Some short movie notes

So, Netflix is gonna stop selling used movies now?  Why’s that?  Anyway, get your $6 cheap-as-free movies from Netflix while you can (until Nov. 30).  I will probably be getting Anchorman, Borat, There Will Be Blood, The Lives of Others, The Squid and the Whale, The Weatherman, and The Savages while I can.

The Rage in Placid Lake

Really, there isn’t much “rage”, nor is there a lake.  The main character, Placid Lake, is a seventeen year old with hippie parents.  Placid gets picked on in school by a group of bullies and so decides to change his life.  Much to the chagrin of his parents, Placid decides to get a conventional job and try to move up the corporate ladder.  This twist on the hippie kid/conservatives parents dynamic was pretty funny and I didn’t think that it got old throughout the film, despite how often it was used.  This is a fantastic offbeat Australian comedy that anyone who likes indie comedies should probably watch.

Wet Hot American Summer

I hadn’t really heard anything about this film before watching it, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I basically chose to watch it based on David Hyde Pierce’s absurd mustache and the fact that I like Paul Rudd.  Wet Hot American Summer pokes fun at summer camp films – I can’t name any off the top of my head, but for some reason the genre is familiar.  I needn’t describe the plot at all because it merely serves to poke fun at this genre of movies and drive the movie from gag to gag.  At first I didn’t realize how absurd it was exactly.  At least not until the gang hitches a ride into town, gets addicted to heroin, and arrives back to camp in perfect condition in the span of an hour.  The film is filled with semi-famous and entirely-recognizable people such as Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks (who seems to be in every movie I want to see right now), Judah Friedlander, and H. Jon Benjamin.  It’s not a “good” movie and is extremely uneven, but it was definitely funny.

Arbitrary song of the day: Bloc Party – She’s Hearing Voices


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