Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

Before seen the movie I had this movie pictured as a non stop comedy. After seen the movie I was truly shocked. Yes it had some damn good humor but I have never seen a comedy go alongside with serious and realistic social problems. Really good presentation by Tyler Perry.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Outsourced (Movie)

Outsourced movie

If you still haven't watch the movie Outsourced, you are missing out a great comedy.
Full of humor and silently touches some key issues in Indian society.

"Asha could do anything...." :D

Plot: After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Review: Push (2009)

Push movie poster
I found this movie to be pretty interesting. Could have been better with the good cast and the storyline. It was sometimes bit slow and confusing.
This movie reminds me of the TV series Heroes, Some parts are very similar.
This movie keeps you guessing to the end with unexpected twists and turns.
I was disappointed to see Djimon Hounsou in the bad side.
You can see a much mature performance by Dakota Fanning, yes she is grown up.

Two strangers with special abilities must find a special girl in Hong Kong before the secret american government organization (aka Division) finds her.

Special abilities you'll find in the movie,
Watchers - Can see the future
Movers - telekinetic
Pushers - Can put any thought in your mind
Sniffs - Can detect any place
Shifters - Can shape objects
Shadows - Can hide from Sniffs
Bleeders - Scream the hell out

Starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou

Directed by Paul McGuigan

Distributed by Summit Entertainment

Running time: 111 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Push)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review: Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

Lesbian Vampire Killers

Not bad for a comedy horror movie, Had some really humorous moments. Tried to copy Shaun Of The dead but if you try to compare the two Lesbian Vampire Killers is way behind.
I have never seen a movie that is better than Shaun Of The dead.
Lot of hot lesbian women to keep you entertained ;) Acting was silly but not bad.
By looking at the end you can guess that Gay Werewolf Killers is on the way :D

Two messed up friends (Fletch and Jimmy) took the wrong village (Cursed with Lesbian Vampires) to go on a adventure, Jimmy soon finds out it is his destiny.

Starring James Corden, Mathew Horne, Paul McGann, Emer Kenny

Directed by Phil Claydon

Distributed by Momentum Pictures

Running time: 88 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Lesbian Vampire Killers)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Review: Bronson (2009)

Bronson movie poster
Really interesting biographical movie about the most violent prisoner in England (Michael Gordon Peterson).
I don't think that the artist narrating method is suitable for a movie like this. Sometime it made the film really boring.

Movie does not try to justify anything. In the end we are left clueless on weather to feel sorry for him or not. Really good acting by Tom Hardy replicating a man who is completely don't care about the results for his actions.

Starring Tom Hardy

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Distributed by Vertigo Films

Running time: 92 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Bronson)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Review: Kikujiro (1999)

The first thing I love about this movie is the soundtracks. They are so touching and beautiful. Takeshi Kitano is famous for violent films like Sonatine, I thought with no action Takeshi will look dumb, boy I was so wrong. His performance was really great not only acting even the directing. Even the camera angles were different than a regular movie. Packed with humor this is a wonderful heart warming movie.

Story: Masao a small kid on a journey to find his mother paired up with a unlikely travel partner, an ex-yakuza bad mannered Kikujiro.

Starring Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi

Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics (US)

Running time: 121 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Kikujiro)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Review: The Horsemen (2009)

The Horsemen
Good thriller. Kept the suspense all along with a unexpected twist in the end. Zhang Ziyi was super creepy. It had some shocking moments that completely takes you by surprise. Serial killing, Biblical prophecy (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), Gore, physiological suspense. What else do you need to keep your attention :)

Plot: Detective who is distant from his kids and lonely from his wife's death tries to solve a string of killings that were done by a religious cult who calls themselves Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He soon finds out that he also has links to the murders.

I didn't like the ending. It just ended pretty quick.

