Aww, this movie was good! It was sad, but the end picked it up a bit. I wasn't satisfied though - not enough resolution!!
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. And where's a Waffle House when you need one?

So thanks to Cartoon Network, I was able to see the much fawned-over The Iron Giant. It's a very nice movie with a lot of good stuff in it. I just don't think it's a classic, like some people here. But why complain? It's funny, kind of sweet, the animation is great, and I dug the whole 50's thing.
The Iron Giant (1999) 10/10:fresh:

I just absolutely love this film. I watched it twice during the Cartoon Network marathon. I have been holding off on purchasing this until the special edition is available. The friendship that Hogarth shares with the Giant is one that is so real, that you seem to forget that you are watching an animated film. If you are not moved by the ending, you may not be alive. This is easily better than anything that Disney has put out in years. It should not be missed.
Iron Giant rules! Great storytelling, great voice acting, and it looks beautiful. It's not some stupid dumbed down animated movie, it's great for ANYONE. I'll admit that some Pixar films like Finding Nemo are a little sugary, but this one is amazing on all levels. You need to see it, and if you haven't I'd be happy to watch it again with you.

I just wish they hadn't delayed the DVD special edition until later this year when Incredibles comes out. I want it now.
Brad Bird's uniquely innocent and touching The Iron Giant is one of the best written of recent animated films, even though it suffers occasionally from a meandering narrative and an overly nostalgic tone. The movie, which is similar in plot to Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, is about an alien robot that lands on Earth and immediately frightens the residents of a small town in Maine, before being befriended by a young boy who does not let his prejudices interfere with his judgment of the gigantic robot. Eventually, the Iron Giant is able to help the townspeople overcome their own fears, and he displays bravery and selflessness at the most important of times. The Iron Giant is not so much about the Giant's innate goodness, but about the friendship between the Giant and Hogarth, the young boy who saves his life. There are strong messages of peace and tolerance running in this film (it is very concerned with making points about the inherent evil of guns), but unlike most films geared toward children, The Iron Giant never approaches a tone of preachiness. The movie is as offbeat and richly humourous as the aforementioned E.T., but it is mercifully not as sentimental or saccharine. While the humour in The Iron Giant is nowhere near as consistent or as rich as in animated films like Shrek or the Toy Story movies, there are still many moments that will bring a smile to viewers of any ages. Brad Bird, who directed this film, has been a director of several episodes of The Simpsons...and while The Iron Giant never approaches that show's comic brilliance, there are moments that display genuine wit and intelligence. Of the actors providing voices for the animated characters, Vin Diesel is the most memorable as the Giant...a creature with a deep yet gentle and reassuring voice. Despite its enjoyable story and solid script, The Iron Giant misses greatness because the animation occasionally seems fuzzy and not as vibrant as the great Disney pictures. Nevertheless, on the merits of its humour and its commendable ideas about prejudice and acceptance, The Iron Giant is one of the better family films of recent years.

Jup, I watched Oscar Night till I fell in sleep. It was really late when it begun here, 02.00 :O. So ermmm, I really enjoyed the first parts. I hated the red carpet thing, all those people babbling about clothes and stuff. I loved Bill Murray's appearance and Robin Williams's. Errrmmm, yes. 11 Oscars to the Lord of the Rings. Unbelievable. Woah. I guess they earned it. But I still thought Lost in Translation was the best movie, and Bill Murray should've get his oscar for Best Actor. Well, Sean Penn kind of earned it too.

In the evening today a friend came over and we watched Lost in Translation & a part of The Iron Giant. And it was fun, jup.

Now I'm very very very very sleepy. Good night :).
so why can i accept a feel good cartoon but not a feel good live action? dunno. however as the monotone, monosyllabic and quicksand-slow giant, vin puts in the performance of his career. that's him. don't even try other roles, vin, they just aren't you.

kick ass anime yet again! special thanks to my man, the muffin man for hooking me up with this one. definetly not for kids, or the weak of heart. kite is a must see. good story (at times perverse) crossed with good action always has me intrigued. and exploding bullets is never bad thing either.
I was all impromptu-like this weekend by going home to the 'burbs of Boston for a few days. It's all so homestyle-y, we have both a Dunkin' Donuts AND a packie* on the same block.

Whenever I return to my roots, I always swing by this little yellow shack next to the railroad tracks where one may find the best sammichs and clam chowda this side of the Pacific. Anyhoo, I suppose being one of the few non-white people in my hometown does lend itself to me being more easily recognized and remembered by the locals, so I'm not really all that surprised when my sammich engineer/soup digger (pleasantly nicknamed after a common type of hard liquor) recalls details of my banal life from the last time I saw her several months ago. She doesn't, however, remember my name.

How do I know? Come on. Both you and I know exactly when an acquaintance doesn't remember your moniker. You could informally define the word "acquaintance" as someone who will or has forget/forgotton your name in the next/past five minutes, respectively. Being such a lovely person and all, I want to alleviate this other lovely person's stress by refreshing her memory with minimal, hopefully unnoticeable, embarrassment or presumption.

How? I want my sammich sans social bristle, consarnit!

* "Packie" is short for package store. This is the old school New England term for liquor store.
So what good is it to have dozens of DVDs and and videos sitting around at home when I never watch them twice?

Well, I watched some movies again.

Kill Bill is just the bare-bones release, with black & white footage in the big fight scene. I can't believe some of these fan boys talking about sitting around watching the "uncut" version with color restored. I suppose such things do exist. At some point, whenever Miramax gets around to finally releasing the definitive version of Kill Bill 1 and 2, I'll think about it.

Tears of the Black Tiger. Gotta watch this at least once a year, as if it were the Wizard of Oz on TV when I was a kid. Highly entertaining. I must try to put down a definitive review of the film to post on my fan group.

It had been awhile since I watched Shaolin Soccer. I'd forgotten how funny it was. One moment that really got to me was when the kung-fu guy (Stephen Chow) was explaining to the fallen coach about the many applications of the kung fu discipline. While he's doing this, the scene would cut to the coach, dressed as Shaolin monk, demonstrating the ways you can avoid slipping on banana peels and easily park your car with kung fu. The last time they cut back to the coach and Chow in "real life", the coach was still wearing the monk's robes and stripped them off as he was dismissing Chow's claims. Not quite puncturing the fourth wall, but still pricking at the conventions. I would have liked to have seen more of that. As it is, it's fun to watch, with lots of cool CGI and martial arts moves. I think it ranks up there with the great sports movies, like Caddyshack, Kingpin and Major League. The guys over at ESPN Page 2 and Page 3 would probably agree.

I found the Iron Giant in a VHS cutout rack at a video rental chain. A bit sappy, it's got enough of a dark side that I still enjoy it. Can't wait to see Brad Bird's upcoming movie, The Incredibles.

Also gave a Thai movie, The Overture another look. Watched it on a bad VCD copy that my girlfriend dredged up from somewhere. Without benefit of subtitles, I have to concentrate on expressions and actions. The music in this film is still incredible, but drastic cuts and a non-linear story make it pretty confusing. It could have been a lot smoother. The Thai government has been pushing The Overture to be shown at overseas festivals because it is a mostly positive look at Thai culture (except for the parts during the 40s, when a military government was trying to modernise things and keep people from sitting on the floor and performing traditional music). Anyway, what with the recent massacre of Muslims in the South, the government better work harder to spread a positive image about Thailand. Whoa! How'd this political stuff get in here? Anyway, The Overture gets a :fresh: 6/10. Not quite rotten, just for the music.
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