Movie: Hall Pass

We also ended up watching Hall Pass , it wasn’t too over the top crazy…but really really close.  I liked it, the idea sounds intriguing but its not for me…I don’t have a need to do anything but DRIVE myself to work in a car.  The cast was pretty packed… Owen Wilson (I last saw him in Little Fockers ), Jenna Fischer (I watch her on The Office , the last movie I saw her in was The Promotion ), Christina Applegate (I last saw her in Surviving Christmas ), Lauren Bowles (She’s on True Blood ) and Jason Sudeikis (SNL guy).  After they both got their Hall Pass (An imaginary week to forget your married, no strings attached*), it was obvious where all of the comedy was going to come from, there were plenty of situations that helped build up to the comedy finale and then their redemption.  So yeah, kind of predictable.  I liked the chatty character that Owen Wilson played, especially when the girl dumped her top for him. Deep Thought: If you’re married, how far would you make it in this situation?  Are you a Rick or a Fred ?  Is your wife a Maggie or a Grace ? Likes: The babysitter’s aunt’s son, the babysitter (she’s kinda hot), Jenna Fischer (She’s good outside of The Office too!), Coakley (the older guy that gets all of the chicks…just the vulnerable ones), Applebees (really, that’s where all of the hot chicks are?! Syke, they are all at Chilis! Everyone know this!), Coakley’s hot chick de-bunking technique (I’m gonna try it), faux chow, and faux job, “I gotta take the trash out” (then stay’s in the car to… ), the Long family house tour, the massage parlor curtain to the dry cleaners…there are too many! Dislikes: Grace (what a whore bag, times 2, because she did it and never told), Baseball team (why would the player’s take these chicks this serious, then why would the coach go so far to take advantage of Maggie) I’m giving this one a 8/10, it was a good comedy…I’d watch it again to see the other small things I missed the first time because I was laughing.

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Movie: The Other Woman

Over this past weekend my wife and I watched The Other Woman , with Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow .  It wasn’t too bad for a drama, but it somehow felt incomplete.  The basic plot was a girl ( Emilia ) works at a law firm, notices a guy, blah, blah, they go on a trip, blah, blah, they hook up and then he divorces his wife (Carolyn) takes his son and marries her, blah, blah, they have a baby girl that dies 3 days later, blah, blah, divorce again, first ex-wife marries another guy, and I’m not sure if Portman ends up married again or not. Mind you this story was not told sequentially, it was middle, flash back, middle later, flash back, ending.  I thought everyone did a realistic job acting and the story was certainly a drama…but again something was missing. Deep Thought: If relationships are sought after for their intimacy, why does the movie industry constantly release movies where people aren’t intimate (i.e. open) with one another until its to late?   Is this common in society?  Is art imitating life?  Or is life imitating art? Likes: Natalie Portman,”office party” mentality (“we’re only supposed to stay for awhile then leave, since we’re not on staff”), Diarrhea Hummus Dislikes: Married people not sharing their thoughts with one another, the argument over her dad’s past in front of her younger step son (there is a better place for this…but its a drama its supposed to be here) I’ll give it a 5/10, just another movie with a lesson.

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Movie: Unstoppable

Last week we watched Unstoppable , the newer one about trains ( not the older one ).  It was a pretty intense movie, but full of what the… and why don’t they…, man they should have…. from my wife and I.  I know for me the intensity was purely about the physics of the situation, something this big and this long with this kind of cargo was doomed from the start of the movie.  I was cringing when the dude left the cab, let alone fatty trying to run to beat the engine to the switch.  The only part of the plot that took me a while was between the train driver and the conductor.  I started out thinking this was a “cargo heist” movie, then I slowly realized that the plot was solely about the runaway train.  I don’t understand why they didn’t use multiple engines before and after the runaway train in the first attempt, but that’s why its a movie. Deep Thought: If you had a thought and a chance to save lives with that idea, would you be able to execute it? Likes: Movie about a train (I can’t think of another train “operations” style movie…maybe The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 ), Denzel Washington (he is so diverse and very immersed into his characters) (I last saw him in The Book of Eli ) Dislikes: Secondary plots that go no where (Conductor’s wife/son and restraining order…blah), Corporate jerks with alternative views (company value overrides moral issues…since when?) I liked the intensity, I’m giving it a 8/10.

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