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October 26th, 2003

09:23 am
i saw
scary movie 3

last night.

Let's just say, Scary Movie 3 wasn't everything it was cracked up to be.
While good for some cheap laughs...they were cheaper than the last ones.
We bordered of REALLY reaching for a semi-coherent stream of thoughts to MISSING that goal completely.

If I were you, I wouldn't shell out the $$ to see it in a theatre, unless you are really trying to just ignore the world and drop your IQ about 30 points.
however, I WOULD definately recommend it to be a rental for "dinner and a cheesy movie night" with yourself and some friends.

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May 19th, 2003

01:43 am - 3 Reviews in One
Ok this weekend we had a blockbuster night. So here goes:

The Truth About Charlie: Very interesting flick. The main chick doesn't have any clue who to trust and the end is fairly twisted. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Rating: 8/10

The Hot Chick: HILARIOUS! Any movie that has a snotty ass cheerleader turn into a guy who's wanted for multiple robberies is funny. Tons of sexual undertones and loads of laughs. And let's face it Matthew Lawrence is too cute. But even guys would like this.
Rating: 9.5/10

Bridget Jones Diary: I can only hope that I find someone as cool as Colin Firth's character in this movie. I went from being doubled over in laughter to being utterly mortified for the main character. Very few movies can move me that way and so this was a good one.
Rating: 9/10
Current Mood: awake

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May 17th, 2003

11:18 pm - The Matrix Reloaded
Alright, so I *finally* saw that new Matrix-y thing (shut your pie hole, you!). And before I go and totally pan it, I'll say some words in it's credit. It actually kept me entertained. Not a single "I wonder what time it is.. I wonder when it'll be over..." crossed my mind.

But then again, there was much to dislike, most rooted in the averageness of it all. The visual effects didn't do anything for me. I mean, there were obvious improvements over the origninal, but nothing spectacular. It was a big bla-bla-bla-we-can-do-anything-with-CGI-now-bla-bla-bla-fest, methinks. I won't go as far as saying that it was a case of style over substance, but I think it was much less substantial than the original.

Also, as cristalyte pointed out afterwards, it didn't have as many memorable lines as the original. I agreed with this, but perhaps this has something to do with the number of times I've seen the first.

Also also, they said "shit" too much. It would have been a nice change of pace had Neo or Trinity... or or or.... or Morpheus exclaimed "fiddlesticks" or "aw, poo" at least once. Alright, so it'd lose sci-fi credibility, but fuck it. Damned if I care about that.

Also^3: fucking product placements!~!%(!&%(!7 ARGH. Pisses me off. I hate Cadillac, I hate Cadillac, I hate'emIhate'emIhate'em. I should join that 'fuckyoulist' LJ community just to say "Fuck Cadillac for assraping movies." Jeebus, do super-powered beings drive anything but Cadillacs anymore? Does the fact that they all drive nice cars (read: drive, not own) really make them cooler? During the film, I turned to Crystal and said (among other smartass things) something along the lines of "You know, if it were up to me, they'd be driving shitty cars. Like a Civic or something. The fact that they have mad driving sk33lz means a lot less if they're driving an expensive car that presumably handles pretty well to begin with." To which she replied "Yea, they should drive Pintos."

I also kinda wish that they'd wait another four years or so to make/release the next one. Their reasoning for not doing so is obvious: even without talk of a sequel, The Matrix was still fresh in everyone's minds. Seriously, that movie alone probably caused more people to buy DVD players than any other. Will Reloaded still be fresh in people's minds in another four years? I doubt it. Like I said, the CGI effects and stuff aren't as memorable as the first. Shit, the two most pertinent images I have burned in my mind from the first are 1) Neo bending over backwards (quite literally) to dodge the bullets and 2) the jump w/ the camera-scrolling-in-a-circular-fashion shot. Pay no creedence to the fact that I watched the original again this morning.

