Archive for March, 2008

Review: The Bucket List

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Two aging mammoths headline this supposedly endearing “going out with a blaze of glory” flick, and with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman teaming up it must be good. It all works out well up to a point, with the only weak point that it’s too predictable. Drama-wise, with dying comes tears, so that’s an easy task for this movie, but it still manages to build the relationship in a slow and dignified manner.7+.

Review: Definitely, Maybe

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Romantic comedy, basically following the last few years of a male slut (featuring several on and offs with 3 ladies). Exciting stuff you might think, but sadly, narrated for the main character’s kid (less than convincing Abigail Breslin, from Little Miss Sunshine) it follows a clean path and somehow has a boringly slow pace.
Playing out mostly as a fantasy (how realistic is it to meet and GET 3 girls in just a few months period) it also means it’s hard to identify with the main character. The absence of funny dialogue is the real killer though.5-.

Review: Rendition

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

What should’ve been a highly dramatic movie based on horrific facts, somehow never focuses. It leaving characters dangling and hence the viewer emotinoally unattached. Even though the acting is good, it’s how the many characters are written with only basic dialogue that just doesn’t dig deep enough. Dramatic as torture might be, even at the worse point in the movie, the more profound feelings aren’t there. A messy screenplay mostly takes care of that, and a surprise ending twist doesn’t even register as something significant. While an expectaional letdown,for a drama, it still deserves a low average grade.6½.

Review: Horton Hears a Who!

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Computer generated animation featuring a bunch of comedic voices from the likes of Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen and many many more. Kudos to the voices, but unfortunately, it doesn’t make this movie all that overly fun. Granted, it’s oozes “kiddy” flick and hence maybe shouldn’t be judged too harshly, but there are quite a few examples of children movie that are able to be varied and special enough to measure equally to adult movies.
While there are a few original elements, it generally is just a bunch of not too original easy jokes and dialogue mixed with generic character design (even physically reminding us of Dr. Seuss’ other work, the Grinch), making it all that less memorable. Only see this if you have to (related youngsters with more will power than you).6-.

Review: 10.000BC

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

With the name Roland Emmerich attached, you know you’re in for a special effects extravaganza. Most of the time it’s pretty fun too (examples, Stargate and Independence Day), or at least enjoyable (see The Day After Tomorrow and The Patriot). But sometimes, it’s pretty bad (Godzilla), and this one ranks even below that one.
No star power to be seen, but the acting of savages doesn’t require a lot of talent anyways. Still most of the budget seems to go to location filming, as the special effects seem lost, ‘cept for the mammoths running around.
No money has gone into the script development either as that’s a total joke. Usually I fall asleep when I read books, but I still rather pickup any history book than sitting through this movie again.3.


Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Commercials. If only they were ALL funny. Probably everyone knows the Axe Dark Temptation one by now (if not, click here).

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So, effective or TOO effective ?

Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Another one of those typical fantasy “family” movie, or so I thought. The “family” part is put inside quotes beside mostly they turn out to be for kids. Or more for little children. Sometimes I even feel they’re made for babies.
Anyway, luckily this one not so much. Sure, in its core it targets the family audience nicely, but at least this time I wasn’t annoyed like so many times before (I can still kill anyone of the cast members of that Narnia b*s*). Probably because the highly talented Freddie Highmore was cast. Heck, for this dual-role, he’s the only one who can pull it of credibly. Though the mom-role of Mary-Louise Parker was type-cast (see Weeds), she’s still a sight to behold.
Though the screenplay offers only limited incredible scenes (mostly a bit of forest and inside the house) and the story doesn’t reach that far in any direction, it’s still a nicely average movie, that’s not dull at any moment.7+.

Review: 27 Dresses

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Katherine Heigl is hot, so movie producers are jumping on it, and headlining her for another movie right after the box office success of Knocked Up. And a good move that was.
This is another fast paced, long-ish on dialogue comedy that while somewhat predictable, still feels fresh and original (a diverse screenplay takes care of that).
Also the casting department is quite. As a guy, I have to admin James Marsden was utterly charming in this one (of course preferring miss Heigl any time of the day).
With the risk of Katherine now being typecast for these movies, I’d say, so what ? As long as quality doesn’t suffer, I’d say, roll’m in.7½.


Monday, March 10th, 2008

Even though this word is not officially in the dictionary, I think everyone knows what I mean. It’s that self-indulgent “who cares if it’s a 20 year old garbage piece of rust on wheels, or a half a million bucks drive, if I wanna sit on it and sleep, I will” attitude.



Just so all the cats out there know, don’t try this with my car !

Review: There Will Be Blood

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Another Oscar nominations laden movie, but this one clocks in at a higher running time than the last one I saw (No Country for Old Men at 122 minutes, this one at 158 minutes). Mind you, I’m not afraid of long movies. Heck, Magnolia (from the same director, Paul Thomas Anderson) runs at 188 minutes and was utterly satisfying. But this time though, it was kind of a disappointment.
Sure, Daniel Day Lewis deserves an Oscar for his utterly insane performance (though through all that insanity and complexity, it’s hard to gauge his true feelings and intensions), but it’s not worth the long running time. Topics range from pure business to obsessive anti-Church ramblings, but as a total, it’s not that cohesive.
Take the strange ending into the account, and you feel totally let down (by the Oscar hype and director).6½.

Review: The Other Boleyn Girl

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

A period drama focusing on an evolving sisterly relationship and their conquest for the King. The story itself seems a bit ridiculous, and for a drama, there are a few moments that unintentionally forces the laughing muscles to jolt.
The acting is good though, even though Eric Bana’s character is a bit one-dimensional and doesn’t provide too much depth.
If you want to see two beauties duke it out (Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, though mostly with ye olde ‘n plain English) and you’re into costume dramas, this is for you. Otherwise I see no specialty in this movie to recommend it.7-.