Grew up in Candyland with brothers Mario and Luigi, currently working at a pixie dust factory. As an inventor, made the wheel and modern piano. When not working, I love to eat spoons, karate chop telephones, play Fruit Ninga, measure rulers, play Angry Birds, cower about doomsday, 2012, listen to Rebbeca Black's Friday, listen to Rebbeca Black's first song, the obscure Wednesday, jam on my guitar, jam on my sitar, jam on my saxaphone, jam on my harp, jam on my hurdy gurdy,(Google it. It's a real instrument.)winding wind-up toys, and most importantly, being AWESOME!
I've been a fan of Kubrick for a long time, especially The Shining. But where The Shining was a movie, 2001 is an experience. It's a wild trip through your senses, an exercise for your brain, eyes and ears. An adventure into the consciousness of two geniuses. The word masterpiece comes to mind. The only small flaw is that if you aren't familiar with Arthur C Clarke's work, you may be lost throughout the film. There's a lot of discussion to be had surrounding this film, a lot of arguments to be made and a lot of thinking to follow the viewing of it. And HAL 9000 is my favorite machiene to ever come to the screen. He, or it, is a great villain for a great movie. In conclusion, 2001 may be the most captivating, visually interesting, thought-provoking science fiction film ever.
After watching this film, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" was stuck in my head for hours. Saving Mr. Banks is about PL Travers and her polar opposite, Walt Disney, trying to make an adaption of her beloved book, Mary Poppins, while trying to keep both of them happy. While Emma Thompson's performance is fantastic, but about half the film has got a bad case of Disney-itus. There are sporadic flashbacks about Travers' childhood, with specific focus on her father, played by Colin Farrel, with all the classic Disney cliches. The flashbacks would be acceptable if only the story was interesting. If the flashbacks were shorter, perhaps without dialogue, and didn't take up so much of the film, this movie would have been great. The flashbacks were boring, but the main plot wasn't. The cast was great, though. There are a lot of big people in this movie, even besides Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Colin Farrel, Jason Schwartzman, BJ Novak, Paul Giamatti, Kathy Baker, and more. Thompson plays a stiff Australian author, while Tom Hanks plays a charismatic people person and its great seeing them bounce off each other. Another highlight is the Sherman brothers, the music writers, played by Jason Schwartzman and BJ Novak. They're a lot of fun, especially Schwartzman. I also wish they focus more on what happened before and after the main plot. They skipped the making of the film, as well as all the troubles Disney went to in order to get Travers to even consider selling the rights to her book. But in conclusion, Saving Mr. Banks, while occasionally mildly boring or over-sentimental, it's a heartwarming romp that is worth at least one viewing.