Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category

Faster

2010Faster

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino and Maggie Grace

I have mixed feelings about Faster. It’s a good movie if you’re into an ex-con running around doing revenge killings. It’s a not-so-fantastic movie if you’re not.

Johnson plays an ex-con fresh out of jail from a 10-year stint. His one and only goal, avenge his brothers death. Hooked up with a fast car, a gun and the list of men to find he sets out to even the score.

Thornton plays an old rundown low-life cop with a drug habit who is just weeks from retirement. Everybody on the force knows he’s crap, so when he’s assigned to the case with Cicero (Carla Gugino) she is less than pleased.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen plays the hit man. He’s hired to track and kill the ex-con before he gets to the man who hired him.

Pretty women, fast cars, guns, God, forgiveness… This movie has a lot and it’s all crammed into 98 minutes.

I can’t say that I’d ever watch it again because once was clearly enough.

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Pirate Radio aka “The Boat That Rocked”

2009

Pirate Radio

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy and Nick Frost

A comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s.

It’s pretty much just a band of DJs playing a bunch of music that the British government doesn’t like. The government minister does everything in his power to shut them down.

Can the ‘pirates’ be stopped?

Meanwhile, girls are brought aboard for romancing and whatnot. You learn a little about the DJs and their life philosophy, etc.

While the movie pretty much sucked donkey hooves, at least there was great music to listen to. And there was one funny scene where I actually laughed, out loud even.

Pirate Radio is 116 min of boring, well… minus the 3 min scene of laughter.

I wouldn’t really recommend this movie to anyone unless of course you enjoy boring British music history, then have at it.

I’m giving it a rating of two steaming piles of poo.

Super

2010Super

Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

Super was recommended to me by a friend. Needless to say, I won’t be taking their recommendations again.

The first 20 min. of Super seemed like some B-rated home movie that I had to slog through in order to get to the real movie. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie was only a might bit better.

Drama? Yes. Action? Well, at the end yes. Comedy? I couldn’t find any. Oh wait, there was one little part that I slightly giggled at with Libby/Boltie (Ellen Page) but that’s it.

Super is 96 min. of utter crap. Frank’s (Rainn Wilson) wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon), so he decides to make himself into a super hero. That’s just what every guy should do when they get dumped, yes? NO!

I’m thinking he turned himself into more of a vigilante than a super hero. The violence in this movie is unbelievable. The last time I checked, super heroes weren’t like that.

This was a big time fail in the Super Hero department. I think this is one movie we could have done without and I can see why it didn’t last long in theaters.

I’m giving Super a rating of ‘C’ for Crap and two big steaming piles of poo.

P.S. Ellen, baby… pick you’re movies more carefully, you’re a wonderful actress.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

2010

Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts

Depressed and possibly suicidal teenager, Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into the psychiatric ward at a hospital. The juvenile ward is being renovated so he is put in with the adults. Here he meets a host of unique characters.

While in the ward Craig must attend group functions and see a counselor like the other adult patients. Craig is hoping they can help him in one day and he can be back to school the next. Unfortunately, he’s stuck for five days.

Craig’s roommate, Muqtada, hasn’t left the room in weeks and says hardly anything. Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), becomes Craig’s friend… a big brother of sorts. Bobby seems like the only ‘normal’ person in there besides himself.

And then there’s Noelle. She brings out what’s hiding inside Craig.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a great movie. Granted it has the gloomy subject of suicide and such but not in an dark and nasty way. This story is told from the side of a person that thinks they want to commit suicide but in actuality they just need a little ‘time out’ to, say… get their ducks in a row?

I am not much of a Zach Galifianakis fan, but in this movie he is excellent. I can’t see where anyone else could have played this part any better. This is the first movie I can recall seeing Kier Gilchrist in. He reminds me of a young Justin Long. I think he’ll go far. The supporting cast was just as spectacular. There were some pretty funny scenes in the movie. I especially liked the guy that just shouts at random.

I recommend this as a definite two thumbs up movie.

The Beaver

2011TheBeaver

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin

The storyline: “A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.” – imdb.com

Whatever feelings you have regarding Mel Gibson as a person, you must not carry them over to Mel Gibson the actor. He is simply amazing in this movie.

Walter (Gibson) is depressed, so much so that all he can do is walk around in a haze. All he can do is ‘be’.

After drinking himself into a stupor and a failed comedic attempt at suicide, along comes The Beaver. Through the beaver, Walter is able to function somewhat normally and again communicate with his family.

The Beaver is a great movie in that it hits on a subject that not a lot of people want to talk about. And that depression isn’t just about one person, it’s about the whole family and how to get through it.

On another note, the rating for this movie is PG-13. I’m going to have to disagree with that and push it up to PG-17. I personally, would not be comfortable with a 13-year-old watching. Some of the content is just a little too dark.

A thought… Perhaps we saw a little of Mel in this movie, maybe he really needs The Beaver..

The Fighter

2010

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams

Great movie, even though I find boxing about as entertaining as watching the grass grow. It was the rest of the story that kept me tuned in to the movie.
I know this was based on a true story but I don’t know if it was ‘loosely’ based or not.

Christian Bale is starting to freak me out the way he can skinny down to the size of a major anorexic and plump back up to normal at will. Have you seen The Machinist? Friggin’ weird! Dude is so thin it’s gross.

Anyway, Marky Mark is a bitchin’ little boxer the way he gets in there and kicks a little ass. All with the love and support of his woman, Charlene (Amy Adams).

Oh, and let’s not forget that white trash family of his. What the hell is up with all them sisters livin’ at home at their age? Maybe it’s the fact they all look like they fell out the ugly tree hittin’ every damned branch on the way down!

GADS! That mom!! I just wanted to slap her ho-bag ass back to her couch. If my mom dressed like that I would most certainly be havin’ a sit down with her.

Anyways… the movie is definitely worth watching. I enjoyed it, minus the skanky mom.

I give it four paws up!

Due Date

2010

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis and Michelle Monaghan

Due Date wasn’t as funny as I thought it was going to be but it did have a few funny parts. I found that I spent most of the movie annoyed with Ethan (Zach Galifianakis), someone just needs to turn him the hell down.

Robert Downy, Jr is great a portraying characters that are wound a bit too tight. He is great in Due date. I am wondering if he was able to keep a straight face through most of his scenes with Zach.

Since I got my movie from Netflix the bonus material was unavailable (I really hate that) so I have no idea if there were bloopers or not. I really miss that feature (that’s a bigass hint Netflix).

Anyway, check it out if you haven’t already and tell me what you thought. Don’t be shy, leave your mark in the comments…

(min 1:40 and 1:50 kill me)