What I am about to discuss is a serious condition and should not be made light of. The travisty on which I speak is of course… SteveMartinities. A rare but terrible affliction which sadly many an actress/actor has fallen prey to.
Now I want to make clear this is not the same as can’tacteveniflifedependedonititus. No this is far worse, were as with the other one *please don’t make me say the name again* while the actor is bad it doesn’t detracted from the enjoyableness of the film or the show it’s self. This is not the case with SteveMartinites, the actor/actress *although it’s much more come with men* must be a big enough name so they can’t just be shoved into the background.
Now as I said before any actor or rather any bad actor could catch this, but by far the three worst cases are Ashton Kucher, Steve Martin *namesake* and oddly enough the worst of the three Adam Sandler, and no film is this more apparent in then Bedtime Stories
This is a good film, infact it’s a very good film; it’s funny, charming, the acting in it is well done and it’s got a new and thoughtful message about manifestation. What stops it from being a great film is as you would expect Adam sandler, or rather I should say how they handle/em> him.
The only way a film with Adam Sandler or for that matter anyone suffering from SteveMartinites, can work is if it acknowledges their weaknesses. What it should never do is build them up like some superman and then never make them realise their flaws as a certain film did.
It keeps going on how under appreciated his charcter is, how wonderful he is and how he should really be running the hotel he works at. Maybe they’re right, maybe he should be, exept they never show that. They just expect you to except his innate goodness, despite the fact that he is a bully, a schmuck, an idiot and completely lacks the training to probably do the job correctly.
Really I don’t blame the writers, with another actor, who was even remotely likeable I could see this film being one I’d watch again and again. As it stands now… er…I probably would watch it again. But if it’s your first Sandler film if I were you I’d probably go for one that understands his limitations as a human being better like 50 First Dates or Click
Let me just say one thing before I go off on a tangent, I don’t hate hippies. It’s an awesome lifestyle…it’s just it can’t, no it shouldnt be used to explain away bad parenting. A fact that Peace Love & Misunderstanding dosen’t seem to get.
Okay let me just give a brief summery of the plot: An uptight NYC lawyer (Catherine Keener) takes her two teenagers (Elizabeth Olsen & Nat Wolff) to her mother’s (Jane Fonder) farmhouse upstate for a vacation.
Sound familar? I’m not surprised, this basic plot had been done… well let’s just say a lot. And it’s usally the same, uptight city person comes to country and meets less uptight people and gains a new out look on life. That’s not to say that it’s a bad plot or that it can’t be done well… it’s just it’s very easy to get wrong as this film so clearly shows us.
Okay where should I start, well let’s go to the root of so many problems the mother. This woman is horrible! She judges everything unless it’s something she approves of. Forgets to pick her daughter up from school because she’s involved in an art prodject, has loud sex with strange men while her child’s in the next room. Constatly has wild parties that her child has to run to a lake *and swim unsupervised, risking drowning* just to escape from . She sell’s weed at her daughter’s wedding and then just to top off the whole disgusting cake she gets her grandchildren high…And this woman wonders why her daughter hasn’t spoken to her for twenty years.
Oh and I didn’t even get to the most dispicable of all things yet, she sets the daughter up with one of her old lovers. Replacing the husband who she didnt like becase he was too *Polite and proper* with someone more fitting her criteria. Someone more likely will take the mother’s side.
So after hearing all that what do you think the outcome of this delightful little film will be? Maybe the mother apolizies and the daughter finds it in herself to forgive her at last? Or maybe the daughter tells her to go fuck herself and drives off into the sunset free at last… That would ofcourse be reality in a world where pigs fly.
But in the depression world we live in or at least the one in which this film resides, the dughter forgives this horse’s ass of a mother with nary a sorry from the wringgled old hag. But you know what’s more anoyying then even that…it’s not a horribly bad film.
The acting’s of fair quilty and the new agey ideas though presented in a quite frankly self righteous and preachey way are good and intresting ideas. It had the potential to be a good if slightly preachey film. The fact that they made the hippy mother just so…unlikeble and downright narcisstic screws up anything else they were trying to say.
Oh my god, oh my god, OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!! Last night’s Game of Thrones was unbelievably AWESOME!!
Danerys buys a fucking slave army with her dragon, then orders it to burn the head slaver alive and then orders the slave army of unsullied to kill the rest of the slavers! And then she frees the slave army and they decide to fight for her nether less. She’s just that awesome!!! *collapses in exustian*
So after we watched Danyers’ show of raw feminie power this started me thinkingof another woman in a westors with a similer-ish story…Cersai Lanister. Sir don’t you think that musket pointed at my head is a bit overkill, a hand gun would kill me just as easy.
