Thursday, May 31, 2012

Horrible Bosses

This was light and fun.
Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day!
Other cast great too.

Directed by Seth Gordon
2011
HBO

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Hanna

There are some truly arresting images in this film. I felt like I was kind of watching a super fun kick ass action movie shot as an art film. This movie is kind of like Truffaut's The Wild Child about a kid raised in the woods meets The Professional. And the action was shot really well too. As much as I do like the whole Bourne franchise, I do find some of the super tight shots a bit tedious. The action in this film is shot so you can actually see what the hell is going on.

I didn't really care that so much of this film made no sense. I didn't even really care that the motivations of the characters were half baked at best. And yes, some of the eventual payoff isn't as thrilling as I would have hoped.

But ... there is so much stylish shoot-em-up fun in this film that it doesn't really matter. If the strong material of The Hunger Games had  been directed in such a manner, that movie would have been so much better.

Directed by Joe Wright
2011
HBO

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Hunger Games

This was pretty entertaining but a few weeks after seeing it, I don't remember much about it.

This is what I remember:
- some funny costumes that weren't as over-the-top as The Fifth Element's costumes

- some youngsters being killed in a not as stylish a manner as the murders in Logan's Run

- a host not as good as Richard Dawson in The Running Man

- some school kids getting killed in a not as over-the-top way as Battle Royale

- bloodlust from the crowds that was not as campy as Flash Gordon's

I definitely respect this film and the story and where it's obviously heading. Donald Sutherland's hair was spectacular. Lenny Kravitz was Kravitzlicious. Jennifer Lawrence was great. I bet the book is much better of course. If I were 15-years-old, I'm sure I'd think this movie was the shit. But I'm not 15. So I'll just give it a solid B- or so and move along.

Directed by Gary Ross
2012
34th St.