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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is not a movie going experience, it's a revelation. A film that touched me in a spiritual way. There has been many movies out this year and none of them has made me say best picture nominee. I can guarantee that The Tree of Life is a guaranteed choice in the Academy Awards.

The film is written by Terrence Malick, the director who brought us Badlands, The Thin Red Line and many other films. I've only seen The Thin Red Line and it was a excellent war film the correctly portrays the hardships of soldiers in combat. I need to brush up more on his films. However by just watching this film I can tell this is his personnel project yet.

The film follows a fragmented narrative switching back and forth between time periods. Two pasts and the present. A family in the 1950's is rocked when they found out about a death in the family. We see their trails and tribulations as they try to cope with it. Then we see this family member growing up and we experience his life before the inevitable. Brad Pitt plays the father Mr. O'Brien a strict father, the kind who wants his kids to say sir to him at all times. Then theirs Jessica Chastain as Mrs. O'Brien as the mother who has to succumb to the 1950's role of the woman. Stand back and let daddy do the discipline. Sean Penn plays an older character who reflects in the past and doesn't seem to fit in the world that he is living now. At the same time these characters grow we get Malick's view of how the world started and intersecting scenes of the growth of the world and the growth of the family.

The film is a more of movie you take in not as much as in the performances. We all now how Malick likes to do monologues. He films his characters doing everyday things and we listen to their thoughts. Thoughts that people wouldn't want to be bottled inside. The performances are great but it doesn't matter. Malick wants you to see his canvas. As in my personnel opinion of the film I felt it was like a flower slowly opening. We have to pay attention to not miss any detail. It's a very spiritual movie connecting me in a ways of nature and unconditional love. He wants us to see a family in turmoil while the world around them is changing. He showed me life in a realm of turmoil and despair.

The human drama shows the hardships of growing up in 50's society and how it has effected some people now. That is the role of the Sean Penn character in the film.

The film is breathtaking in it's visuals and effects and it showed me the world bare as it's suppose to be. The film is not for everybody and needs a very open minded person to be able to take in. Watching this movie people will have different opinions about it. It won't touch others as it touched other people. That's the beauty of it, that even if we don't understand it we can still see the art and the dedication the film has.

Oddly enough the film showed me hope even though some people might not be able to find it. Who knows what message Malick was trying to say but damn it reader he got me thinking. One of the best films of the year.

Case 39
Case 39(2010)

Case 39 is one of those child from hell movies where the kids looks sweet but end up being murderous little buggers. While the movie isn't that bad it doesn't do much to the genre.

Renée Zellweger plays Emily a social worker who's motto is to protect kids from abusive parents at all costs. She has so many cases that she fits in the cliche of always busy all the time. She gets handed case 39. Ha!! I use the title. A little girl who parents expressed their love by trying to cook her in a oven. After rescuing her the little girl loves Emily wants to be with her. So Emily fights the system and is able to be her guardian. That's when very strange things starts to happen.

The movie is directed by Christian Alvart the same who gave us Pandorum which is a better film but it's not really saying much. The movie is very stylish and very well made and the little girl does a good job. There were times that I was creeped out and I jumped once. The problem with the film is that by watching it it feels like your eating a stale bagel. It has too many cliches from other previous better horror films.

The screenplay is at fault here by including every single horror cliche in the book. However Alvart should have made it better. He's talented, theres a scene in a bathroom that includes a man and a lot of hornets that actually gets in your skin.

In summary if you want to see a kid from hell movie go watch the original The Omen much better movie.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Marvel's comic book adaptations gets better and better. Captain America might not reach the height of other better comic book films but it's up there.

As you all know Captain America was big in the 1940's. It was use more of a patriotic symbol considering they made comics of the hero battling Hitler and the Axis power. The film uses that concept up to a point. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) a sickly young man who just wants to serve his country. All his life he was deemed as weak, so you understand why he's crushed when he gets rejected from the Army. A German doctor Dr.Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) notices him and recruits him to a special division in the Army. After proving himself he gets accepted into the super solider testing, and gets the serum. Now he heads off to Europe to battle a evil scientist played by Hugo Weaving who of course wants world domination. He has to fight and at the same time remember where he comes from.

