Friday, October 24, 2008

Movie Review of Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder - 7/10
Directed by Ben Stiller
Cast - Robert Downey Jr,Ben Stiller,Jack Black

Plot Summary
Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.
Ever since I first watched the trailer,I was laughing my ass off and I couldn't wait for it to be out.RDJ as an multiple award winning Australian method actor acting as a black man was really funny as hell.when I first heard about it,I thought it was gonna be controversial and lots of people. were gonna be pissed off about it.But after watching the movie,the only thing the whole movie is making fun of is the movie industry got method actors,directors,studio execs..the whole works.Superb casting choice.Jack Black acts as an actor made famous for his silly slapstick comedies tries his hand on a serious role except that he is a junkie.(there are actors like that).Ben Stiller is a fading actor whose only once popular role was of an action hero.The 3 main characters are brilliant in their own ways.just as much as I thought that Robert Downey Jr. would have stole the show,it was the guest stars that stole the show.Nick Nolte as a Vietnam veteran has some really funny lines.I never liked him as an actor but he was funny in this.Steve Coogan as the director was also good.but the guy who stole the fucking movie was none other that Mr Tom Fucking Cruise! you can barely recognize him but he has almost all the classic lines and the amount of vulgarities he would begin to wonder whether he has ever cussed in his other movies and he does this ridiculous dance..absolutely brilliant.
Direction in this movie was good.Stiller did a commendable job.I really liked the special effects and stunts.the camera works during the first ten mins along was amazing...but what I didn't like about this movie was the way it was like sorta rushed into the ending.Should have done a bit better on the plot for the ending.

Definitely worth watching on a weekend.

Best Quote
Kirk Lazarus: I'm just like a little boy, playin' with his dick when he's nervous.

Kirk Lazarus: Everybody knows you never go full retard.
Tugg Speedman: What do you mean?
Kirk Lazarus: Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, 'Rain Man,' look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Count toothpicks to your cards. Autistic, sure. Not retarded. You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded. Peter Sellers, "Being There." Infantile, yes. Retarded, no. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don't buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, "I Am Sam." Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed...

Tugg Speedman: Now, let's go get those Viet Congs. [cocks his gun]
Alpa Chino: "Viet Cong!"
Tugg Speedman: What?
Alpa Chino: It's "viet cong." There's no "s," it's already plural. You wouldn't say "Chineses..."

Studio Executive Rob Slolom: Wow. 8 Oscars, 400 million dollars at the box office, and you saved Tugg Speedman's career.
Les Grossman: I couldn't have done it without you.
Studio Executive Rob Slolom: Really?
Les Grossman: No, dickhead. Of course I could. A nutless monkey could do your job. Now, go get drunk and take credit at all the parties.
Studio Executive Rob Slolom: I wouldn't do that.
Les Grossman: Ah... joking.
Studio Executive Rob Slolom: Ah, there he is! Funny. You're a funny guy.
Les Grossman: Yeah. But seriously, a nutless monkey could do your job.

Recommended movies by the director
Reality Bites
Cable Guy

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Movie Review of Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona - 4.5/10
Directed by Woody Allen
Cast - Javier Bardem,Scarlett Johannson,Penelope Cruz,Rebecca Hall

Plot Summary
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Annie Hall was and will always be my favourite Woody Allen movie.Take the money and run irritated the shit out of me when I first watched it.The one thing I really like about Woody Allen's movies is the script,its funny,sarcastic and witty.The last few recent Woody Allen movies haven't been as good as his old ones.And VCB is one of them.Maybe Other Woody Allen fans will like it but I definitely don't.Despite a good cast,there were alot of acting uncertainities.There have been a few times when you can see the actress appearing confused and accidentally looking at the camera especially Patricia Clarkson.Javier Bardem was cool and acted in a very non chalant approach which worked well for this movie(He was awesome in No country for old men by the way).Again this is yet another movie which Scarlett Johannson fails to act.This despite she is Woody Allen's current almost every scene she has that fucking "keanu Reeves" look which did get on my nerve.Rebecca Hall was much better than Scarlett but there is room for improvement for her as you can still see she isn't really a natural actress but the type that is hardworking and will probably do better as she has more experience.The scene stealer for VCB is definitely Penelope Cruz.I never liked any of her movies cause she is fuck all.Only in Blow,was she amazing in it.As I figured,Penelope Cruz should do more bad guy roles or psychotic roles.She really excels in it.Kudos to Penelope Cruz.

Woody Allen's direction was bad.the worst was the camera work,very amateurish.Editing was good in this movie.I didn't really like the plot especially the ending.The cinematography was nice,you get to see alot of scenic views of Barcelona.

Worth watching during the week days,if you are a Woody Allen fan.If not don't bother watching this movie at all,cause you will probably hate it.

Best Quote
Juan Antonio: Maria Elena used to say that only unfulfilled love can be romantic.

Recommended movies by the director
Annie Hall
Take the money and run