Posted on 8/18/14 10:13 AM
I found this movie hilarious when it first was released. Now five years later I revisited it, and damn... How on earth could I at once (confused obviously) time in my life have found this hilarious!
Ok, I won't hide the fact that I smiled a few times during this re-watching...But most of all I felt a bit annoyed that it alluded to the most tiresome cliché's about what's male and what's female behavior. It doesn't work now, in the 21th century. That type of humor belonged to the slapstick shorties in the 1930s (which I can enjoy immensely!). It felt like at least 85% of the foundation of The Hangover's humor was based on it. So that's why it left me slightly annoyed.
And I wished they could have chosen someone else but Ed Helms to play "Phil".... Someone who can act....
Now, you may wonder why I didn't gave this a "rotten tomato"? Well, I actually thought this movie had some moments! Like the character Allan for example, which made me giggle, the scene when they wake up in the hotel room, and when Phil asks the doctor if he's been raped (and the doctor's response to it!)!
The storyline (for those of you who aren't familiar with it...) ; *"Wolf pack", consisting of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms) are going to throw a bachelor party for Doug in Las Vegas (one day before the wedding!). Doug gets to borrow his soon to be father-in-law's Mercedes Benz, and to be nice he lets his strange future brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to follow.
They arrive safely to Las Vegas and their fancy hotel rooms, and decides to make a toast.
When they later wake up, the hotel room in demolished, a lonely baby is crying on the floor, and there's a living tiger in the bathroom. But most important of all; no sign for Doug!*
Heather Graham is playing her usual stereotype role, and Mike Tyson has a small part playing himself :)
Though, this movie feels slightly juvenile to me, I must point out that I don't dislike, but just found it lightly entertaining now and then.
One fun moment:
Alan Garner: [while picking up Phil at the school where he works] Did you have to park so close?
Doug Billings: Yeah, what's wrong?
Alan Garner: I shouldn't be here.
Doug Billings: Why is that, Alan?
Alan Garner: I'm not supposed to be within two hundred feet of a school... or a Chuck E. Cheese.
Posted on 8/18/14 05:52 AM
There are certain points with this movie that I consider superb, (gives very much Maedchen In Uniform-vibes) while unfortunately there are flaws that are much too big to ignore.
The story is set in an all-girls elite boarding school, long way off in England. The year is 1934, and the social hierarchy among the students are ever so balanced. Di (Juno Temple) is the top dog, and most importantly the very much loved and admired teacher Miss G's (Eva Green) favorite student. Miss G is running a diving team with the girls. Among the pupils are also; Lily (Ellie Nunn), Poppy (Imogen Poots), Laurel (Adele McCann), Rosie (Zoe Carroll) and Fuzzy (Clemmie Dugdale). All the girls biggest idol is Miss G, and things they do and say is all a strategy to get her regard.
Miss G herself, has noticed this of course and puts loads of energy into be the best, modern female role model they could ever have. She shows Di some "forbidden" sensual books, which Di appreciates greatly. She learns the girls to be spontaneous, like running out in the middle of the night and take a lovely swim, (nude). But what the girls like the best, is to listen to all the wild, romantic and exotic adventures Miss G had experienced before she became a teacher.
The world is rocked for many, but specially Di, when a new student arrives to school, Fiamma (Maria Valverde)...
Fiamma is not just another girl from a rich family, who are sent to this school to become a fine, cultivated young woman.
Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, Fiamma is from a very wealthy and influential family of spanish ancestry.
Di, Poppy and Rosie gets envious of her beautiful clothes, expensive perfumes, ect. and they make fun of Fiamma's asthma.
It soon stands clear that Fiamma is a natural born talent when it comes to diving (and many other things) and soon all of Miss G's affection is focused solely on Fiamma.
Fiamma hate it at the boarding school (not very much because of the bullying) and she sees through Miss G very quickly, Fiamma who despite her young age has been around the world very much...
Miss G has for some time developed an almost obsession with Fiamma, her stunning beauty, kindness, talents and amazing cultivation besides having traveled around the world...
When Fiamma rejects Miss G's friendly invitations, Miss G turns her anger towards the other girls.
I love the atmosphere, and social intrigues and the character developments in this movie. And above that, it's so beautifully shot!
It's only the end scene (and the scene leading to it), with Fiamma, I have a hard time to swallow....To me it ruined the whole film because of it's ridiculously prevailing drama. Very soapy.
Very good job anyway by director Jordan Scott! I hope she soon continues making movies!
