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Watched Vol.4
February 24, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past– I just realized that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with, much less, STARRING Matthew McConaughey. Well, Dazed and Confused, but that was over 15 years ago. He just never really appealed to me on any level. Sure, I ‘get’ that he’s fit, but still…not interested. That aside, I enjoyed the movie. Not so much for him or his performance, but as a twist on the A Christmas Carol. It also wasn’t because of Jennifer Garner, whom also doesn’t register on my radar; don’t get her appeal. HOWEVER, I enjoyed seeing Lacey Chabert and Emma Stone, who in my opinion, MADE the movie. It was also kind fun to marvel over Michael Douglas’ complete lack of wrinkles…yet giant, old man ears. Weird paradox.

The movie was fast-paced and fun, and not too syruppy, even with its overt pro-relationship message. Definitely worth a rental, but not something I’d want to see repeatedly. Oh, and if your wondering what made me want to see it in the first place, considering I’m not a fan of the two leads, the answer is simple: I saw the trailer on another DVD, and it looked like fun.

Stag Night– I love horror movies. I love subway settings. That’s why I’ve enjoyed movies like Raw Meat; Subway; An American Werewolf in London; Maniac; Mimic; Creep and so on. And, if you’ve seen Creep, or Raw Meat, you’ve seen this movie. Actually, if you’ve seen Creep AND Wrong Turn, you’ve seen this movie. I kind of anticipated that, once I read the movie synopsis (subway + murderous cannibals), but I rented it anyway, because the trailer looked like 80’s creepy fun.

The movie was pretty gory (the decapitation scene really disturbed me), but there was just enough suspension to make it palatable. I have to admit, it felt like the last 30-45 minutes kinda dragged on longer than they should have, but overall, it was worth a rental. Can’t say I loved the ending though, and I generally like a dark ending. But sometimes the crimes are so heinous that you want that great feeling of vindication that you used to get in a lot of the 80’s slashers. Well, without spoiling anything, it kinda has it…but then it kinda doesn’t. Worth a rental if you like this type of movie or are a fan of the ones mentioned here.

17 Again– I don’t get Zac Efron’s appeal. I have no doubt he’s a decent actor, but overall, I don’t get it. That said, I’d pretty much written this movie off for several reasons (the aforementioned being just one of them): [1] Blatant title rip-off of the 1988 movie, starring George Burns, 18 Again (knowing that the demographic at which this movie was made, would be none the wiser), [2] Tired premise, previously covered in movies like Freaky Friday, Vice Versa, Switch, Dream a Little Dream, etc. etc.

This time around, it’s a vehicle for the teen heartthrob du jour, Zac Efron (whose fifteen minutes have since come and gone) . HOWEVER, I have to admit…I actually kinda liked it. Even though it was well-worn material, it was fun to see it revisited. Plus, it helped that I like a lot of the cast: Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon and Michelle Trachtenberg. Thomas Lennon’s unabashedly nerdy character made the movie for me. He provided most of the humor and though his character was a secondary one, he steals every scene he’s in. Might own it, if I could find it used…cheap. And I have a feeling I can. Overall, cute, funny movie worth renting.

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