Labor Day Weekend! Werk!

The best way to celebrate having a job is by not having to do it. Welcome to Labor Day weekend, the three day end-of-summer celebration where those of us not in the 9% unemployment statistic try to pay tribute to all those brave laborers who have paved the way for us to sit at computers for eight hours a day and develop some serious posture issues. You could do yoga to counteract that curvature of your spine, but I suggest laying flat on the couch and revisiting a few films that remind us of why we do what we do. Continue reading

Independence Day

Hey! You think hanging out your flag for one day of the year makes you an American? You think stuffing your face with barbecued burgers and ice cold beer is gonna make you free? You think shooting off your thumb along with the bottle rocket shows that you love your country?!! Oh, hail no. A real American would ignore the gorgeous sunshine, forget the awesome mattress sales and settle down for a viewing of the greatest disaster film in the history of all disaster films. I’m sure you can find it playing on some channel – it’s kind of like A Christmas Story only they show it in July. So ignore the parades and skip the fireworks – you’ll find every bit of patriotism and goosebumps you’ll ever need as you watch Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum serve the greatest fictional president in the history of all fictional presidents. I speak of course, of President Thomas J. Whitmore, played by either Bill Pullman or Bill Paxton. I always get those two guys mixed up.

“And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:
“We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!”
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

Barf Bag Rating: Who cares? It’s the Fourth of July! Man up and celebrate! A little puking isn’t going to hurt anyone. Jeez, what a bunch of wimps.

Babel (2006)

Whenever I think of the 2006 film Babel, that song from Godspell immediately starts running through my head (babble, babble, high above the rabble rabble). I was in a production of that show once, and it’s the happy place I can go to in my mind whenever I have to remember this particular film. Continue reading

Once (2006)

In 2006, a little indie that could showed up in theatres and showed the overbloated producers of Dreamgirls and Chicago exactly how a tiny little musical with no budget but tons of heart could completely capture an audience. Made for just $160,000, this film was so underfunded that the lead characters couldn’t even afford first names – they were simply called The Guy and The Girl. Continue reading

The Bourne Supremacy

Ah, the #2 Bourne movie. Although there were a number of films floating around that used the shaky-cam effect before the sequel to The Bourne Identity was released in 2004, this is the one where people really started to notice. Specifically, when complete strangers started throwing up on their shoes. Continue reading