‘(500) Days of Summer’

After a bit of a hiatus due to lots of homework for my summer class, I finally wrote another movie review. (500) Days of Summer has been one of my favorite movies this year. A bold statement, but true nonetheless. It was kind of mean of me to do a review on this, though: as of now, it’s still not screening anywhere in New Jersey. Which is no less than criminal, in my mind. Fox Searchlight was nervous about this, but it had a super solid per-site box office average last weekend, so hopefully they’ll be rolling it out to mainstream cinemas, or at least the little arthouse ones in Montclair and Red Bank. But I digress.

My review is up here:

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/no-love-but-plenty-to-like-about-500-days-of-summer

I didn’t title it. I also didn’t break it down into obnoxiously short news-style paragraphs. That’s the single thing I hate most about newswriting: single-sentence paragraphs. No appreciation for the art of structuring a good, coherent paragraph that operates smoothly in an overall body of work. Haha.

Next week: Funny People and maybe an indie movie I’m potentially doing a project on…

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‘Away We Go’

So, my Away We Go review is up, and I’m pretty excited: someone hates it enough to comment! I had a hard time writing this one because I was torn between the way I saw it and the way I knew everyone else would see it. In short, the commenter sees it the way I knew everyone else would, and my review reflects the way I like to look at it.

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/away-we-go-a-closer-look-at-the-modern-family

In a few days: Public Enemies! I hope it’s good.

‘The Proposal’

Not particularly great, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A shrewd decision on Sandra Bullock’s part. Plus Ryan Reynolds is adorable. And Betty White makes it a million times better.

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/bullock-reynolds-charm-in-the-romantic-comedy-the-proposal

This weekend, I’m hoping to catch Away We Go, and I may end up seeing the new Transformers movie too. Even though I didn’t see the first one and have no desire to see this one…

‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3’

I need to start writing more stuff, other than movie reviews. But here’s my latest:

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/pelham-1-2-3-not-a-train-wreck-but-still-unimpressive

I’d like to see the original–this is another adaptation of a novel that was adapted into a movie in 1974–since I hear it’s great.

Next week: maybe The Proposal. Switch it up a little and do a romantic comedy. The next movie I’m excited about is Public Enemies (Johnny Depp!), and that’s not until July 1, so I suppose Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock will do in the mean time.

‘The Hangover’

My review was posted early!

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-hangover-the-perfect-r-rated-summer-comedy

Not sure what’s to come next week, yet…perhaps The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3…we’ll see though!

Also: Variety reports that The Hangover is #2 at the box office this weekend (behind Up, and only barely), pulling in over $43 million–one of the best ever openings for an R-rated movie. The only two that have grossed more their opening weekends are Sex and the City and American Pie 2–franchise flicks.

The best part about that bit of news is that this raunchy, R-rated comedy starring virtually unknown actors completely dominated against Will Ferrell’s latest excuse for comedy–the PG-13 Land of the Lost didn’t even break $20 million.

Hahaha. Sometimes I love the way the world works.

UPDATE:

The Hangover’s Sunday box office take was even higher than predicted, and it finished at number 1 this weekend. I loved Up, but it’s nice to see this genuinely entertaining, low-budget flick become a sleeper hit. I’m glad they’re both going strong and hope The Hangover can retain some of that audience this weekend…it had record box office intake Monday-Wednesday, so we’ll see.