Saturday, February 26, 2011

Drive Angry 3D (2011)

     You basically only need to know two things: '1.) Drive Angry is rated "R" by the MPAA for "strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language" 2.) The movie is about a man named Milton (Nicholas Cage) who breaks out of Hell to save a kidnapped family member. While this man is chasing down the kidnappers he is constantly being hunted by "The Accountant" (William Fichtner), whose sole purpose is to catch Milton and bring him back to, you know, Hell.' If you think these two things combined sound like a 50 gallon drum filled with bad-ass and lit on fire, then you really need to give Drive Angry a shot. It isn't a great movie but, then again, it isn't trying to be. What it is trying to be is fun, and it succeeds gloriously.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The King's Speech (2010)

     The King's Speech is a movie I was very much looking forward to seeing. I had already seen every other Best Picture nominee and this seemed poised to be held aloft with the rest of them. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are known for giving strong and confident performances. The biographical story sounded solid and interesting, and, having seen what Tom Hooper achieved with the John Adams miniseries, the film had a gifted "period" director. Knowing that The King's Speech had enough of the right ingredients to make a great film, it frustrates me that it was so incredibly mediocre.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Winter's Bone (2010)

     This weekend's releases look a little on the weak side so I figured I would go back and discuss another of my favorite movies from last year. Winter's Bone is essentially a film noir set deep in the Ozark Mountains. Like winter in the mountains, the film is cold and unrelenting. You won't have fun watching this movie and it won't make you feel good when it's over, but it tells a great story with well drawn and realistic characters. That isn't to say the film is completely humorless but it is good to be prepared for the dismal mood of Winters Bone.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

     Banksy is a notorious street artist from the United Kingdom. It isn't widely known who he is or even what he looks like but his work pops up on walls and buildings worldwide. Exit Through the Gift Shop is his first foray into the film world. The film is ostensibly a documentary about him and some of his fellow street artists originally conceived by a man named Thierry Guetta. What it actually is, in my opinion, is yet another work of subversive art by an elusive genius.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Fighter (2010)

     David O. Russel's The Fighter is an excellent movie and easily one of the best of 2010. It excels in spite of, and at the same time because of, the fact that it's told through conventional Hollywood narrative techniques. It is the story of how a man can overcome all obstacles if he has enough determination and heart. It never strays far from the “Rocky” formula, but threatens to beat that film at it's own game. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Rite (2011)

     This weekend I saw The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins. It's about a young priest (Colin O'Donoghue) who entered the seminary for the wrong reasons. If he drops out he owes the church bales of cash so he agrees to take a class on exorcism in Rome. Soon after he arrives he meets a weathered exorcist. Since this exorcist is played by Hopkins you can already start guessing how this story is going to unfold. (Hint: He isn't really known for playing lovable clowns.) What the title of the film should have been is The Wrong...get it? Anyway the movie was more forced, awkward, and disappointing than that joke.