|What I Did With My Friday Night
||[Aug. 16th, 2008|12:39 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay - It was cute but nowhere near as good as the first one. A little too high concept for its own good. And they're only actually in Guatanamo Bay for like ten minutes. John Cho and Kal Penn are as great as ever, but once again Neil Patrick Harris steals the movie and makes ever scene he's in killer. I didn't like the scene where they get stoned with George W. Bush, though, because it inadvertently lets Bush off the hook for everything he's done as president -- but I'm clearly approaching it way too seriously.
Vantage Point - Every once in a while a movie comes along that is packed to the gills with action -- shootouts! car chases! explosions! -- and yet somehow manages to remain utterly boring. This is one such movie. It's complete shite. Watching a movie stop and start over again and again and again gets really tiring. All the while you think, Wow, the payoff better rock after making us watch the same scenes eight-million times, and then the end comes and you realize no, the payoff doesn't rock. In fact it's barely coherent as a climax. But you'll be shocked to discover that, in a completely original twist, our heroes are betrayed by someone on the inside that they all trusted!