Monday, December 22, 2008

The Wrestler + German Dancing

About a month ago, I saw the concluding film to the St.Louis Film Festival, The Wrestler directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film is basically about a washed out wrestler named Randy "The Ram" Robinson, played by Mickey Rourke. In retrospect, the movie had a very solid script; it wasn’t redefining anything or the most original thing out there but it succeeded in making realistic characters and predicaments that kept me emotionally invested in the movie. Which leads me to Mickey Rourke’s performance (who has already been nominated for a golden globe), the performance, simply put, is soul wrenching. That’s the only way I can seem to word it. I felt for Rourke, no matter what he did, whether he was falling in love with a middle aged stripper, trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, or attempting to retire from wrestling. Aronofsky also did a superb job in directing. In that every single actor/actress in the movie feels so real that it’s as if you’ve already met them and in by adding in clever camera tricks and devices that add to the film’s value subconsciously. Taken as a whole, The Wrestler one of the greatest movies I’ve seen in the past year and I defiantly recommend you check it out.

Also, I’ve started German Dancing. Since, I have no clue how to dance so I figured that it might be a good idea to learn how to considering all the opportunities that could present themselves if I know how to dance proper. Plus, it has the possibility of making me stand out more in a sea of this post Edward-world we live in.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Four Chistmases

I saw the movie Four Christmases. It wasn’t a terrible movie, but it still lacked in almost every aspect. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn had very little chemistry and the story lacked in almost every category. Its biggest flaw, for me at least, was it tried to be too much. With it making numerous attempts to be a comedy, a movie about the flaws of family and marriage, and tries to maintain a serious attitude when (*spoilers*) Reese and Vaughn break up over her almost being pregnant. It falls flat on its face in almost category and while there is funny moments in the movie it still leaves a bad taste in your mouth. However, the primary reason I was to see Jon Favreau (Director of Iron man, Elf, and host of dinner for 5). Favreau played Denver, Vaughn’s UFC fighter brother. The two funniest parts of the whole movie had were because of Favreau.

Anyway, if you have any desire at all to see this movie, please just wait till it comes out on DVD. It was defiantly in the range of high D to a low C. We’ll see how the movie sits in time; I know it was number one box office last weekend so who knows how it’ll do…

I’m also growing concerned for the general well being of my parents. I walked up stairs to use the restroom, and found them sitting on our couch smothered in blankets watching an infomercial on knitting. It becomes more and more apparent that the comic strip zits is based on real incidents worldwide.

Next time I’ll talk about the movie, The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke.