So since not all of my friends/followers have gone over to follow my new site, I figured I would do a weekly update over here for DVD rentals that will hopefully tempt your palates enough to go over for the bigger (and let’s face it bigger IS better) and newer stuff.
So here, it is. My recommendations for your rentals this week, all can be found on Netflix or even possibly at your local library (seriously, check out your local library and not just for the flicks).
1. Dedication - In Justin Theroux’s directorial debut you catch a glimpse of something unlike anything I have ever seen - real, dramatic love. Anyone that knows me gets that I loathe romantic movies but this does not feel like one … AT ALL. This feels like some warped, yet total real, version of love story which stars Billy Crudup and, one of my favorite famous people, Mandy Moore. Crudup is a total nut (but adorably so) who writes children’s books but it a total misanthrope (basically he hates everyone, there’s your word of the day). And he gets stuck with a new illustrator, Mrs. Ryan Adams, and so begins a very odd yet fascinating and genuine story of two very strange people. If you like drama, dark comedies, or either actor, give it a go. (Not available for Instant)
2. Beginners - Do you love Ewan McGregor as much as I do? Then you need to watch this. Immediately. For instance, I went and bought it the day after renting it (from my local library but it is also on Netflix). Ewan plays a graphic artist who learns that his father (Christopher Plummer), who is dying, has been keeping the secret that he is gay and decides to come out. While this is all going on, he happens to fall for a French actress played by Melanie Laurent. Honestly, this movie is in my top five. Go watch it. (Not available for Instant)
3.The Woman in Black- This movie comes out today so I know it won’t be up straight away or even in the library but it is definitely my suggestion for horror movie lovers. I saw this when it came out and it really blew me away not only with the acting chops of Harry Potter himself but also with the plot and just how creepy the entire thing is. It’s about a young lawyer (a single papa) who goes to this crazy out of the way town where kids keep dying in these horrible suicides. While there he discovers, you guessed it, the woman in black (a freakish and vengeful ghost). I think any person who loves a good horror flick or thriller would definitely enjoy it. (Not available yet, but Netflix tells me it will be a short wait).
In my queue -
1. Shame - Finally getting around to watching this flick starring one of my newest Hollywood crushes, Michael Fassbender. It also stars Carey Mulligan who I have begun to like immensely after seeing Public Enemies and will also be starring as dear Daisy in the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Basically, Fassbender is a total nympho and it gets all screwy when his sister (Mulligan) comes to stay with him. Since it was a limited release I’m just now getting to see it. (Not available for Instant and is on short wait)
2.Martha Marcy May Marlene- Elizabeth Olson broke out onto the Hollywood scene with this indie flick starring as the brainwashed ex-cult member, Martha, who is trying to reconnect with her sister. It made quite the splash at Sundance and I am so sooooo excited to finally get to watch it (partially because I adore Hugh Dancy). (Not available for Instant)
3.Melancholia- I will admit, I am no fan of Kirsten Dunst, but I am, however, a huge fan of Alexander Skarsgard and Kiefer Sutherland (and Alex’s papa, Stellan, is also in it). The plot seems very odd to me, Earth is about to crash into another planet where everyone is certain to meet death, and all the while Dunst’s marriage is falling apart along with her relationship with her very depressed sister (I’m guessing that’s the melancholia part). I honestly didn’t read any reviews on this one - I’m just going to see how it all pans out on my own. (Available for Instant!)
So I’ve applied to this new blogging site where I have a chance to earn some money for my posts. What I would absolutely LOVE is if all of my lovely darling friends would go over there and follow me so maybe I can be reimbursed for all those movie tickets I am buying.
If no new movies strike your fancy, look for these movies coming out on DVD this month.
We Bought a Zoo -Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, some really adorable kids, and even cuter animals. Apparently it was based on a true story which makes it all that much more adorable. I did not see it, but I heard really amazing things about it. Who wouldn’t want to live on a zoo??
War Horse - Didn’t see it, didn’t want to even though I loooooove horses. It was a huge huge hit, as most Steven Spielberg movies are, and again was supposedly based on a true story. I’m all about historical movies when done correctly, and I even prefer to study WWI as opposed to WWII but this didn’t interest me in the slightest.
The Darkest Hour -Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby star in this sci-fi thriller. I wanted to see this very badly but it didn’t last long in theaters. Kind of terrifying to think we can be attacked using our power supply since everything we do runs on power these days. Creeeeepy. And who doesn’t just love Emile Hirsch?
The Iron Lady - No thank you.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol -Despite better judgment, a part of me wanted to see this. What can I say? I like Simon Pegg. And I do find it impressive that Tom Cruise still does the majority of his stunts including hanging off of one of the tallest buildings in the world. Eep! The dude may be crazy but he’s talented.
Shame - Michael Fassbender (who does full frontal nudity in this movie from what I hear and a lot of it) and Carey Mulligan (love her) star as brother and sister. The brother which is apparently a complete nympho has to deal with her untimely arrival. Played for a short time at our indie theater but didn’t stay long enough for me to go and see it. Both actors are wonderful so I’m sure it’s good.
Contraband -Saw this in theaters so for a full review, mosey on over there. Marky Mark and some dirty action.
The Innkeepers -Sadly this horror movie never came out in Ohio but I am please it’ll be on DVD soon. I very badly wanted to see it even though movies with ghosts tend to freak me out ( save for Paranormal Activity ). Sara Paxton is the main star and I believe her to be completely underrated.
Not a whole lot of DVD action either, but I’m sure they’re just having a bit of a cool down before May! Maybe this is a sign that y’all need to be studying for exams and not going out to the movies …. Nahhhh!
Since the saying goes ‘April showers …’ I think we can all agree it might be a fantastic movie watching month. Unless you’re with me in the Midwest and you’ve been having crazy rollercoaster weather. In which case … who knows? We may need our swimsuits next week.
Anyways, as per usual I am giving you the head’s up on what movies are coming out this month in a theater near you with perhaps a small sampling of those limited release because I have a soft spot for them despite the fact Ohio isn’t cool enough to get them.
Titanic 3D - Good God, why? It’s like when they released Star Wars Episode I again. It has me shouting WHY at the top of my lungs, internally of course otherwise people might think I’ve gone completely mental. I don’t care how gorgeous Leo is… no thank you once was enough.
American Reunion -Normally, I would be thinking, seriously? The last one sucked and aren’t these jokes getting old? But I think there’s a very good reason that all those classic characters are back with the original actors and actresses. And that reason? Good comedy. The trailer looks hilarious. I like that they’re actually going back after a couple of years when things have actually changed and not have them still in college or doing whatever. I think this looks very promising. And am I the only person on the planet kind of attracted to Chris Klein?
Lockout -Guy Pearce fighting bad dudes in a space prison? Sounds super cheesy but you know what? I applaud the originality behind it. I mean the whole in space thing being original, there have been plenty prison movies and plenty prison break out movies but this one is definitely unique. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Maggie Grace is the other star and I do think she’s pretty great so we’ll see.
Three Stooges - I just don’t know. Maybe this was just before my time. I’m not amped about it like a lot of other people are. Will Sasso kind of gets on my nerves, I do love Sean Hayes for sure (he was the only reason I watched Will & Grace), Chris Diamantopoulos is way too attractive in real life to play Moe but you know I can roll with it. I love that Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara are in it, too. We’ll see - it’ll have to be good to live up to everyone’s standards and also all the hype it’s been getting.
