Category Archives: Movie

Django Unchained

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Finally saw “Django Unchained” last night. For some reason whenever I try to remember the name of this film I keep thinking that it is “Django Unleashed”. Not really the same feel but I don’t know why I keep thinking it’s ‘Unleashed’ instead of ‘Unchained’.

I’ve wanted to see this movie for a while now but Mark wasn’t as interested so my friend being over gave me a great opportunity to go watch it.

Whoever made the promotional commercials for this movie should be shot. Literally.

The commercials didn’t even describe the movie let alone make it the least bit interesting.

This movie was long but worth every penny. Plot was well written and executed perfectly. The movie kind of reminded me of “Iron Fists” even though Mark disagrees with me.

A Black man coming to power in a world dominated by either White people or Asians.

For me though, Christoph Waltz MADE this movie. I loved him in “Inglourious Basterds” and I loved him in “Django”. His acting was superb and perfect to a T. Paired with Jamie Foxx, they make an amazing duo on screen. They play well off of each other’s energies and it was a fun sight to see.

I don’t want to say TOO much for those of you who haven’t watched it yet but I will say this.

Like a bottle of well aged wine, Leonardo DiCaprio is stellar in his performance as a southern plantation owner. He plays the part well and you can’t help but be hooked by his air of southern charm. It was as if he was born for this role.

It was hard at times to see slavery at its worst but it all contributed to the realness of the film. It gave the film life and meaning beyond that of just simple entertainment.

Add all of that and the usual Tarantino bloodshed and you have a wonderfully funny yet witty movie on your hands.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out. Clear out 3 hours of your day and enjoy~ I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Thunder Buddies

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So Mark was telling me about this dude who wore a Ted ‘Thunder Buddies’ shirt to an OKC Thunder game and I tried to find the picture but no luck as of right now.

When he first told me I was like, “Someone actually went through all that trouble to make a OKC & Ted shirt???” But it just turned out to be this shirt:

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Pretty cute huh? I could see myself wearing that to an OKC game. Don’t really want to go to OKC to watch a game but you know what I mean.

But the search for the actual picture resulted in some interesting pictures of other people’s shirts.

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Found this ‘Thunder the F#@K up!’ shirt and then…

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Lil Wayne’s shirt

(Not related but thought I would post it anyways).

And then I found this:

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Which I thought was just adorable!

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Looper Review

Before you say anything, YES I went to go see it.

Hey, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 92%. I’m not really sure why but it had it’s moments. And who doesn’t like seeing Bruce Willis do his thing?

So if you plan to see the movie you can stop reading here. I won’t put too many spoilers but how can you do a review of a movie when you don’t say anything about it right?

The way they filmed Looper was very aesthetically pleasing. There’s a mix of new and old cars and stuff like that but the way that the director interpreted some of the stuff happening in the movie was just breathtaking. How changes in the present can instantly be seen in the future self. It might just sound like a bunch of confusing mumbo jumbo but if you watch the movie you’ll see what I mean.

Everyone’s acting was pretty on point. Great dialogue between characters. Beautiful shots. There’s one part where they’re in the cornfields and it just reminded me of North by Northwest. Running through the cornfields for cover kinda stuff.

If you have read other reviews yes they do include stuff like TK or telekinetic powers but it is what it is.

The ending was disappointing though. Plot hole. Plot hole. PLOT HOLE. But I had an easier time dealing with them than Mark did.

Go see it if you think Joseph Gordon-Levitt and/or Bruce Willis is hot. If you get too anal about the possibility of time travel and the logistics of changing the present in order to change the future, maybe take a rain check on it so you don’t go absolutely nuts.

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Rolls Royce x Ada Wong Orgasm

So the other day I went to go see Resident Evil in the theaters. Some have Star Trek, others Star Wars but my Holy Grail is Resident Evil so I couldn’t resist!

The movie kind of sucked compared to the others but there were two things that made the movie worth my time. Well three is you count Michelle Rodriguez. RAWR! For those of you who don’t know I was Michelle Rodriguez from Machete for Halloween last year. I should have pictures somewhere but it’s just me in my bra. Go figure right? Haha.

