Your Choice Friday (Week 3)

 

This week has movies that Netflix has on my Top Picks list. I honestly haven’t heard much about any of these movies and I’m going to keep it that way until I have to sit down and watch whatever you guys pick. This week, like the last two weeks is sure to be fun for all.

InAPPropriate Comedy Review

This review contains strong language.

Why did this movie win? Why did I have to watch it? I don’t know, but it was fucking torture. Because it’s so painful to write about it, this review will be very short and not so sweet. The acting was terrible. Having already seen The Amazing Racist on YouTube, what was arguably the most funny part of the movie was spoiled for me. While it’s not hilarious, this part of the movie is the most laugh worthy. Flirty Harry was decent, but like everything else in the movie, it needed better writing for it to be more than sub par. Pretty much all the skits felt like they were written prior to 2007. Blackass? Seriously a Jackass joke is the dumbest thing to have in a recent movie. Fuck, this was terrible. If I have to give this a score, it’s a .5 out of 5. So bad, avoid at all costs.

Your Choice Friday (Week 2)

This week is movies that I have no intention on ever watching. Last week was classics and good/decent movies that I planned on someday seeing, but this week I don’t think I will watch any of these movies without your vote. Take This Waltz, while sounding interesting, seems like it would be a snoozefest, which is what has deterred me for the longest time. Greenberg is similar, I’ve heard it’s boring and I am not a fan of boring. Tonight You’re Mine sounds interesting enough, but I have not read any reviews and Netflix is sure I won’t be a fan. inAppropriate Comedy is self-explanatory, it’s a terrible movie that you would only vote for if you had a deep-seeded hatred for me. :D No matter what your opinion is on marijuana, I think everyone can agree that Reefer Madness is completely off on its display of marijuana’s effects, for that reason I never hope to watch it, unless you vote for it here.

Taxi Driver Review

Taxi_Driver_posterHaving received the most votes for Your Choice Friday, I was ecstatic to know that I would be watching and reviewing what is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Taxi Driver follows Robert De Niro as a taxi driver quickly going crazy. Working long hours and little to no social life contribute to his downward spiral as his insanity rises. With this insanity, he becomes volatile and purchases more handguns than reasonable.

De Niro is clearly the standout of this movie as it is still one of his most talked about performances. The believe-ability of his performance is utterly haunting. While De Niro is not the best actor today, this performance trumps most given by actors in this era. While the movie is mainly a solo act by De Niro, the supporting roles filled by Peter Boyle and Jodie Foster are especially strong, as well as Harvey Keitel. The late, great Peter Boyle never really got the proper recognition when he lived, but his skill was always evident and this film is no different. Foster does well as the 12-year-old prostitute and same can be said for Keitel, who plays her pimp. Both roles are very believable and there isn’t anyone else who could have played those roles as well.

The movie isn’t for everyone, with quite a few “boring” scenes and the subject matter, not everyone will love it. The movie, however, tells a complex story that I fell in love with. I’m so glad to have seen it and regret not watching it a lot sooner.

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Last full day to vote on Your Choice Friday!

Hey everyone, the first weekly “Your Choice Friday” is coming to an end early tomorrow. If you haven’t voted, let your anonymous voice be heard! Next week will be filled with movies I have no desire to watch, so I’m excited, but I can’t wait to see what I have to watch this weekend.

Hugo (Re-Review)

hugo-movie-theaterFor being one of my favorite movies, my earlier Hugo review is among one of my least popular posts on this site. Re-reading the old review, I can see why. For being one of my favorite movies, it sure could use a better review.

Visually, the film is just mind-blowingly gorgeous, with certain colors, typically shades of blue, popping in any given scene. This creates a beautiful contrast. The use of lighting is worth applauding and  the costumes range from colorful to drab, which allows for easy layers in character status. Most importantly, the special effects are wonderful. Visually, this could be one of the best movies of the last decade.

Now, the most beautiful visual experience could me nothing if the acting is horrible. Luckily, each lead gives amazing and dramatic performances. Asa Butterfield plays Hugo, a boy who has experienced so much pain in his short life. Each line he delivers is done with such effortless perfection that you forget that you are watching a movie. Ben Kingsley is perfectly cast and there is very little to complain about his performance. Chloe Grace Moretz plays Hugo’s one and only friend and does a flawless job at that. I must say, though, this is the first time I’ve seen the actress in a role where she isn’t killing people or calling people less than desirable names. I must say it was nice to see her act in a non-violent movie. The biggest surprise, however, was Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave. He was funny, dramatic and you couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. Three things I’ve never said about him…

Hugo Police manThe movie progresses very well, with Hugo sort of growing up and realizing things throughout the film. There wasn’t really a boring scene in this film, well unless you were expecting an action-filled experience. The major problem I had was that the trailers portrayed it as something it wasn’t. Based on the trailers, it was an epic film involving kids and robots, not a child’s imagination and perseverance through one of the toughest times in his life.

The film is a beautiful love letter to classic cinema and Martin Scorsese directs this flawlessly. He’s one of the great directors of the era and this film is no different from his earlier films. Well it is different in that it’s not hyper-violent or filled with swearing, but you get my point. All his films are wonderful and I love them all.

If you have not watched this movie, change that. Watch it. You may not like it as much as I do, but you may end up liking it more.

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