Thursday, May 15, 2008

357: last week in movies

hey y'all.

we've been watching a lot of movies in the past weeks. in between bouts of cleaning and party planning.

let me see if i can remember what we watched...

1. Inventing the Abbotts - Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Liv Tyler

a dramatic romance that detailed how two brothers living in a small town are entangled with the daughters of a wealthy family.

this movie moved kind of slowly for me but i liked it. some intrique, teen age angst and rebellion.

2. Running with Scissors - Gwenyth Paltrow, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh, Gabrielle Union

a funny/sad/scary movie about a young man who's momma was a nut. she left him with her equally nutty shrink (and his family) after she and her husband split. based on the real life story of the young man.

i liked this one and didn't feel scared until i found out at the end that it was reality-based.

3. Shaun of the Dead - Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis

simply hilarious spin off from the previous "Dead" movies ("Night of the Living...", "Dawn of the...", "Day of the...", "Land of the..."

too scary for the kiddies (unless they're monster-proof, like baby bliss) but good for fans of spoof and horror.

4. i don't remember. sorry y'all.

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11:21 p.m.

Update: i remember now. i guess i blocked it out for reasons you'll read about below.

4. Bobby - all-star cast

a day in the lives of people who were affected by Bobby Kennedy's shooting at the Ambassador Hotel.

voice overs of actual RFK speeches and bits of live footage interspersed throughout gave me the feeling that i was watching a captivating documentary. about mid-way through, i began feeling it was a bad idea for me to watch it during an election year, specifically this election year.

as the movie wound towards its inevitable climax, i was an emotional wreck. it took me a while to stop crying after this one ended.


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