It's Christopher Nolan's Birthday!


It's been a LONG time since I've done one of my "birthday posts." I don't even want to look through my archives to see when the last one was, it will just be embarrassing. I haven't got to see as many new movies as I usually do these past weeks and I am in need of some content. Luckily it happens to be one of my all time favorite director's birthdays...

Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan!


1) My favorite film: The Dark Knight. After viewing the brilliant Dark Knight Rises last week, it took me awhile to decide which one I liked better. I'm going to have to go with this one. Batman Begins was good, but his follow up was fantastic. It's rare that sequels one up the original and this film had everything going for it. Great story, intense action, one hell of a villain, magic tricks, (Do you want to see me make this pencil disappear?) phenomenal score, and it never slowed down. Crafted to perfection all around.


2) My least favorite: Insomnia. The Words "Christopher Nolan" and "least favorite" don't really go hand in hand in my opinion, but since I have to pick one, I'll go with Insomnia. Maybe it's because Nolan didn't write it himself, it's quite lackluster compared to the rest of his work.


3) Most bizarre/fun/random film: Inception. "Bizarre" describes Nolan's Inception well. Inception was my favorite movie of 2010 and for good reason. Nolan takes us deep within his world, through the layers and layers, and when we're finished all we can do is sit back and say "wow." I remember reading a Tweet that said "My mind is walking bow-legged cause Christopher Nolan fucked it so hard." That sums this film up perfectly.


4) Most Underrated: The Prestige. I'm sure a lot of you thought I would say Memento. I considered it, but when I think about it, EVERY Nolan fan mentions Memento right away as being one of the best, but not everyone brings up The Prestige. This was a great film. I saw it around the same time I saw The Illusionist and The Prestige wiped the floor with it. It was a great metaphor for the film itself, The Prestige, like the third act, was amazing and like nothing I've ever seen.



5) Film to see: Following. I've never seen the full film, and I just recently read a review on it that reminded me to finish it. Thankfully it's on Netflix Instant.

What are your favorite Nolan films?

Indie Gems: The Squid and the Whale

Joint custody sucks.

Professor Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels) and his writer wife, Joan (Laura Linney) have recently separated. They're children, Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Cline) feel obligated to take sides in their parent's feud. It doesn't help that Bernard is selfish and sets his standards quite high. That and he let's one of his beautiful students, Lili (Anna Paquin) live with him and his boys. It also doesn't help that Joan is unfaithful and has trouble connecting with her older son while her younger son begins to act out in dramatic ways.


I have to point out that Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin played father in daughter nine years earlier in Fly Away Home, now they are playing lovers. It's kind of funny how that works out. That aside, the thing I liked the most about The Squid and the Whale is that is showed that side of divorce that is completely annoying. Joint custody, always having to plan time to see both parents separately, as a person from a divorced household, I get that. I also think the film did a great job of showing how divorce can affect a child's emotions. There were plenty of times where Frank's scenes could've been over the top, but they were done subtly and actually worked. I remember being a bit shocked during a scene in the library when I saw this film in theaters, but now that I think about it. It probably happens more than we are aware.

The acting in the film is top notch. I wouldn't expect anything less from Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney and Jesse Eisenberg. The film had a great flow and the soundtrack accompanying it was perfect.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "My Father said you had a weak handshake, which is a sign of indecision." - Sophie (Halley Feiffer)

Movie Confessions Blogathon

Nostra over at My Film Views has another wonderful idea for a Blogathon. The Minute I read his (and many other blogger's) I just knew I had to participate. :)

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
Easy. Gone With The Wind. I tried, but too but it bluntly: it's so fucking boring.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?

Yikes, there's certainly more than ten! To be completely honest, I'm not much of a classic movie watcher. It's not that I don't appreciate them, I do, I just rarely search the out unless I read a review from Defiant Success or True Classics that catches my eye.
1) 12 Angry Men
2) Casablanca
3) North by Northwest
4) Lawrence of Arabia
5) Metropolis
6) On The Water Front
7) It Happened One Night
8) The Grapes of Wrath
9) Ben-Hur
10) A Streetcar Named Desire

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Nope. I worked at a movie theater in high school, so even when I was underage for R rated movies I never had to sneak in.

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, and Tom Cruise. I don't think they're that talented.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
I honestly could not think of one "big" director that I haven't seen at least one feature. I seriously spend a lot of time going through IMDb on this one, and every time I thought I found one, I ended up seeing at least one or part of one of their movies. I'm going to list Akira Kurosawa here, because I've only seen one of his films (Seven Samurai) and I feel like I should've seen more by now.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
BASEketball. This is seriously one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Even if I wasn't a South Park fan this would still be great. I never understood why so many people hated it. I thought it was golden.