What I love about the movie was its throwback feel. These days in the movies we are losing that feeling. The feeling of going to the movies and having fun. Now a days it's mostly cash cows and a excuse for graphic violence. Captain America is like a tribute to the Indiana Jones movies. Nazis, ancient artifacts, and lots of adventure. Chis Evans in the role is actually the right choice. I couldn't see anybody else really pull it off. The love interest is sweet and chemistry between the actors are great. Tommy Lee Jones as a strict hard commander was great to watch.

Hugo Weaving as the villain was a little bit disappointing considering that other comic book film villains are explored much better. The writers and Weaving went for mad scientist role and really didn't explore why he wanted to take over.

My only problem with the film is that it doesn't go as deep as other Marvel films. Don't get me wrong there is actually dialogue and character development, but it doesn't really go deeper. In Spiderman 2 we saw Parker's fears and wants and the difficulties of being a hero. The First Avenger explores it so little. It has such a great ending where it really explores the pathos if only the entire film was that way.

The film was directed by Joe Johnston who has experience in these kind films. The Rocketeer and October Sky. After making the disappointing remake of The Wolfman it's good to get back on track with The First Avenger.

It doesn't explore the pathos fully but it's a fun ride and one of the better mainstream films of the past summer.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

This movie proves that love could really be crazy and stupid all at the same time.

Now a days romantic comedies come and go, there is so much formulaic and predictable movies of this genre coming out you can recite the whole thing with a blindfold. It's so sad that the best romantic comedy I have seen that got full marks from me was 500 Days of Summer. That was a long time ago but now comes a comedy that transcends the genre, nothing really ground breaking but enough to kick other movies of the genre to the curb.

Crazy, Stupid, Love starts with Cal (Steve Carell) a man who goes out to dinner with his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) and ends up getting the bad news that she wants a divorce because she's cheating on him. He quietly goes and bottles up his emotions and tries to start over. He goes frequently goes to a bar and spills his troubles to unknown people and to the bottle. He gets heard from Jacob (Ryan Gosling) a professional playboy who spends his nights picking up random women from the bar. He decides to help him out and teach him the ways to be able to have one night stands with different women. At the same time Jacob meets Hannah (Emma Stone) a lawyer who doesn't really fall for his tricks. Which of course makes him go after her more, you know the drill.

The movie's biggest flaw is that its predictable, but the movie transcends the genre by making it work with fresh dialogue and actors that make their characters more then one dimensional. It's good to see Carell back as the leading man, he's incredibly funny at the most awkward moments. While most actors these days are f@#k you or f@#k that. He's comedy style is simple and mostly about everyday things. Ryan Gosling is having a great year with three films under his belt including this one, he's on role. He did good as the sexist douchbag to the "oh crap I think I might like this girl" role. Emma Stone is simply beautiful and she's on the right road to stardom.

Yes the movie is formulaic and predictable but what makes this different then other rom coms that it's well made and well acted, and it's a perfect example of making something that's similar the right way. Something to be able to enjoy. Good actors and a well written script. As well as good exploration on love, by the way Marisa Tomie has a cameo which is really funny!! The movie was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa their previous credits were screenwriting, and their directorial debut was the sweet comedy drama I Love You Phillip Morris. If they keep going like this they have a bright future.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is what rom coms need a breath of fresh air even if it's a small one.

Green Lantern

Warner Brothers has struck gold with DC comics, the Batman franchise, upcoming Superman reboot and Watchmen. Sadly the Green Lantern is not going to be in the hall of fame any time soon.

The film is based on the comic book character the Green Lantern you know the one that wears all green and has the ring. He can make objects with it. It's a pretty cool concept and story and it's one of the oldest DC comics. Sadly all that mythology didn't transfer well on the screen.

The movie begins with a evil creature killing things, damn evil creatures!!! Then we get Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) a cocky test pilot who is in the habit of messing everything up. Even almost causing a company to go bankrupt. Damn young potential superheroes!!! Then at the same time we get a purple alien who's a green lantern as well gets attack by that same evil creature and crashes to earth. Guess what Hal Jordan is picked to become the next and first human green lantern . At the same time the alien body is recovered and lonely Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) is called to experiment on it, gets infected with a strange form of herpes and becomes a baddie. After some nifty special effects and self denial from Hal Jordan's part, he sums up the courage and has to save the world, from a huge yellow fart cloud/evil creature.

The best thing here is honestly Peter Sarsgaard as the villain even though with his abnormal herpes, he was very creepy and had more depth then most of the other characters. One of the main problems is Ryan Reynolds, he can't take the subject matter serious enough wrong choice for the main character. Every time he tries to be serious I feel like he's going to crack a joke.

