Posts Tagged '9'

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 #46: Bridesmaids

“This is the first time I’ve seen you look ugly, and that makes me happy!”

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At first when I heard of Bridesmaids, I thought it was like The Hangover, but with a women group instead.  While both movies happen before weddings, they should not be grouped in the same party.  Bridesmaids far outclasses The Hangover in terms of story and comedy.  With The Hangover Part II, I had a hard time trying to find myself laughing at the various situations; however, with Bridesmaids, it was a completely different experience at the theaters – laughter came automatically and constantly.

A cheap workout

Now with comedy movies, the main concern is the humor, not the story.  However, Bridesmaids has a decent story and Kristen Wiig makes for an interesting main character.  Her random acts of being drunk and jealous create hilarious scenes of a bridesmaid gone wrong.  The other actresses pulled their parts as well, such as Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper who had some of the best lines in the movie.

A very hilarious scene

The main fault of the movie is the romance – while not terrible, I found the romance to be the most boring part.  Every time the male love interest came on screen, I knew the “fun” was over.  I feel the film would have been better if it focused more on the girls’ problems together than on the love problem.  But if they were to do that, then it’d be more like The Hangover, so I guess it is alright how it is.  Overall, Bridesmaids is a film that you should not miss, especially if you enjoy comedies.  People who give the movie a low rating do not understand comedy.  Seriously, this is the funniest movie of the year, perhaps even the funniest movie from the past five years.

9.0

Quoted by MWP

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Wick-Quoting #41: 9

“You owe me a new cape.”

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9 is an animated film by Tim Burton.
That just seemed kind of important to throw out there.  Burton’s signature gothic, sort of cartoon-ish vibe is present in all of the movie, albeit in my opinion diluted into an even more kid friendly form with less genuine weirdness.  9 is a film detailing 9 little bag shaped creatures, who look like mere toys but have actual selves trying to make sense of their lives in a post apocalyptic world.  Burton creates a very vast and lonely world that still shows creepy old signs of the humans that once populated the area.  As pretty much every post apocalyptic film I can think of does, the animacy of humans is pitted against technology becoming too powerful for humans to handle.

What are these things?

There’s nothing really wrong with 9.  It has a lesson to teach its viewers, and does so in a not overly didactic way.  The film has a range of characters, each with their individiual characteristics, and has a good deal of excitement and scary technological villians as well as discovery moments as the audience watches these little creatures attempt to find out the meaning of their creation and exactly how the world fell apart.  However, perhaps ultimately the problem with the film is that it is just a bit too well calculated – a bit too, seen that part over here, and that part over there already – very tried and true.  The film overall just feels very safe.  Burton takes concepts that he knows audiences will embrace and throws in the requisite fight and escape scenes as well as a smattering of romance (which is actually a bit creepy considering the nature of the two involved.  Those of you who have seen the film and know what I’m talking about may know why).  So it all goes on that I have nothing more to really complain about but nothing to really praise either.  Each individual character is based off a perfect little blueprint of characters typical of a lot of movies – the one strong and sort of bossy female, the slightly wimpy but good hearted main character, the big dumb strong lug, etc. etc.  And yeah sure, the movie’s enemy designs are scary enough and there’s a proper feeling of creepiness throughout the film.  It just feels very tried and true.  You know?

There's something behind you...

So overall, kids and their parents too may enjoy the film on the first showing.  Staying true to the movie and watching it time and time again after that?  Well… you probably gave that level of love to the handful of movies that did everything 9 did first.

6.3

Quoted by Sawazz

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Wick-Quoting #36: Black Swan

“I just want to be perfect.”

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Black Swan is pretty much close to perfect.  The director, Darren Aronofsky, seems to enjoy making films with extremely low budgets.  His previous film before Black Swan was The Wrestler, which only had a production budget of 6 million.  However, the difference between Black Swan and The Wrestler is the quality.  Black Swan beats The Wrestler in every way.  Not only did Black Swan make more than 6 times more money than The Wrestler (approximately 295 million worldwide), but it also contains well-liked stars such as Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.  The interaction between the two actors creates a thrilling performance.

BFF?

Natalie Portman displayed what she is capable of in Black Swan, with her sweet girl image combined with a more terrifying personality.  You could say that the film allowed her to express herself to higher levels than her times in Star Wars.  Mila Kunis also fitted very well with her role as the bad girl.  It was interesting to see these two actresses come together and make sparks fly.

Here is a reason why the film was so popular

While this film isn’t necessarily a horror movie, it still contains many elements of one, including frightening images and unnatural occurrences.  Many times, I felt the film to be too much to look at, with all the creepy images, but I was compelled to stay, because I still wanted to be engaged with what was happening and what was going to happen.  You could say that the film was constantly pulling me back in.

Kind of creepy

Black Swan is most definitely in 2010’s top films of the year, alongside True Grit and Toy Story 3.

9.2

Quoted by MWP

Sawazz: 9.2

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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


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