Anime is a masochists hobby. Ignoring the obvious language barrier, fans must slog through hundreds of hours of poorly written and animated shows/films before uncovering anything remotely good. Combine that with my high standards and its a miracle if I see even one good feature or episodic series a year.

Difficult to follow, riddled with plot holes and a terrible score by Paul Oakenfold all add up to a mediocre film that explores familiar territory already covered by better films like Ghost in the Shell. Sure the cel-shading and rotoscoping are incredibly impressive but they can’t make up for all it’s other short comings.

Posted in Movies at May 7th, 2010.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo I present to you the official teaser trailer of Machete. This movie is going to be amazing. I love that Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal and Don Johnson are all in the same movie. What bizarre world did I wake up in?

Posted in Movies at May 5th, 2010.

I should start off by saying I have a super crush on Ellen Page. She has this really cute, bookworm hotness that drives me crazy. I know she isn’t what I typically find attractive (Asian or leggy blond)but she has this charm that i can’t explain.

Now that I got that out my system I confess to having a soft spot for these coming of age, teenage angst films. Maybe its due to me never having that when I was growing up or perhaps I just suffer from Peter Pan syndrome. Regardless this is a really fun date movie.

Over Simplified Plot Summary
Whip It (based off the young adult novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross) is the story of Bliss, a young girl growing up in small-town in Texas, pressured by her mother to compete in beauty pageants. Wanting to escape and find herself she finds her true calling when she attends a Roller Derby event.

Posted in Movies at May 2nd, 2010.

Before Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann directed what I consider to be one of the best dance / romantic comedies / guilty pleasures ever made. Strictly Ballroom is a quirky and charming peak  into the world of competitve ballroom dancing.

Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer that believes in dancing “his own steps”. Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckling. Together, these two try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, “there are no new steps!”

Be warned that this movie is only for people with a love for dance or a soft spot for movies like Dirty Dancing.

Posted in Movies at April 24th, 2010.

What should have been a guilty pleasure rental from Netflix turned into a Friday night at the theater. So, why did I pay full price for a movie I knew wasn’t going to live up to my expectations? Simple, I love the 80’s and I’m not ashamed to say it. Add to that my deep admiration for John Cusack’s early work (Say Anything and Better Off Dead) and you can begin to understand my deep desire to plunk down $27.

So, was it worth it? Yes and no. The movie itself isn’t very good and most of the jokes fall flat but somehow seeing it in a theater with a bunch of like minded individuals made the whole experience a lot more gratifying. That said when you finally receive it from Netflix, kick back a few drinks invite a few friends and prepare to have a good time.

Posted in Movies at April 23rd, 2010.

A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with my girlfriend about leaving in the middle of a bad movie. I argued that movies, like any medium, need to be examined and digested as a whole. She in turn asked me to list some examples.  This turned out to be harder than I thought.

Thankfully a few days later I sat down to watch Up in the Air, a perfect example of my theory. The first hour of this film is all character development and might be considered boring by today’s standards. Suddenly the movie takes a massive turn and sucker punches the audience, elevating a simple plot into something greater.

Do I think this film was Oscar worthy, no. Is it a good movie that displays storytelling expertise not often seen in movies today, yes. .

Posted in Movies at April 22nd, 2010.

What starts out as a clever and funny look at why no one has ever tried to become a costumed superhero slowly devolves into a boring poorly paced movie that has one hilarious moment and two great action sequences.

  1. Nicholas Cage shooting a kid in the chest. Which I saw online a month before the movie was even released.
  2. The scene where Hit Girl saves Kick Ass and her dad, Big Baddy.
  3. The final fight scene which reminded me a lot of La Femme Nikita. You know the scene in which Nikita is trapped in a kitchen behind a counter as bad guys plan to blow her up with a rocket launcher… wait a minute.

I don’t understand why people think this is a great movie or why they say it is uber violent. I often times feel like I am out of touch or just a fucking film snob.

Have I Read the Comic Book?
NO, but from what I’ve read and heard that might be a good thing.

Posted in Movies at April 21st, 2010.

Not the shitty Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Jennifer Lopez remake. I’m talking about the original film, “Shall we dansu?” I admit to never actually seeing the remake but the truth is no matter how faithful or creative the remake was it can never capture the Japanese social awkwardness and quirkiness that makes “Shall we dansu?” so fucking amazing.

Perhaps someday if I am flipping channels and I come across the remake I will see it but till then believe me when I say “Shall we dansu?” is a superior film that oozes charm and wit.

Posted in Movies at April 18th, 2010.

Can a single amazing performance elevate a mediocre film? If you answered yes then by all means go out and rent Precious. For everyone else, skip it and sleep soundly knowing that Mo’nique is an amazing actress that deserves the Oscar. Oh and before I forget, Mariah Carey can actually act.

Side Note
I’ve noticed that the Academy has a definite hard on for African Americans acting stereotypically “black”. Don’t believe me take a look at the list below.

Denzel Washington – Training Day
Dirty and murderous undercover police detective. Spends half the movie trying to kill his fellow white officer.

Jamie Foxx – Ray
A musician that murders the ivories.

Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland
Crazed and murderous dictator that spends the whole movie murdering his fellow African Americans.

A ghetto bitch mother that tries to kill her daughter with a television.

Cuba Gooding Jr. – Jerry Maguire
Football player that spends half the movie acting stereotypically blackand the other half murdering the fine craft of acting. Just kidding, I love Snow Dogs.

Posted in Movies at April 5th, 2010.

A charming biopic that explores the life and rebellious style of a now modern icon. Totally worth renting.

My Secret Crush
Ever since I laid eyes on her in Amelia I fell in love. Saying I have a massive crush on Audrey Tauou would be an understatement. I openly admit she isn’t my type but something about her just makes me lose my shit.

Costume Design
Having a genuine interest in all things film related I decided to do a little research and came across a blog post on Fashion in Motion, discussing the films costume design. A definite must read for anyone interested in costume design or fashion in general.

Posted in Movies at April 1st, 2010.