Monday, November 1, 2010

Reel Insight: Episode 20 - Damon/Affleck

This week we did a two-fer to catch up after missing last week.  Ben Affleck and Matt Damon began their careers together and continue to be the longest lasting romance in Hollywood.  We discussed the season finale of Mad Men, Rocky Horror Glee, and Live vs Documentary style TV episodes. Oh, and we announce our October winner.  Mad Hatter, c'mon down!!!   It's a long episode, but enjoy. 

This was actually a pretty interesting week catching up on the few movies they're in that I haven't seen.

30 Rock: Season 4, beginning of Season 5 - This was for Matt Damon's performance as a pilot who becomes Liz Lemon's boyfriend.  I'm sure this will play out in more episodes, but as of now, he's a hysterical character who just shows up on occasion.  The season overall was terrific and I was excited to catch up.

Gigli - Yes, I watched this.  It deserves ALL of it's bad reputation.  Here's an early quote from Mr. Affleck that sums up how much this movie sucks.  He's explaining to Jennifer Lopez why he's in charge.  "If by some fuckin' miracle long shot you haven't heard of my reputation let me tell you who the fuck I am! I am the fuckin' Sultan of Slick, Sadie! I am the rule of fuckin' cool! You wanna be a gangster? You wanna be a thug? You sit at my fuckin' feet and gather the pearls that emanate forth from me! Because I'm the fuckin' original, straight-first-foremost, pimp-mack, fuckin hustler, original gangster's gangster!"

Boiler Room - It's been a while since I've seen Wall Street but this movie felt just like it but missing Gorden Gecko.  Affleck plays one of the higher ups bossing around all the trainees (particularly Giovanni Ribisi who is terrific).  I actually saw an episode of Burn Notice recently that summed up the entirety of this movie in about 48 minutes.  And Jeffrey Donovan is MUCH cuter than Ribisi

Extract - Sooooo boring.  I think the director was trying to recreate his success with Office Space and fails miserably.  Affleck is wearing a curly longish wig that all I wanted to do was snatch off his head!

Changing Lanes - This movie makes you feel uneasy for almost all of it.  A random collision on the FDR brings together Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck.  Jackson's trying to get to a custody case, which he's late for and misses so loses his kids.  Affleck accidentally leaves behind a brief that he needs for court too.  Basically this sets in motion a series of RAGE events that escalate and then they calm down, and then escalate.  It's hard to tell who wins, but they're friends by the end.  Very odd.


Rachel said...

Can you believe I cut 30 minutes out of the recording?! We ran almost two hours initially, but I just didn't think folks would want to hear that much of us, so I trimmed a bit here and there until it seemed a reasonable run time.

Jess said...

I'm impressed you got it to that. Now I'm definitely going to have to listen to it. Great job!

Nick said...

What? No Demented Podcast pimpin' on your blog, Jess? :P

And I'll be listening to the rest of Reel Insight that isn't Quotable Quotes later this evening!

Castor said...

Oh you watched Gigli, that's dedication Jess! I did like Extract though, I thought it was quite funny but that's probably because I really like Jason Bateman as an actor.