Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.
Rating: 9/10 (90%)
David Lynch weaves yet another lively, intoxicating tale of lurid violence and sex. Written and directed by Lynch, and based off of a 1989 pulp novel, this film is just an extremely well made thriller. This film is just full of everything a Lynchian film should be full of: pulpiness, wacky characters, over the top scenes of sex and violence, and an amazing soundtrack. The dialogue is pitch perfect, with some excellent dark comedy splashed in for good measure, and the story is very well developed. The direction of course is nothing short of brilliance, with amazing camera work. And of course the absolutely fantastic soundtrack, which features a bevy of different, various artists, including Nicolas Cage, in a top notch impression, singing two Elvis songs ("Love Me Tender" and "Love Me"), and the always great "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak. The film features absolutely brilliant, electrifying performances from the entire cast, including Diane Ladd, Willem Defoe, Harry Dean Stanton, Cripsin Glover, and Isabella Rossellini, but most especially coming from Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern who play the two main characters Sailor and Luna. This is probably one of the best performances Cage has ever given, and it sure is amazing.
In conclusion, while "Wild at Heart" is not Lynch's finest work, I'll either give that title to "Blue Velvet" or "The Elephant Man", it is an absolute riot. It's lurid, violent, just about everything you would want from a Lynch movie and more. And might I just say again I loved Nicolas Cage's Elvis impression! He just totally embodies the character. I highly recommend this movie. Thanks.
A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Rating: 8.5/10 (80%)
I don't know why I connected with this movie, I absolutely expected to hate it, but ended up loving it. Let me start with a little rant. I hated Oskar as a character, he was a selfish baby. I felt sorry for him because his dad died, but he carried on like a complete bullheaded twat. Rant over. This movie was directed by Stephen Daldry, who directed the extraordinarily brilliant smash film "Billy Elliot". He puts his excellent use of camera techniques to good use again for this film. The film was written by Eric Roth, who wrote one of my all time favorite movies, "Forrest Gump". The story was told alright, it was written nicely, however it was cliched horribly in places and it was too bittersweet and too self-indulgent for it's own good. It is like this movie was made, and the book was written, to capitalize on peoples emotions. While a bit plodding on the plot, it did have strong character development and believable dialogue. The performances and the character development are what saved this movie from drowning itself. Thomas Horn, who played the aforementioned selfish twat of a child Oskar, actually did pretty well in the role for someone who had never acted before. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock of course gave two brilliant performances, as did Max Von Sydow, who gave the best performance of the entire film in my opinion. Plus we get a nice surprise performance from personal favorite John Goodman as Stan, the Doorman.
To conclude, this film is just way way way too bittersweet and it capitalizes too much on people's emotions. I realize I have contradicted myself several times during this review, and I did really much enjoy this film. It was a wonderful film, that kept me interested the whole time. Even made me cry here and there. Sure, there is no way that this film would ever win Best Picture, nor did it even deserve to be nominated. It is nowhere near the best film of 2011, but it was still a very watchable, excellent, and sad tale. I am a bit iffy on recommending this to people, however. It's your call. Thanks.
A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.
Rating: 7/10 (70%)
Yet another tough movie to review for me. "The Paperboy" is a structurally uneven, often times odd film that while is not a cinematic triumph, it is still somewhat worth watching, in my opinion. Lee Daniels with novelist/screenplay writer Peter Dexter brings us this southern fried tale of murder and racism in 1960's Florida. I have not seen any of Lee Daniels' other work, so I cannot really yet judge his style of filmmaking. The direction for this film was pretty good, nice shots, wonderfully cinematography. Can't say so much for the writing, though. The story is uneven, and sort of been there done that, but it does offer a nice surprise here and there occasionally. The performances were what made this film. Zac Effron actually got himself out of those clunky predictable teen movies and gave a pretty nice performance. Matthew McConaughey, while not giving the best performance of his career, gave what was the best performance, and he also had the most interesting character, of the entire movie. We also had John Cusack playing a death row inmate, again, not the best performance of his career, but still passable. Nicole Kidman's performance was not too great in my opinion though, which is too bad as I do like her as an actress (especially in "Cold Mountain). The most surprising turn was by musician Macy Gray (know for her late 90's song "I Try") in a side role as Anita, Jack and Ward's family's maid.
