Recently my sister Lou told me about a great DVD that she had seen. The title of this movie; "Little Miss Sunshine." Normally when I hear about indie movies that NPR and the rest of the critical liberal arts crowd love, I wait a while before jumping on them... hence I didn't see Crash until last summer and even worse I did not see Paradise Now until last summer. The reason I tell you this because maybe I should make a change.
Last week my wife and I wanted to rent a movie one night so we went out and rented, not Little Miss Sunshine, but Super Man Returns. Alas I was disappointed, some of this could be because Batman Begins has set a new water mark for comic book movies and some of it could be because it was boring... Smallville is way more interesting... and dare I say contains superior acting!
So that was a bummer, but apparently I did not learn my lesson. I have hear tons of buzz about The Departed... it sounds like a movie I would love... I like gritty underworld type stories... however when my wife and I again set out to see a movie this week we chose to see another buzz flick... Borat. I have been kicking around a way to verbally thrash this movie all week long, because I thought it was awful. Now I know some of you will say... "Adam you don't like it because you are not smart enough to get the satire and social commentary" Trust me I got it... and I can tell you there is more satire and social commentary in Jackass another movie whose sole premise seems to be pulling stunts on completely innocent people. Anyways I have been trying and trying to think of the right thing to say, and I have decided that my disgust at this movie is summed up in my simple rejection of it. I don't think its funny, witty, satirical, or insightful.
I am going to go and watch Shaun of the Dead tonight, because that movie actually is funny and more insightful than you may think.