Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Best movie I've seen in a LONG time - "Inglorious Basterds"

Starring Brad Pitt, directed by Quentin Tarantino

Like the title says, "Basterds" is definitely the best movie I've seen in awhile. I can honestly say that I didn't want it to end. The trailer does a good job tempting you with what it will be like to see war through Tarantino's eyes... but there is much more to this movie than blood and gore. There are probably 4 really disgusting parts that last about half a second each. And, despite what the trailer makes you believe, the Inglorious Basterds are not the only thing the movie is about. Alot of the movie takes place in France, and therefore they speak French for quite awhile (beautiful language!). However, there is still quite a bit in English. Brad Pitt's character is hilarious as the leader of the American Basterds, he has some of the best one-liners I've ever heard.

With a total run time of about 2 1/2 hours, it's a little long, but I didn't notice. I was sad when it ended. I would have continued to watch it for 5 hours if it went that long. Overall, I've never really been a Tarantino fan, but THIS movie I get. It was brilliant, in my humble opinion. I wanna see it again!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Oldie but Goodie - Fame (1980)

"Fame", made in 1980 (not the new one coming out soon). I watched this trailer and was then expecting a bad 80's movie with bad acting, bad film quality, and bad music.

HOWEVER! I loooved this movie. Watching a movie about students learning to sing, dance, act, and PERFORM is right up my alley. I love movies about these things, probably because I wish I was halfway decent at any of them (which I'm not.) The movie is divided into several parts, starting with the auditions of the main characters. It then goes on to highlights of their Freshman year, Sophmore year, and so on. Watching the differences between what they did as they evolved as performers was really cool. It wasn't at all what I thought it would be. I think the DVD must have been remastered recently because the quality of the picture and sound was actually really good, which made it seem not so 80's. Don't get me wrong, some of it is so 80's it makes you sick. The outfits are weird, the girls AND the guys were leg warmers, the hair is ridiculous, etc. However, I was so wrapped up in what the kids were going through I didn't even care! The ending is a little disappointing, because there are a few things that didn't get wrapped up. But, because of this, I was still thinking about what happened to each of the characters after school ended. Overall - I loved it and would watch it again. Now I feel totally prepared for the new version coming to theaters soon, which is really why I watched it in the first place :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Loved it - "Sunshine Cleaning"

"Sunshine Cleaning" starring Amy Adams (love her!) and Emily Blunt (my nemesis: dated Michael Buble and is now engaged to Jim from "The Office")

I really enjoyed it (even if I did a little knitting while watching). It's one of those movies where you really feel like you're in their shoes. Amy Adams is great (again, love her!) and Alan Arkin is hilarious as the girls' crazy Dad. Overall: simple and real (2 qualities I love in a movie). Ear muffs are needed for a little bad language. Available on DVD now.

So so - Extract

Mike Judge's new film Extract, doesn't quite live up to "Office Space," but it's semi-funny.

Okay - MOST of the funny parts are in the trailer. There are like one or two they left out for your enjoyment. This movie wasn't exactly what I was expecting, because there are a few sub-plots that are a tad ridiculous - such as Mila Kunis as a scam artist, and a young, dumb gigolo Jason Bateman manages to hire to make his wife have an affair. The scam artist stuff got old and made me wonder why they even added it. The gigolo stuff was really funny though - the kid who played him is probably that dumb in real life :) I have a feeling that, like "Office Space," this movie may be funnier the 2nd time around. But, maybe not. Overall: funny in parts, and the plot is sometimes a little hard to follow. It's in theaters now.