Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Break Films To Watch

Ok, it's Winter Break, which means I've watched a couple films and thankfully, they've all been fantastic.  This is what I've seen in the last couple days:

Jackass 3D

This is exactly what you expect it to be.  It's disgusting, over the top and gross on many different levels.  And no it wasn't the guy covered in poo that was the hardest thing to watch, it was super-gluing a hand to someone's chest and ripping it off that was the most disturbing.

Missions Impossible: Ghost Protocol

So what happens when you have Brad Bird, famous for directing Pixar films do an action film?  You get  a delightfully funny, but not too silly actions movie with ridiculous action and a plot makes just enough sense to seem interesting but not distract from the action.

Reel Injun

This is one of those "what it means to be American" films.  It talks about how the stereotypes of Native Americans developed throughout film history.  It reminded me of the Celluloid Closet, which does a a similar thing with homosexuality.  This is really powerful stuff that is important for all Americans to think about.

Page One: Inside The New York Times

This film is not so much about the Newspaper industry but the revolution in all of media we are experiencing.  All of the founders of current media sources are brought together in this documentary to discuss the changes in the way that we consumes media.  We've all heard a lot of these conversations but it's fascinating to see them put in one film and presented so well.

The Best Worst Movie 

This film takes a look at Troll 2, considered by some as the worst film ever made, which has become a cult phenomenon. Like many great documentaries this film is about the human experiences and how people deal with events in their lives.  It's amazing how such a great film was made about such a bad one.

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