Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Life of Pi (4)


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.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (5)


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

The Bourne Legacy (4)


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

Vegucated (3)


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

Ted (3)


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.


Premium Rush (4)


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

The Bonfire of the Vanities (2)


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.


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