Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Hangover

It's freakin' hilarious!


*plus the soundtrack is awesome!

Avatar

Directed by James Cameron, this film is part of the line of what can be imagined and still apply to reality.
The movie is more or less about connecting, or becoming one, with the earth/environment. Deciphering good from bad, right from wrong. When to take sides and why. Seeking the truth. A beautiful race of people, beautiful creatures, a beautiful language, a beautiful environment...but we come into their lives with greed, want, and anger, which ultimately leads to the destruction of beauty and everything pure. Sound familiar...trust me if nothing happens to our planet, it will.
The creatures in this movie move with lifelike grace, it is amazing really. In the beginning of the film the people/creatures were a bit jerky, but as the movie moved along the movements became more clear...and rarely can you make weird, animated sex hot. The art direction and animation were amazing, the setting, the spirits, the environment.
The movie was sort of lame beginning, but as it developed you got into it and wanted to find out what was going to happen next. The plot was a little predictable, but the way it was directed equaled it out.
This is a great excuse for a political movie, because it appeals to a large audience, kids, teens (like me), and adults, and it stills sends a message. It slips the message into your conciseness, without you really realizing it, but it will be there.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Garden State

A journey of broken relationships. Life, love, want, drugs, and blame. Written and directed by Zach Braff, this film is about growing up. Zach Braff plays Andrew who is a wannabe actor still trying to figure out what to do with his life. He has absolutely no connection to anyone, he is numb. Natalie Portman plays Samantha (Sam) who is an original, outgoing liar with epilepsy.
Andrew ends up back in his hometown, which he has been trying to avoid, due to his mothers death. He runs in to some old high school "friends" and he briefly relives his high school years. Samantha and Andrew run into each other in a neurological clinic and...she opens his eyes.
All of them slowly become a dysfunctional family. They all want something in their lives to be fixed for them, but they realizes that they have to fix it themselves.
It is hard for me to write movie reviews for these types of films. I get so caught up in the thought of the movie, how I can relate to it. I think we all have something in out lives that is dysfunctional, that we want to be fixed, but eventually we are going to have to fix it ourselves.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This film is a glimpse inside the imagination of a middle aged man, played by Mathieu Amalric, who has had a stroke. A look at his reality. The film is directed, by Julian Schnabel, and written, by Ronald Harwood, as a steady stream of conciseness and images, therefor I am going to write this movie review as an ongoing thought. This is not going to be edited*, for the reason I just explained.

Images, beautiful images, drifting in and out of life, of reality...his reality, humor and grief, sadness, disappointment, through the known and unknown, dreams and nightmares, life and death, the life he didn't want- doesn't want, memories, human, inhuman, alienation, humiliation, longing, peace, disgrace, beauty, understanding, misunderstanding, distraction, denial, unwilling, constant, fear, love, acceptance, sympathy, existence, nothing and everything, home, thought, departure, lose, process, something more, split, passage, release, resurrection, darkness, light, journey...

His reality.

*spelling was edited
**based on a true story

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Precious

Hm. Beautiful...beautiful. Cinematography, directing, acting, everything. Mo'Nique and Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe probably give the best performances. Their characters are both abused in a way. Gabby's character, Precious, physically and sexually, and Mo'Nique's character, Mary, mentally...jealousy. Mariah Carey, a social worker, surprisingly also gives a good performance (for once).
This movie is about recognizing who we are, what we can do, what we can accomplish, and why we have to push ourselves. There is nothing that can describe this film but the film itself. Go see it.


Precious. She is beautiful. She is precious.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Winter Films 2009

These are a list of films that I recommend this winter, and films that I highly don't recommend.

Recommended:

  • Precious
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Pirate Radio
  • The Road
  • Broken Embraces
  • Brothers
  • The Imaginariam of Doctor Parnassus
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Avatar
  • Salt
  • Fix
  • The Fourth Kind
Not Recommended:
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squekuel
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Planet 51
  • Old Dogs
  • The Princess and the Frog

Friday, October 23, 2009

Antichrist :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews

Antichrist :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews

Monday, September 7, 2009

Ponyo

One of Hayao Miyazaki's most charming films, along with My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service. Ponyo is a goldfish child who "falls in love" with a little boy, named Sosuke, they go on a heartfelt journey to try and keep her from turning back into a fish.
Obviously Miyazaki's imagination is endlessly extraordinary. He is capable of creating the most captivating stories and characters over and over. The characters in this movie are realistic, especially Lisa, Sosuke's mother, voiced by Tina Fey. Mothers can relate to her. The film has a pleasant, warm feel to it. The comedy is whimsical and down-to-earth.
If I had to choose only one word to describe this film it would be fun. My whole family enjoyed seeing this movie. If you need something to do go see this movie just for the heck of it. I guarantee that you will leave the theater with a smile on your face.


