Movie Reviews

12/17: Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, Super Mario Bros., Ruroni Kenshin, Street Fighter II, Castle of Cagliostro, Cabin in the Woods, Skyfall, Drive, Manos: The Hands of Fate, Pitch Perfect, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

8/10: The Amazing Spider-Man, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Dark Knight Rises, Wet Hot American Summer, The Muppets, The Hunger Games, The Avengers

TASM was good.  I really like Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield as Gwen Stacey and Peter Parker respectively.  I definitely enjoyed this film more than the Tobey Macguire versions of Spider-Man.  Obviously there were a few things wrong with the film, like the pacing and such, but overall I enjoyed it a lot.

TDKR was impressive.  I enjoyed it, it was an amazing conclusion.  There were some pacing issues, and by no means was it a perfect movie, but overall I enjoyed it a lot.

I was surprised by how much Kristen Stewart didn’t bother me in SWatH.  That said, I still won’t give her a nod like I did for Robert Pattinson with Remember Me or any of his other movies that aren’t of the vampire variety.  Charlize, however, was fantastic as usual.  I don’t know what fairy tale world believes that Stewart is more beautiful than Queen Charlize, but I don’t want to live there.  And Thor is a bumbling drunk without his hammer and gets his ass kicked while wielding an axe.  However much I make fun of it though, it was a decent flick.

I enjoyed WHAS.  It was great to see a lot of recognizable faces, I wish I had watched it earlier.

The Hunger Games…Oh The Hunger Games.  I get the Jennifer Lawrence love, she’s badass.  I need to definitely watch Winter’s Bone.

The Muppets was a charming flick.  The rap was the best song I thought though.

I loved The Avengers.  Enough said. 😛

6/4: 21 Jump Street, Dark Shadows, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Memento, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

21 Jump Street made me want to go and watch the original TV show that the movie was based on.  I never saw it when I was little.  I was surprised just how much I enjoyed the film.  Dave Franco is adorable, I’d love to see Dave and James be in a comedic film together because it’d be a riot.

Dark Shadows was…blah.  I had a few laughs, but overall with Tim Burton’s recently directed films I’ve been extremely disappointed, starting from The Corpse Bride on.

I enjoyed A Game of Shadows, RDJ is just so charming.  The Sherlock Holmes movies are just so enjoyable, I love being in that world.

Can you believe I’ve never seen Memento till now?  I loved it.  Such a clever movie.

It was an awful idea to watch ELIC movie right off on the plane as I was leaving Vancouver.  I’m fairly certain that all the people sitting around me thought I was going to go jump out of the plane I was ugly crying so hard.  That said, I loved the movie.  I read the book back in the day and adore it.  The movie was a great adaptation.  The kid can be a tad irritating, but the character has aspergers, so…

10/11: Horrible Bosses, Crazy Stupid Love, Captain America, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Win Win, Paul

First off Horrible Bosses.  I really enjoyed it – but that’s also because I love Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day.  Favorite part: The cocaine part.  I love the cameos in the movie, and I was just highly entertained for the entire movie.

Crazy Stupid Love was probably the best rom/com of 2011.  I know that it hasn’t finished yet, but I loved it.  I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m not a fan of rom/coms – you probably wouldn’t be able to tell by the amount I’ve seen this past year, but it’s true.  The Proposal was the last one that I enjoyed highly (with No Strings Attached a little bit after it).  But Crazy Stupid Love was relate-able, in all the storylines that intertwine.  Ryan Gosling is charming, Emma Stone is loveable yet again, and Steve Carell and Julianne Moore need to act together more often.  Kevin Bacon has yet another weird role in this movie too – when he appeared in X-Men: First Class I was like “WTF” and that’s exactly what I thought here too.

Before I saw Captain America, I was expecting two things: 1) that it was going to be shit (mostly because I dislike Chris Evans, despite him being in Not Another Teen Movie) and 2) that I would get a headache due to the 3D.  I was wrong on both accounts, Chris Evans held his own against Hugo Weaving and the 3D was pretty damn spectacular.  I cannot wait for The Avengers.

