Tuesday, December 18, 2012
This is a wonderful yet surreal story of a spiritual journey like no other: One man and one tiger on a life boat together at sea trying to survive.
Ang Lee makes beautiful films and this was one of the most amazing so far. Seeing this movie just to SEE it is worth it. So beautiful. So awe inspiring and captivating. Some scenes left me speechless.
Suraj Sharma was great in the role of Pi. I was afraid that the tiger wouldn't seem realistic during some scenes but they did a really great job with the tiger.
It wasn't that it wasn't exciting, because it was. The story is incredible. It wasn't that it wasn't interesting, because it was beyond interesting. What Pi goes through and how he survives is beyond belief. It's just that I found that the movie didn't capture my heart and soul like the book did. I am not sure why (as it stayed very true to the book) but I felt like something was missing the entire time.
An amazing adventure and very stunning.
Thank you Peter Jackson. Thank you! You're goddamn brilliant and I love you.
Thank you Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and everyone who acted in this movie. Especially the dwarves. Goddamn amazing.
This is the best movie of 2012. No question.
Script. Cast. Music. Cinematography. Directing. Costumes. Makeup. Everything. Perfection.
For those complaining about the 3D regarding the higher frame rate: suck it.
For those complaining about how it is going to be 3 movies and they are taking information from the appendix and The Silmarillion: suck it.
For those hating the CGI characters/parts, I agree with you but all things considering: suck it.
Just see this movie. Especially if you like, respect or are remotely interested in the Lord of the Rings and/or fantasy movies.
Pure magic. I have already seen it twice and will see it for a 3rd time by weeks end.
Be still my Ringer heart. All hail PJACK!
Friday, December 14, 2012
2012 action/adventure by director Tony Gilroy.
This movie has received some pretty awful reviews so I put off seeing it. Now I wish that I had seen it in the theatres so I could get more out of the awesome action scenes.
True, Jeremy Renner's (The Avengers, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol) character is not remotely as emotional as Jason Bourne. Therefore, he was hard to relate to or overly care if he would survive or not. There wasn't a lot of emotional connection and the back story was never fully given.
What made this movie better for me, besides Rachel Weisz (The Brothers Bloom, The Mummy)who I love in everything, was the back story of him since becoming a part of the operation. I liked seeing the process of him from soldier to where he ends up. I liked seeing further into the system and how the 'subjects' are treated and moulded into perfect soldiers.
Most important of all was that the action was good. Motorcycles and running and cars and guns and fist fights in all forms of weather in different countries with explosions and everything else you could hope for. Watch this movie for the action and not for the characters. I will admit that Jason Bourne was more interesting therefore the first three movies are more suspenseful this movie still impressed me.
I suppose you have to watch it to find out. I knew it wasn't going to be like the last movies so maybe that's why I liked it so much. Go in with an open mind and you might love it. The action is worth it.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
2012 documentary by Marisa Miller Wolfson about 3 meat and dairy loving Americans who adopt a vegan diet for six weeks to see if they can live a healthier lifestyle.
As a new vegan (1+ years) I have researched the topic in all forms and documentaries are a really good way to start learning and see real life cases of how much your diet affects your life.
I am still not sure if I liked how the movie starts out. The director/writer and also narrator attacks the issue with humour that for me ruined the seriousness that is this topic. They tried to make it a comedy but I don't mind factory farming funny.
I also couldn't get over how rough the footage was. I don't understand why they couldn't have rented a higher definition or more professional camera because it was a bit distracting and once again took away from the seriousness of the doc by looking like a high school project. I know that shouldn't matter but it does to movie watchers.
I liked the challenge and how she picked different people from different backgrounds, genders and ages. I liked how they had their own personal reflections and showed their vegan process regardless of the outcome.
I am a big fan of the doc Forks Over Knives. That is the movie that convinced me to stick with my vegan diet. Watch that if you like this movie. It's more informative and fact based than this movie. Everyone should learn about animal based diets though and this is a good place to start.
Monday, December 3, 2012
A 2012 comedy feature film by Seth MacFarlane about a boy who wishes for his teddy bear to be his best friend forever...and his wish comes true.
I put off seeing this moving because I was one of the few people who found nothing funny at all about the trailer and felt that therefore the entire movie would be pretty lame. It turns out that everything I thought was funny was not in the trailer.
While it wasn't nearly as hilarious as it claimed to be the movie wasn't actually that bad. It was average in my books. There was comedy but it was limited. There were some really great moments that made watching the movie worth while. Ultimately though, I feel as if this movie is very forgettable.
Mark Wahlberg is pretty much just Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter) but he suited this role so there's that. I like Mila Kunis (Black Swan) but her character didn't really make me feel anything, good or bad.
I enjoyed the narrator. That was a great idea. I liked the story in general actually but they ruined it by adding too many corny make up moments and not enough comedy to wrap around them.
If you see the trailer and laugh you will like this.
Bonuses: Ryan Reynolds (Safe House) and Giovanni Ribisi.
This 2012 action/thriller by director David Koepp brings us the story of how one NYC bike courier runs into trouble with a dirty cop who is interested in the envelope he is trying to deliver.
There are many things in life that I love. One of those things is action movies. The other is cycling.
And goddammit I loved this movie.
The first and (as far as I know) only bike action movie. I thought that the action was amazing. They packed this movie with intensity, tension, suspense and excitement. It's fast paced and raw. It was original and amazing.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hesher, Looper) delivers once again. Nothing bad to ever say about him. Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) was also great in this movie, as usual.
I was surprised by how much I liked all the supporting cast as well, especially Dania Ramirez. They added humour here and there which was a nice break from all the action. I also liked how they included a pinch of romance but just enough to make the characters seem more relatable and add that lovely layer of emotional connection.
Sure, if you strip this movie down the script was a little rough. The plot is there to support everything else that is going on and not the other way around and for action movies this is a good trick. It worked for this film.
If you don't like bikes or enjoy cycling it might be hard to understand this movie. The action is only believable if you can insert yourself into the situations and characters. Which I could. This for me was a wild ride that I will not soon forget.
Check it out.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
1990 comedy/drama by director Brian De Palma (Femme Fatale).
