Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Ugly Truth

The story begins when romantically challenged morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) agrees to a series of outrageous tests by her male correspondent (Gerard Butler) to prove his theories on relationships and allows her to find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to the totally unexpected result—she finds love at the same time that he falls in love with her. I know what they mean by "never listen to what reviews say or write and they only get paid to tell whether or not the movie is worth watching. Well, I don't get paid by the productions companies to state my opinion (yet). Which is why I'm going to tell the honest truth and it may even be the ugly truth but I liked it. The characters were not supposed to have chemistry! The whole film is based on them hating each other but secretly falling in love with one another. The situations they worked into the movie were outrageously hilarious and I don't think anyone in the theatre didn't like it. Do yourselves a favor and watch this if you want a good laugh. Come on, Katherine Heigl is in it! That alone led me to go see The Ugly Truth. 3 out of 4 stars.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

First off, let me begin by saying that this film was nothing more than a mash up of some stupidity along with a tedious "plot" (if you can even call it that) that probably left most of the audience with a lower IQ. I sure know that I have become stupider after watching the third installment of Ice Age. A note to the producers: PLEASE RETIRE THE ICE AGE FRANCHISE!!! It will benefit the children of our country because every generation is getting progressively stupider and movies like this one don't help that condition. 1 and a half out of 4 stars.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Best Movies of January-June 2009

Keep in mind that this list is in no particular order and is of movies that have come out through June 26, 2009.

I Love You, Man
Angels and Demons
Drag Me to Hell
The Hangover
My Life in Ruins
Whatever Works
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Away We Go
Sunshine Cleaning
Observe and Report

My complete list of best movies from the year 2009 will be created once the year in movies is finished.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Public Enemies

MPAA Rating: R for gangster violence and some language.
No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone—from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (Cotillard) to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger’s gang—later including Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi)—thrilled many, Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw’s capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. He made Dillinger America’s first Public Enemy Number One and sent in Purvis, the dashing “Clark Gable of the FBI.’’ However, Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis’ men in wild chases and shootouts. Overall, this film failed to hold my attention for the duration of the two hours and fifteen minutes. It continued with similar situations and constant unnecessary gunfire. I was expecting much better from Michael Mann. The performances of Depp and Cotillard were nothing short of spectacular. There was definite chemistry between the characters. 2 and a half out of 4 stars.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Whatever Works

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material.
Whatever Works did more than the title reads. It was an excellent movie that was very classic Woody Allen, yet anything different than he has ever done. It provides us with a dim view of life through the eyes of Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David) who, while coming home one night "bumps into" a naive twenty-one year old girl, Melodie (Evan Rachel Wood) from the deep south that has yet to experience life and the struggles and complications that accompany it. Boris teaches her the meaning of life and why it is pointless to accomplish anything because eventually we will all be "in a box" underground. This film provided me with insight on getting older and offered frank discussions about how the majority of society are inchworms and microbes. Though some of the characters in the film had no morals, it tried to tell a story about how love fades and how new opportunities arise with a different environment. As is said in the movie by Boris, "Whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can provide, every temporary measure of grace. Whatever works." That line spoke to me clearer than any other quote or saying I have heard in the past. It works even better when it is put into the context of the film and its impact on your personality. If you want to watch a quality film with meaning and sincerity I strongly recommend that you watch Whatever Works. 3 and a half out of 4 stars.