The Cabin in the Woods -I am actually very excited for this movie. Partly, because I love horror movies, even when they are terrible. But also because Chris Hemsworth is in it and though I love him suited up as Thor, I’m thinking the flannel look suits him even better. I digress. There’s something different about this horror movie which I can definitely get into. Almost sci-fi in some of the glimpses I’ve been getting. Love that.
Think Like a Man-Don’t shoot me, but this actually looks kind of funny. I don’t do romances as anyone who knows me knows, but I actually think parts of this look pretty hilarious. And it’s not a gag me romantic movie from the looks of it. It IS typical that four guys would use a self help book to get women into bed. Sorry, gents, but that is the stereotype. There are A LOT of people in this - Gabrielle Union, Arielle Kebbel, Meagan Good, Taraji Henson, Chris Brown (I find that humorous, too), Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Hart. Laundry list of actors.
The Five-Year Engagement -Yes. Please. Jason Segel? LOVE. Emily Blunt? Might love even MORE. Mindy Kaling is even in this. It’s going to be AWESOME.
Safe -Well, Jason Statham in an action movie, again. Trying to keep a little girl safe, again. Regardless, I’ll be seeing it. I’m a sucker for Statham.
The Raven -John Cusack as my favorite writer of all time, Edgar Allen Poe? YES PLEASE. A horror movie with a killer based off his writings while he tries to solve them? Double yes please! And Luke Evans. He’s becoming a favorite of mine.
I suppose it’s a bit of a lull month between the great March and May releases, but there are some gems in there. Of course, you can always go and watch The Hunger Games again like I plan to …
Today is the first Tuesday of the month which makes this the only post lately that is actually on time! I apologize. I don’t even have an excuse other than the fact I bought a mandolin so when I’m home I’m tinkering with that.
Today, beautiful March 6th:
Immortals: Henry Cavill. Mythology. Enough said. But I will say more. I loved this movie. Everything about it. Even Mickey Rourke’s strange appearance. I still don’t get him in that role but whatever. I do know that I reviewed this movie so if you’d like to know what I think you can mosey on over to that post. I will be buying it today.
Footloose: Ruin another 80s movie for me, please. Gag me.
Melancholia: I actually need to see this. I am really excited for it. Darn stupid limited release movies. I enjoy Kristen Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard is phenomenal in whatever he does. This movie is strange in the sense that I have no idea what it’s really about besides the fact that a mysterious planet is heading straight for earth and two sisters try to deal. Netflixin’ that.
My Week With Marilyn: I love love love Michelle Williams. I didn’t get to see this movie, either, because Ohio is lame but I am definitely excited to watch it. I think she looks perfect as Marilyn.
Happy Feet Two: Whatever.
The Descendants:I wanted to see this movie so badly when it was in theaters and I am shocked none of my friends had love for George Clooney enough to see it with me. I guess Netflix and I will get even closer this month.
The Three Musketeers: Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom … I’ll watch this. I’ll probably hate the inaccuracies but I will enjoy the eye candy.
Young Adult: I love Charlize Theron in a heterosexual way, though I can admit the girl is gorgeous, and I think she’s super talented but I had less than no desire to see this movie. I’m sick of the whole adult-acting-like-a-teenager thing. Isn’t that overdone nowadays?
The Sitter: I just finished talking about how over Jonah Hill I am. This movie didn’t last long in theaters which makes me think over people might be sick of him, too.
The Muppets: Ah, Jason Segel. Amy Adams. Rashida Jones. Still sad I didn’t get to see this one when it came out.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Buying this the day it comes out FO SHO. Such an excellent, excellent movie. Stoked to watch it again. The books are just as amazing, if not more so. I recommend them to EVERYONE.
Carnage and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which I know nothing about either except I think the latter was up for several awards.
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked: Yeah …
In the Land of Blood and Honey: Can’t say I’m sad this was limited … I don’t like Angelina Jolie all that much though I know she’s a good actress. Something about her irks me in most of her roles though so I probably won’t go out of my way to see this. Especially since she wrote it .. right? I think she did it all by herself though I can’t be sure. You never know in Hollywood.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Shocked this is coming out so soon because I thought it was soooo good. I reviewed it if you care to go and see why, but apparently it wasn’t a blockbuster. Go figure. Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and the cutest kid ever. Loved it.
A Dangerous Method: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley … need I say more? Okay, I will. It’s about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and psychoanalysis. I’m just excited to see that Keira Knightley is still making movies. I’ve missed her. And I love Michael Fassbender. I’ll be queue-ing this one up.
Compared to February, it looks like it’ll be a costly month.
Yeah, clearly I don’t pay attention to college basketball even though I come in at the top three in the bracket competition at my work. I’m a really good guesser.
Anyways, this isn’t a sports blog (gag me, unless it’s NFL. Then I might be down.) so I will get to the very overdue business of talking about what movies we can expect out this month. March is a really good month, by the way. I’m not Irish so I don’t really care about St. Patrick’s Day, but so far Ohio weather has been really kind overall and my dear mother’s birthday is the first day of the month. I dig March
Last week, March 2nd:
The Lorax: Is it just me or are Dr. Seuss books way better on paper than on the big screen? Does anyone else remember the horrid adaptation of Cat in the Hat?? I’ll tell you why I won’t see this movie despite my adoration of Zac Efron (I ain’t ashamed): it takes something really spectacular these days to make me want to see an animated movie. I dig trees, but not enough to sit through this movie. Oh and Taylor Swift’s voice makes me cringe. I’m sure it’s a top notch family film and until I have kids I will avoid it. PG.
Project X: I haven’t seen this and I’ve been on the fence about it ever since the first trailer I watched. it is refreshing to see a movie with no big names in it, that part I dig. What I don’t dig is high school movies. I mean, the John Hughes ones from the eighties, of course I love. The ones of today, not so much. And party movies? I think I got over those a long time ago. Call me old, but at 25, kids getting wasted while their parents are out of town seems overdone and rather boring. I don’t care how big the party is. R.
John Carter: Can I just say one thing first? I love Taylor Kitsch. Not because I watch Friday Night Lights, though I’ve heard it’s good. I do have a guilty pleasure in the fact that I own and rather liked The Covenant and him as a motorcyclin’ yet somewhat hopeless romantic was tops. Plus, he had the coolest name (Pogue Parry). What I do adore about Taylor more than anything (yes, even more than him playing Gambit) is the fact that this is his second movie of the year that I am totally psyched about. The other, of course, being Battleship. I digress. I am really excited to see this movie and so excited that I am buying the book it is based off of so I can read it beforehand. (The book is the 1912 book called A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Yes, the guy that created Tarzan. How can I not love the guy that set the path for something like Star Wars??) PG-13.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: I love Ewan McGregor. I’ve said it before, but it’s true. As much as I adore him there is no way on earth I will go and see this movie.I even love Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas and I still will not see this movie. The plot, in a nutshell, is some guy is trying to do something impossible by fishing up a river or something and then there’s fish experts and a cynic and they all find faith and hope or something else. Whatever. PG-13.
