Monday, November 30, 2009

Other September Releases

I realize I am really late getting to these but I am trying to catch up, especially so I can get to some much better films I've seen lately. Please comment if you've seen any of these films and agree or disagree!

Julie & Julia

This film features two of the best actresses working today. Meryl Streep is fantastic as Julia Child, with her over the top persona and mannerisms, while Amy Adams is extremely under utilized as modern day celebrity blogger, and much less interesting Julia Powell. The film is slightly enjoyable as a whole, but completely overrated, and any Oscar talk for this movie, outside of a possible nomination for Ms. Streep, is utterly ridiculous. Seriously, it's a good date movie, and that's about it.


Mike Judge's latest live action comedy is neither as laugh out loud funny as Office Space, nor as absurd as Idiocracy, but is successful as a smaller, less ambitious comedy. To briefly summarize, Extract stars Jason Bateman as the owner of a company that makes and bottles extract, Mila Kunis as the devious temptress trying to get her hands on the company's money by way of a lawsuit involving a detached testicle, and Ben Affleck as the stoner bartender friend that talks Jason's character into hiring a male gigolo to seduce his wife so he can feel free to pursue Mila's character. High jinks ensue.

The Informant!

Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of this real life story of corporate impropriety and large scale price fixing makes for a humorous and absurd comedy with a great performance from Matt Damon as the whistle blower and FBI informant. What starts off as a corporate spy thriller gradually turns into a dark comedy with themes of mental illness, but the films is able to maintain its light tone due to a brilliant soundtrack and the Soderbergh's brisk filmmaking style. Although it didn't resonate with any real significance, The Informant! is an enjoyable ride, and Damon deserves some recognition.

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