Movies

Vexille

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 […]

Cinco de taMAYO

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 […]

Whip It

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 […]

Strictly Ballroom

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 […]

Hot Tub Time Machine

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 […]

Up in the Air

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 […]

Kick Ass

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 […]

Shall We Dance?

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 […]

Precious

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 […]

Coco Avant Chanel

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 […]

Inside Deep Throat

A documentary examining the goings-on behind the porn film that grew to become an icon, Deep Throat. Considering it ignited a sexual and social revolution you would think the film […]

Central Station

Nominated for Best Foriegn Film in 1999, Central Station lacks the gravitas associated with the film style (Italian Neorealism) it is inspired by. Only for a true cinephile.

Shine

The story of a gifted pianist, controlled by his father for the better part of his childhood and later in life haunted by his unrealistic expectations and yearning for acceptance […]

Batman vs Dracula

What should have been one badass animated feature has turned out to be nothing more than a dull movie for kids. I just don’t understand how they could make Batman […]

Alice in Wonderland

More of a sequel than a re-imagining of the original, Alice in Wonderland is a prime example of political film making. The film starts out great with a ton of […]

Peaceful Warrior

This might have been an enjoyable popcorn movie had the main character not been such a dick. I guess the screen writer forgot audiences like to cheer on the protagonist. […]

Across the Universe

A visually beautiful, narrative mess best describes Across the Universe. With a cliched plot that only serves to connect one Beatles classic to another this film takes its cues from […]

The World’s Fastest Indian

The Plot: An elderly New Zelander is determined to pursue his dream of breaking the land speed record for motorcycles with engines less than 1000 cc. My Impression: How could […]

Stardust

Stardust is a great fantasy movie that made me feel like a little kid. Now before you go out and rent it, keep in mind it is a fantasy movie […]

Road to Perdition

Based on a graphic novel of the same name, Road to Perdition is loosely based on the Japanese manga series Lone Wolf and Cub. Sam Mendes having recently finished American […]

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Before I go any further I should state that I  not a big Wes Anderson fan. His movies are quirky and entertaining but they are in no way deserving of […]

HALO Legends

A collection of seven short animated films set int he HALO universe Origins A great recap of the Halo Universe for noobs. Stylistically though the animation felt a bit weak […]

The Road

Not having read the novel I can’t comment on the accuracy of this film adaption. But as a stand alone film The Road is bleak, tense and disturbing. If you […]

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Terry Gilliam, director of Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Brazil, is back with his distinct sense of visual style and dark sense of humor in The Imaginarium […]

Paper Heart

Paper Heart is a quest across America to make a “documentary” about the one subject Charlyne Yi doesn’t understand: Love. Every fiber in my mind, body and soul wanted to […]

The Answer Man

It would be easy for me to completely write this movie off but that would be unfair. Sure the writing / directing are cheesy and reminiscent of a WB (or […]

Jennifer’s Body

You are probably expecting a one line review but oddly enough I’m torn. On one hand I found this film silly and poorly written. Which caught me by surprise when […]

Yes Man

I’m not a huge fan of Jim Carrey’s recent work, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind being the exception. His last few films seem the same to me. So much […]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

How do I write about a movie I forgot as soon as the credits rolled? Seriously, nothing about this film is memorable. At least Michael Bay’s adaptation of Transformers was […]

Moon

I often times wonder if my friends have ever watched good sci-fi movies. I checked out Moon based a friends recommendation and found it slightly above average. Sam Rockwell does […]

(500) Days of Summer

This movie has gotten so much buzz and after finally seeing it I can only wonder, why? Sure the movie is cute and the performances above average. But it’s still […]

Inglourious Basterds

Before I talk about my gripes let me state that Inglourious Basterds is a great movie that once again showcases Tarantino’s great writing. That said Tarantino again irks me with […]

The Hangover

Is it funny? Yes. Was it as good as my friends led me to believe? No. Oddly enough when discussing the film over lunch I couldn’t stop laughing. I guess […]

9

A visually stunning re-thread of man’s obsession with technology contributing to its ultimate demise story arc. Shane Acker has crafted a film that lacks a true sense of purpose. Which […]

District 9

How can I discuss District 9 without mentioning it’s Hollywood political back story. The Facts Peter Jackson’s (director of the Lord if the Rings trilogy) special effects house WETA was […]

Avatar

Indifference tinged with a hint of contempt is the best way to describe my feelings toward Avatar. Borrowing heavily from anime (Princess Mononoke), film (Dances with Wolves), science fiction literature […]

Sherlock Holmes

Sure it gets a bit long (easily solved by ditching the Watson getting married subplot) but still proves to be highly entertaining. Considering his past few films have been train […]

Julie & Julia

I was embarrassingly excited to see this movie and not sure why. My memories of Julia Child are limited to a comedy sketch seen on SNL and a guest appearance […]

He’s Just Not That Into You

A guilty pleasure that feels like a hodgepodge of earlier dating / relationship movies. I can’t help but wonder would this movie be enjoyable sans the all star cast?