But anyways, besides Michelle Rodriguez (appearing multiple times), Ada Wong fuckin made that movie! God was she drop dead gorgeous! I know who I want to be for Halloween! Ugh…do I have time though? Or anything to do? Meh. Plus I look kind of strange with short hair.

I could NOT stop staring at her the WHOLE movie. She’s one sexy fox. This was also pretty surprising because they usually pick ugly ass Asian girls to star in movie roles like Lucy Liu or Brenda Song or even Devon Aoki. I KNOW there are much prettier girls than those three.

And if Ada Wong wasn’t hot enough. I got to see my baby on the Big Screen! If you watch the youtube clip I attached above you’ll see what it is. Not only is she driving a brand new Rolls Royce through the fake streets of Russia but this car is bad ass! It survives almost any damage imaginable! Like she would survive if she were in a Honda Civic or something. Psh. The movie would end right there.

It was well worth the $8.75 I paid to go see it.

And I’m so disappointed in my Broncos! I’m glad they were at least able to catch up from a 13-0 at the end of the 1st.

 

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Paranorman : Movie Review

Hearing that Paranorman was by the same people who did Coraline I couldn’t help but want to watch it. Granted the commercials and marketing kind of sucked but I was willing to see it regardless. And I ended up enjoying the movie just as much as I thought I would. It was hard to find someone to go with me though…I was pretty close to just going by myself, which is what I did when I went to see Brave and I’m so glad I did. I loved that movie too! I guess I’ve been on a children’s movie kick? Actually, no not really. Most of them are still pretty stupid and slow. But LAIKA hasn’t disappointed me yet so I was sold as soon as I heard about it.


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I’m a little picky when it comes to animation style but since I absolutely adored the work behind Coraline I knew that the same time and effort would be seen in Paranorman. For those of you who haven’t seen the “Behind the Scenes” for the making of Coraline, I strongly recommend it. Anyone who has the talent, skill and patience to make a claymation, my hats go off to you.

Here’s a little piece of the making of Coraline. Just absolutely stunning!

And for those of you who are iffy about going because it is a “kids” movie, you shouldn’t feel that way. A lot of the people watching were grown adults and at some parts I questioned if this movie was ACTUALLY for kids, like I did with Coraline. That movie was scary. For real. Animation, story, music and dialogue are ON POINT.

And for someone who believes in ghosts it was a little comforting, to be honest. And for those of you who don’t, I am not trying to push anything on you. All I’m saying is that it is easier to enjoy a movie when there is a relatable factor between the film and the viewer.

I’ve given my 2 cents here I just hope you guys will go check it out. Cheers.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt grows up to be…Bruce Willis?

So Mark and I went to go see Moonrise Kingdom yesterday but before I get to that I want to talk about a specific ad that I saw for an upcoming film. As you can tell by the picture above the film that I am talking about is titled, “Looper”. And for those of you who haven’t seen the trailer here it is:

I’ll wait until you finish watching the ad…

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Okay. Watched it? Now let me try and get this straight. Stay with me here it might get a little weird.

So. Joseph Gordon Levitt is a “looper” who is kind of like a time traveling, not time traveling assassin. But he has to be somehow in the future too because they have new guns and the ability to time travel. So the mobs in the future send people back in time to Levitt so he can erase them from the future. So instead of teleporting them into a volcano (Mark’s idea) or into a black hole they waste money on someone in the past to kill someone in the future. Hmmmm. And the one rule is to never let anyone get away…even if it’s yourself. But wait…so you’re telling me that when Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets old he turns into…Bruce Willis? Really? Bruce Willis?

Does his jaw line grow thicker as he grows older? Or just his whole head grows a little for every year of his life? Now, don’t get me wrong, Bruce Willis is a very handsome man but who buys that Levitt would actually become Willis as time goes by. His eyebrows just get blonder/lighter and skinnier as time goes on too. That has to be a classic. I think I would’ve picked like Jon Hamm as the aged Levitt.

They look alike don’t you think?

Whoever cast this movie should be shot point blank. Although I guess if you want an “Action Adventure” film that Bruce Willis is your man…but then choose someone who looks like a young Bruce Willis. Ummm… Yeah I don’t know. Probably a young Tom Hanks? Hahaha. No, that wouldn’t work.