I’m a James Franco fan.  I love him.  He’s one of my favorite actors for his versatility.  He’s also pretty much a genius.  His work ethic is admirable.  But enough of boosting James Franco’s ego, for how shitty a title Rise of the Planet of the Apes has, the movie was actually quite amazing.  It’s not without its faults, Frieda Pinto was underutilized/unnecessary to further the plot (other than make Caesar jealous) but she was good eye candy.  I fully admit to that.  Tom Felton (“Draco Malfoy”) is in a movie other than Harry Potter (finally!) and instead of abusing house elves, he’s abusing apes as only Draco Malfoy can.  The cinematography was pretty stellar, and I had a great time watching the film.

Win Win was good.  I watched it on the plane to Japan.  I can’t really say anything more about it…haha

I saw Paul back when it was out in theaters, but long story short I didn’t really like it.  I watched it again on the plane, and promptly changed my mind.  Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are so charming – Kristen Wiig is tolerable again, and again the cameos are great.

7/30: Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, 127 Hours, The Hangover Part II, Friends With Benefits, How to Train Your Dragon

I saw Bridesmaids probably a month or two after everyone saw it.  Thus it was hyped up for me, so I was a little disappointed.  I’m not really a fan of Kristen Wiig, most of her sketches on Sautrday Night Live I don’t think are very funny.  I really did, however, like everyone else like Melissa McCarthy.  Her character is a complete 180 from Sookie St. James, and I’m impressed that she can play both women so well.

I’m not as big of a Harry Potter fan as I used to be.  After a certain point, I got kind of tired of them.  This however is the end all, be all.  The finale.  Sure it’s sad that there won’t be any more after this, but having a hotline for depressed Harry Potter fans?  I mean, they set one up for when the last book came out.  The movies?  Not that great (not saying that the books are any better, but the story was at least engaging).  I enjoyed myself in the movie, a tear or two was shed – for Lupin, Tonks, Snape, and Fred – but the epilogue?  Hokey.  Seriously.  The epilogue in the book is hokey.  The epilogue in the movie is hokey.  Best part though if you ask me?  The awkward Voldemort-Malfoy hug.  You’ll know it when you see it.

I can understand why 127 Hours didn’t win.  I wasn’t very impressed.  Though yes, it takes strength of will to be able to cut off your arm – that doesn’t mean that Aron Ralston isn’t an idiot.  Because he is.  In the movie, “Ralston” (played by James Franco) even acknowledges it.  That being said, in terms of acting, Franco did a great job.  He’s essentially the only actor in the movie (with short appearances by others), and he makes the movie worth watching…

I loved The Hangover.  The second part?  It’s pretty much the same as the first.  You play the two movies simultaneously, and they’re essentially no different (save for a few differences).  I was sad that “Doug” (the charming Justin Bartha) really had no role, yet again.  But like I said, it’s pretty much the same movie only in Bangkok.

Speaking of movies that are pretty identical, Friends with Benefits is the same premise as No Strings Attached.  Of course, the two movies aren’t identical, but having seen both of them I’m uncertain as to which I prefer.  The snarkiness in both movies is a plus, but I think the relationship aspect between the two characters was better developed in No Strings Attached.  FwB was good though.

I just saw How to Train Your Dragon for the first time like two days ago.  I loved it!  It was adorable, and I really want my own Toothless now.  I love how the dragons are just so similar to cats (or dogs, depending on which you prefer).

6/23: Movie dump (last seen first) – X-Men: First Class, Thor, Something Borrowed, Tangled, Constantine, The Fast and the Furious, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Kids are Alright, Speed Racer (on TV), Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Your Highness, Madea’s Big Happy Family; The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman; Madea Goes to Jail

X-Men was good. A few characters where I was like, what’s the point of them?  And James McAvoy spends a majority of his lines saying his own name.  However Fassavoy/McBender/McFassy is adorable.  They’re cute.

