Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Danny the Dog

December 27, 2006

An interesting movie tagged in IMDB at least with Action, Crime, Drama, Romance and Thriller. Starting with the title, the movie really is about a dog – a very atypical kind of dog. But on the other hand it really is about a person – a very atypical kind of person.

It came to me as a big surprise to see Morgan Freeman and Jet Li acting together, and i must say i really liked the result. Not because i wasn’t expecting the excelent performance by the first, but because i wasn’t expecting the same from the second, besides theĀ  known beat-me-up scenes (which appear frequently throughout the movie and were very nicely done, as usual).

So i’d say the film’s worth it for the very good acting and story, allowing multiple different genres to flow together in a pretty unusual way.

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Scrat, the Ice Age dude

November 2, 2006

Scrat is one of those characters that, no matter how long i’ve known him, there’s always a smile on my face whenever he shows up. For those that aren’t relating the name to the being, Scrat is the dude with the nut, from Ice Age. What i like most about him is his possessive obsession for nuts and the way his expression ranges from the “poor little guy” to the “flabbergasted dude”.

Last night i was watching a new mini-video with Scrat and decided to share some (no big movies, just clips).

The F word in movies

September 26, 2006

Ok, now that i’ve grabbed your attention with such a showy title, let me start by stating that you won’t find any porn in here. For those that want to keep reading, let’s continue…

Just about 20 minutes i’ve ran through an “article” on Wikipedia describing the List of films that most frequently use the word fuck. This is a ranked list of 95 films (ATM) within which there happens to be the F word pronounced more than 100 times. It also has some nice metrics like the “Fuck Count” and the “FPM”s, or number of F words per minute. Curiosity of all the curiosities, the #1 movie is called “Fuck”. With 6.76 FPMs, that’s more than a Fuck in every 10 seconds!

So i’m thinking “Who the f-word digs a list of crappy movies saying the F word?”. And right next i realize “But this actually has some f-word-ing great movies!”. So some clicks later i’m opening IMDb’s Top 250 Movies of All-Time and looking up the rank of some good-but-not-top-movies. After correlating both sites, i realize that some of the best movies out there actually happen to say the F word pretty often! You may recognize most of them:

  • Pulp Fiction
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Big Lebowsky
  • American History X
  • Goodfellas
  • Scarface
  • Magnolia
  • Snatch
  • Platoon
  • Trainspotting
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Raging Bull
  • Casino
  • Boogie Nights
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Shaft
  • 25th Hour
  • Jackie Brown
  • Good Will Hunting

So that’s the lesson for today, it’s all in the F word. That’s what people like! I’m still talking about movies, of course.

Good Will Hunting and the Cubans

August 25, 2006

First of all, let me somehow predict the possible weird looks on your faces about this rather weird title. For those who watched the movie, you might be thinking “but there were no cubans there!”. For those who didn’t, “who the hell was Will Hunting and what was he doing in Cuba?” or “Why was somebody hunting good Will in Cuba?” might be running through your heads. So i’ll just start with the first part and move on to the second.

For short, Good Will Hunting is a movie about a very talented guy – Will Hunting – that gets to learn everything by reading books at the local library. He is quite a genius and becomes a master in many subjects without even going to the university. (See the Cuban part already? Me neither.) As a janitor at M.I.T., he has no trouble solving mathematical challenges that took the professors 2 years to solve. On the other hand, he didn’t really want to use his knowledge for anything. He had that gift, but all he wanted to do was to hang out with his friends and work on his simple-with-no-talent-required job. I won’t tell the rest of the movie.

I sudently started to recall some talks i’ve had about/with cubans. There is a common picture painted by people that i know who went to visit Cuba. It’s a beautiful place, but most of the people don’t have much money and want to get out of the country. For instance, there’s this friend of mine who went to Cuba to participate on a chorus event and the 2 cuban chorus couldn’t participate because they had been to the U.S. some weeks before and decided not to return. There is also a cuban girl i met when i was travelling this summer (not in Cuba) that told me how she managed to get to work outside of the country. They can go to other countries if they have a job contract, but a big percentage of their salary (which i’m not telling so you don’t get shocked) must go to the government. And there she was, a person who went to the university, working as a waitress.

One of the biggest accomplishments usually stated by those that stand for the current cuban regime is that they’ve eradicated illeteracy in Cuba. That, i must say, i applaud. The fact that they have easy access to the university, i applaud. But wait… should i? Is easy access all that’s needed for things to work out? That’s where i think it all is going terribly wrong. What’s the good of having everybody take their diplomas, when they’ll turn driving cabs or serving drinks at a restaurant? That’s even worse to them. It’s like widening their horizon just to tighten it right away, in a stupendous sense of frustration. So good Will Hunting managed to find his way up through the living. But what about the cubans, will they?