Sunday, August 29, 2010

Funny People (3)

Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a super famous comedian that finds out he has a life threatening disease with an 8% chance of recovery. One night he meets Ira White (Seth Rogen), a struggling comedian who is down and out. George has no one in his life so he hires Ira to help him with jokes and to take care of him while he tries to fight the disease and to put things in order before he dies.

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this movie but I'm so glad I watched it. I didn't know what it was really about though until watching it but I actually enjoyed the story and the characters.

Adam Sandler is the bomb. I've said it before but I've been a huge Sandler fan for a long time and I always love his movies. There's something about his comedy that hits me the right way. I also think he is a pretty talented actor when the right role comes along and this one was no exception. Seth Rogen was awesome in this film, super good. So was Jonah Hill. Wasn't overly impressed with Jason Schwartzman but I can't say I've ever particularly liked him.

I was laughing really hard...a lot. Some of the one liners in this movie made me explode with laughter. Yes, a few scenes were weird and some of the serious ones were lacking conviction but no nearly as bad as most of the comedies that add in a sentimental twist for no reason near the end. This film handle those parts well.

I guess it was an over all decent flick. I'm not raving about it but I also laughed pretty damn hard for most of the film so I think it deserves some more recognition. I mean, a lot of it is them doing stand up. No complaints there...

...and a pretty decent story to boot.

3/5

Mysterious Skin (3.5)

"A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth."

Thought the imdb summary was better than my own. This movie just has too much going on and I didn't want to spoil anything because it's another one of those films where it's better to not know anything.

I'm still not sure how I feel about the writing but I loved the story. By loved I mean I am morally wounded and mentally bruised by the awfulness that is the story but I liked how they held nothing back. They just told it how it is, which was nice. I enjoy when films don't let the audience off easy.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was...I have no idea how he did a role like that. He basically plays a teenaged, gay prostitute. Lots of no clothes, lots of weird sex and lots of awful, awful things. I was literally pulling my hair because of the stress some of his scenes caused me. Crazy man.

I also enjoyed Michelle Trachtenberg even though she wasn't in the film that much. I've always liked her. Brady Corbet was a cute addition that was sort of lingering around but then had two pretty explosive scenes that really surprised me.

Really awful but good story with some crazy scenes that most films that try to touch on this subject would shrink in horror at the thought of filming. With that said I still feel like this movie was missing something. When the end came I was moved but still wanted something else...not sure what.

Big high fives for all.

3.5/5

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Experiment (4)

Based on the true story about a psychological study where applicable males were placed in a prison setting. A few of them were picked as guards and the rest as prisoners. They have to stay there for 2 weeks with only 5 rules to guide them. Any rule breaking results in a red light indicating the experiment is over and no one is to be paid. Now all that's left to do is to watch...and try to stay alive. Is man really more evolved than the ape?

I have read about the real experiment many times. It's come up time and again when people discuss how far the 'everyday man' will go to stay alive/make some money. What's more dangerous: people who have power or people who only think they have power? The things that happen in this movie are revolting and mind&body churning which only makes you think of how brutally awful the real thing really was. I can't imagine. I'm going to have nightmares as it is from only watching the Hollywood version.

Adrien Brody was astounding in this performance. Mind you, I can't say I've ever not liked anything he's done, but I could relate to this character almost 100%. I can't even explain to you in words how amazing he was...I forgot that he was Adrien Brody and not Prisoner 77. Fantastic.

Forest Whitaker was scary as all hell. Just as frightening as his performance in The Last King of Scotland but maybe even more so because he could be my neighbour or a relative in this role. Everyone did a fantastic job in this film, really strong group of actors.

I liked how they showed a bit of back story, especially for Adrien's character. That was important. I liked how each person had a little snippet of info from their pre-experiment lives that was shared with us but I honestly wanted a little more. I wanted more about the results and actual study rather than just characters but then it wouldn't be as exciting and more of a documentary (I guess). Even a little blurb about the real experiment at the end and what happened to a few of the people would have made me a little more happy but I understand their choice in keeping that from us. Having that open ending type of thing.

