Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

That title alone was enough to make me want to see this movie. Abraham Lincoln is probably the most famous and beloved of all of our presidents, so it is very interesting to see him wielding an ax to kill a bunch of CGI vampires. In this movie, Abraham Lincoln starts killing vampires to get revenge for the death of his mother, who was killed by a vampire when he was a little boy. He gets trained by a man played by Dominic Cooper. I guess right away that he was a vampire, so it really wasn't a surprise for me. While this movie wasn't perfect, it did have its fun moments. I think it is really neat how the vampires can go invisible and I think it is cool how they integrated the vampires into the Civil War. One thing that did bug me about this movie was all of the slow motion effects. Some slow motion during a fight scene can be really cool, like in 300, but if you have to much it become a little ridiculous. Also, I'm not a big fan of CGI in horror movies. You can always tell when something is CGI, so it becomes less scary. I did like Benjamin Walker as Lincoln. Its kind of a bummer that Liam Neeson didn't end up getting cast as Lincoln in the serious Lincoln film that is coming out because that would have been perfect since Walker played the younger version of Neeson in the movie Kinsey. I think that the make-up job they did on Walker to turn him into the older Lincoln was really good, but I don't understand why they didn't do the same to Anthony Mackie. He didn't look any older at all, with the exception of a little grey in his hair. We saw Lincoln age about 30 years, but didn't see his friend age at all. Anyways, this movie could have been a lot better in my opinion, but it was still a fun movie to see. My rating: 6/10

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Review: Moonrise Kingdom

This was one of the most adorable movies I have ever seen in my entire life. It was just so cute and sweet and funny, and it just put me in an excellently good mood. You can always tell when a movie is a Wes Anderson movie because they always have their own feel about them. This was also the case for Moonrise Kingdom. This movie takes place on an island in 1965. It is about two 12 year olds who fall in love and run away together. Since they live on an island, it really doesn't take too long to find them. This movie has a really great cast. It has Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDarmand (?), Tilda Swinton, and I really loved Edward Norton as the Scout Leader. All of the scenes that took place at the camp were really funny. I also loved the two actors who played the main boy and girl, Sam and Susie. There is this really great sequence in the movie where they have a montage of all of the letters that they wrote to eachother. You get to see how odd the two of them are, especially the girl. Susie doesn't really say much in this movie but I think that she was my favorite character. There just wasn't a single moment in this movie that didn't make me smile. My rating: 10/10

Angelina Jolie as Malefiscent

Here is the first image of Angelina Jolie as the Disney villainess Malefiscent. I'm really excited because of how similar her costume looks to the animated version. I'm also digging her creepy yellow contacts. I knew that she would look great as Malefiscent, and this photo proves that I was right...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Review: Rock of Ages

Seeing Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx alone is worth the price of admission. He doesn't have a whole lot of dialogue in this movie, but that doesn't really matter because he just has so much presense! I mean it is Tom Freaking Cruise standing there with some leather chaps and fake tattoos making out with random girls. Seeing this movie makes you think that if he didn't go into acting, Tom Cruise would have made one hell of a rock god. My favorite parts of the movie were when he was singing Wanted (Dead or Alive) and Pour Some Sugar on Me.
Putting aside how much I loved Tom Cruise in this, I thought that this was a pretty fun movie. If you're looking for a movie with a good story, this isn't one to see, but it does have great music, and is a cheesy good time. As for the plot, it is basically about a girl who moves to Los Angeles with big dreams who meets a guy who has done the same. Alec Baldwin plays the owner of the club that they both work at and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a woman who wants the club to be shut down because of a grudge against Stacee Jaxx. As soon as Russell Brand's characters says that she looks familiar it was pretty obvious to me that she had a history at the club. But the story is pretty unimportant in my opinion. The only reason to go see this movie is for the music and to watch Tom Cruise be awesome. My rating: 7/10

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Review: Prometheus

I must see this movie in 3D! I just got back from a long ass car ride from Colorado, so I was going to wait until tomorrow to see this, but I wanted to see this so bad that I couldn't wait one more day! My plan was to see this in 2D today and then see it in 3D some time during the next week if I thought it was worth the extra few dollars. Well, it definitely is. I bet that this movie is going to look amazing in 3D. It is pretty awe-inspiring in 2D, so 3D is just going to make it that much cooler. This movie has the most amazing visuals. The creature design, the look of the ships, the costume design, and the look of the caves, everything was just spectacular. This movie really reminded me of why I love science fiction.
Prometheus is about a group of scientists who go to a distant planet to find alien lifeforms who they believe to be their creators. Unfortunately for them, this turns out to be a huge mistake because as soon as they land everything starts to go wrong. The cast of this movie is filled with actors I love, including two of my favorite actors, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, who end up playing my two favorite characters in the movie.
Charlize plays Meredith Vickers, a total hardass, and the head of the ship. She actually reminded me more of Ellen Ripley than Noomi Rapace's character did. She is someone who thinks of the crew and the mission before emotions, which is evident in the scene where she burns a man alive because he is sick. It reminded me of the scene from Alien where Ripley refuses to let John Hurt's character aboard.  I was kind of bummed that we didn't see more interaction with her and Michael Fassbender's character, David, who really owned this movie.  loved their short little parts together, even though it wasn't much. Fassbender as David was really the best performance in this movie. I would watch a movie just about the David 8 robot. Not just because I love Michael Fassbender, but because he was just amazing as that character. I loved every single moment that he was on screen. Also, the whole time I was waiting for the robot dismemberment, because you can't have an Alien movie without some robot dismemberment, where we see their white gooey blood. I was kind of disappointed by Noomi Rapace's character. She just wasn't as cool as I wanted her to be. She does, however, have this really great moment of survival where she goes in this machine that gives her an operation. It is kind of disturbing, but one of the more memorable scenes in the movie.
Although, I did really like this movie, the plot did leave something to be desired. It kind of left a lot of unanswered questions. Like, for instance, we never really find out why David puts that black stuff in Charlie's drink. Then, of course, there is the ending. After everything that happened, I could not believe what Rapace's character wanted to do next. I just wanted to yell at the screen, "MORON!" I am hoping that there is a sequel to this, though, because 1) after all that I am kind of curious for an answer too and 2) I would love a chance to see more David. My rating: 8/10

