Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, You Again, Devil, The Virginity Hit, Nanny McPhee Returns.
Wednesday September 29th, 2010
On my day off from work today I targeted my favorite AMC movie theater. I realized that I had a chance to see up to seven new movies in a one-day movie marathon sitting without seeing a movie I’d already seen. However I knew that I would probably would see less than that today. Today I started to question why the fuck am I still doing this marathon thing. Part of me wants to finish what he started especially since movies are a big hobby of mine. The other part of me is going through a small mid life crises and feels like Q-Bert when he falls of the game board. For those you that know me, you tell me, am I crazy? I have said that this Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Blog is a yearlong experiment. Should I continue it, cut it short? I really want to finish it through to the “year long” time frame at the end of January 2011. I really love movies, especially on the big screen. Somehow I need to turn this into something that pays. In the meantime I’m gonna try to finish what I started. So here it goes.
The first movie I saw today was Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, and Susan Sarandon. Its about the disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko who after being released from prison teams up with a young Wall Street hot shot (Shia LaBeouf) who he mentors to get back into the Wall Street game. I’m a big Michael Douglas fan and I was really looking forward to seeing this sequel to the original Wall Street (1987), which was also directed by Oliver Stone. The original Wall Street (1987) earned Michael Douglas an Oscar win for good reason. The sequel’s time frame is what makes this movie interesting. It covers the financial problems following the 9-11 attacks and the beginning of the recession in 2007 & 2008. At first you are not too sure of the motive that Gordon Gekko has. The first hour of the film was a little muddy for me when it came to the financial explanation of the plot. The second part of the film got more interesting when problems arise for Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) relationship with his estranged daughter (Carey Mulligan) who is engaged to Shia LaBeouf’s character. Gordon Gekko is a bastard; we know this from the first film and through the second half of this sequel. I liked how the movie ended; redemption found its way and it was nice to see this happen for Gordon Gekko. Oh and there is a nice treat for fans, Charlie Sheen, the co-star from of the original movie makes a cameo in this film. Thanks Oliver. One last thing, my favorite Michael Douglas film is Black Rain. I believe its one of Michael Douglas’s best roles.
The second film I saw was The Virginity Hit (2010) starring Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Krysta Rodriguez, and Nicole Weaver. It’s about four guys, one camera, and their experience chronicling the exhilarating and terrifying rite of passage: losing your virginity. As these guys help their buddy get laid, they’ll have to survive friends with benefits, Internet hookups, and even porn stars during an adventure that proves why you will always remember your first. This movie is filmed in the low budget one camera gimmick that makes you feel like you are tagging along for the ride. When your watching this film it looks like it’s done in a documentary style reality form. It looks like it’s a bunch of real kids doing their own movie and putting it up on You Tube for everyone to keep tabs on. The movie was funny at times, but also depressing in a reality hits home type of way when you think about the growing pains of being a teenager. This movie is rated R for language and boobies. I guess I was disappointed in it, but as I’m writing this I’m not entirely sure. So whatever I guess.
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith and Ewan McGregor. Nanny McPhee arrives to help a young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. The Nanny she uses her magic to teach the woman’s children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons. I enjoyed the original Nanny McPhee (2005). I thought it was an enjoyable family film that taught good lessons and family values through humor and magic. This new chapter does the same thing and I found myself liking it more than the original. This movie is not a direct sequel cause the Nanny helps a new family, which is led by Maggie Gyllenhaal who is charming and does a pretty good English accent. Emma Thompson who plays the title character of Nanny McPhee is very entertaining to watch. Not only is she transforming the lives of the children she is helping through her lessons, she herself transforms for each lesson learned. The motto of Nanny McPhee is: “When you need me but do not want me, then I will stay. When you want me but do not need me, then I have to go.” One of the things I liked about this film the most was that it took place in England during World War II. The setting and costumes were very cool and popped on screen. The only thing that bugged me a tiny bit was a piglet synchronized swimming scene that evolved through magic. Dancing animals are hit or miss with me on screen. There is a touchy feely ending that got me a little misty eyed.
The next film I saw was You Again (2010) starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and Betty White. Kristen Bell plays a young successful woman who realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school so she sets out to expose the fiancée’s true colors. I recommend this film for everyone because almost everyone can relate to this movie one way or another. The movie was cast perfectly. Kristen Bell is so cute and charming especially in the “nerdy” flashbacks that involved her high school torture. In the trailers you know that Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver’s character share the same high school scars as the younger co-stars do. My only beef with this film is the role of Betty White. You are made to think while watching the trailers of this film that she has a major role in the film. This is not the case, she has a smaller role in the film than you expect. Most of her few scenes are in the actual trailer. My guess is that the film producers thought they would get an extra draw at the theater if they ride the Betty White popularity train that has been chugging along well the past year. Cloris Leachman makes a great cameo at the end of the film that includes Betty White’s character that’s very funny.
The last film of my movie marathon today was Devil (2010). It was written and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend and Jacob Vargas. It’s about a group of people trapped in an elevator who realize that the devil is among them. Because this movie was not directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this movie did not suck like his past few movies like The Happening, Lady in the Water and The Village. The Last Airbender was OK, but my favorite was Unbreakable followed by Signs. I’ll go on record saying that I’m not a fan of most horror films. Horror films have gained much more popularity in the past 10 years, and it’s not because of me. Horror films are one of my least favorite genres. The trailer for this movie Devil (2010) comes off as a horror film, but for me, the movie was more of a thriller “who done it” mystery with a few “jump at you” scenes. I liked the story and the set up of this film. I didn’t get the claustrophobic feeling I thought the movie would give me cause a lot of scenes and plot point’s take part in other sets of the building than the trapped elevator the main cast is in. The movie keeps you guessing and fools you too, which is refreshing. This movie wasn’t great but was more interesting and enjoyable than I thought it would be. The movie is paced well and is a perfect running time under 90 minutes.
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Peace out, for now peeps! – Spartan Phoenix
Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010: 131
- February 2010: Movies Seen: 12
- March 2010: Movies Seen: 14
- April 2010: Movies Seen: 16
- May 2010: Movies Seen: 18
- June 2010: Movies Seen: 19
- July 2010: Movies Seen: 14
- August 2010: Movies Seen: 21
- September 2010: Movies Seen: 17