Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Mummy (4)



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This is one of my all time favourites. Ever since I saw it in theatres in elementary school I fell in love with it. The history is fantastic and being a lover of Egyptian legends/myths/history I always get sucked in and cannot stop watching.

Brendan Fraser (Crash, Extraordinary Measures, Inkheart) is perfect in this role. He is goofy but charming. Wired and funny. Tough but realistic and so forth. I cannot imagine any one else playing this role but him and I feel the same way every single time I watch it. This was the movie that made me appreciate him.

Rachel Weisz ( The Brothers Bloom) has been also been a favourite of mine since seeing this movie and she has had a wonderful career these past years. I love her film choices, even the ones who didn't kill at the box office, she always picks interesting films. Hurray for talent!

The action and adventure in this is like nothing else. I lump this into the same category as Forrest Gump and Shawshank Redemption as movies that once I start watching, no matter where in the movie I come in, I cannot stop watching. And while The Mummy cannot cinematically be compared to the already mentioned it is still a great and always enjoyable film.

At times it does seem just a little too cheese. I know they want it to be family friendly, and it definitely is, but sometimes they gave up a little too much in order to make it so. Really though, for a fun, easy, adventure film the cheese is acceptable.

I love it. It might be because I have always loved it but I have yet to meet someone who has hated this movie.

4/5

The Men Who Stare at Goats (4.5)



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At first this movie just seems too weird. You don't really know what to think of it: is it a serious drama, a dark comedy, a movie about war or fear...but once you realize that it is all of the above and is supposed to be taken at face value you really relax and go along for the ride.

I LOVED Ewan McGregor (Beginners, I Love You Philip Morris) in this movie. He was great as a sort of unsung could be hero and he transitioned really well from weak and sad to strong and independent. He has always been one of my favourites and I always like to see what he is up to next. I thought he did funny really well in this movie. Keep at it Ewan, I like your stuff.

I have always been a little on the fence about George Clooney (The American). I respect him and have enjoyed him in a lot of movies but for some reason I find/found that he can act the same in a bunch of films instead of really absorbing the characters as much as I want to see. Or maybe that's just his style or the way a director steers him towards. Regardless, I really enjoyed him in this role and he did weird and funny SO SO well that I was utterly impressed. He makes me want to watch this movie all the time. I liked him even more than I did Ewan and that's a big big deal. Just sayin'. I am re-interested in what Clooney has to offer.

Jeff Bridges can do no wrong (True Grit, TRON). Proven once again in this movie. I also loved Kevin Spacey (Horrible Bosses) as the weird/evil character. That mustache...good God, make it stop. haha

The story seems crazy but once you start getting into the thick of it you really get sucked into what's going on. The topic is something that I've always been interested in - I enjoy the paranormal and the whole psychic/mind powers possibilities. This movie was great as a quick intro to some things that seem too far fetched but can be scientifically proven and researched professionally. I liked that they weren't afraid to cover a story like this and I thought the comedy really help people over look the seemingly weird and accept the unacceptable.

Needless to say, I really liked this movie and will buy it when I see it next. It's a new favourite comedy for sure and I think everyone should give it a chance. The first time it seems weird and funny but if you watch it again you will see the story, characters and background info even more and, hopefully, enjoy it just as much as I did (if you didn't already).

New fav.

4.5/5

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pirate Radio (4)



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The boat that rocked: an illegal radio station broadcasts rock and roll in the North Sea in the 1960s.

If you like classic rock or rock and roll at all then you have to watch this movie. I have no idea if this story is completely made up or not but regardless the music in this movie is amazing and then when you add in an amazing cast and some hilarious comedy it is an amazing film.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy and Nick Frost. All amazing. All fantastic together. Philip especially played an amazing character and I really loved watching him. Tom Sturridge was cute but was the least impressive but that will happen when a young new actor is up against kings like Nighy and Hoffman.

The over all story is good, the whole pirate radio and the government trying to shut them down was interesting. The comedy was good but the emotional scenes were less impressive. They weren't awful, it was just that the issues some characters were facing were not important to me. Maybe I'm just an awful person.

Music is amazing. Cast is great. It's a fun ride and I loved every minute of it. Kind of weird and corny at parts but it kind of worked with the whole hippy, 60s, pirate thing.

