Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Week In Movies - Go See Winnie The Pooh

Winnie The Pooh (2011) Just seeing the joy-filled expressions of innocence on my 7 year old's face during a screening of this Disney "reboot" was worth the $21.50 I dropped on tickets alone. This new Pooh Bear movie is a magical delight of simplicity and childhood fun. There's nothing modern, crude or cynical about this movie, just 69 breezy minutes of old fashioned fun. Taken directly from chapters of the same book the original Disney Pooh Bear cartoons were based on, three sections of the book Winnie The Pooh are blended together to form a less episodic, stream of conscious following in a day in the life of the residence of the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie The Pooh is easily the best kids film to come out of Hollywood in a LONG time and also one of the most fun times my kids and I have ever had at the movies. Do yourself a favor and go see this movie!

Hall Pass (2011) As far as stupid comedies go, I really enjoyed this raunchy romp about two dudes who are given a week of from their marriages to pursue "other interests." The only problem with this flick is when Owen Wilson and Jason Sudekus are given their freedom it takes them a few days to get reved up to go out on the prowl for women. It also takes the movie a little too long getting reved up to the laughs and interesting situations. Still, it's a good time and if you like a good R-rated comedy you're sure to find plenty to laugh at.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) I really enjoyed this classic sci-fi flick, which I had never seen before. The mystery of what is happening to all the people in town is slowly revealed with alot of tension and suspense. By the time the movie rolls around to the third act, you can't help but be on the edge of your seat with anticipation. There's a reason certain movies have become classics and this one displays a certain intelligent style of storytelling that you just don't see anymore.

Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953) You know you're in for a good time at the movies when the opening credits reveal... "And Introducing The Miss America Beauties." A handful of real life beauty pageant queens play the inhabitants of a distant planet where Bud & Lou happen to accidentally land in a rocket. The ladies make Lou their new king while Bud stares on in disbelief. Some good laughs are to be had once the picture gets rolling. This was the duo's second to last film.

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