Death at a Funeral (2007)


Of all the films I saw over the holiday, Death at a Funeral was the biggest disappointment. Now that doesn’t mean it was the worst movie I watched—that award goes to Blood and Chocolate—but I think I had the highest expectations of this British comedy before I popped it in the DVD player. You win some, you lose some, I suppose. I remember watching the trailer for Death at a Funeral (the original U.K. Version) a while back and I thought it seemed witty. The cast was great and I just assumed it would be a madcap British comedy. It wasn’t.

 

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Blood and Chocolate (2007)


In part to balance out the positive review I wrote yesterday, I decided to write about Blood and Chocolate today. “Where did this film come from?” you may ask. It certainly wasn’t mentioned on my list of films that I watched over the holidays. Well, the answer to that is quite simple. I didn’t include it in my previous posts because I couldn’t watch the film in its entirety. Yes, I was beaten by a crappy werewolf movie. And I call myself a geek.

 

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)


As I have mentioned earlier this week, I watched a crapload of movies over the holidays. Now, that is all well and good, but once the last of the Christmas cookies have been eaten and the decorations are down, all I am left with is a bunch of reviews to write. So I toyed with which review to write first: should I do them in the order I saw them? Or perhaps from worst to best? Heck, is it best to just be fair and write about them alphabetically? Yeah, I probably spent too much time dwelling on what to post on instead of sitting down to put words to paper. I finally opted to write about the film that caught my attention the most. This brings me to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.

 

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The Muppets (2011)


I don’t see many movies in the theaters. Mostly because I’ve grown to strongly dislike—nay, almost loathe—the movie-going experience. From rude audience members who somehow deem it necessary to talk or text during the film to outrageous ticket prices, I just don’t find myself heading down to the ol’ cinemaplex like I used to. However, I do have one particular theater that I absolutely love: the one in my home town.

 

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Exam (2008)


Exam is an independent thriller about eight job applicants who are secluded in a room to take a test presumably to see who is qualified for a mysterious position. However, when they start the exam, they are presented with nothing but a blank sheet of paper. The applicants are then faced with what the employer is actually testing and to what lengths they may go to pass.

 

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1-7 (1997-2003)


OK, I’ll admit it: growing up I was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the 1992 Kristy Swanson film). I think I rented it from the local video store at least once a month  for several years (along with Pet Cemetery 2 and Encino Man—-hey, don’t judge me). I’m not sure what about this film resonated with a farm girl from Iowa, but I couldn’t get enough of it. Perhaps I was just a fan of early Ben Affleck. Who knows? Whatever the case, I watched the hell out of that movie.

 

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Push (2009)


I just realized as I looked at my post from yesterday that I forgot to include a day number with the entry. Hmmm. I actually kind of like it without. So, from this day forward, let it be known that I will furthermore omit the “days” from my posts. And so it shall be. Wow, it feels good to get that off my chest.

 

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Life as We Know It (2010)


Growing up, I loved the movies Three Men and a Baby (did you see the ghost?), Mr. Mom (OK, basically anything with Michael Keaton), and Baby Boom. Perhaps I am nostalgic about these films because I watched them with a child’s eyes, but there was something so fun about them. No, I’m not talking about the diaper jokes or even implying that the films were perfect, but they bring up fond memories when I think about them. Sure, I haven’t watched any of those movies in over a decade and I could have a totally different take on them now, but it was entertaining to watch the antics of people being forced to deal with taking care of a baby. Heck, I even enjoyed it when Joey and Uncle Jesse tried their hand at it.

 

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Day 116: Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)


Maybe I’ve had too much time on my hands for introspection lately, but I’m beginning to wonder if I would have been a super villain (albeit a dorky one) in an alternate universe. I seem to have a lot more characteristics in common with them than perhaps the “average” person would. For example, I tend to be quite reclusive. I spend much of my day in my “lair” (OK, home office, but that just doesn’t sound as ominous) hatching schemes (in all honesty, I’m writing, but that doesn’t really drive fear into the hearts of men unless they are being forced to read the Twilight series). And, for someone not working in the science field, I wear an awful lot of lab coats.

 

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Day 115: Tangled (2010)


When I was younger, I watched a lot of Disney movies (this may be why I am a little “eccentric”). Each year Disney would release a new film and I looked forward to it with eager anticipation. Then, after my family purchased our first VHS player, I watched the videos–each in their large, plastic case–so often that the tapes were worn to the point where no amount of tracking adjustments could remove the flickering bars of static (*note: those too young to know about VHS really are missing out on the joys of this medium and will just have to trust me here). Those were the golden years of Disney—before the ever-blowing hair of Pocahontas, before Tarzan used the jungle as his giant skatepark, and before the Emperor decided he was in need of a new groove (let’s be honest, who isn’t?).

 

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