Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Review: The Hangover (2009)

Ridiculously over-the-top and delightfully witty. No but really, it's quite funny. And I'm sorry to Bradley Cooper for doubting you for so long.

Recommended? Yep

Grade: B

Random News: Oscars to nominate 10 for Best Picture

Official Press Release:

Beverly Hills, CA (June 24, 2009) — The 82nd Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 7, 2010, will have 10 feature films vying in the Best Picture category, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced today (June 24) at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

Read the full story here.

Okay, most of us know that Oscars don't really mean anything, but to those in the industry, it's still a pretty nice thing to be nominated. So on behalf of them, I offer this opinion:

First of all, I'm struggling to see how they'll even be able to find 10 films worthy of a "best picture" nomination. The five up for it last year weren't even all the best ones. But even so, 10 films up for best picture. It's ridiculous. It completely cheapens the whole honor. It will cease to be a big deal for people. The ones who say "It's an honor just to be nominated." Yeah well, you and everybody else in the room. I just think it loses something. Credibility, perhaps.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Review: Wolverine (2009)

What a stupid, stupid movie.

Recommended? Wait for the DVD.

Grade: C- (only because Ryan Reynolds is quite enjoyable in his 5 minutes of screen time)

Monday, June 01, 2009

Review: Up (2009)

As if anything Pixar does is ever less than great. I admire that they address adult issues to add some gravity to a film that is otherwise silly and whimsical. Really touching, really funny, really worth it.

Recommended? Yes. But I don't know if you really need to see it in 3D.

Grade: A