Saturday, December 25, 2010

Love and Other Disasters

To call a movie cute often equals a death sentence in that it evokes fluff and a lack of substance. I just watched 'Love and Other Disasters" and cannot escape the dreaded word "cute".  Fortunately "clever" also comes into play. This movie which references romantic movies past and present does so in a way that is smart, hip and stylish.  Brittany Murphy who left the world stage too early excelled at playing two types of roles - troubled and damaged or wispy and flirty. Here we are treated to the lighter side with intentional nods to Audrey Hepburn. I had not heard of this movie before tonight and thought I would share.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Always Show Up In Time to See the Trailers, It's the polite thing to do..

Random thoughts on the trailers I saw before "Tron: Legacy".

-"The Eagle" - starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. Looks ok but only ok. I'm a big fan of Billy who did the "bally" all grown up but can take Channing Tatum or leave him in the acting department. The trailer wasn't interesting enough to keep my over active mind from renaming this movie "When the Blue Man Group Attacks!!"

-"Rio" - I'm really over self-referencing, hip, animated talking animal movies. Jessie Eisenberg seems to be channeling just about every other Jessie Eisenberg character, just animated this time. The 3D trailer was cool though when the Christ the Redeemer statue reached off the screen and practically slapped me in the face.

-"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" - What to say? The first in this franchise was light, fun and even original. The 2cd and the 3rd were loaded down with too many characters, too many special effects and too many plot points. Is this scaled back? toned down? They've obviously jettisoned two important characters to give us more Depp, Depp and Depp but it does not look like a film franchise going back to it's roots.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thor teaser trailer!!

I like it! Dark, moody, nods to the classic but updates the look, Natalie Portman (never a bad idea)  = success (?). I sure hope so.