After a wealthy man hits a young black man with his car his life begins to unravel before his eyes.
You would think that a movie starring Tom Hanks (Cloud Atlas) AND Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom) would be sure to be amazing but it is not the case sadly.
I think the main issue is that this movie is not a comedy. If it is it's a dark comedy that is written poorly. The fact that it is from the 90s is no excuse this time around - it's just not a very good movie.
Bruce Willis is the narrator and you think that the story is all about him but it's really about Tom Hanks but there is still all this attention on Bruce Willis and...it is boring. Not the actors faults at all. The script didn't flow well and it wasn't funny. The few funny bits were only mildly funny for a few seconds and the rest of the time I was wondering when they were going to bring everything together.
I understand what they were trying to do and the idea behind the story could've been much much better but it didn't work. The movie is meh.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Director Edward Zwick brings us the tale of three brothers in this 1994 epic drama.
What a great cast: Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Anthony Hopkins (Thor), Aidan Quinn and Julia Ormond. All were great but Pitt was absolutely fantastic. He made me cry so many times during this movie. That jerk.
This film is beautiful. Watching it just for the scenery is worth it. I guess that's why it won the Oscar for best cinematography.
I thought they over did it with the soundtrack sometimes. I never agree that boosting the music when something drama happens makes the scene any more emotional or intense. On the contrary, I find it distracting and it takes me out of the movie. People are still doing it though - it has become a staple for dramas I suppose.
There were definitely some cheesy scenes. There were a handful of riding in the sunset type of shots but that was just a part of this movie. The background was amazing so I can't complain.
All in all, this is a great drama with a good script, an excellent cast and more epicness than I thought could fit inside a 2 hour window. The beginning was rough around the edges and there were some dips and dives along the way but ultimately it's a good movie. Anything that can make me cry even though I don't want to deserves a watch.
Another movie that is hard to rate. This movie was perfect at times but would be corny the next. I did laugh at some serious parts because of that...and the romance is very 90s romance (if you know what I mean). Pitt was great and so was Hopkins...
For the ultimate in epic and the unwanted tears.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
2010 drama by Richard J. Lewis about a man who finally finds the love of his life but things don't work out the way he thought they would.
Wow, I did not see that ending coming. Bravo to everyone. I wasn't sure what to take from this movie or if I liked it or not but than the plot twist entered and I was an emotional wreck and I just couldn't believe that his life had become that...
The movie leading up to the plot twist was average in my books. There were a few funny moments which was a nice break in the drama. The performances were great. Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike (Made in Dagenham), Scott Speedman and Dustin Hoffman were all amazing. It's just that the script took a bit of time to build and things were slow. Things would happened that you thought would lead to the big climax but then they would fade until BAM the whole thing comes into light.
The ending makes me want to give this film a huge rating but I know I was only vaguely interested for the other half of the film and started to do dishes and what not while watching. The story is great but I couldn't relate to anything or feel a close connection to the characters until the end.
See. this is a classic example of why you should watch movies all the way through. Even if you're bored and swear it will not get better sometimes they surprise you and the entire movie turns around.
I would rate this movie a 4/5 for the ending but I'll just go in between my feelings with...
Saturday, November 24, 2012
2011 drama by director Agnieszka Holland.
The story of how a German sewer worker in Poland hides a group of Jewish refugees in the sewers of Lvov.
I love films that are based on true stories. Especially when they are about war. This movie shows a side of WWII that I doubt very many have ever heard of and may still be unable to accept. I still cannot believe what these people went through. While the movie was a dramatization, it's still unbelievable.
That's the main reason why I watched this movie and liked it. It showed me a side WWII that I had never heard of which is rare as I have been actively watching, reading and listening to stories about the first world wars my entire life.
While the majority of the movie is focused around the one area in the sewers, I found this film interesting and suspenseful. While I enjoyed seeing the surface vs. the sewer, at times I found it hard to leave one or the other which ruined the flow.
I liked the main character and how he was the unlikely hero. By the end, you aren't sure if he deserves the credit he gives himself and you consistently doubt him throughout the movie. It adds an extra layer to the plot which kept things interesting.
I also liked how they took a deeper look into the German's who risked their own lives to help others. Even if, as is the case in this movie, they don't necessarily know the extent of their efforts.
For me, everyone should watch as many movies as they can regarding all of our past wars. War shows us humanity in its purest forms - good and bad - and allows us a deeper look into the world we live in.
Friday, November 23, 2012
2010 animation/drama by director Sylvain Chomet.
A French illusionist finds himself unemployed and heads to Scotland for work where he meets a young girl. Their adventure will change their lives forever.
Love the animation in this movie. I am generally prone to liking animation but this one was more like a painting than an attack of colours. It was also realistic - very beautiful.
I also enjoyed the fact there wasn't really any dialogue. I think it added to the magic of the story. You don't need words to portray emotion or move the plot forward or great a climax. This film proves that.
At first I loved this movie. Then part way through I lost interest and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it had to do with the fact that the story started strong and with a bang and the main character moves here and there frequently but once the girl is introduced things slow a bit. This was good as it allowed you to absorbed the characters but I think it also stop the flow that had already been created.
I know there was some deeper understanding to everything that I ultimately missed. I liked the story and the main character was really interesting. It was funny at times too which was a bonus. I guess I just didn't fall into this magical world and was a bit disappointed because of that...
...now that I think of it, maybe that was the point.
Whoa. Mind bomb.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
2010 drama/mystery film by Denis Villeneuve. This is based on one of my favourite award winning plays - Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad.
In order to fulfill their mothers last wishes, twins travel to the Middle East to find their unknown father and brother.
I feel as though everyone should watch this movie. Not only is the story incredible but it has never been said before (as far as I know). The truth...it's unbelievable and incredible but ultimately powerful.
It's almost impossible for me to review this because it is a really powerful story and is hard to put into words.
The performances were great (Lubna Azabal and Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin especially). The adaptation from play to film was bang on. The intensity and emotional connection was intacted. It's drama and stories of war at it's greatest and most disturbed.
