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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Living in Oblivion, Greenberg, Adam

Living in Oblivion (1995)

I have to say, this is my favorite movie with Steve Buscemi.
It is about the work on a movie set where everything goes wrong, and the director (Buscemi) is flipping out.
I laughed a lot, but got disappointed two times when it was revealed that two long scenes just was the dreams of the two main characters. I really hate when there are dreams in movies, for example when a character wakes up and we say “oh, it was only a dream”. I’m sure I’m not the only one who that kind of shit.
Except for the dream thing, this movie was really enjoyable and funny. Funny characters, funny dialogs, great actor performance, and cool black and white picture (color in the set’s movie).

My rating: 7,5/10

Greenberg (2010)

What a disappointment! My expectations for this were high; Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller.
Ben Stiller plays this mental unstable guy who is going to stay in his brother’s house in New York for 6 weeks, and he gets to know the younger Florence girl. They make out, but Roger (Ben’s character) doesn’t know what he wants.
What I loved in “The Squid and the Whale” was the funny and great characters, the story and much of the dialogs. Greenberg has some funny dialogs, great actor performances, and good soundtrack. But that’s it. The story flattens too often, and the back-and-forth-relationship between Roger and Florence is too annoying. The story in this movie is weak, so weak that I didn’t bother to watch the last half hour of it.

My rating: 5,5/10

Adam (2009)

This romantic drama/comedy follows the typical Hollywood story building, and is about Adam with Asberger’s syndrome who meets and falls in love with the new neighbor.
Some scenes which deal with Adam’s syndrome is funny and awkward, but the rest of the movie is too sweet and predictable. Adam loses his job and is looking for a new one, and it is too obvious what job which will suit him.
Overall: good acting and production, but weak unoriginal story.

My rating: 6/10

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Jacket, Severance, Assembly

The Jacket (2005)

This movie started out okey, but after a while when I discovered what was happening it became worse and worse, with a really bad “happy ending”.
The story is about a guy who gets hurt in the war in Iraq, and back home he suffer of delusions. He hikes with a car, which later gets stopped by the police, then he has a black out and wakes up at a mental hospital, charged by murdering a police man. But the man doesn’t remember anything. A doctor tries this special program, putting him in a straight jacket inside a drawer where you put dead people and the man dreams about him in the future.
The future sight thing didn’t do it for me, I have to say. Even if the whole thing was a dream. Too weird.

My rating: 4/10

Severance (2006)

This is one the best horror comedy I have seen in a long time.
Some office people are going on a team building trip in some forest in Hungary, but they never reach their destination because of a road blockade. After a while they discover that someone is after them.
Why did I enjoy it so much? Well, it was really funny, unpredictable, original and the splatter effects was great. It contains cool movie references, boobs, nice dialogs and a great ending.

My rating: 8/10

Ji jie hao/ Assembly (2007)

Made in China, this is a very beautiful shot war movie.
Captain Gu Zidi from the Liberation Army and his 47 men are defending a coal mine in a civil war. He is the only one who survives, and suffers from feeling guilty not to have heard the retreat assembly of the bugle.
The war scenes are extremely nice shot. Overall the movie is great, but it is a bit too long.

My rating: 7,5/10