Mike Banning: Classified? Really? Well right now, I think I have the… MoreMike Banning: Classified? Really? Well right now, I think I have the proverbial need to fuckin' know.
"When our flag falls our nation will rise."
Olympus Has Fallen was better than I expected, but also as bad as I expected. It's not a good movie. It's full of patriotic propaganda that filmmakers for some reason love to use. As a simple popcorn flick, it's pretty fun though and as much as I dislike saying it, I enjoyed the movie for the most part. It has great pace and great action, and in the end that's all movies like this need.
A secret service agent isn't able to save the presidents wife after a car crash and he is relieved of his duties and sent to a desk job. 18 months later, while the President meets with the prime minister of South Korea, North Korean terrorists overtake the White House and take the President and some other high ranking officials hostage in the White House bunker. Mike Banning, the aforementioned secret service agent makes his way to the White House and ends up being the only man left in there that is on the side of the United States. Now he has to fight his way through a shit load of terrorists in order to save the president and the country.
Gerrard Butler definitely makes this movie go down easier. He's a lot of fun to watch, as always. If only he could pick better films. Butler plays a John McClain like character in a movie that can pretty much be thrown into the sub genre of Die Hard ripoffs. Morgan Freeman plays the Speaker of the House, who has to take over as acting president while the real president and vice president are unable to. Aaron Eckart plays the president and does a reasonably good job.
As far as a recommendation goes, fans of violent, bloody actioneers will have quite a bit of fun. If you need something of more substance in the films you watch, you should probably look elsewhere. Overall though, this is a reasonably decent film that's a lot more fun that it probably should be.
Sam: Let's do it. Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love.… MoreSam: Let's do it. Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love.
"Love Actually is all around"
Love Actually is a film that surprised me. It was never one I was excited to watch, but by circumstance I did and I'm happy I did. It's a romantic comedy centered around the Christmas holiday and it's one I thoroughly enjoyed. The big cast and multiple story lines made the film feel a lot shorter than its over two hour runtime.
The film follows very different relationships in England around Christmas. The relationships vary from married couples to friends to a child's first love, but all keep the same theme even if there's a different tone to each of them. All the seemingly different story lines converge upon each other on Christmas Eve at a school Christmas musical.
The cast includes Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, and Hugh Grant amongst others and each actor lends a different piece of the huge puzzle that is being pieced together. My favorites were Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy, but each and every cast member was terrific.
It's not a hard movie to like, like a lot of romantic comedies. It's truly heartfelt and I especially enjoyed the child's love story. It was beautiful. Definitely a film that every romantic heart should see, and even if you don't have that romantic heart, like me, you'll still enjoy yourself. Well worth the watch.
Joe: That's your life, not mine. So why don't you do what old men do… MoreJoe: That's your life, not mine. So why don't you do what old men do and die...
"Face Your Future. Fight Your Past."
What a movie. Looper is a smart time travel movie that has a new concept and that doesn't get caught up in all the technical jargon of time travel. We're given the situation of how time travel is used in the future and then the movie just goes. It takes some surprising turns along the way and ends in about as satisfactory a way as I could have imagined, and also in away that I didn't expect which is always great.
Joe is a Looper in the future. Further into the future from where Joe exists, time travel has been invented, but it is extremely illegal. The only people who use it are criminal organizations who send back the people they want dead thirty years to a looper who promptly kills and disposes of the body, which doesn't technically exist yet. A pretty genius concept. There's a guy called the Rainman in 2074 who is closing all the loops though, which means sending the future self of each looper back to get killed by themselves. When Joe's future self arrives in the past, he escapes from his past self and now both Joe's are on the run from the boss. It definitely sounds more complicated than it really is which is a testament to the tremendous directing job of Rian Johnson who allows the film to be clear and not confusing.
There's a great cast at work here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis both play Joe and both bring a nice mix up of tone to the film. Emily Blunt, one of my favorite actresses, is great as a rural farm owner who must protect her child. Jeff Daniels has a great, smaller role as the crime boss Abe. And Paul Dano has a very brief, but altogether great role as a looper who makes the same mistake Joe does.
This is an absolute can't miss. I was completely blown away by the originality and brain of the movie. I can't recommend it enough. If you're at all a fan of time travel movies, this one is sure to be a new favorite in the sub genre.
Fred Gailey: Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.… MoreFred Gailey: Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.
"Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic!"
Miracle on 34th Street is every bit the timeless holiday classic I had heard it was, and is now easily my second favorite Christmas film behind only It's a Wonderful Life. This is a heartwarming and smart film that stays away from all the normal cliches that most holiday films get wrapped up in. It's original in every way, but what you have to love about it is the way it makes you feel. It makes me want to believe in Santa Clause.
A man arrives in New York sporting a long white beard and claims his name is Kris Kringle. He is hired on as Macy's Santa Clause when he successfully replaces a drunk Santa Clause for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. A few people begin to think that Kris is insane because of his belief that he is Santa Clause and he is soon brought to trial for commitment to a insane asylum.
The cast is fabulous in this one. Maureen O'Hara is terrific as a mother who doesn't want her daughter believing in any fantasies such as Santa Clause. John Payne gives a good performance as the neighbor of O'Hara's character and Kris's lawyer. Natalie Wood plays Susan, the daughter who doesn't believe in Santa Clause in one of her first roles and her first major role. And Edmund Gwenn is delightful, embodying the very essence of what we would think Santa Clause to be in an Oscar winning role.
Miracle on 34th Street is definitely going to be a new tradition for me around the Christmas season. I'm just a little disappointed that this wasn't always a holiday tradition for me. My parents screwed up there I guess. It's a must see movie, that has wonderful heart and beautiful and witty sense of humor. This is definitely a movie to put on your must see list.
Dame Sybil Thorndike: First love is such sweet despair, Colin.
My… MoreDame Sybil Thorndike: First love is such sweet despair, Colin.
My Week with Marilyn is such a terrific film with great performances from big names like Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, and littler names like Eddie Redmayne and Philip Jackson. What makes this movie the pleasure it is, is definitely the top notch cast. Michelle Williams just continues to top herself with everything she does and her performance as Marilyn Monroe is no different. She is absolutely fantastic. The other standout is Eddie Redmayne, who plays Colin Clark.
Colin Clark is a 23 year old and has aspirations of making it in the movie business. He works hard to try to get a spot on the production team of Sir Laurence Oliver's next film, which happens to star Marilyn Monroe. Colin is given a position as 3rd Assistant Director and is basically nothing more then an errand boy. He catches the eye of Marilyn though, as he is different from the rest of the films production team. We also get a glimpse at the tense relationship between Oliver and Monroe as they work on the film.
I love movies that show the behind the scenes look at famous people, and with My Week with Marilyn we are given that opportunity. It's also a film of subtlety, which I also love. Marilyn's lifestyle isn't made center stage in the film, but the glimpses we get of it are enough. It's just a really well written and directed film.
My Week with Marilyn is a must see in my opinion. I loved each and every second of it and can't wait to watch it again. This is one of those films I can see myself revisiting many times and I'm sure I will.