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Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

19 Jun

The Great Gatsby

I must admit that I was upset when I heard that another film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was due out this year.  It is one of my favorite novels of all time and it’s already been loused up a handful of times including the 1974 film starring Robert Redford Continue reading

Shut Up and Play the Hits: The Very Loud Ending of LCD Soundsystem

22 Jul

Jonny J was kind enough to take point on LCD Soundsystem’s documentary which played for one night only in select theaters this past week.  A big thank you is in order for Jon as he purchased a pair of tickets for him and I to the last show as an early birthday present for me last spring.  I shared the concert with someone great!

I was fortunate enough to see LCD Soundsystem’s rock-doc in Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, where the theater acoustics were the most perfect I have heard in any theater to date. The concert segments made you feel you were actually at the show, superbly recorded in audio and film.

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Friends With Kids

2 Apr

I went to see Friends With Kids a week ago after dinner with my parents because my mother felt like seeing “something light” after doing schoolwork all day.  I lioned an antipasto and the better part of a sausage, olive, mushroom pizza and so something light was probably the only thing I could have stomached.

Aside: “Something light” as defined by my mother = rom-com.  “Lioned” as defined by my friend Steve = my primal consumption by volume of food when hungry.

The only thing that I had heard about the movie prior was that Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) were part of the cast.  All good things. Continue reading

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie: Make that Money

10 Mar

Tim and Eric sure can make a great television show.  It started with the peculiarly animated Tom Goes To The Mayor, and carried over to their later venture, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! They certainly could fill a 15-20 minute block of time with wacky loops and awkward conversation.  There was no shortage of celebrity cameos either.  I was a big fan of Awesome Show for the majority of its run.  I even saw their live show, which was the second sold out show of the night when they played the Wilbur Theater in Boston.  They opened that particular show with a song about diarrhea. Actually, it was about fifteen minutes long, and consisted of them simply repeating the world “diarrhea” over and over again. Since I bought my tickets late, on a whim, the seats were towards the back.  I overheard a conversation between two ushers at the Wilbur, which went something like this:

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The Artist

22 Feb

With Oscar Fever running rampant, I thought I might try to see a few more of the movies up for nomination this year prior to the Academy Awards.  After buying my buddy Brad dinner a few weeks ago (yes, the same Brad that reviewed My Week With Marilyn), a movie man-date on his coin was mandated.  After getting home late from a long, shitty day at work, 100 minutes of escapism sounded just about perfect last night.

Neither of us had seen The Artist and we had both heard good things.  Here are some of the reviews that I heard: “It’s very good.”  “It was pretty good.”  “I thought it was really, really good.”  “It’s a silent movie.  But, it’s good.”  With such ‘good’ endorsements, I figured it had to at least be a ‘should see.’

The Artist, from director Michel Hazanavicius, covers the Continue reading

The Dish & the Spoon at reRun Theater

19 Feb

A quick snippet about reRun theater…

reRun Theater, located in Dumbo Brooklyn, NY, shows independent films in a single theater that seats about 60.  Said seats are reclaimed car seats…I hope you like upholstery.  There is a bar in the theater.  A bar!  A bar that serves gastropub fare including popcorn sopped in all kinds of interesting fat.  Amazing.  Conceivably, one could check out an indie flick, grab a hot dog and some duckfat popcorn and get shlocked simultaneously.  I kept myself in check Continue reading

My Week With Marilyn

13 Feb

Here’s a review of My Week With Marilyn from SHH’s newest contributor, Brad.

I recently performed my yearly movie lobotomy to save room for what we all know as “The Oscar season.” This season started a little late for me but I managed to squeeze almost all of them into my dome. Sad as it is, both Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy (recently reviewed by the Self-Hating Hipster) and My Week With Marilyn did not make the cut for best picture. Thankfully I still have a playful imagination and decided to host the Oscars myself, luckily finding one theater in upstate NY that isn’t buns; The Spectrum.

Having never been there before I was happy with my 6:20 movie experience. The theater is quaint which was perfect for this particular biographical movie. Knowing nothing about Ms. Monroe besides the fact that she was a prim lookin’ star gazer, one would foresee Continue reading

Exit Through the Gift Shop

12 Feb

I hesitate to call this a movie review, rather I hope that it sparks some interesting discussion about Banksy and how much of a cheeky fuck he is. In addition, I hope that everybody reading this has already seen the movie, making this here article beautifully irrelevant. All that being said, let us begin.

Firstly, let us look at the name of the film: Exit Through the Gift Shop. On the surface it stands as an obvious Continue reading

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

31 Jan

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the movie that my friends and I intended to see the night we ended up seeing The Descendants.  I really like Gary Oldman and when I hear that he was going to be in a film based on a John le Carre novel, I was ready to go opening day.  Unfortunately, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was only playing in select theaters at that point (i.e. nowhere near the cultural node that is Albany, NY).  It was released locally a few weeks later during my busiest work season and so I figured that I would have to wait until it came out on Netflix or DVD before I’d get a chance to see it.  Luckily, a local theater, The Spectrum, plays movies worth seeing after the major box offices have kicked them to the curb. Continue reading

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

27 Dec

In short, this movie was much better than I expected.  My family decided to do the Christmas Day movie thing this year since we celebrated heavier on Christmas Eve (at least I did).  There wasn’t really anything in theaters that I was excited about.  My mother suggested the new Mission Impossible.  I thought the first one was decent.  The second one sucked.  So bad, in fact, that I completely skipped the third one.  I decided to suck it up because family time is important.  Oh, and it was free.

The new one is directed by Brad Bird…who confuses me.  His repertoire consists of a handful of episodes of The Simpsons, Disney and Pixar’s Ratatoullie and The Incredibles and now Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.   I’m thinking an animated film about the Holocaust is his next best bet.  IMDb tells me that Continue reading