I’ve recently seen what seems like a plethora of movies…at theaters. I guess what they say is true: When the economy hits hard times, the cinema biz booms. Hrmm.
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to write deep reviews of these films that are full of metaphors and heart-wrenchingly amazing.
But I haven’t had time.
So now all y’alls get the shortlist.
1. Mamma Mia
Hands-down one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It was seriously painful to watch. Christine Baranski scares the living daylights out of me, and the singing AND acting was totally canned.
I get it. People like ABBA. But seriously?
The only things it had going for it was Colin Firth and the gorgeous Greek landscapes. And Colin Firth was, unfortunately, in one of the worst roles he’s ever played, so the movie really only had one thing going for it: the landscape.
Rating: ✯ (1 out of 5)
2. Batman: The Dark Knight
I love Christian Bale (followed him since before Newsies). I love Aaron Eckhart. I love bb Heath. I love Maggie Gyllenhaal. I love Michael Caine. I did not, love, however, the Batman Begins installation of the series. The writing was just pure crap!
It’d been a while since seeing that one, though, so I went into the Dark Knight incredibly excited. Honestly, it didn’t feel like a two-and-a-half-hour movie. It went by really, really fast. There was a lot of action and a lot of suspense, and I couldn’t believe that I didn’t realize sooner that Harvey “Two Face” Dent was in this one, in addition to the Joker.
I really enjoyed this movie. I thought that while the writing was still pretty bad (especially the cop-out ending), but the fact that I was hopped up on adrenaline two hours after the movie ended speaks for itself.
Did I mention Christian Bale is sexy?
And bb Heath’s performance was outstanding (I’m not just saying that because of the recent tragedy). He seriously was such an amazing and real Joker…scary!
3. Tropic Thunder
What can I say, other than literally, “Oh, my god.”
This one got a lot of heat. And you know I love stuff that gets a lot of heat. Especially if it has Ben Stiller involved with it.
Stiller as a Terminator-esque action hero with a recently lackluster career. Robert Downey, Jr. (who seems to always deliver) as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Aussie portraying an African-American. And Jack Black, as a heroin-addicted canned-comedy star from movies that bear striking similarities to the Nutty Professor.
Honestly, I thought this film was freaking hilarious. I mean, there were a few parts that had me rolling my eyes, but it’s dumb comedy that actually hits the mark in jesting actors who take outlandish parts with the expectation of winning awards.
And if you can handle that, you can handle the really out-of-control unbelievable parts (well, like the entire film). Suspension of disbelief.
If nothing else, you will love the “cameos” that Tobey Maguire, Matthew McConaughey, and Nick Nolte play. Oh, and I hate to say this because I loved loathing him, but I’m pretty sure Tom Cruise made the movie. And he may have re-earned my respect. Well, a little. And there may have been some Ludacris involved.
4. Pineapple Express
Well, I’ll say. This film was definitely worth my $9.50.
I’ve been a fan of the “Frat Pack” movies (almost begrudgingly) for years now. Ahh, I feel like I have to love them all! Even though most of them, in my opinion, run a half-hour to 45 minutes longer than they should.
Anyway, so I greeted Pineapple Express with enthusiasm, and rightfully so! It was two-and-a-half-hours of gut-busting hilarity.
I also have to say, stoner films can be pretty funny. Case in point: Harold & Kumar. So, take some amazing and funny people–Seth Rogan, James Franco, Gary Cole, Ed Begely Jr.–mix in some illicit drugs, murder, and corruption, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic plot!
And who could resist the a-dor-able Franco who actually plays a pot dealer? It was refreshing and great. Definitely my favorite movie this summer!