Starring Dennis Quaid, Zhang Ziyi

Directed by Jonas Åkerlund

Distributed by Lionsgate

Running time: 110 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (The Horsemen)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Review: Faintheart (2008)

I had high expectation for this movie since it was co produced by MySpace. But I was totally disappointed with the effort. Plot has been redone many times on the past and is very predictable. I agree, movie had some funny moments but overall experience was bad. Acting was not bad, kind of an average performance.

Story is about a irresponsible guy who is trying to make it up to his wife.

Starring Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Jessica Hynes

Directed by Vito Rocco

Distributed by Vertigo Films

Running time: 90 minutes

Rating: 5/10 (Faintheart)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Review: The Ramen Girl (2009)

The Ramen Girl
Cute, sweet, funny and at times a sad movie. I think Brittany Murphy is really suitable for her role. She just gives that spunky little spark the movie needs. You also get a good taste of Japanese culture and people. The movie made me really hungry and love Ramen.
Story was bit cheap and rusty. It gets worse to the end but really worth a watch.

Story is about a young American girl who was stranded in Japan when her boy friend just leaved her. Lost and confused she then started training to become a ramen chef under a very rude Japanese master.

Starring Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida

Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman

Distributed by Media 8 Entertainment

Running time: 122 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (The Ramen Girl)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Review: Thick as Thieves (2009)

This is a decent movie flick. The plot was very weak for such highly rated stars.
Predictable story but had a nice twist. Freeman was good as always. Actually I watched the movie because of his acting. Worth a watch if you have some spare time to burn.

Story is about a top thief who teams up with a younger talented thief to pull off his final heist to repay his debt to the Russian mob.

Starring Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Radha Mitchell

Directed by Mimi Leder

Distributed by First Look International, Lionsgate

Running time: 99 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Thick as Thieves)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Review: Winged Creatures (2009)

Winged Creatures
I cannot really get the main point of this movie.
This plot had lot of potential been a thought provoking drama but it lacked a solid background that help us make sense of each character.
Not a bad story you should give it a try.

The story is about five individuals who are traumatize after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.

Based on a novel by Roy Freirich with the same name

Starring Dakota Fanning, Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale

Directed by Rowan Woods

Distributed by Columbia Pictures

Running time: 100 minutes

Rating: 6/10 (Winged Creatures)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Review: Notorious (2009)

This is the Biography of Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G.
Hip Hop lover or not you should watch this movie because Notorious B.I.G was one of the most influential Hip Hop artist that revolutionized the industry.
Movie contains some performances of Biggies greatest hits.

"No Dream Is Too Big"

Starring Jamal Woolard (BIG), Angela Bassett, Derek Luke

Directed by George Tillman, Jr.

Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Running time: 123 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Notorious)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Review: A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)

A Bunch of Amateurs
This movie had some really funny moments. No fancy acting, no dirty jokes just plain classic humor that everyone can enjoy.
Nice simple and charming story with good amount of everything that completes the movie. Predictable story but well worth the watch.

Story is about a faded Hollywood action star who was tricked by his agent into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Samantha Bond

Directed by Andy Cadiff

Running time: 96 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (A Bunch of Amateurs)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Review: Waltz with Bashir (2008)

Waltz with Bashir
The first ever documentary I have seen done totally as an animation. The movie pace through in a different animation style. Story gradually take us on the journey of Ari Folman trying to dig up the lost horrible memories of 1982 Lebanon War.
As the movie digs deep we witness the disgusting horrors of the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
Sometimes I was puzzled to understand the message Ari Folman tried to convey, yes war stinks is the big message but he tried to convey something else I didn't completely understand.

Movie is in Hebrew. It's not that hard to follow the story reading the sub-titles.

Directed by Ari Folman

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics

Running time: 86 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Waltz with Bashir)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Review: Passchendaele (2008)

This maybe the best Canadian movie I ever seen. Nice story with good cinematography.
It is amazing to see that Paul Gross has directed, starred and written this fine movie. Very good details of war scenes that has the standards of Saving Private Ryan.
Movie has also successfully inserted a heart warming romance to it.

Story mainly resolve around troubled war veteran, a nurse who is his girl friend and her brother who is enlisted to fight in the bloody WW I battle of Passchendaele.

