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Catfish / Let Me In / Legends of the Guardians 3D / Suck it Roadrunner, you douchebag!

Catfish / Let Me In / Legends of the Guardians 3D / Suck it Roadrunner, you douchebag!

Tuesday October 5th, 2010 

Go Team Wile E. Coyote! Suck it Roadrunner!

Today was the first movie marathon I planned for the month of October. The Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Year Long Blog enters its 9th month.  Before the first movie started there was an animated short before the first film starring the adventures of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner called “Fur of Flying”. As usual Wile E. Coyote failed with his ACME ordered contraption to catch The Road Runner, which of course backfired on Wile E. Coyote. When I was a kid watching these cartoons I always rooted for The Road Runner and nailed his signature “Beep Beep” call he always flaunted in front of Wile E. Coyote. You know, for the first time in my life The Road Runner can suck it. Now a days he comes across as a “grade A” douchebag. According to Urban Dictionary: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=douchebag

The definition of douchebag is: “Someone who has surpassed the levels of jerk and asshole, however not yet reached fucker or motherfucker.” I hearby claim The Road Runner a douchebag! That smug little ass clown can suck it. I now support team Wile E. Coyote! Check out Wile E. Coyote finally getting some payback on the Road Runner here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhojPjZuD9k

After the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner 3D short, the first movie of my marathon started. It was Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (2010) It was directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen). Starring the voice talents of Ryan Kwanten (True Bloods Jason Stackhouse), Helen Mirren, Anthony LaPaglia, Sam Neill, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush and Hugo Weaving. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is a animated film based on a 15 book series written by Kathryn Lasky. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is based on three of those books. Its about a young barn owl who is kidnapped by owls who formed their own orphanage, and are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga’Hoole for assistance in their quest to fight back. Visually this move was pretty cool to see in 3D, but it doesn’t fall under the “must see in 3D” category I have giving to a few of the other 3D films I’ve seen during this marathon man blog. This film is directed towards kids only, which I found disappointing. Adults write kids films for the most part. I think that kids films should relate to adults too so that the parents or movie marathon weirdo’s like myself can enjoy them as well. Movies like the Toy Story (1995) series, Despicable Me (2010), and Monsters vs Aliens (2009) accomplish this very well, just to name a few. “The Muppet Show” (1976) and all of the original Muppet movies mastered this with adult overtones and inside jokes that we could enjoy later as we saw them again as taller humans. As an adult seeing this film, it kinda sucked when it came to the dialog. I was bored with the story as it translated to film. The 3D visual aspect of the film was the only thing keeping me awake.

*Note* No detailed plot spoilers will be given for the next movie below.

The next movie I saw was Catfish (2010) starring Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman and Megan Faccio. This is the new movie to get the viral online buzz like The Blair Witch Project (1999) and last years Paranormal Activity.

To save the so-called twist from being spoiled the tag line for this film is “Don’t let anyone tell you what it is”

I guess its supposed to be a real documentary about the online risks of relationships and what on-line dating can lead to through the social media that Face Book and other online sites can provide. Its about a New York photographer and his filmmaker friends who sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of his online relationship that develops with a young artist. The trailers and critics are calling this a reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times and a must see for the “Internet Generation”. When I saw the original trailer for this film, it came across as a thriller mystery movie of fiction. The trailer was cleverly done to grab you this way. This movie is not what it seems and the trailer is misleading if you ask me. So I was disappointed cause the original trailer led me to believe something else was going to happen. Even though the movie was disappointing to me I would still recommend it and what it covers and how it’s documented. True or not this is an interesting story. There was one scene in the movie that hit home with me and jolted me emotionally due to personal reasons that I will not disclose in this blog. The scene that I speak of will not affect most people that see this film unless they have a family member with a similar “issue” that one of the persons had in this film. This movie is not what you may suspect, so be warned and throw your expectations out the window.

The last film in my marathon today I saw was Let Me In (2010) starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas. It’s about a bullied young boy who befriends a young female vampire who lives in the apartment next to him with her guardian. This is the USA remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In (2008).

The majority of American remakes of successful foreign films can be disappointing. This was not the case for this movie. Both movies are good in their own way. The original one Let the Right One In is good cause it’s the original but felt more bleak and ominous throughout the whole film, which was its appeal. The original seemed bloodier than the remake too. The remake Let Me In had scenes that mirrored the original but the portrayal of the young female vampire played by Chloe Moretz is what I liked more in the remake than the original. Chloe Moretz recently portrayed the character Hit-Girl in the movie Kick-Ass. Her turn as the vampire girl was captivating to me.  The other thing I liked about the US version is that it takes place during the 1980’s and made me crave Now And Later candy which I consumed a lot of with New Coke and Fun Dip back then. If you are movie savvy like myself and have seen the original version of this film; Let the Right One In, I don’t think you will be disappointed with Let Me In.

So there you go, October starts with a bang! More to come, stay tuned my movie nerds!

– Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  134

  • February           2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September       2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October           2010: Movies Seen: 3
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2 Responses to “Catfish / Let Me In / Legends of the Guardians 3D / Suck it Roadrunner, you douchebag!”


  1. 1 Jane
    October 6, 2010 at 4:48 am

    wow- intrigued for personal reasons about catfish… good to hear about Let Me In, as the review I read in People gave it an aweful one. You should write for people magazine. Definitely, you should. A Douchebag? Really?? This is truly a disappointment for this former fan.

    Love your movie blogs!


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