March 1, 2011, - 10:09 pm

Another Movie Coma Day – Here’s What I Saw

By Debbie Schlussel

Just got back from an entire day of critics’ movie screenings.  I  hate when they do this because these movie marathon days ruin an entire day, wasted spent all day in a dark room. I call it a “movie coma.”  Gotta say, though, that today’s movies were, on average, much better than what we usually end up with on a movie marathon day.


Below are the trailers of what I saw. Can’t post my reviews until the day these movies debut. Stay tuned. ‘Til then, can you guess what I did and didn’t like? . . .

Win Win:

Source Code:

Jane Eyre:

The Adjustment Bureau:

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24 Responses

Is Hollywood trying to bring back the hat?

Oscar on March 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I enjoy reading your articles/reviews/etc– I thought you were a little too harsh about ppl enjoying the Oscars. They usually make me puke, too, but this is the first year out of ten I watched so I was a little taken aback.

Oh, well, them’s the breaks. I enjoy your columns–they’re edifying and inspirational.

All best,


anthony on March 1, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Forgive me if I predict. All Obama Marx BinLadins. My call. Hope you recover from your movie coma soon.

The Reverend Jacques on March 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

It’s hard to form an opinion from just a two minute trailer,but it seems that “win,win” and “Jane Eyre” would be favorable to you.

I would watch all four videos,but I’m partial to science fiction to begin with.

ebayer on March 2, 2011 at 12:11 am

That hat Damon wears is the worst. It reminds me of the 50-60’s and Sinatra. Yuch.

Rinehart Video Productions on March 2, 2011 at 12:20 am

As I have posted before we have not gone to a movie for over 5 or more years. Nothing interests us and we are (classic) movie buffs. Why waste our time paying for a movie where we will either be offended or bored. they do not make movies like the “old days” when it was an art. Now they want to deliver a “leftist” message along with bad acting and actors that mumble and sometimes you cannot understand them.

The only good thing is we save money and have time for more stimulating things.

Fred on March 2, 2011 at 2:08 am

    It’s not just movies; it’s also TV and even music. In fact, in recent years “music with a message” has become code for pushing the leftist socio-political agenda, whether subtly (i.e. Michael Jackson in his final years) or right in one’s face (Rage Against the Machine). I too predict the Damon film especially will get ratings heavy on Marx plus bin Laden and/or Obama.

    But has anyone noticed that, outside of “Jane Eyre,” the colors seem: a) washed out at times, and b) heavy on orange and teal blue tints?

    ConcernedPatriot on March 2, 2011 at 7:31 am


How do you stay sane after watching so much crap hours @ a stretch? Or do you distribute them, say, an hour daily?

Infidel Pride on March 2, 2011 at 8:45 am


Can you not appreciate what Debbie is doing for us? She’s bravely watching these films (and I’m being generous calling them that) so we won’t have to. Thanks, Deb!

Steve on March 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’d say the jury is out on Win Win until I see your review. It could be good or it could suck. I’ll bet the Adjustment Bureau doesn’t involve a gubmint agency but in fact some nefarious scheme by an oil or food conglomerate. I’ll bet Source Code gets at least a couple of Marxes because a) it has Jake Gyllenhall in it, which means b) the bad guys in the bombing are probably Christian Tea Partiers and the good guys are misunderstood Muslims.

Sean on March 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

Hope you were able to slip in a few cocktails. A day at the movies goes so much better.

GC on March 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

I’m at work right now so I can’t click the trailers.

But, I don’t know about you, but I know 2 I already don’t care for.

Source Code seems to have Jake Gylenhaal in it, which turns me off. I have a no Gylenhaal rule, except for The Dark Knight with his dog faced sister and at least they sent her to the glue factory.

Adjustment Bureau, another no no due to my no Matt Damon/Ben Afflicted rule. Again, a brief exemption was made for Euro Trip with Damon’s brief cameo.

My no no list: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Oliver Stone, Ed Asner, Julia Roberts, and more I can’t think of right now.

Jeff_W on March 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

LOL! Jeff, your “No Gyllanhaal” rule cracked me up. I have one too. I feel the same way about his annoying sister Haggie, too.

Yep, “The Dark Knight” is the ONLY flick I will see to break that smart rule as well.

Skunky on March 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

Are the readers here every bit as stupid and narrow-minded as the reviewer?

Seek on March 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Dear Seek,

    she’s pretty on target with her reviews. I was a movie usher for 5 years, and trained in LA for another 5. I know my movies, and Debbie’s very on target. She just hasn’t reviewed Gnomeo and Juliet yet.

    Occam's Tool on March 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Quoting “Seek,” who said, “Are the readers here every bit as stupid and narrow-minded as the reviewer?”

Seek on March 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm


You are talking about yourself.

Get a life. You are wasting it by attacking people you don’t know from the safety of your computer.

William on March 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Same here Debbie, I ahd a neighbor who was devout catholic. They would always screen what their children could see in the movies based on the reviews in their catholic mag’s opinion. I do read yours. Awesome. thanks Debbie

jake49 on March 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Sorry, but I do love when men wear hats. There are better ones than pictured here. But it sure helps to make a man look more attractive – dashing and spohisticated – somehow. OK, that’s all for my fashion input…..

Cat K on March 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Let me guess that Source Code has terrorists that aren’t muslim or discernably ethnic or offense to anyone who gets easily offended.

And a US military officer who doesn’t shave regularly.

Code Bleh on March 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Touche Bleh!

    I never considered those points of view.

    ebayer on March 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Win Win has to be a big winner…I wrestled in the Michigan Class B state meet, many years ago, and don’t think there has ever been a Hollywood movie centered around H.S. wrestling. Big soft spot in my heart for the concept.

Dr Dale on March 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

“That hat Damon wears is thew worst. It reminds me of the ’50s- ’60s and Sinatra. Yuck.”

I believe that’s the intention;that it’s yet another,anything-but-subtle,symbol/example,of Hollywood kicking that era around – the ’50s,specifically – about how “conformist” and “suffocating” it was,among the endless list of hateful words used to slander and demonize it,and that those who want to try to bring us back to that type of era, are facists. Nice try,Holier-than-thou-wood, but it doesn’t fool us anymore.

Phineas on March 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

I don’t know. I’m a sucker for time travel (Source Code) and conspiracy theory (Adjustment Bureau) movies.

The unfortunate choices of stars for them notwithstanding. I will definitely see these.

Izzy on March 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I can’t view the trailers, but I saw the title, and practically squealed with delight – They’re making an adaptation of Jane Eyre!

I LOVE Jane Eyre. I don’t care that it’s two different stories squashed into one, or that it is so full of coincidences that one can barely fit a spoon in to stir the pot. I still LOVE Jane Eyre.

I just hope they don’t “politically correct” the story, like they did with Mansfield Park about 10 years ago. Eyuccch! That movie was a heinous crime against Miss Jane Austen. The BBC version is my go-to version for that one.

And do not get me started on A&E’s version of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

So, although I squealed with delight at the thought of another adaptation of Jane Eyre, I would be saddened, but not too surprised, if it gets low marks from you.

BTW, there are some excellent adaptations of Jane Eyre, already. The one with Timothy Dalton is wonderful – his Rochester is charming with his wit and his SMILE. And then there’s the one with Ciaran Hinds as Rochester. His Rochester was less charming, but his gravitas was compelling. And then, of course, the classic version with George C. Scott – the perfect combination of gruff gravitas and twinkling eyes.

Oh, yeah, and the actresses were good, too. 😉

Michelle on March 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

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