“EW just published its list of 25 movies you need to see before the Oscars. I’ve already seen 17 of them before it was published, which I think is even better than last year after intentionally going out to see ones on the list. The 17 are (and lets see if I can do this from memory cause I dont feel like getting up and checking it): Up in The Air, Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Precious, Up, Fantastic Mr Fox, (500) Days of Summer, A Serious Man, The Messenger, Inglorious Basterds, Nine, The Blind Side, Invictus…d’oh I gotta get up and check it…Julie & Julia, Star Trek, District 9, The Informant! Beyond that, I already had plans for 3 more this week. Hoping to get to Its Complicated either tomorrow or day after. Depending on how this week goes I’ll either catch A Single Man on Thur at Coolidge Corner or I’ll double feature it on Sat at the Kendall with An Education (which I plan to see on Sat either way). That’ll bring the total to 20. Then Crazy Heart and The Lovely Bones go wide next week, so I’ll swing ’em at that point. That will just leave The Young Victoria, The Last Station, and Bright Star. I’ll prolly wait until nods are actually out before deciding if I really feel like putting in the effort for those.

Okay, so technically I’d only seen 16 of them before reading the list, cause number 17 came today–Avatar. I know, for me thats a long time since release date for me to catch such a major flick. Plans to watch it earlier were all thwarted by life and other outside factors. Anyways, the Regal Fenway had been jam packed the past two days, with Avatar selling out, so I figured I’d go to the earliest showing possible 3D or not. That plan worked out quite well. Caught the 11:45 which did feature a third dimension.

PS – Kinda had this song stuck in my head the whole time. Only slightly related

Initial reaction, wow. No it wasn’t the best movie ever or anything like that, but as far as groundbreaking film-making technology wise, dayum. And the plot was pretty decent too.

But for reals, the CGI and special effects were killer. I was particularly fond of the night time scenes with all the glowy plants. I wasn’t too sure how I felt about 3 hours of 3-D, but I actually do think it was worth it. Normally I complain when the extra dimension only equals extra depth (as opposed to things jumping at you, which is what I like) but it was such a great touch. It made their world so much more massive, almost felt like being at the IMAX without really being there. I can’t even fathom what it must be like in 3D at the IMAX.

Im generally not someone to be so readily accepting of a new alien culture, especially not such a “”tree-hugging”” one as the Na’vi. But I was drawn to them for some reason. Just absolutely loved them. I find it kinda strange that toward the end of the film, you’re cheering AGAINST the humans in the story. We become the bad guys. Deep. Whoa.

Did like the cast. And before you question how possible it is to give acting merit to a CGI being, I’ve got one word for you: Gollum. Sam Worthington is kind of a poor man’s Ewan McGregor (their American accents sound the same). Is it weird that I found him hotter as a Na’vi? Between this and Terminator: Salvation, he’s really starting to prove his worth as an action star, and he’s doing a fine job of it. Was pleasantly surprised to see Giovanni Ribisi. Hadn’t really seen much of him in a while. Was equally surprised but less pleasantly to find Michelle Rodriguez in this one. Never really cared for her, but this may be her first few steps toward redemption in my book.

Wasn’t anything too special about the story, but it was good and simple. Really, I think this movie was more of a showcase for the technology and the environment than anything else. And the characters were good, which keep me interested. Was a bit lengthy, clocking in at 3 hours if you count all the previews. But when you realize how \m/ long James Cameron spent on this one, I think he’s entitled to a little bit of excess running time.

Avatar – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

Sherlock Holmes

“Today’s theater movie was Sherlock Holmes, or How Guy Ritchie Got His Groove Back.

When I first heard that Robert Downey Jr was gonna be playing Sherlock Holmes on screen, I was happily intrigued. When I first saw the trailer, I squealed with delight. When I heard (and Im still not sure how I found this out so late) that Guy Ritchie was directing, I jumped in the air and screamed excitedly. Im a big Guy Ritchie fan. Snatch is my sixth all time favorite movie, and I of course love Lock Stock… as well. We all know that Swept Away nearly killed his career (no I haven’t seen it). Revolver wasn’t that great. Rocknrolla was a step in the right direction, but still not up to his caliber. But finally, with Sherlock Holmes, he is on his way back to the top.

