Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday Movies

Well, it certainly has been awhile since I posted on the blog.  Death can make doing the little things in life a little more difficult than usual.  But, here I am.  In the past week, I've seen two movies and both of them contain death.  I'm still recovering from the one I saw yesterday.

Okay, so what did I see?  First up was "Warm Bodies," which kind of sounds like an R rated film, but I took both of my kids to see it.  My tween daughter loved it and my son thought it was okay.  I think there was a little too much romance for his taste.  So, what's it about?  Well, we have a post-apocalyptic story line, we have zombies and we have two ill fated lovers.  I've read reviews that liken the film to a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, which I guess is possible, but it's a VERY loose interpretation at best.  One of the lovers is a zombie and his love for a girl begins to make him human again.  In other words, love can save the world.  It was cute and funny, but it's definitely a flick you can see on your very own TV and not feel like you've missed out on anything by not seeing it in the theater.  Here's the trailer...


Yesterday I saw "Django Unchained," which is definitely something you want to see on the big screen.  Like all Tarantino films, I had to watch a lot of it between splayed fingers.  The dude makes me uncomfortable, but he also writes interesting story lines and characters, so it's the price I have to pay for watching his films.  There has been much in the press about the use of the N word in this film.  Yes, it made me uncomfortable, but I think that's the point.  I realize this movie is a work of fiction, but it's about the horrors of slavery and I personally think it's important that we don't sugar coat the past to make it palatable for modern day society.  What do you think?


7 comments:

  1. Well, what I really liked about Django is that it's not "slavery is bad, mmkay." I'll probably bloat this into a blog post at some point, but I really appreciate a storyteller who doesn't waste time hammering home morals we already have. Instead, we spend the time on the details you didn't get from your high-school history textbook: here's what this system did to people (good people, powerful people, clever people, the whole lot), and - the fun part - here's how one guy carves his own piece out of said system. That part is hardcore fantasy, but it balances out the hardcore (depressingly non-fictional) reality.

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    1. Hey, thanks for going with me to see it! And for commenting on my blog.

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    2. Dude, thanks for coming out to play! I would like to be a regular feature in your life AND your blog!

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  2. I've seen warm bodies advertised and a bit of it did strike me as funny - that's where the guy was coaching the girl how to act like a zombie. In general though, zombie movies aren't my idea of fun.

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    1. Have you seen Zombieland? Yes, there's zombies, but it's pretty funny. I really don't like scary movies, but if there's humor in it, I do. Less scary that way.

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  3. Shit. I am just too old for this stuff and that pisses me off. What happened to my life?

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