I found “Paper Man” in a metal bin at the back of Shopper’s Drug Mart. I hadn’t heard much of the 2009 flick, but remembered seeing stills of Ryan Reynolds in a superhero costume and horrible, bleached hair way back when. I decided to buy the DVD, on discount, at the store. It had a great cast, boasting the likes of Reynolds, Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Kieran Culkin and Lisa Kudrow; and, based on the DVD’s description, it had an interesting plot. Plus, it was cheap (bonus!)
The story follows Richard (Daniels), a writer who moves to a beach house to work on his next novel. His wife, Claire (Kudrow), is a doctor in the city who only visits Richard on weekends, which makes the writer quite isolated. To battle his loneliness, Richard still talks to his childhood imaginary friend, Captain Excellent (Reynolds); but eventually finds real friendship in a 17-year-old named Abby (Stone), who he hires as a weekly babysitter (despite having no children to watch.)
“Paper Man” is so excellent, I urge you to watch. It is creative, unique, surprising and boasts an amazingly talented cast. Despite the cast containing comedic talent, “Paper Man” is not really a comedy, which is probably why it wasn’t well-received with critics. It could pass as a dark comedy, but I would consider it more of a quirky drama. Regardless of genre, this indie film is a new favourite of mine.
1. Anderson Cooper. Because he is hilarious, loves the “Real Housewives,” is addicted to crack pie, and always has wacky stories to tell. Unfortunately, his crazy busy schedule probably means he won’t be joining the show; but, a girl can dream, can’t she?
2.Tom Bergeron. He’s quick on his feet with awesome responses on “Dancing With The Stars.” My favourite was when he repeated judge Bruno’s bizarre comment in an incredulous tone, saying, “He has batteries in his pants?!” I feel like he would create excellent banter with Kelly Ripa and would be a great addition to the show.
3. Jerry O’Connell. Random choice, I know, but Jerry O’Connell’s silly appearances on “TMZ” always makes me laugh. Why? Because the paparazzi always catches him jogging, and, instead of being boring, he sings whatever’s playing on his iPod at the top of his lungs. Creative and goofy!
4. Matt Lauer. We already know he can dazzle fans on morning TV, so why doesn’t Matt try something new by leaving his post for “Live!”? He’d actually ask the tough questions, would know the ins-and-outs of news items, and has a fun side (those Halloween costumes are pretty wicked).
5. Seth Meyers. He’s young, talented, and certainly doesn’t have stage fright. I think Seth Meyers could handle the co-hosting post, and leaving “SNL” would make him an even brighter star. He hasn’t achieved film success, like co-star Kristen Wiig, nor has he become a household name, like Andy Samberg; so I think it’s time Seth Meyers has his due.
Who do you want to replace Regis?
With two Snow White films on the way (“Snow White and The Huntsman” and “Mirror, Mirror”), I thought of other Disney fairytale flicks that could be cast for live action. Here are my picks for actresses that could be cast as Disney princesses.
Sleeping Beauty, Ashley Greene
Jasmine, Melinda Shankar