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Archive for December, 2012

Killing Them Softly- Ugh disappointing, slow, randomly political with an amazing cast that was wasted on this movie

 

With a cast including Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, and Ray Liotta, this movie had amazing potential to be great.  Its the whole reason i went to see it assuming these guys would make it memorable.

But wow i was wrong…the movie was slow..and sometimes didnt know if it wanted to be a little comedic and funny or not.  Then sometimes it went to gangster action and bloody but then back to a slow pace.  Even James Gandolfini’s character was almost unnecessary – he was only in the movie for like a total of 15 minutes and then randomly wasnt even shown again..we never got to see his exit or anything.

On top of that..from the opening credits and throughout the entire film, they literally had political messages from President Bush and President Obama around the bailout, at the most random times and would just make everyone in the audience focus on what they were saying.  Part of me thought it was nice that they were reminding us who started all of that stuff, but then it starting to become overkill.  I kept asking myself why they were doing it, and assumed there would be some huge connection at the end.

The hilarious part was it seems like all of that political background and audio playing was all just to set up one simple line for Brad Pitt’s character to say at the very end about America being a business.  What a joke

I hate saying this especially with great actors in the film..but you should skip this and thank me later

 

Ninis

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Red Dawn- Decent except one horrible casting mistake!

 

I loved the original Red Dawn from back in the 80’s with the amazing Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen etc.  So when i saw they had a remake i was really looking forward to it.  And regardlesss of the bad reviews, it was actually a pretty decent movie.  At the least worth seeing on demand or on DVD.

BUT, i had one huge problem with it…they completely mis-cast one of the leads (the role of the little brother).  I dont know who the actor that got the part was related to or who he slept with, but wow he was the worst! Horrible facial expressions, annoying voice, everything was just off- he didnt even remotely resemble Chris Hemsworth to be related in the film.

Whats even funnier to me is they had Josh Hutcherson in this movie, obviously it was shot before Hunger Games gave me bigger fame, but he’s a decent actor and has had a few good roles when he was younger.  He should have clearly been the lead and been in the role of the little brother.  So it was a little hard for me to not think of that the entire movie, but if you can get over that, its not a horrible film.  Go for the action and for the remake status..but keep your expecations low and you should like it

Ninis Samuel


Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 2- Good action and great close to the series

 

I gotta say, lots of my friends never want to see the Twilight movies because they say its kinda cheesy. Personally i love any movies with things like super powers or the supernatural, regardless of the romantic tween story stuff involved if you have Vampires and Werewolves im sure sure gonna see it.  I’ve always liked the movies for that reason, a decent amount of action in each.

But WOW, the last movie was the best of the bunch, the entire movie was action and essentially them prepping for the big battle.  Even better was the actual full fledged battle scene at the end that was awesome!  I wont ruin the ending but i even liked the twist.

Definitely a must see

 

Ninis

 

 


Life of Pi: Great movie and story with an slightly annoying ending

 

Life of Pi is the first Ang Lee movie i’ve seen since he ruined Hulk.  However, the trailer was good enough to make me give him another chance.  The story itself really takes you in, and the entire movie kept you interested.  It was very reminiscent of Castaway with Tom Hanks.  I did love some of the historical storyline about Pondicherry in India. ..and there were a decent number of funny parts up front especially with the main characters multi-religious views!

I will say though the ending annoyed me some.  After a great drama filled story, at the every end the story made you question everything you saw and whether it was all an analogy of what really happened or not.  Sure this is part of the book maybe, but i think for film it would have been nice to just end things vs make us question everything we just saw.

Its definitely still worth seeing and a great movie, i guess Ang Lee won a few points  back with me

Ninis