All bitching aside it didn't blow me away or anything. It had a tough act to follow and whatnot and it met my expectations for a sequel. 7.5/10

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April 29th, 2003

11:24 am - Zoolander
Ah, in fina;s week, we all need movies that don't involve too much thinking. So, for the whole week, I'll be reviewing movies that aren't (or maybe are) thought-provoking, insightful, or "deep." Instead, I'll be reviewing movies that are just plain fun. The best way to start this off is with the always-funny Ben Stiller in the movie Zoolander.

Derek Zoolander is everyone's favorite male model. He's been on covers and modeling shows for everyone in the fashion business. However, when he loses the coveted Male Model of the Year award to a younger counterpart, Derek decides that he needs to rethink his life. At the same time, a regime change in Malaysia causes the major fashion designers to panic. They decide to use Zoolander in their evil plot to assassinate the newly-elected Prime Minister. They enlist the aid of Jacobin Mugatu, an up-in-coming fashion designer, to convince Derek to join their plot. A magazine reporter, fresh from doing a negative report on Zoolander, investigates, finds out Mugatu's plot, and tries to keep Derek from killing the prime minister.

The movie itself is definitely one to see during final exam week or during any high stress week. It's funny and non-thought-provoking. Ben Stiller is, as always a great comedian. He teams up with Owen Wilson who he worked with in Meet the Parents. Will Ferell is very humorous as Mugatu. The movie's premise is definitely not one that was conceived by a creative genius, but it adds to the hilarity of Zoolander.

Ratting: 8/10

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April 15th, 2003

02:35 pm - Random Announcement from Your Friendly, Neighborhood Moderator
Just to let all of the members know, the movie reviews can be from movies that you recently have seen on DVD or VHS. A lot of people may want to get a recommendation before they go to Blockbuster and rent a movie or something.

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April 14th, 2003

02:55 pm - Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
Today will be intersting since I will be reviewing a foreign film. It is a German film called Lola rennt, or Run Lola Run in the United States. As with any foreign film, in my opinion, one should watch it with English subtitles and not dubbed. This film is about a young lady named Lola (excellently portrayed by Franka Potente) who finds out that her boyfriend, Manni is in deep trouble. He is supposed to give a crime boss 20000 deutsch marks, but he leaves the money on a subway car where a homeless man takes it. Now, Manni has 20 minutes to come up with the money or he will suffer a terrible fate. Lola has to act fast to bring Manni the money. The main point of this story is not the events of the story; instead, fate, which in this movie gives three different scenarios, is the main focus.

Lola rennt is sensual roller coaster. The events, although similar in all of the scenarios, have subtle differences that make each scenario unique from its predecessor. Fueled by electronic music, the movie seems more fast-paced than it actually is. Franka Potente is phenomenal in her portrayal of Lola, the time-burdened anti-heroine of this movie. She eventually co-stars with Matt Damon in the movie The Bourne Identity. The biggest drawback to this movie is that it is very artistic and can be confusing to the everyday movie-goer. If you are willing to see any foreign film, definitely give Lola Rennt a consideration.

Rating: 8.5/10

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April 13th, 2003

11:29 pm
OK I recently, i.e. tonight, re-saw Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Now granted I'm a Harry Potter fan AND a fantasy nut but I truly think the Harry Potter series can appeal to anyone.

It's got magic, adventure, tons of antics, and even a couple of twists. Personally I love watching these movies again and again. So I hope you do too.

Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: John Mayer "Your Body is A Wonderland"

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April 12th, 2003

05:55 pm - Pi (1998)
IMDb page

The short
Obsessed mathematician struggles to find a pattern in pi and apply it to the stock market while being pursued by both religious and capitalist thugs.

The Long
Very nice if you like grainy, high-contrast black and white and can sit through 84 minute of it. I can, so it's no big deal. In fact, I think it worked.

