Best Movies, February 2013

Life of PiLife of PiLife of Pi.  (Self wants to see this one again, which hasn’t happened to her since Midnight in Paris)

Next:  Warm BodiesWarm BodiesWarm Bodies.

Next Next:  Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook.

Yet to See:  Amour (Anthony Lane of The New Yorker says it has “a sense of foreboding” that is “clear and encompassing . . .  more so, in fact, because the only villain is time, and the only fault of the victims is to grow old.” Self saw Haneke’s earlier film, “The White Ribbon,” which drips with dread and community guilt and shame, so she can well imagine what a joyous two-hour romp in the theater she will have watching this.  Nevertheless . . .  )

Thinking more about Warm Bodies and that performance by Nicholas Hoult:  the only reason there is not more heat in the end is that —  gulp!  —  Teresa Palmer underplays her role to the point of (almost) vacuity.  If that had been Jennifer Lawrence . . .   Nevertheless, self loved the way Palmer wielded her shotgun in the early scenes.

SPOILER ALERT:

Next question:  Why is R seated by himself in the backseat, happily bleeding, while Julie and her father exchange loving glances, etc as if no one exists except each other?  Are the two not aware that there is a man bleeding in the back seat?

OK so R is happy he is bleeding because it means he can feel pain, and to feel anything is to be human.  I understand that part.  But doesn’t being human also mean being more concerned?  And, this is no ordinary person in the back seat, this is — R,  the hero of our story!  If a passerby can feel sympathy for M because his “zombie fingers” have difficulty opening an umbrella, what more the victim of a gunshot wound?  Who is bleeding all over the back seat?  Shouldn’t Juliet and her father at least be telling R to lie down, or keep pressure on the wound, or something of that sort?  Or is R still a zombie, and thus he can never die or bleed out?  Self finds all of this terribly confusing.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

“Delicate Little Flower Like You” : Justified 4.5

BWAH HA HA moments:

Surly dishwater blonde sitting in cop car, to Raylan:  “I can’t tell you, mah Daddy’s gonna kick mah ass!”

Raylan:  “Delicate little flower like you?  Who would DO such a thing?”

Of course, Wan Dishwater Blonde ends up delivering the info.  Raylan indicates he’ll go investigate the lead.  As he’s walking away, he throws back over his shoulder to the cop and the girl:  “Both of ya keep your clothes on.”

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Raylan to Boyd Crowder:  “You know he sends his daughter to steal copper wire so she can pay for her own braces.” (Referring to the person he’s been hunting for at least the last two episodes:  Drew Thompson)

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Cousin Mary:  “You’re looking for Drew Thompson.  (Reaches over and grips Raylan’s shoulder)  You’re on the wrong hill.”

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Other highlights of this episode:

  • Winona appears, prettily pregnant.  She’s just parked and is entering her doctor’s waiting room.  Lo and behold, Raylan’s there ahead of her!  They exchange some very heartwarming conversation.  Raylan gets a text and leaves.
  • A suit sitting right next to Wynn Duffy gets his head blown off by a NEW Evil Person.
  • Grade B Gerard Depardieu is still looking for Ella May.  Engages Deputy Marshall Tim Gutterson in conversation which seems amiable but sets self’s skin to crawling.  Self’s interior monologue went like so:  “Get away from him, Tim!  He’s EVIL!  Don’t let him get any closer!”  Luckily, Raylan’s nonchalant self descends a hill and hails Tim before the other man has an opportunity to engage in any funny business.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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