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So Wet and Hot this Summer

I’m a lover of farce. Perhaps it’s the kid in me, or my resistance to aging. Whatever it is, I like it. If you can’t laugh at silly shit, you suck.

I spotted Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix just as my epic Friends binge was coming to an end. And thank goodness because there’s nothing worse than trudging aimlessly through so many inaccurately rated films and TV series. I’m willing to try (almost) everything once, so I decided to watch the pilot episode.

It was—um—bizarre. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I was in total Netflix purgatory. Fence-sitting, questioning whether I should stay or go. I know you’ve been there before. Oh what a dilemma.

I decided I would keep my distance for a couple of days. You know, to gather my thoughts, really contemplate what it was that I wanted out of this whole thing. Was I willing to commit? Or were my indecisiveness and lack of immediate enthusiasm signs of what would soon become a stale affair?

The following day I found I could stay as far away from Netflix as possible, but I could not stop thinking about the series. Thoughts of it swelled up in my head, until I just couldn’t hold it in anymore. So I brought it up in conversation. And I am ever so glad I did.

The series was a prequel to a movie that had come out in 2001. It seems Wet Hot American Summer, the movie, did not do too well at the time. Farce as it may be, perhaps people found it too goofy, too silly. Maybe people were still shaken up by the Y2K fiasco. Maybe our society has since evolved into having a better sense of humor. Maybe people aren’t as uptight? Were we uptight before? I don’t know I was only 16. And let’s be honest, I didn’t even know the movie existed.

No, I think what’s most fascinating about the series is that it casts the same actors it did 14 years ago. Think about that: A prequel airing 14 years later with the same actors. A prequel. Um, fuck yeah that’s pretty cool.

Oh, by the way, the movie covers in 97 minutes all the events that happen on the last day of camp. And yes, as the title suggests, the series covers the first day of camp in eight episodes.

And—with such an awesome cast, I would typically sit here and list who you can expect to see, but fuck that. You’ve got reason enough to watch it. Let the cast be an added bonus that you can see for yourself.

So yeah, I’m a lover of farce. For that fact alone I have enjoyed watching Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. If you’re intrigued, watch the movie first. Then go and watch the series and see how things fall into place.

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My First Film Review: Slumdog Millionaire

Mixing wit and romance, “Slumdog Millionaire” proves to be a well-rounded story of survival, of overcoming obstacles in unfortunate circumstances to find a love that was once lost. Director Danny Boyle (“28 Days Later” and “Trainspotting”) and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (“The Full Monty”) come together and manage to create a film depicting the brutal experiences in the life of an orphaned child growing up in the slums of Mumbai while managing to keep the film lighthearted with its witty dialogue and humorous tone.

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Based on the novel by Vikas Swarup, this drama is based on Jamal Malik, played by Dev Patel (also in the 2007 British series “Skins”), a young boy from Mumbai. Jamal grew up in the slums, but he somehow manages to end up on India’s very own version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?—answering question after question correctly at that.

The film opens up with Jamal sitting in the “hot seat” with the show’s host making small talk, asking him where he is from and where he works. Upon discovering that Jamal is merely a chai wallah who serves tea at a call center, he pokes fun at the idea that this young man could possibly win the full lot of money—20 million rupee. Questions come and go, and the terrified Jamal has only used one “lifeline.” Suspicions of cheating are raised and, during the TV show’s overnight break, Jamal is tortured in interrogation to discover how he might know all the answers to the questions being given to him. The detective interrogating him cannot understand how Jamal could answer a question in reference to an American one hundred dollar bill but that he cannot correctly answer a question in reference to their own country without consulting the audience. Most of all, no one can understand what this “slumdog” wants with 20 million rupee, since it seems his motivation is not the money after all. The detective discovers this as well as he listens to Jamal’s story throughout the interrogation.

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Blue Is the Warmest, So Hot

And when I say “hot,” I’m not referring to the six-minute long sex scene. In fact, I don’t care to talk about that–though I assure you, it is very sexy and quite intense.

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I refuse to discuss the controversy behind this film. I won’t go over the drama between director Abdellatif Kechiche and one of the leading ladies, Lea Seydoux. Because the truth is, none of these things are what made the film such a success.

Thinking back on Blue Is the Warmest Color, the word “raw” comes to mind. I nearly forgot Adèle Exarchopoulos and Seydoux were acting. Kechiche uses close ups to draw you in to every moment and every emotion. He especially loves to focus on lead actress Exarchopoulos’ mouth, which could alone possibly win an award–with every bite she took and every sob she let out, her lips were the center of my attention.

