Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Movie Title Runs

I have seen several movies lately, but I'm just not in the mood to write a review. Instead I'd like to introduce you to a movie game. Try to combine and string together as many movie titles as you can. I'd like to see what you come up with.

GladiaTora Tora Tora (2)
ArmegeDon Juan de Marco (2)
Groundhog Day of the Jackal (2)
National Treasure Island of Doctor Moreau (3)
Clear and Present Dangerous LiaSons of Provo (3)
The Empire Strikes Back to the Future 3 Men and a Baby Genius (4)
Van HelSinging in the Rain Man on Fire Starter (5)
Lost in Space CowBoys of Summer School of Rock Star Man For All SeaSons of Provo (7)

Add any suggestions in the comment section.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Gentlemen Broncos

I had been looking forward to seeing Gentlemen Broncos for quite a while. I had to wait for it to come to video since it was only shown in a limited number of theaters. This is a movie with the same plot as Big Fat Liar which is kind of ironic since the movie is about plagiarizing and stealing others' ideas. Gentlemen Broncos is directed by Jared Hess whose claim to fame includes Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. This movie has many similarities, like odd personalities and goofy looking characters.

Gentlemen Broncos features three adaptations of the same geeky science fiction story and takes it up a notch when it comes to crudeness. If you enjoy jokes and gags about gonads, boobs, vomit, and poop, you will probably love this film. I am not a big crude humor fan, but I have to admit that over the years I have kept track of movies that feature vomit scenes. There are some prolific vomiting scenes in cinema history thanks to movies like My Giant, Mafia, and Stand by Me, but this movie offers one of the most extreme vomit scenes I have ever seen.

Overall, this movie made me laugh a lot, but I'll be the first to admit it's pretty stupid. I especially enjoyed the performances by Sam Rockwell and Jermaine Clement. I give it 6.4 generous stars, but it's definitely not for everyone (That is code language meaning it's a guy movie or for really immature audiences). I'm kind of embarrassed, but the more I think about it, the more I liked this movie.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Invention of Lying

I recently watched the Invention of Lying. I had high expectations when I saw that the cast included Ricky Gervais, Phillip Seymor Hoffman, Tina Fey, Justin Bateman, and Jeffrey Tambor. The movie takes place in a world where everyone always tells the truth. They express their fears, opinions, and insecurities openly. As you can imagine, you can have a field day with this premise in a comedy. At one point in the movie the main character discovers lying and we see how it empowers him in a world where trusting people believe everything he says.

This movie is a commentary on human nature. It had a drab feel to it like the Truman Show and most of the characters were pretty depressing. Despite several funny parts, I felt it was lacking something. I didn't buy Jennifer Garner's character or understand why the main character cared for such a shallow person who didn't recriprocate in their relationship.

The movie has some crude jokes, but I think people will be more offended by the way religion is portrayed in the movie. I felt a little disappointed that Gervais used the movie to mock religion. Maybe it's just because I am one of those gullible people who believe in "the man in the sky". I try not to take offense or get worked up over it since it's just a movie, but now I know how atheists feel when they complain about a Christian theme they weren't expecting in a movie.

I really liked the idea behind The Invention of Lying, and the performers were all good, but it could have been much funnier. I wanted it to be a better movie and I wish I could give it more than 6.4 stars.
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