Movie Mind Says: Rent It
If You Like This You Should Watch: Garden State, The Ex (aka Fast Track)
Better Than: Smart People
Worse Than: American Beauty
Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner
After a long string of testosterone-laden films I finally gave my wife the pick of rentals for a day. Much to my dismay, she came up with Juno. I had avoided it for a long time, but its viewing was inevitable, especially after all the awards and buzz. I knew there would be a day where it and I would cross paths. Obviously I lived to tell about it, but I am still trying to wrap my head around how I feel overall. An easy summation would be to call this film Knocked Up for girls. Unfortunately, I think that may only be half the truth.
Ellen Page certainly earned all the praise she received playing Juno MacGuff, a high school junior who gets knocked-uÃ¢â‚¬Â¦excuse me, impregnated, by her slacker band-friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). The film takes us through what itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like being a high school girl who thought she had everything figured out about life, but realizes there is far more to learn.
Even if you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t watch the Academy Awards or read anything about the stripper-to-award-winning writer-tale that accompanied it, my male readers would probably need all of 4 minutes to determine that this was a film written by a woman, for women. Not that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anything wrong with that of course. It takes gall and a lot of faith in the viewing public to broach this subject in a mainstream manner and especially to do it in a comedic fashion. Teen pregnancy is something that most of us donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to consider let alone watch on the big screen. This film may have irked some to the extent that it borders on glorification of an unfortunate situation, but otherwise I thought it was clever, witty, and emotional enough to carry me through. I am not going to brood over it like the critics did, but it was a very good film. It most certainly is even better for the female audience.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it was done in an evil way, but the writerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective of this situation was unabashedly looked at from a womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s la-la land. First there is JunoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father Mac, played by J.K. Simmons. While most of his prior notable roles include the hard-case newspaper boss from Spiderman, Jonah Jameson, he takes an incredibly softer role here and is wonderful in it. Wonderful, if the goal was to build a hip, modern-day dad with no flaws, that is. See, while he is happily remarried and lives by extremely modest amenities, they do nothing to downplay his openness and understanding of his daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s situation. When informed by Juno about the bun in the oven, he barely expresses disappointment in his daughter and immediately takes the supportive role. He even questions the Ã¢â‚¬Å“abilitiesÃ¢â‚¬Â of the babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father before commenting on his daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actionsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦certainly a noble portrayal but not one that is realistic for many dads out there. Correct me if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m wrong, but how many dads would not have even experienced an elevated heart rate upon hearing that news?
The next example of an overly feminine touch is the bumbling baby-daddy, Bleeker. He is innocent, vulnerable, and basically drawn out to be a mere patsy in the whole situation. Juno on the other hand, is a sharp, witty, and quirky girl who somehow manages to have it almost all together under the most trying of circumstances. She is the young modern-day woman, albeit a teen outcast, at only 16 years old. It was her decision to take advantage of poor Bleeker who everyone in the film canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe Ã¢â‚¬Å“had it in himÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The most obvious example of the overly feminine touch is CodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s portrayal of Jason BatemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character, Mark Loring. Mark is the husband of Vanessa (Garner) who will become the adoptive parents of JunoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s baby. He is painted as a heartless creep who is stuck in a sell-out-hell of a music career. His wife is so needy for a child that it just makes him seem that much more evil for not wanting one. I think Diablo Cody drew him up as a combination of the worst patrons who used to stick dollar bills in her g-string at the Diamond Gold Club or wherever her past calling was. He is a manipulative, disgrace of a man who nearly commits statutory rape and has no qualms about leaving his wife high and dry in the most important time of her life. Boy, those guys must have been bad tippers, Diablo.
Sorry for getting too cynical here, but I did have an open mind with this film. I also thought it was done really well. It is better than 90% of the studio garbage that comes out nowadays. But that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have issues with the portrayal of the male characters. Listen to meÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I sound like a heated feminist who get all riled up about women being used only as sex objects! Maybe this is merely payback to all the male-centric films and accompanying characters. I thought Knocked Up provided a little fairer perspective of both gender sides, even though the humor was clearly written by men and for men. I feel that while the humor in Juno was obviously for the women in the audience, the roles were just as one-sided. I guess no other male critics had the nards to call this a Ã¢â‚¬Å“chick flickÃ¢â‚¬Â, but I will.
