Thursday, April 02, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are


...No, they're not in my head. At least not today, I've taken my meds already. What I'm talking about here is the upcoming Spike Jonze project based on a classic kid's book, Where the Wild Things Are. I admit I never read this book, not even as a kid (I don't assume it's very popular in Portugal), but the trailer for this movie looked great and won me over. I'm actually pretty excited to see this movie now.

Power to the imagination :)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Latest Movies I've Seen part 1002

As you may or may not know, I had a little break for a couple of weeks, that I dedicated to spending time with my boyfriend Cosmic, having fun and watching a lot of movies. There were a lot of them, and I'm not including the ones I re-watched, except one, that I hardly remembered. I'll only include very short reviews, but check out the list and share your thoughts too!

Here we go:

1. Transporter

After having tons of fun watching Crank, me and Cosmic decided we should check out Jason Statham's most famous franchise: Transporter. It was a pretty decent action movie, and we were entertained, and that gets it 2.5 out 0f 5 shirtless Jason Stathams from me.

2. Tokyo Gore Police

I wanted to see this movie ever since I saw the trailer, that was basically a montage of crazy shit going on. The movie was a tad disappointing because, let's face it, the story was stupid and the actors were crappy and the fx could be tons better, but it was still fun to see what comes out of the japanese minds. Really, once you see a dude with a penis shooting shurikens or something, snail women, and an amputee with swords instead of arms and legs, you can't complain about plot. It's just random insane-ness. 3 out of 5 engineers, just because of the sheer crazyness.

3. The Big Lebowski

Once I saw this, my only regret was that I had not seen it earlier. The story's ups and downs are amazingly fun to follow, and the characters are brilliant, just made me want to draw them all. 4.5 out 0f 5 bowling balls.

4. Transporter 2

Like almost every sequel, this one sucks. Not that the first movie was some work of sheer genius, but here they just threw everything to hell and had Jason Statham do the craziest, most impossible shit, and sometimes that works (example: Crank), and sometimes it just doesn't. Still had a few good moments though, and Statham is pretty good in his action roles (even if apparently he always plays the same guy, but I don't mind), so that makes me give it 1.5 out of 5 car chases.

5. Eden Lake

I was pretty curious to see this thriller, I had heard good things about it and let's face it, a decent horror thriller is not easy to come by. I thought it was pretty solid, it actually made you care for the main characters instead of just throwing a bunch of horny teenagers in a house in the woods, and the killers were far more scary than any Jason or Michael, because they felt real. Also, pretty unexpected ending. 4 out of 5 pocket knives.

6. Moulin Rouge

Yeah, believe it or not I had never seen Moulin Rouge before. Musicals are not my thing, and Romeo and Juliet kinda put me off Baz Luhrman stuff, but I have to say Moulin Rouge was very enjoyable. I really liked the eccentric visuals, the songs, and Ewan McGregor's dorky smile. I even teared up once or twice. 4 out of 5 penniless writers.

7. 9 Songs

Well, what to say about this one... No plot, firstly. Hardly any dialogue. Just a lot of (good) music and sex. Kinda felt like a fancy porn. I wish they had put in a litttle more character development, instead of leaving you guessing what the hell was going on after all. 2 rock songs out of 5.

8. Species

This is the one I had seen before, but the only things I remembered about it were that it starred Forest Whittaker, and that scene were Sil was kissing that dude and impaled his skull with her tongue. It was cool to watch it again, and I thought it was a pretty decent creature/sci-fi movie - at least up until the end. The end totally lost me. 3 out of 5 combined DNAs.

9. In Bruges

Me and Cosmic had been meaning to watch this movie for a while, and finally got around to it. I'm glad we did! The movie was great, I loved the dialogue, the characters, the story really sucked you in and managed to have great comic moments intertwined with dramatic ones too. A real treat, and a work of fine cinema. And, despite what Colin Farrel's character keeps saying, I thought Bruges looked like a lovely place. 4.5 out of 5 midgets.

10. Step Brothers

Say what you will, but I love a good Will Ferrel movie. Unfaithful ones should give stuff like Anchorman or Talladega Nights a chance. True, some of his latest stuff has been far from brilliant, but Step Brothers was actually pretty funny for the most part, and him and John C. Reilly have great comedic chemistry. The ending, once again, was weak, but the first 3/4 of the movie were great fun and did made me laugh out loud. 3.5 out of 5 drumsets.

11. Gran Torino

I confess I wasn't too excited to see this one, but I'm glad Cosmic took me anyway. The story can be looked on as a simple one, but the character development and relationships are great to follow all throughout, and you'll walk away feeling like you watched something great, and you did. 4.5 out of 5 chow meins.