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Movie Reviews

Two new movies this time! And there's always the Archives.


I decided to write a quick note about two upcoming movies Iím very much looking forward to seeing.

First, thereís Julie & Julia. For those of you who havenít heard, this movie is based on two books: My Life in France (Julia Childís autobiography) and Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell. The latter is the book based on Julie Powellís blog, in which she regaled readers with tales of her year when she cooked all 524 recipes in Julia Childís Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Since thatís more than one recipe a day, I would say thatís an accomplishment in and of itself, but try doing it on top of your full-time job! I was going to read the book, but Iím time-deprived, and now that Iíve seen the preview, with Meryl Streep playing Julia and Amy Adams playing Julie, the movie looks so good that Iíll go straight for it on August 7th, 2009.

Those who know me might think this is unlike me. After all, the book is always better than the movie. Which brings me to my next point: one of my favourite books, EVER (which is saying a damn lot, believe me), is The Time Travelerís Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. The movie based on this book is due for release on August 14th, 2009. But you know how, when a book you love is turned into a movie, all you can do is hope and pray that it wasnít messed up in the process? Because the book was just so good? Thatís where I am with this movie right now. Watching the preview, half of me was thrilled to see the story come to life (even though the characters are different than those I pictured), but half of me became apprehensive , because itís like I can already see which parts of the story will be cut out and which ones will be made more important than in the book. That being said, I think itís pretty safe to say Iíll be seeing that movie the weekend it opens.




Burn After Reading
http://www.filminfocus.com/focusfeatures/film/burn_after_reading
This movie was hailed by most critics world-wide. I think thatís just because it stands out so much from all the other movies out there (which professional critics have to watch all day long) that they automatically liked it. While I can understand that, I have to disagree with it in order to be fait with you, readers, who are probably not oversaturated with films.
It is true that the A-list of actors all give very good performances (though most of them play characters who are absolutely nuts). And yes, the movie stands out from others. But I now have a personal vendetta against whoever decided to market it as a comedy with their funny previews. It is not a comedy. At all. The story is thrown at you and assembled in a way that hardly makes any sense, it is dark and violent at times, and if you are one of those people who wants the story to have a point (any point) or a conclusion, stay away from this one.
All in all: This movie made me violently unhappy.





Star Trek XI
http://www.startrekmovie.com/
I wonít write too much about this movie, both because I donít have much time to do so and because I donít want to spoil any of the moments that thrilled me. I just want to say that this movie was absolutely fantastic! Itís been a long time since I was able to say that about any movie, but this one really delivered. You donít need to be a fan of the franchise to enjoy it, though if you are a fan, youíll love it. I saw it in theatres twice, and the crowdsí reactions only enhanced my experience Ė which is not to say it wonít also be good at home on DVD or Blu-Ray. The only downsides are a little repetitiveness (Kirk hangs from a ledge on six different occasions and someone holds him by the throat three times) and a lack of continuity with the universe first created over 40 years ago (though that was to be expected when rebooting the series). You might also benefit from reading the prequel, which makes the story easier to follow, though it is not necessary. The actors are awesome, the effects are wonderful, and there are some very funny lines in this movie.
All in all : I LOVED it and definitely recommend it. Long live Star Trek!




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