Friday, August 6, 2010

No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.
Roger Ebert

We never go to the movies.

It's not that I don't appreciate a bag of warm, buttered popcorn and a fountain Coke with lots of ice (much to Nick's chagrin). Or giving the thumbs up or thumbs down to each preview.

Honestly, it's because our cable package is so obscene.

It feels silly to spend the time and money out when we can watch all of our DVR'd shows, movies from HBO and Showtime and if we get "desperate" pay-per-view options right in our own living room.

To illustrate our infrequently we go to the movies, the last movie I saw in a theater was Hot Tub Time Machine.


Moving on...

So although there are plenty of movies in the theaters I'd like to see, I will never be able to talk about them because we're watching movies that came out last year. Of course, all the movies we watch have to be both Nick and Randall friendly.

No Dear John or Valentine's Day for Nick. No The Wolfman or The Book of Eli for Randall.

But here are two good movies that we've recently watched that I wanted to pass along. Even though you can't even see them in the theater... they'd be good to add to your Netflix que.

The Invention of Lying

Nick loves Ricky Gervais and I enjoy watching a movie with Jennifer Garner because it is like spending an hour and a half with Casey. The film is clever about a world where no one ever lies until one man figures out he can. You don't realize it but a society with no lying is both cruel and weirdly innocent. Imagine that if everything you said, people believed and everything you thought, you said.

It is full of many familiar faces like Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jonah Hill. It wasn't has good as a I thought it would be and I found myself getting distracted in parts but it's worth a watch!

Funny People

Nick has broadened by appreciation of stand-up comedy. I now know many of non-mainstream comics who are so talented and so funny. This film was chock full of comedians whose names I recognized and Nick knew immediately. The whole film was one big comedic cameo. That's what made it most enjoyable. The length was a bit much and it sort of dragged along when it could have wrapped up earlier.

It's a Judd Apatow film so all of those great actors and the writing are in it again ala The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. You'd enjoy it if you liked those films and good stand-up comedy.

1 comment:

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think you may get to the movies more than I. :)
I want to see the Invention of Lying too, thanks for the thumbs up!

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