The only down side of seeing the movie after watching the play is that I knew the ending which is important not to know - you need to figure it out at the same time as the characters. I also remember the on stage actors and felt more connected to everything while watching it on stage so I feel extremely bias.
If you want to be shaken and your boundaries of understanding tested then this is the drama for you. Regardless, everyone should watch this. I've never seen anything like it.
2011 James Moll documentary telling the story of the Foo Fighters, from Nirvana to present day.
I remember the time when I used to 'borrow' their first album from my oldest brother, who had it on tape (that's right folks, cassettes, remember those?) and love every minute of every song.
I thought that this movie was going to be about the band members sitting around telling stories but it was so much more than that.
This is easily one of my new all time favourite music documentaries. The interviews are personal. The pace, edits, direction and every little story is beautifully organize and laid out. The stories are almost unbelievable at times. The struggles, success and friendships are fantastic. I don't have anything bad to say about this movie at all - it is flawless.
If you like rock music, Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters or documentaries, check this out!
I dare you to watch even one minute of this movie and not find yourself watching the entire thing. I've already watched it twice and would not hesitate from watching it again.
Note: Once you finish watching it I highly suggest watching the Foo Fighters Skin and Bones live DVD.
Monday, November 19, 2012
The final movie for this international sensation about a love that will live forever. Directed by Bill Condon.
Let me just state that the last movie, Part 1, is unforgivable horrible. At least for me. I still do not understand why it was two movies. Yes, in order to fit all the ramble from the first half of the book but more importantly to make money...but it should have been one film. It would have been far better.
That aside, part 2 was surprisingly good. They changed the ending a bit but nothing to get in an uproar about it. The change made it more exciting and stimulating to watch. I liked that they didn't back down from more of the riskier facets of the book.
It is great to see how everyone's acting got better the older they got. Kristen Stewart (Snow White and the Huntsman), Robert Pattinson (Water for Elephants) and Taylor Lautner (Abduction) spent a lot of time on these movies. The characters are what they are and stay pretty consistent throughout. I felt that they did leave a lot out concerning the supporting cast which was a bit of a let down but I can see why they decided to stick to the main characters.
I liked it. They took all the dialogue and stuffed it into Part 1 and kept all the action and excitement for Part 2.
If you like Twilight you will like this - especially if you didn't walk out of the cinema during Part 1. This is like a breath of fresh air compared to that. If you don't like Twilight you will hate it so don't go see it and feel special for telling everyone that you don't like it and it is garbage. Give it up.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The latest Bond film by director Sam Mendes.
This is action in its purest and most delicious form.
I do not have bad things to say about this movie. I will admit that at one point I was nudging my interest between the plot twist and the big climax but that's because I was being fed action consistently up until then and my brain didn't know what to do once it stopped.
Daniel Craig was great (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Cowboys and Aliens).
Javier Bardem (Biutiful, Eat Pray Love) was incredible. I am so happy that he got this role because, not only was he perfect for it, but now he can reach a larger audience and everyone can see how great he is.
Judi Dench was as good as ever. Ralph Fiennes (In Bruges) was a solid addition and it was nice to see him get in on the action. Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas) was an interesting character as well.
The action was amazing. I saw new things. I saw new ideas mixed with old tricks. There was humour. There was romance. There was drama. There was everything I wanted from this movie and more.
Still cannot get over the perfection of everything. Thank you to everyone involved in making this amazing movie.
See it. Just do it.
2012 drama/sci-fi by directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.
Looking at the lives of several characters and how they interact with each other over the course of history.
I was really looking forward to this movie for a very long time. The very first time I saw the trailer I was hooked. It looked original. New. Exciting. Intense. Thought provoking. Everything that I want in a good drama.
What I got was disappointing.
I liked everyones performances. What an amazing cast: Tom Hanks (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess (The Way Back), Hugo Weaving (Captain America), Jim Broadbent (Another Year), Susan Saranden, James D'Arcy, Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), Doona Bae, etc...
It wasn't the actors faults at all, I liked their performances, but I didn't overly enjoy the script. I thought it was a bit messy and flopped around too much. I was hoping for an original and deep story about reincarnation and past lives but there wasn't much for me to figure out or be blown away by. I left the theatre feeling the same way as when I entered. I suppose that I have an interest in the topic so I went in hoping that it would test the boundaries and teach me new concepts but it didn't.
I guess my high expectations ruined this movie for me. I was really hoping for a life changing movie with in depth characters and a script that would take a few watches to unravel. Instead I got a one dimensional plot with the only point of mystery was what the hell the tribe people were saying because I couldn't understand 80% of it. How can you feel an emotional attachment to a scene when you have no idea what people are saying? The answer is, you don't.
Still a good movie and I suggest watching it but don't be surprised if it doesn't blown your mind and make you want to see it again.
2012 drama/romance by Lorene Scafaria.
Two very different people meet each other 3 weeks before the end of the world and begin to fall in love as they help each other get to where they need to go before they die.
I saw the trailer for this and thought it would be interesting. I'm not sure if I ever saw commercials or posters around for this movie though and I'm not sure why.
This was an unexpected romance movie with two strange characters and a look at humanity when facing certain death. There was even some comedy thrown in which was good.
I liked the romance aspect because it wasn't too much and seemed to happen naturally during the movie. I liked the characters because they were different and weird enough to evoke interest. I actually liked Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method) more than Steve Carell (Crazy Stupid Love) but I think it was more due to my response to their characters and not their performances.
I liked this movie but honestly didn't find it anything special. It was a nice take on the whole end of the world scenario. I just didn't find myself becoming too attached. I did like how they didn't cop out at the end and went through with the end of the world...I was worried they would wake up and find out the asteroid missed them.
An easy watch but didn't cause any deep thoughts once the credits rolled.
Monday, November 12, 2012
2012 action/crime/drama by Oliver Stone brings us the story of independent pot growers in California who turn down an offer from the Mexican cartel only to have their girlfriend kidnapped and are forced to take violent action to get her back.
This movie has a great cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), John Travolta (Hairspray), Salma Hayek (Puss in Boots), Benicio Del Toro (The Wolfman), Emile Hirsch (The Darkest Hour) and Blake Lively (The Green Lantern).
