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Mood movies

I see a lot of movies for different reasons.

Usually it’s because of a favorite actor or genre. Sometimes the movie has Oscar buzz…or the subject matter is ‘good for me’ (meaning it’s gonna feel like homework, so I have to talk myself into going).

best-man-posterThe Best Man Holiday is none of these.

It’s a sequel of a movie from 15 years ago that I didn’t see. I just thought the promos looked light and fluffy and fun, and that’s what I was in the mood to see.

By now I should know to never trust trailers.

The plot was exactly what I expected — best friends reuniting for the holidays — but the film deals with some very real issues.  It’s saved from being throwaway by the quality of the cast who deliver genuine laughter and tears — lots and lots of tears.

I loved seeing Terrence Howard in this kinda role and movie–Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut, too.

Rumor has it they are already talking about making the third movie.  No 15-year wait this time.

I’ll be there.

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Once is enough

12_years_a_slave_soundtrackI haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave yet.

I definitely plan to.  It’s supposed to be amazing… has Oscar buzz for days.

But I’ve also heard it is a very hard movie to watch. Funny how award-winning films are like that.

The Hurt Locker. Million Dollar Baby. The English Patient. Out of Africa. — All Oscar winners for Best Picture that I couldn’t watch more than once.

Yet B films that the Academy wouldn’t use as a coaster for their drinks — your Airplanes, Anchormans and Notting Hills, for example — I can watch over and over.  Maybe there should be a new statute for…re-watchability.

Oooo — a new awards show!  I love it already.

By George

Have you seen this promotional pic of the new movie The Descendants?  Did you wonder what George Clooney was hiding from?

Turns out his co-stars.

I saw the movie this afternoon with my friend Caroline who is visiting from Kentucky — George Clooney’s hometown, in fact.  (She knows the man.)  So we were excited to see if the movie and George himself deserved all the Oscar buzz.

Not so much.

Apparently director Alexander Payne spent all his money on the big man himself and surrounded George with a TV movie-of-the-week cast.  I mean, Shaggy from Scooby-Doo as his co-star?  Get real.

While there were excellent turns by Shailene Woodley as George’s oldest daughter Alexandra and Beau Bridges as his cousin Hugh, no one else really measured up to George or the script.

Hey Alexander — when you center a film around a sick room, you might want to make sure your cast is healthy first.