Film Study… week 30

Brothers
Source: Tesco DVD Rental
Natalie Portman plays Grace, the holier-than-thou wife of Sam, an American soldier (Tobey Maguire) who is captured and tortured in Afghanistan. On the news that he is presumed dead she develops a close relationship with his screw-up, ex-con brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal). But when Sam comes back alive but deeply scarred he can no longer connect with his family or stop obsessing about the idea that his wife and brother have slept together. Well-acted but I couldn’t help finding Natalie Portman irritating… but then I do most of the time.

 

Nevermind if I slept with your wife... what is up with your hair?

Sex And The City II
Source: In-flight movie

Looking for an in-flight movie that would require zero brain power I decided to ignore the critics and check out the second instalment of SATC. I mean how bad could it be? Turns out pretty fucking bad. Low on storyline, high on fashion, the “girls” travel to Abu Dhabi. They appear to be incapable of respecting a different culture and their endless social faux pas shows off how absolutely idiotic this franchise has become. While the TV series made Samantha’s madcap sexual adventures seem exciting and edgy, as a 50-something, menopausal witch one ends up wishing she would just grow up. Hopefully having dragged out every possible cliché they could have, we won’t be forced to suffer the indignity of SATC III but when it comes to flogging a dead horse, Hollywood isn’t exactly innocent.

Proving that sometimes it's better to keep your burkha on...

Due Date
Source: In-flight movie

When a series of random events lands expectant father, Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jnr) on the “no-fly” list five days and five thousand miles from the birth of his son, he is forced to share a car on a cross-country journey with weirdo, Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis).  With an impossibly bizarre set of disasters that befalls these two massively unlikeable characters this was cringeworthy to watch. Certainly not the next Hangover as it’s been billed.

With Bob's narcolepsy at full force, the driving lessons weren't quite going to plan...

Despicable Me

Source: In-flight movie

I don’t normally do animation but I got roped in by the minions mini-movies… supervillain, Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) adopts three orphan girls in an attempt to use them in his plot to steal his rival, Vector’s (voiced by Jason Segal) shrink-ray and steal the moon. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with them… but it’s a kids’ film so of course he does. The story is pure cheese but Gru and his collection of dedicated little yellow minions are hilarious. Three words It’s. So. FLUFFY!!

The question is... who is more scary? Pirhana dog... or the little girl?

1 Comment

  1. Jen

    I actually paid to see Due Date, didn’t think it was that bad. But then I’d probably enjoy watching RDJ mime the phone book, so that’s not saying much 😛

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