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Probably. I saw Titantic in theaters, (I was 10) and I remember laughing when that guy hit the propeller. Clearly I wasn't grasping the emotional aspect of that scene, and the adult me would've probably muttered "stupid kid."

Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
I have to agree with Ruth at Let's Be Splendid About This I saw Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves while on an Alan Rickman kick, even though I knew how bad it was going to be. I have to admit I got some pretty good laughs out of it. "Fuck me, he cleared it!"

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Never.

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
No, I usually watch a movie immediately after I've purchased it.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I own a lot of shitty Adam Sandler movies because I used to love him. I mostly keep them around because I'm lazy, and I may actually want to watch one again. I also own a movie called 3 Needles that is so terrible I probably wouldn't even be able to sell it to a used DVD store.

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I used to burn all my DVDs. I haven't done that in years, but as a movie fan I should've probably been buying the movies I loved, not burning them. Although when Hollywood Video went out of business here, I ran a train on their sale DVD rack. ( I have to use "ran a train" there because that's what a fellow patron said he was doing while we were getting our DVDs. I thought it was funny)

Any other confessions you want to make?
That list of the classics I haven't seen yet? I just went down IMDb's Top 250 and picked out ones I haven't seen.

I'm blaming this on being pregnant, having my child, and my hormones never going back to the way they used to be, but I cry in movies soooo much more easily now.

I wrote this post in my pajamas.

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Gotham's reckoning.

Eight years have passed since the event's of The Dark Knight. Harvey Dent is dead, but the act in his name has put thousands in prison and kept the streets of Gotham very clean. Commissioner Gordan (Gary Oldman) must praise the man he knows deep down tried to murder his children. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has taken to becoming a recluse in his own home, not dawning the Bat suit once in eight years. Soon, a mysterious new villain, Bane (Tom Hardy) comes onto the scene, threatening to tear down Gotham. Batman is needed again, only this time he faces his hardest opponent yet.

Oh man, I don't even know where to start with this film since I loved it so much. It met every expectation that I had. Even the parts of the plot I found predictable were still met with a geeky cheer inside. The one thing I was afraid of going in, was that I would be thinking about The Joker the entire time. I'm surprised he only crossed it once or twice. That presence in The Dark Knight isn't even mentioned in this film. The new additions of Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard are welcomed, and each completely owned their part. I have to say, I find Catwoman to be one of the worst characters in the Batman universe, and Hathaway actually made her tolerable for me. Our regulars, Bale, Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine give their usual greatness. I can't help but smile every time Freeman is on screen, and Caine has some very moving scenes.

The score by Hans Zimmer definitely sticks out, it's the best one of the three. Although the film is long, the pacing is wonderful. We open with a very intense scene, and close with the blissful aftermath of another. Nolan knows how to keep it interesting. When I saw The Avengers earlier this year, I said that Nolan's stakes just got higher. I'm happy to say that in my opinion, he succeeded. While The Avengers was funnier, The Dark Knight Rises tops it in every other way. The story, acting, and suprises were superior.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A+

Memorable Quote: "So that's what that feels like." - Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)



Indie Gems: Tyrannosaur

It's called a metaphor.

Why point out the obvious? When I was reading reviews/user comments about this film I was shocked to find how many hated the title. I'm also somewhat shocked on the amount of people that actually thought the film was about dinosaurs, but that's a whole other story.. I think the title is perfect, especially when you learn why it's called Tyrannosaur.

Joseph (Peter Mullen) has always been prone to fits of rage. One night after he kicks his own dog to death (not gonna lie, I fast forwarded through the scene) he finally seeks a chance at redemption when he meets Hannah, (Olivia Colmen) a timid Christian woman who has a terrible, to put it lightly, marriage to a man named James. (Eddie Marsan)

It has to be said: This film is depressing. There are no happy endings, what little redemption our main characters receive comes at a horrific price. The light at the end of the tunnel is still dim. When Joseph has his last angry outburst, though it may seem justified, you know when he's sitting in his yard putting on his best Clint Eastwood impression, that his actions are going to cost him. The acting in the movie is fantastic. Mullen and Colmen are very believable in their parts, and they wear their character's hurt on their faces. Marsan is easily one of the most unlikeable characters in recent memory. Even though the movie is sad and grey, I couldn't take my eyes off it. It's mesmerizing to say the least.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "Why would you kick your buddy?" - Hannah (Olivia Colman)

2012 Emmy Nominations

The 2012 Emmy nominations are in! As always, my thoughts will follow each category in green.


