Thursday, May 9, 2013

Movie List #3

Iron Man 3 (2013)
Buying tickets for this movie was a déjà vu of the-waiting-in-a-long-line-for-The-Avengers-tickets-at-Greenbelt scene I had last year. Let it be said that I still liked Iron Man 2 more than 3 due to the presence of  Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell in the previous film and I never cared much for Guy Pearce (except in Memento of course). Nevertheless, it's still an enjoyable movie. It was great seeing RDJ reprise the role of Tony Stark and witnessing the smug and funny quips his character is famous for. Now the plot picks up after the The Avengers' battle in New York and fixes Tony Stark in a darker phase of his life. It's a slick movie with some interesting visuals and gorgeous Iron Man suits (and even a nice sky diving action sequence) to keep us hooked but plot-wise, I thought it was too much smoke and not enough wood to make a bigger fire.

On a side note: Fellow movie goers, please don't get angry at the ticket sellers if the movie's already sold out. It's not their fault that you haven't bought/reserved tickets in advance. You only make an ass of yourself if you keep doing that in every Marvel/DC ticket line. Please don't do that when Man of Steel comes out. Just don't.
robert downey jr. iron man 3

The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
What sucks about remakes is the fact that you've already seen the original and and the remake leaves little room for unpredictability and suspense. I do respect a remake though if it's decently made and when I say decent, I mean it can still entertain you. This one did but only in the last few scenes. The original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Noomi Rapace outshines this leaps and bounds. But Rooney Mara does make an effective and covincing Lisbeth Salander and her transformation was a tad shocking when you compare to what she was like in The Social Network. You can't fault her here and she does the accent so believably. As for Daniel Craig... well, he's still Daniel Craig.
rooney mara the girl with the dragon tattoo

Gangster Squad (2012) 
The attraction to seeing this film was, first and foremost, see Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone pair up again and second, get a glimpse of Sean Penn clad in heavy makeup and prosthetics as the notorious Mickey Cohen. It won't get on my list of best mafia/gangster movies but it was still an OK version of a mafia story despite having some borderline boring scenes. There could have been more depth and grit in the story but in the end, I only wished there was more Sean Penn in it.
sean penn gangster squad

Three Idiots (2009) 
If you see someone post "All is well" on their Facebook or Twitter account, it's because of this film. It's a little over 2 hours long and I thought it was going to be a bit of a drag but the story was just so colorful and unpredictable and I was hooked. I thought this would be like a Three Stooges-type of film (I'm blaming the title) but it was far from it. It's a rare quality for any movie to have a handful of characters and make them all important and central to the story. Three Idiots is a rare gem.
three idiots
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
A comedy set in the 80's with Topher Grace taking the reins on this one. There were funny moments but this wasn't much of a comedy film. I was excited when I saw Anna Farris in it but unfortunately her presence still couldn't save this from tanking. What was the highlight for me? Teresa Palmer's bronzed up look. 
topher grace take me home tonight
teresa palmer take me home tonight
It's sad that your makeup was the only thing I found worthwhile here. :-/
Man on a Ledge (2010)
When you watch the trailer, you think there would be such a big mystery as to why Sam  "The Avatar guy" Worthington is on a ledge. I imagined there would be an intricate plot and an interesting twist to his predicament. Sadly there's none and for a moment, I thought it would follow suit to Colin Farrell's Phonebooth since there were some similar elements but Phonebooth fares WAY better in suspense than this. Best thing that could have happened here was Sam Worthington's character actually falling off the edge. 
sam worthington man on a ledge

*April 14-April 28, 2013
*Images via Rotten Tomatoes

0 blurbs:

Post a Comment