Double Take Review: Rewatching Yes Man is a Yes, maybe

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 I chose Yes Man because I am Jim Carrey fan. I am even a “post Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” fan. After that movie, his movies have been up and down for me and Yes Man was one of them. My memory of this movie watching it back in 2008 was that it wasn’t that great. Way too far fetch for a comedy even. Didn’t really have a desire to watch it again or recommend it. Decided to watch it again to see if I have changed my opinion on the film. 

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Double Take: The Witches

“You are DOOMED old woman. You are DOOMED FOREVER!”

What can I say about the movie The Witches that you don’t already know or feel about it. This is one of those movies that you have either never seen/heard of before or you have and the film was apart of your childhood. I don’t recall anyone saying this film was bad. This movie, even though I haven’t watched it since I was a kid, is a fun and wonderful adaptation from the book I would watch all the time along with Labyrinth. It was sort of my double creature feature when I was young. This film along with another good called The Worst Witch started my love of witches in film. 

For those who have never seen this movie, watch the trailer in all it’s 90’s glory and read my opinion on the film after watching it over two to three decades later. 

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Double Take: Urban Legend

Wes Craven’s Scream back in 1996 changed the way we see horror movies till this day with its meta format mixing humor and horror together and also making killing teenagers fun and exciting again. Afterwards, almost every follow up attempted to recreate the success by finding any creative way to kill teens for being sinful. One of those films came two years later in 1998 called Urban Legend.

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Double Take: Tango & Cash

Stallone and Russell are one of the best team ups I remember back in the 80’s.

tango-and-cashIs it safe to say that Tango & Cash is at cult classic status at this point? I don’t know but if it isn’t it ought to be. In the 80’s there were numbers upon numbers of buddy comedies and cop action movies down the pipeline and this movie is one of the best ones in my opinion.

The movie just worked. I forgot how much one liners and witty comebacks between the two leads there were. One after another and even poking fun at themselves. These two were perfect to be paired up together also as bad cop/worst cop. At the time of release it was 1989 and both Sylvester Stallone (Rambo and Rocky series) and Kurt Russell(Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China) had a bit of movies under their belt to create fandom. So it made sense not only to have them in an action cop film but to be paired up and do things they weren’t normally use to which is make us laugh our butt off and just have fun. Which is exactly what they did in this film.

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Double Take: Se7en

If you haven’t seen the movie, this is a spoiler alert. Be cautious as I will be talking about the movie thoroughly including the ending.

This week I rewatched another David Fincher film Se7en. I was very excited to watch this film again. It has been too long. Sometimes I would see this on cable TV and I tell myself, “Don’t watch it, wait till you have time to watch the whole thing and unedited.” That time never came around but I own this movie and I guess now is that time to watch. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really understand the 7 deadly sins until I watched this movie. So there you go, movies can teach you a thing or two. I did watch this movie in theatres, but I was not old enough to go by myself. I remember there were a lot of things that i didn’t really catch watching it the first time because my movie sleuthing and detection wasn’t as good as it is today. Some of its meaning was a little lost on me but in the end I really enjoyed this thriller the first time around. Now that I am older and wiser, I have been very curious if I would pick more things I didn’t know before. 

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Double Take: Requiem For a Dream

Purple in the morning, Blue in the afternoon, Orange in the evening, and Green at night.

What I remember from this movie is that it was very dark. Deep emotions and hard to watch scenes guided this movie that gave me an unsettling feeling. From a third person movie perspective. Darren Aronofsky created a realistic take on the additions of drugs and other emotions that plague us and can lead us down a dark path. I was about 19 almost 20 yrs old when I first saw this film. Just starting to be out on my own but still unaware of what drugs did to a person. So this movie was very eye opening for me. I picked this movie because now that I am older and also on my own taking care of myself, I wanted to see if I would react the same or more connected to the movie.

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Double Take: Panic Room

For Flashback Friday this week I decided to do Panic Room with Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart. When I saw this film back in 2002, David Fincher had already given me one of my favorite movies of all time to this day and that was The Game with Michael Douglas. Excellent film. Fincher definitely has a range in his films directing and I feel like Panic Room is just one of those unique films that took something that could have been so one note and developed a solid thriller. I wanted to re watch this film because a lot has changed since than. Of course, I have more thrillers under my belt so I feel like I’ve seen a lot of films that would make an almost 2 hr film take place in a home about a room the whole time wouldn’t be as entertaining as it was when I first saw it in theatres. Also, Kristen Stewart hasn’t really had the best of luck with Twilight series behind her belt and the Snow White and the Huntsmen. Most people believe she is very one note. So I wanted to see if that would affect my viewing watching it again after 14 yrs.

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