I liked the script and enjoyed the many layers and different characters. I generally liked everyone's performance. I still don't know if I liked the ending but I did like how it surprised me when they switched it up.
This movie is good by all standards but for some reason it didn't rock my socks. I watched the whole thing with interest but not with intensity or heightened excitement. While it was nice to see both Aaron and Taylor's well formed butts, I wasn't able to break through the proverbial fourth wall. By all means I should have, and this movie is right up my alley, but it didn't take me as far as I wanted it to.
Still a good watch and I liked it a lot. Just not enough to need to watch it again any time soon.
2011 documentary by Wim Wenders about the late Pina Bausch with performances of her famous creations by her dancers.
If you are interested in dance, visual arts or enjoy theatre you will most likely enjoy this. If not, you may find it hard to grasp or that there isn't much to grasp on to.
My background in theatre made me appreciate this documentary. I thought the dances and dancers were powerful, beautiful, frightening and strange all at the same time. My favourite part of this whole movie, besides the individual dancers personal dances off stage, was the individual dancers explanation of Pina and what she meant to them.
Very inspirational. I did think that the start was a bit slow and I would love to see these dances in full, on stage and in person...but you can't have it all. Also, then the movie would have been 5 hours long (give or take).
Enjoyed it. Wouldn't say it's an easy watch for those not prepared or interested in modern dance, but I liked it.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
2012 comedy by director Jay Roach.
Two very different candidates run for congress in North Carolina but only one will win.
Zach Galifianakis (Due Date, The Hangover Part II) is quickly becoming my favourite comedian. I have liked him in everything he has done and the trend continues. This guy cracks me up! Keep it up!
I will also admit that I liked Will Ferrell (The Other Guys) more in this movie than I have in years. That being said, he still doesn't do it for me. I understand why people like him but I have been over it for a long time. He needs a fresh take on his act or will fade away.
The script was surprisingly decent and consistent. It wasn't over flowing with comedy so that you didn't have time to work out the characters and it kept things at face value. The ending was too drawn out though and a bit sloppy. They tried to fit too much heart and emotion after all of the comedy and it didn't work. They tried to force the entire thing with music but that just made it worse.
I liked it way more than I thought I would but I only burst out laughing a few times and was generally entertained for the rest.
Bonus: John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
2012 romance/scf-fi/comedy by director Colin Trevorrow about three magazine writers from Seattle who look into a story about a man who is seeking a partner to time travel with.
This movie isn't really about time travel, it's about people. It's about regrets, secrets and desires. It's about the past and the present and how each person is responsible for where they are and where they are going. It's also about love.
I wasn't sure if I liked this movie but by the end of it I was on board. I think it was because I thought that it was going to be a completely different movie. It was far more quirky and strange than I thought it would be but in the end it was a refreshing, original movie. It wasn't laugh out loud funny but it was a bit of dark comedy.
I liked it. Very different. Strange but heart warming at the same time. You just have to stick it out for a bit while the beginning warms up and by the end you might be grinning like an idiot like I was.
It's actually really hard to give this a rating because I had no idea where this movie was going for the first half and it wasn't until the second half that I began to invest in the characters...
2004 action/crime/drama movie by director David R. Ellis. A woman is kidnapped but wires a broken phone to call a young man's cellhpone. He is her only hope to save her family and catch the people who did this to them.
I am on a Chris Evans (Puncture, What's Your Number) kick so I thought I would go back and watch one of his earlier movies. I liked watching him in this movie because it really shows how much he has been improving and expanding his skill. He handled the action quite well and I thought he was great in this role. He wasn't as well rounded as in his current films but he has had 8 years since.
Kim Basinger was okay. A bit one dimensional but when you spend 80% of a movie in the same room it can be hard to be anything else.
Jason Statham is Jason Statham as Jason Statham (Killer Elite). But he always is and he really works as a bad guy with a gun so who am I to complain?
This was a decent action movie. I would really suggest it to someone but if it was on and I wanted to watch an action movie I would watch it without regrets.
After thought: I really do not like the title of this movie. No idea why...
Bonus: William H. Macy.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
2012 animation/family/comedy by director Rich Moore.
Wreck it Ralph grows tired of being the bad guy and leaves his game after 30 years to try and be the good guy for once.
This is a great little movie. It's not...actually little, but it's a kids movie and I thought it was cute so I say little in terms of cute and cuddly like.
Pure imagination. I loved the game world! I liked Ralph. I liked the mix of retro 8-bit with new HD graphics. I thought the humour was all ages and perfect for the family. I cannot begin to imagine all of the people involved in making this movie happen as every, tiny detail was flawless. Even the music and sound effects. The script, the voices (John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch)...everything.
The only complaint is that it was exactly how I thought it would be. I was hoping for a few surprises or twists but when you watch the trailer you pretty much get the gist of everything. I know it's a kids movie, and I definitely wasn't hoping for Inception type material, but I was looking for something a little extra and I didn't get it.
Great movie. Funny, cute, heart warming and something for the whole family.
Check it out.
Director Mark Mylod brings us this 2011 romcom about a woman who becomes obsessed with tracking down her ex's after realizing that she is 1 number away from never being a bride.
This movie was exactly what I wanted. A solid romcom with the perfect amount of sexy man, cuteness and humour. What this one had that most do not was an almost perfect balance between the 3. It wasn't so much a chick flick that I wanted to throw up. It wasn't too much humour to ruin the romance. And it was all the right amount of [sexy as hell] Chris Evans to keep the girls swooning until kingdom come.
Besides being suddenly the most attractive man on earth, Chris Evans (Puncture, Captain America) handled the comedy aspect of his role really well. I was also happy to re-notice that he is a multi-talented actor. I liked him. He's a triple treat - in terms of acting. I mean, I think it was him singing and playing guitar, but I am not sure how his dance moves are...
Anna Faris (House Bunny) is funny and cute but other than that I thought she was pretty one dimensional. I know I shouldn't expect the best from a romcom but I do hope to see the ability to switch from happy to sad without it seeming forced and I saw some forceful emotions my friends.
