WITNESS (1985)

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Christopher

I remember watching this when I was young. From what I remember my parents remembered really liking it so we rented it and must of watched it as a family. I really enjoy this movie and I find all the Amish aspects very interesting. However, I have always found this movie very slow and kind of boring.

I can’t really pinpoint why I feel this way in a bad way and not a good way but it just does not hold my interest all the way throughout. I definitely enjoyed it more than I did when I was a kid. I found it easier to be interested in the story but the way its shot is still what gets me. It reminds me of those old Paula Deen cooking shows. They were always shot so hazy and that drives me crazy. Witness is shot in a similar manner to me; it’s very hazy.

I still like this movie though and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. It’s pretty interesting.

Elizabeth (spoilers!)

Witness was great. It was a movie that I thought I had kinda seen, kinda not seen, mostly because it was a VHS that we owned but I wasn’t allowed to watch. After watching it now, I think it’s safe to say that I never really did see this movie before.

I really loved that Witness was quiet and a little slow moving but was still a good action-y movie. It follows Rachel (Kelly McGillis), a newly-widowed Amish woman and her young son, Samuel (Lukas Haas) who are really just trying to take a train to visit Rachel’s sister. Now, we somehow managed to watch two Lukas Haas movies back-to-back with Witness and Material Girls, which is sort of amazing since they’re on complete opposite ends of the good movie spectrum. And while Lukas Haas looks fine in Material Girls, he was so fucking cute in Witness.

He's just like this adorable little mini person in his cute Amish suit!
He’s just like this adorable little mini person in his cute Amish suit!

Anyway, while at this crowded train station, Samuel goes into the men’s bathroom. A man smiles at him as he walks in and Samuel locks himself in a stall. He hears some scuffling so he looks through the crack of the bathroom door . . . to see fucking Danny Glover slitting the throat of the man who smiled at Samuel. Shiiiiiiiiiit! That was the first sign to me that I hadn’t really seen this movie. I knew the kid witnessed a murder. But like, this murder was fairly gruesome. They practically cut the guy’s head off! And then to make everything super scary, Danny Glover (playing someone named McFee) suspects someone else is in the bathroom, so he goes through all the stalls until Samuel ducks under another stall at the last minute. It’s really an incredibly stressful scene and Samuel looking really cute and innocent and scared just adds to it.

So Detective John Book (Harrison Ford) and his partner, Carter, get assigned to the case and we find out that the murdered man was actually a cop. John brings Samuel into the police station the next day to look over mugshots and lineups, but Samuel doesn’t see the killer. While John is on the phone, Samuel starts walking around the office and stops at a trophy case where there’s a picture of McFee getting an award. This scene is great because when Samuel sees McFee’s picture, it’s like he’s seen a ghost. He looks at John across the room and John can immediately tell that something’s up. The scene is in slow motion as both Samuel and John silently realize that that is the killer and he’s a cop. John goes to Chief Schaeffer, his boss, to tell him about McFee and Schaeffer tells him to keep everything quiet until they figure it out. Almost immediately after, McFee shoots John in a parking garage, which makes John realize that Schaeffer is in on it, too. He calls Carter to get him to get the file on the murder and drives Rachel and Samuel back to their community but passes out from his gunshot wound.

Rachel is scared to bring John to a hospital because that could easily lead McFee and Schaeffer back to her and Samuel, so the elders agree to let John stay while Rachel helps nurse him back to health. They both start to fall for each other a little bit while she takes care of him, which makes a ton of sense considering both of their characters are beautiful, nice, and single. Rachel’s neighbor, Daniel (Alexander Godunov) is also beautiful, nice, and single, and likes Rachel, which sort of puts a spotlight on Rachel and John’s possible relationship. The Amish seem split on John; everyone knows (or seems to know) why he’s there and that it’s essentially for their own protection (and especially Samuel’s), but they’re also hesitant about him being there and what may be going on with he and Rachel. At one point, John accidentally catches Rachel bathing, though neither of them really leave once they both realize he’s watching. Rachel actually turns to him, topless, obviously ready for something, but instead he leaves and later tells her that if they had slept together (which was definitely about to happen) it would mean he would have to stay or she would have to go.

