Over the holidays and this past week I was on the road, which means I was able to see a few movies when I was up at 2am trying to get some work done. I have a short attention span, and have found a way to work at night or on a flight while watching a movie or something to keep me interested. I am multi-taskaholic and I feel anxious if there is only one thing going on.
Anyway, since I have a few movies that are worth seeing before the Oscars come out, here are a few movies you might want to check out…
- True Grit - (4.5-stars) – A great Western film written and directed by the Coen brothers. It was an adaptation of the John Wayne 1969 film of the same name. I have yet to find a Coen brothers film that I don’t enjoy, and this is no exception to that rule. The story is great, and the actors are brilliant. I am not sure it is as good as the original, but well worth seeing. I would be surprised if it didn’t at least get nominated for an Oscar or two.
- Rabbit Hole - (4-stars) – An amazing drama starring Nicole Kidman and Dianne Wiest (one of my favorite actresses – she is in In Treatment). This movie is a really really sad film about a married couple that loses their young son Danny in a car accident. As a parent it is really hard to watch this movie and I would put it in the same league as Bella, The Greatest, and Sophie’s Choice.
- The Other Woman - (4-stars) – I really enjoyed this movie, and I actually expected to be bored by it. The film has Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow and is a sad movie with some light and amusing scenes to keep the moving going. The story focuses on a young woman (Portman) that has an affair with her boss at the law firm where she works. They end up getting married and thus the story is about the step-mom and how she fits into the family. It is a sad film and frustrating at times. But worth renting on DVD for sure.
- Machete - (3.5-stars) – If anyone tells you they didn’t like this movie, they don’t get it. I wasn’t a huge Grindhouse fan, but this movie is just brilliant. Machete continues the B movie and exploitation style of Grindhouse, but has a great storyline and really good acting. I know the movie got mixed reviews, but you can’t watch it in the mindset of a 2010 box-office smash film, it is a B-Movie take-off and they do a great job at accomplishing this.
- Skyline - (3-stars) - This is one of those films that I actually thought I wouldn’t like for some reason. I actually thought it was good, and it reminded me of a more stable Cloverfield type film, though not as good. The story is pretty simple and the special effects are pretty good. The best part of this movie is the sci-fi aspects of it and how the movie wraps-up at the end. If you liked Cloverfield or War of the Worlds, you probably will like this movie.
- Tomorrow When the War Began - (2-stars) – This film is based off the best-selling Australian Teen novel of the same name Tomorrow When The War Began is the first in a series of books by John Marsden about a group of high school students who take a camping trip before school starts and return to find that the country has been invaded by an unknown force, and they make a stand to fight the enemy using guerilla tactics. Over all the film was not bad, though the script was a bit clichéd. If you like the Twilight saga films you would probably enjoy this film, and the many that will come out to continue the story.
I hope you find these reviews helpful. Have fun at the movies!