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October 6, 2011 / Kelvin Jasperson

Movies- September 2011

We have been watching Arrested Development, in fact the reason why this post was delayed a few days was because of Arrested Development. We watched the entire series in about a month. Both of us had never seen it, but everyone raves about how good and funny it was.. it was okay.

Basically everyone in the family drove me totally bonkers, which I gather is the point, but I still hated it. Buster was okay, and so was Michael, but everyone else was on the brink of absolute madness. Funny madness, but still madness.

On the other hand, I absolutely love Ron Howard and he does an remarkable job narrating. Will Arnett is out of this world funny, I love how dead serious he is with even the most fantastically thoughtless ideas of his.

I don’t know how much advance notice they had (the fact that the show got cancelled) but I’m glad that they wrapped up the story nicely. Totally unlike Dollhouse, I feel like that ending was thrown together too quickly.

I’d give it a 3/5. I’ll most likely watch the upcoming mini-series and accompanying movie; I am, by no stretch of the imagination, an obsessed fanatic. I liked Veronica Mars much better, and VM is way more obscure.

Well, on to the movies…

Matilda (1996)
Watched on: 2 Sep 2011
Rated: PG
Three actors: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman
Reaction: Jilleun– I used to hate this movie because when I was little I was jealous of Matilda’s powers, plus the Principal is just nasty. It’s an “eh” kind of movie to me.
Kelvin– Doh! This is a dumb kid’s movie, what were we thinking watching those. I remember loving it as a kid, so I wanted to watch it again for nostalgia reasons.. dumb idea. I think I’m slowly learning that kid’s movies, especially ones from my past, are almost always going to be dumb.
Rating: 2/5

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Watched on: 3 Sep 2011
Rated: G
Three actors: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Reaction: Jilleun– Awful. I’m sure at the time it was good but I seriously wanted to scratch my eyes and ears out.
Kelvin– Quite possibly the worst movie ever made. No plot, hardly any character development, just a bunch of weird artistic stuff going on with no point. Like JR said, it might have been good… at one point… but definitely not today.
Rating: 1/5

Leap Year (2010)
Watched on: 4 Sep 2011
Rated: PG
Three actors: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott
Reaction: Jilleun– I was pretty disappointed with this movie. I heard it was a cute chick flick, and with Amy Adams I guess I had higher expectation. Something I noticed was the actual colors in the movie were really muddy and gray looking which drove me nuts, as well as I couldn’t understand the main guy because of his accent. I think chick flicks having been going down the drain lately, but thats just me.
Kelvin– Chick flicks are usually good enough to stand once every now and then. This was in no way “good enough to stand”. I really like Amy Adams; she should not have done this movie. Extremely predictable (and pretty dumb) plot, bad accents, not funny.. just all around stupid. Do not recommend.
Rating: 2/5

The Soloist (2009)
Watched on: 5 Sep 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener
Reaction: Jilleun– I really like this story, it had a great message. Go watch it.
Kelvin– Hey! A good movie! After a string of crappy movies, this one stood out quite a bit. I don’t recall Jamie Foxx from a lot of movies (save Ray, which is also excellent) but he is a really talented actor, he gets into his characters so well that it’s hard to believe he’s not actually that person. I really liked this movie, it has an excellent message. I’d say it hit a home run, in my book.
Rating: 5/5

The Next Three Days (2010)
Watched on: 11 Sep 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Ty Simpkins
Reaction: Jilleun– This movie was intense. I’m not the biggest fan of intense movies but it was still ok. I don’t think I’ll be watching it again.
Kelvin– The 4/5 rating was, apparently, strictly my decision. It was a pretty intense movie, but I enjoyed it. It’s a remake of a french film titled Anything for Her. After I realized that it was basically a love story, it made the film so much better. And who can say no to Russell Crowe? I certainly can’t.
Rating: 4/5

The Invention of Lying (2009)
Watched on: 15 Sep 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Louis C.K.
Reaction: Jilleun– Hilarious and inappropriate.
Kelvin–  Hilarious. A highly creative plot. Great cast. Well executed. Other than it being somewhat inappropriate (especially at the very beginning, it really catches you off guard), I’d recommend you watch it.
Rating: 5/5

Moneyball (2011)
Watched on: 26 Sep 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Reaction: Jilleun– I really enjoyed this movie, it was well done, entertaining and it was based on a true story. It’s not a movie you NEED to see in the theater but I don’t regret that we did.
Kelvin– Yeah, seeing it in the theater was not a necessity, but I didn’t mind paying to see it there. This is a good example of a movie that tells a great true story and doesn’t suck while doing it, à la Rudy, Remember the Titans, The Blind Side. I really like ending the month with a good movie instead of a crappy one. It makes it seem like the whole month was a success.
Rating: 4/5

Some stats
7 movies
PG-13– 4
PG– 2
G– 1
Favorite movie this month-
Kelvin- The Invention of Lying
Jilleun- Moneyball

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