Posts Tagged ‘Movie Reviews’

“The Happening”: Even if you don’t see the movie…read this review!

June 20, 2008

The Happening

I am absolutely one hundred percent completely exhausted from the heat and the work I did today, but something has been compelling me for the past couple nights to sit down and write about M. Knight Shyamalan’s new movie The Happening. There are certainly better movies I’ve seen recently that I should probably be writing about instead… The Hulk, Mongol, even Don’t Mess With the Zohan, but when it comes down to it, I have to write about The Happening, because…I just do.

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“Iron Man”: Keeping it Raucous

May 10, 2008

Iron Man

It was too packed. I always try and tell people on big opening weekends that we need to leave early if we want a good seat. Today every open seat had a hand resting on it or a purse. 15 Minutes before Iron Man and we couldn’t seat four people together. The next one was sold out. But the mall just down the street had one…2 hours later in line at the mall. I hate malls.

With the promise of stadium seating, leg room and AC only two hours ago I was thrust into a theatre with a screen no bigger than the size of my friend’s widescreen television set, my arms pinned together by the plastic arm rests on either side of me, leg room a newborn baby would love and a group of fellow moviegoers behind me only a deaf person would enjoy.

Within forty seconds everything around me disappeared and all there was was Iron Man. (more…)

“My Blueberry Nights”: An Odyssey of Great Portions

April 14, 2008

My Blueberry Nights

Wong Kar-Wai can make anything look sensual. In all my life I’ve never seen a blueberry pie that made me want to kiss someone, but the way he shoots the ice cream melting down the sides of a mound of blueberries is so romantic you want to go out, find a girl and spend the rest of your life with her and that’s in the first five minutes.

In his new film, My Blueberry Nights, that romantic feeling is unloosed upon the audience. It however begins to wear after awhile before coming back to a redeeming final few minutes of sumptuous filmmaking.

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“Leatherheads”

April 11, 2008

Leatherheads

Leatherheads the new film direct by and starring that most affable of affable stars George Clooney is a fanciful lark. One that I enjoyed, sometimes tremendously, and certainly enough. With Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski and Jonathon Pryce in tow, Clooney shoots for the screwball comedies of yesteryear and hits pretty darn close; a relative once removed.

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“Run, Fat Boy, Run”…away from this movie

April 10, 2008

Run Fat Boy Run

First off I could only sit through half of the movie (and I never walk out), so to be fair this will only be half a review.

Run Fatboy Run is about nothing. It does though involve some characters that talk to each other and that do things, all of which are very uninteresting and unfunny. Did it matter to me how the movie ended when nothing mattered to me while I was watching it? Simple answer, no.

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“The Ruins”: I guess we didn’t need the sunblock.

April 5, 2008

The Ruins

Gooey. That’s how I felt after reading the book and it’s how I felt after watching the movie. This isn’t to say that The Ruins a novel by Scott Smith (writer of the brilliant A Simple Plan), who also wrote the screenplay of both films, is a simple splatter movie. On the contrary, it’s a dissection of the main characters (both figuratively and literally).

4 American early twenty somethings who have not a care in their lives and if they do they find a way to distract themselves rather than deal with it, find themselves in a dilemma in which they are forced to deal with something, that’s really quite horrific and unexpected, that pushes them all to the edge of their personalities and they end up doing more harm to each other than the incredibly deliberate something that they have to deal with in this film. You know they’re in for a bad time when “excavation site” and “not on the map” fall within a few sentences of each other. (more…)


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