Thursday, August 20, 2009

Movie Reviews

Here are some movies I've seen lately and the definitive word on how good they are.
  • The Happening: Director M. Night Shyamalan is known for creating movies with twist endings. The big twist here is that, when the credits roll, you realize that he created a movie called The Happening in which nothing actually happens. It's genius! Except not. Yeah seriously, it sucks.
  • Funny People: Unlike The Happening, Funny People has an apt title, because it included a lot of people, and a lot of funny. But also some dark depressing drama stuff, which was cool too. I liked it. And I have a bit of a girl crush on Aubrey Plaza. She may have a weird name, but she was awesome in this movie.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife: I'd heard not-so-good things about this movie, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It takes a simple concept - what would happen if an ordinary dude trying to live an ordinary life randomly traveled in time? - and just runs with it. Good stuff. Sad, too. I'd cry if I had anything resembling a soul.
  • The Trailer for Avatar: M. Night Shyamalan James Cameron apparently waited 14 years for special effects technology to catch up with his epic vision for this movie. So why does it looks like a generic sci-fi video game? Like, I'm mildly interested in seeing it, but after 14 years in the making, it should've made a bigger splash.
  • District 9: District 9 is a deep social commentary about immigration, apartheid, racism, and- OMG THE ALIENS PEE-PEE AND BARF! Heehee and there are robots and explosions and space ships and people blowing up!!! Best movie ever!!! LOL


10 comments:

EVILFLU said...

Whaaa? You didn't cry in Time Traveller's Wife?? You robot!!

Just kidding, I didn't cry either. Which was shocking to me because everytime the stupid commercial came on it was like instant tears. Go figure. I think it was because I didn't understand it...I just don't get how he travelled around and how he became naked and stuff :/

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Time travel love stories? FOOEY! Time travel is for killing Hitler, hunting dinosaurs and picking up cheap action figures. There is NO LOVE in time travel or we would all live happily ever after. Again I call FOOEY!

District Nine was great. So anti-Hollywood. There were so many ways this could have went wrong but it got to me and kept me interested the whole time. Now THAT is a love story.

Jennifer said...

I read TTW because every woman in the world said it was SO.AWESOME. Sometimes, I forget I'm not really a woman. Bleh. At one point in the book, his 15 year old self time travels a few weeks and messes around with his 15 year old self and his dad walks in. I'm guessing they left that out of the movie.

Anonymous said...

Mike, you forget I was in the movie theater with you. I heard you sobbing. Remember when I passed you the kleenex?

(Just go with it. Girls like guys with souls...shhh...)

And, yes, Jennifer, no 15 year old self vs 15 year old self action. It might have made the crying women unhappy....

Nancy

Phronk said...

@EvilFlu: Yeah I didn't get it either. It's almost like it was a fictional movie or something. :)

CCCCCCC: Cheap action figures! Man, I never thought of that one. That'd be a way more fun way to make money than just knowing lottery numbers.

Jen: Hah yeah, that wouldn't really fit in with the G-ratedness of the movie. Is that masturbation or incest?

Anonymous Nancy: Dammit, I thought you'd be fooled when I made it look like I was just scratching my nose.

Hey Lady! said...

Seriously? District 9 is the best movie ever? I feel like I'm the only person who didn't really like it. You want to talk about plot holes...

tornwordo said...

We were this close (imagine my thumb and forefinger approximating the size of Rush Limbaugh's penis) to renting The Happening last night. I'm glad we didn't. Instead we got The Day the Earth Stood Still which was kinda crappy too.

Phronk said...

Hey Lady: I wouldn't seriously call it the best movie ever, but I did enjoy it a lot. I guess there were some plot holes, but minor ones (see here), and maybe they'll be filled in the inevitable sequel.

Torn: Good call. I've been meaning to see The Day the Earth Stood Still, but maybe I'll skip that one too. The new one I mean. I should see the old one someday.

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