October 2, 2005


Movies playing in Madison I'm contemplating going to see: "A History of Violence," "The Corpse Bride," "Oliver Twist," "Broken Flowers," The Aristocrats." A consideration: Which would be most fun to blog about?


Lars said...

I haven't seen any of them but I'd like to hear your impressions of "A History of Violence". The premise interests me and I'm an Ed Harris fan.

grumpyTA said...

I've love to see you write about "The Aristocrats."

Drethelin said...


But seriously, if you're not already interested you probably won't be.

of those I've seen corpse bride and I'm planning on a history of violence. corpse bride is a decent movie but has the feeling of a fairy tale, which while not neccesarily bad, means you pretty much know how it's going to end and that ending comes far too soon.

john marzan said...

go watch AHOV, ann. it's going to be shown here in the philippines on wednesday.

Joan said...

AHOV -- it's on my list, as well. I really enjoyed "The Corpse Bride" but it is just a fluffy little thing. I'd much rather hear your take on Viggo Mortensen's character and all the people around him.

Ron said...

A thread on "The Aristocrats" would complete a trilogy, the other two threads being about the underside of tongues, and Maidenform bras.

Got that? Okey dokey, then!

Slocum said...

I haven't seen the others, but the Aristocrats seems highly bloggable if you aren't squemish, have a strong stomach, have sick sense of humor, and are clever about figuring out how to write about it without being obscene.

It was unbelievably disgusting (the whole point), but my friend and I laughed until it hurt (and that was only 10 minutes into the movie). I'm glad I saw it and I don't think I'd want to watch it again. Not for a while anyway.

There were all kinds of unexpected bits. Carrie Fisher's version (Carrie Fisher? What the hell was she doing in the movie?) was very funny as was Whoopi Goldberg's. Unbelievably, Gilbert Gottfried told the joke at a Friar's roast not long after 9-11, and it killed. It was very cool to see the Onion staff working up their version in meeting room on a whiteboard (I've long wondered who those anonymous geniuses at 'The Onion' were). Cartman tells the joke as Stan, Kyle, and Kenny grow increasingly alarmed. A street mime does a version while passersby wander along and stare open-mouthed at him.

There is a lot of potential material for blogging, but if you go, you can't say you weren't warned...

Jack Roy said...

You can't write about The Aristocrats. The movie already goes over itself all that's possible. It's been tried, but every other blogger who posts about the movie winds up simply repeating some aspect of the joke, of propriety, of society, etc., that the movie itself already explicated.

It's a funny movie, though.

Decklin Foster said...

Yes, I think The Aristocrats has kind of been "blogged out", if you will. I would enjoy hearing about "A History of Violence".

me said...

Broken Flowers was a movie that could've been good, but never got out of first gear. I think part of the problem was that there is too much set up with Murray and his neighbor. The Sharon Stone interaction works well, but goes downhill from there.

The Aristocrats seems like a DVD rental.

Just saw Junebug. It was painfully slow, but that was probably on purpose. Embeth Davidtz is amazing. The movie got an 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but I may be part of the 14 percent.

vbspurs said...

Ahhh. I didn't read Althouse until just now, and obviously didn't get to contribute to the suggestion-a-thon.

Well, in all honesty, I think you chose the best film for you to blog about, of the ones mentioned.

The Corpse Bride might be fun to co-blog about.

Like you and your chum Nina together -- doing a little blog Amba-Althouse gig.


Jeffrey Boulier said...

In light of your later entry about enjoying short movies, I'll plump for your next movie being the 75-minute long "Corpse Bride". It's also sculpted, so you'll get to blog about the artistic side of things.d

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

I'm in the 86% about Junebug. It wasn't slow, painfully or otherwise; it was a quiet movie about real people, in this case small-town North Carolinians and big-city art dealers. No violence, no car chases, etc. Set mostly in a house, and in other normal places like a church social or a car. Funny dialogue without any condescension to the subjects (the filmmakers are young North Carolinians), and moving, nuanced performances with lots of revelatory moments. For me it's the best American movie in several years. Deserves at least two Oscar nominations -- for screenplay and for supporting actress -- but a couple of the supporting actor performances were terrific too. I've heard it's either not in Madison anymore or hasn't been there yet.

Ann Althouse said...

Hi, Richard. "Junebug" has been playing at Hilldale for a while, alongside "March of the Penguins" -- seems like an animal theme. I keep picturing the penguins eating the bug.

vbspurs said...

"March of the Penguins" -- seems like an animal theme.

Everyone and their mothers loved March of the Penguins. My cousins in the UK, especially.

I found Luc Jaquet's docu unengaging, actually.

Even the usually chipper Morgan Freeman had on a funereal tone when narrating it.

It's something I'd expect to watch at the IMAX or at the outside, on Nova.

But then cinemahouse fare is becoming more eclectic, what with many documentaries making their big screen debuts this summer.

This can only be good for us.

I keep picturing the penguins eating the bug.

Only if they came between them and their eggs.

Well, at least, I learnt THAT.

P.S.: Nice to see your ex-hubby posting here. Hey Richard!