It's good to see these kind of movies so we can remember that their were lot more countries involved in the war that made a difference other than America.

This story is partly based on real life events.

Starring Paul Gross, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol

Directed by Paul Gross

Distributed by Alliance Films

Running time: 114 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Passchendaele)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Review: Milk (2008)

Milk movie
Part biography part documentary of Harvey Milk the American gay rights movement leader during 70's who was assassinated in 1978. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man elected to a USA political office. Acting was excellent by all cast and deserve an award. This movie will change your opinion if you are against gay men.

I felt uncomfortable when two men openly kiss and make love in the movie but when it comes to their rights, I think all men needs to have equal rights whatever their sexual orientation be.

Notable quote from the movie,
"I am not a candidate, I am part of a movement. The movement is the candidate."

Starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, James Franco

Directed by Gus Van Sant

Distributed by Focus Features

Running time: 128 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Milk)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Review: Repo The Genetic Opera (2008)

Repo The Genetic Opera
Good rock horror musical with little bit of dark humor. Scenes are extreme bloody and has a touch of gore. Songs were good but could have been better. You cannot compare this to a Rocky Horror Picture Show they are far better than this.
Guess what Paris Hilton does a good job with her character it really matches her.

Story: World is spread with a organ failure disease and only GeneCo has the cure for it by organ transplant. Anyone dares to miss a payment for their transplants will be retaken by the killer Repo.

This movie is a reamke of 2006 short movie with the same name.

Starring Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

Distributed by Lions Gate, Twisted Pictures

Running time: 97 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Repo! The Genetic Opera)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Review: The Lucky Ones (2008)

The Lucky Ones
Really smooth and solid story with nice humor in it. Well thought out characters. Keeps you well entertained till the end. Cannot agree if someone tells that this movie is a war movie. I don't know why this movie is underrated.
Kind of a movie that makes you feel, "WOW I wish I could have seen more".

Story is about three soldiers returning from Iraq find themselves stuck together for a life changing Road trip to Vegas.

I hope more films like this, comes out very often.

Starring Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña

Directed by Neil Burger

Distributed by Lionsgate

Running time: 115 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (The Lucky Ones)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Review: Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

Echelon Conspiracy
Action, Thriller and Mystery all in one package. Reminds me of the movie "Eagle Eye", Echelon Conspiracy is like a low budgeted version of Eagle Eye. Could have been lot better. Acting was also bit corny. Some scenes looked really dumb but I must say that you can enjoy the movie without getting bored.

Story is about a young man receiving text messages by a unknown person that gives him tips on how to win lot of easy money. Soon he finds himself in middle of a big international conspiracy.

Echelon Conspiracy is also know as The Gift in USA.

Starring Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames

Directed by Greg Marcks

Distributed by After Dark Films

Running time: 105 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Echelon Conspiracy)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Review: Frozen River (2008)

Frozen River
Emotional and silent look into a working class woman trying to make a better life for her two sons.
Frozen River has a documentary effect which makes us think that Melissa Leo's character is real.
Courtney Hunt tries to show us pure affection of two mothers who are willing to go into any danger for the betterment of their children. The movie silently tries to justify their actions with a humanistic touch.

Story is about two working class women struggling for a better life, involved in smuggling illegal immigrants to USA from Canada.

Worth all the nominations and awards. Great work by Courtney Hunt in her debut film.

Starring Melissa Leo, Misty Upham

Directed by Courtney Hunt

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics

Running time: 90 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Frozen River)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Review: What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

What Doesn't Kill You movie
I have seen very few movies of Mark Ruffalo having a leading role. This must be one of the best in his career. Excellent performance by both starts Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke.
I like the way how Mark Ruffalo's character transist between diffrent personalities.
Sometimes he's a bad-ass, drug addict and a struggling but loving father. The only complaint I have for this movies is that it's bit slow at times. So some viewer will think this is a boring story. If you can bare with the slow moments and watch the full movie, you can experience a realistic movie that shows how bad choices of life can ruin lives all around you.

