Yes Man (2008)
[Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper]
Received this as a Father's Day gift, and we watched it right away. I was pleasantly surprised!
Carrey plays Carl, a man who's life is not what he had hoped for, very negative and lonely. After reluctantly attending a seminar about always saying "yes" when confronted with choices in life, he grudgingly agrees to it.
Soon he finds his life changing in ways he never thought it would. He has fun, makes new friends and has some interesting (to say the least) experiences. The best of which is love.
Fun and funny, this movie is one of the better ones to come from Jim Carrey in the past few years. Sometimes he can be too much, too over the top, but here he is great in his role. And Zooey Deschanel is wonderful, as well. Loved her in Elf and love her here, too.
Recommended for almost all. There is one scene that is tough to explain to little kids, so you might want to send them out of the room. Or fast forward, at least.
Timecrimes (Los cronocrímenes) (2007)
[Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo]
I watched this movie on the recommendation of Jason, from The Mad Ravings of an Entertainment Junkie. He raved about it, giving it 5 out of 5 skulls.
Well, he was right. Great film, even if I had one plot issue.
Don't want to give too much away, as anything would really spoil it for your enjoyment. I will just say it is about time travel and why it is really NOT a good idea.
This is a Spanish film with English subtitles, and the director has a role in the film, as well. Decent way to spend an hour and a half, that's for sure.
I see a remake is in development for 2011. Might see it, just to see how it turns out.
"The Long Ravine" (1965)
[Jack Lord, Andrew Prine, Broderick Crawford, Lisabeth Hush]
This was an hour-long episode of the short-lived 60s series "Kraft Suspense Theatre".
A young veteran comes to visit his sister and her husband, a man who has been like a father to him. The couple has been living in a very small town, as the husband is still pursuing his dream of striking gold in the mountains.
A great little "movie", showing the desperation people feel being so close to fulfilling their dreams, and the lengths to which they will go for them.
This show aired late last night on a new (to me) Cable TV gem called the "Retro Television Network". Some of the shows in their lineup included Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Mike Hammer, Hardy Boys, Black Sheep Squadron, Wagon Train, Dragnet, Emergency!, Adam-12 and many more! Very cool!