John and some of the men go into town so John can use a phone, when John is told that Carter was murdered. A bunch of asshole-y tourists start messing with the Amish, taking their picture and yelling at them for not being in the military. The Amish don’t do anything because they appear to have pretty strict rules about things like fighting in public, but luckily John is just dressed as an Amish man, so he has no problem kicking their asses. But doing that causes the news of an Amish man starting a fight to spread back to the Philadelphia police, who now know where John, Rachel, and Samuel are. Once John and Rachel both realize that John has to leave because of the publicity the fight brought him, neither of them have any trouble making out like crazy in a cornfield and, we can assume, having crazy awesome sex. The next day Schaeffer, McFee, and Fergie (who was the other guy that killed the cop along with McFee) show up at Rachel’s farm. John kills Fergie by suffocating him in a corn silo (which is both badass and super scary) and then uses Fergie’s shotgun to kill McFee. Before Schaeffer can kill John or anyone else, though, Samuel sounds an alarm bell that causes all the Amish in the community to come over. This essentially saves John as Schaeffer can’t kill John in front of a ton of witnesses, so he gets arrested instead.

I can’t help but wonder how this whole thing must have affected Samuel’s view of law enforcement. Because the world of law enforcement in Witness is a super scary one where anyone might be a killer and no one is safe. Obviously John is a good cop example, but he’s pretty much it. I just imagine that that would seem so terrifying to a young kid. But anyway, I was expecting Witness to be really fast and full of action but I’m glad it wasn’t like that. The movie had a sort of Terrence Malick feel to me, in a good way. And that makes sense, in it’s own way, that a movie that deals so much with the Amish would be more subtle and quiet. I also really loved how delicate John’s relationships with Rachel and Samuel were. He obviously respected them both and wanted to help them while also not doing anything that they would be against. It was just sort of sweet, like he genuinely cared about what happened to them (and not just because Rachel is hot). I really enjoyed this movie and everyone looked great . . . bummer that Danny Glover had to play a crazy killer, though. But at least no one was KGB!

MATERIAL GIRLS (2006)

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Elizabeth

I liked watching Lizzie McGuire when it was first on, but I must say I never felt a real need to see Hilary Duff in a movie (and I never saw the Lizzie McGuire movie[s]). She never seemed like a strong enough actress to carry a movie and I couldn’t really see her as anything else but a Lizzie McGuire-type of character. Material Girls supports this theory.

This time, her real-life sister, Haylie Duff, is thrown into the mix and proves herself to be less than helpful. They play Tanzania “Tanzie” Marchetta (Hilary) and Ava Marchetta (Haylie), heiresses to their dead father’s skin cosmetics line fortune. A scandal breaks that the company’s products cause major skin damage, causing the sisters’ assets to frozen and all of their “help” to be fired. To make themselves feel better, the sisters decide to put Tanzie’s skills to use (as she is apparently a chemistry genius) and give themselves a spa night, complete with face masks and scented candles. Which is all well and good, but here’s the thing though: I’ve met a good amount of people who are really skilled in chemistry and I can guarantee they all know one thing to be true: water puts out fire. And given that the whole “stop, drop, and roll” thing is taught so early on to children, I’m pretty sure the concept of water putting out fire is taught prettyyyyyyyy early on. And while I don’t know this for sure, I’m fairly confident a chemist would know how flammable nail polish remover is and I’m nearly positive that any female who has had her nails painted pretty much her whole life would know that, too. But alas, Tanzie knocks over some nail polish remover, which comes in contact with a scented candle, and suddenly their living room coffee table is up in flames. Instead of getting some water or a fire extinguisher or calling 911, the girls scream and run away. Literally. That’s what the picture is from. They scream, grab some clothes and bags, run out of the house and drive to a hotel as their house burns down for no reason. Because these are intelligent, capable adults that you really want to watch do anything.

They can’t stay at a hotel because they have no money, so they decide to go to the apartment of their former housekeeper. Now, it’s important to note that their former housekeeper, Inez, does not live in the projects. She lives in what appears to be a pretty standard, lower middle-class apartment complex. While walking up to Inez’s door, the sisters pass by a man on his way to his door. The man doesn’t even look at them, but he is black. So what do the girls do?

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Look at him, scream, and run up the stairs! Okayyyyyyyy!!

