Monday, December 14, 2009

Movie Review Drive-by

Inglourious Basterds. Little historical content, utter fantasy, not even believable just in common-sense details. Bloody gory escapist fun. 3/5 stars.

Planet 51. Surprisingly juvenile gay humor, but cleverly lampoons many other movies. Good for anyone over 7. 3.5/5 stars.

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I should have known better than to watch any movie staring a Wayans brother other than Damon. Horrible. Not even worth watching for nostalgia. Or Sienna Miller. 1/5 stars.

In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Denzel Washington stretches his acting repertoire by playing an angry and possibly crooked public servant. John Travolta likewise tries something new by playing a maniacal crook. This formula has been followed many times before, but it's a solid performance. 3/5 stars.

The Ugly Truth is a comedic drama about the differences between men and women. It is very, very funny at times, but in general is more drama than comedy- but not a downer in any case, so worth watching. 3/5 stars.

Bruno follows Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat formula of insane scenarios with oblivious people. Some of you will find this worth watching. Most of you will not. Claire cringed many times, and I did a few times, as well. We are both certain that he would literally not have lived if there had not been a camera crew present at all times. Clever at times, but most successful in that a man my age managed to somewhat believably present himself as a 19 year old gay German. I'm going to give an extra half star for acting ability, but this movie is horrible in almost every other regard. You have been warned. 1.5/5 stars.


Old NFO said...

I'll get to them when I see them on the airplane... :-) That for letting me know which ones to avoid!

Tam said...

"Little historical content, utter fantasy, not even believable just in common-sense details."

Like I told Gunsmith Bob: "Don't think of it as a war movie, think of it as a zombie movie, but with Nazis instead of zombies." :D

I saw it twice in theaters and would happily pay to see it again.

"There's two problems with fighting in a basement. Number one, you're fighting in a basement..."

Matt G said...

Laughing aloud at Tam's quote.

I will go see one or two of these, so that John and I have something to argue about in the near future.

But not that Rise Of Cobra thing. Blech.

Assrot said...

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.