After posting on BlockBuster triple play deal, D and I felt that we would be crazy not to also take advantage of the deal too. So last weekend we decided to head to the Big Y Grocery Store and pick out three movies to watch. Little did we know that illness and cold rainy weather would allow us to watch all three movies on Saturday and then return to pick out another three before the end of the weekend. So without further adieu here are the results from that Dancinghotdogs Blockbuster Express Weekend Movie Marathon (I am considering shortening the title a bit). The first three we saw that weekend (part 1) will be posted today, and the following day’s movies will be posted tomorrow (part 2).
Rosa had posted a review on this before but this is my spin.
Movie about unmarried couple who must spend Christmas with their dysfunctional families because the forces of nature have canceled their vacation plans. This movie was trying too hard to make a chick flick and a guy movie mesh together but in the end it alienates the watcher since it’s not truly what they are looking for. The movie had some funny moments and Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaugh are entertaining but the movie ended and I wanted something more from the actors and story. Especially since Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgern, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth and others also star in the film. This earned its $1 but no more.
I love you Beth Cooper
As coming of age teen comedies go, I love You Beth Cooper does even come close to making list. With that said D and I found most of the movie enjoyable enough to give it a passing grade. Most of it is due to Paul Rust as the dorky etc lead actor in the movie. He plays the part so well, that I honestly thought that that Ogre from Return of the Nerds was going to pop up and scream "NNNNNEEERRRRDDDDS" at the top of his lungs. Hayden Panettiere really doesn’t pull off the sexy rule breaking hot girl in high school. She just made me think of the type of girl that would end up on 16 and Pregnant , or a least wishing she had as she struggles in obscurity after high school. The story itself had some merit and but it all boils down to the have and have not’s in High School mixed with alcohol, sex and drugs. Also, I expected more from director Chris Columbus (Gremlins, Goonies, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, the list goes on). This one is definitely a rent as long as you keep expectations pretty low.
It’s amazing to say that since its release over a year ago, I had not seen this movie. I am a fan of Tarentino and was looking forward to watching the film in the movie theaters. Of course life never goes according to plan. Needless to say, that I thought the film was pretty good, though definitely not his best efforts especially if you are into Tarentino’s style of dialogue. The campy feel of the film really didn’t appeal to me, as it seemed that he was still in the Grindhouse mindset especially with the wacky violence. The concept and the story did keep me interested and the ending was satisfying. Other than Brad Pitt’s hammy performance and awful accent, the acting was pretty good (and I could see why Christoph Waltz won the Oscar). D didn’t like the disjointed story line and I agree that they really didn’t tie well together like they do in Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction . In the end it still is definitely worth a rent.