Anyway, everyone with the company is telling the girls they need to sell it to Fabiella (Anjelica Huston . . . why??), which will earn them $60 million each. Not to mention Fabiella tells the sisters that as “one businesswoman to businesswomen,” she will take care of their careers, including employing Tanzie as a chemist (without going to school for it). And, for the record, Fabiella is not evil. But because the sisters are stubborn and stupid, they turn her down. Instead, they decide to get to the bottom of the scandal and enlist help from love interests: for Tanzie, it’s Rick, a lab assistant that she continually mistakes for a valet; and for Ava it’s Henry (Lukas Haas), a lawyer who seems to at first only interact with Ava because it’s amusing, and then realizes she is putty in his hands as long as he stands closely to her and speaks softly to her. Henry isn’t evil, either, but it’s so funny to me how his character is obviously just putting the moves on Ava. Eventually we find out that Tommy (Brent Spiner . . . again, why??), the sisters’ father’s friend, is evil and is actually behind the scandal. So Tommy is fired and the company becomes more successful than ever, because I’m pretty sure that’s how businesses work.

Besides everything else wrong, including just the insane stupidity, Material Girls was written as if it took place in 2000. Examples: Fred Durst is mentioned, two members of Good Charlotte make a cameo, and the sisters are obsessed with Erin Brockovich (which came out in 2000). I like to think that this was written around 2000 but was just shelved for 6 years . . . but then one has to wonder what happened in 2006 that made this movie seem makeable?

This movie is such a total failure that it quickly moves past funny and straight into depressing.

Christopher

When we’re trying to figure out what to watch we generally watch Food Network/Cooking Channel in our apartment. When we eat, we are generally watching one of those as well. So it was recently that Haylie Duff, Hilary Duff’s sister, obtained her own show on one of those channels. I had no idea who she was other than that she looked a lot like Hilary Duff. Her show is boring but the worst part of it is the fact that it’s called The Real Girl’s Kitchen. Nothing about Haylie Duff is a “real girl.” She’s super rich and just hangs out with other rich people. And the show represents this. It’s just really funny to think that she feels what her life is on the show is what the modern woman experiences.

So with that in mind when we ran across Material Girls on HBO I absolutely wanted to watch it. I wanted to see what Haylie could do with a movie script. And really she did exactly what I expected. Fine but forgettable and to be honest she really didn’t seem to be terrible. Although all the acting was overshadowed by just the god-awful script. It was difficult to tell if anyone could act cause they had zero to work with.

The movie was bad. It was also very racist. Against blacks, there is a very strange scene where the girls run away in fear from a black man just going into his house, and they talk constantly about Hispanics being maids. So nothing about these characters are likable from any angle because they also can’t live on their own. They start a small fire in their home at one point and instead of calling 911 or trying to put it out they just leave. It’s hard to tell what’s supposed to be funny and not in this film because you just don’t like them in any situation.

I’m really glad we watched this movie though just to know how awful it was. It was a lot of fun to watch and make fun of because it had something in almost every scene.

 

BURN AFTER READING (2008)

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Christopher

I first saw this in college and I remember everyone I was with hated it so I never really thought of it again. I remember being a little confused but my expectations were very high as it is a Coen brothers movie. Watching it again I think it’s fantastic.

Before I think I was expecting something more along the lines of Fargo or something.  A crime movie that is intense, scary, and engaging. Burn After Reading is kind of those things but it’s never really too serious. So many of the intense moments of this film end up being brushed off like nothing happened. It kind of reminds me of Spring Breakers in that way. How all the girls had to do to escape everything was just to get on a bus to leave. In this world, terrible stuff will happen, but the government ends up helping cover it up unbeknownst to everyone else.

I’m really glad we watched this and if you saw this once and disliked it I really recommend trying it again!

Elizabeth (spoilers!)

One of the things I love about The Big Lebowski is that it’s essentially about . . . nothing, really. There’s a convoluted plot that all stems from mistaken identity, involving more and more people as the plot thickens. And that’s also why I love Burn After Reading.

Burn After Reading takes a darker look at the whole “it’s about nothing” concept, because there are much more serious consequences here. Just as The Big Lebowski really begins because thieves, mistaking The Dude for another Lebowski, pee on The Dude’s rug, Burn After Reading really begins when a janitor finds a CD. The janitor works at a gym, where Linda (Frances McDormand), Chad (Brad Pitt), and Ted (Richard Jenkins) also all work. The CD is full of documents that appear to be important and appear to belong to someone important, so Linda and Chad try to get some kind of reward money out of finding and returning the CD. The reward money is of the upmost importance to Linda, who is desperate to get multiple plastic surgery procedures.

In reality, the CD contains information pertaining to the divorce of Osbourne (John Malkovich) and Katie (Tilda Swinton). When Linda and Chad cryptically call Osbourne to tell him they “have his shit,” Osbourne assumes they’ve stolen the memoir he’s working on. Katie is also cheating on Osbourne with Harry (George Clooney), who also begins dating Linda, though no one knows anyone else is involved.

