Archive for the ‘Random’ Category

That’s no moon.

July 29, 2007

Post title has nothing to do with post content. Ask your doctor if Frothy Ruminations is right for you.

So apparently there’s this big, super-sekrit movie coming out in January from JJ Abrahms, the guy who’s behind Lost and is involved with the new Star Trek movie, whenever it comes out. Anyway, the plot’s under wraps, the cast is under a gag order, and the damn thing’s not even titled yet. But they have geeks working on a viral marketing campaign, so the trailer’s been released. You have to check out this trailer. The movie might be a bomb, but I like the concept. The trailer, if nothing else, is pretty frightening, which is probably exactly what they’re shooting for…

Next, The Times Online (that would be the London Times, you revolting colonies) has a piece on the top 50 movie robots. Big surprise? How about C-3P0 (not C3-PO) at number 45? 45? It’s C-3P0! He’ll talk your ass off! C’mon, he has to rank higher. Has to.

And in case you haven’t seen this yet, here’s JK Rowling talking about what happens to the HP characters after the final Harry Potter book. Note: Spoilers abound for Book 7. Do not click this if you haven’t read the last book and do plan to

Here’s an idiotic article from ABC News about Coreys Haim and Feldman. Over and over, I’m reading that these two nimrods were “pioneers” in the field of being a child star, that they “have been called the original child stars …” Wha? These two dorks were popular in the 1980s. Does ABC believe no films were made, starring kids, before then? What about Tatum O’Neal? 1970s. Let’s go back further! How about Bobby Driscoll, the star of Treasure Island and Song of the South, who died of a drug overdose in 1968? There have been a LOT of child stars gone wrong over the years – to say these knuckleheads are the first is asinine.

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Do you have something to say?

July 5, 2007

I’m always looking for people to add content to this site. Would you like to tell us about a movie you’ve recently seen (home or theater)? Can you string some sentences together? Do you know what a noun is?

The length is flexible (I think I made a pun there), although we’re looking for a minimum of three full paragraphs – What this movie is about, What I thought about this movie, and a Conclusion. That sort of thing. (That structure? Also flexible. Lot of flexibility around here.)

 If you’re interested, drop me a line in the comments here.

Snax!

June 30, 2007

Who loves movie food? Some of you must. The concession stand has evolved quite a bit over the years. Here’s a great Slate article on it.

Time was, I’d go to the stand first thing and get something, even if it was only a soda. But I can’t remember the last time I bought food at a movie theater. I don’t even bring any in. Why, that would be wrong. Hey, that stuff’s not cheap! Buy a candy bar in the store, and it’s say $1; buy it in the movie theater, and somehow it’s not $4.

Of course, theaters get a good portion of their profits from the concession stand. I’d always thought, in fact,that theaters made almost all of their profit from the stands, meaning that they really relied on the candy to pay their bills. But the Slate article says that percentage is more like 40%; a good portion, of course, but they’re still making plenty of money on the actual film.

I mean, look, nearly all of those theaters are run by corporations, so their earnings and losses are spread over all of the locations – a big company like Loew’s can withstand a loss in concession pretty easily. Plus, the candy prices and the ticket prices are both pretty high nowadays; if you have to choose one, obviously the ticket price is going to win. You can always eat after the movie.

Besides, I always feel guilty about it. The movie is usually a couple hours long. If I can’t go without food for that long, I have a problem. Plus, sitting in one place is bad enough for your health, but I need to shovel down sugary and fatty crap the whole time? No wonder American consumers have such an image problem with the rest of the world, that of fat people who are fat by choice. We’re a fairly well-off society for the most part, and everyone else sees rich chubby jerks who throw trash all over the place. Sure, it’s not always an accurate image, but still. I don’t want to contribute to it if I can avoid it, so I go without.

Nothing new

June 20, 2007

It’s not much, but I tried to make things a little easier to find on the Frothy page.

Right under the About part of the page, you can find a link to all of the reviews on the site (that is, no posts about lists or Oscars and whatnot), followed by ratings-specific links. That is, my ratings, not the MPAA’s ratings. There are links to movies I’ve rated at **** (awesome!) down to * (crap). Click on the link, and you’ll get reviews of movies with that rating.

Movie-A-Minute

March 29, 2007

What’s that? You don’t have time to watch movies? Boy, have I got a site for you to try. Movie-A-Minute, brought to you by the fine folks at RinkWorks, condenses select movies for you to save you the trouble.

Here’s a wonderful example, the condensed version of Speed:
 

Dennis Hopper
I will blow up the elevator.

Keanu Reeves
Oh no. Not the elevator. (saves elevator)

Dennis Hopper
I will blow up the bus.

Keanu Reeves
Oh no. Not the bus. (saves bus)

Dennis Hopper
I will blow up the subway.

Keanu Reeves
Oh no. Not the subway. (saves subway)

THE END

Old reviews

January 15, 2007

When I was in college lo those many years ago, I wrote a brief column that reviewed new-to-video releases. (Told you I’d been doing this a while.) Recently, I came across some of those old reviews on – get this, kids – a floppy disk. I’m going to put them on the site here, mostly just for posterity. But of course you should feel free to offer commentary on them. (Not you, spammers.)

