Me My Couch and a Movie

Me, My Couch and a Movie: Dogtown and Z-Boys

Submitted by rich on May 25, 2012 - 3:15pm


Me, My Couch, and a Movie
Dogtown and Z-Boys
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In 2001, a documentary emerged with a name that meant almost nothing to almost everyone, Dogtown and Z-Boys. Common reactions for this film might have been "Dog-what and who-boys?!" - you get the idea. This film, although foreign in name, chronicles the history + revolution of skateboarding. The turning point in which skateboarding went from an agility driven, skill focused sport to a stylized, alternative lifestyle and art form - everything it still embodies today. Stay up late Saturday night, plop down on your coach and catch this week's movie pick, Dogtown and Z-Boys at 2:00 AM on ESPN Classic.

Dogtown and Z-Boys on ESPN Classic
Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 AM

Dogtown and Z-Boys was put together by skate prodigy and Z-Boy Stacy Peralta and Vans. Narrated by Sean Penn and featuring original video from the alternification of skateboarding, it's a truly amazing documentary. The story of individuals who were just too great at skateboarding - no one could stop them for transforming the sport (in a beautiful way) - regardless of their behavior. The film portrays the colorful lives of the Zephyr skate crew on the streets of Venice Beach while they transitioned surf style to the pavement, all via skateboarding. Z-Boys added personal expression in a major way to skateboarding. Smooth and skillful moves opened everyones eyes to the possibilities of 4 wheels, a bit of metal, and a piece of wood. Not to mention what they did for Vans shoes, as popular today as ever.

I recall finding my way to a local "independent" theater in New Jersey to see Dogtown and Z-Boys. Probably one of the first documentaries I searched out or more realistically, ever saw. The movie inspired me, not only because I love(d) skateboarding, but because of what people with clear vision, heart, and raw talent can do. Although Dogtown and Z-Boys took place 30 years ago amongst an underdeveloped sport, opportunities like this exist for everyone, everyday - and that's exciting.

If you love movies, documentaries, skateboarding, or just a great story - you'll enjoy Dogtown and Z-Boys, especially when you cozy up on your couch late Saturday night (technically Sunday morning) at 2:00 AM and give it a watch on ESPN Classic. And if you just can't get enough, you can always watch Lords of Dogtown, the feature film about this movement released in 2005.

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Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
Dogtown and Z-Boys at the IMDb
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
Written by: Stacy Peralta, Craig Stecyk
Featuring: Sean Penn, Jay Adams and Tony Alva
Plot: Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.


Me, My Couch and a Movie: Superbad

Submitted by rich on May 18, 2012 - 9:56am


Me, My Couch, and a Movie
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We're back! We've been working on the site (yippee!). Things have been busy. But, this week lets try something a bit different - rather than pick a movie I've seen and love. I'll pick a movie I haven't seen (and you can tell me why YOU love it).

Superbad on FX
Friday, May 18th at 11:30 PM

Post-Knocked Up, but pre-Funny People Jonah Hill teamed up with a pre-Juno Michael Cera to play two quirky high school kids beginning their transition to college in a little movie called Superbad. A late summer release teased with sex, very mild violence, crude humor and a character with a fake ID under the name McLOVIN, everyone planned on seeing this film. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but I never saw it. I have caught scenes on TV, had friends quote it excessively, even fallen asleep to it - but I still haven't seen this movie in its entirety. The good news is an opportunity awaits. Superbad is on FX at 11:30 PM tonight, Friday, May 18th. It's finally my chance to see it. And you can plop down on your couch and join me.

If you a Superbad fan or a Judd Appatow enthusiast, tell us what you love about this film.

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Superbad (2007)
Superbad at the IMDb
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Written by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Featuring: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Plot: Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.


Me, My Couch and a Movie: The Break-Up

Submitted by rich on February 18, 2012 - 11:02am


These days a good romantic comedy is hard to find. In the midst of big name actors leading films which lack substance, occasionally a solid story comes along. This week's Me, My Couch, and a Movie pick is a new-ish romantic comedy I really enjoyed, The Break-Up. Tune into Oxygen at 12:00 AM tonight (technically Sunday morning) and enjoy this flick.

The Break-Up explains itself petty clearly just from the title. It's the story of a couple in Chicago who lives together and after 2 years in a relationship gets in a fight that results in a break-up. The kicker being 2 things: they bought a condo together and neither person seemed to truly believe in their break-up. The couple consists of Gary Grobowski (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke Meyers (Jennifer Aniston). Brooke is attractive, has a quirky personality, and doesn't plan on making this easy for Gary. Gary on the otherhand is lanky, crass, and has no idea how to handle the situation. The film soars into various hilarious events stemming from the inability to share their apartment while being respectful to one another. John Favreau and Jason Bateman play friends and along with a handful of others interject words of advice (the value of it to be determined). An infamous scene, promoted in the trailer, when Jennifer Aniston walks from her bedroom, past Vaughn, right into the kitchen completely naked. You don't see much, but you definitely feel the presence of Aniston. To top it all off, you have two unique characters in Joey Lauren Adams and John Michael Higgins playing Aniston's siblings.