Everyone is chasing something, but it’s usually the wrong thing. And everyone is somehow involved with each other, they just don’t all know it. And no one really knows what they’re doing: Osbourne doesn’t even know what’s missing and Linda and Chad have no way of knowing that A.) What they found was important or B.) That anyone would give them any kind of reward. The situation gets worse and more complicated until it ends with Chad murdered by Harry, Ted murdered by Osbourne, and Osbourne in a coma (after being shot by a CIA agent watching over him) indefinitely. As Linda is the last real link to the situation, the CIA keeps her quiet by paying for all of her surgeries. So in the end, the only real clear goal (Linda getting surgeries) was the only one that was achieved.

The Coen Brothers are so good at filmmaking and storytelling that it’s ridiculous. This movie could not have been handled by anyone else without it falling apart into a huge, indecipherable mess. And everyone is totally on point, from Tilda Swinton, who doesn’t have a huge role, to Brad Pitt, who nearly steals every scene he’s in. In fact, Brad Pitt’s character is my favorite part of the movie, I think. He’s childish and positive, but without being annoying somehow. It’s really amazing.

THE PACT (2012)

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Elizabeth (spoilers!)

The Pact wasn’t perfect, but it was really good.

It starts off following Nicole, who is trying to convince her sister, Annie (Caity Lotz) to come home for their mother’s funeral, which Annie does not want to do because of the extensive abuse their mother inflicted on them. Nicole talks to their cousin, Liz, who is watching over Nicole’s daughter, Eva, just before seeing an open door in the house and walking into a dark room.

So Annie does come back once she finds out Nicole is missing. Staying in their mother’s house, she finds a picture of her pregnant mother with another pregnant woman in a floral dress. After the funeral, Annie sleeps and dreams of a man crying and when she wakes up, Liz is gone. A force starts practically throwing Annie around the house, making it nearly impossible for her to escape. Annie goes to the police, who don’t believe her, and a mysterious Google maps address shows up on her phone; when she views the location she sees a blurry photo of a woman in a floral dress. Annie and a cop, Bill (Casper Van Dien) go back to her mother’s house where they find a secret room that Annie has never seen before, complete with a bed. Annie then gets a friend from high school, Stevie, who is now a nearly comatose psychic to come into the house and see if she can help. Stevie starts crying and apologizing when she sees the hall closet (which is what Nicole had walked into); when Annie asks why she’s apologizing Stevie tells her she can see the abuse that Annie and Nicole took from their mother while in the closet. In the secret room, Stevie goes into a seizure-like fit where she starts screaming Judas, and they see what appears to be a corpse of a woman in a floral dress floating above them.

Stevie’s brother takes her out of the house, so Annie starts Googling Judas (at first I was afraid she literally had no idea what Judas represented, which was alarming) and finds out that that was the name given to a never-caught serial killer who decapitated a woman in a floral dress named Jennifer Glick. Then Annie finds out her mother was in a church group (or some kind of club, I forget) with Jennifer Glick, and also in the group was Annie’s mother’s brother, whom she didn’t know existed. Bill goes back to the house without Annie to investigate but is murdered by someone we can’t see. Annie then goes back to the house and essentially draws a ouija board on the floor, which Jennifer Glick uses to tell Annie that yes, Judas murdered her and Judas is also Annie’s uncle. So that’s all crazy, but then it gets crazy.

Right around the time that the ghost of Jennifer tells Annie everything, Annie sees Judas climbing out of a hole in the floor of the hidden room. He opens a small hatch in the wall and crawls out, wandering openly around the house and then going to a bedroom and crying, like in Annie’s dream. Annie flips out and tries to hide and finds the bodies of Nicole and Bill in Judas’ hole in the floor. She steals Bill’s gun but is obviously so terrified and then caught off guard when Judas finds her, he has no real problem knocking her unconscious, causing her to wake up later, tied up in that torture closet. Judas comes to kill her, but she manages to escape (he tied her hair around some kind of pipe, which she desperately chops off with Judas’ knife to escape, which was both sad and painful to watch) and stabs him with a hanger. Jennifer’s ghost pulls Annie out of Judas’ way and toward the gun she dropped, which she quickly uses to kill him.

