The Invention of Lying

Release Date: October 2nd, 2009

Plot Outline: In a land of only truth, a man discovers how to lie.

To begin with I really disliked The Invention of Lying. The characters in the movie kept saying random, inappropriate things that were on their minds. It was supposed to be funny but it was just silly. I don’t know if the writers know this but there is a big difference between telling the truth and saying everything in your head. They finally got this as the movie progressed. Characters finally stopped saying ridiculous…not funny things eventually.

I had hopes that it was going to get better as the time went on so I didn’t turn it off. Mistake. The characters were not likable at all. They were annoying and unrealistic. Well, I hope they’re unrealistic. I hope no one like those characters are roaming around.

The Invention of Lying was basically a worse off version of Pleasantville. I had a lot of hope for this movie. The previews made it look like a fun movie to watch, it was a good idea with a lot of potential, and it was full of good actors; even Edward Norton made an appearance. It was a much better idea on paper than in reality.

Gamer

Release Date: September 4th 2009

Plot Outline: Set in the future, humans can control other humans in online gaming environments.

I was pretty impressed by Gamer. Not only was I in awe on the action scenes but the idea of this was so futuristic yet original. It took something like the SIMS game to a whole new level.

With the way technology is taking over I would not be surprised if something along the lines of the two games featured in Gamer eventually become a reality.

Gerard Butler was his rugged and awesome kickass self as always.

Ghost of Girlfriends Past

Release Date: May 1st 2009

Plot Outline: A womanizer is haunted by the women of his past at his younger brother’s wedding.

At first I really disliked this movie. I hated Connor (Matthew McConaughey) and I couldn’t imagine ever liking him. Though all the other characters were quite lovable and quirky, it’s unpleasant watching a movie when you hate the main character.

The plot wasn’t that interesting; it’s been done many, many times before. Boy and girl love each other then break up then meet in the future and realize they are meant to be. Old news.

The three ghosts from girlfriend’s past was a risky idea. I wasn’t sure if it could be pulled off. But alas, I loved it. After a while I was surprised to even like the womanizer, Connor. The way they worked in the flashbacks were great. The memories were painful and sweet. We see firsthand the transformation of the two well connected characters.

The cute, love tangled plot was accompanied by great music. Listening to classic eighties music gave it a fun yet nostalgic feel.

After the movie was over I couldn’t help but listen to Keep On Loving You-REO speedwagon and You Can’t Hurry Love (the Supremes version) numerous times.

Couples Retreat

Release Date: October 9th 2009

Plot Outline: A few couples go to an Island thinking it’s a fun getaway. Little do they know it’s a couples therapy getaway.

I was surprised at how much I liked this movie! I really didn’t expect anything good from it at all. I was pleasantly surprised. I laughed a ton which I did not expect. I loved all the characters and was totally rooting for them.

It was a cute, romantic, fun comedy.

As always, Vince Vaughn was amazing! Weirdly enough, he was usually the rational adult like person in the movie. Very unlike his type-cast. Good job branching out Vince. Loved that.

I love all of the actors that were in Couples Retreat and I loved all of the characters as well. All very lovable and the situations and feelings rang true.

Quite enjoyable with a bunch of friends and a big bucket of popcorn.

Valentine’s Day

Release Date: February 12th, 2010

Plot Outline: People’s relationships, or lack thereof and what they are going through with the pressure of Valentine’s Day.

I have found something newly popular in today’s movies, a plot where all of the characters and plots intertwine. We find this method quite successful in Love Actually and Vantage Point. Though I do like this idea a lot, it was a failed attempt in Valentine’s Day. There were so many different characters and story lines that it took too long to rotate them all. By the time they got to characters we saw a while ago, it makes you say “oh yeah, I forgot about them”.

This film consisted of an all star cast. I am not quite sure if it was to accomplish a fun loving film or if it was begging for viewers. Either way it was overkill. The begging of viewers was blatantly obvious with the pairing of Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner as a couple in High School. As everyone is well aware, they are a real life item.

Valentine’s Day was much too long. Two hours! And did anyone else notice it is eerily similar to He’s Just Not That Into You? Interesting.

None of the characters were exactly likable. The soundtrack was though!

There weren’t exactly shockers in the movie but there were a few moments that made me go “oh. Hmmm. I never would have guessed.” And then I went back to not caring.

The Oscars

I know that as a professional Movie…Hobbyist I am supposed to care about the Oscars. I am supposed to watch every movie that has been nominated and watch every moment of the Awards Cermony.

Truth of the matter is that I hate Award shows and never watch them. I watched part of the Oscars maybe once in my life. I just don’t care. And also, I get really annoyed when the people I think deserve to win don’t and movies that I felt suckkkkked go home with the award.It really frustrates me and I just end up yelling at the TV.

