Monday, September 8, 2014

Wknd Box Office: The Trip to Italy, Innocence

Here is an interesting article from reviewing some of the movies that came out over the past weekend. This follows this post about some of the movies from last week and THIS POST about some movies that have been released over the past few years that you might have missed! This all follows this post about guidelines to choosing good movies to watch yourself!

Wknd Box Office: The Trip to Italy, Innocence

By Debbie Schlussel
Late again with my movie reviews, but you didn’t miss much.

* “The Trip to Italy“: This is one of those relaxing, entertaining movies that you go see to get some beautiful views of the Italian coast, while listening to two comedians do endless impressions. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the greatest movie ever. It’s fun, enjoyable and escapist.
Two British comedians, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel to Italy for restaurant review columns they write for a British newspaper. They go to various restaurants and Italian sites and make jokes and impressions throughout during their conversations with each other over food and scenery (including petrified bodies at Pompeii). This also includes discussions of Alanis Morissette music and impressions of famous actors in movies, most notably “The Godfather” films. This is a sequel to 2010’s “The Trip,” but you needn’t have seen that (I didn’t) to know what’s going on here or to enjoy this.

While I liked it, I had a few reservations: the men constantly talk with their mouths open while eating (Guh-ROSS!), and their impressions of various characters in “The Godfather” and Batman movies, while funny, go on for too long and wear out their welcomes. Plus, the movie is a little self-absorbed, as it appears it was done to get a free, tax-write-off trip to Italy. Still, even with all of these caveats, it is overall good, light, funny, and fresh.

* “Innocence“: This absolute bore is pointless and a complete waste of time and money. It’s billed as a scary or horror movie, but it’s barely scary and I yawned, rather than gasped. It moves so slowly and nothing ever really happens, despite the obvious scary movie cliches scattered haphazardly throughout.
The story: a teen girl’s mother dies from an aneurysm while surfing with her at the beach. The girl and her father move to New York City, where she is enrolled at a fancy private school for girls. The school is run by a group of beautiful, mysterious women, and the teen girl keeps having visions of dead people and their ghosts, so she believes something is amiss at the school. She soon learns that the women are some sort of witches or vampires or something, and various girls who attend have died or been murdered. But the movie never really explains any of this, and then it ends.
So dumb. Skip this.

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