I suppose it's easier to compare this movie with Requiem for a Dream than any other, being that they were both directed by Darren Aronofsky. When I first saw Pi a little over a year ago, I had still yet to see Requiem, and was obviously unable to draw any parallels. However, now that I've been "enlightened" or whatever, they're clear to see. In short: watch both. But watch Pi first. My reasoning for this is simple: Requiem is a lot more slick and colorful, and actually more visually appealing. Pi, on the other hand is gritty.

As for the soundtrack, I can't exactly say I'm a big fan of techno (or electronica, or whatever you'd classify it as). But I think I'm pretty receptive to it nonetheless and I can easily understand how it relates to the number-based theme of the movie.

There's some (potentially) disturbing imagery within, not quite to the extent of Requiem (I hate myself for continually comparing it to that movie), but still something I wouldn't really show my little sister. It's rated R for a reason.

Alright, I think I'm rambling a bit. One disappointment is the lack of an Anamorphic widescreen version; you'll have to deal with a 4:3 letterboxed version until another DVD version is released (the two available now, the Region 1 and 2 versions are not enhanced for widescreen).


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April 7th, 2003

03:58 pm - Orange County
Today's review is on the MTV movie Orange County. The movie is about a teenage boy who is at the top of his class. He decides, after reading a book, to major in writing at Stanford University. A school counselor tells him that he is a shoe-in for Stanford and shouldn't apply for another school, which he doesn't. However, he finds out that he did not get accepted. Confused and irritated, he visits the same school counselor and finds out that she sent the wrong transcript to Stanford. His family tries to help him, but, because of their "quirks," they tend to hinder him from being accepted. He decides that the only way he can correct the problem is by going to Stanford and pleading his case to the dean of admissions. He, along with his protesting girlfriend and perpetually-high brother, set out from their home in Orange County to convince the dean.

MTV has been known for creating movies that tend to appeal to teenagers, and they succeed in Orange County. The cast is very good, especially John Lithgow as the workaholic father Bud Brumder and Catherine O'Hara as the always-drunk mother Cindy. The movie itself, however, had a very cliche storyline. It was pretty much a coming-of-age movie with a few laughs. Sure, I did laugh a lot througout the movie, but it did not help carry the cliche storyline. After one sees behind the jokes and innuendo, it is a dull movie. Watch it before a big test or high stress event. It is definitely a stress-reliever.

Rating: 6/10

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April 5th, 2003

12:16 pm - Catch Me If You Can
Ok, first of all, I want to apologize for not updating yesterday. Too much stuff going on. But, here's my review for the day. It's on the Leonardo DiCaprio movie Catch Me If You Can. The movie is based on the autobiography of Frank Abagnale Jr. He was a top check counterfeiter and master of disguise in the 1960s, but he didn't plan to become one. Since he had to leave his comfortable home in the suburbs of New York to its inner city, his life was in a downward spiral. His dad (Christopher Walken) was being investigated by the IRS for not paying taxes, and his mother had an affair with one of his dad's friends. Frank runs away from home and, in the span of 6 years, posed as an airplane pilot, a school journalist, a doctor, a lawyer, and a secret service agent. Meanwhile, an FBI agent has been on his trail by following the fraudulent checks he had been writing. Frank, although he doesn't want to continue deceiving, gets in too deep and finds himself with no choice but to continue his deception or go to prison.

I had heard many good things about this movie before I went to see it. Naturally, though, with any Leo DiCaprio movie, I was skeptical. I was, yet again, amazingly surprised. The movie was very good. The acting was superb, especially Walken. Chrisopher Walken's performance outshined everybody else when he was on screen. Tom Hanks was great as FBI agent Carl Hanratty. His performance really made me believe that he was an FBI agent. I can't talk too much about the story, but it did blow my mind that it actually happened. Overall, a good movie to watch, although it was a bit long at 2 and a half hours. Even if you don't like DiCaprio, see this movie.

Rating: 8/10

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