Friday, January 30, 2009

All About Movies

The following are the movies that I have watched last December of last year. Hmmm... well, I was just speaking my mind and this is how I felt with them:

1. Twilight - I heard a lot of buzz with regards to this movie. I got the chance to watch it when I was having my vacation in Manila. I haven't read the book and that was one good thing because many were saying that if you have read the book, you will be disappointed with the outcome of the film. Back to the movie, the earlier scenes were too short and just seemed choppy. I enjoyed the time spent developing the story and the characters. The portrayal for the character of Bella was great and was so convincing, you will feel the emotion involved in her. I enjoyed the music, imagery and cinematography. But I will admit, the movie is a little too dramatic at times. It's giggle-worthy at some moments. No, the special effects were not that stunning... but adequate for what the movie needed. No, this is not accademy award material, but I wasn't expecting that type of movie, just a good romantic story. And that's what I got. All in all I absolutely loved it, thought it was amazing, well executed for the most part and I really can't wait to see the second installment.

2. The Day The Earth Stood Still - What a mess! Keannu saved the world but the story was dead. Keannu Reeves is a great actor and I have watched all his Matrix movies but with this one? The heck! I was so disappointed. First and foremost, the story was too predictable, from the very start you knew that there will be a world destruction and he will save the planet, that's it! But the storyline, the phasing of the scenes were so boring. What i did in the theater was a tag line of "The Day I Sit Still", no reactions, I didn't feel any emotions from any of the scenes, I almost fell asleep. The film is awful and a total mess! Yeah, kudos to the special effects and visual experimentations they did but I have seen those scenes in other movies, I mean, is there something new? The movie is very slow and at times seems to stop just as still as the title itself. This movie should have been a straight to DVD platform. The ending was horrific and kept telling to myself... "What? That's it? Is it the ending? The world lived but the story died?"

3. Yes Man - Hmmm... the movie was wasn't that good and wasn't that bad at all. Carey is past his prime, but well suited for this romantic comedy. Quite a few notable performances, story was a little out there but had a good number of laugh-out-loud bits. But I was asking myself if I really enjoyed this movie. Yeah, I laughed but I just didn't feel the Jim Carey I have watched before, I think he is geeting too old to be playing those crap anymore. It felt flat all the way. But this movie was box office potential. Maybe there is something missing with the script. It was not that awful, but I just didn't like it.

In this awards season, the following movies are fighting for the title "Best Motion Picture" in the up coming Academy Awards, what's your bet?
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire
On the other note, since it's 2009 already, let's check the Top 10 Movies of 2008 based from

  1. The Dark Knight (Warner Brothers) - $531,867,031
  2. Iron Man (Paramount Pictures) - $318,412,101
  3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount Pictures) - $317,101,119
  4. Hancock (Sony Pictures) - $227,946,274
  5. WALL-E (Buena Vista) - $223,808,164
  6. Kung Fu Panda (Paramount/Dreamworks) - $215,434,591
  7. Twilight (Summit Entertainment) - $186,277,378
  8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Paramount/Dreamworks) - $178,927,840
  9. Quantum of Solace (Sony Pictures) - $168,368,427
  10. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (Fox Pictures) - $154,529,439


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