I’ll give a prize to  the best commenter. The prize will be an invisible, mute goat.

Anyway, just a heads up so you don’t wonder why there are suddenly “new” reviews dated 1996…

First movie ever!

January 13, 2007

Ok, not the first movie EVER, like the one that Edison swiped to make his short movie. Nah, I’m talking about your first movie, the first one you saw in the theater. Or, if you’re like way young.. the first one you saw, period.

I know not many people read this thing, let alone comment on it, but there’re some of you out there, wandering in like so many tumbleweeds. So let me put the question to you: If you remember it, what was the first movie you saw, whether in the theater or elsewhere? What was the theater like?

For me, the first movie was Bambi. No, I didn’t see it during its first run, in 1942. But I did see it in the theater in January 1988. January 29, 1988, to be precise, because I have the weird habit of saving my ticket stubs. The theater was the Marlton 8 in Marlton, New Jersey – a theater that’s still there, come to think of it. It’s part of a chain, of course, but it hasn’t been absorbed by other chains, which I suppose is good.

I remember that the reason I saw Bambi in the theater was that I actually took a girl. Like, almost on a date, even. And we saw Bambi in particular because this girl was, at the time, in the midst of a fairly strict religious upbringing. Even then I liked movies, so I was amenable to different ones. That is, it didn’t matter to me what we saw.

Bambi, of course, was pretty cool, for what it was.

Pee, pee, pee on a movie

November 16, 2006

Defamer has an interesting post about a mad scary trend: advertisements at the bottom of urinals. Oh, but not only are there ads, they TALK. They speaketh at you whilst you whizz on them – go see our film, they whine. And you stand there, whizzing away, because you have no choice – those Coronas went right through you.

Read the post there and you’ll see there are plans to put the talking ads in toilet seats, too. That’s right, ladies, you’re not getting away that easy.

But, see, this is only the beginning. Movie ads? Pfft. Old news already. Next, you’ll see ads for all kinds of products. Imagine sitting there, doing your bidness, and you hear a voice telling you to buy Charmin brand toilet paper. Or a pleasant lil imploring you to switch to their brand of douche. Hey, it’s possible. It’s more than possible. It’s coming.

Borat banned in Russia! Noez!

November 10, 2006

Surprise! Russian government bans Borat. I think it’s nice that they want to emulate the U.S. Okay, that’s not entirely fair, since we haven’t banned Borat, but we do have a reputation for not tolerating potentially “offensive” movies.

Clive Barker to write new, big-budget Hellraiser I remember watching the first and third ones, but not the eleventy-four since then. Suppose it’s good news that Barker’s involved again, and considering that the current trend is big-budget horror, this seems like a can’t miss.

Premiere Magazine’s Top 100 Performances Because we all love lists, don’t we? Sure we do.

And last but not least, how about a guide to Hollywood accents?

Great lines and medical attention

November 2, 2006

Awesome story on movie lines, good and bad, can be found here.

I’d forgotten Dr. Evil’s line: You’re the margarine of evil. You’re the Diet Coke of evil. Just one calorie, not evil enough.” Rock on, Dr. Evil. Or man up, or whatever. Coolest faux-evil dude ever.

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You know, back in the day movie theaters would issue warnings before certain movies, such as no one would be seated five minutes after the show began, or people would be asked to sign a waiver in the event that they were scared half to death. Thought that was all a load of bunk, huh? Thought the studios were just trying a quaint way of promoting their crappy movie, huh?

Get a load of this!

Feeds!

October 28, 2006

Just a little info for those not in the know.

The URL for the feed is https://frothy.wordpress.com/feed/. If you use Opera as a browser (perhaps Firefox, too, but I’m not sure), if you click on that URL and say yes, the feed will be added to the Opera Feeds list, which you can access via the browser menu.

If you  want to add it to My Yahoo, you click on Add Content on the My Yahoo page and then Add RSS by URL. Slap in the URL, and it’ll be added to the My Yahoo page.

(This probably is the same procedure for other RSS readers, but I don’t have others …)

Also, if you have a LiveJournal account, there’s now a LJ feed for this site: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/frothyrum/. (Yes, “frothyrum.” Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?)

Finally, a not-happy word about movie audiences. It’s become somewhat cliche now to whine about audiences, especially their inherent rudeness and such. So I don’t want to dwell on the issue, but I did want to note a problem I ran into during last night’s debable (i.e., watching The Departed).

People often talk during movies. I accept that. It’s annoying, but usually it’s just people whispering or muttering stuff to their buddies. Not last night’s crowd, though; no, they had to talk out loud, in a normal conversation voice. And it wasn’t just stuff like “Wow, did you see that?” No, it was repetition of the line the onscreen actor just said, or it was of the “OMG he just cussed!” stripe. People inexplicably guffawed at what were supposed to be dramatic, tension-filled scenes, making for an unpleasant experience.

