The Leftovers: Penguin One, Us Zero (1.02)


With majority of shows, I know right away. I know if I like them, I know what I’m getting and in most cases, I stay with those shows for years. Two episodes in and I’m still not 100% certain whether I’m liking The Leftovers but I’m almost completely sure that I will finish the first season because I need to know HOW it will turn out.

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The Leftovers: Pilot

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Summer seems to be the most uneventful TV season with just a few shows that keep me entertained throughout the week and since none of them aren’t quite like the HBO’s newest addition The Leftovers, I decided to challenge myself with weekly review-posts. That’s right, Mettel Ray is attempting to review all 10 episodes of this brand new show – attempt being the key word in that sentence. So with that announcement, let’s get that pilot recapped and reviewed!

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Wanderlust (2012)

Call me crazy or just temporarily unhinged but yesterday evening when I decided to watch Wanderlust my intention to hate the movie fell flat. Was it offensive and outrageously abnormal in its illogical story lines and freaky characters? Yes. Was the acting on most parts just over doing the verbal insults? Yes. Was it all just couple of laughs during the whole movie? Yes. Was it pointless? Yes. But here comes the crazy: despite of all of this, I still found it lightly entertaining!

Much of the credit for my surprising position towards the movie (believe me, I am almost shocked!) is probably behind the love for the two main actors. Paul Rudd, who has done numerous movies with the writer and the director of the movie, David Wain, among the long list of collaborations with Judd Aptow, is the most likable person ever! I mean, even his very dirty and down to earth robust monologue in front of the mirror in Wanderlust was adorable because the guy simply can’t be offensive. Proof of his real life sweetness was actually shown in the blooper reel segment during the credits where he mumbled that he was grossing himself out. He was grossing me out too but in I good way I guess.

Second favorite is the Hollywood’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston, playing Rudd’s wife and like always, her typical character as an appealing romantic lead with some slight nudity on her plate. So there is no surprise, although, is it me, or have Aniston’s characters gone from sweet and cute to a little bit more vulgar? I guess her Horrible Bosses role opened a few new doors for her. Anyway, this being said, she was like every other character she’s previously put on the screen but I like her that way. Knowing what you’re going to get when she is in the movie is some what a down side but meanwhile it’s kind of a consolation as well.

Other memorable roles include Aniston’s real life partner Justin Theroux, as a villainish man, and Malin Akerman, who is yet again the sexy other woman. So from the point of view of the casting, it all falls into the pattern of familiarity and it’s playing it safe. As far as the plot goes, the main couple ends up at this hippie community, where all those weird people with those quirks that belong to those types of living situations, are like a one big family. While it all is held together with two parallel story lines it falls a bit short from the perspective of telling a realistic story because I have trouble believing that forgiveness is that simple. Though, I guess Wanderlust isn’t about that deep real stuff but mainly an attempt to make people laugh which on some level actually works out.

Humor in comedies is starting to become my enemy, it has been made into this constant need to curse at everything and with every possible ways. Then there’s the disgusting things like not cutting the umbilical cord and walking around with it (seriously, that happened!) and old nude people running around – why? Am I the only one who thinks those type of “laughs” are ridiculously cheap and hardly worth watching again? I’m guessing that I’m not the only one based on the fact that Wanderlust fell short in the box office with getting only $21 million while the budget was a whopping $35 million. Which is a high fall from Role Models (Wain’s previous movie) that crossed the $92 million bar.

In the beginning of the post I mentioned that I actually enjoyed it. Well, the entertainment factor was probably a temporary fluke but I guess those types of comedies are only  effective when you have that mood. Luckily for Wanderlust, I was in that type of a mood but now as I had some time to think about it while writing this post, I am lowering my opinion just a tad.

Images from Rotten Tomatoes.

#240 – Wanderlust (Trailer special)

Another trailer special brings us the duo that we have already met – Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd star in Wanderlust as a couple who are forced to move out of New York and go far away from modern society. Some of you who are familiar with the movie world know that this isn’t the first time Aniston and Rudd play together: in addition to Friends they also portrayed friends in The Object of My Affection (1998) – both happen to be one of my favorites. So it’s no surprise that I have high hopes for this movie – high-high hopes!

Anistons boyfriend Justin Theroux also stars in this one (well this is awkward), Malin Akerman, Lauren Ambrose and many other familiar faces as well. David Wain is the director of this movie written by him and his collage friend Ken Marino. It is also a part of Judd Apatow’s production – Wain has worked with Rudd before, so has Apatow: apparently these men really like themselves some Paul Rudd and honestly – so do I. And I’m getting myself some Rudd when Wanderlust opens on 24th of February.

# 228 – Dedication

Even though I’m feeling critical today, I have to say I enjoyed Dedication a lot more that I thought I would. The main reason why I wanted to see this movie was because of Justin Theroux who directed it. Theroux is first and foremost an actor but he also has done some screenplay writing (Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2) and Dedication was his first try at directing.

Dedication features a writer played by Billy Crudup who looses his illustrator (Tom Wilkinson) and is assigned a new one by his publicist. Since he has some issues and problems, opinions that he can’t shake off and he really doesn’t like his new illustrator (Mandy Moore) at first he stirs up some trouble. But since she is very nice and patient (after she gets used to him) he falls in love with her. The chemistry between them is interesting, I like his darkness and her lightness which makes them opposites and apparently they attract.

Directing was okay, I liked some scenes very much, for instance the one where the writer was looking for the stone on the beach, and his driving scenes were brilliant as well. Then again the whole vibe of the movie was pretty interesting and sweet. I like the tortured writer types, I relate to them in a way that makes me like them more than other characters. That is probably the reason why I liked it more that the score IMDb has for it (which is 6,7) – I’m giving it a 4 out of 5. Besides, I watched it a while ago and I remember it as it was yesterday so I recommend it.