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Kill Jill’s Awesome Thing Of The Week: Film Snobbery

Posted in Awesome Things, Movies on June 26, 2009 by Jill

I’m trying to be more of a film snob these days. Instead of just my usual comedies (romantic comedies, buddy comedies, gross-out comedies, etc… Oh, by the way, The Hangover was epic!!), I’m trying to branch out and watch more “critically acclaimed” films.

(Yes. There are movies and then there are films. There’s a difference. Apparently.)

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This is a still from Doubt, starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

Recently, I’ve watched:

  • Sideways
  • Ed Wood
  • Capote
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Fido
  • Doubt

Tonight I plan on watching Requiem for a Dream which I’ve heard is a pretty intense film. But I have a lot of catching up to do on the whole film snobbery thing. I think now is a good time for me to start this film snobbery goal because I’m old enough and mature enough to understand a lot of things, versus when I was 18 or 19.

So. Does anyone have any movie suggestions? I’m looking for movies that were nominated for a butt-load of awards in the year they were released. I’m open to both dramas and artfully-done comedies.

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Kill Jill’s Awesome Thing Of The Week: “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”

Posted in Awesome Things, Movies with tags , , , , on May 15, 2009 by Jill

This movie was freaking bad-ass. Go see it. Now. It has something for everyone. Explosions and violence for the guys. Hugh Jackman’s arms for the gals.

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(Ladies. You get to see Hugh Jackman’s bum. So, what is there to lose?)

Two movie reviews of epic proportion!

Posted in Kill Jill, Links, Movies, Web on November 23, 2008 by Jill

Hey guys. Make sure to check out two movie reviews written this weekend for the blog I co-write with two friends. I wrote a review for Pixar’s newly released masterpiece, WALL-E and the new Frat Pack action-comedy Tropic Thunder. CHECK ‘EM OUT, MUTHAS!

Kill Jill’s Awesome Thing Of The Week: “Zack & Miri Make a Porno”

Posted in Awesome Things, Movies on November 7, 2008 by Jill

zack-miri2There’s a chance that I went into the theatre to see Zack & Miri Make a Porno being a little bias. I’ll tell you why:
Ever since that little comedic gem called The 40-Year-Old Virgin came out in 2005, I’ve been a fan of Seth Rogen. What’s not to like? He’s hairy, funny, has a potty mouth and he’s got that great Jew ‘fro thing going on. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Plus, he didn’t look half bad in uniform (despite the moustachio) in last year’s Superbad. Anyway, enough about him.

Elizabeth Banks. Oh, Elizabeth Banks. She’s effing gorgeous and so funny- at the same time. Few actresses seem to pull that off. And I love that she’s gorgeous, and yet she still manages to pull off the “one of the guys” thing for this film. I pretty much died with her at the beginning of this movie when she found out her high school crush was gay. Oh, man. Man oh man.

(Poor little drunk girl. How I know your pain.)

I’m ashamed to say this… but this is my first Kevin Smith film. *hides from the rotten vegetables being pelted by villagers* That’s right- I haven’t seen Clerks, Clerks II, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats or Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back… Heck, I didn’t even see Jersey Girl (although, I heard I didn’t miss much with that one). Anyhoo. I went in without a “OMG! Kevin Smith is awesome!!”-type bias. Just a “OMG! I love Seth Rogen!!”-type bias. Oh well.

I emailed my brother about the movie last night. We live in separate provinces but just happened to go see the movie on the same night in our separate towns. My brother called it “the most non-conservative movie he’s ever seen”. That about sums it up.

Justin Long has one bad-ass cameo in this film. I pretty much pissed myself. I won’t spoil it. Just go see the fricking movie and you’ll understand how amazing his cameo really is. It’s so damn beautiful.

