I saw "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" about two weeks ago. Hugh Jackman is fantastic. As was Liev Schreiber. It gave a lot of back ground on Jackman's character and how he became Wolverine. Definite set up for a Wolverine sequel, which would be welcome. There was a semi-nude scene by Hugh Jackman, and I saw him on Oprah and he did the nude scene himself... no body double. H-O-T-T-I-E!!!! He really bulked up and worked out for this movie... he looked fantastic. And Liev Schreiber was outstanding. This role was a bit "physical" for him, but he was very good in it.
All-in-all though, it was a great movie. I do hope they do a Wolverine sequel. They need to cover the period from when he actually becomes Wolverine, which is where they left off in this movie, and where he meets Xavier.... who they briefly introduced in this movie. I would like to see them do an Origins movie for each of the characters in the X-Men. It was be great to learn all of their backgrounds.
Excellent movie. Highly recommended. Definite 10 out of 10.
We've watched a lot of movies lately since discovering Netflix's "Watch Instantly" selections and the hubby's purchase of a large flat screen monitor (prior to being laid off, of course). What I remember most recently and scores:
Pan's Labyrinth - 9/10
Beautiful, dark and sad.. cried like a baby at the end. Guillermo Del Toro has quickly become one of my favorite filmmakers. He had a hand in two of my top favorite horror movies of the last decade (The Orphanage and The Devil's Backbone) and has many more films on the horizon I'm excited about (more horror films and The Hobbit!).
Them ("Ils") - 7.5/10
Horrible, true story about a couple invaded and attacked in their rural Romanian home by some intruders.. won't spoil it by telling you who. This was a great on-the-edge of your seat thriller, no gore, but scary as hell right up to the end.
Teeth - 7/10
Much funnier than I anticipated. Seems incredibly horrible to laugh one moment then watch this young woman be the victim of sexual assault (more than once even), but the perpetrators get theirs. Vagina Dentata.. oh my.
Blackout - 6.5/10
Stuck on an elevator with a serial killer for nearly 24 hours! It had its moments.
Lacking in some areas, but the kiss at the end with James McAvoy? So hot I had to watch it three times. I love that boy.
Children of Heaven 9/10
this is a sweet Iranian movie about a brother and sister. they are very poor and the brother loses his sisters shoes on the way home from getting them repaired. They are too afraid to tell their parents so they share his shoes. It's a harship for them at school because of the shoe situation. The poverty of the area they live in is so sad. It's a really sweet movie. The kids are adorable. The brother winds up trying to win a regional race to get a pair of new shoes.
Two more surprisingly good scary movies these last couple of days:
Shiver - 7/10
Spanish film about a light sensitive teenage boy and his mom who move north to a small village in the country so that he might have more of a life where the days are shorter. Mysterious deaths of livestock and town folks in the woods has everyone suspecting the weird, new kid, but he has been in the woods and has seen "it".. some good plots twists in this one.
Stuck - 7.5/10
What made this so horrific (therefore good) to me is that it is based on a true story that I remember reading about a woman who runs into a homeless guy crossing the street while driving under the influence. He is stuck in her windshield, injured, but alive and begging her to get him help. She's pissed he crossed when he shouldn't and what this situation could mean to her future (and a promised promotion to Nursing Assistant Captain at the nursing home works at). She debates what to do.. get him help or "get rid of the problem." Unbelievable! Mina Suvari gives a great performance here as does Steven Rhea as the down-on-his-luck guy having an unbelievably bad day.
Pan's Labyrinth 9/10. The only reason I didn't give it 10/10 was because the amount of blood got to me but I'm squeamish about that sort of thing. Otherwise it was an amazing work of art. Poignant, touching, horrifying, moving, gentle, harsh, ugly, and beautiful all in one.
I have just started my Peter Watkins season.
First up was Punishment Park. Recently released on DVD, this extremely controversial film by Watkins, putting the slightly silly premise aside is an extremely realistic and well done film, shot as a pseudo documentary - considering the small budget, use of non/amateur actors for most parts and the style in which it was shot. Its a very political film, and they are shot from both sides, and I think that Watkins was damning both the militant counter-culture (violence breeding violence) and the 'establishment'. As the film progresses and violence increases on both sides after a number of incidents, its a remarkable film, and I can see why it caused such a storm when it was released back in 1971. However what is equally interesting is the examination of the group at the special tribunal, in whcih they try (sometimes) to justify themselves. Its a remarkable insight into the views and expressions of the time, as the detainees try and argue and the tribunal argues back.
Reviewers [upon the release of the DVD] have comented on how many similar aspects of the film are emerging again due to the War on Terror/Iraq and the legislation that has been passed. On the surface there are certain similarities between the world that Watkins established in the introduction and what is/has happening now. One thing that springs to my mind is that the lines between the 'Establishment' and the 'counter culture' are far more blurred and both are less militant in their actions and stances, perhaps even less ideologized in their beliefs now than in 1970/1. I would even venture that today's counter-culture is more willing to work within the rules of 'the game' than it was then. Still its a film that shows how both sides can be condemned and that society and law and order can be reduced to a simple, brutal game that can't be beaten.
Rashomon - 10/10 : Another Kurosawa masterpiece with a cerebral story line that paints a disturbingly accurate picture of the human condition. To say that the cinematography of Kazuo Miyagawa steals the show is disrespecting the picture "as a whole" too much, but it really is something to behold.
These are all movies I've seen in the last six weeks. I mostly rent because I don't get time to go to the movies anymore and I don't have cable anymore.
Legend of the Black Scorpion- A version of Hamlet done Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon style. It was ok but not as interesting as other movies of the genre or even other versions of Shakespear's play 6/10
Let the Right One In- Swedish vampire movie. Very original. Highly recommended. And I don't even like vampire movies. 9/10
Sex Drive- Road comedy. Pretty funny stuff. Watch the rated version of the dvd first, then watch the unrated. Like watching two different movies but both versions are good. 8/10
Role Models- Paul Rudd is just a funny guy to me. Funnier than Seth Rogen any day. This is hilarious. A little raunchy at times. 8/10
Zack and Miri Make a Porno- The only Seth Rogen movie that's made me laugh since I saw him in 40 Year Old Virgin. Maybe cuz it's about porn, I don't know. 8/10
Drunken Master- Never got around to watching this till recently. Saw the remake/sequel, Legend of Drunken Master from the 90s. This one is from the 70s and shows how agile Jackie Chan was in his 20s. Incredible stunts. No wires, except for one or two basic scenes. Amazingly entertaining movie. 9/10