Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Movies: Up In the Air

Up in the Air
Jason Reitman, 2009

Well, this is a hell of a way to end a career in movie criticism.  We've marched through Roger Ebert's 100 great movies -- his first hundred great movies, anyway -- and then through the supplementary movies that you, the L&TM5K readers nominated from the last few years.  And the last one I got to, because it had the longest queue at the library, was Up in the Air.

Roger Ebert gives Up in the Air four stars.  It is rated "90% Fresh" at Rotten Tomatoes.  Smarter people than me mostly think it's great.  I've provided links for you, because I kind of doubt my judgement on this one.  I found it dull, painfully unpleasant to watch, and as soulless as the bland corporate settings it purports to satire.  Maybe I missed something.

See you at the movies!  I'll be the one not taking notes.


Cartophiliac said...

Michael, you know I love you man... But you have repeatedly astounded me with your movie reviews. Every film I have found cute, amusing, entertaining, you have disliked.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. To each his own. But, can you post a recap of the 100 movies telling us which ones you like and which ones you didn't? I think that will be a useful guide for me in choosing which ones to watch. It would be a public service.

Michael5000 said...

Just search the blog using the term "excruciating." Those'll be the good ones.

UnwiseOwl said...

I'm with you on this one, Michael. It was hard work to watch.
Congratulations for finally finishing up such a mammoth project! (twice)!

Michael5000 said...

Thank you Owl! It has been a lot of fun, but it will be liberating to inflict my sour little observations on Mrs.5000 alone.

Jenners said...

Well, we agree to disagree on this one ... just like we disagree on The Hangover. In fact, maybe anything you hate I will be sure to see.