Now it seems that lately there’s always two things (different ones each time) that hinder my movie experience. This time it was that I was really hungry during the second half, and also the screen was _really_ dark. Too dark to have been a directorial choice, and also I think it was a bit dark during the previews (which were kinda awesome, btw). So didnt enjoy it as much as I otherwise would have, but I still think it was quite good.

There was so much that I thought really rocked about it. There was the really quickly cut shots (a Ritchie signature) used for reveals. And the whole mystical element mixed in with the mystery. The fight scenes were great, especially when Holmes would spell out his moves in slo-mo then kick some ass.

What really got me going, though, was the Holmes/Watson relationship. Why? Because Im a huge fan of House. I’d heard that House and Wilson’s bromance was based on Holmes and Watson (get it? Holmes –> House), but that was kinda always just something I knew, but didnt fully grasp. But seeing them bicker, with Holmes meddling and Watson always coming back, I so totally \m/ get it now.

And yes, Robert Downey Jr was amazing beyond all reason. So smart and charming and tough and oh yeah, sexy like whoa. Never previously understood the fascination with Jude Law, but that’s something else I now get–also charming and sweet and clever. Always adore Rachel McAdams, and she was quite stunning as per usual.

Um, yeah, so Sherlock Holmes = WIN!

Sherlock Holmes – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/


“I hadn’t expected to go so long without a post. I’d decided against squeezing in an AFI before leaving for Texas cause I didnt want it to feel too rushed. Then I didnt really have sufficient time while I was there to get one in or run to the theater. Opted to spend my free time watching Bones and Big Bang Theory. Then work murdered me this week, and the need to pass out trumped the desire to watch movies I’d hafta pay attention to. So here we are.

First post of 2010. I’ll work on my 2009 movie wrap up sometime this weekend.

Before I get started on Nine, I had one comment I wanted to throw in about the previous entry, Cabaret. I was talking to a friend of mine at a Christmakwanzikahsolstice holiday party and Cabaret came up in conversation. (Someone asked if anyone there was Jewish, and when no one replied, I mentioned I’d seen Cabaret that day and asked if that counted). He told me that the storyline(s) in the movie was(were) purposely different from the stage version. Its based on a book called Berlin Stories which is a collection of short stories about living in Berlin in 1931. According to my buddy, they purposely decided to use different stories for the movie than they did for the play. So I guess I halfway take back my previous complaint about the story differences.

With that, we’ll transition into another musical–Nine. First impression, very unimpressed. I very much love musicals and musical theater. I figured between the Academy Award superstars in the cast and the high production value that this was gonna be great. Instead I sadly found it rather boring.

I couldnt quite grasp what was going on. Yes I gathered that Guido was gonna be filming a movie in a few days and hadnt even written a script yet. But I couldnt follow exactly how all the other events (and women) fit into that flow. Also, the musical numbers seemed too forced. With Chicago, director Rob Marshall’s previous musical, the dream sequence-y songs fit right in. I think that was from how the character would appear to start bursting into song and likewise come out of that state at the end. The transitions were too choppy in Nine. And the whole dream sequence flashback with a dream sequence dance in between that happened a few times was just weird. Im sure the stage version must have worked much much better, and I would be interested to see it someday. Another nitpick, yes I know that musical numbers almost always have to be lip synched. Im okay with that. However, Im not okay with them putting in no effort to hide that fact. Not sure if it was the sound balance, the staging, or the acting, but I was rarely able to “”believe”” they were really singing.

There were a few musical numbers I really did like, as stand alone scenes. I loved the dancing in “”Be Italian”” (Im guessing at song titles). The sand and the tambourines looked so great. Going into it, I did not expect Fergie’s number to have been my favorite. I also enjoyed Kate Hudson’s number, even if she wasnt quite the best singer. Although I didnt find her as nails-on-chalkboard-ish as my more musically inclined friends had warned me she’d be. But while those were my favorite numbers, their characters were the ones that felt most out of place to me. I really did not understand how they really fit into the rest of the story.