Story is about Crime, Drugs, Alcohol and a man trying to raise living standards of his family which force him to do more crime.

(Based on real life events of the movie's director Brian Goodman.)

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet

Directed by Brian Goodman

Distributed by Yari Film Group

Running time: 100 minutes

Rating: 7.5/10 (What Doesn't Kill You)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Review: Stop-Loss (2008)

Good story about war and stop loss policy. An emotional drama of real world soldiers torture mentally, physically and injustice from their own country. Realistic movie with powerful acting, worth a watch.

Story is about a war hero who returns home from completed tour duty in Iraq just to find out he is re enlisted again by the stop loss policy.

Innocent soldiers are scarified for power by corrupted leaders. Its really sad to see all this happening in this world. War sucks anywhere.

Starring Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Directed by Kimberly Peirce

Distributed by Paramount Pictures

Running time: 112 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Movie)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Review: The Uninvited (2009)

The Uninvited
Really good Psychological thriller. Worth a watch. I'm not going to tell anything much because you only need two words to spoil the whole movie. I could have enjoyed it more if I knew very little about the movie. Horror scenes were good but not hardcore like a complete horror movie. Acting was very good by all the cast specially Emily Browning.

Story is about a young girl who returns from a mental institution to her home. She finds it difficult to cope with her fathers new cruel girl friend and the memories of her dead mother.

This movie is an American remake of the South Korean horror movie "A Tale of Two Sisters"

Starring Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn

Directed by Charles Guard, Thomas Guard

Distributed by DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures

Running time: 87 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (The Uninvited)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Review: Fanboys (2009)

This is the worst it can get for a comedy. Total waste of time, I cannot believe I did not laugh a single time, YES not even a smile. I don't know why this movie has so much hype, really boring and poor acting. Some people may like the style of humor in this movie but definitely not my taste.

Story is about four Star Wars nerd fans who are on an adventure to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of "Episode I: The Phantom Menace".

Starring Jay Baruchel, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington

Directed by Kyle Newman

Distributed by The Weinstein Company

Running time: 90 minutes

Rating: 5/10 (Fanboys)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Review: Crossing Over (2009)

Crossing Over
Very moving story. Deep look into USA immigration, shows us both sides.
Dramatic and progressive presentation. If you liked "CRASH" you will like this movie.
Harrison Ford is doing a very good job in his intense character.

Story is about struggles of immigrants in USA to achieve legal status. Story Switch between Mexican, Jews, Islamic, Australian wanna be actress and Korean immigrants.

What I don't understand is why people just don't stay in their motherland and do something to build their own country. Why risk everything and come to be treated as an Alien and low level. In the end they return to their own country disgracing his/her own country.

Starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd

Directed by Wayne Kramer

Distributed by The Weinstein Company

Running time: 113 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Crossing Over)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Gigi end monologue in Hes Just Not That Into You

Gigi: Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up: if a boy punches you he likes you, never try to trim your own bangs, and someday you will meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending. every movie we see, every story we're told implores us to wait for it: the third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the exception to the rule. but sometimes we're so focused on finding our happy ending we don't learn how to read the signs. how to tell the ones who want us from the ones who don't, the ones who will stay and the ones who will leave. and maybe a happy ending doesn't include a guy, maybe it's you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. maybe the happy ending is just moving on. or maybe the happy ending is this: knowing after all the unreturned phone calls and broken-hearts, through the blunders and misread signals, through all the pain and embarrassment... you never gave up hope.


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Review: The International (2009)

Good political thriller with powerful message. Very loosely based on true events.
First 30 minutes is very slow and boring but it picks up momentum and keep you interested. There is some action too.
plot is somewhat similar to Lord of war. Not a shoot 'em up movie, the story build up gradualy with slow pace.

Story is about a Interpol agent trying to bring down a bank that is involved in a huge arms deal scam.

Best quote in the movie, regarding war and banking industry by Umberto Calvini the Italian prime ministerial candidate.

The IBBC is a bank, their objective isn't to control the conflict, Its to control the debt the conflict produces. You see the real value of a conflict, the true value is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt you control everything.

You find this upsetting, yes but this is the very essence of the banking industry. To make us all weather we be nations or individuals slaves to debt.

Starring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts

Directed by Tom Tykwer

Distributed by Columbia Pictures

Running time: 118 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (The International)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Review: Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Synecdoche, New York
Different and twisted story. Really a depressing movie. Cannot say I enjoyed it much but I loved the acting by Hoffman.
I like serious movies but this one is very weird.

Story is about a theater director who is tormented by life around him.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

Directed by Charlie Kaufman

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics

Running time: 124 minutes

Rating: 6/10 (Synecdoche, New York)

Review: He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

He's Just Not That Into You
Nice interconnected story (Comedy) about misinterpretation and misunderstanding about obvious human behaviors in relationships. Movie has some funny parts, many laughing points are stupid ideas we have in life, so its kind of laughing at ourselves
This is kind of a Chick flick, so ladies you are gonna love this one.
I'm pretty sure that you'll find some part of this movie to be a documentary about your life.

Watch out for the Gigi's monologue in the end of the movie, you can learn lot from that.

Movie is based on a book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (Same name)

Surprisingly there are lot of big names in the movie,
Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly

Directed by Ken Kwapis

Distributed by New Line Cinema

Running time: 129 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (He's Just Not That Into You)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Review: Ong bak 2 (2008)

 Ong bak 2
Now this is a excellent martial arts movie. non stop fighting with well choreographed fight scenes. The movie features fights in variety of Asian martial art styles.
Realistic fights, totally unique experience that you will not get from any other movie.
There is a really nice elephant taming scene, Thailand style.
First movie was good but this one is totally awesome.

The story is about a young Thai boy on a path of self discovery and revenge.

Movie is in sub titles since it's a Thai movie. You don't need worry about it, Movie is 80% fighting.

By the ending of the movie we can expect Ong bak 3 very soon.

Starring Tony Jaa

Directed by Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai

Distributed by Sahamongkol Film International

Running time: 97 minutes

Rating: 9/10 (Ong bak 2)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Review: Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia (2009)

Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia
This movie was a time waster for me. Acting was terrible and seems like low budgeted.
It has some good action but when you compare it with the first movie this is awful.
This movie stars World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) "Mr. Kennedy" (Kenneth Anderson). If you are a wrestling fan, then you should probably watch this movie because Mr. Kennedy is a Top Gun who plays a major role in the movie.

The story is about a special unit of Navy SEALS who are fighting Colombian special forces to regain their honor and rescue a hostage.

No real story only non stop Action.

Starring Kenneth Anderson, Joe Manganiello

Directed by Tim Matheson

Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Running time: 94 minutes

Rating: 6/10 (Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Review: Swing Vote (2008)

Swing Vote
I first thought this was a comedy. It turns out be a mix of good comedy and drama with a very big and strong message. This is a must for everyone. You won't regret watching this movie. The plot is pretty original with a superb ending.

Story is about entire presidential election been decided on one single vote. Bud Johnson who is an alcoholic and totally clueless on who to vote.

This movie shows us how everything around us is so commercialized. The bottom line is power and money nothing else.

Interesting quote from the movie, told by Bud Johnson while reading a letter from a citizen.

"If this is one of the richest countries in the world, why is it so many of us can barely afford living here?"

Starring Kevin Costner (Earnest "Bud" Johnson), Madeline Carroll (Molly Johnson)

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern

Distributed by Touchstone Pictures

Running time: 114 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Swing Vote)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Review: Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling (2008)

Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling
For me it was a waste of time. Acting was dumb and terrible with very little humor. There were some funny parts like the really mad squirrels and some scenes of Earth child. Maybe you should give it a try and see, only 90 minutes.

Story is about two friends who are on a crazy adventure to find a missing girl who they know from the grade school.

