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The Hangover Part II Film Review

This review will be short because my hands will fall off if I get on a complete rant. I will state this: The Hangover Part II may not only be the worst film I’ve seen halfway into 2011 but the worst film I’ve seen in the last five to ten years. The sequel that had no setup from the first one proves throughout it is merely a cash grab. Not only does it constantly show you the finger for paying for it, it does so in such a cynical and cruel manner I was actually angry when I left the theater.

The Hangover somehow has a place in a lot of people’s hearts. In truth, I’ve always fel the film was incredibly weak when compared to Todd Phillips’ first major breakthrough film Old School. Was The Hangover funny? Certainly. Yet I cannot consistently laugh at the film like I can with Old School. The first film didn’t do anything to warrant a sequel except earn income…

So here we are America, the movie apparently you all asked for. If you want to know exactly how the film plays out, watch the first film. There is nothing new here except the back drop of Thailand replete with obvious jokes about Bangkok and lady-boys. The film reduces Alan (Zach Galafanakis) to a mentally challenged man-child (the film goes so far as to show his “mind” as a fat child). It’s cruel, it’s stupid, and uninspired. For fuck’s sake the film pretty much ends the exact same damned way as the first.

So congratulations to Todd Phillips and all involved for taking your first film, flipping it over, fucking it, then giving it a middle finger. Yet of course this piece of trash made money so guess what? We get to have The Hangover Part III in a couple years. Fuck Hollywood…

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Thor Film Review

Okay, I am truly failing to update this blog. Shameful, I know. Since 5 people in the world read it and 1000 people spam me, I’m okay with that.. Here we go with another lazy Friday bullet pointed review of Thor.

  • The film is largely a great success. I had deep reservations about how the sometimes goofy character of Thor could fit in with the way Marvel has been presenting their heroes. My concern was the “realism” of The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man would be lost once you introduced a Norse god. Envisioning Asgard as an alien planet was a good call and helped to suspend disbelief
  • Chris Hemsworth was well cast. He did a good job of playing up Thor’s arrogance and lack of control and then his humility
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki was a casting stroke of brilliance. The man plays the cunning and violent weasel really well. It’s definitely encouraging to know he’ll be a part of The Avengers.
  • The film has a great setup for next years The Avengers after the credits roll.
  • Some of the costuming was goofy but given the nature of Thor’s characters it’s to be expected. The film envisions Asgard well enough to make some of the shiny cheesiness dissipate
  • I wish Kat Dennings had more to do in the film then comment on her lost iPod. She is too beautiful and talented to waste like this…
  • The film had good call outs to the other Avengers

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103 Days?!

Holy moly have I fallen behind on the whole “blogging” thing. I’m being told that it has been 103 days since my last film review. I’ve seen several films in that time and now it is sadly too late to give them full and detailed reviews. So I am going to have to just throw very generic, unprofessional, and poorly written reactions to many films I’ve seen over the past four months. Here goes nothing.

The Green Hornet

  • Entertaining
  • Seth Rogen didn’t ruin the film like so many Internet haters thought he would
  • Cameron Diaz is starting to age. That is a great but inevitable tragedy of us all
  • There were some genuine laughs and decent action scenes
  • Chrisoph Waltz is a good actor if you want a villian

Battle: Los Angeles

  • Awful, cheap, and loud
  • Aaron Eckhart should fire his agent as should Michelle Rodriguez
  • The alien design looked as though someone threw up in a junkyard. Terrible
  • Just because you are filming from the “perspective” of soldiers doesn’t mean your camera work has to be erratic and nausea-inducing. Show some damned restraint
  • I didn’t even hear half of the character’s names

Paul

  • Super funny. I will always love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They truly demonstrated a love of American Science Fiction films. There are so many geeky references in the film I will be watching it again on Blu Ray just to see what I missed
  • Seth Rogen did awesome voice work
  • The CGI wasn’t horrible
  • Aliens cursing and smoking may be low-brow, but it’s FUNNY
  • Sometimes, you just need a movie that isn’t trying to be anything more than what it is

Source Code

  • Astonishing and nearly masterful follow up for Duncan Jone’s after Moon.
  • Takes a silly premise but introduces and expands on it in an engaging way that  eases the viewer towards suspension of disbelief
  • Strong human story driven by character action and not plot points
  • Excellent performances from the cast
  • So far has a place in the top ten films of 2011. Best film I’ve personally seen so far this year
  • When given the right director and script, Jake Gyllenhaal can indeed act.
  • Michelle Monghanan is pretty

Your Highness

  • I laughed, a lot
  • Film critics need to get their heads out of their asses. Sometimes, a stoner comedy is just a stoner comedy. It doesn’t have to be an Oscar contender
  • You will be astonished at the mileage gotten out of a Minotaur’s penis
  • Natalie Portman is so beautiful it’s cruel to know she’s pregnant
  • If you come into the movie without pretension, you too shall laugh heartily.

Scream 4 (or Scre4m if you want to use the stupid marketing)

  • Paid decent enough homage to the original
  • Don’t think this is going to do well at the Box Office
  • Allison Brie is smoking hot and had incredible cleavage in the film. She is giving Scarlett Johanssen and Natalie Portman a run for their money in terms of most gorgeous Jewish actress in Hollywood.
  • Neve Campbell didn’t look too beat up
  • Courtney Cox almost appeared plastic, like they used CGI to cover up her age
  • Some of the kills were lame
  • The movie takes a trip to Absurdville as it winds down

That’s all I can say for now folks. I’ll try to do better in the future about keeping this blog up to date.

