Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Art of Flight (5)


2011 documentary by Curt Morgan.

This is easily one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

I do not snowboard, 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.


The Iceman (3.5)


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)

The Great Gatsby (4)


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.

See it.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (4.5)


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.

Okay. Good.

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!


The Host (2)


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

Iron Man 3 (5)


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

Million Dollar Hotel (2)


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.


Welcome to the Punch (4)


2013 action/crime by director Eran Creevy.

Jacob is forced to return to London to find the people trying to hurt his son. This is just the moment Max has been waiting for in order to get his revenge on the criminal who ruined his career as a detective.

I really liked this movie. I'm not sure why it didn't do so well at the box office but both James McAvoy (Trance, X-Men: First Class) and Mark Strong (The Guard, Zero Dark Thirty) were fantastic in this movie. Actually, that's the main reason to watch it I think - they worked so well together. It was pretty great to see that kind of connection on screen.

I enjoyed the characters. The story isn't as deep is it thinks it is but that doesn't matter because it is interesting. I thought that they had just the right about of action and didn't waste time on too many unnecessary shoot outs. I thought that the directing was good but I disliked how they kept flashing back to a point in time in the past (no spoilers) at times that it was obvious that that was what the characters were thinking about.

Solid action flick. Give you just what you need with an extra bonus of some good acting and an interesting story. Check it out!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Trance (4)


An art auctioneer steals a painting for a group of criminals and forgets where he put it and seeks the aid of a hypnotist to find out where. But what is real and what is in their heads starts to become the same story...or is it?

The more I think about this movie and explain it to other people the more I realize that I really liked it.

At first I wasn't sure. I liked how you could sense the ending but the finer details were still a surprise. I liked the layers. I liked the cast. I did not like the very ending and think it was unnecessary but that's my biggest complaint.

James McAvoy, as always, was great. Personal bias there...especially with the one or two [bonus] bum shots in there. *cough* Anywho, I thought he was great in this role and when he went from good guy to bad and worse and worse you could not only see it in his face but actually feel the change. Amazing.

Vincent Cassel was amazing in this role. I need to start paying closer attention to his career because I like him in everything that I have seen him in so far. Solid performance. Rosario Dawson was great as well...lots of nudity...whoa.

Like the script. I am still not sure how I feel about Danny Boyle's decision to start the film with removing the forth wall aka. talking straight to the audience. I liked it at first until 15-30 minutes in when they stop doing it and never do it again. If you take that wall down you need to keep it up. Didn't really make a difference once things started to get rolling but it was a bit distracting to go from being a part of the movie to being cut off later on.

Check it out. It's not as mind blowing as you probably want it to be but it's still full of surprises, suspense and utter chaos.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Paperboy (3.5)


2012 Lee Daniels thriller about a journalist who returns to his home town to try to prove the innocence of a man on death row.

I will admit that this movie was not really my style. I found the first half pretty boring with hints of disgust and I wasn't as blown away by the cinematography as I knew I should've been. Just not my kind of thing I guess.

The script was a bit too all over the place for my liking. I loved the characters but I found that the way they were introduced and in what way a bit careless. I suppose that would once again be the style they were going for...

Zac Efron (Charlie St. Cloud) was good. I actually liked Nicole Kidman (Just Go With It) for most of it which is more than I can say for the majority of her films (especially recently). I've never really liked Matthew McConaughey (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) but he seemed to suit this role really well.

I will never look at John Cusack (The Raven) the same way again. He completely blew everyone else out of the water in this beyond creepy role. He haunts my waking life...seriously. What the hell! Seeing this movie just to see him  is worth it. Or not worth it if you want to keep going on liking him.

The script was meh. The first bit was meh. The ending is not anything I was expecting and had be balled up in my seat with my hands over my mouth to stop from verbalizing my shock and repulsion. Insane.