The first Without a Paddle movie was super. They should have kept the actors from the previous movie for this one also. It could have made a big difference.

Starring Oliver James, Amber McDonald

Directed by Ellory Elkayem

Distributed by Paramount Pictures

Running time: 96 minutes

Rating: 6/10 (Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Review: Changeling (2008)

Great movie which I will remember for a long time. What is really shocking is to see that this movie is based on true events that happened in 1928 Los Angeles.

The story centers around Christine Collins struggle to find her missing child.
This movie take a deep look at political corruption, police corruption and treating women secondly back in 1920's.

We all must salute the courage of this one women who stood up for her rights and demand justice.

Watch out for your temper since you will get really mad seen the social injustices she faces.

Starring Angelina Jolie (Christine Collins)

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Studio: Imagine Entertainment, Malpaso Productions

Distributed by Universal Pictures

Running time: 141 minutes

Rating: 9/10 (Changeling)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Review: Frost/Nixon (2008)

Frost/Nixon movie
Excellent remake of the famous Frost/Nixon interviews. I don't think it could have been much better. This is a must watch for any person who loves Biographical movies.
Outstanding performance by both Michael Sheen (David Frost) and Frank Langella (Richard Nixon). The first half of the movie was boring but it gradually pick up momentum into the end.

Famous quote by Richard Nixon

"I'm saying that when president does it That means it's not illegal"

I have not seen the real Frost/Nixon interviews. Some say it's better than the movie.

Starring Michael Sheen, Frank Langella

Directed by Ron Howard

Studio: Imagine Entertainment, Working Title Films, Relativity Media, StudioCanal

Distributed by Universal Pictures

Running time: 122 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Frost/Nixon)

RocknRolla Johnny Quid Monologue (Piano Speech)

This must be the best Quote from the RocknRolla movie.
Johnny Quid do a Monologue about Irony about smoking. Piano is also played for a nice melody.

Johnny Quid: You see that pack of Virginia killing sticks on the end of the piano?

Pete: Yes.

Johnny Quid: All you need to know about life is retained in those four walls.

Johnny Quid: You will notice that one of your personalities is seduced by the illusions of grandeur - the gold packet of king size with a regal insignia, an attractive implication towards grandeur and wealth, the subtle suggestion that cigarettes are indeed your royal and loyal friends, and that, Pete, is a lie.

Johnny Quid: Your other personality is trying to draw your attention to the flip side of the discussion, written in boring bold black and white, it's a statement that these neat little soldiers of death and in fact trying to kill you and that, Pete, is the truth.

Johnny Quid: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and i'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren.

Johnny Quid: That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which starts bitter ends sweet.

Johnny Quid: That is why you and i love the drugs and that is also why I cannot give that painting back. now please, pass me a light (or lie).

Pete: Oh you are something special, Mr johnny quid.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review: Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)

Dead Like Me: Life After Death
Frankly I found this movie to be very boring, Nothing funny till the 25th minute. Maybe I missed the best part or something else. acting was also bit rusty and shady.
I had high hopes for this movie, turned out be a big disappointment for me.
The story line is original for a movie (based on Dead Like Me television series).

Story is about a group of reapers who are under a new head reaper Cameron Kane.

Starring Ellen Muth

Directed by Stephen Herek

Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Running time: 87 minutes

Rating: 5/10 (Dead Like Me: Life After Death)

Review: The Hurt Locker (2009)

The Hurt Locker
Very realistic movie about the Iraqi war. Very good suspense will keep you glued to the seat. We must salute all who risk their lives for betterment of others specially bomb disposal units who always gamble with life every time they go out to disarm a bomb. The character James was a real wild character wonder if there are people really like him in the Army.
Movie silently talk about the heavy emotional toll on soldiers in this messy Iraqi war.

Story is about a special bomb squad unit called U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). How they face bomb threats every day in a very hostile environment.

