Sunday, March 22, 2009

Miracle at St. Anna (War Drama 2008)

Man, what a poorly written movie. This film had all sorts of excessive stereotypes in it and nothing else. It was putt putt slow and didn't seem to have any real purpose.

Looking at Spike Lee's list of movies I can't say that I've seen any others and maybe that's a good thing. James McBride was the writer of this pile...he should be given notice.
Rating - F

Bolt (Animated Adventure 2008)

Although it's hard to compete against Pixar, Disney is still able to make films better than Dreamworks can. And yes I know that Disney now owns Pixar but it's good that they have kept the two pretty much separate.

I enjoyed this movie. It had a good number of funny parts, mainly utilizing the hilarious hamster, but the overall film was done well. Besides that, it was what you would normally expect from any Disney film. A short story and simple characters always seem to fit the bill.
Rating - B

Body of Lies (Action 2008)

I wouldn't necessarily categorize this movie as bad or boring, but it was very much your run-of-the-mill terrorist/action flick. With the change of climate these days concerning Islamic terrorism, a whole slew of films have taken advantage of this scenario and have made films about the subject. This was just another movie in the long list movies that had this same theme.

DiCaprio's acting was pretty good, but he was the lone primary character. Crowe was in it, but he was mainly used for his voice and not much else. The action and story were both blah because it didn't really have anything new. I wouldn't watch it again.
Rating - C

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Religulous (Comedic Documentary 2008)

People usually come in 2 breeds: religious folk and non-religious. Sometimes people think that they're in the middle, but really...you're one of the two.

Right-wing conservatives would hate this film as would other more-less religious people. I found it very entertaining. Bill Maher is a lot like Michael Moore in terms of documentary filmmaking, but he is more up front and ballsy as opposed to Moore, who sometimes tries to guilt people into "noticing their wrongs". That's a pretty lame tactic in my opinion, but that's all up to the person.

Whatever anyone believes, they will either hate this movie and think that it's blasphemous or they'll think that it's pretty damn funny. I go into that latter category.
Rating - B

The Sky Crawlers (Anime 2008)

This Anime movie must've been the slowest I've ever seen. Luckily I was in a mood to veg out so I wasn't phased by the lack of action on-screen.

The story was different, but kinda blah. The whole point of watching this movie was to get into the minds of the 2 main characters. This was one of those films that was all about character development and almost nothing went towards the story.

The ending was actually what made this movie shine. Pretty sad, but being able to get that type of reaction means that the film was successful in its goal. The music was a keeper though...the ending theme made it into my collection.
Rating - B

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blindness (Drama 2008)

I didn't like this movie one bit. The trailers made it seem like a Children of Men or some other post-apocalyptic film, but it was more of a Lord of the Flies or some other psychotic look at the evils of human nature.

I thought the movie was going to be more about blinded peeps trying to survive in a world where everyone else was blind too, but this was more like a prison film where crazy shit goes on inside and people regress back to their lawless roots.

Needless to say, there were a good number of rape and misery scenes...not something I was looking forward to. The movie had a crap ending and didn't do anything to invoke any feelings of "taking things into perspective" even though this was totally the goal. It was just a disturbing and partially unrealistic movie that took an O.K. premise and did nothing constructive with it.
Rating - D

Sunday, March 08, 2009

New Stuff

Well I've been pretty busy as of late so I haven't had enough time to give a good healthy update on the life situation. First off, my health wounds have all healed, but my crappy stomach is still crappy so that didn't change any digestive functions for the better. One day doctors might be able to do intestinal transplants and if so, I'll be the first one to volunteer.

Next issue is that I finally found a jobby after searching throughout almost all of fall. Usually I'm a pretty unlucky person, but on this front, considering how shitty the US economy is doing, I am lucky to have found this. So yeah that has kept me very busy and exhausted, but that's better than sitting in useless class or sitting on my ass.

The more exciting news of the day is that Rachel V has been acquired and is my new 256hp turbocharged speed chariot.

Rachel IV will be handed off to my parents and then traded-in at a later date. With this new purchase I will finally get to enjoy all the luxuries of a fine-tuned automobile and get to report back on what is "worth it" in terms of spoiling features and what is not. But for now, I have to get it up to a certain standard from where the gathering of data can begin. The previous owner of the car, a David Lynch from CA, did not really take care of it as much as I had hoped, but at least it's still under warranty.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Righteous Kill (Crime Drama 2008)

The last movie I remember both of these guys in was Heat, but I'm sure there were others. That movie was a goodie but damn was it long and drawn out. These days I tend to be lacking in the attention span needed to absorb all of the dialogue coming from in-depth dramas.

Sad to say, but this movie was boring. The acting was good, but the story was too predictable and slow. There have been many cop dramas that fall into a special basket of forgettable films, and this one has found a home in it. Even two legendary actors weren't enough to save it.
Rating - C