Also, the speeches! Oh my God, the speeches. I could just shoot myself when I listen to them. There should be a time limit of about 30 seconds.

And why is it that the same movie wins like 30 awards? Its not THAT great!

Because of all of this unneeded stress and frustration, I simply choose not to partake to spare myself the headache.

Primal Fear

Release Date: April 3, 1996

Plot Outline: An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest.

First and foremost, I was in absolute awe of the acting. It was nothing short of incredible. Richard Gere and Edward Norton…I have no words. They were amazing! They have good reputations for a reason. All star cast.

The plot was captivating. I couldn’t look away from the screen. I was anxious to find out what happened next and I was very involved in the emotions of the film. When the characters were dumbfounded and stressed so was I.

The script and plot were very carefully planned out. I didn’t see any plot holes when there was definitely room to have some. I am surprised at how well made this film is.

Because of the ridiculous amount of movies I watch, I am usually great at being able to predict endings and events to come but I was honestly shocked when I saw the ending.

The suspense and twists were brilliant!

Great. Just great. I was quite impressed.

Vantage Point

Release Date: February 22, 2008

Plot Outline: The attempted assassination of the American President is experienced through several different perspectives.

A short 5 minutes into this movie and I was already hooked. I could not take my eyes off the screen.

I loved how each scene was broken up into its very own mystery. Each scene gave us a chance to get to know each character. In the next scene we discover the answer to the mystery, though the characters aren’t informed yet and then we are introduced to a new mystery, bigger and better than the previous. Because each segment focuses on a particular predicament and particular characters, we get the opportunity to know each of the characters in depth. This is when we grow our fond attachment or our strong distaste for them.

Vantage Point really was the whole package. It was shocking, suspenseful, and carried the big mystery as well as the little mysteries well. It also toys with your emotions.

Pay close attention to the details. Everything…every move, every character, every word has a meaning.  Some are obvious while others are very subtle.

I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see this on the big screen with no interruptions. I think it would have made it a million times better.

I highly recommend Vantage Point. See it ASAP. You won’t be disappointed

My Best Friend’s Girl

Release Date: September 19, 2008

Plot Outline: A professional asshole is hired by his best friend to take his ex-girlfriend out on a lousy date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is.

This was so great! Loved it. So very funny. Though I did love it, I had a few problems with it…surprise right? I’m picky, I know.

First of all, it had way too many, overdone cliché moments. A few examples: Girl in the sunlight, guy doing best friend a favor then falls for girl, big scene towards the end where everything comes out in the open. They had this public outing of all the events and confusion more than once! Once is definitely more than enough. It’s too corny for my taste. I hate the public fight and make up scenes.

Though hilarious, it was too predictable. I feel like I have seen the same movie 100 times.

Example of very similar films: Failure to Launch, Wedding Crashers, Good Luck Chuck

If you liked this film you will like all of the above that I mentioned. They all have the same humor and light feel. I liked them all, they are all just too similar.

I love Dane Cook but he always plays the same character. He needs to expand out of his type cast.

Kate Hudson was great and beautiful, as always.

I couldn’t really feel bad for the Jason Biggs character. He was the best friend that got screwed over but he was so annoying. It was difficult to like him.

Lizzy Caplan was awesome. Her character was one of the best ones in the film.

Is Alec Baldwin ever going to play a likeable character???

Never Back Down

Release Date: March 14, 2008

Plot Outline: The new kid finds himself lured into a world of underground fighting at his new high school.

Never Back Down was had a very typical feel and similar story line to You Got Served and any other teeny bopper dance/fight movie for that matter.

It was full of the usual scenarios: Girl dating bad boy then likes new good boy. All of a sudden bad boy is evil and we hate him. We want to take him down. Good guy starts off shaky but of course has a natural talent that just has to develop a tad. He perfects his art and finds his inner self. Kicks bad guys ass, wins girl. The End.

The acting was a over dramatized. Maybe because some were new actors, but they tried way too hard to play the part. The best actor in the movie was a (at the time) 14 year old kid.

I especially didn’t like that it copied a scene from Step Up 2. The expected public ass kicking, attention seeking scene at the end: In the parking lot. In the dark. All the cars turn on their headlights and we witness the climax of the film.

You might not be able to tell from my many critiques above but, I did indeed love this movie.

The fight scenes were incredible. Very brutal and realistic looking. The fighting techniques and moves were extremely impressive. It made me want to learn some fancy fighting moves myself.

Though it was the typical teen movie, it was captivating and entertaining. I love bloody fight movies. Success!