Archive for June, 2009

New American Comedy

Posted: June 24, 2009 in movie reviews

John Hamburg’s I Love You Man opened (in Australia) a week before Todd Phillip’s The Hangover and Christine Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning. All three movies have something to offer audiences; the former is an almost perfect date movie, while the latters are more skewed towards male and female audiences (respectively). But all three are telling in one way: Hollywood’s comedy directors are making films for a thirty-something, rather than eighteen-something, audience. As a thirtysomething, this is very refreashing indeed. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in Sunshine Cleaning may certainly be in their twenties, but the film has an adult bent; I Love You Man and The Hangover are definite “thirties” movies – and very much about what it means to be a man in one’s thirties.

State of Play

Posted: June 3, 2009 in movie reviews

Russell Crowe proves once again that he’s the man in this tight, expertly crafted journo thriller from Kevin McDonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland). Referencing in no small way All the President’s Men, this Washington-set remake of a British television series has very strong performances from (besides Rusty) Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Ben Affleck, Robin Wright Penn and a truly surprising and insidious turn from Jason Bateman. A very strong script delivers honest, old-fashioned, very gripping adult entertainment. ****1/2