Sunday, December 23, 2012

Movie reviews - 2009

    Bedtime Stories

    Kids and I enjoyed some nice, unscary family fun, Russell Brand amazingly kept the adult content to a minimum.
    RocknRolla (2008)
    Finally watched RocknRolla last night - 4star must see for Ritchie fans for the thugs, cold funny deliveries, twisted story and killer soundtrack.
    Cassandra's Dream
    A classic Greek tragedy told only how Woody can tell them. Brilliant. Farrell's performance was superb.
    Gran Torino
    Gran Torino (2008)
    Loved it. Grumpy old man Eastwood thrown into modern multicultural neighbourhood drama. Great performances, simple and effective story.
    Run Fatboy Run
    If you like Simon Pegg, you'll like it, otherwise pass. Good soundtrack though.
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)
    My daughter and I loved it. I thought Simon Pegg's Buck weasel was hilarious. 3D quality was very good.
    Zack and Miri Make a Porno
    Pretty silly stuff, but some good laughs and I loved the casting.
    Eagle Eye
    Eagle Eye (2008)
    Interesting premise, but plot faded in the second half.
    Blindness (2008)
    Very frightening in a future gone wrong kinda way, but...
    Rachel Getting Married
    Ordinary People vs circus tent concert; weird combo of plot, characters and music that worked for me; decent acting from TV on the Radio front man; Hathaway and DeWitt performances were solid.
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)
    Silly but fun in comic book style, Golden Army solider fx were cool.
    The Brave One
    The Brave One (2007)
    Decent tale with good acting from Foster and Howard.
    Ghost Town
    Ghost Town (2008)
    If you're a fan of Gervais, you'll love it. I found some scenes and dialog hilarious.
    Michael Clayton
    A little too loosely put together, but what do I know. Acting by all was superb.
    Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
    Arty and deep in a French film kind of way.
    Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
    Loved it, lots of grown up laughs and cute historical references.
    Hancock (2008)
    Smith, Theron and Bateman really are the superheros to keep this one decent, even with plot trips and struggles.
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Still struggling for the words to summarize this wonderful epic. Doyle does an amazing job directing the stellar cast and contrasting the very dark themes with the colour and beauty of India. Very saddening to watch the exploitation of children, but the simple joy, courage and hope of the characters make it a riveting story.
    A Mighty Heart
    Really well made, riveting actually, Jolie was barely recognizable and her acting was superb. Although the plot with its myriad of foreign named characters was very hard to follow, it didn't take away from the key messages and emotions of the movie.
    The Last Waltz
    Brilliant. Lived up to the billing. Amazing what you get from just one movie, the history, the music, the words, and the filmmaking. Robbie Robertson is just a beautiful storyteller and Scorsese did an amazing job capturing subtle on stage moments. Great performances all around that is making me purchase some old tracks from The Band, Dylan, Diamond and Mitchell.
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    A little different to what I expected. Didn't buy the main love story, although I really liked Swinton's role. Can't say I loved it was but a curious story well told.
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Loved it, hilarious. Brand was a fantastic surprise, Kunis was beautiful and Segel was quite believable. Rudd brilliant small role. Segel wrote this one as well as another one of my favourite comedies Knocked Up. I guess I've got to see I Love You Man.
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    Pretty bad actually, Ford is way too old, stunts and FX were sub par.
    Kung Fu Panda
    Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    Nice surprise, wonderful characters and voices, classic kung fu story that my girly-girl daughter seemed to get. Winner.
    Sex and the City
    I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the watching the girls; forgive me, I'm a hopeless romantic and fashion fan underneath my macho veneer.
    Made of Honor
    Made of Honor (2008)
    Worst movie I've seen in years. Beautiful Scottish scenery, NY shots and good soundtrack couldn't even save it. Hoping I'll get some points from my wife for not yelling complaints with acting and script throughout. Funniest moment: awkward silence during my wife's laughter. McDisaster.
    Burn After Reading
    Excellent writing, casting and acting - comedy meets serious business. These Coen bros are brilliant.
    WALL-E (2008)
    Wonderful animation, cute robots with relevant green message, even the fat humans were likable.
    Fool's Gold
    Fool's Gold (2008)
    Silly, sexy and sumptuous scenery. Lighthearted fun.
    Cidade de Deus (City of God)
    Fascinating and frightening story, truly sad and shocking look at the urban drug war in Rio effecting the young and the helpless.
    Shine a Light
    Shine a Light (2008)
    Brilliant, full review at
    Definitely, Maybe
    Enjoyable romcom, pleasantly surprised by Reynolds' performance, great casting, fun soundtrack, NYC setting - nice.
    Bobby (2006)
    Stellar ensemble cast, not what I was expecting, very creative - worth it for the closing speech ( scene.
    Vantage Point
    Vantage Point (2008)
    Better and a little different to what I expected, interesting twists, a decent car chase and fast moving segments.
    The Bucket List
    Great choice for first movie of the year, wonderful acting with heartfelt simple story - a class act
    Wanted (2008)
    Loved it, fab action and fx with clever Matrix-like storyline. Great casting 1-2 with Macavoy and Jolie.
    Charlie Wilson's War
    Brilliant true tale and great acting, especially Seymour Hoffman. However, I wasn't sure about some of the war action scenes - for a few reasons.
    The Dark Knight
    Ledger got this the extra 1/2 point, not as good as I expected, fab BD pic, incl, IMAX scenes.
    Blade Runner
    Blade Runner (1982)
    Still a fantastic movie (aging well), beautiful looking and sounding on final cut on BD
    Joy Division
    Joy Division (2007)
    Excellent retelling of a tragic rock 'n roll tale. New respect for old new wave pioneers.
    The Pursuit of Happyness
    A beautiful story, well told and acted. A remarkable human being and hero. Full review on the blog
    Iron Man
    Iron Man (2008)
    Lots of fun, especially with Downey Jr. hamming it up. Robot cool. Interesting BD live quizes and bonus features on BD too !
    Awake (2007)
    Great thriller, but it was over a bit too quickly (how often do you say that?). As someone else had reviewed - a little Hitchcock like. Synopsis doesn't really tell the whole story.
    The Mist
    The Mist (2007)
    Great scare with some interesting new angles. Perfect for Halloween.
    There Will Be Blood
    Day-Lewis was brilliant and there was lots of passion and drama, but it moved a little slow for me.

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