Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

Matthew McConaughey stars in this courtroom drama as Mick Haller, a brilliant lawyer that is possibly the best at what he does, legally and illegally. The film's main plot involves Haller taking on a client, Louis Roulet (played by Ryan Phillippe), a son of a wealthy family who is convicted of attacking a prostitute even though Haller has doubts about his innocence. This storyline is effectively suspenseful with plot twists that keep the viewer's interest up until the very end. The side plots and supporting characters were also effective in the sense that they gave depth to McConaughey's character. This film is an impressive dialogue and plot driven thriller that you definitely don't want to miss! Grade A.  


This film was written by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead fame. The film's writers also star as the two main characters, Graeme and Clive, a nerdy duo attending the San Diego Comic Con who decide to take thier love of comics and science fiction a step further by going to explore Area 51.
They meet up with Paul, a freindly and sarcastic alien (voiced by Seth Rogen).  Needless to say, they end up on the run from some government officials. This film is a predictable but entertaining trip to the movies that spoofs classic science fiction films such as E.T. and Star Trek as a salute to geeks everywhere! Grade B-.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


This one stars Bradly Cooper as a down on his luck writer who discovers a strange pill. The pill enhances the user's intellectual aspects and allows them to practically learn anything in a short amount of time or think their way through virtually any problem. While this film utilized the often overused storyline of the protagonist going from rock bottom to total prosperity, I was very impressed with the use of the main character's first person narrative. Director Neil Burger's animated scene changes and flashbacks also effectively told the story in a more entertaining fashion. The main character's journey of fortunes and pitfalls will win the hearts of action and drama fans alike. Grade B+

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in this intriguing mystery thriller. Their characters meet by chance and subsequently become infatuated with each other (no surprise there). However, when the two happen to see each other again, Damon's character learns not only that fate was supposed to keep them apart, but a mysterious group known as "The Adjustment Bureau" is relentless in their pursuit to enforce this. My interest in secret societies and conspiracy theories as well as the similar subject matter of what I thought was the best film of 2010, Inception initially attracted me to this movie. While this film was somewhat thought provoking, it lacked any true depth and played out as a cliched love story. Grade C+

Monday, March 14, 2011

Take Me Home Tonight

I love movies and I'm stuck in 1980's! So, this was a match made in heaven! I made the trip to Cinemark on Montage Mountain immediatly after work on Saturday evening. I grabbed  a Starbucks iced coffee and stepped back 20+ years where I enjoyed a ton of laughs and a lot of fun! Topher Grace and Dan Fogler made a great comedic duo with Fogler playing the irresponsible troublemaker and Grace playing the naive best freind that goes along for the ride. While out at a party, they run into Grace's high school crush, played by the ever so beautiful Thersa Palmer. To almost no surprise, it ends up being the boy meets girl, boy loses girl and boy finds girl again storyline. Just like those classic 80's films we grew up on! T.M.H.T. captures the nostalgia not only through retrospective musical numbers, but with great filmaking and storytelling that was a throwback to the movies of that time. Well worth the trip to your nearest megaplex. Don't miss this one! Grade A

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For all of you that know me, you know I am a cinema fanatic! I will now share my opinions about all the films I watch, good and bad, old and new. Comments always welcome folks!