Thor was pretty awesome, some parts a little extraneous.  But Loki is awesome, Natalie not so much. Anthony Hopkins?  Hell yes!!  Something Borrowed, see blog.  Tangled, adorable – I’m in love with Zachary Levi (again, see blog).  Constantine, better than I thought it would be; then again, I love Rachel Weisz so it’s all good in the hood.

PotC: On Stranger Tides, thank god that Orlando & Keira weren’t in it.  Ian McShane?  I approve.  Penelope Cruz?  Hot damn!

I really enjoyed The Kids are Alright, I can see why it was nominated.  Speed Racer, seriously not as bad as I thought – I actually enjoyed it, Emile Hirsh is a favorite of mine, he’s charming.  Dreamer, Dakota is adorable, I really liked it.  I have a thing for horse racing though, so of course I liked it. 😉  Terminator 2 and Terminator 3, I enjoyed both equally – I am officially a Terminator fan.  I was really disappointed by Your Highness, especially after the gloriousness that was Pineapple Express.  Natalie once again, kind of a letdown.

Madea’s Big Happy Family, after seeing the play before seeing the movie, I liked the play even though it dragged – but Bow Wow did his thing, I can appreciate that.  And seeing Isaiah Mustafa in something other than an Old Spice commercial?  I approve.

The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman is so ridiculous and Asian that I really enjoyed it.  Madea Goes to Jail, hilarious – my friend has converted me to the ways of Tyler Perry.  Yes there are parts that go too far, but overall I think they’re quite entertaining.

3/11: Last movie seen: The Adjustment Bureau, Just Go with It, No Strings Attached

I saw The Adjustment Bureau on this past Tuesday, and I really enjoyed it.  I’ll never look at hats the same again, that’s for sure.  I really enjoyed Anthony Mackie in the film, what an attractive man.  Emily Blunt was charming as the female lead.  And Matt Damon always delivers.

I enjoyed Just Go With It more because I wasn’t expecting much.  It’s a predictable movie, but I’ve always liked Adam Sandler movies (I like Will Ferrell movies too, so sue me).  It was funnier than I thought it would be, and not nearly as raunchy as I expected.

I was charmed by Natalie Portman & Ashton Kutcher surprisingly.  I also found myself laughing way more than I thought I would during No Strings Attached, as a “rom-com” I really enjoyed it mostly because I related to Natalie’s character a lot.

1/29: Last movie I saw: The Fighter, True Grit, How Do You Know, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

Let’s play catch up, shall we?  I saw The Fighter with two different sets of friends, upon second viewing I was still impressed.  The story is the typical sports movie plot – few people believe in athlete, who eventually goes on to show the rest of the world just how spectacular he/she is.  It wasn’t the story, which was still good – family vs. success and what not, but the way the movie was shot (like you are in the ring along with Micky) and the performances by all actors.  Mark Wahlberg was impressive, Christian Bale was spectacular as washed up coked out Dickie…I highly enjoyed the movie.

True Grit, I thought, was an impressive movie but somewhat undeserving of all the hype.  It was an excellent film, but there was still something lacking.  Maybe it was the underusage of Josh Brolin, who was amazing in No Country for Old Men and W. and just an all-around great actor.  I don’t now what it was, but something just didn’t work for me.  That being said, Hailee Steinfield’s performance was stellar.  And there was a certain wit that only the Coen Brothers can bring to a film, that’s for certain.

How Do You Know can’t be considered a disappointment because I wasn’t expecting much, but I was just not impressed with any of the performances in the movie.  Jack Nicholson was underutilized.  Paul Rudd was unlikeable.  And Owen Wilson was just…No words can express.  That being said, OW did have my favorite line in the whole movie, and it was only one word in what I believe to be his final scene in the movie (or close to the final?  I can’t be bothered to find out).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I wasn’t a letdown for me because I wasn’t expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.  It was a lot of set up for the final movie, but even still it was beautifully shot and highly enjoyable.

10/2: Last movie I saw: The Other Guys, Going the Distance

I saw The Other Guys with an old friend of mine, and I wasn’t expecting much.  I was pleasantly surprised by how funny the movie was.  The references, the rapport between Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell…Everything was working.  I loved the movie.