However the biggest flaw the excessive use of special effects in the film. It is ridiculous how much CGI is used here. Every thing feels like it was made in a assembly line like a machine made it. There's no love in it or appreciation for the character that is pretty awesome.

If you want to see excessive CGI, or Ryan Reynolds try, or maybe see how mutated herpes can affect Peter Sarsgaard go watch it, other then that go watch The Dark Knight.

Horrible Bosses

Was there ever a boss that you just wanted to kill? I did, in my younger years working in a fast food restaurant I encounter a boss from hell. She would get on my nerves. There were moments when I said "God I would just choke her to death." If I really did I wouldn't be writing this review and you wouldn't be reading it. That's why we have a film like Horrible Bosses that gleefully explores that.

The film begins with three men, Jason Bateman as Nick who works for Dave Harken played by Kevin Spacey. An egotistical cruel boss who denies Nick his promotion, Jason Sudeikis as Kurt who works for his deceased boss's son Bobby played by Colin Farrell, A cokehead and as wells as brings hookers in to the office. Lastly there is Dale played by Charlie Day who is a dental assistant to Dr. Julia Harris played by Jennifer Aniston, who verbally and physically sexually harasses him knowing that he has a fiancé.

One day sitting in a bar fed up with how their bosses treat them. They actually decide to come up with a plan to kill their bosses. They find Jamie Fox who is a suppose assassin and gives them tips. They get into very weird situations.

What I love about the film is the bosses are great; they were more interesting then the actual main characters. Spacey is evil as ever and made a lot of big laughs. Colin Farrell did an awesome job playing a messed up cokehead. However Aniston was the one that shine the most. She was very hot and did great as a sexual deviant, torturing Dale in the dental office. Although that is the movie's biggest strength it's also its weakness. Honestly the bosses were more interesting characters then the actual main characters. Although all three comedic actors did their part and had very humorous lines the bosses were the ones that made me laugh the most.

The movie can get really mean spirited at times. However that's not counting all the movies which come out every Friday and there mostly quite depressing.

Horrible Bosses is a funny film which explores it dark premise and although it's lacking in compelling characters, it's a great fun ride to go through.


Entre nos (Between Us)

There have not been many films out there that actually try to capture the struggles of illegal immigrants in the USA. Good thing that netflix exists because I found an incredible drama that perfectly portrays it called Entre Nos (Between us).

The film follows a family of four which consists of Mariana (Paola Mendoza) and her two kids and her husband Antonio (Andres Munar) He's the kind of man who can never stay still in one place and always have to move to somewhere else. They have moved constantly in there native country and then finally to the United States. One day he tells her that he's found a new job in Miami and that he is headed down there. He says to her that once he gets settled that he will send for her. She reluctantly lets him go leaving her alone with the kids without her having a job. One day she discovers that he doesn't want her to come or even the kids, leaving her abandon. As well as to make matters worse there are illegal.

The movie is an unforgiving look into the life of immigrants who fall in hard times. It also shows how messed up the system that our government employs to solve these issues, while the movie is not political. You can feel the air of tension of her getting caught and then getting her kids taken away and being deported. I love the acting in the film especially of Mendoza she is great. Her performance as the mother is excellent. She has this knack in the entire film where no matter how things are going she still stays strong in front of her kids. She does falter and there are scenes that make you believe that she will break, but she calmly picks her self up. The child actors are great as well.

The film was directed by herself Paola Mendoza herself with a co director. It's based on true life experiences (The movie is dedicated to her mother which the movie is based on) and she knows how to sidestep clichés and melodrama into more serious tones.

Entre nos might feel bleak at times but life is like that sometimes, it does not care about your plans. Mendoza perfectly infuses a bleak future with simple ending of hope.



The film Bridesmaids proves that not only men can have fun, the ladies could too.

The film Bridesmaids is how I like to say it is in the Apatow universe. That saying is that at least one actor has been in an Apatow film either produced by him or directed by him. Kristen Wig who people might remember her in Knocked Up where she played a boss who kept saying smart remarks to Katherine Hegil's character. She now stars in this one which is a great comedy, but the big plus side is that is a all women cast and these great actress made me laugh like crazy.

