22 December, 2010

Easy A

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13 for, "Mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material."
Staring; Emma Stone and Penn Badgley.
Released; 17Th of September, 2010.
Genre; Comedy, Romance.

Olive (Emma Stone) didn't want to go with her friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) and her hippie parents camping so she made up the excuse of having a date. When they returned to school Monday Rhiannon quizzed her about her date, and finally came to the conclusion that she must have slept with her date, and lost her virginity, not wanting to tell her friend that really she just didn't want to go camping and none of that happened, she let her friend believe what she wanted. Marianne (Amanda Bynes)overheard and spread the rumor. Olive was then approached by her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) who was being made fun of because he was homosexual, so he asked Olive if she would pretend to sleep with him so that people would think he was straight. So at a party they went into another room and pretended to be drunk, and leave every one to speculation. This started a whole line up of people who want to be thought of better, asking to have pretended to do different things with Olive, in return she was given gifts. She was branded with some harsh labels, so she thought she would try and live up to them, at least on the out side. She found out many things she didn't want to know, and was blamed for things she didn't do. Through all this there was one person who never believed her, not even for a minute, it was her first almost-kiss Woodchuck (Penn Badgley) Todd. After so much had happened she couldn't take it any longer, it was time for her to tell the truth, since no one else would. She opened a live web cast, and told her whole story, start to finish.

My Review;
Honestly I wasn't a fan. It had it's funny moments, but not enough to get past all the rest of the boring parts. I liked the parts with Olive and Woodchuck Todd, and how she got people to watch her web cast, but that's about it. It was to much like just another teen movie. I really was just bored, I thought the people who edited the scenes didn't do the best of job. There were so many times when a scene should have been longer or shorter, and that goes allot to how people like it, they needed to do a better job of keeping people's attention. And the song "I gotta a pocket full of sunshine..." really does get stuck in your head, I did enjoy how that singing card scene was put together.

To sum it up, I just didn't like it.

The Other Boleyn Girl

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating: PG-13 for, "mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images"
Staring: Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
Released: 29Th of February, 2008.
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, History.

As most already know the story I will keep this brief. This is the story of the other Boleyn girl, the sister of Mary Boleyn who married King Henry VIII. This is about a sisters betrayal, as you probably already know. This is the true story of Anne and Mary Boleyn and King Henry VIII.

My Review:
It was alright, as most historical movies there are inconsistencies with what actually happened, but they are basically true. I was fond of the costumes, quality of cinematography, though I wasn't very happy with how the story was written for the film. I thought Natalie Portman and Eric Bana were cast well, though I thought that Scarlet Johansson wasn't the best choice for Mary Boleyn. As I said it was alright, but not great. Certainly not in top movie list.

To sum it up, it was okay.

17 December, 2010

The Box

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13 for, "Thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images."
Staring; James Marsden and Cameron Diaz.
Released; 6Th of November, 2009.
Genre;Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery.

One morning Arthur (James Marsden) Lewis and his wife Norma (Cameron Diaz) Lewis received a box, with this box came a set of instructions that a man named Arlington (Frank Langella) Steward would come and give them an offer. Mr. Stewart comes and tells them that if they open the box and press the button that they will receive one million dollars, that they could sure use, but if they press the button some one, who they don't know, will die. He gave them 24 hours, and just before he arrived Norma pressed the button. Some one died. After they pressed the button they felt that killing someone was not the bast way to get a million dollars, so they attempted to find out about this Mr.Stewart, but first he found out about them. He told them to stop digging, or else. They didn't stop, a series of interesting events unfolded and it came to this, he took their son, they had a decision to make. Mr.Stewart had made their son def and blind, they had two options, the first that they could keep the million dollars and try and live their life with a def and blind son, or Arthur could kill his wife and their son would return to normal. They talked, and chose the latter. He son was returned to health, and he was taken away by the police, and Mr. Stewart told him that they would be taken care of. And the offer was given to the next person, a person they don't know.

