This is a new feature I'm going to try out. Over the weekends, I tend to watch at least 3 movies - some are new theatrical releases, some are old yet undiscovered, and some are fresh Netflix arrivals! I'm going to do my best in writing up mini-reviews for these movies. For most theatrical releases, I'll do an individual article - depending on how deserving the movie was. Without further ado, here's my first Weekend Roundup! Enjoy!
"The Station Agent"
"The Station Agent" is a wonderfully heart-warming indie film, with real-to-life dialogue and a simple premise. Peter Dinklage has caught my attention thanks to HBO's "Game of Thrones," and I totally respect him as an actor. He has a sort of loveable misanthrope vibe about him, which is both humorous and tragic. The movie ended abruptly, which left me wanting more. Overall, "The Station Agent" was a touching movie that I would recommend to anyone with an appreciation for subtlety.
"I Love You Phillip Morris"
This is romantic comedy done right. Jim Carrey's performance is both hilarious and heartbreaking, and he proves again that he's more than a melange of funny faces. Ewan MacGregor is so flexible, and each role he takes on has the signature MacGregor charm. "I Love You Phillip Morris" is fueled by a touching yet twisted romance, along with an excellent supporting cast. The movie slows down a bit, but only before surprising you with an unforgettable ending. This movie has the right amount of laughter and tears, and Carrey's preformance is unforgettable.
It's not a huge surprise that the only thing "Fast Five" has going for it is the cars. The movie is full of cheesy moments, stupid quotes ("Mission-infrickin'-sanity!"), and a ridiculous plot. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson are unbelievably awful actors - but we all knew that already. The car chases were pretty impressive, but not as exciting as previous scenes in previous installments. Stick around after credits for a "twist" that obviously hints to yet another installment. Really?!