Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"What Just Happened?" (2008) Description from Netflix: Harried film producer Ben (Robert De Niro) juggles a lunatic director, a temperamental actor (Bruce Willis) and an out-of-control production while courting a studio head (Catherine Keener) and dealing with his ex-wife (Robin Wright Penn) in Barry Levinson's funny and poignant exploration of the movie business. The all-star comedy is based on the sharply observed novel by veteran Hollywood producer Art Linson.

Not sure how this is a comedy as it hit a little too close to home on some movies that I have worked on or friends have worked on. Can't say I recommend it.

"A Very Long Engagement" (2004) Description from Netflix: Amelie's Audrey Tautou stars as Mathilde, a young Frenchwoman who vows to find out what happened to her missing fiance (Gaspard Ulliel) during World War I. He appears to have died after a court-martial, but she needs to know for sure. As she looks for the truth, she discovers unexpected things about herself and the people she meets along the way. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs this adaptation of Sebastien Japrisot's novel.

I liked this film a whole lot. It was refreshing to see WW1 and not WW2. Audrey Tautou was wonderful. A lot of people were bagging on this film calling it "A Very Long Film." These people watched it wrong because it was excellent. I highly recommend.

"Nanny McPhee" (2005) Description from Netflix: The recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) and his domineering aunt (Angela Lansbury) can't seem to control the numerous and naughty Brown children -- until Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) comes to stay. Now, with the help of some magic and a little old-fashioned discipline, their household runs like clockwork. This film's plot and title character are based on the popular Nurse Matilda books by British author Christianna Brand.

I think I would prefer the books. I thought this was just okay. Emma Thompson was brilliant, but aside from that I thought this was just okay.

"Bride Wars" (2009) Description from Netflix: Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway star as Emma and Liv, best friends who become worst enemies when they realize their respective weddings are scheduled on the same day at their dream venue -- the Plaza Hotel. It's no holds barred as these two bridezillas go on a ruthless rampage toward matrimony. The romantic comedy also stars Candice Bergen (as the wedding planner), Bryan Greenberg, Kristen Johnston and Chris Pratt.

This is not a good movie. Nor even a guilty pleasure. It makes no sense and you have to suspend more disbelief than in any scifi film. However, I did like Anne Hathaway's hair for her wedding/reception. I would do that. That may be the girliest thing I have written in this blog. Please take note. :)

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