drivel designed to help Nic Cage pay off his debts. Again it just made sense that an actress in a movie made simply for a payday would date an actor who was most widely recognized for the role he played as a teenager. There’s also nothing wrong with an actor hitting his peak as a teenager, other than the idea that every role that comes afterward will fight the shadows of those booming teenage years.

I replied, “Oh that makes more sense, then.”

There she is! Josh’s girl! Diane Kruger! That’s who I’m talking about!

Who’s the actress in question, who was in Inglourious Basterds, National Treasure, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets?  It’s Diane Kruger! She’s German! And she plays Marie Antoinette in Farewell, My Queen.

Speaking of that movie, I accepted my girlfriend’s date proposal and we went to see Farewell, My Queen. It’s a French film about the first days of the French revolution focusing on Marie Antoinette and her personal servants. The movie is great and definitely worth watching, especially if you’re excited by modern European history. It’s also great if you’re very interested in cleavage, because the garment necklines in this movie are low, low, low–just like the prices at your local mattress shop’s weekend sale.

It’s difficult to see in this poster, but those necklines are dangerously low!

The film also features Lea Seydoux, who was also in Inglourious Basterds. That’s two Quentin Tarantino-approved actresses in one cleavage-filled foreign biopic! What a deal!

Fortunately I am into both modern European history and cleavage, so I really dug this movie. Diane Kruger is excellent as Marie Antoinette, too. She was so good, in fact, that on the drive home from the theater I mentioned to my girlfriend, “That Joshua Jackson has really done well for himself!”

“Yeah,” she replied. “That Pacey’s done a good job!”

I ‘The Watch’-ed a Different Movie

In Episode 5 I proclaimed that I would go and see Ben Stiller’s and Vince Vaughn’s latest comedy, The Watch, upon its release because I was a fan of the film’s director, Akiva Schaffer.  As I believe I mentioned during the Episode 5 podcast, I like the work of Akiva Schaffer.  His comedic timing and direction are superb in many of the SNL Digital Shorts with which he was involved (Dick in a Box, Lazy Sunday, and Natalie’s Rap, to name a few).  I also absolutely love the movie Hot Rod, which Schaffer directed, and I consider it to be greatly underrated and comedic-ally sublime.

So, having stated my devotion for the comedy of Akiva Schaffer, and with The Watch in theatres nationwide, when my girlfriend and I decided to see a movie this week we went directly to Beasts of the Southern Wild.  I didn’t fight this plan.  At all.  In fact, it was my idea to see Beasts and ignore Watch.  Why?  Well, have you seen critical reviews of The Watch?  To date, the film has registered a Metacritic score of 35 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 16%.

35 and 16%!  Those are terrible scores!  To gather some perspective, Step Up Revolution, the 3D dance film (with apparent political undertones?) released this summer (yes, that 3D political dance film released this summer), have thus far posted higher scores on both aggregating film critic review websites (43 on Metacritic and 36% on Rotten Tomatoes).  That is remarkable, given the fact that bona fide movie stars are in The Watch while Step Up Revolution is the fourth entry into the Step Up canon and stars an Abercrombie & Fitch model who doesn’t want to be compared to star of the first two Step Up movies and former Abercrombie & Fitch model, Channing Tatum.

Earlier this summer I went, critical scores be damned to That’s My Boy starring Adam Sandler.  I wanted a good laugh and thought that the scores on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes for That’s My Boy were low because it was a comedy lacking a plot; however, in addition to the missing plot the movie also was found wanting in the joke department, too.  It was amusing to see Sandler return to his They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! roots, but the movie was a tedious exercise in forced laughter.

Having been burned by Sandler earlier this summer and having read many of the critical quips from both Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes regarding The Watch, my girlfriend and I went to Beasts of the Southern Wild and we did so at a theatre that wasn’t even showing The Watch.  We didn’t want the proximity of that cat-vomit-of-a-movie to taint our experience of seeing something that has widely been considered to be a good, albeit small and independent, movie.

As for the movie itself, Beasts of the Southern Wild is outstanding. It’s a story about a plucky and unrelenting six-year old girl and her father living in an end-of-the-world place called “the Bathtub.” I have no idea if the Bathtub is a real place, but the movie makes it seem as though it exists somewhere in the hot, steamy, and dirty Gulf Coast region of the United States.

And I don’t mean dirty as rappers and hip hop artists mean when referring to the U.S. South.  That is more of a term of endearment for the ol’ Confederacy; in this case, I mean actually dirty.  Very dirty.  Very, very, very dirty.  Imagine the dirtiest place you have ever seen and that is still going to arrive short of the dirtiness of the setting in this movie.  Unless you’re from the Bathtub.  Then you know exactly how dirty the setting of this movie is; also, if you are from the Bathtub, please leave me a comment as to its exact whereabouts because A.) I am curious as to its location, B.) I want to know how you escaped the Bathtub, and C.) I greatly want to avoid that dirty, dirty geographic area.  It’s so dirty!

The movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild, though, is great and worth checking out if independent movies are your thing.  If not, you should definitely go suffer through The Watch.

Watch ‘Peacock’ on Amazon Instant Video

My pick of the week in our latest episode was the 2010 film Peacock, starring Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon and Bill Pullman. After we recorded the episode, I did some searching online and discovered that it’s available to stream for free on Hulu. (UPDATE 8/16/12: It seems the movie is no longer available for free on Hulu, but it is available to buy or rent on Amazon Instant Video.) So check it out. And yes, I recommended this at least partially because some of it was shot in my hometown of Odebolt, Iowa. If you don’t like that, start your own podcast.

By the way if you want to check out any of our picks of the week, you can find a running list–including links to online outlets where they exist–by clicking here or on the “Picks” button at the top of any page on the site.