Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mini movie reviews

I've finally been able to catch up on some movies that were recommended to me and been meaning to see for a while now, and yes I do know that it's 2011. Here's the quick rundown.

Oldboy (2003) - Korean businessman locked away in secret prison for 15 years. Now he's out looking for revenge against his unknown tormentor. - Well done mystery with a lot of twists and turns. Will definitely @%&! with your head. B+

Juno (2007) - Quirky teenage girl finds herself in a family way but decides to have baby and give it up for adoption. - This could have easily turned into pabulum but manages to be a touching drama/comedy that doesn't resort to cliché. A lot of great dialog too. A

Black Dynamite (2009) - Comedy disguised as one of those exploitation/action movies that you saw at the drive-in in the 1970s, right down to the itchy polyester suits and grainy 16mm film stock. - If you liked them all those years ago you'll love this. Better than the real ones ever were. B+

District 9 (2009) - Illegal (space) aliens living in the slums of Johannesburg, South Africa. They're lowering the property values and one man is in charge of moving them out, until he comes down with his own special problem. - Highly original sci-fi flick that will hold your attention right to the end. B+

The Killer Inside Me (2010) - Brutal crime thriller based on the classic book by Jim Thompson. Outside he's an affable small town deputy sheriff, inside him a monster. - Incredible performances, especially Affleck, but ultimately can't live up to the source material. B


Bluer said...

I like Thompson’s books but can’t stand Ben Affleck. So I won’t be seeing that one. District 9 was good and Black Dynamite sounds like it might be. The others don’t hold any interest for me.

Wilson said...

Actually it's not Ben Affleck but his brother Casey. He does a wonderful job too.