Saturday, November 29, 2014

Perflix of the Day

It's been long long while.  Work got in the way -  new boss. Yeah, ugh.  I actually had to work the last several months to get her in my camp.  But anyway work sucks let's talk movies!

Snowpiercer is fucking awesome.  It has a completely ludicrous plot but somehow it more than works and seems completely plausible by three quarters of the way through.  I'm not so sure it's perfect but I don't care it makes the list by brute force.  If it were a book it'd be on my shelf in hardcover (I guess it is based on a French graphic novel but you get my drift).  Bizarre story aside, the imagery and technology are extremely cool.  Picture this:  The earth has frozen due to an ill-advised technical fix to climate change gone awry.  The self-sustaining, sealed perpetual motion machine/train traverses the globe scooping up snow and ice to replenish the water supply and (I'm guessing) material for fusion power.  It cannot stop or everyone would be frozen through within minutes.  There are cars for growing food and raising livestock, an aquarium for raising fish.  We see cities encased in ice.  Sometimes the train has to break through it.  How awesome is that?  Joon-Ho Bong is the director and I'm gonna be watching this guy.  The acting isn't all that remarkable though Ed Harris has a good little cameo (love Ed Harris - a real man's man).  The most memorable performance is from Tilda Swinton as the bucktoothed enforcer of the caste system (rich at the front, poor in steerage).  The poor eat only protein bars of mysterious origin (the derivation of which I must warn you may find vomit-inducing).  I've thought about this movie at least once per day since I saw it a month ago, so you gotta watch it bro.

Blue is the Warmest Color is a French love story.  Adele Exarchopoulos is a beautiful young schoolgirl taken with an older art student (Léa Seydoux) - attractive in life but not so much in the film in my opinion.  The sex in this film, which can be nothing but real, wants to take center stage, but Adele's story is captivating and apparently to be continued as this is part I.  This one does not nearly make the list but I thought it was worth an honorable mention as I enjoyed watching it, especially Exarchopoulos - she is lovely and gives a fine emotional performance.

One more thing - Californication is a great series.  Duchovny kicks ass! Check it out.

Next up The Hunt and Black Swan revisited.  I hope to be with you again soon...
  1. Alien
  2. Top Gun
  3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  4. The Road
  5. Warm Bodies
  6. The Shining
  7. School of Rock
  8. Say Anything
  9. High Fidelity
  10. Fight Club
  11. Risky Business
  12. Star Wars
  13. Brokeback Mountain
  14. Animal House
  15. Jerry McGuire
  16. Silver Linings Playbook
  17. Dallas Buyers Club
  18. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  19. No Country for Old Men
  20. Tangled
  21. Children of Men
  22. War Games
  23. 28 Days Later
  24. The Graduate
  25. From Dusk Till Dawn
  26. Lost in Translation
  27. The King's Speech
  28. Planet Earth
  29. Snowpiercer

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