Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Blade Runner (1982)

Pretty good sci-fi thriller. Although I've seen this type of movie before, it was probably a breakthrough at the time. Not my favorite Harrison Ford movie, but I do love most of the movies he's in.

Mean Girls (2004)

Cool and well done teen/chick-flick with good humor and some really great scenes. The writing was smart. I was surprised at what a good movie it was.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

I had this movie on in the background and wasn't paying attention to most of it. What I saw of it was really interesting and I think I would like to watch it again when I have more time to focus. Johnny Depp is a really great actor. I liked the way this movie was narrated. It had some pretty crazy tripped out scenes in it.

Happiness (1998)

I don't think this film would have any problem revolting even the most vulgar of people. It is shocking and repulsive, and not about happiness but rather what people think might make them happy. Although it is made very well, I would never suggest this movie to anyone.

Friday, February 23, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Really interesting educational science movie about the dangers of global warming and the effects it has had on the earth particularly in the last 50 years. I learned a lot from this movie but a lot of it I'm not sure of it's validity. For example, pictures are shown over a period of 50 years, but not told whether it's winter or summer. I also didn't like was it seemed that Al Gore was "selling" himself a little by dramatizing his loss of presidency and making jokes about the Republican party. I think he would have sold his point a lot stronger if he had not included this and made more validity to his points. I am very hesitant of conspiracy theories, especially ones from people who's electric bill in a month is more than I pay the whole year. Gore doesn't seem to live his belief. Nonetheless, the movie is really insightful and gave some ideas on how to help the environment.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Magnolia (1999)

This movie was really interesting and very good. It's just about life and "coincidences." It is 3-hours long, but all the stories within the main story make it worth watching. It will make you think, and you will share the emotions of the characters. It has an amazing cast.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Lost Highway (1997)

This movie was so horrible, I couldn't even finish it. It was a similar experience to when I was horrified by seeing 8MM in the theaters and had wished I had walked out. Please do not see this movie. It is hauntingly horrible and shouldn't have been made. It is a total waste of anything good in life.

Lost in Translation (2003)

Although this is ultimately a sad movie about broken relationships, I am once again moved by this film. It made me laugh and think and be appreciative of my life. It shows the longings of two souls. The performances are alluring and the story has a very sweet, yet sorrowful, overtone.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Total Recall (1990)

Classic Arnold. This movie was hilarious and totally ridiculous. There are some very epic lines and this movie should be taken very very seriously.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Citizen Kane (1941)

This movie was hard to get into at first, probably because of how old it is. But once I started understanding what was going on, I really liked the movie. It was a great story and had interesting characters and good dialogue. As some people have quoted: "It is a landmark for cinema history."

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Better off Dead (1985)

Better Off Dead is a really funny 80's flick about a highschool kid who is obsessed with his girlfriend. It was awesome. I totally enjoyed it and might even buy it for my DVD collection. Great film.

Apocalypto (2006)

This movie by Mel Gibson is really good. The story is amazing and suspenseful. There is a LOT of violence. It is a story of a tribe that is taken captive by the Mayans to be sacrificed to the gods. There are a lot of really awesome shots and the movie is captivating.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

The Illusionist (2006)

Although I'm not a huge fan of Edward Norton, I thought this film was really good. I couldn't figure out a lot of the magic in the movie, which caused some confusion towards the end, but I liked the style. It's similar to the Prestige, which came out around the same time. I would suggest the Prestige over this one, but this movie was still very good.

Art School Confidential (2006)

This movie started out really funny. They did a pretty good job at singling out art school stereotypes. The main character, who is actually a decent artist, tries to gain acceptance in whatever way possible. And this is how, about half way through the movie, it turned psychotic and didn't make much sense. I was left thinking "What?!" Pretty stupid movie. I wouldn't recommend it.

Sky High (2005)

This is a kids movie, but it's really fun and worth watching. The effects weren't all that great and it was really cheesy, but overall I really liked it.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

American Splendor (2003)

Wow! How could I have not heard of this movie sooner? It was awesome. Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis did an amazing job portraying their characters. The art style and directing is new, unique, and almost refreshing. This is just a fun and interesting movie that I suggest you see soon.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Blow (2001)

I was surprised to really like this film. It reminded me a lot of Goodfellas, maybe because of Ray Liotta, but probably because of the nature of the drug lifestyle and the regrets that always come along with it. It's based on a true story about the drug dealer who made cocaine popular. I thought this film was great and the acting was awesome too.

So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)

Awesome little romantic comedy. Light-hearted and off-the-wall. If you haven't seen it yet you will enjoy it. I think it is one of Mike Myers' best films.

Frida (2002)

This is a pretty interesting movie about two renown artists. If you are interested in art and/or art history, you'll enjoy this story. The art in this film is amazing and there were some really cool scenes where they mix art with reality. The painful realities of her marriage to Diego Rivera were difficult to watch. There are a surprising amount of sex scenes in this movie. But overall, I thought the movie was really good and well-done.