Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Celluloid #122

In Theaters

Beginners (2011) Mills - Oliver's dad has died. Five years earlier, his mother died, and six months after that Hal (the father) comes out to his son and starts living a pretty active gay life. Oliver naturally has to adjust to this news, but mostly he just appreciates how much his dad is "alive." They have many touching discussions, and I cried repeatedly. The parts that work less for me are Oliver and Anna's relationship and the scenes that are monologues featuring phrases like "this is what the stars looked like in 1955.." The problem with both is that they are just a little too cutesy. It wasn't enough to thoroughly bother me, and I still enjoyed everything else. 3.75/5 [decent +]

In Home

Angus (1995) Johnson - I went on a bit of a nostalgia kick this past Friday, inspired to watch this film probably for the first time in 15 years. The soundtrack is admittedly better than the movie, but I still have a soft spot for the the science-loving fat kid who finally gets to have a moment with his long-desired crush. A young James Van Der Beek plays the dick who makes fun of Angus, and attempts to humiliate him by getting him elected as Winter Ball King. Angus has trouble dancing and has to wear a plum-colored suit because it's the only thing that will fit. All in all, still a really likable teen film. 4/5 [good]

Heathers (1989) Lehman - Continuing the nostalgia kick, and filling in the gaps in my roommate's film-viewing, we sat down to watch Heathers. The most popular girls in school - 3 Heathers and Veronica Sawyer wreak havoc on the school population's self-esteem. Veronica is not totally comfortable with the Heathers' bitchiness, and when she starts dating the loner JD, they jokingly devise a plan to murder the lead Heather. JD is crazed so this joke quickly turns into reality. A string of murders happen, and are all made to look like suicides. This film is so witty, funny, and mean-spirited..but in the best way. Also, it is so clear that this film, no matter how satirical could be made today in this post-Columbine era. 4.5/5 [great]

the Omega Man (1971) Sagal - A plague has descended upon humans, that causes them to turn into zombies in stages. Charlton Heston plays a scientist who has been trying to devise cures for non-existant diseases. He is immune to the plague and eventually meets up with other humans after believing he was the last man on Earth. He hooks up with one and saves another. A fun 70s sci-fi time. 3.5/5 [decent]

Trees Lounge (1996) Buscemi - Tommy is kinda a loser. He spends his afternoons and evenings at the local bar. In fact, his apartment is right above the bar. He tries to get work as a mechanic, but when everyone denies him, the ice cream man dies and Tommy takes over his route. One drunk night, he takes home the teenage daughter of a friend. (A young Chloe good in this role). Nothing much happens, but an accurate depiction of a life stuck. 4/5 [good]

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