Eagle Eye

•September 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thornton

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1059786/

This review has no spoilers.

It’s impossible for me to expect greatness from this movie when you consider what they threw into the pot to make it. That’s not some sort of insult to the cast or director since they can actually be enjoyable and make decent movies, but they dont make great movies. Nor did the plot sound that good, especially since it is basically the same plot as a dozen other generic action thrillers. Eagle Eye was not a total failure, there were actually some pretty decent scenes, but overall the movie was not very good, and it left me sort of indifferent as to whether it was worth going to see. Maybe I should rephrase that, since the movie was good enough that I don’t regret watching it, it’s more whether or not it was worth going to the theater and paying for a ticket.

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This Week In Trailers XXVI

•September 26, 2008 • Leave a Comment

There’s a little something for everyone in the trailer roundup this week. First up we have the trailer for Hunger by first time filmmaker Steve McQueen – obviously not the late actor -, as well as feature length trailers for Valkyrie and The Spirit. And finally we have the teaser trailer for Notorious, the Biggy biopic, and the international trailer for Bride Wars.

Hunger

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Baby Mama

•September 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0871426/

This review has no spoilers.

This is not my sort of movie. I didn’t really know much about the plot, even after watching the trailer (since I didn’t pay much attention), so what little I did know – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have different personalities and there is a baby whose parentage I didn’t really know – was sadly not the sort of movie that I look forward to. The cast looked promising though, and I didn’t have much else to do so I figured it might at least be good for a couple laughs and some occupied time. And that is exactly what it was. The story was predictable and often boring, but it was broken up by some really good jokes, delivered masterfully (mostly by Amy Poehler, whose name I never know how to shorten.) which made it at least somewhat enjoyable.

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College

•September 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Drake Bell, Andrew Caldwell, Kevin Covais

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844671/

This review has no spoilers.

After watching the trailer for this film back in April, I guessed that it would be a pretty horrible film, and I wasn’t too far off. It wasn’t complete trash, I actually laughed a fair amount over the course of watching it, but there was so many bad things about it that it was hard to enjoy the good parts. I’m sure part of it is that I’m not in high school, and that seems to be the target audience here. It’s probably on par with alot of the bad comedies I enjoyed when I was younger, but that doesn’t mean those weren’t bad movies either, because a lot of them were. That’s one of the joys of passing years, you get to see how misguided you were.

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This Week In Trailers XXV

•September 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment

There has been a ton of trailers and tv spots released this week, it was sort of tough narrowing it down to five, to feature here. Well, maybe not too hard once I got rid of the tv spots and bad quality trailers. So anyways, we have trailers for Inkheart, Synecdoche New York, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, Easy Virtue, and finally Four Christmases. Some decent looking films here so let’s dive in and check them out.

Inkheart

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The Go-Getter

•September 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479289/

This review has no spoilers.

This movie reminded me a lot of Wristcutters, just a lot less weird and with a far better cast. It’s also one of the best indie romances involving road trips that I’ve ever seen, and there seems to be a lot of them. It must be a widely held dream among indie filmmakers to drive around the country meeting quirky people and falling in love with odd and slightly crazy girls. It’s an admirable goal to be sure, I can see why they would strive for it, but it does sort of get repetitive. It’s a good thing this one is good. I remember watching the trailer and being pretty excited for this movie, mostly because of Pucci being punched (I don’t hate the guy, it was just funny to watch) and it has Zooey Deshanel who I really enjoy watching.

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Burn After Reading

•September 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, J.K. Simmons

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887883/

This review has no spoilers.

The Coen Brothers have made a lot of phenomenal films, all amazing for their own reasons and no two are that much alike. Burn After Reading is very much a Coen film, but it is also very different than their other work, and I think it may actually be my favorite of their films. It’s one of those movies where you leave the theater not quite knowing exactly what you saw. The plot is… slippery, in that by the end, you’re not quite sure what the story is actually about. What is obvious is that this film is all about the characters, and the plot is more of just a vehicle to explore the different interactions between them. The characters are amazingly crafted and extremely hilarious throughout the film, which is what makes it such an enjoyable expirience.

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