Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Manuel on Movies #15

It has been a couple of months since the last update, but not too many movies since the last post. Just been too busy I guess!

This was a pretty fun movie because there are very few movies, outside of Halloween, that really focus on the holiday of Halloween and have it as the focus of the movie rather than just a time frame in the background. It was interesting because it was made up of a bunch of interconnecting stories that all take place in the same little town. Think of it as a horror Pulp Fiction. The acting is pretty good and has a surprising amount of well known people in it. The horror isn't too scary and more of the fun variety so it can be enjoyed by those who get a little too scared at horror films. Nothing really too scary about it, but fun nonetheless. 7 out of 10

I quite enjoyed this movie and loved the Blair Witch/Cloverfield style it was filmed in. I love me a good zombie movie and although the monsters in this film were not technically zombies, it was close enough. The characters in the film were pretty dumb, but that usually doesn't take anything away from the movie for me. I just thought the close quarters of an apartment building and the hand held camera lended to a creepy, claustrophobic type, horror film where something bad could happen at any second. There is something creepy about films like this rather than the normal horror films that have such a distracting score in order to creep you out. Sometimes silence is scarier. 7.5 out of 10

A masterpiece. Really, there is not much else that can be said. Tarantino has done it again and I was so happy that this film lived up to all they hype and expectations I had. The reviews were pretty mixed, and understandably so. This is not a movie for everyone. If not a Tarantino fan, I can see people hating it. You have to realize that Tarantino likes to write long, drawn out scenes with a lot of talking. For some people like me, the writing is beautiful and contributes greatly towards building the characters, the mood, and the story. For other people, they see these long scenes of people just talking as nothing but filler that can put one to sleep. A lot of people were disappointed that there was not more of Brad Pitt and his Basterds. And well, yeah, they are wonderful in every scene they are in, but the movie is about more than them. If not for the other characters, this movie would not be the complete movie that this is. I blame it partially on some misleading trailers on the tone of the film, but this movie was nothing short of perfection in my eyes. 10 out of 10

Another, "Man you have to see this movie, it is so funny!" film. I thought it was pretty decent, but not the funniest movie I have seen in a while. I think Paul Rudd is awesome in everything he does, but Jason Segal kind of gets on my nerves for some reason. It gave me a few laughs, but thinking back on it, I can't think of anything in particular that was too funny and that isn't really a good sign when you are talking about recollecting a movie. Maybe the recent surge in "Bro-Mance" films could be coming to an end? 6.5 out of 10

This was a nice little gem. The poster is a little misleading. "From the director of Superbad" and starring some of the people from Apatow films makes it seem like it will be another gross out, drop dead funny comedy. It really isn't, and that is intentional. There are some pretty funny parts, but this film about college kids working at an amusement park is more a cross between a teen(but older) angst film and a love story. The acting is pretty solid in it and it has a pretty decent story. It drags a tiny bit towards the end, but if you enjoy little independent films like this that concentrate more on story than anything else, this movie is worth a pickup. 7.5 out of 10

Oh HELL YEAH! This movie rocked! Seriously, I know that this film is going to get plenty of views at my house once it comes out on Blu Ray because Jess and I LOVED it. It is just a good fun time. More of a comedy than a horror film, this movie had us cracking up. Woody Harrelson reminded us just how funny he is and Jessie Eisenberg is brilliant. As a guy who loves zombie films, this heads to the top of my list and it is a list filled with great movies. Really, if I had to describe the movie in one word, it would be "fun." This is a damn fun movie and I lobved every single minute of it. From Metallica playing in the opening credits to the surprise cameo to the action packed ending, this is a wonderful movie! 9.5 out of 10


Tara said...

Yay, I've missed your movie reviews!

I probably won't watch Quarantine, but "Trick-or-Treat" sounds interesting. I want to also see "Zombieland" and "Adventureland". I agree about Paul Rudd, I really like him. Do you remember him in "Clueless"? And I can't seem to get enough of "Inglorious Basterds". Almost went to see it again on a whim instead of going to a birthday party.

nani said...

Thanks for the reviews. I am looking forward to Zombieland and Inglorious Basterds. We saw "Love you Man and were not impressed. Hugs, Nani

Churlita said...

I REALLY want to see Inglorious Basterds and Zombieland. I had problems with Quarantine. I just don't like it when the plot can only get moved along by the people being stupid. I agree with you about liking the way it was shot. And I love the actress who plays Dexter's sister who starred in it.

laura b. said...

I totally agree with you about Inglourious Basterds. I thought it was amazing.
Agreed with you about I Love You, Man as well. Funny, but not OMG FUNNY!

I DEFINITELY want to see the two "land" movies :-)

Mom said...

I just put Adventureland, Inglorius Basterds, and Zombieland on my NetFlix. The last two I already knew I wanted to see and Adventureland I was so so. I love your movie reviews. We saw "I Love You Man" for the same reason - many people gave it good reviews. It was funny and made us laugh but probably more at the beginning. Thanks for the updates. I always love reading them.

Miss Sassy Pants said...

I liked all of these movies, definitely some more than others, but I don't think there were any stinkers in the bunch. My new favorite movie is Zombieland; god how I laughed. It was actually touching as well. Overall, VERY entertaining. I can't wait to buy it and watch it again. And of course Quentin did it again with Inglorious Basterds; he is one of my favorite filmmakers.

mrvideoguy said...

6.5 for "I love you, man"? Seriously? I can't even look at you right now. Come on man!

Sal said...

I'm not sure how I missed this entry - like everyone else, I really look forward to your movie reviews - but I'm glad I noticed it in the list of recent posts.

Having heard about Trick 'r Treat for a couple years now, I was glad to see it finally released on DVD in October. It was creepy fun, and though not particularly terrifying, I enjoyed the various twists. What I especially liked was that it really went against horror convention: It's not a remake, it's not being marketed toward teeny-boppers, and it's not so-called "torture porn." No wonder the studio had a hard time figuring out what to do with it.

I still haven't seen Quarantine, though I saw the film for which it was the basis, [REC], and I liked it. I'll definitely get around to checking Quarantine out, hopefully soon. By the way, your line about silence being scarier sometimes is apt; it's not always necessary to bombard the viewer aurally.

There's nothing I can say about Inglourious Basterds that you didn't already say; I had high hopes for this one and Tarantino exceeded them. I seriously couldn't believe how perfect this movie was on all levels. Every storyline, every performance, every scene was superb, and in terms of quality it reminded me of Pulp Fiction, which is easily my favorite film of the 1990s, and likely in my top five of all time. Inglorious Basterds may be my favorite movie to be released this year.

Adventureland was cute. Not my favorite film of the year but I expected something much more lightweight than what we got. Nothing we haven't seen before, but fun. Additionally it was nice to see Kristen Stewart in something I didn't turn off halfway through.

Zombieland was fantastic. We saw it opening night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was much better than it had any reason to be. As a zombie fan, I loved it, though it was accessible to moviegoers who might have been less familiar with the genre. One part road movie, one part buddy comedy and one part horror film, Zombieland certainly delivered what it promised.