Friday, March 19, 2010

A Twofer - TWO, TWO - TWO reviews in one

I hate when I watch a movie and it's turns out to be a real pile o' poo.  I have recently watched two videos that have led me to not waste my time writing two separate reviews. I have already invested over 3 hours between these two pieces of dung.

The first craptacular movie, The Box,  stars Cameron Diaz and  James Marsden. I am going to name drop here. James Marsden did attend Oklahoma State University and lived in the fraternity across the street from my casa.  Did I ever see him? No. Did I ever interact with him? Nope. However, it's a fun fact that I like to fit into random  conversations. Any who, even attending the most awesome Oklahoma State University could not give him enough sense to avoid this script. Bad, bad, bad. Cameron Diaz is playing some kind of Zombie Barbie.  Blech. It was based on a episode of the Twilight Zone. Maybe good for a 30 minute show but not a movie. Don't waste your time.

Next, the equally craptacular Bruce Willis piece called Surrogates. I wish I'd had a surrogate watching this movie for me. Then I could have been doing something else other than torturing myself by watching this. It's Sci-fi...bad Sci-fi. I might hurt myself if I have to watch another movie with Bruce Willis sporting an awful hair piece.

So, to summarize. These two should be flushed down the toilet. That's all I can give. So tired. So very tired. 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Inglourious Basterds

First, I must admit I'm a huge Quentin Tarantino fan.  I think it has something to do with his debut in the film industry coinciding with my debut in college. His new approach to film was a breath of fresh air. I mean is there any movie like Pulp Fiction. It was groundbreaking.  At the time,  you didn't see many films that went out of sequence. He's a trendsetter and I like style.

His latest film, Inglourious Basterds, once again takes the audience into uncharted territory. There have been many films made about WWII but this one is like no other.

Synopsis:   Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. 

Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own... --© Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures

 Thoughts: LIKEY

The press for this film led me to believe it was mainly about the Nazi hunting group known as  "The Basterds." While this is a part of the storyline, it is secondary to Shoshanna's story. It is really about her escape and quest to punish those guilty of killing her family.

Colonol Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz, is the character that makes the film. He won a Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and deserved the award. He's excellent!

What's your favorite Quentin Tarantino film and why?