I was yelling. I was crying. I was covering my face. I felt sick to my stomach at some parts. What an emotional and terrible ride (terrible in the it-was-so-good-it-hurt way). Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker were absolutely fantastic.

...I want to throw up now. Take caution but watch this film. It'll be worth it.

4/5

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Horse Boy (3)

A documentary about a family who finds out their 4 year old son has autism. He is drowning more and more every day in this uncurable, misunderstood illness. One day the father puts his son on a horse and he instantly becomes relaxed, begins speaking and smiling. Stunned by this discovery his parents make the tough decision to take him around the world to Mongolia, where horse back riding began and where some of the most powerful Shamans reside. Will this work or only cause more harm to the boy?

My summary doesn't really do this story justice. There are so amny levels in this film and the fact that it's real people and you're watching this little boy suffer adds many more emotional layers to this documentary.

The visuals were not as stunning as I was hoping for considering they were in Mongolia but the story wasn't about the scenary. There were too many shaky and panoramic/too-long-on-one-shot scenes that I found distracting.

This is a great film to watch not only to see how to live with autism or how hard it is but to see the paranormal side of the story: the Shamans and their traditional healing. Do you believe that it worked? That autism is curable through pray and ritual?

Interesting little film. Worth a gander and leaves you thinkng about how you percieve things and how your vision and beliefs can change you.

3/5

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sheena Iyengar on the Art of Choosing (4)

Sometimes I get tired of watching movies and need something that stimulates the other side of my brain. When I get this feeling I find myself heading over to ted.com where I find some of the most amazing lectures on modern day research and the way we view every day things. I think it's important for everyone to be aware of what is being discussed and re-defined, not only in science, but in the different cultures around the world.

Here is the one I watched tonight:

Sheena Lyengar on the Art of Choosing:

"Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions."


You can watch this lecture below:




For more amazing lectures please visit www.ted.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (3.5)

An older (2003) rom com that I finally got around to seeing.

Andie, a magazine writer for the "how to" columns of her women's magazine, takes on a bet that she can lose a guy in 10 days by doing all the no-no's women do in a relationship. Ben works in advertising and in order to score a big deal with his company he is challenged into making a random women fall in love with him in 10 days. You know the rest...

I will say that the story was far more interesting than I thought. I honestly enjoyed the characters too (which is weird to say for these type of films). The story was nothing deep nor mind bending but it had an extra layer that rom coms usually look over which made this love tale a little bit more realistic. Except I would never take a dare to date someone in order to get up in the world...but you follow my drift.

I enjoyed watching Matthew McConaughey play Ben the dreamboat. That ego smirk and nice body served him well in this role. I'm sure not a lot of acting was required for him in this role but he still fit it well so I give him a pat on the back. Kate Hudson who played Andie who was really fun to watch and definitely delivered on the comedy front. She was 80% of the Comedy in this rom com. I can't say I've ever particularly liked her but at least I enjoyed her this time around.

Classic romantic comedy that will have you grinning like a fool, awing at the love and tearing up near the end. Basically, it's all you could ask for but will better than expected characters, story and comedy. Some scenes had me laughing pretty damn hard.

3.5/5

Friday, August 20, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (4.5)

I don't feel like telling any bit about the story because it's best going in not going. All I will say is that it's based on a comic book.

This movie was awesome for me for so many reasons. I shall try and explain them all.

I have been waiting since Arrested Development to like Michael Cera again (who played Scott Pilgrim). I have watched almost every movie he has done during and since then but I couldn't like the guy only because he's Canadian and I should. This movie, thank the heavens, made me LOVE him again. I am now a fan of Michael Cera. A proud, happy fan. Thank you for that Michael.

