Thursday, June 25, 2009

Three Movies You May Enjoy

This is one of my favorite Pixar movies because it feels very personal in so many places. Yes, there's the obligatory commercial gloss so that it can gross $250M, but it's surprisingly intimate for a movie that has so many box office obligations. It's very funny, it's very warm, and if you get a chance to see it in 3D, it's a wonderful experience--no cheesy effects, just an immersive use of the technology.

Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi's latest comedy that's allegedly a horror film is brutally, disgustingly funny. It's totally over the top, of course--so far over the top, in fact, that you can't even see the top from where it stands. There are always multiple levels of funny in a Sam Raimi horror film, so everyone gets a chance to laugh, then recoil in disgust at what they're laughing about. Gloria was totally appalled by this film, and rightly so, but that's one of the reasons it's so funny--it is appalling, by design.

The Hangover
I thought this movie was probably mostly hype, but I was wrong. It's very, very funny, and the script is incredibly clever in the way it sets up the movie. Gloria loved this, believe it or not, and there's a kind of manic energy in the film that serves it incredibly well. Totally tasteless, totally irreverent, and damned funny.

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