5-Word 365 #362 – Crazy, Stupid, Love

I find it a little weird that I’ve spent a lot of this past year decrying the state of the modern romantic comedy, only for two prime examples to show up right at the very end. Yesterday we had Kristen Wiig and her fellow Bridesmaids, and today it’s Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling out on the prowl. Who’da thunk it, huh?

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5-Word 365 #320 – Leap Year

I believe it was Einstein who defined insanity as carrying out the same action repeatedly and expecting a different result. On a entirely unrelated note, I’m still looking for a decent romantic comedy.

Leap Year

Top o’ the mornin’, begorrah!

Bostonian Anna Brady is keen to get engaged to Jeremy, her boyfriend of four years. After hearing from her father about an Irish tradition that a man cannot refuse a proposal from a woman on February 29th, Anna heads to Dublin to join Jeremy at a conference and ask him to take her up the aisle. Unfortunately, she gets a bit lost on the way, and ends up falling for the rugged charms of Declan, the innkeeper she hires to drive her across Ireland.

I think I’ll do this one as a list. I know it’s a bit of a cheat, but I really need to get some sleep.

The good:

  1. Amy Adams (as usual)
  2. Amy Adams’ contractually-obligated underwear shot (short but sweet)
  3. um…
  4. Ireland looks very pretty (well done, Newton Thomas Sigel)
  5. Adam Scott, as Jeremy, gives good smarmy git.
  6. They got the weather right.

Oops. Spoiler.

The bad:

  1. Matthew Goode’s “Irish” accent
  2. The sense of geography that puts a woman in Cork when she’s trying to get from Wales to Dublin (check a map if you can’t picture it)
  3. The distinct lack of comedy. Frankly, I expected better from the writers of Can’t Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats.
  4. The fact that John Lithgow only gets one scene.
  5. All the wonderful cultural stereotypes.
  6. Pretty much everything else.

One scene! It’s shameful, so it is.

And my insanity lumbers ever onwards.

5-Word 365 #248 – Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

To the two or three of you who may have been slightly perturbed at the brevity of yesterday’s column, I apologise. I was trying something a little different yesterday: having a life. There were steaks involved, as well as a saucy little Rioja and an Italian chocolate cake with creme fraiche and raspberry coulis, and several episodes of Buffy. Good times. Don’t worry, it won’t happen again.

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5-Word 365 #244 – Gnomeo and Juliet

Day 244. That means that it is once again Arbitrary Landmark Day! I am now precisely two thirds of the way through the year. With eight months gone, I only have to wait four more and then I can get some sleep. But in the mean time, join me as we explore a world rarely seen on the big screen. The world of garden gnomes singing Elton John songs…

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5-Word 365 #240 – Slackers

Are there any actors or actresses that you just don’t enjoy watching? Whose mere presence in a movie can be reason enough for you not to watch it? If there is one for me, it’s Jason Schwartzman. Nothing against him personally – I’m sure he’s a great guy – but the characters he plays are always so damned irritating that I just cannot bear to suffer through the experience. I’m trying to grow as a person, however, so I thought I’d give this one a try.

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