28 November 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

I cannot objectively review this film.

It is amazing and I will leave it at that.

Read my non-nice blog (sum of our fluids) if you want to hear more about it.

27 November 2008

Trapped in Paradise

Bank caper movies are always good. Making them comedies is even better.

Quick Change
Happy Texas
Disorganized Crime

Set in a small town in Pennsylvannia, Trapped in Paradise is mostly about the hours "after" the heist. The town is small and quaint and the backdrop very normal and subdued. But that doesn't stop Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz from stealing every single scene with their over the top antics. They are that good in this. It's not for people who think Judd Apatow is funny. It is for people who think Bill Murray is funny.

Richard Gallo directs. He also wrote Midnight Run. And you can see his eye for detail in this movie. Lots of subtle jokes. And since he writes and directs in this instance, he chose people for very specific reasons.

Richard Jenkins is so subtle and good in this movie. He doesn't show up until the movie is almost over, but he gets sooooo many good lines. Nicolas Cage chews the scenery in an attempt to get a laugh, forgetting that his character is the straight man.

Go rent it before the holidays are up.

26 November 2008

Transporter 3

Okay. What the hell am I doing watching this movie in the first place, let alone reviewing it?

Well. Smartie. I'll tell you.

I love car chases.

Love them. As a kid I wanted to be a stunt driver. No fooling.

So. I'm required by law to see any movie with a car chase in it. Nothing I can do about it. Sadly, that means I had to watch Transporter Two, which I'm pretty sure I've forgotten.

Three is a nice apology for two, but it's still not great. The heroine in this one is extremely selfish and annoying, although her freckles are cute. I'll give her that. The dialog is mostly okay, with moments of "what?" Statham takes his shirt off three times (ladies), for no apparent reason the last time. The villain is a 9 out of 10 on the sociopathy scale, but a 5 out of 10 on the memorable lines scale. The opening 10 minutes are meaningless. You could open with Statham being pushed into the car and being told "go" and the movie would be awesome. The fist fights are cut and edited to look like what a spastic ADHD sufferer's flashbacks must look like. Luc Besson (the writer) has once again crossed the pervert line with a female pee scene (I wish I was kidding). Lastly, the "love interest" storyline/dialog/waste of time is so bad at points that my wife and I started to pantomine our suicides to one another during the film.

It was bad.

The chases are awesome, though and some of it is very creative.

If you liked one and avoided two, check out three. If you didn't watch any of them, don't bother.

A League of Their Own

Totally underrated. One of the best baseball movies of all time. I love this film.

Penny Marshall is actually a really good director in my opinion.

Everyone is outstanding in their roles and it was great to see Squiggy and the "Big Ragu" making appearances in the movie.

Most people love quoting, "there's no crying in baseball." My favorite, however, is "If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great."