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Choke, Hounddog, Religulous, HSM 3, Changeling, Body of Lies, & How to Lose FriendsPosted Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at 11:53 AM
HUGE amounts of new releases and I managed to watch quite a few of them. Let's get started.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year!
My opinion hasn't changed from the time I reviewed it in theatres - check that out here - http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/14731....
This is one movie that stirred lots of controversy when it was first screened at Sundance. I, unfortunately, did not watch this one due to a lack of time but would have liked to have seen what all the controversy was about. From what I understand, the movie has been edited down from its original form but still includes many scenes that are disturbing including the one that has received all the publicity and that is the on screen depiction of a rape of a 12-year old girl. The girl is played by Dakota Fanning and that only added fuel to the fire. It is an interesting story from what I've read on it and I'm interested to hear what people thought on this one since I didn't have the time to check it out.
This is a movie based off a book from the author of Fight Club. Fight Club was an excellent book and movie so I gave Choke a try without knowing much about it. It was actually quite entertaining. It has some interesting twists and turns as well as some rather explicit images and dialogue. The movie is basically about a mother and son who are at odd with each other. The mother is in a hospital and the son comes to visit her even though she doesn't recognize him. This sits up an encounter with the mother's doctor who works with the son to try to save her from losing more of her memory. The movie is very entertaining even if its a bit dirty.
Based on a true story, Changeling tells the story of single mother Christine Collins and the trials and tribulations she went through after her son went missing one day. She is played by Academy Award Nominee Angelina Jolie who is up for an award for this flick. She does an excellent job and is pretty much the main focus for the entire film. There are many twists and turns, but I think it's best not to go too deep into any of them, so I'll leave it at that. Clint Eastwood directs this film and delivers another moving piece of relevant cinema that is hard to find any fault with. This movie is more than worth a rental.
Body of Lies
Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Leo Dicaprio and Russell Crowe. It's a thriller. It's decent. It's probably worth a rental if you are into a spy thriller. Otherwise, it's pretty run of the mill.
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
I was really looking forward to watching this film. I was disappointed. I was hoping this flick would be funny with leading man Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead fame. It even had resident hot leading female in Megan Fox. Only problem is, it wasn't a very funny comedy. It had it's moments, but overall was a very boring flick.
Not worth your time.
The documentary follows Bill Maher as he travels around the globe interviewing people about God and religion. Known for his astute analytical skills, irreverent wit and commitment to never pulling a punch, Maher brings his characteristic honesty to an unusual spiritual journey.
I used the standard definition above to give a full description of the flick. Religulous was funny. It was edited to make those who he interviewed look even worse than they were - but those people did say those things and as such, it makes it a very real funny. For instance, in response to a series of questions based on senators having some sort of logic, this senator replies with 'You don't have to pass an I.Q. test to be in the senate.' That's hilarious.
The movie basically plays out with Bill Maher going around to a bunch of different places and asking religious people questions about their religions and beliefs. Bill usually comes up with a way to logically put down each religious view. The only problem is most of the religious people he interviews can only reply with because they have faith or because they believe the Bible. This always ends with Bill not accepting that as a logical answer. For the most part, Bill agrees that nobody knows the truth and that in itself could mean the existence of God, but he also doesn't agree with many of the teachings of organized religion whether it is Christian or not. At the end of the flick, they explain that the Bible has themes that run through it that are not original based on stories that came as early as Ancient Egypt. It is a compelling argument and one I never thought of before. Then Bill turns to an ending dialogue that manages to tell everyone to grow up. His intentions are good - as he feels like religion is the catalyst to humans starting wars that end in lots of deaths. He feels that if all the religions stopped arguing and fighting - the world could grow up and get on with their lives.
Religulous is a well made documentary that makes a case against all religions. Of course, someone can make the same type of documentary for religions, which is the problem. Everybody has their own opinion on life and this flick will do little to change your mind if you are already prescribed to a way of thought. If you are for religion, you will probably be offended at least once during this flick, but you may also laugh a few times too. If you are against religion, this is a film that you will probably really enjoy.
Myself? I enjoyed the movie even though I am a Christian and believe in God. I found some things offensive, but I also found some interesting facts about the similarities between the Bible and Ancient Egypt mythology as well as some other cultures that came before the Bible was written. I'll probably look some of those things up and learn more about them as it has peaked my interest. However, my viewpoint on God has not changed and I will continue to believe what I believe. I'm not easily offended so the movie was fine with me to watch. What about you?
Next week - we get off the religion track and don't have much of anything coming out except Sex Drive.
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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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