Best Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men
No surprises here, though I thought Downton Abbey was considered a miniseries. I could be wrong. Either way, I'm thrilled for Breaking Bad and I truly hope it knocks off Mad Men as the Best Drama winner. *EDIT* I was right about Downton Abby being a miniseries last year, and I think it's bullshit they are allowed to switch like that. True Blood could've went there, in my opinion. It is a former Best Drama nominee.
Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep
Happy for The Big Bang Theory. I'm surprised that Girls made it in here, that show is TERRIBLE.


Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
BRYAN FUCKING CRANSTON!!! That's all I have to say. Emmy #4 will look nice next to Emmys 1-3.


Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
I think it's awesome Don Cheadle got in there. I don't get Showtime, but I'm waiting for that show to be available on Netflix so I can watch it. Cheadle is the only surprise, the rest are the usual suspects.


Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men


Best Leading Actress in a Comedy SeriesZooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy,
Mike & MollyAmy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
A tie! I'm always happy when Zooey D gets some love. Again, I'm surprised with the Girls nomination. I know that show has it's fans, and I tried to watch it. I really did, but it was painful.

 

Best Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock

Best Leading Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Idris Elba, Luther
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Yay! Kevin Costner, No!
Best Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)
Ashley Judd, Missing
I could've sworn Missing was a TV show that was just cancelled after one season, not a miniseries. Can someone explain this to me? Anywho, the only miniseries I actually saw this year was Game Change, and all the actors did a very good job.

Best Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Reality Host
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Of course Betty White would get in there somehow.
Best Variety Program

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live


Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
I briefly freaked this morning because I didn't think Paul and Esposito were nominated, thankfully I was wrong. I couldn't be happier for the Breaking Bad crew. They're the best show in television. I'm bummed not to see Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) or Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) in here. I'm glad Dinklage made the cut.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
As much as I hate Skylar on Breaking Bad, I'm glad Anna Gunn finally got a nomination. The fact that I hate her character means she's going a fantastic job.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Max Greenfield, New Girl


Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
I like Mayim Bialik on TBBT, but after reading the umpteenth  pretentious interview she gave about attachment parenting, it's actually made me like her less (not because I disagree with her methods, but because I think she came off as a total bully). I hope this doesn't ruin the next season of TBBT for me. I realize it's stupid to not like an actor for their outside persona, but sometimes you can't get past it on screen.
Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story
David Strathairn,
Hemingway & GellhornMartin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Denis O'Hare!! I was really hoping he would've gotten nominated last year for his work in True Blood, but this is good enough. (come one, that news cast scene was hilarious)

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Maya Rudolph was my favorite SNL host this year. That Beyonce and Jay-Z skit was hilarious.

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
They should make Will Arnett a regular on 30 Rock. This is like his 3rd nomination.

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry's Law
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood
Mark Margolis being in here is AWESOME. His character in Breaking Bad didn't speak, so he only had his facial expressions. They were fantastic.

DVD Review: The Woman In Black

I think I'm getting too old for PG-13 Horror.

Yes, That's just me being cynical. Seriously though, I had to think long and hard about the last PG-13 horror movies that I actually found unsettling. I came up with The Last Exorcism, (not really because it was scary, but because it was just a damn good movie) The Exorcism of Emily Rose, (just because I kept randomly waking up at 3:00 am after watching it) and The Ring. (Samara crawling out of the TV was freaky) I associate the obvious "jump/load noises" scenes with PG-13 horror, because they are a cheap way to frighten people. This movie had way too many of those, and I never jumped once.

A young and widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is sent to a small village to settle on a house that belonged to a woman named Mrs. Drablow. While locals warn him to leave, he soon finds that his house is haunted by a vengeful woman in black. Can Arthur uncover her secrets?

I'm disappointed in the slow pacing and as I stated before, there were far too many "scenes to make you jump." It really hurt the quality of this film. The story was interesting, and Daniel Radcliffe proves he's more than just Harry Potter, but I can't get past those glaring annoyances.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Why do I look so sad?" - Arthur Kibbs (Daniel Radcliffe)

DVD Review: Cracks

This film makes boarding school look like a terrible idea.
I'm sure it isn't, but that's kind of how I felt after sitting through this disappointment. Miss G (Eva Green) is the worst teacher ever and swim coach at an all girl's boarding school in the early 40's. She has her favorite pupil, Di (Juno Temple) but when a new student comes to the school, Fiamma (Maria Valverde) Miss G's attention focuses on her, and it turns to obsession.

