Friday, September 04, 2009
Have you ever paid for one movie but once you got inside the theater you went to see something else?
It happened to me today. I plucked down my $12.50 at Regal in Union Square to see the new Sandra Bullock movie "All About Steve", but once inside the lobby, I decided to go see "Inglorious Basterds" instead.
I wasn't planning to ever seeing "IB" in theaters. I get a kick out Quentin Tarantino's movies, but was going to skip this one for its scalping scenes. But today, after I read the NY Times' horrible review of Sandra Bullock's new comedy -- I decided a scalping might be easier to take. Sorry, Sandy.
"Inglorious Basters" was better than I expected. It could stand to be edited by about twenty minutes (some scenes go way too long), but the characters were terrific and the story riveting. I really could have done without all the scalpings, stabbings, choking and Brad Pitt's accent (I didn't buy him in this role. He acted through the whole movie with his eyebrows like he was doing an impersonation of Rhett Butler.) I liked his character, just not the way Brad portrayed him -- he never seemed authentic to me. A little too clever and over the top. But, hey, he's a A-list movie star and I still love looking at him (rope burn and all).
And for all you Sandra Bullock lovers, don't despair, my movie ticket will go toward her box-office totals instead of Quentin Tarantino's this weekend. Will someone please write a great script for Sandra Bullock? She needs it.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Enjoy your BBQs and take a break from writing. We all need to recharge and a three day weekend is the perfect excuse to slack a bit without guilt.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Until next time.