Monday, January 3, 2011

Movie Monday - 1/3/2011

It's the first movie post of the new year!!!

Still in theaters:
The Fighter is based on the true story about Micky Ward, a boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts. He overcame his dysfunctional family, including half-brother Dicky Eklund – a fighter turned crack-head, whose claim to fame was that he “knocked down” Sugar Ray Leonard – to have a fairly successful fighting career. Mark Wahlberg plays Micky, Christian Bale plays Dicky, Melissa Leo plays their mother Alice and Amy Adams plays Micky’s girlfriend Charlene. The acting was phenomenal. It was a very entertaining movie to watch, even with the fight scenes.

How Do You Know?, starring Reece Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson, is a fluffy rom-com about a softball player who gets cut from her team, and a businessman who is about to get indicted for things he didn’t do. They meet, he likes her, she doesn’t know she likes him…balh-blah-blah…..The end. It was cute….probably a renter.

Black Swan is a beautifully filmed and well acted psychological thriller, with a little supernatural mixed in. It’s also very artsy, and I am not talking about just the dancing parts. Natalie Portman stars as Nina Sayer, a technically proficient ballerina who finally gets her chance to dance the lead in the company’s rendition of Swan Lake. Overall, the movie isn’t the best I’ve seen in a while, but Natalie’s performance is really good.

Paris 36 is a cute little French film, subtitled in English. It is set before WWII and centers around the staff of a small vaudeville house in the Faubourg district of Paris. It isn’t doing well until a girl named Douce shows up. It was pretty good.

The Baader Meinhof Complex is in German with English subtitles. After WWII, the Red Army Faction – a left-wing terrorist group became more prominent. By the late 60s and early 70s, it was also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group (named after two of its members) and was made up mostly of students against Western imperialism and the establishment in West Germany. It was an interesting film to watch – suspenseful, yet violent. I’m not sure how historically accurate it is. I also wonder if terror tactics ever really solve anything. It’s not for everybody.

Easy A is an engaging little film that parallels Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Olive, played by Emma Stone, is tired of being invisible. She tells her best friend a little white lie about a fictitious date she had with a college student that gets spread throughout the entire high school student body. Also starring Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Amanda Bynes and Dan Byrd – it’s a bit fluffy, probably a renter, but definitely worth seeing.

MK out.

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