The thing that really frustrated me here is Eva Green and Juno Temple are great actresses, but their performances felt so forced at the beginning. The movie drags a long and then finally starts getting interesting towards the end. But that's just it, it ends. It felt so wasted. Miss G. blurred the lines between pupil and teacher by being at this institution her whole life, but the film spends so much time doing nothing before it really delves into Miss G's psyche.

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "It appears the bar has been raised. " - Miss G. (Eva Green)

Indie Gems: The Woodsman

What is your definition of normal?

Walter (Kevin Bacon) is a child molester that's been recently released from prison. He's trying to fit back into society. He argues with his shrink, (played by Michael Shannon) has trysts with a feisty co-worker, Vicki, (Kyra Sedgwick) whom he shares his deepest and darkest secret with. He tries to reason with his brother in law, Carlos (Benjamin Bratt) and is paid unexpected visits by a cop (Mos Def) who can't stand him.

Kevin Bacon has always been good at playing a complete creep, but he's at his best in The Woodsman. The film is careful not to show any actual child abuse, but we know it's always on Walter's mind. Bacon and Sedgwick, married in real life radiate chemistry together, but it's obvious that they are both tortured souls. A simple scene towards the end of the film, with Walter speaking to young Robin (Hannah Pilkes) on a park bench speaks volumes, and sums up so much in such a little amount of time. While the ending may come off as abrupt to some, it's very realistic to this situation. Does Walter ever get better? Will he relapse and end up back in prison for the rest of his life? Only time will tell.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "When am I going to be normal?" - Walter (Kevin Bacon)

Review: The Amazing Spiderman

Too soon?

The answer is yes. When I first heard there was going to be a Spiderman reboot, only a few years since the last installment, I was immediately against it. Then they started casting actors I loved, like Andrew Garfeild, Denis Leary and Emma Stone. So I figured I would give it a chance.

Garfeild's Peter is a stuttering, more arrogant version of the Peter Tobey Maguire gave us years ago. With his skateboard in tow, he searches for answers regarding his parents, who left mysteriously one night. This leads him to Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) who worked closely with Peter's father trying to combine human and animal genes. A test gone wrong turns Dr. Connors into the film's villain: Lizard. Peter's love interest this time around is Gwen Stacy, (Emma Stone) who's father (Denis Leary) is the captain of the police force searching for Spiderman.

I went into the film with mediocre expectations. Most of the reviews I read were negative and Steve Kloves had a hand in the screenplay, so I wasn't expecting anything special, but I was definitely expecting something that wasn't so damn boring. The Amazing Spiderman moved at a snail's pace. I understand the reboot needs to start from scratch, because we are supposed to pretend Sam Raimi's didn't exist, but that movie was only made 10 years ago and it's impossible to not think about. The end result? I was getting impatient for the movie to get to the point. When I saw the first Spiderman, I remember being amazed by Spidey swinging through NYC. This movie had a few different opportunities to capture that magic, and it didn't. The only thing I can really give this version credit for was the score. I thought it was pretty amazing.  I'm really torn on whether this is worse than Spiderman 3. Spiderman 3 had a LOT of problems, but pacing wasn't one of them. And I think a boring film is far worse than an overloaded film.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Do I look like the mayor of Tokyo to you?" - Captain Stacy (Denis Leary)

Review: Moonrise Kingdom

I love you, but you have no idea what you're talking about.

Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) are two twelve year old pen pals that decide to run away together. This sparks a search party including Sam's Scout Master Ward, (Edward Norton) a sad and strange police officer, (Bruce Willis) and Suzy's Parents. (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand)

Wes Anderson movies are really hit and miss for me, but this one was definitely a hit. I enjoy "young love" movies when they are done right. Like the Swedish Let The Right One In for example. I liked how he shot the film, with the house showing different levels, much like Life Aquatic. I enjoyed the quick, almost deadpan dialogue. I actually found it hard to describe to a friend who had never seen a Wes Anderson movie. His way of shooting, writing dialogue, and filming in general. It's just...him. Whimsical, to the point, and real just don't capture what I want to say. It's just easier to say "This film is very Wes Anderson-y."

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A- (I would give an A, but there were a few parts in there that I found completely stupid and useless, so I didn't bump it up.)

Memorable Quote: "My daughter has been kidnapped by these beige lunatics!" - Walt Bishop (Bill Murray)

Review: Prometheus

They engineered us.

A team of scientists/explorers/people just looking to get some good money go out to a far away planet looking to study alien life forms that they think may inhibit said planet. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) believes they created mankind. Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) doubts Elizabeth's ideas. Android David (Michael Fassbender) secretly delves deeper into the alien's background than any of the other scientists are aware. They soon realize that they shouldn't be there, and that what they have discovered could not only destroy them, but could destroy planet Earth as well.

