telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Netflix Rundown: July ’10 by Barbecue Bros

* denotes movies watched instantly

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) – 5/10
– I’ve come to grips with the fact that while I am never going to see these movies in theatres, I will be watching them on Blu-ray. More of the same from the first, just with more werewolves. Has anyone talked about how bad of an actor Taylor Lautner is?

Beer Wars (2009)* – 8/10
– Highly recommended if you drink microbrews and like a good David vs. Goliath story. Sam Caligione, founder of Dogfish Head, comes off as a great guy. However, director Anat Baron sometimes slips into Michael Moore-type documentary antics that I could mostly do without.

Step Brothers (2009)* – 8/10
– I originally rated this one a 7 when I watched it last year, but a second viewing made me feel better about what I initially thought was a missed opportunity. John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell have great comedic chemistry and Adam Scott is hilarious.

“Better Off Ted” Season 1 (2008)* – 8/10
– An underappreciated comedy that got two seasons before the plug was pulled earlier this year. From Vincent Fresco, who previously brought us that underappreciated “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.” At times satirical while at other times playing broad, this show got the laughs far more often than it didn’t.

A Serious Man (2009) – 7/10
– During my viewing, it took me a while to figure out just what exactly the movie was: a dark comedy reflecting on Judaism in the late 60’s. Once I figured it out, I enjoyed the last half of the movie a great deal more than the first. It’s not really a topic that pertains a great deal to me, but I have always appreciated the Coen Brothers’ ability to make quieter movies like this.

Pirate Radio (2009) – 7/10
Pirate Radio tells the story of the period in the 60’s when radio stations in England refused to play rock n’ roll. As a result, boats broadcasting pirate radio stations started to pop up in the North Sea, beaming rock music into England. A watchable comedy from the director of Love Actually with enough likable actors – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Darby (Murray from “Flight of the Conchords”), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) – with some cameos by a couple of very attractive actresses – Gemma Arterton, January Jones and Talulah Riley.

Currently Have Out:
Favela Rising (2005)
Mystery Team (2008
Kick-Ass (2010)

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