Review Grab Bag (9/12/11)

Another new feature here at FGWG… it’s the Review Grab Bag…  Basically what we have here is a spot for me to say something about the odds and ends I watch, play, read, whatever, that I don’t really feel strongly enough about to warrant a large scale review of their own.  Like all Grab Bags and boxes of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.  If it can be reviewed, it’s fair game… good, great, bad or steaming pile of shit.

I’d also love for the Review Grab Bag to become a spot for guest reviewers.  The rules are simple:

  1. Have an opinion on a thing.
  2. Write a paragraph or two about it, and e-mail it to me at
  3. ????
  4. Profit.*
This week in the grab bag we have 4 movies.

I’m a sucker for pretty much anything with a non-linear narrative. This one is kinda like Go or Pulp Fiction, except localized into a 30 minute or so window. There are about five intertwining stories, all hinging around events that happen at 11:14 one nondescript evening. The acting is good, which isn’t surprising. There are several recognizable faces here, even if they aren’t all necessarily huge Hollywood names. The story they’re working with isn’t as solid as PF or Go, but it is still a fun and/or intriguing watch at most times. Probably the biggest problem with the story itself is that they show us the clock too often. Like an episode of 24, they don’t really give these characters enough time to do the things they’re doing. 4/5

Special Guest Reviewer, Melanie:
We watched this movie last week and there isn’t a whole lot I remember about it. In fact, all I really remember is the stuff I didn’t like. It’s too long. Not enough happens. I don’t like most of the actors. Kristen Stewart? Just horrid. If I wanted to watch Kristen Stewart bite her lip and play with her hair for a couple of hours, I would have just watched Twilight again. Oh wait, no I wouldn’t. That sucked too. Jesse Eisenberg? I can’t explain it, but I just don’t like that guy’s face. I do remember chuckling at a few jokes in this movie. And we did finish it. So it gets 2 out of 5 stars. But really, it stinks. 2/5

David Spade, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton and Eartha Kitt give this little movie so much heart and soul it’s ridiculous. Mel and I watched it twice in the theatres when it released. We’ve watched it many times since then, including this past week. I still laugh far too hard, especially at Kronk. 5/5

Will Ferrell’s and David Cross’ voice-over performances really make this one worth watching for me. I enjoyed the various references to superhero and video game culture. The animation is good, but nothing stands out as mindblowing. Also, if you go in knowing nothing about the movie, there are a few twists and turns in the story that are unexpected. 4/5

*Profit consists of links relating to actor Adrian Pasdar.

8 comments on “Review Grab Bag (9/12/11)

  1. Kristin Stewart's entire “acting” ability consists of biting her lower lip and looking sad. I think I'll officially boycott anything she's in. Unless it's a porn starring her and myself.

  2. So true… Sad look, lip bite, and what I like to call “The Wayne Cambpell”, tucking her hair behind her ears. If you watch her in a movie and drink every time you see one of these things, you're on your way to stomachpumpville.

    Other guaranteed trips to stomachpumpville:

    watching a marathon of Creed videos and drinking every time buddy clenches his fists.

    watching the Smurfs and drinking every time they say Smurf.

  3. Of course you run the risk of your guest reviewers being funnier than you are. LOL. I laughed at the Adventureland review. VERY nice!

    I'd toss a blurb or two at you, but I can't seem to keep myself under 1,100 words. 😀

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