February 22, 2012
Before I get criticized for reviewing this film pretty late, understand that I hadn't seen it until recently. And with the Academy Awards right around the corner, this review couldn't have come at a better time. Also understand that I have not read the book so my review is on the cinematic integrity alone, not how it compared to the book.
Since most of you already knew that anyway, now we can dig into why I am recommending this movie. First, stating the obvious, the acting performance of Viola Davis is nothing short of brilliant. She finds a way to capture every moment and turn words on a paper into cinematic gold. The end scene, which I reluctantly will not give away, is emotionally gratifying; Not just because of the little girl, Mae Mobley Leefolt (played by sisters Emma and Eleanor Henry), but because we as the audience feel Aibileen's (Davis) plight. If she doesn't win for Best Actress in a Leading Role then something is truly wrong with the Academy... Meryl Streep you know I love you and Imma let you finish, but Viola Davis had a powerful performance in The Help and she deserves that trophy.
Second reason to watch is the brilliant cinematography and Art Direction. While neither was nominated for an Oscar, its hard work should not go unnoticed. The choice of filming in Mississippi as opposed to LA really did justice to the authenticity of the film. The locations and art direction choices put the audience right into a 1960's setting and allowed us to "relive" a moment in history; a time of racial discrimination and class warfare. While I would say this film is an over simplification of what really went on during the time, I have to give credit for the look of the film.
The only real problem I had was the "Tyler Perry" effect of the villain Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard). At times she became unrealistically evil, much like all of Tyler Perry's villains in his plays and films. I understand that the screenwriter wanted the audience to get how "bad" of a person she was but that slightly made her a 2 dimensional character.
As one critic so eloquently put it, "A quiet but powerful film that really does have Oscar written all over it. - James Plath Movie Metropolis
January 26, 2012
January 24, 2012
Let me clarify a bit. The Blaire witch Project phenomena, as you are all aware, is when a film with a relatively low budget grosses a ridiculously larger amount. Now I wouldn't go as far as to say it will make Blaire Witch's 140 million Domestic gross (not ruling it out though) but I guarantee it will surpass its 12 million dollar budget.
Project X will not be a remake of the 1968 film featuring Christopher George or the 1987 film staring Matthew Broderick (and thank God for that, Matt hasn't done anything relevant since 2005 with the Producers...well unless you consider his voice acting in 2008's The Tale of Despereaux, but that doesn't count), no this in a comedy-drama film directed by Nima Nourizadeh, written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by The Hangover director Todd Phillips. This film is an interesting take on the "unforgettable party" genre and should be something refreshingly new for Todd Phillips, because lets face it I still have a headache after watching the Hangover 2 and it wasn't for a good reason.
"PROJECT X FOLLOWS THREE SEEMINGLY ANONYMOUS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AS THEY ATTEMPT TO FINALLY MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES. THEIR IDEA IS INNOCENT ENOUGH: LET’S THROW A PARTY THAT NO ONE WILL FORGET… BUT NOTHING COULD PREPARE THEM FOR THIS PARTY. WORD SPREADS QUICKLY AS DREAMS ARE RUINED, RECORDS ARE BLEMISHED AND LEGENDS ARE BORN. “PROJECT X” IS A WARNING TO PARENTS AND POLICE EVERYWHERE."
As one critic said "[Project X] Kinda looks like The Hangover meets Skins, filmed as Paranormal Activity. I want to see this." Check out the trailer and see what you think
Also take a peek at the WEBSITE for a full synopsis and photos and make sure to catch it in a theater near you March 2nd...because THAT guy said it!
January 20, 2012
Emphasis on smart! Its all to often people tell me "Modern Family is alright but its not hilarious". I can agree that Modern Family is not a laugh track show with horribly cliched lines which aim to squeeze every possible joke out of their **bleep**. Im not a fan of those shows and rarely do they last long these days. Gone is the era of laugh track shows, although a few have slipped through the radar undetected (I know Im hurting inside just saying that). But Modern Family is funny because it doesn't try to be [funny].
Its just a story about an ordinary family that happens to not be your average family. There is a gay caucasian male couple Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), a lawyer, and his partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) with an adopted Vietnamese baby Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). An older caucasian male, Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill), the patriarch with a hot Colombian wife Gloria (Sofía Vergara) and her son Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Jay is the father to Mitchell and Claire (Julie Bowen),an over baring daughter. Claire has a husband, Phil (Ty Burrell), who is treading the midlife crisis fence just a tad, along with their three children.
Now of course there are some stereotypical characters like the smart middle child Alex (Ariel Winter), the hot older child Haley (Sarah Hyland) and the "special" younger child Luke (Nolan Gould), but aren't stereotypes based on some truth, I mean if it didn't have some type of truth to it then would it be a stereotype? (Hmmmm)
Im sure I have bored some of you so lets bring it back around. The latest episode of Modern Family "Little Bo Bleep" was definitely a win for the franchise. I try not to give anything away but really you should be watching this show, in which case I am stating the obvious. But because I understand that some aren't, Ill say this episode had me actually laughing out loud. The brilliantly sharp line delivery by the cast really justified the jokes and made it that much funnier. And the unexpected word from Lilly just opened up a can of worms that could only be matched with an LOL.
Not to mention the ode to youtube's viral video craze. It's funny how things turn out when you try so hard to keep it together. Much like life it seems, no matter how organized you are, some things are just going to happen. That's the beauty of this show. And why I say Modern Family is definitely worth watching and my mouth just wrote that check that my **bleep** can surely cash.
BTW there will be quite a few "bleeps" in this episode so Im just getting you ready for it! So definitely make some time to catch up from season one because this show is definitely a keeper…because THAT guy said it!
Check out Modern Family's HULU page for the most recent 3 episodes if your interested!
January 19, 2012