Monday, August 22, 2011

Reel Insight Episode 59: Zooey Deschanel and Ryan!

Hey guys - first, I have to say I'm going on hiatus for a least a week, perhaps two.  I've started my new job and I'm pretty sure I should be working hard for the next few weeks.  There won't be any Wednesday movie mashup but I'll try to keep posting the Reel Insight updates for the next few weeks.   So I'm not going anywhere, I'm happy, healthy and gainfully employed.

For our 59th episode, the man formerly known as the Mad Hatter (now he's just Ryan - YAY!) joins us and drops a pretty big announcement.  Go check out his new and improved site at The Matinee.  We discussed the lovely and amazing Zooey Deschanel. Our advice for her is to stop making bad indie movies since she's more than capable of making awesome movies of any variety.   The finale of "Twin Peaks" is discussed and we chat about a little more Captain America, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Crazy Stupid Love.

Oh, and there's a special announcement too!  Check it out.

New movies seen just for Ms. Deschanel:
The Go-Getter - This was terrible.  A young man steals a car and befriends its owner (Deschanel) over her cell phone, which was left in the car.  He goes on a journey searching for his older brother to tell him their mom died.  Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker) plays the lead and isn't a Paul Dano or Patrick Fugit, but both of those might have improved this movie.  BORING.  1 of 5 stars/lambs

The Good Life - This time Patrick Fugit was in the film, but doesn't play the lead.  That's left to Mark Webber who is a young man with no hair, and seemingly no future, but with the world on his shoulders.  He falls for Zooey who is obviously a little screwed up, but she eventually makes him see that he doesn't have to take care of everybody around him (a mom who lets the electricity get turned off on Christmas, a family who has almost nothing, and a friend who owns a movie theater, but can't remember to pop the popcorn without help anymore).  Some good moments, but overall not good.  2 of 5 stars/lambs

Gigantic - I have trouble figuring out what this movie was really about.  It seems like a set of really odd characters who all interact, but actually have no story.  Paul Dano plays a luxury mattress salesman who has always dreamed of adopting an Asian baby.  John Goodman comes in to buy a bed, but he travels lying down in cars.  His daughter (Deschanel) comes to arrange for the mattress delivery and hits it off with Dano.  That's about all I can figure out happened.   After that I lost interest.  2.5 of 5 stars/lambs

Flakes - This movie was really great, mostly because it didn't try to be anything more than it was.  It didn't try to be more quirky, it didn't try to tell a "real" story.  It just tells the story of a "cereal bar" where the owner (Christopher Lloyd in his pajamas) and the manager (Aaron Stanford - Pyro from X-Men) and their customers talk about "vintage cereals" and the perfect combination of cereal.  Much like a High Fidelity or any cliched version of a comic book store, this story took on breakfast cereal.  Zooey plays Aaron's quirky artistic girlfriend who just wants him to get back to playing music.  So to "help" him, she tries to sabotage the store by helping a competitor douche across the street.  There's a little down and dirty commercial rivalry, but overall the movie is very cute and a particularly nerdy brand of original.  4 of 5 stars/lambs

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