7.25.2011

Ferris Bueller, You're My Hero

So this week I embarked on another of my adventures. This time I went to NYC...a place I've wanted to go for a very long time! But all of that is a story for another blog :) What I am gonna write about today is the movie I watched on the airplane ride home, one of my personal favorites, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This movie has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid (it's as old as I am!! Crazy!!), and honestly it's still classic today. Every time I see it, my appreciation grows more and more because they just don't make them like this anymore.

While I was watching it, I couldn't help but think that EVERY character in the film is funny and makes you laugh at least once. Do you know how really rare that is? I don't know if I could think of another movie that completely accomplishes that feat...but maybe you can in the comments below. Anyway, it was funny because I was watching a very poorly edited version on the plane that changed a lot of the hilarious dialogue so that it was almost unrecognizable! It's kinda funny when you watch t.v. and they do that to films....my favorite was Pineapple Express, where instead of calling people "a-holes", they called them "cash-rolls" or "casseroles" Haha! There were too many in Ferris, but I can't remember them all. The only one I do recall was Jeanie telling Charlie Sheen to "control himself."

Speaking of the character of Jeanie...As I watched the movie, I came to a horrible realization. I am her. She is me. Haha! She's been one of my favorite characters for years, but this time watching it and noticing how short her fuse is and seeing her hilarious attitude towards everything around her, I couldn't help but relate too well. The only other character I've been able to relate with that well in my life has been Merriweather, the blue fairy from Sleeping Beauty. Haha! I sure paint an optimistic profile for myself don't I? Ah well, at least I'm honest.

But back to Bueller. This movie seriously makes me laugh so hard. I was mad because I missed one of my favorite sequences because the movie was turned off when the flight left the ground. The part in question? When Cameron and Ferris call up Mr. Rooney and Grace pretends to be him. Basically, anything with Grace in it is gold...or Jeanie. They both crack me up. Also I gotta say, that final scene during the credits with the weirdo girl and the gummy bear always makes me laugh...but as weird as the girl is, the boy on the bus who watches them is just as great. His reactions make that scene. Also, another favorite scene would have to be the snooty waiter, but I missed that one too. So great. "I weep for the future." Also, the classic high school scenes need to be mentioned for their very accurate portrayal of the boredom a student feels day in and day out. Those scenes never fail to make me laugh. And, of course, I always found Ferris' advice regarding school very enlightening.



Now, here are some questions about the film to discuss. Why do you think Jeanie finally stands up for Ferris in the end? You might say that she was finally taking Charlie Sheen's advice, but that doesn't make sense either since she was so determined to get home to screw him over moments before. Is it that she just hates Mr. Rooney more than Ferris? What do you think? Also, it was interesting reading comments from other people about how the movie is much more about Cameron than it is about Ferris. I'd say this is true. The question is, what will happen to Cameron now? Totally unrelated side note, but this time I noticed during the parade scene when Ferris is absent that Sloane and Cameron are holding hands. If I were Ferris I wouldn't be okay with that! But I guess Ferris just doesn't worry about anything.

Anyway regarding Cameron's fate, I found this funny video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWui0Lyv9U8

Some more random thoughts....sorry this is all so scattered, but I gotta say, the Twist and Shout parade scene is one of those special movie moments. Really, just one of those fine moments in cinema. Another classic thing the movie adds to cinema legacy besides great characters and scenes are like I said, definitely quotes. All of the lines are hilarious, but one of my favorites is Ferris' motto: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. That said, once again I'm really thankful for my accidental trip to Chicago last fall. When I watch the movie it always reminds me of the day off I spent there too and how happy I was to stop, look around and witness life. I think I'd have to give this movie a 10!

7.20.2011

Why So Serious?

So. I've been absolutely craving to watch The Dark Knight again. How long have I been craving it? Oh...about 3 years. Yep. Prior to Monday, I'd only seen the film once on its opening night back in 2008. Funny how that can seem like ages ago, and just yesterday all at the same time huh? I remember the hype for the film so well. And witnessing it for the first time, was pretty incredible. So much anticipation was built around Heath Ledger's final, completed role from the moment the first photos were released. But after his unfortunate passing, the world's anticipation grew to a level that was truly unreal. Rightly so, because the performance was nothing short of iconic and legendary. One of the finest performances in the history of cinema. I was blown away then, and my opinion now still holds true.

It's interesting sometimes that I find how true the statement "less is more" really is. I certainly wanted to watch the movie over the last few years, but stuff always came up and I had other movies to watch. But sometimes, the less you watch a film...and the more space you give it in between viewings...the more power it can hold on you when you do sit down and watch it. Then again, maybe great is just always great. But there were certainly many things I had forgotten, and seeing them with fresh eyes...was like watching it for the first time...and I watched with glee. Anna remarked that watching that movie always makes her feel like a 12 year-old boy....just reveling in the excitement of everything and constantly saying "That's soooo cooollll" It's true. It is the type of movie, that makes a film lover feel like a kid in a candy store.