The movie begins with Annie (Kristen Wig) a pastry chef whose bakery went out of business. Now she works in a jewelry store she hates and sleeps with a guy who is a complete a-hole. Her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married and she chooses her as her maid in honor. She's excited and agrees. She didn't count for the other bridesmaids though. Melissa McCarthy as Helen a very crude woman but honestly has the best lines in the movie. Wendi McLendon-Covey as Rita a woman who's tired of her marriage and kids, Ellie Kemper as Becca a woman who's very pure and sweet but maybe too sweet. Then there's Rose Byrne as Helen which Annie hates because she claims that she's Lillian's best and only friend.

There is a competition between Annie and Helen of trying to make the best ideas for Lillian's wedding and goes it to extreme heights.

What I love about the movie was it's chemistry between all the girls. Each girl does her part and it's very funny. You will remember each one guaranteed the party where each bridesmaid is introduced is one of the funniest intros I've seen in a long time. Each actress says a line that will actually make you crack up every time. The plot is more around with Annie, Helen and Lillian but the movie makes time for every character to shine.

Kristen Wig was very funny and I liked her as an actress and I would love to see her in another films. Even though she has an extensive career, this is the movie that will open those doors. The romantic subplot as well was handled very well not overshadowing everything else. The only really problem I had with the film was the fact that the women portrayed in the film don't really talk or act that way. This is more of an opinion of mine then a critical analysis. They just don't talk that way, or sometimes the way they act. The reason why the film got a 3.5/4 was they are far more superior comedies then Bridesmaids. However remember the star system doesn't really matter it's the review.

The film was directed by Paul Feig who has more experience in TV then in films. He had a disappointing film debut with a movie called Unaccompanied Minors. Well he can always lie and say that Bridesmaids was his film debut.


Take Me Home Tonight

Take Me Home Tonight is a collection of 80's clichés and that is one my personnel guilty pleasures. Love the 80's and maybe that's why I took it easy on the film.

First of all Take Me Home Tonight is a tribute for the rated R comedies of the 80's. There are numerous references towards 80's movies and culture and including a banging soundtrack. The plot consists of Matt Frankiln (Topher Grace) a MIT grad who still works at a video rental store. One day a very beautiful girl from his high school comes to the store and he's so embarrassed he hides the fact that he works there. He lies to her by saying that he works for Goldman and Sachs. There are going to the same party and they plan to meet there. The movie has all the required stuff for a 80's movie. The bumbling sidekick, the sister who gives out a eye opening speech, and the beautiful girl that finds herself. Oh as well as getting caught by a parent at some point in the movie. In a magical way everything gets solved at the end.

The leads are great, the soundtrack is awesome for any 80's fan. It has a overall sweetness about it. You're pissed at it's flaws but you can't seem to get mad at it. There are times when the movie gets pretty predictable. If you saw every single famous 80's teen movie then you probably seen this one. I think the problem with the film is it's rating. The movie is very rated R. If it was lighter it probably would have been much better. John Hughes directed the best teen films in the 80's and there were PG-13 or a light R. Those films were so much better then the hard R teen comedies. The film is pretty good the first half and it kind of shoots itself in the foot in the second half. Then when the final act comes you can admit you fell in love with a silly movie.

If you have that nostalgia for everything 80's then this is your film, but why don't you watch Easy A a better film that invokes John Hughes essence better.


Hall Pass
Hall Pass(2011)

Hall Pass is the new directorial effort from The Farrelly Brothers, the same directors who brought us There's Something About Mary. Hall Pass doesn't really match up with that better film.

Owen Wilson plays Rick Millis a family man who works spend time with his kids and is having some problems with his wife. His friend Fred played by Jason Sudeikis is in the same boat, worse every time he doesn't get any sex with his wife he goes to masturbate outside in the car. One day Rick gets his wife so upset that she grants him a hall pass, a week with no restrictions. Meaning that he can cheat with no problem, Fred gets one again and they both go through one hell of a week.

Well one good thing going for Hall Pass is that Sudeikis and Wilson are actually pretty good together. We can believe that there friends. There is a lot manic zeal going on the film. Reader, there are parts in the film that made me laugh out loud and it will probably make you laugh. The supporting actors as well brings some cool stuff to the table. There is one scene where they ingest a certain drug on a golf course and it's pretty funny. What the movie fails on its that the majority of the jokes falls flat. There is big laughs but it's not enough to really carry the movie. So the questions arises that why the movie was even made. The Farrelly Brothers could have made a better script and better film when the time is right. The film can get kind of a crude. There is no reason to make nasty sex gags to make people laugh.

It has been four years since The Heartbreak Kid that the Farrelly Brothers has made a film. Hall Pass was not a great return to form for them.


The Rite
The Rite(2011)

The Rite tries to bring up the topic of exorcism is it real or just a hoax. The film tries to show that and at the same time talk about the faith of a man. Sadly it just follows the same route towards mediocre PG-13 horror films.

The film follows Michael Kovak played by Colin O'Donoghue a young man who works at a funeral home with his father played by Rugter Hauer. To escape from his home he tries priesthood but tries to quit. After a incident where it kind of tests his faith. A priest offers to try out a course that teaches how to do exorcisms. He takes the offer and heads to Italy. When he gets there he expresses doubt about the existence of devils and actual possession. The instructor sends him to Father Lucas played by Anthony Hopkins who has a lot of experience with exorcisms. That's when Kovak starts really wondering what is real and what is not.

The film has a lot faults and it's disappointing because the film kind of goes in the right track. The film had me in certain spots. Where the film shines is that it takes it's subject very serious. There are very educated talks about religion and medical science. In the film people actually sit down and talk while now a days you don't see that much. However the film shoots it's self in the foot. The screenplay has no excitement and at times poorly written. There is also no scares a film about exorcisms and no actual scares. There is a sense of creepiness, but it's pretty much what you get. As well as we all know that every exorcism movies has to beat the one that is the queen of them all, The Exorcist The cinematography though is amazing and it looks great. Kudos to Ben Davis the cinematographer.

The best thing about the film is of course is Anthony Hopkins, you give that man a teddy bear and he can make it scary. He brings a wise and man of experience in Father Lucas and when the latter parts of the movie comes he's very impressive. While we're talking about acting another thing that bogs down this movie is Colin O'Donoghue's performance. His weak performance doesn't really help you get through the movie. It's a shame because the film was directed by Mikael Hafstrom the same who directed 1408 a much better horror movie then The Rite.

The Rite is well made and Hopkins's is always great to watch, but it can help The Rite head to just another failed PG-13 horror pile.


Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch(2011)

When the news of Sucker Punch started coming out and as well as the trailer. I was very excited it looked really cool and I was excited about Zack Synder's first original work. Sadly it's a major misfire.

The film explores different genres like fantasy, sci-fi, steam punk and you could even say women in prison movies. So your getting a really mixed bag in this deal. The film begins with a long musical intro, explaining Baby Doll played by Emily Browning loses her mom and her sister and her stepfather admits her into a mental asylum. There she meets other prisoners, females with lot's of issues. With a very evil orderly played by Oscar Isaacs who torments the girls in the asylum. Then the movie starts going into these music filled sequences of intense action and violence GCI overload. There's one scene that involves large Japanese samurai with machine guns. A lot of it doesn't really make any kind of sense.

The film has a extensive cast of females all of them are very talented but it's not really enough to save the film. Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Carla Gigino. I give it to the girls for doing these action scenes they pull it off with style. Everything looks great here visuals, the girls, the action, the music. What the movie bombs is in it's lack of depth.

The screenplay is very mundane during the scenes with out action. There is not much background for these characters. There all hot woman put up against incredible odds, but if only we care about them more. They have conversations but of nothing really interesting, I admit I wanted them to shut up and get to the action scenes. If you seen enough of Synder's films his action is very stylized we all saw 300. So you get that pretty much here. The action is well made and it looks great but it just feels like someone else is playing a video game and there not passing controller. They only put it down when the cut scenes come on. There is one scene that I quite enjoyed that involves three females and a lot of robots.

You give actors bad material well they very often shows their disgust through their acting and that what pretty much happens here. There are blank stares, awful delivered lines and it just feels like they really don't care. How could they, Synder doesn't give them a chance to really developed or have dialogue that's worth saying. Synder actually just cares more about the way the film looks then to actually make characters and a plot to resonant on the screen. Two things that I really didn't get in this film, Scott Glenn a very good actor who's been in a dozen films is completely wasted here. He plays The Wise Man he just spits out instructions and is basically a walking fortune cookie. The other thing is why is Joe Hamm from Mad Men is here. Did he need money or something oh wait I know what it is *cough* *cough*...studio didn't trust movie put someone that audiences knows and recognizes *cough*.

Synder says this film is about geek culture's sexism and objectification of women. I just see as a attempt to get 16 year olds to a movie where it has hot girls, guns, samurai swords and dragons. All that sounds cool but Sucker Punch is not a good example of it.


