Inglourious Basterds – Review

Eli Roth and Brad Pitt - Inglourious Basterds

From the tense opening scene right through to the humorous end Tarantino’s cast and script is on amazing form.
Musical scores and the style of beginning each change of scene with a chapter name and number were shared with Kill Bill. The similarities work well with both films but were quite obvious as Tarantino styles. This movie also shared the typical Tarantino gore, it was after all supposed to be a movie about Jewish-American soldiers scalping Nazis in German occupied France.

This is another movie I went in to knowing nothing more than it was directed by Quentin Tarantino, starred Brad Pitt, and involved Americans killing Nazis. I’d also heard that it was Quentin’s version of the past, so not historically accurate.
Knowing so little led to a lot of tense moments, not knowing where the story was going or how it would pan out. At one point I was so overcome with emotion that I began to cry a little, and then before you know it I’m laughing again at Aldo Raine’s (Brad Pitt) accent.

Brad Pitt was certainly the biggest name actor in the movie, but it’s doubtful he got as much screen time as other key characters. Particularly the women of the film – a Jewish French teenager Shosanna and a German film star Bridget von Hammersmark. Colonel Hans Landa the “Jew hunter” steals his scenes with villanious almost over the top performances that leave you tense and wondering what the hell he’s going to do.

My only problem is the scene involving Mike Myers. It felt out of place and his natural comedic accent was so conspicuous I kept expecting him to break out into “Yeah, Baby, yeah”.  The Boy has no problem with the scene, and Mike Myers part has been declared by many as a comeback. Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention.

Inglourious Basterds is a stunning piece of cinema you must see for yourself. Make sure you attend when you’re properly awake, most of the movie is in French and German so you’ll need to pay attention to the subtitles.

5/5

District 9 – Review

District-9

PJ* goes back to his roots with the production of District 9 – a fantastic movie full of exploding aliens and humans.
The film is put together with a combination of documentary, security camera, and real time footage. It follows the story of Wikus, a human working for the MNU in Johannesburg, and seems to blatantly mimic the South African apartheid.

Do yourself a favour and don’t watch the trailers if you haven’t already seen them. I went in knowing nothing more than I was going to watch a movie about aliens living with humans, and I’m glad I didn’t know any more than that.

3.5/5

*Peter Jackson, everyone’s favourite Kiwi director/producer

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Review

Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore - The Half-Blood Prince

The 6th instalment of the Harry Potter story is much darker, brooding, better directed, better shot, more emotional, and draws you in more than all those before it. Malfoy looks like a young man instead of a child, Luna is still wacky, and Snape is as brooding and drawling as ever (delightfully, he’s my fave!).

I had heard that this movie was darker than the others but I didn’t realise it would be so beautiful. Everything is superbly shot, and the story is played out as well as can be expected in a short time span. I found myself laughing and crying and getting pissed at the girls all around me jacked up on sugar and excitement who wouldn’t stop giggling for seemingly no reason.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a movie I could watch again just for the artistry. A small screen won’t do it justice, you’ll need to see this one at the movies.

[potential spoiler]

And make sure you’ve read the book first because a lot of it is left out of the movie, I don’t know how the last two movies have been written but things left out of this movie will affect the next two. And once you’ve read the book you might have a better understanding of what some of the giggling and awing is about.

If you’ve seen the movie Wikipedia has a great section on the differences between the movie and the book.

4.5/5

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Review

Transformers 2 - Revenge of the Fallen - Optimus Prime

When I go to the theatre to see a movie about warring robots I expect tonnes of explosions and little plot. Michael Bay delivers with Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.
The best part about seeing it at the movies is that the Transformers’ twisty changey sound effects are really loud!

Like the first Transformers movie the graphics are amazing. The biggest downfall is the running time of two and a half hours which was about half an hour too long.

Bumblebee is as cute as ever!

3/5

Bought to you by the girl who loved the first Transformers, all of the Oceans movies, 300, War of the Worlds, Australia, and all of the Quentin Tarantino movies she’s seen.

Bruno – Movie Review

Bruno

O. M. G. The only other time I have laughed loudly throughout a movie and clapped was during Borat. Bruno offers more of Sacha Baron Cohen’s style and leaves you with sore stomach muscles. That is unless you are anywhere near homophobic.

The movie is quite short by today’s standards at only one and a half hours long, there are a lot of scenes that I’ve read about that weren’t in the movie. I would have loved a longer version, can never have enough hilarity.

Bruno really couldn’t have been filmed anywhere but America. I can’t imagine anywhere else that homophobia could incite such rage. Of course there are far more conservative countries, but they would never allow themselves to be pulled so deep into the story before being duped. You’ll also see the lengths people will go to for fame, and be reminded why you don’t watch day time talk shows.

I can see how this movie is love or hate, I can understand why people don’t like Sacha’s work even if they aren’t homophobic. I can even understand people loving Borat and hating Bruno. But if you love making fun of homophobes, and seeing people in awkward situations you may love this movie just as much as me. The laughter was raucous, people clapped at the screen, I feel smug just thinking about all the stupid people that think being gay is a sin. You’ve got to love Bruno, after all he is “the star of the biggest German-speaking show on television in every single German-speaking country. Except Germany.”

P.S The setting of the fight is real.

4.5/5

Pick N Mix – Week Starting 22 June 2009

Pick N Mix 22 June 2009


A beautiful wee story about girls and boys