My Favorite Movies! Numbers 5 & 6

As always, check the ratings before viewing with children or old people sensitive to loud noises.

#6: Boondock Saints
I first heard about this movie from some coworkers back in 2004. Knowing that they were all dirty heathens, I didn't put a ton of stock in their reviews. But I figured it was worth a viewing just so I had something to talk about with them other than how depressing their lives were. And yes their lives were depressing. They were working the same place I was, after all.
For this movie its best to focus on the basics of the story instead of the method in which its delivered. That rating warning is a big one on this movie. Not to be watched with kids, and there's a solid chance some adults will find it in bad taste. On the surface it seems like a horrible movie. Two Catholic brothers get a 'calling' one day to go vigilante on all the bad people in their neighborhood who continually elude justice. Oh, and if that doesn't sound bad enough, there's a version of this movie that's about 5 minutes long that's just a collection of all the swear words in the movie. Yea, a LOT of swearing.
Still, I find myself loving this movie by the time it is over. These guys stumble or style themselves through numerous rough situations, and keep getting away with it. It has some very funny moments in it too. Everything from jokes to one-liners.
As for actors in this movie, there's that ugly Willem Dafoe guy as the lead police officer. And Sean Patrick Flanery plays one of the brothers.
Here's a trailer. But try not to pay too much attention. You might doze off and think you saw Willem in drag. Now that's traumatizing!


#5: Batman with Michael Keaton
Directed by Tim Burton, which explains why almost zero scenes even happen during the day. I add the lead actor's name, because young folk have no sense of history. I hear many of them clamoring about how Batman: The Dark Knight is the greatest movie ever, and it drives me crazy. Part of what makes a movie great is how it stands the test of time. I will be interested to see what everyone's saying about this movie 5 years or 10 years from now. Will it be like this original Batman where they tear its sequels to pieces by comparison? Only time will tell.
Well back in the day, the Joker could be immensely creepy and immensely funny at the same time. Jack Nicholson defined what it meant to be funny in the insane way. He and his band of circus clown rejects in black coats went around causing havoc with laughing gas, performing scary surgery on pretty women, spraying acid at people, and generally ruling the town through crazy antics. Aside from the fact that there was nothing like this movie around when it was made (another point against The Dark Knight is the sheer number of Batman movies made before it), there is also an amazingly awesome soundtrack. You have the option of liking or disliking Prince, but after watching the movie and seeing how his tracks capture every scene they play in perfectly, one can hardly argue the talent. I happen to like Prince's music even outside of this film. Nonetheless, Party Man, Lemon Crush, Trust, and Batdance were spectacular. I think Batdance even had sound clips from the film. The funny and serious ones. All mixed together. Brilliant!
Anyway, basic premise is Bruce Wayne is a rich guy who doesn't like to sleep. Traumatic past! He actually helps create the Joker in this version, which does in some way remove the creepy 'where did this guy come from?' feel that is found in the newer film. But it also increases Batman's drive to take him down because he's so guilt-ridden. Anyway, the Joker takes over the major crime syndicate, and the police in the town are so corrupt and retarded that this basically means he gets to run the town. He takes over broadcasts in which the Chief of Police is talking about controlling things and taking the city back. In the words of Kelso from That 70's Show.... BURN!! He even throws a parade where he rains money down on the retarded public masses. Go Joker!
Seriously folks. At least for historical sake, find this film and watch it. And remember the time it came out and the fact it was original. And THEN, after that, look to The Dark Knight and see how it measures up. TDK is still a great movie, I assure you. But the original Batman is EPIC. If only for the many one-liners the Joker had.

"Wait'll they get a load of me."
"This town needs an enema!"
"Where does he get such wonderful toys?"
"Think about the future."
"Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? I ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it."
"He was a thief, and a terrorist. On the other hand he had a tremendous singing voice."
"Now comes the part where I relieve you, the little people, of the burden of your failed and useless lives. But, as my plastic surgeon always said: if you gotta go, go with a smile."

And he DID!!!