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BYOB 31612

31 Responses to “BYOB 31612”

  1. MarkVH says:

    Ok, I’ll bite. WTF?

  2. celluloidkid says:

    Heart attack waiting to happen?

  3. Breedlove says:

    Probably a dumb question – is it possible to see JOHN CARTER in IMAX 2D? Or are all IMAX screenings in 3D?

  4. Don R. Lewis says:

    I just saw JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME and really liked it alot. I’m a bit of a sucker for the Duplass Bros but to be honest, their usual tricks were grating on me a bit this time around. (ie; that damn rack zoom, characters who are saying one thing because they’re incapable of saying what they want to). But then I realized the story and screenplay for JEFF is really much more advanced than their previous stuff so once I made the adjustment and like, watched the movie instead of actively watching it as if it were a DUPLASS BROTHERS MOVIE, I really got into it.

    While I still like CYRUS and PUFFY CHAIR a bit more, man, this one has a really cool screenplay. I also can’t put my finger on why but it felt very Billy Wilder-esque to me. Anyway…go see it. Cool movie. Oh And stick with it. It drags a bit but the ending is very, very satisfying.

  5. Aaron Aradillas says:

    JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME is indeed very good. My one complaint has to do with the outcome of Sarandon’s storyline. It could’ve gone in several directions and decides to really go nowhere. Teh fire alarm scene doesn’t fit with the rest of the movie.

    BUT. Ed Helms gives his best performance to date. They make him look a little like Giamatti’s sleazier younger brother. You feel his excitement at not having to be in those loathsome HANGOVER movies. And Segel grown on you as the movie rambles along. And I continue to love Judy Greer.

    I still think CYRUS is a better overall movie, but JEFF shows the Duplass Brothers growing at a good rate as directors. I think they could make a killer studio comedy. I can totally doing someting like SOMETHING WILD.

    Movies like FRIENDS WITH KIDS, JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, and WANDERLUST have made going to the movies this spring relatively painless.

  6. chris says:

    Not sure what you mean about the fire alarm, Aaron. To me, it seems totally in keeping that that person would set it off.

  7. SamLowry says:

    While I’m amused to see on the front page that the right is eager to jump all over The Hunger Games for being anti-corporate/anti-capitalist, I don’t recall any similar enmity toward In Time, which was ham-fistedly anti-capitalist in showing the elite living like vampires off the lives of the working poor. (Time=money…Genius!)

    Or would it have been a waste of time to attack a movie so few cared to see?

    (And though I can clearly see from the movie’s wiki page that by earning back 4x its budget it’s clearly a “hit”, In Time sure feels like a flop in so many ways–simplistic story, simplistic ending, lousy reviews, bad word-of-mouth, no feeling of longevity….)

  8. Don R. Lewis says:

    Completely agree, Aaron. I felt the movie was a step forward in structure and that the plot was the key, not the characters and their motivations (if that makes sense). Yet that’s new territory for the Brothers Duplass and I’m not sure they totally nailed it. I felt they sacrificed deeply insightful character development for a better structure and when those two things marry in another film, watch out.

  9. leahnz says:

    does watching ‘dodgeball’ make anyone else actually want to play dogdeball? i totally want to. i vaguely remember playing the tinpot version in school, and of course the playground version, “kill the guy with the ball”, brutal. (i miss young vince vaughn; i had a little ‘clay pigeons’, ‘made’, ‘dodgeball’ vaughn bender, i dig doing marathons/benders, like a chocolate sampler, a nice taste. is it better to burn out than fade away? dunno. in reality most people would probably choose to fade away when it comes down to it)

  10. Glamourboy says:

    Is anyone really confused by how absolutely terrible the trailer for Dark Shadows is? I had no idea that Burton was doing it so tongue and cheek. Not that the TV show was any great shakes but I thought it could be the basis of a pretty cool, creepy gothic horror tale.

  11. JS Partisan says:

    It’s absolutely fantastic. Shame on you Glamourboy! Shame!

  12. sanj says:

    i like this video – lots of cool editing .

    mute this if you hate the song but watch the video

    T-Pain Featuring Lil Wayne – Can’t Believe It ft. Lil Wayne

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBE0sQC5L8

    syndrome directs a lot of cool music videos and
    diseny promos for teen shows and other tv promos

    http://www.syndromestudio.com/directing.html

    would like a dp/30 with syndrome – seems easy – watch
    1 hours worth of music videos … they did Ke$ha – TiK ToK video which has 88 million views on youtube.

    after watching 30 minutes worth of music videos – these
    guys can easily do a comic book movie if they wanted .

  13. movieman says:

    Re: “Jeff.” A lovely movie. I think the Duplass Bros. are maybe one film away from Noah Baumbach territory.
    (And how great was it to see Rae Dawn Chong again?)
    “21 Jump Street” is a terrific mainstream entertainment that does just about everything right, from casting (Tatum and Hill may be the best thing to happen to “buddy movies” since Redford said hello to Newman) to script choices (having the two lead characters swap “bios” was a stroke of screenwriting genius).
    It reminded me of the sort of smart “R”-rated popcorn movies we saw a lot more of once upon a time (e.g., the original “Beverly Hills Cop”).
    And am I the only one who was genuinely moved by the central relationship?
    From Tatum’s, “You’re really good at this, aren’t you?” at the police academy, to Hill’s heartfelt, un-ironic “I cherish you” speech during the finale, I have to confess to choking back a few tears.
    Very nice work, guys.
    P.S.= I see that Sony has already greenlit a sequel. Is that a new record for a (previously) non-franchise “tentpole”-ish property?

  14. hcat says:

    Just like 21 Jump Street, Dark Shadows looks removed enough from the source material its strange they even went with the name.

