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    E! did a 2 hour movie called Men of the Strip about a male revue show aka male strippers. Very well done. I thought being a newbie in a group of women could be tough, men can be as bad.
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    Bearcata I watched that too, being a fan of Jeff Timmons (from 98 degrees). I see him tweet about it all the time. I loved it!
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    I went to see Chef over the weekend, and loved it. It is a fantastic tribute to fatherhood!

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    Rushmore - Older Wes Anderson film that my son and I checked out because we have been watching his more recent stuff. Starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Not quite as quirky as I have seen in more recent WA films. My one-sentence synopsis: An oddball high school student falls has a crush on his teacher and ends up "competing" with a parent for her affection. The characters were interesting, and it had funny moments, but I was turned off by the student with a crush on the teacher story line.

    Death Note - Japanese film about a teen who finds a notebook that was dropped by a "god of death". If he writes a name in the notebook, that person will die (there are rules, but that's the gist). Strangely, I have had this film in my Netflix queue for ages, but decided to finally get it because I found out my sons have watched an anime version of the same story. Overall, I liked it. I did not like the translation "god of death" because that implies there is just one and there are apparently multiples of this kind of being in the story. My son said in the anime they just called them by their Japanese name instead of trying to translate, which I think would have worked better. Also, this film is live action but the "god of death" is animated and I did not like that his face was given no expression. There was kind of a joker-esqe smile that never waivered. I kind of wanted him to be a little snarky with the kid and maybe get a sly look if he was manipulating him or if the kid was making a poor choice, but there was none of that. My son actually liked the choice of no expression, because he never knew what the character was thinking. It turned out that the end of this film aligned with the end of the first series of the anime show, so I have added Death Note II to my queue so we can find out where the story goes next.

    Grease - I have always loved this movie. It's funny how it now seems completely inappropriate when I watch it with one of my kids. I watched it with my 9-year-old daughter this weekend. She did not let me sing along. We had a chat afterward about how women should not be expected to change for a man. Nor should their friends encourage them to make poor choices like smoking and drinking.

    Odd Thomas - I hadn't even heard of this movie until recently. It is available on Netflix streaming. It's about a clairvoyant kid (Anton Yelchin) who has a history of tipping off the police about crimes. (Willem Dafoe plays the local police chief.) It was quirky. The topic was dark, but I didn't find it scary at all. Reminiscent of films like Zombieland or Men in Black, but I wouldn't say it was quite as good as those. The special effect were good. There are creatures the main character can see that feed off disaster and I thought they looked cool - creepy, but not quite corporeal. The main story was kind of a mystery. The main character knows something bad is going to happen. He's trying to figure out what it is so he can stop it. The story was interesting and fun, and there were twists that I didn't expect. My one complaint was that I really wanted to like the girlfriend, but something about the way the actress delivered the lines just felt off to me.
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    Rushmore is one of my favorite movies! I love the acting, the music, the storyline and the feel of it. Its a movie in its place. Every word, every gesture is so fitting. I don't know how to describe it. I liked the crush storyline. How many of us growing up had a crush on a teacher or older person and never did anything? Max went for it, he believed in himself, at everything he did.... the kid had guts!

    Loved Death Note (and II). I'm usually not into those kind of movies but I found them both fascinating and kind of "cool and edgy". I loved the way they had the god of death look. Real creepy actually.
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    I'm having an odd little film festival this weekend. So far, it's been 20 Feet From Stardom, the Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature. It's about back-up singers and features everyone from Darlene Love and Merry Clayton to Lisa Fisher and even Judith Hill. Interviews with singers like Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder, as well as Sheryl Crow, a former back-up singer herself. REALLY well-done and lots of great singing.

    Next up was Keri Russell in Austenland, about a Jane Austen-obsessed woman who spends her life savings to go to an Austen-themed resort where the idea is full-immersion into the Regency Era. Not at all serious, but some nice chemistry between Keri and JJ Feild. Plus, the hilarious Jennifer Coolidge. The closing credits were pretty hilarious.

    The Way Back, a harrowing tale about Siberian gulag prisoners in Soviet Russia who escape and make their way, on foot, to India. Ed Harris, Gustaf Skaarsgard, Saoirse Ronan and a surprisingly good Colin Farrell are the most well-known cast members (to me, anyway!). I didn't love it because it was so harrowing and upsetting, but the scenery was beautiful and the acting top-notch.

    I was a bit disappointed in Undertaking Betty starring two of my favorites, Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina playing and undertaker and the woman he's been in love with for 30 years. It got a little too silly, without enough heart to balance it out. I still enjoyed it, but I wish it had lived up to its potential. I think it was aiming for Waking Ned Devine, but it didn't get there.
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    I was a bit disappointed with Austenland. I liked the premise, it has some decent moments.... it started out great, but I felt it dulled a bit in the second half.
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    Yeah, it wasn't great, but I'd already read reviews and knew not to expect greatness. I went into it with lowered expectations and enjoyed it. I like Keri Russell a lot, so I enjoyed her and I thought she had good chemistry with JJ Feild. I do think there was a missed opportunity there for something really good, but this was silly and fun.

    I watched a few documentaries last night on Netflix. One, After Porn Ends, definitely wasn't for everyone. It featured many former porn stars, gave details of their career, showed what their doing now and how porn affected them. There were some clips of their "work" and a good deal of nudity, but I found the interviews interesting. Such a wide spectrum of personalities and after-effects.

    MUCH better as a film was Stories We Tell, a doc made by actress and director Sarah Polley. It was sort of an examination of how the truth can vary depending on who's telling the story. She used old home movies and interviews with her family members and friends, and filmed actors recreating events from her life to tell the story of her family, more specifically, her late mother. Really fascinating, poignant and oddly appropriate for Fathers Day.
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    Thanks for the tips, Critical. I'll have to check out "The Way Back" and "Stories We Tell." I Netflixed Tiny Furniture, which is pretty much a prequel to "Girls." Lena Dunham wrote and directed and cast some of the same folks. Good movie, though. I've been on a documentary tear for the past two weeks:
    56 Up, which was the most recent installment of Michael Apted's documentary series that follows a group of British kids throughout their lives. He's done a movie about them every seven years since they were 7 years old and now they're 56 years old. Fascinating.
    Exit Through the Gift Shop is another good documentary with some surprise twists. It's about a "filmmaker" who wants to hang out with street artists like Banksey.
    I watched Cave of Forgotten Dreams because it's by Werner Herzog. It's about 25,000-year-old cave paintings and would have been better as a shorter documentary.
    The Price of Gold is a good doc about the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan scandal. It didn't uncover anything new but it was interesting to see Tonya Harding today.
    Three Stars is about chefs trying to earn the Michelin stars. Interesting but relied a bit too much on interviews and not enough on watching the chefs create.
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    Documentaries are one of the reasons I love Netflix. I tend to stay away from the ones that are too dire, like animal cruelty or really horrible human suffering, but I'll watch pretty much anything else.

    I really hated Thierry Guetta from Exit Through the Gift Shop. That movie just pointed out everything wrong with the art world. Those idiots at his art show gushing over his work.....all of which was copying the work of actual artists. The movie was well done, but I really hated him. Another art-related doc on Netflix that is really great (and pretty much totally heartbreaking) is The Art of the Steal. VERY well done doc about the Barnes collection and how politics and greed undid the life's work of an art collector.

    I've heard about the Apted docs, but haven't watched them. Of course, all of them are available streaming, except for the first one. I found it on "another site" and will watch it today.

    ETA: Aaaaaand then my internet went down. Guess I'll be watching Seven Up another time!
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