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Super Size Me (2004)
Shot of reality
This film was totally gross, graphic and harsh, and EXACTLY the
shot of reality that Americans NEED in a society bombarded with
"happy talking" consumer ad campaigns everywhere we look.
I'm glad we live in a world that allows this kind of expression of
free speech, and here's an example of how it can be used for
good. This film illuminated not only the scary effects of fast food
diets on health, but also the horrifying state of school lunches--
which incidentally seem to be provided by the same mega-companies that provide food to many of our inmates. It is an
Upton Sinclair's "Jungle" of today; (A graphic book revealing the
bad working conditions of factory workers), only MUCH funnier:)
In fact, this movie alternately horrifies and entertains throughout.
It's a MUST-SEE for anyone interested in health or corporate
America. And you know what? It's just plain FUN to watch. l loved
Very cute show!
I really enjoyed myself! I don't usually watch ethnic shows, not that I watch that much TV to begin with, but not since the Cosby show have I found one to be so relate-able and funny across the board.
And THANKFULLY, it's not that "over-the-top, in your face" style of most sitcoms today. Eve plays it cool, and you find yourself laughing out loud because the funny moments ring TRUE instead of contrived. Perhaps that's why I don't watch much TV, but this sitcom feels more like a combo film/TV show to me than a typical sitcom. And it totally works. Granted, I think the show skews more toward the female audience, because it's really told from her point of view (Eve's). Men may not find it as amusing, because they're being made fun of, more than being the ones dictating the show. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, but especially to women of ALL ethnicities between the ages of 25 and 45. It's SO much fun.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Warm and beautiful
As someone who has done a bit of traveling, I know what the isolation of being alone in a foreign county can do to you. And to find a friend in the middle of all of the isolation can be a beautiful and yet bittersweet gift.
I was struck by this film's ability to capture that sentiment so perfectly, in such a warm and beautiful way. And yet, I laughed so many times because of Bill Murray's perfect performance. He was so natural and funny, and the demure, withdrawn Scarlett was a great counterpart.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who has ever made friends on a cruise ship, only to never speak to them again, for no particular reason. To anyone who has ever experienced the wordless closeness that two strangers can feel when they share even just a single thing to bond them.
Warm, and beautiful, and funny and entertaining. 5 stars!
Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool (2002)
Funny, funny, funny
This was the opening movie at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (The edgier, hipper festival that runs concurrently with Sundance) It's a spoof on the entertainment industry-- specifically the casting business, of how actors are cast in TV commercials. It takes us through a "mockumentary" of casting a TV commercial.
The audience laughed the whole way through. The two guys who produced/directed/wrote it must have had experiences in the casting business. I think they used to be casting directors or something, which probably explains why they got so many well-known actors for such a low budget film. Like Clifton Collins Jr (from the kickass movie "Traffic") and Currie Graham (from "Suddenly Susan.") They even got Danica McKellar. Remember "Winnie Cooper" from the Wonder Years-- who's turned to more serious stuff recently like "The West Wing"? She's FUNNY in this as the ditsy assistant! So despite its lack of technological prowess, it's got some pretty great performances.
I think it was shot on video; it didn't quite have that "film" look-- but it was like a documentary style movie, so it sort of didn't matter. Like a "Spinal Tap" or "Waiting for Guffman" type film. And JUST AS FUNNY! I don't know why this isn't out on DVD yet, but it should be. I'll watch it again in a heartbeat.
Sex and the Teenage Mind (2002)
Ug. This was pretty bad.
There was just nothing original about it. Nothing but a bunch of mismatched stereotypes from a whole list of teenage angst films, all vomited together.
The only moment worth watching was this one "kind of funny" scene where Danica McKellar confronts the main kid. Mascara running down cheeks, etc. She totally pulled it off.
But seriously, she wasn't in the movie that much, and it wasn't worth watching the whole movie for. Stay AWAY...!
I'm just tired of all the bad films out there. PLEASE entertain us!
Raising Genius (2004)
Kooky and Fun
Just saw this film at a festival--
Really, really kooky and wonderful!! What a great cast, too. Everyone was funny. Wendie Malick did her usual thing, which is always funny.
Ed Begley Jr. and Marc DeCarlo were great in supporting roles, as was the trampoline jumping cheerleader (Danica McKellar).
Stephen Root seemed to reprise his "Office Space" role, but hey, it was funny. And Justin Long sort of did an impersonation of Stephen Root in "Office Space." But it was actually REALLY funny.
This movie just keeps taking left turns into kookiness that somehow, someway, TOTALLY works. I give it a thumbs up.
Sweet and well constructed.
I saw this at the California Independent Film Festival last November. I found it to be sweet, touching, and on the whole, well constructed. My main criticism would be that the love story needed more time taken with it; it was too rushed and made it less believable that they would fall in love so quickly. It should have been a longer movie. But I was very impressed with the acting, and it was nice to see Winnie Cooper all grown up!