Interesting Cameo Appearance: Rainn Wilson (Mr. Dwight Schrute, Jim HalpertÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s antithesis on NBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Office, and proprietor of ShruteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Beet Farm in rural Scranton, PA) as Rollo, a quirky convenience store clerk who is a little too nosy for his own good.
Vanessa Loring: Your parents are probably wondering where you are.
Juno MacGuff: NahÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I mean, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?
Mac MacGuff: Hey there, big puffy version of Junebug!
Juno MacGuff: You shouldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gone to China, you know, Ã¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Mac MacGuff: Did you see that coming?
Bren: YeahÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but I was hoping she was expelled, or into hard drugs.
Mac MacGuff: That was my first instinct too. Or a DWIÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ anything but this!
Rollo: That ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t no etch-a-sketch. This is one doodle that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be un-did, homeskillet.
Juno MacGuff: I could like, have this baby and give it to someone who like totally needs it.
Leah: You should look in the PennySaver.
Juno MacGuff: They have ads for parents?
Leah: Yeah! Ã¢â‚¬ËœDesperately Seeking Spawn.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Rollo: You better pay for that pee-stick when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re done with it. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yours just because you marked it with your urine!
Juno MacGuff: Yeah, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a legend. You know, they call me the cautionary whale.
Mac MacGuff: Next time I see that Bleeker kid IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to punch him in the wiener.
Mac MacGuff: Thanks for having me and my irresponsible child over your house.
Bren: Doctors are sadists who like to play God and watch lesser people scream.
Juno MacGuff: Oh, and she inexplicably mails me a cactus every ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thanks a heap coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Juno MacGuff: I could so go for like a huge cookie right now, with like, a lamb kabob simultaneously.
Juno MacGuff: Wow your shorts are like especially gold today.
Paulie Bleeker: My mom uses color safe bleach.
Juno MacGuff: Go Carol.
Juno MacGuff: I named my guitar Ã¢â‚¬Å“RooseveltÃ¢â‚¬Â-not Ted, Franklin. You know, the cute one, with polio.
Paulie Bleeker: You seem to be getting pregnanter these days.
Mark Loring: Vanessa gave me my own room for all my stuff.
Juno MacGuff: She gave youÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ your own room inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ in your whole house? For yourÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ for your stuff? Wow, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got you on a long leash, Mark.
Mac MacGuff: You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even remember to give Liberty Bell her breathing meds
Juno MacGuff: God that was one time! And she did not die if you recall.
Movie Mind Says: Add to Online Rental List
If You Like This You Should Watch: Jumper
Better Than: My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Worse Than: Iron Man
Starring: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron
Hancock is a tale of two-halves, starting out as light-hearted, funny, and entertaining, only to cross over into more of a sci-fi thriller focusing on more than just a flawed superhero. I personally preferred the latter, where for the first time since The Man of Steel turned evil in Superman III, we saw inside a much conflicted hero and what life in our world is like. I feel that the story took a turn into the realm of what is typically produced from the genre instead of keeping to this in-depth character portrait it began as. Will Smith is somewhat handcuffed in the role but still manages to be someone I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop watching. He kept the film from completely derailing, since this film could have been the Ã¢â‚¬Å“only one of its kindÃ¢â‚¬Â instead of your run of the mill superhero flick.
Will Smith is a crass, drunken, obnoxious superhero who may have the Ã¢â‚¬Å“superÃ¢â‚¬Â part down pat (he can fly and lift cars & buildings and all that schwag) but he has a long way to go in order to learn how to play the part of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“heroÃ¢â‚¬Â. He is so detached from society that even when he saves lives, people still wish he would go away. Whether it is his poor attitude or the tremendous wake of destruction he leaves behind, he canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t catch a break in the eyes of his fellow Los Angelinos. So when he happens to save the life of Ray Embrey (Bateman), a PR expert with a heart of gold, things may finally start to turn around for Hancock. Although when RayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), fails to warm up to Hancock, we learn that it may take a lot more to fix him than Ray is prepared for.
HancockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first memory is waking up in a hospital some 80 years ago with no idea of who he was or how he got there. The hospital needed his Ã¢â‚¬Å“John HancockÃ¢â‚¬Â, and the legend had a name. He was told his head was shattered yet he baffled the doctors with his skullÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s otherworldly healing. Since he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t age, and can pretty much save the world while nursing a bad hangover, he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really had to work at making people like him. But by following RayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s PR advice, HancockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new image and polish is starting to win over some former detractors. Although before you get excited about seeing a feature on this unique character, be prepared to get thrust back into something youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen a hundred times. We all know Will Smith wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to play a part where he is an a-hole for the whole film, but the manner in which he converts is a letdown. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just say there is a twist in the script whose unwrapping is much more of a spectacle than a present itself.
Halfway through the film, we stop seeing Hancock as a flawed superhero struggling to adjust, and instead see him as the sympathetic figure. Like I mentioned, there had to be a reason Will Smith was willing to Ã¢â‚¬Å“slumÃ¢â‚¬Â in this role for a little while. The problem is, he could have made this memorable if the script stopped focusing on creating a half-baked history to the character. You see, Hollywood always feels there has to be more to a story than just a good story. This is even more true when they dump a zillion dollars into a holiday blockbuster and feel an overwhelming need to add dumb special effects and idiotic back-stories. The Movie Mind hates to see a wasted opportunity like this in whatcould have been a unique take on the classic genre.
This film just ended up all over the place. It struggled to find a true identity and came off very studio-heavy. We all know Will Smith is the king of the July 4th blockbuster, but I rank this one below all of his others (Men in Black, MIB II, Independence Day, Wild Wild West). If you treat it as a superhero flick, then there are no real bad-guys to make for interesting confrontations. On the flip side, if you treat it as a deep look into a unique character, there are too many cartoonish effects and cheesy plotlines to take it seriously. Hancock attempted to give us both sides of the coin, but ended up failing in both. While the formula may be Will Smith + July 4th = BlockbusterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦it does not necessarily equate to a good film.
Interesting Cameo Appearance: Michael Mann (Writer/Director/Producer of many high-strung action hits such as Ali, Heat, and Miami Vice) as a random business executive listening to Jason BatemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interesting sales pitch.
Rail Crossing Crowd #2: Your breath smells like alcohol!
Hancock: ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cause IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been drinking bitch!
Hancock: Call me an asshole one more time.
Pissed Fat Guy: You know? Somebody should sue you!
Hancock: You know what? You should sue McDonalds, cuz they f*cked you up!
Hancock: Good job.
Hancock: Life here can be difficult for me. I am the only one of my kind.
Hancock: Aah the whole turn the other cheek thing huh? Just never turn this cheek. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let them punk you.
Hancock: Well what you gotta do is take your foot and jam it real hard into his piss pump. And do it real good, so for the next week he canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t use it for anything other than a flap to keep the dust out of his ass crack.
Hancock: Do I have permission to touch your body?
Female Cop: Yes!
Hancock: AlrightÃ¢â‚¬Â¦this is not sexual. Not that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not an attractive woman. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re actually a very attractive woman-
Female Cop: Get me the hell out of here!
Hancock: I gotta wonder what a bastard I have been. That nobody was there to claim me. I mean I am not the most charming guy on the world so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been toldÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ butÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ nobody?
This movie is just what you would think it is based from the commercials, a typical action film. Taking that into account I still enjoyed the film because even though the story lacked brains and heart the over the top action sequences were entertaining enough. This is a movie for all of those people who are action junkies who can get past the lack of a great story even though there is a story to this film.
