Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I Live Tweet Movie Reviews in 140 Characters or MORE

Have any of you seen the #rooftopbreakup tweets from comedian Kyle Ayers?  If not you should check them out.  The premise is he was on the roof of his building when a couple started loudly fighting and breaking up.  He decided to live tweet the whole affair.  Sure sure, you think, "that's so wrong to put somebody's private fight out on twitter for the world to laugh at!"  But I say, they put it out there first by ignoring the respectable personal space of other people on a shared rooftop.  If they were willing to put on a show for a small test demographic of roof-toppers, they should be happy to see how much traction this movie is getting already!

Now THAT'S a movie I could get behind.  Sure I hate live tweeting when there's no context, but I could get behind a movie where the dialogue is just live tweeting other people's conversations.  Heck, even Don Cheadle could be believable in that role!  (Maybe...)  I got the idea from that Justin Timberlake-Jimmy Fallon sketch, but I hope the movie would be less tryin' to be hipster cool by acting not cool and making fun of what's "cool", which is really just the new cool.  Anyways, if you have twitter check out the live tweets from @KyleAyers.

Speaking of movies, I've been promising to review several movies that I've seen recently.  Just so you know, these will all have plot spoilers, but to be fair, these are all independent movies that almost none of you will probably see anyways.  I love independent films.  Not because I think they are so much better than your Avengers and other blockbusters.  Those have their charms.  But I like the raw, lo-fi production of an indie film.  Mostly I love that they never feel like they have to explain a complex plot point to you by inserting dialogue that explains what you should know at this point.  In that way, you could watch the same indie movie four or five times and come to different conclusions every time.  It's all up for interpretation, but not in the obvious we don't want to tell you way that faux indie movies like Blair Witch Project try to do.  Ok, done talking about my love/hate relationship with Big Studio.

Anyways, here's my review of a couple movies I've watched recently...

The Way Way Back

This Jim Rash / Nat Faxon written and directed coming of age comedy is about an awkward boy who summers with his mom at her boyfriend's beach house.  The first line in the movie, based on an actual conversation Jim Rash had when he was a boy with his step dad sets the tone for the emotional state the main character is in during the movie.  It's delivered by Steve Carrell, who plays an amazing antagonist.  A complete dick, without having to do strange voices (take that Jim Carrey!)  The question Carrell's character asks our young hero is how he sees himself on a scale of 1-10.  Carrell then goes on to say he sees the young boy as a 3.  The kid, who questions his self worth, and goes on to question his ability to interact with people at all comes to find a group of older lovable misfits at a local water park and befriends them, as well as local people who are at the waterpark.  Now here's my one beef with the movie.  The movie wants us to believe that everybody puts this kid up on hero-like status after he does an awkward break dance routine prompted by a group of other kids at the park.  The whole scene was strange, and clearly meant to be a turning point for his relationship with other people.  But in reality, this kid would have been beat up or laughed at until he peed himself, and found a week later behind a dumpster having OD'd on pain killers.  But that's reality, and this is a movie, so we'll forgive that fast forward in the storyline.  The movie was decent and I like that it didn't get into any major speeches.  Nor were we expected to learn something.  In the end  the movie was about this kid's relationship with his mom, and how he viewed himself.  I give it 3 out of 5 gold stars.

The Kings of Summer

This was another coming of age flick.  I don't know what it is about indie movies and how they seem to be able to tell such a good story through the perspective of a 15 year old.  Either that or that's the time my emotional development stopped, so I just seem to relate better to these movies.  This movie starred Nick Offerman, Megan Mullaly and Alison Brie as supporting cast members to some kid who isn't famous.  So this not so famous kid decides he hates his dad and people telling him what to do, so he and a couple friends decide to runaway and build a house in the woods and live there forever.  They do whatever they want like, play prairie dogs, eat boston market every night, and invite over girls they're in love with that fall in love with their best friend who also lives there, and upon discovery, turn inward upon themselves in a very unhealthy way, until the threat of a snake bite brings all factions back together in a thrilling ending.  You know, regular teenage problems.  This movie was fantastic on several levels...The comedic repartee of Offerman and Mullaly is as good as it ever is.  God, how awesome would be it to live in their house?  The plot itself is great.  There is no hero gets the girl.  It's about as honest as it gets, and how they deal with it is just true to life, while still being whimsical and full of life.  But perhaps the best part of the whole movie comes from an angry exchange between Offerman and a food delivery over the price of the food.  The delivery guy is played by the always hilarious on twitter actor, Kumail Nanjani.  One weird thing I noticed in the movie is how many scenes there are in the movie with Alison Brie where the camera just lingered on her for awhile.  Not for any reason related to the plot.  I'm guessing the director, like me, just finds her hot and decided to take some long wistful glances her way.  Anyways, I'm not complaining....cos she's hot.


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