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The American
The American(2010)

While the movie may be too slow for those looking for a taut, action-thriller, I was very much pleased with the beautiful camera work and Clooney's great performance. As the movie progresses, you can see the pain building behind his eyes. He gives a very mature, controlled performance. I think they should not have marketed this film as an action film. It's more like art-house meets action. I found that the slow pacing helped build tension until the ending, and in the end I was happy with the movie as a whole. Nothing new in the story department, but it's not exactly your generic action-thriller.

Funny Games
Funny Games(1998)

This is far from the traditional torture-porn horror film. Very little violence is actually shown, which in reality heightens the disturbing level; however, I think there are many other movies out there that are more disturbing than this. (Do not take that as me saying this movie isn't messed up.) From the moment one of the antagonists talks to the camera, wanting me to play along in his sick game, I knew this would be a strange ride. He wanted me to bet on who would survive the movie. Will it be the guys we want to live (the family)? Or the sick and twisted killers? Right when you think the movie is facing the generic climax, the story is twisted on its head by that same bad guy who was talking to the camera (I won't put any spoilers.). The movie will end the way HE wants it to. He knows he's in a movie, so why would it be any other way? In this way the film satirizes the run of the mill torture-porn flick, and I must admit, I thought it was quite funny. Funny in a sick, sick way.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

I don't even know where to start with this movie. Hmm...being somewhat of a gamer myself, I want to say that Scott Pilgrim is a nerd's wet dream. It's an audacious and frizzy blast of colors, pixels and sounds. Does it entertain? Hells yes. Is it a revolution in filmmaking? Give me another hells yes. It seems as if director Wright has shoved every ounce of stylization he could into each scene. It is beautiful! Some may complain that it gets a little repetitive, but I'm just going to say it. This movie is totally awesome, and that's that. (95%)

Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

Sure, the plot may be thin, and the movie may be all around campy, but you can't deny how amazing it looks and how fun it is. If you can, pick this one up on Blu-ray. It is unlike anything you've ever seen. I don't see why there is so much hatin' for this movie. I found it to be very entertaining despite the long runtime (about 2 hours). There were a few moments with Spritle and Chim Chim that were definitely aimed toward the kiddies, but other than that, nothing really bothered me. The movie is supposed to be campy, that's what makes it so fun. This is a one of a kind film, and I think it deserves higher praise.


Suspiria is a kaleidoscope of strange colors and set pieces partnered with an equally strange soundtrack. I can say without a doubt that this isn't your run-of-the-mill horror flick. It is much more visionary, and it deserves a place in the halls of classic horror films. It did not ever horrify me, though, and I never felt incredibly entertained. With a scary movie, I like being either very scared/disturbed, or entertained (i.e. slapstick gore). Those components work together, too; however, Suspiria never completely engulfed me with either of those. That's not to say it wasn't creepy or entertaining, I was just hoping for a little more of each.


Seeing Inception is similar to walking through a barren desert for months and then finding a gargantuan glass of ice cold lemonade. One gulp of this beverage gives you energy, and the refreshing taste is like no other. You feel like a new man now that you've been given something different. No more crappy leftover rain water and strange fluids from animals, and if you don't like lemonade, imagine this huge glass is filled with the best tasting drink of all time (in your opinion). Yeah. That's pretty much what Inception is. It's not a sequel, reboot or downright flop. It's an original, smart and entertaining flick that may even trump Nolan's last outing, so there you go. (95%)

When a Stranger Calls

This may be the most uninspired and bland movie I've ever seen.


When it comes to sci-fi monster movies, Splice offers up something completely different. It is creepy, disturbing, and thought provoking. It follows two scientists who work splicing together animal DNA. It's when they start using human DNA that things hit the downward slope. This new creation proves to be more than they can handle. The premise of the movie is already creepy, but it is made even more so because of all of the news about synthetic life. No one knows what could happen, and Splice takes that idea and runs with it. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play the two scientists, and they both do a terrific job. Polley is at first the one who drives the experiment, being the one to follow through with it. It is eerie watching her as she raises Dren (That's the name of the creature). She treats it at times like it is her very own child and at others like a pet. Brody is extremely repulsed by Dren at first, but comes to feel for her (we'll consider Dren a her) once he sees Polley treating her poorly. There are many twists and turns that take the movie in directions I did not think it'd go. Splice crossed boundaries I didn't think it would cross, which caught me off guard while watching it. Being a wide release movie, I don't think many viewers will appreciate this, and actually hate the film. I respect the film for doing something differently and stepping further than most studios will go, but that does not mean I didn't feel queasy. The movie combines a mix of emotional and physical uneasiness that work very well to get the viewer on edge. By the end the two scientists seem just as messed up as any experiment, which is what's so scary. I must also add that the creature effects were great. Dren is great and horrible creature to behold. While Splice must be appreciated for being far from generic and very creepy, it left a sour taste in my stomach. I felt uncomfortable at some points, and even though this helped show the emotional stress and confusion between characters, it was just a little too weird. Splice has a great premise, great performances, a lasting eeriness, but it is hard on the eyes at points. I recommend it for anyone looking for something different and very creepy, but only if they can stomach some messed up stuff.

A Serious Man

A Serious Man- The Coen Brothers is a prestigious name in film. The moment you connect their name with a movie you know that it will be a winner. They have evolved from making flicks that connect with the mere funny bone like The Big Lebowski and Burn After Reading, to creating others that seem to connect to the human soul like No Country for Old Men, and now this new one. A Serious Man is a hard film to describe. The plot follows no real path, but in the long run it doesn't have to. The film starts off with a short, Yiddish folktale, which does a great job of setting a tone for the movie. The real story deals with father Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his family as he deals with a failing marriage, troublesome kids, his brother who is living with him, and his job as a college physics teacher. His world seems to be falling down around him. A Serious Man is an original and intense yet funny film that deals with a wide spectrum of things including religion, family, morals, teen behavior and much more. The Gopnik family is a Jewish family, so all of the religion stuff deals with Judaism. I do not know a lot about this religion, so this movie seemed very Jewish to me if you will. I feel that sometimes the Coen Brothers were poking fun at the religion by making some things, like the way they talk, over-the-top. Much of the film feels almost sarcastic, which makes it very funny. Mind you all of the humor in this movie is very dark. This may be considered a comedy, but trust me, you don't want to sit down with this one when you are looking for a stupid laugh. It is way too deep for that. A Serious Man brings up the question of how to be a truly good person, or as the title suggests, a serious man. In part of the film Larry is tempted by his neighbor, who is out sunbathing. It creates a scene that seems to be taken directly from 2 Samuel 11, where David sees the sunbather. It is here and in other situations throughout the film that Larry has to make a choice. This creates another question, "How will our actions determine our judgment?" This is answered with style by the Coen brothers in the climax of the film. Near the end of the movie Larry's son just finishes his Bar Mitzvah, and he gets the opportunity to talk to the head rabbai. It is here that he learns to the answer to all of the questions asked in the movie. It is short and simple, and I am not going to tell you in this review. I know that many people will despise the abrupt ending of this movie, but I could not have ever in my life picked something more beautiful and thought provoking. It feels much like the end to their other film, No Country for Old Men. While the credits roll, all you can do is stare at the screen, wondering what just happened. Now before I forget, I need to tip my hat to the great performance provided by Michael Stuhlbarg. He does an amazing job depicting the poor, everyday man, while all of the other acting is also great. A Serious Man is an imaginative and intense movie filled with some incredible performances and dark comedy. It brings up problems people face everyday with style and executes with precision. By the time the last shot fades away, you will know you have seen a movie that is different from any other in a long time.