Monday, August 14, 2006

As life gaily sails by...

...I've been watching stuff. Stuff like this.

Cars - Finally got around to seeing this. Even though this is the weakest Pixar movie so far, the quality of Pixar's animation still puts all other comers to shame. This is a GORGEOUS movie. It's too long and too slow, and there's a ridiculous song in the middle, and the story has an extremely irritating "everything was better way back when" moral to it, but it's still a decent enough movie. And while I and others have joked about it in the past, the movie's plot is seriously lifted straight from Doc Hollywood. Only without the nudity.

Talladega Nights - Yes, two NASCAR movies in one week. This movie's really funny, and is a lot less squirrely than Anchorman, though just like that film it feels cobbled together from all the best improv-ed bits, with a lot cut out. Surely Amy Adams had some scene where she actually did something, right? I mean before she shows up again. But a really funny movie. I'm glad there's something other than gross-out comedies anymore.

Life on Mars - I came home one day this weekend to find Paul, Emory and Leslie watching an episode of this BBC series. After a while I said "Hey, that one cop looks like the 70's." And then Paul explained that the high-concept of the show is that the main character was a cop from our time but woke up in the 70's only to find that he was still a cop only the police back then regularly beat confessions out of suspects and didn't know what forensics is. Oh, and the main character might be dreaming it all while he's in a coma. "Man," I said. "That is HIGH CONCEPT." Seemed like a decent enough show. I just wanted to tell y'all the premise, really.

Deadwood - Last night's episode was rad. That's really all I have to say about it. Also, last night I dreamed I was in the season finale of Deadwood. A lot of people got shot, including surprise guest star Richard Hatch. My dreams are stupid.


Anonymous Frank said...

It's worth noting that even though Cars doesn't feature the Doc Hollywood skinny-dipping, full-frontal nudity scene, it does feature that shot where Car Owen Wilson watches Car Bonnie Hunt drive in slow motion past a waterfall, which I think largely serves the same purpose.

Life on Mars isn't THAT high-concept! It's just Peggy Sue Got Married: The Cop Show.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

To me, "Cars" and "Talladega Nights" had one more thing in common beside the car thing .. they both dragged to a screeching halt in the middle ... I liked "Talladega" more, I think, simply because Sasha Baron Cohen was so friggin funny as the French Jeff Gordon

3:34 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

due to Sunday Night Migraine Time, I had to watch Deadwood last night. Let me tell you, it was DEEEELIGHTFUL. I am going to be very sad when it's over. It's just so f'in great.
I love when Swearengin is on his balcony and he yells over to Hearst---"Just passin' wind!"

HAAAA. brilliant.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous WhatUpThen said...

Hey, why did you get rid of the Questionable Content link? I just wonder because your blog introduced me to that comic and I think it's fantastic. Have a good one!

3:25 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Perhaps you are thinking of this post? I don't think I ever had QC in the sidebar because, uh, I was never that big a fan. But I can hardly begrudge bringing joy to someone's life, no matter how inadvertently.

9:27 AM  

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