I guess we’ll see what kind of reviews the movie gets when it comes out, September 28.

But anyways, I FINALLY got to see Moonrise Kingdom yesterday (because they didn’t want to release it in Hawaii till like mid last week because they’re lame). And guess what? It was AMAZING! I knew I was going to love it and I absolutely did! And then some! I’ve never seen a Wes Anderson movie (besides Fantastic Mr. Fox which was an okay movie) so it was a new experience for me which I really liked. I especially enjoyed the panorama style they used to shoot the movie, it’s very elegant and it flows pretty nicely. The soundtrack for the film was superb as well. Each scene had the appropriate music that made you just believe that you were there with them during their little island adventure. And I think being in Hawaii and watching the movie made me relate to it just a little bit more (with all the isolation from the outside world as well as the wilderness factor that comes into play). It was like a modern Romeo and Juliet mixed with a little Andy Griffith twang to it. Not only was the story and music stellar but the color choices as well as the scenic backgrounds made this movie a masterpiece. Not a single little detail was overlooked but it didn’t have that Jay Leno scripted feel to it but more of a natural uniqueness with play of words and word choice throughout the entire film. If you’ve seen Fantastic Mr. Fox this movie has that same secret element of whimsy mixed with dark humor that is masked by colorful animal masks and time appropriate outfits.

Bill Murray and Bruce Willis also did an amazing job in the movie. But so did everyone in it. There wasn’t a single character or hair out of place.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend making this the one to see this summer. There will be countless superhero movies but another movie like this won’t come along very often.

A good laugh will be had by all, I promise.

And if I didn’t convince you, here’s a little trailer for Moonrise Kingdom:

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Michael (2011): More than meets the eye

Title: Michael (2011)

Director: Markus Schleinzer

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78% (Critics)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Audience)

¬†“Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.” -Mark Jenkins (NPR)

“This coldly compelling film doesn’t try to explain Michael’s behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael’s sins, it eventually metes out unequivocal punishment, but it is small consolation.” -Stephen Holden (New York Times)

“Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic.” -Alissa Simon (Variety)

I didn’t do this movie justice when I wrote about it in an earlier blog entry. But I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t give it the recognition that it fully deserves.

America has come pretty far in exploring the “taboo” through the world of cinematics but it has not come far enough quite yet. It’s truly great that the ideas on sexuality, religion and even politics have seen a vast expansion throughout the years in regards to interpretations through film but most Americans still hold negative stigmas over certain topics such as murders committed by teenagers/children as well as certain sexual behaviors. What is it that I am trying to say? It’s mainly this: Americans are very “protective” of children, not necessarily in a literal sense but more so in the way children are to be seen as well as the failure to acknowledge that children are a major part of the everyday life we live in as a society. Because of this I know it must be hard for people to take what I am saying seriously. Why is this girl promoting a movie that is about pedophilia? Because it’s about more than that. Michael can even be seen as an in depth character analysis of the human mind, more specifically that of a pedophile. This movie was not created to rationalize pedophilia or to fight for it’s acceptance. The purpose is quite the opposite. This mo,vie induces not necessarily a shock but a restarting and reusing of the critical part of the mind. Michael requires a conscious audience. Leave all preconceived notions and judgments at the door. Much more than pedophilia, this movie is about life. The ups, the downs as well as the highs and lows. It is a study on the search for one’s true self. The possibilities of what could be and where one’s potential lies. What can one gain by living in falsities? What can one gain by facing life’s struggles as they appear? With self recognition comes strength. Strength to overcome any obstacle that may appear. A win for the underdog.

This movie also paints the picture of what one of my professors likes to call the “little man”. Who is the “little man”? Society ignores the “little man”. He is nothing. Someone of little to no value. And with this it brings about the question, “Is society to blame for the failings and shortcomings of the ‘little man’?” Should we as a society be more attentive to those around us rather than constantly worrying about ourselves? Do we need to pay more attention to our children and be responsible for them? For those who had written off Michael as nothing more than a “creep fest” or an unnecessary controversial film, they are lacking an open mind in which to receive Michael. For without an open mind it is almost impossible to appreciate true art.

So if any of you have a chance to watch it, please do because it is one that should not be stuffed in the closet and forgotten.

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