All and all, The Break-Up is a very enjoyable film. Although it's never clear how they actually feel, you can almost believe that they will get back together (if you want). There are plenty of crude jokes, hilarious scenarios, and great characters in The Break-Up and there is no reason you shouldn't enjoy this one with your couch.

Give The Break-Up a watch tonight at 12:00 AM on Oxygen.

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The Break-Up (2006)
The Break-Up at the IMDb
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Written by: Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender
Featuring: Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau
Plot: In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment.


Me, My Couch and a Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums

Submitted by rich on February 10, 2012 - 1:43pm


Me, My Couch, and a Movie
The Royal Tenenbaums
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The Royal Tenenbaums
on Reelz Saturday, February 11th at 12:00 AM

I remember the first time I encountered The Royal Tenenbaums. It was a Saturday evening, I was in High School, and I was at BlockBuster with a good friend. We were coming close to completing our lap around the new release section and stumbled upon a beautiful DVD cover crowded with interesting characters and an array of perfect colors. We grabbed The Royal Tenenbaums DVD in it's vinyl-y BlockBuster shell, made our way for the check-out counter and en route saw The Criterion Collection DVD for sale for about $12 more than the cost of the rental. I wanted to grow my DVD collection and I knew I'd love the movie, so instead of renting, I bought it. Thumbs up for that decision high school self. We went home, watched it, and I remember feeling unimpressed. At the time, I didn't grasp what the film was about. I didn't embrace the underlying message nor the precision of Wes Anderson's execution. Like many of Anderson's films, they take time to enjoy - the more I watch, the more I appreciate his movies. A few years ago, I remember putting on the film every night before bed on Friday's and Saturday's (usually I'd fall asleep watching), just to enjoy as many seconds of Wes Anderson's vision as possible.

That's why this week's selection for Me, My Couch, and a Movie is The Royal Tenenbaums on Reelz at 12:00 AM tonight (technically Saturday morning). Every time I watch this film, I love it even more.

Released in 2001, and only the third piece of work in Wes Anderson's extensively pleasing portfolio, The Royal Tenenbaums is simply a beautiful movie. A visually stunning triad of sets, costumes, and cast members, the movie feels like the vivid dream of an artist. The film opens with an amazing narration highlighting the life and times of the extraordinary Tenenbaums - and boy does this set the tone for the film. The story focuses around the fallen patriarch of the family, Royal, who reveled himself as an inconsiderate jerk to his family over the years and now feels compelled to make good. His plan to do this, pretend he's dying of an illness and ask to spend his remaining time with his family. See what a creep he is? The cast of perfectly developed family members and friends includes: Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke & Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, and the voice of Alec Baldwin. Each character has a complicated set of circumstances that is awful yet interesting and makes for an enjoyable story. I don't feel the need to explain much further, as that is what the film does best. You can take the movie for whatever you like, whether it's just the beautiful design, amazing dialogue, or underlying messages. Of all the Wes Anderson masterpieces, this story has grown to be my favorite for a combination of all the factors above. His precise attention to detail shines through brilliantly and creates The Royal Tenenbaums, exactly as they are for us all.

Curl up on your couch this weekend and enjoy The Royal Tenenbaums tonight at midnight on Reelz.

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums at the IMDb
Rated: R
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
Featuring: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston
Plot: An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when one of their member announces he has a terminal illness.


Me, My Couch and a Movie: Bring It On

Submitted by rich on February 3, 2012 - 3:52pm


Me, My Couch, and a Movie
Bring It On
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Bring It On
on ABC Family Sunday, February 5th at 12:00 AM

Okay, a 2012 Me, My Couch, and a Movie has been long overdue. The good news is… it's here. The other good news, I've picked a prime 2000 gem for this week's selection, Bring It On, on ABC Family Sunday at 12:00 AM (late Saturday night).

I'm sure we all remember Bring It On for different reasons. Whether it's the touching realization that the Toros and Clovers are really so similar, when at first they appeared so different. Or if it's for the invention (in my mind) of the pop culture phenomena "spirit fingers". Or just for the flirtatious sexual innuendos a movie about cheerleading creates - we all have our memories.

Bring It On is the story of the Mighty Toros cheer squad and their newly elected captain, Torrance Shipman (played by a young Kirsten Dunst). After becoming team captain, Torrence learns that her teams renowned cheers were actually stolen from the not so well-to-do Clovers. The teams witty, rude, and spirited cheers were actually, well… not original. Eliza Dushku plays Missy Pantone, the new girl in town with an undiscovered talent for cheering even though she's actually kind of a bad ass. The movie has mass appeal, reminds me of high school (only because the set is one), and is about cheerleading. I mean they did go on to make spin-offs/sequels in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009 - so there's something there (possible just a money making machine).

Anyway, the good news remains that Bring It On will be on ABC Family this Saturday night (technically Sunday morning) at 12:00 AM. Grab you favorite pillow and blanket, plop down on the couch and enjoy! See you next week!

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Bring It On (2000)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events at the IMDb
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Written by: Jessica Bendinger
Featuring: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford
Plot: A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships.


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