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Silence of the Lambs- So Good, You’ll Eat It Up October 25, 2010

Filed under: Film Reviews — reelreview10 @ 9:30 pm

     Halloween season is approaching fast, and movie-goers know that bumps and spooks in the night mean only one thing: Unbelievably cheesy horror films. But don’t fret, my fellow movie lovers! Why waste $7.50 on a flick you will never remember when you can opt for a chilling thriller of the ages?
     Starring Anthony Hopkins as the psychopathic but intelligent Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs is so gruesomely fantastic, you won’t be able to stop yourself from seeing it again.
     Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is an FBI trainee looking for glory and a way to escape her country roots. Her first big assignment is to converse with Lecter, affectionately referred to as “Hannibal the Cannibal”, a serial killer known best for eating his victims. She hopes that he will offer insight into the mind of another killer on the loose, who is at large and is holding a young woman hostage. Agent Starling soon discovers that Lecter is not a man she wants getting into her head. Bone-chillingly calm, Lecter shows no remorse for his actions, and gradually offers his help to Clarice in exchange for personal details into her life.
     Hopkins gives the performance of his career, portraying psychopathic Lecter so well, it sends chills up the spine. With the line, “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” the viewer realizes the script is pure genius. Gritty, smart and everything an audience can look for, all Silence has to do to take one’s breath away is speak through Dr. Lecter. With little quips about that unnerve an audience to the core, the relationship between protagonist Clarice and antagonist Lecter is something to admire, given that we’re allowed an intimate view into the pair’s lives.

     The most compelling part about Lecter’s character is his collected demeanor. You almost feel as if this is a man you would trust, were you in Clarice’s position. That direct eye contact is unsettling to say the least, and frightening to say the most.
With a riveting plot-line, Silence keeps an audience engaged because it’s not a film of unreal ghosts and ghouls, but about a scenario that is all too real in today’s society.
     Say hello to Clarice, and goodbye to trashy horror movies this Halloween season.


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Interest Rates May Vary) October 24, 2010

Filed under: Film Reviews — reelreview10 @ 5:16 pm

     Armed with a 20 pound cellphone and a number of Gucci suits, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) has returned at long last. Gekko remains wickedly charming, though he has spent the past 10 years in prison, and not much has changed during his absence. Brokers still want money and riches, now more than ever.
     Bring in Jake (Shia LaBeouf), a young, motivated broker about to marry Gekko’s daughter (Carey Mulligan). But when insider trading deal gone wrong causes Jake’s mentor (Frank Langella) to commit suicide, he swears revenge on the billionaire who caused his demise. (Josh Brolin).
     Gekko wants redemption, while Jake craves vengeance, making for one guilty, green-driven ride.
     Though I love Douglas and LaBeouf, this Wall Street sequel didn’t quite wow me like I expected it to. Yeah, yeah I get that Gekko was trying to turn over a new leaf. Sure sure, I get it. But what happened to the “Green . . . is good” mentality that made Gekko an iconic villain? Right, we all knew he was going to run away with his daughter’s CD, but the end of the new Wall Street was just a little too sugar coated for my taste.
     However un-wowed I was with the flop of a script, I was impressed with Douglas’s acting chops in his reprised role of Gekko. Douglas dusts off Gekko’s wit and charm beautifully, and you can tell he enjoys every second of playing the fallen corporate raider.
     Along with being a fan of Douglas’s performance, I was also mildly impressed with director Oliver Stone’s capture of the heart and soul of high-end New York City. Shots of the town at night were gorgeous and provided the viewer with eye-boggling eye candy (other than LaBeouf, who is handsome as ever).
     Despite these two colorful factors, it wasn’t quite enough to revive Wall Street. Maybe money never sleeps, but you might.


