Monday, December 28, 2009

Avatar

12-28-2009
The Grand Theater
Superior

This movie was way better than it was supposed to be. I mean James Cameron writer/director, James Horner composer, Celine Dion singing at the ending credits, it's going to be Titanic 2 right? Wrong. Although it uses all the ingerdients of a normal movie it uses them in the most effective way possible. It's like going to your favorite restaraunt and ordering you favorite dish and enjoying it. Was it a surprise? No, but you enjoy it anyway.

Now I'll be the first to say it's not the best of the superiors, in fact it's probably the worst of the superiors. If I look over my list though at all of the Excellent ratings, I will not find a movie that is better than this one.

Great action movie, with great sci-fi ideas that was crafted very well. It's a bit long, but even after 2:40 I'd like to stay in that world a while longer. That's the usual sign of a Superior movie...you don't want it to end.

I tried to fight it, I didn't want it to be true but it is. Avatar is a superior movie that I highly reccomend...

Except can we please get rid of Celine Dion...She ruined "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

12-26-2009
The Grand Theater
Great

Thank you Disney. Although this was not The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, or Aladdin, it was so nice to see an "Old Fashined" animated feature from Disney. The Pixar stuff is great, don't get me wrong, but sometimes you need to go back to your roots. It's kind of like church (hang with me here) I love my church, it's contemporary and exciting using all kind of media, lights, sound etc. I love it. But every now and then I think about my church from childhood. I remember the Christmas eve services on a cold dark night. I remember the old hymns from an old organ. Those are sweet memories of tradition and stability. This movie was like that old church, sure it's not the latest and flashiest, but that doesn't make it innefective. It's a great movie for all the reasons any movie is a great movie. Great characters, Great Story, Great Story telling. And a five year old who passes out into a popcorn coma on the way home helps too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXG-14H2m7A

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Precious

12-24-2009
The Grand Theater
Poor

Well I do find myself in a pickle here.

Great Characters? Check. Every character is complex and interesting. There is no black and white. There are reasons why everyone is the way they are.

Great acting? Check, check, check! Acting was phenomenal. Probably the best performances of the year!

So why a rating of poor? Because in the end I just didn't like it. I didn't understand the point. If the movie was to tell this girls story, why didn't they tell us the ending? Every thread in the story was left unresolved. You are left not knowing anything about what happens to these characters. Don't get me wrong it doesn't have to have a happy ending, but it must have an ending.

Perhaps the only point of this movie was to make everyone cry. The structure of the film is what ruined it for me. Let me summarize. First something horrible happens, and then something even more horrible happens, and then something even more horrbile happens. Things get a little better and then something horrible happens. The end. No resolution, not even a line of text at the end that says "And then 2 days later Precious gets hit by a bus" (I wouldn't have been surprised if that really did happen).

I am sad that the performances by the actors were wasted on a bad plot structure. You would think that such powerful performances would overshadow the poorly constructed story. But it didn't and I left the theater angry and confused.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5FYahzVU44