Our Weekly Recommendations (June 21st 2011)

Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommend’s:

Iron Man

Last week I recommended X-Men on bluray, and keeping with the comic book/Superhero theme for this week I recommend Iron Man. I am sure most of you out there have seen this film, but if you are hankering for something fun to indulge in then look no further.
My Iron Man experience before the film was rather limited, I had read comics featuring him and he was present in some games that I played frequently. Over all I thought he seemed like a really awesome character and when the film was announced I was excited. I honestly never could have imagined that it was going to be this fantastic, and solidifying Robert Downey Jr’s Hollywood come back. From the moment the film starts we are introduced to rich playboy Tony Stark, and instantly he wins us all over. He’s an industrialist, a genius at engineering, and on a trip to Afghanistan he winds up being captured and severely injured. The men who have captured him, want him to make them a weapon. Instead Stark goes about creating and building something that will hopefully allow him to escape as well as keep him alive. The end result is a full armour suit capable of many great things, including said escape. Once back home he makes some vital changes to the company and goes about making another suit, transforming him into Iron Man.
The story is great, it tells of his origins as Iron Man, how the suit came to be and what lead him down that path. While the film is light in places with the added touch of some humor it is also dark and quite serious. It is a testament to his directorial talents that Jon Favreau could mix those up so well and not make any element seem out of place or unnecessary. It is a fun and enjoyable film, with Robert Downey Jr absolutely stealing every scene he is in and being the perfect piece of casting. Jeff Bridges is fantastic as Obadiah Stane, the nemesis who has his own ideas for the company and technology. Gwyneth Paltrow is really enjoyable as Pepper Potts, and the back and forth between her and Downey is just awesome. Terrance Howard was reliable as Stark’s close friend James Rhodes and of course we see the introduction of Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson who was great. Iron Man remains one of my all time favourite superhero films and definitely one of the best out there.
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Logan J. Fowler Recommend’s:

Dookie – Green Day

One of the first albums I ever listened to was this one. I was 11 years old and my brother had bought it to try out in his new cd player. My virgin ears were exposed to vulgarity, songs about masturbation, and suicidal tendencies. However, for a pre teen, most of the content found within the music would go over my head.
However, 17 years later (you do the math), I am still a devoted Green Day fan. People may harp on Green Day for their minimal chord progression, but even in today’s age most people who hate Green Day currently still say Dookie was pretty good.
This was the album that launched singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool into the mainstream after making the rounds in an underground punk scene in California. Shunned from their previous fans that they had earned pre record label, Green Day just wanted to share their music with the world. Sell out or not, Dookie stands the test of time as Green Day’s most popular album. While I prefer their follow up, Insomniac, ranking it as my favorite Green Day record, I cannot deny the impact of Dookie. With catchy riffs, simple melodies, and some of the top tunes in the Green Day library, the band’s foray into the mainstream music media is still as great as it was 11 years ago when I first heard it in my brother’s bedroom.
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Pat Torfe Recommend’s:

Videodrome

I seem to be stuck recommending a lot of 80s films. But then again, the 80s were awesome for horror. Case in point: Videodrome by David Cronenberg. Starring James Woods, the film centres around Max Renn, a shady CEO of a television station in Toronto, Canada that specializes in sex and violence in its programming. Max is looking for the next big thing. The next big thing comes in the form of a show supposedly being broadcast out of Malaysia called Videodrome. Max loves it, and wants to acquire the show. Problem is, after being exposed to the show, Max begins to have weird hallucinations. He turns to Professor Brian O’Blivion for help, a pop-culture analyst and philosopher who is just as mysterious as the origins of Videodrome.
Bizarre as it was, Videodrome ranks up at the top for one of the best horror films to come out of Canada, and one of the best cult horror films ever. The film put Cronenberg’s name on the map (as if Scanners hadn’t already done it the year before), and helped him score the director’s seat in Total Recall (initially) and The Fly. The exploration of how television plays a role in our lives and the vicarious nature of sex and violence in the programming that we watch is fascinating as it is disturbing, which Cronenberg exploits all too well. James Woods turns in a great performance as Max Renn, sleazy as the character is. He’s not altogether heroic, but you stick with him because you frankly don’t know what the hell is going on with Videodrome, either. Deborah Harry (of 70s rock band Blondie fame) is here as well, playing Nicki Brand, a sadomasochistic psychiatrist. She doesn’t do much with the role, but the sexy allure she brings to the role negates any sort of shortcomings with the acting. The big star here is the gore, which is gooey as it is bizarre. Part of Max’s hallucinations involve TV sets that pulsate and breathe, and his stomach where a vagina-like wound appears where more bizarre things happen. Oh, and the infamous gun that grafts to Max’s hand that shoots special cancer bullets. Trust me, you have to see it for yourself. The version of the film to get is the Criterion Collection, which has the original uncut version of the film, plus loads of bonus features and commentary by Cronenberg that explains just what the hell is going on. If you’re a fan of Cronenberg, then you’ve already seen this film. If not, you owe it to yourself to see this masterpiece of a film that you can’t help but be drawn into its bizarre strangeness.
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Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

The Good Girl

I have to admit I actually don’t mind Jennifer Aniston as an actress. While she has appeared in a lot of mediocre to crappy romantic comedies these days, but if given the right film she can actually be a really good actress. One film in particular that I’ll be talking about as my recommendation for this week is the 2002 film THE GOOD GIRL, which finally gets to showcase Aniston’s talents. The film tells the story of Justine Last (Aniston), a 30 year old married woman who lives a lonely and unhappy existence in a small Texas town with her pot-smoking, house painter husband Phil (John C. Reilly) and working at a the local discount store called Retail Rodeo. One day her life changes when she takes an automatic interest in a new stock boy that her boss hires named ‘Holden’ (Jake Gyllenhaal), a troubled young writer who thinks that his life mirrors the character of Holden Caulfield from the book CATCHER IN THE RYE. In the beginning they spend a lot of time hanging out together and eventually their friendship turns into a secret love affair. Unfortunately, everything becomes complicated when her husband’s best friend/co-worker Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson) discovers what she is up to.
Aniston gives us a truly wonderful performance in this very well made and witty dark comedy/drama; it was really good to see her step out of her comfort zone to deliver a performance that is very different from anything else that she has done before. It’s a bit of a shame that she really hasn’t had a role as good since then (although she did give really good turns in the films FRIENDS WITH MONEY and MANAGEMENT). However this film does show that with the right material she can turn in a great performance. It’s a good thing that the film itself is just as great as her. Both Gyllenhaal and Reilly are terrific as ‘Holden’ and Phil respectively, and the supporting cast are also really strong (which includes the likes of Tim Blake Nelson, Zooely Deschanel, John Carroll Lynch, Deborah Rush and Mike White, who also wrote the script). The direction from Miguel Arteta is really good and Mike White’s script is wonderfully well written. If you haven’t seen THE GOOD GIRL, it’s definitely worth checking out for sure. Hopefully after you’ve watched it, you will also agree with me that this film does indeed prove that Jennifer Aniston can be more than just Rachel from FRIENDS.
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