All in all, "The Paperboy" is an odd mess of a movie, it's not horrible, but it's not too grand either. It is, like I've previously stated, "been there done that" in the exact definition of the phrase. Definitely not the best movie of 2012, but it packed enough little surprises here and there to keep me engaged in the storyline. This is a movie that I can't recommend, but I also can in a way. I think you, the reader, should probably make up your own mind if you wish to see this or not. Thank you.
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Rating: 10/10 (100%)
This is sort of a tough movie to review, but here goes nothing. "Babel" is a masterpiece, plain and simple, in my personal opinion. It is story with great, albeit emotionally depressing, depth. It is a well-woven tragic tale that connects four different tales and four different families evoking the emotions of pain, loss, suffering, tragedy, and somehow hope. Alejandro Inarritu, who with Guillermo Arriaga Jordon brought us 2001's masterpiece "21 Grams" brings us a refreshing, similarly-structured drama of the triumphs and tragedies of the human spirit. I do not think this is better, or worse, than "21 Grams", they are both on the same level of greatness, in my opinion. The screenplay, written by Guillermo Arriaga Jordan, has great depth and is practically flawless. The dialogue is top notch, and the characters are so lively and extremely well-written, with a breathtaking amount of development in the story. The direction, by Inarritu is well executed with flowing, brilliantly shot cinematography that does not shy away from the disturbing nitty gritty. The whole cast, from Brad Pitt, to Cate Blanchette, to Gael Garcia Bernal, to Said Tarchani who plays Ahmed give truly extraordinary, heart-wrenching performances.
In conclusion of this sloppy review, "Babel" is an experience in every definition of the word, and is without a doubt not only one of the best movies of 2006 in my opinion, but one of the best drama films I have seen in my entire life. I hope this film had the same kind of effect on others as it did on me, and I highly recommend it.
Well, haven't done a review in a while so I may be a bit rusty.
Rating: 8/10 (80%)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone follows superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, a duo who met as young bullied children who eventually become best friends over their mutual love of magic, who have been ruling the Las Vegas magic show circuit for many years. But, when a slip up incident during a daring magic trick separates them both professionally and personally, Burt is left on his own with a failing career. All the while a new hot-shot daredevil performing death-defying street acts for his show 'Mind Rape' named Steve Gray is stealing all the spotlight that Burt and Anton once had.
This was toted, if I'm not mistaken, as Jim Carrey's big comeback to comedic films, and it's not really hard to see why. A bit different from his usual repertoire of slapstick and fastly thrown puns, however it is a film, and a formula, that works in my opinion. The whole cast was fantastically chosen, and all gave really nice performances. You had Carell as Burt, Buscemi as Anton, Olivia Wilde as their newest partner Jane, Carrey as Steve, plus the well added additions of James Gandolfini as a money grubbing, egotistic manager, and Alan Arkin as the retired magician Rance Holloway, the man Burt looked up to as a child, and also the reasoning for him becoming a magician in the first place. It was all just wonderful, and the chemistry worked out wonderfully, especially the chemistry between Wilde and Carrell, who play off each other quite nicely. The script could've used a small bit of polishing, there were some cliches thrown left and right occasionally, but the dialogue was snappy and at time quite genuinely funny. The direction was straightforward and simple, and occasionally had some nice special effects thrown in for good measure.
In conclusion, while "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is far from Carrey or Carrell's best comedic efforts, it is a fun, and often funny, comedy that is both exciting and an attention grabber. I never felt bored one moment of watching this movie. I highly doubt this is going to be the best comedy of 2013, but it is definitely worth watching in my opinion for fans of Carrey and Carrell, and also fans of Alan Arkin. I recommend.