My current attention span leads to this latest installment of Shorts.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – Graphic novel sensation translates to quirky, extremely likeable film with Cera battling Winstead’s seven evil exes. (3½) – 7/8/12

Thrill of It All, The (1963) – Harmless sudsy comedy follows Day’s journey from housewife to commercial spokeswoman sensation. (3) – 7/8/12

Rising Sun (1993) – Study of cultural differences illustrated through a murder investigation doesn’t quite bridge the gap between good and bad. (2) – 7/8/12

300 (2007) – Glaring example of style not triumphing over substance. (1½) – 7/8/12

Big Year, The (2011) – Erroneously promoted as an LOL comedy this gentle tale follows three birders on the wings of a dream. (3) – 7/8/12

Animal House (1978) – Otter, Boone, Bluto, et al. raunch their way through college, sororities and road trips in this seminal 70’s laugher. (3½) – 7/8/12

Graduate, The (1967) – Forty-five years down the road and this Mike Nichols gem is as fresh today as ever. (4) – 7/8/12

Big Chill, The (1983) – This pretentious bore examines the lives of 30 somethings reunited after the death of a college friend. (1½) – 7/8/12

Petrified Forest, The (1936) – A small morality tale set in the Arizona desert takes no prisoners. (3½) – 7/8/12

What Women Want (2000) – As time marches along we continue to realize Mel Gibson always played a version of Mel Gibson. (2) – 7/8/12

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  1. rangewriter says:

    I trust your ratings based on what you gave the ones I’ve seen. I actually rather enjoyed The Big Year. It could have used an editor. I just put Petrified Forest on my NF queue. Mel Gibson. What a yawner. I thought I read that he has a photographic memory or really high IQ or something? He doesn’t seem to put any of those attributes to use in finding good or challenging roles.

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  2. sparklebumps says:

    What my question is is – Is Mrs. Robinson still considered as hot today as she was supposed to be?

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  3. Of the ones I’ve seen the only one I would disagree with is The Big Chill. I thought the casting was great, the integration of songs to storyline was well thought out, and there were some genuinely funny moments and lines of dialogue. I also think it was an interesting look at how people’s lives evolve over time and how people come to terms with what they have become. Of course, if we agreed on everything, we’d have nothing to talk about!

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