Monday, January 25, 2010

Review: Right At Your Door

I watched Right At Your Door on TV last night. I saw the trailer years ago, but I don't think the movie ever got released here. At least, I didn't notice the DVD in the videostore or regular store. Anyways, the movie started at midnight and I thought I would just watch the beginning and then go to bed. WRONG! Once the shit hit the fan, I was hooked.

The movie opens slow. Rory Cochrane (Lucas from Empire Records!) stars as Brad, an out of work musician and loving, but needy boyfriend of Lexi (Mary McCormack). He makes her breakfast, wakes her up and then she gets ready for work. Not long after Lexi has left for work, bombs go off in LA. Brad, worried for Lexi's safety, goes out looking for her and tries to call her numerous times without any luck. Over the radio he hears the bombs are dirty bombs and there are toxic clouds spreading over the city.

Brad and the neighbor's handyman (don't ask) follow the news reports that advise them to stay inside and seal the house. After a while, Lexi, covered in ashes and coughing badly, shows up at the house, asking Brad to let her in.

Moral dilemma: would you let your loved one in knowing he/she is infected?

The movie does a good job putting you in Brad's shoes. Cochrane was fantastic. I could really feel he was torn by his decision to leave her outside. As I initially disliked his character (not for leaving her out, but his neediness), I was surprised I ended up caring for him as much as I did. Cochrane bravely carried this movie with his credible performance. I felt McCormack was on/off and didn't care much for her character.

The ending really shocked me. Maybe not entirely realistic, but it was well done. I also liked the opening credits sequence. That was a nice change from all the boring ones! What I really didn't like about the movie were the fade to black transition shots. I kinda got sick of them after a while.

I was never bored watching this movie. I was on the edge of my seat wondering how it would end. And the thought that this could happen in real life just added to the suspense. A 4/5.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Review: Sherlock Holmes

I had no interest in watching Sherlock Holmes, but a friend of mine wanted to see it and I thought: 'why not, I haven't seen Rachel McAdams in anything in ages anyways.' Bad idea, Gwen, bad idea.

It's not a horrible film, not at all. It has its moments and I feel that's all it has: moments. I thought the movie was quite lacking in the story department, which is rather strange for a movie based on characters from a ton of books!

Robert Downey Jr. tries to charm his way through the whole thing. Jude Law hasn't been interesting since The Talented Mr. Ripley. Rachel McAdams looks pretty, but doesn't have much to do.

The whole look of the film is too bleak for my taste, but I did like the costume design. Overall, worth a look if you like this sort of thing. I was rather bored though. A 3/5.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Piranha 3D pushed back

When when when will I get to see the Piranha 3D trailer in all its HD glory?! Damn you Weinsteins for pushing this movie back to August! I don't even want to see it in 3D (I hate 3D!), just make it Piranha 2D and release it already! You guys just want the extra bucks! Which makes me wonder how much money Avatar has really made so far if you don't count the higher ticket price for 3D.

The movie sounds like a hilariously fun ride! I want to see Christopher Lloyd back on the big screen! I want to see Richard Dreyfuss' cameo! I want to see Jerry O'Connell getting eaten by piranhas (no offense, Jerry, you're awesome)! I want to see Adam Scott period!

Piranha 3D (I love saying the title!) stars Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Jessica Szohr, Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dreyfuss.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

I didn't think it was possible to have more love for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, but the girl is rocking the blue hair. I really want to see Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Too bad Michael Cera is in it. BUT! To compensate, it also stars: Chris Evans! Mae Whitman! Jason Schwartzman! Kieran Culkin!

And it's co-written by Michael Bacall! Which is funny to me cause I was just thinking this morning 'isn't Bacall writing something?' This after seeing him in Death Proof last night and thinking about his career. (I have this thing about people who were on Buffy and Bacall guest starred in the season 2 ep "Some Assembly Required", which means I think more about Bacall than the average person - yes, I am a dork).

Trailer Park: Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Tucker & Dale vs Evil is about two good hearted hillbillies (Reaper's Tyler Labine and Firefly's Alan Tudyk) who are accused of being psycho killers by a group of college kids when they go camping in the same area. Kids end up dead, but not because Tucker & Dale are trying to kill them. The trailer is the funniest thing I've seen in a long while! Seriously, I'm surprised no one came up with this idea before. How many movies have there been about killers stalking teens in the woods? Nice to see the tables turned for a change. Just because these guys may look creepy, doesn't mean they are psycho killers.

I think this movie has potential to do well. If marketing and the release date won't epically fail. It's high up on my must see list!