Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Oscar Edition (mostly kind of sort of)

The Hunger Games I rewatched this movie because it's been a year since I've seen it and two years since I read the books. It holds up. It's a good movie, much better than...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire This flick was okay, I guess. I'm not a fan of movies without endings --obviously, I know that when you're dealing with the middle of a trilogy, that's what you're going to get. Ugh, and then I 1. just found out they're splitting Mockingjay into two films AND 2. I read it in the article about Philip Seymour Hoffman's death (he plays(played?) a key figure in the Quarter Quell games.) So, who knows WHAT's going to happen now. Uh... I mean, condolences to his family. *whistles*

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug These movies are terrible. The Hobbit was terrible and I don't just mean the desperate cries for an editor that drowns out the horrific dwarf singing, the "plots" are awful, the ridiculous saves for the stupid elves or hobbits or whatever the hell always swoops in to save them are terrible. Terrible Terrible terrible. I don't know why I even watched this stupid movie, but I'm going to sum up my review with a line from the horrible film itself: I'm done with dwarves. Go away.

Inside Llewyn Davis OMG. So, you know how the "open letter" has become the favored literary device of awful internet magazine writers everywhere? Inside Llewyn Davis is so fucking depressing, it's basically an open suicide note. From the music, to the depressive lead character to the screeching supporting cast -- the worst part is that it is seductively depressing. You like Llewyn Davis AND the people who hate Llewyn Davis -- anytime the movie introduces optimistic or supportive characters you want to kick them in the nuts and make them eat their fucking cereal bowls. Uh... hypothetically. And since, as is well recorded in this blog, I fucking hate the Coen Brothers (and the rest of their family probably) trust me when I say this movie is great.

Frozen Mmmm... I read a lot of positive reviews of this movie. A LOT. AND I love what's her face, Idina Menzel, so I was very excited for this movie. It was supposed to be super girl power-y and a new model for a Disney princess yadayadayada. And the soundtrack outsold the Beyonce itunes album for weeks and weeks. Anyway, you get the picture, my expectations were sky high. My disappointment, directly proportional to that. Booo. I actually booed. There's like TWO good songs. The plot? Dumb dumb dumb. The resolution? Even dumber. Blargh. Kids will probably like it though. There are cool visual stunts with ice. It'll win the cartoon Oscar.

Dallas Buyers Club Jared Leto was amazing as a transvestite gay guy dying of AIDS. He should win the Oscar in his category. Um... this movie was good. It held my attention. The lead character -- a shady dude blindsided by an AIDS diagnosis who decides to get drugs from Mexico as an alternative to AZT and then he turns it into a business of selling them to other desperate AIDS patients. He has to stay one step ahead of the FDA and the AIDS doctors. Jennifer Garner is terrible in this -- and I usually like her. I don't think Matthew Ma...umm...mumbles...gh...n...there's a u.... anyhoo, he shouldn't win the Oscar for losing weight and being less annoying than he usually is in movies. Cause he was still plenty annoying.

Captain Phillips Can you spoiler a based on a true story movie? My apologies if you can, but I think it's important to my review. At the end, the head pirate guy is arrested and read his rights on a ship. Captain Phillips is also brought aboard the same ship and sent to sick bay where his wounds are tended to. If this were a *REAL* action movie, the pirate would have grabbed hold of a gun, killed the arresting marines, Phillips would have heard the scuffle, jumped down from the exam table, gotten a weapon and chased the pirate to the upper deck of the ship, cornered the pirate and then said something like "I'm tired of these motherfucking pirates on these motherfucking ships!" Or "Get off my boat!" And then shot him. But this was not a real action movie. It was a real...er...action movie. I liked it, but I did spend a lot of time imagining a more Hollywood version of it starring Jason Statham. I'm glad the pirate guy got a nomination, but I hated the lines that were clearly designed to tug at the heart strings and make you feel sorry for the poor hard lives of the Somali people. *Eyeroll* GET OFF OF MY BOAT!

August: Osage County Listen. Meryl Streep is the Meryl Streep of Meryl Streeping. She Meryl Streeps the shit out of this movie. If she doesn't win the Meryl Streep award where she is Meryl Streeping with cancer, I will... um... be very surprised. The movie is about a bunch of dysfunctional women in a family and the poor hapless men they yell at. I didn't hate Julia Roberts as much as other people seemed to in reviews I read. But it's very hard not being Meryl Streep.

Thor: Dark World Yawn. I've about had it up to here *insert hand about neck level* with the MARVEL universe. The plot holes and contrivances in this movie are embarrassing. But that one guy is shirtless a bunch. So...you know. You'll endure.

American Hustle This movie terrible. I kind of want to lump this review with the review for

The Wolf of Wall Street Both these movies have been made over and over again with the actors and ingenues of the moment. American Hustle follows the script of the heavily costumed/wigged trope of a heist of some kind with a double reverse switch of allegiance. And Wolf of Wall street is the well worn path of the con man who believes his own con even as the straight laced cop figure is bearing down. Yawn yawn yawn. Jaysus. How are there no other stories? With other kinds of people. And how is it these same stories keep getting nominated for Oscars when movies like

Fruitvale Station ...which was the best fucking movie I've seen in a long time, gets nominated for nothing. This tells the --sorta-- story of Oscar Grant who was shot in the back by police, while handcuffed and face down on a BART platform in San Francisco. The movie does sanctify him in ways that made me roll my eyes (he hugs the body of a dying stray dog after its been hit and I added "wwwhhhyyyyyyyyy" and desperate mouth to mouth CPRing to the scene in my head and laughed) but it was such a well done, bare bones movie that told a tragic yet important story that, ugh, seriously, fuck the Oscars with razor blades for not recognizing it or Michael Jordan or the mom -- who won an Oscar for the gorram help. UGH! I hate everything.