Check it out if you watch the trailer and are even remotely interested as the ending is worth it. And John Cusack. And Zac Efron in not a lot of clothing.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Searching for Sugar Man (4)


2012 documentary/biography by Malik Bendjelloul about the musician Rodriguez.

This is one of the most unbelievable stories ever told and is the man reason that everyone should watch this award winning documentary.

The movie starts a bit slow but it builds quickly and your interest is peaked from the very start all the way to the end (and after the movie when you start looking on Google and talking to other people about it).

That is also what's great about this movie - everyone who watches it has to talk about it and tells other people to watch it and so on and so forth just like the story (but I'll stop there so I don't give anything away).

I honestly don't know what else to say about it except that I think I would have found it even more amazing if I had grown up in South Africa and had heard of Rodriguez before. That was a big catch for me at first as I had never even heard of him so it took longer for me than usually to get into the documentary...once I did though, that was that.

Check it out. It is worth all of the hype.


She's the Man (3)


2006 romcom by Andy Fickman starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum (The Vow, The Son of No One).

When Viola's twin brother ditches school to go to London Viola posses as him so she can play on his school's soccer team but things start to get a complicated.

I really did not think that I would like this movie. The trailer does not do it justice and I'm glad that someone convinced me to watch it. Not only is it actually hilarious but it's the first time EVER that I have liked Channing Tatum in a movie...which is weird. I'm not entirely sure why I liked him except that he fit the role really well. Amanda Bynes was hilarious as a dude but just didn't cut it for me when things go serious.

This movie starts out corny but gets hilarious and good and then totally plummets off the deep end into a pool of corny lameness that it doesn't recover from. The one liners at the end are actually painful. The bulk of the movie was entertaining though and not quite as unoriginal as I thought. Maybe I would've liked it more if I actually like soccer at all...

Check it out if you have a bad cold and want to watch something that you didn't have to pay too much attention to and could chuckle at now and again. Just talking from first person scenarios here.


Monday, March 25, 2013


Today marks the day that my blog hit 60,000 page views!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so so so much to all of my readers for sticking with me and enjoying my reviews. Also, thank you for continuing to read the blog even though I have all but stopped updating due to my moving to another country to travel for two years.

Much love,

Shannon :)
(aka - movie blogess)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hotel Transylvania (4)


2012 comedy/family/animation by Genndy Tartakovsky.

I. Laughed. My. Ass. Off.

I really did. So did the people who I was watching it with. Mind you, watching it on your own is probably not as fun, but all of us were in the mood for a fun family movie and that's exactly what we got.

First off, all of the voices were bang on. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and the rest of the cast all fit nicely. Second, the mix of humour, love and excitement was perfect. Third, while I didn't agree entirely with certain characters looks I thought that it gave a new look at old legends and I personally enjoyed the twist of monsters vs. humans.

The only thing I didn't like was the teenage love aspect. The whole "zing" thing was a bit lame and I didn't believe that those characters actually were in was covered up by the funny bits.

I laughed a lot and was truly entertained. What else could you want?!


Igor (2)


2008 animated family film by Anthony Leondis.

A hunchback who wants to be a famous scientist creates life to fulfill his dreams but what he creates is not exactly what he had in mind.

This movie was cute and the characters were weird in an original way. The story was full of moral fibre.

It was lacking convincing humour. It was lacking in excitement.

It looked cool. The voices matched the characters well enough. I liked the idea behind the story and look they were going for but it just didn't work. It was a bit boring to be honest.

That's about all I really have to say about it. Watch if you're looking for a movie that you may not feel obligated to finish. It was cute though, I'll give it that.

Bonus: Steve Buscemi and John Cusack as strange characters.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Vow (3)


2012 romance/drama by director Michael Sucsy about a man who fights for his wife even though she doesn't remember who he is after a tragic car accident.

While I am still not convinced that Channing Tatum (The Son of No One) can act, he did suit this role very well. I will give him that. Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory) also fit her character really well and I felt the chemistry between the both.

