In 1999, the Blair Witch Project hit us with it's 16mm documentary type footage. Since then, many other films have used the tactic of amateur videography to help display graphic events in a film. CLOVERFIELD is obviously influenced by the aforementioned BWP's "run-and-gun-style filming" to tell it's tale. The tale of young upwardly mobile New Yorkers who witness the devastating destruction of their city by a gigantic, mysterious monster. This attack interrupts a going away party for the lead character, who was to be taking a job promotion in Japan. His best friend had been assigned the duty of recording the party for posterity. He ends up as the de-facto videographer of the horror caused by the villianous creature, and finally, the creature itself. CLOVERFIELD was the name given to the area formerly known as Central Park, where the video tape was found by the military some time later.
CLOVERFIELD the movie is visually stunning. The action sequences are terrific, the monster is terrifying, and the outlook is grim indeed. What a shame then, that the movie is undermined by one of the most elementary considerations in filmdom. It doesn't properly explain who some of these characters are. No one should be expected to do "Homework" on the internet to know and understand a character.
The party scene is long and chaotic, and when it spills on to the street, most of them are never seen again. Obviously there's the hero and the girl he loves. There's a loyal best friend, and a brother. The audience is left confused and unsure of anyone else's motives. CLOVERFIELD loses at least 2 stars from what COULD HAVE BEEN a legendary
sci-fi horror film.
Horton Hears a Who! is the newest movie from Blue Sky, the creators of Ice Age. It's based on the book by Dr. Suess. Long story short, Horton hears a voice on a speck and learns that a city of Whos is on it. Horton then takes the responsibility to find a safe place to place the speck, so the Whos can live in peace. But almost every animal in the jungle Nool is determined to destroy that speck, which perches on a clover flower to keep safe, because Sour Kangeroo convinces them Horton is teaching the children that there are small people.
I'll begin by saying this is a positively positive review. Let me continue and explain why. First off, this movie is hilarious. But what would you expect from the people that brought you Ice Age? It has a variety of different brands of humor. Like random (that would be the character Katie, like her line "in my world, everybody's a pony, and they all eat rainbows, and poop butterflies!"), and slapstick humor. Lots of it. It's flowing at you non-stop. And when they sing "Can't Fight this Feeling" at the end, I was almost in tears. It's oddly beautiful. Second reason, the imagery is absolutely beautiful. Everything is colorful, vivid and detailed. You can tell they put a lot of work into each character. Because this movie's animated, Dr. Suess's world comes to life. The zany crooked looking trees and houses. Everything is just like the books. Third reason this movie is so fun, the characters. Every single character has a unique personality, and you fall in love with them when you first hear them speak. I don't know how they do it.
So go see this movie if you have a good sense of humor. I'd actually say it's the funniest animated movie I've ever seen. It's very enjoyable.
*** Quotable Quotes:
Su-Chin: I'm having a little trouble concentrating.
Juno: Oh well I could sell you some of my Adderall if you want.
Su-Chin: No thanks I'm off pills.
Juno: That's a wise choice because I knew this girl who like had this crazy freak out because she took too many behavioral meds at once and she like ripped off her clothes, and dove into the fountain at Ridgedale Mall and was like, "Blah I am a Kracken from the sea!"
Su-Chin: I heard that was you.
Juno: Yeah, I'm a legend. You know, they call me the cautionary whale.
Juno: You should've gone to China, you know, 'cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.
Bren: When you move out I'm getting two Weimaraners!
Juno: Whoa, dream big!
***At a glance:
Diablo CodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quirky Oscar-winning screenplay about teen pregnancy is skillfully brought to the screen by director Jason Reitman and a talented cast, headed by the unique Ellen Page.
Juno (Ellen Page) is sixteen and her moment of passion with Paul (Michael Cera), a boy she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know she is in love with, ends with a pregnancy. Unable to go through with her initial decision to have an abortion, she opts for pregnancy, finding a picture-perfect childless couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman). Director Jason Reitman, coming off the success of Thank You For Smoking, follows it up with his deft understated comedic touch. Page is a standout, showing real talent and a looseness in body and voice that shows sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be able to play a variety of roles. The script divides good lines among the cast, which is rounded out by Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons. Cera is my personal favorite, portraying the sensitive, intelligent, soft-spoken, unsure nerd character he brought to comic life in the Arrested Development series. Deservedly, Diablo Cody won the 2008 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
***Other reviewers said:
"Juno...is smart, witty, and engaging -- three ingredients that, when applied to any film, comprise a recipe for success."
