Archive for July, 2010

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More on Camp: spoilers within

July 25, 2010

The more I think about Camp, the angrier I get. Because it had such potential! Musical numbers! Devious girls! Cabins! Gays! And it just squandered it ALL.

Vlad is not a sympathetic character at all. There’s no mention or punishment for making out with the bitchy blond at the top of the movie, he randomly makes out with the hot black girl… because his friend did? That poor girl didn’t even have more than fifteen lines in the movie. And then Ellen and Michael just forgive him at the end? Dude is PSYCHOLOGICALLY DAMAGED. He is DANGEROOS.

And the original songs make NO SENSE. The numbers from the established plays are great – I, for one, am a great fan of Turkey Lurkey Time, seriously. The scene where Jill repeatedly vomits during “The Ladies Who Lunch” is actually brilliant and probably the best part of the movie. But when they veered into original works, I found my attention veering as well.

And I have no idea how the girl with her jaw wired shut would have sang that song at the end. The directors couldn’t have even heard her do it once in her wired state. And not only did the stage hand cut the wires, evidently, but got rid of ALL her orthodontic work. Having had braces removed, it’s not a quick and easy process, and it HURTS. Her parents should have been PISSED, because that probably cost them a lot of money. I know, I know, they shouldn’t have done it in the first place, but STILL.

On the upside, the movie introduced me to the hotness that is Steven Cutts, so I appreciate it for that.

But really, this just makes me want to watch Saved! and Wet Hot American Summer, instead.

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Movie #16: Camp

July 17, 2010

Viewed via Netflix Movie Viewer

You know, for a movie named CAMP, there was a SEVERE lack of camp. Incomplete story lines, some seriously stilted acting, and songs that kind of made me roll my eyes. Disappointing.

(1 of 5 stars)

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Movie #14: I Am Love

July 11, 2010

Viewed at the Embarcadero Theater with my awesome upstairs neighbors

Eh. I’m tired of movies about how hard it is to be a bored rich housewife. While beautifully shot, it was slow and none of the characters were sympathetic. Tilda Swinton is beautiful. Just thought I’d add that.

(2 of 5 stars)

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Movie #15: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

July 11, 2010

Viewed via Netflix Movie Viewer

Adaptations of books are always tough – there’s so much that has to be cut out, and it can weaken the story. They kept much of the important bits, and it was expertly cast, and I was entertained. I was warned about the violence, but compared to the book, I thought it was super tame.

(4 of 5 stars)

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Movie #13: Micmacs

July 11, 2010

Viewed at the Embarcadero Theater

Oh so charming. Very typical Jeunet, and I happen to like that. Not necessarily the strongest plot, but a very enjoyable experience.

(4 of 5 stars)

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Movie #12: True Stories

July 11, 2010

Viewed via Netflix Movie Viewer, in bed

I’m not sure if this should count, since I’ve seen it before, but it’s been at least 10 if not 15 years since I’ve seen it. It has completely held up and I still love it to death. Quirky without being cutesy. And the soundtrack. Sigh. So great.

(5 of 5 stars)

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Read 20 books – 6 month update!

July 9, 2010

Since January 1st, I’ve read 15 books, so barring some sort of horrible eye injury, I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it. A list:
1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
2. The Final Solution
3. Eat, Pray, Love
4. Good Omens
5. After the Quake
6. The Secret Life of Bees
7. The Girl Who Played With Fire
8. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
9. Case Histories: A Novel
10. A Common Pornography
11. The Lovely Bones
12. An Abundance of Katherines
13. Dance, Dance, Dance
14. Water for Elephants
15. Norwegian Wood