Sunday, October 18, 2009

Law Abiding Citizen

I kind of new what i was getting into when i went to go see this movie. But it has been more then 2 months since i have been to the movies so i looking for something simple....

And that is what it was. The story was not anything complex even when it tried very hard to be. It is pretty much a revenge film. But instead of your main character going after all the people directly involved he goes after all the people that were involved with the trial.

The acting was the best part. Jamie Foxx was good but nothing new there. After seeing this movie and 300 i would not mess with Gerard Butler. Another personal favorite actor is Gregory Itzin who plays the warden in this movie. He also played President Logan on the TV show 24 and has a very creepy resemblance to Richard Nixon.

So if you are looking for a good revenge movie i would watch Man on Fire or Quantum of Solace first. Then is you have time watch Law Abiding Citizen.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Zombieland (Brodie)

Loved it. Very funny. I think the lead actor (Jesse Eisenberg) has such a Michael Cera vibe to him that he may be in danger of trademark infringement. That aside, it was a very fun movie. I do need to warn against the amount of gore... holy schnarkeys, we're talkin' worse than Tarantino. And it felt like most of it happened before the opening credits--maybe I just got used to it after a while. They did definitely want to be sure they're working with a hearty audience. Even then, there was still a lot of cringing, screaming, and gasping throughout, yet enough laughter to make it all well worth it. For those of you ready to see ligaments and guts hanging from human mouths, you're gonna love this one.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Invention of Lying (Brodie)

No good. When it started and explained it was about a place where no one lied (save one), I was excited and got ready for a movie similar to Stranger Than Fiction that required an initial suspension of disbelief and went on to tell a beautiful story. This, however, was not such a treat.

There were some cute jokes based on the concept that people couldn't lie--my favorite was the Coke commercial--but the rest of the movie didn't have much else. I was ready to be exposed to a unique culture and individuals of a society where no one ever lied. Instead it was just like the world we live in now but everyone spoke their thoughts--and they're mean. It equated honesty with indiscretion, apathy, and shallowness. The love story was cliched and the characters were unlikeable--except maybe Mark, and he was (literally) lying to the entire world.

With such an all-star comedic cast--Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, Jim Gaffigan, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman, Christopher Guest, and a great cameo by Edward Norton--how could a movie with a clever premise give so little? Don't know, but it struck me as little more than a fantasy of a scorned man with a morbid view of the world. Darn. It was good for a few chuckles. Worth $10? Probably not.