Sunday, July 18, 2010

Despicable Me (2010)

The family and I went to see Despicable Me the other day and I have to say we all enjoyed it. The film is a funny and quirky film about a villain. Yes that's right the main character is a villain, and his name is Gru. What's even better is that Gru has minions. (Doesn't every villain)

These minions are the best thing in the film. They speak some gibberish that you almost understand, but laugh every time their on screen. My boys loved it, and I heard my oldest laughing along with his mom. I even found myself on the floor laughing at some of the jokes. (Yes it is that funny)

But please don't make sense of the story. It's a fable, and a fun one at that. My 83 year old mom even liked it, and thought it was cute, so all ages seem to like it.

The story is simple. Gru wants to be the number one villain of all time. So he sets out to steal the moon. Of course every villain has a nemesis, and Gru's is Vector. A younger more hip and a somewhat dead ringer for a young Bill Gates. I kid you not the villain looks like Bill Gates.

Anyhow Gru adopts three orphan girls to help him get the dreaded shrink ray back from Vector. But what happens to Gru is that the girls break down his meanness, and he finds love. Yes, yes I know how corny, and how contrite, but I'm telling you it works.

Steve Carell is the voice of Gru, and he does a remarkable job. I have to say that I'm slowly becoming a Steve Carell fan. I'm amazed at the guys depth. Pierre Coffin, and Chris Renaud are the directors of the film, and let me tell you the film flies by at a good clip. The film does not feel as though it is an hour and thirty five minutes long.

If you want to have some laughs and have a good time go see the film. It sure put a smile on my face, and the kids will love it. There are adult jokes in this film that will go over the heads of the kids, but will have you laughing or should I say rolling in the aisles.

It's a good summer movie, and one where the whole family will enjoy.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Heaven's Gate a classic

Over at David Lowery's blog he talks about Heaven's Gate, and its director Michael Cimino. There is a link to a documentary on the movie narrated by William Dafoe. It's a good documentary, and after seeing it I had to post some of it here. I remember when this came out. It was 1980, and I was still in high school. I was enmeshed in film making back then. I started watching movies differently. It was also the height of the VCR, and believe it or not movies on videotape was the coolest thing. Only thing was that there wasn't much product yet. So the movies was where you still went to to study them. Heck! I remember sitting in theaters from afternoon till evening watching movies over and over again. I do remeber seeing a re-release of this movie.  Not it's two and half hour version, but the original 219 minute version.   By the time they released this I was in college I believe.  I saw it somewhere in Manhattan, and seeing it blew me away.  It's ironic that for a class in school I was required to read Final Cut.  But I was always on the side that the original version is a classic, and seeing it now in wide-screen does the picture justice.  I really do think that this film will become a major re-discoved classic.  I'm not alone either TMC ran it one night too in it's original cut.  Now that people are replacing their TV's with flat screens, and giving film presentations worthy of theater like viewing in their living room.  I think there will be a lot of films that get re-discovered, but I believe "Heaven's Gate" will be one of them.

If you have time check out the documentary on YouTube.  It really is interesting.