Archive for the 'Movies' Category

Review: Whatever Works

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Typical quirky Woody Allen flick, starring Larry David as a grouchy cynical man. It’s mostly a small love story with his character insulting everyone that comes his way. In a way, it’s a charming little picture, just as you’d expect it.7.

Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Eric Bana pairs up with Rachel McAdams as a romantic couple in this slightly dramatic movie. The contant time traveling, and hence disappearing, certainly creates the needed conflicts, and strains the otherwise mythical relationship. But somehow, nothing really really special comes out of it. It’s just above average and enjoyable, but not mind-blowing-ly good, feeling like story missed some opportunities here and there. Narrative follows different paths, and is done well, without confusing the viewer too much.7+.

Review: 2012

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Roland Emmerich delivers another mega epic distaster flick, throwing in the same big amount of budget we’ve come to expect. Sadly, it doesn’t mean the movie will be good, and this one even gets boring now and then with the full sensory overload.
It’s basically 2 and a half hours of being chased around on the brink of Earth’s destruction, but it is done in a preposterous way over and over again, it’s just laughable (mark my words, limousine drive). Hours of split second escapes (repeat and repeat again a thousend times) don’t make a movie.
The story even follows the same structure and elements from the much better oldie Deep Impact. The depth of character makes that story more moving, so I recommend you watch that one instead.6-.

Review: Love Happens

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Jennifer Aniston stars along Aaron Eckhart in a slow-ish dramedy, mixing personal tragedy with a love story. It’s a bit predictable, and dialogue is somewhat lengthy, so overall it’s just average.6½.

Review: The Informant

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Matt Damon stars as real life whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, who works with the FBI while swindling massive amounts of money away from the company, and deceiving everyone involved twenty times over. Sounds pretty amazing, but on film, it’s dreadfully long and uneventful. While Damon may or may not be well in character, the story just doesn’t move along. It’s stuck with uninteresting points, and even with the fair amount of warning that the real story might have been dramatised for the movie’s sake, it almost seems like the opposite is going on. I hereby inform you to skip this one at all cost.4.

Review: Julie & Julia

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Wonderful movie full of spirit (probably meant for women, as Nora Ephron screenplayed and directed it), following the seperate lives of modern day Julie Powell (who wrote a blog and later a book), and older day Julia Child (a famous television cook in the 60-ties).
The acting is great, and somehow the dialogue and everyday happenings is very engaging and keeps the momentum going all the way to the very end.
You’ll get either hungry to eat some more French cuisine, or you’ll be inspired to buy the book and experiment yourself. In any way, you’ll be enjoying this movie mouth-watering.8.

Review: Gamer

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Gerard Butler stars in a hectic action flick, directed the duo (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor) that gave you the Crank series (you know, the one with Jason Statham). So, action scenes are so quickly cut, that it makes MTV video clips seem slow.
The synopsis could have been ground for a deeper social discussion, but instead where inundated with senseless running with guns and no real story in sight.
Michael C. Hall’s antagonist character is laughable irritating, but a dance and singing routine is really too much.
All in all, playing a few rounds of Counter-strike: Source on your home computers delivers more satisfaction than this movie.5-.

Review: Jennifer’s Body

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

This movie is probably marketed with only Megan Fox as the main attraction, but actually had indie smash hit Juno’s writer and director (as a producer) attached.
It’s basically a strange mix of horror and comedy (with the same type of weird wordplays as dialogue), and it’s entertaining, but not overly impressive (but improving on director skills, as Karyn Kusama’s previous project, Æon Flux was very disappointing).
It doesn’t outshine in any department, so, if you like horror and Megan, this might be one for you.7-.

Review: Surrogates

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

A bit boring and a frightningly limited story, as you’d expect the social impact to be bigger than watch shown here in short flashes. Story isn’t that tempting and the twists and turns are so simple, even Bruce Willis is seen rolling his eyes as he plays the honorable cop figure once again. Find something else to watch (pun intended).6-.

Review: District 9

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Wonderfully executed lower budget sci-fi movie (produced by Peter Jackson), where all the money gets well spent on subtle special effects. Starting director Neill Blomkamp makes the most of everything (with an unknown South-African cast) including different themes and aspects in a gritty world, while keeping it fun and speedy. Good for sci-fi fans, but also for those not afraid for a bit of introspective, of what our society is coming to.8½.

Review: Up

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

It’s unlikely an old grandpa can be the hero in a movie, but Disney/Pixar pulls it off again. Amazingly delightful and entertaining, like most of their movies. Great versatile story and quite an adventure, this is the definitely THE movie out there for the whole family to enjoy.8½.

Review: The Rebound

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as a single mom with two kids, the young dude nanny situation is easy to predict. Sometimes sweet, sometimes unresolved, but always somewhat predictable, it’s not that much. Definitely won’t exceed any expectations, but won’t crush it totally either.6½.

Review: The Ugly Truth

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. Mostly routine comedy with highly predictable story line, but has its funny moments. Doesn’t offer any new insight in the supposedly ugly truth either, ‘cept that Heigl as a romantic lead usually works well for a movie.6½.

Review: Carriers

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

An independent take on the contagious killer virus rampaging the world story, with only four principle characters to keep both the budget down and give it a creepy lonely atmosphere. It’s not a fully developed movie, as it’s more a short piece of a journey. Nothing too surprising happens either, and besides respectable acting (Star Trek’s Chris Pine shot to fame probably helped this movie to the silver screen, after it’s been collecting dust on the shelves for 3 years) and a few scares, it’s nothing to write home about.6½.

Review: The Other Man

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Small supposedly thriller-ish movie that has the atmosphere of a British movie. Direction isn’t the best, and the story drags on a bit too long. Even after the twist that turns out to be a major anti-climax, it goes on and on. Eventually, the point is lost, and the overly dramatic acting of Liam Neeson (which was good for his previous movie, Taken) is also lost as well. Don’t get dragged along by the misleading trailer.5½.