Friends With Kids: I wanted to see this so bad until I saw Megan Fox in the trailer. Despite the fact she makes me cringe, I probably will still see it. The cast is phenomenal. Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Kristin Wiig, Jennifer Westfeldt (who wrote AND directed it as well as starred in it), Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd, Edward Burns … I mean come on. It looks pretty hilarious and why shouldn’t it be when two friends decide to have a kid together that is a recipe for comedy. R.
A Thousand Words: Someone keeps giving Eddie Murphy roles. I would like to hit that someone. I don’t care if he doesn’t talk much in this movie. You couldn’t pay me to watch an Eddie Murphy movie. PG-13.
Silent House: I’m pretty sure this is wide release come Friday but I’m not positive. I know one thing is for sure - I have been dying to see this movie ever since I read about it during Cannes (I’m pretty sure it was Cannes, if not it was some other super indie film festival). What is so cool about this horror movie is the fact it is set in real time - there are no cuts from start to finish. 88 minutes continuously shot from opening credits to end credits. Now that’s awesome. Elizabeth Olsen, yes the younger sis of the famous twins, is getting serious buzz after this movie, too. I can’t wait. R.
21 Jump Street: Ugh. Channing Tatum again? He must have the same agent as Eddie Murphy. And Jonah Hill. Am I the only one getting kind of sick of him? Can he just take a year hiatus? I’m sure I’d welcome him back with open arms. Rumor has it Johnny Depp cameos on the movie version of the show he starred in once upon a time. I’m still on the fence on this movie, though. I don’t know if I can watch it, though from the previews it looks like the ape plays a moron which seems very fitting. I might give it a go. R.
Casa de mi Padre: I honestly don’t know much about this upcoming Will Ferrell movie since the trailer is a big tease, but it looks hilarious. I love Gabriel Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna so I think it should be interesting. Drug lords, Mexico … should be a good time. R. Oh, and the person in charge is one of the directors of Funny or Die.
Jeff Who Lives at Home (which was my Trailer of the Week not too long ago is a limited release but I felt the need to put it in here) and Detachment (Adrien Brody doing another amazing indie flick about a substitute teacher trying to find his way, also comes out but only in NYC. Jealous).
The Hunger Games: Heck. Yes. I. Can’t. Wait. I bought my midnight showing tickets the day they went on sale. If that tells you how stoked I am. The books, which I have read (all three in four days), are absolutely amazing and mindblowing. I had such low expectations but I am so happy I gave it a whirl. I’m addicted. Jennifer Lawrence looks exactly as I imagined her. And I love LOVE Josh Hutcherson as my favorite character, Peeta. Bring it on. Oh, and Elizabeth Banks? Yes, please! PG-13.
Wrath of the Titans: Mythology, Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes with a full face … I’m ready for this sequel. And the beauty Rosamund Pike, who I know little about though she was in Die Another Day, one of my least favorite Bond flicks ever. Despite that, she was good in it as Miranda Frost. Now I took Latin for four years and I’ve read the stories of Perseus, translated them even, and though this plot does not seem to follow his adventures, it looks pretty darn amazing. Give me mythology, and I’ll probably go despite the inaccuracies. Not rated yet, but I’m going to assume PG-13.
Mirror Mirror: Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen? Lily Collins as Snow White? I’m so down. This comedic portrayal of the classic fairytale looks awesome. Absolutely humorous. And it seems as though this is Snow White’s year, seeing as how another adaptation will be out this summer (I believe) with my least favorite actress in the role (Kristen Stewart). Both actually look good (I know, but I blame it on Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman and Charlize Theron as the Queen), but I would have to say I’m more excited for this one. I love comedy with my fairytales and after watching the heartbreak and sadness in Once Upon a Time each week, I need my happy ending dang it. PG.
Intruders: I love me some Clive Owen and I like thrillers more than just about any genre (except comedy, obviously). I’m actually not sure if this is a wide or limited release yet, I know very little about it. What I do know is that two children are visited nightly by a faceless demon trying to possess them. Can you say ‘creepy’? R.
I’m late on this, too. Give me a break, it was a long weekend.
So I guess I’ll begin with what came out yesterday, February 7th:
Anonymous: I never got to see this movie and it pisses me off. Netflix will have to be my option now. Who doesn’t love a little Shakespearean conspiracy? Rated PG-13.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: 3D ruins everything. I don’t know how many times I’ve said it on this blog, but there it is again. I didn’t go and see this, mostly because I hate 3D movies but also, to be honest, I’m a bit sick of the Harold and Kumar bromance/comedy genre. Loved the first one, the second was okay, and no matter how much I love Neil Patrick Harris, I just don’t think I could sit through #3. Rated R, obviously.
Twilight: Not wasting my breath on the full title or description.
The Rum Diary: I wanted to see this so bad because it’s one of my favorite books and who doesn’t adore Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart? Oh and Giovanni Ribisi and Amber Heard? I know I’ve sung his praises on here before. Sadly, I heard that this film adaptation was boring so I didn’t waste money on a ticket (that was told by another fan of the book so I trusted to the judgment) but hey, Netflix. Rated R.
The Human Centipede Part 2 comes out. Because we needed to know more about that disgusting phenomenon.
Tower Heist: Gross. Who keeps giving Eddie Murphy work?
J. Edgar: I love Leo DiCaprio, don’t get me wrong. I even have a degree in history. But let’s be honest with one another - this movie looked boring. Not to mention, Clint Eastwood makes long and boring movies so it wouldn’t be a stretch. Poor Leo, though. They even made him ugly.
Puss in Boots: Just … why?
Hugo: Really, Martin Scorsese, really? No amount of Jude Law, which from what I gather is little in this movie, could make me want to see this movie about a boy with clocks and some weird robot man. Whatever, Scorsese, can you please stick to crime drama now? I don’t care how many Oscar noms it got.
Looks like such a boring DVD month. Thank God it’s the shortest, eh? March is looking better. Hopefully. Good news is I won’t be spending tons of money on movies this month so maybe I can actually save up for my vacation. Maybe.
A new month means new movies. And I am so excited for some of these. February kind of crept up on me quicker than anticipated but I can say I don’t mind. There are some movies coming out this month I cannot wait to see.
The Woman in Black: Starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, as a young lawyer that has traveled to a remote, and seemingly very haunted, town. I love a good horror movie. This made my Trailer of the Week a little bit ago and I think the first time I ever saw the trailer I was telling anyone who would listen how badly I want to see it. It’s gotten a lot of good buzz, especially Mr. Radcliffe’s performance. Rated PG-13.
Chronicle: To be honest, I’m over the whole ‘let’s-shoot-this-movie-like-a-documentary’ thing. I think Paranormal Activity ran that into the ground and it makes me pretty uncertain about any movie with that feel to it. This is no different. I’ve been very on the fence about this movie that stars a bunch of actors I’ve never heard of as high school students that get super powers. And, as teenagers most often do, they spiral out of control. I don’t know about this movie but apparently I’m one of the few questioning it - it has a serious online database of fans who have been greatly anticipating its release. Rated PG-13.