Like.

4/5

You Again (3)



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When a girl finds out that her brother is marrying her bully from high school she sets out to change his mind and show him who he is really marrying.

I got watched this movie know that it would be bad. I wanted a late night movie that I could watch without thinking and get some giggles out of it and that is exactly what I got. This is not so much a chick flick as it is a comedy but there were a lot of girly moments tied into the humour which was as good as any emotional scene can get in a romcom. Meh.

I was really surprised by how much I liked Kristen Bell as the main character. She did geeky, she did awkward, she did sexy and she did comedy. I haven't really noticed her before so this was a great surprise. Odette Annable, who played the bully was amazing as the total mean girl. Her and Bell worked well together.

Jamie Lee Curtis was fantastic in this movie, she made me laugh so much. The fact that Betty White is in it is reason enough to watch it. She was amazing as always. Sigourney Weaver was great, I have never seen her in a sassy, sexy mom role so it was a humourous change. I thought she handled it really well.

...don't expect anything life changing. It is a romcom with some hilarious scenes and if you were picked on in school like me (single tear) you'll probably find it even more entertaining than you should.

3/5

Biutiful (4)



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A medium and single parent father finds out that he has cancer and only months left to live. While not being sure if he is ready to die he also becomes desperate for money in order to provide for his children once he is gone. Sometimes lose ends cannot be tied yet sometimes an end is the beginning to a fresh start.

Javier Bardem is awesome. While I am not one of the majority who thinks he is this ultra Spanish hunk, I honestly think he has a lot of talent and picks roles that really appeal to him. This was no easy character to play and I thought he handled all the layers to this man in the story. The emotions and pressure was really felt and you could see it in his face while the movie progresses. Gotta love when actors fully give themselves over to a role.

I thought the story was interesting. The core heart of it has been done before; the family that's rough around the edges and a parent who struggles to provide for them. Yet, this movie had a lot more going on that was weaving itself into the main plot while not distracting the viewer from the main course of the film. The whole psychic/medium thing, the connection with ethnic groups and the background of the father as a whole. So many layers to the story but I found that it kept me interested while the drama built and built and the movie became more dark and emotional, which was a good thing.

I liked the ending of this movie a lot. It gave me goosebumps. That being said though I felt that something was missing. I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't satisfied with the lack of information on Bardem's character and my desire to get to know him better or if through translation (there are subtitles) that I missed the meaning of a lot of the unexplained happenings...no idea. I just, wanted something else.

Glad I finally got around to seeing this and I completely understand why it got so much hype last year and why Javier got extra gold stars from the film community. Well done.

4/5

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Insidious (2.5)



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A boy slips into a coma while his family is being haunted but they soon find out that he isn't just in a coma - he is about to be possessed.

It seemed like everyone how I mentioned horror films to recently has told me to see this movie. Some said it was amazing while all said it was entertaining and worth a watch. I am now joining the majority. This wasn't anything special and it wasn't that scary either but they had some original ideas but they just didn't make it as scary or as interesting as they could have.

I can't say that one performance was better than the other because it seemed that everyone was level in terms of acting...that's all I can really think to say about that.

I'm not sure if it's because I've started watching more and more foreign horror because it's better or if this movie itself just isn't impressive but I was really let down. I was told it was good and scary and yadda yadda but all they really did was have one solid scary demon thing and then, in my opinion, made fun of the paranormal world and its enthusiasts by creating mocking/fake investigation equipment and adding in a mysterious old psychic lady with stupid, nerd sidekicks. Lame. Cheap and lame.

The more I think about it the less I like it so I'll just end it that.

2.5/5

The idea of spirit travelling and what have you is cool but the world they create was less than imaginative.

Warrior (4.5)



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After 14 years two brothers find themselves fighting in the same UFC competition: Sparta. Sometimes personal problems enter the ring with you and they wont leave without a fight.

Because I'm feeling slightly lazy and also because this movie is awesome and I think everyone will find something they like about it, I'm just going to link to the review that I wrote for the Toronto Film Scene website (theTFS.ca).

Tom Hardy. Delicious fight scenes. Suspense. Tears. Awesome. See it.