Prometheus was billed as a prequel to the Alien franchise, but really only gives us a few similarities. It was a stand alone feature in my opinion. One thing I preferred about Prometheus was the pacing was much quicker than the original Alien, although Aliens is still my favorite of the series. Noomi Rapace deserves a lot of credit here, because I daresay she carried this movie better then Sigourney Weaver did the original. She was given a lot of tough material and she owned all of it. Same goes for Michael Fassbender who continues to show his range. For someone that is supposed to be void of emotion, David comes off as a huge dick most of the time. It works well. There was one thing about Prometheus that seriously bothered me: The 3D. Yes, there was an option to see it in 2D here, but time constraints (oh the life of a parent) gave me no choice but to see the 3D version. I found it to be too dark, too blurry, and extremely distracting. Not only was it unnecessary (like 95% of 3D films are) it cheapened the look of it. The camera would focus on a scene, but there would be a random 3D rock in the corner blocking part of it. I'm not at Universal Studios on the Prometheus theme park ride, get the 3D shit off of my screen.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "It's what I choose to believe." - Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace)

Indie Gems: Monster

America's "first" female serial killer.
Charlize Theron made the dramatic physical transformation into convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's Monster. Aileen, a highway prostitute in Florida begins to murder her clientele for money. It's hard to say that her intentions were "good", because nothing good comes from cold blooded murder, but in the film, Aileen wants to start a better life with her (fictional) young lover Selby. (Christina Ricci)

Theron's portrayal of Aileen is easily one of the best performances of 2000's. Let's face it: Charlize is drop dead gorgeous, and she packed on the pounds, chopped her hair, and looked downright scary as Aileen. And that's not even all of it, she really got into the psyche of her. While what she did was wrong, Theron was so good that there was a time in the film that I actually sympathized with Aileen's actions. Ricci, who has been long underrated in my opinion was spot on as well. These two women really carried this film. The first time I saw it was because my criminal justice teacher in high school urged us all to go out and rent it as it had just came out on DVD and we were studying serial killers in class. I found it to be really informative of Aileen's story, even though a good part of it was fictionalized. It was depressing, and at times really hard to watch, but I didn't expect anything else.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A-

 Memorable Quote: "I'm going to get myself a career." - Aileen (Charlize Theron)

Rambling Film is 3 years old today!

My blogging world seems like a whirlwind. I knew I was coming up on my anniversary, but I didn't realize it had been 3 years since I posted my first review on Blogger. ( I moved from Xanga and Whateverlife)

So thank you everyone that reads (or skims) my blog. I love sharing my thoughts, even if I come off as a total hater in some of my reviews. I strive to be a better, more entertaining writer, and it's nice to have such a great group of people to look up to. So thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and thanks for not freaking out on me for "borrowing" some great ideas for lists from time to time.

You guys are the best.

Bad Ass Movie Archers

With Pixar's Brave hitting theaters last week, it got me thinking about how archery has been in quite a few movies lately. So I decided to throw together of list of the best archers in recent memory in honor of Princess Merida, who is "shooting for her own hand." 

1) Legolas of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Legolas is so bad ass that the guy NEVER RUNS OUT OF ARROWS! Legolas is quick, agile, and he not only shoots his arrows, he stabs people with them too. Very resilient.


Hawkeye of The Avengers: (and briefly Thor) Master assassin Hawkeye doesn't just shoot regular arrows, his are rigged with explosive devices. And he sees better from far away.

Kevin of We Need To Talk About Kevin: This little sociopath put together an elaborate plan to get a group of his fellow students and a teacher locked into their school gymnasium where he picked them off one by one with a cross bow from a balcony of sorts. Crazy? Yes. Clever? Very.

Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games: We certainly can't forget our District 12 Tribute who is quite handy with a bow. She not only provides for her family with her trusty bow and arrows, she survives the Hunger Games with them.

Robin Hood throughout the years: There's been many adaptations of Robin Hood, I'm going to go with my personal favorite, Robin Hood: Men in Tights because he shoots with six arrows at a time and he can speak in an English accent.

Chewbacca of the Star Wars films: Do you remember that besides being a completely bad ass Wookie, that Chewy's weapon of choice was a cross bow?

Guinevere of King Arthur: Ok, so King Arthur was actually pretty boring, but the one bright spot was Keira Knightley, who proved that you can be hot as hell and still bad ass with a bow and arrow. She held her own against an army of men.