Monday, December 31, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

When Peter Jackson announced that this would be split into three movies, I got soooo bugged. I liked the Lord of the Rings, and I was glad to hear that Peter Jackson would helm the prequel (turned prequels), but come on, three movies? No, no, no. (See what I did there? Said no three times. Because one time is obviously just not enough. enough. enough.)

Supposedly he is taking material from Tolkein's other novels, but I still don't think this whole three novel thing was needed. But I'm not a die hard LOTR fan so, maybe this whole Hobbit trilogy is like a dream come true.

I mean, I didn't HATE the Hobbit movie movie movie. I regret not seeing it in the HFR 3D. Did anyone see it in the 'controversial', new 3D? I'd be curious to see if it is cool in that 3D.

Things I liked about the movie:

Bilbo- He was funny. Have any of you guys watched the BBC series Sherlock? He plays Watson. I recommend it.
Gollum- He was funny.
The Orcs- I have always loved the orc battles.

Things I didn't love:
Talking, talking talking- so much talking.
Singing, singing, singing- weird dwarf songs are just weird. I don't get it.
Walking, walking, walking- yeah, we get it, there's a lot of walking.

The only point to making this in to three movies is for the money. More power to you Peter.

Happy New Year. Year. Year.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Les Miserables

I'm honestly speechless. This was the best movie I have seen this year hands down. There will be those who disagree with me, obviously, but I will tell you why I loved it so much.

First off, this was one of the saddest movies I have ever seen. The title translates into 'The Miserable' or 'The Wretched' and that is what we see on screen. We see story, after story of sadness and death, and we can't help but feel for each and every character.

The live singing is the ONLY way to go from now on for Broadway to film adaptations. It worked. I have read a lot of negative reviews before seeing this movie and I was worried that I would be turned off by all of the 'talky talk' singing. Heck to the no. Hugh Jackman conveyed and sang every emotion perfectly as Jean Valjean. Marius was phenomenal. Eponine was great. We all hate Cosette, but that bug-eyed Amanda Seyfried did just fine. Helena Bonham Carter and Sascha Bara Cohen were great comic reliefs as the inn keepers. However, this movie was EPIC because of Anne Hathaway's portrayal of Fantine.

The theater sat in silence as she sang 'I Dreamed a Dream.' You could hear sniffles around the theater. This girl was not acting, she was living the part. This was pure Fantine on screen. I have never seen acting like this in my life.

I was amazed at how much each of the actors embraced all of their roles. You could just tell they were all giving their 110%. Guh....except for that Russell Crowe...I think he was giving like 200% and he was still falling short. He still did fine though. He didn't ruin the movie for me or anything. It was almost comical sometimes watching him try so hard. He gave an emotional performance of 'Stars' though.

I know that many people will want to compare the singing to the Broadway production. Some may say, "Well, it IS a musical after all come ON!" Yeah, well I have seen Les Mis and heard Les Mis sung 100 times. I just want to say that for the first time, I felt the emotion of each song. The director, Tom Hooper, made sure to zoom in and pretty much just keep an up close shot of each singer as they sang live into the camera. It worked. I felt their emotion and felt the emotion as each character sang his/her part.

Prostitution is evil right? And yet, Fantine, she would do ANYTHING for her daughter. So she became a prostitute. Does this make her evil? Nope. I think there is a special place in heaven reserved for Fantine. That is a mother's love. I felt it. I felt for Fantine.

Javert, a man of God and a man of justice. Is he really the villain?

Jean Valjean. A thief. A savior to Cosette, Fantine and to Marius. Aren't we all sinners? Where does mercy come into play?

Les Miserables is the perfect story that asks and sings all the right questions. I loved every minute of that movie.

This is what a perfect movie looks like.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Waiting for Hitchcock

I don't even know why either. I haven't even seen Psycho yet, but I am really excited to see the movie Hitchcock. I am so frustrated that it was 'released' two weeks ago but has yet to really been really released. I did some research and found out it was released in like seven theaters. I don't even think this should count as a release. That means I could make a video on my camera phone, promote it, and release it in some homes and call it a release.

Mostly I am just bugged because it's the end of the semester and I have to study for finals and no good movies have come out.

I am not even really looking forward to the Hobbit. I know. Blasphemy.

Luckily I am still following Parks and Rec like a boss.

Oh. And last night I had the opportunity to watch Liz and Dick. That's what I should do. Write a review about Lindsay Lohan's big comeback. However, I'd rather put forks in my eyes. It was awesomelly awful.

Did you hear she was arrested again this week? Oh Lilo. We heart you.