Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Good fun and entertainment

I did a blog yesterday on Drunk Writer Talk about how Will Farrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly's "comedy doesn't get respect" number during the Oscar ceremony reminded me of how genre fiction doesn't either... And how I'm learning to be "okay with that".

And on that same vein, I wanted to tell everyone about two really fun movies I saw the other night. I know I mostly talk about indie and/or foreign films -- but that's mostly because I've seen a lot of cool movies ahead of their release dates, because of the 45 or so films I see every September at the Toronto International Film Festival. And if I loved them... I want people to know about them.

Doesn't mean I don't go to see tons of commercial films, too. (That don't need my "help". LOL)
I went to the movies on the weekend with pretty low expectations for two films and loved them both.

Music & Lyrics and Ghost Rider. I guess Ghost Rider surprised me more than Music & Lyrics but both were better than I expected.

Music & Lyrics probably wouldn't have worked as well with different actors, but Hugh Grant, in particular, was perfectly cast. I loved how the entire movie pokes fun at 80's pop songs (not to mention current baby Pop Divas) and all those early videos which were so, so cheesy. But at the same time, it wasn't mean spirited about it and Hugh's character wasn't completely pathetic. Sure, he'd given up on trying to be great, but he was still earning a living at what he loved --performing music -- and seemed pretty content with his life. Of course, as in all great genre storytelling, he was a better man by the end of the film and had rediscovered his passion for music.
I actually liked the Drew Barrymore character too and think she was well cast as someone a little ditsy and vulnerable whose confidence has been seriously shaken. And at the same time, Drew has that seductress thing about her, so you could wonder whether the Campbell Scott character was right about her. (LOVE him by the way. Have never seen him do anything not interesting.)

After seeing that perfectly satisfying little dessert of a movie, I actually snuck into Ghost Rider (don't tell on me) not really expecting to like it and prepared to walk out early if my expectations proved true. But I really enjoyed it. I'm not normally into those comic book type movies but the religious element added a deeper layer to the premise and I thought the story was well told. And seriously. We do not see nearly enough Wes Bentley on the screen these days. He makes an AMAZINGLY sexy evil demon dude.

8 comments:

Sinead M said...

Ha! Never pegged you for wanting to see Ghost Rider.
Am now interested to see it... probably on DVD..

Maureen McGowan said...

Me neither, Sinead. I was just bored and it was starting in five minutes and I was able to successfully sneak in... Sometimes those low expectation ones are the best.

Amy Ruttan said...

I want to see Music and Lyrics, but Ghost Rider intrigues me because I remember being forced to watch Superhero cartoons as a kid because of my brother. That and I like Nicholas Cage.

What I'm looking forward to is 300 and I really want to see Ms. Potter, because I love those books.

Maureen McGowan said...

I think we've missed the Miss Potter boat in theatres. I wanted to see it, too. (Mostly because of Ewan McGreggor...

Hopefully it will be out on DVD soon

Christine said...

I really want to see Music and Lyrics! I might try and sneak away to the theatre this weekend to see if I can catch it. My husband wouldn't care if he missed that one. :)

Ghost Rider just looks cool. Funny and good effects. Some days that's enough for me. :)

Kathy Holmes said...

"Music and Lyrics" is definitely on my must see list.

Another movie I enjoyed recently was "Because I Said So." Have you seen that one?

Maia said...

I love a good romcom. My daughter and I are going to catch Music and Lyrics this afternoon at the Beach cinema. Can hardly wait. There's something about Hugh Grant. He's so adorable, and Drew Barrymore is gorgeous. Do you find you study these movies in regard to learning more about setting up scenes? I know I do.

Nadine Dajani said...

I totally loved Music & Lyrics too! I thought it was because I saw it with two of my best girlfriends on a shopping trip in Miami (who wouldn't love an 80s pop chick flick/romcom under those circumstances?)The girls and I keep breaking out in "POP, goes my hea-a-a-rt" all weekend. Glad I'm not alone!

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