Thursday, December 17, 2009

Up in the Air


I found this movie to be pleasantly surprising. I'm not a huge fan of George Clooney in general but I really enjoyed his performance in this movie. This movie has been talked about a lot recently, some calling it the best movie of 09... I think that's too bold but I did enjoy it.

This book turned movie is about a guy who's job is to be hired by other corporations to come in and fire their employees. Albeit a sad idea, it gives this guy something to look forward to, hitting 10 million miles flown. He happens to meet a woman who also flies a lot for her job... but here's the kicker, that little thing called telecommuting starts to take over his world. A fresh face new hire has come up with a sure fire way, (get it) to fire people over the internet.
The story has a good amount of laughs, makes you feel down right sad, and a little dirty.
With the inclusion of Danny McBride, you know things will be alright.

I'd say this is a good movie to go see.




I expected this movie to be super intense and I was sadly disappointed. Now I understand that movies about war are suppose to be very depressing and this surely did that, but it was predictable..

We've got high school sweethearts who are married and have 2 kids, he's the perfect son and she's the beautiful wife. He's leaving for another tour of Iraq and just before he leaves his delinquent older brother gets out of jail. It's the classic story of their father holding a grudge against the rebellious son who tried to rob a bank and holds his other son who is following in his footsteps in very high regard. Some obvious tension there. Good son leaves, is MIA in Iraq and labeled as dead, the marines (I think thats them) tell the wife and family that he's been killed. The "shitty" brother starts stepping up to the plate and helping around the house. this is a red flag, we all know what's coming... lonely housewife, missing her husband, obviously starts to fall for his brother.
Well guess what, the husband comes home after some fucked up time in Iraq, and has lost his mind.

I felt as though this movie had a good story, but took a long time to get to the intense moment between brothers and then abruptly ended.

I didn't hate it, and I didn't love it. I'd say it was decent.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Road


This movie isn't something you want to see if you're looking for a light hearted comedy or an action packed adventure movie. But, it should be something you see.

I tried to read the book and had a hard time getting through the first few chapters so I cannot say how accurate the movie is, but I will tell you that this movie is dense, thick, hard hitting... etc.

What happens when the apocalypse comes and your significant other doesn't want to live? do you stay with your child while your other half gives up? Well that's what Viggo Mortensen did. He fought for not only his life but his son's life. They scavenged for food and saw a lot of dead people. Although there were a few times I jumped, I wouldn't classify this movie as a thriller.
There are some very touching father/son moments, but definitely not the kind that make you feel all warm and fuzzy, more the kind that makes you want to reach out to your father and tell him you'd steal food for him too.

Although I really liked this movie, I don't think this is something I would need to see again.


The Blind Side



My mom and I saw this movie and boy was I impressed. I figured this movie was going to be sort of a flop and bomb at the box office, especially since it was up against New Moon. But this movie, like the story itself, prevails.

A true story about NFL player, Michael Oher, he comes from the wrong side of the tracks... his moms is on whatever drug she can pick up and he's 15 sleeping on couches. Around thanksgiving he's seen walking in the pouring rain in a tshirt and shorts. A family sees him roaming in the rain and brings him into their home. The help him get his grades up so he can start playing football. He obviously makes it, because it's a true story, and if you follow the NFL, you know that he plays for the Ravens.

This movie made me feel like doing something nice, so I wrote this blog.

Highly Recommended.

Sunday, November 22, 2009



I love John Cusack and I like the end of the world, so why wouldn't I like this movie?

well... I wish I would have known going into the movie that it would be a Comedy. This wasn't a great action movie, sure a lot of shit blows up and the world that you currently live in is torn apart... but the dialog of this movie really throws me off.

We got a guy who's ex and kids live with a new guy and all of the sudden shit goes wrong.. (obviously when John has the kids for the weekend) and then they meet a crazy guy (Woody) and he knows something about maps and super secret ships. OH which turn out to be ARKS, such noah and you twinsies. Then they spend the movie racing to the arks, once inside, obviously something has to go wrong, which it does. but like any hero, John saves the movie. (because he's awesome)

This movie was entertaining only being I found it to be ridiculous.

Not Recommended.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Taking Woodstock


yeah right I wouldn't see this movie.



