Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mission Impossible 3

Ok, so the 3rd installment of Mission Impossible definitely had an Alias thing going on. JJ Abrams is an expert at telling the secret agent story. This movie was pure entertainment. Lots of blowing things up, double agent kind of stuff. Always guessing who's the good guy or the bad guy. Was it me, or did the woman who played Ethan Hunts wife look a lot like Katie Holmes. I loved the new cast of characters, and of course, Luther. He is such a bad ass teddy bear. I also liked that parts of the movie were filmed in Shanghai. That city looks like an animation, with the ultra modern buildings. I have to visit one day. All and all, the movie was entertaining. Worth the $10 you'll spend.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Walk the Line

This weekend I saw Walk the Line. It really did deserve to win all the awards it won at the Golden Globes and other award shows. I thought the film was very well done. I can't believe that Joaquin sang in his real voice in that film. He sounded amazing. Joaquin is a great actor. Ever since I saw Gladiator, I've always liked him. I also really liked Reese Witherspoons' performance. She is one of my favorite actresses. I remember a movie that she was in when she was much younger. Man on the moon. That is one of my favorite films that she is in.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Hero by Ying Xiong

This film has such vibrant colors and amazing cinematography. Beautifully filmed, each sequence. This film reminds me of the old chinese martial arts films that my father would watch when I was a little kid. The outfits, the long hair, the flying acrobatics. Except, this one is way more modern. The artistry of the acrobatics was really pleasing to watch. I did find myself lost in the plot a few times. I also think the English translation was lost at times, and a bit confusing. That's the problem sometimes with english translations. You don't get all the language nuances. I think I would have liked the film more if I had not watched the english dub of it. I usually think reading the english subtitles is better.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Recruit

Al Pacino is a great actor. It's just a shame that the older he gets, the worst his movie choices are. I found The Recruit to be somewhat cliche and predictable. Especially the ending. And, I really haven't figured out the phenomenon with Colleen Farrell. Isn't he just an Irish Brad Pitt? Pretty to look at, and over acts? His American accent was broken a few times, one could pick up the accent in a few of his lines. All and all, it's not a bad Netflix choice, if you don't want to think.

Friday, December 30, 2005

King Kong

I really should stop reading film reviews. Everyone raved about the new King Kong movie. Giving the movie 5 stars. Yes, the movie does have amazing special effects, and yes, the art direction and scenery is amazing, but I felt the movie fell flat with the explanation of things. I know that in the movies we are supposed to suspend reality and to go into the fantasy of the movie, however, there were no attempts into explaning how skull island came to be. Where did King Kong come from? And what about the dinosaurs? I can suspend reality if there is some kind of explanation. And I really hate movies that end with the couple kissing. Can't we come up with a better ending?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

3 hours??

I have this knack for selecting the worst movies on Netflix. You would think I would read people's reviews, but no, no, no. I insist on picking the duds. I watched 2 hours and 40 minutes of Magnolia the other day, and I just about had it, with that movie. I couldn't even bear to watch the remaining 20 minutes of it, in real time. So I watched it in fast forward mode. How bad am I, but seriously, did this movie have to be 3 hours and 8 minutes long? What the hell? The plot was so incredibly boring and the editing was equally irritating. I didn't think I could have picked a movie as bad as Girl Interrupted. I proved myself wrong.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Why Wynona, Why?

I don't know why, but I subconsciously picked two Wynona Ryder films back to back on my Netflix queue. What the hell was I thinking? I saw ""Girl, Interrupted" yesterday. And all, I kept thinking was that I wish I could interrupt Wynona's acting and tell her that she over acts. Her voice, I find, is irritating. And she is always, in every movie, I've seen her in, this goody too shoes who thinks she wants to rebel, by sleeping with the wrong guy. Case in point, "Mermaids". I loved that movie, when Cher tells her character off, for leaving her little sister to sleep with that guy. And then, the little sis, almost drowns. It's great, how Cher rips it to her. Hey, whatever happened to Wynona? Where is she? Or has her career gone down the toilet after that shoplifting incident?

Wynona is one of those actors, like Keanu Reeves. Whatever movie they are in, they do the same kind of acting. I still think that whenever I watch the Matrix, I always wonder, what's Ted Logan doing in this movie?