I wasn't sure how to think of the plot but it actually ends up being pretty hilarious and entertaining.
Great romcom. Perfect for a before bed movie. Just enough emotion to make it interesting and humour to keep you entertained with a healthy dose of laughter to bring it all home. Made my girl heart happy.
Bonus: The cameo's from all of the ex's. Jokes.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
2009 drama/fantasy by renown French director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible) about a druggie who is attempting to rekindle his strained relationship with his sister but gets shot and his spirit follows his sister and former friends.
This movie was too much. I found it really slow, repetitive, a bit disturbing and ultimately strange.
Strange in the sense that it was out there and felt over done. To be honest, explaining this movie at all is impossible for me because I spent most of the time laying on the couch wishing it would hurry up and get to the point so I could stop watching it.
I feel like this movie was made about drugs and the afterlife for people to do drugs and fantasize about the afterlife. I did not have any drugs on hand...although, maybe it wouldn't have felt like a waste if I had.
I like this director. I like how he pushes the boundaries of film like in Irreversible (which is the most disturbing movie I have ever seen but feel that everyone should see it). He lost me this time around. The whole outer body movement and sex and colours and strange visions took up far more time than the characters and scene progression. I respect this movie but I will not ever feel the need to watch it again.
Check it out if the trailer interests you but be prepared for 3 hours of not a lot. Also, the brother and sister love thing was a bit much for me but I like that the director did not back down his that.
Cool concept. For sure nothing like this has been done before. I really wanted to like this movie and heard good things but it didn't do it for me.
2002 crime/mystery by director Brian De Palma.
A con-woman begins to slowly unravel as he life takes many turns in the wrong direction.
This just wasn't my style of movie. I respect the style and the story but I didn't like the characters or overly care about anything that was happening. A large part of this film had me rolling my eyes and/or wondering why they felt the need to go as far as they did with certain aspects of certain characters.
I will admit that, while I wasn't completely surprised that what was happening wasn't what was really happening, I still thought that the subtle hints and switch back was well done. I also liked how everything came together at the end and the characters worked themselves out.
Rebecca Romijn was amazing though even if her character didn't necessarily appeal to me. Antonio Banderas (Haywire, Puss in Boots) was good in this role as well.
A good watch with an original script. If you like strange or off beat movies you may like this. Just be prepared to be a bit perplexed by the sexual atmosphere and the insane main character.
Monday, October 29, 2012
This 2001 Spanish horror/drama by director Guillermo del Toro brings us the story of an orphan who is brought to a strange orphanage and discovers that it is haunted by many secrets.
This movie was on a lot of favourite horror movie lists and I've been waiting awhile to see it. I wasn't prepared for it to be more drama than horror but as the movie continued it began to become more and more interesting and I didn't mind so much.
I wouldn't say that this is scary. The first few encounters with the ghost was suspenseful but once the story builds and the characters open up more you become so involved with the story that everything hits you on a more emotional scale.
The kids were all great. Actually, all of the performances were good (Maria Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve).
Slow at the start but the creepiness and secrets keep building throughout the film. The ending is the best. I honestly did not see the last 15-20 minutes of this movie coming and that was the best part. Without it I would have been unimpressed but because of the way it ends and everything comes together I really enjoyed it.
Check it out. Also, I highly suggest subtitles over a dubbed version. Don't cop out.
2011 action/crime/thriller movie by director Gareth Evans about a SWAT team that becomes trapped after a failed raid attempt on a corrupt building complex and have to fight their way out.
This is definitely one of the best fight/action movies ever. I now understand why people went crazy for this movie at all of the film festivals. The best thing about all of the action is that it never stops. I think there is a total of 20 minutes of this movie where there isn't any fighting. Maybe even less. But each fight is a little different. The people have different styles, weapons and rooms with props...awesome.
I found the soundtrack and effects to be an awesome surprise. Great use of sounds to enhance the scenes but not enough to mask the natural sounds of breathing and vocal grunts, etc.
Unfortunately, the only copy of this I could find was an English dubbed version. I hate dubbed movies because I find that the original actors emotions come out in their voices and when you have a group of people standing in a room reading off a script it just isn't the same. This is especially true for action movies.
The story isn't actually that bad. The ending wasn't lame and while the script was purposefully creating action it didn't seem unnecessary or over done. To be honest, this was some of the best hand to hand and over all fighting I have ever seen. Choreography was amazing. Blew my mind.
If you like action and/or fight movies you will love this.
Bonus: Hats off to Iko Uwais.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Directed by Ben Affleck.
A CIA agent comes up with a plan to get 6 American diplomats out of 1980s revolutionary Iran.
Loved the story. The script was fantastic.
This movie was really tense at times. Just when you think that things couldn't get more intense, they do. I really loved this script. Especially once things get rolling. A lot of the time movies lose sight of the story and let the action and suspense get in the way of the plot. This time they did a lovely dance and finished with style. Suspense built on tension around high emotions...very well done.
Everyone brought their A game for this movie. All performances, big or small, were bang on.
Hats off to you Ben Affleck. You keep coming back and surprising us all with well crafted and well executed films. After this movie, I think that you were born to be a director rather than an actor. But for now, I'll take both.
There were times when I found the pace to be a little off. There were a few choppy cuts and scene progressions but nothing crucial. There was one edit that I honestly don't know why it was kept...but that's just me.
Great story. Great cast. Great movie.
Bonus: John Goodman (The Artist).
2006 Renny Harlin fantasy/horror flick.
A group of teenagers with the ability to do magic discover that their covenant is under threat.
This movie is pretty teen-bopper heavy but without the much desired humour that usual goes along with the teen-horror genre. I laughed a few times, but it was only because I couldn't take the whole teen aspect/overall acting seriously.
As a paranormal movie lover I will give anything a chance. I actually liked the basis of the whole covenant story and the movie had a little more depth to it than I thought it would. Just a little.
What I didn't like was how they decided to 'show' their powers. I didn't like the effect. I also didn't like that they made them seem more like vampires than anything else. I enjoyed the curse aspect of it and the general idea but the fighting was pretty lame and what they used their powers to do was also equally unimpressive.