The all star cast was pretty good, I’ll give it that. Lets just go down the list of who’s left, shall we?
-Daniel Day-Lewis is a really great actor (LOVED him in There Will Be Blood, and was quite happy about that Oscar win) even if I didnt really like Guido’s character that much.
-Marion Cotillard is so cute (Im thinking about her presenting at last year’s Oscars), but this time she was vulnerable with a tough side. Her attitude and bombshell-ness in her second song caught me completely off guard and it was fan-\m/-tastic. Im just intrigued by the way her career has gone. If you think of most of the recent Academy Award winners, their careers have kinda built as they got more well know, then they won their award as kind of a nice pretty bow on top of all their acheivements. (Im looking at you Kate Winslet, prime example). Marion Cotillard, on the other hand, was this little nobody of an actress who managed an Academy Award nod, then a surprising win. And now she’s building her career off that win. Totally backwards, but it works, and I’ve been happy to see her.
-Penelope Cruz has been moving her way up my list of fave actresses. Its a rare combination to have such a sultry character who just oozes sex but also has a depth behind that. You usually only get one or the other, but Cruz pulled it off beautifully.
-Didnt care much for Nicole Kidman. She didnt really do a lot, and her accent was just strange.
-Judi Dench’s character was prolly my favorite, even if I didnt care much for her song. I have a tendancy to gravitate towards the most grounded character when the rest of them are a bit off the wall.

Yeeeeah, so overall bit of a disappointment. I’ll still end up buying the DVD, but you’re prolly just best off You-Tubing the main numbers

Nine – \m/ \m/


“Couple quick things before we get started here. One is that I got ExpletiveDleted added to the list of Boston blogs on Boston.com I dont know that anyone actually goes thru the list reading blogs, but I know Im not the only Bostonian who spends a good chunk of the day punting on that site. Personally, the highlight of my day is when a new Love Letters gets posted. A bit out of character for me, I know, but the writer, Meredith, is pretty cool.

Next, AFI posted their top ten list for 2009. Particularly psyched to see The Hangover and The Messenger on the list. The former because I like that they’ll actually acknowledge that type of flick as quality (by some definitions of the word) entertainment. The latter makes me happy cause I dont think that movie’s gotten too much notice. And I really shoulda given it a full four \m/ instead of 3 1/2.

Right. Invictus. Almost didnt make it tonight. Work’s been insanely tough and all I wanted to do was veg out. As motivation, I decided I’d finally try those cupcakes that they’ve had at the theater for a few weeks now. I’d been regretting that I didnt get them when they woulda been free at my Cirque du Freak screening. Verdict on those? The red velvet one had killer cream cheese frosting, but otherwise not really worth three bucks a piece.

Okay I know, this blog is about movies, not cupcakes.

Im actually really glad I dragged myself over to the theater. I left there so happy. Although, it took a while to get to that point. The first half dragged on, and their accents were so bad (at least Im assuming they werent exactly accurate) that I couldnt understand half the dialogue. Im still not even sure what the rugby team was called. But the pace really quickened and the overall mood picked up just past the halfway mark. By the time the rugby team had that coaching session with some of the local kids, the history and tone had been set and we could just coast on the “”Mighty Ducks”” story.

There were some really beautiful images in the movie. That coaching session was a great one. Although, my favorite was the little kid at the end listening to the world cup game with the security officers. I also really liked how they used the work relationship between the black and white members of Mandela’s security staff to illustrate the relationship between the two halves of the country.

Fan-\m/-tastic acting from Morgan Freeman, as if we’d expect anything less. By now, we’ve seen him play a US president in Deep Impact (second best fictitious pres after Dennis Haysbert on 24), win an Oscar for Million Dollar Baby, and of course play God in Bruce and Evan Almighty. Apparently Nelson Mandela said that the only actor he thought could play him was Freeman. Now I know absolutely nothing about the man, but I definitely saw him, not Freeman on screen. And that’s saying something for such a recognizable and loveable actor. I also know nothing about his politics or character other than what we saw in the film, but at least here he was such an admirable and inspirational person. To have gone thru hell in prison, and then draw from that experience to try and unite a country could not have been easy. Ew, Im starting to get all gooey. I’ll stop

Love Matt Damon as always, but I dont know if it was the accent or the extra blonde hair that really threw me off. His character grew on me by the end, but it took some getting used to.

