Monthly Archives: November 2008

Let the Right One In (2008)

I have seen a fantastic movie that blows “Twilight” out of the water. This film has been highly recommended by the guys at Filmspotting and also Metacritic.

Let the Right One In
is Norwegian film about Oskar, a twelve-year-old boy that is constantly bullied by Conny and his mates. One night, he meets a strange girl, Eli, that appears to be the same age as him.

They begin a budding friendship. Eli consuls Oskar to stand up to his bully and Oskar teaches Eli about humanity that she lost. Slowly, but surely, Oskar learns that Eli is a vampire.

Go see this film. You will not regret it.

I have to say that Oskar’s dad is very hot. Yum!

My rating: ****1/2 stars.

Twilight (2008)

You know what? I don’t really care about the tweens trying to send death threats to ANYBODY that has a slight bit of disdain for Twilight.

I did not hate this movie, but I didn’t love it either. Everybody knows who the characters are, the love story between Bella and Edward. I am not going to give a synopsis of this movie.

Here are the good points to the movie. Catherine Hardwicke has done a terrific job with the direction of the movie. The mood of the movie, being very bleak and dreary was very good. The dynamics at the high school were very realistic. The movements of the vampires were quite good.

Here are some things that I didn’t like about this movie. Edward. He is supposed to be the brooding, good-looking guy, but he was so creepy with being so protective of Bella. I did not get why the hell would Bella fall for him. There is no blood, no fangs. Bella finally finds out that Edward is a vampire like 45 minutes into the movie. You don’t even see the “villain” of the movie, James, until at the 1:30 hour mark of the movie. The final battle is at a ballet studio. WTF?

If you are a tween girl, you will be creaming in your panties for Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet. Going total apeshit over this film. If you are not, it’s a nice movie that you wish would have some substance in it.

My rating: **1/2 stars

Changeling (2008)

OMG! This movie is so annoying. How many times can someone say, “he’s not my son,” before you want to throw yourself out the window?

This is Clint Eastwood’s latest film, before his last acting role in Gran Torino. Changeling is about Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie), a mother that reports her son, Walter, missing. After five months, the LAPD found a boy that matched the description of Walter. That’s when the movie gets so repetitive that I had to stop it.

Jolie was fine, but I think she will not get an Oscar nom, because of that line that she utters. She is like a broken record.

Don’t bother with this movie.

My rating: ** stars.

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

I have nothing against Ben Affleck or his directorial debut. I will say that when it was adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane, I thought it would have the same themes like it did with Mystic River. Unsympathetic, unlikeable characters that do despicable things that lead to a weird ending.

That is also true with this movie. I have no idea, but the Boston accent bothers the HELL of the me. That’s why I didn’t like The Departed. The thick accents drives me up the effing wall.

The movie is very realistic. Steep in reality. Great job by Ben, but the characters took me out the film. I like the film, but it’s not on par with Mystic River.

That’s my bias with it.

My rating: **1/2 stars.

THE NIN9S (2007)

I wanted to see this movie for awhile now because I have a huge crush on Ryan Reynolds. He is on my MILF file on my MySpace profile. I know that I am going to be totally gay right now., but I will see Ryan Reynolds in a movie where he has his shirt off. He does in this movie. Numerous times. There is also a masturbation scene that is loverly.

Now that he has a rockin’ bod, I will see everything that he is in. That’s why Blade:Trinity was somewhat enjoyable of an experience. There was a double whammy with Dominic Purcell. Yay! I would even see The Amityville Horror because of him shirtless chopping wood and the bathtub scene. Sign me up.

Anyway, to the movie at hand, “The Nines”, stars Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, and Melissa McCarthy taking on three different characters. It is separated in three parts. I can’t explain the different parts without spoiling anything.

This movie is hard to explain. I am still thinking about the themes of the movie. I don’t know if it makes it a good movie or a really bad movie that is incomprehensible. There are themes of the metaphysical, life, death, your footprint on the world. Do you interfere with the inevitable?

