Pygmy Reviews #19 – Movies

Chapter 27 (2007)

One Line Description: The creepy story about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the murder of John Lennon

Jared Leto stars as Chapman and loaded on a serious amount of weight to do it. He significantly accomplishes the creepiness. This is a very dark movie, which makes sense when you consider the subject matter. Lindsay Lohan plays another Beatles fan who interacts with Chapman on numerous occasions. Supposedly the movie is pretty historically accurate, which helps. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot more to say about this one. It’s good, but there isn’t a lot to it. If this is a topic you were interested in this movie is worth your time.

Just Go With It (2011)

One Line Description: A deceptive doctor convinces his assistant to pose as his ex-wife in order to woo the girl of his dreams.

Adam Sandler is on a really bad run. With the exception of 2009’s Funny People he has put together a pretty bad string of movies as of late. It’s clear at this point that his movies at very hit or miss and this one is no exception. Jennifer Aniston plays his assistant, and is OK, but she isn’t good enough to carry this type of movie. Brooklyn Decker plays the young love interest in her film debut, and sorry to say it, but she’s terrible. This was one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time, and is not worth a minute of your time, let alone the 2 hours of time this one runs.

Little Fockers (2010)

One Line Description: The third movie in the Meet the Parents series, finds Greg and Jack still trying to get along.

This movie really isn’t about the kids in the Focker family. It’s just another battle between Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro’s characters, and it’s a huge turd. The first two movies in these series were solid, but this one is terrible and hard to watch. Perhaps there were a couple of funny moments but overall it was trash. Stay far away from this one.

Taxi Driver (1976)

One Line Description: A crazy New York cabbie fights the establishment and tries to save a teenage prostitute.

Probably the oldest movie on Martin Scorsese’s filmography that most people are familiar with, thanks to four Oscar nominations, including De Niro’s second nomination and 12-year old Jodie Foster’s first. De Niro is crazy in this one, like many of his early movies I suppose. He is scary and believable throughout, and at times really commands the screen. Cybill Shepherd plays his love interest, and like many naïve people of my generation, only know here from her mid ‘90s sitcom. She is pretty smoking in this one. Harvey Keitel, Albert Brooks and Peter Boyle also have supporting roles.

Foster steals the screen as a 16 year old prostitute that De Niro is trying to save. I can understand why she got the Oscar nomination, but she doesn’t have a ton of screen time. The movie is really good, and I really didn’t know where it was going at any point, which kept me into it the whole way. It didn’t win any Oscar’s, thanks mostly to a really good list of competitors (Rocky, All the President’s Men, Network). But this one is worth your time, especially if you like De Niro or Scorsese.

Project X (2012)

One Line Description: Three kids throw an epic party that spirals out of control.

Tagged as “from the producer of The Hangover I was led to believe this movie’s insanity/intensity was along the same lines. That’s far from the case. This movie was extremely disappointing and most of the crazy parts were the trailer, and those weren’t anything that extreme. I suppose it’s possible this movie is great if you are 131, but for someone in their twenties it was a bit of a miss. I think Superbad is a much better version of this movie. Don’t bother.

  1. Not that I would let a 13 year old kid of mine see it []