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Quick Lesson, Never Walk Through Mirrors Or Fall Down Rabbit Holes

In Fantasy on November 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Had to catch up on the fantasy movies that have neither a Potter or a Hobbit in them, which meant I had to see Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Terry Gilliam’s THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS. One I felt was a clever take on a classic story, with over the top visuals and performances (especially of the Johnny Depp variety); the other was a confusing take on retreads that the visual director has taken before and was shot like a bad TV movie.

And I just realized those descriptions won’t help you figure out which is which… Read the rest of this entry »

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Can’t Make Billions Of Dollars Without Making A Few Enemies

In drama on October 1, 2010 at 3:11 am

THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a fantastic movie full of reprehensible characters and actions that makes me want to delete my Facebook account – found here. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin create a fantastic and beautifully shot story about a young man that forsakes every relationship in his life because he wants to make websites that help connecting to people easier. Which makes it sound a lot more altruistic than he ever actually is. The cast is magnificent. The movie is also really funny. Which keeps it from being terrifying and depressing. (Wouldn’t it make you sad if your friend ditched you in order to make hundreds of millions of dollars, and that now, almost everyone in the world is associated with that person?)

Jesse Eisenberg uses his nerd powers for evil here, much like Michael Cera used his for hipster cool in SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Which in both cases, works very well for seeing the actors expand on their normal repertoire, while not really acting much differently. But it’s amazing, just how unlikable Eisenberg is. He takes the aloofness that he normally exudes and just, seems like a dick. A brilliant dick, but still. A dick.

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Nothing John Hughes-ish Here | EASY A and NEVER LET ME GO Talked About Here

In comedy, drama, romance on September 10, 2010 at 1:31 am

So, I’m kind of at a loss for words. My initial plan was to talk about two movies that revolved around kids; learning lessons about growing up and dealing with relationships and possibly even being clever. Well, one movie did that and the other one delivered but in way that I don’t know I was prepared for, nor capable of fully discussing at the moment. One is an amazingly, light and breezy comedy with nary a shred of cynicism to be found. The other is a heavy, lumbering study in life and death, with barely a shred of action taking place. (And I don’t mean that as in, punches thrown or items exploded; but just in that nothing of import, really seems to happen. Which, I don’t mean as a criticism.)

What the movies have in common is that they both focus on kids facing choices that come with adulthood. Dealing with the unhappy truths and the unrealistic ideas that others set for us. I’m also breaking my “post a trailer after the review” thing, as both of these movies might be better served going in cold. Neither for any twists or turns, but it felt good walking in knowing, literally, nothing about a movie for once. So I’m recommending that. Read the rest of this entry »