Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Random News: "Paul" gets a cast!

From the A.V. Club:
Paul, a new comedy starring and written by Shaun Of The Dead, Spaced, and Hot Fuzz co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost has announced some casting choices. Variety, which inimitably describes the film as a "road trip laffer," has revealed that the cast will include Jason Bateman, Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Seth Rogen, the lattermost providing the voice an alien. This is the first Pegg / Frost pairing on which Frost has a writing credit, the previous films having been co-written by Pegg and director Edgar Wright. It's also the first such team-up with another director. Greg Mottola of Adventureland and Superbad fame will be taking the helm.

Why.... Has this suddenly turned into a Judd Apatow film?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

Trailers: Year One (2009)

Michael Cera playing Michael Cera in yet another role would probably annoy me, but for some reason, I cannot wait to see him in this film.

Trailers: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

I'm having a hard time getting a grasp on the story, and the characters... But this definitely looks like a Guy Ritchie movie.

Review: Terminator Salvation (2009)

Thrilling and incredible. Had me on the edge of my seat.

Recommended? Yes.

Grade: A-

Review: Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

*From now on I'm going to just post a few words and a grade about the movies I see. I completely hate writing reviews.

Surprising, interesting and engaging. A fantastic documentary.

Recommended? If it comes to your city, go!

Grade: A

Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Trek already at #62 on IMDB top 250

Don't get me wrong, I loved Star Trek. Just seems a serious flaw in the system.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Trailers: Taking Woodstock (2009)

Doing catchup.

Trailers: Paper Heart (2009)

Not sure how this is going to be.

Review: Observe and Report (2009)

I think I had a lot of smart things to say about this movie when I saw it nearly two weeks ago. But it's all gone.

I enjoyed Observe and Report for the most part. It's very angry. Seth Rogen's character Ronnie is the head of Mall Security and he believes his dreams may be realized when a Flasher attacks the parking lot. Ronnie suffers from Bipolar disorder, making him unstable and aggressive. It's only funny if you're amused by mostly morbid stuff. Luckily I was able to see the humor in most of it. I really felt like the film wasn't going anywhere. It was only 90 minutes but it felt like 2 hours. Very meandering. When I mentioned this to someone else, he said that it seems like that's Jody Hill's style. I suppose The Foot Fist Way was also a wandering film, but it did more for me.

Still, the end was awesome, and that's what matters: End strong.

Recommended? That's your call.

Grade: C+

Review: Star Trek (2009)

I wish, going in, that I had some basic knowledge of the original Star Trek series. I feel like it would've been more special. Even so, the minute this film started, I was engaged, and already very much emotionally invested.

Star Trek is a blast. Each actor (except maybe Zoƫ Saldana) brings something different to the table. Chris Pine (Capt. James T. Kirk) had his looks against him for me. I thought for sure his prettiness would overshadow the weight he needs to carry, but he's actually really charismatic. Zachary Quinto, apart from having Spock covered in looks, just nails his calm and measured demeanor. Karl Urban's performance as doctor Leonard McCoy is at times campy, but it works. Delivering lines like "Dammit man, I'm a doctor, not a physicist!" in our modern times can be tricky. Luckily it added just the right amount of humor to an otherwise tense situation. I've been an Eric Bana fans for years, but I thought his performance was slightly ridiculous as Captain Nero of the Romulans.

I needed me some Simon Pegg, and with 40 minutes to go I finally got my first look at him as Scotty. I could be biased, but he absolutely stole the entire movie. He takes what he's best at and integrates it into a small role to make a lasting impression. I made sure to check right away to see if a sequel is planned, and there is. So thank god Pegg doesn't end up being criminally underused.

Then there were themes of time-space continuums, alternate realities, parallel universes... Sounds like J.J. Abrams. I didn't necessarily follow all of it (it was really damn confusing), but I was still in the movie the whole ride and I didn't want it to end. I think I need to see it at least 12 more times before the Summer is out. Definitely one of the best of the year so far, and you would be unwise to miss it.

Recommended? Absolutely.

Grade: A

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Photo from Iron Man 2

So, this is pretty exciting I guess. I think I was more excited at the mere idea of it and now I'm kinda like "eh."

Anyway. I've been super bad at updating lately. I have a review to write still for a movie I saw nearly two weeks ago. Not to worry, not to worry. I haven't forgotten about my first love.