Sunday, January 23, 2011

Movie review of Hereafter

Hereafter - 3/10
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Cast - Matt Damon,Cecile De France,Bryce Dallas Howard

Plot Summary
A drama centered on three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George (Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might-or must-exist in the hereafter.

The older Clint Eastwood gets,the slower the pace of his movies.I really wished I had fallen asleep while watching this movie.Hereafter was a fucking bore! 2 hours of sheer boredom.There were so many unnecessary shots and scenes.All the excitement and terror was in the first 5-10 mins of the movie.The tsunami scene.Even though the CGI for that entire scene was cheap,it was quite intense and scary.But after that,Hereafter was a fucking flatliner.
Casting for this was bad.Matt Damon was ok.Cecile De France was not bad,she had some good scenes.The twins however, not so good.There were some good scenes but they did not act well enough for it.And then there was Jay Mohr...why the fuck is this unfunny turd in this movie? he is a fuckall comedian and he is a fuckall actor.And by the looks of it,he may have stolen one of Nicholas Cage's hair pieces for this movie.
Direction was mediocre.I think its high time Mr Eastwood stops directing.His last good one was Invictus but that was because Morgan Freeman stole the show with his portrayal of Nelson Mandela.I have to say if the pace,direction and acting was better,Hereafter would have been a good movie because it has a good plot but too bad.Not his worst movie,I leave that to gran torino(it doesn't deserve capital letters) but pretty close to it.

Do not bother watching Hereafter,watching grass grow is more exciting than that.

Recommended movies done by the director
Million Dollar Baby
Space Cowboys
Mystic River

Movie review of Fair Game

Fair Game - 7/10
Directed by Doug Liman
Cast - Sean Penn,Naomi Watts

Plot Summary
Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

If you think this Doug Liman directed movie is gonna be something like the Bourne Series,think again.Fair Game is a political drama filled with very fine acting performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.I watched this movie with no idea of what it was about and sometimes it is pleasantly surprising when it is really good.
There are no action sequences,Michael Bay-esque explosions and shit like that.If you are expecting that,then I suggest you should not watch this movie.What you have in Fair Game is very good story telling.Doug Liman did a fantastic job and I will definitely catch his next movie.The chemistry between Watts and Penn was brilliant.Watts especially was fantastic.Penn as usual was good,and you can see the hatred he has for the bush administration through his acting.My two favourite scenes were when he was arguing with Watt's character in the kitchen and the hallway scene near the end.However as much as the story telling and acting was good,some may find the pacing of Fair Game to be very slow.To me,I felt it was fine cause it suited to the story.But if the pace is slow,the end has to be climatic and Fair Game's end turned out to be very climatic indeed.
I didn't quite like the camera works though.Very erratic.There were some tight close up shots which were good and there were shit ones like the over the shoulder shots.Editing was good,I loved the ending scene where film transcends to real life footage.That was brilliant.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes political dramas and Sean Penn of course.

Recommended movies done by the director
Bourne Identity
Mr & Mrs Smith

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Movie review of The Fighter

The Fighter - 7/10
Directed by David O Russell
Cast - Christian Bale,Mark Wahlberg,Amy Adams,Melissa

Plot Summary
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

I have always enjoyed watching sports based movies and especially if it is based on a true story.I have watched a few boxing movies and so far none of the ones I have watched sucked.The fighter did not disappoint me as well.I do not know much about boxing legends apart from the popular ones.but after watching this movie,I went to find out more about Mickey Ward.The things I have read and watched about Ward and his famous trilogy fights with Gatti was just inspiring.These 2 guys punched the shit out of each other but they have remained the best of friends and all don't get to see that nowadays amidst all the thrash talking and what not.Plus the shit he goes through with his family and his older brother did kinda tug my heart abit.
There are two actors who totally outshone in this movie.One of them is of course Christian Bale.Quite the method actor that he is..he lost weight to play the role of Dicky,a former boxer who is the brother of Micky Ward portrayed by Mark Wahlberg.Dicky is a character who continuously basks on his former glory and neglects his brother's training and is a cocaine addict as well.Bale plays this to perfection.He may seem to be overacting in the beginning but after you see the real Dicky Eklund during the credits,Bale did good.The other actor which I was amazed by was Melissa Leo.She plays the brothers' mother,Alice Eklund.Now the whole fucking family are a crazy bunch.Between Dicky and Micky,they have seven fucking sisters.I felt immense hatred for the mother and I was wishing her to fucking die a horrible death in this movie.That was how good her acting was.She was like all the most fucked up,conniving,thieving relatives you know combined into Alice Eklund.Kudos to Melissa Leo for a brilliant performance.I really hope she gets nominated and recognized for this.
Marky Mark did pretty ok.He also produced this as well.His acting is still a little mediocre and he has the same sad puppy look with a whiny voice but can do pull ups and sit ups at the same time(He actually does that).But I will give credit to him for this movie,he wasn't really that bad actually. haha. I really like Amy Adams and she has a fantastic crying look.whenever her eyes start to tear up,you can actually feel the emotion she portrays.And even though there was a totally unnecessary sex scene,where you can see Amy Adams in sexy undergarments with her pink nipples slightly protruding out.I think it was worth it.hahaha.
Direction for The Fighter was pretty good.I loved the editing.Using actual commentaries and colour treatment for the matches was nice.Even the boxing choreography was good.I love the last scene where you will see the two brothers in front of the camera.The beauty of this ending is it leaves the viewer to decide what kinda end,they prefer.A happy 'everything is ok' end or a somewhat happy 'you have to live with it' end.
For me, I preferred the later of course.

