Sunday, June 12, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 12 June 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Paul (2011)
Just Go With It (2011)
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Salt (2010)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)


Full reviews after the jump...




Movie:
Paul (2011)
In Short:
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg have been an incredible one two punch over the last couple years, pumping out both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  The duo keeps the streak alive with Paul, the story of two nerds attending Comic Con who happen to run across an Alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) trying to run from the government and return to his home planet.  They pick up a god fearing Kristen Wiig along the way only adding to the cast quality.  While nowhere near as good as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, Paul still entertains and is well worth the watch.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7/10



Movie:
Just Go With It (2011)
In Short:
Adam Sandler defies logic.  He continues to make incredibly average movies that continue to make $100 million domestic.  The streak continued with Just Go With It.  The advertisements for it focused on Brooklyn Decker’s swimsuit, and that is really the only memorable thing about the movie.  Honestly, there are a couple laugh out loud moments, but overall this is another predicable dud from Sandler.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
4/10




Movie:
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
In Short:
I respect when a dick and fart joke movie admits it is a dick and fart joke movie and doesn’t try to be anything more, and Hot Tub Time Machine does just that.  Likeable characters, a nice simple plot and plenty of low brow jokes keep the film entertaining, but at the end of the day it is still a movie about a hot tub that travels through time, so a 5.5 sounds good to me.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
5.5/10




Movie:
Salt (2010)
In Short:
I’m very indifferent about the female half of Brangelina, and Salt did nothing to really sway my opinion one way or the other.  The plot is ridiculous and just couldn’t quite hold my interest.  But I must be crazy, because the movie made an ass ton of money and they are already planning a sequel.  I say you keep this one in its nice cozy spot in the Redbox machine.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
3/10




Movie:
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
In Short:
I could not physically know less about art, or what makes good or bad art.  But the street art they focus on in this doc is pretty entertaining, and the two main characters, Thierry Guetta and Banksy, are even more entertaining.  Thierry begins the film as a simple street art admirer and then with one super exhibit becomes an overnight street art sensation himself.  The movie serves the dual purpose of exposing the world to the underground world of street art and questioning what actually makes “good” art.  Overall, an awesome film that I highly recommend to art lovers and simpletons alike.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
9/10

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