Why do people do this? I know, I know, they paid their $10 and now think they can do whatever they want. Not true. They’re not at home and therefore should afford a bare minimum of consideration for everyone else. This ain’t Rocky Horror, people. Did you know some of us don’t want to hear you speak?

How well do you know these movies?

September 20, 2006

http://www.empireonline.com/features/howwelldoyouknow/

You have to register, but give ’em fake address info and you’ll be set. There are miniquizzes for such films as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aliens, and The Big Lebowski. But these aren’t run-of-the-mill trivia questions; to get ’em all right, I think you have to be really steeped in the mystique, not just a casual fan. Which means, of course, that I plumb sucked at ’em.

Give me something to write on, man

July 14, 2006

All of the old IMDb reviews, including many that weren’t on MovieMansion, are now on this site. If you go to the main page, you can scroll down to see each reviewed/blurbed movie.

But our work is not yet done, is it?

List up to five (5) movies for which I’ve not done a review or blurb. I’ll blurbify them. There are some 2300 to choose from, so it shouldn’t be too tough on you.

Luckily, there aren’t a lot of people reading this blog, so this won’t be too tough on me, either. 🙂

Hodge-podge potpourri

May 12, 2006

I always used to like the category “Potpourri” on Jeopardy. I imagined a series of tough “answers” about sweet-smelling items of interest. On a contary note, though, here are some random movie thoughts.

1. George Lucas sucks. I mean, he’s a genius and all, but seriously, what an…. um.. ill-mannered gent. Why, you ask? Because the umpteenth version of the original Star Wars trilogy is being released on DVD. Yeah, another one! So there have been widescreen releases, laserdiscs, special editions, super-duper special editions, limited editions, and deluxe collector’s edition special edition editions. Ewok poop not included. I mean, it’s one thing to bring out new versions of your old crap, but shouldn’t said versions have substantive differences in them?

2. Turns out that thoery about Tom Cruise losing female fans might not have been completely wacky, as the Missioin: Impossible III box office was a mite lower than had been anticipated. Which is fine; I have no idea if the movie’s any good (I’ve heard good stuff about it, though), but I don’t quite like Tom the Person much (i.e., annoying, obnoxious, slick, brainwasher, etc.).

3. You know who’s a great, fun actor? Ian McKellen. Here’s a guy who plays Very Bad Guys like Magneto in the X-Men movies and Very Good Guys like Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movies. This summer, he’s a Good Guy in The Da Vinci Code. He’s flawless, bringing no small amount of class and charisma to every role he inhabits.

4. New to DVD this week is Munich, Steven Spielberg’s film about the assassinations of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games. Highly recommended.

5. On the other hand, Poseidon doesn’t really look all that.. interesting. If you’ve seen the original, there’s apparently no compelling reason to watch this thing, although it should be more satisfying than the TV movie. Which is a shame, because director Wolfgang Petersen did such luminous aquatic spectacles as Das Bootand The Perfect Storm.

Not that you shouldn’t watch Poseidon, of course, especially if you catch it on the big screen. Many movies are just plain better on the large screen, particularly action movies.

Metapost: Name change

May 9, 2006

For a while, I was going by the tagline “We watch ’em so you don’t have to.” Quite original, right? Sure. This morning, I did a Google search on “so you don’t have to” and found that it’s used millions of times. Millions!

So, since I also wanted a distinct name for the blog part of things (that’s this page), I decided to come up with something new.

The blog’s now called Frothy Ruminations. Frothy because I’m sometimes frothing at the mouth at stupid movies. Ruminations because, well, they’re thoughts, and “ruminations” sounds quite elegant.

It’s possible that someday I’ll change the name of the whole shebang. But not now. No, now I’m going to ruminate.

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Got a bunch of blockbuster sequel movies coming up this summer, don’t we? There’s Superman, X-Men, Pirates of the Caribbean, probably others. There’s always a group of people who rail against BIG MOVIES, as if their mere existence was responsible for the downfall of culture as we know it. Silly, I say! There are just some movies that look better on the big screen, and most of those happen to be blockbustery. Just because everyone likes it doesn’t mean the movie’s crappy.

Sometimes it does, though. Apparently M:I-3 didn’t do well at all at ye olde boxe office. Hmm. Note to self – do not jump on couches before premiere of MM:TM.

Flight 93 and miscellany

May 8, 2006

I can’t watch United 93, at least not yet. I have no doubt it’s outstanding, moving, gripping, and sensitive. I’m sure it’s not crass or exploitative in the least. I mean, the backlash would be enormous, and the movie’d likely wind up a huge PR disaster. So I assume it’s tasteful and all that.

But I just can’t watch it. It’s just too soon for me, I think. It took me a few years to even watch The Towering Inferno, and that wasn’t even a depiction of the WTC attacks. So seeing these recent attacks in their original context might be a bit too much.

It’s worth noting that plenty of critics so far are extremely laudatory of United 93.

*****

On a more pedestrian and pleasant note, I have three movies at home to watch, but I won’t get to them until next week, I suspect. I have Hostel, Shopgirl, and Aeon Flux. Anyone seen these?