Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pathology (2008)

Number Rolled: 28
Movie Name/Year: Pathology (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Length: 94 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: MGM, Lakeshore Entertainment, Camelot Pictures
Executive Producer: Marc Bienstock, Phyllis Carlyle, Yan Fisher-Romanovsky, Eric Reid, David Rubin, Barrett Stuart
Director: Marc Scholermann
Writer: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Actors: Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Weston, Alyssa Milano, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth, John de Lancie, Mei Melancon, Keir O’Donnell, Buddy Lewis, Dan Callahan, Alan Blumenfeld, Anne Girard, Debbie Pollack

Dr. Ted Grey is living a charmed life. He’s engaged to a rich, smart, beautiful woman named Gwen. She’s given him the resources and connections that allow him to become an intern at the University Hospital in Philadelphia. Upon his arrival there, he learned that some of the other interns have formed a tightly knit group. He begins to wonder what their deal is.

This movie was awesome.

At some points I had a little trouble with the main character. Not Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Rocky Balboa, Dirty Deeds). Ventimiglia is a highly underrated actor. He could play an old man counting out pennies at CVS and I’d watch three hours of it. It’s more about the almost instantaneous character development that threw me. It was a little too fast for me to believe it. It may very well be an issue of strange editing.

There were also a couple of plot hole near the end. I found them forgivable because of the sheer creativity involved.

The reason the movie scored so highly with me, despite downfalls, was because I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen. Pathology was intense, morbid and just down-right amazing. It had that one thing that the best movies all have, it was uniquely entertaining.

Pathology is the best thriller I’ve seen in a while.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 40%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.2/5
Trust-the-Dice Score4.5/5

P.S. There’s a small scene about half-way through the credits.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

Number Rolled: 51
Movie Name/Year: Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Genre: Independent
Length: 89 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: Weinstein Company, Big Beach Films, Likely Story, Yuk Films
Executive Producer: Stefanie Azpiazu, John Hodges, Caroline Jaczko, Aleen Keshishian, Jesse Peretz
Director: Jesse Peretz
Writer: Jesse Peretz, Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall
Actors: Paul Rudd, Bob Stephenson, Elizabeth Banks, Peter Hermann, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, T.J. Miller, Shirley Knight, Matthew Mindler, Sterling K. Brown, Hugh Dancy, Lydia Haug, Janet Montgomery, Wrenn Schmidt

Ned is an idiot. He’s a farmer, selling his goods on the market. When an officer approaches him for marijuana, the easy answer is to say that he has none. Instead, Ned sells the uniformed officer some weed and is promptly arresting, setting off a chain of effects that affects everyone associated with him.

Our Idiot Brother was a cute movie.

Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man, Role Models, Knocked Up) is a decent actor with a good sense of comedic timing and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Zach and Miri Make a Porno, 30 Rock) is a goddess. Everyone else was pretty good, but not really all that memorable. I’m beginning to think I don’t really enjoy Zooey Deschanel’s (New Girl, (500) Days of Summer, Failure to Launch) brand of quirk either.

The story was decent and there were a great deal of laughs involves, but it still didn’t resonate with me as much as I wish it had. My favorite part of the movie was Willie Nelson (the dog) and he wasn’t in the movie as much as I would have liked.

I think that a lot of people would adore this movie, and with good reason. For myself, however, I found it relatively mediocre.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 52%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.5/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3/5

P.S. There are bloopers during the credits.

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