Posts Tagged '8'

Wick-Quoting #49: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

“I’m going to help you rediscover your manhood.  Do you have any idea where you could have lost it?”

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I didn’t have any sort of strong interest in watching Crazy, Stupid, Love. (from now on referred to as CSL).  The trailer didn’t show any sort of promise, besides the fact of having Steve Carell and Emma Stone, both being very funny people.  So I was shocked at how entertaining the movie actually turned out to be.  CSL is a lot similar to Bridesmaids – not because the stories are the same, but because both are not as popular romantic comedies that are actually topnotch in their genre.

Michae... I mean Steve Carell pulling on some moves

It is no surprise that the cast of the movie helps with the entertainment – after all, Steve Carell and Emma Stone both starred in successful romantic comedies themselves (The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Easy A respectively).  Steve Carell is always fun to watch, although in this movie he plays more of a middle aged loser than a goofy guy.  All the other actors are alright too and the kid actor, Jonah Bobo, is surprisingly not that bad.  He is not one of those kid actors who make you cringe.

The couple in question

The situational humor is pretty good in CSL and there is one moment in the movie where all the separate stories come together, creating a pretty awesome scene of confusion, anger, and awkwardness. Even though I find some parts of the story to be a bit shallow, the movie still is touching and runs on the ideal of giving second chances.  So despite the awful trailer, give CSL a second chance and watch it.  The movie is guaranteed to give you some good laughs.

8.4

Quoted by MWP

Ander: 9.2

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Wick-Quoting #48: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II

“Harry Potter, the boy who lived… come to die.”

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I was pretty excited to see  the last Harry Potter movie on opening day (who wasn’t?).  But my excitement, like hunger, steadily dissipated as the movie progressed.  It was, in the nicest terms, just like the previous Harry Potter movies – the movie stayed true to the book for the most part, skipped over a couple of important scenes that audiences would have loved to see, and included a couple of scenes that it could have done without.  Like the other movies, it doesn’t drive home and completely satisfy like how reading the books do.  In a way, the wait to actually see the movie was a bit more exciting than watching the movie itself.

The last time you'll see these three in a movie together

Now, I saw the movie at a not so popular theater; yet it was still pretty full, which says a lot about the Harry Potter franchise.  The film made $168 million opening weekend in the United States alone, beating the previous record held by The Dark KnightHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is more entertaining than Part I; however, it is just an alright movie.  I feel the movie is getting high ratings from other sites purely just from hype alone.  The graphics are stunning, like every other movie with high budget CGI and the returning actors and actresses are a pleasure to watch.  Still, the movie doesn’t quite earn the phrase of being “EPIC.”

The boy who lived

Notable scenes include Fred’s death, Snape’s revelation, and the final battle between Harry and Voldemort.  While all three of these scenes should be filled with emotion, none of them get the proper attention.  Fred’s death is merely glanced over with barely any conversation about it.  While Snape’s memories do have a bit of screening time, you don’t really feel the shock and regret on Daniel Radcliffe’s face.  The impact of the fact that Snape was actually a good guy all along isn’t really there.  M. Night Shyamalan could have done a better job in giving that scene justice.

He doesn't appear that much in the movie

The movie has some scenes that could have done better without, such as Mrs. Weasley’s (Julie Walters) fight against Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter).  It’s one of those awkward scenes that make you feel embarrassed to watch.  Another awkward scene is the epilogue, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are shown as grownups with kids of their own.  It is actually quite silly and something you have to see for yourself.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is pretty good as a movie, but not good enough for a finale.  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is an example of a good ending to a popular series.  Even so, the last installment of Harry Potter is still entertaining and a must see if you are alive in this generation; just don’t expect to be blown out of your seats.

8.2

Quoted by MWP

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Wick-Quoting #47: X-Men: First Class

“Let’s just say I’m Frankenstein’s monster. I’m looking for my creator.”

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I must say, the trailer for X-Men: First Class was “eh” and my attitude towards it was “eh.”  But it is spectacular; even if you are not into Marvel comics, it will still entertain.  Why is X-Men: First Class so much better than the recent superhero movies that are coming out nowadays?  It is because the movie focuses a lot more on character development along with its flashy graphics and story development.

