Monday, February 27, 2006
The Good, Really Good and What were we thinking?
I don't know what my deal is lately, but I'm a movie watchin' fiend, which is pretty rare for me as I never rent or go see movies anymore. Lately I've watched very inspirational and luckily excellent Indy films. The latest one was "Millions." "Starting anew after the death of their mother, 9-year-old Anthony is ever practical, while his 7-year-old brother Damian uses imagination, fantasy, and faith to make sense of his confusing world. When a suitcase full of money falls out of the sky at Damian's feet, it sets the boys on the adventure of a lifetime that leads them to realize that true wealth has nothing to do with money." It was a great story and was really funny. The cinemetography was especially impressive and the little boys are adorable. - Highly recommended!
Then, this weekend, Corey and I rented "Murderball." "A film about quadriplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs - overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece." Again, it was extremely inspiring, funny and overall really well done documentary.
Though both of these movies seem like they could be sad "poor him" type of movies, they were quite the opposite. Murderball showed the real side of these disabled guys. They didn't feel sorry for themselves, they just wanted to play this sport. And man, it's a tough, violent, awesome game. I'd love to be in the stands one day. When the athletes were approached about their lives being documented, the only stipulation they had was that they didn't want this to be a sob story. They said, "just make us look cool." Mission accomplished, and man do these guys score some hot women. Plus, they all have a great sense of humor about their disabilities. Again - highly recommended!
One movie I would not recommend is "Video Voyeur - The Susan Wilson Story." It's a made for TV movie that we got stuck watching last night. Around midnight last night we got hooked on the horribly bad acting by star Angie Harmon and a bunch of unknown actors. True to the nature of this type of movie, it's an overly dramatic, poorly written story based on the true story of one woman's fight to bring justice into the world by changing the law about people secretly video taping others in the privacy of their own homes without consent. We started watching it because it was so bad it was hilarious and though it never got any better, we couldn't turn it off. We just had to see the end, even though it meant staying up past 1:30am. Needless to say, I'm exhausted this morning.