Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category

Rock of Ages

2012

Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and Tom Cruise

When trailers started popping up for this flick I was pretty excited. It looked to be a darned good movie. I mean, look at the cast and the music… How could you go wrong?!

SWEET MOTHER OF GOD did they go wrong!! and in so many ways. It was like a musical train wreck that you just couldn’t stop. A TWO HOUR auto-tuned nightmare. I just kept staring at the screen, eyes locked if not in disbelief then in pure horror of what was unfolding before me. You could have cut off a toe and I probably wouldn’t have noticed.

Their first wrong doing was when the girl Sherrie (Hough) gets off the bus and starts singing “Just like living in paradise” when she should be singing “Welcome to the Jungle”. The scene isn’t paradise at all it’s the complete opposite. Come on people! {face palm}

I must admit, I did giggle once. It was when Drew (Boneta) got up on stage for the first time and sang. After he finished they panned over to Lonny (Brand) and he and another guy had their lighters aflame. A salute to rock ‘n roll.

OH OH OH! Let me not forget get the “I think I’m Gods gift” pseudo star of the flick, Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx. Good grief! Because his ego wasn’t big enough, they made him a friggin’ rock star! And of course he’s got the slutty sluts hanging all over and such… HURL!

Who approves this shit?! Apparently these 80s bands needed some hard cash to let this happen to their classic tunes. Such a sad day in music history.

I won’t be recommending this movie… even to a coma patient.

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Mirror Mirror

(2012)MirrorMirror

Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer

Mirror Mirror was absolutely ridiculous! I sat through the whole movie just shaking my head wondering why I was still watching it.

I have to give props to Julia portraying the evil Queen, she did so in a spectacular fashion. Her facial expressions were top notch.

Everything else… just plain crap.

I’m giving this movie three steaming piles of doggie poo.

The Help

2011

Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

I was finally able to watch The Help this weekend. It was well worth the wait. What a fantastic movie. I laughed, I teared up, I got angry at those racist white biatches… I think I felt everything The Help wanted me to feel.

Set in Mississippi in the ’60s, Skeeter (Stone) returns from college determined to become a writer. Her first job, the housekeeping column in the local paper.

Not long after being back Skeeter decides she wants to writes a book, from the black housekeepers perspective. You can only imagine what happens from here out…

I highly recommend The Help as a viewing choice. I personally plan on watching this again and possibly buying it. Absolutely fantastic and it deserved every award it received.

Award listings: Imdb.com Award List

Trespass

2011Trespass

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato

Trespass, my first movie for 2012… what a bomb.

This time it wasn’t just a crappy script, it was also crappy acting. I felt like they had pulled the gunmen off the street and said ‘here, act’ and let them do whatever. Horrible, horrible, horrible. And what gunman brings his coked up girlfriend along to a home invasion? I mean really, who does that?!

Nicole Kidman’s performance was almost unbearable. I have never seen her acting so… half-assed. Usually if her movies suck it’s because of a bad script or bad directing, this time, there was that and bad acting. What came over her?! Bad Nicole! Bad, bad, bad!

Nic Cage… Well, you either love him or you hate him. I personally love him. He’s pretty consistent in his rolls so I know what to expect going in. I think the last time he really rocked the silver screen was in 2009 in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans. Now that was the Nic Cage we all would love to see every time.

Anyway, unless you want to watch a movie with crappy acting and approximately 85 minutes of continual screaming I don’t recommend Trespass… at all… nope… thumbs are way down…

There aren’t even any good explosions…

50/50

201150/50

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick

50/50 was the final movie I watched in 2011. I have to say, I saved the best for last.

Levitt gives a great performance, one of his best to date.

Adam (Levitt), a 27-yr-old  who works at a radio station, has just been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. With the help of his best friend (Rogen) his therapist (Kendrick), Adam struggles through to beat the disease and discover what is most important in life.

Through all the emotions Adam goes through he manages to keep his sense of humor and a sense of calm.

50/50 is a great movie, I highly recommend it. I have to say, it is emotionally challenging at points but definitely worth watching.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

2011Crazy, Stupid, Love

Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a fantastic movie!

Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) have three kids and are happily married, until Emily asks for a divorce. Cal, newly semi-single and depressed needs to find his his way in the singles scene after a 25-year hiatus, and Jacob (Gosling) is just the man for the job.

With Jacob’s help, new clothes and a few lessons on finding the manhood he lost many years ago Cal is on his way. First pickup, the ‘sexy-cute’ school teacher…

Seems after the first one it’s not so hard, Cal is pickin’ ’em up easy as pie… until his wing man goes AWOL. It all starts at the parent-teacher conference…

Watching the end of the parent-teacher scene a line from Dan in Real Life kept running through my head, “I am the murderer of love”. Now, if you haven’t seen it, you must.. It’s pretty good.

And by the way, it is.. Love… Crazy, Stupid that is..

Two thumbs way up.

Larry Crowne

2011Larry Crowne

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney

I really liked Larry Crowne. I’d probably watch it again.

Larry (Hanks) has just been ‘downsized’ from his job for not having a college degree and therefore no growth potential.

In order to make sure that doesn’t happen in his next job he heads to the community college. There he takes several courses, one of which is a class on public speaking taught by Mercedes Tainot (Roberts).

Mercedes has lost the passion in her marriage as well as the passion for teaching, until she begins her class with Larry.

Watch and see how Larry overcomes the life changes of unemployment, school and some new friends. Does Mercedes become one of his friends or just stay his teacher? Does Larry thrive in his new life? Watch and see.