As far as the whole rugby thing, that’s a sport that’s intrigued me for a while. I never actually heard of it until high school maybe. Woulda been kinda nice if I knew the game a bit better since a lot of the time when they were playing I had no freakin’ clue what was going on. Makes me wish I woulda gone to see a game back at MIT when I had friends on the team, especially the girls’ team annual prom dress rugby. By the time we got to the final game in the film, I really was on the edge of my seat. Can’t really elaborate much more without getting spoilertastic.

Guess thats about it for now. Hoping to get an AFI movie in tomorrow, but I gots some errand running to do after work. Hopefully I’ll get outta there at a decent hour with an acceptable amount of brainpower left. Just gotta get thru this week and then Im off on Christmas vacay.

Invictus – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n

The Princess and the Frog

“This year has been a good one for animation. I hear there’s even enough elligible films that there’ll be five nods for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars. You’ve got Pixar kicking butt as always with computer animation with Up, and also Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in the great computer ani. Then there was fantastic stop motion with Fantastic Mr Fox and Coraline. And now, Disney’s kicking it old school with hand drawn animation for Princess and The Frog, and Im so glad for that. I do remember when computer animation was such a big deal, and I’ve seen it get better and better over time (mostly with each Pixar movie) but I’ve also seen it more half assed over time when other studios just crank out these plastic looking hardly thought thru kiddie films. Having grown up during Disney’s second golden age (Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, etc) my poor little heart has been crying and aching for some good hand drawn animation, and so psyched that Disney finally delivered.

The storyline for Princess and the Frog was a really creative twist on the original Frog Prince fairy tale. And I loved the supporting characters, in particular Ray and Louis, although I gotta admit the main characters did annoy me a bit. I found Tiana a slight bit too one-track-minded, and Naveen was too arrogant. Most of my buds who I saw it with adored Charlotte. I did too, while I could stand her. She was a bit much at times. And seriously, what’s up with the Lost actor names for characters? Naveen? Evangeline? Thats the only other time I’ve ever heard those two names.

The music was good, but nothing too spectacular. I much prefer Menken over Randy Newman, and while Newman was better than usual I didnt exactly leave wanting to run to Limewire and download the soundtrack. The New Orleans jazz setting did lend itself to great sound and overall vibe for the movie, and having voodoo available for the required fairy tale magic was a nice bonus.

I liked that this time around, the whole wish upon a star thing was balanced with the idea of working hard to get what you want. You kinda got to see both of those ends of the spectrum and how you need both to make your dreams come true. And even though, as previously mentioned, I may not have entirely cared for Tiana, having a strongwilled independant woman character is always a plus over a fragile little princess. Disney’s usually pretty good about that, but Tiana definitely ranks closer to Mulan than Aurora on that scale.

There was also some great dialogue. A few jokes there for the adults. My favorite being a reference to an AFI movie we’ve already been thru. I wont give it away, but I thought it was quite epic. I was laughing uncontrollably for a minute, but I think I was the only person who was able to fully appreciate it. And of course there was the slapstick comedy that had the little kids to my left and my buddy Carlos to my right convulsing with giggle fits.

So overall, while this may not be a definitive sign of another golden age for Disney, its certainly a step in the right direction.

The Princess and the Frog – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

Up in the Air

“Got another Oscar front runner out of the way, and really stoked about it. I hafta say, right off the bat, that from those front runners (in this case Im referring to Precious and The Hurt Locker as well) Up in the Air is my fave. Wasn’t exactly blown away by it, as is usually a good sign with Oscar pix and as was the case with Slumdog for me last year, but still thoroughly enjoyed it. Im actually glad that this type of quirky film is getting the good feedback and attention from award gurus. Gives me hope that we really have progressed past the point where the “”best”” movies of the year are boring art pieces that no one actually sees.

