Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Movie Review Time

It has been about 2 months since I have done some movie reviews of movies I am seeing for the 1st time so here are the 7 movies I have seen recently. I don't think I am missing any...

This is the sequel to the surprisingly good 28 Days later. This is basically a zombie movie, although, fans of the film will say they aren't zombies as they are just people infected with the rage virus. Let's just call them zombie like as they are people infected that want to eat other humans. This was a worthy sequel to the original. It had more action than the slower paced original which I know has divided fans of the original. I myself liked it. I love "zombie" films and this one did not disappoint. 7 out of 10

This is a remake of the 80 version with Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell. Everyone I have talked to HATED this new version. I personally liked it. It was simple and to the point - hitchhiker terrorizes couple who picked him up. It was a pretty good thriller and kept my interest for 90 minutes. That was good enough for me. 6.5 out of 10

I was excited about this movie, but hesitant going in because I am a HUGE fan of the book. It is one of my all time favorite books and I didn't want them messing up the story. Well, the movie ended up almost nothing like the book, but I still loved the movie. It was a very suspenseful movie that had some very emotional parts. I thought Will Smith did an excellent job for a guy basically only being able to interact with dog the whole movie. The only drawback was that I thought the CGI was subpar for what is capable today. What are you going to do? 9 out of 10.

I had heard a number of good things about this movie and they were right. This was a very good movie. I liked it because it also opened my eyes to the illegal diamond trade that goes on. I had no idea. Djimon Hounsou put on another outstanding performance(when doesn't he?) and Leo was solid again and really is becoming one of my favorite actors, something I never thought I would say after the Titanic hysteria. This had lots of action, a great storyline, and looked visually beautiful. 8 out of 10.

Another one of those comedies that everyone talks about and you force yourself to watch. I knew it was going to be either really bad or pretty good. It ended up on the pretty good scale. It wasn't as great or as funny as people say, but it was good and enjoyable. It was quite vulgar and shouldn't be watched by those who are easily offended by vulgarity/sex talk/etc. It had some very funny moments, but nothing that made me really burst out laughing. Just a steady shot of chuckles. Still, overall, a pretty funny film that you should watch if you have been a fan of the other recent Apatow films. 6.5 out of 10

The worst of this bunch. Basically, is was a very forgetable horror movie that was made simply to capitalize on the success of Saw and Hostel. This basic premise is a bunch of good looking young kids go on vacation(Brazil? Can't remember)and fall victim to a place where they capture you and harvest your organs for the illegal organ black market. Wasn't that good.... 4 out of 10

One of the best films I have ever seen. No, really, this movie is outstanding! I was first excited for this film way back simply because it was a Cohen Brothers film and they never seem to do me wrong. I LOVE their movies. Then it starts getting buzz and I become more excited. I finally got to see it this weekend and I was not disappointed. I really don't want to give too much of the story away, but it has to do with drug money, a hitman, and a small town sheriff among other things. It is funny because even though it is more of a drama, a departure from most Cohen Brothers films, there are comedic elements in it that are SO Cohen Brothers. If you enjoy their films, you will get what I mean. This movie can't come with a higher recommendation! It is a nonstop story and has some of the most tense scenes I have ever seen on film. There are 2 slow scenes near the end, but after watching the movie and thinking about them, they are very essesntial to the point of the story. Go see this movie! 10 out of 10.

Tommorow I will give you my opinions on the films that were nominated this morning for Best Picture.

I haven't taken any pictures in the last few weeks so I plan on getting back on the Scavenger Hunt thing this weekend as well!


laura b. said...

Since I am not too into horror movies, I haven't seen many of your recent viewings. However, I did see Super Bad and agree with you...pretty funny. And I LOVED No Country for Old Men.

evil-e said...

zombie movies rule....those were zombies as far as I was concerned. 28 days was not bad at all...surprising in fact.

As far as the Hitcher goes. I could not get into it. The original was a great movie and very difficult to out do.

everyone I have talked to loved I Am Legend. I will eventually see it when it comes out on DVD

dmarks said...

How much money is there to be made from a crude Apatow zombie comedy?

AlienCG said...

There are a few of these movies that I really want to see. I Am Legend looks interesting and has already caused the History Channel to air a "what if..." documentary.

Blood Diamond is going into my queue as my next Netflix selection.

I keep seeing trailers for No Country for Old Men and it looks better each time. It has a good cast (including Tommy Lee Jones) and it looks to be a good story.

Thanks for the reviews.

Nani said...

We saw the first 28 days and liked it but haven't seen the sequel. I liked Super Bad and Blood Diamond was very good. I just love Leonardo! We'll wait for DVD for Legend and Old Men.
Hope we get an Oscar show this year. What is your opinion of the Writers Strike?

Tara said...

Djimon Hounsou is an amazing actor. I loved him in "Gladiator" and "Constantine", too.

I definitely have to see "No Country for Old Men".

Churlita said...

I've seen almost all of those and agree with your take on them. I probably thought Superbad was funnier than you did, but I'm REALLY immature too.

Mom said...

You know me and scary movies. I'm glad you finally saw Blood Diamonds. We absolutely loved it! I was a big fan of the I am Legend book too but fortunately I didn't really remember too much of it when I saw the movie. I enjoyed it and thought Will did a great job. Haven't borrowed Superbad from Cassie yet - I know dad won't like it but I figure I will. I can hardly wait to see Rambo - I'm sorry you guys aren't going with us because I wanted to see it with you but I understand why you can't. Don't forget to give my love to GG.

Val said...

I LOVED 28 Weeks Later. I hope there is a 3rd movie....

Zombie movies....good.