Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Rango, Take, Rapids, Mars, Hood

Five movies and the mundane details of my birthday celebration.

"Rango" is pretty much a Bugs Bunny western, stretched to two hours, done in state of the art CGI animation, with a chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp instead of Bugs. It sounds like a mess, and it is, but it is a reasonably enjoyable mess. The chorus, in the form of a mariachi band made up of burrowing owls, is ALMOST worth the price of admission.

"Take Me Home Tonight" is an upper mediocre coming of age comedy. It has a surprising amount of soul, and the comedy is fairly restrained. I have no idea why it languished in the can for several years before being released.

"Cedar Rapids" feels like a collision of "Forrest Gump" and "The Hangover". Other than the fact that the main character was about a dozen years too old to be believable, it worked pretty well. And at one point Anne Heche delivers the most amazing "Come hither" gaze in the history of cinema.

"Mars Needs Moms" wastes an excellent cast on next to nothing. This is not an AWFUL movie; I don't QUITE regret seeing it, but there isn't much there. I DO regret paying the 3D up charge to make the schedule work out, though.

"Red Riding Hood" is a pretty good werewolf movie. I think it had the raw material to be a REALLY good werewolf movie, but it just never gets there. The critics seem to be fixated on the set for some reason, which is odd (though I will admit that there seem to be WAY to many horizontal spiky bits for my tastes...).

Anyway... On my birthday, I came home from work, had grilled cheese sandwiches and cherry pie (which, due to an ingredients mishap, BLED cherry juice when cut), and went to bed. On Wednesday, we continued the celebration by eating at the Crimson Crustacean and seeing a Wednesday movie together (standard for me, rare for Dementia). And then life went on.

Uncle Hyena
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