2 Days in Paris

2 Days in Paris (2007) is a movie about Jack (Adam Goldberg), an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion. But when they make a two-day stop in Marion’s hometown, the couple’s romantic trip takes a turn as Jack is exposed to Marion’s sexually perverse and emotionally unstable family.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009) is a British movie about two geeks and a cynic Ray, Toby and Pete. As they enter a normal pub to have a pint or two, weird things start happening. They find themselves attempting to navigate through a time-travel conundrum with their lives at stake.

A woman Ray meets at the bar (Cassie), proves to be helpful navigating the many time-loops and Grandfather Paradoxes, since she is not from around there.

When starting to watch this movie, I admit to not having, well, any expectations at all. The cover is cheesy at best, and I thought it would be of those movies. I was wrong. FAQ About Time Travel is a very well thought-out movie with a surprisingly well-written story and several surprises which kept you on your toes at all times.

Anna Faris plays her role well, but the most interesting was to see Ray (Chris O’Dowd) from The IT Crowd do a very different person. It was weird at first, but he did it very well.

This movie has been described as a sci-fi version of Shaun of the Dead (except the zombies are replaced with time travel), and I have to agree. It may not reach the same cult status, but it did have its moments.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek (2010) is a movie about Aaron, who works for an American record label. He is given the job of accompanying the famous out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert in the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. While it may sound easy and straight-forward, Aaron is thrown head-first into the Rock n’ Roll world with Aldous, and is taken on a journey of self-discovery, sex, drugs and lots of rock!

Aldous Snow is a character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and this can be seen as a spin-off from that movie — and an excellent spin-off at that. There are countless truly hilarious moments, and bundled with the amazing acting of Russell Brand as Aldous Snow, this is truly comedy gold, if you are into this genre!

If you have seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this is everything you would expect a movie about Aldous to be! There are an almost infinite number of line-liners, and the wit and intelligence he portrays while still being stoned and drunk is excellent. The movie constantly changes from outrageously funny to sad and depressing, and while Aldous is who he is, he gets Aaron to wake up and see his girlfriend for who she is. This brings yet another dimension into the whole plot.

There are also surprising guest appearances made by Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Pink and Christina Aguilera to name a few.

Score: 8/10 (Great)

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap (2007) / Se upp för dårarna is a Swedish movie about Sinan and his family who have moved to Sweden from Turkey. Sinan is an extremely skilled surgeon, but did not get a job after moving, which lead him to work as a subway conductor and was depressed as a result. This in turn lead to his wife leaving him, and all he had left was his two daughters.

The story is mainly focused around Yasmine, daughter of Sinan, and the Swedish girl Elin, who happen to bump into each other when applying for the police academy. They instantly became close friends and their lives become intertwined and complex. They experience difficulties in love and the pursuit of a career in the police force, which is incidentally the main plot of the movie.

This is a typical Swedish movie in its essence, but the poor scripting and timing were real downers. The actors, while being decent most of the time, manage to do some very weird things in a couple of scenes. Regardless of this, it is quite entertaining and makes one want to sit down to see the end.

There are various political aspects to this movie too, and the biggest one being that Sinan wastes his talent driving the subway when he should be in the operating room doing what he does best. This is a true fact about Sweden — lots of extremely gifted people who moves to Sweden find it hard to get a job in their own field, and are forced to drive taxis, subways or other unqualified jobs.

Score: 5/10 (Meh)

The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying (2009) is a movie about a universe, much like our own, but people have the small inability to tell lies. This is where the story of Mark begins; a loser in his 30’s who loses his job as a screenwriter. When he basically hits rock bottom and tries to do a manual withdrawal from his account, something happens.

My first thought was that it is nothing like the trailer, which was almost entirely focused on the comedic parts of the movie. There was however a sad reality and this somehow reminded me of Hancock.

The writers have really gone all the way with the no lying part, as there are no white lies, and no being quiet instead of telling an inconvenient truth about someone. There is naturally no religion either, which means that religious people may have some difficulty enjoying this movie, since it points right to the core of why religions may have started long ago — to “save” people from the fear of life and death.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother is a series about five close friends living in New York. We follow them as they struggle through their lives, helping and supporting each other. They all have their own unique personalities and it is amazing to see them develop and enrichen during the course of the five seasons that have currently passed.

I had high hopes when starting to watch this series. Friends and reviewers have all said that it is one of the best sitcoms ever made — and after watching all five seasons, I agree wholeheartedly. The script is genious and well thought out, dealing with work and personal issues as well as love and relationships. Since the characters are so diverse, it is easy for anyone to identify with at least one of the main characters.

This series can easily be compared to Friends and Seinfeld, and exceeds them on many levels. If you are into these types of series, I strongly recommend you to start watching How I Met Your Mother today! You will not be disappointed.

Score: 8/10 (Great)

Jennifer’s Body

Jennifer’s Body (2009) is the story about a nerdy bookworm called “Needy” (Amanda Seyfried) and a beautiful cheerleader, Jennifer (Megan Fox), who also happen to be best friends. After a fire at a local bar, Jennifer is abducted by the band who played at the bar. When Jennifer returned, she has changed. While still holding true to her friendship with Needy, she has a sudden taste for blood.

This movie is a decent teen/horror/comedy movie where the acting of Fox and Seyfried really lift the movie from the otherwise dubious story. While the premise of a high-school cheerleader turning evil is not bad, the execution is not quite there.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still an entertaining movie, but it lacks something that can’t be expressed — it could just have been more.

When in Rome

When in Rome (2010) is a movie about Beth (Kristen Bell) a hard-working woman, who is attending her sisters wedding in Rome. At one point she steals coins from a fountain of love, which has some unexpected consequences in the future for Beth.

The main actors are doing a good enough job, but the script is boring, predictable and there are not that many funny moments. This is a movie to watch if you just want to zone away for a while while having a casual laughter from time to time.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2009) is a movie about Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) and Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) who have just broken up. Jason is devastated about the break-up and decided to go on a vacation to Hawaii. The thing is, Sarah also happens to be on the very same resort with her new boyfriend, a rockstar named Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Peter runs into Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis) who works at the hotel.

Skins, season 4

I just finished watching the last episode from season four of Skins, the British teenage drama about life and everything going on at that age.

Just as the previous seasons, this brings the same amazing characters back to new adventures. The “Skins concept” still holds true, but becomes more real and in-your-face than ever. There is one episode for most of the main characters, where most things are centered towards them, and there’s the “everyone” episode at the end just like before.

There is sadly no way of discussing the highlights without ruining the story for those who still haven’t seen it. The emotions of all characters are exceptionally well portrayed like they always have been, with all the drugs, sex, various disorders and general chaos that ties the bond between the characters.

If you just heard about this series and want to start watching it, I strongly urge you to start from the beginning in season one, since everything builds up from there.