Monday, January 26, 2009

I don't consider myself a movie snob, but there are just some movies that I DO NOT want to see....Any Sex in the City movie, for example. Or the "dance" type movies, like Step Up or Off or whatever the hell they are, and torture porn, AKA the Saw movies, or Captivity or crap like that.

This weekend, we decided to watch "Burn After Reading." We both wanted to see it--great cast, written and directed by the Coen Brothers....we had high hopes. Oh, to have those hopes dashed, and the beauty of Brad Pitt and George Clooney go to waste. We were, to put it mildly, disappointed. It was like they couldn't make up their minds about the storyline. Is it a comedy? Is it a thriller? Usually the Coens are tops at combining these elements, but, at least in our estimation, this effort fell very, very short of the goal.

So, as a filler before BAR started, we watched part of a movie I had zero interest in seeing, and that I actually ended up thinking was pretty damn funny..... Disaster Movie. I usually hate these "movie movies" but honestly,this had some damn funny parts. Anytime Hannah Montana gets killed by an asteroid, Kim Kardashian bites it, and someone shows the SitC girls for the aging whoooores they are, I'm in. Yes, it was stupid, yes, some parts sucked, but for the most part, if you just turn your brain off and let yourself enjoy it, it is pretty fun. For us, the best part was Nicole Parker, who I have never seen in anything else (I guess she's on MAdTV, but I never watch that). She was GREAT!!!! Her "Enchanted" princess is very funny....

So, now that I have admitted my fondness for a movie a lot of people consider to be a giant turd floating in the Hollywood bowl, here's a question for the one or two of you who actually read this drivel:

What movie or TV show have you ended up watching and really enjoying, that you had no interest in, or thought was gonna suck?


Mr. Controversy said...

Kung Fu Panda completely blew me away, and I seriously thought it was going to be as annoying as the pre movie advisories at AMC Theaters made it out to be.

Also, that damn Enchanted movie reminded me of my childhood...when I first hated Beauty and the Beast, but grew to like it because I enjoyed the supporting characters. (In Beast it was Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts that won me. In Enchanted it was the chipmunk, the Prince, and the fact that it wasn't as maudlin as I expected.)

I have to respectfully disagree with you on BAR though. Once you accept it's a comedy of idiots, it's fun to watch them all just riff off of each other and act like everything is more important than it is. I could see how it could be disappointing though...I felt the same way with Intolerable Cruelty.

dammitjanet said...

I normally adore anything the Coen's do, and the cast was amazing. I did enjoy parts of it....I guess my expectations were too high. My Coen-O-Meter is permanently set to "Raising Arizona," "O Brother Where Art Thou?" and "Barton Fink."

BTW, the Chipmunk RULED!!!!!