* Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
I wasn't the slightest bit interested in this when it first hit theaters. Then the reviews came in, and they were overwhelmingly positive. It was reminiscent of Kung Fu Panda, another film I didn't care about seeing until the praise came rolling in. But when I finally saw that one, it lived up to the hype; this one, not so much.
Cloudy has a few charms and a few laughs, but I must have been expecting a lot more of both, since the movie felt pretty empty and thin most of the time. Too many of the gags were overused - even the good ones such as Flint self-narrating his way around his laboratory. Even "Steve!" grew a bit tiresome, though the usage of his translator on Flint's father (an excellent character, by the way) was brilliant. The anal imagery during the finale was just inescapable - I felt wrong just watching it, and I can't believe that didn't bother anyone else.
Fletch's Film Rating:
"It's in the hole!"
"You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you."
Music I'm currently obsessed with:
None! I've been a bad music fan recently, and haven't purchased a CD in at least a month. I've having withdrawals. It's time to start listening to new music again and/or buy some that's been on my BUY list for awhile collecting dust (i.e. The Heavy's latest album and/or some Black Keys).
Book I'm currently reading:
Still on A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and probably will be next week as well. It's kind of slow going - not a bad sign for the book, it just ain't a page turner. At nearly halfway through, it's not the comedic gem it's purported to be, but it's well-written with very memorable characters, and Jones is pretty damn funny. I want to see the never-gonna-happen-apparently movie adaptation just to see who they'd get to play him.