Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wanderlust: Movie Review

 

Good people living with hippies with no intelligent thoughts or humour.

George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) are practical and realistic people in love. They can’t afford to live in New York City anymore so they are off to Atlanta. On the way they run into some hippies, their first instinct is to run away. Unfortunately, George’s brother-in-law is an inappropriate asshole so they are back to the hippie commune, even though first instincts are always right.2012

Directed by: David Wain

Screenplay by: David Wain and Ken Marino

Starring: Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chalet Girl: Movie Review

   


Sports genre predictably meets teen girl coming-of-age.

Starring Felicity Jones as Kim, “Chalet Girl” is supposed to be a mix of the teen girl and sports genre while making fun of those that live in the privileged bubble. Although it does run the course exactly as expected, it is a British indie version with a very likable lead actress. 2011 (2012 DVD Release)

Directed by: Phil Traill

Screenplay by: Tom Williams

Starring: Felicity Jones

Friday, February 24, 2012

Extract: Movie Review

 

Comedy of errors for dinkuses, normal people, boy geniuses and hot girls.

Jason Bateman, as flavour-extract factory plant owner Joel, says, “It makes sense. Hot girls need jobs too.” Ben Affleck, as drug-imbibing bartender Dean, questions, “Do they, though?” I agree with Dean. Hot girls don’t need jobs. “Extract” can be described as a comedy-of-errors that ensues when Joel assumes that hot girls need jobs like normal people. 2009

Directed by: Mike Judge

Screenplay by: Mike Judge

Starring: Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Chameleon: Movie Review

 

A chameleon that isn't interesting or even hiding. 

Le caméléon is a French delinquent turned con-artist who has passed himself off as numerous individuals, immersing himself into their lives and often evading the law. “The Chameleon” is a true-story movie version of one such instance. 12 year-old Nicolas disappeared from his family’s home in Louisiana. 4 years later he re-appears in France with a new accent and different look. Everybody is suspicious. Everybody except the family.2010 (2012 DVD Release)

Directed by: Jean-Paul Salomé

Screenplay by: Jean-Paul Salomé and Natalie Carter

Starring: Marc-André Grondin

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tanner Hall: Movie Review


The misadventures of four forgettable and unrelatable teenage girls.

Tanner Hall is one of those all-girl boarding schools set in the old, countryside serenity of New England. It’s probably prestigious (since rich girls go there too), and literally gated. Locked on the inside and out – which seems not only inappropriate but not feasible either since somehow pizza delivery boys can get in. “Tanner Hall” is a teenage girl movie, and of course, our four main girls find no end of trouble in their small school. 2009 (2012 DVD Release)

Directed by: Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg

Screenplay by: Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg

Starring: Rooney Mara

Friday, February 10, 2012

Carnage: Movie Review


   


The carnage left over after a verbal battle of wits.
“Carnage” is about the carnage that is left over as two couples get together to discuss their sons’ recent altercation. It’s a play. Not just based on a play, but I’m pretty sure it is the play, word-for-word, scene-for-scene. But make that just one scene. One room, one afternoon, four characters. What makes it even more unique, is that it’s a comedy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a comedy this simplistic in its setting.2011

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Screenplay by: Yasmina Reza and Roman Polanski

Starring: Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Stranger than Fiction: Movie Review

 

A discussion on tragedy and comedy played out as a smart, original version of both.

Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is a lonely man. He has no ambitions in life and gets through the days counting brush strokes, counting steps and counting numbers as an IRS agent. “Stranger than Fiction” tells a smart and original tale of what happens when Harold becomes the hero of a fictional novel. He hears the narration in his head and the only two explanations are: either he’s going insane or he’s going crazy. 2006

Directed by: Marc Forster

Screenplay by: Zach Helm

Starring: Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal