Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

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#13 Definitely, Maybe

Posted by Dan on December 20, 2008

maybeposter1I know that any last shred of credibility has probably now flown out the window at the mere reading of this title, but please bare with me faithful reader, it’s worth it in the end.

I probably should’ve given up on the romantic-comedy thing after watching Elizabethtown, which was fucking woeful. But you know, as much as I wouldn’t normally like to admit it in public, I still have a soft spot for a good romantic comedy. I did say good romantic comedy. There are some shockers, trust me. Apparently “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit”, but generally, you can replace the word “sarcasm” with “romantic comedy” and replace “wit” with “film making”. It’s such a terrible cookie-cutter of a plot-line that it’s easy to dismiss it entirely.  While you can pretty much write off anything with Meg Ryan in it, every now and again, on a very rare occasion, a genuinely enjoyable romantic comedy comes along.

Definitely, Maybe is a movie that surrounds the tale of boy-meets-girl which starts after Wil Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) picks up his daughter Maya (Abigail “Little Miss Sunshine” Breslin) to find commotion at the school after the kids were taught some rather graphic and brutal sex education classes. Maya’s a naturally inquisitive girl, and eventually the questions turned to the typical “how did you and mummy meet?”. The story it tells, however, is anything but typical. Wil then tells the story to Maya, but changes the names along the way of his story of growing up and the 3 main relationships in his life, leading Maya to try and guess which one is her real mother.

I know it sounds really cheesey, and I guess in a way, it sort of is – but the cheese isn’t laid on thick. But it’s a nice story that’s told really well, and there are a lot of genuinely funny moments. I think the reason why I enjoyed this movie so much is because I wasn’t expecting to. It’s a very sweet story told lovingly by writer and director Adam Brooks, who’s previously brought us Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, Wimbeldon and French Kiss. Fortunately though, this movie is far more enjoyable than anything else that Brooks has done before. Whether or not you’re a girl or a guy or whether or not you love or hate romantic comedy movies, if you’re looking for a nice feel-good movie about love lost, then won then lost again, this is the perfect one.

I give Definitely Maybe 4 pelvic thrusts out of 5.

Will: I had two serious girlfriends… and then some other smattering of other women.
Maya: What’s the boy word for ‘slut’?
Will: They still haven’t come up with one yet. But I’m sure they’re working on it.

PS
Charm, if you’re reading this, I know you’re going to want to comment, and I know what you’re going to say. Don’t bother, because I’ll never approve the comment.

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#3 Elizabethtown

Posted by Dan on December 6, 2008

Okay, so last night I wanted to get through another movie on the list, but at the same time, I wasn’t really in the mood to invest 2 hours in a movie, so I wanted something as non-committal as possible. This movie is one of Charm’s favourites, so I thought I’d watch it and see what the fuss is all about.

Elizabethtown is quite possibly one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. If someone held a gun to my head and said that I had to watch Plan 9 From Outer Space or Elizabethtown again or else he’d kill me, I’d have to seriously weigh up the pros and cons of each option.

Quite ironic is one of the first lines in the movie:

There’s a diffrence between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is merely the absence of success. Any fool can achieve failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of epic propotions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to other’s to make other people feel more alive because it didn’t happen to them.

touche, Cameron Crowe, touche.

I fell asleep at several points in this movie. There wasn’t really a single thing I liked about this movie. I can’t stand Orlando Bloom as an actor (I’m still convinced that he was actually born a woman), and I can’t stand Snaggletooth – both ugly and untalented. How is she still getting work?

I didn’t like it for the main reason that I found the entire movie and everything in it to be unbelievable. There’s no way that shit like that would happen, and that the people around those events would react in those ways. I’m calling shenanigans on that entire movie

I give it zero stars.

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