The Social Network- A Look at a Generation Who Just Needs a Computer Screen to Have a Life October 20, 2010

Filed under: Film Reviews — reelreview10 @ 2:17 am

     I am a self-proclaimed Facebook junkie. There. I said it. I can sign into the homepage with my eyes closed void of error. But I never really stopped to notice how much thought went into that homepage. A homepage on any website says to the viewer: “Hello. Come visit me.” Facebook’s homepage says to the average college student: “Hello. I’m blue, easy to use and oh so tempting. Come visit me. Don’t do your homework.”
     Cult-classic film The Social Network directed by David Fincher (Fight Club), captures the mind-set of a generation that doesn’t need to see a person face to face to have a relationship with them. To fight with them. To love them. To feel emotion toward them. Through the computer screen, scores of today’s young people have found salvation in having 500 Facebook “friends,” even if they have never spoken in real life. Because Facebook is essentially a “friend site.”
     The Social Network defines this generation to a tee. Jesse Eisenberg leads an all-star cast as Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The film opens to Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), who has just broken up with his girlfriend and is breaking the number one rule of Internet usage: Thou shalt not drink and blog. He hacks into the Harvard network and creates the Facemash, a way for students on the Harvard campus to rate girls based solely on looks.
     He grabs the attention of the popular Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer), both from a prestigious family, both incredibly attractive, and both, most importantly, fabulously wealthy. The pair enlist Zuckerberg’s genius toward a network that focuses on Harvard’s student population.
     Well, we all know what happens next. Zuckerberg blows off the Winklevoss twins idea and creates “The Facebook”, which originates as a site for Harvard students to keep up with friends and meet new people on campus. He appoints the help of his best friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) and Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), founder of Napster, to expand the website into the monster it is today.
     Eisenberg is the obvious standout as uber-nerd Zuckerberg, but the dark horse of Network would have to be Timberlake, portraying arrogant genius Sean Parker impeccably. He captures the attention of the crowd the second he mosyes (or rather, appears in his bedroom with a lovely lady) an hour into the film. Could an Oscar be in the works for Mr. Sexy Back? My prediction? You can count on it. Timberlake is brilliant.
     What really makes the film as a whole a standout is the meticulous, yet completely natural use of detail that realistically portrays college life. I rejoiced when Zuckerberg waltzed on-screen munching on a Twizzler, his friends playing beer-pong in the background. In another scene, he comes to a meeting with suit and tie wearing lawyers donning Addidas sandals (with socks!)
     Not often does a film of this caliber emerge. Smart, sexy and LMFAO funny, Network reaches viewers on a personal level. The film ends with Zuckerberg sitting alone at his desk in front of a computer screen, amidst being sued by his best friend for $600 million.
     The Social Network. You will LOL. You will😥. You will❤ it.


Film: America’s Escape From Reality June 1, 2010

Filed under: Film Reviews — reelreview10 @ 7:36 pm

On its opening weekend, the Twilight Saga movie, New Moon broke records to earn 72,000,000 at the box office. Assuming a ticket costs $10 each, that means that 7.2 million people saw the cult-classic vampire flick.

Okay, now take the results of the 2008 election, where Barack Obama and John McCain were vying for office. An estimated 4.6 million voters under the age of 30 turned out for the election. You know what this means? This translates into the fact that more young people in America would rather watch vampires and werewolves duke it out than vote for the next president.

But you’ve gotta admit that films about the impossible can take the sting off of the very real ‘possible life’ of today. With America in a recession, it’s safe to say that way more than the 7.2 people who viewed New Moon search for a way out of a crummy job, a dismal paycheck and a bad housing market. To many, film is an escape out of the everyday hussle and bussle.

For the whole two hours of sitting in a darkened theater, Milk-Duds in hand, you get to worry about other people’s problems for a change.  Will Carrie Bradshaw woo her hubby in the end of Sex and the City? Do the Spartans really die at the end of 300? Oh no, Air Bud ran away! Will he return for the big game? It’s questions like these that keep movie-goers coming back for more buttery popcorn, ticket stubs and fresh brewing drama unfolding onscreen.

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m a complete sucker for film and television. When McSteamy, McDreamy, and McNugget (or whatever you call all of the Grey’s Anatomy’s smokin’ stars) sidle on-screen, it’s pretty much a guarantee that I’ll stop the channel surfing then and there. And of course, how can we forget those leading ladies when they’re so  graceful, charming and captivating? The gentlemen want to see them and the women want to be them.

The beautiful people of Glamour-town hold a space close to our hearts. Whether your film fancy is something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue, I’ve seen them all, and I’ll review ’em as I see ’em.