Here’s what I loved about it: it had some supernatural/ghost-y elements, but the main scary thing was real (it reminded me of The Changeling in that way); Annie was smart and strong; Stevie’s character was really interesting and weird; all the weird family stuff. What I didn’t like was how we never really found out anything as to why these things happened. I get that Judas is a serial killer and there’s no real “why” to that. But what was the pact exactly? I assume it was between Annie’s mother and Judas, but what was it really? Did Judas have anything to do with the abuse and was he living in the house the whole time they were? Mostly I just thought this set up was really smart and interesting so it made me want to know more. But I also know what’s a fine line, especially in horror movies, of what to show and tell and not. I was a little disappointed when the movie ended because I really was so interested in finding out all the details, but overall that doesn’t keep the movie from being successful.

Christopher

This movie was far better than I was expecting and I think it’s the best horror movie I’ve seen in a while. I think it did a good job of being realistic and scary at the same time. I feel like so many horror movies have a lot of faith that the audience won’t question too much but I felt like The Pact did a good job of paying attention to details. It did a great job of letting us know what we need to know at the right time.

I did think that there could of been a bit more to the back story of the whole situation but I really didn’t care that I didn’t get that. I liked seeing the sister solve this problem. I’m sure what would of come after would of been interesting but I’m glad we got to see the main event.

Watch this if you haven’t!

THE IMPOSTER (2012)

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Christopher

I expected this movie to be boring so I pushed off watching it for a while. Every time Elizabeth brought it up I would try to suggest something else. This time when she recommended it I felt like I was ready for some reason. It was great. Why did I push it off for so long? Anyway I’m glad I finally saw this film because it’s a great documentary. I also find it interesting that part of it takes place in San Antonio. The other part of this movie takes place in Spain. Most people, like the ones in this movie would not associate the two together. My grandmother is Hispanic, from San Antonio, and very into the Spanish roots of her heritage. The Imposter had so many elements that were already familiar to me. Because of this I found all the characters to be very compelling. I wanted the family to find their lost child and I wanted the guy who was pretending to be the lost kid to just get caught. BUT THEN the movie throws you a curve ball and it has you thinking about all other types of scenarios.

I think this movie was well-shot and intelligent. It helped you understand a very complicated situation.

Elizabeth

I have a lot to say about The Imposter, but the more I think about it I think it’s a movie that’s better left without much details given. But I really thought this documentary was incredible. The situation, the people, how everything played out is just so crazy and weird and sad. You really should see this.

 

THE BABADOOK (2014)

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Elizabeth (spoilers!)

Overall, I think the biggest problem I have with horror movies is that so often they have great, even amazing ideas that almost never seem to follow through in the end. The biggest exceptions I can think of off the top of my head are The Vanishing and Let the Right One In. Even when critics say exactly what I want to hear about a movie, that it’s unique and realizes its idea through to the end, that almost never seems to happen. The Babadook seemed like a good candidate for a while, but like so many others just fell flat in the end.

The Babadook starts out sad and ominous. It follows Amelia (Essie Davis) as she tries to take care of her young son, Samuel, while also battling extremely intense depression. Her depression is exemplified because Samuel’s birthday is coming up, which is also the anniversary of the death of Amelia’s husband (and Samuel’s father), Oskar. Oskar not only died the day Samuel was born, he was decapitated in a car accident while driving in-labor Amelia to the hospital to give birth. So, Samuel was not exactly born under the brightest of lights. To make it worse, Samuel . . . sucks, I’m sorry. This kid is like a demon child from hell. He screams a lot and is violent and terrible, but then is also creepily dependent on Amelia; it seems like he’s constantly hanging on her or right next to her in some way. He’s so terrible that Amelia takes him out of school, which is probably not the best idea but she obviously feels like she doesn’t have many options. One night before bed, Samuel asks Amelia to read to him from a book they haven’t seen before, Mister Babadook, about a monster that torments people forever once they acknowledge his existence. Samuel freaks out, convinced that the Babadook is real. Weird things happen that Samuel blames on the Babadook, like Amelia finding glass in her soup. Although because Samuel is an awful demon child, Amelia is not really buying it, she destroys the book anyway. Not long after, the book is reassembled at her doorstep, with new pictures of Amelia killing her dog, Samuel, and herself.

