Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Switch

This movie is pretty much exactly what you expect from the trailer/all Romantic Comedies. Positivies: it's funny in parts, and the little boy is suuuuper adorable. Negatives: Jason Bateman was a little annoying, and Jennifer Aniston was a little too cliche. However, I wouldn't say I didn't like it (sorry for the double negative.) I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it. Overall it was pretty middle of the road, so if you're in the mood for a Romantic Comedy with not much substance, this will do!

She's Out Of My League

I'm not exactly sure why this was ever in my Netflix queue, but it was and I watched it last weekend. It's not gonna change your life or anything, but it had its moments. I definitely laughed more than once, and it has an overall theme that looks aren't everything. It's pretty raunchy at times, but that's to be expected. It's worth renting if you're up for a laugh, so CHECK IT OUT if you like silly comedies.

The Last Station

Beautiful movie! Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren are both fantastic as the long-married Tolstoy's, James McAvoy (who I love!) is perfectly awkward and star-struck, and Paul Giamatti is creepy despite his good intentions (in a good way). As James McAvoy is hired to work for his idol, Lev Tolstoy (the writer of War and Peace and Anna Karenina) he is thrust into the struggle between Mrs. Tolstoy and Paul Giamatti as Mr. Tolstoy's friend who wants him to give the rights to his novels to Russia (instead of his family). Due to his celebrity in Russia, the "Tolstoians", followed Tolstoy's ideas and theologies passionately, and according to Wikipedia they were largely based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. However, much like anything else, those followers had twisted his ideologies into a strict and rigid religion, which was the opposite of what he believed. This serves as a small side story about some Tolstoians truly being influenced by Tolstoy himself, and not his followers. I really enjoyed the movie overall, the love stories were really beautiful. There is a short love scene, but there is no violence or language. I'd say check it out if any of this sounds interesting to you. If not, pass. It's definitely not a super exciting movie, it's more of a thinker.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Single Man

The best thing about this movie was the style. Tom Ford directed it, and I believe he's a fashion designer or something - so the clothes and design are great. I really only watched it because Colin Firth was nominated for Best Actor for this movie last year. I'd say he was good, and as usual Julianne Moore was fabulous, but overall the story was sad and didn't leave me with any sort of resolution for the main character. I'd say PASS.

Alice In Wonderland

I actually got really bored with this movie. The special effects were cool, but other than that it was exactly what you would expect Alice In Wonderland through the eyes of Tim Burton to be - and nothing more. I even fast forwarded the big fight at the end because I was so over it. Alot of people seemed to enjoy it, but it just missed the mark for me. I'd say PASS.

Remember Me

Barf. This movie was so sad and depressing, and it tried SOO hard to be dramatic. I was hoping for a good ending, but even the ending tried way too hard to be impactful. I don't understand why so many good actors were in this movie, because the story was terrible. I'd definitely PASS.

The Kids Are Alright

This was not at all what I expected it to be. All the funny parts are in the trailer, and as you can see they're not even that funny. It's way more dramatic and serious than the trailer let on. There is a twist that sent things off on a crazy tangent that I didn't really like. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are both extremely good actresses, so their performances were the best part of the movie. Overall, I just didn't really like the story - they said the F word so much that it annoyed me, and it seemed like the plot tried really hard to create conflict, that even for a movie seemed pretty messed up. I hate anything that tries too hard, so I'd say PASS.

The Other Guys

This movie was actually really funny. Will Ferrell was hilarious (as always), but the true surprise was how funny Mark Wahlberg was. I seriously laughed out loud alot. The story is pretty dumb, and a little hard to follow at times, but it totally doesn't matter. Just watching Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg interact is enough to carry the movie. I'd CHECK IT OUT!


I love practically everything that came out of the 60's, especially the music - so I was super excited to see this movie. I thought it was SUPER cute. It's a very simple story about the interactions between a boy and girl who have known each other practically their whole lives. She likes him, but he doesn't know what to think about her. The title is really fitting because it shows one situation entirely from her perspective, and then flips it to show the exact same situation from his perspective. I found the whole movie really sweet and honest. I would totally recommend it - so CHECK IT OUT! Aside from a few bad words, it's very family friendly.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I was worried that this movie wouldn't live up to the hype... but I think it did! The story and the special effects are mind blowing! On more than one occasion I audibly said "wow." After hearing so much about how the movie is so crazy, I was also worried that I would be totally confused and leave with a headache. I didn't really find that to be the case. They did a pretty good job keeping the viewer up with who's dream they were in. Negatives - the plot is sloppy and un-explained on several occasions, and I found Leo DiCaprio and Ellen Page annoying. But all that aside, I really enjoyed the movie overall and am glad I saw it. So CHECK IT OUT!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Charlie St. Cloud

This movie was WAY better than I was expecting! I thought the story was great - it was sweet but sad, but even a little funny at times. There was actually a plot twist that totally shocked me, and that doesn't happen often. Zac Efron really, really impressed me. His character is really a depressed mess after the accident with his brother, and he really pulled it off well. I think it's safe to say he officially has more acting chops than necessary for "High School Musical." Also, I saw this movie with my Dad and Step-mom, and they both enjoyed it as well. I worried that it would be too much of a chick-flick for Dad, but he said he liked it! Overall, I loved it and I think everyone should CHECK IT OUT.

Dinner for Schmucks

So, there's a few funny parts that made me giggle, but they were pretty few and far between. The story line was bloated with girlfriend issues, job issues, and friend issues so it seemed like they tried to fit way too much into one movie. But, overall, it wasn't terrible - just okay. The positives: like I said before, I laughed a few times, and I wasn't dying for it to be over - Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell are funny enough to watch even with a bad story. It won't change your life or anything, but you might CHECK IT OUT for a silly 2 hours. If you're not into silly, then pass.