Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This Week In Netflix

The Soloist (2008) Description from Netflix: This true-life drama tells the poignant tale of Los Angeles newspaper reporter Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), who discovers brilliant street musician Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), and the unique friendship that transforms both their lives. In helping his new friend deal with his demons, Steve ends up battling with his own. Joe Wright directs this inspiring drama based on the bestselling book by the real Lopez.

Meh. You could almost hear the studio giving notes. This was not a good movie and I think part of the problem is the main character is the same person who wrote the script since this is based on a true story. It reads like a newspaper article and is told very factually with all the emotion drained out of it. Not worth checking out.

Night at the Museum (2006) Description from Netflix: Chaos reigns at the natural history museum when night watchman Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) accidentally stirs up an ancient curse, awakening Attila the Hun, an army of gladiators, a T. rex and other exhibits. Larry tries desperately to keep marauding Neanderthals and Mayans in check, fighting a losing battle until President Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) comes to the rescue. Owen Wilson and Dick Van Dyke co-star in this family-friendly fantasy.

I liked this. I thought it was a cute kids movie. I'm looking forward to renting the sequel even though it looks like more of the same. I thought the comedy was just right and not too over the top.

I Love You, Man (2009) Description from Netflix: In this bromance, the cinematic equivalent of a rom-com buddy flick, Paul Rudd plays a recently engaged guy who's got the bride-to-be of his dreams but lacks an all-important significant other when it comes to their pending nuptials: a best man. On a determined hunt for a stranger who will stand up for him, he eventually meets a candidate (Jason Segel) with wedding-party potential. Jaime Pressly, Rashida Jones and Jon Favreau co-star.

The commercial made this out to be a very different movie than it was. I liked it. I thought it was decent. Although Paul Rudd was just a little too dorky at times. However, the out takes of him playing with a squeaky chair were pretty funny.

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