The good, the bad, and the ugly…in film

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.

Mamma Mia Firth
Firth: Even he stank in this terrible movie

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.

Uggh.

Rating: ✯ (1 out of 5)

Christian Bale = love
Christian Bale = love

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!

Rating: ✯✯✯

Tropic Thunder's Ben Stiller; Robert Downey, Jr.; and Jack Black
Tropic Thunder

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.

Rating: ✯✯✯

James Franco and Seth Rogan in 'Pineapple Express'
James Franco and Seth Rogan in 'Pineapple Express'

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!

Rating: ✯✯✯

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2 thoughts on “The good, the bad, and the ugly…in film”

  1. Hey, great list of films you’ve watched this summer. It has been a really enjoyable season full of blockbusters and comedies. Did you see any others like Iron Man, Get Smart, WALL-E, or Forgetting Sarah Marshall? Those were really good as well. Anyway, I have to admit I was surprised that you placed Pineapple Express as your favorite movie over The Dark Knight and Tropic Thunder. In my opinion, Tropic Thunder was truly the best comedy of the summer. And aside from all of the records that The Dark Knight broke, it truly is (and will be) the standout film of 2008. There’s no denying that, and for a film with huge expectations and hype to meet those criteria, that’s an outstanding feat.

    And as for Pineapple Express, I too loved it, though for me it fell under my expectations. Also, I don’t think you can categorize Pineapple as a “Frat Pack” movie since that would involve actors like Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, etc. Pineapple Express is the product of the “Apatown” or the “Jew Crew” as Seth Rogen labeled.

    Anyway, great post and cool blog.

  2. Thanks for the feedback! I actually think it was more of a toss-up between Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder, and I’m glad you liked TT, too! I’d tend to agree with the “Apatown” label. It just seems to me that the “Frat Pack” has slowly evolved to involve a lot more people than it started with. Dark Knight did, indeed, rock (except for some of the corny lines). And I loved, loved, loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall! That was hilarious and unexpected!

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