IMDB Summary: A fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans and centered on a young woman named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again.
This may possibly be the most risky review I ever post on this blog. Mainly because, well, it’s a Disney Princess movie. For some reason, there’s always raging controversy as to whether Disney princess films are diverse and pro-feminist enough and it’s a very intimidating topic that, to be honest, I am not well versed with. (I do consider myself a feminist, and I am an Asian American woman, but I have no idea whether pieces of animation are an affront to my morals or not.) So, in general, be sensitive with this review and don’t take it personally if I’ve offended you and what you stand for. I mean, this review is going to be a positive one. Again, I’m looking at Princess and the Frog from the filmmaker/review perspective.
OK, so I love the plot for this film. Granted, cliché endings and whatnot, but let’s be honest, whoever came up with this idea was super duper inventive. It’s basically about this girl, Tiana, who works two jobs in 1920’s New Orleans to make ends meet and start up her own restaurant. She gets mixed up in voodoo with a self-centered, broke Prince and both become frogs. Weird, I know, but so is voodoo! So lessons learned. Plot-wise, awesome film. It’s so creative and weird, and literally just my thing. The characters are so cute and well developed and I just really like them. Tiana is so clever and snarky and her friend Charlotte is a riot and Prince Naveem is a jerk (but a cute one) so the characters are totally worth watching the movie for in general.
The animation is basically 2D, Mulan style. I like it.
The music is cute, and it gets stuck in your head all day.
The only real issue I had with the film is that Tiana’s dress in the end is absolutely hideous, like they had the entire spectrum of green to work with and they chose this puke and boogers green which I detest.
If you have little kids/siblings, it’s a cute little film that is a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Don’t watch it if you…don’t like kid films/laughing/animation/having fun.
IMDB Summary: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
I literally don’t even know why I liked this movie so much. I watched it for the first time at amc bps yesterday, and I wasn’t expecting much but I ended up loving it. Maybe it’s my love for old people. Anyway, the acting seemed a little forced, and some of the shots were rough, but aside from that I loved the cinematography, I thought the film was refreshingly witty and equally sad but beautiful. Nebraska is about an old alcoholic father trying to get to Lincoln to claim prize money. His son played by Will Forte, is supportive to an extent, whereas the rest of the family wants to put him in a home. It’s a little sad, because it’s about how he didn’t really do all the things he wanted to do in his life and he’s dying, but it’s funny and it restored my faith in people to be sympathetic. I just really liked the plot of this movie. Again, not the best picture for tonight, but I definitely think that the people in the film gave wonderful performances and deserved to be nominated, so kudos to them.
I recommend to people who like dry?? Dark?? Comedy. And old people, if you hate old people (which is weird because they’re so neat and I love them) don’t want Nebraska.
IMDB Summary: Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic Connecticut.
For some reason, I was all about watching Julia Roberts movies last weekend. I was a fan of Mystic Pizza. Granted it’s not riddled with cinematic quality, I was just interested in how this film revolved around three sisters and how they deal with sexual relationships in their lives. It’s completely female driven so that was neat. I thought the characters were very meticulously written and brought to life by the actresses too. Also, Matt Damon’s first role!!!!! He sat at the table with Julia Roberts asking his mother if she would “eat his green stuff.” We all knew he would be a total babe when he grew up, and guess what? He is! Ah, the circle of life man. Anyway, the movie is witty and cute and tacky and I liked it! Judge me! OK it was cheesey, but what is the pizza of life without the cheese, ya know? So it made me all warm and fuzzy on the inside and if you don’t want to watch it I don’t blame you, but I thought it was a cute one.
IMDB Summary: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
*Matthew McConaughey voice* Alright, alright, alright! I hate myself for that joke already.
Anyway, one of the most shocking performances given this season was Matthew McConaughey in this film as dying playboy Ron Woodroof. Dude, totally not Failure to Launch. This movie made me uncomfortable almost because it dealt with such a serious topic in such a serious manner. I didn’t know McConaughey had it in him. Another outstanding performance was Jared Leto as transsexual Rayon. Just, both of these guys were so good in these roles, completely believable and as much as I’m not a McConaughey fan, I can’t deny how awesome he was in this role.
The story itself dealt with how AIDS medicine was handled by the FDA and it was a very politically charged piece, which I respect. However, I fear that this film wasn’t memorable for me. If you bring up this movie in my presence in the future, I’ll be like, “yeah dude it was great!” But it wasn’t a film that I’m going to constantly rave about.
Technically speaking, I think this just mediocre in production. The merit really lies in the performances given and how the film reveals injustice in how AIDS patients were treated in the 70s and 80s at the height of the scare.
Again, awesome character development seen in this movie, I am impressed. Not my choice for best picture this year, but I definitely do think it’s worth the watch. I wouldn’t be upset if Matthew won (as long as his speech doesn’t begin with *cool dude voice* “Alright” x 3.) However, I’m more partial to Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street for best male, for reasons I will disclose in my next review! Keep reading my loyal and wonderful readers!
IMDB Summary: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
My first movie of the AMC Best Picture showcase was Philomena. It follows the story of Philomena Lee, played by the babeliest of all British babes Judi Dench, as she and journalist Martin Sixsmith attempt to find her long lost son. After Philomena has kept her sin of a child born of wedlock a secret for 50 years (don’t be surprised at how long she kept the secret, she’s Irish Catholic and as an Irish Catholic, I completely understand) she recruits help in the struggle to find her son Anthony. He was forced for adoption by the convent Philomena had to join.
OK, sorry for that rough summary. Anyway, I definitely thought the film was a wonderful character study. Here you have Philomena, this sweet but stubborn Irish Catholic woman devout in her faith, teamed up with Martin, the very cynical, Atheist journalist. I really thought the film had great pacing and wonderful character development. Definitely the best picture nominees all have awesome character development this year.