Decent enough for a late night watch, especially if you're looking for a PG rated horror/fantasy movie.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
2012 movie by director Steven Soderbergh (Haywire).
Magic Mike is 20% dancing and 80% bullshit.
This movie is about men taking off their clothes some of the time and the rest of the time they are just...around doing stuff.
I gave it a chance. It was even worse than I ever thought. The acting was horrible. The whole movie was so bad that after awhile I couldn't even make fun of it any more. No idea what any of the story was really about and they failed at just about everything to do with "romance". There wasn't even that much stripping going on in the movie so what was the point?
Watch it if you want. I cannot believe this made as much money as it did...
I want my 110 minutes back.
(.5 was for the one scene that Channing Tatum actually danced)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
2012 action/crime/thriller by director Asger Leth brings us the story of a man who threatens to jump from a ledge until he proves he did not commit a crime he was convicted of.
I saw trailers for this and thought "Well, there is a script that has already been done a million times." and I was pretty much right about that.
You know what will happen as soon as the movie starts. It was easy to guess how everything would turn out.
What this movie did surprise me with was everything else going on outside of this man on a ledge. There was a whole inside job thing that was really interesting and smart and that is what kept me watching. I thought I could watch a few minutes while cooking lunch but ended up watching the entire thing because they were sneaky with giving interesting info (I am being vague because I don't want to give spoilers). This is where the thriller part of this movie comes into play and it's great.
Elizabeth Banks (What to Expect When You're Expecting), Sam Worthington (Wrath of the Titans), Jamie Bell (The Eagle) and Ed Harris (The Way Back) were all good in this movie. There wasn't a lot of room for the actors to prove their skills as the movie focused on keeping a fast pace and moving the story forward but I thought they were good.
That's about it. If you're looking for a straight forward crime/thriller that won't keep you up at nights this may be the movie for you.
Bonus: Edward Burns (She's the One).
This 2012 romcom by director Kirk Jones looks at the lives of different women and couples at different times of pregnancy.
Intense cast: Cameron Diaz (My Sister's Keeper), Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks (Our Idiot Brother), Anna Kendrick (50/50), Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock (Grown Ups), Matthew Morrison...and so many more.
I just...I can't like these types of chick flick movies. I tried. I honestly gave it a chance. There were a lot of good actors and they did a decent job but I just don't like these types of romcoms. I can't relate and when I can I don't find it very realistic.
Script was what it was. Chris Rock was hilarious. So was Dennis Quaid. Actually, there were a lot of funny moments in this movie but I found that all of them happened due to the men in the movie and not the ladies.
Watch the trailer. If you think you will like it you probably will. If you watch the trailer and think it's stupid then you won't like it.
I would give it a 1 but there was some good comedy tucked in there but not enough to make the movie recommendable.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The anticipated sequel by director Olivier Megaton (Colombiana</em>).
I love these movies. They are smart. They are suspenseful. They have just the right amount of story and the right amount of action. They go from car chases to gun fights to hand-to-hand combat in the blink of an eye but never set off unnecessary explosions or have too much blood. It's realistic (well, as much as you can get) and most importantly: Liam Neeson (Unknown, The Grey) is the bomb.
The chicks were pretty awesome in this too. I was surprised by Maggie Grace (Lockout) and always like Famke Janssen.
I liked this one just as much as the first. The only thing I didn't like was that it seemed too short and the first one seemed to have a few more layers but meh. They also left the ending so there was lots of room for a third film, but I'm okay with that. The beginning could have started out with more of a bang but once things start happening they do not let up for a minute. That's what I love. You get some back story, see a happy family and then BAM, action until the credits roll.
Liked it. Liked the father/daughter team and the reasons why they were "taken".
If you liked the first you'll like the second. Such solid action.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
2012 end to the trilogy by director Barry Sonnenfeld.
I think a plot summary would run it so I wont.
I really liked the whole time travel part of this movie. I think the core of this script was really good. The only thing that didn't quite make it from page to screen was the humour that I was looking forward to from the last movies. Maybe it's because the first one came out way back now or that the characters just weren't clicking as much as in the past...it just wasn't there. There was humour but it was pretty thin. What was there kept things entertaining though.
The first half made me worry that I was about to waste 2 hours of my life but once things really get going and the pace picks up (and Will Smith brings it) everything is good.
Boris. I have an issue with Boris. He wasn't really scary. He was an obvious villain. But most importantly: I could not take him seriously because he is Jemaine Clement, who is one of the most hilarious people on earth at this very moment. They tried to make him all scary and evil but once I hear that voice I just think of one thing - Flight of the Conchords.
Decent story. Not as good as the first, but you already knew that. Not as much Tommy Lee Jones (>The Sunset Limited
) as I wanted but Josh Brolin did a good job covering that. Just enough Will Smith to keep me entertained and some action added in there.
The very end was lame but the part before that last minute was actually well done. Then they went and ruined it. Lame.
Let's hope they stay at 3 and don't decide on a 4th.
Bonus: Emma Thompson.
(.5 for the time travel coolness)
1988 Don Bluth film about a group of young dinosaurs who are separated from their families and have to work together to find them.
This will be forever one of my favourite kids movies. I grew up watching this and even though the other 18 or so are horrible (no idea how many there are now, but they seem to keep making more) the first movie is fantastic.
Keep in mind that for a kid, this is a pretty scary film. There is a definite 80s kids movie creepy feeling to the look and feel of it all. The dinos aren't all lovable and at times you wonder if this was really meant for children. It's still highly educational, mostly accurate and touches on a lot of morals. The animation is pretty cool too.
A touching splash of drama with an adventure that ends in survival and reuniting with ones family...brings a tear to your eye.
Monday, October 8, 2012
2011 Oscar nominated drama by directer Rodrigo Garcia tells the story of a waiter disguised as a man who dreams of owning her own shop and marrying but no one is as they seem.
This is pure drama. If you want a great drama then this is for you.
The best thing about this movie is Glenn Close's performance. She just...it's ridiculous. Completely transformed, body and soul.
