Monday, January 25, 2010

The Book of Eli (Charlie)

It was the cast that drove me to see this movie. I think Gary Oldman is the best actor in Hollywood. I also really like both Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis. The three of them did a great job with the script they were handed.

As for this rest of this movie it is terrible. DO NOT PAY MONEY TO SEE IT!!!! Down load it off the internet or sneak in and see it for free. If you still think you might want to see it I will spoil the ending for you!!!

The movie takes place after a huge war (they do say the cause was religion) and now the world is left a waist land. Eli (who he refuses to tell people his name but as a viewer you know it before you walk into the theater, his name is the title of the damn movie) is traveling across the country with a book that he needs to deliver "out west" This book basically gives him super powers where he can fight 7 guys at the same time, dodge bullets and escape being locked up. Also the book has the ability to give you a bow and arrow when you need it (one sec Eli has it the next he doesn't, then it appears again). The Magical book is the King James version of the Bible.

Well, Carnegie (Oldman) knows the power this book has and wants to take it away from Eli. Most of the people left on earth are much younger and don't even know about religion. All the world religions have died (think you know where this movie is going). Now a world with out religion has driven people mad. Crime is a way of life and most people are cannibals.

Once Carnegie gets his hands on the book Eli looses his superpowers and is shot. Eli continues on his way slowly dieing while Carnegie takes the book back to his hideout. Eli travels to Alcatraz Prison where a group of people are collecting books in an attempt to rebuild society. Here is where you find out that The book was all in braille and Eli has it all memorized. So Carnegie cant read the book and his people rise up against him. Eli recites the bible while it is all written down and eventually reprinted.

In the end Christianity is the only religion and we have yet another translation of the friggin Bible. The only thing that surprised me about this movie was that Mel Gibson did not star in it.

There, now you don't have to see this POS movie.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Blind Side (Brodie)

Really liked it.  Ok, so it did have some overly sentimental parts, and the obligatory look-how-good-things-are-going-now montage.  But it was a great story with lovable characters.  I was also surprised and pleased by the lack of football in a movie about the beginnings of an NFL star.  It was less cheesy than Remember the Titans and Radio (which I compared it to in my mind from the previews), so that was good.  I got pretty wrapped up in this story and its sentimentality.  Nothing wrong with a feel-good movie.

Sherlock Holmes (Brodie)

Loved it.  I'll start by saying, I've never read a Holmes book.  But the movie... Witty, quick dialogue, great fights, and interesting glimpses into how his mind works.  Had all the components I need to love a movie.  I look forward to the next one.  (I'm really liking Robert Downey, Jr. as the super smart arrogant hero--liked the Iron Man 2 preview too.)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Avatar (Charlie)

Saw it and also loved it. I was worried about all the hype and that it would not be as good as everyone was saying. Well it went above and beyond. If you have not seen this movie yet make sure to see it on the big screen and in 3D.

I enjoyed the cast and their Avatar look a likes. One of my favorites is a Native American actor Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Heat) and as soon as his CG character walked on the screen I knew who was doing his voice before he spoke. All the CG characters have facial features of their actors.

One thing I would like to have seen with this movie is more about the Na'vi (I think I spelled that right) and less with the battles. This coming from an action junky. I would have been happy sitting through a 3 hour drama about the Na'vi and no violence. Much of the movie (and some of my favorite parts) felt like i was watching a documentary on the Discovery Channel.

This is a beautiful movie. The landscape and CG was amazing to watch. Combined with a lot of actors that I really enjoy (Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Wes Studi and Giovanni Ribisi) made this movie well worth what I paid for the ticket.