Kick-Ass: I was not sure if the movie was going to, as it's title suggests, Kick Ass or if it would be a laughable mess (Nic Cage is in it mind you). I am happy to report that this little gem is one fun watch. I thought they balanced the comedy / action aspects of the film perfectly. It supplies a few laugh out loud moments as well as some well photographed actions scenes. The story centers on a normal teenager who decides to dress up like a superhero and fight crime. He gets beat up badly, but he also kicks off a phenomenon when he is filmed in action breaking up a crime-in-progress. From there he meets other makeshift superheros and helps them complete a mission of revenge on Frank D'Aminco, the movies villain. Comedy, action, and Nic Cage is NOT annoying - what more could you ask for? Give it a spin!
The Runaways: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie(Who?) respectively. These two girls along with 3 others formed The Runaways, the first all girl rock band in the mid 1970s. I found Kristen Stewart to pull off the role perfectly as for Dakota Fanning.....it was a bit of a stretch. There are a couple of scenes were I am conscious of Fanning trying to "act" like the bad girl. As for the story, it does not dive in too deep, it just gives you a snapshot of how they got their big break. Michael Shannon plays Kim Fowley the producer who helped get the band started. He is the highlight of the film and quickly becoming one of my favorite supporting actors out there. Make no mistake this film is NOT a runaway success, in fact it barely gets a passing grade.
Clash of the Titans: Chalk up another example of a remake that should have never been made. This latest version of "Clash" did almost nothing right. The story starts off so fast that you never have time to get to know the characters, in return you never really buy the premise. The acting from Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes is laughable. Even the special effects look CGI cheesy and you can obviously see at times when they went out of their way to show off a 3D shot (very annoying). I had high hopes for an updated and scary Medusa, but like the rest of the movie - it was a major letdown. Your best bet is to act as if this remake never came out as it should have been called: Trash of the Titans
Nine: It takes great effort to have a talented cast like this and produce such a terrible film!! That is what director Rob Marshall accomplished. Much was made about the large cast, but I did not hear anything about the story. After watching the movie I figured out why - there is no story. Each of the ladies in the movie have one musical number....none of which have much emotion or weight to them. Because each actress is only on screen for a limited time it is difficult to find a relationship in the story to care about. Adding insult to injury, I would say the musical scenes were rather dull with the exception of Fergie's Be Italian. That being said there is no reason to watch this movie, not even the great Daniel Day-Lewis could save it. Shame on you Rob Marshall, shame on you...
The Lovely Bones: The whole is suppose to be greater than the sum of its parts, however that is not the case with Peter Jackson's latest film. Based on the novel by Alice Seabold the story is told from the point of view of a 14 year old girl who is murdered. Susie Salmon is currently in the "in between", a mystical place where her soul rests before she can leave her past life and enter her next. The novel tackles many issues and I actually found it a bit scrambled. Unfortunately the film did not correct this, it magnified it. This is a shame because the movie actually has a couple of brilliant scenes that are filled with emotion. For a few moments, I thought I was watching a masterpiece, but as all the scenes added up - the result was average at best.
Frank Costello: When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?
The Departed 2006
Ben Sanderson: I came here to drink myself to death.