Finally watched [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_lebowski/"][b]The Big Lebowski[/b][/url][/i]; I actually thought I would hate it, assumed it was the kind of movie that was only championed by obnoxious frat boys. But I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's definitely a stoner movie, with rambling conversations, random jump cuts, and plenty of "dude"s and "maaan"s, and my favorite was probably John Turturro's hilarious cameo. I would have liked to have seen Steve Buscemi utilized a bit more, but all the characters are memorable, and there is some damn fine cinematography here. I gotta say, the Coens really know how to make a movie. For brightening up my day, making me laugh, and showing me something bizarre yet, in some parts, rather beautiful, I personally have to give it a 7.5-8/10.
Then, I also watched [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/savages/"][b]The Savages[/b][/url][/i]. I'd heard a lot about it, and critics across the board loved it, so I'd been looking forward to seeing it for some time. Like [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10007394-lars_and_the_real_girl/"][b]Lars and the Real Girl[/b][/url][/i], The Savages was nothing like I expected it to be. Instead of a straight-up dark comedy, I got this melancholic (albeit well acted) dysfunctional family story that left me feeling a little depressed. But then, I think that's mostly because I couldn't help but see a little of myself in Philip Seymour Hoffman's and Laura Linney's characters, both struggling middle-aged writers (not that I'm middle aged) with complicated love lives and a severe case of ennui. Pretty decent film otherwise, so 7/10.
Hold on, Dad. You've got some Dr. Pepper on your forehead.
Then last week I had the displeasure of watching [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harold_and_kumar_2/"][b]Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay[/b][/url][/i]. Why did I go see this, you may ask? Because it's sh** movie season right now, [i][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man/"]Iron Man[/url][/b][/i] was still a week away, and the only other interesting movies showing at the theater I was at were [i][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baby_mama/"]Baby Mama[/url][/b][/i] and [i][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/street_kings/"]Street Kings[/url][/b][/i]. Why not either of those, you may ask? Because my friend didn't care what she watched, Baby Mama didn't seem screwy enough for my mood that night, and I had no desire to watch Keanu act his way out of an urban action flick.
H&K had some merits, but even with a relatively packed theater, there were some conspicuously silent moments. It was absolutely ridiculous, like you would expect it to be, but my problem was that it just felt like a series of raunchy SNL skits strung together over a cliched, super-thin plot. Some of those skits were on the money, but a lot of them either went on for too long or missed the mark entirely. I'd have to give it a 5/10.
[size=1][font=Arial]Oh, what I wouldn't give to be that countertop.[/font][/size]
I also saw [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/forgetting_sarah_marshall/"][b]Forgetting Sarah Marshall[/b][/url][/i] the week before (believe me, it's weird; I generally don't even prefer comedies), but I'm too tired to write anything substantial about it. Suffice it to say the women were hot, the jokes were sort of stale, and Jonah Hill's character was absolutely worthless and unnecessary. Like H&K, it had some moments, but overall I'm giving it a 5-5.5/10. A lot of people seem to be loving it though, so who knows? Maybe I really don't know what I'm talking about.