Archive for April, 2011

Black Swan

Posted: April 29, 2011 9:54 am in New Release Review

Black Swan

R – 108 Min – 2010

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Starring Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers and Mila Kunis as Lily, “Black Swan” is about a ballet dancer who lands the lead in “Swan Lake”, but soon thinks her dreams of stardom are threatened by a rival ballerina. As opening night nears and the pressure to be perfect builds, Nina’s obsession descends into paranoia and delusion.

When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought it looked dumb. I had no intention of seeing it. Then, a few people I know started telling me how weird the movie was, as turning out, it was a psychological thriller. Well anything that is a psychological thriller I’ll be a little interested in. But this one still has me baffled.

I honestly don’t know what was happening in this movie. It started off slow, and right off the bat we see how much of a raving lunatic her mother is. She was a psycho! Man, I was frustrated with that woman. Natalie Portman does a great job playing her role. The role of a girl who’s mother basically hates the fact she had to give up her life to raise her daughter, and has pushed her throughout her life to be star. She’s a very broken down and shattered person. Mila Kunis (um, hottie much?), did a good job of being Lily, a haunting and pretty much alter ego of Nina. There’s a pretty explicit sex scene between Natalie and Mila, just thought I’d throw that out there.

But that’s where I get confused in this movie. From the very beginning, Nina starts seeing her face on Lily’s body, who coincidentally wears black the entire film, versus Nina who wears white. Almost as if, Lily is a figment of her imagination. But she interacts with other characters so she can’t be merely imagination. Nina was obviously suffering from a psychotic break from reality. She imagined herself literally transforming into a black swan, and saw a former ballerina (played by the great Winona Ryder) stabbing herself repeatedly in the face, even saw drawings on the wall screaming at her. Also, she “murders” Lily, only to find out later that she really stabbed herself. So here’s my final thought on what was going on. The stress of her mother and wanting to be perfect caused her to start having paranoid delusions that the prettiest girl there was after her role. And pretty much the whole movie with Lily, wasn’ t the real Lily, but her imagination. The only time we saw the real Lily was at the end when she came in to congratulate Nina. I hope I didn’t lose anyone.

After watching the movie, I kinda didn’t really see why I decided to in the first place. Yea it was put together very well, but it was just so confusing. Of course, this comes from the same guy who brought us “Requiem for a Dream“, so that could explain a whole lot of the darkness and weirdness of the film. I think I’m gonna stick to my interpretation though. If you’ve seen it and think I’m wrong, post a comment and tell me what you think was happening in the movie. If you haven’t seen it, you’re not missing anything.

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The Silence Of The Lambs

Posted: April 29, 2011 9:21 am in Review

The Silence Of The Lambs

R – 118 Min – 1991

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Starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, “The Silence of the Lambs” is about a young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

“Put the lotion in the basket.” I had heard that quote in so many different movies and shows, I just had no idea what it was from. Then I received a request for this review, so I watched the movie and I finally get it. Whenever I heard about the Hannibal movies, I always envisioned them to be a lot scarier or more gory. But this is the second one I’ve seen, and that factor is actually pretty mild.

Being that the movie is as old as I am, I figured it’s about time I gave it a shot. And after watching “Red Dragon“, I was definitely interested. So I finally sat down and watched it. And what I discovered is, that these movies don’t really portray Hannibal as the “bad” guy. He’s always stuck in prison while the FBI are asking him to help them track down other serial killers. Anthony Hopkins will give you chills as Hannibal. He’s just so creepy. The way he says “Clarice”, ew. Also, I think this movie finally made me decide that I don’t like Jodie Foster. There’s just something about her that I find irritating. Maybe it was that annoying and obviously exaggerated West Virginian accent she had in this movie. But, how ever you slice it, I just don’t like her. The serial killer, Buffalo Bill, in this movie was the worst part for me. He was disgusting, and also very creepy , but that’s not what made it bad for me. It was the actor! Ted Levine, or to me, Cpt. Leland Stottlemeyer from “Monk”. I love his character from that show, and seeing him like that in “Silence”, ugh.

The plot is pretty basic, and there were only a few scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. The scene when Hannibal escapes, and the scene at the very end when Clarice confronts Bill. But, it really is a good movie. In fact, I would rank it high on my crime/thriller movie list. It doesn’t even date itself that much either. If you haven’t seen it, give it a shot.Heads up though, it has a pretty cliff hanger ending.

