Here are some movies I have watched, and my crappy review of them.

 

The Village Barbershop

(2008) starring John Ratzenberger, and Shelly Cole

Art Leroldi (Ratzenberger), the local barber, just lost his best friend and business partner. His wife left him long ago, so he is now alone. His neighbors are a bunch of out of control stoners that constantly irritate him with late night parties, and leaving loads of trash in his yard. His life is in a slump, and he is about to lose his business. His landlord doesn’t like him, and looks as though he would be happier if Art died instead of his partner. Things continue to spiral out of control until a newly pregnant stranger happens to answer an ad for a hair cutting position in Leroldi’s barbershop. He is kind of old fashion, and doesn’t want to hire the woman, because he thinks having a woman would complicate things. Art inadvertently hires the stranger during an argument with his landlord. They end up forming a friendship, and Gloria (Shelly Cole) eventually helps get the business, and his life, back on track.

This strangely looks like one of those cookie cutters happily ever after movies, but I still liked it. There are no “holy shit” moments, or even a lot of funny scenes. This is one of those life happens movies I love to watch over and over. If you are looking for extreme action, sex, and violence, this probably isn’t your movie. However, if you like those movies that play out as though you are watching someone’s life through a peephole, this might be a nice Friday night alone on the couch eating popcorn movie.

 

 

 

Super

(2010) starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

Frank D’Arbo (Rainn Wilson) is crushed when his trophy wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for the local drug dealer/scumbag (Kevin Bacon). He decides to do something exciting that might change his wife’s mind about his dull and boring life. He decides to become the Crimson Bolt! A super hero that could put a dent “litteraly” in local crime, and show his wife that he really is someone. He puts together a super hero costume complete with iron on patches, and adopts a pipe wrench as his trusty weapon. His motto is “Shut up crime!” While his crime fighting is getting off to a shaky start, he adopts a side kick (Ellen Page) who is looking for something more exciting than working as a clerk in a comic book shop. Together they try to make crime shut up.

I couldn’t wait for this movie to come out. There was some sort of pissing contest between the people who paid for, and produced this movie, so it almost wasn’t released. When I finally did get to see it, I was only somewhat impressed. The movie did have a lot of funny parts mainly thanks to Rainn Wilson, but I kind of got the feeling they ran out of steam half way through the movie, and had to scramble up enough material to expand what they had to feature length. I also didn’t like how Ellen page’s character ended up. She was funny at first, but then…meh at most.  I really tried to like this movie, but in the end, I can’t say that a movie is truly great just because of a few funny scenes. I think they should have put more into the second half of the movie to even out the comedy. I still thought Wilson’s character was hysterical, and could do well in future low budget super hero movies. Over all I thought it was ok, but sadly I don’t think I will be adding this one to my collection.

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