Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bad Teacher

Overall - dumb and not funny. Cameron Diaz as the awful teacher is not even awful in a funny way, it's in a mean way. Maybe the only highlight of this movie are a few supporting roles played by Jason Segel and Phyllis from The Office. Other than that - it's just blah. Didn't even laugh once. PASS.

The Conspirator

Oh my goodness this movie was so good. It is the first movie from the American Film Company, which takes great lengths to make their films as historically accurate as possible, their belief being "real life is often more compelling than fiction." I found this movie to be so moving - to see a reenactment of Lincoln's assassination was very interesting, and even though it took place in the late 19th century, it still shocked me to see our American President at the time be shot. The story is truly compelling, making the viewer realize that it wasn't about who was guilty or not guilty, it was about a fair trial, which we as Americans assume is always our right. However, because of the extreme circumstances and horror of this crime, Mary Surrat was not given a fair trial out of vengeance of the American public. I really felt like I was getting a glimpse into my country's history. Not to mention all the other "film" stuff that made it great as well - brillint acting, gorgeous sets and an overall direction from Robert Redford that made it seem so real. Please, CHECK IT OUT. This is the stuff good movies are made of.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Fairly exciting! It is different than your other superhero stories, which I found refreshing. And the WWII era stuff was pretty cool too. It was enjoyable, but I pretty much hated the ending, because it's kind of abrupt. But overall it's different and exciting enough for me to give it a CHECK IT OUT!


Not terrible, but not great either. I didn't really know what to expect, because I'm not really familiar with Thor. It was kind of cool at times, and it's especially funny when he comes to Earth and has to deal with people as an average civilian, but it felt incredibly rushed. It seemed to me like they tried to squish 3 films worth of information into 1 movie. Pretty exciting though, so I'd say it was BEARABLE.

The Ides of March

I don't really like politics, and this movie is very politically charged. I do, however, like looking at Ryan Gosling :), and George Clooney is not too hard on the eyes either. I also respect Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti (and Ryan and George) for that matter as actors. Therefore, I would say I enjoyed this movie, but the politics made me want to barf. I just don't get into that stuff. It was good, and the acting was great, but if you're not into politics, pass. If you don't mind it, then CHECK IT OUT because it's really quite exceptional.


Really good! I found it to be a refreshing take on cancer - not many young adults think about getting cancer, but we all know a few of our peers who actually have. Joseph Gordon-Leavitt was great as the young cancer patient, and Seth Rogen is surprisingly exceptional as his best friend trying to support him. The supporting cast was brilliant too - Anna Kendrick as the really young psychologist, Anjelica Houston as the over-bearing mother, and Bryce Dallas-Howard as the insensitive girlfriend were all great. Full disclosure - it gets very sad towards the end when he is getting close to knowing which 50/50 way he will be going. I seriously cried. It evoked real emotion from me, and therefore I will say - CHECK IT OUT!

Scream 4

Since the first Scream came out when I was in high school and was pretty much awesome, I was kind of excited to see this one after such a long hiatus. They did make Scream 2 and Scream 3, which were not necessarily terrible, but definitely not as good as the first one. Scream 4 is pretty much the same - not as good as the original, but not terrible either. It was kind of fun to see all the original characters reconnect, and there are lots of cameos of current actors playing in the movie within the movie, which was kind of cool. Overall, I'd say it was just okay - some parts were original and fun, and other parts were horribly cheesy. So, it was BEARABLE.


Interesting premise, but it ended up being pretty boring. Up until the very end, you are as confused as Liam Neeson is, and not in a good way. It's like he keeps running around the city trying to explain to people who he is, which just got annoying after awhile. And once the explanation was revealed, it was fairly under-whelming and cliche. Pass.