4.5/5

The Help (4.5)



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A white woman comes home to Jacksonville and realizes how bad the situation is really getting between white families and their help. She decides to write a book from the perspective of the help but she soon finds out that there is more at stake than there seems and how much worse everything could get.

Emma Stone was great in this movie and it was so SO good to see her in a lead role. I have such a girl crush on her and I think she is really talented and the real deal and I cannot wait to see what else she does. She handled the seriousness of this movie while still having that sassy, slightly nerdy charm that she always has. I heart her and thought she did an amazing job!

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were fantastic in this movie. Octavia has some great facial expressions that added an extra flare to her over all sass. Viola was great s the shy yet angry character she was meant to be and I thought she nailed every emotional change and powerful scene was ease and perfection. A great cast, they all worked so well together.

This story is deep and powerful, I deifnitely was tearing up on a few occasions and I thought the pace of the movie was a perfect coupling to the consistent introduction of infromation and the build of tension during the film. The extra touch of comedy was even better for making the movie not overbearingly sad which helped in keeping your focus on the people instead of making the movie about peoples over all rights. Although, they deifnitely did a good job of that too, but the connection with the characters is what makes this movie different and in my opinion stronger than your average civil rights films.

Very well done. A wonderful cast merges with a strong script to create many powerful moments that will not soon be forgotten.

4.5/5

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (3.5)



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The conclusion to the epic Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

I love these books and all of the movies a lot(The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire ).

This was my least favourite movie of the trilogy. I'm not sure if it's because I literally just finished reading the last book right before watching this and therefore noticed ALL of the changes and ALL of the important info they left out or if they didn't do as good of a job making the book into a script but it seemed off. It wasn't as powerful, exciting or moving as the previous movies. The book is great though but it is filled with a lot of dialogue, filler and what not so I can see why they had problems trying to cram it all into a movie but because of that too I found this movie less exciting and meaningful than the others.

Noomi Rapace was still amazing, I think I have a girl crush on this actor. She is amazing and she IS Lisbeth Salander. No one can do it like she can and it's amazing to watch. So awesome.

Michael Nyqvist who plays Mikael Blomkvist wasn't as amazing as in previous movies but still holds true to the character.

This story has less action in it so prepare for a lot of connect the dots but I found that a lot of the connections, inside scoops and secrets were lost because they had to take a 700 paged book and make it into a 2 hour movie. This time around it just didn't work as well but it's still a solid movie and a great conclusion to the trilogy.

3.5/5

The House Bunny (1.5)



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An orphan is taken in as a bunny in the playboy mansion but one day recieves a letter that she has to leave immediately. Now homeless, she stumbles upon a university and realizes that those sororities are just like at the mansion so she joins one and tries to stop it from being shut down.

Ya. I watched this movie. I know what you're thinking: Why?! I wasn't entirely sure except that I mentioned to a coworker my love of Emma Stone and she asked if I had seen this movie and that sure it was awful but also humourous via how stupid it is.

So I watched it and I must say that I did laugh more than once but that didn't outweigh the...well, the everything else.

Comedy was generally good, I had no idea that it was a Happy Madison film so you know what you are getting yourself into from the start but for me the playboy humour and all the tits and ass was not funny but just kind of gross to be watching for my date night with myself movie. Weird.

Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love, Easy A) is the best thing about this movie and plays the nerd girl turned sexy really well. Anna Farris who played the main chick and the bunny was, well, she looked the part and was stupid enough for it so ya that worked. She was almost too convincing and it made me sad on the inside.

Seeing Colin Hanks in this was a surprise because he is awesome and he wasn't in it all that much so that was cool too. Just seemed weird when a legit actor sort of entered the scene and acted like a smart person. haha Ohhh this movie. Sorry, it's just ridiculous. Any senitmental moments or emotional lines just made me laugh oh so hard.

The story is ridiculous but listen it's totally a chick flick and it wasn't as bad as it seemed. I mean, it's very forgetful but I actually laughed pretty hard during the movie on many occasions but the over all story just, it well, it's stupid and I couldn't see past that. It's the same people who made Legally Blonde so you know what to expect.

The ending is brutal.

Hurray Emma Stone.

1.5/5
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