Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Initial Reaction

Greetings Internet!

I just saw HPDHP2.  I have very mixed feelings about this film.  Hence, my review will be forthcoming, perhaps after a second viewing.  But I will still share some thoughts.  If you don't want to know anything, I'd stop here.  While my thoughts may not be rife with spoilers I'd still recommend caution.

So....I very much enjoyed Part 2.  I can't help but feel that I overhyped the film in my mind to the point that nothing could live up to it (a fear that I have for The Dark Knight Rises).  Overall the film is very, very good..but there were key scenes that bothered me and editing issues that I felt hindered the experience.  There are bits of Hogwarts that we haven't seen in any of the previous films, and big things happen to or around them; the set-up, pay-off partnership didn't quite present itself in Part 2.  Don't get me wrong, there was plenty that I liked.  There were plenty of "oh !#!%" moments for me but I can't help but feel...I can't quite describe it.  Perhaps after furthers viewings I will be able to compile my thoughts cohesively.  My initial reaction is that Part 1 is superior to Part 2 but we shall see...

But please, please go see this film.  It is overall quite spectacular to behold.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Retro Review: American Psycho

Whaaat up Internet!

American Psycho.  It took me quite awhile to actually sit down and watch this movie.  I don't know why exactly - I had heard from many sources that it was quite good and lo and is.  I was actually quite thrilled by it in terms of performance and story.  Let's just say that Christian Bale is absolutely incredible in the role of Patrick Bateman.  The only true word to describe him is psychotic.  He's charming, funny, intelligent...and demented, twisted, vengeful, and full of pure contempt.  And its glorious.  There's some pretty insane stuff going on story-wise but I don't want to spoil anything for those who have taken longer than me to see it.  I'll just say that Bale is a Wall Street money man who has a very dark, demented, serial killer side.  While Bale shines as the lead, he is bolstered by a great supporting cast: Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto, and Willem Defoe are all fantastic.

I really don't have anything negative to say about American Psycho.  I enjoyed every second and loved watching the insanity unfold before my eyes.  If you enjoy psychological thrillers and slasher films you will probably enjoy it quite a bit.

American Psycho is Radtastic.


Retro Reviews

Greetings and salutations, Internet!

I watch a lot of movies.  Not only new releases, but I also have a vast collection of DVD and Bluray that I dip into on an almost a daily basis.  While most reviewers and movie sites give you their thoughts on the latest and greatest that Hollywood has to offer, few divulge their thoughts on the films of years' past.  I was thinking of posting reviews of non-new-release films that I watch in my leisure time.  I'll label these "Retro Reviews," where "retro" does not stand for old, but rather for "retroactive."  Think of these as the reviews I would have written had I seen these movies when they were released (many of which I actually did catch at launch).  I think I may start with American Psycho..

The one, the only...The Bearded Bullet.