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i like comedies and i discovered melissa mccarthy through this. she was incredible on snl a few weeks ago. really talented comedian that i hope blows up like jane lynch did a few years ago.
this movie was obviously unrealistic and played for laughs but that's fine by me as long as its funny. again, the male characters were pretty flat but that's also the main draw of this movie.
i've got that wilson phillips song in my head all the time because of this movie. man time has not been kind to chynna phillips. i think carnie is looking better than she does.
definitely one of the best movies i've seen this year, but that's not saying much. it hit all the things i love about movies. an homage to movies like et, alien, close encounters but not in a snarky edgy quentin tarantinoesque way but just straight forward love of the genre. loved the geeky talk about making movies, i'm sure both abrams and spielberg were like this as kids. just an enjoyable experience all the way through.
entertainingish documentary on the financial crisis. this is kind of one of the reasons i want to learn more about the topic. it just seemed so one-sided, there's got to me more going on. i think we are in a screwed up situation but i'm not sure i got the true account of what were the key factors in bringing it to this point. i hate when people say things like "there were multiple warnings beforehand". yeah well, kooks are always going to say the world is going to end so the day it does you just happened to be lucky to have been the most recent person to forecast its doom. i dunno, again, i just felt like, nice movie but i don't feel like i learned much from it.
i've been a conan fan for years so i loved this inside look into what kind of guy he is. nothing shocked me about his behind the scenes persona. i guess i can understand when people say he's kinda an a-hole but like his way of relating to people is exactly the way i relate to people--annoying them to death. i love the scene where he keeps repeating the same joke over and over probably hours. i do that all the time.
to be honest, i'm a colbert man now. i still watch both but if i had to choose, i'd go colbert. he's just so much more innovative than conan although i will always have a special place for conan. i fear that cuz his ratings aren't that great he wont last that long on tbs. idon't know what he'll do after that.
hard to rate a movie like this. visually stunning. plotwise predictable. messagewise absolutely atrocious. i was actually seething from the hidden agendas in this movie: don't trust your mother, fall for the bad boy, your hotness and naivete will win him over, a girl's worth is based on her singing ability and falling in love with the right guy, etc., etc. i'm just a bitter 35 year old single guy so this obviously isn't a movie for me. ugh, i hated the evil witch and the way she manipulated rapunzel. we know its evil, but isn't that basically how every single beauty product is sold? "don't be foolish, of course you aren't beautiful enough." argh, just thinking about this movie is getting me enraged.
i'm in korea, and they show movies early here cuz the piracy problem.
heard of this film from someone i follow on twitter (kyle brandt fyi), looked it up, sounded interesting, then was passing a movie theater today in downtown seoul and saw it was playing, had nothing better to do so why not.
won't give away plot but i'll say its cloverfield (camera work) meets independence day (alien plot) meets blackhawk down (marine plot). if you liked those three movies, then you'll like this one.
this movie far surpasses any of the recent michael bay or roland emmerich films. better shot, the plot wasn't *too* over the top, aaron eckhart does a pretty good job. wow bridget moynahan, how the great have fallen.
great date night movie if your wife is into intense action and awesome gunplay. if not, maybe guys night out? harmless fun.
i just listened to a podcast of the two brothers--they seem like pretentious a-holes. what rubbed me the wrong way was that they take their films and the filmmaking process so seriously. they kept using the term "art" which i dunno, it is art, but come on, let be real. one way you can criticize this whole mumblecore movement is that its really sloppy. if you are going to be sloppy on purpose, at least have a sense of humor about it. i just wish they didn't have to be so high falutin and dismissive of questions that come their way. but whatever, maybe it was just a bad day.
all that being said, i LOVED this movie. messy and sloppy but in a good way. there's nothing new in this story--i read a review that says basically this movie is another sideways: road movie, two brothers with different dispositions, a girl thrown in. that's this movie too, but i dunno, i definitely liked this one better.
i think what i loved about this movie were the relationship interplay between the two brothers and the couple. you've seen hundreds of movies with brothers and two lovers but never played with the subtlety and rawness here. definite thumbs up and on the top of the list of movies i recommend.