Posted on 8/16/14 11:10 AM
To honor one of my childhood-favorites who sadly passed away, I'm going to review one of the many movies I loved as a kid, starring Robin Williams.
*A mysterious, ancient, board game is found by young Alan Parrish close to an excavation. One evening when Alan is home alone in the huge mansion he's living in, he decides to start playing the game with his friend Sarah.
Alan was never seen again and Sarah was put on a psychiatric ward...
26 years later, two recently orphaned children Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) move into the very same mansion, with their aunt Nora. Spooked about the rumors what happened to Alan Parrish, they are still curious and believe that Alan Parrish's corpse could lie anywhere in the house! But as they reach the attic, they find an old boarding game....and roll the two dices....and out of nowhere Alan Parrish now returns, as a grown up (played by Robin Williams). The children are being told and are agreed upon that "Jumanji" is a game of life and death, and there is no way out of it once you've rolled the dice; -to finish it!
I don't agree with many of the top critics who considers this movie too "horrible" for the little ones...Hey, I was little when I first saw this movie, (around 8 years old) and wasn't traumatized, though I of course found it very exciting (like the most part of the audience?)...
But naturally, you don't need to show it for toddlers who usually watch Winnie The Pooh!?
Robin Williams is perfect in this movie; extremely vivacious, bubbly and funny. Even the sad scenes he managed great (like when Alan Parrish finds out that his parents are dead).
But of course, this is not a movie that highlights the characters very much, but more of an adventure/comedy/science fiction-movie.
I'm not a special effects- nerd, but even today I can be fascinated by those in this movie.
I can't really speak of the children's book it is based of, cause I haven't read it, but the movie felt intended you slightly older kids then those who were reading the book. I don't find that strange at all. I was reading some adolescence fantasy books when I was younger that I was not allowed to see on the cinemas.
I love the concept with this movie. I love the scenes when the african wild animals are rampaging the town, and that crazy 19th century, safari hunter who is in some way "programmed" to shoot Alan Parrish, by any costs! :D
To sum it up; this is a very entertaining movie! I was a kid when I first saw it, as many of my friends, and I found Jumanji more exhilarating then scary, and so did my friends (unless they all lied, of course ;)
Posted on 7/04/14 01:59 PM
Spooky and very disturbing english, gothic thriller starring Deborah Kerr as a newly employed governess on a big old mansion who is slowly starting to feel uneasiness about the house and especially the children.
Michael Redgrave plays "The Uncle" of the children who hires Miss Giddens as the governess. Miss Giddens has the greatest time at first, and gets along very well with little Flora. Oddly, Flora seems to know before everybody else that Miles is soon going home, and oddly he gets suspended for some unknown reason and gets home.
Miles, just like Flora, gets very fond of Miss Giddens. Miss Giddens start to get creepy feelings and "see" people, like a man on the roof. She learns from the housemaid that a relative of the children, Peter Quint, used to live in the house before but died mysteriously outside the front door. Also the previous governess had died in the house. Apart from Miss Giddens herself, she gets a very strong feeling that the children see what she sees, but seem to like what they see.
The children is showing some signs of really disturbed behavior.
This movie has an extremely creepy atmosphere! It amazes me how skillfully it's directed, taking advantage of every shadow available to make the environment appear as gruesome as possible.
Director Jack Clayton decided to downplay some of the sexual elements in the original book by Henry James (The Turn of the Shrew), and add an important twist in the end as well (a twist different people chose to see in different ways), which is perhaps the reason why this movie is so memorable.
Posted on 7/02/14 06:03 AM
Clark Gable was named "The King of Hollywood" and as a matter of fact Myrna Loy was once named "The Queen of Hollywood" and with Jean Harlow and James Stewart as co-stars and director Clarence Brown, nothing can really go wrong.
The chemistry between Gable and Loy is just amazing, as the chemistry between Gable and Harlow (this was after all their fourth out of six movies they did together).
Clark Gable is playing V.S., magazine publisher Van Stanhope who is living a nice and carefree life, married to the lovely Linda (Myrna Loy). Their marriage sparkle like never before, that is until Mimi, Linda's mother-in-law, starts giving Linda warnings that Van might be just like his father; a hopeless ladies' man!, and that she better put a watching eye on her husband's sexy blonde secretary, Whitey (Jean Harlow).
James Stewart (who only appeared in a few scenes in this movie as "Whitey's" boyfriend) once said that he failed in the kissing scene with Jean Harlow on purpose, because he enjoyed so much to do it again and again, since she was such a great kisser!
