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Saturday, February 23, 2008

 

Three minute movie review: Be Kind, Rewind

It's time again to introduce another new series here on Another Portland Blog that's sure to sputter out after two or three posts. I'm calling this one "Three Minute Movie Reviews" and this one is a personal challenge. I'm giving myself three minutes flat to write, edit and publish each review. Can I churn out anything remotely coherent, without too many typos and errors, in 180 seconds or less? Let's find out as I attempt to cover the new Michel Gondry movie Be Kind, Rewind.

Ready...set...PONTIFICATE!


Be Kind, Rewind is a sweet little comedy that borders on incoherence that takes place in an alternative reality even less plausible than the one in Juno. First off, it requires the audience to suspend their disbelief long enough to assume that a videotape rental shop can exist, in any form, in the 21st century. And that anyone, no matter how senile, can rent a 20-minute long homemade version of Ghostbusters and mistake it for the real thing.

Still, the "Sweeded" movies that Mos Def and Jack Black come up with are pretty hilarious. In their version of Ghostbusters, a housecat plays a "demon dog" and Slimer is acted out by Mos Def aided with a garbage bag and a flashlight. Their version of When We Were Kinds, with Black playing the part of Muhammed Ali: also hilarious.

The ending is implausible, the entire plot is ridiculous and Mia Farrow looks a plastic surgery disaster. Still, this could be the best come...

Ok, time's up. I guess that's not half bad, for a first try, but you be the judge. There's at least two pathetic typos in there but, according to the guidelines I've come up with, they've got to stay put. Until next time, this has been a Three Minute Movie Review. Huzzah!

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