Top Five Movies of Gabrielle Union
As I construct these top five lists of beautiful actresses and the movies that they make better, sometimes it is tough not to include the TV credits for some actresses. That immediately became apparent for Gabrielle Union and one of the more current credits she has: her spot on NTSF:SD:SUV. Besides starring with some of my favorite comic actors like Paul Scheer, Peter Serafinowicz and Martin Starr, plus former Star Trek captain Kate Mulgrew, Gabrielle plays a character named Sandy Canyons. If that doesn’t scream list worthy, I’m not sure what would.
Still, Gabrielle has had quite the film and acting career with 64 different credits since 1996. So, picking out five movies wasn’t that difficult. The unfortunate thing about reviewing someone’s career like this (and like Elizabeth Banks the week before) is that you can be reminded of cinematic mistakes. In this case, both of these lovely actresses starred in “Meet Dave.” There are obviously worse movies and worse flops, but movies with a 19% Rotten Tomatoes score and $12 million gross on an estimated $60 million budgetcertainly don’t need to be drudged up into my memory again, making me think, “Maybe it’s not so bad, after all it has Gabrielle, Elizabeth and several good comedians in it.” Down optimism, down. Think of “Little Black Book” and remember how bad movies can be. There, that’s better. Now, think of the top five movies of Gabrielle and how watching them would be so much better.
Ok, maybe not significantly better, but better nonetheless (at least 60% of the audience liked this one.) Look at the cast of this one though. You’ve got Fast and Furious Paul Walker, you’ve got future Grammy winner Usher, a star of “Psych” in Dule Hill and several future guest stars on “Psych.” If nothing else as you watch, you can dream of all the good they’ll do later.
Again, this is such an impressive cast and the source material by Augusten Burroughs is damn funny. I could list all the stars like I did with “She’s All That,” but instead I’ll just point you to the movie poster to freak you out with that image. Watching the movie then becomes a mind cleanser.
I like a good music documentary. I also like fictionalized stories about music companies and the people involved in making and producing the music. The great thing about both types of movies, they both realize that the music is the star and the soundtracks are worth the price of admission.
Any movie that “Hot Fuzz” creators Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost list as an inspiration is good enough for me.
I know I like a movie when I can still remember the circumstances around when I saw it. It was a late evening in Aspen, CO, and a single screen theater in Rifle, CO was showing the movie. I decided that because it was based on “The Taming of the Shrew” it was worth the hour and half drive, well, because I like to go see movies. About three and a half hours later, after watching the movie and picking up some hitchhikers and returning home, I knew that it easily worth it.
Agree? Disagree? Which movies would make your Gabrielle Union top five?
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About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."