Big Miracle: I love John Krasinski more than just about anyone (even that fiance of his, I reckon), but I will not be seeing this. First of all, I’m more of a dolphin person and secondly, I’m not five. Yet another thing I’m over is feel-good animal flicks based on true stories. I think I was over those after Free Willy, though. Drew Barrymore is also in this and I think I only like her something like in The Wedding Singer or something. Other times, she irks me. Rated PG.
The Innkeepers: I’m actually not entirely sure this is going to be a wide release, but I hope it is. Another horror movie starring Sara Paxton, who I believe to be severely underrated as an actress especially after I saw Last House on the Left. The only thing with horror movies that freaks me out is the paranormal so this and Mr. Radcliffe’s movie are sure to keep me up at night. This movie is about a haunted inn, go figure, in its last days and the employees start experiencing things they had only previously discussed with old guests. Rated R.
Others I know to be limited release: Kill List (a hitman gets an assignment to knock of three people and shockingly it goes awry, rated R), W.E. (two love stories - one of King Edward VIII and an American divorcee and a contemporary love story with a Russian security guard and a married woman. Directed by Madonna, gag, rated R), Windfall(a documentary on wind energy development - enthralling, I know).
Safe House: Heck yes. Okay, I admit I’m not a huge Denzel Washington fan, but I am dying to see this movie. He’s a good actor, a great actor really, but I’ve never been a fan of the roles he chooses (though there are exceptions The Bone Collector, The Pelican Brief, Training Day). I am, however, in love with Ryan Reynolds. Man oh man. The basic plot is that Mr. Reynolds, a CIA agent, is looking after a very dangerous fugitive (Mr. Washington) in a safe house. When the safe house gets attacked under suspicious circumstances, they are on the run together. Looks so good. Rated R and also stars Vera Farmiga and Robert Patrick.
The Vow:Gag me. I used to like Rachel McAdams. I’ve always hated Channing Tatum. So I guess there’s nothing that could have saved this disgusting looking romance movie for me. PG-13.
Journey 2-The Mysterious Island: From what little I know, it’s the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth but this one takes place on, you guessed it, a mysterious island. Josh Hutcherson, who has gotten super attractive super quick, reprises his role as Sean Anderson. New additions include Dwayne Johnson (I seriously love him as an actor), Michael Caine, Kristin Davis, and ugh, Vanessa Hudgens. Well, almost a great cast. I’ll probably still see it. What can I say? I can’t wait for The Hunger Games to watch Josh Hutcherson. Yes, I know, he’s like 6 years younger than me. Back off. Rated PG.
Rampart: I mentioned this movie a bit ago, having no idea of the plot only that I loved the cast and guess what? I still barely know a gosh darn thing. I know it takes place in the 90s and Woody Harrelson is playing a cop struggling for his and his family’s survival as somewhat of a renegade. Go figure. Other than that, I know he is up for an Oscar. I also know that Ben Foster (love), Sigourney Weaver, and Robin Wright also star. Rated R and I’m not sure if this is a wide or limited release.
Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D: The last thing I needed was to see Jar Jar in 3D, George Lucas.
Some other limited release movies: Perfect Sense(Ewan McGregor, who I will watch in anything except those pitiful Star Wars episodes, stars in this with Eva Green who I also love as a scientist and a chef falling in love during an epidemic robbing people of their senses. I wish I could go see this - that’s a love story I can handle.) and The Turin Horse which I know nothing about except it’ll only be released in NYC.
Ghost Rider- Spirit of Vengeance: I seriously wonder if there was anyone better for this role because I loathe Nicholas Cage yet I love Ghost Rider so I’m torn on whether or not to go. I was a bit disappointed by the first one but apparently the director has stepped up his game and got a lot of really amazing and unique shots, combined with the over the top yet amazing special effects, I’m even more torn. This one takes place in Eastern Europe and somehow the devil is trying to hang out on earth with the living. I don’t know how I feel about it, but I’m sure it’ll bring in the numbers. Rated PG-13.
This Means War: Heck yes. Let me say that again - HECK YES. First of all, I love Chris Pine. Second of all, I love Tom Hardy. Third of all, I love my romance with a side of action yet this movie has the action with a side of romance and I can so dig that. Two spies, my aforementioned loves, fall in love with Reese Witherspoon who I like most of the time and am still trying to look over how she treated poor Jake Gyllenhaal, and proceed to fight for her. Literally. This film also stars Chelsea Handler, who I like well enough, but she’s not my favorite comedienne. I can’t wait for this movie. Rated R.
Thin Ice: This film IS a limited release but it stars Greg Kinnear and I adore him so I’m putting it with the others. I only know that it takes place in Wisconsin and there’s some kind of fraudulent behavior happening. Dark comedy, con men, the usual. This was also at Sundance, so I suppose you can expect something artsy? Rated R.
Wanderlust: Paul Rudd you couldn’t make enough movies to satiate me. This movie look hilarious. Mr. Rudd and his lovely companion Miss Jennifer Aniston end up leaving Manhattan after unemployment to go and live on a rural hippie commune. Could that plot sound any funnier? How about Malin Akerman and Justin Theroux also star? Love it. Rated R.
Good Deeds: Tyler Perry. I don’t need to say more.
Gone: Amanda Seyfried is making some interesting decisions with her choices of roles lately from In Time to this thriller about a man who either exists or doesn’t that may or may not have actually taken her sister. I love Wes Bentley and Jennifer Carpenter though I gave up on Dexter awhile back so maybe it’ll shock me but I highly doubt it. Doesn’t look thriller enough for me, if that makes sense? Rated PG-13, where they should have upped it and gone for R. That always makes a better scary movie.
Act of Valor: I am actually really looking forward to this movie and I have been for awhile. Starring Navy SEALs and based on a true story, I think this movie is what I’m looking for when I say I want something different. Sure, it’s action and the plot may have been done in a similar fashion, but this takes the cake. Apparently this production company is all for the realness of a plot and characters over big time actors and I can so get on board with that. Rated R.
There are some foreign movies with limited releases but I’m leaving those out because I think I’m one of the few people around that actually doesn’t mind the occasional foreign flick. The things the Japanese come up with continue to astound me, especially with their horror movies. Twisted. All in all it looks like a good line up for the month of February. Since I will be without a valentine this year I think I’ll take myself out to one or two or seven movies. Enjoy!
I’ll go on the record now and say that, overall and in the grand scheme of things, I enjoyed watching this movie. If I ignore the small bits that make me question things, I enjoy it even more. Having said that, I feel like I owe it to anyone that pays attention to this blog to give a fair assessment of the film in its entirety. Well, as much as I can fit in this blog/remember of the movie.
I love Mark Wahlberg almost as much as Giovanni Ribisi (who I really like as a bad guy - go figure) but there’s one actor in this movie I actually love even more than the both of them - Ben Foster. I hadn’t even known he was in this until he popped up on screen but boy how happy was I to see that gorgeous mug of his?? And another actor I adore pops up for maybe twelve seconds - Diego Luna (who will be in Will Ferrell’s upcoming movie Casa de mi Padre).
I usually like Kate Beckinsale - Serendipity is still one of the few RomComs I can watch repeatedly. I’m not saying I hated her in this, I just think that there was possibly someone better. I just can’t buy her and Marky Mark. As beautiful as they both are, there was no spark between them and that really bothered me for some reason.
