Monday, August 23, 2010

Hancock(2008)/Inside Deep Throat(2005)/District 9(2009)/Nine(2009)/Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief(2010)

Taylor: In an attempt to clear some stuff off of a ridiculous To Do List that I created for myself a while back, I am going to try and knock out one JUMBO sized review of some movies I have seen over the last few months, both on DVD and in the theatres. While this won't bethe usual lengthy contemplating of my cinematic navel you have all grown to...um, love?, it is a way for me to sahre with all of you, in a quick and concise manner, what I thought about a couple of flicks...

Hancock - If I understand this correctly, the story for Hancock is looooooosely based (and I mean loosely) on a previous project called "Hero By Night." In that film, a down on his luck superhero with a drinking problem attempts to rehabilitate himself for the woman he loves. It was to be a dark drama. Hancock is no such movie. It had potential, I will say the parts of the movie with Wil Smith in costume fighting bad guys were fun to watch. It was, however, kinda...expected. You pretty much saw the best of the movie in the trailer for this one. And while there is a twist, ruined by those of us who actually pay attention to the trailers when we watch them, the explanation for the twist is a bit of a letdown. Still, it gets points for being one of the first movies that Babaloo and I watched in HD on the Netflix Streaming Service, and it looked real purdy like. 2 pugs and a half a bag of popcorn.
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Inside Deep Throat - I love documentaries, and don't get to watch enough of them. I tend to find them depressing, but necessary at times to show all the things in this world that are either right or wrong with it. So, when I saw there was a documentary about Deep Throat, the most successful x-rated film of all time, I thought for sure that would be something that had at least a little bit of happy in it. So, Taffy and I sat down on a fall day and watched the documentary. While it DID talk about DT, it spoke more to the censorship and obscenity issues of the early and mid 70s. It waxes and wanes at times, but watching the clothing and styles of the day are good for a chuckle. 3 pugs, half a box of popcorn.

District 9 - We watched this one when Rodan bought it while visiting during the holidays. A "documentary" about aliens inhabiting our planet, the film is amazingly well done and thoughtfully acted. What starts out as a sci-fi film very quickly turns into a story about fear, hope and lost opportunities. 4 pugs

Nine - One of the films I was most looking forward to see during the holidays ended up being one of the biggest disappointments. With possibly one of the greatest casts ever assembled for a film, directed by an Oscar winner, the film kinda felt like a bare bones Chicago, with lots of "singing to the audience" and very little emotion. Daniel Day-Lewis was greatly miscast, and considering he is the lynch pin around which all these wonderful women surround, including some wonderful performances by Marian Cotilliard, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench), the film kind of falls apart. I do still sing "My Husband Makes Movies" all the time, though....3 Pugs...and I'm being generous....

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Have you ever seen any of the Harry Potter movies? Then you've see this one. 1 Pug.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Babaloo: In an epic attempt to date the girl he loves....Scott Pilgrim must battle 7 evil ex-boyfriends to win her heart. AND MAN IS IT EPIC!
This fantasy epic adventure of hipster mid 20 year olds, has a little bit of everything. I know...some might disagree. Who wants to see a bunch of 20 year olds complain about life (it is so not that kind of movie). Well, weren't you 20 something once? Go back to that time of Super NES, Sega, 80's comics...HELL, even Batman with Adam West...and you are right there with the characters of the film. I believe this movie has the makings of being one of those cult classics that people will talk about for years.
The Movie is based on 6 digest size, black & white, graphic novels written by Brian Lee O'Mailey. Directed by Edgar Wright, known for his awkward fantasy/sci fi films like Shaun of the Dead and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Wright. rounds up an awesome cast...Micheal Cera (Scott Pilgrim), Jason Swartsman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans & Anna Kendrick to name a few.
Now, I know there is a bit of a hate club for Micheal Cera...I get that. BUT...I believe this film could not have been done without him. Micheal Cera was born to play this role, hands down.
The film was fast paced, funny and energetic. The fight scenes were soooo border line ridiculous, that it was just down right cool. The video game like pop ups..is what gave the film some life. I was having to much fun when watching this film. This is what summer movies are about. Having fun and going back to that time you were a 20 year old jack ass with a good heart.
Woohoo!!! Scott Pilgrim vs. The World ROCKS!!!!

5 Pugs...plus a 1 up!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

American Zombie 2007

Babaloo: If you are bored one night and need something fun and surprising. Rent this film!

American Zombie is a 2007 mock-umentary, based on the life and times of the American Zombies living in Los Angels. Two L.A. directors record the lives of four high functioning zombies, as they struggle to be accepted into human society. The documentary makes a sudden turn when the film makers (after some begging) get accepted to a big zombie retreat.

The starts out as a quirky & fun film. You feel sorry for these "zombies" as they struggle to fit in. At the same time two directors (Grace and John) fight over who takes control of the film.....

It is a clever kind of film-making that uses zombies as a way to tell about human society with out being gory and bloody...but it does scare you.

The film does start out kind of slow and at times you just want to move forward. Just give it a shot and you'll see what I mean. It will sneak up on you and stay with you for awhile.

I give it 4 pugs and a popcorn.