It’s a gloomy day here in the Midwest. Soggy leaves on the ground, fog for miles, and the constant drip of rain. In other words, it’s stay inside weather and the perfect day to curl up on the couch with a movie. So I have the following to keep me company.
Spy – R (Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne) Melissa McCarthy plays a CIA analyst who finally gets her chance to go undercover and do some hilarious field work. I love McCarthy and the entire cast is fabulous–I especially enjoyed Jason Statham’s character. There are some weak moments and it loses some laughs towards the end, but it’s still a solid comedy overall and worthy of a movie night.
Pixels – PG-13 (Adam Sandler, Kevin James) A group of arcade kids grow up and have a chance to play the games for real when aliens attack using the classic games as strategy. Even if you’re feeling nostalgic for ’80s video games, I think you’re only going to watch this if you’re a true Adam Sandler/Kevin James fan–they definitely make a certain style of movie and they have a big audience, but even by their standards, this movie got awful reviews.
Southpaw – R (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams) Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Jake Gyllenhaal plays a boxer with a great career who loses it all after tragic events. I really like the cast, but not I’m not much of a boxing fan. If you enjoy sports dramas, you should check this out.
Entourage – R (Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly) Still not entirely sure we needed a movie version of this, but if you’re a fan of the show, I’m sure you’ll watch. I only saw the first few episodes because I was living in L.A. at the time it came out and it hit a little too close to home. Why watch these obnoxious dudes when you live in a city surrounded by them? 😉
Poltergeist – PG-13 (Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt) This frightening remake shows up just in time for Halloween. The creepy clown image is keeping me far away.
And because fall TV season continues, we have another new show premiering tonight…
Wicked City (10/9c ABC) – This serial-killer thriller has not gotten good reviews, which bums me out because the promos look fun and ’80s Los Angeles is one of my favorite time periods. (If you’re ever on the Sunset Strip, go to Rainbow Bar & Grill and eat delicious pizza while you take in all the music nostalgia–it’s such a fun throwback to the ’70s and ’80s, complete with some hair-metal band graffiti in the women’s restroom.) Ed Westwick was my main reason for watching Gossip Girl and I always enjoy Jeremy Sisto and Erika Christensen, so I’m going to watch the premiere tonight and keep my fingers crossed for them that it’s better than the dismal reviews!