Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quick Meaningless Useless Baseless Movie Review from Someone Who Doesn't Take Movies Very Seriously

Here's a quick highly unprofessional movie review of some movies I watched recently:

1- Man on Wire: you'll never regret watching an Academy Award winner for best documentary, definitely not this one. It's about a French man named Petit who wanted to walk on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, and it makes you feel like you were the one going through this experience, that you were the one going to walk on the rope. The "Petit" man was larger than life, and you're mistaken if you think the movie is just about walking between buildings. You'll be shocked to know why did he choose to walk on the rope. A-

2-Harold and Kumar Go to Guanatanmo Bay: this is one hilarious movie, and some great acting by Rob Cowdry the Daily Show reporter. He adds a special flavor to the movie. C+

3- Rachel Getting Married: It wasn't only Hathaway who did a wonderful job in this movie about a recovering drug addict, everyone even those in 5-minute roles made this movie seem very real. If you have never saw, heard, lived or interacted with an addict, you may not like it so much. B

4- Gomorra: This is an Italian movie about a terrible mafia-like gang in the streets on Napoli that has killed more than 4000 people and still kills one person every 3 days. Unlike other movies and series about the mafia like the Godfather and the Sopranos, it shows the very ugly (and real) side of such gang. It's definitely worth watching even after the first hour when you can hardly find any relation between the different characters. The author of the book that inspired the movie did not only face death threats, but is still under police protection because the Gomorra vowed to kill him before Christmas. And to the director Gilardino or whatever his name is, what a kick-ass world-class superb job man. A-

5- Waltz With Bashir: I reviewed this one in a separate post. A masterpiece. A.

6- Citizen Kane (1941): the reason I decided to watch this 70-year old movie is how it's considered the best movie ever made to date by many critics. In ten minutes I passed out on my sofa. If you've seen it tell me if it's worth watching.

7- Pineapple Express: I love stoner comedies, but not this one. The script sucked. Not a complete waste of time though. D+

8- Deliver Us From Evil: this documentary talks about the sex scandal that broke in the Catholic church. It's enraging and extremely sad. B

9- Body of War: Another great documentary about the Iraq War. These documentaries should never stop coming, bring 'em on. B+

10- Once. A very soft love story (almost). Warning: it's a musical. Another warning: women are much more likely to love this movie than men. B

11- Reservoir Dogs (1992). A movie by Quentin Tarantino. Gruesome. Bloody. Violent. I don't know why I kept watching it. If you love such movies you'll love this one. I didn't like it. (D on my personal scale, but yours could easily be an A)

12- Hot Fuzz: A British comedy that is very funny in some scenes (believe it or not). I didn't like its second hour. C+

13- United 93: Saw it once, and my stomach turns whenever I see scenes from it on TV again. The movie itself, well-done, but it might be better if you didn't watch it. B+

14- When We Were King (1996) : A documentary about a boxing game between Muhammad Ali and ... who? Who on earth is George Forman? It goes back to 1974 and tries to explain why Muhammad Ali was an icon. It tells you a little bit about the world. A little bit. B

15- Mr. Bean's Holiday: I didn't lose hope that Mr. Bean can at least once star in a great comedy. This wasn't one, and 90 minutes were way too long. C

16- Sicko: this is a great documentary from Mike Moore about how citizens of the wealthiest country in the world are suffering from the lack of health insurance more than they suffer from the diseases they have. Painfully strange and strangely painful. A-

Waiting to watch: 12 (Russian), Caché, Wendy and Lucy, I love you man, Fireproof and .... Bruno (to be released in July!!)


soreal said...

u should definitely never pass on citizen cain.. it does worth another try from ur part :P

Hareega said...

Do you know how painful it is to watch a 1941-movie, but I will give it another shot sometime

Anonymous said...

I think Mr. Bean is hilarious no matter what he says or does, you cannot not laugh while watching. I definitely enjoyed his movie even though I am a fan of thrillers and horror movies.

kinzi said...

Mr. Bean makes me squirm with discomfort. I've had too many Mr. Bean moments in life.

About "Fireproof", like "Flywheel" and "Facing the Giants", remember it is a film made by church members from Georgia. Fireproof has one pro actor and some pros helping, but please don't expect a top class deal.

That said, I love them all, because they are stories of regular people, with morals to the story. Some of the best parts (especially in the other two) are the funny chubby Baptist guys.

soreal said...
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soreal said...

just forget about the 1941 part.. it will harm the appreciation process

I will be seeing Man on Wire - which i passed on lately - based on ur recommendation BTW :)