Quick Takes – 09.04.11

Mad Max (1979)

Grade: A- | 1st Viewing

I had never seen this cult classic and thought I needed to before interviewing Evan Glodell since his film Bellflower was so clearly influenced by Mad Max. During that interview I brought up something I found interesting about the difference between the two movies and time periods wherein they were made. Mel Gibson was about the same age as Glodell and his co-stars when the two movies were made, but there is a natural masculinity built in to Mel Gibson’s performance while Glodell’s character is more sensitive. It’s hard to say if the difference is simply generational or if it has to do with the fact that their characters act out of different motivations.

The most credit for Mad Max’s success belongs to the stunt team and their phenomenal work in the car chases, fight scenes, etc. There was really a gritty sense of hopelessness that wouldn’t have been so believable if there wasn’t a genuine feeling that the characters (and actors) might actually die.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to His Son About His Father (2008)

Grade: A | 3rd Viewing

It had been so long since I had seen this film I had somehow forgotten all about the devastating ending. I don’t know why anyone would subject themselves to this tragic story more than once. Needless to say, I was once again reduced to a blubbering baby.

The best way to see this movie is to know as little possible going in. If you haven’t seen it, it is on Watch Instantly and I recommend you do it. You will definitely understand why people shouldn’t watch it more than once/

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  • Asif Khan

    1. Moon – B-
    2. Dr. Strangelove – A-
    3. Memento – A
    4. 2001 : A Space Odyssey – A-
    5. Terms Of Endearment – A
    6. Magnolia – B+

  • I’m currently in “Sons of Anarchy” catch-up mode (as well as extremely busy with a lot of other stuff), so I only got the chance to see one film this week.

    “Bull Durham” – A-

    This film is much funnier if you’re a baseball fan (even a casual one like me), but just about anyone can enjoy it. Performances are stellar (from Costner in particular), and it’s just plain enjoyable.

  • Jose

    Rear Window
    1st viewing
    In a word: Badass
    A+

    Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    1st Viewing
    It’s lovely, but I didn’t find it memorable. And Keira Knightly was just ok, sure it was probably her best performance to date, but I couldn’t help but feel that someone could’ve done it better.
    B

    Oh, and in film history class we watched a few Nickelodeons:
    A Trip to the Moon, which I found to be delightful

    The Great Train Robbery, which was fun

    And The Girl and Her Trust, which was just ok.

  • Prizzi’s Honor: B- Very overrated. The best two words to describe it are awkward and boring. Even Jack Nicholson couldn’t save it.

    American Pie: A- Believe it or not, it was actually very funny. The movies it inspired were all bad, but the original is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.

  • @Greg – Agree. ‘Bull Durham’ is a classic. I think next Spring I’m going to do a baseball movies marathon.

    @Brandon Cooley – I’ve never actually seen any of the ‘American Pie’ movies. I just assumed they were bad.

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