Amelia and Samuel start seeing the Babadook, and Amelia in particular starts to see him everywhere, including at the police station where she tries to get help (and fails). Amelia can’t sleep and it becomes clear that the torment of the Babadook is driving her crazy. It’s also clear that Amelia is sort of possessed by the Babadook, or at least it appears to be inside her somehow. She sees a vision of Oskar in the cellar, who tells her to bring him Samuel. So, at this point, I thought it was fairly clear that the Babadook was some kind of manifestation of Amelia’s grief over Oskar and her resentment toward Samuel. Eventually there’s a bit of a showdown; Samuel stabs Amelia in the leg and has her come to the cellar, where she is finally able to force the Babadook out of her while nearly choking Samuel to death. She tells the Babadook that it’s her house, and the Babadook appears to disappear into the cellar. So, this is all making sense to me. The Babadook is Amelia’s grief/resentment/pain that is threatening to consume her, which would inevitably lead to her killing Samuel and then herself. It takes Amelia and Samuel working together, using their love for one another to ultimately defeat the Babadook/Amelia’s pain so they can finally move on.

But then in the last few minutes of the movie, we see happy Amelia and Samuel in their backyard, collecting earthworms and celebrating his birthday. Seems normal. Amelia tells Samuel to stay outside and she goes into their cellar, where she puts the bowl of earthworms on the floor. A force pulls the bowl into a shadow because . . . the Babadook is living in their cellar now? And they have to feed it? What?

So, I guess the Babadook wasn’t a manifestation of Amelia’s pain? Or it was and then it turned into something real? I could see the ending meaning something like now Amelia and Samuel know how to live with their pain and move on, but why does the Babadook have to be alive and literally living in their cellar like a living monster? So it was a monster tormenting them? The Babadook was real and had nothing to do with the fact that Amelia was grieving and in pain? I don’t know. This ending just totally ruined it for me. Was the Babadook a real thing or not? Was it caused by Amelia’s loss or not? Everything is pretty clear until the last few minutes turns it upside down, and then the movie just ends. It was really unsatisfying and I wished the filmmakers had stuck with the Babadook just being an idea rather than an actual creature that you can feed. UGH!

Christopher (spoilers!)

I was super excited about this movie and I was really into it all the way through until the end. I was expecting this movie to build more on the loss of the father but in the end I don’t think it really did that. Or if it did it did a terrible job of showing it. The whole movie is about a single mother trying to raise a kid with issues. He’s annoying and hard to handle and the mom is losing her mind. While this is going on the kid one night finds a book on the shelf of his room about the Babadook. It’s a creepy book and ends up scaring the kid. We end up learning that the husband was killed in a car accident on the way to the hospital to give birth to the son. So I kind of wanted this Babadook character to end up being the guilt she has toward her dead husband’s death or something along those lines. As far as I know it just ends with them taming it for some reason and feeding it and being happy that it lives in their basement. If this is wrong please leave a comment and let me know. But even if it is still supposed to be that they do a terrible job of showing that. It’s way too up in the air which creates a very anticlimactic ending to an otherwise creepy/stressful film.

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY (2014)

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Elizabeth

For a few years now, ever since Chris showed me this Youtube short on Dock Ellis, the short was one of my favorite Youtube videos I had ever seen. Animation is played over Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis as he describes the situation leading up to, and then performing, a no-hitter while tripping on acid. It’s super funny and amazing.

So I was excited to watch No No: A Dockumentary, which is sort of an extended, non-animated version of the short. It goes deep into who Dock Ellis was when he was an MLB pitcher and who he was after, along with the context that made him that way. Now that I’m really into baseball, the idea of someone today pitching a game while on LSD just completely blows my mind on multiple levels. It’s so crazy and interesting to watch old baseball footage; players’ bodies are different, their language is different, the atmosphere is different, the attitude is different.

No No does a good job of lending time to the event that gave the movie its name while also making it clear that Dock Ellis was more than just that guy who pitched a no-hitter on acid (though that’s a hard title to beat, I must say). He may not be the most famous ever player in baseball history, but he was certainly important and this documentary does him and his game justice.

Christopher

I first heard of Dock Elis from this animated short. I loved it and was definitely interested in trying to watch a game where the pitcher threw a no hitter while on acid. I showed Elizabeth this at some point and she and I have gotten really into watching The Orioles these past years so when we saw this on Showtime it was like it was made just for us.

I found the movie to be very interesting. They had some good footage of his career as well as interviews and he really did do a lot in his life. You also find out his skeletons which were very dark at times but as a whole his life seemed nice.

I’m glad we watched this and I liked it but I don’t think it was a great movie. I feel like you would have to be interested in the subject in order to find this movie enjoyable. But I would recommend that shit anytime!