Terrific. That is the one word to describe Ben Affleck's new thriller Argo. Ben Affleck sure has come a long way from Daredevil and Pearl Harbor. Gone Baby Gone was good, The Town was better, and Argo is a masterpiece. Basically, Argo is about six people who escape the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran and are being sought after by Iranian revolutionaries. Ben Affleck's character named Tony Mendez creates a plan for the C.I.A to get the people called "house guests" out of Iran. His plan is to disguise him and the house guests as a film crew scouting an exotic location for a science fiction movie called Argo. Ben Affleck is great as the troubled Mendez, and Alan Arkin and John Goodman shine as Hollywood celebrities who help Tony Mendez out. I especially liked Rory Cochrane in his role (Scanner Darkly shout out!). My suggestion? See Argo ASAP! I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Check for a new #tbt review next Thursday! Happy Viewing!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Reincarnation. Love. Hugh Grant as a cannibal. These are all things in the complex drama/science fiction/romance/adventure movie Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving and many, many more. Cloud Atlas is about multiple characters lives crossing over multiple time spans. I have to say although this was not the greatest movie ever it was actually kinda awesome. Even though the movie was over 2 hours long it kept your attention the whole way through. I never got bored of it. Also hats off to the Wachowskis who directed it with Tom Tykwer (the Wachowskis do a better job though) for making something like this so cool. The movie must have been incredibly hard to film but they pulled it off. The movie is pretty hard for me to explain to you because it involves six stories over a bunch of different times one in old islands in somewhere in the 1700's, one in 1936 England, one in 1973 San Francisco, one in present-day 2012, one in a totalitarian future in Korea, and one (my favorite story in the movie) in a post-apocalyptic future in Hawaii or somewhere. It is complex but enjoyable and confusing but awesome. Just go see it. I give Cloud Atlas 3.5 out of 5 stars. Happy Viewing!
P.S. I may review Argo today so keep watch!
P.S. I may review Argo today so keep watch!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
For this weeks Throwback Thursday review I am reviewing the 2009 Denzel Washington post-apocalyptic thriller The Book of Eli. Denzel Washington is a pretty badass guy. He's starred in a butt load of movies, some great, some mediocre, and some awful. The Book of Eli was maybe a tad above mediocre. It was cool, enjoyable enough, with a decent plot. Although boring at some times, (mostly the beginning) it was still kinda kick-ass. Now this was no Oscar winner and we know that, but it was an interesting action movie and Mila Kunis was in it so that was a payoff. Basically it's about a dude named Eli, (Denzel Washington) who was told by God where the last known Bible is and is going east to find a safe haven from a war-torn post-apocalypse America. Along the way he meets Solara, (Mila Kunis) and is chased by cannibals and a power-hungry criminal Carnegie (Gary Oldman). If you wanna watch something were you don't have to think a ton but you don't wanna watch some shit like Transformers 2, this is a pretty good choice. Keep watch for a new review because I am hoping to watch either Cloud Atlas, Fun Size, or Argo. If I have my way I will review Cloud Atlas or maybe I'll do a double review. Happy Viewing!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Yikes! This movie sure was scary, but not in the way you think. Paranormal Activity 4 was scary in how bad it was and in how similar it was to the last two movies. It's main protagonist is a 15 year old girl named Alex who lives in Nevada. A new neighbor moves in and the boy acts very strange, when his mom has to go to the hospital the boy has to stay with Alex and his family. Alex hears bumps, sets up cameras, her little brother starts acting weird, blah blah blah. At the end (SPOILER) everyone dies and everything goes pretty much as expected. This one was less scary because the "real footage" element was taken away when Alex's boyfriend is played by a fairly well known actor. (Matt Shively) This movie was not scary and even boring at times. Don't waste your money. I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars. Look out for a new Throwback Thursday review next Thursday. I am thinking of reviewing Book of Eli. Happy Viewing!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
For this Throwback Thursday review I will be reviewing the hilarious comedy Team America: World Police. It stars Matt Stone and Trey Parker and is directed by Trey Parker. I thought this movie was incredibly funny. It is about a Broadway star who is recruited by a government agency who tries to stop terrorism with hilarious results. I thought this was one of the funnier movies of the decade. I especially loved the funny songs like America, Fuck Yeah! and when Kim Jong Ill sings about how lonely he is. I highly recommend it. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Watch this movie!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
As part of my first annual Thursday tradition I am reviewing a movie not in theaters. This is Throwback Thursday. Today I am reviewing the 2006 sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder. Directed by Richard Linklater. This great flick was based on the book by legendary science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. I have both read and watched them both and have to say I loved them both. They held your attention and showed you what life would be like as a drug addict and dealer living in an authoritarian society. The characters had so much depth and you got so into the story, it was art. Keanu Reeves in one of his best performances and Robert Downey Jr. just completing owning his role created a great experience. It was a cool movie. Another cool thing was the movie was shot in a technique called rotoscoping, where you film regularly than animate over it. The movie and book were both terrific and I strongly recommend them. I hope to review Seven Psychopaths tomorrow or over the weekend so keep watch!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Yesterday I saw the revenge action sequel Taken 2. It starred Liam Neeson as the ass-kicking protagonist, Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA father who killed a lot of sex traffickers in the first film, Maggie Grace as his beautiful daughter, and Famke Jenssen as his slightly annoying ex-wife. Basically The relatives of the people Bryan Mills killed in the first movie kidnap Bryan and his wife as revenge and try to kidnap his daughter (again) but she remains un-kidnapped.(that is a word right?) I thought it was kinda similar to the first movie with maybe a little more action. The plot was so-so but Liam Neeson made up for everything by kicking so much ass that it made the movie a lot better. Of course it's not Oscar material but what were you expecting, it was fun to watch and wasn't boring. I give it 3 out of 5 stars and 4.5 out of 5 ass-kicking stars! I hope to review Argo or Seven Psychopaths next week but might not be able to. I also am going to start a segment which I call Throwback Thursdays were I review an older not in theaters movie. I also am going to start ending reviews with home viewing recommendations of movies to watch at home, today's is Blade Runner. A great sci-fi noir thriller loosely based on the great Philip K. Dick novel. Happy Watching!
I recently went to the movie theater to see the film Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an assassin for the mob who takes out targets sent back from the future. When the mob wants to "close the loop" they send your future self back and you kill yourself. You do get a decent amount of gold and get to be retired for the next 30 years. When Joe's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) future self (Bruce Willis) comes back before Joe can kill Old Joe, Old Joe escapes and action, drama, and excitement ensues. Emily Blunt is also good as a protective farming mother who is the mom of a very special child. Old Joe tries to kill her son for reasons I won't say so not to ruin the movie and Joe tries to stop it. I thought the movie was very well made and very awesome. Although it gave you a headache at times, it had a very satisfying ending. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.