I wanted to loath this movie but it was very bearable. I only rolled my eyes 3 times which is pretty good for a chick flick. I liked that it was based on true events and that they included a photo of the actual couple at the end (oops, spoilers...not really. bwahaha).

If you like chick flicks you should check this out. The only bad things about it are all the things that chick flicks always do: predictable ending, slight over acting during any or all heightened emotional scenes, cheesy and cliche backdrops/lines/cute smile giggles....etc.

Definitively watchable.


Mirror Mirror (1)


A movie that ruins the story of Snow White forever. And ever. 2012, directed by Tarsem Singh.

Terrible. Just terrible. I honestly didn't finish it. You know what's going to happen. It's cheesy. Stupid. Not even remotely funny. I found it a bit offensive from time to time.

Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love) hit a new low in this movie. Just...bad. I thought that Lily Colins with all her eyebrow glory would take the annoying crown but she wasn't even bad at all compared to everything else.

Having a "Prince" like this is not cute or funny. It's just another reason why young girls think it's okay when guys treat them like crap, as long as they are attractive. I have no idea why this bothered me so much more while watching this movie than ever before...but it did.

Costumes were amazing. I didn't like the new take on the dwarves or any of the new additions. Didn't work for me.

Ugh. Don't watch it.

Worst: My life ended when Sean Bean had anything to do with this...sadness.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Dearest Readers

You may have noticed that I have been lacking in the movie review department this past month. I apologize for this...

After over 500 movie reviews and years of dreaming I have finally found the courage to give away my possessions, quit my full time job in Canada and move to a new country to live, work and travel as much as possible for two years. I leave in 3 days!

Due to this life altering event I have come to the realization that I will not have much free time at all, let alone time to watch and review movies. I will still update whenever possible but I doubt that it would be very much if at all.

I want to thank everyone, especially my frequent readers, for sticking with me and enjoying my reviews over the last couple of years.

This is not goodbye, this is a temporary departure to new and exciting things.

Thank you for being awesome,

Shannon :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Son of No One (2)


A new cop is being haunted by his past but has no idea who could know his deepest secret. 2011 crime/drama by director Dito Montiel.

I knew this movie wasn't going to be fantastic once I saw that Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike) was the lead. While his acting was much better in this movie than I have ever seen before, he still couldn't quite work with the drama portion of this film.

Al Pacino is amazing but over the last few years he is just Al Pacino in a suit being Al Pacino in a different movie. I could not stand Katie Holmes. She was terrible in this movie. Made my head hurt.

The story was interesting which was the main reason that I finished watching it. It made you think but didn't go as deep as I thought it could have. I figured part of the ending way way before it happened but that seems to be the case with the majority of these types of movies.

It was decent but I would never have watched it if something else was on. Nor would I tell anyone to watch it but I don't entirely want my hour and a half back.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Battleship (2.5)


2012 action/sci-fi by director Peter Berg. An alien race lands on earth and try to take over.

I started to watch this while I was eating as I thought it would be total garbage and I could just shut it off. What ended up happening is that I got interested even though I was laughing at the corny lines and obvious action the entire time.

The aliens were interesting to me. I liked their weapons and machinery - very cool. They also did a good job of having a bunch of different characters which kept things sort of interesting in general but entertaining over all.

The acting was pretty terrible and it was cheesy. Taylor Kitsch (Savages) was decent enough and Alex Skarsgard was okay. Rihanna was Rihanna in a movie.

It was entertaining though, oddly enough. I enjoyed it but I would never tell anyone to watch it...unless they were eating soup like me and waiting around for people to come over.

Random: Liam Neeson (Unknown).


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Just Like Heaven (3)


2005 romantic comedy by director Mark Waters brings the story of a man who moves into an apartment only to find that it's still occupied by the previous tenant...or is it?

Reese Witherspoon (This Means War) was actually pretty funny in this movie. I wasn't sure if I would like her sweet-girl-from-next-door general feel but she left a bit of that behind and rocked this role. Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right) was good. He was a little flat for most of the movie and I'm not convinced by his 'love' for Reese but I like him so I looked past that.

