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Cast Away (Erin: 3.5 Stars, Bret: 4.5 Stars)

There are very few times in a grown man’s life when the loss of a volleyball can make him weep uncontrollably; Bret has no qualms in saying that the departure of Wilson in Cast Away is very nearly one of those moments.

Cast Away is a tremendous film that is alternately about hope or about crippling loss, depending on whom you ask.

It also features one of Tom Hanks’ greatest performances, in which he nearly gets a volleyball nominated for Best Supporting Actor, settling instead for Best Volleyball in a Motion Picture.

“There are so many people I have to thank.”

Ever the optimist, Bret argues that Cast Away is about hope. That Hanks’ speech toward the end about the tide coming in is wonderfully inspirational and the ending of the film, while ambiguous, shows us a man who defied near-insurmountable odds and has the whole world in front of him.

On the flip side, the movie is exhausting for Erin and the idea of Chuck and Kelly losing each other is devastating. Even though, let’s be honest, it’s Helen Hunt and Tom can probably do better.

“Ummmm…. I think I’d like to go back to the island now.”

Let the record show that she has no concern for the poor kid who never got his volleyball, by the way.

Three-and-a-half stars from Erin for Cast Away; four-and-a-half from Bret.

P.S., great comic HERE.

P.S.S., not sure why we look like we are filming a shot-for-shot remake of the “Take On Me” video in the screenshot above.

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The Burbs (Erin: 4 Stars, Bret: 3.75 Stars)

What a momentous review for the RockMovieProject! Not only do we debut another room of the house — the common area — but we also finish up the B’s!

Seems fitting that The Burbs should follow Bruce Almighty in the RockMovieProject as both films try to achieve the same goal — to entertain the audience and make them laugh — but go about it in such different ways.

As covered in our previous review, Bruce Almighty is what is generally known as a “high-concept” comedy. The pitch to the studio probably went something like this: “Jim Carrey is a down-on-his-luck guy who is given God’s powers as a means to teach him how good he has it.”

One sentence tells you everything you need to know about the movie. It’s relatable in the most minor sense — that most of us have felt a tinge of “grass-is-greener” syndrome in our lives — but, to the best of our knowledge, God doesn’t seem to delegate very often.

That Big Momma’s House got two sequels tells you everything you need to know about Hollywood.

That is where we are with Hollywood at this point. If it’s not a remake, a reboot or an adaptation of a TV series, book or comic, chances are good it’s a high-concept comedy.

The Burbs is the antithesis of all of that. It’s not Citizen Kane, but it’s a refreshingly original film that is entirely relatable.

It’s basically a story about a bunch of men with too much time on their hands acting like children; who among us can’t relate to that?

There’s no body-swapping, God doesn’t give any of them his powers, and there is no real moral to the story, it’s just a bunch of guys acting like idiots and it’s fantastic.

It doesn’t rely on silly gimmicks to entertain because it’s just the slightest exaggeration of how the real world works and that, more than anything else, makes it funny and enjoyable.

We’ll get down from our soap box before we fall, but please know that this was one our favorite movies of the Project so far.

Well-written and perfectly cast — without any real notable actors outside of Hanks and Fisher —  The Burbs is a refreshing, dark comedy that we highly recommend. It actually feels a lot like a happier, more realistic Tim Burton movie, in all honesty.

Let he who has not found a human femur in his backyard cast the first stone.

Hilarious bits throughout, including a ton of tongue-in-cheek horror movie cliches, but probably our favorite parts are the throwaway lines and moments (Ray eating the sardine on the pretzel, the commando neighbor snacking on animal crackers on his roof, etc.).

Bret highly regrets giving it just 3.75 Stars while Erin delivers a shocking 4-Star review for a film she had never seen before.

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Apollo 13 (Erin: 5 Stars, Bret: 5 Stars)

Houston, we have our first 5 Star review.

Apollo 13… the movie that taught us how to fit a square peg in a round hole, rapidly; how to get a space return module to operate on less energy than it takes to run a coffee machine; how to look at Gary Sinese without thinking about how terrifying it would be to have a face-to-face conversation with him; and, of course, how to look like a total badass while wearing a feminine vest. At which Bret failed miserably (thanks, Ed Harris!)

The film is damn near pitch perfect. With the notable exception of how Bill Paxton contracted space plague, the only other question we have is “ARE WE ON VOX?!”

In all seriousness no matter how much we glowed about the film in the review, there is no chance we gave it the proper amount of credit. Gets VERY dusty at Rock Manor toward the end.

Not watching this review (or this movie) is not an option.

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