Friday, December 07, 2007

Rental Impressions

Several new DVD rentals have graced the shelves as of late. I made the mistake of paying for three last weekend. Here are the results:

Hot Rod: While I don't believe the reviews were particularly glowing for this film, I can't see why. This movie starred Andy Samberg (of the present cast of SNL) as a stuntman of limited talent. Upon hearing about the deteriorating health of his stepfather, he vowed to raise enough money so he could get better. Of course, his purpose was to beat him up in order to earn his respect. As a child of the 80s, I was particularly taken with the frequent use of inspirational hair band ballads, sometimes accompanying dance routines in the forest. Also, be on the lookout for this random shot of Yo-Yo Ma's READ poster...HILARIOUS.

Waitress: A sweet and somber little independent film about a waitress (Keri Russell) who is trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive and controlling man. She finds love in the arms of the new doctor in town (Nathan Fillion) who cares for her during her pregnancy. Supporting actresses Cheryl Hines (of Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Adrienne Shelly help make this southern story a real treat. Also, pie aficionados will rejoice at the delicious and humorously named pastries she creates. I'm not that crazy about themes of adultery in my movies, but it turns out about as good as it should, and I'm sure few women would be able to resist the allure of Mr. Fillion. (To see him with a few rough edges, see Firefly/Serenity.) It's a little painful to watch, due to the murder of actress/writer/director Adrienne Shelly. She was a real talent. A nonprofit foundation has been created in her name - The Adrienne Shelly Foundation - to help young women filmmakers.

Mr. Bean's Holiday: I cringed a lot and finally stopped it about 20 minutes in. Did I miss anything?

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