Posts Tagged ‘Movie’

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Alice In Wonderland

March 6, 2010

“A new take on an old classic in 3d through the twisted and fun world of Tim Burton”

Final Thoughts:

Directed by Tim Burton, the film is basically an original interpretation of the story.  In this case Alice comes back to wonderland 12 years later and must slay the Jabberwocky dragon controlled by the Red Queen.  Burton’s goal was to create a more cohesive and emotional story rather than a series of events that the original was known for.  My favorite part of the film was actually when Alice fell through the hole and was surrounded by the doors in which she enters wonderland.  The scene where she eats the potion to shrink and then eats the chocolate to grow to fit the door was everything I was expecting and thrilled to see until she opens the door and then it was a completely different story.

If I hadn’t watched Avatar, the 3d would have been fantastic, but it didn’t add anything to the film which I felt could have been watched in 2d.  Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was a highlight.  He does crazy really well.  The art direction, score, costumes and makeup are also noteworthy.  However, from a story point of view, i would have preferred a re-telling of the original rather than a complete original without giving us a strong background to follow what is going on and why we should care.  At least if anything, its a visual treat and one of those films you really shouldn’t take to seriously.  And as an added bonus it boasts a star-studded cast that includes, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.

My grade: 84 (Watch It Once)

Rotten Tomatoes: 53 (Rotten)

MetaCritic: 53  (Mixed or Average Reviews)

US Gross: 120m+ Opening weekend estimated (Updated: March 6)

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The Wolfman

February 12, 2010

“Blood and gore and a familiar tale of man who turns into wolf under a full moon!

Final Thoughts:

The film is a remake of the 1941 classic of the same name.  Its the more realistic version of the werewolf also known as Taylor Lautner or “Jacob” from the Twillight series.  One of the better scenes in the film is the transformation from man to beast.  Great CGI!  The cinematography was also noteworthy.  Despite the start studded cast of Hopkins, Blunt and Del Toro, the film itself brought nothing new to the werewolf genre.  The 1941 classic was regurgitated with CGI and cinematography.  Its 2010 and the viewer is a lot smarter than 1941 and with the vampire/werewolf genre being so popular, the story is familiar and expected.  Although a final scene suggests a remake, unless they bring something new and less obvious to the film, i wouldn’t recommend it.

My grade: 75 (Netflix It)

Rotten Tomatoes: 32 (Rotten)

MetaCritic: 45 (Mixed or average reviews)

US Gross: Opening Weekend (Updated: February 9)

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Weekend Update Jan 8-10

January 5, 2010

“If you need a break from Avatar, I would suggest Daybreakers.  Its True Blood and New Moon except in this story vampires rule the world and they are running out of human blood to sustain themselves.  Without enough human blood, how will they survive?  It’s an interesting concept and it’s been awhile since there has been a high-quality horror thriller. This is the best time of the year to release new films, but this one is definitely worth checking out in theaters”

Watch It

Also Opening: Leap Year (Amy Adams), Youth In Revolt (Michael Cera)

Netflix It (Not worth the trip to the theater unless you like Amy Adams and female-driven films or coming of age comedies)

Update: According to movietickets.com as of yesterday afternoon Avatar was selling between 78-85% of the tickets for this weekend so i guess these films are going to be the films you see if you didn’t buy your tickets for Avatar in time.

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Mosic Top 10 Best Films of 2009

December 31, 2009

“I didn’t expect the effects a film could have on me in such a short time but Avatar has definitely peaked my interest and kept it for more than most films can.  For the record, i have watched this film five times already!!  The film itself, spectacular in many ways has captivated audiences all over the world for its breakthrough technologies, magical world, and a familiar love story.  This film is truly my favorite film of the year hands down, and probably even for the decade which is a great way to end 2oo9.  But there were some other amazing films this year as highlighted by the rest of my top 10!!”

Top 10 Films:

  1. Avatar
  2. Inglorious Basterds
  3. The Hurt Locker
  4. District 9
  5. Up
  6. Up In The Air
  7. Invictus
  8. An Education
  9. Nine
  10. Precious

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Nine

December 30, 2009

“Great star power and the musical of 2009″

Final Thoughts:

When i say its the musical of 2009, that really isn’t saying much.  Name another musical in 2009?  That aside, the film was good, but not on the same level as Marshall’s last directorial hit Chicago.  That film had the story, the music and the cast to support the musical.  In this case it was more Glee vs Rent.  Unfortunately Nine’s story is actually quite dull. A director who seems to be going through a mid-life crisis.  He has a big budget film to direct but does not not know what the story is about.  The musical numbers were definitely the highlight of the film and the transition from spoken word to song was actually done well although it was very hard to create an emotional attachment to any of the characters because we only had a few minutes of each at a time.  Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz who play the wife and mistress of Daniel Day Lewis’ character were quite memorable.  Their performances, including Day Lewis’ were quite stellar.  My favorite part of the film was actually the beginning and the end when all of the characters are introduced.  It was like the super-bowl of acting as each major star was ushered into the limelight.  This film worked for me because it boasted the most academy award winning cast, but in the same sense, they were also too big for their roles and it was difficult to overlook.  Overall though, it was definitely entertaining in most parts and worth the price of a ticket if you like Kidman, Cotillard, Cruz, Lewis, Dench, Hudson (Kate, not Jennifer), and Fergie (Yes, from Black Eyed Peas).

My grade: 93.5 (Watch It if you like the above named actors)

Rotten Tomatoes: 37 (Rotten)

MetaCritic: 48 (Mixed or average reviews)

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Mosic Top 10 Worst Films of 2009

December 30, 2009

“For the most part, I tend to avoid movies that have poor reviews/word of mouth.  I feel it is a waste of time and money to watch it in theaters.  I did see some of these movies on DVD which further proved my point to miss it in theaters.   These are the movies that i did unfortunately watch, with some actually thinking they would be good.  In the top position, or rather bottom position, is Sascha Baron Cohen’s tasteless Bruno which hit all the wrong notes.  It did give me some laughs, but for all the wrong reasons.  Mainly because i was so surprised that the gags actually went where most people wouldn’t go.  I am fine with jokes about politics, sexuality, race, but sometimes it gets to be a little to much and this movie went there.  It tops the list for the worst films of the year”

Top 10 Films:

1.   Bruno
2.  New In Town (DVD)
3.  The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (DVD)
4.  The Ugly Truth
5.   Bride Wars (DVD)
6.  Confessions Of a Shopaholic (DVD)
7.  A Perfect Getaway
8.  The Haunting In Connecticut (DVD)
9.  Paul Blart: Mall Cop (DVD)
10.  Funny People


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Avatar

December 24, 2009

“Visually stunning and entertaining.  It’s the film that all other 3D and effects films will follow”

Final Thoughts:

Jim Cameron is still the “King of the world” and deserves that title for the work he is capable of producing.  It took him 12 years to reach the same height of grandeur as Titanic and it worked on every level.   That wait allowed him to explore the technology needed to make this film and create the standard for 3-d and visual effects going into the next decade.  Some may argue that there were underlying themes of political agenda, cheesy dialogue and a story that has been told before, but I felt that these enhanced and worked well with the premise of the film.  Especially when you factor in the world of Pandora, the love story between JakeSully and Neytiri, and the power struggle between humans and the Omaticaya, nothing else matters.  Cameron’s ability to take you into a different world and keep you there made it difficult for me to find anything wrong, which I have to say is a hard sell for me, but it worked.  For 163 minutes, all I wanted to do was stay.  For those who do know me, my eyes were wide open and I almost forgot I was in a packed cinema with other people around me.  Like JakeSully, he had to decide between the human life that he lived that brought him to Pandora and the new life he was starting to embrace.  As Jake says, “the dream and reality was becoming blurred”, I felt the same sentiment.  The simplistic story and dialogue made the film more real and more believable with strong emotional impact and an amazing score to compliment each scene.   I left the cinema afterwards with the same feeling as Titanic, which ironically is my favorite film of all-time.  And as a Titanic fan, that is a hard thing to say.  All I wanted to do was watch the film again as soon as possible.  I guess it would be acceptable to name Avatar as my favorite film of all-time replacing one Cameron film with another.  This film is a masterpiece and truly the Citizen Kane and Star Wars of this generation, breaking boundaries, introducing original pieces of work and breaking bank accounts.  Titanic broke box office records because people enjoyed it and took their friends and family with them to enjoy the adventure and spread the word of something that should be seen.  I believe this film has the same ability and I too will watch the film for a third time and maybe even more with a new group of friends and have the same emotional impact and feelings as if it was the first time all over again.

(For the record, I have watched this film 6 times in 3d!!  The last film i  watched over 6 times in theaters was Titanic)

My grade: 100 (Watch It more than once, it’s that good)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83 (Fresh)

MetaCritic: 83 (Universal Acclaim)

Worldwide Gross: $2.242 billion – #1 all-time (Updated: February 12)

US Gross: 635 million – #1 all-time (Updated: February 12)

Overseas Gross: $ 1.607 billion #1 all-time (Updated: February 12)

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