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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) [Dec. 16th, 2004|07:00 am]
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This was a film so nice, I went to watch it twice.

I was broke, but I found the credit card and went to Pacific Theatres at The Grove to watch The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The film opened in LA and NY on December 10th, and it opens everywhere on Christmas.

I noticed that the reviews were pretty good. Also, I happen to love Wes Anderson films. So, it was worth a shot.

(Wes Anderson IMDB profile)

(The Life Aquatic Web Home)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

The Life Aquatic Ticket.

The film centers around the an aloof Cousteau-like man named Steve Zissou, played by Bill Murray. Zissou's conflict is showcased in the opening scenes from the most recent documentary. His lifelong partner is eaten by a strange sea creature. Zissou vows to hunt down the thing that ate his friend in order to kill it for revenge.

This film is a Wes Anderson version of Moby Dick, but that's the most remote comparison that I can help to explain. Zissou is very much like Hackman's character in The Royal Tenenbaums, however, Zissou is very much a Quixote and Ahab mix. I caution, however, that the film is nothing like the Melville tale. Wes Anderson's humor shines once again in this film, so you can expect many moments of great chuckles and wonderful laughs.

I enjoyed the many characters, in particular Klaus Daimler, played by Willem Dafoe, and Pelé dos Santos, played by Seu Jorge. All of the subplots help to keep the film interesting, despite the long running time. Pelé's versions of hit rock songs on his acoustic guitar play well among the soundtrack dubs, and Klaus's character . . . what can I say . . . Dafoe's always a good treat.

Props go to the film for using a Devo track for a montage.

Speaking of music . . .

MF Doom's MM . . Food.

"MM . . Food" is another dub-filled great rhyme and great beat album from MF Doom.

I love his work.

For the Holidays, one could not go wrong by heading out to see The Life Aquatic, followed by a trip to a good music store to grab a copy of "MM . . Food."


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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-12-16 03:11 pm (UTC)
This is true.

My friend Brad likes to know nothing about the film.

Unless it's a film that relies upon mystery, I just don't care. I read the hint books for games before I play them, and I like all the information I can get in order to make that quick and correct decision, in general, on anything.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-12-16 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm almost tempted to find a copy of The Life Aquatic's soundtrack.

That was a rather good musical score.
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[User Picture]From: ryceratops
2004-12-16 11:27 am (UTC)
i'm convinced that he will never make another film as great as Rushmore.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-12-16 03:13 pm (UTC)
Wellll . . .

You know, I loved Rushmore too. It's a fantastic voyage, and I would give that the highest of the grades . . .

However, when you say "great as Rushmore," I keep thinking that it's like a comparison of peaks on mountains . . . they're all up at that same high level . . . the height of quality is about a couple thousand feet between all of them . . . but the mountains are like all around 50,000 feet in height.
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[User Picture]From: ryceratops
2004-12-17 05:14 am (UTC)
yeah but one of those mountain tops has snow on it, and makes it look tons more impressive looking than all those other ones up there...
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-12-17 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. That is true.
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[User Picture]From: kerrykate
2004-12-16 12:23 pm (UTC)
right on! im seeing it tonight
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-12-16 03:16 pm (UTC)
Have fun!

It's a smashing show . . .

I forgot to mention a tip: Leave really early for The Grove.

That damn parking garage gets full on most levels on a daily basis, now that it's Xmastime. Plus, it takes about 15 minutes on average to find a spot to park . . . the lines begin to form around 1 hour before the start time . . . and, none of the freaking stores validate. What a bunch of cheapskates. They just have to get the folks on the parking as well.

That being said, The Grove owns. I'm going to miss that quick access.
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[User Picture]From: haxorize
2004-12-16 09:50 pm (UTC)
Just letting you know that I added you. You don't have to add me back.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-12-16 09:54 pm (UTC)
No problem!
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