Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Gasp: the movie reviews

Woo-ee-oo, I look just like Buddy Holly.
Oh-Oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore.
I don't care what they say about us anyway.
I don't care 'bout that.

Warning, after this post, you’ll probably never think of me the same way again. But we’re still friends, right?

Who would have thought that this 100 day cough (well, I exaggerate, which is part of my M.O. according to Ian), would morph into major bronchospasmic activity in the New Year? Ack, well at least it isn’t serious, it just sounds annoying ghastly. This dry, hacking followed by desperate gasping for air that just won't come from a deflated balloon.

Which causes major air suckage into the belly, manifesting in … you guessed it, the BELCHING of which has never been experienced nor heard from through these lips. EVER. Until this past week in Tremblant. Apparently cold beverages and extremely cold temperatures can bring on these spasms, as my lungs are inflamed from all the previous coughing activity of the weeks before, and can’t expand as usual. The burping part, well, I think that was my own little creative twist on things. Lovely.

TMI, I know, but I’m actually quite proud of the fact that I’ve been fairly belchless for 42 years. What a lady. So now I'm on orciprenaline, a drug commonly used for asthma, emphysema and other lung disorders. I think mine is called "getting old and harder to shake illness" syndrome. Hopefully with this drug, all should be normal again in a couple of days. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Speaking of ladylike tendencies, I’d like to share with you my report on three 2007 movies that I watched over the holidays.

#1: Knocked Up

So what was all the fuss about? It was a pretty good movie, I wouldn't say it was GREAT, but it had some moments. I thought it could have done with a little editing though. It was a tad long, at least for me. I did take some exception to the way women in general were portrayed, but then I put that in the backseat of my mind so I could enjoy the film for what it was worth.

Katherine Heigl (Izzy from Grey's Anatomy; Allison here) plays this up and coming entertainment reporter who just gets a big break for on air duties. She goes out to celebrate with her sister (a funny Leslie Mann, who also happens to be Mrs. Judd Apatow); gets drunk and parties then sleeps with Seth Rogan's character (Ben), then finds out she's pregnant. Big problem because it was a one night stand, she doesn't remember much, and Ben is a bit of a loser, trying to start up a website that offers stats on how quickly the A-list film actors get naked. Along with a group of loser (and looks like all Canadian) pals.

The film, of course, has a happy ending, our slovenly hero wakes up and takes a real stab at being responsible, and our heroine takes it down a notch from shrew to make it palletable. I found Seth Rogan quite likeable in this role. I suppose that's what made us decide to pick up...

#2: Super Bad

This was written by Seth Rogan and a friend Evan Goldberg when they were 13, then further refined at 16, and apparently the story has been waiting for years to be picked up. Yes, a superlong time...Seth is ancient at 25. And yes, that explains a lot of the type of humour that can be found in the movie.

The connection here, of course is Judd Apatow, who also made "40 year old virgin" and I think "Anchorman" with Will Ferrell. Seth had small roles in each of those films as well. As he does here, in a hilarious turn as a lazy-ass rookie cop with a lazy-ass partner

This movie brought me right back to high school. And gave me a bittersweet reminder of what it was like to be a geek. Behind the crude jokes, the fixation about sex and the crazy way-out there antics, there lies a coming-of-age tale that sends the message that life really does go on after high school. Things can't really stay the same, but they can evolve in a good way. I get the feeling that this is more than semi-autobiographical; it's autobiographical fantasy at teenaged finest.

The two boys (Seth and Evan) are in their final year of highschool, and they've been best friends since about Grade 3. They have been inseparable since. With graduation looming, we find out that they didn't get into the same college. And they're both apprehensive about that and dealing with it in their own ways. They've never been to any parties, never been invited, and would never have thought to crash. But they get their big opportunity this time by offering to get fake ID and round up booze for this big bash-up that Seth's crush is having while her parents are away.

I remember some parties where the parents were away. Once while my parents were away, my sister had a party that started out pretty civilized, but somehow these kids wanted to get into my folks' jacuzzi; some kids got onto their bedroom balcony and were threatening to jump into the ravine backyard. OMG, crazy times. Although still not as crazy as depicted here. My favourite drink when I was 16 was a brown cow. Tia Maria and milk, yum. I wasn't into the beer yet. Certainly not as poured from a tanker sized container of Tide (you've got to see this to believe it!). And no, my parents don't read this blog, but if they do they're in for a surprise, I suppose!

Something about the way the scenes were shot, the neighbourhood, the whole vibe of the movie spelled "Scarborough" to me. There just seemed something uniquely Canadian about the whole thing, which would make sense as Rogan and Goldberg are both from BC. I felt a similar way when I watched those Wayne's World movies (and Mike Myers DOES hail from Scarborough).

The casting was great. Michael Cera played Evan - this is a young superstar from Brampton, Ontario of all places. You probably recognize him from Arrested Development, and he's currently starring in the movie "Juno" which I really want to see as well. He has this quality about him, a certain sweetness that comes through, even as he's acting as a total goofball. He reminds me a lot of the singer Beck, perhaps it's the way he dances. He's all of 19.

The role of Seth was nailed by Jonah Hill. He played a very annoying character in Knocked Up, and although he bordered on annoying in parts of this movie, he was able to let a little vulnerability sneak through in his performance. Not your typical "fat-guy" role. He was excellent. I think he was the old timer at 24, but he was very convincing as a 17 year old.

