The Bucket List (2007)



Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star (2011)


I originally set out to see this movie on the opening weekend with some friends.  It didn’t happen.  The combination of a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 9 out of 100 on MetaCritic were more than enough to scare my friends and I away from it.  But still, in the back of my mind, the thought lingered, “Could this film really be that bad?”

After watching it, I almost created a new category of 0 star ratings for my blog, but decided that it was not worth the time or effort.  I expected it to be horrible and it was able to blow away all my expectations for how bad it could be.  Spare yourself the time and let us never think of this movie again.

The only possibly arguable redeeming factors are that I did not expect the details of the movie to play out the way it did, and I also did not expect it to be such a bad film for what was supposed to be a box office hit.  Happy Madison Productions, you’ve let me down…

The Muppets (2011)


Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)


Friends With Benefits (2011)


Bridesmaids (2011)


This movie was heavily advertised earlier this year, and it attracted my attention a bit.  After seeing the trailer, I thought it would essentially be the girls version of The Hangover.  Oh, how wrong I was.  The Hangover will probably go down in history as a comedic great whereas Bridesmaids will probably be all but forgotten within two years.  The commercials say “critics are calling it the best comedy of the year.”  I get depressed at the thought that they may be right.

This movie had some occasional one-liners that were funny, and there is definitely one line that I anticipate using a lot in the near future.  “Help me, I’m poor!”  Well, I guess I could at least identify with Annie from this perspective.  Still, the movie had far too much pointless bickering  and it just created lots of incredibly long drawn out scenes that annoyed me much more than it entertained me.

I did like the part where her friend came to drag Annie out of her pitiful state of mind.  “I’m trying to get you to fight for your shitty life!” she says to Annie.  I guess all of us have our ups and downs.  Sadly, I think I still haven’t hit the bottom yet, so I’m still bracing myself for impact.

How I felt while watching the movie:  annoyed.  Watchable, but don’t pay any money to watch it.

Little Black Book (2004)


I had intended to watch this movie when it first came out, but I didn’t and completely forgot about it, until today.  Finally, after discussing some Brittany Murphy movies, and seeing this pop up on Netflix’s recommended movies, we decided to sit down and watch it.  I remember this was supposed be a romantic comedy, but in the end, I didn’t think it was really funny at all.

The entire film was just a series of stupid events stemming from people’s lack of faith in their partners.  Though I can understand the desire for one to know everything about their partner’s past, it usually seems unnecessary to delve deeply into their relationship history.  With no suspicion and no problems, why would one go out of their way to cause so much heartache to one another?  I don’t understand why they would go out of their way to destroy their happy lives.  Although it seems that she wasn’t truly happy to begin with, it seems so illogical and tedious to go to such great lengths just to be honest with oneself.  Perhaps I just think differently from the average person.

I am reminded of a line from Minority Report which cycled through my head as I watched.  “Dig up the past, all you get is dirty.”  Well, that’s exactly what happens in this movie.  An hour and fifteen minutes of digging and getting really dirty, then about a half hour of what turns out to be a kind of quality ending.  Despite the nice ending, it was not enough to save this movie.  Despite being watchable and not utterly horrible, I don’t believe this is a movie that I’ll ever revisit again for any reason.