It’s Friday, and you know what that means: Get drunk! And see movies! Is there any better way to usher in a weekend then to hie thee to a theater and enjoy the best what Hollywood has to offer? This week: the most ungainly-titled comedy in recent memory, a movie about cartoon dragons, and a couple fascinating documentaries. Let’s get with it.
Hot Tub Time Machine – I already reviewed this, but let’s break down the salient elements: A title like this? Takes huge balls to pull off. And this is a movie with such balls. You know who else has such balls? Rob Corddry, who manages an intense breakthrough role in this flick as the insanely self-destructive drunk Lou. I don’t know why I’m writing all of this, you should read the review and watch the trailer and really, go see the damn movie. It’s the funniest comedy that’s opened in a while.
How To Train Your Dragon – I don’t know a damn thing about this. It’s apparently about a nerdy Viking, which is such an absurd concept that it makes the whole movie a farce. Vikings don’t have nerds. At the first sign of nearsightedness or fan fiction, we take the kid out behind the fjord and club him to death with a rock. We certainly don’t let him train dragons, as the protagonist of this kids book turned movie gets up to. F minus for historical accuracy, see me after class, How To Train Your Dragon. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill and more.
Close-Up – Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is one of my favorites in my intellectual moments, and this new flick looks pretty swee – from 1990, it takes a true story (the tale of a printer’s assistant who impersonates a famous director) and expands upon it using both reality and fiction. If this is playing in your town, I’d recommend checking it out.
Waking Sleeping Beauty – In this day of CGI Silicon Valley computers and million-dollar budgets, it’s easy to forget that animation used to be done by teams of hard-working people in vast studios. This captivating documentary examines one of Disney’s most prolific and turbulent eras, from the company’s doldrums in the mid 80s to its resurgence in the 90s. Peeks at a young Tim Burton and other future stars are just the icing on the cake.