Month: March 2012

Barry Munday (2010)

Barry Munday (Patrick Wilson) wakes up in a hospital one day, six hours after he was last awake. He’s told that they couldn’t be saved. He questions who “they” are. and then learns the horrible truth: His testicles are gone. For a man whose life revolves around charming and “conquering” women, this is the worst possible thing that could happen. How did he lose them? Someone walked into a movie theater with a trumpet and … that’s all he can remember. Trauma can impair memory. It turns out that before this incident, Barry was involved with a woman named Ginger (Judy Greer). She is now pregnant, and is wanting him to pay child support and whatnot. He doesn’t actually remember their one night stand, but with this new news, he decides to actually step up and act like a real father. And yet, she doesn’t want him to. Actually, I don’t know what she wants at all. After they meet, she says she doesn’t want his money. Whatever. There’s a kid on the way, and we’re going to have to go through a romantic comedy in order for everything to clear itself up. The whole “no more testicles” angle doesn’t really play into things after its opening. Maybe that event made him want to become more of a good person, but that correlation isn’t actually made. Missed opportunity is...

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Movie Review of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (2012)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an utter delight. Here is a satisfying comedy unafraid to have a heart and a brain, and it has no interest in toilet humour or cheap gags. It’s one for the mature crowd, as it earns lots of belly-laughs through genuine wit and doesn’t shy away from the inherent dramatic elements of its story. Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) has given this picture a warm tea-and-biscuits type of charm, rendering it suitable for older, more cynical moviegoers probably disenchanted with today’s filmic landscape. Add to this an all-star British cast including the likes of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film you cannot miss. Anyone of any age will have fun with it. The story starts in England, where a varied bunch of retirees begin looking to make their autumnal years easier on the wallet. There’s the recently-widowed Evelyn (Dench) who’s awash with debts; Muriel (Smith), who requires a hip replacement; Graham (Wilkinson) who’s looking to revisit his past and confront old demons; couple Douglas (Nighy) and Jean (Wilton) whose marriage is under strain; and singletons Norman (Pickup) and Madge (Imrie) in search of adventure and love. They all come together in India, where they stay at the seemingly enticing Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel has fallen...

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Wicker Park (2004)

If Wicker Park is to be remembered for anything, it’s for being overly confusing in order to draw out the plot. If told in a straightforward manner, it probably would have been a decent but overly forgettable film. Our plot is presented with multiple flashbacks, often disorienting both the viewer and characters as nobody is sure exactly when everything takes place. I’m sure of this: The story takes place over two years. Told chronologically, it begins with a man named Matthew (Josh Hartnett) seeing a woman named Lisa (Diane Kruger) on the street. He stalks her, follows her to her dance performance, and masquerades as a shoe salesman when she goes into a shoe store. It’s quite an odd introduction to his character, but it’s a nice one for hers. At the final location, when he’s trying to get her number (by claiming they can special order a shoe in her size and he’ll personally call her when it comes in), we learn that she knew he was following her, but decides to give him a chance anyway. Guys, take note: Women you stalk might be okay with it. Some months (or maybe years) later, and Lisa has left. Or something. I’m kind of unsure at this point. She leaves for a dance thing in Europe, but for some reason (which is made clear later on), doesn’t tell Matthew....

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The Devil Inside (2012) (15)

The Devil Inside (2012) directed by William Brent Bell is a horror/ documentary style film set mainly in Rome Italy in 2009 about Isabelle Rossi’s quest to find answers concerning her mother Maria Rossi, who was sent to an asylum in Italy after she murdered 3 people in the middle of them trying to perform an exorcism on her. Staring Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama and Suzan Crowley as the main cast. Fernanda Andrade plays Isabelle Rossi the grief stricken and confused daughter of Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) the woman who murdered 3 people during her exorcism. After a not guilty verdict was announced due to insanity, Maria was shipped off to Italy where they are best suited to deal with her “type.” Years after the horrific murders, Isabelle not only wants answers for herself, she wants the whole world to know what has happened to her mother and  find out more about the world of exorcism. She then arms herself with documentary filmmaker Michael Schaefer (Ionut Grama) to film everything they can. While there she finds both sceptics of demonic possessions and passionate believers such as Father Ben Rawlings ( Simon Quarterman) and Father David Feane (Evan Helmuth) in helping those who are possessed, but are bound by Vatican Law that has limited the amount of exorcisms done. As both Priests but their fellowship on the line,...

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Rated: In Time (2011)

“For a few to remain immortal, many must die.”

“In Time seems like a good idea. Your characters are human wind-up toys who fear of running out of juice. This causes them to do questionable and exceedingly dangerous things which makes a solid basis for an action film. Next, wrap it up into a seemingly high-brow dystopian science-fiction setting, one that parodies recent real-life social trends and you’ve got some sort of story to back up the mindless action. Presto! You’ve got a hit!”

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