The film, originally titled La vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2, tells the story of Adèle, how she comes to meet Emma, and what happens thereafter they begin a romance. The story beautifully told and the scenes beautifully shot, if you can appreciate true art in film form, you must go watch this.

*There is a final screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque tonight! Get your tickets here.

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It’s a Disaster Is Really Not

Stumbled upon this indie work of art on Netflix, and I’m ever so glad I did.

It's a Disaster

The darkly humorous shot with which the movie opens immediately sets the tone for what you’re about to experience. Then, it introduces you to a cast of frustrating characters in an array of awkward moments and situations. In the background, the subtle sound of police and rescue vehicle sirens blare, and no one (maybe not even you at first) notices because they’re so engulfed in their “disastrous” lives. And yet, you find yourself loving these characters for the messes that they are.

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Anticipating the World’s End

If you are not a fan of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost duo, leave now. Actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
We are not of the same kind.

However, if you are, you will share in my excitement in anticipating their new upcoming film, The World’s End (in theaters August 23rd).

Both Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright previously wrote Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. With this latest film, they’ll be wrapping up the trilogy, telling the story of five long-time friends who have reunited after 20 years to complete the ultimate pub crawl!

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Carrie, 1976 & Now

Who doesn’t know the name Carrie?

Brian de Palma‘s adaptation of the Stephen King novel was released as a feature film in 1976, starring Sissy Spacek who scared the bejeezus out of us with those crazy eyes. Picture 5

Since then, there have been other releases: a sequel, a made-for-TV film, and even a broadway musical–none of which I can rave about. But this October, another adaptation is set to be released in theaters, and this time Chloë Grace Moretz gets to sport the pig’s blood.

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In this latest adaptation…

  • Definitely better effects. Duh! I mean, just compare the two trailers.
  • More of Carrie White as well. Her thoughts, her feelings.
  • More telekinesis.

And in regards to the leading lady–
I love her, but might she be too cute (too pretty even) to play the part? I’m not sure she can creep me out the way Sissy still can.

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Mixed Feelings for Now You See Me

large_jNPvwlt6h6Gm4jdRbfzyYjgHpVbCan I just say– don’t you absolutely love that feeling you get when you sit down in a movie theater and brace yourself for the experience you have been waiting for since the first time you saw the movie’s trailer a couple of months ago? It’s a combination of a couple of feelings actually: excitement, the idea that this movie might be one hell of a ride; and nervousness, accepting you might be walking out of there feeling deeply disappointed.

In some cases, it’s a risk worth taking, and it seemed to be so with Now You See Me, since (although the title didn’t impress me) the trailer immediately piqued my interest.

The mystery behind every illusion is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Throw in crime and conflict, and you’ve got an entertaining story on your hands. I usually keep as quiet as a mouse while watching a movie, out of respect to my fellow audience members and to the film itself. But this ride was too good not to occasionally exclaim, “Whoa,” “Oh shit,” and “Awesome!” 

Nonetheless, entertaining as it was, the film left me with mixed feelings.
**[Slight] SPOILER ALERT**

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Down to Disconnect

Disconnect is about a group of people who have lived engrossed in the technology of their digitally-riddled world and are now struggling to find human connection.

Sounds like a Lifetime movie, right? There’s an interesting, universal theme about how we take our lives for granted, living in a darkness among materialistic obsessions– a society that praises the value of a car over the value of a friendship. Hey, I’m not preaching. This is the kind of message so many made-for-TV movies attempt to deliver, and in the cheesiest way.

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Gimme Gimme Man of Steel!

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The first trailer had piqued my interest, and the second one showed there’s a good chance Christopher Nolan will deliver the same depth he gave us in The Dark Knight. And now this one…

Trailer #3 gives a deeper look into who, besides the very handsome (and talented) Henry Cavill, we’ll be seeing in Man of Steel. 

First–
The effects look promising!
This might be a good chance for me to visit an IMAX theater for the first time. Yeah baby!

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Savages, the Ultimate Libido-Enhancer

This movie is absolute lady-porn!

Savages (2012)

Oliver Stone’s film, based on Don Winslow’s novel, features two lead pot-growers in California– Chon (played by Taylor Kitsch), a rugged bad boy with PTSD, and Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a sensitive botanist with a desire to make a difference in the world. And right in the middle of these sexy men is O (Blake Lively), the girlfriend they share.

Where can I get a sweet deal like that?
Well, except for the part where O is kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel. But that’s just a small price to pay to live with two handsome men in paradise and at the mercy of their sexual appetites.

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