Friday, June 12, 2009

Birthday poetry

I've never claimed to be either a good writer or a poet, but as today is my 30th birthday, I'm using the opportunity to write three random reviews using haiku. I beg your indulgence.

Revolutionary Road

Hopeful lovers wed
Cruel life springs hard upon them
Reality goes on

I really liked this movie. Kate Winslet is terrific, her acting and wardrobe are impeccable. Not the happiest of films, and didn't deserve to lose its Oscar momentum, but it did. Winslet totally deserved her Golden Globe for this, and should have been nominated for the Oscar for this performance over The Reader. Michael Shannon is good, but too short a performance to win and probably shouldn't have been nominated, just praised. 4 of 5 stars

Pineapple Express

Pothead sees murder
Tries to hide with dealer, smokes
Pineapple Express

There were a lot of funny parts to this movie, but overall, it's not great. James Franco is hysterical, and between his performance in this and Milk, he'll be someone to keep watching for Oscar in the future.

Maneater (a Lifetime miniseries)

Sarah Chalke needs dough
Marries rich man with wrong name
Grows up, finds real love

This I caught because I love Sarah Chalke in "Scrubs", and it turned out pretty funny. Judy Greer is awesome in her tyical role as wise-ass best friend (27 Dresses) but the males leads are weak, even if Chalke is good.


Rachel said...

Happy Birthday, Jess! Great reviews too.

David Bishop said...

Happy Birthday.

Fletch said...

30! Hope you had a good one.

Agreed - Franco was excellent in Pineapple. His odd little mannerisms and off-the-wall things he'd say upped the movie a good notch or three for me.

Jess said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Reel Whore said...

Happy Belated birthday!

I loved Michael Shannon in RR. He was great. Kate can do no wrong in my eyes.

I found PE to be just okay, too. Had potential but didn't deliver.

Don't get over to Lifetime much, but if they're hiring Judy Greer, maybe I should!