Monday, October 31, 2011

Friends with Benefits: Movie Review

Insulting romantic comedies, its fans, and everything else.

The thing about ‘Friends with Benefits” is that you have, in fact, seen it before. Not in the generic way the film implies that all romantic comedies are the same. But this exact movie was released earlier this year with the title “No Strings Attached”. And what’s worse is that vapid, uninspired, Hollywood-love-fest original is actually better.2011

Directed by: Will Gluck

Screenplay by: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Will Gluck and Harley Peyton

Starring: Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake

Friday, October 21, 2011

Red State: Movie Review


This is the stuff that nightmares are made of.

“Red State” is a horror the way “Jesus Camp” (the 2006 documentary) is a horror; not in the way Hollywood makes horror movies. It’s actually scary. It’s scary because these people exist and events like the fictional ones portrayed here have occurred and there’s no reason they won’t occur again. I’m assuming Kevin Smith had nightmares for years and to try and right his world, he had to tell this story. 2011

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Screenplay by: Kevin Smith

Starring: Michael Parks and John Goodman

Monday, October 17, 2011

50/50: Movie Review

The mostly weird, but the funny and the beautiful of the comedy of cancer.

“50/50” takes the dying-of-cancer genre and mixes it with the crass-and-crude comedy genre. The result is a film which is half-touching and half-funny, and only barely adds up to a whole. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made a career out of playing the nice guy with the simple and subtle reactions, usually in light comedies, but as 27 year-old Adam there was a bit too much of the nice and light.2011

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Screenplay by: Will Reiser

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Entitled: Movie Review


Rich kids, poor kids, their parents, and all their attitudes locked in a house.

A group of under-privileged kids starving for money and attention; a group of over-privileged kids starving for action and attention; a group of over-privileged adults trying to be content with their current state of life. That’s “The Entitled.” One group wants what the others have and the others just plain want. If you want an intelligent, thought-out thriller, you’ve got it. 2011

Directed by: Aaron Woodley

Screenplay by: William Morrissey

Starring: Kevin Zegers and Ray Liotta

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Restless: Movie Review


A story about a boy who meets death, then a girl, and then love.

“Restless” is the story of a boy who is restless with the living side of life and a girl, also restless with the living side of life since she just wants to get on with her own impending death. Enoch (Henry Hopper) is more interested in death since death claimed the lives of his parents and the life he once knew. Annabel (Mia Wasikowska) is a terminally ill cancer patient and instead of fighting her illness, is content living her final days studying nature. Until they met each other.2011

Directed by: Gus van Sant

Screenplay by: Jason Lew

Starring: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Schuyler Fisk and Ryo Kase

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Ides of March: Movie Review


The games people play to get ahead, not necessarily in politics, but within themselves.
George Clooney is running for President. Well, I mean, in “The Ides of March,” as Governor Mike Morris, he’s running for the Democratic Presidential nomination. He’s the good guy and his opponent is the bad guy. Because that’s how it is supposed to be, right? The opponent’s campaign manager is played by the ever shady Paul Giamatti, while Morris’ campaign is run by the young, handsome idealist Stephen (Ryan Gosling).

Directed by: George Clooney

Screenplay by: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon
Based on the play by Beau Willimon

Starring: George Clooney and Ryan Gosling

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Moneyball: Movie Review

More than a game of numbers.

It has long been said that professional sports are more a game of politics than an actual game. The MLB is not just a game of money, but here, it’s a game of numbers versus a game of people. It's callousness at its highest when general managers trade away people as objects with little regard for them or their family. Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland As, seems to take that even further, treating people as if they are only numbers, and yet there was something refreshing and humanistic about the whole thing.2011

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Screenplay by: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book by Michael Lewis

Starring: Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill