Welcome to Adventures in Poor Taste’s weekly movie review roundup. I’ll be posting a slathering of movie reviews each week to give folks a healthy helping of what’s good and not so good. New and old, the reviews cover anything from the pleasantly innocent Winnie The Pooh to disturbingly twisted Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom.
In Theaters Now
Chronicle, (February 2012)
I’m just glad one of the cast members looks like a young DiCaprio. Titanic remake here we come!
The cast sell the story better than the effects. Their antics get old and annoying. The ending leaves you speechless, not in a good way. I can’t help but think the movie had the right elements but they weren’t utilized in the most efficient way. Interesting philosophical ideas were put forth but abandoned quickly.
Haywire, (January 2012)
I know what you’re thinking. There’s a run in her nylons! What a film goof!
Mixed martial arts star Gina Carano makes a special ops fighter ring true in this exciting espionage/spy flick. There is a 70’s international spy feel that can be felt from the music to the pace. A great surprise.
A Dangerous Method, (November 2011)
There are numerous scenes where characters talk abnormally close to each other. Symbolism or insane cinematographer? You decide.
It’s a shame this movie wasn’t nominated, but the Academy has a history of disliking films about sexuality and intellectually sound conversational films. Fassbender is great, Viggo Mortensen is powerful and the film as a whole is quite an interesting morsel of philosophical character study. Keira Knightley is at once powerful, beautiful and disgusting in this role. Of all the possible nominees she is the most slighted.
Recently Released on Disc
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)
Um…Woody you’re either dead or ignoring Scarlett Johansson.
Released on DVD this past Tuesday, this is the only definitive Woody Allen bio available. Broken down into two parts, part 1 looks at Woody’s films chronologically up to Stardust Memories. It doesn’t look too closely on Woody’s life, but with over 40 films it can’t help touch on who he is as a person. There are great tidbits from everyone involved, including Woody, on making each film.
Much more introspective of Woody and the actors. Josh Brolin gets the most commentary on Woody, probably because it’s the most footage from an actor available. This section starts where the last started, but skips many of his films as opposed to Part 1 covering nearly every film. Midnight in Paris ends up being a happy ending with a big box office gross and proof he’s still got what it takes.
A Better Life, (July 2011)
Lead actor Demián Bichir is up for best actor at the Oscars for this film, but don’t expect him to win. He’s mostly okay raking in just one powerful scene. The film is incredibly sad and there aren’t too many ups in this tale of the toils of an immigrant.
Attack the Block, (July 2011)
Probably the coolest looking low budget monsters in any movie.
This is a short but sweet monster movie with some nice laughs and decent social commentary. The production gets your blood pumping. Thrilling stuff.
Killer Elite, (September 2011)
Seconds after this picture was taken Clive Owen found out the hard way what happens when you answer the question “you talking to me”.
Serviceable action film at best. DeNiro is barely in this, but Clive Owen and Statham duel in some intense fight scenes. Overall the twisting plot makes it tough to get into the film. Breaking it down, you get 3 good fight scenes and lots of boring shooting scenes.
Oldy, But Goody?
A Woman is a Woman, (1964)
Anna Karina was most probably the cutest thing in existence in 1964.
Godard is a master at making life a charming spectacle. He can make a woman willing to cheat on her boyfriend playful. The actors are all charming, and the experimental choices, characters breaking the fourth wall, dancing as if they are in a musical, sporadic use of sound effects and music really set this apart. This is a choice date movie.