I've been writing this blog since 2005. I have had a number of content specific blogs in the past, but decided in 2013 to consolidate them all back into PJMixer. You'll find photo projects, movie reviews, new music and general thoughts about my life. [My photographs on this web site are protected by Creative Common licensing and cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission].
I'm sure this movie was targeted at a younger dudes than me, but I really liked it. Clever humour, excellent casting and characters, music highlights and comic book playfulness. A weird blend of a movie that really worked.
I'm sure I'll get a lot of flak from the lads for this, but I'll give it a 6. Definitely better than the 3.9 (out of 10) on IMDB. I enjoyed it, but then again, I like watching fashion shows, flipping thru Architectural Digest and dreaming of exotic locations.
can't say I followed all the stats; but what I did get was frightening, especially Wall Street influence on big universities. Even after all the probs of 2008 and today's situation, there doesn't appear to be any real changes that will improve world/US economics any time soon.
Action was pretty good; aliens were pretty scary adversaries; and tension was pretty high throughout. If only they could have avoided trying to deliver the weighty multi-liners - awful. Still pretty entertaining.
My friend actually summed it up very well this morning ...great movie. The funny 80's references were great, as was the old friends aspect of the movie.
Silly, predictable, crude and rude with new wave 80's soundtrack; Rob Corddry (from the Daily Show) was a standout - brilliant; Lizzy Caplan captivating.
And there's a music coincidence here as well.
Much better than I expected. Yes "the" scene was pretty horrific, but Franco really did a superb job portraying this interesting character and making the story very believable. And as other reviewers mention, beautiful visuals.
Fabulous final installment in the wonderful adapted trilogy. Characters continued to evolve and entertain to the very end. Superb storytelling and acting. Not sure how this would be reviewed in isolation - if you have the time, all three in order is my recommendation. Note that the Hollywood version of ...Dragon Tattoo will be released this Christmas, previews look good and appear to respect the original.
Really enjoyed re-watching this 80's classic with my son - he said it's the best movie he's ever seen ! Loved being taken back to a time of 8" floppy disks, dial-up modems; rotary phones; and seeing Broderick and Sheedy in their prime. A classic celluloid landmark for my generation, perhaps even more entertaining now with the retro-tech element. Available on Netflix Canada.
Superb documentary - perfect blend of the man and the intriguing world of Formula 1. Impressed how well they chose the segments and his words, great to see some behind the scenes footage. A must see for anyone who follows the sport and highly recommended for anyone who loves a story about exceptional people. I got very anxious and my heart was racing as the film raced to its tragic conclusion. Wow.
It's been a while since I finished Larsson's Millenium trilogy and watched the first on video, so I really enjoyed getting back into the twisted plot lines and complex characters. Although some of the action scenes seems a little amateur, the dramatic acting was excellent and the movie delivered a very intense and emotional payload.
If you're read some of my reviews and ratings in the past, then you'll know I'm a bit of a romantic. Ok story, iffy acting, but made respectful by the ever classy Vanessa Redgrave. 3.5 stars for the beautiful scenery and tantalizing touches with the food and wine, plus a foundation of the Bard and you have a perfect recipe for a romance. Bernal added a nice dash of comedy. Makes me want to listen to jazz, open a Chianti Classico and look at my old photos from my two wonderful holidays in Italy.
One of those movies you feel you shouldn't really laugh at and enjoy. That and numbskull plot = 3/5. Brand - you love him or hate him, Can't help myself laughing at his craft. Odd to see Elizabeth Moss in a different decade.
Why is it boxing movies can make me cry ? Something to do with the struggle or the common man (woman in Million Dollar Baby's case) to find victory in an ugly world. One of those movies, that could be seen as just too Hollywood, but it's based on the true story of the these dysfunctional brawlers. Superb acting all around, esp. Oscar winner Bale. Gritty, bloody, heart felt and powerful.
If you're a Woody Allen fan, you'll love it. If you're a hopeless romantic who loves the joie de vivre of Paris on film, you'll like it. I can't say too much without a spoiler, but the plot line is pretty damn clever and the writing around it is only as Woody can write it, with every line a bite into a wonderfully crafted meal. Ravishing, refreshing, modern, yet traditional and a lot of fun. Yes, Wilson could easily stand in for Woody, as Woody.
Sarsgaard perfectly cast as creepy seducer - yes, heavy doses of uncomfortableness and inappropriateness, but it managed to work (compliments to Hornby for great book/screenplay). The 1961 setting helped rationalize the situation and add some commentary on the limitations and expectations for young ladies in these changing times.
Loved it. Not for unromantics, cynics, nor cave dwellers. Lots of fun without over doing it or trying to answer all the questions. Casting was spot on with fab chemistry between Damon and Blunt. Got me thinking about stuff, incl. web idea.
Wonderful feel good story, bonus if you like anything to do with football or the South. If it wasn't for the fact that it's based on a true story, you might say it was too Hollywood. Bullock and Quinton Aaron were perfect.
An immensely complex story that comes down to a few minutes of heart felt reflection and a close up. I've watched a few of the original interview segments, and I think the movie has done a decent job in representing the original. I didn't know a lot about Nixon, but the movie shows that Nixon was a very intelligent man and even charming at times. Frost was perhaps out of his depth, but recognized a massive TV exclusive, a monumental opportunity for his career and he pulled it off. Wonderful acting and storytelling, Rebecca Hall was a lovely distraction and the production was wonderful.
Lived up to the hype, wonderful story excellently portrayed by all. Firth's handling of the King's stammer was amazing and you could feel his pain in every shot. Rather gray motif worked for serious tone, but Rush added lots of humour. Who needs boring history books when we have fabulous historical films like this. Even though this retelling (like other historical films) may not be 100% accurate, it paints a very clear picture of part of our history and with The King's Speech, I've learned a new deep respect for King George VI.
The Whacky premise is just the backdrop for this wonderful, heartfelt human drama. I think I would have added another scene if it had been my screenplay. Fantastic acting all around. Some solid new music
finds too. Something in there for everyone.
Excellent acting all around. Although only perhaps 40% accurate, an interesting tale of .com glory. Good balance of geekdom with startup energy and big business powerdrive. Puts a little fire back in the belly of some of us in the IT world that have an idea for the web. I don't recall another significant movie that portrays a the .com startup story; long overdo very well told; and one of the reasons I'm rating this as a 4/5. Oh, and the irony of it all.
Well put together on great sci-fi premise, comparisons to The Matrix with less guns and no slow mo.
In case you're wondering why I'm watching all these old movies of late...sorry to say, kind of the best quality choices on Netflix.ca
Excellent. Refreshing and quirky, killer soundtrack (gotta love one which include The Smiths and even a ref to Sid and Nancy) and excellent casting and acting. Not your average romantic comedy, some dudes may even like it.
My 11 year old daughter has been raving about the book series and we watched the movie of the first book last night. From what she'd told me about the story based around the Greek gods and mythology I thought it would be a little like one of my favourites from my childhood - Jason and the Argonauts (1963). It didn't disappoint with all the top mythological stars and villains, incl. Medusa and the Hydra. So if you like Greek mythology and some teen action and don't mind some vicious creature attacks and a decapitation, then you'll like this "family" movie.
Definitely not for casual viewing on the kitchen TV with polite company...really explicit language and "don't go there" topics, but some really hilarious bits. First viewing via Netflix.ca - nice interface, reasonable quality, but really poor content availability.
Very slow and moody (a two night viewing), but beautiful cinematography and acting by superb ensemble cast. Not as good as the Parisian version, but still very enjoyable for fans of New York and complex urban characters.