Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on January 1, 2015

taurielA few movies over the holidays:

  • The Hobbit: The 7th through 9th Hours of a 3 to 4 Hour Story is as underwhelming as the other two. There were some fun parts, and Evangeline Lilly is still hot. But it was also really long and full of scenes that could have easily been cut.
  • The Imitation Game is that Alan Turing movie with Benadryl Cumbersome and Keira Knightley. It focused mainly on the Enigma Machine, but flashed forward and back with stuff about his childhood and his later legal troubles. Cumberbatch really stretches his range by playing a socially inept English genius who everyone dislikes except for one close friend who really believes in him despite all his flaws. Nothing at all like Sherlock. But he is good at that sort of thing, and the movie is very good.
  • It’s Such a Beautiful Day is a cartoon by Don Hertzfeldt that showed up on Netflix. His other stuff I’ve seen has all been quite short, but this is about an hour. It starts off great, with a sequence that dissects a very brief, awkward social encounter. But what I felt like could have been written about me turns out to be about a guy with some sort of terminal illness that’s fucking up his brain, and the whole rest of it gets really weird. Way too weird for me. Like 45 minutes of the parts of Rejected when the animator is losing his mind. Still, I liked that intro quite a bit.
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  1. joseph jeong said, on January 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Re: Imitiation Game. I was underwhelmed; mostly from a story standpoint. I do agree that Cumberbatch was great — in fact, the acting in general was great; but the story was butchered so badly. Hugh Alexander was the only redeeming supporting character — along with Joan Clark, of course — in the movie, and that left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not downplaying Alan Turing’s contributions, but cracking the Enigma code took the efforts of A LOT of people, not just one superhero. I hated how the story was written.


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