Though many people consider this movie much weaker than the "follow up movie"; Libeled Lady (with Loy, Harlow, William Powell & Spencer Tracy), I must reserve myself to say something until I have revisited Libeled Lady once again.
I however think there are many screwball comedies besides the big ones (Adam's Rib, His Girl Friday, My Man Godfrey, Bringing Up Baby, The Awful Truth, The Lady Eve, It Happened One Night for example...) that are being overlooked and underrated. And I think Wife vs. Secretary belongs to that underrated category.
Some more "spice" to the plot, and this would have been a 80%-movie for me.
"Mimi: My dear, men are like that. So honorable and wise in some things and just like naughty children in others. You wouldn't blame a little boy for stealing a piece of candy if left alone with a whole boxful, will you?"
Posted on 7/01/14 01:26 PM
First time I watched this movie, it gave me a very eerie feeling. And when they in the end texts revealed it was "based on a true story" I honestly could not sleep that night...
But as I made a lot of research on the real case a few years later, I now see the movie from a completely different view. Though I must still say there are a few things I like about it. Some of the creepy scenes that even made me nightmares afterwards (and believe me...I'm used to quite a lot horror movies).
*A young 19-year old college student named Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) from a very religious upbringing has died under mysterious circumstances.
The family priest, Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson), is being prosecuted for having caused her death.
Laura Linney plays the role of Father Moorse's defense attorney, Erin Bruner, who despite the fact that she is an agnostic when it comes to religions is going to find some alternative explanation to her death. Father Moore warns Erin Bruner after having taken the case, that she might experience some unusual things, after the prosecution has began. Bruner however is not taking this warning too serious since she doesn't really believe in demons.
It's through the witness sayings in the court, that narrates the story of the movie, basically. And I think it works. I can even stretch further by saying that the movie would probably have been downright bad, if not.
As Emily Rose starts college she slowly start to experiences terrifying visions and strong convulsions. While sleeping in her bed, every night at exactly 3.00 some thing makes her wakes up and strange things happens so she freaks out. As it progresses she stops school and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where she only seems to get worse (eating spiders, ripping off clutches of her hair). The family takes her home then and puts their daughter's life in the family priest's hands. He will perform an exorcism on Emily, since she and her family are both convinced she is possessed by several demons.*
The truth is that watching real pictures of the real life Emily Rose (or Anneliese Michel, which was her real name) and listening to records of the real exorcism will give you even more nightmares than this movie! Putting things into that perspective, I think I must give this movie 60%...
Posted on 6/22/14 03:06 PM
This is simply an outstanding, hilarious screwball-comedy, starring Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche, with John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Francis Lederer and Hedda Hopper playing the assisting roles. Star-studded cast in other words!
*Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert) is an rather unsuccessful showgirl/chorus girl who's been traveling from place to place "finding her luck". Dressed in her only dress (but oh what a dress! Here we can speak of glamour!) she has just attended to Paris. Raining cats and dogs, she tries to find shelter, though she is close to broke. Hungarian cab driver, Tibor Czerny feels sorry about this pretty girl after having explained she has no money, no job, and no home. So he makes a deal with her; he'll drive her anywhere so she can try to earn some money on the condition that she pay him double fare. Czerny really likes Miss Peabody so he buys her dinner, and even though her feelings for him are somewhat mutual, she suppresses those feelings as she always had wanted to "become somebody" and get rich.
Dressed in the ültra smashing dress, she slips away from Czerny, and crashes a social with music performances. She just comes up with the first name she could think of; Czerny and introduces herself as Baroness Czerny.
The atmosphere becomes a bit uneasy when it gets known that there is a uninvited guest who has slipped in.
A George Flammarion (John Barrymore) immediately sees through Miss Peabody but covers up for her, as he needs her to do a little favor for him. Lately his wife Helen (Mary Astor) has started to slip away from him, and has begun to fall for playboy socialite, Jaques Picot (Francis Lederer). Flammarion did notice Miss. Peabody's extreme charm and how the men at the social followed her like a tail...so now he wants Miss Peabody to seduce Jaques, so he can win his wife back. The plan goes very smoothly. That is until Czerny finds Miss. Peabody!
Though director Mitchell Leisen has a very long filmography, consisting of screwball comedies, as well as love dramas, I consider Midnight as one of his very best.
Don Ameche is always very good in screwball comedies like this one, and Colette Colbert is an excellent comedienne.
Fantastic witty, zappy lines...Well, Billy Wilder helped writing the script actually!
I give this movie a strong 80% rating. But who knows if I'll raise it sometime?
