Movies 2011, Weeks 17 & 18

May 1-7, 2011
81) Deck the Halls. Matthew Broderick & Danny DeVito star as neighbors dueling over Christmas when one of them wants his house visible from space.  Odd cameos from familiar faces.  Some annoying ancillary characters.  I don't know why I watched this other than I was looking for something light.  It was short and still too long.  2.2 stars
82) Face in the Crowd. Elia Kazan's classic 1957 film starring Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, small town drunk turned big city ego and on camera star.  Essentially the rise and fall of a television hero.  Pretty awesome.  4.4 stars
83) Mother and Child.  Indie movie starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts & Kerry Washington about a woman who regrets giving up her daughter for adoption and another one who wants to become an adoptive mother.  There was some unnecessary intersecting of the story lines that didn't really help the film.  It was also just a little bit too long (due mostly to an over-reliance on montage).  Still, worth a watch.  It's instant on Netflix.  3.6 stars

May 8-14, 2011
84) The Uninvited. 1944 film about a man and his sister who cheaply buy a home, not knowing it's haunted.  It started out okay then started to drag and grow extremely cheesy.  Pass.  2.4 stars
85) Herb & Dorothy. Documentary about a couple who aggressively collected thousands of works from modern artists over decades on a modest budget.  Kind of interesting but also a little too long.  I'm sure an artist or art student would enjoy this more.  3 stars
86) Bunny and the Bull. Strange movie about a shut-in with a very active imagination and the adventures he goes on in his head.  I kind of liked it.  I think blogger Nicole would really like it.  3.5 stars
87) Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig co-wrote and co-starred. Maya Rudolph and some other familiar names and faces also joined the party.  It's a bridesmaids competition when one of the girls gets married.  Some very funny moments.  Times where I was cackling!  LOL.  I definitely enjoyed it. 4 stars
88) The Untouchables. Film about G man Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and his band of the Untouchables in Chicago going after Al Capone (Robert Deniro).  Pretty awesome.  It took a ton of restraint not to google the result in the real story.  The music was over the top in some areas.  3.8 stars


{JeLisa} @ Blogging Ever After said...

Oooh, jealous! I really want to see Bridesmaids and have no idea if or when I can {new mommyhood].

1969 said...

Best scene in the Untouchables is when the baby carriage is rolling down the steps and he has to take the shot. Oh and I love me some Andy Garcia. LOL

Jameil said...

JeLisa... it was so fun!

1969... that scene was off the chain! I didn't know his name but AG is pretty cute!