The awesomeness that was this movie was still masked by the corny lines, cheesy love and an obvious ending (I knew the ending within the first 10 mins). It is still one of the better romcoms I have seen and I enjoyed watching it but I wouldn't necessarily suggest it to someone...unless they love Mark Ruffalo (and who doesn't).

Late night fluff is the best way to describe this me thinks. Watch if you like romcoms.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

End of Watch (3.5)


2012 crime/drama by director David Ayer takes us into the world of two cops - partners and friends - in LA.

This movie got a lot of good reviews following the Toronto International Film Festival for it's new look into the world of law enforcement. The use of handheld cameras brings the audience into the first person perspective and knocks down the fourth wall. You don't only becomes a part of their world, their world becomes a part of you during the movie.

The script is a bit jumbled at times. There isn't really much of a sense of time which could be confusing at times. Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code, Love and Other Drugs) and Michael Pena worked really well together. Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) was a great bonus.

This film really opens up and consumes you around the half way mark and all the way to the ending. At this point onward I can see why it got so many good reviews and was the talk of the town for weeks. My heart was racing. My palms were sweating. I was worried and emotional and the suspense was almost too much.

Takes awhile to warm you up but once it does this movie is quite amazing and original. Everyone involved did an amazing job.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Amour (5)


2012 drama/romance by director Michael Haneke.

When his wife Anne gets sick Georges does everything her can for her. For love.

Why is this movie so impressive? Because it doesn't even look or feel like a movie. By that I mean that the old couple seem truly in love and to have truly lived together all those years and experienced everything together.

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are this movie. Emmanuelle deserves a million awards and all the nominations she can get. I cannot even believe how amazing, truthful and impossibly perfect her performance was. Make my movie heart expanded 8x with happiness and hope. Truly amazing, both of them.

Since all of the performances were 100% the movie also deserves all the nominations, awards and positive reviews it receives. A drama/romance like no other. Love it! Watch it! Do it!


Sinister (2.5)


2012 horror by director Scott Derrickson. A washed out writer gets the story of his career, but at what cost?

This movie was obvious from the start. I could call all the major twists and turns within the first 10 mins. It also felt like they were heavily borrowing from a lot of other horror movies. It was less scary and more of a thriller. They got me once with a good scare but other than that I was laughing at the scary parts.

I did like the whole cult and deity aspect of the movie. The kids made it extra creepy. The home videos also added a good creep factor. The music was interesting and annoying a lot of the times. That seems to be the American horror way though - pumped up the audio to add tension and suspense. It covers any natural sounds so I didn't like it.

I was looking forward to seeing Ethan Hawke in a horror movie and he did a decent job but the movie in general was a meh.

You classic America horror movie. Good for a late night watch for some creepy kids but I wouldn't watch it again.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Les Misérables (3.5)


2012 musical based on the award winning play by director Tom Hooper.

Man. I really wanted to like this movie. I really enjoy the play even though I normally hate musicals so I was looking forward to it on the big screen with such an amazing cast...

Sadly, it just doesn't work on the big screen. This script is meant to be seen on stage and in person. The cast was amazing but there was nothing they could do - the screen created an emotional disconnect that just ruined all connection to the characters.

Pleasant surprises: all of the children in the movie, Eddie Redmayne and Russel Crowe. Who would'a though Russel could sing? He was good too. Even though his singing face was funny at times.

Obvious awesomeness: Anne Hathaway and her amazing vocals and my unmoving love for Hugh Jackman. Amazing.

Let downs: the movie was consistently boring. I tried so hard to keep interested and fought to pay attention and to feel emotional but it didn't happen. It was well done and the movie was beautiful but it didn't work for me on the big screen. Everything that was good was because of the amazing story and not because the movie was anything special.

The actors deserve the awards they win and the nominations they receive but the movie itself is a let down. I feel like if I hadn't have seen it on stage that I would've loved it more but that's not the case.

