Merry Malice

The rants of a young adult curmudgeon

DISCLAIMER: I am an unabashed Wes Anderson fan. 
It’s been that way since Rushmore was a god damn revelation to me about the way film can be made . Anderson showed me a movie that was made with absolute love and care put into every frame. It was a fairy- tale that I couldn’t resist. Moonrise Kingdom takes the fairy-tale world and puts it through the eyes of two 12 year-olds, Sam Shakusky (Jared Gillman) and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward). Just like every other Anderson film it has your typical every shot is centered perfectly and everyone is living in beautiful sadness. 
The lovers get tired of this rigid sadness and escape from their lives into the wilderness. The world is vast and free. Out there they try to make their own kingdom full of dancing on the beach to French New Wave music, reading fantasy escape novels, and ear piercing. Their journey is something to behold.
It’s amazing that the kids steal the show in a movie filled with awesome actors like Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton,  and Bruce Willis. You know you’re stuck in their boring adult ives and envy every second the kids are on screen. 
The film appeals to that part of you that will never die, the little piece of childhood that you can run away and explore the world. It makes a cynic like me feel like there is still some wonder left.
There is a point in the movie were the cool older cousin, played by Max fucking Fischer himself Jason Schwartzman, places Sam into a raft. You passed the torch, my friend.

ARE YOU ALRIGHT SOCIAL SERVICES?

DISCLAIMER: I am an unabashed Wes Anderson fan.
It’s been that way since Rushmore was a god damn revelation to me about the way film can be made . Anderson showed me a movie that was made with absolute love and care put into every frame. It was a fairy- tale that I couldn’t resist.
Moonrise Kingdom takes the fairy-tale world and puts it through the eyes of two 12 year-olds, Sam Shakusky (Jared Gillman) and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward). Just like every other Anderson film it has your typical every shot is centered perfectly and everyone is living in beautiful sadness.
The lovers get tired of this rigid sadness and escape from their lives into the wilderness. The world is vast and free. Out there they try to make their own kingdom full of dancing on the beach to French New Wave music, reading fantasy escape novels, and ear piercing. Their journey is something to behold.
It’s amazing that the kids steal the show in a movie filled with awesome actors like Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, and Bruce Willis. You know you’re stuck in their boring adult ives and envy every second the kids are on screen.
The film appeals to that part of you that will never die, the little piece of childhood that you can run away and explore the world. It makes a cynic like me feel like there is still some wonder left.
There is a point in the movie were the cool older cousin, played by Max fucking Fischer himself Jason Schwartzman, places Sam into a raft. You passed the torch, my friend.

ARE YOU ALRIGHT SOCIAL SERVICES?

Was Mr.Clean’s ethnicity suppose to be genie? Opps, meant Djinn.

Kurosawa, you magnificent bastard with deep focus
So hi, it’s been awhile. Sorry about that thing I said.

Anyways, I’m back with a review for Akira Kurosawa’s 1960 film The Bad Sleep Well. I’m on a bit of a noir kick lately and I thought I’d sit down and watch one of Kurosawa’s crime movies I hadn’t seen and oh boy.

That thing kicked me ass.

I don’t know if I have ever seen Kurosawa make a film as bleak as this. Basically he’s riffing on Hamlet  here and somehow made it even more fucked up. One of my all time favorites, Toshiro Mifune plays Kôichi Nishi, a bastard child trying to avenge his father coerced suicide by his own corporation. The film is still strangely appropriate today as corporate greed still runs rampant.  Back door dealing, hit-men, volcano suicide, and injecting PURE GRAIN ALCOHOL INTO SOMEONE are some of the many things that these guys partake in.

What makes this film so special is the simple fact that Nishi didn’t even like his father. He was the  same kind of suit that he is trying to kill now. He’s just pissed off that the people who did it can sleep well at night. He’ll go as far as to marry the villain’s daughter just for a chance to fuck with him. He’s the kind of guy, I enjoy watching.

I will just say this, Kurosawa is at the top of his game here. The pan focus he loves so much is present in nearly every scene. The last 45 minutes of the film are so tense, you’ll pop a blood vessel.

I wonder how long the bakery spent making that cake
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Akira Kurosawa considers an explosion on the set of RAN.

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Akira Kurosawa considers an explosion on the set of RAN.

March Mustache Madness Day Five: Alex Trebek

Tuning into Jeopardy!  one day in 2001 and not seeing Trebek’s mustaches remains one of the biggest shocks ever.

What is love, Alex? Baby don’t hurt me.

March Mustache Madness Day Five: Alex Trebek

Tuning into Jeopardy! one day in 2001 and not seeing Trebek’s mustaches remains one of the biggest shocks ever.

What is love, Alex? Baby don’t hurt me.

March Mustache Madness Day Four: J. Jonah Jameson

I’m pretty sure the mustache gives him the balls to dedicate his entire paper to destroying a single man’s reputation. 

 BRING ME MY COMB

March Mustache Madness Day Four: J. Jonah Jameson

I’m pretty sure the mustache gives him the balls to dedicate his entire paper to destroying a single man’s reputation.

BRING ME MY COMB

March Mustache Madness Day Three: Al Swearengen

Swearengen’s mustache shows both his ruthless nature and his desire for civilized life. He can do such nice things as not murdering you in the street in front of your child. 

 He may also mention something about you sucking dick.
March Mustache Day Two: Salvador Dali

WHAT DOES THE MUSTACHE MEAN?!?!?! WHY ARE DINOSAURS PORTRAYED AS GREEN?!??! MY HEART ACHES FOR ANSWERS THAT WILL KEEP IT BEATING.

March Mustache Day Two: Salvador Dali

WHAT DOES THE MUSTACHE MEAN?!?!?! WHY ARE DINOSAURS PORTRAYED AS GREEN?!??! MY HEART ACHES FOR ANSWERS THAT WILL KEEP IT BEATING.

Read Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips if you love noir or just crime stories. You’ll never be happier to read about despicable peoples. 

 Volume one available here