Tuesday, February 14, 2012

'Rango' Trailer HD

Rango (2011)

I can't be the only person who shrugged this movie away. I know I'm not the only person who dismissed this movie due to the lack of the attention. I saw the poster of the chameleon with Johnny Depp in bold letters above his name. I did not carry one ounce of excitement for this movie. No one else did either. And it quietly shuffled away in the dark.

Dammit. I went along with the masses and almost missed this amazing gem of a movie. And damn you bad publicity. Oh how you have ruined so many first movie impressions ("First Class".....grrr...).

I am also really burned and bummed out from 3-D animation. I'm not impressed with it much anymore. I really miss 2-D animation. I really, really miss 2-D. So that just added to my aversion to the movie.
What saved this movie from sheer obscurity? Boredom and Redbox. Ahhh

"Rango" is a 3-D animated movie, as you might have gleaned. We are  introduced to a chameleon aspiring to be an actor. He is practicing a scene in his tank as he being driven along some non-descript desert highway. With the tank being precaroiously perched and roadkill, the car swerves to avoid being hit and the tank flies away. Disoriented, the chamelon stumbles around until he walks into a deserted town. After lack of attention, he decides to puff his character up by taking on the persona of  Rango, a tough gunslinger. Well, that will stir up a hella lot of trouble won't it? Pretty soon there's gonna be some gun fights, a town mystery, a bandana gang, water crisis, and one of the greatest chases I have seen on film.

3-D has become very innovative in its detail and ability to capture live motions. I have heard the praise that "Rise of the Apes" recieved for using realistic 3D apes instead of real ones. But damn this was amazing! I am a growing reptile lover. I own a couple and work with many of them. I know how soft and tough their scales can be. I have held onto a chameleonm they can be velvety soft. Every time I saw Rango onscreen, I could  feel his texture. That is so weird to write but thats how I felt with every character. Their visual details were stunning. And these were desert creatures!!! Wow!

The story was a great western story. A newcomer comes in, stirs up buried trouble, and saves the town. Except now you added a swollen ego chameleon, various desert creatures, and some dangerous predators all suffering from a water crisis(huh....humans are going through the same..thing...).

It's a great childrens movie but it's also a great movie for the adults. There are alot of jokes nestled in everywhere. The nod towards "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" cracked me up. The nod towards "Pirates" made me smile ( How sad is it that the "joke" worked better for this storyline than "Pirates"?).

Johnny Depp played Rango like a mish mash of Raol from "Fear and Loathing" and Jack Sparrow of "Pirates". It was an oddball mix of spazzy charisma. I loved so many of the characters.The Mariachi oqls cracked me up. Was it bearded toad? Whatever it was,I loved it.I forget their names but they all had their fun quirks and jokes.Jokes that are really adult in nature but sound so innocent. I love those.

The heart of the movies power comes from the super awesome chase scene with the water tank. I dare not describe it. I do not want to lessen the awesome feeling that you will get from watching it. It was exciting, it was breathtaking, it was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Seriously. This movie MUST be watched. It is too stunning to pass over.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Heaven Can Wait (1943) Trailer

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

I haven't been completely ignoring my classic film genre. It's just that there weren't any to excite me enough to write about. I think I was really lucky with my steady stream of enjoyable movies. Then I just hit dud after dud. Either they were too boring, too silly, too un-relatable, too this, too that. So I looked at other genres to pique my interests.

Once again,the random power of netflix came through! I love opening the red envelope and being surprised by the movie (I know that emails are sent of what movies are next on my queue- I make it an unconscious choice to ignore them).

This is a movie done by Ernest Lubitch. I know zilch about him, only that he's a very famous filmmaker.

We start at the modern and stylish office of the Devil. Oh yes, the devil, flames and all. His is visited by an elder gentlemen, named Henry.  Befuddled, the Devil wonders why. Henry then proceeds to tell his life story. See, Henry considers himself a heartbreaker and womanizer.He tells the story of each of the women he has come into contact with and the troubles he has put them through.

This sounds like it should set up the story of a complete asshole. Instead, I find that Henry was a sweet, romantic, and charming person. I love how the Devil describes it all in the end, that the woman were all happy that  they were in his life.

Such a sweet movie. So many moments that me laugh and tear up.No matter how much of a womanize Henry thinks he is, his heart always belonged to Martha. Martha played by mesmerizing Gene Tierney. They met when she was engaged to his cousin. I smiled at times that he ran away with his true love in front of her family. The time they slow danced before she passed away. Their love was so sweet. How she grew to understand him, at times hating him, but always loving him.

On a side note,  I was completely mesmerized by Gene Tierney. This is the first time I seen her in a movie. Wow!!! What a stunning beauty. I'm planning on reading "Leave her to Heaven" and then watch the movie of the same title that she gained her fame from. Seriously, wow. No wonder Henry fell head over heels over her.

Through it all , it is Don Ameche's charisma that shines. Despite his "misgivings", he is still a really likable person. He's the type of guy that you know will break your heart but you still want to be near him. The crush that stays within you no matter how improbable the relationship could be. I already loved Don Ameche from "Midnight". This makes me love him even more.

I definitely recommend this movie fro all the romantics. Just in time for Valentines. Have a great sexy time everyone.

[later side note: Just realized that Ameche was in "Cocoon"!!! ]