FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991)

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Christopher

I’m not sure how I should talk about this movie. There are so many reasons why I think this movie is pretty beyond awful, but it’s just so charming. The movie felt like this warm blanket. Comforting and keeping out all the evil from the other movies we’ve been trying to watch recently.

The other night Elizabeth and I tried watching close to 5 movies but they all just seemed too bad. It’s probably because we’re a little too burned out from all the awful stuff we’ve been watching. I think what made Father of the Bride refreshing was its far superior view on women. Yes, it’s still not the best but it was charming. Charming is definitely all you can really say about this movie.

Elizabeth

Father of The Bride is awesome and I won’t hear any arguments that say otherwise. I grew up watching this and Father of The Bride Part II and it just never gets old. I was even convinced that I saw this one in theaters, but now that I realize I was three when it came out . . . probably not. I was seven when the sequel came out, so I’m sure I did see that one in theaters. Anyway . . .

We watch a lot of rough movies, and I’ve seen a lot of rough movies. Even the comedies can be pretty brash. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but sometimes it’s nice to just watch a nice movie where nothing bad happens. Boring? Maybe to some. But to me it’s just comforting. There’s no cursing, no real sex jokes, no politics, all in a way that’s not super cheesy, I think. I feel like there’s not a lot of movies like this made now, because if they don’t have cursing, sex jokes, or politics, they’re either kids’ movies, religious movies, or just weird sexist movies.

One of my favorite parts of this movie is when Annie (Kimberly Williams) calls off her wedding to Bryan (George Newbern) because Bryan gave her a blender as an anniversary present. Annie takes this present to mean an anti-feminist message, that Bryan will expect her to be a homemaker (even though it’s been made clear that he doesn’t) rather than an architect. When Annie’s father, George (Steve Martin) talks to Bryan about it, Bryan understands Annie’s views but is still kind of dumbfounded; Annie likes to make smoothies, so he got her a blender. There’s just something about this conflict that I really like, partially because I could sort of see myself getting in a situation like that. Not that I would end any important relationship over something like that . . . but maybe I would have at some point in my life. Annie is supposed to be 22, and her reaction is both immature and mature at the same time.

Also, for so long I thought 22 was a great age to get married because of this movie, and because 22 was so old. I am 25 now and it seems kind of insane. How times change. But that doesn’t take away how great this movie is.

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THE BAY (2012)

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Elizabeth

I didn’t really know much about The Bay before we watched it, other than it was supposed to be a good horror movie. And while the idea of tiny creatures invading your body and then growing into giant creatures inside your body and eating their way out is super horrifying, I’m not sure how I feel about calling this a horror movie. Not that I think genres matter that much, but in this case I think it’s important just to get a sense of focus. The Bay sort of feels like it did what The Happening tried and failed to do, by making a scary movie about the effects of human-based environmental neglect. One way it succeeded where The Happening failed is by having a plausible-sounding cause for all the madness going on. But I have to say, a place where The Happening succeeded where The Bay failed, I thought, was that the horrifying effects the environment had on humans was actually a lot more interesting. Did it make sense that the plants would emit something in the air that would make people kill themselves? Eh, no, not exactly. But it’s sort of cool, and kind of gives you more to think about than what happens in The Bay.

What’s also super weird is that this movie was directed by Barry Levinson. That Barry Levinson: the director of Rain Man, Diner, and The Natural, among others. Not that I’m against directors moving across genres, but I sort of wonder if some of the clunky handling of the “horror” part of The Bay was in due in part to Levinson’s lack of experience in the genre.

Christopher

This movie is what Birdemic was trying to be, I think. It definitely wasn’t very good but the people behind it actually had an understanding of what is needed to write and direct a film. I found this movie to be kind of boring though. So in the long run I guess Birdemic really did do something great?

The Bay was a pretty straight-forward movie. It all took place around the Chesapeake Bay where a parasite in the water starts killing everything. The movie does have a few gross moments but the special effects are too subpar to really make you feel like it’s real.

I can’t say I would recommend watching this. I think people could enjoy this a lot. It just wasn’t that interesting to me.