But, nothing bothered me nearly as much as her fictional baby brother, Andy, played by Caleb Landry Jones. I first caught sight of this actor in the biggest comic book turned movie tragedy, X-Men: First Class. I didn’t like him as Banshee and I liked him even less as this punk kid who continually gets himself into trouble. I leaned over to my friend at one point and asked if it was awful of me to want him to get shot. He sort of steps it up later on, but ugh. He was annoying.
The plot is something I’ve seen, heck I think everyone has seen this before. It wasn’t poorly done, by any means, but it is OVERdone. Are there fewer and fewer things to make action movies about now that we have to recycle plots and give Tom Cruise another Mission Impossible? Or Miss Beckinsale another Underworld? Am I being picky in wanting something new?
I digress. The movie was well done, but with an incredibly slow start. It was also mostly predictable except for one thing and, now that I’m looking back on it, had I been more rested I probably would have called that, too. I know I’m being picky in wanting curveballs and twists in all my movies, but what can I say? That entertains me.
All the acting was spot on, even that punk kid, and Mark never disappoints. I will literally watch him in anything, the same goes for Giovanni (who I hear is dating one of my favorite musicians - Cat Power). Ben Foster blew me away more than anyone in this movie, though. I won’t go into details, but I think his performance was the best part of this film and I’m not being biased. At least, I hope I’m not.
There were a few other things, minor things, that bugged me. For example, how did they get cell service in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico? I mean, I want to know who that provider is so I can switch. And why did it seem like it only took them a few hours to get from Louisiana to Panama? I’m fairly certain they weren’t going to Florida and, that being said, I feel like it would take longer than three hours on a slow freight boat. I could be wrong - geography isn’t my strongest suit.
Now, for a fun fact? I was in New Orleans at the beginning of last summer and my friend and I saw movie trucks all over the place. After watching this movie, I’m about 96% positive this is what they were filming while I was there. I can’t express the sadness I feel knowing I was in the same city as Ben Foster and didn’t meet him. But, anyhow, it’s pretty cool to think that they were filming while I was there. Supposedly, New Orleans is the new hot spot for making movies. Who knew? Then again, they filmed a movie in Cincinnati so I would venture to guess they’re desperate to get out of LA and NYC.
Overall, it’s enjoyable to watch. I’m not sure it’s worth $10, so I would make sure you have a student ID or go for a matinee price. If you’re into heist movies then I definitely think you’d be into this.
I love Tuesdays. Not only do new movies come out to buy, but the theater closest to me has a bargain deal that EVERY MOVIE is only $6. Considering they’re now up to about $10 a show (aside from matinees which aren’t much better at $8), that’s a steal. Not to mention that theater is right next door to a Best Buy.
Yes, I love Tuesdays.
Since I love Tuesdays ohsomuch, I’ve decided to put out info on the release of DVDs this month on a Tuesday. In all honesty I should have done it last week but I was busy. I don’t remember with what but take my word for it.
Today, ladies & gents, the 10th of January:
Killer Elite - Jason Statham playing the role he plays best with Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. This film was reviewed on this site some time ago so if you’d like to know my thoughts you may check it out.
Moneyball - Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Robin Wright. Baseball underdog story of the Oakland A’s. I didn’t see it, but I heard it was only so-so.
What’s Your Number? - Anna Faris freaks out about how many men she’s slept with, goes through exes. I never saw it, thought it looked kind of stupid, but hey, Captain America is in it so it can’t be all bad. Plus, Anna has some funny movies (I loved The House Bunny, sue me).
Boardwalk Empire (Complete First Season) - I sincerely wish I had HBO so I could watch this show. Everything about it looks amazing and I have heard nothing but positive reviews for it. Who doesn’t love Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt?
Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star -Yeah, I’m not even going to go through the trouble explaining this.I love you, Nick Swardson, but please PLEASE just stick to stand up. Stop doing movies unless they’re akin to Grandma’s Boy and stop, for the love of all things holy, stop doing your skit show on Comedy Central.
Dirty Girl -Again, I’m just not going to put the effort into it. I think it was in theaters for like, a week?, before it dropped off into obscurity. Can we stop making 15 year old girls act and look like whores? Thanks.
Killing Bono - I want to watch this. Stars Krysten Ritter and Ben Barnes (yummy). It’s about two brothers wanting to be rock legends but look on as schoolmates U2 hit it big instead. Sounds funny. I’ll watch anything Ben Barnes does. I am however a tad skeptical about straight to DVD films.
The Ides of March - All star cast George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei … I reviewed this film as well so if you would like to know more about it and my take on it, mosey on over to the reviews and check it out.
50/50 - Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt wowed me in this movie so I am so excited for it to come out. Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick. If you didn’t see it when it came out, you probably know what it’s about, and you definitely need to watch it.
Paranormal Activity 3 - I’m sure I don’t have to explain the concept to you. I saw the first and never cared to see the others but I heard this one was actually the best of the three. Don’t take my word for it, I have no idea if it’s true because I still haven’t seen it.
Real Steel - Never cared to see this one either, despite the fact I find Hugh Jackman attractive. I like robots, too, I just don’t care to see them box each other.
Restless - Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Henry Lee Hopper star in this, what looks to be, depressing love story. I wanted to see it but it was only a limited release so I’m quite excited to get the chance to see it in a few weeks time.
Dream House - I love you, Daniel Craig. That is all I have to say. I haven’t seen this movie, though, and I do enjoy horror films and Mr. Bond’s beautiful wife, Rachel Weisz.
In Time - JT! I adore him, even though his new fiance looks to have the personality of a rock. Also starring Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy, whom I also adore. I didn’t get the chance to see this one, either, since I was busy graduating college when it came out but I thought it looked good.
The Big Year - Was never interested. Stars Jack Black (I am getting sick of him), Owen Wilson (always preferred Luke since Idiocracy) and Dustin Hoffman (He’s still the man).
The Thing - Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in this prequel to the old one. I reviewed this one as well, so for a full length interpretation and synopsis you can go and check it out there.
Drive - Reviewed this one, as well. LOVE THIS MOVIE. I’ll buy it the day it comes out, ASAP.
Ones that released last week I believe were Contagion, Justified (season 2, love Raylan Givens), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and Shark Night.
As promised, I’m attempting to broaden my movie horizons with keeping the few people that pay attention to this up to date on movie news and such. That being said, I will be updating you at the beginning of the month as to what movies are coming out, and when, and perhaps a mini-synopsis. At the very least the big stars appearing in said movie. I don’t want to pile up the info, so I’ll be brief.
Let’s start with January 13th:
Contraband - Marky Mark and lovely leading lady Kate Beckinsale along with one of my many famous interest Giovanni Ribisi star in what appears to be a remake of every single one of Mark’s movies. Drugs, corruption, action, the whole I’m-tryin-to-get-out-of-this-business-for-my-family thing … pretty much seen before but I do love Mr. Ribisi and though Mark plays the same character there’s something lovable about him so I probably will see it. Or, my brother will probably make me see it at any rate. Rated R obviously.
Joyful Noise - Ugh. I have no intention of seeing this but I guess there’s a market out there for Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton so here you go. It’s about singing or something. I don’t care. Rated PG-13.
