Monday, April 14, 2008

Impromptu Movie Reviews

Movies I've seen recently:

Gone Baby Gone: Interesting movie that starts with a little girl being kidnapped and twists and turns from there. Some great plot twists that I never saw coming. Great cast - Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris.

No Country for Old Men: I had read the book, so no real surprises for me. (Rock loves it when I've read the book, btw. He pesters me the whole time to tell him what's going to happen. He says it lessens the tension for him. I practically told him the whole movie in the first 30 minutes.) It was well done, but I didn't like the book a whole lot, and I kind of hate this author, so the movie didn't really do it for me. And, as is becoming my overall complaint about this author, he doesn't know how to end a book, so the end of the movie was very weak. Anyway, it certainly wouldn't have been my choice for Best Picture of 2007.

In the Valley of Elah: Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, and Barry Corbin reteam from No Country for Old Men in In the Valley of Elah! In the Valley of Elah is good, but it's pretty grim. In fact, I'm going to go ahead and spoil it a little because I think you should know what you're getting into if you rent this one. Tommy Lee Jones' son is in the Army and comes home from Iraq, then goes AWOL. TLJ goes looking for him. The local police find him. He's been murdered, then his body was cut up, burned and scattered in a field. TLJ and the local detective (Charlize Theron) join forces to figure out what happened to him.

Dan in Real Life: I didn't expect this to be very good, but Steve Carell just makes me laugh. He reminds me of a former co-worker who was very funny, and he just makes me laugh. So I was very pleased that this was much funnier and had more of a story than I expected it to. And Dan's travails with his teenage daughter wanting to date had me rolling in the floor (and threatening to send Supergirl to a convent). And if she ever calls me a murderer of love, I'm having a t-shirt printed up. And wearing it around her friends. And of course, when we finished watching this, we got out Little Miss Sunshine and watched the first half (until Alan Arkin dies - the *worst* decision in a film in the last 10 years, easily. He was a scream. End the film there.)

American Gangster: we watched this yesterday. We planned to watch it yesterday afternoon and then watch Walk Hard afterwards, but we didn't know that American Gangster is 15 years long. It's great, it really is, but oh my god, clear your schedule for the next week, because you are not doing anything else other than watching American Gangster. We started it at like 5:30, and granted we had to stop it a few times to do things like cook dinner, and pick Supergirl up from the grandparents', but we did not finish that bastard until 10:30 last night! And then, when I took the DVD out, I realized that we had selected the Unrated, extended version. Yeah, by six years or so! Oh, and Josh Brolin is in that one, too. Were there any movies made in 2007 that did not include Josh Brolin? 'Cause I'm really getting sick of that motherfucker. I know they cast him as an asshole cause, hello! he looks like an asshole! But he's definitely getting typecast. Anyway, it is a really good movie and the acting is terrific.


JMC said...

I love movie reviews! "Gone Baby Gone" and "In the Valley of Elah" sound good, and I've been wanting to see "Dan in Real Life."

Tessie said...


That is all.

Shelly said...

jmc - I love movies! Gone Baby Gone is *great*! I seriously recommend it. I would be hesitant about In the Valley of Elah. It's well acted, but it's pretty disturbing. It's been a few weeks since I saw it, and I wouldn't watch it again. I think I will watch anything Steve Carell is in. He just makes me laugh.

Shelly said...

Tessie - THANK YOU!!!! It makes me so damn mad that he has a Pulitzer Prize. I want to drive to his house and beat him up and take it away. I have never read a book that deserved it less than The Road. I would have been less mad if No Country for Old Men had won it, because at least Tommy Lee Jones' character was a good character and well-written. There was nothing well-written about The Road - NOTHING!!!! *Ahem* That is all.

Pickles & Dimes said...

I haven't seen "No Country..." but Jason's parents were OUTRAGED by the ending of the movie. They were actually convinced that the movie didn't end; like the projectionist had made a mistake or something.

I want to see "Gone Baby Gone" because I read the book and really enjoyed it.

I loved "American Gangster" because Denzel is one smooth mofo, but we sat next to a loud black woman who felt the need to narrate the entire time, and when Jason "sshhhhed" her, she started yelling, "Oh, who shushed me? I'm gonna kick your ass! Don't be disrespecting me!"

Never mind that she was disrespecting the entire theater with her inane chatter. This is pretty much why I hate seeing movies in theaters now - all hail Netflix!

Shelly said...

Shauna - That's kind of how the book is, too. And it's so anticlimactic. It's like the author is so bent on making his points that he doesn't care about plot or storyline or dramatic momentum.

I haven't read Gone Baby Gone, but I have read Mystic River and really enjoyed it. The movie was great, too. I will have to find Gone Baby Gone and read it.

First of all, I cannot imagine sitting in a theater long enough to watch American Gangster. My children would be grown up when I emerged. And sitting beside someone who narrated the entire time would make me homocidal. We *never* go to the theater anymore - mostly because of other people. That sucks that you sat near someone so assinine.

Swistle said...

I laughed and LAUGHED that you didn't really like the book No Country For Old Men, and you kind of hate the author. HA HA HA HA HA! That is so refreshing after all the pants-wetting I've heard about the book/author/movie.

Shelly said...

Hey Swistle! Okay, your comment just made me want to write a whole post on Cormac McCarthy and the two whole books I've read by him. I love you. Isn't there a line to marry you somewhere? Count me in.