Archive for January, 2010

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Alphabet Movies: The Bizniss

January 24, 2010

F; Fargo

P; Post Grad

C; Cesky Sen (Czech Dream)

B; (The) Business of Being Born

well. this was one of the best advertisements for birth control if i’ve ever seen one! basically it’s a documentary by Ricki Lake discussing the evils of C-sections and drugs and hospitals. it’s very pro-midwife and home birth, which is fine by me. i think it’s completely correct about the troubles with hospital births, and the unnecessary measures taken by doctors out of convenience.

i’m still on the fence about having my own kids, but this definitely grossed me out. i had no idea how squeamish i was until i watched this! the epidural, the squatting into a bathtub… sick. my whole body was in pain just watching it. so yeah, after watching some of The Pregnancy Pact tonight and then this, i am certainly pro-no kids right now.

my favorite parts of this documentary are as follows:

  • the husband from the one home birth, where he was sans clothing the whole time with his wife too. a little creepy, but i guess i understand?
  • the “expert” who looked like a homeless guy, just yelling about how terrible hospitals are, and how women should give birth at home. he just looked like he was pulled for a ‘man on the street’ segment, and got really riled up before they talked to him. i half expected him to get up in a huff with his walking stick and bandanna tied to the end. however, he made valid points, so i’ll give him that much.
  • the ‘twilight sleep’ discussion. this totally happened to Betty on Mad Men! crazy! yeah, all of the drugs and effects on kids was pretty cool. and scary.

every woman should see this movie. it’s a great conversation starter about how you want childbirth to happen. there are many options out there, and knowing what happens to you in a hospital is beneficial. i’m not saying hospital births are bad, because sometimes they are necessary (as seen in the film), but it’s always good to know what’s going on before you’re just laying there with no control.

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Alphabet Movies: Czech it

January 21, 2010

two movies in one day? the perks of being unemployed. and netflix watch instantly. killer combo.

F; Fargo

P; Post Grad

C; Cesky Sen (Czech Dream)

this is a documentary made by some film school kiddos. now i’m not sure if their purpose was to show how advertising affects us, or just to be raging huge dicks. either way, they made quite the little film.

i first heard about Cesky Sen whilst in Prague. i think the people who made it went to FAMU like me! anyway, so they came up with this idea of opening a hypermarket (that’s supermarket to you Englishmen). The catch? there would be nothing there. they undertook a massive advertising campaign with catchy slogans like ‘don’t spend’ and ‘don’t bother’ and a bunch more. pretty much ‘don’t do it!’ which brings out the 5 year old in all of us. ‘well of course i’m going to do the exact opposite of what you just said’

they also had this enraging song to go along with the hypermarket. with the kids nodding their heads, realizing their Czech dream. some of my favorite footage came from the lead singer. man, she was really into the song.

so they used that old mysterious angle in their adverts, and got about 2000 people to show up for the opening of the fictitious Tesco-like being. some were mad, others confused, and a bunch of people commented on voting NO to join the EU. almost like the European Union was pulling the wool over their eyes. not so, it was your dear brothers in Nationality.

it was pretty cool seeing all of the reactions, and i admit, i was nervous for the grand opening. i wanted a see a knife fight but had to settle for the upset old people. i wanted to interject and tell them that it’s not worth it! don’t walk all the way into that field! your poor legs can’t handle it.

while it was a little disjointed, overall, i enjoyed what i saw. i think a lot of it had to do with the fact that i’m familiar with Czech culture and their people. if i was just a random person on netflix looking to watch a documentary, i don’t know if i would have enjoyed it as much as i did.

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Alphabet Movies: P edition

January 21, 2010

let’s recap:

F; Fargo

P; Post Grad

should i be embarrassed that i watched this movie? probably. i’m a sucker for Rory Gilmore and THINGS ABOUT MY LIFE. i’m in her same sitch, minus the hot neighbor and bff that loves me. so uh, not at all. i think it did an ok job of depicting what it’s like to be home again and jobless, sort of. but they kept introducing plot points that were stupid, and then either finished them or ignored them. for example, the little kid and his soapbox derby. didn’t need to exist. get rid of the whole kid character! or make him mute. and the dad getting arrested for stealing belt buckles? stupid. they should have focused totally on Ryden and what happens to her, not trying to add other story lines. i would have much preferred more time with the hot neighbor aka Karl from Love, Actually.

in other news, my secret hope of spelling something crazy with the order i watched my alphabet movies is officially over. FP doesn’t spell anything. does it? no.

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Alphabet Movies!

January 16, 2010

hey guys and gals. i’m going to embark on a new project…exciting! i read this ‘idea’ recently and thought i would give it a shot. here’s the deal: i’m going to watch 26 movies, each starting with a different letter of the Alphabet that i’ve NEVER seen before. yahoo. now i don’t want to put a time frame on this, because i frequently re-watch flicks even if it’s the 100th time. wet hot american summer and little big league come to mind. i guess i’ll copy/edit this entry every time something new and exciting happens!

Today’s post was brought to you by the letter F.

tonight’s film screening: Fargo

check back for a possible review! if i feel like it…

*highly enjoyable. i still want Steve Buscemi to narrate my life, that saucy minx.

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is this real life?

January 13, 2010

my thoughts on Leno-Gate:

I’m on Team Coco. but more importantly, i’m on Team Fallon. i love me some Jimmy, and hope that his show continues to rock my face off, even if it’s on NBC. i kind of wish he and Conan would sneak away together in the night, form a new network and kick some ass.

I’m kind of sick of reading about this whole thing, but i’m definitely not sick of playing this game:

http://www.tmz.com/2010/01/11/the-conan-obrien-contract-game/

thanks, TMZ! i’m up to 13. must.get.better.