I think this will be how movies will get posted from now on. I just don't have the energy or words these days to devote individual short posts to a movie. Oh that reminds me, I should post about my proposal since that was a major milestone in my science life. But for now, onwards!
hellboy 2: I was pretty disappointed actually. I guess I had higher expectations for this movie because I found the first hellboy so enjoyable. The plot revolved around some Legolas-like elf prince who wants to resurrect a golden army to destroy mankind and reclaim elf supremacy. This guy was actually my favorite character because I could really see his point of view and he had a lot of exciting fight moves. His sister looked kind of like Calista Flockhart and her romance with the fish guy was inexplicable and sudden. When she peaced out, I can't say that I cared too much because the background romance was so empty. There was one excellent scene with death - the costume on that guy was fabulous. Rate ***
casino: As the movie was three hours long, I had difficulty in getting ferret to watch with me but finally I prevailed. I had a totally different idea of what this movie was going to be like. The movie poster made it seem so solemn and grim that I thought it would be kind of godfather-like. It was not. The movie follows the parallel criminal careers of Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro and the corrupt casino they were involved with. It was super entertaining and frustrating because you really wanted De Niro to stay on top, but of course, this is a gangster movie and no one stays on top in a gangster movie. Sharon Stone played De Niro's wife and she was pretty great in the role. Usually the ladies in gangster flicks are washed out babes but she had more in common with the Goodfellas gangster chick in terms of feistiness and pain-in-the-ass-ness. I liked her and couldn't stand her. Rate ****
my cousin vinny: Since ferret was semi-fascinated with Joe Pesci after watching casino (so funny looking!), I deemed it a good time to watch my cousin vinny. I had seen a commercial for it on TBS so was wishing to see it. This is one of those movies I've seen bits and pieces of but never all at once, all the way through. It was quite funny with old-school humor and the plot is neatly tied up and put away at the very end. The karate kid was in it too and he has got to be the worst actor of all time. I made a mental note never to re-watch the karate kid movies because obviously they must have been quite bad, despite my childhood memories of them. Rate ****
tropic thunder: The funniest part of this movie was in the beginning when they showed fake movie previews starring the various characters. The RDJ and Ben Stiller ones were especially hilarious. After that, the best scenes were definitely the ones that had Tom Cruise in them. He was almost unrecognizable in his fat suit and bald wig but the crazy was still in his face and eyes. His performance here was amazing, especially his solo dance at the end. The rest of the movie kind of flew by in a high energy blur; unfortunately it's not a movie I'd want to watch again but it was decently fun while I was watching. No Zoolander though. Rate ***
millions: At the end of the movie, I was like, so what. I didn't really get any kind of message and the whole thing felt a little incomplete. That said, the boy was adorable and I liked his conversations with various imaginary (or were they) saints. I dunno, I don't feel like there's a whole lot to say about this. It had cute parts, but no real tension or anything too solid. Rate **