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Uncle Buck

Posted in U with tags , , , , , , on September 4, 2008 by igrldremer

Izzy says:

I have watched Uncle Buck at least ten times. Usually when I see it, I’m flipping through the channels on my television set and I see John Candy making a giant pancake on a griddle and flipping it over with a snow shovel. From that point on, ladies and gentlemen, I am hooked. I have to watch the movie. I don’t care if it’s half-way through. I don’t care if it’ll be over in ten minutes. Uncle Buck is worth my time over an episode of I Love Money or Gossip Girl. One day, I was at my favorite North Carolinian used book/DVD store, Ed McKay, and I found Uncle Buck for $5. $5! WHAT A STEAL! I think everyone should own this movie, and here’s why.

1) Take a moment, reader, and look at your DVD library right now. How many of those movies could you show to your entire family? Two? Three? Kindergarten Cop doesn’t count. Uncle Buck is an excellent family film. It’s a little bit on the racy side sometimes. At one point, little Maizy (played by Gaby Hoffman, the same little girl who was the little boy’s best friend in Sleepless in Seattle – she’s SO adorable!) says “I bet she’s getting the tongue” when referring to her older sister’s snogfest), [Editor’s note: There’s a blatant “pussy/cat” joke in this film. Izzy’s rose-tinted glasses failed to notice that…] but I think most parents would still approve of the humor and content of the movie.

2. JOHN CANDY IS HILARIOUS! He is! I mean, come on. Cool Runnings? Canadian Bacon? Home Alone 2? The guy is a comical genius! Okay, so maybe he’s not funny in the comedy circles that we revolve in today. He’s no Jon Stewart. He’s no…Dane Cook, but hey, he’s a funny guy. He’s quirky, and loveable, and when you watch Uncle Buck, you are going to WISH that you had John Candy for an uncle. Or for a father. Man, he’d make a great dad. I was thinking last night about how badly I would’ve liked it if John Candy were my father. Of course he’s dead now, so that’s no longer applicable, but maybe if I were his daughter I would’ve encouraged him to eat a salad over spaghetti the night of his food overdose 🙂

3. If you’re not watching Uncle Buck with the family, you can turn it into a drinking game! Here are my proposed rules to my Unofficial Uncle Buck Drinking Game (or UUBDG): 1) Drink whenever Tia (UB’s 15 year old bitchy niece) scowls at anyone. 2) Drink when Miles, UB’s nephew (played by Macaulay Culkin in his pre-Home Alone days, so cute!) says something inappropriate. 3) Drink whenever you see Buck smoking a cigar. 4) Drink whenever you hear anachronistic slang (like, bite me!) 5) Drink every time Buck does a daily task in an inappropriate manner (i.e. microwaving socks or feeding the dog beer). 6) Drink every time Buck’s car explodes. Of course, you can always add your own rules, but those should get you good ‘n sauced up before the end of the movie.

4) Nowadays, in order for a film to be considered good, it needs to be complicated and meaningful and usually the ending has to be unexpected and unhappy. Well, not with Uncle Buck. You know that everything’s gonna be okay in the end. And you know what, I take comfort in that. You can just relax and enjoy the action, knowing full well that you’ll get your happy ending (and I mean that in the literal sense, not in the Chinese Massage Parlor way…)

5) You gotta love the 80s. Yes, UB was made in 1989, so that’s basically the 90s, but hey, the slang, the wardrobes, the plot, the actors, everything about this film is so 80s. If you’re having an 80s night and want to wind down the evening, play this film. It’s guaranteed to please all audiences.

So maybe I’m a little biased towards Uncle Buck because I’ve been watching it since I was a kid and I’m a big John Candy fan, but nevertheless, I think this movie is worth your time. ‘Course it’s not the GREATEST film ever, obviously, but it’s enjoyable. It’s cute. It’s like a stuffed animal. That’s the only way I can describe it. Basically, if you’re looking for a light, cuddly comedy with a few laughs from the late 80s, Uncle Buck’s your film.

Grade: 82

United 93

Posted in U with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2008 by theroboticdan

Dan says:

United 93 pulls no punches. The film is a straight up account what probably happened that morning, which in itself is gripping enough. Add inunited9320066179_f.jpg some decent acting and great directing and you’re there. I really enjoyed the fact that there was minimal dialogue between people on the plane before the incident occurred. For an hour the passengers kept to themselves or asked for a pillow. Thats what planes are like, not like Snakes on a Plane where everyone can’t help but have conversations with the people next to them.

The camera work was great too. Never too close up. Always like you’re sitting a seat over and looking at these guys. It felt like the Office without comedy. This is where the realistic shaky cam style made so popular in Borne Identity turns into art.

Many of the conversations are based on actual phone calls made on that date. You get the feeling that what is shown on screen is entirely plausible. The people who were trapped on that plane were afraid, called their loved ones, their loved ones told them that other planes had crashed into the WTC, and then United 93 went down early in Pennsylvania. We can assume that the passengers on board did not sit still and accept their fate. We can call them heroes.

It may seem too soon, even a few years after its release, but theunited93.jpg brighter side to this story is that much of the profit went to the families involved through the Flight 93 National Memorial fund.

The movie is like a pit in your stomach. You are boarding the plane with these people and once it gets into the sky, you’re exactly where you do not want to be. On a one way trip to death. Because the story never embellishes anything, it doesn’t break boundaries in storytelling, but it does document a crazy hour in American history.

[Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this review do not reflect the opinions of COTT, the WB, or BET. Except the part where the author “claims” that this movie starts with a “U”]

Grade: 91

On a less somber note, this entry marks the first “U” movie, and the final letter in Clash of the Titan’s alphabet! 26 letters! I win!