It's been awhile since I've seen a well done action/comedy. By that I mean that both the comedy and the action are equally as amazing. This film did that so well. This whole film was smooth. All the scenes were, well, smooth. There were no weird edits or awkward pans/shots/close ups that had me rolling my eyes. Nothing distracted me I guess is the more direct thing to say here. It was nice to just be able to watch a film for a change. I had no choice, I was glued to that screen. Fcking hilarious!

I laughed from start to finish. The fight scenes were actually perfection (for that style anyways). The characters were amazing to watch. I loved that it was actually set in Toronto and not Toronto pretending to be another city. It brought it that much closer to home. Watching it, in a Toronto cinema, watching these people right next door to where you live and work and hang out on the weekends. Really surreal.

I don't have anything bad to say about this movie. Not really. I completely loved the style with the comic book feel added in. The "kabows" when people got hit and the video game noises. Awesome. So cool.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was so entertained and just all around impressed with this Canadian film. I highly suggest seeing this film!

Ps- I fcking LOVE you Kieran Culkin!!! 'Nough said.

4.5/5

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gran Torino (4.5)

A bitter, old man loses his wife and begins swirling into his solitude and angry ways. One day a gang after the next door neighbours kid spills into his yard and when Walt takes it upon himself to 'rid' them of his property he unknowingly saves the boy next door. This makes him a neighbourhood hero. But at what cost? What will the gang do to get back at him and more importantly to whom will their revenge really fall on?

When this movie first came out I really wanted to see it but when it hit the shelves I couldn't find myself getting past the first part of the film. Not sure if I just wasn't in the right mood for a film like this at the time or if my preference in films has changed in 2 years but whatever the case I loved it with a capitol L this time around.

Clint Eastwood, once I got over his gross raspy voice, was amazing. I was laughing and shaking my head at his character. Reminded me a lot about my own grandpa actually which was nice to be able to relate like that. Really though, everyone has one old, ahole man in their lives you just can never believe what comes from their mouths. Well played Mr. Eastwood.

Bee Vang who played Tao, the boy next door, was surprisingly awesome. I thought he held his own when next to Big Man Clint. Ahney Her who played Tao's older sister was really good also. Actually everyone was good in this film. Hats off to all.

The story is amazing. It really is. Nothing about it was sloppy, over done or under done for that matter. I also enjoyed the way this movie flowed. It was slowly moving towards a climax it was a lot of ups and downs followed by one huge event that had me in tears.

I liked the ending. While it was happening I was a little bit disappointed but soon after realized that the ending I was hoping for would have ruined everything this film was about. So I'm glad they didn't do what everyone was wanting. Hats off again for that.

This was a nice breath of fresh air after a long line of average films that I've been watching of late. I'm sorry I doubted you Mr. Eastwood. You still got it. Some parts were a bit slow but were still really interesting. Hell, the action was far superior next to The Expendables for bleeping sakes.

I highly recommend this film.

4.5/5

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dorian Gray (2.5)

A man bargains his soul for eternal youth but his soul becomes a portrait of himself that he must watch decay as he stays young and corrupt. When will eternal life be long enough? Could you face your soul and recognize yourself?

I wasn't sure what to make of this movie, it slipped below my radar but I stumbled upon the trailer one day and finally got around to watching it.

I was very surprised at first. I enjoyed the main character Dorian Gray played by Ben Barnes and loved Colin Firth playing his best friend Henry Wotton. Other than that no one else really stuck out. I did find it amusing sometimes as Dorian is supposed to be the most beautiful man ever seen but I didn't find him that good looking. Sometimes because of that I found myself laughing at some of the facial expressions. Colin Firth was the gem in this flick.

I liked the story. It is, after all, based on the book by Oscar Wilde. There were some weird edits and some strange rando scenes but all in all I liked it. I enjoyed the beginning of the film way more than the ending but you can't win them all.

The painting as it decayed was scary as all hell. Just...ew.

Still not sure how I feel about the ending. Story was good, characters decent but it was lacking something. Not sure what...just needed some extra something-or-other.