The writing, despite the exceedingly foul language at times, had a lot of comic genius to it.

I thought this was a great movie. Just won't let my kids near it until they're 18 or so. And I won't be going away without them while they're teenagers. I'd like to keep my house intact until they're off to university themselves.

#3: Shoot ‘Em Up

I was thrilled when hubs brought this movie back from the video store. Now, I'm not often a shoot-em-up movie loving gal. Ian picked this up because he likes Paul Giamatti, and, well, just look at those guns on the cover! I was focussed on CLIVE OWEN's guns... LURVE that man. So hot that Clive is, so nice of my man to bring this one home.

This film really belongs in the black comedy genre. I didn't really know what to think of it at first, and didn't really care. I'm not usually into dark-haired guys, but there's something about Clive that's exceedingly sexy. I know I'm not the only female on this planet who thinks that way.

The plot is basically this; our hero sits at a bus-stop and watches a pregnant woman run past him, followed by a man, with a gun. Hero thinks, oh crap, I've gotta go help this damsel in distress. And then shooting begins and does not let up throughout the whole movie. I think Clive pegged off two dozen leather-clad bad guys in the first shooting scene alone. I stopped counting after that. For the rest of the movie, he's eating carrots, uttering fabulous one-liners in his oh-just-so perfect British accent, and keeping a tiny baby safe

For the guys, there's gorgeous Italian actress Monica Bellucci as a hooker with a heart of gold. She is beautiful and a VERY talented actress (I first saw her in Malena, where she was hauntingly effective as an erroneously tagged village harlot). But she's just having some fun here, I think. Clive and Monica, what a smokin' onscreen couple. You've got to see the love scene to believe it - sexy and outright hilarious. I don't know how their real-life spouses handle this stuff.

And Paul Giamatti, let me tell you, he looked like he was having such a ball with this role as Villain. Don't think he'll ever be pigeon-holed into "Sideways" type of roles. He was great.

But Clive, he played this to perfection. I need more Clive.


Ginaagain said...

I'm sorry to hear you are still hacking away! What a rotten couple of weeks. Feel better soon.

Kat said...

Gasp! You belched?! I just simply cannot be friends with you anymore.

I can't beleive you made it all this time without belching much. You're overdue!

I thought Knocked Up was really funny, but haven't seen the other ones. My hubby goes to the vid store & I tell him, "No men with guns on the cover!!!" Though sometimes, they are really good!

Family Adventure said...

Karen, you crack me up!
Hope the meds work...it's a persistent little bug(ger), this illness of yours!

Thanks for the reviews. Only saw Knocked Up of the three you mention, and thought, like you, it was looong, and "OK".

But Clive...mmmm...Ian is a nice guy to bring that one home. Let's leave it at that.

On my list is Atonement. Seen it yet?

Heidi :)

kailani said...

My sister has been raving about Knocked Up but I just don't have the desire to watch it. We even have the DVD at home!

An Island Life

Beth said...

I felt the same way about Knocked Up. It was o.k. but I felt most of the really funny moments were captured in the trailer.

I haven't seen Superbad yet but will put it on the list. The older I get the less profanity I like in a movie but based on your review I would be willing to look past it and give it a shot anyway!

Thanks for the great reviews!

louann said...

Ohh I pray you feel better the soonest and get well completely.

Among the movies you watched, I only got to watch knocked up. I enjoyed it, laughed a lot and said "eeew" a couple of times. Overall, it was a light and funny movie =)

BeachMama said...

Sorry you have the belchies. I had them for almost nine months and it just hasn't been the same since. I hope yours disappear completely when you shake this thing. Otherwise, how was Tremblant?

Don Mills Diva said...

I loved Knocked Up - just saw it last week and now I want to see Superbad - I like stupid humour sometimes!

Laura said...

You are so cute and funny...hope you feel better soon and return to a more, errrr, lady like state soon!

Will check out a few of those movies - thanks for the reviews!

gmcountrymama said...

Belching! LOL!
I hope your med is working and you are feeling better.
I haven't seen any of these movies yet, thanks for the reviews.
I am up to the meme, but first I had to complain about not having internet access for the past few days!

Kellan said...

Oh I'm so sorry that you have had such a hard time with the cough and am very impressed that you have gone these many years and never belched - WOW! I haven't seen those movies - thanks for the reviews. Take care and get better soon. Kellan

Sandy C. said...

Oy!..So sorry to hear you still have that cough. I hope the new drugs nip it in the bud!

Thanks for the reviews...I feel like the last person on earth that has not seen SuperBad!

bec said...

Haven't seen any of those movies yet.


Thanks for holding back on the belching today IRL LOLOLOL I think the meds for the cough must be taking effect.

I looked for Malena at the video store. They mustn't stock it at the location I went to.

familymclean said...

Being sick sure is crappy! Hope it is over soon!
And thnnk you, I sure hope the week without Dave flies by, I can hardly imagine a day without him!
Oh, and I still like you just as much as before, if not more :)

another good thing said...

Thanks for the movie idea- love me a good shootemup. Totally agree with you on the 2 comedies-- good fun writing, great casting.
just was introduced to watching new releases on your computer- the "pirated" ones-- cheaper than the theater and you can drink and belch all you want.

Christy said...

Hope that those drugs are still doing their thing ;)

As for the those movie, I finally saw ONE of them just last week(knocked up)! That is how out of the movie loop I am. That would be me getting old I guess.


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