September 22, 2010
Andy Bockelman is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society, and his movie reviews appear in Explore Steamboat and the Craig Daily Press.
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For all the repetition among blockbusters this summer, there have been smaller movies that have shined, some of which already are on DVD and others you still can catch in theaters.
Imagine how the Griswold family getaways might have been even more disastrous had Clark been moving a controlled substance, Ellen had a history of taking her clothes off for cash, Rusty was even dumber than usual and Audrey made her home on the streets. Plus, in this scenario, none of them are actually related and there’s a serious love/hate relationship among them.
It takes a lot of determination, and perhaps stupidity, to perform open-heart surgery on yourself, offer up your body as target practice for dozens of archers at once or bear the brunt of an atomic blast. Of course, there are other kinds of bombs that can be more damaging, and if the hero of “The Wolverine” can survive his last solo feature, his threshold for pain clearly is beyond human understanding.
When you need the time, do you rely on a wristwatch or your cellphone? Would you rather stare at the vista of the Golden Gate Bridge or a screen with the same image? Most films might demand one answer or the other, but the reason a movie like “The Internship” works is because its appeal is broad enough for technophobes and those who go through withdrawal when wi-fi is down.