Netflix recently upped their prices again, disguising it as a separation between streaming video and snail-mail discs. I decided to cancel the snail-mail disc portion of service in response, and will probably cancel the streaming service once Amazon’s streaming service gets a broader selection. Add in the fact that I spent a good portion of the weekend lying in bed doing nothing, and you get a flurry of movie activity.
The first movie I watched was Due Date. I’ve always liked Robert Downey Jr, and that Zack whats-his-face dude was hilarious in the hangover. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make this movie enjoyable. Why not? I’ve seen it a few times before. It’s one of those movies based on the formula of “What can go wrong next?” I’ve never liked them, because they push the limits too far, which lifts my suspension of disbelief and leads to me asking myself how I could have gotten suckered into watching ‘Meet the Parents’ all over again? Skip this movie.
The next movie was Black Swan. I freely admit that the only reason I put this on my list was because I’d heard there was a hot scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. (Spoiler alert: There is, but it’s slightly peppered with crazy. And not the sexy kind of crazy, either. The batshit kind.) Now, having re-established my horn-doggedness, let me continue with the review of this film. I loved it. It’s the story of how stress drives a girl insane. I thought all the acting was great. The dancing was good, too, I guess. I’m not really a ballet critic, so anyone who can stand en pointe impresses me. I recommend this movie.
The third presentation in my private film festival was Boys Don’t Cry. I don’t know why I watched it, really. Netflix kept pressuring me by throwing it near the top of my recommendations, and I caved. I really had no clue what the movie was about beyond it had ‘some gay/lesbian overtone or something like that.’ (I’m sure a psychologist is shaking her head right now and wanting to correct me by stating that gender identity and sexual preference are two different things, but it’s my blog, and I can describe my preconceived notions however I want!) So, spoiler alert… Hillary Swank plays a lesbian. Okay, not really a lesbian. She plays a pre-op transsexual. (For those of you who never watched Nip/Tuck, that’s a person who dresses and acts like the opposite sex before they actually get the surgery to make it ‘official’) And OH MY GOD does she play the role well or what? Whereas in Million Dollar Baby she just played a really butch chick who kind of scared me, in this one, I could almost believe she was a dude. The conflict of the movie is that she’s in The South, where we don’t really cotton to notions such as Gender Identity Disorder. And in typical Southern style, they (the Southerners) decide to resolve that misunderstanding with violence. It’s a good movie. No… it’s a great movie. The only reason I gave it three stars in my Netflix account was because if I gave it five I’d be swamped with Gay & Lesbian Interest movies in my recommendations.
After a double feature of Black Swan and Boy’s Don’t Cry, I needed to laugh, and Megamind delivered. Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross, and Jonah Hill combined in one heaping dose of funny. It’s a Dreamworks animated film about a super villain who has a change of heart. Writing it out like that makes me wonder why I can enjoy such an obvious trope when I bashed Due Date for having an obvious trope. Maybe it’s because this particular trope makes me feel warm and fuzzy, and the other one makes me feel awful for the main character. So yeah… it’s a warm and fuzzy movie, wrapped in a shitload of laughs. Go watch it.
And since I’m on the subject of movies, I’m going to nerd out here and say that X-Men: First Class was the best movie I’ve seen in the past ten years. I’m not going to review it, but if you like he X-Men story, you should see this movie.