Okay before the shooting begins just let me explain myself, I don’t in anyway think that Danyerys and Cercaei are the same or even similer in charcter. But you have to admit that there are a few simelties in their storys. Both women were basicly sold to a man for the betterment of one or more of their male relitives. Cersei to Robert Baratheon and Danyerys to Kal Drogo.
Both husbands died in the first season and both women gained a degree of power at the end of the first season. However as i said before they are completly diffrente charcters, Danyerys is a strong woman who is only made stronger by the hardships she’s put through while Cercei is…a bit of a whinner.
Sure she got power in the seconed season but that’s only throgh her son and even then she starts to loose it when he starts ignoring her. In fact there’s actully a whole seane entirley devoted to Cercaie bitching.
But you know what I could cope with that, if she backed it up with…anything!
Instead she does nothing, absolutely nothing! Well maybe that’s a bit unfair she does…erm…mocks people, taunts them and psychology tortures young girls…yeah not…not good. Kind of pales in comparison doesn’t it?
A couple of nights ago we watched The Hobbitand I noticed something rather odd. Take a look at some of the clothes of the people of middle earth and tell me which on doesn’t fit.
If you said anything but Bilbo Baggins then…well I’m smarter then you. Don’t take it personally, I’m smarter then most people. It’s just a cross I have to bare.
So anyway, what makes Bilbo Baggins or any hobbit for that matter so different from all the other species in middle Earth put together? Well I can answer that with one single word…Buttons!
The world of middle earth is in essence a miedevel one. That is except for Hobbits. While everyone else is wearing tunics and chain mail our fury toed friends are sporting waist coats and pocket handkerchiefs.
Or heck why stop at clothes? Stoves, indoor plumbing, clocks; from the looks of things hobbits are more advanced in everything.
Okay maybe not everything, they certainly don’t have advanced weaponry of any kind. But if we’re counting by that standard then we might as well call Orcs the most advanced species. Face it gunpowder tops swords and arrows any day of the week.
I’m not judging the other races, they have their merits as well. All I’m saying is when it comes to technology not relating to war IE killing each other, Hobbits are a head of the kerb.
So when you take this all into account there’s something rather annoying that pops up. All the races they come in contact with, in one way or the other are condescending to Hobbits.
Halfling, little one, even Galdrielle’s line
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future
… Frodo might have been small by pretentious elf standards but by his people’s he was a pretty average height.
For god sakes even Gimli calls the hobbits Halflings. Yeah because there’s such a noticeable difference in height between them.
Because Hobbits are peaceful by nature, people assume they’re weak and useless. Even the elves, who being apparently so wise, should know better.
But think about it; in most fiction when a civilisation is shown as incredibly advanced, they’re often show as non violent. Even going far as to abhor it. So who’s really the wisest race in middle earth? The gentle and peaceful hobbits, or the hunting for sport elves.
Cinderella , yeah no real surprise there. Everyone goes on how sexist this film is, how it’s encouraging little girls to do nothing and a man will come save them. But thing is I don’t really see that, sure Cinderella might not have done much to move the plot along but it wasn’t like she was doing nothing.
She was cleaning floors, washing dishes, making food, feeding animals and doing all of her step family’s dirty laundry, poor thing was probably too tired to go out looking for princes to marry. And really the prince doesn’t save her, it’s more the mice and to a much lesser extent the fairy godmother’s work.
So if I don’t think it’s offensive to women why call it sexist at all? Well, quite frankly I think it’s more offensive to men.
Think about it, although Cinderella basically a slave through out the film, at least she has a story. We see her pain, we see her joy, we see her slightly unnerving habit of dressing and naming vermin.
She actually has a character that, while many might disapprove of the messages she’s sending to little girls, you can sympathise with.
The prince doesn’t even have any lines, let alone a character or a personality. In fact we hardly see him.
The prince is in essence the prize at the end of the race, the carrot dangled in front of our heroine’s nose to keep her going. It’s a weird thing to realise but a lot of the old disney films were like that.
Well I say a lot, but it’s probably only Snow White …maybe Sleeping Beauty , I’m not sure having never actually watched it. But still that’s a very odd occurrence especially for the time period they were released in.
But did it ruin the film for me? Well yes and no… while it was enjoyable and the songs were plesent and catchy as hell. The fact that we learn absolutely nothing about the prince’s character does lend a sort of twisted atmosphere that I found disturbing.
If you haven’t seen it, I would, simply because its such a famous film.Just keep telling yourself it’s just a movie and you’ll be able to sleep at night.