Strange Wilderness

2 02 2008

The tax bill will be due sooner than we think, so my husband and I have been trying to conserve funds. Perhaps we will be able to take an inexpensive vacation at the end of April, after all.

KPOW recently clued us into the thrifty fact that a matinee at Willow Knolls Theater is only $4 each. Additionally if you subscribe to their weekly email, you can print out coupons that allow you to purchase a 20 oz. drink and small popcorn for $1.85. Plus, they have a frequent moviegoers card. Since the agreement that did not allow Willow Knolls and The Rave to show the same films at the same time has expired, Willow Knolls now has our loyal and frugal business.

There were few movies that both my husband and I would want to see. Cloverfield is not for me and 27 Dresses is not for me. After reviewing the choices of movies playing, we decided to go see Strange Wilderness. I have liked Steve Zahn since Riding in Cars With Boys, one of the few movies I have seen more than once. Reviews compare Strange Wilderness to movies such as Knocked Up, Super Bad and Dumb and Dumber. Although not fodder for expanding the mind, these movies are quite entertaining. When I go in expecting movies like this to be bad, I usually find myself pleasantly suprised.

There were no pleasant suprises with Strange Wilderness. Perhaps it would be enjoyable if the viewer was at the height of a binge of bong-smoking. Several times I found myself laughing because the plot was jaw-dropingly bad. My husband and I both wondered if there was a script, because so much seemed like bad improvisation.

This was the absolute worst movie I have ever seen. If you are not stoned – do not spend your money to see it at the theater, don’t put it on your NetFlix list, don’t watch it if it is aired on television. How can I get that 87 minutes of my life back?

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Cone Baby Cone

28 10 2007

A long time ago, I was reading a book called Gone Baby Gone written by Dennis Lehane. Perhaps you have heard of it, since Ben Affleck has adapted it for film and it is a very popular film at this time. My friend Jennifer saw the book and asked me what Cone Baby Cone was about. Since that time I have always thought of the book, and now the movie, by that name.

My husband and I went to see Gone Baby Gone this weekend. I found it to be quite enjoyable, despite that I had read the book before. It seems as if I see a movie after I read the book then I hate the movie. Case in point – The Count of Monte Cristo. I don’t remember the dwarf being in the book – and I’ve read that book many times. Alexandre Dumas would have been shocked to see that film!

Back to the topic at hand – Gone Baby Gone. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone but I would like to have a discussion with fellow moviegoers regarding the decision Patrick made in the end. Casey Affleck’s character saw things as right and wrong and black and white. There was no grey area in between. Could I have looked the other way in his shoes? Was it truly the right thing? Would things have been better if he would have taken the right path? Yes, I do think things would have been better, but who are we to make that choice?

Both my husband and I marveled at the extras used at the beginning of the movie -during the news scene when everyone in the neighborhood was outside. These were not just your run of the mill extras. These were people that likely live in neighborhoods like the movie was set in – people who haven’t had the best of luck with life.

Amy Ryan’s performance as Helene was great. It amazes me when beautiful women take on a role that requires them to act and appear as if life has not treated them very well – very reminiscent of Charlize Theron’s performance in Monster.