Friday, November 5, 2010

7 Word Weekend Movie Review: Megamind, Due Date and I'm in a Disney mood

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

127 Hours (limited) - I'd give your arm to see it.

Megamind - I will so watch this... on video.

Fair Game (limited, expands Nov. 12) - Fell asleep just looking at the poster. 

For Colored Girls - Tyler Perry's I really want an Oscar.

Due Date - Galifianakis has become the road trip guy.

I know it may come off as offensive to some people, but I freely admit to getting tired of hearing Aron Ralston's story after about the fifteenth television special. Yeah it was an incredible thing for him to live through, and I can't imagine having to amputate one's own arm, but once you hear it a thousand times, it gets kind of dull. Still, 127 Hours is a different thing altogether. Danny Boyle is always an interesting director and I've never made my love (love in the manliest of ways) of James Franco secret. If I was going to see a movie in theaters this weekend, it would probably be this. But when all is said and done, I'll wait for video. I have yet to willingly pay to see someone on the big screen drink their own urine. I'm saving that for the Bear Grylls story. 

Megamind has slowly started to get my interest. In a year that saw the release of the excellent Despicable Me, Megamind struck me as the b-side. Several trailers later and I've begun to feel differently. Not that it'll eclipse Despicable Me, but that it will be worthwhile nonetheless. I will be interested in seeing how it performs. People seem to either love Will Ferrell or hate him. I'm in the former on the issue but admit that he usually averages 2 to 1 in favor of bad movies. But it's a kid's movie and the only new one this week, so it's likely that kids will be dumped off while the adults go to see something else.

From what I've seen and heard Due Date should be a funny watch, but for video. Seems to be a theme this year doesn't it; movies that are worth watching on video but not the cost or energy of going to a theater? I like both leads in it, however I do think Zach Galifianakis has really begun to typecast himself. A pity as he is really a funny comedian. But once an actor starts down that road, it's hard for them to get off. The end of the line of course is the inevitable tiring of their shtick. Case in point Jack Black. When he first started off he showed he could play a variety of roles, but then he just got too comfortable playing the same oaf. Course I still love Kung Fu Panda, so there's that.

I can't help but feel that For Colored Girls is Tyler Perry's first Oscar bid. I'm not going to judge the quality of the film, until I see it myself, and thanks to certain buzz I will undoubtedly have to at some point. I've always respected Tyler Perry as a businessman. He manages to put together movies incredibly cheap and turn a quick profit. He understands his fan base and knows how and what to sell to them. As a film maker that's another thing. I find his directing\writing\producing to be incredibly average. I've a feeling that he's not actually after an Oscar, but either just the talk, or even a nomination. As I said, he's a great businessman, so if he can start selling himself as a serious film maker, that will open up yet another avenue to him. 

I'm suffering a Halloween hangover with only horror films on the brain, so I'm going to try and detox with some upbeat movies. I watched No Deposit, No Return yesterday. A classic Disney film that's always been a favorite of mine. David Niven, Don Knotts, Kim Richards, John Williams, and a skunk. What's better than that? Not to mention the inevitable car chase. Mark my words: No one does car chases like 1970's Disney. They just destroyed cop cars in the most beautiful of ways. Now if I can locate a copy of Candleshoe for the weekend I'll be in good shape.

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Will Ferrell needs some time off. I love him when he's on, but he's a little overexposed and taking on some bad roles these days.

    I would also like to see 127 hours as I can't begin to imagine what it's like to be at the point where I can cut off my own arm. I could, of course, cut off anyone else's limbs no problem. Just ask.

  2. Maybe Black will do a Kung Fu Panda II?
    Actually, my opinion of Megamind keeps slipping. Not sure what I'll see this weekend.

  3. I agree with you. I think I may only watch movies that have explosions in the theater from now on.

    Just think how big due date would have been if it would have been in 3d.

  4. nice blog looking forward , to seeing lots of movies i havent heard of

  5. No Deposit, No Return was one of my ol' favorites. I haven't seen it since I was about 12, though! Thanks for the I'm going to be on the lookout for that movie to add to my collection. I'd completely forgotten about it!

    No wonder you're my "go to" person where movies are concerned!

  6. Zach is becoming the Michael Cena of overexposure but with Robert Downey Jr. in this I might give it a chance then walk away from Zach for awhile. You are right, he is to road comedies what Katherine Heigle (sp) is to crappy rom coms. (see what I am doing here - it's called comparison name dropping, kids)

  7. I am looking forward to seeing Due Date (on video). Zach and Downey go together like peas and carrots, mama said.

  8. i think Chuck's mama is right!
    Due Date for me, I'll even cough up the money to see it in public.

  9. this is the best movie review blog, period.

  10. i agree with you about disney car chases (i remember the one in the original freaky friday being pretty awesome). also, netflix has candleshoe.
    ps. i just reserved a copy of david niven's autobiography. have you read it? i'm excited to see how it goes.

  11. Oh, KungFu Panda! Haven't seen that yet, maybe it's on Netflix! I agree with you on Jack B;ack, there was High Fidelity, Schoo.l of Rock and then that was it. Although he was also cute in the movie where those two blondes (Diaz & Winslet??) switch houses. - G

  12. Will Ferrell rubs me the wrong way.


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