Tag: films

Guardians Let Down + Deliver Us From Evil

Date #342 – Monday, July 7, 2014

A: I got intel on a preview of Guardians of the Galaxy and found out how to get tickets. I went two hours early, B meeting me there, only to find out that it was a 17 minute preview of the scene – and we didn’t even like it. I was so many. I hated that we wasted so much time there and no one even said once it was only 17 minutes. Multiple people were confused, too. Well I wrote IMAX later and complaint that their wording was off. The ticket read: Guardians of the Galaxy – first look with an exclusive 17 minutes of footage. What do you think?

IMAX ended up compensating us with two tickets which was really nice. We also went to see Deliver Us From Evil which I thought was funny. It was our first horror in the theatre (and second overall). When we first met I asked B if he liked horror movies and he said yes. I was stoked to have a buddy to get scared with! ……but every time I suggest a horror movie B looks at like and says, “But that’s scary.” It’s adorable so I can’t get mad but, finally, we’re watching them! What should be our third??

B: I pay a lot of attention to customer service. I’ve worked for a lot of companies and I currently freelance in Media, so I really obsess over intended messages, audiences, and connecting with people.

I think Marvel Studios’ “preview” was a MASSIVE fail. I think it set the wrong expectation and, as a result, let a lot of people down. Also, they missed out on an opportunity to get a bunch of fans talking about the movie super-early.

But, it’s killing at the box-office and we were nicely reimbursed for our time so that’s all good.

What is more important is how A and I noted the one female character (and I include all background characters in this statement) we saw during our 17-minute scene. Yes, only ONE. It was an indicator of what I already suspected, a studio who in its ten releases has yet to release a film with a female lead, still doesn’t get it. Not having seen the entire film, I’ll leave you with a quote from this Salon review:

Gunn genuinely went out to create a film with “strong female characters” and was savvy enough to include a basic Bechdel pass. But then secure in the knowledge that he was meeting that goal, he failed to realize that jokes about prostitution and background characters like the Collector’s assistant and Peter Quill’s one-night-stands would serve to undermine those intentions.

Shorts That Are Not Pants – Date #171 – Jan 16, 2014

B: A heard about this short-film film festival and got us tickets. I love short films and was super excited. I biked straight there after CBC and settled in for 7 short films.  The theme of all the films was “relationships” (perfect). Some were funny, some were romantic, all were incredible. My favourite was Mae and Ash, a film about a couple in an open relationship.

A: My favourite was Swimming Pool. I haven’t cried of laughter in like this in months.

Swimming pool from Alexandra Hetmerova on Vimeo.

Double Feature – Date #61 – September 7, 2013

A: One good film, one bad film and, guess what, the good one was Canadian. Swoon.

B: Surprise, the film by writer of Mad Men and Sopranos Matthew Weinier was terrible! (You are Here) despite an A-list cast of Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler. A wrote a review that says it all (read it).

The F Word, by Michael Dowse was incredible and heart-warming. At one point one of the characters says, “when you have something good you have to hold on to it.” I think that about A and our relationship.

Spies and Gilstrup – Date #60 – September 6, 2013

B: You gotta love a film that unnecessarily celebrates a whore-mongering, sexist, business-man…or not. Maybe it was that more than the first half was dedicated to beating the audience over the head with one character trait, or maybe it was the need to drag out a scene implying the rape of a 15 year-old-girl, but Danish Director Christopher Boe’s “Spies & Gilstrup (Sex, Drugs, and Taxation)” has been the most terrible and morally disgusting film I’ve seen at TIFF.
A was really excited and showed me the preview. And then I was really excited. What happened!?! This film had a lot of potential. We talked about it a lot on the walk home – about how Boe could have showed Spies ways with half a scene, about how Gilstrup’s political rise was completely rushed, about why Director’s think that showing the objectification of women (ad nauseum) is OK. Ultimately we love film and we love the equal treatment of all people. The film industry is rating because it is still heavily dominated by white men. I love how passionate A and I can get about these issues.

After we tried watching the end of an episode of Breaking Bad to make us feel better.

A: I hated this movie.