[As usual, there are spoilers head, so if you haven’t seen these movies, then skip along.]
My wife and I have pretty different tastes in movies and entertainment, and romantic comedies are one of the few genres we can enjoy together. Sure, I usually grit my teeth and roll my eyes during most of them, but I tolerate them out of love. That’s what marriage is all about kids!
We watched Date Night with Steve Carrel and Tina Fey, which probably would have been awful without those two starring in it, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Marky Mark Wahlberg’s character made me laugh and any movie with outtakes always scores a few points in my book. Good comedies are so rare these days, that when I stumble on one that’s “pretty good,” I’m happy.
Kull the Conqueror
I did a bad, bad thing — I watched Kull the Conqueror. I had heard nothing good about this movie, but it was a sword and sorcery movie based on Robert E. Howard’s work, so how bad could be? When I saw Tia Carrera’s name in the credits, I should have known how painful the ride was going to be. Karina Lombard was quite fetching, as always, but her presence wasn’t enough to save this dreck. The fight scenes were entertaining and the plot wasn’t horrible, but I just could not get past the TV-movie quality of acting and giant mullet on the bad guy.
Okay, if you haven’t seen this movie, here’s a BIG spoiler: Kull defeats the big evil monster at the movie’s climax by kissing it. Yep. Full on tongue action is how you defeat a giant demon dragon thing. Ack!
This movie set out to be campy, and it was but not in a good way. A good campy movie is one you want to watch again.
I’ve been waiting a long time to watch this movie. I wanted to be in the right frame of mind to truly take it all in and savor it, and i’m glad i did because this movie was amazing.
I know it has its haters and a lot of people found it boring, but I was riveted to every bit of German/French/Italian/English dialogue. I wasn’t prepared to be reading so many subtitles but the use of the native tongue increased the tension ten-fold. Movies like this have scenes that you will never forget.
It wasn’t my favorite Tarantino movie, but Christolph Waltz was mesmerizing and Brad Pitt’s performance made me laugh out loud. From the trailers, you would think the entire movie was about Pitt’s crew killing Nazis, but that is so far from the truth that I can see why some people were disappointed.
It’s kind of strange because I found a lot of the Tarantino trademarks to be distracting. The use of typography and a narrator was unnecessary, but I guess he had to do it. I can see why a lot of Tarantino fans didn’t like this movie since it was a far cry from Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction, but I for one, enjoyed it wholeheartedly.
Hot Tub Time Machine
Never let it be said that I don’t have eclectic tastes. I’m ashamed to admit how many times I laughed out loud watching this movie, mainly due to the iconic 80’s references. It probably didn’t hurt that I’m the same age as the stars in the film, and have “similar” memories of that mythical era. Seeing the Kid ‘n Play hairdo on Craig Robinson’s character made Coke come out my nose (and it burned). This certainly isn’t a thinking man’s comedy, but I’ve never been accused of being a thinking man. There are a few cringe-inducing scenes I could do without, but overall it was a lot of fun. Crispin Glover stole the show.
Okay, I’ve publicly admitted to watching Kull the Conqueror and enjoying Hot Tub Time Machine in a single week. Now it’s your turn. Be honest, who cried when Old Yeller got shot? (Bonus points if you recognize that quote.)