  15. Yancy Skancy says:

    I used to have a major crush on Rae Dawn Chong. I guess COMMANDO set it off. Good actress, too; she was great in a 1993 indie called WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER. I also liked that TV series she did about ten years ago, MYSTERIOUS WAYS.

    It’s funny that Chong was also in a 2010 movie titled CYRUS, but it’s not the same 2010 CYRUS as the Duplass brothers’ movie.

  16. Monco says:

    I liked the Dark Shadows trailer.

  17. Krazy Eyes says:

    I liked the Dark Shadows trailer too. Saved me $10!

  18. Don R. Lewis says:

    Rae Dawn Chong is really good in JEFF. She’s still great looking too.

    Gonna try to sneak out to see 21 JUMPSTREET today.

  19. Glamourboy says:

    The bizarre thing about Burton’s ‘take’on Dark Shadows is that, Dark Shadows isn’t a well-known franchise…so why bother to use it as the basis for this reboot. It could be any vampire being dug up in the 1970s and having a fish out of water experience. It just makes no sense. Friends that I’ve talked to who are actually fans of Dark Shadows now plan on staying away completely. This just feels like one of Burton’s kitschy mis-fires, along the lines of Mars Attacks.

  20. Don R. Lewis says:

    I’ve never understood why studios and filmmakers glom onto random franchises that have a very small frame of reference rather than making their OWN thing which resemble the franchise rather than rebooting it or making a movie out of it. STRAW DOGS, 21 JUMPSTEET, DARK SHADOWS, etc. I mean, does having these titles HELP at ALL? I’d much prefer an homage based around a totally original idea.

  21. sanj says:

    first 10 minutes of the fp movie ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VovGH2Fe1w

  22. SamLowry says:

    “The Dark Shadows TV show has some pretty passionate fans who might not take kindly to Burton playing fast-and-loose with its tone…Please, says The Boston Herald, the cheap jokes make this look like “Austin Powers with fangs.” Tim Burton, ‘what have you done?'”

    http://theweek.com/article/index/225724/johnny-depps-very-campy-dark-shadows-trailer-5-talking-points

    And “‘Judging by the disco-era ephemera on display’ in the trailer, says Natalie Finn at E! Online. ‘Burton’s going to milk the notorious tackiness of the decade for all it’s worth.'”

    So no, the fanbase ain’t happy.

  23. JS Partisan says:

    I am the fanbase of Dark Shadows. I dug the hell out of that show as a kid. Silliest damn thing that’s ever shown up on daytime NBC outside of the ending years of Santa Barbara. Nevertheless, this is what’s fucking wrong with this country on a purely pop culture level: WE CAN’T HAVE FUN ANYMORE! This trailer looks fun with a vampire. Oh my god, let’s ruin it by getting all cunty about a TV show that got more girls used to get off on, then anything having to do with the fucking plot. Where is the fucking fun in this culture? Where the fuck did it go?

    Also, Don, Straw Dogs got remade by a dude who wanted to put a modern take on that story. Why we needed it is beyond me, but he explained his reasoning. Jumpstreet has been up for REMAKE since the late 90s. While Dark Shadow exist as a reason for Depp and Burton to have fun in the 70s, with a vampire, and do justice to the campy side of Dark Shadows. Which had a LOT OF FUCKING CAMP!

    That aside, you know why we don’t get that many original ideas Don: IT SCARES THE EXECS! Only Hollywood could hire such unoriginal and bland people to make creative decisions!

  24. Yancy Skancy says:

    The movie I always shake my head over is I SPY, which I haven’t even seen. I just couldn’t understand why they would take that basic premise, completely change the tone and genre (though there were certainly comic moments in the original series), but keep the title — thirty-four years after the series aired. Almost no one actually familiar with the show would be in the prime demo. Anyone who remembered the show was probably outraged by the changes. Anyone born after 1960 or so probably didn’t remember the show, unless they happened to latch onto it in syndicated reruns. So since it ultimately had to be sold on the star power of Murphy and Wilson, why not just team them up in an original built around their strengths?

  25. JS Partisan says:

    Yancy, because I Spy probably still had a decent Q-Rating or something. Also, you haven’t seen it? You know the rules: NO COMPLAINING ABOUT FILMS YOU HAVEN’T SEEN XD! Nevertheless, it’s not horrible, but it’s a very goofy spy film. A really really goofy spy film.

    Also, how dare any besmirch Eva Greene!

  26. sanj says:

    2 broke girls tv show explained – parody –

    2 minutes .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV2b8oDwHZA

  27. bulldog68 says:

    The new full Prometheus trailer kicks all kind of ass. Some have said that thus far it looks like any other Alien movie, and that only because Ridley Scott’s name is on it, reactions have been undeservedly positive, but this trailer looks like the movie only Ridley Scott could make. The scope, images, design, and that sense of open space while still conveying claustrophobic fear is so Ridley. I am so there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHcHYisZFLU

  28. Joshua/CaptainZahn says:

    Just curious, did anybody else really enjoy Carnage? Despite the criticisms that it worked better on stage, the audiences at the small local theater where I work really responded to it.

    I love this critic’s take on it:
    http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/carnage/5793

  29. cadavra says:

    Yes, I liked CARNAGE quite a lot. I’d seen the play on Broadway with the original cast, and the film’s cast–save Foster–didn’t seem quite right and thus caused me a fair amount of trepidation going in. But the picture worked just fine (except for the tacked-on sort-of-happy ending).

  30. hcat says:

    Just finished Carnage and was quite impressed (though I had never seen the play). Foster got a little over the top and snarly toward the end but other than that everyone did a great job.

    I actually liked final shot and how it made all of the behavior that came before even more ridiculous and self involved.

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