It was fine, but not quite as good as I was expecting. As my sister-in-law said, it would have been better if it were more of the show itself.
The Descendants - There's so much that's good about the movie especially the acting to love about it, but I didn't enjoy it. The main problem is that I didn't expect it to be Terms of Endearment (in Hawaii). That edge that Payne exhibits so wonderfully in Citizen Ruth and Election (perhaps the most underrated movie of the 1990's) just doesn't exist here. The movie is a very well executed sap story with four endings (not like Clue, but like Lord of the Rings). Some good family dynamics but too much overall that felt awkward, out of place, and out of Payne's wheelhouse. The dumbass whoa kid who goes from the cheap comic relief to the magical negro at the switch of a light seems like something Edward Zwick would do. As someone from Hawaii, I felt cheated by the way they took a thematically plentiful issue like native land rights and had it take a backseat to a mostly unoriginal story. It was trying to be the most authentically told story about Hawaii from Hollywood and it failed. (Seriously? There's a terrible voiceover for the first ten minutes explaining how life in Hawaii is just like everywhere else with homeless people and traffic, and they spend the entire ****ing movie on vacation going through tour guide scenery stock photos? **** me.) For me, it's a disappointment from a director who deals so well with imperfect characters and moral ambiguities. That said, I do recommend it as most of the people in the theater enjoyed it greatly.
The Artist - the movie without any dialogue. It was unique, effective and very well done. The characters and story grabs you within the first 15 minutes or so, I really enjoyed it. I didn't love it though. This is probably the front runner for Oscar best pictiure award.
Just hasn't been a good year for movies this year.
When I think back over the past two years, Slumdog Millionaire, Social Network and The Kings Speech IMO are much better than any movies this year.
Maybe the best award type movie i've seen this year is Win/Win
Cowboys and Aliens - such a boring movie which seemed to experience a bit of an identity crisis...all that "star" power and such a lackluster script - wished they would all die and be done with it...
Change Up - not a new concept at all but still had some alright moments - ok to watch if you're feeling like watching a light movie.
Rio 3D - Just bought a new 3DTV and it looked amazing - fun movie
Conan 2011 - These movies never reach the potential that they could reach - another wasted chance at something epic.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Having seen the Swedish movie along with this, it's obvious that the main issue with this franchise is that other than the character of Salander, it's just not very good. (Each multiple ending feels increasingly tacked on.) Fincher is a masterful craftsman and he seems to do all he can with this source material; the movie looks great and has a nice slow-burn pacing. But other than the main female character played fantastically by Mara, it's just kind of boringly well executed. Mildly recommended.
Young Adult - It's not as good as Up in the Air but it's much better than Juno. People seem to be missing the point of this movie, like you're supposed to sympathize with all main characters and that everyone has to learn something by the end of movies. Great acting from Charlize while Patton kills it as well. Such an interesting take on a high school movie; I'm not sure there's been a movie about depression like this before. Reitman continues to interestingly study subcultures and ambivalent narcissists. One of the more underappreciated movies this year, with reason.
Jeff Goldblum baby!
Man, that movie was a bit slow throughout, but overall pretty good. That ending was so profoundly sad and stuck with me the rest of the day.
Brotherhood - really short movie (75 mins) but always on the go - really liked it.
Colombiana - Nothing original - not boring - worth a watch if you have some time to kill.
Crazy, Stupid Love - it was a lot better than anticipated - had some alright moments for a movie in its genre.
Best movie I have ever seen. Just a masterpiece Spielberg did an excellent job great story and the ending was really well done.
Enjoyable movie. I love the game of baseball, and even though I'm not a stat geek, I definitely see the value in stats. Same for basketball. It's not the end all, but it's certainly a useful tool.
Pretty amazing how 1 trip changed Billy Beane's fate as well as Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill).
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Movie just didn't work for me. I can appreciate the acting, and I love a slow burn as much as anyone and I rarely say this, but this movie was just boring. I didn't care anything about the movie as I was watching it.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Good movie. Stupid humans.
Rewatched Attack The Block again. Definitely my favorite movie of last year. Allow it.
Red Tails. Ok, where is the real movie because the thing I saw seemd more like an after school special with some pretty good action scenes. They never dealt with any of the actual issues in the movie, time and again important issues would come up and within seconds it was resolved and then we got to see an action sequence. To me the movie was pretty insulting.
As a lighthearted action movie it was decent, as anything more than that it was insulting.
Me and You and Everyone We Know - It was a very quirky indie dramedy, but I enjoyed it. The actors sold the characters well, plus the script was not afraid to go there. And the poop thing was just amazing. Those two short scenes completely justify this movie's existence. Back and forth. Forever.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest via Amazon Prime. Really liked it, watched all 3 movies in the series in the last week.
I love how certain consonants are juxtaposed in Swedish. Blomkvist - we don't have anything like that in English.
2012- I was surprised at how good it was. My 4 year old daughter did have to point out that When Woody Harrelson stood up after being knocked over by the blast that his butt crack was hanging out. Kids see the darnest things when watching television.