Yogi Bear

Posted: April 29, 2011 8:42 am in New Release Review

Yogi Bear

PG – 80 Min – 2010

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Starring Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo, “Yogi Bear” is about a greedy mayor who decides to close Jellystone Park to cash in by selling the land. Yogi Bear, and his sidekick, must team with their adversary to save their home.

I must say, I was pretty skeptical about this movie. I hadn’t heard to many good things about it, and I’ve been a fan of that bear since I was a kid. But, when I watched it, I found myself pleasantly surprised. It was a clever, fun, and ultimately silly movie. The story starts off silly, and pretty much doesn’t let up. But, like I said, clever silly. Not that ridiculous, off the wall silly. The jokes in the movie were solid enough to make just about anyone with a sense of humor (or a love for that pic-a-nic stealing bear) at least crack a hearty smile.

The casting was pretty great. Honestly, if this movie hadn’t had the people it did, then it would have probably sucked. First and foremost, the voice talents for the bears were spot on. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake, I couldn’t imagine any one else voicing them. It was the kind of perfection that one can only compare to Bill Murray voicing “Garfield”. Anna Faris is always funny, and this movie was no different. The park rangers were great too. Ranger Smith was played by Tom Cavanagh, whom I only really know as J.D.’s mooch of an older brother from “Scrubs”. Though, my favorite ranger was Jones, played T.J. Miller (I always associate him with “She’s Out Of My League”, when he played Stainer). He played the comedic relief, even though the movie was a comedy, and he had some funny scenes. However, the one guy in the movie who just cracked me up was Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly). His scene with the limosuine window not rolling down was quite funny.

I liked the movie. There were a few scenes were I laughed out loud (especially the “I smell PB&J” scene), but then again there was a lot of the film where I was thinking, “you know, I would probably like this more if I were 10 years younger”. Speaking of movies made for kids, why does every family film have a formula that it follows? Two main characters, one straight and uptight, the other loose and silly. Something bad happens, and one tells the other to scram. Well, 10 minutes later, the uptight one realizes the mistake he/she made, and it’s not till the end when the other comes back to save the day. Tears, apologies, and happy endings follow. I get kinda annoyed at that, but that’s Hollywood for you.

I give it a solid 3 and half monkeys. Worth a watch, but please, go into it knowing its silly. Because if you don’t, you’re bound to hate it. It’s Yogi Bear people! So, go grab a pic-a-nic lunch with the family and watch it.

Defiance

Posted: April 24, 2011 7:33 pm in Review

Defiance

R – 137 Min – 2008

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Starring Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski and Liev Schreiber as his brother Zus, “Defiance” is the moving true story about Jewish brothers in Nazi occupied Eastern Europe who escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non combatants.

I have to say, this one blew me away. I honestly wasn’t expecting much out of it, but as soon as the movie started, I couldn’t peel my eyes off of the screen. It definitely succeeds in making you feel like you are a part of the movie. The story in the film is quite sad. The group of four brothers lose every one they love and care about, and the beginning of the film is gritty, as they are mainly driven by revenge. But the plot takes a powerful twist when Tuvia (Daniel Craig) stands up and starts gathering his fellow Jews and shepherding and shielding them from the Nazis.

Daniel Craig did an amazing job in this film. His character had so much emotion and strength, and the dude has some piercing blue eyes. Liev might have stolen the show for me though. It was my first time seeing him as a good guy, and I really enjoyed seeing a different side of him. The other two brothers were pretty well cast. Jaime Bell kinda surprised me when towards the end his character started to blossom and evolve into a leader. I saw a bunch of people whom I know better from other roles, such as, the lovely Alexa Davalos, who played Andromeda in “Clash Of The Titans”, and Kyra in “Chronicles of Riddick”. Mia Wasikowska, better known as Alice from “Alice in Wonderland”, had a really good role in the film too.

The story was so moving. I found myself completely wrapped up in it, and didn’t even realize that the movie took up my entire afternoon. The fear and desperation that are portrayed in the view of the fleeing Jews is enough to make you feel upset. What they had to go through during this time is even worse than one can imagine. The final scene when Zus (Liev Schreiber) and the Bielski Otriad come back and save the day was by far the icing on the cake. That made the movie for me.

I really can’t think of any complaints for this movie. The cast did a phenomenal job, and the story was powerful and emotional. I highly recommend it.


The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Posted: April 24, 2011 10:57 am in Review

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

R – 118 Min – 2009

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Starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as the MacManus brothers again, “All Saints Day” is about the MacManus brothers who are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, the duo return to Boston to bring justice to those responsible.

