I saw two movies in theaters recently that were basically the same film told by different directors; Brooklyn and Krampus. They’ve both been the talk of indie movie town lately, so I thought I’d group them together into a quick little review.
Over the weekend I saw six movies’ worth of acting talent crammed into two movies, as the casting directors for Black Mass and Everest went a little nuts. I think the industry term is castlust. “Just one more guy, man, just let me cram one more B-list actor into this scene! I know a guy who can get you Adam Scott real cheap, man! Just let me stick him in the shot, man!”
Anyway, I’ll help you make the decision on which of these movies you should see, or if you should just go see the new Maze Runner movie, which I’ve been quoting from the commercials more than any movie I’ve actually seen in theaters lately. “YOU’LL NEVER SURVIVE ONE DAY IN THE SCORCH!” is a sentence my fiance is certainly sick of hearing me yell out of nowhere by now.
I haven’t been around these parts lately because I’ve been soaking in some sun in Florida on vacation for the last week or so. And of course, by soaking in some sun, I mean getting sunburnt badly while playing golf and then wearing laughable amounts of clothing layers at the swimming pool later. When you don’t go outside as much as I normally don’t go outside, it’s pretty easy to forget that sunscreen even exists.
Anyway, I saw two movies while continuing to forget about my real life problems back home, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Focus. Both of which were movies that I mostly forgot about hours later while beating my parents at Bocce ball. But I guess I could review them, or whatever. The movies, not the Bocce ball. My review of Bocce ball is that lazy old people sports are fantastic.
Premise: LIFE Magazine is about to publish its last print issue, and the photo they need to use for the cover is missing! Uh oh! The man whose job it is to manage photo negatives, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), now must go on a quest to find the photo by tracking the elusive photographer who sent it to him (played by Sean Penn). The problem is, Walter constantly goes into deep fantasy day dreams to escape his normal mundane life, and now he must actually experience that fantasy for real. Whoa, I just realized that this is basically like a live action feature film episode of the show Doug.