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September 1, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

As far as kids’ movies go, these are pretty dang funny. This isn’t near as good as the original, but it’s still pretty clever and funny. There are obviously quite a few cheesy parts here and there, but the cast is perfect, and I laughed pretty consistently throughout.  If you liked the first one, you’ll like this one, too. And if you didn’t see the first one, you should check it out.

Project Nim

This is a documentary I saw at Sidewalk about a chimp who was raised by humans as if he was one of their own. Poor Nim is carted here and there and some pretty nasty things are done to him. It’s really quite a depressing story, though very well documented and told. And, luckily, all ends well. Oh, and it was directed by the guy behind Man on Wire. Definitely worth checking out if you ever get the chance.

The Robber

This was a very interesting (based on a true) story. It’s about a guy who goes to prison, trains for marathons while in prison, and then gets out and starts racing, and winning. Oh, and he keeps robbing banks. My only real complaint about this movie is that it’s rather slow at times. It is in German, so there were subtitles, but I heard there might be an American remake soon, which I’d be interested to see. It was a very well told story, focusing more on character and relationships than action. Which could be good or bad, I guess. There were definitely some good actions scenes, though. It’s pretty hard to believe that something like this is true. Check it out if you get the chance.

The Chatechism Chataclysm

This movie was weird. And hilarious. And then more weird. It stars Steve Little, also known as Stevie from Eastbound & Down, as Father William, a young priest who’s not so good at his job, so his boss asks him to take a little vacation. I won’t get too into it, but William finds and old “friend” to go canoeing with him, and it just gets crazy. It really is a hilarious movie. I was laughing out loud through most of it. But it is also really, really weird. As in, most people wouldn’t like this weird. But I liked it.


This was the last film I caught at Sidewalk, and it was definitely my favorite. It’s about Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, thought by some (most?) to be the greatest race car driver of all-time. I’ve never been a racing fan, but after seeing this movie, I could definitely get into Formula One racing. It’s much more exciting than the Alabama round-and-round style. A big chunk of this movie deals with the rivalry of Senna and Alain Prost. It was very good guy/bad guy, somewhat reminiscent of The King of Kong. One guy has the talent, one guy knows the politics. It’s a very exciting movie, with a ton of footage of the actual races, a lot of which is from inside Senna’s car. This is a movie I think pretty much anyone could get into.

Everything Must Go

I loved this movie. It’s very atypical Ferrell, and I think he nails it. Sheena said it was too slow for her, but I thought the pace was just right. It’s a very character driven story. The kid in the movie, who I just read is the son of late rapper Notorious B.I.G., was perfect. There are quite a few really funny moments, but it’s mainly pretty serious and somewhat depressing. It’s good, though. You should see it.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott Fleming permalink
    September 20, 2011 9:23 pm

    I look forward to seeing Everything Must Go primarily because I keep reading that it isn’t typical Will Ferrell material. That’s music to my ears, especially since Stranger Than Fiction remains my favorite of his films.

  2. September 20, 2011 9:25 pm

    It’s most definitely far more on par with Stranger Than Fiction than anything else he’s done. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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