Thursday, March 4, 2010
From Paris with love - 4/10
Directed by Pierre Morel
Cast - John Travolta,Jonathan Rhys Meyers
In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.
When I first watched Pierre Morel's first movie District 13,I was completely blown away.From the fight choreography to the stunts,everything was fantastic.Even though the storyline was rather shit and B-grade,I didn't really gave a fuck about it.Then I watched Taken which had Liam Neeson acting as an ex assassin or some shit like that.It was pretty watchable.The writing of Luc Besson and the directing of Pierre Morel was a good combo.And like District 13,Taken had good fight choreography and stunts and a shitty storyline as well.Now From Paris with love,we have the same formula but sadly this time the fight scenes and stunts were a tad bit mediocre and the plot is pretty much killing bad guys while spewing out strings of vulgarities.This is strictly a guy movie.No women will enjoy this.Its mindless entertainment.
With the storyline thrown out of the window,you can throw out the acting as well.Travolta does what he does best...being fat and vulgar while acting tough and violent.And that bald,goatee with a silver ear stud look makes him look like a white Samuel L.Jackson.But still he was entertaining.There's a line in the movie where he will use a pretty famous line from Pulp Fiction(it involves a burger).I giggled and groaned at the same time upon hearing that.His partner, Jonathan Rhys Meyer on the other hand do not seem to be the ideal actor to be cast opposite Travolta.And what crawled on his face and died? that thin frenchie moustache was irritating the shit out of me throughout the whole movie.
Cinematography and cameraworks weren't given much attention really..well cause there weren't much to begin with actually.There is a possibility that this movie will be heavily censored and thus editing will be fuckall but Its been given a M18 rating here and I don't really trust our beloved censorshit board so its better to wait for the DVD release or just download it.
Richard Stevens: I'm not your driver. I'm your partner.
FBI agent Charlie Wax: Yeah, you're the chess player. I read your file.
Richard Stevens: You play?
FBI agent Charlie Wax: Do I look like I play board games?
FBI agent Charlie Wax:Wax on! Wax off!
Recommended movies done by the director
District 13 (Banlieue 13)
Up in the Air - 7.5/10
Directed by Jason Reitman
Cast - George Clooney, Verma Farmiga,Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman
With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him.
Up in the air is a really good movie.with a good cast and a brilliant script,I couldn't really foresee a fuck up here.And I really like Jason Reitman's direction.Simple and yet effective.my first movie experience of him was Thank you for Smoking.Til today I still recommend anyone to watch that movie.So far from his track record,his movies are pretty witty and intelligent American movies which is rare cause most American directors like blowing shit up.And he doesn't seem to be following his father's(Ivan Reitman) kind of movies like Ghostbusters and kindergarden cop.oh and by the way Up in the Air is produced by both father and son.ok.. back to the movie.
As much as I enjoy watching George Clooney and I do think he's a pretty decent actor.He ain't gonna win the Oscar for best actor.He has been trying really hard to win that award.He always gets nominated but just can't seem to win it.Why? because although he is a good actor,he always acts in rather forgettable roles.so this year is gonna be the same for him as well unless he gets the Sympathy win like the one Martin Scorsese got for that piece of shit movie called The Departed.Fuck That.I really enjoyed Anna Kendrick's acting and she pretty much shines in every scene she's in.I'll be looking forward to her next work.Jason Bateman as usual did a good job except for his appearance.That thin George Michael beard thingy he had on his face,made him look like an idiot.
The editing for this movie was nicely done as well.I enjoyed the cinematography.Lots of very nice scenic shots.But the script is what enthralled me the most for Up In The Air.People in the cinema were laughing and clapping to quite a few lines as well thoroughly enjoying it.
Don't bother bringing kids or adults who think like kids to this movie cause they are not gonna understand it.
Up In The Air is pretty much for anyone who enjoys a good script.
Worth watching on a weekend.
Ryan Bingham: It's ten million miles.
Natalie Keener: Okay. Isn't ten million just a number?
Ryan Bingham: Pi's just a number.
Natalie Keener: Well, we all need a hobby. No, I- I- I don't mean to belittle your collection. I get it. It sounds cool.
Ryan Bingham: I'd be the seventh person to do it. More people have walked on the moon.
Natalie Keener: Do they throw you a parade?
Ryan Bingham: You get lifetime executive status. You get to meet the chief pilot, Maynard Finch.
Natalie Keener: Wow.
Ryan Bingham: And they put your name on the side of a plane.
Natalie Keener: Men get such hardons from putting their names on things. You guys don't grow up. It's like you need to pee on everything.
Natalie Keener: He broke up with me by text message.
Ryan Bingham: Wow. That's kind of like getting fired over the Internet.
Alex Goran: What a weasly prick.
Natalie Keener: Yeah, but what does that make me? Someone who falls for a prick.
Alex Goran: We all fall for the prick. Pricks are spontaneous, they're unpredictable and they're fun. And then we're surprised when they turn out to be pricks.
Ryan Bingham: If you think about it, your favorite memories, the most important moments in your life... were you alone? Life's better with company.
Recommended movies done by the director
Thank you for Smoking