Archive for December, 2010

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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10Dec

Kick-Ass

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman &  Matthew Vaughn (screenplay); Mark Millar & John Romita (comic book)
2010

Based on other critics’ reviews, I thought this film was going to be bad and I’d be thoroughly disappointed. News-flash: critics are wrong. Kick-Ass is entertaining, pure and simple. It’s obviously cliched but still enjoyable. And what’s with all these critics slamming it for being too violent, especially when a twelve year old girl is involved? It’s not a kids movie nor was it marketed as such. Would they have protested so much if it were a twelve year old boy? Probably not. And who cares anyway? Hit Girl has some of the best action moves in the film ¬†and cool action sequences so kudos to her for kicking butt. This is not a kids movie, so go see it!

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Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Robert Harris & Roman Polanski; Robert Harris (novel)
2010

While watching this film, the first thing that came to mind was Alfred Hitchcock. The whole story has the quality of a seemingly regular plot, with relatively normal characters, thinly veiled with the sinister. It’s like the Hitchcock everyman who has a dark past or who stumbles into a dark world he never would have dreamed of. Ghost Writer may even have a McGuffin (I won’t tell you, you have to watch it!) and has classic music reminiscent of Bernard Hermann. There is nothing bad to say about Polanski’s film and Ewan McGregor’s performance is impeccable and flawless in an already flawless film. To not give anything away but to say how much I love this film I will say that the ending is just cinematically beautiful and my favourite shot of the whole film. And if you understand and love cinema like I do then you’ll understand when you see this film, but if not then you may think I’m crazy. You may be right.

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