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MYMHM06 - Lee and Juan Investigate 'Brick'

In this episode we take a look at the 2005 high school film noir 'Brick', directed by Rian Johnson ('The Brothers Bloom') and staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('3rd Rock From The Sun').

How do you pronounce "pessimism"? 
Why is Juan so cranky-pants about going out to watch movies in theaters? 
Also, Lee throws down a GREAT challenge in this episode! 


Reader Comments (18)

Brick is totally a great movie. Definitely one I should watch again.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiki B

This really is a gem of a film.

You know, if you're wanting to watch it again, I'm sure there's an easy way to hook you up with a copy...

Just sayin...

Towards the end of the episode...

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.Y.M.H.M.

hilar...if you want to enjoy some of JGL's finest film noir, holler at MANIC...he really rocks some great bipolar in that fil'm!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Golden

Rock! Thanks Jessica!
I haven't seen (Juan here btw), but Lee was just telling me about it.

Adding it to the Netflix now!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.Y.M.H.M.

Oh yeah, primer coming up! So happy! Or... cronocrimenes...? doubt that. Need to watch that brick, got it on queue. Soon, soon...

also, great film-noir with some very legitimate and heartfelt bipolar acting: mickey & nicky. Oh my god did that movie change my life.

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZachary

Yeah Zach we're editing it RIGHT now for Wednesday.

I'll put Mikey & Nicky on the list! Thanks for the suggestion (and for checking our show out).

Lemme know what you think of 'Brick' after you watch it!

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.Y.M.H.M.

Arright, DONE.
Started off high school drama, went 'oh, quirkiness! fancy canes and big cookies, country fresh in a country glass!' which was all incredibly awesome. 'Bout halfway through the dialog lost its novel sheen, though I can't quite decide whether it was because I grew accustomed to it, or the writers slacked off just a bit on style to focus on plot. Which, by the way, went a little too far in twisty mctwistersons territory, which was mildly eye-roll inducing,
but still, far above par, like, a solid eagle or thereabouts.
The dialect was great as you guys said, very tight, very believable and yeah, badass. And although I didn't quite buy the high-school setting, it made for a satisfyingly surreal mood. I'm left with a desire to stay in that world a bit longer, as I would a really cool dream. It also makes me want to write a really wordy review. Seriously, half of the reviews I've seen of this movie try way too hard, and to see such a reaction from people says a lot about how compelling its writing is.

So yeah, I give it an eagle, because rating with golf scores kind of sounds cool to me right now. Thanks brick, I feel like a nerd because of you.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZachary

Well played Zachary!

I know what you mean. I have a REALLY hard time getting into the conventions of the more popular Noir flicks. The drama just seems so foreign to me.
I think what works most for me about Brick is putting these dramatic conventions in a MUCH more accessible location. Somehow that pairing just made more sense to me. Surreal is a PERFECT word to describe it, and after watching Brick, Teenager dialog always makes me cringe THAT much more in other films, possible exception being Juno (but that's also very HIGHLY stylized).

Dude! You are ALWAYS welcome to throw down a verbose response!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.Y.M.H.M.

Well, after that wonderful, wordy review by Zachary, can I just say that I liked this movie and leave it at that?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

LOL! Of course!
Verbose responses, concise responses, we like them all!

Thanks for the comment!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.Y.M.H.M.

this film is probably tied with donnie darko as my favorite movie of all time...

September 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbryon

Oh man Bryon!
I really wish Donnie Darko wasn't so cult popular, or we'd have covered it by now. It's still on the list, but we wanna hit some other flicks first.

Did you see Brothers Bloom? I think I might like it better than Brick... I know ... Shocking...

September 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterMYMHM

*runs out to buy Brothers Bloom immediately*

DD : directors cut or theater release? Kinda like the theater version, makes it harder to figure out. (ha like I have actually figured out what is _really_ going on in DD)

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbryon

ahhhhH, I love it when watching a trailer I have to stop because I don't want to see another frame before I see the movie, seriously am going to the store right now to buy Brothers Bloom. Thanks!

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbryon

even worse, after calling the store I found out it doesn't come out on dvd until 2 weeks from now...

B-( #sunglassesguyfrowns

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbryon

That's one of the most specific emoticon descriptions I've ever seen...

I'm totally with you though. Modern trailers can't seem to advertise a movie without giving away the whole plot. I tried to go into media blackout for District 9, but was really disappointed to see one of the climactic scenes in the fargging trailer. Same thing with [REC]/Quarantine, the last scene of the movie is the most focused on scene of the trailer?

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuan @ MYMHM

"Throw one at me if you want, hash head. I've got all five senses and I slept last night, that puts me six up on the lot of you."

I mean come on. Great script, great performances (Joseph Gordon Levitt FTW), and a great aesthetic. Not just the look of the film and how it was shot but the settings were all fantastic.

This is one I have recommended and screened for many of my friends and I have heard very little complaints. Only those who are afflicted with some kind of ADD disorder have moaned about the pacing, which I have no problem with. Very excited for Rian Johnson's next project. Brothers Bloom was AMAZING. Keep up the great reviews lads.

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterperfectjargon

I NEVER would've expected Levitt to throw down on a flick like this. Just incredible.
Rian Johnson is quickly becoming one of my fave film makers solely on the strength of his dialog.

Brick is one the films with the highest success rate when i recommend it to others. It's just so interesting...
Thanks PerfectJargon!

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuan @ MYMHM

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