The ending still makes my chest go tight and my heart burst, so that's a plus.

Bonus: Sacha Baron Cohen.


Seven Psychopaths (3.5)


2012 comedy/crime film by director Martin McDonagh.

An alcoholic writer let's his friend help him with his new story. Little does he know that he may already the know the characters he creates.

I was looking forward to this movie for a very long time. It looked like an original and quirky comedy which is something films are sorely lacking these days.

I got what I wanted for 3/4 of the movie but the ending just goes wayyy off to left field and never comes back. I am sure there was a hidden metaphor or something, which I sort of got, but not enough to find the explosion of nonsense funny.

The cast is the main reason to watch. Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and even Tom Waits has a short appearance. It was an all-star cast and I loved watching them in a comedy together.

Original script. Really funny from (mostly) start to finish. It's bizarre, weird and just plain strange but definitively worth a watch. Haven't seen a movie quite like it before and I'm sure I never will again.

Does it deserve the award nominations it has received: yes. Will it win: probably not. Sad fate of most comedies.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty (4)


2012 drama/history/thriller by award winning director Kathryn Bigelow about the 10 year hunt for Osama bin Laden.

I am going to be honest and say that when I first saw trailers for this movie that I gave a heavy sigh and rolled my eyes. I thought it was just going to be another pro-America, kill the bad guy, we will prevail action movie. While there was hints of the above that isn't what the movie is about. I was surprised by how intense, in-depth, emotional and interesting this film is.

Jessica Chastian (The Help, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life) has been amazing in every role I have seen her in. That being said, I have only seen a handful of her movies before so I cannot give too much insight into if she deserves an Oscar or not. What I can say with 100% accuracy is that she embodied this role with all her being. That she made ME sad and angry with so much conviction that I actually forgot that she was acting. Bravo!

All of the supporting cast were fantastic as well: Joel Edgerton (The Warrior), Jason Clarke (Lawless) and Chris Pratt (Moneyball) especially.

I believe that if The Hurt Locker had not existed that Kathryn Bigelow would be getting way more credit for this film than she is now. Yes, the story is different but the script to screen perfection and the way she brings everything together and focuses on the right it.

I wanted to dislike this movie but I really liked it. It was long, maybe too long, but I think the back stories and the politics were necessary to involve so that the viewer (me) could get a grasp on the bigger picture while focusing on the inner plot. Some scenes could've been shortened or taken away and the pace was shaky here and there but come the end you no longer care.


The Rise of the Guardians (4)


2012 adventure/family film by director Peter Ramsey.

The Man in the Moon chooses Jack Frost as the newest Guardian but he isn't sure he fits in until they have to come together to fight the evil spirit Pitch.

Kids movies are amazing. Most give you exactly what you want in a 2 hour time span: laughter, heart felt moments, thrills and a good moral tone.

This is another movie for every kid. I know this because the kid in me came out while watching this movie and also the 2 kids sitting behind me in the cinema could not stop talking about how amazing it was and how they loved it, loved it, loved it.

Jack Frost was great. I really enjoyed that character. He was believable. That goes for all of the characters actually, really well thought out and creative.

I thought that the cast was great! Chris Pine (This Means War), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Alec Baldwin (It's Complicated), Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) and everyone's voice really matched their characters and vice versa.

I loved the story. I also loved the animation. At first, it seemed a bit corny. The whole Guardian thing...but once the movie gets going (and Jack Frost is brought in) everything fit together really well.

I liked it. I think it's perfect for kids and you should take yours if you can. So much magic!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

[REC]³ Génesis (3.5)


2012 Spanish horror film by director Paco Plaza.

This movie has pretty bad ratings and I have no idea why. All of the REC movies are amazing - if you like horror. If you don't like horror, don't bother because you can't watch these types of movies for their cinematic brilliance or amazing acting skills. You watch it for the gore.

