telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Netflix Rundown: April 10 by Barbecue Bros

* indicates movies watched instantly

In the Loop (2009)
– 9/10 – A hilarious, dry-witted British spoof on the beaurocracy of both the British and US government in the face of an impending war in the middle east. The use of expletives in this movie can be considered a mastery of the artform. Also, nice to see Anna Chlumsky in a movie again.

Up (2009)
– 9/10 – This movie looked great in Blu-ray and was a nice, affecting story about growing old and dealing with loneliness after the death of a spouse. Heady stuff for a Pixar film, but handled wonderfully by director Pete Docter. Michael Giacchino’s score was amazing, and deservedly won the Oscar for Best Original Score.

New York, I Love You* (2009)
– 5/10 – The latest in the ___, I Love You movie series – following Paris, je t’aime and followed by three movies in 2011, Jerusalem, I Love You, Rio, Et Tu Amo, and Shanghai, I Love You. NY: ILY is an uneven but sometimes interesting anthology of short films with interwoven characters that celebrates the city of New York.

Fired Up!* (2009)
– 5/10 – Another disposable teen comedy, this time aping the Bring It On movies by dealing with cheerleading (there is a funny scene with everyone at the camp reciting the original Bring It On movie word for word). Besides the hot cheerleaders, the main reason to watch is the shenanigans of and funny verbal interplay between leads Nicholas D’Agosto (Hunter from “The Office”) and Eric Christian Olsen (Vaughn from “Community”).

“Party Down” Season 2* (2010)
– 8/10 – The great Starz workplace comedy began its second season, and thankfully they are again putting the episode up on Netflix after the original Friday airing. Megan Mullaly replaces Jane Lynch (who left to go fulltime on “Glee”) and seems to fit in nicely, with the rest of the great cast returning. The second episode of the season just aired and I am really looking forward to watching it the rest of the season.

The Ugly Truth* (2009)
– 4/10 – If you know me at all you know that I love to watch bad movies fairly frequently. This was another one of those – complete with the nearly unbearable Katherine Heigl, bland jokes and a predictable plot.

Currently have out:
Jackie Brown (1997)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
La Strada (1954)


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