After another bad week for the Red Wings and a ho-hum dominant week for the Pistons, there's not much in sports to talk about. I don't care about NFL free agency because the Lions will only get higher expectations that will deteriorate by mid-season and the NHL trade deadline didn't do much for the Wings so there's no use touching on that either (I will say though that the Penguins will be so much fun to watch in the playoffs with Crosby, Malkin, and Hossa). With that said, I do have four movie reviews for all you readers out there, and they were all good ones.
The Prestige - So good I watched it twice in a 18-hour span. I can't get over how well directed the movie is and how enjoyable it was to watch. The plot begins as a moderately interesting story but turns into a masterpiece by the final scenes. Hugh Jackman, despite Dr. Cox's objections, really gave life to his character and Christian Bale did the exact same for his. There aren't too many movies that I'll watch twice in a day but this one passed the test with flying colors. Final verdict: 5 out of 5 stars.
3:10 to Yuma - Another great film. A western combined with modern special effects made for a impressively realistic and intriguing story. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale were both amazing, though Crowe really stole the show as a manipulative and crafty villain. On another note though, Christian Bale is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors and every character he has played in his movies has been phenomenal. The suspense and action scenes were impeccable in Yuma and I highly recommend this movie. Final verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Memento - I was on fire today with watching incredible movies. I'm running out of different adjectives to use to describe all of these films. Memento was really something, with the reverse-chronological order of the scenes in color combined with the chronological order of the scenes in black and white. The movie was very well put together and the acting was fabulous. The only reason this doesn't get above four stars is because it wasn't exactly easy to follow and there were times where I was confused, though you could make a fair argument that that's my own problem. With that said, I still thought it was great. Final verdict: 4 out of 5 stars.
Eastern Promises - This was the final movie of my day-and-a-half-long marathon and it was pretty good. Viggo Mortensen is an acting legend and his role as an intricate part of the Russian Mafia in London was fantastic. That being said, some of the characters weren't well cast in my opinion and often times, the Russian-English accent was hard to understand and decipher. Also, I didn't particularly enjoy the final fight scene as much as I could have. I mean yeah, the action was awesome, but having the fight in a sauna-slash-bathroom area was a bad decision. When Viggo's towel immediately fell off, it left me in a tough position. I wanted to watch Viggo kick their asses, I really did, but when the weather forecast was showing a wintry mix of man parts, I tuned out. Sorry Viggo, but save it for your private time. Final verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The month of March is upon us and many things in sports will begin to unfold. In future posts I will have my predictions for the Frozen Four, the Final Four (who wishes it was as cool as the Frozen Four), and the NHL/NBA playoff pictures. At the moment though, I'll quote a wise animal in closing: "TTFN, ta ta for now."