Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This Week In Netflix

Duplicity (2009) Description from Netflix: Julia Roberts and Clive Owen co-star in this curveball-throwing thriller as a pair of romantically involved corporate operatives who are entangled in a bitter rivalry between two mammoth pharmaceutical companies. Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson convincingly round out the heavyweight cast as warring big pharma CEOs in this intriguing espionage effort from writer-director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton).

Meh. It was just okay. The ending made the movie at least not a total waste of time. I think for some reason the combo of Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti make for a bad movie for some reason. Not sure why, but this is the second movie they have done together and it's just not good.

Adventureland (2008) Description from Netflix: Unable to afford the European vacation he'd dreamed of, recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) reluctantly takes a gig at a local amusement park, only to learn that the dead-end job is, in fact, excellent preparation for the real world. Writer-director Greg Mottola's semi-autobiographical comedy-drama, filmed in Pittsburgh's Kennywood Park, also stars Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Stewart.

Ugh. I didn't enjoy this. I have this thing. I may have mentioned it before. If I cannot identify or understand a character, I can't get into the movie. A movie is like a party. The party could totally rock, but if I can't find a door to get into it, then I'm not going to enjoy it from the front lawn. It seems like Jesse Eisenberg is always at these parties with the hard to find doors. Seeing him just brings back all the hatred I had for "The Squid and the Whale."

The Foot Fist Way (2006) Description from Netflix: A pompous control freak, small-town tae kwon do instructor Mr. Simmons (Danny McBride) finally loses his cool when he gets wind of his wife's infidelities. Facing meltdown, he sets out on a pilgrimage to see his hero, martial arts master Chuck "The Truck" Wallace (Ben Best), in action. But is the world ready for a meeting between these two black-belt egos? Expertly drawn characters and furious action make this a comedy that really packs a punch.

If you like Danny McBride, you will love this movie. It feels like they made it up as they go. I think if I had taken tae kwon do, I might have gotten a few more jokes. If you don't like Danny McBride, do not go near this movie. You will hate it.

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