P.S. If you enjoyed this movie then you should watch these films from Studio Ghibli as well: Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro (1988), and The Cat Returns

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Cove - Trailer

Please go see this movie, for the sake of understanding and reaching out to help. This film may be painful to watch at times, but the world needs to know the tragedies that are hidden behind these mountains.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shrink

I actually liked this movie, until I went over it in my head on the drive home. Kevin Spacey plays a Hollywood psychiatrist who is a drug addict. He has a young client who is from "the ghetto". In the story all, or most, of his clients are some how connected with one another.
As you already know, the acting is a huge part of a film, and that is why this movie is not good. I did like a large portion of the acting though. Kevin Spacey, Jesse Plemons, Dallas Roberts, Robin Williams, and Jack Huston are wonderful (but not magnificent). I am very surprised about Robin Williams performance, he usually doesn't do anything worth seeing, I am glad we can see that he has that ability to be a real actor.
The aspects that made the movie stick together (besides the actors above) are the cinematography and the score. Both are beautifully done. The script was O.K.. I actually think that this could have been a good movie.
I am not saying you should not see this movie, in fact I think you should see this movie. If it is on sale at Blockbuster of Target I would recommend you buy it. At times it can be slow but sit through it and chances are there will be a decent scene ahead.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Stupidly"?

I was astounded when I heard that some people were criticizing President Obama for saying "stupidly" to describe how police officers acted when arresting a black man, who was supposedly breaking into his OWN home, even though he showed proof that he lived there!
I looked up the word to make sure that I wasn't mistaken, and I wasn't. You wouldn't say, "they acted stupid." That even sounds incorrect (at least to intelligent beings)! The President said it correctly, "they acted stupidly."
All I am going to say now is, look it up!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Usually the first movie in a trilogy is the best, and that is also the case for this one. I guess I set the bar a little too high. I liked the first one, never saw the second one, but this one was just bad.
I guess I shouldn't be too hard on it since it is a kids movie, but it should be enjoyable for adults too. The only reason I went is because my little sister wanted to see it. And she didn't even like, which is just plain sad.
What shocked me was there were inappropriate jokes. Jokes about coming out and "privates". Kids are being exposed to much more than they should these days. And it's weird because I don't think that most of them even got the jokes, so why even put something like that in there.
Although, there was an occasional laugh, I did not enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Public Enemies

Johnny Depp, plays the corrupt gangster, John Dillinger, in this criminal drama. Depp gives a stunning performance, possibly Oscar worthy. So does the beautiful Marion Cotillard. They have amazing chemistry, a, should I say, flow. Not much I have read is mentioned about Christian Bale, but he of course does well deserved recognition.
The film follows the federal hunt, lead by Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), for the notorious American gangster, John Dillinger (Johnny Depp). Along with Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum), all of whom were infamous in the 1930's crime wave. The plot follows the events of his romance with Billie Frechette (Marion Colltiard) and Dillinger's desperate escape from the the thing he loved, the adrenaline rush of bank robbery .
Surprisingly, this film did not stray from the actuality of the true events, which is incredibly rare for a movie such as this. All of the actors remained genuinely relatable to the real people.
There was a sort of aura that was uncomfortable for me, but I cannot really figure it out. It maybe that the movie is not meant to be comforting, it is blatantly real.
This is a summer movie you will not regret seeing.

Bruno

Bruno, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, is a gay Austrian fashion reporter who will do anything for fame. Sacha Baron Cohen puts him self in real life situations with real life people that are often quite awkward. Anything goes.
Let me just give you a little advice up front, be prepared. This movie is not for the squeamish. Seriously, do NOT go see the movie if you are not prepared for what it is going to dish out. You will either be laughing your ass off or staring at the screen with your mouth wide open in disgust and shock. I was frequently both through out.
It is supposed to expose how anti-homosexual America is. Sometimes it is right on, but other times it is off and offensive to the gay community. But there are mixed feelings through out the gay community.
The R rating is there for a very good reason. I am not trying to give anything away but there is anal sex, blow jobs, swingers, and a great amount of in your face, close-up, "private parts."
Either you should definitely go see this movie or you should steer very clear of it. It is up to you.