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Be Kind Rewind, Fool's Gold, and Chaos TheoryPosted Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at 9:42 AM
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Be Kind, Rewind
This is a somewhat independant flick that stars Jack Black and Mos Def as friends with slight problems. Mos Def is put in charge of a failing video rental place that has no DVD's when most the other big chains have switched. Black plays the loser friend who is always stopping in and causing trouble. Black tries to take out the power plant and gets 'magnetized.' Of course, he goes to the video rental place and rearranges the VHS tapes and while doing so, he erases all the content because he is magnetized. The duo come up with a scheme to keep the customers happy by recreating the videos themselves. This is an unexpected hit and soon the whole town is wanting them to redo all kinds of movies. The movie is heartwarming and hilarious although it tends to drag in parts. Overall, a very different movie with great acting and directing. The story was quite interesting but seemed like it could have went in a bit different direction to really pull this movie out of its dragging parts and into AMAZING territory. I would recommend this flick as SECOND BEST RELEASE of the week. (There are more than 30 new releases if you look into it!)
Reviewed it in theatres and I still think the same. Check out the original review here, http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/13105...
Didn't have a chance to watch it, so here's a synopsis.
Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds), celebrated author of the bestseller The Five Minute Efficiency Trainer, has perfected the art of living via a foolproof system of timetables and index cards. In fact, his daily "to do" lists are legendary. A man known for playing it safe, Frank doesn't believe in spontaneity. Every choice he makes is deliberate - �designed to contribute to a well-ordered, predictable life.
But life, as he soon learns, never adheres to a strict schedule.
Frank's wife, Susan (Emily Mortimer), and seven-year-old daughter, Jesse (Matreya Fedor), find his obsession charming in small doses, but as a steady diet it can be very frustrating. One morning, Susan attempts to loosen her husband's scheduling stranglehold by adding ten minutes to his day. But, by setting the clock backward instead of forward, she inadvertently unleashes a series of mishaps that turn his meticulously ordered life upside down. A belligerent ferryman, a ruthless seductress, a reluctant mother-to-be and the secret amor of his best friend, Buddy (Stuart Townsend), combine to send his life into complete chaos.
As his life unravels in several directions simultaneously, however, a stunning family revelation forces Frank to look fate squarely in the eye. Shaken to his core, he starts living entirely "in the moment," allowing him to defy the conventions that have heretofore defined him. Those carefully coordinated index cards that had once kept his life in perfect order now become a deck of chance as Frank scribbles spontaneous ideas on random cards, shuffles, chooses and follows the luck of the draw...with unexpected results.
Frank is about to discover that not even an efficiency expert armed with timetables and index cards can change the serendipitous nature of family and friendship, love and forgiveness.
That's it for this week. Sorry they are a day late, but life happens.
Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.
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