2/04/2010

Five Fast Film Feelings...

This past week and a half, I've seen a few movies.

Editor's Note: What can I say? I have some gift cards to the theater and coupons to Blockbuster.

And even though I've been writing some itty bitty reviews on facebook, I knew my faithful blog readers were thirsting for my views on today's top cinema. Editor's Note: Yeah. That's right. I used "itty bitty". SO I wanted to record some of my thoughts here too.

So here's some quick reviews of the last five movies I've seen...

  • Legion- Here's the deal: I knew, going into this movie, that it was going to contain some of the worst theology imaginable. (God "loses faith" in humanity so he sends angels to kill everyone and one of them decides he knows better?! There are so many things wrong with just that sentence...) But I hoped that it would be so entertaining that I'd be able to muster up some mighty suspension of disbelief and enjoy it. Too bad it wasn't. And I couldn't. This movie is a mess of cliches, barely passable visual effects, and sub-par acting. If you're looking for a really great apocalyptic/awesome fighting movie, go see The Book of Eli. I'm still thinking about it weeks later and will probably see it again this weekend...

  • The Hurt Locker- This, by a far margin (fargin?), is the most intense movie that I've ever seen. It's all about a bomb squad in Iraq (which I have decided is a job that I'd definitely never like to have) and, because of all of the suspense that comes from waiting for someone to diffuse a roadside explosive, I almost had a heart attack. I mean, I had to take two breaks while watching it! It contains some of the best writing, direction, and acting performances I've seen in a while. In other words, it's a must see. It's also probably one that I'll never see again. After all, I love my heart and would like to see it keep working well into my... well... my next decade of life...

  • (500) Days of Summer- My friend Shannon, who is a guy, said this about it, "Anyone who's been dumped will hate this movie." So, having had my share of dumps (Wait... that might mean more than one thing... Hmm...), I went in expecting to detest it. But at the end, I didn't think it was that bad. I loved it's narrative structure. I thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt was fantastic. (He didn't do that weird eyebrow thing he did all over his SNL episode.) And I thought it was a very accurate depiction of a very bad breakup that stemmed from a very unhealthy relationship. But (hold on for controversy) I really didn't like Zooey. Never have. I think she's a terrible actress that only has one facial expression. All that to say, it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. But it wasn't my fave...

  • The Invention of Lying- Here's the deal: I love Ricky Gervais. Love him. I think he's hilarious. Ghost Town was one of my faves of 2008. And this movie doesn't disappoint... much. It's a little distracting having so many famous people constantly popping up in cameos. And the concept, while still funny, was already done in Liar, Liar. But, it's a solid comedy with some truly great moments, including some surprising dramatic turns by Gervais. If you love Ricky as much as I do, or love to see random actors pop up in tiny parts, grab this one soon...

  • Wonder Woman- After seeing a few of DC's other animated movies, putting this one in the viewing queue was a no-brainer. And it... was... awesome. Wonder Woman is a hero who's always just kind of been around. But not much of her origin has been told. No huge change with that here. (The origin is kept fairly short.) But the story it tells, as well as the character development, is great. If you love comics/superheroes, or just quality animation in general, this is a great rental...
  • 2 comments:

    marko said...

    i'm with ya on most of your comments. but, man, i sure don't agree on "the invention of lying." i also love ricky gervais; and the premise of this movie was SO great (and worked for the first 30 minutes or so). but it tried so hard to be 'meaningful' and insightful, that the whole thing totally derailed, imho. i left thinking they had completely squandered a brilliant premise. really, i actually hated it.

    Josh(ua) Treece said...

    Totally agree on the trying too hard thing. I knew some people who were uber offended at the whole him making up God thing. Like I said, I thought it was just OK.

    I'm watching "Moon" with Sam Rockwell tonight. I've heard some great things about it. I'll let you know!