By George Rose
June 23, 2009
For those of you who haven't been following the Take Five articles, this past weekend was my brother's wedding. He's Greek and he married a Greek girl. The chances were small that such a union would take place while in the melting pot of America but fate stepped in and made sure it happened. For those of you who don't follow this article regularly, you also don't know that I am an avid midnight-movie-goer. The greatest thing about the summer movie season is that they show all the new releases the day before they come out at midnight. I pride myself on going to these shows so that I can help spread the word (good or bad) all opening weekend long. Needless to say, I will be at the midnight showing of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
On rare occasion, I am convinced not to go to a midnight show. These reasons might include a) someone makes me promise to wait until Friday or Saturday so I can see it with them or b) the only new releases are Imagine That and Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. I saw nothing that weekend for obvious reasons. Because my brother's wedding was this weekend, I had no choice but to go to a midnight movie on Thursday, for fear I might not see a film until Monday. That just can't happen!
This weekend we were offered Year One and The Proposal. Both looked only moderately funny but I'm a fan of all the stars involved in both pictures. With regards to Year One, Jack Black and Michael Cera are funny men, though they usually do better when cast aside others instead of headlining their own feature. While the concept of a prehistoric comedy could have been hilarious, the movie looked like the stars dressed as cavemen, acting and talking the way they would in an interview. Cera looks just like George Michael from Arrested Development, Superbad and Juno. Black looks like the chubby funny guy. Funny, but lacking any sense of originality.
As for The Proposal, I love both Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. Reynolds rarely disappoints as an actor, even if the films he chooses aren't of the highest quality. I enjoyed him thoroughly in Just Friends and Definitely, Maybe (one of my past Take Five picks), and while I loathed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he was still tolerable as Deadpool. Bullock, on the other hand, is one of my favorite leading ladies. She is quite funny, charming, and yes, even sexy. With the help of some botox, she looks young enough to be paired with Reynolds and the chemistry seemed perfect in the trailers.
I had planned to see Year One at midnight on Thursday, assuming I would be going with one of my buddies and knowing he would prefer the comedy geared towards younger men. Instead, he decided to pass on the laughs so he could hang out with a lady friend (can you blame him?). He said I could hang out with them if I wanted but, much to his shock and confusion, I am a fan of going to the movies alone. It's not a baseball game, people, it's a movie! You aren't supposed to talk during it so what does it matter if you go alone or with a group of 20 people? Like I said above, if someone can promise me they will go with me on Friday or Saturday, I will wait. However, my brother got married and it was either see a movie alone on Thursday or wait until Monday. The choice was simple.