Monday, February 28, 2011
I wasn't expecting special effects in this movie, but I learned that the Winklevoss twins were both played by the same actor. A stand in was used as one twin and then the face of Armie Hammer was digitally added over him. I couldn't tell the difference and was impressed with the technology. We've come along way since the Brady Bunch episode when Peter Brady met his identical twin at school.
I give this movie 7.5 stars. The Social Network may have been good, but I'm really looking forward to a movie about Wikipedia since I'm sure it will have more action and stunts in it.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Diane Kruger plays a taxi cab driver who helps him as he reconstructs the past events in order to figure out what is happening to him. My least favorite part of the movie was January Jones who plays his wife. Besides having a ridiculous name, her performance was flat and emotionless. I felt like she was a robot from West World that wondered off the set and into this movie.
There were several details that I had a hard time believing, but some major twists and surprises compensated for that. SPOILER ALERT: I don't want to give the ending away, but imagine The Bourne Identity with an older lead and some major revelations at the end of the movie ala The Sixth Sense. (No, he's not a ghost.)
Some people were critical of this movie because they said it had unrealistic details. If it were claiming to be a documentary I'd be more worried about such details, but since it's a mystery/thriller, I give it 7.3 stars for being an entertaining movie.
PS- I've heard some people compare this movie to Taken. I can see why since they both star Neeson, take place in Europe, have one name titles, and have nearly identical posters, but Unknown is more of a mystery thriller and does not have as much action and violence as Taken.
Monday, February 21, 2011
MGM studios had some financial problems which slowed down the production of the next film. If money was a problem, they could have contacted me and I would have taken over the role for a fraction of what they will be paying Daniel Craig.
The last I heard, Daniel Craig and Judi Dench were the only two actors who had signed on for the new installment. I've only heard rumors about who the Bond girls will be, but I hate speculating about rumors. It appears Javier Bardem was offered the role as the villain.
I was skeptical when Craig took over the role, but I've really enjoyed his style. I know some of the old school Bond fans prefer the witty, clever style (ala Roger Moore) who relied more on gadgets and intellect and seldom got his hands dirty, but I think many younger people like the physicality and unrefined nature of the latest Bond.
The Bond movies are the longest running and most successful movie series in movie history (yes, even more than the Martin Lawrence's Big Momma movies.) 007 first came to the big screen back in 1962! I've seen them all multiple times, but the first one I saw in the theater was Moonraker back in 1979. I'm used to seeing a new installment every 2-3 years so it's hard for me to wait until November of 2012 for the next one.
When Bond 23 is released, you can expect to see me in line on opening night dressed in my tuxedo. If Star Wars and Harry Potter fans can dress up, then why can't I?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
It's been a while since I had a movie or actor trivia quiz and since the Academy Awards are approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to do a new one. Feel free to let me know how many questions you got right in the comments section.
1.What actor has received the most academy awards?
Match the actor with one of the first jobs they had
2. Brad Pitt a. worked in a circus
3. Pierce Brosnan b. dancer
4. Jennifer Lopez c. moved refrigerators
5. Jennifer Aniston d. waitress
6. Which one of the following has never been on the X-files?
7. Which of the following actors is the oldest?
8. Which actor did NOT drop out of high school?
9. Which actor did NOT change their birth name?
10. What role have Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Keanu Reeves, Natasha Henstridge, and Vincent D'Onofrio all had in common?
Answers: 1-Jack Nicholson, 2-C, 3-A, 4-B, 5-D, 6-Betty White, 7- William Shatner, 8-Jennifer Garner, 9-Chris Rock, 10- They have all played aliens.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
This movie is a fantasy film about a world where people are divided into 4 kingdoms of air, earth, water, and fire. There is an Avatar (bald kid with tattoos on his head) who has the power to join all the kingdoms and bring peace to the earth, but those in the fire kingdom wage a battle against him and try to stop him... blah blah blah.
After watching The Last Airbender for a few minutes, I realized that it was a kids movie. The acting was flat and emotionless.The dialogue and robotic acting was the most painful part of the movie. Some of the special effects were cool, but they just can't compensate for a bad movie.
I give The Last Airbender 4.7 stars and it's only that high because there were some previews I was able to watch at the beginning of the DVD.