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Just Finished Reading: Great Expectations

I saw a really old film version of this a while ago. It was the one with Jean Simmons playing the young Estella and Valerie Hobson playing the older version. I thought that Estella and Ms. Havisham seemed like very interesting characters, so that is the main reason I wanted to read this. I was kind of bummed that there wasn't as much about Estella as I hoped there would be. Having said that, I do think that this is a great story. I suppose it is meant to be somewhat of a mystery, but since I saw the movie I already knew who Pip's benefactor was. So, instead I got to read this knowing something that the main character didn't, which was pretty interesting, especially since he spends a majority of the novel thinking that it was Ms. Havisham. I'm really excited to see the upcoming film version of this movie. I think that Helena Bonham Carter is a bit young to play Ms. Havisham, but I think that she'll be great nevertheless. I'm also looking forward to seeing Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch and Holliday Granger as Estella.

Friday, June 1, 2012

My Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

I'm quite positive that it wasn't the filmmakers' intention to have me root for the villain in this movie, but I loved Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna. I thought she was brilliant. She was insane and a total badass, and has the most amazing costumes! (I smell another Oscar win for the amazing Colleen Atwood!) I just loved every moment she was on screen and was actually really disappointed when Snow White killed her at the end. (Especially after having her give a long speech about how she can't be killed).

Many months ago when they were casting this movie, I wrote a blog post about how I really didn't want Kristen Stewart to be cast as Snow White. I really didn't know what this movie was going to be yet (I thought it would be a more traditional Disney Princess type of movie) so I thought she was an awful choice and that no one would believe that she could be considered "fairer" than the gorgeous Ms. Charlize Theron. Well casting someone as beautiful as Charlize for the queen is a problem by itself because it would be hard to find anyone who could be considered prettier than her. Of all of the actresses that were originally considered for the part of Snow White, the only one that I think could maybe have worked looks-wise was Bella Heathcote. I'm not saying Kristen Stewart is ugly or anything. She's pretty in her way, and at the end when she is wearing that gorgeous maroon dress she actually looked really lovely. I just don't think she would ever be considered fairest in the land. But...that is just my opinion.
Acting wise, however, Stewart wasn't as awful as she normally is. Usually her wooden and bland acting is a distraction for me, but there really weren't any moments in this movie where that happened. Come to think of it, though, she doesn't have all the much dialogue in this movie. I think that she has more moments looking up at the sky than she does speaking.
I am really curious about the whole Huntsman as love interest thing. Originally, it was going to be Viggo Mortensen playing the Huntsman, and he is a lot older than Kristen Stewart. I'm wondering if they changed the Huntsman to a potential love interest when Chris Hemsworth was cast. It kind of reminds me about how they changed the ending of the remake of Clash of the Titans. Originally, Perseus was supposed to fall for Andromeda, but they changed it so that the romantic interest was Io, the woman he spent most of the movie with. Changing the ending made Andromeda's character kind of pointless, and that is how the William character was in Snow White and the Huntsman. He really had no place in this story at all, and the movie would have changed very little without him. I mean, they didn't even have him in any of the advertising for this movie.
Anyways, I thought this movie was pretty cool. The special effects were amazing, especially in the Dark Forest and in the Fairy Forest. All of Colleen Atwood's costumes were stunning, and like I said before, I thought Charlize Theron was the bee's knees. I do wish that we saw more of the dwarves, though. The dwarves are played by a bunch of cool actors like Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, and Ray Winstone. I kind of wish they had some subtitles or something for when Winstone spoke because there were a few lines where I had no idea what he said. There was a part where he said something and everyone in the audience laughed and I so was disappointed because I had no idea what he said. I missed out on the laugh. :( I was also really sad when they killed off the ginger dwarf. I thought it was interesting/ odd that they all have British accents except for Hemsworth, who has an Irish accent in this movie. I don't know why they did that, but whatever. Chris Hemsworth makes a very sexy Hunstman, and I very much enjoyed watching him swing his axe around. My rating: 8/10