The Iron Lady - Was a limited release back in December but apparently it opens everywhere on the 13th. It stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister. As a history major, I should probably want to see this but eh. Love Meryl, but I don’t really have an interest in it. I do bet that she’ll be up for an Oscar, though. Rated PG-13 and also stars Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant.
Beauty and the Beast 3D - God, they ruin everything with 3D.
The Divide - Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, and Rosanna Arquette are just a few of the names in this sci-fi flick about a group banding together in a basement after a nuclear attack. I have yet to watch the trailer, but it sounds rather interesting. It’s being described as a terrorism version of The Walking Dead (not my words, but I’ll take anything related to TWD) but with some harsh words about poor character development. We’ll see how it goes. I can’t seem to find a rating but I’ll bet my savings it’s R.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - I am more than excited to see this movie. Not only do I adore Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, but this looks like one of the best dramatic films I’ve seen lately. It is sure to bring tears, dealing with 9/11 and the loss of a family member isn’t exactly uplifting but I think the storyline is terrific and Thomas Horn looks like he’ll be a rising star after the release of this movie. Bring tissues, I know I will. PG-13.
Underworld - Awakening - Kate Beckinsale is back, but I’m disappointed Scott Speedman isn’t. Apparently this movies is humans against both Lycans and Vamps … I can see a sure winner here but apparently the answer isn’t that glaringly obvious. I’m pretty much over the Underworld movies, and vampires in general, so I doubt I’ll be in line to see this. Rated R, obviously.
Haywire - I’ve talked about this movie before after I saw the trailer for the first time. Each time I watch the trailer, I want to see it more and more. It has a long list of great actors such as Ewan McGregor, Michael Angarano, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Fassbender. I’m not sure about Gina Carano but she looks tough as all get out. I think it’s promising even though that ape Channing Tatum is also in it. Barf. Rated R.
Red Tails - I will be seeing this, hands down. Not just as a history major but this movie looks phenomenal. It’s about African American pilots in WWII. Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, oh and Method Man and Ne-Yo. Hah. PG-13.
Coriolanus - I love my Shakespeare. This specific tragedy is about a Roman leader named Coriolanus. As far as I know, the movie follows along with the great writer’s work. I’m most excited about the fact it stars Gerard Butler and Ralph Fiennes. Rated R.
The Grey - Liam Neeson is THE MAN. It’s about a few men getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, being hunted by wolves. Intense, but I expect nothing less from Liam Neeson, one of my favorite actors. Also stars Dermot Mulroney who, in my opinion, doesn’t do enough. Yum. Yet to find a rating, I’m going to guess R.
One for the Money - Katherine Heigl is probably one of my favorite comedic actresses to watch. I absolutely love her in just about anything she’s done. She strikes back again playing a bail bondsman (bondsperson to be politically correct) whose first assignment is tracking down an old fling. PG 13.
Man on a Ledge - I love Sam Worthington even more than the next girl, but I’m skeptical about this movie taking place entirely on the ledge of a building. This tiny working area is akin to that of Buried which I did not see despite my admiration of Ryan Reynolds because of that precise issue. I don’t know how I can sit for 2 hours watching a man in one position. Unless he’s shirtless in either of these cases. I digress. Also stars Elizabeth Banks, who I love, Jamie Bell, Edward Burns (another man that doesn’t do enough) and Kyra Sedgwick. PG 13.
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Tilda Swinton, a very uniquely talented actress, stars in this movie as the mother of a kid who went on a shooting spree at his school. I haven’t watched a trailer so I can’t properly comment but it sounds interesting and possibly an Oscar contender. Rated R.
Rampart - I’m putting this in here for the cast. I know very little about it outside of that so I can’t comment but I do know the top three castmembers are favorites - Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Foster. Rated R.
There are a few other limited release and foreign movies set to come out that I didn’t mention. Mostly because limited release rarely ever come out in Ohio until, like, a year later. Or straight to DVD (or Netflix for people like me). There are also probably some others that aren’t listed and if I feel like they should be, I will updated you accordingly via my Twitter.
Hopefully some reviews will be coming out for you soon, I plan to make it to the movies soon to see We Bought a Zoo and, against my better judgment, the new Mission Impossible.
This will, quite possibly, by my lengthiest review yet so bear with me -I have three reviews for you in one. I have a book, a foreign film, and this winter’s top thriller to review so I probably shouldn’t waste any time but I will say this - I have never done this much background work for a film before so let’s get critical.
I started with the book, obviously, so let’s begin there. I’m not sure how many people have read any of the best selling trilogy by Stieg Larsson but I am telling everyone to go and pick up The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo now. It was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in quite awhile (and I read a lot). I will warn you that is has a relatively slow build up which made me set the book aside for more than two weeks, but once you get into it, you won’t be able to put it down.
Oh and you have to bear with some very intensely graphic and uncomfortable scenes not just in the book but in either of the movies. You have been notified and do what you will with that knowledge but I refuse to give anything away so I will only tell you that you need to be very comfortable with whoever you decide to go with.
All right, my version of the book was approximately 725 pages long and I read the majority of it in two days which should tell you one of two things - I’m a loser with no life who has been reading since a young age therefore I read quickly, or that the book is too good to leave lie for when you can just simply get around to it. This book is the first in awhile that I actually made time for. I don’t think I’ve done that since the last Harry Potter book came out.
The translation of the Swedish novel is simple and easy to follow. It’s a thriller/mystery mix that will have you on the edge of your seat and if you are at all like me you will be blindsided a few times. Trust no one! ;)
Moving along, since this is not a book review blog, I watched the Swedish version yesterday afternoon merely hours before seeing the new American version and I have some complaints, Swedes.
I figured out of the two versions the Swedish was more likely to follow closer to the book. Well, Nikolaj Arcel took more than a few simple artistic liberties when he adapted the book to film and they do not sit well with me at all. First, I understand that a seven hundred and some page book being adapted to screen will need some adjustments and quite possibly would have to leave some things out. I get it. I do not get, however, how you can completely change major details of the story which warp it entirely. I was not a happy camper.
Altogether I did not like the film. I thought those cast were wrong for their parts, though they are great actors (I recently sang praises to Noomi Rapace for her role in the new Sherlock Holmes movie). I thought Noomi’s portrayal of Lisbeth was a bit off and she did not seem fitting to the role as I read it from the book. Michael Nyqvist was not at all close to how I imagined Mikael Blomkvist who was supposed to be an attractive male in his early 40s and a ladies’ magnet (I say magnet for obvious reasons for which you would understand from the book that he is not exactly a slut). Nyqvist, a decent actor, simply does not represent that in the slightest.
It was not overly terrible to watch, but I can’t see myself watching it again. I will however be watching the sequels after I finish the books (I am about 200 and some pages into The Girl Who Played With Fire, which makes you all lucky I am taking time away from it to type this) but that will simply be for reference sake since they may or may not be making the sequels in an American version.
Last I read it was all up in the air.
Okay, if you’re still with me, I am now to the brand new, American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which is really what this blog is for but I felt it necessary to discuss the other parts of the story (get it?? Because it’s based on a book!).
I’m not being biased when I say this, but the Americans did it right for once. Not only were we closer to the book, but we had a better representation of the characters with better actors, more fascinating music, and definitely a better director. You may remember David Fincher’s films The Social Network, Zodiac, Se7en, oh and uh FIGHT CLUB??
