Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This Week In Netflix

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Description from Netflix: With dreams of writing for a top fashion glossy, shopping addict Rebecca (Isla Fisher) begins working for a financial magazine pushed by the same publisher. But as her career skyrockets, she struggles to pay off overwhelming bills -- and manage her love life. Joan Cusack, John Goodman and Krysten Ritter co-star in this glittery rom-com based on the best-selling series of Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella.

Meh. It was kind of all over the place as a romantic comedy. The mannequins talking to her and convincing her to buy things was pretty cool, but aside from that I could have cared less.

Lenny (1974) Description from Netflix: Director Bob Fosse's dramatic biopic chronicling the short life and career of controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce (Dustin Hoffman) was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Capturing Bruce's complex character, the film traces the comedian from his beginnings as a Catskills comic to his rising popularity, his courting of Honey Bruce (Valerie Perrine), his anti-establishment politics and the humor that put him at odds with obscenity laws.

Ugh. I think this is one of those movies that the subject matter was good, but the moviemaking wasn't, but everyone overlooks that part. I feel like I learned more about Lenny Bruce, but at the same time I wanted to fast forward a lot.

Two Lovers (2008) Description from Netflix: After his engagement falls through, Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) juggles the affections of Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow), his beautiful, self-destructive neighbor, and Sandra (Vinessa Shaw), the attractive, sensible daughter of his father's business associate. Writer-director James Gray's beautifully nuanced romantic drama is set in Brooklyn and also stars Elias Koteas. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

I have this thing about needed to like and/or identify with at least one character in a movie to enjoy it. I didn't find it in this movie. It's dark and the main character is annoying.

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