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Weekend Film Recommendation: I Love You Phillip Morris

19 Aug
I know I’ve talked about this film from time to time on this blog, but it is a new arrival to Netflix and if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time.  I Love You Phillip Morris is the story of Steven Russell, a happily married man and a member of his local police.  When an accident forces him to reevaluate his life, Steven becomes openly homosexual and decides to live his life without regard for other peoples’ opinion and, more importantly, the law.  Once his extravagant lifestyle of conning and fraud catches up with him, he lands in prison where he meets Phillip Morris.  After falling in love with Phillip, he devotes himself to freeing Phillip from jail and pulling off a series of ridiculous and impossible cons so they can live the perfect life together.

I Love You Phillip Morris marked the return of Jim Carrey to the style of R rated humor that hadn’t been seen since Me, Myself, and Irene (though not as hammy), a refreshing change of pace from the comedies he chose for the nine years in between. 

This is exactly how we felt too Mr. Carrey

The story is excellently written and well paced, and really keeps the watcher engaged in the two characters and their relationship throughout the movie.  The subject matter is a little grotesque at times, but the aforementioned delivery of Jim Carrey throughout really softens the shock.  There is a lot of social commentary within the movie (did I mention it takes place in Texas), but it is not so in your face that it feels like sermon rather than an entertaining comedy.  The performance of Ewan McGregor as the titular Phillip Morris is worth noting as well.  While he plays more of the straight man in this comedy (no pun intended), it really works to humanize the two individual’s relationship and solidify the chemistry of the two leads.

Click here to add I Love You Phillip Morris to your Netflix queue.


Opening This Week (17 June 2011)

14 Jun

The summer movie season is in full swing, but it doesn’t look like the Box Office is delivering the numbers the studios hoped for. Super 8 led this past weekend, and while $37 million is nothing to scoff at, it is surprisingly low for the summer opening weekend of a J.J. Abrams/Stephen Spielberg film. X-Men: First Class finished second with $25 million, and The Hangover Part II  held strong in third with $18 million. The real surprise box office story right now is Bridesmaids, and while it finished in sixth place for the weekend, it hasn’t really lost steam  in its fifth week of release. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was only in its third week of release and it barely beat out Bridesmaids ($10.8 million to Bridesmaids’ $10.2 million). So, the huge blockbusters aren’t really paying off the way that the studios anticipated. This does not bode well for the big release this week either:

The Green Lantern

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively, Geoffrey Rush

Director: Martin Campbell

Synopsis from IMDB: A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.


Chris’ Take: Green Lantern is a series I’m only mildly familiar with. I read some of the comic books when I was younger, but not enough to grasp the full scope of the comic. The closest I’ve come to The Green Lantern after th comic was beating the crap out of some Mortal Kombat characters with him in Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe. While I think that the film looks overly-CGIed, I’ll probably see it for the sake of seeing a comic book character come to life. RT doesn’t have any early reviews, so it is hard to gauge how good it might be. I’ll just have to tell you on Monday.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Rated: PG

Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury

Director: Mark Waters

Synopsis from IMDB: The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.


Chris’ Take: ” Oh, Jim Carrey…what the heck are you doing?” There used to be a good way to phrase that question, but I found myself asking it with very negative connotations while I watched this preview. The preview looks almost on par with Kevin James’ new project The Zookeeper, which you can see parodied perfectly in this video:

Anyway, while it is unfair to judge a movie based off its trailer, I can’t see a way that this can be good. The book itself was rather cheesy and forgettable. This film will most likely not be enjoyed by anyone over the age of 10.

 Limited Releases

The Art of Getting By

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Elisabeth Reaser, Michael Angarano

Director: Gavin Wiesen

Synopsis from IMDB: George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.


Chris’ Take: This arthouse project has a lot of young talent, and certainly a cinematic eye, but the early reviews have been a little rough (29% on RT). So, while this may be something that could pay off for the patient, it probably is something that requires a Netflix viewing to save money.

Farrellys Want More Dumb and Dumber

2 Mar

by Chris Petersen

Right after we wrote the review of Hall Pass, indicating my nostalgia for the Farrelly Brothers days of Something About Mary, Kingpin, and Dumb and Dumber, I started reading rumors that the Farrelly Brothers are amping up for a Dumb and Dumber sequel.