Do people not like the movie Office Space? I don't think I really want to know the answer to that... but I was pretty excited when I saw the preview for Extract, I like Kristen Wiig and I like Jason Bateman so it should be a pretty good time.... right?

oh, sooooo boring. I did not find this movie that funny, I am not a huge fan of Mila whatever and I'm guess I'm not a fan of where Mike Judge is going with his movies... I have seen a lot of movies, I like a lot of terrible movies, I hated Idiocracy and that tv show the Goode Family was so horrible... WTF Mike Judge.

This is a story about a guy who owns a extract company, he has a wife that isn't really into having sex with him, he's got new cleavage roaming around the factory and a wife who's interest in the pool boy is sparked easily. It gets serious for a moment but I don't really remember much else... it didn't leave me wanting more, I just wanted it to end basically.

ps. what the hell is that movie poster...? jesus h christ

Not Recommended.

Inglourious Basterds


Holy shit. I'm not even sure I know what to say, this movie was AWESOME, I saw it 3 times in the theater and each time was better than the last.

This might be my favorite Tarantino movie, if not #1, then a close 2nd.

This movie has everything you want, babes (brad pitt, eli roth, diane kruger), killing nazi's, blood, guts and glory. You've got Brad Pitt leading a team of Basterds in a nazi germany and killing nazi's by the boat load. Half the movie is in French, which was pretty cool.

I feel like if you missed out on this movie, then you missed out on being American.

Highly Recommended.

Where the Wild Things Are


When I first heard they were making this 48 page children's book a movie I was a little confused and a little hesitant on seeing it. I don't think I had this book when I was a kid, so I'm not one of the thousands of people who were obsessed with this phenomenon, but I generally like Spike Jonze; and I wanted to see James Gandolfini as a fuzzy monster.

My friend Ryan and I saw this movie in IMAX, and it was pretty sweet, the visuals are really what kept me intrigued the whole time. Along with a overly depressed Alexander (the ram looking monster) who was often much like a friend of ours, humorous in a sad puppy kind of way.

If you're not familiar with the book or haven't seen the movie, it's about a kid who is a little jerk to his mom and runs away to an imaginary island, dressed as a wolf (of course), he encounters monsters and basically pressures them into being their king, he then dreams up a big fort and makes the monsters build it for him (like slaves basically) and then comes between a fighting monster couple. Thanks for adding a love story line to this children's story, it wasn't really needed and at some points made me feel slightly uncomfortable. Max realizes that he misses his mom and returns home leaving his monster adventures behind.

Again this movie was beautiful, I thought Catherine O'Hare was a perfect fit for her monster and James Gandolfini brought a little bit of Tony Soprano scariness to his monster.

ps. there was also this wonderful new Alice in Wonderland trailer.


Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant


My friend Julie's friend raved about this movie to Julie and we decided to give it a try, I mean why not, we like vampire's and we like John C Reilly, we knew it would probably be cheesy but we hoped for entertaining.

I fell asleep half way through.

We've got a kid obsessed with spiders and his BFF is obsessed with bats, but there is a twist! (obviously) To save his BBF's life, Darren had to trade his mortal soul, yadda yadda yadda. There is a monkey girl, some older vampires looking to fight some 'evil vampires'... I mean if Willem Dafoe signed on for the movie, there has to be something about it that's intriguing... nothing that held my attention.

I'm told that the books series for this movie(s) are better than what was adapted to screen, but I wouldn't really waste my time.

Not Recommended.

Paranormal Activity


I've always been fascinated by ghost stories but they're hard for me to watch, I usually have to keep my blanket or hoodie covering my eyes for a while to even make it through. I'm not sure why I thought seeing this movie would be a good idea, maybe because it was close to Halloween, or because Julie and I decided it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon and we'd totally be ok... Well no matter how I spin it to myself, this movie was terrifying.

A couple in San Diego starts experiencing weird bumps in the night, the heroic boyfriend decides it would be a great idea to film what happens while they sleep... Although at first the hauntings don't happen to the boyfriend directly, they start evolving more and more into a horrifying situation that he can't ignore, but don't worry he decides to antagonize it. SMART.

Julie and I were clutching onto each other most of the movie, screaming at any chance we got and literally terrified the last 45 minutes.

