Sunday, September 28, 2008

Double New Movie Reviews

Burn After Reading
Burn After Reading can be described in many ways: crazy, shocking, hilarious, violent, and great. First I'll start off by saying that I understand why some people will dislike this movie. To me it makes sense. Everything does in the movie. But some people won't think so, they'll be confused by the characters and the plot. I was shocked by this movie, in a variety of ways. For example the way the characters act towards each other. Everyone lies. I think that was in some ways the point of the movie.
Let's get down to a little summary: Osborne Cox, a employee of the CIA gets fired. His "bitchy" wife Katie Cox wants out of the marriage and steals some of his financial records. These end up in the hands of Brad Pitt's character Chad Feldheimer, a gym trainer. His boss, Linda Litzke, played by Frances McDormand (Fargo) is looking to get some surgery and eventually they try to extort the money from Osborne, thinking that the financial information is actually classified CIA data.
Brad Pitt is hilarious, as is Frances. Clooney plays a role but I won't delve into it, he's probably the second best in the movie.
Actually I just lied, J.K. Simmons (Daily Bugle's Jameson from Spiderman) stole the show for me, his dead on delivery of his lines are great, I wish he was in the movie more.
Acting: 10/10
Story: 9/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Overall: 9.5/10
Rated 14-A (ONT) R (USA) This movie has great dark humor, but mark my words: It will shock you. It did for me 3 times.

Ghost Town

For those of you who don't know, I'm a huge Ricky Gervais fan, I loved the British version of The Office, Extras, and even Ricky's part in Night at the Museum.
So I went with my family to watch his first starring role in Ghost Town. I was not disappointed. The movie got a ton of laughs, and I could tell some parts were 'improv'ed by Ricky and it was great.
Basically Ricky plays Pincus, a dentist who, while in surgery, died momentarily and can now see dead people. Problem is, Pincus is pretty anti-social and doesn't want to help them. Gerg Kinnear plays a ghost who wants Pincus to help him rid his still alive girlfriend of an annoying new boyfriend. The girlfriend, played by Tea Leoni (Jurassic Park 3, Family Man, Deep Impact) has caught the eye of Pincus and he agrees.
Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) plays a small part as a co-worker to Pincus and does well. There are a bunch of smaller roles that give big laughs too. And that's normal for Gervais, who didn't get all the laughs in The Office.
Overall the movie also had some seriousness to it which was nice.
Acting: 9/10
Story: 9/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Overall: 9/10
Rated 14-A (ONT) PG-13 (USA) A heart-warming love comedy, something that we don't see enough.
P.S. I'm disappointed that this movie isn't getting the attention it deserves, only the Upper James Cinema had it, Ancaster didn't and Welland's Seaway Mall Cinema didn't have it either. But hey you can still see Disaster Movie. (And the only way I would watch that is if I were in some sort of Clockwork Orange type deal).

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