The Muppets

Director: James Bobin
Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Kermit the Frog
Released: Feb 10, 2012

So, what exactly is a muppet?
“Well, it’s not exactly a mop, and it’s not exactly a puppet, but man *laughs*…… to answer your question, I don’t know.”
The precise definition of a muppet remains elusive. It’s not a talking animal and it’s certainly not a puppet (Jim Henson was very strict on that). Their defining features seem to consist of being relentlessly optimistic, impossibly charming and incredibly talented at putting on a good show. (more…)

Published in: on February 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“IT” by Stephen King

Clowns are no longer regarded as the bringers of tomfoolery and laughter they once were. Thanks to examples like the Joker from The Dark Knight and Captain Spaulding from House of 1,000 Corpses, we see right through their make up to the murderous souls within. Hell, an entire film was made as a spoof of the concept of evil clowns, as seen here: (more…)

Published in: on February 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm  Comments (2)  
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Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale
Released: Jan 13, 2012

Now that we’ve got your attention, watch this tastefully directed film about the harrowing effects of sex addiction, featuring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan in top acting form. (more…)

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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American Beauty

Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley and Mena Suvari
Released: Oct 1, 1999

Have you ever found yourself in this slightly irritating situation?:
“Wow, that reminds me of that scene in *movie-title*…”
“Oh, I’ve never seen that.”
“You WHAT?!” your friend asks increduously, as if you’ve just commited several varieties of blasphemy. “HOW have you never seen *movie-title*?!” (because the very idea that you haven’t seen their favourite film is ridiculous.)

I’ve been in that situation, a few too many times, and American Beauty is one example that comes to mind. And, admittedly, I find myself asking “How had I never seen this film before?”