This sequel was definitely a step up from the original. I liked the storyline and progression in this one a lot better. However, I must just not be a fan of the all around story and characters, because I didn’t really like it all that much.

The brothers have aged a lot in ten years. They look like 48 year olds in this movie. The main FBI agent in this movie was such a better character than Willem Dafoe’s (who actually makes a cameo in this one). I thought she was mighty sexy, and wouldn’t mind seeing her in some more things. So, if you happen to know anything about Julie Benz or her starring roles throw me a comment.

The plot was more fun this time around. It was more action packed and revenge driven, which I liked. There was also a larger amount of humor, which was also nice. The addition of Clifton Collins Jr. into the cast was excellent, I really enjoyed his role.

All in all, this one was actually decent. I liked the role’s a lot better, from the returning characters and new. You kinda need to have a firm understanding of what happened in the last movie before you can watch this one, so you should probably do that if this is a movie you want to see.

The Cable Guy

Posted: April 24, 2011 10:31 am in Review

The Cable Guy

PG-13 – 96 Min – 1996

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Starring Jim Carrey as The Cable Guy and Matthew Broderick as Steven Kovacs, “The Cable Guy” follows recently single Steven when he moves into his new apartment and a cable guy comes to hook him up, and doesn’t let go. Initially, the cable guy is just overzealous in his desire to be Steven’s pal, but when Steven tries to end the friendship, he shows his dark side. He begins stalking Steven, who’s left to fend for himself because no one else can believe he’s capable of such.

Being a fair weather fan of Jim Carrey, I never really had a real desire to watch this movie. Though, being wide awake at midnight with nothing to watch can lead to such movies.

This film made me seriously more weary of strangers. Jim Carrey creeped me out with this idea of a ultra lonely guy who will literally ruin your life if you reject his “friendship”. Jim doesn’t stray too far from the usual characters he plays, though he does take the strangeness to new level. His characters eccentricity is explained to be because he grew up on television, but so did I, and I turned out fine. Matthew Broderick is just the same character in this as he’s always been. Moving on. The rest of the cast fit really well. I liked the young Jack Black in this one. He wasn’t his normal obnoxious wild side though, he played a more mellow guy, weird. And the always funny and cute Leslie Mann, another role were she “nailed it!”. Andy Dick was also in this movie, and his role wasn’t his norm either.

It definitely had some funny moments, but was very much on the darker side of comedy. And those aren’t really my type of comedies. So, for my recommendation, its a skip. But if you feel a burning desire to ignore my warning, then at least save your self a penny and watch it for free.

My Bloody Valentine

Posted: April 24, 2011 10:10 am in Review

My Bloody Valentine

R – 101 Min – 2009

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Starring Jensen Ackles as Tom Hanniger and Jaime King as Sarah Palmer, “My Bloody Valentine” is about a mining-related massacre that took place on Valentine’s Day a decade ago, and now a survivor returns to his hometown to find some closure. But no sooner does he arrive than a pickax-wielding madman begins a new bloody killing spree. Now, many suspect that the murderous miner has returned to claim his final victims.

I remember the big kick behind this film was the use of 3D. Back when it was actual something different to go see a movie in the theater with 3D. I never really thought much of it, and I only really watched it because of its release on Netflix Instant Queue.

This definetely lives up to the hard R rating it recieved. Gracious blood scenes and flying body parts, and a very extensive full nudity scene with actress Betsy Rue. I mean, a little boobies here and there are fine, but this scene seemed like it belonged in a porno. And there was no part of her not seen in that scene. Also, the frequent F-words contributed heavily to the hard R. Needless to say, do not let your kids see this one.

The plot was a little weak. I could tell that they were going for the campy side of horror films, and it was probably 10 times better in 3D. It was also a remake of the original 1981 movie of the same name and plot. So, since I haven’t seen that, there might be some explanation behind all the silliness in the original movie. The one thing I found intriguing about this movie was the choice of character to end up being the murderer. I definetely didn’t see it coming, though there was scene in the middle of the movie where I thought, “wouldn’t it be weird if it turned out to be him.” I should have kept that thought instead of changing my mind. A LOST alum is in this movie, Kevin Tighe, who played John Locke’s father. I digress. One thing I have to say is: why on earth is it when women are fleeing from their murderous pursuer in slasher movies,  they always trip? This happens a far too often. Geez.

All in all, it was a below par slasher flick. The bad guy was annoying, the acting was abominable, and the scenes with the heartless bodies were pretty gross. (Also the chick with the shovel in the beginning, is that even possible?) Anyways, I’d advise skipping it. There are better slasher films out there.