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VIDEO: MOVIE: CARTOON: ANIME: The Secret World of Arrietty aka Arrietty The Borrower aka Kari-gurashiNoArietti (2010)

Clint: 4.4/5 stars, 8.4/10.
Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10.
Native rating: 3.9/5 stars (Netflix incorrectly guessed we’d rate this lower–3.7/5), 7.7/10.

Hayao Miyazaki FTW!
Almost everything he touches is gold!
Can studio Ghibli do wrong?

This is really good!

Based on The Borrowers, which is something we were utterly unfamiliar with — making it more enjoyable by depriving us of any bullshit rose-colored nostalgia for the “original”.

We actually watched the English (US, not UK) dub with Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and Carol Burnett. Normally we watch Japanese, but we ran into “technical difficulties”.

Carolyn still likes Ponyo better, but not me. I was a bit disappointed with Ponyo, despite really liking it.If I had to rank Miyazaki-involved films in order from my favorite to least, it would probably be:
Howl’s Moving Castle
Princess Mononoke
Arietty
Ponyo
Spirited Away
The Cat Returns (he was just a producer for this one)

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568921/

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

5/5 stars (both); 9/10 (Clint), 8.6/10 (Carolyn).

From the great minds of THE STATE, directed by David Wain, written by David Wain and Ken Marino (“I want to dip my balls in it.”), with Judd Apatow as a producer.

Laughed. Our. Asses. Off. BEST PAUL RUDD SCENE EVER, and also the most hilariously creepy scene that I have possibly witnessed in all of cinema. I wanted it to stop so bad. Every second was agony. Hilarious, awkward, creepy creepy CREEPY agony. But there were tears in my eyes (or at the very least, filling my tear ducts). I WILL WATCH THIS AGAIN. Sex. Drugs. Hippies. Situational comedy. Awkwardness. Nudism. Being a dick to be a dick. This has it all.

Basically, Paul Rudd & Jennifer Anniston as NYC-socialites who hit an economic downturn, causing them to embark on a delightful adventure into the unknown that ends up with them living in a hippy commune.

And lots of known actors too, most of them comedy-fare. Keep an eye out for Alan Alda, Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Childrens Hospital), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Psycho Beach Party), and pretty much every member of The State.

The native rating for this movie is only 3.4/5 stars (Netflix guessed 4.1/5 for us), 5.8/10. Our ratings are higher than the public 95% of the time, but the disaparity is always much higher with comedies. I can only conclude that a lot of people set their expectations too high for comedies, and get disappointed. I had low expectations that were exceeded. But crap, by telling you this, I just raised your expectations. OH NO. But wait: Further research indicates a lot of people are fucking prudes who have no business watching modern comedy films, OR watched this solely for the non-existent lesbian scene put into the trailer (further vindicating my position that watching a trailer only makes a movie less enjoyable).

RECOMMENDATION: If you liked Wet Hot American Summer, go for this!

COINCIDENCES: (Wanderlust, Micmacs) 2 movies in a row with people losing their job/home, being homeless, and being adopted by a motley crue of weirdos (more…)

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