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.

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