The first group of X-Men

The film is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy, centering on the early days of Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor Xavier (James McAvoy).  Both characters interact with each other very well, one being more funny while the other more bad ass. Who knew Professor Xavier had a sense of humor?  And there were a couple of interesting cameos, including Hugh Jackman returning as Wolverine.

He has hair!

The main thing I don’t like about the movie is Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) – she is very annoying as a character.  She is Professor X’s little (adopted) sister, yet she has romantic feelings for him?  After he rejects her, she moves on to another guy, then after that, she sides with the group who attacked her teammates?  I guess her personality matches with her ability – a person with multiple faces.

Call me Magneto

The movie reminds me quite a lot of Star Wars: Episode III, (when Anakin turns into Darth Vader) cause you know what happens to the characters (who ends up on which side) but you don’t know how it all happens.  Like Star Wars: Episode III, X-Men: First Class can be considered a nice success, making over $320 million so far.  However, unlike Episode III, First Class is a movie worth watching.

8.3

Quoted by MWP

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Wick-Quoting #38: Easy A

“I just thought of the funniest thing.  My name is an anagram for ‘I love.'”

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There was a bit of a hype when Easy A initially came out – and rightfully so.  The movie is fresh and contains plenty of original jokes.  Combine all that with Emma Stone, you got an enjoyable film to watch during the break.

How is Emma Stone not more popular?

Emma Stone is Easy A’s “pocket full of sunshine.”  Not only is she pretty, but she is funny and quirky in a good way as well.  Her personality is what makes the film so much more enjoyable to watch.  While the content of the film isn’t quite that amazing, Emma Stone fills in all the gaps which the film skips over.  The story does not have any major plot twists: it is more of a slice-of-life sort of narrative.

Students clean bathrooms now?

Because the film does not have cgi or any major stars, the budget was only 8 million total.  Easy A was able to bring in about 74 million, which isn’t bad – actually this is pretty good news for Emma Stone, considering that she was almost going to star in Sucker Punch instead.  Not only did Sucker Punch cost more to make (82 million), but just barely broke even (89 million), which goes to show the difference in quality between the two films.

I miss the days of tray lunches.

So the grade, not quite an A:

8.0

Quoted by MWP

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Wick-Quoting #35: Tangled

I feel like I start off most of my reviews with negative feelings, but I just need to get my basic impressions out of the way.  To be honest, I was not excited about watching Tangled. Aside from Pixar’s fine works, Disney’s releases have been less than impressive, and it sometimes feels like Disney is just hanging off of Pixar’s fame.  The Tangled trailers also looked pretty cliché, with slapstick jokes and a typical suave guy cute girl type of set up, so yes – when I walked into the theater to watch Tangled, I wasn’t expecting much.

rawr

 

However.

I walked out of it having laughed a lot, feeling touched, loving the main couple and their cute animal friends, and even having teared up a bit (I can guarantee though that there were people in the audience who did cry – I could hear the sniffling).  Tangled far exceeded my expectations.  With likeable characters, a cute plot, beautiful visuals, and some great and genuinely funny and touching lines, even adults will like TangledTangled takes the old story of Rapunzel and adds a few twists to it, like animal sidekicks, a magical flower, a suave ‘Prince Charming,’ and of course, it makes Rapunzel a princess.

The main characters

But to those of you thinking “ugh… another Disney princess?” … Come on.  The Disney princesses, although way over represented now in merchandise and overall cheesiness, hail from some of Disney’s greatest films and most beloved hits.  And Tangled has some of that old school Disney magic to it that has been missing in many of their latest films.  In fact, Rapunzel could now fit in perfectly with Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, and all those other Disney heroines from their grand history.  Although Tangled is not touted as a musical, it also features some singing moments that, while not grandiose and perhaps not quite as particularly memorable as some of the great old-school Disney songs (you all know what I’m talking about – those songs that seriously everybody in the world knows, like “The Circle of Life”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, etc.) are still charming and add a lot to the feel of the movie.  The plot of Tangled is also quite predictable, but like Disney’s old classics, comes together in a way that sweeps the viewer along with it and makes you believe in true love and magic and happily ever after endings again.  There’s a lot of classic Disney here updated with just the perfect dosage of modern comebacks and witty lines to add a nice modern update to their time and time again beloved formula. Tangled isn’t hugely innovative or a masterpiece per say, but it is a fun, touching, and overall just great movie to watch when you need to feel good about life again and to feel that old childhood spark of Disney magic.