I love their zombies. I love how the virus spreads. I also love how they always start the movies out a bit slow and suddenly BAM everyone is dying like crazy and a small group remains and tries to get out. The acting may be less than amazing but they try to keep things realistic but keep a sense of humour. I really like that. So entertaining to watch.

I loved the wedding idea. It was extra hilarious and with all the extra guests (and family members) there was a lot of zombies to go around.

I will say that this movie was really easy to predict. I was let down a couple times when I could call out what was going to happen minutes before it did. Still, it was pretty original most of the time.

Watch it if you like horror. I love horror and I love these movies. Less scary and more about the gore.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lincoln (4)


2012 award winning drama by Steven Spielberg looks into the life of Lincoln during the Civil War and his push for the vote on the 13th amendment to end slavery.

Daniel Day-Lewis is the main reason for seeing this film. Yes, the scenes are well done and the script looks at this part of his life in a new way but his performance was amazing. I honestly forgot that he was not Lincoln for most of the movie. So well done.

Supporting cast was stacked full and really fell into their roles. Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black 3The Sunset Limited), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hesher, Premium Rush), Sally Field, etc...everyone is in this movie. All well casted.

I guess I was hoping for something a little more epic. I was expecting more war scenes and yelling matches and intensity. I need to watch it again now because I know I would like it more knowing it's more of a look into the man himself and the vote for the 13th amendment and less about a deeper look into the different battles.

My main issue is that they didn't show his assassination. I'm not sure why they decided to show the public response to this rather than showing the very last moments of Lincoln's life. I suppose it was a way of taking a new take on the whole thing.

Overall a good movie. It's a drama through and through. The supporting cast was amazing and Daniel Day Lewis was at the top of his game. Which means he was perfection. 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

On the Road (2)


2012 drama by Walter Salles.

The intensity, passion and struggles from the book were not meant to be made into a movie. You cannot ever replace the written internal struggle of a character. It's not for lack of trying but, especially regarding this novel, it doesn't translate to screen.

It was long. It was kind of boring. The changes from hope to destruction and back was lost for the reason explained above.

Sam Riley (Control), Kristen Stewart (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Garrett Hedlund (TRON) were good in the roles but without a deeper look into what they were thinking they weren't convincing. Wasn't their fault though.

I know I'm being harsh but I wanted more from this movie. The book is a life changing read and I feel that the movie should've left me with the same feeling but all it really left me with was slight boredom and disappointment.


Pitch Perfect (3.8)


2012 comedy/musical by director Jason Moore brings the hilarious story of an all female acapella group who will do anything to win.

DO NOT think of this movie as Glee but for the big screen. The trailer is really misleading. I saw it back in the day and rolled my eyes and thought "what a load of garbage" but it's actually a really great movie. I was surprised by how much I liked it.

I really like Anna Kendrick (50/50, Twilight). I was surprised to see her in a movie like this until I realized that the movie wasn't what I thought it was. She was funny. She was great. I look forward to seeing her in more movies in the future.

The comedy is golden. I was bursting with laughter over and over again. Rebel Wilson was perfection, she cannot do anything without making me laugh.

I liked the singing and the choreography. For the genre, it's one of the best I have seen. I liked how they kept the scenes were realistic and the songs weren't there just to be there. I mean, it is a musical, but not in the classic sense. They were singing because they were in competitions and not because someone had broken up with them. I liked that. They also kept the fancy stuff to the competitions and didn't transition into big rig lighting setups and costumes unless it made sense.

Still. It was a bit cheesy at times. I wasn't convinced of the romance in the movie either. They didn't have a lot of chemistry together.

The best thing about this movie is that the next day I am still thinking about it and still grinning from the jokes. I also feel the need to dance or sing but I think that's pretty normal. I think...


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Anna Karenina (3.5)


2012 drama by director Joe Wright brings this classic novel to the big screen.

