Month: September 2011

Buried (2010)

Buried is a film that not everyone is going to like, but also one that everyone has the potential to enjoy. It’s a film that, no matter how well it is described to you, what genres of films you like best, or any other factors, you won’t be able to gauge whether or not you will like or appreciate this film. As a matter of fact, the only thing I can do in writing a review about it is to inform you of what it has to offer. Watching it is the only sure way to know if you will enjoy it. This isn’t one that you can just look at and make that decision, or at least, that’s my belief. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy, a man who wakes up in a coffin buried a few feet underground. He had been working as a truck driver, delivering random items to citizens of Iraq, when his convoy was attacked and he was captured. At his disposal, he has a lighter and a cell phone that has about half of its battery life left. He is called by the people who captured him, and they tell him that he has a couple of hours to secure $5 million, or he will be left to die in this coffin. Now that is what I call an interesting premise,...

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Troll Hunter-Review

            Three college students journey out to Norway to do a film on the town’s bear hunters. They feel that they have a story when there is only one hunter without a required license to hunt and no one knows where he goes at night. The three students and the unlicensed hunter cooperate together to get the story because the students will get a good grade and the hunter wants the public to know what he has been doing in the forest every night. Excited and anxious, the three go into the forest waiting to see what the hunter has been up to. They soon find out that he has been hunting trolls. Startled and confused, they run for their lives with the troll on their heels. Will they survive? Why doesn’t the public know about this? Will the hunter protect them or use them as bait to capture the troll?    Review:               Well, I thought the film was okay. It is another Blair Witch/Paranormal Activity type of film where they try to get the viewer to believe the acts really happened. That concept gets old really fast. I like the animation of the trolls; many looked life-like, kind of. I could do without the actors acting in the film because it just tired me. The script was bland and the scenery looked staged or just there,...

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Hall Pass

Hall Pass  (105 min) These guys are truly hopeless. The movie, though, is just as hopeless as the male characters that play in it. The comedy is pushed too hard to where it is just trying to be funny but is not. It is a raunchy-filled comedy. You know the ones where the main characters are usually guys, usually friends, and usually are exchanging dirty, pervasive, and sexual comments like it’s a contest. It is too much in this film. It tries too hard to be like the “Hangover” which it is nowhere near close to. Quite simply these two guys, played by Jason Saudekis and Owen Wilson are given a weekend hall pass from their wives, who are fed up with always catching them eye-banging every other decent looking female that so happens to cross their wandering gaze. So they give in and give them the opportunity to get rid of their persistent urges.  By the way, if you did not already know due to today’s society, a hall pass is basically just a free pass to do whatever. That is right. That means that they get to go out and have sex with whomever they want and the best part is there is no catch right? Well sort of, but what these guys do not know and what their wives both realize is that they are both...

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Moneyball   (133 min) This movie is all business. Literally it is all business. The core of the movie follows the behind the scenes of the incredibly true story of how Billy Beane, along with the help of Peter Brand, made a team statistically with Oakland Athletics and how they accomplished a 20 game winning streak. He also did this, might I add, with the team who had the lowest salary cap in the game. Do not go into this movie expecting it to have a lot of thrilling sports scenes where it shows the games being played in full. Director Bennett Miller chooses but a few carefully crafted and selected scenes to put in involving the actual action of the game. Most of it is smart dialogue involving Brad Pitt, who plays Billy Beane and Jonah Hill, who plays Peter Brand. They are both convincing in their roles. Brad Pitt plays Billy with determination and confidence. Jonah Hill plays Brand in a reserved and quiet manner which seems to work perfectly in this situation. The one thing I did not enjoy as a baseball fanatic myself is that some of the players did not look anywhere near close to what the actual players look like. I mean they could have tried a little harder at least but that is minor. The movie is well made, and it keeps our...

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Drive (Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston) REVIEW

Title: Drive Studio/Distributor: FilmDistrict/OddLot Entertainment/Bold Films Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Kaden Leos, Jeff Wolfe, James Biberi, Russ Tamblyn, Joey Bucaro, Tiara Parker, Tim Trella, Jim Hart. Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Writer: Hossien Amini (based on the book by James Sallis) Synopsis: Moonlighting as a getaway driver for criminals, a Hollywood stunt driver finds his life in danger when a contract is put out on him after a heist goes wrong, causing him to go to extreme measures to protect himself and his neighbors, the girlfriend and son of the man involved in the heist. Bottom Line: At first, when I learn of “Drive”, my expectations were met with curiousity and skepticism. Curiousity because of the footage I saw in the redband trailer. A brutal & tense revenge tale that looks like something out of international waters and it looked awesome while it did looked the way it did. Also skepticism because of what I then considered to be a casting gaffe. I always thought Albert Brooks to be a funny guy, especially when playing lead villain Russ Cargill in “The Simpsons Movie”, so him playing a villain with a straightforward tone rather than dark humor didn’t exactly scream “exciting” or “game changing” to me at first. Then I saw some clips and that’s when my skepticism was raised...

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