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Melinda and Melinda (2004)
This Movie Makes Troop Beverly Hills look like The Godfather Trilogy
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER* I would like to preface this review with a question. Why did Woody Allen cast Chloë Sevigny as Sondra Huxtable when Sabrina Le Beauf is still alive and well? I feel like an utter schmuck for watching this steaming lump of excrement. How can such a promising premise turn into one of the biggest wastes of time in the last 10 years. I've noticed everyone griping about this movie being horrible despite a great cast. Great cast? There are 3 good performances in this movie, and they are courtesy of Will Ferrell, Wallace Shawn (GENIUS WALLY, GENIUS), and The genie lamp. That's IT! The characters in this movie are probably the weakest I've ever seen. A bunch of self important blowhards scooping utter chaos and tragedy out of a bowl of banality a good movie does not make. Will Ferrell's character Hobie is the only remotely likable role in the whole movie, and he's playing the Woody part, so you never jump totally into liking him. Remember when Woody Allen movies kind of meant something? Annie Hall was garbage, but it had a good story. In my mind, Woody Allen has done 4 great movies. Wild Man Blues, What's Up Tiger Lilly, Sweet And Lowdown and Match Point. The rest...marginal or just dreck! So yeah, point being, if you've not seen this movie, don't rent it next time you're at the video store, get Troop Beverly Hills...it's got Iola from Mamma's Family and Craig T. Nelson, who of course was TV's COACH. It's a horrible movie, but like I said in the summary line...Melinda And Melinda makes Troop Beverly Hills look like The Godfather Trilogy.
Leave the knitting needles, take the Thin Mint cookies!
*SPOILER...Rosebud Wasn't a sled, it was a vulva!
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
A heartwarming review, not of the movie, but of it's naysayers.
I should start out, with a quick review of the film, by saying that this movie comes nowhere close to the best movie I've ever seen, but that's not to say I didn't derive a TREMENDOUS amount of enjoyment from it. First things first, as with movies like Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums, while there are some very amusing elements in this film, it isn't supposed to be a comedy, at least not in the brain dead slapstick preteen demigod way, it's a product of a subtle and satisfying genre known as Art-house. Sure, it's supposed to make you laugh, and in that mission, according to me anyway, was successful, but seeing as how it doesn't rely on semen in a beer cup for those laughs, it WILL be lost on 94% of the modern cinema audience. That being said, here is a review of the naysayers. I work at a cinema, and "Napoleon Dynamite" has done a business which is far less than mediocre. For the most part, the people who do see this movie are the people who KNOW they will enjoy it, but there has been the occasional customer who came out of the theatre saying, "That movie was "retarded"" and "Why is THAT supposed to be funny". The people who came out voicing such disgust are the same people who came running out of Anacondas and AVP screaming, "FREAKIN SWEET!" and other sophomoric battle cries. Napoleon Dynamite is not aimed at the same crowd as those movies, those movies are aimed at all the thirtysomethings (a la The Comic Book Guy on "The Simpsons) who still hold onto the hope that maybe someday, they will have x-ray vision, or web shooters, or what ever crazy superpower the kids want nowadays. So that about says it. In summation, if you have ever felt the need to scream out your love for pro wrestling to everyone within earshot, this movie is not for you, but fret not my Hulkamaniac friends I've heard rumors about the next big transfranchise feature that will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!! Coming soon to a theatre near you..."DUDE WHERE'S MY American PIE???"...Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!
Your pal, Adam