The Change-Up (2011)

The Change-Up (2011) – Jason Bateman seems to play a lot high-strung put-upon everymen. Ryan Reynolds seems to play a lot of cocky womanizers. The Change-Up starts with them very much in these familiar roles but then the high-concept plot kicks in and they switch bodies. Now Jason Bateman is a cocky womanizer and Ryan … Continue reading

Yes Man (2008)

Yes Man (2008) — I saw this film in theaters and thought it was reasonably funny but nothing special, even as far as Jim Carrey’s high-concept comedies are concerned. Then I saw it again the other day on HBO and I found myself really won over by the idea of saying “Yes” to every opportunity … Continue reading

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) — I really dug this movie.  Mia Farrow plays a waitress in a crappy marriage (to Danny Aiello) during the Depression. She finds escape in the local cinema, watching their latest feature The Purple Rose of Cairo over and over again. Through a high concept plot development, a handsome … Continue reading

Kate & Leopold (2001)

Kate & Leopold (2001) — So my unofficial James Mangold film festival (thus far consisting on Knight and Day & Identity) got an unplanned extension when I saw this movie was on cable (still might watch 3:10 to Yuma later this week).  Now I generally don’t like romantic comedies.  This is not due to any … Continue reading

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) — As one can infer from the title this movie provides remarkable insight into the literature of Marcel Proust.  Oh wait, no it doesn’t.  Does have some funny-as-hell bodily fluid humor.  Also Crispin Glover, which is always a good thing.  The one joke I thought was missing: “Hey, Will, it’s … Continue reading

The Invention of Lying (2009)

The Invention of Lying (2009) — Solidly entertaining.  Also surprisingly more sentimental than I would have expected.  The Office was one of the bleakest sitcoms I ever watched (though I suppose it did have a happy ending) and Ricky Gervais’s standup routine has a bit about AIDS (hilarious, by the way).  He’s not someone I … Continue reading