Now the story is about a man named Wesley who has no motivation to live the life hes living and feels he is supposed to something other than what he is doing in life. Whenever he gets into a hostile situation he gets these overwhelming feelings which he thinks is anxiety in which he takes medicine for it. What he doesn't understand is that its something that he has within him to allow him to assess the situation at hand. Picking up his medicine he runs into the beautiful Angelina Jolie who plays Fox a member of a group of assassins that have been around for a thousand years and tells him that his father was killed by a rogue assassin and that assassin is after him at that moment. The organization which is run by the great Morgan Freeman trains him and helps him to stop the killer and allow him to get his revenge.
I don't want to give away details to spoil the movie but its the type of action movie that starts off fast and keeps going never slowing down til the credits show. Tons of greatly inventive action sequences and stunts but no deeply felt story like in The Dark Knight or even Iron Man. They casted some great actors in the roles and they do well enough as the script would allow them to show personality and to get you to feel for them but its not the type to win any oscars or awards for the acting or even best film of the year but it is still entertaining and is definitely for the action lovers.
When I went in the theater to see this movie I had every belief that it was going to be made as well as Batman Begins and I was wrong. It surpassed Batman Begins by a long shot. The Dark Knight is the kind of movie that starts off fast paced and never lets up. Everything about this movie was on point with how it was supposed to be done from spectacular action sequences and stunts to the special effects. Even the performances from the power house cast never disappoints. The performance to be acknowledged the most is Heath Ledger and not because of the fact that he passed away earlier this year but because he stole every scene he was in with how he took on that role. For many parts of the movie I couldn't even recognize him through the darkness of the character and the makeup but thats what made it a great performance. He brought a darker edge to the role and made it work from his great dialogue that was written for him to his surprising twist to role itself. Quoting Richard Roeper and only because I agree with him a hundred percent "Epic...Heath Ledger creates a joker who is one of the most memorable screen characters of the decade." Then you have Christian Bale returning to the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman providing an even stronger performance for the part than in the prior Batman film. Also I cannot forget the veteran actors Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman who add more depth to the film and necessary dialogue to move the story on. Also definitely worth mentioning are Gary Oldman who plays Lt. Gordan and Aaron Eckhart who take their roles and make you feel for them and believe in them. Gary Oldman does such a good job acting that you forget he is acting and Aaron Eckhart playing Harvey Dent allows for you to see what happens to a person to change them from a person doing good to a person blinded by rage because of what has happened in his life.
Now the story is about the Joker and his plot to expose Batman's identity by murdering certain people everyday until he reveals himself. Now that is just a very small part as to what the story is really about but to tell you the story wouldn't do the film the justice it deserves. Lets just say that the movie's story goes into the psychological parts and shows that even by doing good bad will happen. It allows us to see that even superheroes are capable of feeling and dealing with the consequences of their actions. Now I want to stop because I am not one to spoil a movie for anyone so just go see it because if you are a fan of comic book made movies this is along the best. You won't be disappointed with it. This movie is probably the best three hours you will spend in the theaters this summer if not this year.
AhMazing! I seriously was not expecting this to be that good, considering i'm the person who gave "Batman Begins" only 2 stars. This movie was beyond fantastic! It's darker and more violent than the first, but better in every possible way. There are a lot of explosions and such in this film, but none of them are unnecessary- its all for a reason. While the first movie only really explains how he became Batman, the second is more a fight movie: good guy vs. bad guy. I think Christian Bale is a nice, clean-cut looking guy, who has the acting chops but not a whole lot of personality. Maybe it's because i'm comparing him to someone like Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man" which i recently saw, who has butt-loads of personality. Anywho, the main star and light is shown all on the Joker. And as we all know, this is played by Heath Ledger. I never really recognized his death with much importance, only for the fact i have never heard of him... until now. After seeing this movie, Heath Ledger has instantly jumped to one of my favorite actors. I now am anxious to see everything he has played in. He reminds me of Johnny Depp in how he gets absorbed into his characters, except he is in a young guy's body like say... Matt Damon. Anyway, he does a TERRIFIC job and it makes the joker creepy, mysterious, scary, and hilarious all in one. Other knock out performances come from Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and one other guy that i cannot come up with at the moment... my mind went blank.
