Sunday, July 17, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 17 July 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
The Hangover (2009)
Fargo (1996)
The Departed (2006)
The Proposal (2009)
Let Me In (2011)

Full reviews after the jump...




Movie:
The Hangover (2009)
In Short:
If reading this review is the first time you are hearing of The Hangover you need to get out more.  It’s the top grossing R-rated comedy of all time for a reason.  A group of guys blackout in Vegas at a bachelor party and try to put together the pieces the next day.  It’s a nearly perfect comedy, which has managed to create about 50 quotes that you hear on a daily basis and led to one not quite as funny but incredibly profitable sequel.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
9.0/10





Movie:
Fargo (1996)
In Short:
I’m a huge sucker for accents, and living in Wisconsin the amazing accents in Fargo are all too familiar to me.  The Coen Brothers use of the ridiculous Midwest twang is incredible.  Add on an amazing script and some fantastic acting and you have one of the greatest crime stories of all time.  Fargo is the perfect blend of comedy and drama.  Do yourself a huge favor and see this gem today.  You betcha…oh yahhhhh…you betcha…yahhhhh…
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
9.5/10





Movie:
The Departed (2006)
In Short:
One of the best casts to ever grace the screen: Damon, DiCaprio, Nicholson, Wahlberg, Baldwin, Sheen, and Vera Farmiga.  Oh yeah, and directed by Martin Scorsese just to put the nail in the Best Picture coffin.The Departed tells the story of two undercover agents with opposite backgrounds trying infiltrate opposite sides of the law, Damon being the fake cop and DiCaprio being the fake criminal.  A beautiful storyline, plenty of thrills, tons of action, and perfect Bostonian dialogue make this a near perfect film.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
9.0/10




Movie:
The Proposal (2009)
In Short:
I know this is hard to believe, but this is a romantic comedy with a completely rediculous premise.  Sandra Bullock is a hard ass canadian book publisher working in the US.  Ryan Reynolds is her assistant who is forced to put up with her witchy ways.  Bullock finds out she is going to be deported, and she forces Reynolds to marry her to allow her to stay in the US.  I'm sure you can see where this is headed.  There actually are quite a few good laughs in this one, but the rediculous premise prevents it from being all it could be.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
5.5/10




Movie:
Let Me In (2011)
In Short:
A remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In, this vampire flick tells the story of a young vampire and the bullied boy she befriends.  Though this remake is similar to the original, it just doesn't quite live up and really did't warrent an English rendition this soon after the original.  Sadly, the movie makers decided to go the I Am Legend route with the vampire and just use some not so pretty CGI.  The movie does have another solid performance from Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, (500) Days of Summer), who is quickly becomnig a big time young actress.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
4.5/10

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