Monday, January 23, 2006

Movie Night with MM

Saturday Little Man and I hung out with MM at his house. MM slept late on Saturday morning, so Little Man played video games and I finished reading Loving the Highlander by Janet Chapman.

When MM finally woke up, he offered to grill burgers for us. LM and I quickly agreed. I asked MM if he wanted me to get the ground beef out of the freezer and defrost it while he took a shower. He said no, he'd get some at the store because he needed other things, too. I shrugged and said whatever. But instead of buying ground beef and making his own patties, he bought those nasty pre-made ones from the frozen section. *shudder* They were alright, but I think the homemade ones would have been much better.

After we had lunch, we played Disney Uno for awhile and then MM decided he wanted to go hiking. I said I didn't want to because it was too cold, so he and Little Man headed out. While they were gone, I finished the lunch dishes and then went to Blockbuster to rent movies.

I called Sweet Angel on my way to the video store, because I was a little freaked out that LM and MM had gone off alone. Not that I didn't trust MM with my baby, but it was the first time they'd ever spent any time alone together and it made things seem a little more serious between us. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it, but I'm over it for now.

SA told me she was having a dilema of her own. She was supposed to be going to see a movie with Joey, but he'd invited the Porn King to go with and she didn't want to go with the two of them. I told her to stay home, so she did. It made me feel better to listen to her...So thanks, Sweets, you're the best...;)

Anyway, I rented Red Eye, Wedding Crashers and The 40 Year Old Virgin. When MM and LM got back, I set LM up with kids DVD in the spare bedroom and then MM and I settled down to watch our movies.

He chose to watch 40YOV first and holy crap, that movie was hillarious! I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a long time. It totally cracked me up!

One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring Daily Show regular Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a cheerfully geeky guy who is settling into middle age with his large collection of comic books, action figures, and collectable models. Andy works in the billing department of a big-box electronics store, and seems reasonably happy with his life. However, one day his friends and co-workers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), and Cal (Seth Rogen) discover that Andy has a secret -- due to his rather severe jitters around women, Andy is still a virgin. Andy's pals are appalled at this state of affairs, and set out to find a woman who'd be willing to get horizontal with him. After a number of disastrous dates, everyone thinks Andy has finally struck gold when he meets Trish (Catherine Keener), an attractive single mother who takes an immediate liking to him. What the other guys don't know is that Trish has just gotten out of a bad relationship, and has informed Andy she isn't ready to be intimate with him just yet. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was the first feature film directed by Judd Apatow, who previously served as a writer and producer for the well-regarded television shows Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and The Larry Sanders Show. Mark Deming

Next we watched Red Eye. I love Rachel McAdams after seeing her in The Notebook and I thought the plot of this movie seemed really good, but I somehow forgot about it until I saw it at the video store. I rented it on impulse (and a little push from Sweet Angel) and am so very glad I did. It was great! Thrilling, action-packed and chilling. The perfect combination for a suspense-thriller.

Following up on her comedic triumph in Wedding Crashers, the versatile Rachel McAdams makes her thriller debut in this gripping opus directed by veteran shudder film specialist Wes Craven. She plays Lisa Reisert, the resourceful customer service manager of a large hotel catering to government officials as well as visiting tourists. While flying home to vacation with her dad (Brian Cox), Lisa is essentially kidnapped onboard the plane by a fellow passenger who calls himself Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy, the creepy Scarecrow in Batman Begins). He's working for an unnamed terrorist group that aims to assassinate a Homeland Security bigwig who's about to check into Lisa's hotel, and he orders her to help facilitate the hit or lose her dad to a shooter lurking outside the Reisert home. It's a simple premise, but Craven develops it skillfully, without extraneous characters or time-wasting subplots. Once the basic situation is established, our attention is riveted on Lisa's plight: Trapped in an airplane with an admitted killer sitting next to her, can she possibly foil his plan without risking either her life or her father's? It's a tour de force for McAdams, who makes Lisa totally believable within the confines of a narrowly defined character. Murphy, too, is excellent, conveying oily charm and quiet menace with seeming effortlessness. Red Eye isn't a lengthy or complex thriller; it sustains suspense with constant forward motion, progressing seamlessly from one plot point to the next, and without a single superfluous scene. It's not unlike the very best B-movies of Hollywood's Golden Age, which told their formula-bound stories concisely. It's the best film Craven has directed in years. Ed Hulse

Finally we watched Wedding Crashers. I didn't even realize that Rachel McAdams was in this film as well. She played a great part in both movies, though. While I found WC funny, I think 40YOV was much better. It lacked a lot of the dry-humor of 40 and didn't have near as many laugh-out-loud scenes.

Wilson and Vaughn are John and Jeremy, respectively, two committed 30-something bachelors who spend their summer weekends lying their way into strangers� weddings. Their goal is bedding bridesmaids, and they are very good at it. We see John and Jeremy score repeatedly at every manner of nuptials, no matter whether the principals are WASPs, Orthodox Jews, or Hindus. This first third of the movie, which climaxes (ahem) with a montage set to "Shout." the Isley Brothers' perennial reception favorite, may be the most riotously funny 40 minutes of the decade. The film takes a turn when John and Jeremy crash the wedding of U.S. Treasury Secretary William Cleary�s daughter and fall for the bride's two unwed sisters. John becomes smitten with Claire (Rachel McAdams, 2005's It Girl), who is seeing an Ivy League thug (Bradley Cooper), while Jeremy sets his sights on Gloria (Isla Fisher), who may be totally nuts. Of course, since Christopher Walken plays Secretary Cleary, this should come as no surprise -- but Walken plays it as straight as any role he has had for the past 20 years. Things get more complicated than an episode of Three's Company when John and Jeremy are invited to spend a weekend at the Clearys' summer home, where they must survive the most violent game of touch football ever played and contend with the advances of Secretary Cleary's wife (Jane Seymour) and art-damaged son (Keir O'Donnell). Uninhibited by the constraints of a PG-13 rating, Wedding Crashers plays it loose and bawdy, recalling the anarchic spirit of '70s comedies like Animal House and Caddyshack. The film loses its early edge near the end, but Wilson and Vaughn remain charming throughout, easily carrying the film over its inevitable "speak now or forever hold your peace" threshold. Bill Pearis

Toward the end, Vaughn and Wilson are in a church attending a wedding and McAdams' fiance comes at Wilson like he's going to punch him. Vaughn steps in front of Wilson and punches the fiance in the face. I thought the scene was funny, but even funnier was MM's reaction. He cheered out loud. Literally screamed "YESSSSS" at the top of his lungs, clapped his hands and then rubbed them together. He cheered so loud that he woke up LM. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. I said, "Did you just CHEER?? I thought only girls cheered at parts like that?" hehehe It was great.

Anyway, all in all we had a great Saturday. The movies were wonderful and LM really soaked up the male attention...


So did I, for that matter.


Grace said...

LMAO! Sounds like you had an awesome weekend Holly! You just can't go wrong with movie nights huh? *grin*

And awww about MM and LM going on a hike together! Dude, that's SO cute! I'm loving it! :D

Isabel said...

I love the 40 Year Old Virgin! OMG! I bought the movie the day after we rented it.

And thanks for calling. I was going to be guilted into the movies with the two of them and I honestly didn't feel like watching Underworld.

Dylan said...

LOVE the 40YOV, that movie friggin' rocks my socks! I bought it the day it came out and love it still!

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