Dating is hard. You have to deal with the awkward “getting to know you” moments, the missteps in judgements because you haven’t completed the “getting to know you moments,” and the anxiety that you’re not doing enough to impress your new love interest. If you successfully navigate the early-relationship waters, you still have to worry whether you measure up to all the boyfriends that have come before you. Imagine if you had to do all that…and said exes started attacking you in gamer-style fights. Such is the life of the titular hero in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which, while not necessarily one of the best movies of the summer, is without a doubt one of the most entertaining. Continue reading
Writing about Weezer, at one time one of my favorite bands around, has become an exercise in frustration of late. There will always be a struggle between those who tolerate their recent releases and those who think they haven’t put out a good record since Pinkerton. I lie somewhere in the middle, enjoying most of Weezer (Green Album) and songs here and there on Maladroit and Make Believe. With a new album, Hurley (yes, it’s a reference to the dude from Lost), due out next month, those struggles will no doubt resurface; in fact, the premier of its first single has kick started my indigestion. Continue reading
Will Ferrell’s career path has had an interesting trajectory. It seems that the more famous he has become, the less funny he has appeared to be. The ratio reached equilibrium in 2004, when Ferrell became a major star on the release of his best film appearance to date, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Since then, his old SNL clips have become YouTube currency, but his work as a leading man has been patchy at best. So, after the debacle that was last year’s Land of the Lost, it was a relief to see him teaming up with Adam McKay again for the action spoof The Other Guys. And while it isn’t a complete return to form for Ferrell, it’s at least a sign of a pulse left in his comedic veins. Continue reading
Moderate spoilers ahead.
As I was writing yesterday’s post on Inception and Toy Story 3, I was reminded of how incredible the last act of the latter was. Then I started thinking: what if there were awards for the best portions of a movie? In recent memory, there are several films that are great overall but have sections that border on genius. Here are some of my favorites.
From the moment the toys enter the dump until the end of the movie, Toy Story 3 is one giant, brilliantly crafted sob fest. The entire movie revolves around coming to terms with age, abandonment and death, and the final scenes hit those notes over and over again. If you don’t find yourself welling up in the last half hour of this movie, I challenge your humanity. Continue reading
Ever since Jaws was released 35 years ago, summer has been a time for big-budget movies that deliver big entertainment. But as the years have passed, studios’ definition of “summer” has loosened significantly, to the point where some movies that would normally be considered summer blockbusters are released in April. This is great for people who want to see more movies sooner, but not so much for fans of air conditioned theaters on hundred-degree days. Fewer and fewer quality movies are being released in the summer. Luckily, this summer has given us two major exceptions to this trend. Continue reading