Friday, August 26, 2011

Quick Movie Reviews: Vol 8

Ever since getting into Quick Flix I’ve been mowing through the movies at a pretty consistent basis, and I’ve found some movies that I never thought I would like. It seems to be the case that if you don’t spend money, you’ll be a lot more lenient on a movie as you don’t feel like you’ve wasted money. Anyway enough of the chit chat, time to get my ass into gear and get into the movies.

Piranha (2010)

The best way to describe this movie is that it’s cheesy and gory. There is just a charm to this movie, honestly its good ol fashioned fun. Well if fun is equivalent to horror movies. I’m sure there are a few people who will be turned off by the nudity and over the top violence but I couldn’t help but have a goofy grin as I watched this. The great thing is you can tell that all the actors are having fun, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, hell even the Eli Roth in a small role seems to be having fun. Also massive shout out to Jerry O’Connell, who plays a sleazy porn producer, he brings such an insane manic energy, it’s beautiful to behold.

Captain America (2011)

On the expectation level, this movie was just behind Green Lantern and only because I’m a mammoth Green Lantern fan. After watching the movie I have to say that I can’t remember too much about it. I remember having fun and enjoying the movie, but it never electrified me as much as I thought. Chris Evans is great as Cap, as is Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. However thinking back on the season of Super Hero movies, it seems that Thor is the one that I like the most because I at least remember large chunks thanks to the performance by Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The weird thing is, I would actually say Captain America is the better film out of the two. Still all this shouldn’t deter people, the movie is a good one, its fun and I can think of worse ways to spend two hours. Also if you are waiting in anticipation for the Avengers movie then you really need to see this.

The Box (2009)

Oh Richard Kelly, I’m not sure where it went wrong. Starting with Donnie Darko you captured people’s attention, and yet you’ve never followed it up. I love Southland Tales but it’s a hell of a mess, and it’s easy to see why people hate it. With The Box I was hoping that with a smaller scope that maybe you might no off the deep end. But you did it again. Simple premise, you are given a box, you push the button someone you don’t know dies but you get a million dollars. What do you do? What could have been an interesting look at decisions, morality and humanity gets confused and cluttered with a thriller like aspect of trying to find the truth behind it all. I think the big factor that made me hate the thriller aspect is that the truth actually hurt the movie, knowing too much made me lose interest. The performances weren’t all that great, though I’m not sure if that’s the actors fault or perhaps the direction. The movie looks nice though, and does capture the period really well.

If this man comes to your door and offers you the box, take a
deep breathe, clear your head and see what your spirit
animal has to say.

Thanks Spirit Animal. (What squid is an animal?)

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