Life In The Slow Lane...
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This is a commentary about the slow lane, about the slowing of time since I suffered a severe brain injury while skateboarding with my dog. This is a blog about recovery; about our '82 VW Westfalia. It's about writing, surfing, camping, married life, bleeding ulcers that make you feel old at 32; about family, friends, and my dog Artie; it's about cruising in fourth gear, getting passed by every car and learning to appreciate every second of it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lame Brain Movie Reviews...

I'm back and ready to review three new movies that we saw during the last week. Those three movies: The Invention Of Lying, the newest comedy from Brit comedian, Ricky Gervais; also The Road, the uplifting Cormac McCarthy novel turned movie; and lastly, The Time Travelers Wife, starring Aussie Eric Banna and Rachel McAdams.

First off, we'l start with the flop. The INvention Of Lying. I was looking forward to this one. I find Ricky Gervais funny. I liked the British version of The Office better than the American one. I thought Extras was hilarious and I found Gervais' HBO standup comedy hour pretty entertaining. But the movie, despite the star studded cast didn't do anything for me. Sure it was a clever premise, one that seems to have been done, at least a version of it, countless times before. I just wish he would stick to what works. He's not a character that belongs in a romantic comedy. He's a pudgy English bloke. He should stick to the self-deprecating humor that works, not a love story with a charming little ending. I give this british comedy one damaged neuron, perfect for a lazy day, the kind that you are recovering from a hangover and don't want to move from the couch.

My next film is The Road. I read the book and I wish I wouldn't have. I thought the book was entertaining. But as soon as the trailers for the movie were released, I cringed. I ringed while watching it as well. The movie was shot well. The dialogue was good, just lik the book. The problem is once you read something like that, something where grey is the only color and ash is the only thing in the sky. It gets pretty redundant. I saw the movie when I read the book. For those that haven't cracked open the book, I recommend watching the movie, in fact, I'll give it two and a half damaged neurons. But if you've read the book, I think that is enough, you don't need to waste any more time on grey skies and ash.

Now, onto the final movie: The Time Traveler's Wife. I hadn't heard of this one before we at down to watch it. I like Eric Banna. Sure, the movie is a little lovey-dovey for me, but not over the top. I think the premise is strong, the characters compelling. I give this sappy love story, three damaged neurons. I even caught myself smiling at the screen on a few occasions. That Banna gets me everytime!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with The Road. I haven't seen the movie, but I read the book almost two years ago. I had to remove all sharp objects from the house - very depressing for me.