Stranger Than Fiction (2006) is a movie about an IRS auditor who suddenly finds his life being narrated to him. This narration starts affecting his entire life, from his work to his love life. Continue reading
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) is a movie about Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), a negative asset manager at the prominent magazine called “LIFE”. One day he receives a roll of film from Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn), one of his photography contacts who is traveling around the world shooting photos for the new issues. The film roll contains what will be the cover photo of the last edition of the magazine ever to be produced. The problem? That single photo is missing from the roll. With the help of colleague Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig), he is on track to finding Sean and recovering that missing photo. On the journey however, he finds himself. Continue reading
V for Vendetta (2005) is a movie set in the near future where Great Britain has become a fascist state and a masked vigilante known as “V” conducts guerrilla warfare against the British Government. When “V” rescues a young woman from being arrested by the secret police, he finds an ally to fight the oppressive government forces.
It’s easy to see the parallels with the classic dystopian fiction 1984, both having the totalitarian state and a control of fear. What sets this movie apart is the anarchist vigilante having a firm agenda and executing on it with absolute precision.
Score: 9/10 (Superb)
Upside Down (2013) is a movie about Adam and Eden and their improbable love story.
In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?
While this movie is visually stunning and provides interesting conundrums, it is sadly filled with plot holes and has a terribly weak story.
Score: 5/10 (Meh)
Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch (2011) is a visually stunning story about a young girl who is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. As a method of coping, she envisions an elaborate scheme with a goal to free herself from the institution.
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This movie appears to be deeply misunderstood by a lot of people, and since it contains an infinite amount of visually appealing scenes, nazi zombies, monsters and lightly dressed women, overlooking the complex layers of the story may very well just be a unconscious decision.
The key here is that Babydoll is not the protagonist of the movie, but a figment of Sweet Pea’s imagination and doesn’t really exist. Sweet Pea was the one who ended up in therapy at a psychiatric hospital after being sexually abused and accidentally killing her sister when trying to defend her from their stepfather.
All other girls in the brothel were just different aspects of Sweet Pea’s personality, and Babydoll is the "fifth thing" to overcome – The lobotomy of Babydoll was a way for Sweet Pea to let go of her illness and fight back, leading to her imminent "escape", or being cured.
The "second" reality (the brothel) was in fact reality as Sweet Pea visualized it, and an obvious clue is where Blue Jones was stabbed in the shoulder which was present in the "first" reality as well (the hospital as we would see it).
Score: 7/10 (Good)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) is a movie directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), about Scott Pilgrim, who plays the bass in a local Toronto band, trying to make it and get signed. He meets Ramona Flowers after having a seemingly random dream about her, and Scott immediately falls for her quirky alternative appearance and personality. There is only one problem, Ramona has seven exes, who Scott has to “defeat” in order to win her over.
This is one of those movies where you have no idea what so ever about what will happen after seeing the trailer. Once seated and the movie starts however, it quickly becomes apparent how surprisingly brilliant this movie actually is. The moment the movie starts, you are thrown into a comic book atmosphere with an infinite number of video games references, and the Universal logo and theme are even in 8-bit.
I constantly kept thinking “What the hell am I watching?”, while at the same time feeling that this is something new and fresh. The transitions between the scenes were abrupt and fast, and could jump back and forth in seconds. There are no intense drama-scenes with deep conversations, but instead lots of one-liners and whitty comments.
This movie seems to have a lot of haters out there, but I think they just don’t get the feel of the movie. You will just have to see it for yourself and decide whether it is ingenious or overrated.
Score: 8/10 (Great)
The Invention of Lying (2009) is a movie about a universe, much like our own, but people have the small inability to tell lies. This is where the story of Mark begins; a loser in his 30’s who loses his job as a screenwriter. When he basically hits rock bottom and tries to do a manual withdrawal from his account, something happens.
My first thought was that it is nothing like the trailer, which was almost entirely focused on the comedic parts of the movie. There was however a sad reality and this somehow reminded me of Hancock.
The writers have really gone all the way with the no lying part, as there are no white lies, and no being quiet instead of telling an inconvenient truth about someone. There is naturally no religion either, which means that religious people may have some difficulty enjoying this movie, since it points right to the core of why religions may have started long ago — to “save” people from the fear of life and death.
Score: 7/10 (Good)
Jennifer’s Body (2009) is the story about a nerdy bookworm called “Needy” (Amanda Seyfried) and a beautiful cheerleader, Jennifer (Megan Fox), who also happen to be best friends. After a fire at a local bar, Jennifer is abducted by the band who played at the bar. When Jennifer returned, she has changed. While still holding true to her friendship with Needy, she has a sudden taste for blood.
This movie is a decent teen/horror/comedy movie where the acting of Fox and Seyfried really lift the movie from the otherwise dubious story. While the premise of a high-school cheerleader turning evil is not bad, the execution is not quite there.
Don’t get me wrong, it is still an entertaining movie, but it lacks something that can’t be expressed — it could just have been more.