2.5/5

The Expendables (1)

This movie makes me so sad. As you may already know, I love action flicks, mainly because I grew up watching a lot of them and that means I've been a long time fan of every person in this film.

Until now.

I still don't really get the story but some old guys get hired to kill some drug type thing that is destroying an island. So they go and kill people. End.

I just. Am upset. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in this movie for about 10 seconds and it meant nothing. Bruce Willis was the only good part of this movie and he had about 2 minutes of screen time. Mickey Rourke's character was...I still don't know what. A knife throwing tattoo artist that was around for about 10 seconds but delivered the plot twisting line.

I don't think Sylvester Stallone acted once. Jason Statham was better but still a let down. Jet Li was a joke, he had about 6 lines of dialogue and 80% of those were, in my opinion, racist. Any hint of acting was lost in the shaky, far to close up close ups action scenes and unnecessary amount of fire everywhere. And knives. What's with all the knife sht? And them trying to add some humour = EPIC FAIL. The only time I laughed was at one sentence uttered by Bruce Willis near the beginning of the film.

Writing was awful. There were so many characters with little spurts of personal tale that gave me, the viewer, absolutely nothing except confuse me. Their attempt at adding in love, sympathy and concern can be summed up in two words: face palm.

I was really looking forward to this film. I wasn't expecting greatness. I was looking for a good-bad action flick with an awful story but okay characters and some great action. I got the awful story bit but nothing else.

It was honestly a really tough movie to watch the whole way through. Watch it if you have already watched every other movie out there. Then eat a Popsicle. Then sleep on it. Then watch it.

End.

1/5

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Other Guys (2)

Two down and out cops are the laughing stalk of their department. One day the two best cops die a ridiculous death and their jobs are open. It's time to see who will take their spots. The other guys begin working on a potentially ground breaking case but no one will believe them. They begin to lose everything trying to solve the case, including themselves. Will they be able to stand up and show everyone what they're worth in time to solve the case?

I haven't been a fan of Will Ferrell since before Anchorman but in this movie I preferred him more than anyone else. Not saying I really enjoyed him but he definitely made this movie slightly comical. Mark Wahlberg was a major let down in my opinion. I honestly could have cared less if he was in this film or not.

I was expecting this great action/comedy summer flick but all I got was an okay story some ridiculous characters (along side some pretty bad acting) and boredom. I was bored. I laughed maybe 4 or 5 times and it was usually because of what some random character said or did.

There were so many action scenes that had potential but then nothing happened. A little car chase, some shooting and a helicopter does not mean a movie is an action film. It was not. It wasn't a comedy either...so what was it?

It was a attempt at making a summer blockbuster. I mean, it wasn't awful but it wasn't anything special either. I was really looking forward to watching this but feel like I should have stuck to watching Star Wars: A New Hope for the 50th time instead.

Best part was the all too short but so sweet part that Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson played.

Watch it if you want to. Maybe you'll like it.

2/5

The Tale of Despereaux (4)

A great children's movie about the mouse that could, Despereaux, an unlikely hero who attempts to save the village he lives in. The kingdom of Dor was known for it's soup. One year on the annual unveiling of the next soup invention an unfortunate rat ends up in the queens soup. She dies of shock and the king bans rats and soup from the kingdom. Enter Despereaux with a heart of gold who's big heart may just be big enough to save the entire kingdom.

If I were even 10 years younger this would be my favourite movie for sure. That being said it was also one of the most cute, fun adventure movies I've ever seen. I had a great time watching this movie. It would be great for children as it has realistic characters and Despereaux is the cutest little mouse ever.

Story was good. Good, fun characters. It was different from any kids movie I've seen too which was nice. The only thing I didn't like was the narration. Sometimes I found it really annoying. I know it's to help kids follow the story but for me I felt it was unnecessary most of the time.

Might be a little scary for really young children as the rats in it were pretty frightening but nothing too bad. It's a nice, light movie for adults too. I was glued to the screen the whole film.

