Archive for August, 2010

Vampires Suck [2010]


The good news: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s latest movie is slightly better than all their previous crap (“Disaster Movie”, Epic Movie”, “Date Movie”…). Twilight haters might get a kick at some of the jokes here, and Matt Lander makes a good impression as the dreadful Rob Pattinson. Oh and Jenn Proske totally aced her Kirsten Stewart impersonation (notice her always playing with her hair).

The bad news: it’s still a lame movie. I don’t care wether it’s Twilight or not, but some of the jokes are very amateurish, and it seems as if the whole movie was filmed in one day. Maybe their next project would eat this up (I highly doubt it).

 

Rating: 1.5/4

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Animal Kingdom [2010]


Animal Kingdom is one of the best movies of the year. It’s not a big budget Hollywood movie with fancy effects and an all star cast. It’s an Australian movie, and the actors are basically unknown (with the exception of Guy Pearce). First time writer/director David Michod does a fine job, and I can honestly say that  I was very impressed. It’s the story of a 17 year old boy who, after his mother dies of a drug overdose, moves into his grandmother’s house, only to find out that his entire family is involved in criminal activities. A local cop (nicely played by Pearce) thinks he can save him, but it’s no easy task. Before this movie gets lost in the shuffle, I suggest you check it out; it might not be a box office hit, but it’s the most powerful movie I’ve seen all year.

 

Rating: 3/4

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Solitary Man [2009]


If you want something completely different from the usual crap we see nowadays, I suggest you watch Solitary Man. Michael Douglas is on top of his game as a man who watches his life go down the drain because of his job and romantic indiscretions. He is divorced, his daughter doesn’t trust him around her son anymore, and he just slept with his girlfriend’s daughter. He might not be a likable guy, but he has his reasons. Powerful character study, well written, and straighforwad (exactly my type of movies). Douglas is surrounded by a fine cast aswell.

Fun fact: Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito appear together for the first time in over 20 years since The War of the Roses (1989).

 

Rating: 3/4

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The Road [2009]


 “I told the boy when you dream about bad things happening, it means you’re still fighting and you’re still alive. It’s when you start to dream about good things that you should start to worry”.

I’ve had enough of post-apocalyptic movies. The only one I really enjoyed was “The Last Man On Earth” starring Vincent Price. In “The Road”, a father and his young son survive the apocalyse, but the world is now basically empty, and they must struggle to survive. Does anything interesting ever happen? not really. But it’s still entirely watchable with good performances all around especially Robert Duvall who is almost unrecognizable as a dying old man.

 

Rating: 2.5/4

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Iron Man 2 [2010]


I’m a very skeptic person when it comes to sequels. But somehow, I expected “Iron Man 2” to be as good  as the first one. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I’m not sure what exactly went wrong, but all I can say is that I had mixed feeling about it. The movie picks up right where it ended last time, with Robert Downey Jr. still on top of his game. The villain is russian this time (played by Mickey Rourke), and he’s a very angry man. So angry that he had to interrupt Mr. Stark while he was racing to beat the shit out of him (what an entrance). The thing that really bugged me is that we never really know why he is a bad guy in the first place. And that’s just one of the things that went wrong in this mess of a sequel. We barely get to see some action, and Scarlett Johanson’s character is pointless. “Iron Man 3” will probably eat this up (I hope); only time will tell…

Fun fact: “Sam Rockwell, who was one of the original choices for the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Iron Man ((2008), plays Stark’s antagonist Justin Hammer in the film”.

Rating: 2.5/4

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Leap Year [2010]


Exactly what you’d expect from a romantic comedy; It’s cheesy as hell, but the 2 stars (Amy Adams and Mathew Goode) make this entirely watchable. The irish scenery adds charm to it aswell (I bet it was an excuse to make this movie in the first place). But still, Amy Adams deserves better ( she was delightful in “Julie and Julia”).

 

Rating: 2/4

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The Abyss [1989]


“When it comes to the safety of these people, there’s me and then there’s God, understand?”.

Exciting underwater adventure about a diving team that encounters an alien aquatic species while searching for a lost nuclear submarine. Ed Harris leads a solid cast in this incredibly entertaining movie from writer/director James Cameron. There’s plenty to enjoy here; great sets, first rate action scenes, and an edge of your seat finale (though the ending left me wanting more). Hang on! Note: Extended edition runs 171 mins.

Fun fact: “Cast members had to become certified divers before filming began”.

 Rating: 3.5/4

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