The premise is just so creative and original–guy who’s job it is to go around firing people. Turned out being so timely too, although apparently that was by accident. Reitman had originally started work on this in 2002, but it got pushed back. Except for the recognizable stars, namely J K Simmons and Zach Galifianakis, none of the people who were fired in the film were actors. They got actual people who’d been recently terminated and gave them their chance to say what they wished they had, which added such a sincere touch of realism.

Ultimately, its really a character piece, and one that was carried quite well by the always dashing and debonair George Clooney. However, this time, he had a rare vulnerability that was just so striking.

Clooney wasnt the only impressive cast member. Anna Kendrick is getting lots of supporting actress buzz, and I couldnt agree more. She was so tough and intense and quick (which always makes for an awesome kick ass chick), but she too had a vulnerable side. And I can now see Vera Farminga as more than just “”the chick from The Departed””. The only possible miscast, according to me, would be Danny McBride. Its just way too hard to take him seriously, and while his role was supposed to be somewhat comedic, I think he pushed that a bit over the edge. Not by anything specific he did, just by being Danny McBride.

Up In The Air can also boast that it has some epic dialogue, and a couple of great and out of nowhere “”oh no (s)he didnt!”” moments. I very enthusiastically recommend this one.

Up in the Air – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/


“Yep, not my usual flick, but I couldnt resist the cast. Sam Rockwell has been one of my absolute faves since Choke (also, I dare you to see The Green Mile and not think he’s awesome), pretty much to the point where I’ll see him in just about anything. Hell, I even saw G-Force this summer and all he did was voice a guinea pig. Dont know that I’d follow him to a rom-com but most everything else should be fair game. Have nothing but mad respect for Robert DeNiro. And like I said about Sandra Bullock yesterday, I also love Drew Barrymore but rarely get to see her because of her affinity for girly films.

I’d only caught the trailer once, but between that and the smiling happy poster with the X-mas tree in the background, I expected it to be your typical warm fuzzy family fodder. Boy was I wrong. About 90% of it was \m/ depressing. DeNiro’s character was such a sad little man, I just felt so bad for him as he kept on getting blown off by offspring after offspring. Also, while I’d never actually admit this to the ‘rents (even though there’s a non-zero chance my dad is reading this…Hi Daddy) Ive actually been getting a bit homesick lately, and this movie totally set me over the edge. If I wasnt less than two weeks away from going home for Christmas, I dont know if I coulda gotten thru that flick.

But yes, the cast was as good as I expected. DeNiro was totally sympathetic and carried the movie quite well (as if there was any doubt). Didnt like Kate Beckinsale, but moreso I think it was that I just didnt like her character. She was quite the bitch, and I think she treated her dad the worst outta the kids. Loved Sam Rockwell (duh) but coulda definitely used more of him. Really impressed with Drew Barrymore. She ended up being my fave from the kids, especially because her scenes were the lightest out of this blind sidingly heavy film.

Well I’ve got cats crying for dinner. As previously mentioned, Im taking most of the week (or however long it takes) off from movie watching so I can go thru Lost season 5 this week. Thats the only show thats made me be known to hurt people for giving away spoilers. Anything else, I dont so much care.

Everybody’s Fine – \m/ \m/ \m/

The Blind Side

“I have gotten waaaay too comfortable with going to the Fenway. I must seriously seem like a crazy person. Today I walked in wearing big black snowboots, blue pj’s with polar bears on them, a slightly too big brown (instead of my usual black) shirt that says “”I wish I knew how to quit you””, and oversize gray and pink sweatshirt that I sleep in but rarely wear outta the apt cause its ugly, and my big army green coat. Its one of those laundry day type outfits. And while yes, today is laundry day and I did wear that same ensemble to the laundromat around the corner, I woulda worn the same outfit if it was a non-laundry Sunday. Found my seat, pulled off the boots, yup my socks didnt match, put my feet on the seat in front me and then pulled out a lemon flavored Sour Patch Kids candy cane that I’d snuck in (Im a rebel, I know). Sometimes Im surprised they let me in that place.

