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52 Movies in 52 Weeks: Week 19: State of Play

Briefly put, I didn’t know anyone who had seen this film so there was nobody’s recommendation to consider.
I believe it was one of the best performances I have ever seen from Russell Crowe. Ditto for Ben Affleck. And Rachel McAdams was pretty great too. Jason Bateman makes an appearance for a very small part. While a crucial character, I enjoyed his role.

The film was intense throughout, keeps you guessing a little bit. It kind of kept me on edge throughout. A few twists & turns. Good performances. Good casting, dialogue, cinematography.

My review: A-


May 7, 2009 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment

52 Movies in 52 Weeks: Week 17: My Bloody Valentine 3D


That’s pretty much my review.

But seriously, this was a weird and silly film. Not slapstick silly, but silly in the sense that the director certainly didn’t have any direction here and tried his best to piece some crap together to appeal to teenagers. It didn’t work out.
For some reason, I had wanted to see this for quite a while. Maybe it was the commercial, promoting the more-than-obvious slasher boiler-plate film. Even though everyone knows that horror films are typically crap, I thought I would give it a go.

From the very start, it was unconventional. Within the first 4 minutes of the film people are getting hacked. I thought to myself, “they must be forgoing any development whatsoever, and jumping right to the 3D effects- making it like a carnival ride.” This goes on for a while, then they break to more of a story, then back to the slasher component again just before it ends. Very inconsistent, and the director didn’t seem to stick to his idea very well. Either you’ve gotta develop things before they start running, or you’ve gotta abandon them altogether and stop pretending that it’s about anything more than scaring people. This one tried to sit on the fence, the story (or lack thereof) suffered. And the 3D action suffers too much also. So I guess what I’m getting at is that this largely film fails in all aspects. Not even worth a$1 Redbox rental. Total crap.

Score: D-

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment

52 Movies in 52 Weeks: Week 16: Passengers

passengers1_largeI don’t think that I ever saw a trailer or promotional for this movie at all. Maybe that’s why nobody has probably seen this one except me. I just finished watching it tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The film is a story of a psychologist that is hired to work with 5 victims of a plane crash. The story takes some turns when the survivors begin to disappear one by one. I thought that the movie took the lazy way out, it really destroyed the pace of the movie, lacked a genuine feel, and fell into some pretty bad traps toward the end. I felt like they tried to salvage the story at the very end, but I just felt that everything was so utterly cliche at that point that maybe there just wasn’t anything there with saving. My rating: C

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment

52 Movies in 52 Weeks: Week 15: Yes Man

yes_man2This is another that everyone was talking about. So many people found this one to be funny, judging by their comments and frequent recommendation.
Perhaps it goes to show that you can’t take movie reviews from others at face value. If someone doesn’t like the same kinds of movies you do, you might be very lucky to get an objective critic. About halfway through this film, I noticed that Jim Carrey is much less annoying than normal, but still has his moments. The scene when he is drunk felt so much like how he was throughout most of his films up until this one.

The story was kinda sketchy, but before this one was even over I knew something strange was afoot at the Circle K.

My review: C+

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment

52 Movies in 52 Weeks: Week 14: Baby Mama

baby_mama_movie_posterEveryone I know that has seen this movie loved it. I thought it would fair to expect that I might like it.
Not long enough into this one, I was extremely bored. I felt that I was constantly challenging the credibility of any situation we see on screen.
In the end, this proved to be more taxing than it should have been. I thought that maybe it was just another opportunity to get the SNL cast together on the daylight at the same time. I thought that the whole thing was a little bit miscast, and that Amy Poehler was overwhelmingly agitating and annoying. I was somehow hoping in my head that we’d get lucky and see Will Arnett- but it didn’t happen.

Maybe I am just not into toilet humor-like material, but I just didn’t find much in this film to be funny at all.

Rating: C

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment