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Monday
Sep052011

The Worst Neighbors on Film #atthemovies #amwriting #amblogging #nowplaying

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It’s time for another stop on the Monday Movie Meme tour where participants are treated to a show each week by Smurfin’ the Web and I until The Bumbles returns to center stage. The topic for this week is....Neighbors from Hell! My topic is inspired by a jerk man in the Army I met earlier this summer who has been experiencing the problems that come with having an overbearing and unpleasant neighbor.

Share on your blog movies that feature neighbors that make you want to relocate or wish you never moved into a particular place of residency in the first place. These neighbors are usually rude, crude and sometimes have nothing else better to do than annoy the heck out of others around them. Here are my movie selections for this “Neighbors from Hell” topic. They are categorized by common problems that people deal with in real life.

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Common Problem #1 - Keeping Up with the Joneses

After losing the stunning front lawn due to financial difficulties in “Fun with Dick and Jane,” Jim Carrey’s character steals patches of lawn from several other residents on his block to make his wife feel better about their unfortunate circumstances. This unwise decision leads to a crappy looking front lawn sprinkled with a few green pieces surrounded by a lot of dirt for the couple. It also results in a block full of houses with lawns that are missing a section of grass, which ruins the swanky appearance of each house and also lowers the value of that street.

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Common Problem #2 - The Inconsiderate Nuisance

While “Friends with Money” starring Jennifer Aniston follows the story of a single woman and her three married friends, one of the couples in particular are a prime example of why there are ordinances and zoning laws in some neighborhoods that determine what residents can and cannot do, even if they own their home. Catherine Kenner plays Christine who works at home with her husband David (played by Jason Isaacs) as screenwriters. They decide to add a floor to their house, providing them a great ocean view from their balcony.

All seems to be coming along until Christine realizes that the loud and space-hogging construction work taking place at their house is not the only reason why the neighbors are no longer talking to this unsatisfied woman and her husband. The addition to their home blocks everyone else’s view on the street, making the home remodeling project an overbearing reminder of shutting people out. What Christine and David fails to realize as first is that sprucing up their home doesn’t fix the main problem.....their relationship. As the construction continues, a marriage falls apart along with a sense of community since the other residents do not like them now.

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Common Problem #3 - Landlord Tenant Disputes

Michael Keaton became a sociopathic maniac in “Pacific Heights” but what made matters worse is the fact that innocent neighbors were affected by an eviction war between Keaton’s character and the landlords who own his apartment. Keaton plays a con artist who sabotages the property at his landlords’ expense. His behavior goes so far as to deliberately infest the other tenant’s apartment with pests until they eventually got fed up and moved out, thus causing the landlords to lose out on their main source of revenue from this property.

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Common Problem #4 - Nosey, Sexist and/or Racist People

In “Lakeview Terrace,” Samuel Jackson plays a cop with a chip on his shoulder who will stop at nothing to drive away the interracial couple who moved in next door. His harassment reaches violent levels and while the trailer still didn’t get me into a movie theater to watch “Lakeview Terrace” when it was released in 2008, the film was given a nice spot on my rental queue. I haven’t yet watched this movie in it’s entirety but when I do, there are no doubts in my mind that this may be the epitome of what it is like to have a neighbor from hell.

Who are some of the worst neighbors in movies that YOU've watched?

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Monday
Aug292011

My Favorite Chase Scenes in Film #MondayMovieMeme #atthemovies

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Or shall I say.....my favorite chase scenes that I remember at the moment. This week, Smurfdok at Smurfin’ the Web is hosting the Monday Movie Meme while it is on tour between his blog and mine as The Bumbles has some alone time with little Samuel. The topic is “Ooo Chase Me!” – What are your favourite chase scenes from the movies? so, here are my picks for this week’s theme.

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Bad Boys II

There are a few chase scenes in this Michael Bay film but my favorite one started it all off as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence play Miami detectives who intercept a drug deal gone bad. The chase scene lasts for a long time and causes major car wrecks on the highway, ending with a shootout between the DEA, Miami Police Department, Cuban drug smugglers and street thugs.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edword Furlong have their work cut out for them while trying to escape from being targets of the T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick), an upgraded version of Schwarzenegger’s character with a relatively invincible structure and fearless attitude that stretches from indoors out onto the road.

The chase scenes from “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” could not be embedded, so the one where John Connor is being chased during the daytime is here and the scene where he, along with his mother and The Terminator (played by Schwarzenegger) are being chased at night is here.

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Saturday
Aug272011

Movie Theater Audiences Gone Wild #GBE2 #atthemovies #nowplaying

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In filmmaker Steve Balderson’s Wamego series, it is revealed that audiences at one of his screenings for “Watch Out” started walking out, yelling expletives and throwing things. It wasn’t until Beth over at Word Nerd Speaks posted this week’s GBE2 topic that I started thinking more about how the action at movie theaters seem to extend from the screen all the way into the seating area and out in the lobby these days. Are movie theater audiences getting out of control or have they always been this way depending on what is playing on the big screen?

The audience reaction that Balderson received during a “Watch Out” screening may be wild but it seems like small potatoes compared to other situations that occurred at movie theaters that put people in danger. In 2010, a Drexel University student was shot during a robbery attempt at The Rave (formerly known as The Bridge Cinema) movie theater in Philadelphia, PA. What the victim thought sounded like firecrackers became the very thing that injured him....all while he was in the lobby of a place that is celebrated as the go-to spot for escape from reality for a brief two hours or so of fun at the movies.

Earlier this year in April, police were searching for a 30-something man who exposed himself to children at a movie theater in Miami. Reports about this incident claim that the man also spoke to at least one of the children, identifying himself as a police officer.....as if these kids weren’t horrified enough, now someone is impersonating someone that many children view as heroes?!

As wild as the University City shooting and Miami kiddie flasher incidents are, there is not shortage of jerks who take it up a notch by intentionally harming others. In June 2010, a man who is pushing 40 years of age was convicted of several felony charges after attacking an 81 year-old man in the bathroom of an AMC Movie Theater in Colorado.

These days, there is just as much action in movie theater seats, lobbies and restrooms as there is playing up on the big screen. In a time when people have to pay around $15 to see something like “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” or any other film at a theater while risking the chance that they may end up paying $1,500 in emergency hospital bills, credit card charges or identity restoration if a stranger decides to start wilding out in some form during their visit, maybe waiting for the DVD rental is a better (and safer) way to watch new movies.

The other alternative would be to join the crowd of people who have built their own home movie theaters that, while small, provide the cinematic experience without all the hassle of having to encounter rude cell phone users, perverts and criminals because after all, there is no reason to even go to the movies if people leave the theater with more problems than they came in with. Is THIS what movie goers pay $5, $10 and $20 bucks for (plus fees, for those who buy tickets online)? I think not.

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