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Role Models (2008)
Low Expectations == Excellent Time
This is really, really quality comedy. Although I love Kevin Smith to death, I think this movie made me laugh more than Zack and Miri (still excellent, but nonetheless...). You know how most commercials give away the entire movie (I'm looking at you, BODY OF LIES and EVERY COMEDY EVER MADE)? This one doesn't. The plot really is predictable but unpredictable. But I'm sidestepping the entire issue.
This movie is f*cking hilarious. And don't pretend to take that as some general comment heaped upon any foul-mouthed comedic work that Hollywood seems itchy to greenlight these days. This is some really, really funny stuff. Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott have some excellent chemistry here. Like Jake and Elwood chemistry. They basically are the driving force of this movie. However, supporting cast does an equally excellent job. The woman who plays the children's center director basically nailed her performance and always had me in hysterics. And the two kids; ahh, this is the icing on the cake. Ronny and Augie were genius.
Basically, this is definitely on the top of my list of highly underrated comedies (Oh, Tapeheads... how I love thee). I would absolutely see this in theaters again.
In summary, check this out for a riotous, consistently funny 100 minutes of laughter.
Death Sentence (2007)
This was an interesting film. Not a terribly good film, but relatively interesting.
The Good: The colors and lighting were extremely visually engaging. I was constantly taken aback by the visual feel of the film. Action was good, I didn't know EXACTLY where the plot was going, Kevin Bacon was pretty good, and it was filmed in Columbia, SC :)
The Bad: GLARING PLOT HOLES AND COMPLETE LACK OF COMMON SENSE. I won't go into detail, but several times it seems the filmmakers should have had a legal consult during the production. No trials ever go like that. No cops ever act like that, blaming the ensuing gang war on the victim. Nobody doesn't go to the cops IMMEDIATELY after being shot at with intent to kill.
In summary, catch it on cable or spend four bucks to rent it if you're in the mood for a dark movie.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
I came into this film with high expectations, and they were met with ease. I am quite a Coen fan, but regardless, this blew me away. The scenery was one of my favorite parts of the movie, as its bleak beauty was a wonderful treat for the eyes and really contributed to the sense of emptiness, being alone, feeling like you're so far out in the middle of nowhere that anything could happen and nobody could know about it. The quiet and lack of music contributed a similar effect. All the actors were great and the casting was spot on, even though in one scene where Tommy Lee Jones takes off his hat and there's a close up on his face he looks older than death. Everyone was great and right for the feel of the film. In addition, the killer's simple philosophy revealed by his several coin toss incidents "You stand to win everything" were really interesting and provided a window of insight into his character, leaving him explained but at the same time, an enigma. The Coens also knew when enough gore was enough gore. There was plenty of good, old-fashioned violence for any red-blooded American male but they knew what was enjoyable and what would have been gratuitous. Finally, one of the things that I enjoyed most is the abundant humor throughout the movie. They knew when to keep things serious and when to give some levity, and the film was exponentially better for it. Go see this movie as soon as you can.
Dan in Real Life (2007)
the best movie i have ever seen
Positively fantastic. All the actors were excellent and right in their element (Steve Carell and Dane Cook were top-notch in their heartfelt, melodramatic interpretations of Dan and Mitch). This deserves to rank among the best movies of all time such as Baby Geniuses and The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Definitely recommended to anyone who likes anything, as this movie has it all.
You will laugh.
You will cry.
You will walk out of the theater desperate for more.
This movie is great.
I Love Your Work (2003)
i had high hopes for this movie, seeing that I liked Giovanni Ribisi on My Name is Earl, and i like Jason lee. i watched this movie and any hope i had for it was destroyed halfway through. there was hardly any plot progression throughout the entire movie and it was so odd that i felt i needed to pick up the cliff's notes to understand it. the story twisted and turned and included things that were kind of stupid and introduced subplots which were not later revisited and explained. in fact, very little was explained in this movie. i did however enjoy Jason lee's role, albeit very small. he brought a certain realism to stalkers' obsessions. whatever other deep themes were waiting to capture my attention didn't, and the rest of the movie just plain sucked.