You just have to be in the “knowing” of “The Nines.”

My rating: *** stars.

Up the Yangtze (2007)

I have seen a wonderful documentary from Yung Chang, Up the Yangtze. This comes highly recommended from Metacritic. It has a score of 84. That is great in my book.

It tells the story of a peasant family living in the banks of the river Yangtze in a little town called Fengdu. The story focuses on a young girl, Yu Shui as she has aspirations to go college and become a scientist. However, her parents cannot read or write and had to depend on the vanishing farmland to survive. She is forced to take up a job at a cruise ship to support her family. She has to Americanize her name to Cindy and learn to speak English.

It’s so hearbreaking her story. People that living in the lowline areas of the Yangtze have to move to higher land because the Three Gorges Dam– used for hydroelectric power– need the powerful currents to run.

This documentray tells alot about the industralization of Chinese culture to an American way of life. The class differences between the peasants and the rest of modern Chinese society. Also, change could adversely affect people’s live.

This is a must see.

My rating: ***** stars.

Married Life (2007)

People have been mentioned this movie from earlier this year. Married Life comes from an adaptation from co-writer and director, Ira Sachs with Oren Moverman from the novel, “Five Roundabouts to Heaven.”

Set in 1949, “Married Life” tells the story of Harry Allen (Chris Cooper) that is unhappy with his marriage to Pat (Patricia Clarkson). Pat is a very sexually confident woman, but Harry wants a woman that could be devoted to him unconditionally. He finds someone to fill that void with Kay (Rachel McAdams).

Harry confinds with his best friend, Richard (Pierce Brosnan) about his intentions of leaving Pat. He believes that Pat would be so devastated with the news that he decides to poison her.

It’s a ridiculous situation. I know, but I thought that it was quite effective that you feel sympathy for a man that is unscrupluous.

You have to suspend belief to enjoy this film with its lush scenery and gorgeous costumes.

My rating: ***1/2 stars.

Death at a Funeral (2007)

I watched “Death at a Funeral” last night and I was disappointed. This movie came from the director of “In & Out” and “Stepford Wives”, Frank Oz. I didn’t know that going in.

People were saying that this was a good movie and I have to disagree. I did laugh, but the situations that these characters were in were done before and to much better results.

I hear that Chris Rock is remaking this. Why? It’s going to be like “Kingdom Come”, just not as melodramatic.

Do not see this movie. Frank Oz is disappointing me with his atrocious films.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

I watched Saturday premiere of “The Bourne Ultimatum” last night. I did watch the other two films, once on HBO and another on an airplane.

This movie is not a strong as the other films. I believe that “Supremacy” was better. I thought that the ending with a big donkey punch to every one that had seen the whole trilogy.

Now, I heard that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are possibly doing a fourth one. WHY? Jason knows his identity. What are they going to do? The people that created him are in prison or dead. What’s next?

It’s a bad idea.

Quincerñera (2006)

I heard about this movie a couple of years ago when it received some acclaim from the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards. I thought I might check it out. I like it.

This movie is about Magdalena (Emily Rios) who a couple of months shy to the celebrated rite of passage for a young girl to become a young woman. I have never seen one and I thought that it was reminiscent of a wedding with some of the customs.

Just before she have hers, she founds out that she is pregnant. She swears to her parents that she is still a virgin and did not have sex with her friend, Herman (J.R. Cruz). Her conservative father does not believe her. Magdalena leaves home to live with her great-great uncle, Tomas (Chalo Gonzalez) and her gay cousin, Carlos (Jesse Garcia).

See this movie to look inside a side the Latin hertiage that many of us would never see.

I do have something to get off my chest. It’s more of a pet peeve when it comes to movies. I absolutely hate it when one person talks in one language and the other person responds in a different language. That drives me up the wall.

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