Random Thread for February 2013


Now that I’ve seen all of the Best Picture nominees, here’s how I’d rank them:

Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Django Unchained


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. Mine, which I posted on Facebook a few days ago:

    1) Silver Linings Playbook
    2) Lincoln
    3) Amour
    4) Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5) Les Misérables
    6) Zero Dark Thirty
    7) Argo
    8) Django Unchained
    9) Life of Pi

    It’s something of an upset that we both have the same movie at #1, isn’t it?

  2. Here’s the correct order.

    Silver Linings Playbook
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Django Unchained
    Life of Pi
    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Haven’t seen: Les Miserables (but I can only assume it’s better than PI and BEASTS)

  3. Of the ones I’ve seen:

    Silver Linings Playbook
    Django Unchained
    Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star

  4. Not a beef, BEASTS just isn’t a good movie. Amateurish, non-sensical and more than a little annoying. Also, I don’t hate the damn thing but in the list above it stands out as the mediocrity it is. I’m assuming LES MISERABLES is better based solely on the facts that it features actual actors and I loved the stage show.

  5. BEASTS just isn’t a good movie. Amateurish, non-sensical and more than a little annoying. Also, I don’t hate the damn thing but in the list above it stands out as the mediocrity it is.

    Wrong. Read my review here and it will set you straight. And it’s much better than Les Miserables.

  6. There’s a chance you’re right about it being better than Les Miserables, but that’s about it.

    Having now read your review I agree with your closing praise of the imagery, but disagree with pretty much everything else. It never struck me as a race-oriented film as there are whites in the Bathtub too and was more of a culture and class bubble exaggerated for a magically-realist effect. I never once sided with these people either as I found little to respect or be concerned about. Just the opposite actually as I couldn’t help but consistently be worried for this little girl in their drunken, obnoxious custody. Wallis does a fine job playing a six year old girl, but I’d hesitate to call any of what she does acting. (That’s not taking anything away from her by the way.) And what’s up with the poorly named aurochs which are actually cow-like creatures inexplicably represented here by pigs?

  7. Hollywood just can’t leave the classics alone: FOX will be remaking 2007’s Hitman with Paul Walker. Fortunately, the writer of the original (Skip Woods) will be lending his services to the modern take as well.

  8. The extended version of King Kong is mind-numbingly stupefyingly ridiculous…and more than a little asinine.

  9. There’s really no ‘unremitting’ action in the Bourne Supremacy. But there’s tension and the stakes are higher than the first, the characters are in deeper trouble and we’re never not riveted. It’s truly the “Empire Strikes Back” of modern action films.

  10. I’ve been sick for days and miserable as hell, and haven’t been on the computer much.

    Generally speaking, though, Openings has become something that I don’t enjoy doing all that much and I’m not sure if I’m going to continue. Most of the movies on most weeks I have no interest in, and even before my schedule got all wonky I felt like there was less and less discussion going on in those threads.

  11. I only made it through twenty minutes of Jessica Simpson’s Blonde Ambition. But I’m gonna try ‘Private Valentine’ and see if I can ‘soldier’ through. Get it? Soldier through…? Right.

  12. Hell, media has moved on, anyway. Blogs are soooooo 2006.

    We might need something new like pinterest or similar, that you can use with your iphones or whathaveyous.

  13. As long as it can still be accessed via a computer, as I don’t own a smart phone.

    No one should feel be compelled to post–it shouldn’t be a chore–but if Brian stops posting Openings, I hope he will post something else. Maybe reviews again–he hasn’t posted one since The Dark Knight Rises. If not, then it’s really only me and Marco posting, though I’m glad to see Joe posted just now. I don’t want any one person to dominate the blog. If that happens it will probably eventially die out.

  14. I do have a smartphone but still think there’s a lot of value still in this format and blog. Like I’ve said before it’s the first place I go to for seeing what other people think of films.

    A freshen up wouldn’t do any harm of course so maybe we could suggest some ideas – perhaps for example a verbatim chat between two contributors on anything to do with film.

  15. Yeah, along those lines. There’d be some challenges to it (not revealing names of people who don’t use real names here for e.g.) but think it would be interesting and fun to do.

  16. We can change formats or templates, but what’s important is content. I think the easiest way is when you see a movie, let us know what you think of it. Doesn’t have to be a full review–put it in brief reviews, as Filmman has done. Some we won’t comment on, because no one else here will see the Katy Perry movie, but give it a shot!

  17. Lot of comments above, here are my thoughts:

    1) I’d like to see Openings continue. I think it might be interesting for all of us (at least those interested) take a turn. Whether it’s a month at a time or alternating weeks or whatever. I’d be really curious to see what’s opening in Nick and Marco’s neck of the woods.

    2) Definitely down with changing the template. It’s been way too long.

    3) I don’t think we need to abandon the blog format, per se – but if we can integrate some other things (not sure if Pinterest is appropriate, as we’re not women taking pictures of our dinner plates or crafting projects) that might be fun too.

    4) Traffic – it’s certainly more fun for all of us when the blog is getting traffic. I used to post a lot of stuff that would get hits and I’m working on a way to make that a little easier for me to start doing again. A lot of things that end up in the Random Thread of the Month comments should probably be getting their own topics as to bring in visitors, I’m probably the worst offender of all.

