Friday Night At The Movies

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Adam and Dan talk movies

Welcome back to your favorite weekly movie reviews and suggestions. We, Adam and Dan, will be your tour guides in this crazy world of cinematography. So grab yourself a soda and some popcorn and let’s get to Movie-ing.

Adam: So Dan, I was flipping threw my Amazon Prime App looking for something to semi-watch while I did some laundry and other housework. And I ran across …

Adam: and decided it had been a decade plus since I watched it so … what the heck, Ill throw it on.

Dan: Ok, so you want to do Spoof movies?

Adam: Well, no. As I continued to watch it my wife came home and decided to watch it as well. We began talking about all the movies that influenced / that they made fun of during Not Another Teen Movies creation. Anyway, long conversation short my wife was grossed out by this scene. oh any by the way its probably NSFW

Dan: LOL Gross.

Adam: I know right? But my wife didn’t know where that scene came from..

Dan: I, I uhh..

Adam: … Yes Dan?

Dan: Well I don’t either.

Adam: I understand that. And because I fear a lot of people don’t know this movie, it’s going to be my movie for this week. I don’t really know what category it fits in…. Its kinda chick flicky, but dark…

Dan: Romantic Thrillers?

Adam: … That’s it.

Dan’s Pick

Daniel Harms

I have always been an Ewan McGregor fan and think he’s one of the more versatile actors of his time that doesn’t get enough credit. I think we can thank Star Wars for that, but he was a phenomenal Obi-Wan. That’s neither here nor there, this movie was one I watched a long time ago and when it’s on TV I generally turn it on because I do enjoy watching it and it has Scarlett Johannsen so that is an added benefit as well. I think the two work really well together and in this “post apocalyptic” world they live in, tight quarters make for a difficult place for a budding romance. 

The inhabitants of this containment facility are all told that the outside world has become too contaminated to go out in. Lincoln Six Echo, McGregor, is the main character and he begins having dreams that he knows aren’t of his own memory and he begins to question things. This community has a lottery and every week one individual is selected at “random” to go to the Island. A beautiful vacation paradise free of contamination where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace and quiet. But what is it really? That’s something you’ll have to find out for yourself.

It’s more of a sci-fi thriller with the added element of the romance forming between McGregor and Johanssen, but I thought the movie did a good job of keeping the watcher on their toes and filling it with some excitement and action.  What if you woke up tomorrow and found yourself in a containment facility being told the world is contaminated and the people there are the only survivors? I tend to enjoy movies with a twist and this one has a few surprises in stock. Hope you enjoy it if you watch it!

Adam’s Pick

01lowbird

So let’s just get into here. This week’s movie is one that slipped by lots of people during the Y2k scare. I assume people were so caught up in that end of the world hype that they missed the odd little gem known as Cruel Intentions.
This movie is hard to describe but I’ll do my best. It’s odd, its a semi thriller, there’s a love story, there’s a betrayal, it kinda pulls you all over the place as the story unwinds. It’s not a must see movie, but its one that everyone should see. It’s starred by Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil, Ryan Philippe as Sebastain Valmont, Selma Blair as Cecile Caldwell, and Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove. 
Kathryn and Sebastian are step bro and sis and are as rich as they come.  They both strive to always get what they want when they want it. Bored of easy prey and his uppidity life, Sebastian sets his romance goals on something much harder to concur, a virgin from Kansas City, Kansas. As Sebastian explains the conquest to Kathryn sees an opportunity for herself. So Kathryn, makes a bet with Sebastian: Sebastian must deflower this virgin, Annette Hargrove, before the end of summer break. This would be the final notch on Sebastian’s headboard of triumphs.  Of course this won’t be easy but nothing worthwhile never is. Annette has stated, in a magazine, that she would wait until love and marriage to sleep with a man. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian’s vintage 1959 Jaguar Roadster. If Sebastian wins, he gets Kathryn, the only girl he knows he’ll never have (there’s a LOT of step bro / step sis sexual tension in this movie, just a fyi) Also running beside the ‘bet’ is the story line of Cecile, a naive girl whose mother had enlisted Kathryn to help her fit in at her new school. But with Kathryn, nothing is as it seems… Kathryn plans on ruining Cecile’s reputation but not because she hates her, shes merely collateral damage,  but as revenge on Kathryn’s ex-boyfriend, who dumped her for Cecile. This movie might just be evil… but it does have an interesting ending. So make sure to watch til the end. 

3.9 / 5 AG Stars

This movie has one of my favorite Counting Crows Songs in it, enjoy.

If You Need Moar Movie Magic

Local theatres continue to be closed… so we only have suggestions for DVD rental or purchase online. BUUUUUUUTTTTT, my local Family Video just reopened so its on like Donkey Kong! Go support your local video rental stores, they are fantastic. Next stop on this getting back to normal train is sitting in a dark room with complete strangers and watching some movies.

