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4 movies in 4 days - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 24th, 2011

10:07 am - 4 movies in 4 days

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Impressions:

Get Him to the Greek: RAPE IS NOT FUNNY RAPE IS NOT FUNNY RAPE IS NOT FUNNY. Parts of this made me laugh my head off but not enough to redeem it. I liked the furry wall bit and I know that most of the jokes would not work if the guy wasn't English. Also, rape is not funny.

Howl's Moving Castle (the version in Japanese): *headscratch* Uh.. um... I liked Howl's hair? I think I need someone to explain this to me. Also, some folks think this is the best movie ever. It was definitely pretty but, well. I don't get it. It was entertaining and I liked it, would watch again. And would probably still not understand.

Paul: I'm liking the trend towards movies with male characters who are comfortable with their bodies not being perfect stereotypes of what we're supposed to think is hot. Now if they could only do this for women as well, it'd be awesome. This was entertaining and easy and had Simon Pegg in it. I laughed.

Sucker Punch: Meh. Pretty graphics, liked the dragon and the pop culture references. Plot was trite, I couldn't stay engaged enough to care what happened to the characters, my inner feminist couldn't be arsed getting pissed off. The girl won even though she lost, yeah yeah, blah blah. After all the hype I was disappointed to find nothing to raise my interest levels over about 4. I wouldn't recommend spending money to see this.

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From:weeweekittie
Date:April 24th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
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I just got Get Him to the Greek from Netflix the other day too. There were parts I loved and parts that made me damned uncomfortable. I loved Russel Brand's character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, so I was excited when I learned it was him. The music was so much fun, I loved P Diddy, but the rape and the unwilling threesome? Uncomfortable, at best.
Howl's Moving Castle I read as a book before I saw the movie, and usually I get incensed when movies are based on books, but this is one of my favorite movies. They were very, very different, but I love each of them for their own reasons. You might understand more with a second watching. It's just meant to be a fun, magical adventure. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
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It was definitely fun and magical and also had that wtf factor. Which is a good thing, but I could have done with being able to understand a bit more of the twistyplot stuff.
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From:crsg
Date:April 24th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
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I adore Howl's Moving Castle. Although I actually prefer watching in English - I just really love Howl's voice. The book is excellent too, although in a completely different way. Same basic plot (mostly), but a very separate tone and mode of storytelling. And oh-so-British.

Which parts of the movie specifically did you not understand?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
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Well for a start, who were they at war with and why? And why did the sorceress suddenly decide to stop the war after putting so much effort into trying to enlist Howl's help? How could she anyway? How could the scarecrow prince stop the war? Why did the dog defect? And was the writer on drugs?
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From:crsg
Date:April 24th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
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There's no clear answer to the war question. Actually, I don't even remember much about the war in the book - it's been several years since I've read it. Miyazaki tends to be fairly passionate about this kind of thing though, and he portrayed the war as reminiscent of the First World War, only with no real sense of who was justified in fighting or why. I think the point as far as Miyazaki is concerned is that war benefits nobody, and hurts everybody. Hence the war was pointedly ambiguous, and Howl interferes with the war on both sides, given that he's very much anti-war (although this part is a lot more obvious in the book).

The scarecrow prince stopped the war since (as I recall), he was one of the main reasons for it - he was of course actually Prince Justin, who had been cursed by the witch until Sophie broke the spell. He then leaves to put a stop to the war, as does the sorceress, who I guess sees no point in having the war continue now that the prince is back. And I don't think her dog defects, exactly - he just seems more along for the ride than anything else... again, that might be more clear in the book, which I really should read again sometime.

The writer of the book is Diana Wynne Jones, who passed away in March due to lung cancer. I doubt she was on drugs, although she did author some extremely fantastical works. I do recommend reading Howl's Moving Castle if you get the chance. It's not an especially long novel, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's Britishness. I actually have a copy, and I'd be happy to lend it to you if you'd like.

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From:pleiadeslion
Date:April 24th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
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Paul: I'm liking the trend towards movies with male characters who are comfortable with their bodies not being perfect stereotypes of what we're supposed to think is hot. Now if they could only do this for women as well, it'd be awesome. This was entertaining and easy and had Simon Pegg in it. I laughed.

Now, that sounds rather good. I may have to watch that.
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From:victoria7
Date:April 25th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
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Get Him to the Greek made me cry.

I think because it reminded me of my young drug-fueled jet-setting days.

I totally did not remember the rape, which is surprising to me, because I usually turn off any movie with a rape scene or walk out of it. So, hearing about it is weird. I did watch it in the early morning (for me) hours, so perhaps my head wasn't quite aware, but still... Odd.
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