4/5

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (3.5)

I stumbled upon this movie awhile ago and finally found the time and the right mind frame to watch it.

About Miss Pettigrew, a down and out governess who finds herself out of a job. Out of panic she steals the name of her previous companies next employer, Delysia Lafosse. Upon arrival at her flat Miss Pettigrew is immediately thrown into a whirl wind of adultry, betrayal, confusion and cocktail parties. She needs the cash but she also needs her conscience if she is going to make it through the day. by the end there is no telling who really needs whom.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this film. I am a fan of the old black and white movies so this sort of setting and tone had me intrigued. I immediately took a liking to the wonderful Frances McDormand who played Miss Pettigrew. She was fantastic. As soon as she entered the shot I was glued to her. I was so proud of Amy Adams who played Delysia Lafosse. I started to lose sight as to why I liked her but this movie reminded me why. She is just so much fun and...I don't know, there's just something about her that I enjoy watching on screen.

The story was good. I can't say it was my all time favourite love story but maybe that's why I was so interested in it. It was different. It wasn't anything amazing or shocking it was just one day.

You have to keep in mind that the movie is set in the 1940's so the love doesn't make much sense and people are getting married when barely knowing the other persons name. I wonder if it was actually like that? That when you got that beginning feeling of a crush that you immediately wanted to spend your whole life with that person.

Best part was the first time Miss Pettigrew meets Delysia Lafosse. 'Nough said.

All that aside it was a good, entertaining and different-ish film that I really enjoyed watching. Something light with a happy ending before calling it a day. Can't complain about that.

3.5/5

Monday, August 9, 2010

Repo Men (3)

Starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Taking place in the not so distant future where people begin getting computerized, robotic organs and other body parts to live longer, happier lives. The only danger is if you don't pay your bill on time. Then, just like a car, the Repo Men come and take back what you owe. One of the best Repo Men in the industry, Remy (Jude Law) suffers an accident on the job and ends up needing a replacement heart. His partner Jake (Forest Whitaker) tries to force him back into the game but Remy can't do it anymore. These people have families and names....but so does he. All to soon his time to pay is up and so is his life.

This wasn't anything like I thought it was going to be. I wouldn't say it was better or worse but just not what I was expecting. I will say that it had me covering my face with a pillow way too much. Too much cutting open, surgery and the like for me. I love gore but only when it seems fictional. Operations are not fun for me. Ewww. Especially that one scene near the end, I thought I was going to vomit. A little too much there.

Jude Law wasn't the best in this film and neither was Mr. Whitaker either which was a let down. In fact, not one performance was very strong. The story was decent though. Mostly. There were a lot of confusion on my part as to why certain things were happening without explanation but I tried to put that aside.

This was another futuristic Science Fiction-esque movie that made a few good points but ultimately wanted to entertain.

Still don't know how I feel about the ending. I guess I liked the one they decided on better than the way it was going before the 'twist'. It's just such a lame, over done way to end a film that they had no idea how to end.

It was okay. A few scenes and a bunch of one liners were laughable but they tried and some of the shots had me cringing. Decent.

3/5

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Serious Man (2)

I'm trying so hard to figure out why so many people loved this movie and why it did so well via critics and the Oscars. Maybe I just didn't see the big picture and maybe, no offense, you have to be Jewish to understand what is going on. I don't know.

About a middle aged teacher who's life is nothing special. Soon everything begins to go wrong and there seems no end in sight for the chaos he begins living. Brothers sick, estranged children, money woes, wife wants a divorce, no one will help him, challenges at work, etc. He tries to seek help but no one is giving him any helpful advice. Maybe everything will just work out...

I've seen so many films like this. Obviously not exactly like this but I wouldn't say I've watched many Jewish heavy films in my time. I just felt like this was nothing new or special. Actually, I was 80% bored. I never laughed. I didn't find anything funny about this 'black comedy'. His pain was legitimate and I have no idea who would find watching this man fall apart remotely funny.

