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Jul 20, 2007

TGITDNMAR (7/20/07)

It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released. Let's get down to business...

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
With all the animosity that surrounds Michael Bay, you'd think director Dennis Dugan would get his fair share. I suppose it has to do with their relative "popularity" (ticket sales). However, a look at his filmography has to make you wonder how he still works. The only funny things I see on there are Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy, and even those are hardly recognized as cinematic masterpieces. The rest? Garbage - the lot of it. Beverly Hills Ninja, Saving Silverman, National Security, The Benchwarmers? This man deserves some spite, too. Then again - Chuck and Larry is improbably co-written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, whose resume is pretty well respected (Sideways, Election).
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 53%

Hairspray
You've got to be kidding me.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 0%







Sunshine
Yes, please. With Danny Boyle directing Cillian Murphy again, and 28 Weeks Later star Rose Byrne co-starring, this film has a lot of positive elements going for it. Word is, even Fantastic Four's Chris Evans (The Human Torch) give a good performance. That's a feat in and of itself.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 96%



Goya's Ghosts
Any time the word "muse" is bandied about, much less when referring to a painter, I'm immediately turned off (as you may be with the word "bandied"). Then again - talk about an eclectic cast. Javier Bardem co-stars alongside Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard and...Randy Quaid?? Consider me intrigued. Milos Forman, whose last film was 1999's Man on the Moon, directs.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 40%


13 people have chosen wisely: on "TGITDNMAR (7/20/07)"

BostonSucksMyBlog said...

as a professional movie reviewer, it is your duty to see these movies in the tehaters. your fans demand it!

Mrs. Fletch said...

As Mrs. Fletch, I beg you not to drag me to some of the above-mentioned movies :)

Fletch said...

Lucky for me, I'm not a professional, as I don't get paid. :)

WampaOne said...

Hmmm, I remember seeing a spanish movie about Goya some years ago, lotsa nudity. Is Portman doing the muse? My head is spinning right now.

Anonymous said...

Goya beans are by far the best of the canned beans

Fletch said...

Don't get your hopes up, Wampa. Think you will be disappointed, I do.

WampaOne said...

That´s a shame.

Speaking of reviews, do one for the greastes movie of the year so far. I am talking about Transformers of course. Saw it this weeking, and I am definitively going going to see it again.

Fletch said...

Fear not - my much delayed Transformers review arrives tomorrow.

That said - you probably won't like it.

Bixby said...

Saving Silverman = Underrated. How can you not love R. Lee Ermey, a Neil Diamond cover band, and Niel himself? "Hey! We're coming to America!"

Fletch said...

Neil Diamond is great, but c'mon - Jason Biggs + Steve Zahn (in "Annoying" mode) + a bitchy Amanda Peet = Crap.

If I want to see Neil these days, he better be played by Will Ferrell.

Bixby said...

I hear what you're saying. It may have been better with people other than Zahn and Biggs, but I still laughed more than I ever would have thought.

yokel said...

how can you hate on beverly hills ninja?

General Disdain said...

You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't check out Hairspray. I had my reservations about it too, but it was a surprisingly good movie.