Tag Archives: Drama

You (2009)

This is around the time of year where movie theaters start releasing motion pictures that are a bit more on the serious side. It’s time for the dramatic and emotional (and I don’t mean that poorly manufactured romantic comedy emotional). But since I live in the middle of Texas in a cinematic cesspool the closest thing I’ll get to a drama this side of Christmas will be a movie about football. Therefore, it’s up to the indie scene and the power of Netflix instant to give me that dramatic fix until Oscar season rolls around. Continue reading You (2009)

Adventureland (2009)

Welcome to Adventureland, the film where the carnival isn’t a setpiece for the entire third act of your zombie film but a much more horrifying place where you have to deal with real people. The main attraction is the spinning disk that blends comedy and drama into some kind of mutant dramedy. And if you don’t like that flavor of centripetal force think of it as a crazy roller coaster of emotions, laugh and guys getting punched in the balls. Continue reading Adventureland (2009)

Lymelife (2009)

“The American Dream Sucks” according to the tagline of this movie and in order to make a dream that perfectly encapsulates just how much that dream sucks we are going to do our best to make something that sucks just as much as that dream. But whose dream is this? Who wants to life like these people? Are there people out there who want to live in suburbs with gossipy neighbors and creepy under-aged sluts? Is the American dream picket fences and modern housing? Do the rich even have dreams or know anything about being American? But I digress. I’m not here to argue about what the American dream. I’m here to explain to you why Lymelife is mess of a film. Continue reading Lymelife (2009)

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

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Rian Johnson proved with his directorial debut, Brick, that he can take a classical Hollywood era genre and create something, fresh and exciting while still maintaining what makes the genre great. And with The Brothers Bloom he’s done just that to the heist genre. It a summer littered with stale films Johnson has crafted one of the most creative and fun films of the decade. Continue reading The Brothers Bloom (2009)

Whip It (2009)

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So you’re going to make a movie about a young girl discovering her identity through obscure, violent sporting events? I’m there. For those of you who have not experienced the crazier side of American sports there’s a great little sport called roller derby. It’s like roller skating but with violence, because all good American sports need violence. Add in chicks with tight tank tops and tough attitude and you’ve got yourself a marketable film. Continue reading Whip It (2009)