It was boring and sad. It was so normal and so realistic that I would rather have not watched it at all. Not a single character got me involved in the story. Yes, life is full of ups and downs but a movie needs a little something more to it in my opinion.

Maybe I missed the "big picture" or something. I'd love for someone who liked this film to explain it to me. I was holding my breath hoping the ending would solve my confusion but actually it was such a random ending that I returned to my "what?!" mind frame.

*shrugs* Watch it if you want, I guess.

2/5

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Brothers Bloom (4)

About two brothers, Bloom and Stephen, who are the best con artists in the world. Bloom (Adrien Brody) is a bit softer at heart than Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) who is the master mind behind all their greatest cons. Bloom tries to leave it all behind but Stephen talks him into one last con. The only thing Bloom needs to do is to not fall in love with the girl, Penelope (Rachel Weisz). Is it true that the greatest con is one when everyone gets what they want?

I don't even remember how I came across this movie. I do remember seeing trailers for it awhile back but then it sort of disappeared which is really too bad because this film is awesome!

First off, what an amazing cast! I've always loved Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. They were fantastic together but definitely held their own too. There was always something strangely attractive about Mr. Brody, still can't figure out what that is. Rachel Weisz has been one of my top 5 favourite actresses for a looong time. And Mr. Ruffalo always surprises me with his roles. Fantastic. Even Robbie Coltrane had a small part, who I also enjoy. A mini cameo by my future husband Joseph Gordan-Levitt also snuck it's way in. Wonderful two second surprise. ;)

The writing was just as amazing as the performances (if not better). I thoroughly enjoyed this entire movie. All the perfectly crafted cons and the depth of each character was awesome. The action and comedy was also well done. It was just a well rounded film. Lots of good points were made that had me thinking pretty hard and that's always a treat when a movie does that.

I laughed, I sighed, I cried and I cheered. What an amazing film! Check this out for sure. It will totally surprise you.

4/5

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dinner for Schmucks (3.5)

I was so hesitant to watch this movie because I was scared that it was going to suck and then some of my favourite comedians will suffer for it. I am so glad I watched it.

About Tim (Paul Rudd) who is one step away from his dream promotion. There is one condition: he must find an idiot and bring him to dinner at his boss's house. Enter Barry (Steve Carell) who specializes in taxidermy mice. Through many series of unfortunately events Tim's life begins to fall apart and by the time the dinner rolls around he is sure his life is all but over. Will Barry ruin him forever or save him from himself?

Steve Carell was FANTASTIC in this movie. Oh boy how I laughed and laughed. The whole mouse thing had me on the floor! Who ever came up with that idea is a damn genius. I just...even thinking about it now I'm laughing out loud. Like, come on, little mice dressed as humans in still scenes (like the Last Super). Amazing.

Paul Rudd was enjoyable as always. The few scenes with Jemaine Clement and Zach Galifianakis were precious. So funny.

Sure this movie is ridiculous and just all around silly but it's a great summer comedy. A few things were a little too weird to actually laugh at but that's the way it goes. I'm sure other people laughed at what I didn't and vice versa. The story is actually bearable and the main characters are pretty great. Some of the scenes are almost too much they are so hilarious.

Thank you Mr. Carell for filling another night with laughter. <3

3.5/5

Monday, August 2, 2010

Vicky Christina Barcelona (1.5)

Two friends go to Barcelona for a summer and meet a Spanish painter at a party who ends up convincing them to go on a weekend trip with him. The one women is about to get married while the other is still searching for what love means to her. The painter is about to show them what they had both been missing.

This movie was directed by the one and only Woody Allen, which when you read that it seems impressive but then you watch this movie and...

It was one of the most boring movies I have ever watched. I almost stopped watching it because it felt like nothing was ever going to happen. Then when it did it was so small that I swear this movie never once had a climax.