I want to talk about the cast first, though. Specifically the roles of Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as our two main stars. Alphabetically, Craig comes first so I’ll start with him. Now here is a man I can believe being about 43 (because he actually IS 43), smooth, and a definite ladies’ magnet. Uh, hello, he’s James freaking Bond! Aside from the fact he’s supposed to be Swedish yet he speaks with a British accent, he is the perfect Mikael in my book. Yummy.
Rooney is the epitome of how I envision Lisbeth Salander. As I read the book I clearly knew both of the girls that had played this character in both versions yet I had a distinct vision in my head without the overt details. And, I have to say, Rooney fit every single aspect in my head. The character Lisbeth could not be easy to portray and I give her serious props to how well she pulled it off. Noomi is a great actress and I think she did well, too, but I give the edge to Rooney.
There are several reasons for this which I will spare you but the attitude of Lisbeth is more easily understood in Rooney’s version. I think Noomi, or the writers, pushed too far, whereas Rooney was much more understated and I can totally dig that.
Rooney Mara isn’t a household name but she definitely will be. You may have seen her in movies such as The Social Network (think Fincher likes using her in his movies?), A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Youth in Revolt. Boys, she’s a lovely young lady in day to day life and though a bit odd looking in the movie you can see a unique beauty there and, bonus, you get to see her completely naked. In fact, she’s naked a lot in this movie.
Uncomfortable for me, but I’m sure it has the boys a-droolin’.
Ladies, you get to see a decent amount of Daniel don’t you worry.
As far as the rest of the cast, they are all also spot on - Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger, Robin Wright as Erika Berger, Joely Richardson as Anita Vanger, and Stellan Skarsgard as Martin Vanger (one of my many celebrity crushes, Alexander Skarsgard’s, father). The one I have the most difficulty understanding is Joely. If you read the book you would better understand that she is a bit too young to play the role, but I’ll let it slide. Only because she’s a good actress and I understand why they picked her especially if they plan on making the others.
Yet another thing you would understand from the books. Picking up on a theme here? Go get the book. It’s about $8 and worth the time.
The story is enthralling, I love a good thriller. There is one difference both movies made that I have yet to find a reason for. Seems small when mentioned that Harriet (the girl whose murder 40 some years ago is being investigated again) was blonde in both movies yet in the book she is a brunette. It is actually a vital part of the book to note that Harriet has dark hair and the difference bugs me in both movies. But, if you haven’t read the book, then you won’t care in the slightest.
One area the Americans failed me was closer to the end. They had changed one major thing where the Swedes were a bit closer on and it does irritate me but again I’m understanding because we kept a lot from the book (minus one central aspect for Lisbeth which I actually completely get why they dropped it) and I knew that they would have to rework some things in order to cut the movie below three hours long (it’s about 2.5 hours long like the Swedish version so be prepared). At least we got the chronology right whereas the Swedes were a little all over the place and if there’s one thing I dislike most it’s when you screw up the order of things.
I will reiterate one thing before I give my conclusion - you must be comfortable with graphic, explicit, uncomfortable and hard to watch scenes. This movie is rated R for a reason. A good reason. I don’t want to deter anyone from going and seeing it but please be prepared that there are seriously intense scenes of graphic nature.
I will conclude by saying this - it’s definitely worth the ticket price and more. The movie is excellent, the cast spectacular, the music interesting (aside from the butchering of a Led Zeppelin song), and a wonderful setting in Sweden (which is a very lovely country from what I’ve gathered). If you like thrillers at all, I would definitely suggest this movie (and the book, first, for any bibliophiles like myself).
Better movie poster than the Swedes, too, so I included both.
I’m going to start this one a bit differently today by discussing the previews first. The very first preview that came across my screen last evening was the brand new full-length The Dark Knight Rises trailer. I have searched high and low and finally found one of less than great quality and I will post the link to my Twitter after concluding this review. It gave me chills. I can’t wait.
Another trailer I had yet to see was the one for The Hunger Games. I haven’t read the series or anything, but the trailer looks somewhat promising. The one trailer I am most on the fence about would have to be Haywire, though. I can’t say I’ve ever seen Gina Carano in anything before but she looks positively lethal in this movie. I’ll look past Channing Tatum’s monkey-face and limited acting abilities to see this movie because men such as Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender (yum), and Ewan McGregor (double yum). Oh and did I fail to mention Michael Angarano? Love him.
Enough trailer-talk and on to the review. As a lover of the Sherlock stories, I found the casting of Robert Downey Jr. to be curious. After a few moments of the first film, he completely won me over and now he’s all I see as the super-sleuth. Even more curious was the casting of Jude Law as Watson, who I always read as a bit more round and not nearly as handsome, but I have to admit I much prefer watching Jude Law alongside RD Jr. so I don’t mind. Both are even more perfect in this next installment which was even more exciting and mysterious than the first. Rachel McAdams is also back as Irene Adler, Sherlock’s criminal love interest. And, of course, Jude’s intended Mary played one again by Kelly Reilly.
Before I jump into plot and effects, I will enlighten you as to the new members of the cast beginning with Professor James Moriarty, played by Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Riches). Stephen Fry (Bones, V for Vendetta) as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft. Paul Anderson, relatively unknown but dashing in his own way, plays sharpshooter Colonel Sebastian Moran. And lastly, my favorite addition, the gypsy Simza Heron played by Noomi Rapace. She’s a great actress with killer style and can pack a punch or two herself.
The plot this time around is much thicker and you won’t catch everything like Sherlock does, but don’t fret because it will all be explained at another time. The game of cat and mouse (or as they call it in the movie fish and fisherman) between Sherlock and Moriarty is exciting and thrilling. They also happen to travel to different countries this time around - France, Germany, and Switzerland. You see some seriously gorgeous places and I couldn’t even tell you which is real and fake because the effects are that supremely amazing.
Speaking of the effects, I have to give the special effects team serious props for their work in this movie. There is one scene in particular I found mind-blowing mostly because I love when they do the slow motion shots in these movies but also because the explosion shots in this scene are extremely cool. And, I’m going to say this knowing full well he’s a bad guy, I had a bit of a thing for Colonel Sebastian. Plus, that’s an awesome name.
Guy Ritchie rarely disappoints me (let’s forget Swept Away), and this time he more than impressed me. There wasn’t one moment in the film that I didn’t completely enjoy. The action is insane, the witty repartee between Sherlock and Watson is hilarious, not to mention the overall comedic performances combined with the ability to throw one heck of a right hook is surprisingly rare these days (at least to the extent of that of Jude and Robert).
If you liked the first one at all, then you need to go and see this one. It is definitely worth it and I actually can’t wait to go back and see it again.
Way overdue, and I’m sorry, but I felt the need to review it still so here goes (I’ll try to pretend as though I didn’t translate this story from Latin in high school so I have no idea of what’s correct and incorrect).
For those of you with no Latin background, the main jist of the story is this - Theseus is a poor man chosen by Zeus to be the one to defeat the evil King Hyperion. The plot is well designed and the characters are decently developed, though I would have asked for a little more detail on some background, but it’s not to the point where you will get confused; it’s just a personal qualm.