I’d put The Blind Side a bit low on my priority list, as you can prolly guess by the fact that the movie’s been out a few weeks and Im just now getting to it. It seemed like that type of sappy, feel good family movie that always comes out around the holidays that I usually prefer to ignore. However, there was something about Sandra Bullock and her character Leigh Anne that just drew me to it. Leigh Anne is the type of person that if she wants you to do something, well goddammit you better \m/ do it, and Bullock as Leigh Anne wanted me to go see this movie. So I did.

I do love Sandra Bullock, but her tendancy to do chick flicks means that I dont often see her films. She was just such a strong woman and completely sure of herself. There’s talk that this may finally be Sandy’s chance at an Oscar nod, and I wholeheartedly agree with that.

But Leigh Anne was just one of many fantastic characters. The first I fell in love with was her (bio) son, SJ, played by Jae Head. That sweet little kid was just so energetic and full of life, and his joy was contageous. Not sure how I feel about Tim McGraw as an actor in principle, but he def held his own against that strong independant woman. Quinton Aaron was also mesmerizing as Michael Oher. He played the role with such heart, that you had to pull for him through the whole thing.

Story wise, it was a bit on the long side. Almost knocked off half a point for that, but it really did hold me through pretty much the whole thing. Though it kinda felt like two separate movies. First half is family accepting the outsider kid. Second half is kind of a Mighty Ducks story focusing on one player. But the whole thing was just so powerful, and there was something incredibly moving about the real family pictures that were shown during the credits.

Pop culture side note, I totally didnt realize whenever they were talking about Lawrence Taylor and the impact he had on the NFL that its the same LT that was on DWTS last season. Kinda glad I didnt catch that, cause I prolly woulda been giggling too much about it.

Hafta run and grab my laundry, but if you are the type that likes those sweet family movies this time of year, The Blind Side is a pretty good choice

The Blind Side – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

The Hurt Locker

“Its gotta have been two years since I last went to LSC. For those not in the know, LSC stands for Lecture Series Committee. Its a student group that, among other things shows movies on campus. I think the last one I went to was Shooter. They showed Annie Hall a few weeks ago (which is on the AFI list) and I was so pissed that I found out a day too late. There are few other places where admission, a small Sprite, and a bag of Twizzlers only costs you 5.75 Makes it worth dealing with the uncomfortable seats. Back in the day, when I lived in a dorm two buildings over from the screening room, it was not uncommon for me to come in pj’s and slippers, with a blanket to snuggle in and a pillow to sit on. Although this time, besides the unpleasantness of the seat, there was this creepy old man who sad down right next to me. Seriously, people, movie theater etiquette. If there’s plenty of seats, always leave at least a one seat buffer between you and the stranger beside you. I was scared he was gonna start asking me for my number, saying that the back of my head is ridiculous.

Now Im in an Athena cluster, waiting for a buddy, typing up this review that I expected would hafta wait til morning. And I really like this keyboard. The keys are really bouncy. Moving on.

Normally, I dont particularly care for war films. In principle, I dont necessarily have a problem with war. I just dont care to pay attention to politics (we’re not gonna have the why argument about that now), and these types of movies tend to be uber politcally preachy. Im not informed enough (by choice) to take a stand on one side or the other, but the one thing I damn well know for sure is that I am completely behind our troops themselves. I feel that reguardless of your politics, every American should be able to say that. But lately, something is just drawing me to these films. With Brothers this afternoon and The Messenger last week Im really rackin’ them up. And I’ve been dying to get my hands on Stop-loss, but haven’t had any luck. I was actually looking foward to this one all week, since I’d heard so many good things. It made me a little sad that I didnt go last night as originally planned, but I think Bob Saget was a worthy replacement.