The style of this movie didn't make any sense to me until I read that Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay. Now it makes sense but I still don't know how much I liked it. They chose to lay a theatrical backdrop to everything - literally. The idea was that every scene was within the theatre. Mind you, the sets and set changes were great, I don't watch movies to see theatre. I suppose that's a snobby statement and it was pretty neat but I don't think that this story was the time nor the place to add extra theatrics. It was beautiful - I am torn on this.

That aside, the cast was amazing. Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) was overall good but for some reason she didn't fit the roll as well as I thought she would. Maybe it's just that I am tired of her being in period pieces. Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) was great as this character. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages) was the best, in my opinion. It was good to see him in a serious role like this. He also does this thing with his face that screams sexual tension which was perfect for the character he was portraying. Matthew Macfadyen (The Three Musketeers)  is always a bonus for me.

Sets were beautiful. Costumes were beautiful. Music was fantastic. Cast was great. Still not entirely sure if I liked any other parts of the movie. It was very long and I know it had to be or too much story would've been sacrificed but still...loooong. They also seemed to be trying too hard to be stunning to the point of creating boredom - too much all the time.

I want to say 3/5 only because I still feel a bit bored after watching it but all in all, as a movie, it was well done and the performances were great so...


Monday, January 7, 2013

Django Unchained (4.5)


2012 action/drama/western by Quentin Tarantino (Inglorius Basterds).

A slave is freed and with the help of his new bounty hunter mentor and friend he finds his wife and tries to free her.

Wow. Jamie Foxx (Due Date). I will never say another bad thing about you ever. He was beyond fantastic in this role. He settled right in and filled every pore of this character. Fantastic!

I've always loved Christoph Waltz (Inglorius Basterds, Carnage). I have liked him in every single movie I have seen him in. He is a brilliant actor and deserves so much credit and respect. My favourite thing about him is the scenes where he is just sitting across from someone talking about every day things...but he does it in a way that gives me shivers. Very rare and very impressive, Sir. Keep it coming.

Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar, Shutter Island) was interesting in this role. I have also always liked him and I enjoy how he is still finding roles that test him and push his talents. He seemed to be very comfortable in this role and I enjoyed him in this movie.

I am a big Quentin Tarantino fan. I will admit that I do not absolutely cherish every film he has ever made. Every great director should try different genres and styles in order to expand and that is why I respect every movie he has ever made. I may not like them all, but you cannot deny that every one of his films adds an extra layer to cinema that very few are reaching. I guess the easiest way to explain what I mean by that is that within the first 15 minutes of a movie you know if it's a Tarantino film or not.

While this movie didn't completely rock my life like a few of his other films, it still blew me away. The action is flawless, as always. The only bad thing I can say about this movie is that I felt they could've edited a few of the longer scenes and landscape shots so that the pace wasn't so back and forth all the time...but that's sort of Tarantino's style so whatever.

I am sure when I see it again that I will give it a 5 but for now...

Bonus: Samuel L. Jackson (The Sunset Limited).

Extra bonus: Comedy that only Tarantino can write. I don't want to give spoilers but I'll leave it there. There are some hilarious parts in this movie.


Beast of the Southern Wild (3.5)


2012 drama/fantasy by director Benh Zeitlin brings us the story of Hushpuppy, a six year old girl living in a small bayou community with her hot tempered father.

Wow. Quvenzhane Wallis deserves an Oscar for this performance. She out acted everyone else in this film. Just...insane. I'd suggest watching this movie just for her alone.

I have never seen a movie like this before and that was refreshing. I really liked what the story was trying to tell me but to be honest, it didn't sink below the skin. Not saying that this movie lacks emotion - that is not the case. I just couldn't relate to the people I was trying to understand. I felt attached to the girl but other than that I feel like I missed something. In fact, I know I did.

The reason why I know I missed something is that when the...hmm, no that's a spoiler. Let's just say that near the end when some symbolism comes into play that I didn't quite feel the emotional impact that I know I should have. Am I completely to blame for this? Maybe. But it stopped me from really seeing this movie for how amazing it could be.

