1. Date Night. I have been keeping up with all the hype these past few months by watching Youtube videos of filming in Times Square (so exciting! It would be a miracle dream to work on a movie set) and all the trailers, cutting out articles and pictures from magazines and posting them on my wall (this is scary when I hear wall I think Facebook, but I literally mean my bedroom wall), and other spots and interviews. And I cannot forget Tina Fey's hosting appearance on last weekend's SNL with Justin Bieber. After all of this prep work, I was definitely not disappointed after the movie. I almost cried laughing at parts; Steve Carell and Tina Fey are one of the best comedy couples ever made. Their humor feeds off of each other and only gets better as the movie progresses. Like any good comedy the plot droops at parts, but "Date Night" definitely coasts over these moments with more humor. I don't want to ruin any of the surprises, but I will say that the strip club scene is very impressive. As a team they work that pole like no one has seen before. Lastly, the bloopers round out the movie with a few last laughs.
This film definitely is a must-see for an easy and laughable night at the movies!
2. Greenberg. I was not too thrilled by spending the first half of my Friday night at this movie. The trailer did not overly impress me, even though a few of its jokes did bring a few chuckles. If you haven't yet heard of "Greenberg", Noah Baumbach's ("The Squid and the Whale") latest release, I am sure in time you will hear about Ben Stiller's highlight performance. Ben Stiller being cast as Roger Greenberg was the perfect move because he really fits the middle age part. Playing a character that turns 41, Stiller begins to sprout a few grey hairs himself (where has time gone "Mystery Men" and "Happy Gilmore"?).
Greenberg finds himself in a tight spot as he house sits for his brother for a couple weeks, but wants to start a relationship with Florence, played by Greta Gerwig. Constant bickering and sexual relations continue intermittently; I was not expecting to watch some third and 'fourth' base action.
"Greenberg" is not for the action-packed moviegoer, as this has a deeper meaning than the next entry. I found "The Squid and the Whale" more impressive, but "Greenberg" may be for an older audience that can relate.
3. Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass was so kick ass! From the personal intro with Aaron Johnson narrating, I knew this was a film I would find worthwhile. Twenty years ago this movie would not have been accepted by any critic, and possibly could not even be created with such a technological dependence (Youtube, live video feeds). However, this film could not be more now. The obvious connection is to relate with the nerdy and unattractive high schooler (later to be a turned-straight-lover who "fucks his brains out"). But with his incessant pleading to help rid the world of violence and change his own life, he quickly becomes Kick-Ass, the "green condom." A not entirely happy story makes "Kick-Ass" more likable and realistic because you sympathize for Dave Lizewski the first time he tries to bring down two muggers, but fails.
The performances were very strong, from Nicholas Cage's crazy Big Daddy Batman, Chloe Moretz's gruesome Hit Girl and Christopher Mintz-Plasse's weak Red Mist. Only Cage could comically pull off shooting his own daughter, three times over.
Controversy obviously engulfed this film opening night, dissing the vulgar content and the cliche storyline. Roger Ebert called the film "