So here we go with the second edition of What I Watched… Special thanks to the 500+ people who have been tuning in to this blog over the past few days! Glad to have you on board! OK, now let’s get crackin’!
Law Abiding Citizen – Gerard Butler summons his inner-Jigsaw (to some degree, anyway) and plays a series of deadly games with Ray Charles. I mean, Jamie Foxxxxx. (How many X’s do you really need at the end of your name? Seriously.) Anyway, the entire time, I was rooting for Butler to pick off Foxy’s team with the hopes that in the very end, he would dispose of Foxxxx’s righteous (and somewhat dim-witted) lawyer-turned-D.A. character. Too bad the ending didn’t live up to my expectations. And they had to kill off Leslie Bibb. WTF. Seriously, WTF?! Ricky Bobby ain’t gonna be happy about that.
Young at Heart -I kept hearing about this movie and nothing but positive reviews from it. Finally, it was time to bite the bullet and check it out. I must say, overall, the movie is sweet, sentimental and in some odd way, somewhat inspiring. Not that I’m going to go join a senior singing squad and tour the world singing pop, rock and R&B hits. Despite many of group members having to overcome various health ailments that come with old age, their passion for singing and performing shines through. I can relate and appreciate that. My favorite line – “I can sing high or low. I just depends how loose my shorts are.”
This Girl’s Life – At first glance, this movie starts off like some late night Skinimax feature. But then enters James Woods as a Parkinsons diseased father to our Internet porn star hero(?) played by Juliette Marquis (seen below) and elevates this movie from skin flick to B-movie level. Granted his impression of a person with Parkinson’s does become a bit schtick-y and I dare say, comical (especially the dance scene which reminded me of Bernie Lomax from Weekend at Bernie’s 2). The dating scenes and the confrontation with a profane and disgusting Michael Rappaport anchor the movie in the B-rank level, despite the heavy dose of sex scenes and nudity in the first half hour.
The Warrior’s Way – Going into this movie I was expecting a sort of Ninja Assassin-type non-stop action movie. But what I got instead was this visually beautiful movie with a ton of exposition. And CGI blood. CGI blood is annoying and lame. Seriously. I also liked how at the end, they left the story open for a sequel. Yes, sometimes, setting up a movie for a sequel works. Asian movies, for the most part, do a great job. Probably cuz the writers are the same people who construct engrossing one-season TV shows, so they know how to end an episode and set up the next. How did I get off on this tangent? Anyway, the most startling and totally out-of-place character is Tony Cox‘s 8-Ball, a sort of leader of the ghost town inhabiting circus crew. You might know him better as the elf from Bad Santa. The assassin’s baby though makes up for the awkwardness, with some funny comedic moments.
I wanted to add Black Swan to this list, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it out. Perhaps sometimes this week. The list might be a bit shorter for Vol. 3, or I might delay it a bit, depending on how quickly I can get through the Naruto: Shippuden series.