The actors themselves are a fairly fine choice. Henry Cavill (from The Tudors and soon-to-be Superman movie) plays Theseus. I rather like his portrayal and he is rather delicious to look at, ladies, and nearly shirtless the whole thing. Yum. And for the boys, Freido Pinto plays the oracle Phaedra and there’s plenty of her to see if you catch my drift. Of course the great Mickey Rourke plays the King, and though I love him as an actor, I think they should have chosen someone else more fitted to that role. Stephen Dorff plays fellow soldier Stavros and Joseph Morgan (seen in The Vampire Diaries) rounds out the main mortals as Lysander.
The gods are my favorite though. Not only are they all very attractive, but they have the best fight scene in the entire movie. Seriously. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in awhile. The special effects are pretty fantastic. The main gods you see in this film are Zeus (of course), Ares, Athena, and Poseidon. Zeus, played by Luke Evans, is probably one of the best fits for a god I have ever seen (super handsome fellow, check him out in films like Clash of the Titans where he plays Apollo because I told you he makes a good god or the newest Robin Hood and the newest Three Musketeers - this guy is going to be huge).
The actor playing Ares, I had never seen before but he was very good at the role. His name is Daniel Sharman, for those interested and he’s my age (le gasp!), British, and has a few titles coming out soon so I feel like we’ll meet him again in the near future. Now, the actor playing Poseidon was actually pretty amazing in the movie and I can’t say I know him from much else other than the slap in the face to all vampire movies, Twilight, Kellan Lutz. I do remember him having a very small role in Accepted, though, and he was in the Nightmare on Elm Street that came out a little while ago. I’ll look past the fact he’s in my most hated movie series to tell you he was very good in this one. And he is rather delicious, too.
My favorite of the gods has to go to Athena, though. Isabel Lucas, gents take a breath because this girl is seriously attractive and deadly. Isn’t that what boys like? And if her stunning good looks aren’t enough for you, she’s Australian. You might recognize her from movies like Daybreakers or the first of the Transformers franchise. I will tell you she looks great in this movie, kicks serious butt, and is a great actress. I hope to see more of her in the future.
The setting was fantastic. Beautiful views and even the computer generated parts were realistic and pretty. I think they did a great job of reconstructing the past on screen and I can’t really recall having any issues with the fluidity of the story or any actor portrayal. I think everyone did a great job and really my only (slight) complaint was the pick of Mickey, as much as I like him.
I’d say it is definitely worth seeing, especially for those fans of 300 since it was done by the same people and has that same feel to it. I prefer this to 300, by a long shot, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it to begin with. I think Immortals is less strange and has a better storyline with more likable characters. It also has a little something for everyone, unlike 300 which only had one awkward sex scene and licking of an oracle and a weird humpback and lots and lots and lots of blood. The romance in this movie is understated (though there is a sex scene it’s not nearly as long and awkward) and there is gore and fighting but I think even females would enjoy this (at least the slew of gorgeous men on screen).
I’d see it again. I’ll probably even buy it the day it comes out, which is definitely saying something. If you DO know the story, like I do, any differences or inconsistencies won’t really bother you enough to dislike it. And that’s pretty remarkable these days.
I know, it’s been … sheesh a long time and I apologize dearly for those two people that actually read this blog when it’s updated. I graduated college (woop woop, eh Sarah?) and all I wanted to do was sleep and party it up with my friends. By party, I mean drink lots of coffee and play video games.
But, now I have returned my loves and be prepared for all kinds of goodies because The Critical Film is about to get intense! New things are on the horizon along with brand new reviews for all those great holiday films coming out and Trailers of the Week. I’m going to be loading up on movie news so I can report anything I deem worthy to you folks along with pictures (possibly possibly).
Also, I have two reviews still needing to be written (I believe it’s two I will consult my stub basket and double triple check for y’all) that I will post soon-ish. They are delayed and possibly irrelevant but that is besides the point. It’s the principle!
The Critical Film, aka me, Erin your magnificent movie maven (so humble am I), will be updating you on something else rather exciting in my life - the workings of my own novel/film! I’ve been working on a novel for what seems like decades but has only been a year and it is slowly inching towards completion. Once that is over, I will be updating you on my new work which I hope will someday be on the big screen so bloggers like myself can review it. If you love zombies, action, gore, science fiction of any kind, and some hot hot moments, you should check in to see how it’s going. It’ll be a fun and crazy ride!
Aside from films and fiction writing, I will also be keeping tabs on some noteworthy television shows (anyone else here crazy about New Girl?!), especially ones soon to be premiering like the second season of Being Human and the third season of one of my favorite shows, Justified. I will be keeping a look out on release dates with reminders a few days in advance (if my memory cooperates) and possibly even DVD release dates if it’s something I’m waiting to get, too :).
Now, as you all may have guessed I don’t go and see every movie that comes out. A. that would be crazy expensive and B. uhhhh … some really terrible movies get put into production which makes me think my new project actually stands a chance. There are things I wouldn’t even allow someone to pay me to see, a great example being those Twilight pieces of crap. Or, just about anything Adam Sandler does these days. I do get a bit choosy with what I go and see but I am capable of being swayed if there is something someone really wants reviewed (Super 8 was a big mistake when it was all said and done).
Basically, what I’m saying is if you have an idea or any news or a movie you’re considering but kind of want a take on it first, shoot me a message, an @reply, and call, whatever you desire and quite possibly I will go and see it (after all $6 on Tuesdays is a steal these days!). Also, if you ever wish to come along but be prepared for a thorough analysis as we leave because I just love to hear your thoughts too!
Hey, thanks for reading my dears. Can’t wait to get back to the movies!
To anyone who has ever wondered why I dislike politics, watch this film and you will question no more.
This movie is also proves an all-star cast doesn’t automatically make a film good. I mean, come on, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Sounded like Oscar gold to me.
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Don’t get me wrong - the acting was amazing. They all did such a wonderful job, but I lay the blame on the plot. George Clooney, director and producer of the film, should probably just stick to being directED. The plot was strange, based off of a play from what I read, and just had a slow build up to an anti-climactic climax. I was a little let down. It didn’t exactly put the thrill in thriller, if you catch my drift.
I found the plot weird and the build up slow, the politics part heavy though that isn’t always a problem. I found that they depicted that side a bit lamely. It bored me, actually. The few thriller parts kept me interested, but it wasn’t enough to salvage a lost cause.
I will say, being from Ohio and being in Cincinnati a lot, it was so awesome to see it on the big screen. Shots of places I’ve driven by, walked by, places I’ve been and know of. It was really cool. In a world where most movies are made in LA or NY or somewhere far away, it was incredibly awesome to see something shot here. I always get excited when movies “take place” in Ohio, but this one actually DID, and that’s pretty exciting.
I’ve asked around and the general consensus is that this movie is a letdown. Ryan Gosling and George Clooney are lovely to look at, though. They tried to make Marisa Tomei look homely, but it didn’t work - she’s still gorgeous and so is Evan Rachel Wood, so at least there’s lovely eye candy.
Not enough for a $10 movie ticket. Wait for it to come out to rent and then mute it and just look at the pretty people and the awesome Cincinnati sights, my fellow Ohioans.