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Ten Films I WISH I Saw in 2010

2010 was a big let down in some ways. I missed a lot of great films for various reasons. Here is a list:

  1. Winter’s Bone
  2. Restrepo
  3. Dogtooth
  4. 127 Hours
  5. Never Let Me Go
  6. The Town
  7. The Fighter
  8. Tangled
  9. Black Swan
  10. Blue Valentine

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District 9 Film Review

District 9 is the debut feature-length film from South African director Neil Blomkamp. The film is based off his short film Alive in Joburg. The best way I can describe the film is that it is presented as a documentary and video footage of an alien slum. In the world of District 9 an alien spacecraft ground to a halt over the slums of Johannesburg, South Africa twenty years ago.

Unable to leave as their technology was not compatible with that of Earth’s, the alien beings took to living in the slums. At first, they lived among South Africa’s poor. Human xenophobia took hold and the aliens were pushed further away from human settlements and into an even worse living condition in a slum designated District 9. The film takes place in the present time as new riots and inter-species violence has prompted a large paramilitary company to devise a plan to evict the alien race, referred to in the film derisively as Prawns due to their appearance, to a new settlement far away from human interaction.

The film documents these evictions and the events that follow it. A working class stiff given the opportunity to head these evictions of the Prawn is one Wikus van der Mewre. Wikus is eager to please his boss who happens to be his father-in-law. The poor soul winds up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes the catalyst for a showdown with his corporation and the attempt of a Prawn named Christopher to escape back to his home world.

That’s the best I can explain the narrative without spoiling things. Blomkamp does a fantastic job of creating a believeable world. Blomkamp shows us how ugly we can be when we face the unknown. The film’s effects, done by Peter Jackson’s WETA Studio, add to the believability of the proceedings. It is hard to believe that the film was made for around 30 million dollars. The design of the Prawn and their technology are some of the most inventive I’ve seen in a sci-film.

The pacing of the film is also handled very well. The film is nearly pitch-perfect up until the last ten minutes or so. Blomkamp seems to abandon his vision of presenting a world where everyone is tense and uneasy and either doing their jobs (in the case of Wikus) or trying to survive (in the case of Christopher). Most of the film up until those final minutes really never established Wikus as a protagonist or any of the bureaucrats he worked for as antagonists. The last ten minutes abandon this motif when one random soldier suddenly becomes nearly invulnerable to the violence around him yet his nameless allies are being blown to bits by alien weaponry.

The film has no qualms about the random violence and chaos that exists when two armed groups cannot resolve things rationally. It is this rawness that really makes the film so genuine. It is clear everyone involves believes in what they are making, which is a rare thing in film these days. I thoroughly encourage everyone to see this film. It raises important questions on how we as humans treat that which is different, how military companies can dehumanize so easily, and how human xenophobia continues to cause us grief and despair.

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Sunshine Review

Another film I skipped when it was released in theaters and never really gave much thought to is Sunshine, Danny Boyle’s second follow up to 28 Days Later. Now, I’m probably one of few individuals (at least in my horrendously small social circle) who did not really care for 28 Days Later (I like my undead slow and mysterious not fast and full of ‘Rage’). This was probably the main reason I dismissed Sunshine
aside from the fact that the trailer really didn’t explain anything
about the film other than it’s some mission to save the Sun. After The Core, I wasn’t really too thrilled with the concept.

I had all but written Danny Boyle off until he stunned me with the much ballyhooed Slumdog Millionaire. Suddenly, I felt I had to give this guy a chance. My step-brother mentioned Sunshine
being excellent so I decided to dig up information on it utilizing the
‘ol Intertubes. Sure enough, the critical reception did not match the
box office take. I said to myself, “self, you usually like movies that
aren’t big blockbusters, add this to the Netflix queue”.

And thus today, after a hearty turkey dog dinner, I proceeded to watch Sunshine,
only two or so years after its theatrical release. Yet again, I was
proven the fool for missing such a gem. Now, the movie is not the grand
slam I think Slumdog Millionaire was but Sunshine
definitely helps add some thought and humanity to the long dormant
sci-fi thriller genre. What starts out ponderous turns horrific as a
crew of eight battle against all odds to save mankind and keep their
humanity intact.

Off all the left field performances I’ve seen recently, Chris Evans’ role in Sunshine
as the computer techinican Mace through me for a loop. It took some
time to even recognize him after his terrible turn as Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four.  Somehow Danny Boyle coaxed a believeable performance out of him so kudos Mr. Boyle.

Cillian
Murphy does a great job as the unlikely protaganist and the one
individual with the knowledge to carry out the mission of igniting a
new star within the dying sun. Perhaps the real star of the film
however is the visual and audio design. Haunting is a word I rarely use
but I find it appropriate for this film. From the way Boyle and
cinematographer
Alwin K├╝chler
create a heightened sense of claustrophobia and the way the camera pans
around the inspiring but deadly Sun is simply amazing. Kudos to the
visual effects people for their achievements in the film.

Audio is another stellar (see the space pun? did ya see it?!) aspect of
the film that kept me engaged beyond the character drama. From the
tightening of bolts to the sounds of airlocks ripping, the detail is
stunning. The score perfectly captures the mood and tension of a group
of people trying (and failing) to survive impossible odds. The film is
a winner for sure and it’s a shame it failed at the Box Office. I will
be keeping a close eye on Mr. Boyle’s future work and apologize for
writing off an individual with obvious talent even if his first “major”
film didn’t “do it” for me.

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