Pygmy Reviews #17 – Movies

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

One Line Description: A pizza delivery guy is taken hostage and forced to rob a bank with a bomb strapped to his chest.

Very funny movie, that gets a lot out of it’s stellar cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swarsdon. I had incredibly low expectations heading in, but this movie left me satisfied. The premise is ridiculous for the most part, but it’s executed well enough that it doesn’t seem that crazy when it’s all said and done. Fred Ward, Bianca Kajlich and Michael Pena add some solid supporting. Basically McBride wants to hire a hit man to kill his father (Ward) but needs the money for it, so he forces Eisenberg to rob a bank for him. Ansari’s over the top delivery is a perfect pairing for Eisenberg’s deadpan comedy. If you were interested in this one I think it’s can’t miss. It was definitely one of the better comedies I have seen recently.

Days of Thunder (1990)

One Line Description: The new hot shot stock car driver finally get’s his shot at the the big time.

Tony Scott directs. Tom Cruise stars. The movie is very late 80s/early 90s. I would like to know how NASCAR fans of the era feel about it. Calling it the Top Gun of race cars probably isn’t that far of a stretch. There are lots of intense scenes both on and off the track. I imagine this movie would have been very different with someone other than Cruise leading the way. I always wondered why no one ever mentioned it as a movie I needed to see, but after watching it I found out why. It’s good at best, and bad at worst. It wasn’t a bad movie really. But it just wasn’t anything special, and unless you are really short on things to see it’s probably not really worth the time.

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

One Line Description: A fish out of water lawyer defends his cousin in a small town in the South.

Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her performance as Joe Pesci’s girlfriend/assistant. Ralph Maccio plays Pesci’s cousin, who is incorrectly accused of murder. The movie is really solid and Pesci does great as an overmatched out of place lawyer who of course has to get creative to win the case. I honestly didn’t know much about this movie going into it other than the fact that it had Pesci and Tomei won an Oscar. It was good and definitely lived up to expectations. I would definitely watch it again.

Braveheart (1995)

One Line Description: A Scottish commoner leads a revolt against England in the 1200s.

Mel Gibson starred and directed in this Oscar winning film. Most likely Gibson’s apex, this movie somehow got past me all these years. Despite it basically being a Robin Hood-esque story, it just didn’t work for me. I have never been a Gibson fan and there isn’t anyone in the supporting cast here to win me over. This setting also never really did anything for me. So there was a lot competing against my personal tastes. There is also a big love story that helps this movie bump up against the three hour mark. Some of the action scenes are awesome, but as a whole this movie just didn’t do it for me. I am sure that puts me in the minority, but so be it.

Ted (2012)

One Line Description: A man must chose between his living, breathing teddy bear and his longtime girlfriend.

Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis (two of my favorites) start, with Seth MacFarlane writing, directing and voicing the bear. I had low expectations for this, but it was really funny. There would a handful of definitely laugh out loud moments, not to mention lots of things that were funny just because it was a teddy bear doing them. We talked about this on a podcast shortly after it came out but the fact that it jumped right into the love story instead of showing more early days of Wahlberg and Ted were a disappointment. They probably could have left the love story out and just shown a story about Wahlberg and the bear and it would have been a lot better. It was still good, and one I will watch again when it’s on TV. Definitely won’t disappoint if you had your eyes on it.