Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thursday 13 - Movies - 2/11/09

The last 13 Movies I saw in a theater. I have listed them best to worst in my opinion. My rating system is totally based on enjoyability and entertainment value. Did I leave the theater glad that I invested the two hours?

1. Slumdog Millionaire – Great love story with a backdrop of abject poverty and brutality. Everyone who has not traveled to the 3rd world needs to see it.
2. The Dark Knight – Only this high due to Heath Ledger. Without his performance would be bottom 2 or 3. Moron that played Batman tried to use a fake voice, which didn’t work.
3. Stepbrothers – Laughed until I hurt. Will Farrell’s best. Great supporting cast.
4. Yes Man – Jim Carrey doing what he does best. He is hilarious in the right vehicle.
5. Gran Torino - Clint Eastwood’s best performance ever. Not a great story. Like Ledger in Batman, Clint carries it. Believability = 0.
6. Wall-E – A bit too political for my taste but to be entertained without dialogue is brilliant. Only time in my life I have enjoyed a cockroach.
7. Hancock – Anything with Will Smith is worth watching. Fun movie. Drunk, depressed, superhero. Now you’re talking.
8. Tropic Thunder – A good time. Great comedic cast. Tom Cruise steals the scenes he is in.
9. Zack and Miri Make a Porno – Seth Rogan cracks me up. Some funny scenes. Just dirty enough to arouse.
10. W – Oliver Stone did not trash him as much as you would expect. Too slow, too long. Typical Stone. Great Dick Chaney by Richard Dreyfuss.
11. The Wrestler – Too graphic, too stupid. Wrestlers using staple guns and barb wire. I don’t think so. Mickey Rourke looked like Bruce Willis after a tragic accident.














12. Pineapple Express – Even the very funny Seth Rogan couldn’t save this piece of crap. I love a good mindless comedy but don’t need to add graphic violence. Cheech and Chong didn’t make any movies with Charles Bronson for good reason.
13. Journey To The Center of The Earth – Good movie if you take out your brain and leave it home. Really stupid. More proof that Brendan Fraser will take any role. The theater I saw it in didn’t even have 3D, so I didn’t even get the benefit of the visuals.

26 comments:

Adelle said...

I loved Hancock! But, I'm afraid I'll have to agree to disagree where Will Farrell is concerned. I cannot stand him LOL Great list though. Happy Valentine Day!

Janet said...

quite a few on your list that I wanted to see but haven't yet. You're right, Heath Ledger was absolutely amazing in The Dark Knight!

Nicholas said...

The only one I have seen, or want to see, is W. You are absolutely right -- it did drag in parts. And Dreyfuss was excellent as Cheney, whom he portrayed as a lurking presence of evil.

Kristen said...

I have only seen Journey to the Center of the Earth, but I will agree, it belongs at the bottom of the list.

Betty said...

Heyyyy, I loved Journey to the Center of the Earth!! =P!

I haven't watched any of the others, except Wall-E and Slumdog Millionaire, and I really enjoyed both. Slumdog Millionaire is the best of the last 13 movies I've watched too!

Lori said...

Great list...I loved Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder...Happy TT:)

Carol @SheLives said...

Well, I saw Batman. Otherwise, there may be some disparity in our movie tastes.

Isn't it nice there are so many different types of moves? A little something for everyone!

Happy T-13!

kandyblossom said...

The only ones I've seen from your list are Dark Knight (loved Heath Ledger, hated Christian Bale) Hancock and Journey to the Center of the Earth. The only thing I would do different than you is put Hancock lower on the list. Love Will Smith but this was just not some of his best work.

Happy TT!

janetfaye said...

Thanks for the great list, there are many that I will have to see!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Shadow said...

good grief... i can't even remember the last 1.....

Carmen Shirkey said...

Yet to see Slumdog, because it just came to our podunk theaters, but it's on the list!

Brenda ND said...

I've only seen Hancock. Guess I'm behind on my movie going, but I appreciate your reviews because I want to go to the movies this weekend. Thanks.

Redheels said...

Thanks for the reviews. I always like to know what others think about a movie before I go. It took me a minute before I recognized Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. :)

Karen said...

I can never remember the last movie I saw in a theater never mind the last 13. Good list idea for those of you with a good memory!

samulli said...

Well, I've seen only a couple of those. I'm very curious to watch Slumdog Millionaire to see what all the fuss is about, because it doesn't sound like such a big deal to me.
Loved Wall-E and even more so Dark Knight, but thought Tropic Thunder was a total dud. Well, it had Ben Stiller, so that wasn't a surprise. But you're right, Tom Cruise was bloody hilarious.

jehara said...

i thought yes man was hysterically funny. a lot of the movies on your list i haven't seen. i do agree about the dark knight. heath ledger was fantastic. happy tt!

becky68 said...

The only movie I've seen on this list is Journey to the Center of the Earth & then, only because my 9 & 12 year olds wanted to see it & we had free tickets. I agree with your assessment.
I'm impressed by your music player's range, I thought I was the only person over 40 who appreciated My Chemical Romance & much of the other, newer music you have here.

Scrappingal said...

Great list! Heath Ledger was incredible in Dark Knight. You are right about the voice thing. Ugghh! Happy Valentine's Day and TT!

Lori said...

Cool, my Thursday Thirteen is about movies too. Of the films on your list, I've seen and enjoyed Slumdog and Hancock.

thornesworld said...

Haha! Love your short and concise reviews! I'm making a list- (I hated that fake Batman voice, too)
TT#26- A Lil Too Straight?

Anonymous said...

Oh yea! A lot of these I can add to my netflix. I've seen Wall E with you and Carson...and then we bought it. One of our favories. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D and enjoyed a lot of it. Wouldn't buy it though. Ummmm, I think that's it. Haha! Guess I don't make it to the PG13 and up movies. Hancock and Black Night are already on my list for movies from netflix though. Love ya Carly

bellamocha said...

I would really like to see Slumdog Millionaire...def. have it on my list. Would also like to see W. Dark Knight was not one of the best though, even with Heath Ledger.
Happy T13!
Bella

Jeeves said...

Thats an interesting list. But one point, Slumdog isnt about real India. India isnt about poverty alone. I wish movie makers would depict the other side of India also. :D

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Of those, I've only seen Dark Knight (which I pretty much agree with you on; Heath Ledger's performance was easily the best thing in it) and Wall-E (which I loved).

myrtle beached whale said...

Jeeves:

I have a close friend from India who I have discussed this film with. He said it was a very accurate depiction of the slums of Bombay. He said that the area now has been developed and the slums have moved elsewhere, but still exist. He said that while India has made great advancements in technology, medicine, and industry, the abject poverty still exists. I don't think a film about a bunch of people sitting around a call center would have had the same impact as this film. I am sure this movie was embarrassing to India just as a film about Detroit would be to us. Thank you very much for your comments.

Anonymous said...

Your comment about Micky Rouke in the Wrestler is hilarious. You have an uncanny ability to hit the nail on the head with your descriptivism. I will never be able to look at him or Bruce Willis the same anymore. co