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#63: Up in the Air

December 20, 2009

For the record, I have now seen this movie twice.  Yes, it’s that good.

So what’s it about?: A guy spends his life traveling the country firing people and racking up an insane amount of frequent flier miles when two women enter his life and ensue chaos in his personal and professional lives.

The Good: This is one of those movies that comes around every year that is ten bajillion times better than its synopsis.  And this movie is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC.  The script is heartbreaking, funny, and frankly just perfect.  The cast is perfect, from George Clooney’s best performance to date, to Anna Kendrick’s true breakout performance as an adult actress, and Vera Farmiga, who has gone by virtual unnoticed in The Departed and Orphan, shows the world why she should be a household name (no matter how hard it is to pronounce).  Not to mention a very timely story, this film is bound to hit everyone in some way or another.

The Bad: Okay, visually this movie looks like it was shot by a someone out of high school.  Not that it’s bad, it’s just no Citizen Kane.

The Verdict: And the Best Picture goes to… Up in the Air!  This film is outstanding!  And if you haven’t seen it, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.

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