Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Playing Catch Up

So a number of posts back I said I'd review a few movies that I never actually reviewed. So now I'm finally getting around to reviewing the movies.

The first one I saw at the Broadway theaters in downtown Salt Lake. It's called "The Brothers Bloom." The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, and Rachel Weisz. It's a con-artist movie. I really enjoyed this one. It didn't open in a ton of theaters, but I think it's the type of movie a lot of people could get behind. Brody and Ruffalo play brothers who try to pull one over on Weisz's character... and of course there's more to it than that... but to say more would be wrong. My favorite part of the movie had to do with the brother's assistant Bang Bang. She has the best lines, or actually non-lines in the movie. So for anyone that likes a good con artist movie, this one's for you. Definitely worth your time.
The second movie you may have heard of, it's the latest film from Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. "Angels and Demons" is the "sequel" to "The DaVinci Code." It's based on the book which actually was written before "The DaVinci Code." I really enjoyed the book and thought it was actually a better thriller than "The DaVinci Code." For the record I thought "The DaVinci Code" movie was actually pretty boring... though I really liked the book. So I wasn't sure what to expect from the new movie. I actually enjoyed it. It did have a couple moments that dragged but overall it was a big improvement over the last movie. It's not really even worth mentioning the plot.. but it all takes place after the Pope dies.. Robert Langdon is called in to solve some "symbology" mysteries. And of course he succeeds. The movie's a little long... but if you read the book and liked it... the movie is worth a rental.

And finally, I saw "The Proposal." Yeah, it was your typical romantic comedy. But I like Sandra Bullock and I prefer her to many typical rom-com stars. I also like Ryan Reynolds, soon to be Green Lantern. Anyways I don't have a lot to say. You already know if you're going to like this movie or not. It does have the wonderful Betty White.. so that could be a convincing reason to see it. I don't know. I obviously prefer "500 Days of Summer"... but you could do a lot worse than "The Proposal."

So I think you now know my opinion of every movie I saw in theaters this summer. I saw more movies on DVD but who know if I'll ever get to those. What were your favorite movies this summer? Worst movies? Please comment. The more people comment the more likely I am to update this blog more frequently.


Chelsie said...

The only one of these I'm even interested in seeing is The Brothers Bloom. I like the look of it.

I had some problems with the Da Vinci Code book and never saw the movie. The book was great fluff, but there were some really annoying flaws.

I love a great romcom, but they have been getting fewer and farther between. I think the last good one I saw was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

My mother convinced me and Trevor to go with her and my stepdad to Must Love Dogs. It was all we could do to sit through it without any snide/sarcastic remarks.

Why on earth did she have to run after him and jump in the pond? There was no urgency and they barely knew each other. To check that box on the "list of things that must be included in crappy romcoms" Hey, you should make a list like that. Utter filth.

Oh- and there are few people Trevor hates more than Sandra Bullock. I'm not that big a fan of Ryan Reynolds myself.

CRoW said...

It's funny, when writing the review to "The Proposal".. I actually thought to myself, "I wonder if Trevor will make a comment about how much he hates Sandra Bullock". Chelsie posting was close enough. I don't typically love rom-coms (the most cliched genre of all time) but I can enjoy one every now and again... ish. Sorry you had to see "Must Love Dogs." That one is not on my must see list.

Chelsie said...

I agree about rom-coms being cliches. When I said I love a GOOD rom-com I meant it. It is just that for every good one there are around 3.6 billion #(%@(#* ones.

I wish I could provide a list of movies for the summer; a list requires more than one item and all I saw was Public Enemies.

You really need to make sure you have a reliable baby sitter if you ever want to see a movie as a father.

Thank goodness TV is good enough to fill the gap!

Calvin Smooth said...

Check it, I HATED Angels and Demons to the point where I fell asleep in the theater.
This summer I didn't see much. But I did see a few that I highly enjoyed. Those being:

1.Public Enemies, (was a bit slow, but had some great little moments)
2. Star Trek, (I don't even like Star Trek, but that movie was fast moving and really flashy without being cheesy.

3. District 9. (Won't say anything about it except that it was my favorite this summer and it made me feel like an excited 12 year old again watching Independence Day. Except its actually a good film this time around.)

Nells-Bells said...

the brothers bloom is one i really want to see! of course, it didn't come to a theatre i will have to wait for the DVD release. but it looks good. sounds a bit like dirty rotten scoundrels (one of my top movies of all time) but i'm excited to see it.

i thought i would like the proposal more but for some reason, it fell a little flat. i mean, really?! would he end up marrying her???? really?? it just didn't flow for me. but i still like ryan reynolds A LOT (did you see that cover of entertainment with him???).

also, would you believe that my mom and i saw district 9? INSANE!! have you seen it????