Friday, March 27, 2009
MPAA Rating: R for language, disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use.
Sunshine Cleaning is a movie involving two sisters and the troubles and misfortunes of their life, whether it be the death of their mother, or financial situations. Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) is a single mother in her thirties who cleans houses for a living. Wanting to send her trouble making young son Oscar to a private school, Rose decides to take her married lover's advice and get into the business of crime scene clean-up. She convinces her delusional sister Norah (Emily Blunt) to get into the business with her. They name the business "Sunshine Cleaning." They begin to find meaning in their business to "help" in some way in the aftermath of a death, just as the job stirs up memories of their own mother's suicide. Rose and Norah face hard challenges as they strive to improve their lives. The girls' father is played by Alan Arkin and his role is hysterical. Whenever there is an upsetting moment, he picks the film up with his quirky lines. This is a must-see movie that everyone will gain something from. It tells society to love the ones that are important to us because they can disappear just like that. 3 and a half out of 4 stars.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Where shall I start with this fantastic animated feature... First, I would like to say that this is one of Tim Burton's most brilliant films of which I have seen. He isn't afraid to be edgy with children's movies and there is no fluff added to this feature, which I like. Children need to realize that life isn't a fairy tale, as exhibited in most children's movies. Second, the animation was brilliant. The 3D aspect only made it better. The way things moved about and the effort put into each second of the movie only left me wanting more. Lastly, the humor was just right. It wasn't aimed at 5 year old kids. The comedic parts of the movie were very dry and dark. which made me enjoy it even more. Coraline is as close to flawless as an animated movie can possibly get. 3 and a half out of 4 stars.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Duplicity stars Clive Owen and Julia Roberts as two corporate spies that team up to manipulate a corporate race to corner the market on a medical innovation that will result in huge profits and enable them to lead an extravagant lifestyle together. The chemistry between the two main characters is very convincing and distracts you from the plot. This is where I start to critique the film. The plot was scattered and it almost seemed as if the writers and director were scrambling to meet a deadline. Luckily, the chemistry between Owen and Roberts made you forget about the plot due to their charm on screen. Paul Giamatti plays the CEO of one of the rival companies. His performance is wacky, but yet, falls into place when he meets obstacles in the development of the product he is attempting to "create". Overall, this was a slow-moving film with some shining moments toward the end. The very end makes you scramble in your thoughts as to what just happened! It was confusing unless every minor aspect of the film was watched and dissected. 2 out of 4 stars.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This time of year is usually the time when the release of good movies is very minimal. With that being said, I don't know if I will post for a while until a decent movie comes out. March and April of this year will be very slow release months. The only movies I am looking forward to in the next 1-2 months are "Duplicity", "The Soloist", and "Observe and Report." The posts will begin more frequently in May when "Night at The Museum", "Wolverine" and "Up" come out. Thanks to all of my reader's continued support of this blog for the past few months!