Sunday, May 29, 2011

No Strings Attached

Posted by Deanna M On February - 1 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: Jenny L.

“No Strings Attached,” a new movie starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman as Adam and Emma, is not your ordinary romantic comedy. Although it has the sappy and adorable love story between Adam and Emma, this romantic comedy tests the question of whether two people can be together sexually without falling deeply in love. Adam and Emma met when they were younger at summer camp. The two preteens never knew they’d meet again, and they especially didn’t think that they would ever have feelings for each other. However, fate took its twists and turns to make sure that Adam and Emma would meet years later and create a unique relationship. Although they spend a lot of time together, they make sure to keep it casual and avoid falling for one another by creating rules, such as ‘no arguing’ and ‘no jealousy.’ Because Emma is a busy doctor, and Adam is working on a movie script, they both lead busy lives and don’t want to have deep feelings for one another, so they try to keep the relationship as casual as possible. As they increase the time they are spending together, will they end up falling in love, or will they make sure that there really are no strings attached? Although the movie is rated ‘R’ for sexual content, language and some drug material, if you are of age you should go and see this witty, adorable, romantic comedy to find out the fate of Adam and Emma, and you will not be disappointed!


Popularity: 2% [?]

The Tourist Movie Review

Posted by Filmfreak93 On January - 4 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Written by: Christian B.

What, at first glance, could have been a huge Oscar contender, turned out to be just an okay piece of silly entertainment. The movie was not a fail on all levels, but it could have (and should have!) been better. Here’s the breakdown…

Hollywood’s Finest: Say what you will about Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp, but there’s no denying that they are two of   our generation’s top actors. However, they have never been in a movie together until now. So, naturally one would think when combining the star power of these two actors one would strike gold!…right? eeehhh not quite. Depp and Jolie are wonderful actors, but they can’t seem to find a connection on screen. Depp gives a funny and charming performance as an average man who falls in love with Jolie’s character, but the problem lies with Jolie herself. I couldn’t help but feel that her role was only used for pure eye candy and diversion.  Johnny Depp:Thumbs Up; Angelina Jolie: Thumbs Down.

The Overall Plot: Just like the acting, this was a plot that should have been much better than it actually was. It’s a tough topic to touch on without giving away important points and the somewhat clever twist. It seems as though the pacing was off (especially in the beginning) and they took the easy way out with the ending.

The Action and Humor: Actually not bad. Where the movie wins is in its ability to not shove a big plate of “in your face action” right at you. The action scenes are a bit more sophisticated and realistic than one would expect from this movie and it was all very exciting to watch. As for the humor, I thought Johnny Depp played a very funny and down to earth (he actually refers to himself as this) character. There was no slapstick humor, but a lot of what was said and done was funny in a subtle way, and it all really pays off!

Bottom Line: While not the amazing star showcase it should have been, Johnny Depp seems to find just enough charm, Venice was a wonderful city to look at on the screen, the action and humor were pleasantly subtle, and the twist was  somewhat surprising, I’d say The Tourist is a watchable DVD rental that will most likely be a fun and entertaining time in the moment, but won’t really be remembered down the road.

Popularity: 21% [?]

“True Grit” Movie Review

Posted by jmichelle On January - 12 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Written by: Jess W.

Watching the trailer for “True Grit,” one would expect an action-packed, thriller and a fresh new take of the typical “Western movie.” Unfortunately, “True Grit” lacked the anticipated suspense and was just a fairly straightforward take on a western movie.
“True Grit” is based on a novel by Charles Portis, and follows the story of a girl named Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld), who seeks to avenge her father’s murder. Mattie turns to the tough U.S. marshal, Reuben Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), to find the man and deliver justice. The two set out into the Indian Nation in search of the murderer, Tom Chaney, and are accompanied by Texas Ranger Laboeuf (Matt Damon), who’s also looking for Tom Chaney. Throughout their journey, they encounter a number of dangers and surprises that ultimately test their “true grit.”
Overall, the movie is a bit slow moving, with random scenes of action that fail to reach a climax. There were a few shootouts here, a duel there, but nothing seemed to culminate in a highpoint. Quite frankly, the end of the movie didn’t even feel like the end. As the ending credits started to roll, I didn’t want to leave my seat, because I felt that something more was going to, or should have happened.
However, despite lack-luster Old West action scenes, the acting and the script is enough of a reason to watch the film. All the actors were very strong, but Hailee Steinfeld’s portrayal outshone the others. She plays a very strong-willed, witty character who will easily captivate audiences. The amount of humor in the movie was also a nice surprise, and helped to separate the movie from the traditional western movie.
“True Grit” is a good movie, but seeing the misleading advertisements may leave many with the feeling of something to be desired. For those who have seen the television ads for “True Grit,” just keep in mind that when you go to the theater, you’ll be watching a different movie than what you originally might expect.

Popularity: 5% [?]

The Wait Continues into Part 2

Posted by jmichelle On December - 2 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

By: Bridget G.

