Thursday, December 07, 2006

Movie Reviews

It's been a while since I've done a movie review so I've got a couple to review this morning...

We'll start with the worst one -

Miami Vice - Based on a hit 80's TV series, this is quite possibly the worst adaptation of a cancelled TV show in the history of time. I kept thinking that to be a play on the TV show it needed to use the original theme song in some form. I was even thinking if they'd gotten Moby or Fatboy Slim to do it that might be cool. Nope. No such luck. The only version you can rent is the unrated directors cut. Truthfully the movie looks like they tried to film it from too many angles and in some cases had to use home video camera's. One scene in a shootout a camera gets fake blood spatter on it and the shot is so bad that the camera guy gets up and moves to a different position. It was almost like it was filmed by Alf. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx are terrible together. They had little interaction and no chemistry. I had read that filming was slowed because they couldn't get along. Not sure if that's true, but watching them work together you have zero doubts. Even the love story end of it isn't believable. The movie just seems like nobody wanted to do it so they put together the clips that they had where everyone was on screen and threw it on the screen. I'm so glad I didn't see this in the theater. I might have actually cussed in this review if I had. I wish there was a word stronger than awful to describe it, but that will have to do.

Van Wilder 2 - Not bad. Very cliched, very predictable, but still a little funny. I would reccomend you wait until video as it's really not a theater worthy movie. It was kind of reaching for that goofy humor like the American Pie franchise now is, but still kinda funny. Not a total loss.

Casino Royale - Third times a charm right? Absolutely. I love James Bond movies and this is the best one in a while. The last couple Pierce Brosnan ones weren't too bad, and I did like them. This was a good movie. I'm actually trying to talk Dad into going and seeing it with me again I liked it so much. Basically it's the first of Ian Flemmings books that was never really made in to a movie. It was spoofed in the 60's, and there was a TV adaptation done of it sometime before that. But this...this is how you do James Bond. Daniel Craig was perfect for the role, and Eva Green was a smoking hot Bond girl. I don't care if she is French. The only thing hotter than the Bond girls in this one are the Aston Martin's. It's no wonder they choose those...they're like sex on wheels. If I ever win the lottery, I'm getting one. I don't care if it's a vintage 67, or a brand new DB9...maybe both. Sadly in this movie the car doesn't get much screen time and in the wreck scene they destroyed three of them at $300,000 a piece...such a shame. I might even take the wrecked one just so I could say I had an Aston Martin. Mmmm...Good stuff. Anyway, back to the movie. It's where Bond begins as a Double 0 agent and it's a great way to keep the Bond franchise alive. I know they won't remake the old movies, but I hope that they make a few more of them because this was really the best movie of the summer. As far as action flics go this year, I give this one props for being on top.

That's about it for movie reviews now. December doesn't look very promising to watch many but we're hopeful.


Casino Royale was good. Thought they could have made the ending a bit better, but it was good and I'd see it again.

You need to see The Departed if you haven't already. Excellent movie. Probably my top one so far this year.
posted by Blogger Chris D. at 8:41 AM  
We saw it, I liked it but I liked Bond a little better. We watched a few more this weekend that I'll get around to reviewing some day this week.
posted by Blogger Raul Duke at 8:49 AM  
I used to see just about everything that came out, but I guess I'm losing it b/c I haven't seen any of these. I'm not a big Bond fan, but I'm sure I'll at least see that one when it comes out on video.
posted by Blogger Chas at 5:18 PM  
Daniel Craig is the sexiest ugly man on the planet. He was the perfect Bond. From "Do I look like someone who gives a damn." To "the bitch is dead, why would I need more time" I adore him. Seriously.

I've seen it twice. And would go again if I didn't feel so pathetic going alone.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 9:08 PM  
You could always take someone with you you know...I mean...I'm willing to go see it again.
posted by Blogger Raul Duke at 9:29 AM  
Whew. Actually had a moment to sit down.

When you wanna see Casino Royale? I'd be willing to drive down one Saturday for some Bond and Clumpies!
posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 10:59 PM  
You pick the day and I'm all over it.
posted by Blogger Raul Duke at 7:43 AM  

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