Nude Memphis Movie Reviews


It's a documentary. What is there to say? It's a documentary by a man from India who thoroughly researched who Barack Obama is and then produced a movie about what he learned. The movie includes interviews with Barack Obama's own half-brother, who lives in Kenya in a hut, and several of Barack Obama Sr's friends in Kenya who knew him well.  Barack Obama Sr is extremely relevant because he was apparently extremely influential in forming the beliefs and philosophies of Barack Obama Jr., the President of the United States.

Supporters of Obama have attacked it endlessly. I'm pretty sure they haven't seen it because there is nothing in it that justifies their criticisms of the film. It's a documentary about Obama. It's about his history and how he became the man he is today and who exactly that man is. It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you live in the United States you might want to know who the President is. Less is known about this president than any American president in history. Apparently his supporters want to keep it that way.

I rate this movie 3 stars. It's a documentary. In order for it to get 4 stars it'd have to include something remarkable like Jessica Biel naked or, I don't know, Ben Stein getting a leading religious atheist to explain how he thinks belief in a supreme being creating life on earth is crazy, but he himself believes that aliens came flying by and "seeded the Earth" with life, which is almost exactly the same thing. It didn't, though, so 3 stars is it. 3 stars means it's worth seeing. Go see it. It's worth your time. It doesn't suck.

Hit and Run

Kristen Bell produced and stars in this movie about a guy in witness protection dating a teacher who gets a job offer on the other end of the country. She has to move for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and in order to keep from losing her, he decides to leave witness protection and go with her.

I read the reviews before I went. They were either 1 star or 5 stars, with almost nothing in-between. People loved the shit out of it or else they hated it. The haters harped on the fact that the guy from "The Hangover" was in it, and yet the movie wasn't another redo of "The Hangover" with the same gags or pace or any of that. I'm not sure why people see an actor or actress in a single film and decide that from that point on they should only do the one type of film or even just sequels to that one film, but apparently people often feel that way. This is not "The Hangover."

This film is a love story that includes several good car chases, some fights, a number of good gags, and a lot of big names in leading roles. It's a good movie. I was in a totally shit mood when I went into the theater. And I was the first and only person sitting in the entire theater for about 15 minutes before a grand total of 4 other people came in and sat down, too. Then the movie started. I had the best seat in the place so trust me when I say this is a good movie. It isn't "The Hangover" and has nothing to do with it, so forget that shit and just go see this movie with the understanding that it's pretty funny, but nothing like that other movie.

I give it 3 1/2 stars. I might give it 4 stars just because it has Kristen Bell in it, but if 3 stars means it doesn't suck and you should go see it, and 4 stars has come to mean I was thrilled to death by it, and 5 stars is a rating I almost never give because I have to just be super excited, then 3 1/2 stars means this film is really good, I'm glad I saw it, you should go see it, and bring a date. Just don't assume because one guy from "The Hangover" is in it that its going to be a remake of that movie. It isn't. It's totally different.

Hope Springs

I was dragged to this movie by someone. It's a love story for married people. It doesn't move fast and there are no car chases, no scenes of Kristen Bell in her bra and panties (Hit and Run has that!) and no shoot-outs or fist fights that I can recall.

Everyone in the audience appeared to be older, married, and either dragging or dragged there by their significant other. There was lots of sniffling in the audience throughout the film, not all of it by me, and several older women had to go pee in the middle of the movie. I guess it was a little long, but it didn't feel long to me.

Anyway, this was a good movie overall. It's hard to put Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep together in a film and not get a good result. This was really well done.  Mimi Rogers even made a cameo appearance as the hot neighbor that Tommy Lee Jones' has always wanted to have a threesome with. Steve Carrel plays it straight as the marriage counselor. No jokes or mugging by him throughout the entire film. He did a great job.

I give this film 3 1/2 stars. It's a good movie. If you're single and never had any relationship problems then it may bore you, but if you've ever been married or in a long-term relationship that maybe had some problems then you'll probably understand the story and the characters and get into it. You have to know what you're getting into beforehand, though, or else you may go into it like the idiots going to see "Hit and Run" who were expecting another "The Hangover" and then got all pissed off because the movie wasn't that. This is a movie worth seeing. It's actually pretty funny despite the sniffly, teary-eyed women in the theater.

Country Strong - DVD (2010)

Gwyneth Paltrow plays one of the most famous country music stars in the world, Kelly Canter. But she's had a recent meltdown, falling offstage while drunk and pregnant, causing her to lose the baby. She went into a deep depression, ended up in rehab for months, and needs to stay there for quite awhile longer to recover.

Her husband James Canter, played by Tim McGraw, has other ideas. He is anxious to get her back onstage. Her very public drunken fall has ruined her reputation and ended one of their biggest shows of the tour, a date in Dallas, Texas. He's worried she's going to lose her fame and all her dreams because of one stupid mistake. The longer to story goes on, the more we get the impression that it wasn't just one incident. She's an alcoholic trainwreck. She gets drunk and takes pills and then she's out-of-control. While in rehab she has a 'sponsor', an aspiring country music singer who is convinced that he's in love with her. It quickly becomes clear that they've been sleeping together while she was in rehab. When her husband, James, pulls her out of rehab before she's ready so she can go back on the road, she insists that her boyfriend and country music singer, join the tour as the warm-up act. Her husband has already chosen another act, a girl named Chiles Stanton, to be the warm-up act. But Kelly refuses to give in, so they compromise and bring both no-names as their warm-up acts.

The complications that ensue, with everyone trying to keep Kelly away from alcohol and ready to perform, Kelly clearly having no desire to be onstage at all, and everyone at one time or another trying to sleep with everyone else, leads to a very complicated, yet believable story of big dreams and even bigger disappointments. It's a tragic tale, and far better than I had even expected. Gwyneth Paltrow rarely does a bad movie. This was no exception.

I give Country Strong a solid 4 1/2 stars. This film is impressive.

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