New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each
50/50 - Who knew cancer could be so funny?
Courageous - Why do Christian movies suck the hardest?
Dream House - Somehow I feel the title is lying.
What's Your Number? - I am not a number, thank you.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (limited) - Hillbillies, from the comfort of your home.
Breaking News: I've been speaking with aliens, and they've agreed to abduct everyone but you. So we can start again.
50/50 is loosely based on the life of Will Reiser, who wrote the screenplay for the film. It follows Adam, as he informs his friends and family that he has cancer, and how each one reacts to the news. It is a dramedy, choosing not just to see the dark side, but to find humor in an otherwise humorless situation. From reviews I've read it's supposed to be a tear jerker that also delivers laughs. I've been waiting to see this one. I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and as he's equally great in comedy and drama, it sounds like the perfect role for him.
I'm a Christian, I like movies, I assume there are others that fall under that heading, so why do Christian movies have to suck so bad? Courageous comes from the same people that brought us Fireproof, a Kirk Cameron film, that I was incredibly disappointed with. Why can't a Christian movie just be a film that has clean entertainment value? They always seem to shoot themselves in the foot by smacking you over the head with a message. I can't really believe non-Christians watch these films of their own volition, which means it's meant for a faith based audience. The phrase preaching to the choir comes to mind.
The worst ones are the films that try and work a real story line for an hour and then suddenly leave you with a half hour condensed sermon, usually delivered in full from the mouth of one character. Just cause we're Christians doesn't mean we should shun the idea of writing a good script. Want to show your faith in the film? Great, I'm all for it. But how about starting with someone who's entire character isn't that they're a Christian, but are actually a person, living and breathing. Maybe I just need to start writing Christian movies. I could write quality, grown up entertainment for Christians, without compromising values or beliefs. It really doesn't seem like it should be that hard. But I'm ranting, now and I don't want to do that.
Dream House... I'm on the fence. It looks like it go either way. Decent cast, but I'm waiting for a little word of mouth before I decide if I want to spend any money on it.
As far as What's Your Number? my rule is very clear. Never, when it can be avoided, pay for an Anna Faris movie while it's in theaters. She doesn't always annoy me, but why take the chance?
Finally, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil comes out this weekend to theaters. It's also available On Demand. The film advertises itself as doing for the hillbilly horror genre, what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Yes it looks gory, but it also looks like it could be hilarious. And I almost always enjoy Alan Tudyk in a movie.
I've been looking over the new "dynamic views" that blogger has introduced. Has anyone tried it, or been by a blog that has? I'm wondering if it's worth doing. From some angles I can see how it might be easier to show off older posts, but I also foresee the possibility of annoyances. If anyone has any thoughts on the subject I'd love to hear them.
Have a great weekend everyone!