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How long is too long?

Family Movie Night


by Karyn Bowman


Have you ever had that feeling of knowing something was good but the downside was that it took too long to do?


This past week I brought home The Adventures of Tin-Tin. This is a great movie that was directed by Steven Spielberg and was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.


adventures of tintinI love the way the animation folds out as if you are reading right along in the graphic novel that is the source material for the movie. In some ways it reminded me of Inception starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The books, by the way, have been popular in Europe for years, and Spielberg seemed to be the perfect director to bring Tin-Tin and his dog, Snowy, to life


The problem started as every single kid who walked into our house had the same comment when they saw the dvd box on the table.


That movie is too long.”


Some tried to justify it by saying they fell asleep and when the woke up (a couple of times) the movie was still playing. Or they said it was good but they couldn’t keep up with it. This seems strange to me since the movie has plenty of action and adventure with blinding rain storms and a chase along the narrow streets of an old city.


Many times the Oscar movies are longer. They want to tell all aspects of a story and sometimes you need more than the usual 90 minutes of the average feature film. And that can be fine, especially in a movie such as any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy which flew by very quickly for me.


son of the maskThen again, I have been to some movies that were only 70 minutes long – the bare minimum for a full length feature film – and felt as if they would never end. There was a Dana Carvey movie like that which should have been better but never seemed to get done. I could say the same about Son of the Mask starring Jamie Kennedy as well as the Scooby Doo live action movies.


With all that in mind, I looked up the length of the movie for Tin-Tin. It was 107 minutes which translates into 1 hour, 47 minutes. Most movies are 1 hour, 30 minutes long.


I am not sure what this all means because these are the same kids who play video games for hours on end until we turn off the TV and kick them out of the house to get some fresh air. An extra 17 minutes drives them to distraction? Really?


pride and prejudiceWell, I will remember that the next time I am watching all glorious 129 minutes of Pride and Prejudice starring Kierra Knightly and Matthew Macfayden. The time seems to fly when I am watching this movie – all 2 hours and 9 minutes.


Until next week, see you in the Rental Aisle.


In my mind there is no better amusement than a truly bad movie.

Picture by IMDb.com

 Last week, The Bounty Hunter came out on DVD. This PG-13 movie was not given many good reviews. Roger Ebert stated only the personalities of the lead actors, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, carry the movie.

 The plot is about Butler working as a bounty hunter who gets the assignment to bring in his ex-wife, newspaper reporter Anniston. She is currently working on a story about an unsolved murder which gets both of them deeper and deeper into trouble as well as back into love.

 But is it truly the worst so-bad-it’s-good type of movie?

 It is one thing to have poor performances and a cheesy script. What I love is a movie that goes all out despite all of these factors.

 My favorite truly bad movie is Barb Wire starring Pamela Anderson Lee and Victoria Rowell. It is a re-telling of Casablanca in a post-apocalyptic world. Lee does her best to be Rick and Rowell is a female Victor Laslow.

Pamela Anderson as Barb Wire, picture from IMDb.com

 There are some great fight scene and truly over-wrought moments. Lee even gives us a good look at the assets that have made her famous. While there have been some truly bad movies made since then, this movie ranks as my personal highest. With the bit of nudity and salty language, it is no wonder that this movie has an R rating.

 We can argue if feminists would hate or love this movie, the rightness or wrongness of Lee’s outfits or her actions in the face of completely de-moralizing actions of others. But the explosions and fights along with the parting scene is enough to make me love this movie every time I watch it for the joy of its badness.

 Most people think that any movie made to be family-friendly must always be of lesser quality. I hate that thought and believe that this genre can be as well made as any other movie. However, there are some that one cannot ignore as being very bad although not so bad they are good.

picture from IMDb.com

 Every time I see Son of the Mask being watched by my children, I cringe. Jaime Kennedy and Traylor Howard are the parents of a child who has the abilities of the Mask that we came to know in The Mask with Jim Carrey. However, this time Loki is looking for the mask.

 While this movie goes all out, I can not find enjoyment in the badness of it all. You have to be able to like or identify with one character to truly love a movie and I have never been able to do that with this one.

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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