September 21, 2005

Movie Reviews

This week in movies:

Best In Show

This is a "mockumentary" about the people who compete in dog shows. The humor is dark and dry at times, which I love, and loaded with snark. The cameras follow:

The gay couple with their shitzu, the backwoods boy with his bloodhound, the high stress, keeping up with the Jonses, type A personalities with their weinmarner, the rich bitch and her lesbian handler with their dog who has won Best In Show the two previous years and the in debt mid western suburban couple whose life revolves around their dog so much, they make up songs and sing them at backyard bbqs for their friends.

If you enjoy observing people in your spare time and you like dark, twisted humor, you will greatly enjoy this movie. Thumbs up.

Raising Helen

A top modeling agency assistant has her life all mapped out and just how she likes it when her sister and brother in law die in a bad car accident leaving behind three kids. The dead sister decides to give the kids to the assistant instead of the other sister, a stay at home mom with much more experience, and now the assistant's life is turned upside down. Everything she has known before changes but she does learn very valuable lessons along the way.

This is another chic flick and will definitely not interest the guys. It may not interest many girls either as it's one of those movies you might end up watching on cable if nothing else is on or you are too lazy to change the channel but once again, it's a pretty predictable movie. The only reason I rented it is because it has Joan Cusack in it and I like her but it was nothing spectacular. Thumbs down.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Yet again a movie I have seen a couple thousand times and I love it more every time I watch it. This movie is outstanding. Kathy Bates, a bored housewife, finds a new friend at the hospital she and her husband visit for a sick relative. The new friend shares stories with Kathy about the lives of two girls, Idgie and Ruth, who end up being best friends and run a diner in a small town which specializes in serving fried green tomatoes. From these stories, Kathy finds the inspiration, strength and power within to start making changes to her own life. Obviously a chic flick and it is excellent. Thumbs Up.

That's it for this week. Till next time, keep the popcorn hot and the butter melted.

Posted by S. Faolan Wolf at September 21, 2005 12:40 PM | TrackBack

I love Fried Green Tomatoes. Although it has the required lesbian undercurrents that EVERY male author/screenwriter seems obliged to put in EVERY story they write, the movie is excellent and timeless.

Although I seem to recall the original book was written by a female?

Posted by: D Bunny at September 21, 2005 03:08 PM

I love Best in Show. Those actors are great together... Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman, etc...

Posted by: JJ at September 22, 2005 12:06 AM

Chick flick...! Kryptonite...!!

Posted by: Maine at September 22, 2005 08:50 AM

Read the book "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" I had to just a few months ago. I thought it would be boring and painful and was so shocked at how good it was, it became my favorite book. WAY better than the movie.

Posted by: Sailgirl at September 22, 2005 07:05 PM

FGT might be a chick flick, but it's a good movie, period. Want some barbeque? Real good today.

Posted by: Jeffro at September 22, 2005 07:47 PM
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