Is Cinema Becoming a Critical Letdown!?!

April 28, 2009

So far this year, I have seen a ton of movies … I don’t think I can even ponder on how many times I’ve been to the cinema this year alone. Sadly, I’ve been disappointed. However, blaming the whole industry for the crap-tastic Nicolas Cage one-track, monotone voice in Knowing or the incredibly ridiculous, hilarious (not in a good way) Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, won’t do anyone any favors. Therefore, I think it’s important to highlight the few gems that have come our way.

Isla Fisher in 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'

Isla Fisher in 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'

Confessions of a Shopaholic

So … I know a bunch of people were pissed that the movie wasn’t set in England. But, honestly, if people got over these stupid notions that every adaptation has to be the same word-for-word on-screen, they wouldn’t have given a shit and enjoyed the movie a lot more. This flick is extremely cute and funny and Isla Fisher is amazing. She encompassed the extreme of materialism in the world. The scenes in Shopaholics Anonymous should be enough for any person to catch this movie at least once. By far the best chick-flick of the year … so far. Haunting

Kyle Gallner in ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’

The Haunting in Connecticut

Alright … I know that pretty much every single critic panned this movie as a load of bullshit, but I loved it. As a horror movie, it was one of the creepiest films I have seen in the last five years. (I didn’t see The Descent or 28 Days Later in the theater, so they don’t count!) I had my hand over my mouth the entire time. While the story line was a little lame, I enjoyed the passion of the characters on-screen. In the end, all I know is that I had a great time sitting through that movie and isn’t that what the film industry should be all about?

Jason Segel & Paul Rudd in ' I Love You, Man'

Jason Segel & Paul Rudd in ' I Love You, Man'

I Love You, Man

How could anyone doubt the power of Paul Rudd? He’s just an incredibly gifted actor and this role as a awkward, should-be-gay romantic shows his comedic genius. Plus, Jason Segel, Jamie Pressly and Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy) round out this cast of funny people beautifully. Pressly is the bitchy, scene stealer and Segel can do no wrong after flapping his dick on-screen for the world to see. Nonetheless, people should never forget the impact projectile vomit can have on a flick. It’s fucking hilarious!

Dakota Fanning & Chris Evans in 'Push'

Dakota Fanning & Chris Evans in 'Push'

Push

Again … I know that most critics hated this film and only gave praise to Dakota Fanning for growing up, but I enjoyed getting sucked into the plot. I know it’s just a sub-par version of X-Men, but so are most supernatural copycat films, but I thought the storyline, cinematography and acting carried this movie into my library of DVD’s. While Fanning was amazing in this film, I loved Camilla Belle and Chris Evans. I mean, come on, it’s fun to watch people use “powers” to manipulate the world … real people can only imagine the possibilities.

Anna Faris & Seth Rogen in 'Observe and Report'

Anna Faris & Seth Rogen in 'Observe and Report'

Observe and Report

I laughed a lot during this film … not because Seth Rogen portrayed his character as a comedic version of Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver, as said by Peter Travers, but because the dialogue was funny as fuck and the acting was hella good. I may not understand the need for two mall cop movies in less than five months, I guess America deserves at least one good one, right? Rogen is great in this, a little psychotic, but his intentions are good and that makes him likable … well, sort of. Bimbo-fabulous Anna Faris reminds me why I’ve loved her since The Hot Chick and Collette Wolfe steals the movie as a injured, adorable love interest. Plus, Micheal Pena sounds like a cocaine-sniffing Cartman from South Park. It’s just great.

Emily Blunt & Amy Adams in 'Sunshine Cleaning'

Emily Blunt & Amy Adams in 'Sunshine Cleaning'

Sunshine Cleaning

I am doe-eyed and mesmerized by Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Honestly, I have always been a bigger fan of indie flicks than those Hollywood blockbusters because the storylines are real and the acting is great. Adams and Blunt both deliver powerhouse performances in this quirky, dramedy, but overall, their characters are relatable to the real world. I love that Adams and Blunt both realize that life can be a real bitch, but giving up is never an option. In the end, I think that getting a message from a film is a lot better than wasting time watching another car chase that ends with the good guy never getting hurt and fucking some chick. Go real movies, Go!

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