Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hedwig and the Angry Inch & 21

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - This movie is about an East German boy who has a botched sex operation (hense the 'angry inch'), moves to the U.S., and becomes a struggling rock star. I really enjoyed the movie - given the subject, it was much more upbeat than I had expected, and I loved the music. It's a creative story, funny, interesting, and sad at various points. If for no other reason, it's worth watching because it's so different and fun.

21 - This is the movie based on the book "Bringing Down the House" which was a true story about some MIT kids that formed a group and came up with a strategy to win at blackjack by counting cards and using signals with each other. They flew out to Vegas on the weekends and made many thousands of dollars before eventually getting caught. Rather than focusing on the two asian guys at the center of the plan in reality, the movie features an attractive white guy and girl... and the rest of the movie includes similar departures from the reality of the MIT story. They definitely take away from the logic of the story to add to the drama, but that said, it was still a cool movie.

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