Sunday, July 10, 2011

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses

Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are three high school friends with one thing in common: they all hate their jobs.  Nick is an executive at a financial firm.  He endures all manner of indignities at the hands of his boss Dave (Kevin Spacey) in hopes of one day getting a promotion to vice president.  Dale is a dental assistant who must evade the aggressive sexual advances of his nymphomaniac boss Julia (Jennifer Aniston) on a daily basis.  Kurt’s job at an industrial company becomes an ordeal when an insufferable coke head (Colin Ferrall) inherits the business from his dead father.  After nights of commiserating at the local bar, the trio comes up with a simple solution: murder.  They figure their lives would be much better if they could kill their bosses.  They seek the help of the seedy Dean Jones (Jamie Foxx) to get the job done.  This proves an impossible task, as a series of bungles and set-backs threatens to ruin everything.

Happy Birthday Johnny Utah: ‘Point Break’ Turns 20

James Cameron left an indelible mark on the summer of 1991.  Terminator 2: Judgment Day effectively transitioned his skillset to the realm of mega-budget blockbusters.  As it set up a benevolent dictatorship at American multiplexes, Cameron offered moviegoers another, even more potent shot of adrenaline.  This time he merely served as producer while someone else administered the injection.  He vacated the director’s chair for his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, who proceeded to make a “guy movie” better than any guy could have made it.  Though her genius would be roundly dismissed at the time, it would be recognized 18 years later when filtered through the conventions of the modern war film.  Its 1991 incarnation was fittingly titled Point Break