"classic" korean movie in that it takes a genre (western), flips it on its head, mashing together weird disparate elements in a wholly illogical and unreasonable way. so you have to go into a korean movie knowing this is going to occur.
but its an entertaining if not confusing ride. anything ì´ë³í does, i'm gonna watch.
i'm a little late getting to this movie but whatever. i've been listening to kevin pollak chat show (great conversations if you are interested in hearing some good hollywood stories) and he recently had on paul rudd who is one of my favorite actors. they mentioned this movie so i figured i had to watch it.
when it came out a female friend watched it and i asked her about it and she said it wasn't that good so i didn't bother but now i realize its because its a male-dominated/oriented movie. shleppy loser guy hooks up with mila kunis and kristen bell. yeah, that would happen in real life. oh random factoid--jack mcbrayer is in this movie as a newlywed. his wife--the blind girl from that awesome valentine's day 30 rock episode! i thought that was interesting.
nonetheless, a solid, funny movie. so many of these male intimacy/male boy not yet a man movies out there that i suppose its overdone now but i think personally it spoke more to me than 40-year-old virgin and knocked up. something about loser whiney angsty guys, it resonates with me. strong supporting cast like all these apatow movies. paul rudd has a pretty small part but knocks it out of the park. and jason segel wrote it! strongly recommend.
this film was heavy handed and a little trite but nonetheless, it made me furious and i suppose that's the point of documentaries--to make you think about something you hadn't before. i think the funniest thing i read on wikipedia is that the mpaa itself dvd copied his movie even though they said they wouldn't in direct contravention to their BS laws. there's absolutely no way now that i'm ever going to stop pirating movies now.
anyways thats a side issue this movie is all about censorship. this is exactly like the problem in the financial system with moodys and s&p and whatever--they say that their ratings are independent, but since the ratings have enormous consequences, there's obviously a lot of politicking behind the scenes. but i think in the case of the financial sector (at least i hope), it was unintended, but with the film industry, they pretty much set up the system to arbitrarily control what americans, specifically ameican kids see. anyways, good solid documentary with a little annoying preachiness in it but that's what documentaries do.
solid hollywood movie. the best hollywood movie i've seen in a while. it's movie's like this that give me faith in the hollywood movie making process. johnny depp is johnny depp. the action sequences and the look and feel of the film were really fresh. i sometimes wonder if somehow this film (and the technology that is necessary to play it) were suddenly transported back to 1930, what would the people then think of it? would they laugh and say this is so fake? would they think it's too shocking? anyways, not a deep movie, not a ground breaking story, pretty straightforward, but just well done.
awesomely powerful yet simple movie. story of a son and his friend going on a journey both physically and ritualistically (is that the adverb i want to use here? maybe. just as in most movies, the journey means something deeper). i don't want to give away the movie but i'd just say that i think it's a very good christian movie. christian in that it says something about life, reality and God. i left the movie tremendously moved.
this movie was actually pretty crappy but it has john cho and grace park together. that's basically like the korean american equivalent of the pacino de niro scene in heat or the hackman hoffman scene in runaway jury. i dunno, just weird to see probably the two most famous korean americans/canadians working together. the best part of this movie for me was watching grace park speak korean. seriously is enough to make the film for me. i loved the grace park/john cho/grace park's mother scene. that felt so true to me.
the worst part of the film is the supposed hottest woman in the movie is not hot at all. why are people fighting over her? no idea.
dunno if you know, but this movie was produced by a korean film company. so it's a movie about koreans and korean americans in ny by koreans. i dunno i just thought that was an interesting mix.
anyways the plot of this movie is convoluted but not korean movie convoluted. a lot of it takes place in nyc in k-town and it's like you watch it and say, hey! i've eaten there before! i dunno, that's the best praise i can conjure up for it.
but yes please please please hollywood (or cj entertainment) cast john cho and grace park together again. and more korean from grace park please.
this has definitely been put on my rewatch list. probably the funniest movie i've seen in the last year. i've already talked about my love for jane lynch and paul rudd but i think seann william scott and paul rudd just have a great chemistry with one another. again another movie exploring the idea of men in the aughts that i think resonated with me. we are all little boys still. stupid humor and playing with toys will always be a part of manhood.
i liked this movie. duh. i think the premise is ridiculous and the whole flip the romantic comedy on its head and have two heterosexual men instead was somewhat interesting but a little lame. and the inserting random celebrity ala being john malcovich and harold and kumar has been overdone so that's not surprising or funny anymore.
and yet, i liked it. i think it's basically i like paul rudd. he just plays the awkward guy to perfection and i think he does a good job here. i think it does bring up some interesting things about manhood in america in the aughts that i think need to be explored but to me, all these movies that on the surface seem shallow really are speaking to a hunger that most men have. a lack of something in their lives.
