July 28, 2010

#089: Zombieland (6/10)

Zombieland is less of a zombie movie and more of a self-aware comedic examination of the genre.  I liked the tone and presentation, but it fell short in creating any tension or excitement.  The comedy worked well, so I cannot complain too much.  Aside from some uneven moments where it tried too hard to "wink" at the viewer, it was a very enjoyable movie to sit back and have fun with.  I give it a 6 out of 10.

July 24, 2010

#088: Inception (8/10)

This past weekend I made it to the theater for the third time in 2010.  Yes! Inception was powerful enough to draw me to the cinema on opening weekend; an extremely rare occasion.  I am not disappointed that I coughed up matinĂ©e rates to see it.  Inception was visually impressive, and an overall enjoyable film to watch on the big screen.  My initial reaction was an 8 out of 10, and I will stick with that.  

July 18, 2010

#087: Whip It (3/10)

I am not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to watch Whip It.  I really hadn't heard too many good things about it, but I held out hope that it would be an enjoyable film with a satisfying mix of humor and drama.  I was not expecting the mess of a film I got, and therefore can give it no more than a 3 out of 10.

There is quite a bit of things in Whip It that are supposed to be funny.  I would even go so far as to say it is intended to be a comedy.  However, I am not sure I laughed once during the whole thing.  Scratch that.  I did laugh several times while Landon Pigg was on screen, but it was because of his awkward acting and ridiculous facial expressions.  I felt like certain characters delivered genuine performances, but others didn't seem to be trying at all.  Just one of the many things about this film that felt so uneven.

July 10, 2010

#086: Shutter Island Spoiler Edition

I went to see Shutter Island on opening weekend at the theater, and it remains one of the best films I have seen so far in 2010.  There is so much interesting stuff going on in this film that I wanted to write about it again in a spoiler edition.  If you haven't already seen this great Scorsese film, then don't read on, I don't want to ruin it for you.I don't want to seem like I am over-hyping the twist ending of this film.  I think the ending it good, but I can see where others might find it somewhat predictable or anti-climactic.  The first time I watched the film I honestly had no clue what was really going on, nor did I really try to figure it all out.  I was just enjoying going along for the ride.