Considering i hated the first movie, and absolutely loved this movie (one of my favorites) says alot. It's that good. The chase scenes are absolutely ecstatic to watch, the whole film is shot gorgeously and richly, their are many doses of humor throughout (something that the first film lacked), and the movie is so great at building the excitement. It may only be a tad bit too long, but by that i mean a "tad". Even though it is a "tad" long, you won't get bored... it's very exciting. And Scary! There were many times where i jumped out of my seat or covered my eyes. There are also some terrific visual scenes with the "Bat-pod" which makes your heart flutter because it's just that riveting. I didn't think there would be anything over the summer that would beat out the good superhero quality of"Iron Man", but this definitely is a competition now. It's a great film, and definitely going to be one of the biggest- if not hugest- movie of the summer.
But really my main point, is that this all should go to Ledger. He's fantastic, given the fact he was only 28 when he made this. His death is tragic. He's a huge talent. The trailers definitely built up the anticipation. Heath Ledger has been in the spotlight a TON lately- mostly for the fact, that this could be an Oscar worthy performance. They have been saying that he could get nominated for an Oscar, and i'm guessing the Oscar would go to his family. No matter what, Ledger must be recognized and remembered in some big way- he's a great actor, from what i've seen of this movie, and am totally excited to see his line up of previous movies.
YOU'RE THE MAN HEATH!!!
'Breach' is a good drama about the greatest U.S. security breach in history. Chris Cooper is good as the spy Robert Hanssen, and Ryan Phillipe is also good as FBI operative Eric O'Neill, who helps bring Hanssen down. Good dialogue and good dramatic moments help to fuel the film. The climactic moment at and near a park in Washington, D.C. is very good as well.
Shot in black and white, Good Night, And Good Luck. takes place in the 1950s during the time of Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist hunt. David Strathairn plays journalist Edward R. Murrow, who attacks McCarthy's interrogating methods, and in return McCarthy claims that Murrow was/is a Communist sympathizer. Director George Clooney nicely mixes in real footage of McCarthy, and a good cast surrounds Strathairn's character. Overall, it is a solid movie.
In this Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie, Tom Criuse plays John Anderton, chief of Washington, D.C.'s Precrime Unit, whose ability to stop murder before they happen has kept the District of Columbia murder-free for six years. Then Anderton himself is blamed for a murder that will happen in 36 hours, and he has that amount of time to figure out who set him up. An average movie; it's a bit confusing at times, and one particular woman does quite a bit of annoying yelling and screaming. Some of the color was taken out of the picture, which is reminiscent of Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan.'
I would like to talk about "The lord of the rings". It's an action film set in a imaginary Middle age. The main characters are Frodo, Aragorn, Legolas, Sauron, Gimli... and other personages. this film talk about the power of rings and her destruccion. the special efects are very realists. The Lord of the rings won some oscars
in my opinion, on the histori of cinema this trylogi will be one important film. This film is one fantasy film. Because, It describe one medieval world that no is not true.
The characters principals of the film are: Frodo, Sam, Gandalf friends of Frodo (Aragon, Legolas...etc.). Frodo is principal characters because is the carrier of the ring. Your best friend is Samm, he will help a Frodo in hall the aventures.
His tutor is Gandalf, Frodo learnt of Gandalfn a lot of things that will be important for the travel. Sauron's the bad of the film he is the principal enemye.
The film is bassed in one world medieval. Also this world is one world imaginary. But in truth the fil is engraving in New Zealand.
This film spake of the aventures that to pass a one young man.
This person have the objetctive of destroyed one ring. But there are others persons that want take the ring. Frodo to pass a lot of aventures before the destroyes of the ring.
This film have one im portant efects especial that to locate awe in on the film.
You nrecomend this film for a Specials effects and for the big to fight than there are in the film.
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