Moviehole reported that Bobby Farrelly said this during a press junket in Sydney:

“[Dumb and Dumber] has run a bunch of times on TV in the states, and kids will come up and they’ll be able to quote lines from that – lines that I’ve long forgotten. If we could get those two guys back together, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels that might be a worthwhile sequel – and that ball is in motion. We’re starting to think about what those two dimwits would be doing twenty-years later in life, and hopefully we’ll be able to come up with something worthy of a sequel.”

Please God, no. When I said I was nostalgic for that film that was not what I meant. I don’t want all that was sacred about that perfect combination of dimwitted one-liners and slapstick humor, tainted by another adventure featuring Harry and Lloyd.

It took me years to recover after the last one.

Also, while Jeff Daniels hasn’t necessarily lost his comedic charm on me, Jim Carrey has. Watching a guy who is almost 50 do the same antics he did in films like The Mask, Ace Ventura, and Dumb and Dumber, just isn’t appealing. Now, I am not claiming that this is what the sequel will feature, but I am guessing they are going to try to return to the same stuff that they used in the first one. If they try to do something new, good for them, and that might just be interesting enough to get me mildly interested in this project, but not really.

Opening This Week (Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2010)

29 Nov

After a week long of stuffing my face full of delectable food and trying to drown out the incessant racket of the excessive playing of “Frost the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells”, I have returned to bring you the weekly movie report. I am going to avoid the long intro and just roll right into it:

Warrior’s Way

Rated: R

Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston

Director: Sngmoo Lee

Synopsis from IMDB:  A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.


Chris’ Take: Ninjas falling from the sky!!! A story that will make absolutely no sense!!! Ninjas jumping up from the ground!!! Look shiny-flashy sword!!! You probably noticed three out of four of those statements, which is what the trailer was intending. While this will be an incredibly visual film, the plot will probably be too dumb to ignore and not be worth trudging through to see all the great visuals that you already saw in the previews.

I Love You, Phillip Morris

Rated: R

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

Director: Glen Ficarra, John Requa

Synopsis from IMDB: Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest – even if it means breaking the law. Steven’s new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another.


Chris’ Take: After being shelved for a while, this film finally comes to light and it doesn’t look as funny as it was touted to be. I am trying to avoid using some puns here to describe the humor. Anyway, it looks to be mildly entertaining and very topical.

Black Swan

Rated: R

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Synopsis from IMDB: A thriller that zeros in on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival.


Chris’ Take: Darren Aronofsky delves into the rarely used psychological ballet thriller with his latest endeavor. At the beginning of the fall season I said that this film was one of my five most anticipated films of the season and from the early reviews, it looks like it won’t disappoint. With Aronofsky it will no doubt be simultaneously visceral and beautiful (Natalie Portman will also contribute to the latter of those two attributes) and will feature the return of an actress that I couldn’t care less about since she tried to ruin Hoosiers, Barbara Hershey. From the looks of it, this film will garner a lot of buzz for Oscar season.


All Good Things

Rated: R

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Phillip Baker Hall

Director: Andrew Jarecki

Synopsis from IMDB: All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for an imaginative spellbinding story of family, obsession, love and loss.


Chris’ Take: The trailer for this film looks solid and I like both Gosling and Langella, but the early reviews have been mixed. Rottentomatoes has it at 17% with only 6 reviews in, but IMDB has it with an average rating of 7.1 out of 10. So, I don’t know if I can say that this will be worth a look yet. I think I will probably add this to my Netflix queue early next year when it will be out on DVD.


Rated: R

Starring: Paprika Steen, Michael Falch

Director: Martin Zandvliet

Synopsis from IMDB: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life again. Christian, her ex husband is quickly softened by her tough manipulative but charming figure and agrees. She has to prove to her self and to him, that she is worth the try. But the hard life on stage, and the ghosts of the past slowly comes knocking on her door. Thea is forced to face her inner voices. She is bound to give in to her faith, and make the choice.


Chris’ Take: Looks to be a simple, but powerful look at the consequences that stem from personal mistakes and accepting responsibility. While this will probably be hard to find at a theater, this looks like it could be a very interesting film.