Oct 05: Birmingham AL – The Bottletree

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The A-Team

First of all, it’s not like I went into the movie thinking it was going to be amazing, so that helped. I guess the most positive thing about the movie is the cast. I thought all the new guys did great jobs at playing these old characters. The plot was actually pretty decent, too. I liked that it showed how they met and everything, instead of just assuming you knew their story. All that being said, the movie was fine, just nothing really special. I think if they would’ve cut the stunts and explosions down a bit, I would’ve enjoyed it more. There was just so much going on that isn’t physically possible, that it just kind of took me out of the movie. When stuff like that happens in super-hero movies, it’s easier to forgive because super-heros aren’t real. These are supposed to be real guys, but they’re doing some pretty super-hero-y type stuff here. All-in-all, it was fun to watch, but won’t be on any end of the year lists or anything.
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Inception

This review will be a bit hard because I don’t want to give anything away, and even if I do talk about parts in the movie, it probably won’t make sense unless you’ve seen it. So, I’ll just keep it simple: this movie is awesome. In a film world where every movie is a sequel or looks like something you’ve seen before, this is a truly original story. And a great one. And on top of an amazing story you’ve got great acting, great characters, great special effects. It’s the whole package. And it’s thought-provoking. More than anything I’ve seen in a long, long time. Christopher Nolan has always been one of my all-time favorite writter/directors (see Directors I Love from February of 2008), and this film just solidifies his legitness. I think I just made that word up, but it’s a good one for Nolan, so I’ll keep it. Feel free to use it. Without giving anything away, the ending of this movie is amazing, too. Best ending to a movie I’ve seen in quite a while. It just works. We were in a theater that was completely full, and in the last minute or two of the movie there was complete silence, and you could just feel the tension and anticipation in the air. Frankly, it was just weird. And completely awesome. So, if you can’t tell, I recommend this one. If it doesn’t top my best of 2010 list, I’ll be completely surprised, and whatever does will most likely literally make my head explode.
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Greenberg

Greenberg is the newest movie from writer/director Noah Baumbach, who brought us such gems as The Squid and the Whale, and Margot at the Wedding. And Greenberg fits right in with the list. It’s quirky and slow and funny at times and sad at times. Like his other movies, it’s about real life, but seems to be over-the-top, but deep down you can kind of imagine that some people really live that way. The Squid and the Whale is still my favorite of the three, but I think this is a movie worth seeing if you like the type. Noah does a lot of collaborating with Wes Anderson (one of my favorites) and that comes across at times in his movies. This has some pretty rough scenes, and, like I said, is kinda slow, but it was a good movie and is worth giving a shot.
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Date Night

Steve Carell and Tina Fey make an awesome married couple. I figured this movie would be pretty funny, but I had no idea it’d be so action-packed and intense. It was pretty much the best of both worlds. There were some seriously laugh-out-loud moments, and some moments where you’re on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next. It’s just a good movie. Plain and simple. I think pretty much anyone would enjoy it. There are a few “adult” situations that they maybe could’ve tweaked to make it a bit more family friendly, but Sheena and I had a blast watching this, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again soon.
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Get Him to the Greek

We went to see this with Nick and Leslie Saturday night at the Dollar Theater. First off, dang the dollar theater has gotten popular on Saturday nights. Second, I wasn’t really expecting to like this movie at all, but it was the best choice, so we checked it out. And I’m so glad we did. I laughed more in this movie than I have in a movie in a long time. Yes, it’s crude, but man it’s funny. I’m sure the company I was in helped the experience, but I’m pretty sure we were all laughing pretty much non-stop throughout. I loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall (this is kind of an unofficial sequel), and thought it was hilarious, and this definitely doesn’t disappoint the franchise. It might even be funnier. If you can get past some of the themes and situations, the actual comedy of this movie is fantastic. I’ve never been a Jonah Hill fan, and he’s pretty much playing the same character he always plays, but this time it just works and he’s so funny. If you like this sort of stuff, see it. You won’t be disappointed.
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Edge of Darkness

First off, just know that I watched all these movies on a plane, so there are parts of them that I might have missed from being asked what I wanted to drink or dozing off for a minute. I watched Edge of Darkness first, though, and am pretty sure I remember all of it. And that’s a good thing, because it’s a good movie. It’s not perfect by any means, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat. And regardless of what you think about Mel Gibson as a person (you probably don’t like him), he’s super awesome in these kinds of roles. I just found out that this movie is based on a mini-series from the 80’s, which makes sense now because the movie is pretty convoluted and seems to have way too many characters, but if you can just kind of take some things with a grain of salt, it’s definitely worth checking out.
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How to Train Your Dragon

After Edge of Darkness, there really wasn’t anything to choose from that I wanted to see, so I went with a cartoon, because they’re usually at least decent. This was better than decent. It was a good. The characters are funny and the plot is interesting. It’s got vikings and dragons and who doesn’t love that? Again, not a perfect movie, but I think pretty much anyone would like this one.
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Clash of the Titans

Now we get to the third movie of the flight. I didn’t watch these three right in a row. I threw in a few episodes of Curb, The Office and 30 Rock, just fyi. By the time I got to this one, I was pretty wiped out. I dozed off a few times and missed a few key moments, I think, but I’m pretty sure I saw enough to know that I don’t care to ever re-watch it. The acting was silly and the plot was just kinda weird. And from what I remember, it was just boring. Again, I’m not the best judge of this one because I was really tired, but I don’t think it’d be worth your time.
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