I haven’t had as much time to crank out full reviews lately, so now is a good time for a new Quick & Dirty. Here are some quick thoughts on a handful of recent movies I have seen.
The Gold Rush 
After watching City Lights as part of my ongoing Movie Project, I grew even more interested in digging into Charlie Chaplin’s catalog. I found The Gold Rush on Netflix Instant, and really enjoyed this story of the Tramp searching for gold in Alaska. There were some truly memorable scenes, such as the Tramp eating his own shoe and, of course, the dancing potato scene. Not as good as City Lights, but still a lot of fun. 8/10
The Lincoln Lawyer 
Man, it sure is good to see Matthew McConaughey in a respectable role again! He is on top of his game here, again delivering a brilliant performance as a sleazy lawyer. McConaughey is aided by a strong supporting cast that includes the likes of Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and Bryan Cranston. The story isn’t groundbreaking, but it is smart and enthralling enough to maintain interest. Legal thrillers don’t seem to come around too often, but hopefully The Lincoln Lawyer’s success will lead to more quality films in the genre. 8/10
I got roped into seeing this thanks to my ever-loving girlfriend. I wasn’t expecting to care much for it since Disney films/musicals aren’t really my thing, but I was pleasantly surprised with Tangled. Some of the musical numbers were a bit trite, but the movie looked sharp and had mostly enjoyable characters. Plus the lead male wasn’t an insufferable douche, so that was good. Not one of the better Disney movies I have seen, but still decent enough. 6/10
If you can ignore some gaping plot holes and find a way to tolerate January Jones’ atrocious acting, Unknown isn’t half bad. As a thriller, it succeeded in keeping me on the edge of my seat, and it’s hard not to like Liam Neeson’s performance in the lead role. It’s not exactly a memorable film, but there are worse ways to spend two hours. 6/10