Sarah

#7 – Eagle Eye
# 8 – Then She Found Me
#9 – Kit Kittridge: An American Girl
#10 – Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day

I’ll spare you a repeat of the basic facts from yesterday.

Why did this movie make my top ten?
This is the kind of action movie I like. The movie starts up with action at the beginning and never lets up, only slows down at times to let you catch your breath. You’re placed in the same position as the main characters for the first half of the movie – you have no idea what’s going on, why it’s happening, or who is doing it to them. It’s very frightening, but after Jerry gets arrested, you realize that what’s is happening is very real and deadly serious. While the acting isn’t something stellar, it is important to note (like Jason did yesterday) that for once, LaBeouf is playing an adult character – not the smart alecky but adorable teen he’s usually cast as. Here, it is all out action. And he makes the transition seamlessly. Unfortunately for us, his next big film will probably be Transformers 2, where he’ll be back in his type cast role again. Rosario Dawson also makes a play to be taken seriously as an adult actress, instead of a bad-ass sex symbol. I have to say, she doesn’t succeed quite as well as LaBeouf does.

The other thing I appreciated about this film was how clean it was. While it was tense throughout the movie and probably shouldn’t be shown to younger kids because of how scary some parts are, there was no out and out bloody violence. There were no headshots, limbs being blown off, guns blazing. The only disturbingly violent part is a brief shot of a man being electrocuted to death (which is still kind of icky). There isn’t a whole lot of language and there are zero sex scenes – which is impressive. Usually Hollywood will try and throw at least one of those in there…because they can.

Overall, this is action distilled down to its very purest form – action, action, and more action. It’s not a movie trying to prove a point, unless it’s that we rely way too much on technology (you already knew that, didn’t you?) There is no old dog character trying to regain the glory days. There’s no good cop, bad cop. It’s just a plain old action flick that does everything right.

Favorite scene: The Phantom flying down the Jersey tunnel.

Jason

#7 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
#8 – Eagle Eye
#9 – Kung Fu Panda
#10 – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Tagline: The Ultimate Romantic Disaster Movie
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Written by: Jason Segel
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand
Music by: Lyle Workman
Release Date: April 18, 2008
Rated: R for sexual content, language and Jason Segel in his birthday suit
Synopsis: Peter has spent five years doting on the arm of his
superstar girlfriend, Sarah Marshall. She’s a television start of a
certain tv show about a crime scene investigation team, while he’s the
soundtrack composer for the hit show, working on his pet project on
the side. Life seems to be going great. And he gets dumped.

Determined to try and move on, Peter decides to take a vacation to the
gorgeous Turtle Bay resort in Hawaii. Unfortunately, Sarah Marshall is
there too, with her brand new rock star boyfriend. Hilarity,
awkwardness, and life lessons ensue.
Why it made my top ten: It’s hilarious, full of heart, and has a rock
opera about Dracula. Performed with puppets. This, alone, was enough
to guarantee it a spot in the top ten, but “Forgetting” does so many
things right that it easily deserves to be elevated above the other
vulgar shock comedies that it often gets grouped with. For once, the
vulgarity isn’t the point, nor the primary source of humor – the
laughs stem from truly funny sequences, with emotions that most anyone
can relate to.

And yes, Jason Segel bares it all. However, the infamous Jason Segel
nude scenes are included to drive home an important emotional beat –
and, props to Segel for being willing to show it all onscreen,
non-movie star body shape and all. Those who have followed his work on
Freaks and Geeks and How I Met Your Mother know how great he is in
ensemble work, but he’s truly great in this film as well. He easily
carries the movie, despite it being his first “starring” role.

Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, and Mila Kunis also do fantastic work.
Kristen Bell shows that she’s ready to tear up the big screen if she’s
given the right material (*cough cough* VERONICA MARS MOVIE
PLEASE*cough cough*), Russell Brand easily amuses (even though I don’t
think it’s too far from his real life persona), and Mila Kunis shows
that she’s able to be so much more than just “the mean girl from That
70s Show.”

It’s heartwarming, awkward, hilarious, features fantastic work by a
stellar cast, and it has a rock opera about Dracula. Performed by
puppets. You can’t go wrong.

Favorite scene: The final musical number, closely followed by any
scene with Bill Hader.

Oscar Chances: No Oscar category for comedy. Which is kinda stupid.

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