I def enjoyed the film, but I think it mighta been built up too much. I’ve heard a lot of best picture talk, and while I’d support the nod, I dont know that I’d support a win. There wasn’t much story (and we’ve been over this many times, I like narrative), which made the scenes feel a bit disconnected from each other. However, individually each one of those scenes was fantastic. So the movie centers around a bomb squad team in the army, which means that most of the scenes are these really intense and nerve wracking things where the dude’s trying to diffuse a bomb. Needless to say, edge of my seat the whole time.

Great characters, as well. Man guy, Sg james, was played by Jeremy Renner. If your knowledge of the Buffyverse is comparable to mine, you’ll know him as Angel’s sire Penn. He was a good combination of reckless, badass, and admirable soldier. Although his obligatory big self revelatory breakthrough wasn’t quite as epic as they tend to be in these films. Yes, Im actually disappointed in the lack of a cliche. The one I really felt for was Spc Eldridge played by Brian Geraghty. I spent the whole movie trying to figure out where I knew him from. Something told me Jarhead, which IMDB confirmed, but I dont specifically remember him there. He also looked a bit like Corey Feldman in Stand By me, which may have been what threw me. He was the more, for lack of a better word, sensitive soldier. He’s really the one I held my breath for whenever they were in a tight spot. Also brief appearances by Guy Pearce, Evangeline Lilly, David Morse (who I so didnt recognize), and Christian Camargo (Dexter’s big “”ice truck killer”” bro), and Ralph Fiennes.

The film was shot documentary style, which was a nice touch (added another level of realism) but there was a lot of shakey cameras. Not quite Blair Witch level of shakey, but enough to annoy my headache-y head. Very happy I did get to see this well before Oscar season, so now I know what all that buzz is about. We’ll see what its competition looks like over the next few months

The Hurt Locker – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n


“””Does anyone here have a blog? Dont answer that, cause I’m about to shit all over it. I think that all blog entries can be summed up in one sentance ‘Somebody please call me to hang out’ “” – Bob Saget, last night at the Wilbur Theater in Boston. That feels sadly accurate.

Watching the trailer for Brothers the first time, my thoughts went something like this “”Yay Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire…I’d see that…nah, its getting kinda sappy…WTF?!…Can I see this now?!”” I will admit that I was starting to get a bit annoyed with how often I saw the trailer after that, but it didnt make me wanna watch the movie any less. Musta been the pretty boy eye candy.

So I finally got to see it today. Did I enjoy it? Um, yeah! And not just because of the aforementioned pretty boy eye candy. The characters were great. As cheesey as this sounds, I actually felt like I wanted to be a part of their family, which wouldnt have happened if it wasn’t so well cast. I’ve adored Jake Gyllenhaal since the first time I saw Donnie Darko. I left Brothers on such a high Jake kick that I now got Blu-Ray Donnie Darko playing in the background as I write this. I’d also forgotten how good Natalie Portman can be. I can’t quite figure out why I usually dont think much of her when I hear her name. Musta been the whole SW prequels thing. But she’s actually really good, and she fit this role quite well despite my initial doubts.

By far, the best on the acting side, was Tobey Maguire. Between the first half and the second half of the movie, his character went thru such a \m/ huge transformation, and I completely and utterly believed both sides of him. I was in love with him during the first half, and terrified of him during the second.

On another note, does Clifton Collins Jr hafta be in every movie this year? Seriously, that’s like the 6th one. I dont have any problem with him, its just weird that he shows up so often. Points for Ethan Suplee showing up. Also loved the older of the two little girls, played by Bailee Madison. Such an intense role for such a young thing, but she did beautifully. As Abigail Breslin and Dakota Fanning have grown up a bit, maybe she’ll be the next cute little girl actress that everyone loves? I hope not, for her sake.

Guess there isnt really much else to say. I’ve noticed that the more often I write, the less clever I am, which makes me a sad panda. Isnt practice supposta make perfect? Anyways, decided to skip today’s AFI plans (I coulda squeezed in two if I really tried) in favor of knocking down my newly acquired movies queue. Then heading over to LSC for The Hurt Locker tonight, although there’s a non-zero chance that write up will hafta wait til tomorrow.

Brothers – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n