i agree with what ebert says--jason segel is not a real person and isn't meant to be. it's as if the writers of the movie wanted to create the perfect "bromance" character that any guy would be attracted to. to be honest i wasn't that attracted to him tho. again, just thought he didn't feel real so he wasn't really my type.
jon favreau did a good job. that's a guy i'd want to be friends with.
i heard all the hype about this movie beforehand so maybe that colored my opinion. actually i heard both it was the greatest movie ever and it was overhyped so that definitely colored my opinion.
i think the best thing i can say about this movie is that it made me laugh intermittently. some of the gags worked some of them didn't. i thought zach galifdakfsjk's character had the best lines but i thought ed helms did the best acting job. i didn't like bradley cooper. like he was the cool kid in school and i was never that guy so i just didn't feel like caring about his character.
i think maybe this is a movie i have to see again. maybe the second time is bettter. and i agree with the people that say if a movie relies on its credits to make it funny, then it wasn't a funny movie after all.
worst. movie. ever.
no but a BAD movie. the plot made no sense. there were random new characters that i couldn't quite follow, the battles made no sense, and too much shia labeouf!!! how is this guy popular in america? what did i miss? he's seriously top ten most annoying actors right now. and like megan fox would go for him! grr!!!
incredible movie but whatever, another one of these post-modern "reality" flicks that show a mixed up screwed up family. so i know i'm just being all unoriginal by liking this movie when it's been done about a hundred times over (definitely maybe/juno/georgia rule/mamma mia/etc /etc)
is it an original movie? i don't know. i've read that it borrows heavily from lots of other movies. for some reason it felt fresh to me. it had a children of men, documentary-esque feel to it. the dialogues were absolutely so perfect for the moment. there were brief flashes of moments of direct revelation and then most of the story just wandered around seeing how those true moments affected people. i just loved how the camera wandered to different people, some totally tangential characters. i loved just being a fly on the wall for some of these conversations. i totally wished i could have been at that wedding. maybe i could have beenthe asian dude.
this is not a movie that i'm going to try to convince you to see or to like. looking on rotten tomatoes it appears no one liked this movie, so yeah.
first, the critiques that i'm not going to try to defend. the movie was confusing. for some reason, i was captivated enough by the characters that in the middle of the movie, i stopped trying to figure out what the movie was about. i dunno, i don't want to get all deep on you, but that's life. you suddenly get thrown into situations or people that you have to interact with, but you don't know their whole life stories. you only know that after your first impression, you know they are hiding something. or they are so grateful for something. or they feel guilt over something. these kinds of things. so i just enjoyed watching people feel things on screen and let all those feelings just percolate in myself.
2. the movie was preposterous. again, no arguments here. you either buy into the perposterousness or you don't. if you are digging the characters or what the writer/director are trying to say, you'll flow with the preposterousness. if not, oh well.
3. the movie is superiorly depressing. um, yup. you don't like superiorly depressing movies, then don't watch it.
now what did i love about this movie? i loved will smith. i loved how he played every scene. you knew he was depressed, you knew he felt guilt and hopelessness over something, but then, you felt him trying to be good. why? it's not clear. maybe he believed in God. maybe he thought that by doing good to people he deemed good, he could help them continue to be good. maybe he tried to buy off the guilt he felt. it's unclear, and that's ok. i just loved the two-faced (or sometimes three or four-facedness) of his character. at the core, depressed and hopeless. the next level, he's trying to help. bubble up one more, but he's protecting himself from being able to receive their thanks and praise. and the fourth level, he secretly wishes that he was good. something like that. you saw him go through all of those things beautifully.
how can you not absolutely postively fall in love with rosario dawson. gosh her character was like everything you want in a woman right? when she starts singing that french song man alive. incredible stuff.
i dunno, i could talk about this movie on and on. i think it's about guilt and trying to pay off that guilt. i think it's about connections and broken connections. actually, i didn't think they had to end the movie the way it did, but i think they did that for an american audience. they didn't have to have will smith's brother come and explain everything, after he gave his heart, we knew what was going on.
i'm glad tho that they showed her thinking about committing suicide over the grief and loss, but then realizing that, in a sense, that would make his sacrifice meaningless. so she does the only thing she can--find the one person in the world who best understands her conflicting emotions, woody harrelson's character. it's a great moment.
was he a hero? was he just putting his guilt onto them? these are interesting questions that again, i'm glad were left unanswered. it's a great movie exploring these themes of guilt and undeserved grace and cursing. two big thumbs up.