Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cranberry + Vodka and movies, why not?


Went down to Quaker State to watch the Steelers/Dolphins game with some good friends. Here's me polishing off lucky number four. Sexy ain't it?

I've been meaning to write some movie reviews these past couple of months, but I have so not been in the mood. So here's some quickies:  

The Social Network: I really do not get the overwhelming hype with this one. Is it a good movie? Yes. Is it a four star/A+ film? Not even close. The dialogue, direction, and acting is all on point but Aaron Sorkin completely flubs when it comes to characterization. Zuckerberg comes off as a one-note caricature, absolutely no attempt to humanize him or make him believable. Not that the lead character of a film has to be likable, but there has to be something there for me to follow this character for two hours. I will give Eisenberg credit though, he took that one note and ran with it. Andrew Garfield was the standout for me though (he held the film together IMO) and Armie Hammer was a complete hoot in his dual role. The twin effects in the film are SEAMLESS. Close but no cigar David Fincher!

Easy A: It seems every decade a female driven teenage comedy comes along that absolutely slays. In the 80's it was Heathers, in the 90's it was Clueless and in the 00's it was Mean Girls. It's a little early in the teens to say this is the definitive one, but it's in the running. I love little movies like this that come along and surprise you. It's way smarter than it needs to be and the cast is ace, from Emma Stone (the girls a charmer!) to even the smallest of the supporting cast. Amanda Bynes does hit a few false notes, it's almost like she's in a completely different movie. And Diablo Cody take note! This is how you write teenage dialogue that's witty and not ridiculous and annoying.

The Town: Did I miss something or is this the second decent film Ben Affleck has directed in a row? Color me surprised! And on top of that he actually gives a really strong performance. Boston accents, sexy tracksuits, crazy Jeremy Renner, white trash Blake Lively, blown off dick... all in all an entertaining little heist film/drama. The only fumble is the ending, which rings completely false. After all of this, he moves to Florida and grows a beard? WTF? This film had only one way to logically end and Affleck was too chicken to take it there. But outside of that, it was engaging and well-directed, especially the car chases and the robberies.

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