Organized crime is not a job; it is a lifestyle. It is also not the glamorized, conformable style that Hollywood has romanticized for years. No… it is a grim, dangerous and unhappy way to live. And most of the time the people involved have no other choice but to follow such lifestyle. Gomorrah is the work of Italian filmmakers trying to show what life in the criminal world is really like. The film is based on fact.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
So it might be a bit late for a review because Push came out in theaters a few months ago but it just came out on the iTunes store & rentals; so I think a late review is fair game in this case.
As a super-powered hero movie Push is not the best. But as a thriller it rocks… big time! Remember Minority Report? That movie kept you hooked because there was know way to know what was going on at any point. Yet at the end everything came together through a very neat and clever twist. Push plays very similarly to that other SciFi thriller… but with a big difference: this time the characters are actually interesting.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I realize this may get me avada kedavrad, but I almost wish I had gone to see I Love You Beth Cooper instead, so unsatisfying is this movie. The last time I felt this...bland...after a film was after seeing The Golden Compass in 2007, a film that Half-Blood Prince's problems bear a striking resemblance to.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I love you, Beth Cooper.
I love you because you made this movie bearable to watch.
This movie so desperately wants to be great. It's got all the ingredients; a decently likable cast, good direction, a fun soundtrack, and even some truly heartwarming moments. The only problem is that it never really finds its own voice or style. It's got some great stuff going on throughout but when the credits role, all you can think of is how you just wanted a little more.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Third time IS the charm.
As a small practically independent studio Blue Sky has learned a lot in the last few years. They began with Ice Age, an entertaining and somewhat whimsy film about friendship. It was a noble attempt but Toy Story, another “road film” about friendship it was not. Next they came up with Robots, which sadly was a step down from Ice Age. But last year they came up with Horton Hears a Who, which delivered genuine entertainment, was rendered beautifully, and did not shy away from deeper meaning. The whole family could enjoy it at an equal level. Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs s stands more or less at the same place Horton Hears a Who did, though a little less deep and a little more whimsy, but certainly above all the previous installments of the franchise. What makes this film so effective is that it knows what comedy is about and how animated worlds, such as those made by Disney in its earlier years and Pixar, work.