Monday, January 12, 2009

Movie reviews

Movie reviews are not my bit here but I have recently seen two movies that were certainly blog worthy each in their own way.

The Saturday before last I saw the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

Since the original is an absolute classic I KNEW I would be disappointed but I had to follow the Jennifer Connelly rule - I see anything with Jennifer Connelly in it. :)

So I was ready to be disappointed but WOW! This thing was a total stink fest. This thing was "StarGate" bad! What am I saying? This was seeing your grandma naked bad!

Since I knew my perceptions were warped by my low expectations I asked other people in the lobby afterwards what they thought. The kindest answer I got was "It could of been better". The unkindest answer I got was "That was so bad I am offended!"

After I saw the movie I checked the tomato meter. 17% - wow!

You know, there was not even a day when the Earth 'stood still' in the stupid remake. So the title does not even makes sense in the context of this movie! Gah!

It was soooo bad it actually made me sad. All the money and effort of so many people that go into a major movie and to have all of that money and labor turn into such a total piece of crap is a sad thing not to mention what it does to the legacy of such a classic movie.

Very sad.

On a better note I saw "Gran Torino" this Saturday. I don't want to give much away but like another Eastwood flick, "Million Dollar Baby", this one does not end how you think it will.

It is very rare to hear applause in a movie theater when the end credits roll but that is what I heard Saturday.

The other thing I liked about this movie is that it brought back some fond memories of my blue collar "working man" days. The easy camaraderie and back and forth of loving insults amongst men who work for a living. I have been a white collar "professional" for so long now I almost forgot how much fun it used to be to go to work and be crude- and it was OK.

Our world has become so very PC now and that movie reminded me of how things were when non-PC things could be said as long as they were not maliciously intended. (Of course, don't get me wrong, Clint Eastwood's character was mostly malicious! :) )

Anyway, to sum this post up, DON'T see "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and DO see "Gran Torino"


Tanya said...

So Grand Torino is theater-worthy? It looked good, but sometimes the only good parts you see are in the trailor cough *tropic thunder* cough

jinksto said...

"I almost forgot how much fun it used to be to go to work and be crude- and it was OK."

That's what SHE said!

Kat said...

That's good to know. I'd rather rely on blog friend's opinion when it comes to movies than any movie critic's.

That would have saved me from having to endure the latest Bond movie etc.

Will go and see Grand Torino if it ever makes it over here.

tammy said...

LOL - I didn't know about the Jennifer Connelly rule you had. Kind of like my Matthew McConaughey rule I'm thinking. Luvpilot and I were going to see Gran Torino on Friday, but dinner ran late and we never made it. At least that's the story I'm sticking to. But now we're gonna have to see it. Thanks for the ever so helpful reviews.

Melek said...

i totally want to see Grand Torino. previews look awesome.

have you see Seven Pounds? It's amazing. very theater worthy, so go see it.

Melek said...

Saw Gran Torino last night and it was AWESOME!!!!!! loved the way the script writers let him use all those slurs as it made the movie much more authentic. loved it!