‘Whats up with these films?’ Category

26May

Leap Year

Director: Anand Tucker
Writer: Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont
2010

I’m not one for romantic comedies, unless they are the ones with Katharine Hepburn or Cary Grant or even Frank Sinatra with a dash of song and dance, but I will watch new ones occasionally. There are some out there that have been made since the 1960s that I do watch more than once.

Leap Year is a sort of mash up of every plot type and characters from pre-existing romantic comedies. Big city girl meets and dislikes an otherwise audience charmer and finds him brash, cynical and absurd. They both undertake on a journey which is supposed to be funny because of the culture clash between them and low and behold boy and girl end up falling for each other just after the audience is teased that they won’t get a happy ending. It always works out. It’s typical. But Matthew Goode is charming, and this movie just makes me want to go to Ireland and pick up an Irish rogue gentleman.

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26May

Whiteout

Director: Dominic Sena
Writer: Jon Hoeber, Eric Hoeber, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes (screenplay); Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber (graphic novel)
2009

Everything about Whiteout is bad, right down to Kate Beckinsale’s weave or wig or whatever that thing is on her head. Ugh. That’s how I feel when I remember this movie. If you don’t trust me and want to see this one, I won’t ruin the plot but I will say it’s ridiculous with ridiculously cliched characters. Big surprise  a woman in law enforcement has some horrible past and is haunted by some lame memory to the extent where she gets a stupid flashback every time she looks at her gun. Haven’t seen that before – and every time I do see it it’s as bad as the the idea of it. If it were a male character I highly doubt he would emotionally crumble over some stupid memory that’s not worthy crumbling over; in Hollywood films, only a woman does that. And that’s sad.

A serial killer on the loose in an isolated area? Yeah, not new. In this case it isn’t so much of a serial killer but some guy knocking off those who he’s supposed to share some crummy treasure with. It’s just a greedy guy who wants a piece of all the action – not a heinous, scary monster like thing living in the arctic.

Beckinsale’s character is probably one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time and sadly is your typical, helpless woman – way to send the woman’s movement back a hundred years Hollywood. What this movie needs is a little bit of someone who can kick ass, or what’s the preferred choice, it needs not to have been made in the first place. Since both options are implausible, and I have yet to master the scientific skills needed to create my own Flux Capacitor, the only  thing to do is not see the movie.

Ps. This movie seriously took four people to write? Really?

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10Dec

G-Force

Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Writer: Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley
2009

Guinea pig government agents. Need I say more? Though I would have preferred them to be rabbits. As someone with a fondness for films about and with talking animals, I really liked this one. Yes I admit it. It is funny, silly and simply enjoyable. A good way to forget your troubles and be entertained.

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Director: Ricky Gervais & Matthew Robinson
Writer: Ricky Gervais & Matthew Robinson
2009

I thought Ricky Gervais was funny. Then I saw this film. The whole film was just unbelievably stupid and not even worth a chuckle. I did not laugh once. And with a world predicated upon the supposition that no one can lie isn’t the same thing as a world where people say every thought that pops into their head. Not saying a thought isn’t an act of lying, you just simply aren’t speaking. I didn’t understand what was going on in this movie, sometimes it was as if characters were spouting truths, and most of the time it was as if they couldn’t control their thought to speech processes. It’s not really the invention of lying that Gervais’ characters uncovers, more like the invention of filtering. Perhaps the writers should have looked up lying in the dictionary then perhaps this movie would not have been made. Don’t waste your time.

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10Dec

Green Zone

Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer: Brian Helgeland; Rajiv Chandrasekaran (book)
2010

Maybe if Matt Damon hadn’t wasted time on this movie he’d be feeling up for a fourth Bourne movie. Green Zone is bad. The movie seemed like it was trying to be something it wasn’t. It was all surface screen, two dimensional where everything in it lacked any depth or meaning. I wouldn’t recommend this one, but I won’t tell you not to see it. It’s bad, but not ’stay away’ bad.

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