Casino Royale this movie only perpetuates my dislike for bond films due to its one dimensional plot line. the only thing worth remembering probably was the beginning credits…
Breach *sigh* … this movie was so anti-climatic, with seemingly exciting moments, but then brought you down to mediocre suspense. everything was all too simple, which was good and bad, because if it got too complex, i would have wanted to just change the movie. this was one movie i will only see once, unless case of insanity or physical coercion.
Melinda and Melinda for those looking to see a romantic comedy, they should see this. for those looking to see a drama, thay should also see this. the witty element in this movie is its use of both comedy and tragedy to illustrate how both emotions exist in a story merely by perspective. woody allen successfully weaves both stories without confusing the audience with use of color, style, tone, and characters. one simple example is how melinda’s hair is styled curly in the serious parts of the movie to represent a very constricting mood, while the comedic melinda has her hair straight and light, almost whimsical and playful. the cast is great, by the way, all successfully filling the mold meant for them. the two actors that stuck out for me were will farrell and radha mitchell, but more mitchell because she had the more challenging role to play a lovable carefree friend to a suicidal dramatic paranoiac. both stories were well conceived and delivered, but of course, it’s inevitable for both stories to really be truly fully involved and developed when you only have two hours split in half to make for each perspective of the story. it was […]
Just Like Heaven realism aside, it was good for what it was. this movie is not intended for the skeptics, loophole finders, & ubercritics. i’m magnetized somewhat to that category so it was hard for me to just take the movie as it was…that reese’s character could walk on the floor of a roof building yet can easily walk through the building’s interface and fall off. so the movie’s basic premise was not to overwork or else you miss what’s really important in life- love…the story introduces you to an overzealous doctor who has an emptiness in her life. all her friends are married or have kids…and despite a CUSHY job that affords her an expensive lifestyle, she’s lonely…go figure. talk about pressure the media places on women. but there were litte things that worked, like reese’s character- lizzy- it was fitting that she always wore a black little outfit when she was dead, and it was good that they chose to stick to one outfit because it would’ve irked me if a ghost cared about fashion. another thing that worked for me was the overall cast. whoever did casting was brilliant and right on the money, because everyone […]
Monsoon Wedding a very diluted version of American Beauty because of all the secret familial taboos, but very colorful, enjoyable, and entertaining. what worked about this indian film was its brilliant use of diverse characters, subplots, and triumphant ending. the soundtrack even worked along with the movie’s moods, without it being typically ballywood-ish. definitely a movie about family and acceptance. the storyline wasn’t really complicated or painfully invovled…if anything i liked it because it was simple and ejoyable. if you’re a happy ending kind of person who likes subtitled indian films, this is for you.
The Anniversary Party this movie IS rated R so it’s only for 18 and above, so be aware of the restrictions. despite the rated R material, i liked the movie because of its awesomely quirky talented all star cast! i mean, you’ve got the ever elusive pheobe kates with the indie-queen herself parker posie! also, i’ve recently become a fan of Alan Cumming, who did cowrite the odd yet dramatic film. The movie worked for me because it was colorful. Its cast was comprised of very quirky characters, mostly performers, artists, writers…so you could see why i would be driven to its eccentric circle of people. I loved the scene when the cast played Charades with Literature…i mean, who does that? i had a big kick out of it. I also tremendously appreciated the scene when they were paying homage to the anniversary couple. Each one gave personal renditions of their appreciation through some artsy fartsy way like accoustic songs, dances, and speeches. The movie took a dramatic turn when the group ended up taking ecstasy. the truth comes out, inhibitions turn a bit ugly, and the movie concludes with two aweful truths which gave the movie a very […]
Underworld: Evolution despite having to spend two hours watching a screen with a limited color spectrum of blue, grey, forest green, and black, my biggest gripe is the storyline. for those who’d care not to hear any spoilers, i recommend that you close this screen because i’m about to lay it down all up in here… so in the first movie, if you paid close enough attention to the history of lycans and vampires, you’d remember that there were two brothers that decended from the original immortal- corvinus. evolution expounds on the war’s history between the lycan and vampire covens although fails to explain the ever elusive Corvinus, who you get to meet in midmovie. however, when you finally do get that belated introduction, to the first powerful great immortal, your balloon of expectation is then deflated to see an old man who is weak with paternal sentiment. The only power you see from him is manifested when Seline drinks his blood, gains his power, and kicks bum the last 15 minutes of the movie. The movie was also hush hush to explain how corvinus had so many government minions without having to turn them into immortals, so i […]