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August 13th, 2006


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02:02 am - movie update
Saw The Devil Wears Prada tonight. Not a masterpiece, nor a particularly unpredictable story, but quite an enjoyable film all the same, with very likeable turns from Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci, and (the usual) towering performance from Meryl Streep. The only reason I don't declare Streep a national treasure is that doing so would probably provoke W into granting drilling rights in her to some corporation or other.

Also seen in the last coupla weeks:
  • Pilates Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Electric Boogaloo Dead Man's Chest (a little strident and not nearly as fun as the first movie, but entertaining in the bits where it's really firing on all cylinders, and greatly enriched by the addition of Stellan Skarsgård and Bill Nighy to the company);

  • Miami Vice (if you like Michael Mann films, it's a Michael Mann film, and if you don't like Michael Mann films, it's still a Michael Mann film);

  • V For Vendetta (thoughts here); and

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which made me laugh my arse off and which I now feel compelled to proselytise on behalf of. So go rent it already.

<streep>That's all.</streep>
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From:ardaniel
Date:August 13th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
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Heck, wedgex and I liked Miami Vice so much, we came home and threw on Heat, too. :)
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From:trystero
Date:August 13th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, anyone who's seen Heat and Collateral isn't in for a whole lot of surprises in Miami Vice, but I enjoyed it all the same. Nice look, serviceable plot, mostly good actors (especially the amazing Gong Li, of whom *boggle*), non-ridiculous action scenes, and a general sense that Michael Mann has never met a beachhouse scene or a musical interlude that he didn't like. (IIRC, there's at least one musical interlude in Miami Vice that segues into... wait for it... another musical interlude. It's almost verging on self-parody.)
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From:ardaniel
Date:August 13th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Did you get the trailer for Crank? I'm pretty sure I'm There for a movie wherein Jason Statham is both Keanu Reeves *and the bus,* at the *same time.* ;)
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From:trystero
Date:August 13th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I did indeed. In fact, almost all the trailers I've seen recently have been for movies that might themselves be good or at least entertaining, but which had really awful titles: Crank, Gridiron Gang, Children of Men, The Prestige...

(Okay, Children of Men is at least being faithful to the title of its source novel. But still, bleagh.)
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From:quietlyurban
Date:August 13th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
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To streep. May we have a definition of the verb, please?
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From:trystero
Date:August 13th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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In this case, at least...

streep v. To speak in a quiet, fluting, regal, and ever-so-distracted tone of voice.

:-)
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From:dariusk
Date:August 13th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Mr. Tucci is one of my favorite actors. I didn't know he was in that movie.
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From:trystero
Date:August 13th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't take TBS at all; I understand what they were going for with the frenzied camerawork/editing in the action scenes, but it didn't work at all for me; I got so disoriented that I ended up looking away from the screen and waiting for the music and dialogue to cue me that the scene had ended.

I always enjoy Joan Allen, and the decision to give Brian Cox more screen-time is never a bad one, but otherwise, yeah, I wasn't nearly as taken by the sequel as by the original (which I went into with very low expectations and thus found to be a pleasant surprise). Still interested to see United 93 by the same director, though...

Oh, and: I can loan you (or show you) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang if y'all have any interest.
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From:trystero
Date:August 13th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
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In all honesty, the only other thing I can remember seeing him in was Michael Collins, though he's done a ton of work. But I've now liked him a lot in two out of two films...
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From:murph_grrl
Date:August 13th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm planning to catch The Devil Wears Prada when it hits On Demand (when you "don't get out much" anymore, you have to pick and choose your films carefully). I read the book and mostly liked it (I think the ending bugged me, but as a former wanna-be magazine journalist living in NYC, I knew people who lived a similar kind of life with a similar kind of boss, and not just in fashion, either).

And I'm dying to see Meryl Streep as Miranda. I can't imagine more perfect casting, really.
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From:trystero
Date:August 13th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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I've not read the book, but my understanding is that it's much more one-sidedly presented, with Andy (the narrator) portrayed pretty straightforwardly as the heroine and Miranda (the boss) as the bitch/villain/whatever.

The film version can't help but to make Miranda more engaging and offer some sympathy to her perspective – for better or worse, that's what happens when you put Meryl Streep in your movie.  :-)
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From:mindways
Date:August 14th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
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Saw Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in the theatres, and I'll second that recommendation. Very funny movie. (Difficult to categorize, too...at least for me. You've seen more movies than I; what genre would you call it?)
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From:trystero
Date:August 14th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
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Oh, it's your basic buddy noir fourth-wall-breaching comedy. Um, thing.  :-)

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