Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Dinner experimentation and movie night
|That's right, I busted out a diner basket and liner just like a fish n' chips joint.|
We rented two movies last night. Warm Bodies and Identity Thief.
Let me be the first to say I think zombie stuff is...well, boring. I don't get the whole zombie apocalypse thing, the current obsession with them, etc and we were both afraid we'd been "trailer duped." I wanted to watch it first to get it over with. But I have to say, this movie was pretty good! I went in expecting nothing and got a decent comedy, love story and even the little bit of the scary jolt one would expect in a zombie flick. (Without the gore! Bonus! I refuse to watch zombie movies because of the gratuitous gore they feel they need to add. This proves you can get the point across without being gore-tastic.) The soundtrack was actually awesome. Lots of 80's songs. I looked for a soundtrack but there's only the score...BOO! I have to say this is such a rarity when it happens that it gives me hope that Hollywood has a speck of originality left. (Though I think it was based on a book so I guess it's the literary world that has the originality.) But still, when a zombie flick makes me tear up and it's not that time of the month, I call that a good way to spend 90 minutes. Nicholas Hoult is going to the next Johnny Depp in terms of being able to express extreme emotion and conflict facially. He's amazing! If you're open minded to something a little different, give it a rent, it's only a buck or so.
Identity Thief. I need to preface this by saying I'm not a Mike and Molly fan so not real big on Melissa McCarthy but I love Jason Bateman so it had to be rented. Well you know how we thought we were trailer duped by the first one? Yeah...it was this one. Jason Bateman was funny but it wasn't enough to save it from the annoying, tired gags that were Melissa's character. Of course it can't be gags the whole time but it still wasn't enough to save it for me even with the schmaltz. The Mr checked out about halfway through. I could physically feel his annoyed demeanor without even looking at him. I think a lot of our disgruntled 'tude has to do with we know people who have gone through some serious crap with identity theft and it's hard to make light of that knowing what it can do to people. I know...party poopers. There are some genres I/we just shouldn't watch, no matter how satirical. (Same thing with somewhat realistic apocalyptic films. You put me in front of Deep Impact and I'm bawling by the middle to the end and ready to stock up on Spam.) They even failed on the gag reel. That's the best part of any movie and you couldn't even give us 60 seconds? It was like a gag clip. Barely.
What movies have you rented lately?
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