- James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
"That essence of pugnacious energy that is Ellen Page has just taken another solid step toward certain stardom."
- Jules Brenner (Cinema Signals)
Oh God Ohhhh God! When i noticed that no one said anything about this movie I just had o put this! This is one of the best movies that came out EVER! You cant go wrong with Forest Whitaker and Denzel Washington!This movie is a happy movie. I loved it!There is a group of kids that went to join the debate team and made it 3 boys 1 girl.This movie is brilliant :)
My mom made me see this movie and i am SOOOO happy that she did. The movie is about a young girl going to see/live with her step dad during the Spanish war. She is also is with her pregnant mom the movie is extremely sad... i don't want to ruin the movie so i wont say any more. all i CAN say is see it if u haven't already!
This movie was extremely funny!The main character Juno/Ellen Page is a very talented actress!The movie was about a pregnant teen that gives her baby away.This movie is extremely funny and it even made me cry.This movie is THE BOMB! I would say more but i am not a movie spoiler. It could not be any better.
*** Quotable Quotes:
Robert (Patrick Dempsey) [sarcastically] Welcome to New York.
Giselle (Amy Adams) [sincerely] Oh, thank you very much!
Giselle: I remember this one time, when the poor wolf was being chased around by Little Red Riding Hood around his grandmother's house, and she had an axe... oh, and if Pip hadn't been walking by to help I don't know what would've happened!
Morgan (Rachel Covey): I don't really remember that version.
Giselle: Well, that's because Red tells it a little differently.
Morgan: Remember not to put too much makeup or the boys may get the wrong idea. They are only after one thing.
Giselle: What's that?
Morgan: I don't know. They won't tell me.
***At a glance:
This Disney comedy of a fairytale princess who is banished to New York City manages to combine a hilarious parody of DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own animated fairytale films with a sincere love story and blend it into a movie that will appeal to young and old.
Giselle (Amy Adams) is a beautiful sweet young girl who lives in an animated, fairytale world. There, she falls in love with handsome Prince Edward (James Marsden). But her love can de-throne the princeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evil mother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon). And so she is banished to a dark world of unhappiness and terror: live-action New York! Here, she is taken in by Robert (Patrick Dempsey), a good-hearted but melancholy lawyer, and Morgan (Rachel Covey), his six year old daughter. Initially, Robert thinks Giselle is either mad or from out of town, but slowly, he is taken in by her sincerity and beauty. Likewise, Giselle, in her first real friendship/relationship, falls for him too. In the meantime, their Ã¢â‚¬ËœrealÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ world is invaded first by Prince Edward, then by the QueenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evil sidekick, Nathaniel (Timothy Spall), whose mission is to stop Giselle and the Prince from finding each other and getting married. When Nathaniel fails, the Queen herself gets involved.
The combination of Dempsey, who plays it absolutely straight, contrasted against Adams, who should win some sort of special Oscar for how she makes the naivete of Giselle absolutely believable, is a wonderful thing to watch. Sharing some of its core values with movies like Miracle on 34th Street, it is a story about loss of innocence and the death of romance - how empty peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lives are when the belief in romance and Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtrue loveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dies, and how more fulfilling it is to maintain that belief (even if it truly is a leap of faith to do so). ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rare when a film can combine a completely imaginary and humorous fantasy storyline with one that addresses human emotions with such sincerity.
But donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get the wrong idea Ã¢â‚¬â€œ this is not a Swedish melodrama. Along the way while telling its tale of redemption, there are plenty of hilarious lines and scenes. Perhaps my favorite was a elaborate, live-action Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcleaning upÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ scene, complete with scrubbing bubble cockroaches (one of which is unceremoniously eaten by a pigeon, and all in time to typically jaunty whistle-while-you-work music). The songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz also deserve a special mention for helping to set the mood.
***Other critics said:
"One of those rare pieces of 'all ages entertainment' that will actually work for all ages, Enchanted succeeds most of all as a showcase for its superb leading lady."
- Geoff Berkshire (Metromix.com)
"Disney's Enchanted is the sweet, lighthearted antithesis to the more serious fare this holiday season, fueled by a thoroughly captivating performance from Amy Adams."
- Kit Bowen (Hollywood.com)
"What pushes the film over the top is the terrific turn by Adams, who really seems like a Disney heroine come to life."
- Matt Brunson (Creative Loafing)