A movie I was pretty excited for, James Franco looking ridiculous, spring break which normally promises fun and some laughs, it seemed like it was going to be a good time. Then enter Harmony Korine, I’m putting the blame on him because this movie was such a mess I don’t see where I could put anywhere else. Random flashbacks or intercut scenes with other scenes that have nothing to do with anything. The first half of the movie didn’t even have a plot; it was just randomly intercut scenes. Once the director remembered he was supposed to be making a movie this is what he came up with. Three collage girls decide they’re entitled to go to spring break but they don’t have enough money so they rob a restaurant. Off to spring break they go now that they’ve got cash. While there they party hard and end up getting arrested (unrelated to the robbery which they got off scott free from), “Alien” (James Franco) bails them out of jail and they live with him. He’s a wanna be rapper and gangster so they get caught up in his feud he’s having with another gangster in town. The plot sounds much better than it is. There were literally only three things I can say that weren’t awful about this movie. James Franco was pretty good at what he was doing, there’s plenty of nudity and TNA wrestler Jeff Jarrett is in the movie for a few minutes, and that made me laugh. This is without a doubt the worst movie I’ve seen so far this year.
Ben Affleck is a brilliant director. I haven’t been ready to call him that in the past, though I’ve enjoyed all the movies he’s directed a lot but now I think he’s hit all of the movies he’s done 100% out of the park he’s got the steak going where I can confirm he’s got tons of talent behind the camera. Argo is the story of six Americans that were in hiding in Iran after the American embassy was overrun and everyone was taken hostage, these six were able to escape, hid out in the Canadian ambassador’s hosue but were still stuck in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. A plan was hatched by Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to get the six out of the country by having them pose as a film crew for a fake movie. Besides the movie having Ben Affleck, it’s also got Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin to name a few. With this great cast, awesome story and great director how could it fail? In short, it doesn’t. I had pretty high hopes for this movie and it exceeded all of them. This is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year, it rates seriously high on my list (currently at the number two spot) and is by far the most intense, suspenseful movie I’ve seen all year…and that’s with me going in already knowing how this story ends. I can’t say enough good things about this movie, it’s a must see for 2012, seriously, don’t fuck up, go see it.
Denzel Washington is a pilot with a drinking problem, it just so happens on this morning when he gets up he’s set to fly a plane that has some mechanical problems. It isn’t too long before they’re in deep shit and the plane goes down, Whip (Denzel) pulls some miracle stuff and saves most of the people on the flight but while in the hospital it’s discovered he’s got alcohol in his system. Now not only is he fighting for his privacy after the crash and battling his problems with booze but he’s possibly facing jail time too. If you’ve seen the previews for the movie, it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect. It’s a pretty good movie though not quite as great as I was expecting. Denzel Washington does a fine job as always and there’s a good story to follow. If anything the only negative thing I can say about this is John Goodman didn’t get enough screen time. He’s one of the best characters in the movie and he’s only in like two scenes. Besides that though it’s got a lot of really good stuff in it. If you’re looking for a good movie with a good story to it check out Flight.
First off I’d like to say Brad Pitt’s name may be top billing but in my mind the real star of this is director Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) this is one of the best directed movies I’ve seen this year and t here are some shots in here that are just beautiful. This movie didn’t have a large cast, it had a fair amount of people in it but the whole thing just seemed very close quarters, I can only think of one scene where there were really more than 3 people in it and even that the others were mostly just filler. This gives the movie a bit of a claustrophobic feel to it, one that I liked a lot. Brad Pitt is a total badass in this movie; he’s a hitman that’s called in the take care of a few people that pulled a job on a big backroom poker game. He’s one of the ultimate cool guy hitmen of movies in this role; it may be my favorite roll of his sense Tyler Durden. There was one thing that took a bit of getting use to, the sheer volume of political stuff in this movie, there’s very few parts where a speech or a video isn’t playing somewhere at first it’s hard to swallow but eventually you get use to it. There’s also a ton of dialogue in the movie, at times it felt like a Tarantino film, it’s pretty staggering but pretty great. One thing I can see a lot of people not digging is the ending, I won’t give it away but I’m guessing a lot of people will be pissy about it, but personally I loved it, I’ll even go as far as to say it was my favorite movie ending of the year. Really the whole movie was great, a simple but compelling story, the right amount of violence too, everything was pretty fucking great. If you’re not squeamish when it comes to a bit of violence to check out Killing Them Softly.
Lincoln seemed to be Steven Spielberg’s comeback to directing great movies, I wouldn’t say it succeeded as the amazing piece of film that I had hoped it would be, but it was pretty good. There were some flashes of greatness in the movie; James Spader, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes and Michael Stuhlbarg were all great. Lincoln was an amazingly charismatic guy in the movie, he had some great stories and Lincoln had jokes too, though I guess it helped that he was played by Daniel Day-Lewis. And my god, what an amazing job Daniel Day-Lewis did. Lincoln wasn’t the best movie of the year but Daniel Day-Lewis by far played the best role of the year, he was simply amazing as Abraham Lincoln. I don’t think they could have done a better job casting that role (though I do find it kind of Ironic that a British actor is playing one of the most iconic presidents the United States of America has ever had). Though from these points the movie kind of goes downhill, Sally Field and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in this, they weren’t bad, though it wasn’t their best work. As much as I like historical movies it did kind of seem to drag at points, time could have been cut out of this movie for sure. Though the biggest thing that annoyed me was the focus of the movie. It was called Lincoln but it was really about the thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlaws slavery. If you wanted to focus on that, that’s fine but don’t trick me into thinking I’m seeing a movie about Lincoln. Even worse the movie made it seem like the Civil War was being fought over this Amendment, anybody that knows US history knows that slavery was not the main cause of the Civil War, yet nothing else was even mentioned in the movie. Historical inaccuracies aside it was a pretty decent movie. If you like period piece about the US you’ll get some enjoyment out of it.
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