Monday, June 21, 2010

Yes, yes, yes, by George.

First off, these films are not new. I just take forever to get to things around this mad house that is my life, but I still consider them worthy of a brief little blogg-O. And contrary to popular belief, despite having watched three Clooney films in a small space of time (well, two for the eyes and one animated Fox with Clooney's voice), I am not pregnant again. And if you actually want a walk-through or any scholarly thoughts on any of these films, this ain't it, fair warning.

1. Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman. "Before you get around to revolutionizing my business, I want to make sure that you understand my business." I hate technology, so this was music to my ears; what balls on this little number, waltzing in and firing people via IPAD? I wanted that whole system to fail if for no other reason to prove to people that there are just some things that require a human connection, most things, even. The airline references were good, but just one little issue: NO ONE LAYS OVER IN SGF. And one more issue: I did not appreciate the twist on Alex and how she was basically screwing over both her husband and kids (AT HOME, MUCH?) and Bingham. If she's a rabbit mother, fine, there are of course plenty out there, but maybe just a little bit more of an explanation (more than "you're an escape for me"). Otherwise, all aces.

2. The Fantastic Mr. Fox, directed by Wes Anderson. I hadn't actually read this one of Dahl's, but I have most everything else, and this story was silly and fun enough too. What I appreciated most about this was the music and the limby-ness of the puppets. And how they managed to insert the word "cuss" every time they really meant to say actual curse words; "The CUSS you are!" "You CUSSIN' with me?"

3. Men Who Stare At Goats, directed by Grant Heslov. Mostly I liked it for Jeff Bridges doing what he does best, but the rest of it all was good too. Geez, what happened to Kevin Spacey? He looked about 100 years old next to the rest of those guys! AARON PIERCE MAKES AN APPEARANCE! Bravo. This is another one that I wasn't watching very closely (which means I was paying way more attention to my Dharma coffee sleeves while I watched) and then I was disappointed when it ended because it turned out pretty cool and I was sitting there in regret that I didn't pay closer attention. I'll have to watch it again to get the full effect.