Despite the vivid sex scenes, the potty-mouth-ness and an uncomfortable scene that may or may not include human fecal matter (ew), this movie was all-together hilarious. Honestly, it’s the most disgusting romantic comedy I’ve ever seen. At it’s core, that’s what it is: a romantic comedy. I never thought Seth Rogen (a big hairy dude that looks something like a monster from Where The Wild Things Are) would ever have any on-screen chemistry with Elizabeth Banks (goddess!)… but it happens. At first, there is absolutely nothing. But then… BLAMO! Chemistry. And it’s so sweet and innocent and beautiful… even with the cameras rolling in the background.

Kudos to Kevin Smith for a particular sex scene. I won’t go into details but I will say this: it’s possibly the sweetest sex scene I’ve ever seen in a movie. And it seems even sweeter despite the circumstances. Great choice in music too- I can’t stop listening to “Lift Me Up” by Live now.

Speaking of which, I can’t wait for the soundtrack to come out next week. It looks like it’s going to be a wickedly awesome album. Great stuff.

My official rating: 8 “Fleshlights” out of 10.

Arr! Zefron be not a pirate!!

Posted in In The News, Movies on October 22, 2008 by Jill

Oh, no. God, why must you smite me so?

Reports say that Zac Efron is set to star in the 4th installment of the bajillion dollar franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. The next Pirates film is set for a 2010 release.

This is almost as bad as when I heard they were remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’m not even sure Johnny Depp’s reprisal of Captain Jack Sparrow can save this film.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Of this disaster of a movie.

I was a little iffy when I heard that they were making another Pirates movie and then Johnny Depp was paid a lot of money to do it. I dunno. I love The Depp, but doesn’t he realize that even this franchise is milked dry? But to put Zac Efron in this film? Oh, wow. Suddenly, pirates are uncool.

Congratulations ninjas. You win.

Kill Jill’s Awesome Thing Of The Week: “Nick & Norah”

Posted in Awesome Things, Links, Movies, Web on October 10, 2008 by Jill

I saw Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist the other night with some friends the other night… mostly because I heart Michael Cera like no other.

I will tell you this. This movie is charming, hilarious, smart and wonderful. Prepare to say “Awwwww” about 12 times. The soundtrack is absolutely frickin’ insane- but only if you like awesome indie bands like I do. Michael Cera is an adorable geek, per usual. Kat Dennings is so charming and does a great job with the complicated character given to her. Ari Graynor portrays the perfect drunk girl and is hilarious.

Go see it. Like, now. (You may also check out the official movie website.)

Movie Madness: “Be Kind Rewind”

Posted in Kill Jill, Movies on August 23, 2008 by Jill

I know it’s been out for a few weeks but I finally decided to rent Be Kind Rewind from the store I work at. I’d read some generally good reviews so I decided to give it a try.

This movie is, generally, about movies. It gives Jack Black the chance to stomp around like an idiot and dress up in silly costumes. Poor guy, always forced into such serious roles. (/sarcasm) Still, he’s lovable and goofy and that’s what draws the crowds into the theatre.

Okay, so here’s the story: Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover- genius) owns a declining VHS rental store. Mike (Mos Def) sees him as a hero and works at the video store. While Mr. Fletcher goes away, Mike takes care of the store. His best friend Jerry (Jack Black) works at a power plant, becomes magnetized after getting electrocuted and erases all of the videos. Mike and Jerry then go about remaking the videos, with the help of their new friend, Alma (Melonie Diaz).

Other than Jack Black’s radio-active urine, I found this movie very real. I absolutely love the video store. It looked so old and just about ready to collapse. Everything about the town looked old (but not antique- just… a bit junky) and it really suited the tone of the film. The ideas that the filmmakers came up with to remake scenes from classics like Driving Miss Daisy and Ghostbusters were pretty genius. (I had to laugh at Jack Black’s character as King Kong. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t an accident.) Another thing I liked was the the character of Alma. She comes into the film as an extra and doesn’t seem like the most gorgeous or lady-like of people. Finally, a female co-star who has imperfections. Loves it.

This movie is definitely worth the rental. It’s witty, smart, original and quirky.