I read The Hunger Games a few days before the film came out. I LOVED the fact that the main character was a strong, brave female. After reading the book, I immediately pulled up the trailer that I had already seen a few times before. Of course, the trailer was so much more exciting since I now knew who the characters were and what was happening in each shot.
Brandon (Fassbender) is a working professional in Manhattan. He has a well paying job and a nice apartment. Most people would refer to him as a sex addict. He has sex with prostitutes, he has sex with women he barely knows and he has sex with girls over the internet. When he’s not having sex, he’s thinking about having sex.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist has been hired to work on a decades-old missing persons case. When it seems as if he is making no headway, he hires the damaged, yet brilliant Lisbeth Salander to help him.
I saw the Swedish trilogy starring Noomi Rapace, and although the films came off a bit made for television at times, I really enjoyed them. Even though the American version isn’t technically a “remake”, it’s hard not to compare both the films and the leading ladies. In the case of the newly released TGwtDT, Rooney Mara is fantastic.
I just wrote a review, and the whole shittin’ thing got deleted.
THE IMPORTANT STUFF
- Antichrist sucked, but Melancholia did not
- Eventhough people fight me on this all the time, I think Kirsten Dunst is one of the most talented young actors out there
- Charlotte Gainsbourg is a flawless queen
- The opening to Melancholia was one of the best beginnings to a film I have ever seen
- Melancholia is the best movie I have seen this year
- Also, the score was amazing, the relationships were captivating, the acting was superb, etc.
When I heard that Depp was finally filming The Rum Diary, a tribute to his late friend (and author of the book by the same name) Hunter S. Thompson, I got pretty excited. Unfortunately, my excitement dwindled as the release date got closer and the reviews came in.
Alas, I am long time supporter of Johnny Depp and I know that he can make a good film. Just watch Public Enemies or the original Pirates of the Caribbean or Blow. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Dead Man, Ed Wood! The talent has always been there, but I just think that Depp has stopped caring about whether or not his films will please the box office (and maybe even his fans). And so we have The Rum Diary:
Depp plays Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist who decides to interview for a job at The San Juan Star, a small publication in Puerto Rico. Upon his arrival, he learns that he has already secured the job. In fact, he was the only one to apply for it. From there, Kemp succumbs to the life of a tourist in Puerto Rico. That is to say, his consumption of rum has increased, and his decision making skills have taken a plunge. After a few rum-fueled adventures, he finds himself in the company of Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman who has the key to squeezing every penny out of Puerto Rico’s rich land. All he needs is someone to write a few carefully worded pieces, and Kemp is that someone. It doesn’t help that Kemp soon becomes obsessed with Sanderson’s lady, Chenault (Heard). As you can imagine, complications arise.
Again, the talent was there, but the movie lacked a certain something. The movie had a run time that was at least twenty minutes too long. As a result, it seemed as though it didn’t know how to end; it just sort of petered out. I could tell that Depp’s commitment was strong, but the magic wasn’t there.
I am ashamed at how long it took me to see this movie because it is one of the best films that I’ve seen in a while.
So, Gosling is a Hollywood stunt man by day and a wheelman by night. One of his jobs goes wrong and he has to make it right. SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE.
The score alone is worth writing a review about. On top of that, there is the directing and of course the acting. Everyone word uttered and every shot filmed had a purpose. Nothing about this film was superfluous.
If you go to see this movie because it’s called “Drive” and you think it’s like “The Fast & Furious” movies, you are going to be disappointed. Also, you are dumb. This movie is 100 times more entertaining and well though out. I will stop the comparisons right there, because well, there just is no comparison.
On that note, what I love about Ryan Gosling is that he tends to choose smart, meaningful films (he’s also one of the best actors out there right now). Now I can’t wait to see “The Ides of March”.
I got to see a screener of this movie last week for free, which was pretty sweet. The only down side was that the movie was long and boring. I’m not sure if this film is Pitt’s attempt at an Oscar (as many people are saying), but I am not getting the hype. The film has gotten lots of great reviews, but I didn’t see anything outstanding about it.
It’s not that the performances weren’t decent. I was able to suspend my disbelief and buy everything that the characters were saying and doing. The problem may be this: I have never liked baseball. America’s favorite pastime is my least favorite sport. When I lived in Pittsburgh, I went to a few Pirates’ games. It was fun at first, but the novelty wore off once I realized that this game was going to last all damn day. In conclusion, watching this movie was like watching a boring baseball game (as if there is any other kind).
On a lighter note, we got to see an eight minute extended trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and it was mind-blowing.
Although this film got great reviews, I was on the fence about seeing it. I thought that “The Fighter” was an amazing film, and I figured that “Warrior” would be following a little too much in its footsteps. I’m so glad that I saw it anyway.
In short, this film is about two estranged brothers pitted against each other in the cage. That description sounded so terse and badass.
The movie would have been nothing without the performances. Tom Hardy’s character came across so heartless at times, but little by little I found myself empathizing with him. It’s a challenge for an actor to show the audience such a hard exterior without making us hate his character. Hardy did just that. Edgerton gave a heartfelt performance as well, and I couldn’t help but root for him. Surprisingly, Nick Nolte blew me away as their father, who is struggling with his own fight against alcoholism. I should say that I hate watching MMA. Somehow this movie reeled me in though, and I ended up enjoying the hell out of it.
Everything in this film was so well calculated. The acting, the script and the cinematography were interwoven perfectly. A lot of people are saying that they are sick of far-fetched epidemic movies, and I thought that I was too. In the case of Contagion, I was happy to find that it was grounded in reality and each new development seemed plausible. I especially enjoyed Matt Damon’s performance.