Her Blech. This movie was dumb. It's about a guy who falls in love with his Operating System -- AND, hold the phones, HIS OPERATING SYSTEM LOVES HIM TOO! EYE Roll. I guess I won't say what happens next, but booo. Skip this stoopid stooopid movie. Go watch Fruitvale Station.

The Lone Ranger Okay, I am not cool with Johnny Depp playing a Native American character. NOT. Like I am unable to can with that casting. However, *insert hanging head and downcast eyes* I actually ended up liking this movie. I know, I suck. I kept hoping they were going to explain that the tribe found this lost little white boy and took him in and he suffered this great trauma and now he doesn't remember that he was white... I DUNNO something. But there you have it. Apparently I like redface movies. Sigh. I'm the worst.

You're Next Elana told me to see this movie after I said that "No laws for one day" movie was a terrible waste of a premise. You're next was equally bad, if not slightly worse. Um...actually, a lot worse. Because the premise was dumb too. Like I don't even get what the plan was or why it was executed in this way. Dumb. File this under empty torture pr0n.

Kick-Ass 2 This movie was okay. I don't really remember the first Kick-Ass and I couldn't find it streaming anywhere, so I don't know if the sequel hurts the first one or if it's a good continuation of the story. But as a stand a lone hero movie, this was fine.

Blue Jasmine This movie was great. It's about two sisters, both adopted and how their lives go in two completely different directions, one marries a corporate tycoon and the other marries a blue collar dude, but they both end up sharing a small San Francisco apartment after various misfortunes. The kids are miscast, I think. But I like all the other casting and I like the way the story unfolds. The end is a bit contrived, but overall, thumbs up.

Lee Daniels' The Butler Are there tons of "The Butler"s out there that Lee Daniels needed to make sure you knew this one was his? And frankly, this movie sucked pretty hard, so if I were him, I'd try to get it lost in the shuffle so I'd maybe get credit for one of the other ones, none could be worse than this tripe. (Off topic, my mom tried to feed me tripe -- the digusting dish of cow's stomach or sumshit when I was a kid and being the precocious reader that I was, I defiantly asserted: I'm not eating that tripe. LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY! Yep, folks, I've always been awesome.) Anyway, this movie is a pot of disgusting cow intestines. Skip it. (Though, I did like Oprah's portrayal of the alcoholic trollop wife.)

Despicable Me 2 This movie was dumb. Another unnecessary sequel. Eyeroll.

The Wolverine This movie was dumb. I don't even know why they made this movie. It's about a dying Korean man who tries to steal Wolverine's skeleton. I dunno. Dumb.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives The monster recommended this movie. A lady has sex with a fish. And that's why he's known as the monster.

The World's End This movie was FANTASTIC! I was so mad at Simon Pegg after that artarded movie Paul. SO ANGRY. Like I went on twitter and treated him like @vinnay treated that Lost guy. So, I was skeptical about The World's End, but wow *slow claps* Simon Pegg has returned to Shaun of the Dead form! Huzzah!

Insidious Chapter 2 BBoooo. Terrible sequel for a movie that actually needs a sequel. I loved the first one and was looking so forward to this, that I almost went to see it in the theater. Glad I saved THAT thirteen bucks. YARF.

The Possesion One of my twitter friends decided to live tweet this, so I watched along with her. It's a decent horror flick. It stars Denny from Grey's Anatomy (IZZIE CUT THE L-VAD wire) it features the first *Jewish* exorcism I'VE EVER SEEN. That shit is creepy! This demon laughs in the face of Jesus! MAAANNN.

Mitt If you're glad President Obama won reelection, you'll love this movie. You just drink in sad rich people tears and laugh and laugh. I kinda get the feeling Mittens is planning to run again... which... I dunno how I feel about that, but boy oh boy did he think he was winning in 2012 hahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahahahahhaahh

Lone Survivor I don't like war movies. There's something about war as entertainment that sits uneasily with me -- though I love Gallipoli...anywoo. This movie is about a kill op that goes wrong and a whole squad of guys and the chopper sent to save them all get killed. ALL... EXCEPT ONE. One survives. A lone su...okay, you get it. Um...it's good. I wouldn't want to be shot to death going to watch it though.

9 comments:

Astin said...

Let's see...

Llewyn Davis was great

Frozen was great

Thor was a superhero movie with too many quips, but I didn't hate it.

Her was amazing

Lee Daniels' The Butler was about as bad as I expected.

The World's End was fun, but no Hot Fuzz.

Jordan said...

Please add "Splice" to your watch list for next month. Also, I think you already saw "Primer," which is a low-budget sci-fi flick, and the film maker recently released "Upstream Color," which is a really weird film. I'd love your thoughts on that too.

Dawn Summers said...

JORDAN! Re Splice: http://filmchaw.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html

Re: FUCKING PIG RIVER MOVIE: http://filmchaw.blogspot.com/2013/12/and-so-we-come-to-december.html

Alceste said...

We just watched The World's End this weekend. Liked it, but agree with Astin re Hot Fuzz. Also Dawn2 had no idea about the premise, so her reaction to the first bathroom scene 45 minutes into the movie was the best part.

Dawn Summers said...

I didn't know the premise either. And i didn't say it was better than shaun of the dead (which was waaayy better than hot fuzz) I said it was back to that form. As opposed to the Paul drek!

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e. said...

Lies! "You're Next" was a clever twist on convention.

Dawn Summers said...

YOU LIE! YOU LIE!

VinNay said...

Awful.
Slightly better.
Terrible.
Didn't See it.
Didn't See it.
Didn't See it.
Didn't See it.
Didn't See it.
meh, I give up