So nice to start off the New Year with a handful of wonderful films...
The Help (2011) I really, really enjoyed this movie. Emma Stone is awesome along with a whole bunch of other great actresses whose names I don't know off-hand. Stone exposes the hypocrisy of the way southerners treated their hired help back in the 1960's. This story is told with humor, drama and wonderful characters - an overall really good movie worth seeking out. It's in the movie rental boxes now.
Our Idiot Brother (2011) Superb ensemble cast including Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, T. J. Miller and Zooey Deschanel. The title is a bit misleading, as you think you're getting one of those super silly Judd Apatow-style films but even though there are some goofy moments this is a nice story about unconditional love and the innocence of good hearted people. It take a while to find it's grove, but the film has a very satisfying ending. Good stuff.
Midnight In Paris (2011) There's alot of positive press surrounding Woody Allen's latest film. I believe it turned out to be his highest grossing movie yet and once again there is quite the Oscar buzz linked to this picture. I guess with all the hype going on, and being such a Woody Allen fan I was expecting to be blown out of the water but the story of Owen Wilson somehow going back in time each night to 1920's Paris just didn't manage to live up to it's hype. Still, it's a good film and filled with all the charm of wit of most of Woody's pictures.
The Onion Movie (2003/2008) This sketch movie based on the popular humorous newspaper was apparently filmed in 2003 and then shelved for most of the decade only to finally surface unceremoniously on DVD in 2008. As you should know by now, I'm a big fan of the sketch film genre, a rarely visited style of film making these days. The Onion Movie, in my opinion, is one of the better ones. The fact that they try to give the film a little bit of a plot and structure, but then it still veers off in many different directions just makes the randomness of this movie all the more fun. There's plenty of running gags throughout including Steven Segal as himself staring in a new movie called ****Puncher. That's good comedy.
Monte Carlo (2011) Dear Self, Stop watching movies just because there's an attractive girl in the lead, especially when the movie is aimed at the sleepover set. You're wasting your time watching silly movies like this, with thread bare storylines, minimal humor and zero creativity. Sure, Selena Gomez is pleasing on the eyes but you don't need to spend two hours of your life watching her and her friends parade around Europe. Honestly, there isn't any ground that wasn't covered 10 times better in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Now that was a good flick!)