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Old March 15th 09, 15:45   #662
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Re: What are you watching now?

I disagree that the boxing in the original Rocky was bad. The opening seen in the chapel was especially accurate, and Stallone did a fine job of learning the sport enough to portray it in the film. I'm a fan of the sport and train in it (though at a very beginning, amateur level).

Even the sequels are pretty decent (Mr T knew how to handle himself in a ring) up until the 4th. Dolph Lundgren looked completely ridiculous.

I watched two comedies recently:

1. Religulous- Bill Maher's documentary that makes fun of religion. It's pretty much his talk-show/stand-up routine in movie form, so fans of Maher will enjoy it well enough, others might not. Don't expect to get any interesting or relevant analysis or commentary here, just go into it for the entertainment value.

2. Zack and Miri Make A Porno- Kevin Smith's latest. Movies with Seth Rogan will continue to be enjoyable until we get sick of him, and I haven't yet. Pineapple Express was the first of his I didn't like, but he's a fine enough standard "average schlub gets into wacky adventures" comic actor to carry a movie with a decent script, and that's how I would describe this one- decent. I'm not a Kevin Smith fanboy- love Clerks and find the rest of his movies to have funny moments surrounded by predictable childish humor and ineffective attempts to bring poignancy into it, and this is more of the same.

The x-factor for me is Elizabeth Banks, who I'm in love with. Other than maybe Jenna Fischer, I've never seen anyone who is both that gorgeous and hilarious. He open-throated laugh is infectious and sexy as hell. The killer is that she has a classic Hollywood beauty look- blonde, blue-eyed, thin, could be on the cover of Vogue or headline a mainstream "dramady" with the best of them, yet does hip projects.

Of course I also appreciated the presence of Traci Lords and Katie Morgan, a porn legend and super-star, respectively.
"Most smart people cannot watch most TV, because it has generally been a condescending medium, explaining everything immediately, offering no ambiguities, and using dialogue that simplifies and mitigates against the idiosyncratic ways in which people in different worlds actually communicate. It eventually requires that characters from different places talk the same way as the viewer. This, of course, sucks." - David Simon
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