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16 Movies – A Perspective

16 Movies – A Perspective

Due to a a general lack of time, as well as various health issues, I’ve fallen more than a bit behind in my movie journals. In an effort to catch-up, I thought I’d combine my take on the last 16 films I saw in one quick effort…So here goes:

BROKEN EMBRACES – December 22, 2009 at The Royal theater in West L.A. – Pedro Almodovar’s latest film is part masterpiece, part head scratcher. Convoluted plot has something to do with a film director gone blind, and the exploration of his tragic past. I love a good complex plot, yet not when I get lost along the way. The ending is awful,   Séries Netflix    and makes no sense. Yet, this is an Almodovar film…so you still get a compelling and interesting movie…even if it doesn’t all add up in the end. Perhaps I need to see it again…

HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS (2006) – is a movie I watched on DVD December 27, 2009 with my nieces in while I was on vacation. I was asleep through most of it to be honest with you (blame it on the comfortable couch, jet lag, and lack of interest)…yet it seemed like a cute story of a new kid in school who is challenged by a bully to eat fried worms. In the end, the new kid triumphs, the bully gets his…and everyone is happy…at least I think that’s what happened.

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL – December 28, 2009 at The Ramsey Cinema in Ramsey, NJ – another movie I watched with my nieces…and fell asleep a few times. From what I gathered, it was better than the original movie…Story involves the chipmunks saving the day from an evil manager (David Cross), who works with a female chipmunk group. Not much else I can recall…My attention was mostly focused on my nieces, who seemed to have enjoyed the movie…

IT’S COMPLICATED – January 3, 2010 at the AMC Century 15 – Nancy Meyers latest tale of wealthy adults with problems has its entertaining moments, yet overall rings false on all fonts. Some of it is just plain awful. How boring to say that “Meryl Streep is great” in the movie, yet she is, as is Alec Baldwin, yet Steve Martin is a bore, who adds nothing. Though better than her last movie THE HOLIDAY…IT’S COMPLICATED is still ridden with problems…and never approaching the quality of Nancy Meyers best films WHAT WOMEN WANT and SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE..

SHERLOCK HOLMES – January 3, 2010 at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. I wanted to like Guy Ritchie’s take on the old Arthur Conan Doyle tale…yet I just didn’t. The plot is too complex for its own good…and I was often lost. Robert Downey Jr’s British accent is terrible, and often very hard to understand, and Rachel McAdams was simply miscast. Story involves Holmes battling an evil force (Mark Strong) terrorizing London. With the help of Watson (Jude Law), Holmes goes to extreme ends in order to uncover the truth and stop a diabolical plan. What should have been a great adventure film, ends up as a confusing, twisting, frustrating, and babbling set piece with not enough of everything…

DAYBREAKERS – January 15, 2010 at the AMC Broadway theater in Santa Monica. Great premise, lackuster movie. Story is set in a world taken over by vampires. Humans are a rare breed, and are hunted down for their blood. Ethan Hawke plays a scientist vampire who’s working on a “cure” to help all of the vampires in the world feed off of synthetic blood…When he encounters a group of renegade humans, his life is changed by their secret discovery. Lots of blood and such…yet the story, as presented by The Spierig brothers is clunky and dumb. The direction is cheap, and undermines the story as a whole…which is a shame. Why take a B-movie idea and make it as a D movie? That quandary, like the film, doesn’t make much sense…

THE BOOK OF ELI – January 16, 2010 at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. I was very impressed with this movie. The Hughes Brothers did an excellent job with Gary Whitta’s intriguing script. The score, Don Burgess’s dead-toned cinematography, and the overall feel of the movie added an extra depth to an otherwise depressing movie. Denzel Washington plays a mysterious loner who travels the plains of a post-apocalyptic world carrying a book that may help mankind. Blocking his way is evil Gary Oldman…who wants the book for his own ends, and will stop at nothing to get it. Aside from a miscast Mila Kunis, all of the performances in ELI are solid. Despite my initial misgivings over director and cast, I was pleasantly surprised at how good BOOK OF ELI is…

 

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