Going the Distance on the other hand…I was glad for the appearances of Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, both were hilarious and were the movie focused on Justin Long, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, it might have worked.  I got to be honest, I’m not a fan of Drew Barrymore.  And while I think Drew and Justin make a cute couple, it felt too Gigli.  It doesn’t work when couples bring their relationship to the movie screen, for the most part.  And I think they were trying too hard, nothing irks me more than people who swear just to swear and think it’s cool.  The oeverabundance of the work “fuck” was too much for me, and I started to cringe every time I heard it.

9/2: Last movie I saw: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Okay, Scott P is so beautifully made.  The cinematography is excellent, and it made me laugh consistently.  But the story seemed a little weak, and I’d really like to have more of a back story, plus the Japanese brothers didn’t really even get an explanation.  And Michael Cera plays the same character in every single movie he is in.  It was funny, and very comic-booky/anime-esque/nerdy but something seemed lacking.

8/30: Last movie I saw: Shutter Island (rented)

SO GOOD.  My dad didn’t like it at all, but I really liked it.  And the last line of the movie was so amazing.  Scorsese needs to hold on to whatever he’s drinking, because if his next movie is like Shutter Island I am totally going to be there.

8/23: Last movie I saw: Back to the Future (on TV)

If there is one movie I hope is never remade, it is Back to the Future.  Such a brilliant film.  In fact, any of those classic comedies from the 70’s and 80’s need to stay that way.  No remakes.  None.  Like Animal House, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, etc.  BttF is brilliant because of the characters.  Doc is amazing, and Christopher Lloyd is brilliant as him.  Michael J. Fox is so charming as Marty and then you see the older fbrother from The Wonder Years have a brief cameo, Crispin Glover as the younger George McFly and Biff as the villain.  And Biff is an awesome villain.  Not to mention that the series is so brilliant, they keep referencing back to the original, and the second starts exactly how the first ends.  No sequels I’ve seen thus far have done that.  BttF is a classic.

8/1: Last movie I saw: Inception (in theaters), The Shining/Inglorious Basterds (on TV/rent)

Inception was really good.  Definitely one I need to go see again, the story is something you have to keep up with the first time.  And the second, you can probably relax and notice other goings on.  JGL is amazing, as usual; Ellen Page is really good, and Leo is an uptight character in the movie. 😛  Definitely very entertaining.

The Shining had good music, and definitely kept the viewer on their toes.  It was suspenseful, and Jack Nicholson was fantastic.  I really enjoyed it.

I had started watching Basterds a few times before sitting down to watch it all the way.  I don’t think it was entertaining as some of Tarantino’s previous movies.  It was funny, in a Tarantino way, but it wasn’t as over the top.  Still good, and Brad Pitt definitely got into character.

7/6: The last movie I saw: Toy Story 3

It was FANTASTIC.  I laughed, I cried – it was everything I could ask for in the third movie in the series.  It was an amazing sequel, seeing as how Toy Story 2 was really good too.  I need to get all of them on DVD.  I missed Bo Peep and Wheezy, but that fell by the wayside with the message of friendship and change and moving on.  It was predicable, but executed fantastically that the typical template for the movie can be ignored.  And the short before the movie was really adorable and fit the message of Toy Story 3 perfectly.

6/24: The last movie I saw: Paranormal Activity, The Princess and the Frog

Let’s start off with Paranormal Activity: first off, it was scary in a some-of-this-shit-actually-could-happen sort of way.  Overall, I didn’t think it was too terrifying, but it definitely was freaky.

The Princess and the Frog was good.  There was just something I didn’t really enjoy about it, and I can’t really pin-point it or explain why…

5/24: The last movie I saw in theaters (2010): Alice in Wonderland (3D)

Let me just say – I HATE 3D.  The movie wasn’t in focus, and my eyes were dying by the end of the movie.  Though I did make off with the cool glasses…Shhh, don’t tell anyone. 😉  It was a good movie, visually stunning, but I think there really was a lack of plot.

The last movie I saw in theaters: Ghostbusters

It was pretty fantastic to see a movie I grew up with on theaters again.


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