June 26th, 2011

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Bad Teacher

It's amazing how much more I can fit into a weekend afternoon when I wake up early. Like today, almost no effort in making a double feature happen, and I still have time for laundry and an ExpDelTop100 film.

The day started off with Bad Teacher. I wouldnt say that I didnt like it. There's definitely films where I've been dying to get outta there as fast as possible, and that wasn't the case. But I didnt particularly like it either. Im really not sure what to think.

Let's break it down, shall we? I feel like the humor was really just going for shock value more than anything. Some of it worked, but a lot of it fell flat. However, the set up is different enough that this film actually could get away with it. I feel like if this type of comedy turns into a trend instead of just making an occasional appearance, then we might be in trouble.

I will admit that I am not much of a Cameron Diaz fan, but I will say that she did very much own the role. Not enough to make me love her, but I could certainly appreciate her performance. I feel like something was still kinda off though. Most of her dialogue was mean for the sake of being mean, without being too clever, but it was novel enough that it worked, if that makes any sense.

For me though, the film was all about the boys. At first, I did love seeing Justin Timberlake take a geeky turn, but after a while, his toolfulness just got on my nerves. He was too much of a wussy pushover, and I got really annoyed with him. Keep in mind, that I adore the boy, so for me to get that put off by him is kind of a big mark in the negative column. But the saving grace of the movie was Jason Segel. Loved his character, loved the chemistry he had with Diaz, loved how he was actually funny. If it weren't for him, I dont think I'd have been able to see any other redeeming qualities in the film.

But if the whole crude adult in proper company think appeals to you, I'd suggest you stick with Bad Santa.

Bad Teacher -\m/ \m/ \n
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Cars 2

I was kinda distracted during this one. It's not fault of the movie, I've just been stressing out about some stuff and was rather anxious to get back to it. That said, I did find the movie enjoyable, just not quite as magical as Pixar usually is.

When the first Cars came out, I remember thinking it was a really strange concept. But it worked. The characters were fun and the automobile play and jokes were so clever. Cars 2 was a lot more of that. It didnt make the sequel mistake of overdoing what the original did. But it also didnt really add too much.

I did appreciate that the story was more centered on Mater than Lightning McQueen. Mater is my favorite character (with Guido close behind) so I was more than happy to see the spotlight follow him. The whole spy storyline was great, just because it was cool to see that in the Cars world. I liked that it had a strong friendship message for the kiddies.

Great additions to the voice cast. I recognized Eddie Izzard immediately and was thrilled to hear him. And you can't go wrong with Michael Caine. I also appreciated the reverent nod to the late Paul Newman's Doc Hudson.

Should point out that I opted for the 2D showing, and I dont feel like I missed out on anything.

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ExpDelTop100 #22 - The Lion King

Stop me if you've heard this one before. And by stop me, I mean just skip over this. And by this, I mean one of my favorite childhood antecdotes. I find a surprisingly lot of excuses to recount this story. Im the type that can watch the same movie over and over again. I dont do it so much because its been over two years since I haven't had a new, unwatched film waiting for me, plus the 1400+ others I have. But this was especially true when I was a kid. I got a new movie and watched it over and over and over. My parents learned this the hard way. Back in the day, we used to have an RV that we'd take on vacations all the time. Sometimes we'd be in a big city, but others we'd go to state parks out in the middle of nowhere. We had a tv with a VCR, which we were particularly dependant on for those state park trips. The biggest mistake my parents ever made was to buy me The Lion King and give it to me the morning of one such strip. Guess what we watched for five straight days? :-D

You'll find as we get higher and higher on this list, there's gonna be a recurring theme of movies I watched over and over as a kid. Get used to it. I really dont think I need to justify my love of The Lion King to anybody. Its so fun with great music and fantastic characters, but its also really dramatic and emotional. Voice talent that is just phenomenal.

Here's another antecdote. Freshman year, my roommate and I are on our way to see a friend in a production of Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are dead. Since I wasn't particularly familiar with Hamlet, on the T ride over the roomie gave me Hamlet 101. It started with something like "So, you've seen The Lion King, yeah?". And this is why I hear Hakuna Matata in my head whenever I see an R&G reference.