This Weekend’s Entertainment

I chose to rent four movies to watch this weekend.  I had previously seen none of these films, but I had long wanted to.

The first movie I watched was American Psycho, not bad, though I must be massively desensitized, because I didn’t find the movie overly gory or overly sexual.  Maybe that was just supposed to be the book.

The second movie I watched was Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.  Very cool, amusing, and overall entertaining.  Definitely more upbeat than the first movie.

Those are the movies I watched yesterday.

Today, I watched π for the first time. Cool. I need to watch it six or seven more times, I suspect, to fully get it.  It’s a darn good movie…

But…

I now find myself ever so glad that I saved the fourth movie for last.

I suspect that Ocean’s Twelve should be adequately mindless to bring me down from the high that was π.

Actually, I suspected this would happen.

Must see The Fountain.

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~ by truth9 on March 25, 2007.

13 Responses to “This Weekend’s Entertainment”

  1. Well, having now watched Ocean’s Twelve I can say this: wow, that was disappointing. The first one was fun, silly, and nciely thought out, This one… not so much on any of those. Darn.

    Still, it let my brain stop after π.

  2. re: American Psycho. when i saw it in the theater, i laughed and laughed. mostly at the same parts of the film that corresponded well with the book i.e. the business card showdown. the film was okay, Bale did a great job with what could have been a completely over-acted role.

    got to you through tag surfing.

  3. Seriously? You got here through tag surfing? I didn’t think that I had any tags interesting enough for that. Fascinating.

    Anyways, welcome.

    I’m afraid that I have not read Ellis’ book, so I have no basis of comparison for the movie. I did find it funnier than the supposedly comedic Ocean’s Twelve, though. And I agree that Bale was excellent in the role. At first I thought that I would be seeing another straight-faced Batman type performance, but no, there was some well acted variation in the role.

  4. Hurray for π! I’m glad you liked it. Gotta love Lenny Meyer. “Heyhey, MAX! It’s me! Lenny Meyer!” And Sol. If you still have the film, I highly recommend the commentary tracks of both Sean Gulette and Mr. Aronofsky.

    And yes, “American Psycho: the book” is much more gory, and there are a few more album digressions along the same lines as Huey Lewis and the News.

  5. in my hurry to comment previously, i overlooked Pi. i loved that movie. Gulette takes a good turn in Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream” as well.

    tag surfing, it’s what’s for lunch.

  6. Yeah, π was some good stuff, but I know I missed a lot. I suspect my powers of concentration aren’t at their peak right now. To be honest though, Gulette’s performance did delve into the melodramatic in a few of the speaking scenes, but both his voiceover and physical work were very well done.

    And how did I know that you, of all the people I know, had read Ellis’ work?

    I haven’t seen “Requiem for a Dream” yet, but I want to. Actually, when I went into the video store, I was looking for those two films specifically. I eventually found π in the horror section, but the other I didn’t see. I still haven’t completely figured out the organizational scheme in my local rental place. Plus, you know, most of the titles are in Japanese and are often different from the North American titles. It makes things challenging. Fortunately, the DVDs all have English language tracks.

  7. Well, I owned π for a few years and even today I could probably still watch it twice back to back and fully enjoy it. I’ve seen it between twenty-five to fifty times. I agree with the melodramatic critique but the performance of the supporting roles make up for it.

    Hmmm…why did I even purchase American Psycho? It was second-hand and I was interested in psychology/insanity at the time (my first first year at A. B. U.). I’ve also read Ellis’ first novel, Less Than Zero, but that’s it. The adaptation of American Psycho is pretty faithful conceptually but a lot was left out for the sake of an R rating I imagine.

    Requiem. Another disturbing adaptation. I’d argue that the book is more powerful than the movie but I’d suggest that that’s my bias of literature over film. Selby writes in a run-on sentence type of style. At least that’s what you feel at first but as you go on he gets a hold of you and won’t let go.

    It’s a strange experience.

  8. Ocean’s Twelve was suitably mindless. A big dissapointment when compared to the first, both plotwise and joie de vive. It just seemed they tried TOO hard. I blame Soderburgh and Clooney for that to be honest. The rest of them really just phoned in their parts. And despite all this, I still have hope for Ocean’s 13.

    As for American Psycho, and agree that the book was more gory but even then I found it was never all that gratuitous. The violence all had some sort of point. Maybe I’m the one that’s desensitized. No more FPS games for me or I’ll be up in the clocktower with my sniper rifle next week.

  9. As for the other two. I liked confessions. It was smart and funny and kitschy all at the same time and so absurdly plausible that you just had to have fun. I liked it and Matchstick Men solely for Rockwell’s performance in both. I haven’t seen Pi though so I have no comment there.

  10. Or did I mean plausibly absurd… crap I don’t even know anymore. Pick whichever one makes more sense to you. 🙂

  11. Yup, Ocean’s Twelve was suitably mindless, but inadequately entertaining. Darn. Yet I too hold out hope for the next one.

    Greg, you have got to watch π, I know that you’d enjoy it, twisted, intelligent, and metaphysical as it is.

    I’ll go with absurdly plausible. It makes more sense.

    You’ve watched π 25-50 times? Seriously? Yikes. That’s probably more times than I watched any two movies, even Army of Darkness & The Princess Bride.

    As I understand it, the cut of American Psycho that was released had some time shaved to avoid the dreaded NC-17. And maybe your comment that every scene served a purpose is the reason why I didn’t find it that bad.

    Or, maybe ten-fifteen years between the book and film evidences the massive shifts in society to the extent that what was shocking no longer is. And, if so, is that good or bad?

  12. How ’bout I describe one of the cut scenes to you? I’ll send you an e-mail since it’s more than a little graphic. At least I wouldn’t want it published in my blog comments.

    I’m going to assume that there’s always something that can shock a culture or society. How efficiently and for how great a period is another matter entirely.

  13. Okay, yup. Still shocking and wrong.

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