Very much recommended!
Posted on 6/22/14 10:53 AM
I must say that I am a bit impressed of Ti West (writer and director of this movie). I like his old school feeling he usually puts into his movies. I mean, his movies don't really stand out that much (if you look it through a film critics point) but at the same time he is almost a blessing for us horror-fans since he still manage to make horror flicks that holds your interest with memorable characters and some "vintage" scares.
*It's the last few days Yankee Pedlar Inn is open. The inn is of ancient linage and is called of one New England's most haunted hotels.
Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are stand-ins for the weekend while the owner is taking vacation. Both Claire and Luke are very interested in paranormal things and they are determined to find some activity in the house before wrecking balls start to bounce the walls. What they are looking for exactly is the ghost of Madeline O'Malley; a bride who hanged herself in the 19th century, after being left on the altar by her fiancé. They had to hide her corpse in the cellar to reveal the scandal and maintain the hotel's reputation.
As you can guess, they eventually get more "activity" than they bargained for.
The first guest who enters is a famous actress, Leanne Rease-Jones (played by Kelly McGillis!), who later turns out to be a medium, very interested in paranormal activities as well.
The second guest who checks in the last night, is an elderly german man, pleading to get a particular room on the third floor. Despite being explained that the rooms on the third floor are stripped of furniture, he still insists so Claire offers to go get some sheets for the bed. He explains that he spend his honeymoon in that very room, many years ago, and wanted to revisit one last time.*
I really liked the characters "Claire" and "Luke" and think the chemistry between those actors (Paxton & Healy) was superb. Loved "Lukes'" sarcastic remarks about the guests, which was in line with my personal humor. To be honest I did not recognize Kelly McGillis (Witness, Top Gun, Accused) until I read her name among the cast.
Some people complain about the slow pace, but I think West builds up the suspense very effectively and firmly with a couple of jump-up scares, here and there.
Recommended to you who love old school, spooky films!
Posted on 6/22/14 09:58 AM
I was surprised that I would like this Pixar-movie THIS much, I honestly thought it already had it's peak in 2009 with Up. Though I still think Up is better than Brave, it's always refreshing to see that they still now and then produces great movies! Was not very impressed by the latest Pixar movie though, Monsters University..
Merida is a wild-spirited, redhead, hot-tempered, arrow shooting princess in the earlier days of Scotland.
Unfortunately princess Merida is soon reaching the age when it's expected that her father, King Fergus and mother Queen Elinor are to choose a man to marry.
The very idea upsets Merida terribly, and after having seen the not too impressing candidates she is completely devastated. Though she comes up with a clever little plan...She declares that she will choose the winner of an archery contest, as her pick.
Merida disguises herself and wins the contest of course (since she is an extremely skilled archer), though neither the parents or the people of the different clans who are visiting, appreciate her trick very much. So her furious mother tells Merida that next day she will be forced to choose a guy!
The even more furious Merida walks to the witch in the forest and buys a spell for her mother so she won't have to choose anyone for husband. This spell, Merida will soon bitterly regret as her mother transforms into a bear, which her father believes to be his nemesis and will immediately kill...
I really liked the humor, LOVED the characters, the story, the artwork in this movie. I was giggling almost every minute, and I appreciated the "mythical" side story as well that intertwined so fine into the main story.
This is no doubt my top three Pixar-favorite! Vastly charming!
Posted on 6/22/14 09:24 AM
One of my (many) favorite shorts by Laurel & Hardy!
This time they are rooming in a house with a very hot-tempered landlord (NOT played by James Finlayson this time, haha).
The landlord has an extremely strict no-dog-policy...But Hardy and especially not Laurel have the heart to leave their beloved pet dog, Laughing Gravy outside since it's waaay below zero.
This puts them into a tricky dilemma though, since the walls are paper thin and Laughing Gravy obviously is a very "barky" dog.
The first time the landlord hears something that quite resemble dog barking, he immediately rushes into their room to check (though they had the time to hide the dog) and declares if he finds a dog inside the house, he will throw them all out into the cold!
Tough shit, right? haha
And the second Laughing Gravy starts barking, they hurriedly hides him in the chimney...Though when the landlord has left the room for the second time, not finding any dog, and Laurel and Hardy is going to fetch him...it seems he has climbed up the roof!
Many Laurel and Hardy-fans consider this one their favorite among their "talking shorts" :)
The funniest moment, I think no doubt is when Hardy himself is climbing up the roof to get Laughing Gravy....but falls down.
That scene makes me laugh hysterically every time!