Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hits and Misses

Whenever one sees many movies, one comes across some that aren't so great.  Here are three movies I've watched recently that fall into this category:

Savage Grace is a hard movie to watch. It is adapted from a novel that was based on true events. It tells of the murder of socialite Barbara Baekelund, played by Julianne Moore, by her own son. Seems that momma didn’t want her boy to be homosexual, and she set out to cure him herself. Literally…(Ew!) I didn’t really have a lot of sympathy for Barbara, and that boy of hers was no prize, either. It was weird.

Espen Klouman-Hoiner and Anders Danielsen Lie star in Reprise, a film about two friends who idolize the novelist Sten Egil Dahl. The movie is billed as a “comedy drama” but I failed to appreciate the humor. The two men dream of becoming writers. Each writes a novel, but only one of the books becomes published. The film follows the turns their lives take with their choices and consequences along the way. It’s in Norwegian with English subtitles. It was okay.

In The Wackness, there is this psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley) who is treating this teenager (Josh Peck) who happens to be paying the psychiatrist with pot in exchange for the therapy…Interesting barter system, eh? The good doctor has a stepdaughter who starts dating the teenager, adding a whole other layer to this dysfunctional arrangement. It had its moments, but it was nothing special.

MK out.

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