...maybe when I see it again this year I will be in the right frame of mind to be completely blown away.

Still. Quvenzhane Wallis. Just spectacular.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Man with the Iron Fists (1)


Terrible. Just terrible. You don't need a doesn't matter any ways because it's so bad.

I am so utterly disappointed in this movie.

The only good thing was Lucy Liu. And a hand full of moments during fights.

Everything else was boring, NOT original and bad. It wasn't for lack of budget either. I have no idea who slept with who in order to get so many big names on this piece of garbage but it makes me sad.

I want those 95 minutes back. It felt like 3 hours but I'll settle for the 95 minutes.


Silver Linings Playbook (4.5)


2012 drama/romance/comedy by writer/director David O. Russell.

In an attempt to win back his wife after he is released from a short stay in a mental institution, Pat befriends Tiffany and an unlikely friendship is born.

What was a surprise for me was that Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Winters Bone) completely matched Bradley Cooper (Limitless, The Hangover Part II). Both of their performances were beyond spectacular. I always loved Bradley Cooper and honestly think he deserve more credit than he gets. Jennifer Lawrence was stunning...blew me out of the water. I couldn't even believe it was the same people that I had seen before. They were in their element in this film and I think that really came through in their chemistry. Nailed it. Completely nailed it. I was blown away and I want some damn awards for these amazing performances.

Script was great. Supporting cast was beyond great: Robert De Niro (Limitless, Killer Elite), Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles and everyone involved.

My emotions were very intense and so confused during the entire movie. I was laughing to the point of tears and than literally 3 seconds later I would be crying in sadness. I do not think that I have ever seen such a smooth yet heat breaking transition from one feeling to another before. It wasn't a roller coaster, it was a well paced and perfectly delivered romantic, dark comedy. Just brilliant.

They lost me for a bit near the middle though. It felt a little rushed or maybe just a bit clumsy for some reason but by the time I was about to figure out why they had sucked me back in and I completely forgot why I started to feel like I was losing interest.

Awards. I want awards.

See it.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (4)


2005 documentary by Sam Dunn showing the world of metal music.

This documentary is amazing because you do not have to be a metal head in order to enjoy it. In fact, it is aimed more at people who are either interested in the genre or have no idea at all why anyone would like metal. It's like getting a birds eye view of that world. 

I liked all the aspects of this movie. I liked how they showed different sides of the genre, from the music to the people and even the history of metal - the roots.

I thought it was cool that they combined interviews with live footage and personal backgrounds/opinions. They also showed the dark side of metal...which is a bit...strange.

Check it out if you enjoy music docs.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower (4.5)


I've been waiting to see this movie for months and finally got around to seeing it.

I am sad that I waited. This is one of the best movies of 2012. Easily. I haven't read the book so I have no comments about if the adaptation was good or not but I assume it was seeing how Stephen Chbosky (the author of the book) was also the screenwriter and director for the film. Can't complain there.

Logan Lerman (The Three Musketeers) was beyond amazing. I just...I cannot even believe it. I look forward to seeing LOTS of him in the future. Emma Watson (Harry Potter) was fantastic. She really blew me away in this role. Perfect fit. The surprise for me was Ezra Miller as I haven't seen much of him before. So well done. Everyone was great.

I loved the story. I wasn't prepared for the emotional turn of events and found myself broken hearted, crying, completely upset and wanted to reach into the movie and hug the characters. I didn't realize how sucked in I was and how much I had invested in the characters until the end. Then my world was rocked and put back together again.

Fantastic film. I don't understand why anyone would not like this movie. Unless, of course, you watch the trailer and think you yourself "wow, this doesn't look like a movie that I would like." If that is the case, don't watch it and save us all a rant about why you didn't like it.

Beautiful. Captivating. Emotional. Funny. Heart Felt. Everything I ever wanted and more. So much more.

Tiny thing: the beginning took a bit too long to get moving but once it did I completely forgot any bad thoughts for the rest of the movie.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...