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September 5, 2011 / jilleun

Movies- August 2011

Morning Glory (2010)
Watched on: 5 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton
Reaction: Kelvin– I don’t know if I would call this a chick flick, but it was pretty close.  Funny, yes. Witty, yes. Watch again, maybe. I think Rachel McAdams is a fantastic actor, and she doesn’t disappoint in this movie. The charisma (or anti-charisma) between Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton was pretty hilarious. If Jilleun had not wanted to watch this movie, chances are I would have just skipped it.
Jilleun– I love Rachel McAdams, everyone did a fantastic job. It was almost kind of gloomy just because I felt like she never could catch a break and she worked so hard. I still really liked it thought, and it was funny.
Rating: 4/5

Accepted (2006)
Watched on: 6 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Maria Thayer
Reaction: Kelvin– We watched this with our friends Shaun and Kim almost out of desperation. You know the drill.. you’re all sitting around talking about the movie options, and not one person can agree with another person on which movie to eventually watch. This movie was extremely high in the alphabetical list, and that’s why I feel it got chosen, because it was in the first page of Shaun’s DVD holder. I don’t know how much I like Justin Long’s acting. It’s not that he’s a BAD actor, necessarily. I just don’t like his style.. kind of like Pauly Shore; I don’t think he’s a bad actor, just not my type. The movie was good enough to watch, but I don’t know if I’d watch it again. There are a lot of parts where you really have to let your imagination stretch in order to believe it could have actually happened in real life (but I guess most movies are like that?). Also, I didn’t know that Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen were two different people until I started writing this up.. my mind is blown.
Jilleun– I hated the girl in this, I thought she was awful. Pretty unbelievable, predicable, and cheesy. Funny in a couple parts but don’t need to watch again.
Rating: 3/5

Pleasantville (1998)
Watched on: 7 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy
Reaction: Kelvin– Cool movie! There were many more sexual innuendos than I remember being in there the last time I watched it. I don’t know if this movie was trying to be a vague reference to racism in the 50’s or not, but it had a little bit of that feeling, at least. Tobey Maguire did a supurb job, as usual, and the movie had a pretty good message surrounding it.
Jilleun– Um wow, I felt like this movie was all about sex, which is disappointing. The idea of it was really cool, and the movie was well done.
Rating: 4/5

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Watched on: 12 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
Reaction: Kelvin– The previews made this movie look extremely dumb. I don’t really know why we went to go see this in the theater. I do not know if people were clamoring to get more back-story into the Planet of the Apes franchise, but I thought this movie was a straight-up money grab. Turns out it was actually a pretty good movie with a decently good story. Plus, if you’re like me, Planet of the Apes wasn’t exactly part of my childhood so I call this an introduction to the movies (I never watched the 2001 version starring Mark Wahlberg). We’ll have to watch the others later, considering it’s one of the best 500 movies of all time.
Jilleun– Better than I was expecting, I had watching bits and pieces of the original Plant of the Apes because of my dad, but didn’t actually remember any story line. I thought it was pretty cool.
Rating: 4/5

The Switch (2010)
Watched on: 13 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson
Reaction: Kelvin– I don’t even know how to react to this movie. There were enough stomach-churning moments that it made it hard to watch. Jason Bateman does almost exactly what any “guy in love” would do to win a girl over. I say almost exactly, because I don’t know too many guys that would do what he does (the main plot element). It was a romantic comedy for sure. I don’t like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman together though.. They’d probably be better off as good friends.
Jilleun– A couple of people told me this was funny, it was just ok in my opinion. The concept is pretty stupid, what woman would really have a baby with no husband, or boyfriend?
Rating: 3/5

Waiting for ‘Superman’ (2010)
Watched on: 15 Aug 2011
Rated: PG
Reaction: Kelvin– I don’t always agree with the things documentaries say. I still watch them because they are mostly interesting. I’m sure that everything reported in the movie was true, but documentarists never give both sides of the story. I don’t like that, it’s manipulative. When I don’t see both sides coming from the same source, I always put up my wall which makes it a lot harder for “facts” to mean much; because that means they are only concerned with pushing their agenda down your throat. This was one of those movies, except they had the benefit of using both poor people and young kids to drive their point home. Considering the same guy made An Inconvenient Truth, you can tell what side of the fence he sits on. Informative, sometimes infuriating, one-sided, but I’d recommend watching it anyway.
Jilleun– I like documentaries but Kelvin is right, they tend to be very one sided. Although growing up in California I think I saw first hand the horrible education they were talking about, obviously not as bad as some of the ghettos in NYC or anything. It did make me want to go out and do something about it.
Rating: 4/5

17 Again (2009)
Watched on: 21 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon
Reaction: Kelvin– Why did we watch this, you ask? Well, Zac Efron is a hottie, of course. There wasn’t anything about this movie that wasn’t predictable. It was pretty funny anyway. I think that Jilleun and I are a little bit older than the target audience, so maybe that’s why I found it slightly stupid. “Uncle” Ned was hilarious, I loved eccentricly weird he was. If I hadn’t found Jilleun to calm me down, I’m sure I’d end up just like him in 5-10 years.. except wealthier, of course.
Jilleun– Predictable yes, but still pretty funny! Good story and message.
Rating: 3/5

Invictus (2009)
Watched on: 22 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge
Reaction: Kelvin– This was a lot more drama and a lot less Rugby, not at all what I was expecting. Considering it was based on real events, it was pretty eye-opening. I am somewhat oblivious to what’s going on the real world (in my defense, I was in the fifth grade when this all happened), so this was cool to see an inspiring story that took place in a land I know nothing about. If you’re going to watch it, be prepared, it’s not a sports movie. It’s a drama that uses sports as ruse.
Jilleun– Slow, interesting, good and well done. Kelvin and I think pretty similar on this one.
Rating: 5/5

Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Watched on: 25 Aug 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly
Reaction: Kelvin– I love this movie.
Jilleun– Just like the title, Dumb and Dumber.
Kelvin Rating: 5/5
Jilleun Rating:

Some stats
9 movies
PG-13– 8
PG– 1
Favorite movie this month-
Kelvin- Dumb and Dumber
Jilleun- Waiting for Superman

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