At this very moment, I am taking in some mid-week movie goodness, in GOON, with The Kid in the Helmet and Papa Schmer...good times. Again, a
For your money today, I offer smattering of mini-reviews, some longer than others...my time at the keyboard has been less than I would like, as of late, but a boy's gotta eat, and the "real" job pays the bills!
I have been writing this post for the better part of 2 weeks. The really really short reviews are the product of me being too tired to care, generating the desire to just post this darn thing! So for you, in a post Oscars 2012 world, I offer you this film buffet:
ACT OF VALOR: 4.5 of 5 Horns
THE ARTIST: 5 of 5 Horns
THE WOMAN IN BLACK: 3.5 of 5 Horns
THIS MEANS WAR: 3 of 5 Horns
SAFE HOUSE: 4 of 5 Horns
THE INNKEEPERS: 4 of 5 Horns
PERFECT SENSE: 4 of 5 Horns
THE IRON LADY: 3.5 of 5 Horns
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGANCE: 3.5 of 5 Horns
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND: 4 of 5 Horns
This film was culled from footage of real-life Navy Seals in action. It took the weekend overwhelming viewers, while underwhelming critics. This is a movie that truly is critic-proof though, as you don't go for the acting...seeing this movie is something of an act of patriotism. It was moving, had mind-blowing action, and while it was light in the acting talent, it just didn't matter.
There were moments when the big-guns kicked in at just the right moment, in what seemed like last minute heroics, but was actually perfectly orchestrated battle plans. I loved this movie and it made me relish the respect I have for my Brother, a Marine, whose courage has and always will inspire me to do the best I can in my life. I revere those who risk everything so we can have anything, and this film, while not a traditional Hollywood blockbuster, does proper tribute to all those who serve, but especially those who fight battles that we really have a hard time comprehending.
4.5 of 5 Horns
Simply amazing. 5 of 5 horns any day and it is everything they say it is. This is a film to behold and one to applaud for the sake of pure creative genius!
The Woman in Black
Mundane horror fare. 3.5 of 5 Horns for an acceptable, but otherwise run of the mill horror film. Harry Potter, we expect better from you. OBLIVIATE! There...that's better....but...now...who am I again?
The wold is headed for chaos as an apocalyptic-inducing disease is slowly robbing people of their senses. Ewan McGregor and Eva Green are splendid...yes, I said splendid, in this part-love story, part-end-of-the-world genre blend the likes of which is both unique and well-played. KIMBALIANO saw this last year at Sundance, and here's what she had to say then...
My other love of the fest so far has been PERFECT SENSE. Not because I have an obsessive crush on Ewan McGregor (which I do) or that he's a little bit naked in the film (which, ladies, he is) but because this is an amazing, emotional movie. It's the story of a couple (played by Ewan and Eva Green) who fall in love while a strange pandemic breaks out around the world. It starts with an overwhelming moment of loss and grief, then an unexplainable loss of smell. Eventually the entire world is effected. As this strange illness unfolds the human reaction, both on a global level and in the intimate details of the couple's relationship, are presented. The not-knowing in this movie will make you uncomfortable, but the story is too compelling not to watch. It hasn't been picked up yet, but I really hope it does. As with most Sundance movies, these two don't exactly wrap themselves up in a pretty bow at the end, but that's what I find most enjoyable about them.
I watched this on Netflix Watch Instantly and remarkably, I didn't hate it. At best, I found that it kept a quarter of my attention, with the other three-quarters fulled with lament as after clicking a link, my Facebook account "upgraded" to timeline...lament, oh lament.
Yes, I'll be headed back to the theater soon...sorry for the sporadic postings, but times have been crazy around here, and I hope it slows down soon so I can get back to writing!!!
Until later, take care!