Starring Jeremy Renner, Ralph Fiennes (strangely a small role)

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Distributed by Summit Entertainment

Running time: 131 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (The Hurt Locker)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Review: Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2008)

Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach
Movie was not bad but could have been better. Good "Stupid Humor" category movie.
I can say it's worth a watch.
Seann William Scott is always funny but this movie is not good as his previous hits like American Pie, Road Trip or Dude, Where's My Car? maybe it's because he had to do a one man show in this movie. Philippine exchange student was good too.

Story is about a overenthusiastic high-school janitor who is handed over the coaching of a pretty messed up tennis team. Now he wants them to win the Nebraska state championship.

Starring Seann William Scott

Directed by Danny Leiner

Distributed by Sony Pictures

Running time: 92 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Review: Wonder Woman (2009)

Wonder Woman Animation film
Theme is simple, Don't mess with the Amazon Women :)
Good animation with Action and a Fighter jet dog fight. Some fight scenes were stupid they could have been better. Good story with a Ironic ending.

Story is obviously about how Wonder Woman became to be the super hero we all know.

Nice quote from the movie,

Secretary: Mr President the threat has been neutralized.
Mr President: How?
Secretary: It seems by a group of armored Super Models.

Voice: Keri Russell (Wonder Woman), Nathan Fillion (Steve Trevor)

Directed by Lauren Montgomery

Distributed by Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Comics

Running time: 75 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Wonder Woman)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Review: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Entertaining comedy mixed with us and British humor.
This guy Sidney Young really know how to annoy people with his British jokes.
He is so funny and a lunatic. A must watch, don't miss this movie.
Movie is funnier when it rolls onto the middle.

Story is about a British writer who is working on a famous magazine in New York trying to figure out how things are done "Big Time".

Based on Toby Young's memoir "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"

Starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Megan Fox

Directed by Robert B. Weide

Distributed by Channel Four Films, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Running time: 110 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (How to Lose Friends & Alienate People)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Review: Taking Chance (2009)

Good drama movie about war and how it affect a nation. War is cruel and blind it consume everything around it and leave the side effect for years to come.
This movie emotionally unfolds how a fallen American soldier is brought back home.

Story is based on true events about a volunteer military escort officer (Lt. Col. Michael Strobl) taking the body of Marine Chance Phelps to his home town.

I hate war and I hate politics. War is all about politics.

Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship . . . Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. (at the Nuremberg Trials, shortly before being sentenced to death)

Hermann Goering

Starring Kevin Bacon

Directed by Ross Katz

Distributed by HBO Films

Running time: 77 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Taking Chance)

Review: Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)

Resident Evil: Degeneration
I'm completely disappointed in this film. I expected much more form this movie since I have seen the Resident Evil film trilogy. I thought this been an animation they will blow my mind off by spectacular effects. Movie is not bad but could have been much better.

The story is based on the popular Game Resident Evil. Resident Evil film trilogy plot was different than the actual game but this movie is set with same characters you will find in the game like Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield.
This time Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield come together to fight a new kind of terrorism and a new virus called G virus.

Directed by Makoto Kamiya

Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Running time: 96 Minutes

Rating: 6/10 (Resident Evil: Degeneration)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Review: Religulous (2008)

Nice documentary by Bill Maher. Filled with humor and sarcasm but talks about a very complex subject "religion".
If you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Scientology or any variant of given religions you should be ready to accept freedom of speech to watch this movie.
I agree with the most of the points Bill Maher show. Documentary is worth your time if your religion is based on a god, if not you already know most of the facts Bill Maher show.

Starring Bill Maher

Directed by Larry Charles

Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment

Running time: 101 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Religulous)

Review: The Wrestler (2009)

The Wrestler
Great movie peaking into a wrestlers real life.
You can find out how the real wrestling act is done. How they pre plan all the moves done in the ring. Even though all moves are planned it takes lot of skill and stamina to survive in the ring. One false move could be fatal.
Sometimes the movie was slow but the overall experience was good.

Story is about a retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" who tries to put together his shattered life.

Mickey Rourke's performance was pretty good.

