Archive for April 11th, 2010

Greenberg

April 11, 2010

Keep your eyes on this up and comer: Greta Gerwig.

Los Angeles seems to, more than any other place, harbor the sort of people that let their past cripple them. Narcissists of self-annihilation; they wear their wounds on their tongues so they can suck everyone else into their universe and take them down as well. They pull people in requiring companionship, and push people away because they’re afraid they might destroy something good. The characters in Greenberg have the capability to become these sorts of people. Each character clings to a past pain, whether it’s from a relationship they just got out of (a very typical thing in LA), to friendships that have floundered. Considering this serious and  somewhat depressing trajectory, Greenberg is really very funny. (more…)

“Clash of the Titans”: Bleeds your pocket book and soul

April 11, 2010

You can't run from bad dialogue.

How does one go about making Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson look like bad actors? It may be the only thing Clash of the Titans succeeds at. Let’s take a look.

In this update, heroic grandstanding and cheapo monsters have been replaced with hollow whispering and nifty creature design. Characters come and go as needed with very little reason for being there in the first place. In fact the only reason for most of the characters to exist is to help out during the much advertised scorpion scene or to die stupidly during the incredibly boring Medusa scene. (more…)

“Hot Tub Time Machine” = Flux of Brilliance

April 11, 2010

The 80's were so colorful; now is so...boring.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with Hot Tub Time Machine. I wanted to enjoy myself a little. Instead, I’ve seen it twice and laughed from beginning to end both times. It contains one of the most incredible running gags I’ve seen in ages (thanks to Crispin Glover), and a knock out comedic performance by Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), who finds a place between angry and vulnerable, lovable and annoying – it’s brilliant, worthy of accolades. Thankfully, Hot Tub is very aware of it’s hook, but doesn’t live off that. (more…)


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