Worth watching on a weekend.Do check out Melissa Leo's and Christian Bale's acting.

Dickie Eklund: This is my younger brother.Taught him everything he knows
Dickie Eklund: I am still his trainer.

Dickie Eklund: ok,This is your time.I had my turn and I blew it.You don't have to.
Micky Ward: You want me to do what.

Recommended movies done by the director
Three Kings
I heart huckabees

Movie review of The Tourist

The Tourist - 2/10
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cast - Johnny Depp,Angelina Jolie,Paul Bettany,Timothy Dalton

Plot Summary
Revolves around Frank,an American tourist visiting Venice to mend a broken heart.Elise who is an extraordinary woman deliberately crosses his path.

This is definitely the worst Johnny Depp movie ever.What the fuck was he thinking when he signed for this garbage.And what the fuck happened to Angelina Jolie? she used to be smoking hot and act as well.Now she looks like a crack whore on Prozac.Definitely one of the worst movies of 2010 as well.Its not a travel movie,you don't see any scenic shots of Venice.Its not a heist nor a con movie,you don't get to see the robbery.Its not a love story,you don't see any chemistry between Depp and Jolie.
Its an absolute FUCK ALL movie.That's what it is.
There is really nothing to like in The Tourist.Fucked up script.Acting is pretty much non existent.Jolie like I mentioned earlier looks like she is on crack.Depp really looks like fuck with the goatee which I think he stole it from one of the Indian dancers from vasantham central. I do not know why Paul Bettany is in this the first place.Probably the only good thing was the bad guy,Steven Berkoff who was the bad guy for Rambo first blood.Nostalgia...that's all.

Do not bother watching this lanjiao movie.If you wanna watch a good heist,travel,romantic movie.
I suggest you watch The Thomas Crown Affair,Both the original and remake is good.
Fuck the Tourist.

Recommended movies done by the director
The lives of others

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Movie review of Little Fockers

Little Focker - 2/10
Directed by - Paul Weitz
Cast - Robert De Niro,Ben Stiller,Owen Wilson,Jessica Alba,Barbara Streisand,Blythe Danner

Plot Summary
It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get "in" with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack's suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam's entire clan-including Pam's lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson)-descends for the twins' birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he's fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack's final test and become the family's next patriarch...or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

The third installation of Meet the Parents absolutely sucked ass.It was not funny,almost all the jokes fell flat or been done before.The new characters are boring.Why the fuck is Harvey Keitel in this movie? His character was pointless! There was no need for him to be in it at all! Jessica Alba was kinda dull and has no comedic timing.The only part I liked of her was when she was drunk and she told Greg(Stiller) not to be grumpy.The two kids who were acting as Greg's twin children were ugly and fuckall.I only laughed once throughout the whole movie and that was the pool scene which was making fun of the classic Jaws scene where Greg does the part where Schneider was shouting everyone to get out.
The script was bad and the whole storyline was shit as well.Jack(De Niro) is looking for a successor when he dies,It was supposed to be the other son in law but that guy is divorced and now Jack wants Greg, his other son in law to be the "God Focker".Chow cheebye...where the fuck is Jack's SON??? That character somehow disappeared.
Direction for Little Fockers was bad.That's what happens when you change the director(Jay Roach) who did the first 2 movies.But to begin with,this movie should not have been made at all.
I sincerely hope they do not make yet another shit sequel to this already boring series.

Don't even bother paying to watch this.Fuck the little fockers.

Recommended movies done by the director
About a Boy
American Pie