Intro – now we have a short letter, the shortest since episode 1 (the #’s which only had 2) but in reality this is much shorter. The first episode consisted of almost 20 hours of material, where this one (consisting of only 3 movies) is only about 6 hours. As of this posting I am still making my way through the F’s but that is currently on hiatus because starting tomorrow I will be doing my Totally Awesome All 80’s August. More on that tomorrow.
The End of the Tour – my favorite author of all time is David Foster Wallace, this is a movie about him. An Indy borderline mumblecore film about the end of his “Infinite Jest” book tour while he’s followed around and interviewed by David Lipsky who’s working for Rolling Stones magazine. Lipsky is played by Jessie Eisenberg, I don’t know how closely he portrays his counterpart but I’ve seen him in a few movies and he has never disappointed. Wallace is played by Jason Seagal, and my God he captures Wallace 1000%, both in look and voice. If your a fan of Wallace, this is a must see. Otherwise I don’t know what you may think of it. Every January I read a lengthy selection of Wallace material, I’ve been doing this for 4 years, this year I’ve added this movie into the mix as well. I’ve seen it three times now and it gets better with every viewing, for me anyway.
Enter the Dragon – another kung-fu movie, and yes it does have Jackie Chan in it but in a very limited role (he gets hit with one punch I think, his screen time is under a minute, but yes I did notice him on my own without being told he was in the movie and looking for him) the main star of this film is Bruce Lee. The movie is very 70’s and not particularly funny (save a few parts) but it is quite good. A Chinese drug lord is hosting a kung-fu tournament and Lee (that’s his character name too btw) is sent in by a spy agency. The fight scenes are more minimalist, with few weapons being used, and less choreography compared to a typical Chan flick, which goes to making the film seem more real. Worth watching if you like the genre.
National Lampoons European Vacation – easily the worst of the three original vacation movies. It’s a bit of a mess, a thin plot to string together jokes with an international twist. It suffers from a problem that plagues a lot of sequels which is that is caricatures the original film and doesn’t continue the story set up in the first movie. It’s kind of surprising that a third movie in the series was even made, but I think we are all glad it was. There were a few good scenes in the movie, don’t get me wrong, it isn’t terrible, just not as good as it could have or should have been. My favorite scene in the movie by far is this. I didn’t actually get the joke at first because in context when I heard the German word for six I automatically thought of the number. I did take German in high school but never got very fluent, I’m not good with languages, accept for English, and that took me quite a while on its own.