O Brother Where Art Thou?

Postby KareNin on Thu Feb 15, 2001 1:53 am

I need to go see a funny movie before I decide to just curl up into a fetal position until mid-March. Antbody seen this one? Or anything else worth recommending? Please hurry. I can feel my knees drawing up toward my chest as we speak...
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Postby Chuck on Thu Feb 15, 2001 2:53 am

First let me qualify this by saying I'm a BIG BIG BIG Coen bros. fan. Loved everything from Blood Simple to Millers Crossing to raising Arizona etc. Not that saying that makes the following opinion any more valid, but there it is. And here's the opinion....<P>I think "O Brother" is their worst work to date. While a bad Coen flick is better than most any other pic you're likely to see, save you 7 bucks. The film is horribly unfocused. The quirky characters are dull by Coen standards. Unless you've read Homer's Odysse, you'll miss half the references (I did.) John Goodman has one lousy scene and one awesome scene. The dialog is an attempt to emulate the fast talking comedy of Preston Sturges, which they nailed in Hudsucker Proxy but miss horribly here. (the redeeming factor is the soundtrack which is way cool depresion era folk county.)<P>Go see "the Emporer's New Groove." Honest. It's fast, clever, self referencing, hilarious, well animated, smart, non-standard Disney humor, and under appreciated thus far.<P>--Okay.. let me see if I can get down from this detergent box with out breaking my neck... ---chuck
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Postby KareNin on Thu Feb 15, 2001 3:02 am

Thanks, Chuck. The only thing holding me back from seeing "The Emperor's New Groove" would be that I was really in the mood to see an actual, grown-up movie complete with live actors and actresses, not more Disney animation. When that's the only kind of entertainment a spouse can relate to, it gets to be pretty repetitious and not-fun. Oh well. Maybe I'll just read yet another book, instead of going to a movie.<p>[This message has been edited by KareNin (edited 02-15-2001).]
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Postby Randy on Thu Feb 15, 2001 3:57 am

Um, I'm gonna have to say forego the book, and see The Emperor's New Groove. Really. Don't think "Disney" -- think "Omigosh he just threw that guy out the window."

Rebecca and I laughed and laughed. Oh, windows.

Alternatively, you could rent "Maverick" and see it for the first time, like I did a coupla weeks ago, but only if you've never seen it before, like I didn't until a coupla weeks ago.<P>------------------
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Postby Lesterman on Wed Feb 21, 2001 8:24 am

chuck took the words right out of my mouth. In fact, he did it so accurately that I'm working on a lawsuit for his plagerism. chuck, my lawyer will be contacting you shortly.<P>------------------
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Postby Chuck on Wed Feb 21, 2001 8:46 am

Lesterman, I don't have any money. Nor do I own anything neat that you might want, like calandars with fractal pictures or macarroni art with glitter sprinkles...<P>So call off the wolves! ;-)
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Postby KareNin on Wed Feb 21, 2001 9:47 am

Relax, guys. I asserted my right as a human being and saw "Miss Congeniality" because --well, because Sandra Bullock is The Goddess. Even in movies where The Keanu Factor is present, she makes an hour and a half enjoyable. <P>Besides, we ate at Ken of Japan before that, so it was all good.<P>
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Postby Mark Berrett on Fri Feb 23, 2001 9:18 am

I saw "O Brother Where Art Thou" last night. It was excellent.
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 54 on Fri Feb 23, 2001 10:39 am

i have to agree. i really enjoyed "O Brother". the sheer absuridity of some of the things in the move (while tame when compared to other Coen Brothers flicks) still made it an entertaining Saturday afternoon movie for me. at the very least, see a matinee. that way you'll only be out 5 bucks or so instead of $7.50. don't wait until video/DVD.
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Postby KareNin on Fri Feb 23, 2001 10:46 am

At last...two recommendations. Thank you, Mark and rickZ. All right, then I am going to go see it. Probably this very afternoon, in fact.<P>Holy cow. I was beginning to think this thread topic was "Suggest some totally unrelated things I should do with my time besides going to see this movie I think I'll really enjoy."<P>That fetal position was getting a little cramped anyhow.<P>
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Postby Mark Berrett on Tue Feb 27, 2001 8:54 am

I saw it again. It was better the second time. My roommate bought the soundtrack. Great music. Care for some gopher?
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Postby KareNin on Tue Feb 27, 2001 12:06 pm

I've been very busy the past few days, trying to disengage a lung from its moorings, coughing about 23 hours a day, and sleeping the other hour. Consequently, I haven't actually seen the movie yet. But I do now have a little bottle of codeine-laced cough syrup, so I plan to glug some of that down, drive over to Westlake Village before it takes effect, watch the movie, and then ...uhh... sleep in the gutter till the drowsiness wears off? Hmm. I think this plan needs a little more work before I implement it.<P>I hope "O Brother" is still playing somewhere by the time I get rid of this cough.
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