I had a chance to see quite a handful of movies this weekend. My parents are out of town for a wedding and my grandma is in house making sure my sister and I don't go crazy. I was really anxious to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, but my grandma wasn't comfortable driving me to the thater of choice at night. So that feel through and I'm seeing it tomorrow.
So on Friday night, I watched [b]Rear Window[/b] with my grandma. She likes talking over the movie to explain to herself what was going on and to make comments about how Grace Kelly was much classier than Marilyn Monroe and about how movies are so much more explicit now. She's funny. I watched the movie and I thought it was an entertaining movie with good cinematography and excellent directing, of course, from Hitchcock. It wasn't suspenseful like [b]Birds[/b], but it was good. Can't diss Rear Window.
I watched the majority of [b]City of Lost Children[/b] (La Cite' des Enfants Perdus), a French film from 1995, before Rear Window and finished it yesterday. Speaking of Harry Potter 5, the director Jeunet of Jeunet et Caro, was offered the job of directing Harry Potter 5. I really wish he would have done that, now that I've seen this movie, which just uses colors brilliant, often with rusty and orange colors. The directing is top notch and the acting is great. If you like French cinema or sci-fi/bizarrist films, then I highly recommend this movie. It gets an 8.5/10 from me. American actor Ron Perlman speaks great French and gives a great role, as dose Judith Vittet as Miette. Watch this movie.
Last night, I watched [b]Live at the Purple Onion[/b] with Zach Galifianakis, whom I worship. He's SO funny. His delivery is perfect and different every performance. He talks to the crowd, wanders through them, makes fun of them (Karl and William, haha). There are some hilarious interviews with his "twin brother" Seth Galifianakis that are histerical. If you like comedy or Zach, buy this. It was only 12.99 at Best Buy. It's worth it.
After Zach, I turned over to HDNet Movies for [b]Full Metal Jacket[/b], one of the Stanley Kubrick movies that I have, sadly, not seen. It wasn't 2001:ASO, but it was a very good, extremely realistic 'Nam movie which had some very well-executed themes of the duality of man, fear, and ethics of war. It's chock full of great performances, namely Lee Ermey, who is awesome as his drill sargeant on the island. If you like war movies or Kubrick, check this. It's not Apocalypse Now, but it's a damn good movie. 8.5/10
A Lot Like Love was very formulaic. After finishing the movie, my friend Ellyn said, "Well, I didn't expect that to happen", obviously sarcastically. That's generally what I felt about the movie. 15 minutes in, I could've pretty accurately predicted the rest of the movie. It was very formulaic, and that was really my biggest beef, along with the fact that Peet and Kutcher have little to no chemistry when they're clothed.
La Gloire du mon Pere Directed by Yves Robert 5.5/10
We watched this film in my French class and I kind of enjoyed it. It was a little bizarre in places (random 8 year old boys running around naked?) and it dragged on in parts. Overall, though, the movie had great cinematography and the acting was good. That said, the gay overtones between Lilli and Marcel were almost too much for me to take. I mean, seriously, I know it's different cultures, but that was too blatant.
Hello everybody. I just finished watching "The Scorned" on E! I give the movie a 5.5/10... the Unrated version will probably be a 6 or 6.5/10, so.... yeah, the acting was bad for the most part, except for Trishelle. Her chase/death scene was pretty awesome. Jenna Lewis, Stephen Hill, bad. Stacie J, Bob Guiney, bad.
Trishelle Cannatella, Trish Schneider Tonya Cooley, Ethan Zohn, good. And by good, I mean by comparison. The movie is about an "angel of death" who returns to the house where her fiance cheated on her to kill every unfaithful lover who is there. The movie had a very small budget, but the visuals and such are all good. It's the acting that brought the score so low.
As a horror movie, it's not very scary, but I wasn't expecting it to be. Some of the editing was scary (and I mean scary bad, not in a good way). The script suffers from an ensemble of first-time writers (including Rob Cesternino of Survivor fame).
Umm... I guess it's worth a watch. Don't go in with high hopes, though.