Trailer: Red (2010)

•June 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I know it looks like there’s a senior citizen/Morgan Freeman theme going on here but this is TRULY coincidence. Definitely seeing this one when it comes out!

…2010 just got a little more interesting.

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Random Pic: “Why Dude?! Why?!”

•June 28, 2010 • 1 Comment

I was sitting and having a think when I randomly remembered a movie that probably isn’t worth the reel it was shot on – Dreamcatcher. All I can say is Woooooow!!! I honestly forgot all about Morgan Freeman’s HORRENDOUS getup in Dreamcatcher. I can’t decide what was worse – Morgan Freeman’s Master Splinter meets Trey from Boyz-N-The Hood look or the movie itself. Either, or…TERRRRIBLE, just TERRRRIBLE.

Review: Date Night (2010)

•June 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Being a HUGE Steve Carrell (he’s hilarious in the US version of The Office), I had been excited about this project since I heard about it. The involvement of Tina Fey on the other hand had me in doubt a little considering that her last big screen outing, 2008’s Baby Mama was pretty average. She is good in 30 Rock, though. With that being said, Date Night definitely made for a good watch. It follows The Fosters, a middle aged couple with kids, who’s marriage has fizzled out and fallen into being routine..one tradition which includes a date night, at the same restaurant. Out of desperation to save their marriage they decide to try out a new upscale restaurant…and CUE one hell of a night, involving mistaken identity, the “King of Siam”, a running gag which involves a shirtless Mark Wahlberg, car chases, the most ridiculous dance scene caught on film since Jean Reno and Steve Martin twirling around in curtain bodysuits in The Pink Panther. Steve Carrell and Tiny Fey are great as The Fosters but Steve Carrell steals the spotlight and manages to be one of the most lovable bumbling idiots cinema has had to offer in a while. Tiny Fey’s passive delivery helps to emphasize the boredom and stress the couple is experiencing but it also tends to make her performance seem force…sorta like she couldn’t be bothered to deliver her lines. Date Night may not be one for the comedy hall of fame, but its a great way to spend over an hour of your time – Laughs guaranteed. Date Night may just be the thing to spice up your very own “Date Night”.

PHAMometer Reading: 75°C

Review: Harry Brown (2009)

•June 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

In an era where every heroes tend to be less Steve McQueen and more Justin Timberlake, film with Michael Caine as a vigilante may not be appealing for 2 reasons:

1. He’s OLD (No, I’m not ageist..just don’t know too many people who want to see someone their grandpa’s age doing cartwheels and kicking in doors).

2. Gran Torino, the 2008 Drama starring Clint Eastwood as an aged vigilante who shows the “youngsters” that he’s still got it.

Although Harry Brown may seem similar to Gran Torino in some ways it’s actually great film that stands on its own and gives viewers a chance to experience the gritty side of Britain through the eyes of Harry Brown, a widowed veteran who’s descent into violence is fueled by the murder of a friend at the hands of a local gang. Michael Caine plays the part of Harry Brown very well. Managing to switch between being tough as nails to fragile when scenes require.

Emily Mortimer appears as a detective, who becomes fond of Harry while investigating the path of destruction left behind by Harry and the gang. Another highlight of the film is it’s soundtrack, which boasts big beats from the UK Hip-Hop/Grime scene (British musician, Plan B has a role in the film as Noel Winter, the main antagonist). If you’re looking for a film that provides a balance between powerful performances and thrills, look no further than Harry Brown. Michael Caine definitely gets a seat at the “cool kids’ table” with this one.

PHAMometer Reading: 90°C

…”The Return”

•June 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Due to the heavy workload from University, I kind of went AWOL for a while there. MY BAD! – I’m back now, and I’ll be posting a couple of reviews REAL SOON.

Pham

Review: Iron Man 2 (2010)

•May 24, 2010 • 4 Comments

Seeing as the summer is almost here, Hollywood has already began to unleash it’s onslaught  of certified moneymakers into cinemas. At the front of the pack stands Iron Man 2. Armored with a bigger budget it manages to deliver more polished doses of its predecessor’s explosive metal mayhem. It’s special effects are truly what every fanboy’s dreams are made of and there’s no doubt it is one’s money’s worth if it’s thrill they seek.

On the  downside, these thrills are not seen frequently due to the clunky plot Iron Man 2 brings with it. Instead one is subjected to a jumbled up plot and one liners that don’t fly over most times and are sure to leave viewers fighting to stay awake till the next action scene. The  aforementioned bigger budget also allows for an all star cast this time around – bringing with it pros and cons.

On the pros’ side, Scarlett Johannson is rather impressive as the feisty Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Don Cheadle replaces Terrance Howard as Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine, and puts in a far more memorable performance that easily makes you forget about Terrence Howard and his trademark mumbled line delivery. Samuel L. Jackson who is not “exactly” new to the franchise (please tell me you’ve already seen the post credits ending of the first Iron Man) returns as Agent Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. and manages to deliver most of the one liners that do land. The lead, Robert Downey Jr. comes back with his zany take on eccentric multi-millionaire, Tony Stark/Iron Man. Pretty much the same performance from the first film, but do we mind? NO! – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts is also back and the chemistry between her and Stark is one of the elements that gives the flick life.

On the cons’ side, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash makes for a rather flat and forgettable villain I appreciate the enthusiasm. THUMBS UP FOR LEARNING TO SPEAK RUSSIAN, BUDDY! and Sam Rockwell, who happens to be a great actor in my opinion seems to be channeling a televangelist rather than Iron Man’s all time rival, Justin Hammer.

All in all, Iron Man 2 is not the worst of the worst but it certainly doesn’t live up to the hype but what it lacks in a plot, it makes up for with a series of awesome gunfights and epic explosions. If you’re looking to feed your appetite for destruction, then Iron Man 2 is certainly a feast.

PHAMometer Reading: 68°C

Trailer: A-Team (2010)

•May 5, 2010 • 1 Comment

I’ve seen this trailer  a couple of times at the movies lately, so I thought I’d give my opinion on it.

Being a fan of the original series, I’m honestly NOT looking forward to this.

The series had some corniness to it and that’s what made it appealing, but this 2010 movie update that stands in its place appears to be nothing more than a heartless summer box office cash cow.  Liam Neeson seems to be channeling Sean Connery rather than Hannibal and Rampage Jackson’s take on BA Baracus seems dull and uninspired but on the upside, at least he doesn’t seem to be delivering his lines in a “Mr. T” like fashion – now that would be foolery of the highest order. I’ve never liked Bradley Cooper in anything other than The Hangover but I must admit him as Faceman was a good casting call and Sharlto Copley of “District 9” fame makes for a promising Murdock. These 2 appear to be this flick’s only glimmer of hope. All in all, this looks like it’s going to be as exciting as owning a different colour flannel shirt for each day of the week.

Meh, I’m just sayin’…

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