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Movies, Movies, Movies

My lack of funds have given me plenty of time to scour Netflix over the past few months and pick out a few gems.  Lemme know what you think.

 Into The Wild – I was totally set to despise this movie for no real reason whatsoever but Sean Penn kicked my ass.  This movie rocked!  A coming of age story about a college graduate who leaves everything he knows to traipse through the wilderness of Alaska.  This movie follows Chris McCandless (Hirsch) through his astounding journey and the life lessons he learns along the way.  Hirsch’s performance is reminiscent of Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson. 

Wristcutters: A Love Story – This one is a little bizarre.  I really don’t know how to explain it but the writers put a nice twist on the normal “boy meets girl” love story.  Set in a strange purgatory (that’s for you catholics) for victims of suicide, Zia (Patrick Fugit) looks for his “real world” girlfriend.  There are many strange happenings along the way that I can’t begin to describe.  Definitely worth a watch.

Things We Lost In The Fire – Get out your Kleenex box because this one is a tear jerker.  I was crying within 10 minutes of the opening credits.  Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro give outstanding performances while they try to get their lives together after the passing of husband and best friend, Brian Burke (David Duchovny).   

   

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Rugby Movie

Its tough to figure out.  Movie studios could be trying to cash into rugby like they tried to cash in the ultimate fighter phenomenom with that movie Never Back Down or with the poker craze and movies like Rounders or Deal.  Or it could be that they have made too many formulaic football movies and have to apply to same script to other sports.  Whatever the reason, I will probably watch Forever Strong.  Sean Astin probably took the role because he needs an excuse to wear short shorts again like in Rudy.  Worked once for his career, why not try it again.

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Edison

Yep, the first post from Africa is about a movie.  We were staying at a house that had a bunch of dvds and watched a horribly awful movie called “Edison.”  Its very surprising and at the same time not very surprising that no one has heard of it.  It stars Dylan McDermott, LL Cool J, Kevin Spacey, the dad from Home Alone, Morgan Freeman, and Justin Timberlake.  All decent actors except for the lead character, Justin Timberlake.  Also just ridiculus storyline of a swat team called FRAT, Timberlake as a journalist, and dylan McDermott as a badass.  If you like that sorta thing, see it.

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The King of Kong

COME ON STEVE WIEBE…..

I know that’s what I was yelling at the TV towards the end of my most recent Netflix-ed Documentary called “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”
I’m not sure how I stumbled onto this movie but I’m glad I did it is definitely worth a rent/watch. It’s simply about an underdog unemployed nobody from Washington who challenges the upper brass Nerds (capital N for a reason) of the competitive gaming world. This nobody, Steve Wiebe, decides after getting fired to challenge the twenty some year old record of Donkey Kong set by king of the Nerds, Billy Mitchell. In my eye’s it has a definite good guy vs. bad guy vibe that will make you, like it did me, wanna cheer Wiebe on to victory. (more…)

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