Best Picture (2013 Oscars)

So of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture, I’ve watched Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Argo. Of just those, I would pick Argo. Regarding Lincoln, the acting was great and it was a nice history lesson, but the movie was boring as f*ck. I can appreciate good period pieces and historical dramas, but Lincoln was just 2.5 hours of people in rooms talking. I was hoping they’d throw in a battle from the Civil War or maybe the assassination plot, but nope. I’m not pretentious enough to sit here and say Lincoln was some amazing movie. Movies should entertain and Lincoln does not.

Taken

Taken is a good movie but be warned this is definitely a guy’s movie. Liam Neeson’s character is like an older Jason Bourne. This guy takes down almost everyone he comes across with absolutely no mercy. But don’t feel bad for them, they were all really bad guys. Liam Neeson plays a retired government agent whose daughter (played by Maggie Grace) gets kidnapped on a trip to France. So he embarks on a personal mission to obviously find his daughter, but also to inflict pain, suffering, and death on the people who took her.

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My Sassy Girl (English Remake) Sucks

I just watched the 2008 remake of My Sassy Girl and it totally sucked. If you don’t know, My Sassy Girl is a South Korean romantic comedy that came out in 2001 and was immensely popular throughout Asia. The remake doesn’t compare AT ALL to the Korean version. The remake is worse in every aspect. The people who produced this movie clearly didn’t understand what made the original so great. If you’re going to watch this movie, watch the Korean version. I don’t have time to go into details right now but I’ll probably make a more in-depth review another time.

Vantage Point

I recently watched Vantage Point and it was a really a mixed bag. I guess it was an okay movie. It was interesting to see each person’s individual point of view but there are so many plot holes or plot devices that were just really weak.

You really have to watch the movie to understand this review. I just can’t review this movie without tearing apart the plot. Everything else like the acting and the action sequences were decent and pretty good actually.

********** MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD **********

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Uhm… No, No, NO

“The Hottie and the Nottie” proves the nonexistence of God

“Considering roughly 90% of the civilized world would pay good money to see Ms. Hilton’s brains bashed out by an angry homeless person, Paris Hilton’s presence in this film alone is enough to make it positively horrendous. That she also executive produced it makes it nothing less than an abomination.”

This editorial made me laugh out loud a couple times. Watching this movie may make you dumber by several orders of magnitude. Even entertaining the idea of watching it is really stupid.

Shelby GT500KR is the New KITT

I used to watch Knight Rider when I was a I kid and I thought KITT was the coolest car ever. I just read that NBC is creating a new Knight Rider TV movie and that the new KITT is the Shelby GT500KR. I’m sorry muscle car enthusiasts, but that’s an ugly KITT. KITT is supposed to be a sleek vehicle, not some bulky monster like the Shelby. I smell another failed Knight Rider revival, considering they can’t even get the car right.

Children of Men

Children of Men

Children of Men is a great movie – it’s gritty and captivating. It shows a really grim view of the future – the basic premise is that for some unknown reason women become infertile so there are no more babies. The movie starts off with the world mourning the death of the youngest person on the planet (an 18 yr. old). It’s a hopeless, degenerating society and apparently most countries are ravaged by terrorism and chaos. Consequently, the government cracks down hard. Most of the movie takes place in London.

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The Breakup

The Breakup

I saw this movie a couple of weeks back. Now, Vince Vaughn is usually pretty funny and in this movie he has some moments. You know how he mutters on and on about stupid things – that’s kind of his act. But this movie overall is pretty damn boring and after seeing the ending I wished I could take back the 90 minutes I lost to this utterly meaningless film. (Spoiler Alert: do not continue)

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The DaVinci Code

The book is much better. Movie is so-so. If you really want to enjoy the story of The DaVinci Code, I’d strongly advise you read the book. There would be no point in reading the book after you see the movie since most of the story has been revealed. The movie was pretty faithful to the book, no real changes.

My friends who didn’t read the book thought the movie was okay. There just seems to be a lot of talking in the movie, where they basically explain a lot of backstory and history. It’s different with the book because you’re reading it and following the action and discovering clues along with the characters. But in the movie, it’s all explained or shown to you, you’re not really immersed in it. While for book fans like me, it was nice seeing the story in film, but the movie seems a little dull.

There was one notable trailer during the previews and it’s for a movie called World Trade Center. I don’t know, I kind of have mixed feelings about it – I mean wow, a movie on it so soon? I don’t know what it is but everytime I see footage of 911 it gets me a little choked up.