Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sex and the City

Well I saw this movie only after seeing one episode of the tv series. So I didn't know too much about each of the characters. But the movie did a good job of bringing me up to speed and somehow managed to keep my attention. Overall it was an alright movie, nothing spectacular, but I guess if you loved the show then you might have a different opinion. To me it didn't seem like there was much character development. All the change (if any at all) happened near the end of the movie all withing a few seceonds, and not gradually like it would in real life.
The story wasn't that great in my opinion but still once again my lack of knowledge about the show might be working against the movie here.
I would give it a 4.5/10, and only worth watching if you can't find something better.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging

I am not actually sure how I came across this move, but I am glad that I did. It was a nice break from all the big budget films I have seen recently. This first thing you need to know is that this is a British film, but you should be able to figure this out after a few seconds because of the accent. At first some of the terminology might be confusing but it's not too long before you start to understand. For instance snogging means kissing. For once I am kind of glad that my parents would occasionally use British slang.

The movie mostly revolves around Georgia (the main character's name) and her friends in what I believe to be either their first or second year of high school (or whatever the equivalent is in their schooling system). Very early on in the movie the girls spot these two boys who are new to the school, whom they describe as sex gods. The rest of the movie is about how they try to get the two boys to ask some of them out on dates. Most of the movie is quite hilarious, but there are a few serious moments sprinkled through out. Personally I think what makes this movie great is that you are actually able to see the characters mature as the movie progresses.

Some people would describe this a s a chick-flick but unlike most other films that get this tag this one is actually watchable, and you won't start screaming because of how emotional or stupid the girls are. Final note, this movie makes me glad to be done with high school and all of its unnecessary drama (even though the rest of life has drama it is at least justified somewhat).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight

This movie definitely lived up to all the hype, even though it was a little on the long side. Not that this has anything to do with the movie but when I saw it for the first time I was in an IMAX and now can't imagine watching this movie any other way.
Right from the start the movie shows you just how crazy the Joker is by having him kill off the team which helped him rob a bank. As the movie progresses the Joker somehow manages to keep upping his antics, and thus pushing Batman to his limit. The development of Batman in this movie is more obvious than in the first, so you feel somewhat more connected (as far as connectedness to movie charters is concerned). The movie also included the pleasant surprise of another villain, who I will not name for the sake of those of you who have not seen the movie.
This might not be the first review of The Dark Knight that you read, and it might not even be the last, but I'll try to make it one that you remember in these last few closing sentences. Sure it might be a "dark" movie (look no further than the title) but this shouldn't stop you from taking your kids to see it. There is a reason the movie is rated PG-13 and hell if this movie ends up giving your kid (who I shall assume is 13 or older) then you should just find a way to keep them out of contact with any sort of news related media.
Overall Score: 197/199

Side note; for those of you that care you finally get to see that ugly bat-mobile destroyed. If they do decide to make another movie hopefully they will get it right and make it more sports car like. As for the motorcycle, I'm not going to even bother talking about how that was a disappointment.

Ann's note:
The part that stuck out to me the most in it was Heath Ledger's performance. he was.. AMAZING. there's just no other way to describe it. best villain i've ever seen. it makes you even more sad that he died. although, seeing the part he played makes you realize why he took all those sleeping pills and died. :-(. if he doesn't win anything for that part i would be thoroughly surprised.
There's also a lot of symbolism in the movie so watch out for that, paying attention to the DA. and the foreshadowing into the new villain. you'll catch on if you know the villains of Batman.
I agree with Nick, this movie definitely lived up to its hype.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Happening

Not exactly scary or all that suspenseful. This can be attributed to the fact that the major mystery of the movie was given away almost halfway through. Normally this would not be a bad thing but for this movie once you knew what was causing the problem the rest of the movie became somewhat dull, not that it was all that exciting to begin with.
The minor side plots and relationships between the characters was surprisingly uninteresting. So much so that I don't remember any of them other than this one couple that was having relationship problems and ended up staying together at the end of the movie.
It was the fucking trees. Kind of scary, I won't go into details but it makes you think of the way we are treating the planet.
The movie ends with a scene identical to the one at the beginning. The only difference this time is that instead of taking place in the United States it is in France (I was so proud that I was able to understand most of what was said in French in this scene).
Overall not the best movie, but it could be much worse I suppose. If you have a choice to watch something else, chances are that the other movie will be better. However, watching this won't be all too horrible, but you certainly will not want to watch it more than once.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sex and Breakfast

Does anyone remember the Home Alone series? Well Macaulay Culkin is back. Just in case you were not able to guess from the tile of the movie this is definitely not something you would want to take the whole family to see.
Basically the movie is about two couples; James(Macaulay) and Heather(Alexis Dziena), and Ellis(Kunno Becker) and Renee(Eliza Dushku). Both couples have run into problems in their relationships. At first it seems like all of the problems are just sexual but as the movie progresses you begin to see that there are other underlying problems as well. However, all these problems seem to stem from their troubled sex lives which they are unable to talk about. Eventually both couples decide to sign up for "group sex therapy" and this is how they end up meeting each other.
The main problem that James and Heather have with their relationship is that Heather is never able to climax when she has sex with James, but she has never had this problem with any of the other guys she has been intimate with. On the other hand Ellis and Renee feel as if their relationship is becoming dull and routine. I guess they are just afraid to take the next natural step.
Before the group sex, each of the couples talks about their past sexual encounters and what some of their fantasies are, thus adding more problems to their already troubled relationships. For instance Renee has always wanted to sleep with a woman, just to see what it would be like. She eventually meets this woman and they are about to sleep together but Ellis explodes and "ruins it" so the event never takes place. Each couple has moments like these as the movie progresses.
I won't ruin the ending but from what I gathered, in the end one of the relationships became stronger while the other seemed to have died entirely because of their experience. (After watching half of the movie it should be which couple the about statements are referring to)
If you happened to like Juno then I think you will like this, although it's not as good as Juno it does have its moments and overall is worth watching.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fool's Gold

I watched this movie online, so the quality wasn't great, and I'm sure that watching it on the big screen with the better quality would make it better. but i still liked it.
it had adventure, funny moments, sub-history plot, buried treasure, and sorta a love story.
i still enjoy matthew mcconaughey and kate hudson's chemistry and that they are opposites and hate each other in this movie. the whole "bad-boy" rapper bad guy was a little over-done and unoriginal. so was the preppy rich daughter that hates her distant father and then learns to love him
though, i am a sucker for the treasure hunter, buried ancient treasure plots and this counteracted these ideas. that was complimented by the wit of the characters and great scenery.

another flaw i saw with it was its release date. it got released around valentine's day, i'm thinking as a valentine's movie. though, i would think that it would be much better as a summer movie. the setting was definitely during the summer and the love story was kinda typical. making it a summer fling type date movie.

even though most of the reviews i read didn't like, i personally enjoyed it.
recommended for: date night, girls night

Batman -The Dark Knight

I recently saw Batman Begins, and am I glad I did. Can't wait for the next one, only problem is that I have to wait a whole fucking month.