Saturday, June 15, 2013
2011 documentary by Curt Morgan.
This is easily one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.
I do not snowboarding, nor do I particularly enjoy winter sports but this movie had me from start to finish. I found it interesting, thrilling, funny and fantastic. What a ride! Beautifully filmed and brilliantly captures the lives of these crazy folk (that's right, I said folk).
While it is all about snowboarding I liked how they showed the friendships and explained the regions as well. I liked how they spoke of it being an adventure thing and not a adrenaline junky thing - something I think that is easier to understand and relate to.
I loved it. I would watch it again at any moment. I honestly cannot think of anything about it that I didn't like.
The music is a bonus as well.
2012 directed by Ariel Vromen.
Based on the true story of a mass murderer in America who was finally arrested in 1986.
Michael Shannon (to me) is one of those actors who has always been amazing but took a bit of time to work up to me for no reason. I suppose it more has to do with remembering him in all his different roles over the years and let me tell you that seeing him in this role will make it impossible to forget him now. The way he went from normal, slightly scary guy to absolute insanity in an instant on screen gave me chills. I forgot that he wasn't this cold blooded killer.
Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder and all the supporting cast were great but no one really made up for Michael Shannon. He was just too good.
The movie was interesting and at some times exciting and bone chilling but over all I just couldn't get into it. I liked watching it and think it is a good movie but the fourth wall stayed up for me. I am not sure why. In all honesty this is my style of film but it just didn't hit home.
Check it out if you like the trailer. The fact that it is based on a true story adds another level of horror and amazement to it all.
(mostly for Michael Shannon's performance)
Let's just sum this up nice and quick and clean:
Leonardo DiCaprio was brilliant.
Tobey Maguire was amazing.
Carey Mulligan was fantastic.
Joel Edgerton was awesome.
Baz Lurhmann did this movie right. While the beginning seemed all over the place, once the pace was set it was less distracting and added the right amount of suspense at the right times. The ending still took my breath away - just like the book. They followed it really well and I have no complaints there at all.
Costumes were mind meltingly lovely. Settings were perfect. Just...just, amazing.
Watching it just for Leonardo alone is worth it though.
The only issue I had with this movie was the music. I really didn't like it at first. Then...after the first hour I understood what they were doing there. It was nice to see them try to make it modern in some way but still keep the story intact. I think when I watch it again that I will like the music.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The sequel - directed by the fantastic J.J. Abrams (all hail).
Say it with me kids: Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes. And now remember that he is the best thing since things were invented and does everything with perfection.
I could go on and on but that about sums it up. HE BLEEPIN' ROCKS.
Chris Pine (This Means War, Rise of the Guardians) , Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Fright Night), Zoe Saldana (Columbiana), Karl Urban (Dredd, Priest), Simon Pegg (Paul) and John Cho were all just as amazing as ever.
Actually, I take that back, Zachary Quinto really, really shines in this movie and I love him.
Action was amazing. 3D was awesome. My nerdy senses were tingling the entire time and I was happy as a (enter some sort of metaphor).
The main reason I am giving this a 4.5 instead of just a 5 is because when the credits rolled I wanted something more. I didn't feel as complete as I did (and still do) when the credits roll for the first film. Part of me knows that this is because they are going to smack me in the face in the 3rd movie but still...I paid money to see the second one and want it to be able to stand on it's own completely. It just sort of...ends. Meh.
Still loved it!
2013 fantasy film based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer, directed by Andrew Niccol.
The only thing worse than a boring, bad book is when they are turned into even more boring and extremely terrible movies.
The only good thing about this movie that instead of spending 3 or 4 days reading the book that you can spend 2 hours (why this movie is that long is beyond me) just watching the movie.
The only good thing about this movie is Saoirse Ronan (Hannah, The Way Back), who can act and I hope that she got a lot of money for making this movie because she is far too good for it.
Oh, and I suppose I do like the idea behind the aliens and the hosts and what not but...ya. No. I could've done with a 20 minute short about it or maybe a sci-fi essay.
Watch it if you want to forget it.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The third installment of the suave Tony Stark by director Shane Black.
Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Robery Downey Jr.
Got it? Good. Because he was born to be Iron Man and he just absolutely amazes me. He was just as amazing in this than the other two films, if not more convincing...if that were even possible.
It was funny. It was dark. It was emotional. And if you even had to ask, the action was superb.
Loved it. I felt that it dipped and dived a bit at parts but afterwards I honestly couldn't think of anything bad to say about it.
I even liked Don Cheadle better this time around. Guy Pearce was fantastic as the villain. Rocked it. I also enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow more than I had in the other two films.
The 3D was good and it's just a fantastic movie. Go. See it. Enjoy!
Bonus: Ben Kingsley.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
2000 drama/mystery by Wim Wenders (Pina).
A man jumps commits suicide off a run down hotel and an agent is brought in to find out if it was really murder and if so, who is the murderer.
This movie is weird. Not entirely enjoyable weird either...just weird.
The reason why I kept watching it - if only because of shock and a need to finish every movie I see - was the amazing performance by Jeremy Davies and Mila Jovovich (most of the time). Mel Gibson just sort of seemed like Mel Gibson with a stiff back. Not much going on there.
The story is strange. The characters are strange. There are some really amazing one liners and some good comic moments but generally it was just...strange. I didn't hate it but I cannot say that I would ever watch it again.