In my defence, I did say I was generalising! Perhaps I should refine; you can obviously have different genres within the indie label; indie is obviously doing something because that's one way of doing it (usually due to the budget) so perhaps my issue is more with the lack of X/Y/Z these films have to have a better chance, as opposed to the indie mentality. Although, I do believe there is an 'indie' mentality of simply doing things differently anyhow.
As a drama, quasi-thriller, I was left unfulfilled.
It was almost perfect except for one thing. I didn't like the bit during the credits where the baron gets hit on the head and suddenly gives the muppets everything they want. They already had everything - family, personal growth, and the adoration of millions. There was simply no need to suddenly reverse the tiny defeat which ultimately made them stronger. It would be like if Rocky Balboa won the championship belt in the first movie.
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I'm not saying to was a bad film, I'm just saying I've seen too many of these films that think they are cleverer or more original than they are.
I had absolutely no issue with that whatsoever. It's a feel good film and in the end, the difference was minimal; they had the fans, they'd have succeeded anyhow, it's merely a time saver and something of a saving grace. Apparently as well, in the junior novelization, along with the unedited 3 hour long (!!) original, it goes some way to explaining lots of things, including the fact that he had forgotten how to laugh somehow, but the incident where he hit his head made him remember. It's cheesy, but heh, I'm happy to run with it.I didn't like the bit during the credits where the baron gets hit on the head and suddenly gives the muppets everything they want.
Thinking back on the film though, which I do with no difficulty, I have to say that Rowlf's introduction sequence, all 5 seconds of it, was my favourite part of the film.
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Also, I went to see The Muppets on a weekend in the afternoon to ensure plenty of kids were there, because listening to the kid's laugh, gasp, or make innocent comments is really the only way to watch a kiddy movie. They get me more invested and allow me to see things through younger eyes. What I didn't bank on was the shit-smeared seat which was spotted by the couple who were supposed to occupy it because they came early and the cinema lights were still on. They must feel like the luckiest people alive right now.
I went and saw it with a friend at an 8.45pm showing; there weren't too many people, but no-one younger than an older teenager. There were still plenty of laughs to be had. I think they really got the stuff-for-children and stuff-for-adults nailed down. I mean, Cluck You? It was a bit "Wait, come on, they're doing THIS?!" and then you realise that cluck isn't exactly far away from fuck. That being said, with the syllable emphasis, it was clearly the 'Forget you' version, as is credited at the end of the film. Still funny though. I also liked the part you spoilered there. That got a huge laugh from the audience.
I'll join you on the ticket issue though. Hollywood can't seriously just be blaming falling sales (and even that is dubious considering some of the must successful hits) on piracy; I was pretty outraged when I was asked to pay £7.50, at student rates, to see The Muppets. Could be worse, I went with my housemates last year to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in stupid 3D - £9! And then you had to buy the glasses! I'm sorry, but £10 for 2 hours of, what was piss-poor (and predictably so) entertainment is not something I'm happy about. I might just, just, be happy if they rolled in, say, free small thing of popcorn with that ticket. Maybe.
(This irritated me so much, as a comment editor at my uni's paper, I asked someone to do an article on it. It was quite good, actually.)
GREEN LANTERN - It's a turd...
THE SWORD OF DOOM - I'm a huge fan of Japanese samurai films, and this is one of my favorites. Apart from having some of the very best swordplay scenes, it's also a furiously cold and dark piece of filmmaking with one of the most fascinating lead performances ever put on film, provided by the ever compelling Tatsuya Nakadai. Told in what seem to be unconnected chapters, it's a somewhat nihilistic character study of a sociopath who also happens to be a master swordsman with a very unorthodox fighting style.
ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL - This is the first Fassbinder film I've seen so far, and I must say that I'm very impressed. It's a small story about an elderly German woman and a younger Moroccan worker that despite the social/language/age barriers establish a loving relationship. There's a lot of room for melodrama and overly sentimental pitfalls in the material but Mr. Fassbinder proves a worthy technician and evades them admirably, while dishing out a hefty dose of emotion and gritty realism. Definitely looking forward to viewing more of his work.
Did Kermit's line after Tex Richman's awesome rap remind you of Red Dwarf?
Rimmer: So, Kryten, you've heard of this Inquisitor?
Kryten: Only as a myth; a dark fable; a horror tale, told across the flickering embers of a midnight fire, wherever hardened space dogs gather to drink fermented vegetable products and compete in tales of blood-chilling terror!
Rimmer: A simple "yes" would have sufficed.
Also, that "sidescroller" fight in this film was a clear influence on the hammer fight scene in Oldboy. Only that Ryunosuke's otherworldliness gives it a whole new, poetic even, dimension whilst the Oldboy fight was basically frenzied carnage. One of my favorite "action scenes" for sure.
Tried to get through Hugo last night, and found myself turning it off after about an hour. The cinematography and art direction are spectacular, and the character performances are a superb call back to how Scorsese can squeeze poignant emotional narrative out of anyone. However, when it comes to the actual narrative, the plot, it's just as convoluted and mechanically stuttered as the metaphorical clockwork world the protagonist lives in. About 50 minutes in, the entire film shifts gears (pun) and in what I can only describe as a "wtf?" of writing transitions, like someone else took up the script.
It makes me wonder if it's intentional, are we supposed to be frustrated at how simple the situation is, and if someone would only SPEAK THE FUCK UP instead of looking forlorn or whimsical at their surroundings it would all play out much more efficiently instead of falling together in a jumble like a french version of a 70's sitcom.
Anyway. I'm sure it and that horse movie will be a huge hit at the Oscars, regardless.
All times I have enjoyed greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those that loved me, and alone.
Well, Sarah Jessica Parker is probably due an Oscar. What? Bad joke? C'mon, why the long face? Nay! It wasn't THAT bad!
But yeah, I actively avoid films that are Oscar-bait. Perhaps I'm missing out; I've heard that The King's Speech is actually decent...Also, that poster has gratuitous blue/orange colour grading.
If you enjoyed it though you should check out Gaspar Noé's previous film, I Stand Alone (Seul Contre Tous).
Last night I finally watched The Yellow Sea, which has been on my to-watch list for ages. It's painfully slow at the beginning, but it turns into something that's really worth watching. It's a gangster movie with noirish tones, in which a taxi driver gets into financial peril and is persuaded to carry out a hit as a means of paying off his debt. Things do not really go according to plan.
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