Movie review : Crazy Heart

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[ No spoilers ] For most people, if asked to name a Jeff Bridges movie, more than half would say Starman. I’ve always felt that it was his best role. Until today.

Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, a wash-up, alcoholic country singer reduced to singing in bowling alleys for chump change will go down in cinema history.

Bridges’ performance as Bad Blake has never and will never be equaled. He looks the part of a tired old man who’s seen the bottom of a shot glass too many times. He’s overweight and poorly groomed and even though his voice is still able to hold the attention of everyone in the room, you know that he was so much better when he was at the top of the charts.

I think that’s part of the magic of this movie, you know who he was before the bottle took over his life, without resorting the cheesy flashback. Maggie Gyllenhaal is great as the love interest. And what can I say about Robert Duvall as Bad’s mentor. He’s Tender Mercy all over again.

Movie review : The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
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The Lovely Bones..Ted Bundy meets What Dreams May Come. I read the book..loved it…then saw the movie…loved it also. The nearly full theater applauded at the end of the movie which is always a good sign.
I came home eager to read the latest reviews. I knew there were three possibilities:
  1. those who read the book, saw the movie and felt betrayed
  2. those who didn’t read the book, but gathered from the trailers that it was going to be a supernatural slasher/thriller and disappointed that it was neither
  3. Then folks like me who read the book, knew what to expect, and was very forgiving for a few plot holes because it was such a pretty movie
I was completely engaged throughout the movie, never felt that one point or another was being beat to death, was impressed with the acting, especially impressed with Rose McIver, her character went from age 11 to 20 and she pulled it off beautifully, not with a change in hair and makeup, but with her attitude. Stanley Tucci was Oscar worthy, one of the creepiest villains ever.
Marky Mark Wahlberg fortunately didn’t have to do much but look sad and angry, same for Rachel Weisz. Saoirse Ronan was perfect for the role of the murdered teenager. We saw her as an innocent young girl, waiting for that first kiss, then as an angry confused murder victim wanting to exact revenge on her killer. But finding that it was more important to help her earth-bound family cope with her death.
Peter Jackson did a beautiful job of not only allowing us to feel her wide range of emotions but to see the emotions through some pretty spectacular landscapes straight out of a Maxfield Parrish painting. Even the cold desolate landscapes revealing her anger showing us the dead corn field and crumbling gazebo were breathtaking.
My only complaint: Susan Sarandon should have been given a much larger role, she was fantastic.

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Movie review : Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

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I have loved Alvin and the Chimpmunks since they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the late 50’s. Yes they are that old, so that should tell you something about their ageless appeal.

I didn’t find this sequel quite as funny as the first one, but it was just as charming. Plus it introduces the Chipettes, three chipmunk girls. They are sweet.

This movie is for the kindergarten set, however, I did hear the parents chuckling as loudly as their children at some of the scenes. And the children did laugh A LOT.

So after you’ve dragged the kiddies through the mall looking for that last minute gift, take them to see The Chipmunks, it’s a nice Christmas treat.

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Movie review : Amelia

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No one but Hilary Swank could have made this movie. Not only is she one of the finest actresses today but she LOOKS so much like Amelia, it’s almost spooky. Her preformance was beyond great. Yes, yes…Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor were very good along with Christopher Eccleston, but she could still have made this movie unforgetable if the above actors were replaced with Moe,Larry and Curly.

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Movie review : The Time Traveler’s Wife

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When I go to the movies I like to sit back, relax, eat popcorn and wash it down with that monster diet soda, especially now that I don’t have to worry about missing key parts of the movie while making a trip or two to the ladies room. (RunPee.com). The Time Travelers Wife is not a movie that allows one to do that. Even though it’s a nice love story, it is confusing. I spent way too time tying to figure out if Henry,the time traveler, was the Henry of the past or the future. However, I did enjoy the scenery and Eric Bana was easy on the eyes.

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Movie review : Bruno

Bruno is funny, crass and explicit. And pokes fun at just about everyone and everything in Hollywood. That alone makes it worth seeing. The swinger’s party, near the end, is possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in a movie. If you just want a good laugh, go see Bruno.

If you’re offended by onscreen sex, nudity and foul language, or if the thought of seeing two men kissing makes you queasy, then do not see this movie… go see Ice Age instead.

Note from polyGeek: my mother, who did this review, is a big fan of South Park and Family Guy. She commented to me that Bruno is sort of like an uncensored version of those shows.

She also said that she thought this was one of the funniest movies she had ever seen and in the next breath said, “And you probably wouldn’t like it.” Not sure what that says about me. 🙂

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Movie Review: My Life in Ruins

I’ve been packing like crazy, getting ready to make a big move and needed just a couple of hours to escape from the boxes and piles of stuff I hadn’t seen for years….My Life in Ruins is the perfect escape. There’s humor, tiny bit of drama and beautiful scenery. Nia Vardalos as Georgia, was very much like her character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, (which is not a bad thing. ) We see Georgia change from being a frustrated tour guide to a charming, caring beautiful woman, over a four day tourist excursion. Richard Dryfus provided great comic relief and also a very touching, poignant moment at the beach. My Life in Ruins is the perfect get-away. If you can’t go to Greece, let Greece come to you at your local theater.

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Movie Review : Land of the Lost

If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell, this movie won’t disappoint you. He does what he does best – slap-stick humor. I did find myself laughing out loud a few times.

A word to the parents that are not Will Ferrell fans: if you can safely drop off your pre-teen/teenager at the movies and go shopping, please do so. And don’t worry about the kiddies seeing something shocking…Most everything in this movie can be seen on television. Lots of slime, spit and urine being tossed about. The kids will love it. I can’t say anything bad about Land of the Lost. You’ll be entertained and the final scene with Matt Lauer is priceless…..

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Review: Year One

Parents, are you uncomfortable sitting through a Cialis commercial with your preteen, dreading to hear the words “erectile dysfunction” and waiting for you kid to ask you, “what is an erection and why do you need to see a doctor if it lasts more than four hours?”…

If the answer is yes, don’t go see this movie with your youngster. I’m not saying don’t see the movie. DO see this movie – just not with your kid. It’s a hysterically funny parody of the Old Testament with some great lines delivered by some great characters; there’s poop and urine humor, some hints of bestiality, and of course gay humor. Part of the story takes place in Sodom and you can imagine the fun the writers had with that scenario.

I saw Year One at the first showing and was amazed to see the number of kids under 13. A mother with four young boys sat in front of me. The kids laughed all the way through the movie. The mother did not…

Go see it with a friend or your spouse – not your kid! 🙂

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