Sunday, June 20, 2010

Movie Weekend

Ta tan ra ra ra Tan ta taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, movie weekend comes again. Some good, some just okay....
Plot: It’s a full moon and a werewolf is out. From whence did he come? Who can stop him?
WoW factor: The wolfman had several terrific moments amidst the prolonged and dreary drama/romance. The movie wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be, but it made up for this with horrific violence…talk about torn limbs and gut & livers being ripped out. It was gory enough to keep you riveted. Benecio del Toro as the curse-afflicted noble was suitably handsome and brooding so we could empathize with him…… to some extent.
Urgh factor: The plot was good but the pacing wasn’t. Gwen, the love interest of the wolfman was a beautiful maiden who thankfully was not a screamer [as the love interests are wont to be] but alas there was nil chemistry between the two. Both acted so woodenly. The muscular spasms that preceded the Werewolf transformation reminded me of someone with strychnine poisoning/
Why did they have to include that court scene? It was so stupid. Over 200 men watching Lawrence change and they did not try to run/leave. It was soo dumb. 
Will Aberline be our lead for Wolfman 2? Oh misery!
Ginger scores it 5.7/10
 Mel Gibson is back!! as a homicide detective Thomas Craven investigating the death of his activist daughter. He uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.
WoW factor: Mel Gibson is always good. He is aging though [doesn’t that happen to the best of men?]. From the opening scene to the end, Edge of Darkness was fast paced.  An easy enough plot to follow with enough action to remind you that Mel has still got his groove on. Ray Winstone as Jedburgh plays an intriguing role as a devil’s advocate for the protagonist and antagonist sides at various points. His lines are very sarcastic.
Urgh: Yes Daddy, we know you love your daughter…as a child. You didn’t have to keep reminding us
Why did they have to……..nothing Ginger! Its Mel. He can’t go wrong!
Ginger scores it: 6.4/10

A man becomes increasingly paranoid and excruciatingly thin after 365 days of sleeplessness.
Wow factor: Heard Christian Bale dropped to 54 kg to convincingly act this movie. He was nightmarishly thin. I am fat compared to him!! I think his skeletal look gave the movie the thriller dimension. It kept you guessing at the twist – maybe he is gonna become some evil guy, vampire, closet serial killer or just a skinny man who was having trouble.
Paranoia? This guy had it in spades. The simple twist in the tale will come as a surprise to you. But it makes it all so understandable. I could relate.
Urgh: it did drag on in parts. And the grainy picture quality though used in effect to clinch the mystery sequence it just reminded me of a telesynced movie file. Watching Christian Bale was painful to say the least.
Ginger scores it 6.8/10 I totally appreciate movies depicting mental illness.
Plot: and they talk of fraudsters from Nigeria like we invented the game. This movie is about scammers and super scammers and the ultimate scam – trust and the victim…the heart
Wow factor: Nicolas Cage was memorable in this movie with his portfolio of mental disorders: agoraphobia, obsessive neatness, mysophobia and tics. His efforts to accommodate his hitherto unknown 14 yr old daughter played endearingly by Alison Lohman were heartwarming -  which made the scam all the more painful. I loved how it ended too. Satisfying yet realistic. Go get watch this movie like…now! If you haven’t. One of Cage’s better movies.
Why didn’t: He call his wife when he found out about the daughter?
Ginger scores it: 7.9/10
A Jackie Chan movie. Enough said.
Wow factor: Jackie Chan has a love interest, the delectable Amber Valleta!!!!!! This is the first time he had a serious love interest. In The Tuxedo, he only managed to get a date at the end of the movie. In this movie, they had dates, a heart to heart discussion [you know, normal couple thingy], he even kissed her; it felt like watching the Pope kiss a woman[read about Jackie's kissing aversion here]. He also made allusions to retiring from spy movies. I wonder if that was the real deal?[guess not; Karate kid]
Great movie for the whole family with plenty of laughs and inimitable Jackie Chan moves.
p.s. It seems the kiss even caused some flu furor, read here.
Urgh: Plot line was entirely clichéd. I could tell the story after the first 08 mins.
Ginger scores it: 5.1/10

Good angel tries to stop Bad angel and Co from destroying the world don’t they always??
WoW factor: None really. Plot was as cheap and clichéd as they come. Some cheap thrills especially by cyborg grandma and lil boy[Wasn’t that shocking?]
Urgh: Those angel wings. Wings are the landmark feature of angels. Soft fluffy white wings not black metallic killer blades. Lol
Ginger scores it: 5.2/10
 Watched Gladiator again this weekend. And boy was it still as good as the first time.
My favourite lines which captures the essence of this most powerful and moving movie:
Commodus: Your fame is well deserved, Spaniard. I don't think there's ever been a gladiator to match you. As for this young man, he insists you are Hector reborn. Or was it Hercules? Why doesn't the hero reveal himself and tell us all your real name? You do have a name.
Maximus: My name is Gladiator.
[turns away from Commodus]
Commodus: How dare you show your back to me! Slave, you will remove your helmet and tell me your name.
Maximus: [removes helmet and turns around to face Commodus] My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next. [Me: Yay!!]
You still haven’t seen Gladiators? Just get off this blog…NOW and go borrow/buy/steal/rent the dvd.

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