The Eagle
The Eagle(2011)

The Eagle brings back classic examples of what the sword and sandals genre doesn't have today. Although it's not enough to cover its main fault.

The film is directed by Kevin MacDonald who directed The Last King of Scotland and State of Play. Channing Tatum plays Marcus Aquila the son of the commander who famous 9th Legion disappear somewhere in Britain, along with the Famous Golden Eagle a gold statue. He tries to put his father's name in honor by being a good solider. One day protecting a outpost he gets injured and returns to his uncle's villa. He saves the life of a slave named Esca played by Jamie Bell and serves him. One day he learns rumors about the Golden Eagle being spotted somewhere in Europe. He takes Esca with him and he goes over the border to look for the eagle.

The film plays a lot to the classic formula brotherhood and learning from each other, different social classes. However the film's greatest strength is the location and cinematography. The locations are not made in CGI so we are seeing amazing sights. Esca and Marcus are actually trekking through these places. The action scenes as well brings back fighting scenes where you could real people doing things unlike CGI filled movies like 300 or Troy. Where it appears millions but its actually ten behind a green screen. That's kind of a fresh air for fans of this particular genre.

One strange thing but not in bad way there is no romance subplot oddly enough MacDonald was able to avoid that. This is the kind of movie where it doesn't need that it would just feel forced.

The downfall of The Eagle is the lead performance of Tatum, I'm not saying he's a bad actor but this is not his kind of movie. He's very miscast but I do give him props for trying to humanize his character by not making him over the top or a cliche hero. Jaime Bell although is great and really it's the strength of the movie.

The Eagle might have a weak central performance and a been there done that feel. It's still a good adventure movie for anybody who's a fan.


How Do You Know

How Do You Know is the perfect example of a great cast and a great director coming together and just making a stinker. It's impressive how they can just screw it up huh.

Reese Witherspoon plays a famous softball player who gets cut and starts a relationship with an other famous athlete, played by Owen Wilson. Happening at the same time Paul Rudd's character is being sued and its not getting any kinda help from his psycho but eccentric father played by Jack Nicholson.

Of course Rudd and Witherspoon have a cute meet and the film tries to explore their complexities. Relationship and in their careers.

The movie fails by the tedious way this film is being directed. It feels really overblown and it feels very overwritten. Everybody does their best to push through but its not really enough. It tries too hard to to push its themes and its exhausting to watch.

The film is directed by James L. Brooks who brought us films like Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good as it Gets. So this is a huge misfire guys its just not worth it. He can do better.

A great cast helped by not much though.



Unknown is a film the stars Liam Neeson in Europe trying to solve a mystery....but wait hold on...hold on... Didn't we see this in Taken...

The film starts Neeson a scientist Dr. Harris who's doing a presentation in Germany and he's there with his wife played by January Jones. When they get to the hotel he notices he's missing a bag and goes and grabs another cab to go back to the airport. He gets into a car accident and wakes up four days later in a hospital bed. He's been in a coma, whats more strangely is that his wife and nobody has came looking for him he's also lost his memory.

When he goes back to his wife she doesn't recognized him and claims that he's not her husband. There is somebody else who is Dr. Harris. He treks through Germany trying to solve the web of mystery around him.

They should create a new genre called "Liam Neeson kicking ass in Europe" I would watch that everyday no problem!!!

The problem with Unknown is that it's extremely implausible and the things that happen with Neeson is pretty much hard to believe. Also while watching the film is like watching a knock off The Bourne movies.

The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra he's the one behind House of Wax and Orphan. House of Wax is not that great but Orphan is a well made horror film for the genre nothing more and nothing less.

Unknown is well directed and Neeson gives it his all only to make the movie an enjoyable but forgettable thriller.


The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau is a electrifying film that shows a great version of how we question our existence.

Matt Damon stars as David Norris a up and coming politician running for senate. One day a tabloid digs up a embarrassing prank that he did a long time ago and he basically loses the office. He goes to the bathroom and gloats and meets Elise played by Emily Blunt a girl who's hiding out in the Men's bathroom. She inspires him to make a speech that changes his image towards the people.

He falls in love with her and they meet again but that was a accident and was not suppose to happen according to these 1950's clothes wearing people. Who wants them separated because of a higher purpose.

