If you've seen the trailer for Dan in Real Life
, then you probably know exactly what to expect from the movie: a very funny, yet touching movie. Don't let that comment lead you to believe it's not worth seeing. On the contrary, I'd definitely suggest it. Steve Carell
has played some very oddball characters and I think he played this one excellently. I look forward to seeing Steve in more characters like this one. Dane Cook
also had a good performance and while I don't think I'd go writing home about this one, he's definitely one to watch out for. If you haven't seen this one, watch it; I'd recommend it to anyone who likes dramedies -- for the unitiated, that's drama-comedies
I expected Shoot 'Em Up to be a somewhat stupid... well, shoot 'em up movie, like Smokin' Aces . I never thought it was going to be as funny as it was. This was a total man's movie. Think sex, violence, and... wait, that's about it. The whole time, I kept thinking about Crank . Both of these movies were very similar. There is one thing Shoot 'Em Up had that Crank didn't: the questionably perfect mix of sex and violence. I won't say any more, tho. You'll just have to see it for yourself. Of course, you'll definitely be rolling your eyes throughout the movie. You might expect this with some of the action movies of late. Nothing too over-the-top, tho, so it's still enjoyable. As a matter of fact, this one's better than Crank. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good action movie. The comedy just makes it even better.
If you liked Shoot 'Em Up, I'd recommend Crank.
With Sopranos finished, I've gotta get my mafia fix from somewhere. For this, Knockaround Guys was perfect. The plot's got its twist, of course, but the story's all the same. In this movie, a mafia under boss' son looks to give the life a try. He's stayed away for a while, but is seemingly being forced into it. I found the whole situation quite ironic. In the end, it's a good story, tho. There was really only one part I didn't like, which was Teddy's decision towards the end, but I guess I can see why he'd make that decision.
One of the reasons I wanted to watch Knockaround Guys was because of the cast. John Malkovich was perhaps the best actor with Dennis Hopper behind him; but, honestly, they weren't the ones I was interested in seeing. I guess I got the movie because I like Vin Diesel in the tough guy roles he always seems to play; Seth Green was just an added bonus; and, I'm not sure why what I know Barry Pepper from, but I like him, too.
No Reservations was a cute movie. It reminded me of another love story that took place in the kitchen, Just Desserts . No Reservations was better, tho. I was surprised at what happened to the main character’s sister in the beginning. I guess I just didn’t expect it. Then again, I didn’t watch the trailer, so maybe that was covered there. All-in-all, it’s your basic love story. I did feel like the movie was somewhat rushed. Not necessarily overly rushed, but things moved a bit faster than one would imagine. If you liked No Reservations, I’d recommend Just Deserts.
A lot of people talked about how great Knocked Up was. I typically try to ignore these comments because it sets you up for disappointment more often than not. While I wasn't disappointed, it wasn't as funny as it was built up to be. Despite that, I'd recommend it to anyone. I found myself getting annoyed at some of the characters, which will most likely push me away from other movies they're in; but I did laugh for a good portion of the movie, so it probably evened itself out. One thing I found interesting was that this was a remake. Unlike most remakes dating back to the 70's or earlier, the original seems to be only three years old. I've never seen it, so I can't say how close it really is, but I would be interested in watching it. Then again, Netflix doesn't seem to carry it, so that won't be anytime soon.
I don't remember much of Ocean's 12
, but I will say that 13
was better. It was definitely a good sequel. If you enjoyed Ocean's 11
, you'll want to check this one out. Honestly, I'm surprised they were able to squeeze two more movies out of it, but that's Hollywood for ya. These days, it seems like they're starting to run out of ideas. You're hard-pressed to find a truly original movie concept. Either way, I don't see a fourth on the horizon, but I wouldn't be surprised. If they did go for another, I'm thinking we might have to get out of Vegas for once.
Pirates of the Caribean: At World's End wasn't quite as good as I was expecting. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the movie, but Pirates 1 and 2 were better. There was plenty of action, that's for sure. As a matter of fact, there was a bit too much action. At times, it was kind of hard to follow with so much going on. Then again, the fact the theater was having sound problems definitely didn't help, that's for sure. Most good movies that supass the 2.5 hr mark usually do a good job of keeping your interest. Not that I didn't want to press on, but my interest seemed to waver. The way I look at it, the more you think about what time it is, the more the movie's losing you. There were a couple of times I thought about how much time was left, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy it. I was interested in the end. It didn't quite go as I was expecting. Namely, I thought it was interesting how the movie was left open at the end. There aren't any plans for another sequel, as far as I know. Only time will tell. In the meantime, if you liked the last two, I'd definitely suggest you finish the series.
Life as a House was recommended to me based on a group of other movies I liked. Perhaps the most notable of these being Pay it Forward . I was very surprised by the movie. I had never heard about it, but it turned out to be a fantastic movie. This one is a drama among dramas with a splash of comedy throughout; so if you're not a big fan of dramas, you probably won't like it. If you are, on the other hand, I'd suggest you run out and rent it the next time you're in the mood for a good drama. The story is based on a father who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and makes one final effort to connect with his son, who lives with his ex-wife. That should set the scene enough to give you a basic idea of what to expect.
If you liked Life as a House, I'd suggest Pay it Forward.
As one might imagine, Talledega Nights is a pretty stupid movie. In the same breath, I did enjoy it to a certain extent. There were some very funny parts, but there were also parts I had to roll my eyes at. If you're a consummate fan of Will Ferrel , this one should be right up your alley. Either way, I think most will enjoy the movie.
If you liked Talledega Nights, I'd suggest Anchorman .