Totally Biased Monday Movie Mash-Up: Drive, Horrible Bosses, and More

Sometimes there’s nothing better than getting a big bowl of popcorn, popping in your favorite movie, and hopping on the couch to go along for the ride. Then again, sometimes there IS something better! I call it, acquiring the movie in a way we won’t discuss, and then viewing it on my nice, sleek, laptop. For those of you who don’t follow me, just read along.

I was recently given enough free time to sit down, and enjoy a couple films that I had been itching to sink my teeth into. So, here’s how this is going to work. I have written a small review for each of the four movies below, and they all vary slightly, whether it be genre, release date, etc. I try to give everybody a smorgasbord of options, so I hope you enjoy! If you’ve seen any of the movies, and would like to leave a comment below, giving readers a second opinion, feel more than free!

Note: Absolutely no major spoliers, and clicking on the movie title brings you to the iMDB official page, where the trailer is readily available!

"There are no clean getaways..."

Drive
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
Release Date: September 16th, 2011 [Theaters]

Drive, starring the ultra good looking, and equally good actor, Ryan Gosling, has you hooked from the very first scene. The film takes place in Los Angeles, where Gosling is a stunt driver for Hollywood movies, and on the side, a getaway driver. His creed is simple. He gives you five minutes inside, and more those five minutes, he’s your man. He’ll wait no matter what, but beyond that, he doesn’t get dirty. He doesn’t carry a gun, and as soon as you step out of the car, your on your own.

Gosling, known through the entire film as simply, “The Driver”, quickly falls for his neighbor, played by the beautiful Carey Mulligan. Of course, things could never go right, and Gosling ends up helping an odd friend out of a sticky situation.

I thought the movie was absolutely fantastic. The only flaw may be the slow start, but if you’re a fan of decent art, and film noir, you’ll be fine. What began as an indie film shown at the Cannes Film Festival, was quickly bid on by many major motion picture companies. Without a doubt in my mind, Drive was one of the best movies I’ve seen in 2011.

Final Grade: A-

I don't know why they would want to kill their bosses... ;)

Horrible Bosses
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Colin Farrell
Release Date: July 8th, 2011 [Theaters], October 11th, 2011 [DVD]

Basically every disgruntled workers dream, the two Jason’s, and Charlie Day play three fed-up workers who decide to revolt on their bosses, and, well, kill them. The bosses? Aniston, Spacey, and Farrell. I thought the trailer was very well done, and the movie looked hilarious. Aniston is a dentist, and her assistant is Day. The reason he wants her dead? He’s engaged, and Aniston hits on him too much. Umm… Ok. Kevin Spacey plays your usual D-bag boss, who hangs a promotion in front of Sudeikis’ face, only to snatch it for, umm, himself. Farrell is a cracked out psychopath who gets his fathers company handed to him, and forces Bateman to fire the fat chicks.

Some of the jokes were a hit, but way too many of them missed, or simply were over acted. I’m convinced you could pluck anyone out of a talented acting studio, and they could have out acted Charlie Day nine times out of ten. If it’s used as some background noise when your drinking some beers with the buds, and it might catch on, but as a sit down flick with the girl? Forget it.

Final Grade: C+

Trying to figure out who I looked at more... Judd or Dempsey... Just kidding. Dempsey, obviously.

Flypaper
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd
Release: January 28th, 2011 [Theater]

Directed by Rob Minkoff, the co-director of the Lion King, and written by the same cast that created the characters from the Hangover, “Flypaper” instantly caught my eye. The movie stars Patrick Dempsey, aka, Dr. McDreamy, as he is caught in the middle of a bank heist… well, multiple ones. The teller, Ashley Judd, becomes his love interest, as they try and convince the two heist teams to work together, one taking the vault, the other taking the ATM’s. The movie, billed a comedic-mystery, does a good job of living up to it.

The movie keeps a very funny, and light mood, even while people are getting killed, torched, or blown up. Aside from the comedy aspect, the mystery plot is an excellent choice. Through all the laughs, you’ll find yourself really trying to solve the crime before the credits are rolling.Trust me, the last five minutes definitely have you on the edge of your seat.

Dempsey really surprised me as well. His role was a tough one, as he played a supersmart business man, who honestly seemed like he a really slight case of aspergers, as he is great with numbers, but not so much on picking up social cues. Through all this, Dempsey acted the role to perfection. The movie could have been more in depth, but was still a solid flick and it surprised me, as my expectations weren’t that high. No idea on a DVD date, if it will even get one, as the movie began as an indie film, but keep your eyes open!

Final Grade: B-

ANNNNND that about sums it up...

A Football Life: NFL Documentaries
Starring: Bill Belichick, Reggie White + Jerome Brown, Kurt Warner, etc.
Release Date: Mid September – Present [Every Thursday], on the NFL Network

Alright, a bit of a cheat here, but it’s definitely called for. For any sports fan, or even just a fan of fantastic, and compelling documentaries, this series is right up your alley. It is built around conversations, interviews, and footage, with those who know the subject best, and in some situations, even the front man himself. The series opened with an in-depth look at the life of Bill Belichick. Clearly, they came out guns a blazing, as I doubt any of the films that will follow it are as good, but I digress. Darth Bill was mic’d for an entire season, 2008, and filmed for hours on end. The result? A tell all look at the greatest coach in NFL history, bar none. The next in the series, the tale of Reggie White and Jerome Brown, and how their lives were cut short due to tragedy, is a tear jerker to say the least. Kurt Warner, Walter Payton, Mike Ditka, Tom Landry, and even Ed Sabol, the man who invented the concept of NFL Films, have their stories told on “A Football Life…”. If you can find any way to get your hands on the set, when it is completed, and sent out on DVD [at least, it better be], than do so. It’s the closest thing you’re going to find to rival ESPN’s critically acclaimed 30 for 30 series.

Final Grade: B+ 

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I hope you all enjoyed reading about some of the latest movie news, and if there’s anything you’d like reviewed in the future, please be sure to let Justin or I know. Also, for all you movie buffs, “J. Edgar”, Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest film, directed by none other than Clint Eastwood, is being released this Wednesday, November 9th, to theaters world wide. A must see, to put it in simplest terms.

Look out for Monday’s in the future, as there will certainly be more flicks, dissected, ripped apart, praised, and most importantly, completely victimized by blatant bias. And I love it.

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