I don't want to ruin this great film for anybody. This movie makes everything work. Good chemistry between Blunt and Damon, and great conversations about faith, religion and free will. A very smart script and good direction. I love how the fact there is no villain, it's people with a concern for the greater good. They just don't agree with each other.

It's been a long time since there was a movie where two people actually see each other eye to eye and have a conversation. This movie strangely allows that happen and feels great to see that again. The film was directed by George Nolfi this is his film debut and he might be a director to be reckon with in the future.

Some people might not like the ending because it doesn't fall on the trappings of a cliche ending. Name a religious experience that ended with answers instead of questions. You won't find much.

One of the best of 2011.


The Lincoln Lawyer

Matthew McConaughey is back and in top form and I couldn't wait for that to happen. Having so much critical failures it's about time he makes something decent.

It's funny it's the genre that brought him to the map. The first time people seen him was in Dazed and Confuse, but I saw him in A Time To Kill where he did a great performance alongside some heavy hitters. Sandra Bullock and Samuel Jackson.

He works best in thrillers we all saw Frailty which was a good flick and showed his chops. Even though he had a small role.

Now he returns in The Lincoln Lawyer as Mickey Haller a attorney who works from his black Lincoln and mostly defends criminals. One day a rich kid played by Ryan Philippe gets accused of beating a girl and hires Mickey to defend him. Strangely as the case gets bigger there's a much bigger web of mystery to be solved.
The acting is the strongest part of the film and it has a great cast. Including Marisa Tomei and William H. Macy. Each actor brings it in this one. Everybody here is strong and charismatic. Ryan Philippe explores some very deep levels in his performance and it was pretty impressive. What bogs down the film though is that it follows formula to the key instead of trying something different. So it makes it very predictable.

Other then that its enjoyable courtroom drama that proves McConaughey still got it in him.



Insidious is an extremely scary movie and I can safely say the best horror film I've seen since the first Paranormal Activity.

Now a day with remakes and reboots it's good to see filmmakers who try to at least be original. The film is directed by James Wan the same guy who brought us the Saw series, as well as the only good installment in the series.

The film begins with a family of five; Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne are the parents. One day one of their sons goes up in the basement and hurts himself. Even though everything looks fine the next day he slips into a coma. Ever since that strange thing starts happening in the house, noises, sightings of people. She wants to move and they do but it follows them and they call in an expert played by Lin Shaye. She tells them it's not the house it's their son.

This is one of the most exhausting experiences I had in awhile, the movie is truly scary. What makes it work is the attention of detail that Wan gives to his scares. Yes there are no extreme levels of violence. The simple things are what scare us the most. A certain noise, something we see that maybe it's not real or is it.
I want to give credit to sound effects and the sound editing guys, because it can get nerve racking in the movie.

The two main problems with the film are that it can get predictable. The scares and creepiness stays throughout the film but you can guess what pretty much happens next. The last fifteen minutes can get kinda of silly because rather then finishing it with a strong ending it leads to an extreme cliche chase scene.
Other then that hopefully PA3 and the other horror films that come out in October can prove me wrong when I say this.

Insidious is the best mainstream horror film of the year that is actually decent and original, and not a remake or reboot.


X-Men: First Class

I regret not seeing X Men First Class in the movies because it's one of the best movies of the summer.

The film tells the story of Magneto who is played by Michael Fassbender and Xavier played by James Macavoy. It shows how their relationship started and eventually ends. It also shows how other characters begin as well that we see in the other X Men films.

The movie is great blockbuster fun, it has great special effects and the movie being set in the 1960's are extremely well made. It clearly invokes the era. The acting is great as well, especially of Macavoy and Fassbender. The young cast as well brings a charm to the film. Kevin Bacon is very good here as the villain. Few actors can really invoke hatred and Bacon is one of them. He has this style that really gets in your skin.

One of the huge strengths of the film is how it treats the subject material with joy. We all do know this film is pretty ridiculous, but at the same time it treats it very serious when it comes down to the prejudice themes in all the X Men films. The characters have inspirations, goals, faults, they have conversations of how there are different. Yes it does lead to one big action scene at the end but at least we spend the time getting to know to these characters. So when the action starts we can actually care for the characters.

That was the problem with X Men Origins Wolverine they didn't humanize Wolverine and made him a set piece for excessive special effects.

Matthew Vaughn directed the disappointing Kick Ass, but he redeems himself with X Men First Class where he didn't go for shock value instead he made a movie.