Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Runner Runner - Starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. Now I'm no Affleck fan (nor a hater) but I likes da Timberlake and am always ready to give him a chance in a flick. Richie (Timberlake) is an affiliate for an online gambling syndicate recruiting students and professors alike at Princeton for their gambling addictions. When a student turns him in, he's warned to stop by the dean and reminded of his substantial tuition due in a week. He decides to try to get in with the big boys (Affleck) and hijinks, drama and such ensue with a pretty cool ending. Would this be a top pick? No but it exceeded low expectations and I like to be pleasantly surprised.
Thanks for Sharing - This one stars Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Pink and Gwenyth Paltrow. This centers around a sex addiction group and the struggles they face on a day to day or even minute to minute basis. What it takes to get out there and forge into normal relationships when your life is anything but normal. It sounds like a downer but in addition to being a drama there's a lot of great comedy in it as well and I have to say Pink nailed it. She was really funny and a great actress. There are even some scenes relatable to food addiction that are interesting. This was another one that was a pleasant surprise and I'd recommend it if you want something to rent during a new release dry spell.
Now we move on to last night's rentals...Carrie and Enough Said.
Carrie (2013) - Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Judy Greer. When I saw Chloe was attached to this movie well over a year ago, I couldn't wait to see it. While I'm not a fan of "reboots" (actually I LOATHE them) I thought Chloe could do it justice if retold properly. She does a great job and the backstory of her mother and why she was so nuts as well as the deeper investigation into her telekinesis were interesting spins. Julieanne Moore does a stellar job as the wacko mother giving her way more depth than the original. Oh and you know THE scene? The scene you think of when you hear the movie "Carrie?" There is an interesting twist with that scene as well, specifically the role the bucket plays afterward. (Though we are NOT fans of the fact they showed the blood dump three times. That was the only irritant for both of us. Well that and the bully's day of reckoning was a little lame.) Then the very end, there's another twist with the final character. So if you've seen the original, definitely rent this one if for nothing more than for comparison but Carrie purists might respect the enhancements made to this version. I know we did!
Enough Said - This one stars James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener. The trailer pulled us in on this one since we're not major fans of the lead actors. It started out promising but then I realized I already saw four things I laughed at in the trailer in the first 25 minutes. It started getting a little odd when the twist came in because it just got painful to watch her character be swayed. Then the ugliness kind of crept in and it became uncomfortable to watch. The ending gave no real pay off.
I'd say three out of four ain't bad.
Seen any good movies lately?
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