October 2010

October 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm (Movie Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Girl Who Played With Fire didn’t have quite the kick that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had; however, neither did the book. This is the second in a series cut short when Swedish author Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack at age 50. Book two was definitely a bridge between books one and three and the movie is a fairly faithful adaptation of the novel. If you enjoyed the novels, or the first movie, you probably will not be too disappointed in this one – same excellent cast – but mostly you will just be ready to see the third movie by the end. C’mon number three!

Rating: I am so totally buying this on DVD.

Easy A was much funnier than I thought it would be. This is not a modernization of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter in the way 10 Things I Hate About You is for Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew… or She’s the Man for Twelfth Night… or Clueless is for Jane Austen’s Emma… but I digress. Sorry. The point is, this is not an adaptation, which is good because I hated The Scarlet Letter. It does draw on some of the theme’s from the book, though: alienation and persecution, appearance vs. reality, and breaking sociocultural rules, among others. Exciting as that sounds, it is wrapped up in a hilarious package. Emma Stone gets an A from me for her portrayal of Olive, a girl who lets someone believe she lost her virginity in order to cover another lie and suddenly finds herself with a ‘bad reputation.’ She decides to use that reputation to help the downtrodden of the school. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson are especially fantastic as Olive’s eccentric parents.

Rating: I think I must own this.

Machete is demented and hilarious. If you have enjoyed other films from director Robert Rodriguez, or you just wanted to see what they did with that crazy trailer from the Grindhouse double feature, then you will probably like this. There is a little commentary on the hot-button issue of immigration, but mostly it’s just over-the-top action in this story of vigilante justice and revenge. Awesome cast, too, but be aware: it is ultra-violent, irreverent, unrealistic, and (for me) highly entertaining.

Rating: Well, I have a pretty demented sense of humor somtimes, so I will probably buy this. And if I don’t, then my dad will. Apple & tree…

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