Sunday, March 2, 2008

Movies Movies Movies!

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."


Penny Kittle said...

Nice to see you using your Saturday to fill up on movies...don't you have some homework to do? It was that kind of day with solid snow and all, but not a single decent romantic comedy in the mix, Cam?

I laughed at the forecast of man parts...hilarious line.

Even though I don't know what you're talking about most of the time with the sports, I love how you talk about them
:) Mom

Peter Kittle said...

Nice reviews, Cam. I'm looking forward to seeing Eastern Promises, as I like Viggo. I imagine there are some LOTR (movie) fans who absolutely love that last scene for the very reasons you didn't ...

I think the whole confusion aspect of Memento means that the film is doing what it's trying to do. If it didn't want to give its viewers a big-old mind f***, it would've used a far more straightforward narrative style.