The worst thing about this movie is Glenn Close's performance. No one else can match her so all the other characters (and this is a very character driven story) don't come close to being as amazing. This is noticeable right away and continues throughout the film. It's not their faults. Aaron Taylor and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) tried their hardest. She cannot be touched in this role.
This led to a lot of the movie, especially anything not doing with Mr. Nobbs, to seem pretty boring. The story is interesting and all but a drama without an over-all impressive cast doesn't work.
Liked it and I'm glad I finally got around to watching it but I only felt attached to Mr. Nobbs and nothing else.
Bonus: Brendan Gleeson (The Guard). He rocks.
(.5 just for Glenn)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
...I don't want to say what the movie is about because not knowing makes it a million times better.
Holy crap I loved this movie! Thank you, Wes Anderson (director).
I can see why so many people are talking about it especially regarding possible [Oscar] awards!
The cast alone makes my eyes bulge: Bruce Willis (Looper), Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman (Funny People), Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand...
Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman were beyond fantastic. They were quirky, hilarious, smart and all around amazing.
The story seems thin at first but it's the characters that really make this movie so brilliant. It was funny in a unique and fresh way. Originality at its purest. The love when I see a movie and cannot for the life of me compare it to any other film I've ever seen. That doesn't happen as often as I would like it to and this was one of this movies.
I honestly don't know what else to say. The most I think about this movie the more I fall in love with it. The first half seems unconnected and maybe a bit fuzzy but once everything rolls around full circle you really grasp at how great it is.
The Judge is back and negotiations are over in this remake by Pete Travis of the 1995 classic action/sci-fi flick.
I was not going to see this movie in theatres...and maybe not at all. I like the original because I grew up watching it and just thought that without Stallone that it wouldn't be good at all.
I was wrong (I am saying that a lot lately).
Hats off to Karl Urban (Priest, Red). That motha can grimace like it's his job! I couldn't blame him for the horrible one liners that were written for him but I did blame him for making me enjoy a movie that I thought I would hate.
Things I really didn't like: the way they portrayed the psychic. Olivia Thirlby (The Darkest Hour</em>) was good regardless.
Things that were amazing: the way they portrayed the drug. It was SO cool. I loved the weaponry, the costumes and the sets. I thought they had a good balance of real life and computer generated backgrounds. I also liked the 3D aspect of it but it didn't make or break the movie at all.
Dialogue aside, this movie was way way better than I imaged it could be. Yes, I laughed a few times because of the ridiculousness of some scenes but everything else made up for it.
Bonus: Lena Headey. She was a bad-ass, um, bad-ass.
I almost want to give this a 4/5 but the script left something to be desired.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
2012 action/sci-fi/thriller by director/writer Rian Johnson.
I am not going to give a plot summery because it will be a spoiler.
I am a huge fan of Brick. I think that it is one of the best movies made and so I was super excited to see that Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hesher, 50/50) were going to make another movie together. Add Bruce Willis (Surrogates) and Emily Blunt (The Five-Year Engagement) and you know it's going to be good.
The movie was fanastic. Everyone brought their A game and really rocked the crap out of every scene and character. The kid (Pierce Gagnon) is AMAZING and really made this movie solid.
My only issue is that it wasn't as mind bending and problem solving/thought provoking as I was hoping for. I only say that because of how intense Brick was and that the trailer hinted at something a little deeper (mind you, the story is completely different than Brick). It was not bad at all, don't get me wrong. I know that when I see it again that I will love it 100% but I just didn't get entirely what I was hoping for.
That being said, it was still intense. I loved the idea behind loopers and the whole time travel scenario. I really liked the TK part (don't want to ruin anything but you will know when you see it) and how they focused on life and fate, etc...
I'm starting to hint at what could be a spoiler so I'll stop.
The guns were cool. The future was cool. I like how they didn't waste any time on anything outside of the main story. I loved the action/gun fights and the cast...yup. This is an awesome movie.
Bonus: Jeff Daniels (The Answer Man).
2012 mystery/thriller by James McTeigue.
Edward Allen Poe must solve the puzzles surrounding a string of murders left by a crazed admirer in order to save the woman he loves.
I didn't find Cusacks (Say Anything, Hot Tub Time Machine) performance as laughable as I thought it was going to be. Mind you, it took him the first half of the movie before he seemed to fully fall into his character and really start to harness Poe, but I wasn't expecting miracles. He was good for the part though in the end....even if there were a few eye rolling, over acting scenes involved.
I don't know much about Edgar Allen Poe besides parts of his collective works that I read in high school when I thought I was being dark, mysterious and cool. I feel like if I had known more about the man that I wouldn't have like the way he was portrayed but I thought the script was decent and the characters well cast.
John Cusack was nothing next to Luke Evans (>The Three Musketeers<
/em>) who played the detective. I thought his performance was great. Also, Brendan Gleeson (The Guard, The Secret of Kells) is always a huge bonus.
Costume's were okay. The blood and guts were pretty good and the suspense/thrill kept me watching with interest. It just didn't take me the whole way. The movie says what it has to say and then the credits roll.
The only thing I really didn't like about this movie was the ending. The climax - when you find out who it is and there is this character just didn't do it for me. I didn't really care; there was no shock, sympathy or anger.
This is not as bad as it looks and holds its own but don't be surprised if it doesn't rock your socks.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
2011 comedy by director David Frankel.
Three men at different stages in their lives decide to do a big year - attempt to spot the most birds they can in North America during a one year period.
I cannot believe that I actually liked this movie but I really, really did. I laughed and felt joyous and thought it was a generally good, heart felt comedy. I honestly put it on because I 'knew' I wouldn't like it and could turn it off after 20 minutes to go eat dinner...but I ended up finding it hard to turn away.
Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda 2>), Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) and Steve Martin were great together. It was nice that they were all different physically and age wise and also written to be in different stages of their lives.
Who would've thought that a movie about birding in North America would be so interesting. It really wasn't about the birds in the end, it was about the people. I found it funny - not burst out laughing all the time, but genuinely humourous. I liked the amount of cheese they added...except for the ending. That was too much cheese for me.
Liked it. That's about all I have to say. I know why it didn't do well but if you can watch it without caring if it's good it will come up and slap you. It wasn't mind blowing, except for the fact that I liked it as much as I did.
