Apr 07 2011

Movies: Food Inc., Darko, Megamind, Moon, About a Boy

Published by at 10:25 pm under Entertainment

I kinda fell behind again so I might put another one of these out this weekend. It’s been kinda busy around here so haven’t watched much in the last 2 weeks, but I had a good back log before then. I still have Citizen Kane on my desk so I expect to watch that this weekend. I’m looking forward to it as I’ve heard good things. Maybe I’ll wait for 5 movies from my IMDB list before I put my thoughts up on that one though.

Donnie Darko

I’ve heard a lot of things about Donnie Darko and how strange it was. I mean, if you consider a troubled teen age boy who gets visits from a bunny from the future who is trying to warn him of the end of the world strange. The clothes brought out from the 80′s are hilarious and at least they chose some decent music from that period. It was an interesting story but it does end without openly answering a lot of questions. I still don’t have a clue what was true with the story. If some one wants to explain it to me, I’m all ears. This also brought us this even more somber version of the Tears for Fears’ Mad World by Gary Jules:

Great

Megamind

I think a big portion of what makes Will Farrell funny is his physical presence. I know his expressive speaking makes him a good subject for voice acting, but for some reason, I don’t find him nearly as amusing. This is the 2nd of “Bad guy turns good” type animated films from last year and I think it falls in 2nd place in that category too. Despicable Me was just a much better story and was much better done. This is a perfectly entertaining film and kids will love it, but if you have the choice between the 2, watch Despicable Me.

Good

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. tries to bring awareness to the industrialization of our agricultural and food industries to bring costs (and quality) down. By industrialization, I mean the factory mentality with large production, assembly lines and lower skilled jobs that concentrate on automation. It discusses the influence the fast food industry has had on it’s suppliers (agriculture) on providing quick, standardized portions and how that is filtering into other parts of our lives. This is one of the better documentaries I’ve seen lately and I think it makes a bunch of irrefutable points for even the most staunch opponents of it’s views.

Great

Moon

Think 2001: A Space Odyssey with a twist. This has a lot of familiar similarities to the Kubric classic except it’s not absurdly boring and the computer (voiced by Kevin Spacey) doesn’t appear to be evil. The basic premise is a moon mining mission is manned by clones with 3 year expiration dates at which time a new clone is thawed. When one clone has an accident and causes a new one to be reanimated early, they end up interacting with each other and piecing together the truth about their existence and have to come to terms with the fact that their perceived life is a lie. Truth be told, other than the setting of it being a space, sci-fi drama, it has little similarities to A Space Odyssey. That’s a good thing.

Good

About a Boy

About a Boy is a charming story about a douchebag playboy who befriends a troubled outcast preteen by sheer happenstance. Hugh Grant plays a remarkably convincing douchebag who is living a charmed life of leisure where the main goal in life seems to be to fill his shallow life with the next girl. The boy is a son a of single hippie mother with mental health problems and tries desperately to keep her on the right side of sanity even if it’s at the expense of his own social well being. Despite all the coming of age themes running through the story, it’s still interesting, and funny.

Great

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