Starring Mickey Rourke (Randy "The Ram"), Marisa Tomei (Pam)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Running time: 115 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (The Wrestler)

Review: Hulk Vs. (2009)

Hulk Vs
Hulk Vs. are two short films by Marvel Studios. If you love Marvel super heroes you will also love these two movies.

Hulk vs. Wolverine is my personal favorite and is better than Hulk vs Thor, lot of known super heroes are there including saber tooth. Story begin with Wolverine been called into action to hunt down a mysteries green monster.

If you love Thor don't watch Hulk vs Thor. Hulk beat the crap out of Thor.

In both stories there's not much of a plot to follow. But you can surely enjoy the total wrath of Hulk fall upon who cross his path.

Directed by Frank Paur and Sam Liu

Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Running time: 82 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (Hulk vs. Wolverine)

Rating: 7/10 (Hulk vs. Thor)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
This is a great story. You will learn even if it's backwards or forward the ultimate final result will be the same.
Carefully listen to Benjamin Button narration. You would pick up really good advice and lessons of life.
Cannot say the plot is 100% original because of Forest Gump's. It was a great experience to watch this movie till the end.
If someone ask what is the best drama movie you have watched I will say The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Starring Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button), Cate Blanchett (Daisy)

Directed by David Fincher who directed Fight Club (My all time favorite movie)

Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros

Running time: 165 minutes

Rating: 9/10 (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Review: Bolt (2008)

This movie can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. Very good animation, Good touch.
If Walt Disney is apart of something you can expect good work.
Very funny, cute and sometimes emotional movie.
Watch out for Rhino and Pigeons they are super cool.

Story is about an action star hero dog (Bolt) who thinks he has fictional super power for real.

Voice: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus

Directed by Chris Williams

Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures

Running time: 96 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (Bolt)

Review: The Express (2008)

The Express
This movie is a excellent biographical movie about the great Syracuse University football player Ernie Davis. The movie was worth every second. If you need a inspiration for your life, this is the movie for you. The story also reflect the heavy racial tension that was around 50's and 60's in USA.

Starring Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid

Directed by Gary Fleder

Distributed by Universal Pictures

Running time: 130 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (The Express)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Review: RocknRolla (2008)

Wow superb British crime movie with lot of black humor. How the story unfold is really great. I recommend anyone to watch RocknRolla. Realistic action, Look out for the character of Johnny Quid and his monologue when he plays the piano, Something we surely need to think about. I loved the two Russian hitmen they never stay beaten down.

Story is about the London's underworld real estate market and centers around one big deal with a Russian.

Starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong

Directed by Guy Ritchie

Distributed by Warner Bros

Running time: 114 minutes

Rating: 8/10 (RocknRolla)

Review: City of Ember (2008)

City of Ember
City of Ember is a good family movie. I feel it's more suitable for kids. Original story line and express a good message to the world - "Take care of our planet".
Overall acting was good but I expected more from Bill Murray.

City of Ember is a city built underground for human survival since the earth surface is no longer support life (Reason is not mentioned in the movie). The Ember city is powered by a large generator for years, now the generator is starting to fail and ember citizens must find a way out.

City of Ember(Movie) is based on a novel (City of Ember) written by Jeanne Duprau

Directed by Gil Kenan

Starring Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway

Distributed by 20th Century Fox, Walden Media

Running time: 90 minutes

Rating: 7/10 (City of Ember)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Review: Taken (2008)

Taken movie
Taken is an excellent thriller. You should definitely watch this film.
Action, drama, suspense everything is perfect. Acting was excellent by Liam Neeson.
Never seen a good thriller like taken for a long time. Realistic action, you'll enjoy the movie every bit. Don't miss this one.

Story is about an Ex CIA agent (preventer) who needs to rescue his kidnapped daughter from been sold to slave trade. He will need all his experience and skill to accomplish this mission.

The story is not original but don't be fool by that.

Directed by Pierre Morel

Distributed by 20th Century Fox, EuropaCorp

Running time: 93 minutes

Rating: 9/10 (Taken)