Happy anniversary to Meet Joe Black, released 20 years ago today. I'll be honest, what I remember most about the movie is that it's very long (I believed it came on two VHS tapes at the time) & when we watched this in English class (don't ask me why) the class erupted into nervous laughter when Brad Pitt gets hit by the car because it was so jarring and visually over the top. I haven't revisited this one in awhile so love to hear your thoughts. Are you a fan of Meet Joe Black? Sound off! In the meantime, here are some fun facts about the film: . . 1. A truncated two-hour version has been shown on television and airlines, achieved by chopping out most of William Parrish's (Anthony Hopkins') business. Martin Brest has disowned this edit, so the director's credit is for "Alan Smithee". . . 2. Loosely based on Death Takes A Holiday (1934). . . 3. As Meet Joe Black was one of the few films showing the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, it was reported that droves of Star Wars fans bought tickets for the film, only to leave after the trailer showed. . . 4. The part of William Parrish was originally slated for Gene Hackman. . . 5. Sir Anthony Hopkins would frequently come to blows with Martin Brest over his insistence on doing multiple takes. . . 6. A reunion for Brad Pitt and Sir Anthony Hopkins, after playing father and son in Legends of the Fall . . 7. Although he is usually referred to as Bill, the main character's name, William Parrish, is a playful foreshadowing of his fate ("will perish"). . . 8. Meet Joe Black opened on November 13, 1998, and grossed $15M domestically upon its opening weekend (11/13-15) at #3, behind The Waterboy's second weekend and the opening of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. . . 9. The film has a 51% "Rotten" response from Rotten Tomatoes. . . 10. Grossed $44.6M domestic & $143M worldwide on a $90M budget.
Movie Review: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Director: Adam McKay Main Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudf, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Fred Willard Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66% Unabashedly ridiculous and consistently funny, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a hilarious movie with an overtly clever script and a never ending catalogue of stupid characters. At the centre of this character ensemble is the titular Ron Burgundy, played with such ease by the always entertaining Will Ferrell, who gives arguably the best performance of his career. The supporting cast are also great, with the obvious stand outs being Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. Quite possibly my favourite thing about Anchorman is the excellent chemistry shared by its main cast, as they all make it abundantly clear that they had fun playing around with the brilliant dialogue and hysterical jokes, resulting in moments that are simply iconic, most notably the news team fight scene that occurs halfway through the film. The costume design also does a great job of capturing the 70s look in a subtle yet memorable way. I don't have much issues with the film aside from that not all of the jokes land and the pacing can sometimes be a bit dodgy, lingering on some moments and rushing through others. Overall, I love Anchorman because it is an endlessly quotable comedy that is just such a fun watch. Grade: A
Clara pulls out her gun, “let’s crack some nuts” she pulls the trigger, blood splatters across her face. “Welcome to the four realms... bitch” Not very good movie, was kinda boring lacked any magic and didn’t really make sense. Little Mackenzie Foy was good and I wish her well with her career, but this not good. 4/10
***SWIPE FOR TONS OF SEXY SHOTS OF THIS GORGEOUS COLLECTOR SET***Okay! Well now that I feel like I need a shower after Nightcrawler, I’m thinking it’s time to take another trip to one of my favorite galaxies far far away... nope, not that one, I mean the one with the vibrant, lush moon of Pandora! Although the 4727271 sequels that have become somewhat of a running punchline have still yet to materialize almost a decade later, Avatar remains an awesome sci-fi action extravaganza of the most epic proportions. Sure, it’s essentially Dances With Wolves in space, but WOW this is still one of the most BEAUTIFUL films I’ve ever seen. Pandora never ceases to amaze and inspire, and it’s kind of mind boggling how incredible it looks even today. I love the story, and no matter how many times I see it, the film is still emotionally resonant, and I really do hope to one day spend more time in this universe. The action is spectacular, the performances full of heart, and overall this is a fantastic, unique, wholly realized sci-fi fantasy epic. Anyone else still a fan??? #bluraycollection#bluraycollector#movie#moviecollection#moviecollector#collection#film#cinema#cinephile#bluray#hd#highdefinition#marcsmovievault#geek#moviebuff#moviereview#scifi#jamescameron#avatar#fantasy#classic#epic#2009#nowplaying#limitededition