Sunday, March 25, 2007
The Pursuit of Happyness
Children of Men
Kate Says: I really enjoyed this movie. It was much less sci-fi-ish than I expected; the image of the future 20 years from now given in this movie is very plausable and does not look much different from today. The acting was very well done and the story is really interesting. Essentially, in 2009 humans stopped being able to reproduce, and this movie takes place in 2027. The plot centers around a young fugative woman who is miraculously pregnant, and the fight to get her to a safe place since the world is in turmoil and every political party would love to use the first born baby as support to their cause. Alfonso Cuaron, the director, tried to get every scene in one take, to make it appear more "real and raw." He definately succeeded in doing so, and this take on the movie adds to the interest. All-in-all "Children of Men" is a good watch; part action, sci-fi, drama and thriller, it is something most everyone can enjoy.
Kate Says: The cinemetography, set and costumes in this movie were simply gorgeous. The palace in which it takes place is probably the most visually appealing set I have ever seen in a movie; though rightfully it should come off as gaudy, with an abundant use of gold and vibrant colour, it fits the time period etc. and therefore is simply aesthetically appealing. I think this movie is worth the watch simply for the visual appeal alone. Fortunately it is worth a watch otherwise as well; a dramatic, suspenseful action film, "Curse of the Golden Flower" keeps you wondering what will happen, delivers with magnificant and artistically directed fight scenes and is sucessfully dramatic; wonderful acting as well. I highly recomend this film.
Kate Says: I'll be honest; I went into this film very low expectations, figuring I'd be watching a low budget B horror movie. Surprisingly, it was quite a good film. In fact, it was almost more of an action/thriller but with some very gory scenes, allowing it to fit into the horror genre. The acting was good, and the plot was interesting. Taking place in Brazil, there are some very beautiful scenes on beaches and in under-water caves. As well, this was one of those rare horror films in which I hoped the main characters survived. "Turistas" is a suprisingly good watch.
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Kate Says: "Blood Diamond" is one of the most powerful movies I've seen in a long time, and it has some seriously heartwrenching scenes in it. The acting is phenomenal, the plot keeps you interested etc., but the subject matter is what needs to be seen. I honestly think this is a movie that everyone should watch, regardless of movie taste. There is a large amount of violence, but it's very appropriate and necessary, and definately not gratuatous or glorified in any way. The violence is not overly gory but it is disturbing, and it should disturb you. 10yr. old children going into a village and shooting everyone in sight; young children having their arms cut off- incidents such as these should make you uncomfortable, and "Blood Diamnond" does an excellent job portraying the atrocities of civil war in Africa as just that, atrocious. Having said that, although this is a heavy film, it's not purely violence. Again, everyone should watch this, regardless of movie preference. One of, if not the, best of the year. 10/10
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
Kate Says: This is one of the more interesting documentaries that I can recall watching. Of course, being that it is about slasher films, it probably won't effect you in the same way as "the Secret," for example; nonetheless it is very informative and enlightening in the way of slasher flicks. "Going to Pieces" features input from horror-movie legends such as Wes Craven and John Carpenter, as well as newer movie greats like Rob Zombie. Essentially this documentary dissects the slasher film starting with the first in the 1920's and continuing through to today. Bonus: it features some of the "top" (read: goriest, most excessive and creative) slasher kill scenes. As I said, this documentary is actually quite informative: in addition to gratuatous kill scenes and the 411 on the genre's biggest names, it gives a great history of the slasher genre, posing questions and answers such as "why in the world do people enjoy seeing this sick sh**?" Being a fan of horror movies, I was excited to watch this; my boyfriend doesn't enjoy horror/slasher movies for the most part, but he actually enjoyed this documentary. Therefore, slasher fan or not, this is a good and surprisingly educational watch. (Albeit, not for the faint of heart)
Shogun Assassin 2: Lightening Swords of Death
The Nativity Story
"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"
Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning
Monday, March 12, 2007
Kate Says: I actually quite enjoyed this movie. It's fairly slow-paced but it has a few action/kill scenes that make it more exciting. The main issue I've heard expressed with this movie is Christian Bale's accent. Granted, hearing him say "yo, let's party, homie" is slighty unnerving at first since we're not used to seeing Christian in roles where the character speaks any less than eloquently, but you soon get passed that (I did within the first few minutes). The acting was all-over well done, and though it is slow the story keeps you interested. Not the fast-paced action movie it may appear to be, but "Harsh Times" is definately worth the watch.
Now You Know
Land of Plenty
Hell to Pay
Friday, March 02, 2007
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Kate Says: I loved it. Sascha Baron Cohen is simply brilliant; "Da Ali G Show" has always been hilarious and "Borat" does not dissapoint. A commentary on our society, "Borat" is sheer genius. Understandably, on the surface it may appear to some as an anti-semetic, politically incorrect blunder. Not the case. First of all, Cohen is Jewish himself. By making the Borat character anti-semetic, it allows other people to let their gaurd down and expose their own racism. Similarly, by portraying Borat as the stereotypical bumbling-idiot-foreigner, Cohen exposes people's ignorance to other cultures. The reactions Borat gets indicate that many people actually believe foreigners to be, frankly, uneducated, bass-ackwards idiots. There have been complaints that he pokes too much fun at the country of Kazakhstan; for one thing, this movie has succesfully put Kazakhstan 'on the map', and secondly....what country doesn't have embarassing and innacurate stereotypes? If we are to believe media stereotypes to be true, than obviously we Canadians are all hockey loving, beer drinking, polar bear hunting mounties, eh? Although "Borat" is an intelligent social commentary, it is also extremely hilarious and watchable whether or not you're looking for a debate on cultural differences.
Leo Says: Damn straight. Unlike kate I have not realy enjoyed Da Ali G Show in the past I will now try again cuz after seeing this peice of geniuse I am sure his show has to be worth my time.
Borat is a smart well writen cheracter played to a T.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Leo Says: This is my pick of the week. This story is narated by the main cheracter "Dito" as an adult, though it is primeraly about him and his asshole friends as teens. Like many befor it this is a comming of age story only its better then most, it deals with everyday teen violence-not overly exagerated but instead realistic slopy teen fights
Fast Food Nation
Megs says: This film provides some insight into the appaling situation of the fast food industry in North America. Although it wasn't really what I expected, I did enjoy this approach to the issue. I felt that it would have been a much better film if it had been either a documentary, more closely related to the book it was based on, or a satire similar to "Thank You For Smoking." Worth a watch if you want to learn something and be entertained at the same time.
Let's Go to Prison
Song for a Raggy Boy
Kate Says: This movie was excellent; wonderful acting etc. However, as it deals with very heavy and disturbing subject matter, it was difficult to watch at times. Based on a true story, it takes place in a reformatory school for boys in 1940's Ireland. "Song for a Raggy Boy" deals with the sexual, physical and emotional abuse that was administered by the priests assigned to care for these boys. Fortunately a teacher who is against this abhorrent abuse and genuinely wants to teach these boys and improve their lives is assigned to the school; though this sounds cheesy, it is anything but. This movie is very moving, gritty and disturbing, but definately worth watching.