moiread: (facepalm • lisa e.)
So a few years before I was born, the Iranian hostage crisis happened. When the American embassy was overrun, six American diplomats evaded capture by hiding out in the homes of Canadian staff in Tehran. Canadian Parliament held a secret session (the first since WWII) to pass legislation so that Canadian passports could be granted to those six diplomats to help them get smuggled out. This scary little adventure has since been dubbed The Canadian Caper. Ken Taylor was the Canadian ambassador who has publicly received credit, but there were other Canadian Foreign Affairs people involved in actually making it happen, of which my father was one.

The Lijeks, who were one of the families that needed to be smuggled out, were then and still are close family friends. My mom and I read the latest of their regular letters to us over shawarma last night after my doctor's visit.

One of the things their letter talked about is that the Canadian Caper is being made into a major Hollywood movie starring and directed by Ben Afflek, only the Canadian part is being erased entirely. In the movie, called "Argo", it's all the CIA. The producers asked the Lijeks to come in and consult but then tossed out everything they had to say. Lovely! I always appreciate grossly historically inaccurate "based on real events" stories that throw my country -- and people I know personally -- out the window.

The only good thing about the movie, I think, is that Cora Lijek is being played by Clea Duvall. I heart Clea Duvall.
moiread: (FILM • movie reel.)
Oh god. The opening scene alone is glorious.

"Okay, you are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd, and I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole."
moiread: (are you serious? • kate m.)
What. the sweet. tittyfucking. Christ. was that.

Okay. So. As usual, Paul Bettany stars in a movie so bad you have to laugh the whole way through, and as usual, he is the very best thing about it. He singlehandedly brought every ounce of drama, dignity, pathos, and poignancy present in that hilariously terrible film. I would happily watch that man in anything -- anything -- because so long as he's got any significance of role, he will manage to carry the entire film by himself. Every scene with him in it will be worth watching just for him. Why he keeps choosing such godawful movies, I will never know. Relegating such a fantastic actor to such terrible fare should be a crime. I can't believe that any decent casting agency could believe that this is the best he's good for, and if this is the work of some agent acting on his behalf, getting him slated for these roles like they're good for his career, I hope somebody has the good sense to throw that agent out a window, and the sooner the better.
moiread: (tongue! • jenny l.)
Chelle: Man, I am such a movie weeper.
Chelle: It's ridiculous.
Chuck: I do it sometimes. Well, basically just Six String Samurai and Das Boot, but still.
Chelle: It started a few years ago, and now it's terrible.
Chelle: All it takes is a kid with a band-aid and some sweeping violins and BAM! I start tearing up.
Chelle: It's almost at the point of puppies-in-toilet-paper-commercials bad.
Chelle: I can't decide if it's a sign of emotional growth or if I'm losing parts of my brain.
Chuck: It can be both!
Chuck: Oh, yeah, that wasn't good, was it.
moiread: (film • stock.)
Watched Avatar last night (with the snake curled up at my high/hip/groin, under my housecoat, for warmth) and oh my god, it was bad. It's like the perfect example of Pretty But Dumb. Because it was indeed extremely pretty, but also extremely dumb. The plotline started out decently but became painfully contrived by halfway through, while the ending -- instant forgiveness of mass murder for a display of reckless grandstanding, messiah shit, magical body swapping, killing off the better characters -- made me want to gag. And the pure unadulterated bullshit on the biology front drove me up the wall.

Just about the only thing I think it did well was Jake's paralyzed legs -- he handled them realistically and I loved that they showed him in shorts, revealing how shockingly emaciated his legs were compared to the rest of him. Because, you know, that's what happens when you can't use them to keep up the muscle tone.
moiread: (listless • kristen s.)
Oh geez. Adventureland (2009) has Ryan Reynolds banging Kristen Stewart. I sat there going AUHDGHIFHGKJSDFHG OH GOD SO WRONG the entire time. SHE WAS EIGHTEEN WHEN THEY FILMED THIS. HE'S THIRTY TWO. And I still think of her as the gangly preteen in Panic Room and Speak, mostly because she's still got that same scrawny, awkward, all-knees-and-elbows flat-chested 12-year-old boy look. So to see RYAN REYNOLDS, brawny beefcake extraordinaire, who is like twice her size and over a foot taller that she is, heft her up Vin Diesel-style to wrap her legs around his waist and then he props her up on the back of the couch while she undoes his belt so they can get it on, but she still can't reach him or fit up against him, I just want to LOOK AWAY. Bury my face in my hands.

There are some eighteen-year-olds you could do that scene with and the age difference wouldn't matter. There are some tiny women you could do that scene with and it would just be a gorgeous petite woman instead of creepy pedo times. But Kristen Stewart isn't either of them. D:

(It didn't help that there was absolutely no chemistry. I know they can totally bring the chemistry, as evidenced by their respective other films, but here they looked as awkward as I felt. Perhaps they were thinking the same thing.)
moiread: (ho hum • clea d.)
I just watched the movie for the first time. Most of the point is apparently to make you question which of them is really the villain/predator, and most people report that they wind up feeling sorry for the guy who by all rights they should be hating. That's ~the big deal~.

I don't know what it says about me that at no point did I experience that. I didn't feel sorry for him even once. Maybe it's just that I know what it's like to be a victim. Cut for spoiler. )

That said: Amazing film. The visuals were stunning. The acting was mind-blowing. And you never ever see the next plot hike coming. I love that it turns everything upside down not just once but several times and that it really has no protagonist.
moiread: (frowny • scarlett j.)
Sunshine is such a weird movie.

It has all these fantastic actors in it. Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis, etc. And the premise is cool, in that it is sixty years from now and the sun is dying, so a team of eight scientists are flying a ship carrying an atomic bomb that they will send into the sun to birth a new star out of the old one. (And the ship is even not that far from current technology, as opposed to being shiny and futuristic and unreal.) The cinematography is just insanely beautiful. Every shot is art. The CG of space and the sun are like beautiful paintings. The characters are all fabulous. Their conversations and dilemmas touch on the philosophical, the spiritual, the moral, and the scientific. What's not to love?

Except then halfway through it turns into a slasher in space, and all the beauty gets derailed by a burnt man stabbing people. They ruined this wonderful movie with a "we're being picked off one by one" plot. It's a goddamn travesty.

I'm watching it for the second time as I type this and am discovering that the plot switch angers me even more now than it did the first time. >:[
moiread: (joy! • stock.)
Oh my god the new Star Trek movie was AMAZING. There was not a single element that I did not enjoy. I am absolutely blown away. It's like they took out all the bad stuff and made the remaining good bits even better. The characters have more depth, stronger motivations, etc, but they don't lose who they were in the original. (They even have some classic moments and lines right out of the show, woven in like easter eggs for us hardcore fans.) The set designs are absolutely gorgeous and shiny and new and yet it still looks like Star Trek. Plus I really felt that the way they handled the departures from (or rebooting of) the original was both a graceful solution and an exciting story. And we all know how critical I can be when I feel like a plot element was poorly executed! I am so psyched to see where the sequels go and, if they're anywhere as good as the first, I hope there are a LOT of them.
moiread: (:O! • lily a.)
Okay, so it appears that different theatres got different post-credit clips? Like, not the mid-credit clip with [SPOILER] dutifully walking until his feet bleed, but the OTHER one, the one at the very end. PLEASE COMPARE NOTES? I'm curious to know how many end-clips are out there and what they were! I'm sure it will be all over the internet in a week or so, but still.

Our clip was full of spoilers under the cut! )

(Cross-posted to riotproof.)


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