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September 19, 2011


Cedar Rapids

Meh. That’s about all it gets from me. There were some funny parts, but for the most part it was pretty bland. There are a lot of better movies to spend your time watching. See below.
D


Attack the Block

This movie was awesome. It felt like the kids from Stand By Me turned British and then had to fight aliens. If that doesn’t sound awesome to you then a) what’s wrong with you? and b) don’t see this. But if it does sound awesome to you, like it should, then see it. And love it.
A


For The Bible Tells Me So

This is a documentary about Christianity and homosexuality. It mainly follows the story of 5 families that are very religious who have a child “come out of the closet.” It’s a real and meaningful film, and I’d recommend everyone see it, regardless of what you believe. It’ll definitely make you think. I loved it.
A


Red State

This was very interesting to watch after the above documentary. It’s about a Westboro Baptist Church-style congregation that kidnaps some teenagers to kill them because of their sins, essentially. It definitely wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. It ends up being more of a Waco-style standoff for a big chunk of the movie, but it was still pretty interesting.
C


Contagion

Friday night Sheena and I had a date night. After some delicious salads at Urban Cookhouse, we headed over to the super awesome Edge theater. Free popcorn night! She wanted to see The Help. I wanted to see Drive. We compromised and saw Contagion. I won’t say it was a bad movie, it just wasn’t great. At least not as great as I’d hoped. The pace was slow, and there were way too many stories being told for you to truly care about any of the characters. That’s straight from Sheena’s mouth, and she was spot on. It wasn’t a waste of time, but it was great.
C

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott Fleming permalink
    September 20, 2011 7:40 pm

    Cedar Rapids is awful. Ed Helms will likely always make me laugh at some point in a movie, but that alone won’t redeem a bad film. Sure, John C. Reilly has arguably one of the funniest faces in Hollywood; however, his migration toward roles as a numbskull (Talladega Nights, Walk Hard, Step Brothers) places him before a larger audience than does his better, more dramatic, work. And that saddens me.

  2. Scott Fleming permalink
    September 20, 2011 7:49 pm

    For the Bible Tells Me So, among a handful of documentaries to address the subject, may be the most compelling treatment of the often problematic intersection of Christianity and homosexuality within the American family. No matter the views one has on the issues, all can benefit from watching this film.

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