Angels & Demons

Why do people like this crap? The plot is preposterous; insert Tom Hanks, add doomsday device of the week (CERN – The Large Hadron Collider), sprinkle in a few religious […]

Tokyo!

In TOKYO!, three of the world’s greatest filmmakers come together for an omnibus triptych examining the nature of one unforgettable city as it’s shaped by the disparate people who live, […]

The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” is the story of China’s last monarch, Pu Yi and the change from the imperial and religious traditions of ancient China to the totalitarianism of […]

Drag Me to Hell

Projectile vomiting, gratuitous blood squirting and gross you out humor undermine a decent horror movie plot. I guess Sam Raimi still longs for the Army of Darkness / campy horror […]

Weird Science

Got bored and decided to watch Weird Science, one of my favorite John Hughes films. Spent the rest of the evening wondering why no one in Hollywood has attempted to […]

An Education

Great performances from Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson and Carey Mulligan. Sadly the ending feels anti-climactic and lifted from a cheesy after school special.

Best Werewolf Movie?

I never realized asking which is the best werewolf movie ever made would be so polarizing. Some say The Howling, I say An American Werewolf in London. You decide.

Orphan

An enjoyable popcorn movie that wasn’t what I expected. All the trailers led me to believe it was a horror movie when in actuality it’s a well told thriller.

Trick ‘r Treat

I watched this movie based on a recommendation from my brother and realized we have very different definitions of “good.” Trick ‘r treat is your run of the mill popcorn […]

Food, Inc.

Having read Fast Food Nation and The Jungle I thought I knew what to expect but I guess nothing can really prepare you for the grisly images (truth) of the […]

Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D

Quite possibly the best claymation movie ever made. Originally released October 29th 1993 Disney decided to re-release it in 3D during the Halloween season. You might think after fifteen years […]

Flawless

Another bank heist movie that starts to unravel toward the end.  Thankfully Michael Caine and Demi Moore turn in great performances. Don’t believe me check this out but please remember, […]

Art & Copy

A look at the creative people behind some of the most successful advertising to date. Highly enjoyable and at times inspiring.

Ultraviolet

When I purchased my PS3 I was given five free Blu-rays, one of them being Ultraviolet. For two years I’d managed to avoid watching it but today I finally gave […]

Valentino Last Emperor

A fascinating look at the life of world famous haute couture fashion designer Valentino.  A must see for anyone that has any interest in the fashion world.

Sugar

Loses its way half way through the movie but still worth watching.

Adventureland

Over-fucking-rated. Another movie that uses 80’s music nostalgia to cloak its pedestrian plot. I am certain if you took away the soundtrack the movie would play like a bad episode […]

Frequency

How did this movie get passed me? Sure Dennis Quaid’s acting is a bit clumsy but the story won me over. Is it corny, yes but still a good movie […]

Duplicity

Take one part industrial espionage, a touch of comedy, a romantic twist and you would get Duplicity.

Days of Being Wild

Even when the plot is simplitic and one dimensional WKW still manages to create some stylish touching and haunting scenes.

Confession of a Shopaholic

Pure rubbish! How are we as an audience suppose to root / relate to a totally selfish character? Even the ending, where the main character is suppose to feel remorse […]

Tyson

How could movie critics give this documentary a good review? It is awful.

Marley & Me

I often times wonder why I subject myself to such torture. Sure it was filled with some heart warming moments but that wasn’t enough to keep me entertained.

Tales of the Black Freighter

The animated version of the Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter.  Gerard Butler as the main voice actor was a great choice. Not worth a purchase but a definite rental.

The International

Great style and pacing aren’t enough to compensate for this films disappointing dénouement. Random Tangent: I think I have a “man crush” on Clive Owen. Man Crush – When a […]

The Bucket List

Not Rob Reiner’s best work but still enjoyable.  Even if it is peppered with corny / sappy moments that may make most people roll their eyes. Note: Jack Nicholson is […]

New in Town

Big city girl moves to a small town plot line with not so much as an attempt at diverting from the tried and true mediocore Hollywood template.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Why does Matthew McConaughey continue to do these terrible movies? He has acting chops, WTF. Note: I actually knew someone that was moved to tears by the movies emotional plot […]

I Love You, Man

A cool concept with great comedic actors that still manages to fall flat. Oddly enough I would still recommend it.

Director John Hughes Dead At 59

Writer director of film classics; Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and Breakfast Club died today of a heart attack while strolling around Manhattan. I am unable to express the sadness I […]

Fast & Furious

Dull car chase scenes sprinkled with low angle / over the shoulder shots of Vin Diesel. Is it me or does Vin Disel wear a wife beater in all his […]

The Ugly Truth

Not even Katherine Heigl’s charisma and million dollar smile could save this horrendous movie.  SKIP IT!