    5) Completely agree on the mini-reviews.

    6) I don’t own the domain anymore, no. Easy enough for us to pick it up again, though.

    7) Variety: if we’re not interested in the movies of the moment or feeling burned out on cinema in general – I think it’s always cool to post something else we’re passionate about. Politics. Religion. History. Cooking. Whatever.

  18. 1. I agree. I’d be very interested in what Nick’s watching across the pond.

    3. What’s wrong with taking pictures of your dinner plates or crafting projects? Sewing is very relaxing, and scarves are never not utilitarian.

    4. I remember your old scanned Premiere post, James, oh, so long ago. Wells used to do that, too. I miss posts like that. Vintage movie trivia and facts and ideas from the best film magazine ever.

    5. So happy to see people are reading the mini reviews. I wish there was a way to have ‘sub-comments’ on each comment, as I’m afraid to answer back and use up the space on random comments and not mini reviews.

    7. Television! Vintage Sopranos reviews of each ep and anything else, since TV is the new movies? I’ve been wanting to comment on each remarkable Sopranos episode since I started from the beginning again (The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti is an an amazing chapter in a novel-rich tapestry of a show that gets better with each subsequent viewing).

    Joe and I had that exchange about Avatar? Or was it Brian?

  19. I would definitely be up for doing Openings. Like I said, I don’t want to dominate the postings, it would look obnoxious.
    Also, we used to talk about music. Taking James’ advice, though, I’ll start a thread.

  20. Well here’s an issue: I don’t know if we’ll be able to switch back. Our current theme is so old that it’s no longer supported and not even selectable from the Themes menu. There’s a replacement theme called MistyLake which I don’t like at all.

  21. Some others I like: “Twenty Twelve”, “Splendio”. “Skeptical” isn’t bad. I REALLY like “Chunk”, if there’s a way to have recent comments on the side that’s my favorite.

  22. I really like “Minimum” but it’s $75.00…lame.
    As I am not dissatisfied with this theme (or MistyLake) I will go with whatever people want.

  23. I like Twenty Ten, Sundance, Quintus, Bold LIfe, and Kubrick. Spendio is okay. I don’t think Chunk allows for a byline for the post, and Skeptical doesn’t seem to have a banner.

  24. Given Ford’s age and disengaged state, I can’t see how it could be a good thing. It will probably be distracting and/or disturbing, ala Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek 09.

  25. Silver Linings Playbook is far too down the list. Far too low.

    And Raiders was an IMAX experience? How did I miss that?!

  26. I thought Nimoy was great in Star Trek 09. I think it may be really distracting in Star Wars, however, unless he’s on his deathbed. THen it might be cool. Or if he’s a holographic representation, and his body is in stasis or something. Or he’s still frozen, and the rest of Jedi was just a dream.

  27. Fisher will show up, although neither she or Hamill are particularly “camera ready” these days. That’s one of the reasons why I’d expect their screentime to be very, very brief.

    Ford, while old and comatose, at least still vaguely looks like his 30/40-something self.

    I’m pretty interested in the rest of the casting, since that’s one of the areas where Abrams excels. The popular rumor is that a young female Jedi is the lead (Matthew Vaughn reportedly Chloe Moretz in mind for the part).

  28. Christina Ricci is making a pilot for NBC in which Miranda Cosgrove (who is twenty) will play her daughter. Icky and fairly insulting to the actress.

  29. Oh, man…that is excellent. Guess it’s time to watch Pickpocket…and oh, man…look at all those Truffaut’s.

  30. I’m completely mystified as to why it’s not working. It appears WordPress is not accepting “a href” tags in comments anymore.

    But here:

  31. Someone bought the domain name of Guy Fieri’s nightmarish-sounding restaurant in Times Square and created a parody site. This faux menu is genius:

  32. I can do Openings on the weekends of 22nd or 29th of March, since those seem to be the nearest weekends when more than one or two films are released over here.

  33. Interesting, the Hollywood Reporter piece mentions that they’ve written scrips for other directors before but I can’t think of any that have been produced excluding Crime Wave. I’m curious what the other films have been (assuming they went uncredited on some?)

    They were writing a comedy pilot for FOX called Harve Karbo, but there hasn’t been word on that in ages.

  34. They were the screenwriters for the Michael Hoffman film ‘Gambit’ (a remake of a Michael Caine/Shirley Maclaine 1960s film) which got released to overwhelmingly negative reviews in England late last year – don’t think it’s going to get a release in Australia or America.

  35. Wow, I vaguely remember reading that they were writing a remake of Gambit, but assumed it was something they were going to direct. Just read the IMDb page, sounds dreadful. It’s a shame, because I’ve always liked Hoffman’s Soapdish.

    CBS Films has the US theatrical rights, so I’d be surprised if it didn’t at least gets some kind of token release before a quick trip to video.

  36. She’s on fire. As in The Girl who Played With. Yes, Wallis will be taking over for Rooney Mara in the first sequel to David Fincher’s 2011 remake.

    After that, she’ll be matching wits (and fists) with Tom Cruise in a villainous role for the next Mission Impossible film.

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