If one thing is true about Harry Potter fans, it’s that we know what it is like to have to wait. We wait for the books, we wait for the movies, and we wait for news about the books and the movies. J.K. Rowling and the Warner Bros. producers are now experts at causing young adult anticipation, which is clear in the excitement around the newest Harry Potter movie.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, without a doubt, blows away all other Harry Potter movies. True, the plot line can be confusing to novice fans and semi-major and beloved characters in the books are somewhat awkwardly thrown in without a proper introduction, but the overall effect leaves little room for criticism.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) all give superb performances. Their acting abilities have blossomed since Sorcerer’s Stone, challenging the limits of their talent. Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) yet again chillingly portrays evil in its purest form and effortlessly brings the complex character to life. In all, the final heartbreaking scene of Part 1 held two reactions from the audience. One, cries of sorrow over the valiant, but sobering death of adored Dobby and two, cries of frustration when the realization struck that July 2011 is indeed very far away.

Popularity: 1% [?]

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review

Posted by jmichelle On October - 11 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Written by: Jennifer S.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps or Wall Street 2, directed by Oliver Stone, is a sequel to the 1987 hit movie.  The first movie was an entertaining account of a Wall Street shark named, Gordon Gecko, who believed that “greed is good.”   The sequel takes place in 2001 as the infamous Gecko is released from prison after serving ten years for fraud and insider trading.   Michael Douglas’s Gecko is older and grayer as he emerges from federal prison.  Shia LeBeouf (Jake) plays a young Wall Street banker who is currently dating Gecko’s daughter.   Jake is fascinated by Gordon and eager to learn from him.  Meanwhile, Gecko wants Jake to reunite him with his estranged daughter, Carrie Mulligan (Winnie).  Susan Sarandon, Jake’s mother, plays an overextended real estate speculator.  Josh Brolin is cast as a Wall Street competitor and enemy of Gecko.   The performances are good, but they weren’t enough to save this movie.

The major problem with Wall Street 2 is that it can’t decide what it wants to be.  Is it the story of a reformed Gecko who has seen the light?  Or, is it the same greedy Gecko that we loved in the first movie?  I kept waiting for the movie to provide me with an answer, but it failed to do so.  After a while, I just gave up.  The two hour and forty minute story was boring.  My advice is to see the original version and skip the sequel.

Popularity: 7% [?]

The Social Network Movie Review

Posted by Filmfreak93 On October - 23 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

What I Liked: Can a film about the origin of Facebook really be one of the best movies of the year? The answer is yes. “The Social Network” follows the life of Mark Zuckerberg as a young college student at Harvard University in 2003. After Zuckerberg gets dumped by his girlfriend, he is inspired to create a website that rates women on “hotness,” but later turns into something bigger when Mark thinks to himself: “what if we could take the whole experience and put it online?” With the skilled directing of David Fincher (Director of “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and the outstanding acting from Jesse Eisenberg (Zuckerberg), Andrew Garfield (Edurado Saverin, Co-Founder) and Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker, creator of Napster), “The Social Network” becomes much more than just a “Facebook movie”;  it becomes a great story of friendship, business, love and greed, and what can happen when you mix them all together. The script is written so well that it will keep you interested until the ending credits roll.

What I Didn’t Like:   The movie did not have much of a climactic ending. The whole story takes place in two different court hearings (which may turn some viewers off already), and when the hearings end there is no real resolution; the film manages to leave people hanging without a cliffhanger. I would have loved to see Zuckerberg’s life after the huge worldwide successes of Facebook rather than seeing the film end on a sort of bitter note. But then again, you can’t change history.

Bottom Line: Some critics are calling “The Social Network”  “the movie of our generation,” and in a lot of ways they are right. Whether you have a Facebook account or not, social networking is a topic we can all relate to and the story of the world’s youngest billionaire is a sad one, but one that is told well.

Grade: A

Popularity: 9% [?]

The Town Review

Posted by Filmfreak93 On September - 23 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Written by: Christian B.
What I Liked: Ben Affleck has been sort of disappointing as an actor over the past couple years (or at least since Gigli), but as a director he shows a massive amount of talent. The fact that he is from Boston shows us that he knows his stuff when portraying his beloved home city as the bank robbery capital of the world. For the most part, every performance is nicely done. Jeremy Renner comes off his best actor nomination in The Hurt Locker with all barrels blazing as a hot headed, trigger-happy thug (the kind of character he played in The Hurt Locker). Jon Hamm (aka Don Drapper) is pretty much perfect as the head FBI agent on the case. In most cases, the head agent is not anything special in films like this, but in this film, Hamm was special . Of course Ben Affleck should not only be recognized for the directing in this film, but for the acting as well. This truly is one of his best movies ever. Aside from the acting, one of the things to be admired about this film was the scenery of Boston. It was shot beautifully and gave me a sense that the fall season was here. The pacing in the movie should also be recognized, for it didn’t just include non-stop brilliant action scenes, but it was also a love story. I was really surprised with how realistic most of the heist and gun battles actually were.

What I Didn’t Like: For the most part each character was played very well. However, I felt that Blake Lively’s role in this movie was very under used. She had the potential to be a strong actor in the story, but the story did not allow for that. She was used solely for information and not emotion. Also, don’t get me wrong, I liked the relationship between Affleck and Rebecka Hall. As the characters first met it seemed to be a little stale for me. She just came right out and said everything that had happened to her instead of Affleck discovering it for himself.

Bottom Line: The Town is a crime drama done well! The kind of movie where the action and drama are perfectly spaced apart and the actors really find a way to get you to care. With exciting action and a deep message on facing our past and the changes we face in life, The Town is truly one of the year’s best films.

Grade: A-

Popularity: 13% [?]


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