Tuesday, July 5, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 05 July 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Star Trek (2009)
District 9 (2009)
Up in the Air (2009)
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Layer Cake (2004)


Full reviews after the jump...



Movie:
Star Trek (2009)
In Short:
I’ll preface this with saying that I have never seen an episode of the Star Trek TV series, nor do I intend to.  But even with my lack of Star Trek knowledge, I loved this movie, and I think that says something about why it is so impressive.  A great story (directed by J.J. Abrams) and some amazing visuals make this a kick ass sci-fi film that can be enjoyed by trekkies and non-trekkies alike.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7.5/10





Movie:
District 9 (2009)
In Short:
It seems like another alien movie comes out every month, so distinguishing yourself from the pack is not easy.  District 9 does an incredible job of separating itself with a far more realistic perspective on what may happen if aliens were to ever make contact.  An interesting movie making style and an awesome script make this one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time.  Rumor has it a prequel and sequel are in the works, so watch this one immediately so you can be jacked up when news of these films starts to come out.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
9.5/10




Movie:
Up in the Air (2009)
In Short:
As my girlfriend will tell you, I’m not the biggest fan in the world of the super predictable love story.  Up in the Air is not such a movie, and hence the reason I love it.  It tells the story of a travelin’ man who loves his no commitment lifestyle.  The film touches on tons of topics (some of which it does very obviously and some a little more subtly) and you leave the film with a new perspective on things.  Yeah this new found perspective will probably only last about 10 minutes, but impressive that a movie can have that effect for even that long.  Anna Kendrick is incredible and would have won the Best Support Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards if Monique hadn’t killed it in Precious.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
8.5/10


Movie:
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
In Short:
Paul Rudd plays the character he always plans, Steve Carrell plays his go to character, and Zach Galifianakis rounds out the trio playing their lay-up roles.  Paul Rudd is up for a huge promotion, but as part of the vetting process he has to bring an idiot to his boss’s dinner so they all can rip on him.  Carrell enters the picture, fulfilling the role of idiot.  Throw in a little love story and you have your plot.  Quite a few laugh out loud moments in this one, but having seen all these characters before you can’t rate this one too high. 
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
5.0/10



Movie:
Layer Cake (2004)
In Short:
Not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing, but I’ve seen this movie four times now and yet every time I’m watching it I can’t seem to remember anything about what is going to happen.  Regardless, I watched it again and really enjoyed it…again.  Daniel Craig (in the role that first exposed him to most movie goers) is a level headed cocaine dealer who has made his money and is days away from retiring.  Then some shit hits the fan and his retirement doesn’t go as smoothly as planned.  Layer Cake is a slight detour from your typical drug runner movie and keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat through the final seconds.  And it is directed by Matthew Vaughn, who is becoming a Hollywood power house (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class).
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7.5/10

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