Hey guys! Lauren here with the news that I am going to be changing things up a bit on my end. The majority of the time I try to write a review for any movie that I am watching for the first time, but as I have been going on that has been getting a little taxing. I love movies, so the reviews keep piling up, and then there are so many that I can’t watch any new things for fear that I will forget what I had to say about one of the previous.
So here is the plan: From now on I will continue writing about the stuff that is most relevant. “What does that mean?” the voice in my head asks. “Well I will tell you voice” I respond. From now on I am going to write the usual length reviews for the films that are still in theatres, the films that have recently come out on DVD/bluray (within the last month). “But Lauren! I still want to know what you think about every other movie you watch for the first time!” Well, fear not voice, I will still be writing a little blurb for those, and they will be compiled into one post at the end of the week. Like this post here (“It’s the middle of the week!” “Shut up, voice!”). Oh! And I will still be continuing my posts for comics, books (yes, someday I will start doing those), video games, etc. I figured since I spend so much more time getting through one of the latter as opposed to sitting through a 2 hour film, they might just deserve a little more of a break down. But we will see when the time comes.
Here goes nothing! [Read more...]
Nine is Rob Marshall’s return to musicals and the result is a bit unexpected but full of quality performances and entertaining musical numbers that entertain nearly from start to finish.
The film picks up ten days prior to the start date of Guido Contini’s latest and ninth film and the stars, the costumes, the sets are all booked or well under way. The only problem is that Contini has no idea, no story, and no script, just a title; Italia. It also doesn’t help that Contini has had a series of flops and is about ready to launch into a full on mid-life crisis. Juggling the many women in his life, his dead mother, muse of a star, mistress, sultry reporter, his past, his costume designer, and his wife, he searches for inspiration as we plow toward the start of production and he tries to bring this picture together.
Daniel Day Lewis stars as Contini and is marvelous in the role. Funny, frantic, fast talking and just the right amount of sleaze come out of him as he dodges questions and women searching for inspiration. Contini is in every scene of the film and his journey would make for an interesting film even without the musical numbers added in. Day Lewis does a fine job, as expected with the singing and dancing of the role and is entirely convincing as an Italian. The mid life crisis story has been done time and time again, but this one definitely holds up told through the eyes of Contini and is full of entertainment as he imagines his world through musical numbers full of sexiness and flash. [Read more...]
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is a masterpiece for the first 2/3 of the film but drags intermittently between some amazing scenes the rest of the way out, leaving it falling short of being the masterpiece it almost was.
We start off in 1898 in a sun bleached desert watching Daniel Plainview, Daniel Day Lewis in a fantastic portrayal or this menacing “Oil Man”, as he mines alone in a hole, searching for anything to help him get by. Cut forward to 1901 and Plainview is now mining for oil with a small team of men and finding moderate success after, and accident in the well the victim’s son is left orphaned with the crew and Daniel takes the boy, H.W., under his wing as his son. [Read more...]