The cinematography was neat because they shot Philomena’s flashbacks in this crappy quality, grainy film that coincides with the film used in the 1950s when her child was conceived.
I thought the story itself was interesting, very witty and kinda handling a rough topic, like she lost her baby son because the “evil nuns” made her. However, I didn’t feel like this film belonged in best picture this year. The movie itself is very good, but it doesn’t really have a chance against the others in its category. The filmmakers did a wonderful job at making the audience sympathize and laugh and cry, which is what good filmmakers do. However the difference is, a GREAT filmmaker will make you think, and this movie really didn’t require any thinking other than the obvious narrative. It’s a good movie because it’s entertaining and there’s a twist that personally, I didn’t see coming. Not my favorite for this year, but I totally understand why Judi Dench was nominated for best leading actress as she did a phenomenal job as Philomena. (haha, get it? Phenomenal-Philomena! I make myself laugh ok)
I recommend this movie to anyone who likes old people (because I literally love old white ladies) or heartwarming stories.
IMDB Summary: In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
I love the Coen Brothers, have I mentioned that?? I love them, best filmmakers or out time, I’m glad to be alive the same time Joel and Ethan roam the Earth, making dirty jokes about dumb things.
Incredible film, brilliantly written, just absolutely hysterical dialogue, and the characters were really well developed. This movie is just so wonderfully funny that I could cry. I loved the plot, even though I’m not a fan of the whole deep south thing. However, it’s worth it. George Clooney plays Everett, who convinces his two friends from jail to escape with him to find some treasure. Schnenigans ensues, and just this story is wild and ironic and perfect. At first it definitely doesn’t seem this way, but I promise pas the odd cinematography in the opening scene the movie gets loads better.
Like I said, the opening and closing scenes have weird cinematography, not that I don’t understand what they were trying to do: make the movie fit the setting of the deep south in the 1940’s. For some reason though, it almost looks like they edited it on iMovie for the first scene, which is just strange. Aside from that, it’s pretty great cinematography.
Probably not my favorite Coen brothers film, only because of my undying adoration of The Big Lebowski, but I highly recommend this movie!
IMDB Summary: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter’s attractive friend.
Clever, witty, beautifully written, American Beauty is a brilliant film. It starts with passive Lester Bunrham, played by Kevin Spacey, in a dull routine of life with his wife Carolyn (Annette Benning) and daughter Jane (Thora Birch). The film starts with Lester announcing his life, and then it’s the narrative of how his life changed so dramatically in the year before his death.
This movie has brilliant one-liners, and I adore the character development seen in Lester as he’s going through this mid-life crisis of sorts. The whole theme of the film is to “look closer”, which makes me think that there’s deeper political meaning in the film for reasons I won’t disclose in this review for first-time viewers of the film. Just a warning, look closer…. J
The cinematography of the film is cool, but at times repetitious. If you’re not into very lit scenes and aerials, then maybe close your eyes and listen to the film.
I’m not a fan of how they portrayed the teenage characters in this film. I think they’re superficial and stereotypical, and that could be for the humorous aspect of this movie, but it gets annoying to see teenage girls ridiculed in this manner. It’s like the whole world is out to get us! There are dictators and murderers and rapists, and Hollywood is still going to think that we say “WTF” and talk on the cell phone and say “whatever to parents all the time. I was frustrated.
Other than that, the film is really awesome and funny and just really well written and performed. I’m impressed. I recommend the movie to anyone with a humor that’s a little creepy.
IMDB Summary: A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
To avoid being the brunt of a joke told by a pseudo-intellect, I saw this movie with some friends today. Well, friends, I am just as dumb as I appear. The film consists of the obvious basic narrative of Antonious Blocks, playing a game of chess against the Grim Reaper after coming back from the Crusades during the Black Plague. However, Ingmar Bergman, direct, writer, actual intellect, decided to make this film ridiculously hard for the average cinephile to understand and the innovators of the industry adore it. It’s basically a film about the concepts of life and death; it’s very serious, very multi-layered, and very cynical. I literally am intimidated by merely writing this review right now, it’s really deep and I’m just skimming the surface.
How you guys should go about watching this film: don’t. I mean, if you’re hardcore movie lover extraordinaire, then dude yeah do it. If you understand the meaning of life, YEAH DUDE DO IT! If you’re like me and have seen a ton of Woody Allen films and just wanted to see what they were referencing, then do lots of research and watch it more than once. I know I will.
Rate:8/10 (I’m rating this high, but really I have no clue what I’m doing with my life. What is existence?)
IMDB Summary: Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Once again, the Coen bros kick butt. I loved Fargo so much. The comedic timing was awesome (it was about a kidnapping gone wrong- so all dark humor.) The cinematography was awesome; it involved a lot of snow and Minnesota type things. And the Minnesota accents throughout the film were hysterical. Literally, there’s nothing wrong with Fargo.
William H. Macy plays Jerry Lundegard, who needs money so he hires two henchmen, Steve Buschemi and Carl Showater, to “kidnap” his wife so that he can get money from his father-in-law. However, everything goes wrong and a very persistent and kick-butt and VERY PREGNANT police chief, Frances McDormand, gets to the bottom of things.
This movie is not only wonderful and evil, but it’s on Netflix. So if it’s snowing cats and dogs (wrong expression, I don’t care) go watch this while you curl up with your cat or dog that’s recently fallen from the sky! Animals!
Also, Steve Buschemi is hilarious, this probably my favorite William H. Macy performance (besides Magnolia), and just everyone in this film was perfect. Good job Co Bros, good job.
I recommend to anyone who likes dark humor films. So anyone.