Month: May 2011

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Boom.

Film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Actors Robert Downey Jr. Val Kilmer Michelle Monaghan Corbin Bernsen Larry Miller and others you can find yourselves. Genre Action, comedy, crime, brilliantness My plan. Short and to the point. Here’s what I think. To sum it up in three stereotypical movie advertisement adjectives, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was, hilarious, smart, and fun. The writer of the script is absolutely an astonishing man… or woman Every scene had that perfect line that would make me think for a second but would cause me to laugh at such a hilarious comment. The mix of drama and emotional romance, mixed with action, and comedy was written unbelievably well. In one scene the two main characters would finally get together as they have been waiting for the entire plot and then, Kiss kiss BANG (pun intended), cut to another hilarious situation where the two are fighting about something that happened 20 years ago. Think about this how many movies  have you seen that actually surprise you and you don’t stumble through the film knowing exactly what will happen next? Alright, so one? Maybe two? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang stunned me more than once… then again more then once in a single scene… and multiple times.  Here is another two words, Robert Downey Jr. (Jr. doesn’t count). He is hilarious! Not only did the writers give him great lines but his...

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Iron Man 2 (2010)

A not so secret superhero…  Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell & Scarlett Johansson  Directed by: Jon Favreau  Screenplay by: Justin Theroux  Plot:  After revealing his true identity to the world, Tony Stark must deal with the government attempting to steal his technology for the military as well as new foes who take a interest in bringing down Stark for good.  Verdict:  You have to give credit to Jon Favreau for sticking to his guns with his sequel to 2008’s smash-hit, Iron Man. The sense of fun in that movie really stuck with you, as did Favreau’s obvious affection for his characters. The exact same can be said about Iron Man 2. Only trouble is, whilst it may be admirable on one hand, on the other, it has also prevented Favreau from creating a superior sequel.  The obvious potential for some darker material to up the ante a little bit this time out is very much hinted at early on with Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark deperately trying to hide the fact his Iron suit is slowly poisoning him. And then there is the introduction of Mickey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko who is hell-bent on taking down Stark for good and wastes no time by launching a vicious attack on Stark at the Monaco Grand Prix, in the standout action sequence of the film. But after these early scenes, Favreau opts to keep...

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Alicia Silverstone, Where Art Thou?

 I swear I don’t know how this happens: I receive a movie from Netflix, and I have no idea why I ordered it.  Sometimes I think the little chipmunks that keep the wheels of Netflix rolling get a bit bored and randomly hurl those little red envelopes into somebody else’s queue. I can hear ‘em now, “You want ““Annie Hall?”” screw you, you’re gettin’ “”The Exorcist!””  That or I’m just losing it, which is the most logical explanation (Oh god, now I sound like Spock). Anyway, I opened one of my red envelopes the other day and gazed in wonderment at what I saw: “Blast from the Past.” What? After damn near hurling the thing across the room like a miniature Frisbee, I read the synopsis; it sounded pretty entertaining and boasted an impressive cast: Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek, Brendan Fraser, and the deal closer, Alicia Silverstone. If you haven’t seen “Blast from the Past,” it’s a quirky comedy set during the Cold War, specifically The Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Walken character (Calvin) is a “mad” scientist who’s anticipated a total nuclear (or nuuklar, as George W. would enunciate it) holocaust and has built a bomb shelter under their house.  Except this is not your father’s bomb shelter; it’s literally a replica of their house, and is stuffed to the gills with supplies.  In short, after Calvin forces...

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Movie Review of ‘Megamind’ (2010)

A late-2010 picture delivered by the DreamWorks animation factory, Megamind can best be described as Pixar’s The Incredibles meets Despicable Me. See, Megamind is a clever dissection of superhero movie conventions which functions as a character study of the supervillain. In the realm of superhero movies, there is always one given: the hero always wins. This leaves the question of what would happen if the bad guy actually won and flat-out killed the hero by some miracle (and if a studio was actually audacious enough to let a narrative play out in such a way). Megamind tackles this particular concept, and examines the life of a supervillain after he has vanquished his nemesis, finding himself free to rule, terrorise and be evil without anyone around to stop him. In a nod to 1978’s Superman, the movie begins as infant alien Megamind (Ferrell) is sent to Earth, but ends up landing in the confines of a prison where he is raised by the inmates and taught to hate good and practice evil. Meanwhile, another alien named Metro Man (Pitt) is sent to Earth, is adopted by a loving suburban family, and grows up to be the superhero to Megamind’s supervillain. By adulthood, Megamind has perfected the nemesis routine; constantly kidnapping news reporter Roxanne (Fey) and subsequently sparring with Metro Man. The routine becomes incredibly predictable…until the day Megamind actually succeeds and kills Metro Man, leaving the villainous blue-skinned alien without a...

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Insidious (2011)

Insidious begins with a very eerie sound.  It visually takes you on a journey through a creepy house and flashes images of black and white on the screen of a little boy in his bed, a tall, grandfather clock, a shadowy figure standing outside of a window…As you are being led through the house, the score suddenly changes to a shrill sounding, piercing noise as they flash the name of the movie “INSIDIOUS” across the screen.  It was off to a great start. The movie has a great, small cast.  It has a typical, American family with the good-looking, working father Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) and the quietly beautiful stay at home mom with dreams of being a musician Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne).  They have three children, Dalton (Ty Simpkins) Foster (Andrew Astor), and a new baby.  They have not unpacked everything from their recent move, and the house is full of boxes and quite cluttered.  One evening when the family is all sharing time together, Dalton runs upstairs to explore.  He curiously sees the door to the attic and decides to go inside, but it is so dark he cannot see anything.  He sees a rickety old ladder that leads up to a pull-string light.  He climbs up slowly, but hits a broken rung and falls to the ground.  He lifts his head and looks slowly behind him,...

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