On The Couch 2011 #25: The Company Men Oct03

On The Couch 2011 #25: The Company Men...

During the manic movie-watching month that was December, 2010, I saw the preview for The Company Men numerous times at The Angelika and at Brooklyn Heights Cinema and I really wanted to see it. I planned on it being 1 of the final movies I saw in the year of the 52. Unfortunately, it wasn’t released in 2010. I eagerly anticipated its release in 2011 and somehow completely missed that it even came out in the theater. How long this movie play? One day? A full weekend? I swear I didn’t know it had been released until it was already out on DVD. Needless to say, once I found out it was out, I moved it immediately to the top of my queue. Then it arrived and sat on next to my TV for about a month before I finally got around to watching it. That’s no fault of the movie. How many of you out there have experienced the same “excited to see this movie that ends up doubling as a mail away coaster for weeks” aka The Netflix Syndrome. The Company Men is very good. This movie deserved to do well in the box office. Kevin Costner steals his scenes as Ben Affleck’s carpenter brother-in-law. Costner’s New England accent comes and goes, but he has some of the best lines in the movie. While watching The Company Men, I realized that in every Ben Affleck movie, there is a point where he gives us what I call Affleck Face. It’s usually right after everything is going wrong for his character and then it suddenly all goes right. Here, it’s right after he has the interview of his life and meets up with his other out of work friends. They ask how the interview went,...

Summer’s End and the Movies I Missed Oct02

Summer’s End and the Movies I Missed...

Summer’s over, and with it so is the summer blockbuster movie season. I caught some of the big ones, but managed to still miss out on movies that should be hitting us on DVD and Blu-Ray in time for the holidays. Movies like… Green Lantern How did I miss it? I love comic books. I mean I LOVE comic books. When it was announced that Green Lantern, currently one of my favorite comics, was coming to the big screen I was psyched. I thought they went with the wrong Two Guys & A Girl alum when they cast Ryan Reynolds over Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, but that didn’t sway my excitement. But then the movie came out. And the best review I heard of it was “It’s nowhere near as bad as Transformers 2.” That doesn’t inspire confidence. Will I See It? I don’t know. I haven’t seen a lot of the less than great comic book movies out there (Fantastic Four 2, Ghost Rider, Punisher: No Mercy). But I’m more likely to see this than any of those. Captain America How did I miss it? Like I said, I love comic books. And I’ve been buying Captain America every month since writer Ed Brubaker started on the title a few years ago. Growing up, the Mark Gruenwald era of Captain America was one of my favorite comics. So how did I miss this movie? At the beginning of the summer, one of my closest friends complained about suffering from superhero movie fatigue. I thought he was nuts. But then Captain America came out and while it looked cool, I just didn’t have the desire to see it. After X-Men and Thor, maybe I OD’d on comic book movies. Or maybe Green Lantern just killed...