Give it a chance.
Monday, September 24, 2012
By writer/director Jee-woon Kim, this 2003 horror/mystery tells the story of two sisters return home only to fall victim to their stepmother all over again...or so it seems.
This was on my to watch list for a very long time. I heard about this movie years ago but could never find it any where in Canada so I forgot about it.
This is a great example of what is missing from a lot of horror movies - a good story. This movie was all about the story building. They held true to the mystery angle of the plot and left a lot of room for character development which led to an amazing climax. I really didn't see the twist coming until moments before it happened. Jee-woon Kim did a great job of leading you into a maze of possibilities and confusing you to the point of wanting to give up and then BOOM. Reveal.
That was the big thing for me though. While the reveal was amazing, the build was better than the final result. It was scary but not over the top. There was some weird stuff going on for sure though. The characters were well structured and they gave you just enough to hold onto each one as you try to figure out what is really going on. There was some confusion regarding a few extra characters that are never really explained and some parts of the movie that were a bit slow but nothing too major.
Those Korean film makers - they know horror like no other! Watch it if you like any other Korean movies or like a good story to your blood stained films.
2012 action/drama based on a true story by director John Hillcoat.
Three brothers living in Virginia run a successful bootlegging operation until a deputy from Chicago arrives to stop them.
This movie looked really promising to me, especially because of the all-star cast. Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce...
Don't be misled by the trailers. This is not an action movie. It's more of a drama with some guns and good fist fights...and a good ending.
The acting was good, don't get me wrong. The only issue was that Shia Labeouf (Transformers) was the only character they spent a decent amount of time showing. Well, that and Guy Pearce (Lockout), who's character was really strange and never really explained. Tom Hardy (This Means War, Warrior</em>) says about 5 sentences and Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) has maybe 5 minutes of total screen time. Lame.
It was actually pretty boring to be honest. The script was well done but when you're prepared for a shoot 'em up action movie about bootlegging you don't picture people sitting on a porch or talking amongst themselves as to what to do blah blah. You also don't expect a random love interest that really has nothing to do with anything...actually, there were two of those.
I was disappointed. It's not a bad movie though and I understand why people liked it but I was just hoping for more. The ending was good but it was too little too late for me.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
2012 romantic/comedy by Nicholas Stoller about a couple who decide to get married but life keeps getting in the way of their plans.
I really liked this movie. It was more hilarious than I thought it was going to be but wasn't ridiculously laugh out loud to distract me from the relationship aspects of the movie.
The movie started strong and had me hooked. I was really digging this movie and was excited to see where they were going to take it but then BAM...one of them doesn't except the change and they go to bed and a year passes but when they come back to the movies on of the characters is MESSED UP. And I mean, not in a funny way (for me) but in a "where the hell did they pull this crap from" type of messed. I thought it was going to be a nightmare/dream scenario and was waiting for one of them to wake up but they didn't...it was actually where they decide to take the movie. From that point on it was just them trying to make it better and correct it and get that character back to normal which started to get boring after awhile.
I liked the story and generally liked the script. I thought that Jason Segel (Gulliver's Travels, The Muppets) and Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria, Gnomeo and Juliet) were great and their supporting cast was awesome. It was more hilarious than I thought it was going to be and also more heart-felt and cute (but not in a kissing way...okay, maybe a little bit in a kissing way).
I just wish that they hadn't of gone so far to the left and then swing back around to try and end off on a good note...really distracting and made me lose interest in the movie.
Other than that, a great romcom and some solid performances. The ending also didn't suck.
Monday, September 17, 2012
2011 history/drama director by Roland Emmerich...Something about Shakespeare being a fraud...
This was a load of garbage. I didn't watch the whole thing. I just couldn't. I watched the first 10 minutes and then started making ice cream and watched a few minutes here and then 15 minutes there and then the ending and the whole time I was just so angry...
The story is bad. Maybe it's because I actually appreciate Shakespeare and have no idea why people cannot just accept that some one hundreds of years ago is better than everyone else in the present (get over it). Maybe it's because I studied theatre and have high respect for the man and playwrights in general. Maybe it's because they took something that could have been interesting and ruined it.
I don't understand what was really going on. By that I mean, I understand the base of the plot, but then it just blew up into this story that I couldn't get behind. When I started to grasp what was happening suddenly there were so many characters and I just didn't care. I tried but...I was generally frowning and shaking my head the whole time.
While the costumes and sets were good, I found that the make-up left something to be desired. Also, every time something happened it ended in an overly dramatic and drawn out, slow zoom in on some one looking shocked/angry/upset. BORING. Ugh. Not the actors faults though.
Good things this is called Anonymous because maybe in two years no one will remember who or what or why it ever was (even though no one is talking about it already).
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
2012 action/sci-fi by Len Wiseman about a factory worker who goes to Rekall to escape his daily life only to discover that he is the spy he was hoping to become.
I guess I liked this movie because I was expecting it to be completely horrible but instead I found it rather enjoyable. It is important to watch this movie knowing that it is IN NO WAY like the original (and far better) version. If you can accept that no one goes to Mars and their eyes don't hilariously bulge out of their heads and that a creepy baby thing lives in someones stomach than this movie may surprise you (but not in those weird type of ways).
I liked Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses, Fright Night) in this movie. I felt that his character wavered here and there but nothing that caused me to lose interest in the film.
The script, though slow at the beginning, was good. I liked the story and generally liked the characters. That being said, they didn't really focus on any characters for too long except for Colin Farrell's and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld:Awakening). I thought this was okay seeing how I don't like Jessica Biel and STILL do not think she can act to save her life. Just sayin'.
Good action. The suspense in this was really well done. I liked the fight scenes and the cool weapons they had. I wasn't overly excited over the flying car chase but I got over it. I thought they over did it on the computer graphics, especially with the backgrounds. All green screen and all noticeably not real. Meh. Can't seem to find too many well done sci-fi's without CGI all over the place.
Not too shabby. Not the best thing ever but I think it deserve a chance.
Bonus: Bill Nighy...although, not for very long. :(