Posts Tagged ‘awesomeness’

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#12: The Hangover

January 30, 2011

Yes, I did watch this hungover.

So what’s it about?: Three guys wake up in Vegas after a crazy bachelor party having lost the groom and all of their memories of the chaos that ensued the previous night!

The Good: This movie is both hilarious and amazingly well structured.  And of course has the key ingredients of any classic raunchy comedy: 1 part quotable one-liners, 1 part hilarious pratfalls, and 1 part actual plot.  Not to mention the comedic combination of Zach Galifinakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper is just inspired and GOLDEN.

The Bad: After watching it again, parts of this film do drag on a bit, but only to pick right back up again!

The Verdict: One of the classic comedies of a generation.  This is one of those films people will still be watching, and still be trying to copy, for years to come.  Do yourself a favor and watch it.

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#78: Legion

March 8, 2010

So what’s it about?: An angel falls from heaven and protects a diner from the choas ensued by God’s wrath.

The Good: Movies about religion are just cool, let’s face it, and that does not exclude Legion.  And the action sequences and tension is pretty awesome.

The Bad: Yeah, the religious undertones and action is pretty cool, but be warned, this movie has next to no storyline and some of the acting is just god awful.  And some of the cinematography had me in tears it was so hilarious.

The Verdict: A fun ride, but not much there.

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#75: The Book of Eli

March 8, 2010

So what’s it about?: In a post-apocalyptic world, the ultimate bad-ass is attempting to transport the last remaining Bible to the West and to safety from the chaos its existence ensues.

The Good: Denzel Washington is a bad-ass.  And Gary Oldman equally bad-ass.  So putting them in this movie together is a winning combination.  The action sequences are awesome, the end is pretty cool, and this movie makes you want to start saving hand wipes.

The Bad: How did Mila Kunis get into this film?  That and the middle of this movie was sooooo sloooooooooow.  But at least the pay off was worth it!

The Verdict: If you’ve been spoiled on this movie, then I’m sorry to say but there really is no point waiting through the movie.  But, if you haven’t seen it, and you don’t know what happens, then go rent it!

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I’m Back!!!

February 20, 2010

Well, apparently my New Year’s Resolution has been to publish no new posts in the year 2010, and thankfully I’m just not going to be able to follow through with that one this year.  But never fear, for by March you will all be filled in on the crazy amount of movie watching I’ve been doing the past few months and all caught up by the time the Oscar’s roll around!

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#72: The Hurt Locker

December 30, 2009

The one that got away this summer couldn’t evade my viewing all year long!  Thankfully I managed to catch this one before 2010 rolled around.

So what’s it about?: A group of explosives disposal experts run around Iraq diffusing bombs, inter-team tension, and the ensuing chaos.

The Good: Not only is it one of the best movies of the year, but this is one of my favorite war movies of all time.  Granted, this is a genre I have very little experience with, but damn was The Hurt Locker great!  The whole movie was crazy intense.  And refreshingly this was not a war movie that preached for peace nor did it glorify war.  In fact it almost watched like a documentary on action movie steroids without the bias that comes from a documentary.  And Jeremy Renner is an official member of the badass club.  Extra props for this being directed by a woman.

The Bad: Do not watch this movie if you aren’t feeling 100%.  Like I said, it’s really intense, and I had to watch it in two sittings from feeling nauseated.

The Verdict: One of the best movies of the year, this is definitely something you gotta see!

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#70: Psycho

December 22, 2009

It turns out with all this movie theater going I’ve been doing recently (and who can blame me, it’s Awards Season!) I have neglected the fact that there is still a plethora of classic movies out there that I have never even watched.  And upon a recent realization that I’ve never seen an entire Alfred Hitchcock film, I figured that fact needed to change immediately!

So what’s it about?: A woman on the run after stealing $40,000 decides to check into The Bates Motel where some chaos ensues.

The Good: This movie is suspenseful as soon as the credits start and the creepy score is cued.  The shots were beautifully done, the story well formulated, and the acting was spot on.  Plus, any movie that can be suspenseful even when I know how it ends is good in my book.  Bonus points for Norman Bates being the cutest, most unassuming psycho killer of all time.  No one would have suspected him of anything, and that made it all the more scary.  And may I add that after watching this and The Haunting I’ve come to the conclusion that all horror movies should be filmed in black and white.  The shadows and lighting add a whole new level of scary and preys on a universal fear of the dark, when our eyes only see black and white.

The Bad: Frankly, despite the fact that it is wonderfully shot, the famous shower scene is, well, kind of laughable.  I mean, they did well with their limitations, but the should have done less.  Frankly, if a woman is stabbed multiple times in the back and slides down the shower wall, the wall is not going to remain white!  And I’m not saying it needed more gore (the cleanliness of the scene was almost refreshing in a sense) but the shots just needed to be retooled so there was no need for gore.

The Verdict: If you haven’t seen this, don’t put it off like I did and go watch it (it’s streaming on Netflix)!  This is a classic for a reason, and it’s a classic that stands the test of time (unlike the now laughable Exorcist).

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#69: Avatar

December 21, 2009

A movie with this much hype usually becomes a royal let down.  And back during ComicCon when we first saw clips of this, I thought it looked like an overrated mess.  But I have to say this has been the first movie whose trailer got better and better with each viewing of the trailer, and come opening day I was so freaking excited to see this movie!

So what’s it about?: In the midst of Pandora, a planet covered is lush forests, ginormous blue aliens and a mineral to solve the energy crisis on earth, an ex-marine finds himself thrust into the middle of the native Na’vi via his avatar to find out about the people, get involved in a little romance, and ensue some chaos in MIND BLOWING 3D!

The Good: James Cameron said this movie would change the way we watch movies, and let me tell you, he is 100% right.  I mean WOW!!!  Sure, some of the effects weren’t 100% perfect, but the strides this film made in technological advancement is definitely noticeable.  The fact that a staggering 60% of this movie is computer generated is truly amazing.  And the 3D adds so much depth to the film, it’s almost as if you’re there.  Naturally, with Cameron at the helm, the detail of this movie is spot on, all the way down to a brand new language (calling all nerds, now you can be fluent in Klingon, Elvish and Na’vi).  And I’m sad to admit that “I See You”, just like the film did, is actually growing on me, despite it’s sappy over-the-top-ness.

The Bad: You all know it by now, but the story is cliche.  They might as well have called this Pocahontas Dances With Ferngully Aliens.  But it’s definitely not boring and though recycled it still is a well woven story.  I only wish it had a little bit more humor to it, not to say there isn’t any, but it could have used a little more.  Sadly, this film lacked an awesome villain.

The Verdict: Stop reading this blog, turn off your computer, and run to the nearest theater showing this in 3D.  And witness the future of films!