What a great back story, this movie was filmed for $15,000, on 1 video camera (from the actors POV), and has made millions. Did we mention that there are only 2 actors in the whole movie?

Believe the hype, this movie was scary!

Highly Recommended.

Couples Retreat


Looking at the cast for this movie made me laugh immediately, seeing the preview for this movie made me laugh some more... seeing this movie... didn't really make me laugh that much.

I LOVE Vince Vaughn by himself, add his sidekick Jon Favreau in the mix and you're asking for a great comedy... I can't even get started on how funny Jason Bateman is... so why did this movie flop?

We've got 4 couples; 1 has young kids, 1 can't make kids, 1 hates each other and 1 is a rebound couple. They're all buddies and the couple that can't make kids decides they need some therapy, but no Dr.'s office is good enough for them, they've found a beautiful island where they can all go and fight with each other. Sounds wonderful.

If you want to see the funny parts of the movie, you can just watch the trailer.

Not Recommended.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Invention of Lying


I love Ricky Gervais, this man has proven himself with bringing us such wonderful television like The Office and Extras, but this movie fell flat. I was left bored and unamused. I hate to say that!

When I heard about the movie I thought only good things, I mean Ricky Gervais with Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner and a guest appearance by Martin Starr!... I was bound to enjoy myself.

A man who is short, plump and not wealthy lives in a world where people cannot tell lies, he some how breaks the rules and lies to his mother who is ill, his life then spirals into a world where he is the mouth piece for a 'Higher Being'... I mean come on, this has comedy written all over it... sike.

I only found Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais to be funny in the movie, and even then it was seldom. I could make a joke about not being able to lie to you about this movie because of the subject, but that would just be ridiculous.

Not Recommended.

New York, I Love You


I knew nothing about this movie before seeing the movie poster at the theatre, I chose to see it with two girl friends because of the BIG cast.

I would compare this movie to Love Actually in the way that there are multiple story lines (11 I believe) in which they all intertwine.. Some are humorous, one I found to be creepy, one I found to be confusing and some of the others were more dramatic, but don't worry, all of them were romantic!

I found this movie to be so interesting, the 11, 10 minute stories were all written, produced and directed by different people. It's said that the various filmmakers were asked to adhere to three guidelines: They had only 24 hours to shoot, a week to edit and needed to give the sense of a particular neighborhood.

Highly Recommended.

Whip It


I was a little iffy on this movie when I first heard about it but I was glad I went and saw it.
Would Drew Barrymore's first directing job be a flop or a great success? I'd have to say it was a great success.

It's not really a story we haven't heard before, awkward girl lies about her age to do something her parents would be upset by, she excels, a devious counterpart threatens to tattle and the lies she's spun unravel in a big way.

Although it's not a new story, it was hilarious and stared an all-star cast. Who doesn't want to hate Juliette Lewis? What guy (or girl) wouldn't want to root for a group of scantily clad women rolling around and beating the crap out of each other?


Saturday, November 14, 2009



I'm not so good with blood and gore, but when I saw the preview for this movie it reminded me of Shaun of the Dead, basically more humor than gore so that I'd be able to sit through it with minimal eye covering.
This movie is definitely at the top of my list for best comedy of 2009.

When you have a whole world being engulfed by zombies, and you're trying to survive, I'd like to think that I too would tag along with a grumpy Woody Harrelson and two misfit sisters. I could only hope that I would find love while double tapping.

I would never ruin the surprise guest of this movie, but I will say that it was the best movie surprise I've experienced in a long time.

I saw this movie three times in the theatre and each time it was even more funny.

Highly Recommended.

Friday, November 13, 2009

In the beginning

One thing that I can do pretty well is watch movies, I’m not the best at seeing the scary ones but I’ll leave that to the experts.

I’d say for the past 24 Mondays (aka 6 months) I’ve been coming to work and looking forward to my morning coffee walk with my two coworker (rafael and gordon, sup).. I’ve regaled them with my movie reviews. I’m not sure that they’re always listening, but they have been trying to get me to make a blog where I review the movies I see.

So, here I am. I’ll do a little back log of movies I’ve seen recently and then start reviewing the current ones.

***Please be advised that the movie reviews to follow are of my own personal opinion, in no way are they facts. Except if you disagree, then you’re wrong.