aww

9.0

Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 8.5

Wick-Quoting #34: Kung Fu Panda

This animated feature film did very well back in 2008, making over 630 million worldwide.  It’s no wonder a sequel will be released later this year.  What made this move so successful?  For starters, it has a collection of well known actors involved.

The voices of the characters match pretty well

The cast includes Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and Ian McShane.  Each voice actor matches his/her character fairly well.  It even seems like most of the characters were designed to resemble their respective voice actors (the similarity between Jack Black and Po the panda is striking).  Dustin Hoffman connects very well with his character, Shifu, mainly because just like Shifi, Hoffman is a master – a master at acting.  Therefore, his character commands a similar amount of respect.

The dragon scroll

Unlike other films from DreamWorks, Kung Fu Panda lacks in pop songs and celebrity references, which are common in media for children in order to draw in adult audiences (such as Katy Perry in Sesame Street).  Even though the movie is considered to be for children, it still can entertain adult audiences as well with its engaging characters and unique idea.  In fact, the inclusion of such outside references of songs and celebrities would have only hindered the movie as a spoof instead of an original comedy.

FOOD!

On December 2010, DreamWorks Animation announced that there will be a total of SIX films in the Kung Fu Panda series.  Are they fucking serious?  That’s more than Shrek (even considering the sequel starring Puss in Boots).  Of course, this is DreamWorks that we are talking about, so it is only natural for successful franchises to be dragged out a lot longer than they should be.  Hopefully this franchise won’t go past the third installment.

A duck making food? What does the tiger eat?

Enjoy the movie before DreamWorks overdoses in panda fever.

8.1

Quoted by MWP

Wick-Quoting #33: True Grit (2010)

“I am a Texas Ranger.”

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I had to admit to having some reservations about this film before I went to go see it.  Of course, I knew that it was directed by the Coen Brothers, who made the amazing No Country for Old Men among other great films.  But I thought the trailer for this film looked dry and bland, not to mention that I’m also not a huge fan of Westerns.  Still, I can confidently say that this film personally exceeded my expectations.

They got on their Western hats

Casual movie goers such as teens and college students just looking for activities to do with their friends on the weekends may not be very aware of the Coen Brothers and their library of works.  Many people of the demographics mentioned might not even have watched No Country for Old Men.  To those people, aka those who weren’t all hyped up because of the “directed by the Coen Brothers” line, I think you’ll greatly enjoy True Grit. The story is about a young girl named Mattie (Hailee Steinfield) who is determined to seek justice after her father is murdered helping a man named Tom Cheney (Josh Brolin).  To this end she gains the help of Texas Ranger LeBeouf (Matt Damon) and Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).  Young Hailee does an amazing job as Mattie, and Mattie herself is a strong, witty, and very determined heroine.  Damon and Bridges do a great job in their roles, and play strong and street wise (sorry, this just seems to be the most fitting term in my mind) characters who still each have their weaknesses that make them that much more human and likeable.  The chemistry of the three characters – Mattie, Cogburn, and LeBeouf – fuels a good part of the story’s humane side, and this relationship of the characters all leads to a touching and, in my opinion, strangely lonely although not unhappy ending.

You only got one shot, do not miss your chance..

Overall, True Grit is no tough guy action movie.  It’s not a movie that’ll keep you constantly on the edge of your seat with gunshots and showdowns and villains popping out of every shadow.  But it is a movie with a unique, interesting plot that does plenty to keep you engaged throughout, with great characters and a strangely very moving, human feeling.  I don’t know the exact words to describe it, but the ending of the film gave me that feeling that Mattie also has as she walks away from the camera.  True Grit is definitely one of those films that will leave an impact.

Damon makes for an unintentional humorous Texas Ranger

8.8

Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 8.8


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