My Review;
I would first like to apologize for what the length of this review will be. You see, I have a very strong opinion about this and let me tell you why, but before I do let me say a few, more technical, things. The filming was beautiful, the timing and the lighting, at moments I wish I could give the cinematographers a high five. Also I think Richard Kelley did a good job as director on the film as a whole. The acting was good, all very convincing characters, but the making or quality of the movie itself isn't where I have the problem. It is the inside of the movie, it is the hidden messages and it's the mistakes that I think were made.
I believe that Mr.Stewart was possessed, I think that when he was struck by lightning an alien entered into his mind and/or body, and that it had to do with the research they were doing in trying to find life on Mars. I think that the box was a test, the aliens were seeing if earth was worth it, if the people of earth were good enough to keep or if the evil had overcome to much and it should be destroyed, I believe what I have said was strongly hinted at in the movie. I also believe that it's not the pressing of the button that makes the last person kill, but rather when some one chooses to kill, the other couple was forced to press the button. The choices were passed on to the next family. I think that no one has been smart enough yet to not kill to help their child, to stop the cycle. One thing that I think is funny is that Arthur and Norma's son isn't even dead, he's just def and blind, has no one heard of Helen Keller, she did amazing things.
I think that if Arthur had not shot Norma that maybe the next couple would never have pressed the button, and maybe their son would have even been returned to health, because the aliens would see that they are worthy, that humans are moral and loving. But I think that because he did chose to go the way of situational ethics and shoot his wife, that he just brought the whole earth one step closer to destruction. I think that maybe even the whole chain could have been reversed, and all those people who made the wrong decisions would be returned to how they were before, maybe they wouldn't remember a thing, or maybe it would be like a dream. But he did kill his wife.
Through out the film I kept hoping it would change and the right thing would happen, but as the end got closer and closer it seemed more and more like the movie that I had waited quite some time to watch, was going to be a movie I hated. I went into the movie excited and left it angry.

To sum it up, it was an awful movie.

Charlie St.Cloud

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13 for, "Language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality."
Staring; Zac Efron, and Amanda Crew.
Released; 30Th of July, 2010.
Genre; Romance, Fantasy, Drama.

Charlie (Zac Efron) St.Cloud is a sailboat racer, along with his little brother Sam (Charlie Tahan). Charlie got a sailing scholarship to a very prestigious school, but before he left he promised Sam that they would practice baseball every day at the cannon sound, in the Forest near their house. He had bold plans for the future, but everything is stopped when Charlie and his little brother get into an car accident, that killed Sam. Charlie quit sailing, put his boat away and never took it out. He lived near the Forrest along the beach, and worked at the cemetery. It had been a few years and Charlie still went out every night and played baseball with his brother, until he saw a girl he had once sailed against, she was now preparing to sail in a very long competition, her and Charlie fell in love. They had wonderful times together, until Tess (Amanda Crew) Carroll was reported missing, and Charlie found that he had been in love with a ghost, he just didn't know. But somehow, though every one thought Tess had died he knew she wasn't he knew where she was headed, he took off sailing after her, he missed a game with his brother, but it was time, his brother knew that. once Charlie found the ship he jumped in after her, he finally found her body washed up on some rocks, he lied next to her he held her to try and keep her from dying, search crews found them at the edge of their life's, but they were saved. After they got out of the hospital, Charlie and Tess talked, Tess said she had dreamed of Charlie, they did things together and she was scared of him because the dreams were so vivid, like it all really happened. Charlie told her it wasn't a dream he proved it to her. She asked Charlie if he would go with her, if he would sail on her race with her, he said yes.

My Review;
So, I loved this movie. It was filled with beautiful scenery, and wonderful shots. I think Zac Efron really showed a set of skills we haven't seen before. It made my "Ultimate Movie List", it was great. And it was honestly pretty clean, it had a few sexual references, a little bit of language. It had some really intense parts, I wouldn't recommend for people who have trouble with death, near death, and strong emotion. Some of the moments were really unexpected and I loved them. You could call it a 'tear jerker', but it was great.

To sum it up, go watch it.