I can’t help but be amazed by how much David manages to convince me that he is truly off of his rocker, while still being control the entire time. He’s crazy, but still completely in control.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
All in all, it's one of my favorite May-December romance movies, even though it has a depressing end. Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester do an amazing job at bringing the chemistry and relationship to life on the screen. Five out of five stars!
SUMMARY (Spoilers below)
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A bit stupid, but fun anyway.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Oh no…she’s reviewing another vampire movie… Please withhold the eye-rolls and deep sighs for afterwards if you still need to.
Though the graphics are sub-par, the details that they manage to work into the story are rather nice and caters to a smarter audience. It makes it a B-movie that is custom-made for a more intelligent viewer. One of my favorite details that they remember all of the changes that come along with having a society that lives in the dark, but is still stuck on the normal work-during-the-day-sleep-at-night concept. They have cars that have daylight driving mode for vampires, and the writers even included a feature on the car that when the door is open during the day, it says, “Warning: UV light detection. Warning: UV light detection.” That is just one of the many details that they follow that makes this one of the more successful vampire movies.
What I enjoy most about this movie is that it doesn’t really deal with any weird romance between a human and a vampire, or even necessarily glamorize vampires. I mean, they’re pretty, I guess, and they’re also still scary, but it shows how much a vampire can envy the life of a human. It shows the psychology of a vampire only having half of a life, and not a real one. Ethan Hawke’s character, a vampire hematologist, shows an envy of the humans and the fact they are not reliant on one source of life. An envy of the fact that humans can exist in both worlds, without having to rely on only one food for sustenance. I love seeing the reversal. Especially when it is shown that there are people who have no desire to become vampires.
In fact, there’s a great set of lines that explains it. Hawke’s character asks, “Aren’t you scared of dying?” and the woman’s response is, “Yes, but most of us are too scared of death to think of it as an option. I guess that’s why so many turned.”
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
(Based off of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, Lolita) An older gentleman by the name of Humbert Humbert, rents a room from a woman in a New England town, and falls in love with the fourteen year-old daughter of the woman he is renting his room from. He becomes consumed with her and with his inappropriate feelings, and must come to terms with his conflicting emotions, while under the scrutiny of society all around him.
“She was Lo, plain Lo in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school, she was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms, she was always…Lolita.”
I think this is the reason why I love the movie so much. When I don’t think about it too closely, I love the play by play between Lolita and Humbert throughout the beginning of the movie. Their flirtation is awkward and real, and the looks that they share, as well as the subtle touches (and not so subtle touches), just seems to capture me.
Friday, April 26, 2013
#9 - Howl's Moving Castle
An animated film that tells of a plain girl who is pulled into the world of wizards and witches, and then has curse placed on her that makes her an old woman. Howl, a self-centered, self-serving wizard, and his fire demon, Calcifer, take her in and she helps them, as well as them helping her. She is then pulled into the war, along with Howl. The question is, will their newfound freindship survive the war?
This movie was beautifully artistic in every sense of the word! With an all voice cast including Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Lauren Bacall. I fell in love with the selfless main character who had a good strong sense of work, as well as a sensible head on her shoulders.
The animation in this is simple and wonderful! I love how it's done in drawn format, and not the weird new graphic format that they've been using in the past ten years.
One of the artistic aspects of this movie that I really loved was the organic quality to it, and the natural feel to the movements throughout, which is something that I find lacking in a lot of today's animated films. The most amazing part of this movie, for me, was the way the artists drew the transitions between Howl's two forms; his human one and his bird one. They managed to follow the natural line of the human body and create something stunning to watch. Kids can enjoy this as well as adults, and I loved it!
I give it 5 out of 5 Stars!