Monday, April 25, 2011

Movie Monday - 4/25/2011

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter yesterday and the sugar high has worn off by now.  I know I need a little something to take the edge off, but let me get this post written first.

Since last week, I've watched a few movies...

On DVD:
Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White star in You Again. It's about a girl whose brother is about to marry the person who tormented her in high school.  There were some funny parts and the ending was quite predictable, but overall, this movie is a renter.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is kind of dumb, but it's something to do on a rainy weeknight...Jason Segal, Kristen Bell (Her again - Doh!  A funny...she also starred in You Again...get it?), Russell Brand, Mila Kunis and Paul Rudd star in this movie about a guy (Segal) who gets dumped by his girlfriend (Bell).  In an attempt to get over her, he goes to Hawaii to meet new people and have new experiences.  The trouble is that the ex and her new rock-star boyfriend (Brand) are also there at the same hotel.  All sorts of predictable mayhem ensues.  It was alright.

Little Fockers is not as good as Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, but it had a few funny scenes in it.  In this third installment of the life and times of Gaylord Focker, the birthday party of his twins is fast approaching and he gives it another try to win the trust of his FIL.  The usual suspects star in this movie - Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Polo and Owen Wilson.  It is definitely a renter.

The story of the little English town continues in Cranford: Return to Cranford.  Most of the original actors return in this reprise...It is one disc with two episodes.  I really liked it.

In theaters:
In the original Arthur, Dudley Moore played the lonely, yet eternally drunk title character, just trying to get through life and having a good time.  It was a really good movie and it won some awards - the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for John Gielgud, a Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, and I think the title song even won some awards.  Dudley Moore was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, and even though he didn't win, he is certainly remembered for the role - and he played it as if it were made for him. So, fast forward thirty years later, and "they" decided to remake Arthur.  Who did they pick to play Arthur?  Russell Brand, of course - and let me tell you - I think he did a marvelous job.  Anyone else would have just been trying to copy Dudley Moore, but Russell Brand made it his own.  Also starring, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Garner - this movie is good.  I liked it.

Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett star in Hanna.  Ronan plays Hanna, a girl, who with her father Erik (Bana), an ex-CIA agent, live a solitary life in the European artic regions.  Erik has taught her to kill and to defend herself.  Blanchett plays a CIA agent who is looking for both of them, and she has a vested interest in finding them.  It was suspenseful and entertaining.  I totally called the last line in the movie...maybe you will too.  I liked it.

Have a good one!

MK out.

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