Defiance

The story of three brothers that help fellow Jews hide from the Nazi’s in the deep forests of German occupied Poland and Belorussia during World War II. Surprisingly, director Edward […]

The Hurt Locker

With a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the critics hailing it as “a near perfect movie” I couldn’t help but get excited. Sadly, the film is a huge […]

Public Enemies

Considering Mann’s previous work on the film Heat, it’s no surprise he was chosen to direct a film based on famous bank robber John Dillinger. While not a bad movie, […]

Waltz with Bashir

I’m struggling how to express how I feel about this. On one hand I believe the animation and subject matter are amazing and warrant all the critical acclaim its received. […]

Valkyrie

A solid historical thriller from Bryan Singer that got a ton of negative press. How could a film about killing Hitler get bad press? Blame it on Scientology.

Revolutionary Road

Director Sam Mendes once again explores the theme of self-fulfillment. At times the film feels like a retread from his earlier work (American Beauty) but still manages to do enough […]

Che part 1

I think Steven Soderbergh is highly over rated and Che is definitive proof of this fact. The narrative meanders and Soderbergh misses opportunities to engage and challenge the audience. On […]

Confessions of a Superhero

I caught the last few minutes of this documentary on the IFC (Independent Film Channel) and decided to catch the rest of it on Hulu. The documentary takes a deeply […]

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels is WKW’s fourth film and another failed attempt at blending quirky love story with Hong Kong action, reminescent of Hard Boiled and The Killer by John Woo. On […]

Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood continues to amaze me with his delicate touch.  I guess thats what happens when you have a career in front and behind the camera that spans 50+ years.

As Tears Go By

I find it surprising that WKW’s first film is your typical crime drama / love story.  Both story lines are handled poorly and to call the film awful is being […]

Up

Everyone I know that has seen this film warned me I would cry. Mentally prepared I purchased my ticket and prepared for the emotional purge.  Hours later as the credits […]

Terminator Salvation

After the disaster known as Terminator 3 I thought it couldn’t get worse; boy was I wrong. Terminator Salvation should have been the rebirth of a dead franchise. Instead we […]

The Spirit

What made me think Frank Miller could actually pull this off?  Sure he’s a master at crafting amazing comic books (Daredevil, Return of the Dark Knight, Ronin, Sin City, 300 […]

Taken

I am happy to see Luc Besson is back doing what he does best. making awesome action packed popcorn movies.

Chungking Express

This film further solidifies my belief that WKW is one the best film directors alive.  His ability to find insight and poetry in the ordinary and mundane is inspirational.

Star Trek

Not only did J.J. Abrams capture the greatness of the original he also managed to injected new life into a dead franchise. As a side note, I came across this […]

El Norte

As a child I recall watching El Norte with my parents and being extremely moved by the story of two Guatemalan immigrants displaced by civil war. For years I searched […]

Red Belt

Your typical cliched exploration of honor through martial arts. I was hoping David Mamet would inject something new but instead he gives us a convulted plot. By no means is […]

Australia

I wanted to enjoy this film but the hodgepodge of ideas and themes culminate into an unfocused and unbalanced film. Other annoyances were the use of Somewhere Over the Rainbow […]

G.I. Joe: Resolute

Came across the G.I. Joe animated mini-series (seems like a reboot) the other day and figured I would share. Click here to check out the full 11 episodes, free!

Monsters vs Aliens

It seems I now have a 3D animated cartoon movie buddy in Ada.  Last time we hung out we saw Coraline and tonight we watched Monsters vs Aliens.  Having seen […]

Crank: High Voltage

The gang and I have a tradition of watching terribly “AWESOME” movies on opening night.  Did I mention we do it piss drunk?  Interested yet? Past films include such modern […]

Transporter 3

I was expecting a crazy action filled romp with gonzo stunts but got a weak environmentally friendly plot with boring “seen it all before” action scenes instead . Transporter 3 […]

Quarantine

I love the concept of rabies making people into crazed zombies but the camera work in this film make it unwatchable.

Africa Hot

The first heatwave of the summer is in full effect and I still haven’t purchased an air conditioner.  I knew it would be hot but I never expected it to […]

Puerto Rican Day Parade

Why do they give police guns? To shoot people. Why do they give police semi-automatic guns? To shoot many people in a short amount of time. When I don’t hear […]

Atonement

Went to Best Buy with George and purchase a Bluetooth remote for my PS3. Met up with Chika and saw Atonement, it was good but needed editing. The cinematography was […]

Movies

I awoke “super–sick” and I haven’t been able to maintain a normal sleep schedule because of it. I watched 21 Jump Street Season 5 Disc 1 and noticed that Johnny […]

Resident Evil

Had really restless sleep. Woke up in the middle of the night and had a tall glass of orange juice and went back to bed. Felt sick but woke up […]