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gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
06/05/2020 5:41 pm

Men of Honor

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
06/05/2020 5:40 pm

This was hilarious film . ”Oh, that is whack” Said by Dule Hill who would go on to play Burton Guster in Psych

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
06/05/2020 3:28 pm

The Age of AI – documentary (narrated by Robert Downey Jr)
 
I’m an AI junkie.
Still have family who lives & works in Silicon Valley (one of them is a Sr Coding Engineer for Call of Duty)
 
better to keep ahead of information & progress on my own — instead of relying of media, etc. etc. – when it’s too late
 
 
 
 
 

Last edited 1 month ago by gonzangkc11
BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  gonzangkc11
06/05/2020 4:12 pm

The traditional news media’s reporting on science, as with reporting on legal matters, can’t be fully trusted on its own, not when things get technical. Remember the Great Egg debate over whether eggs were good for you or not? The good v bad research results dragged on forever – but the “conflict” was purely a matter of journalists without a clue about the research read summaries and jumped to convenient conclusions.
 
If something technical in the news crops up that gets your interest, remember that what you read is only a stepping stone. The final destination is places where experts are talking about it. The press gets it wrong too frequently to stop there and believe you know. Go get the straight dope from those who know what they’re talking about.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/05/2020 5:28 pm

I do remember that bull jive egg debate lol
Along with milk, bacon, ciggs, yogurt, low fat diets, hat fat diets, etc etc lol

I don’t listen to media
All media gets behind the scenes $$$ to promote, peddle crap

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  gonzangkc11
06/05/2020 6:30 pm

Oh, they’re fairly reliable with the more routine stuff, but it still pays to double-check. Kinda gotta treat it like a wiki: Good starting point, unreliable stopping point.
 
Caveat emptor applies, that’s all.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
06/05/2020 2:56 pm

Two movies I recently watched, which I enjoyed, were Bloodshot and The Siege of Jadotville (Netflix). Bloodshot, I rented off Dish. It was a fun superhero (anti-hero, technically?) film with some cool special effects. Jadotville is based on a true story. I thought it was really well written for something based on such a narrow timeline. It was well worth the 1.5 hours, or so.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  SCKSChief
06/05/2020 3:13 pm

Bloodshot is ok but a Ripoff of – Universal Solider

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  gonzangkc11
06/05/2020 3:23 pm

Yeah, the nano-tech angle is kind of worn out. Entertaining, but not a great movie by any means.

vvet818
06/05/2020 2:40 pm

Because I’m old school (and old)…Rear Window
 
https://youtu.be/m01YktiEZCw

Leaf
06/05/2020 1:11 pm

Not sure cruel intentions and the island are in the same category. One is a sci-fi dystopian flick, the other is just fucked up

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Leaf
06/05/2020 1:54 pm

You have a point, but c’mon, “romantic thrillers” isn’t a genre I’ve ever heard of. I can’t speak for CI, but The Island certainly qualifies with the description.
 
And Dan’s right, it’s a damn good movie and McGregor nails it and ScarJo delivers another of her ordinary great performances, too.

Leaf
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/05/2020 4:53 pm

I liked the island and you have a point about it fitting the “romantic thriller” tag. But it’s not really the tag I’d use to define it. On top of that, there’s not really any real romance to cruel intentions. It’s more a “sexual thriller/psychology drama” than anything else. With that said, this is me being nitpicky, and Adam and Dan have done well with the posts and should ignore the complaining of a crazed nerd 😜

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Leaf
06/05/2020 6:32 pm

Nah, this is the kind of discussion they hope to spark, actually. Nothing wrong with geeks arguing nerdily over meaningless details. Hell, it’s a staple of fan-run SF conventions, lol.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
06/05/2020 11:07 am

I saw Cruel Intentions at the movie theater when it came out. It had a killer soundtrack.

https://youtu.be/4YR_Mft7yIM

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  Severely Concussed
06/05/2020 11:09 am

I also remember being unamused by Not Another Teen Movie. I never really liked the early 2000’s resurgence of parody movies. The absolute worst movie I ever watched was Date Movie.

Leaf
Reply to  Severely Concussed
06/05/2020 1:16 pm

The best thing about Not Another Teen Movie was it’s soundtrack. Manson, System of a Down, Stabbing Westward, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, all doing 80’s covers? Yes please.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Leaf
06/05/2020 2:06 pm

Well, technically speaking Manson did a cover of an ’80s cover of a ’60s song, but I thought he did it well – and there’s something to be said about his music video for it, as well.
 
Discussing his cover of Sweet Dreams, however would be off-topic and likely unproductive, all things considered. No point in bringing my thoughts on that into discussion of good covers. 😉

Leaf
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/05/2020 4:58 pm

Absolutely. And it would likewise be off-topic and unproductive to mention that he also did a pretty cool cover of This is Halloween, so I’ll keep that to myself 😉

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Leaf
06/05/2020 6:32 pm

Yeah, you’re right. I’d best not discussion my enjoyment of that, either. 😉

Leaf
Reply to  01lowbird
06/05/2020 1:03 pm

I have. A girl I dated, that was her favorite movie.

workingmansdead
Reply to  01lowbird
06/05/2020 1:26 pm

I watched it a bunch of times when I was in high school. Definitely had a thing for Sarah Michelle Gellar there for a while

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