As huge of a factor Heath's performance is, he's not the only great thing about the film. Christian Bale is solid once again, and Aaron Eckhart is also terrific. Everyone returning from Batman Begins is great too. I already spoke at length about my dislike of the character Rachel Dawes...so we won't get into that. But seriously, she sucks regardless of the actress.

But, what I like best about the movie is that it's not simply a comic book movie. That's not all there is too it. It's much, much more. As with all his other films, Christopher Nolan gives the audience a great deal to ponder about the vast range of human nature. It's a very well done film in every way. The only thing I still don't truly understand though, is the logic of Batman in the final scene. Tell me why you couldn't just blame all the murders on the Joker? I get from a film standpoint what they want to do with the character and how they're setting it up for a sequel....but he really could have saved himself a lot of trouble from being hated by everyone. No one would believe anything the Joker had to say anyway, he's the perfect scape goat! Also, I think Luscious Fox needs to get over himself, because I'm on Batman's side in that quarrel. Oh, and Scarecrow's cameo is pretty pointless, not to mention disappointing. So minor quibbles aside I'd say I give The Dark Knight 9.8 caped crusaders out of 10. Can't wait for The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan has a spotless resume and has become one of the best filmmakers of the day...and here's hoping somehow DKR can break Avatar's record.

7.17.2011

Mischief Managed: The End of an Era

So during the last week and a half or so, I've been prepping for the finale to the Harry Potter series by going back and watching all the films. It feels very strange that these films are ending, but even more strange to really realize what an accomplishment they were throughout the past decade. I don't think any franchise can boast about some of the things that really make the Harry Potter series unique. 8 films in the course of a decade all featuring the same actors? Pretty much unheard of. And seeing the childhoods of these actors and actresses and how they grow, being captured on film is really kind of special. And over the years, the films, along with the actors, have grown and matured. Maybe when Deathly Hallows 2 comes out on Blu-ray, I'll go through and critique each one, but for now I will keep this short and speak on them collectively, as a whole....as well as share my thoughts on the newly released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

I've never been a huge "Potterphile" as far as the books go. I've always loved the films and the stories that inspired them, but I chose to read the books after the films so I wouldn't be too picky on the whole adaptation aspect of the films. In that regard, I've never really had any expectations, so I've never been disappointed....well other than the anti-climactic ending of Half-Blood Prince, and the romance of Harry and Ginny that comes out of nowhere in the last three films/last two books. But with the trailers and hype of this being the epic conclusion, I had pretty high expectations for Deathly Hallows Part 2. Luckily, I was pretty happy with the end result! It was not only, a very fitting end to the era of the Harry Potter franchise, but a surprisingly epic end for a series that has never really struck me as such. Don't get me wrong, I've always loved the series....but it's always seemed a bit smaller scaled in its universe than Lord of the Rings or Star Wars.

Watching the story unfold and the twists and turns that come with it, was definitely rewarding as a dedicated viewer of the series. And luckily, I brought a book expert along with me to explain the stuff that I was a little confused about afterwards. The end of the series is plenty rewarding and worth the time invested in all the other films. In other words, the payoff is worth it! Well...except for the resolutions regarding Harry's love life. The famous epilogue scene at the end is just unbelievably silly. I've complained enough via facebook on what a terrible matchup Harry and Ginny are. They are just completely devoid of chemistry and thrown together for no comprehensible reason. It's just awkward to watch. Okay, I get it. Hermione needs to be with Ron. I think her and Harry are better matched, but I get it. Still? Ginny? Why not Luna? Even Cho has more personality. Or any other female in the universe of Harry Potter for that matter would make more sense than him falling for Ginny. Plus come on, everyone marries someone they met in high school? I shudder to think if I had to live in that world. Then again, I could perform magic, so it's not all bad.


Now, one final thought. Who would have thought that Neville Longbottom of all the guys in the cast would have grown up to be the most handsome and manly? Not in the movie, but the pictures of him in the premiere were kind of mind blowing. Late bloomers! Good for him! Man....if I would have known I definitely would have taken advantage of when I met him back when I was 17!! Fortunate for the filmmakers that Daniel, Rupert and Emma still look so young and didn't grow very tall...but unfortunate for them! It should be interesting to see whose careers continue after this and whose don't. I don't know how anyone can not think of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry for the rest of his life, and that will definitely be a hindrance to him getting roles I think. But Matthew Lewis, AKA Neville? I hope we see a lot more of him!



Anyway, to conclude this post...Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a wonderful way to end a special franchise and definitely worth seeing. I give it 8.7 magic wands out of 10 and say see it in theaters!