2007 Movie Picks (Thus Far)
You shouldn’t write posts like this because they become completely dated in like a month. You’ve seen these brand new movies, heard these brand new songs, or found this awesome brand new technology, but you forget about when you discovered LaserDiscs and you wrote a post about it as if you had discovered gold (of course, you have to assume a ‘blog post’ had been invented at that time – use your imagination, geez). If I followed my own rule, then this post, among pretty much all the rest of my posts, was a bad idea.
I’ll just get right to it. Here’s some recent movies that I highly recommend. The title non-aptly indicates that these movies all came out in 2007, but that might not be true.
Way better than Ocean’s 12, almost as good as Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 13 takes you back into a casino – thank goodness. As I recall, 12 took place in Europe with thieves and diamonds and golden eggs and houses on hydraulic under-water jacks and Julia Roberts playing an actor who was portraying the real Julia Ro – blah, blah, blah. 13 thankfully gets rid of “Tess” (Julia Roberts’ character) and focuses on the banter among Danny’s crew and the inner workings of a state of the art casino in Las Vegas. Pacino is great as the casino owner and gives you someone to hate, which usually makes for a good movie. Go see it! It’s worth the $8.75, unless you’re reading this from one of the coasts, in which case it’s still worth the $20 that you’re gonna spend to see it.
Shrek the Third
Again, way better than Shrek 2, and just as good if not better than Shrek I, Shrek 3 is full to the brim with jokes and satirical situations involving popular characters that Disney loves to make movies about. We get to see what happens when you put Show White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty in a room together. It’s a crazy whirlwind of jealousy-ridden arguments involving fashion and pop culture, and it’s not too different from what happens when you put my wife and her three sisters in a room together. The ginger bread man shines, as does puss ‘n boots, and the dream sequence with Shrek and a bunch of ogre babies is one of the funniest moments in all the Shrek universe. I’m buying this one as soon as I get a chance.
I loved everything about this film – from the look and feel, to the intriguing magic of the story, to the amazing acting and directing. I’ve talked to a lot of people who did not like this film, and I am absolutely not recommending it to kids as it contains a lot of frightening imagery, but I think it is an absolutely excellent movie, and I think that anyone who didn’t like it is shallow and unsophisticated, and I also think I’m ignorant for saying that, but I just don’t care. I’m not going to go into the story too much because I’m waiting on LITS to write a post on it, as Arthur seems like he knows a lot about it (people always think they’re experts when they watch the DVD bonus features). Hint, hint, Arthur – I’ll be looking for your post, and I’ll link to it from this post when you’ve completed it. If you don’t write it, you’ll be letting all my readers down. I’m sorry in advance, my precious readers, if Arthur fails you on this one. I’ve done all I can.
There you have it. If you haven’t seen these flicks, go rent them and watch them in this order: Pan’s Labyrinth, then Shrek the Third, and finally Ocean’s 13. I don’t know why, but that just seems like the right order. You wouldn’t eat cheesecake, then a steak, and finally a lobster bisque would you? Don’t answer that.
Update: Art wrote the post I requested. Thanks, Art!