Rebecca Hall plays Vicky, Scarlett Johansson plays Christina, Penelope Cruz plays a crazy ex wife and Javier Bardem, plays the painter. Not a fan of anyone but Mr. Bardem who was also fantastic in No Country for Old Men and Before Night Falls. Even his performance was a bit meh in this one. I have never been a fan of Scarlett or Penelope and I don't like or dislike either of them more or less having watched this film.

I don't know. I could have definitely lived my life without having seen this film. And that narration made me cringe. Hated that stupid narration that didn't need to be there. Sometimes it makes a movie better but in this case not at all. Ending was not impressive. I did like that it was in Barcelona which is a beautiful city. Other than that...

Meh.

1.5/5

[REC] (3.5)

A 2007 Spanish horror film.

A reporter and her camera man do a special on fire fighters during the night hours. A call comes in for an emergency regarding an elderly women in an apartment building. Everyone shows up and all the neighbours are on the base floor complaining about what is happening. The police are already there and they bring the firemen and reporter upstairs to investigate but what they find is nothing anyone has ever seen before. Soon everyone is fighting to survive, the only question is...who hasn't been infected yet?

This was a beautifully executed horror film. We have the slow beginning with the main characters that builds into something no one can figure out and then with one final twist the last few remaining must try to make their way out.

At first I felt like the movie wasn't going to go anywhere. I was a bit bored to be honest. Then as more strange things start happening and the plot builds I got more into it. Finally the suspense was at its maximum and I just need to know what the hell was going on (which was one sentence that was repeated over and over again by all the remaining characters).

The acting was nothing special and was a little annoying, but that's generally what I say about horror films. My favourite character was the camera man who we never get to see.

I had read that this was a break through horror film and it did so well that there is a sequel to this which I have yet to watch. In my opinion it was okay. I wasn't really scared more than I was annoyed at not knowing what was happening. The twist just added to that. They never really tell you what the hell is going on. I guess that was their choice. Maybe in the second movie they tell you.

I will say that the image at the end of the movie is what made this one for me. That last 15-20 minutes I was covering my mouth with my hand just waiting and anticipating what was to come. Creepy, creepy image there (no spoilers, you'll understand if you watch it).

Not really that scary so if you scare easy just make sure you're prepared for the last chunk of the film. Over all for an indie Spanish film it was amazing. As a horror movie it was better than 60% that I've seen. Definitely worth checking out.

Still something about only being able to see where the flashlight is that freaks me out. Adds that extra anticipation that makes these films worth while.

3.5/5

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Coco Chanel (4)

Other title for this film is Coco Before Chanel.

About the story of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel before becoming a major fashion icon. Taken to an orphanage at a young age and forced to grow up on her own, Coco goes through some highs and some very lows before deciding it was time to be who she wanted to be. Singer by night, seamstress by day and mistress to few, she struggles to find her way and luckily for all of us she did.

I am not interested in or really understand fashion. I've never been one to follow fashion or think of it historically but this film did that for me. It made me think that one women one day decided she wanted to wear pants and take off her corset and because of that I can sit and watch this movie in my XL pajama t-shirt and short shorts.

All that aside I love the story. Her life is amazing to watch. I'm not sure if any of the film was fictional or if they tried to keep it as real as possible but I was so into this character and her struggles. I was suffering right there with her and cheering her on as she fought back against the oppression forced on her again and again.

Most of this connection was due to Audrey Tautou (Da Vinci Code, Amelie) who played Coco and is one of my all time favourite actresses. I love, love, love watching her in movies. I always feel so emotionally connected to her. When she smiles, I smile. When she cries, I get angry. And the smile at the very end of this film had me beaming with female pride and happiness. Raw, raw, raw!

This movie was more of a chick flick than anything and not because of the fashion. There is actually very little of her making things and talking about clothes. Most of it focused on her growing up and falling in love, getting her heart broken and taking chances in order to get where she needed to be.

Beautiful story. Amazing to watch Audrey Tautou. Not a lot of fashion mumbo-jumbo and just enough humour to lighten the mood.

I really enjoyed this film.

4/5
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