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July 21, 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 9:50 pm


Other Boleyn GirlPlot: A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family’s blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I do love the Tudor era in history.  When I saw the preview, I was excited, however, everyone and their mother bashed the film and said it was a waste of time.  Well, last week while I was sick, this was free on netflix, so I decided to have a go…well, I really enjoyed it!  Perhaps I had really low expectations, but I found it to be really good.

otherboleygirls1The story is probably total crap, but it was definitely fun and full of drama.  I found Eric Bana delectable as Henry (gorgeous!), but Natalie Portman was poorly cast…she annoyed me.  She was actually my only major problem with the film (other than the fact that it was totally historically incorrect…who cares, it’s a movie!).

I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good time piece film full of drama, romance and beauty.  I give it 4/5 stars.

(I was on a lot of meds at the time…this review could be totally unreliable).


July 20, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 7:31 pm


harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-20080320101218658_640wPlot: In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Volemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledor persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis.

I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I have read all the books, and seen all the movies…and to be honest, I enjoyed this one!  Many people who saw it were not impressed.  I will not lie, it is slow, and it lacks the magical charm due to the main focus on the kids going through their teenage problems.  And I must say, the “kids” have all grown up and are looking fantastic!  Also, their acting skills keep getting better and better in each film…but it’s probably also to do with the fact that the directors keep getting better and better.

harrypotter6_f01I haven’t read the book in over 4 years probably, and I felt kind of stupid when I watched the film because I had completely forgotten the end!  It was a nice surprise!

I thought this was the best made film of the lot, the editing was fantastic, the graphics and effects were amazing, and I just thought it was so well done.  The only major complaint would be that it was far to long and the editor should have cut about 20-30 minutes from the film.

I recommend this film to everyone and give it 3.5/5 stars.

The Diary of Anne Frank ( 1959) – Film Review

Filed under: concentration camp,Film Review — smackamack @ 6:47 pm


AnneFrank-1Plot: Based on Anne Frank’s diary, and the stage play that was adapted from it: In Nazi-occupied Holland, Otto Frank and his family have decided to go into hiding, because of the increasing persecutions against Jews. The businessman Kraler and his assistant Miep prepare a hiding place in the rooms above their place of business, and arrange for the Franks and another family, the Van Daans, to stay there. Later on, they are joined by the dentist Dussel. Together, they try to avoid detection while hoping for Holland to be liberated by the Allies, but even meeting basic needs can become a challenge, and even minor incidents could present a grave risk.

I read the book in…6th grade, and I have seen my fair share of made for TV films, but never this original classic.  Although this was a long film, I found it very enjoyable.  They even filmed several of the scenes at the actual house.  I went to see the house 2 years ago with Miriam, and it actually isn’t as small as they make it out to be.  Anne’s room was bigger than mine, but obviously never leaving an indoor space for several years would be hell on earth…constant fear of being found out.  

The acting was fantastic, my only big problem with this film was that the leading lady looked about 20, when she was supposed to be 13.  Also, I found it pretty hilarious that her love interest Peter was the same actor that plays Tony in West Side Story.  I just couldn’t stop thinking about him in that film!


The real Anne Frank

The real Anne Frank



I recommend this film for anyone and everyone and give it 3.5/5 stars.

The Song of Bernadette (1943) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review,Uncategorized — smackamack @ 6:37 pm


Plot: In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.

BernadetteI was interested to see this film because I have always enjoyed the story.  I first heard about Saint Bernadette when they dug up her body and supposedly it wasn’t decompossed.  Miracle?  Magic?  Who knows! 

Anyway, the film was absolutely charming.  The story was magical, the acting was great, and the fact that it’s a true story is even better.

I highly recommend this film if you like old classics.  It is a little long, but it’s definitely worth it.  Not to mention, the actress who plays Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) is absolutely stunning!  The real Bernadette looks kinda fugly in pictures…



I give this movie 4/5 stars.   



The real Saint Bernadette...

The real Saint Bernadette...

June 19, 2009

Bride Wars – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 10:48 pm


Plot: In Manhattan, the lawyer Liv and the school teacher Emma have been best friends since their childhood. They both are proposed to by their boyfriends on the same day and they plan their wedding parties in Plaza Hotel, using the services of the famous Marion St. Claire. However, due to Marion’s secretary’s mistake, their weddings are scheduled for the same day. None of them agrees to change the date and they become enemies, trying to sabotage the wedding party of the rival. 

The film stars Kate Hudson (who looks just like her mother!) and Anne Hathaway (who is going to star as Judy Garland soon!)…

My dad got this…I would never rent this.  At let me tell you…I was right.  This film was horrific.  Terrible acting, simplistic plot, shitty, shitty, shitty.  

I know there are some girls who fantasize about their wedding days…but come on, this is a little over the top and just plain sickening.  

I do not recommend this…1/5 stars.

June 11, 2009

The Hangover – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review,Uncategorized — smackamack @ 10:29 pm


the-hangover-01Plot: A blowout Las Vegas bachelor party turns into a race against time when three hung-over groomsmen awaken after a night of drunken debauchery to find that the groom has gone missing, and attempt to get him to the alter before his wedding day. In 48 hours, Doug is scheduled to walk down the aisle, effectively ending his reign as a rowdy bachelor. Realizing that this is their last blow out with their best friend, Doug’s groomsmen organize a Sin City bachelor bash he’ll never forget. The next morning, the groomsmen come to in their Caesar’s Palace suite to find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby tucked away in the closet. Unfortunately, Doug is nowhere to be found. With no memory of the previous night’s transgressions and precious little time to spare, the trio sets out on a hazy attempt to retrace their steps and discover exactly where things went wrong. Will they find Doug in time to get him to the wedding back in Los Angeles, or will his bride experience the sharp sting of disappointment when she walks down the aisle to discover that her future husband is nowhere to be found?

thehangoverpic16This movie looked totally shit in the trailer…generic, stupid, etc.  However, I have to admit, I loved it!  The film was just a whole heap of fun!  I don’t want to give anything away, but the actors were great, the writing was funny, and it had some really clever pieces to it!

If you liked Old School you will probably like this film. The film is by the same director, and also about a group of adult men reconnecting with their wild teenage self.   I thought it was just hilarious.  I don’t recommend the film to anyone who doesn’t like stupid comedies…because that’s what it is in the end.  I recommend this film for anyone 16+ who enjoys films like Old School. 4/5 stars.

May 25, 2009

Strictly Ballroom (1992) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 9:55 pm


strictly_ballroom_0Plot: Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing “his own steps”. Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott’s partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, “there are no new steps!”

Again, another film that really reminded me of classics.  This film is a mix between Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Muriels Wedding.  

mercurio_rhs,0This film was one of the first mocumentaries and made by Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge)… The film is…strange.  I am not really sure what to say about this film.  It’s not one I would recommend, but it’s not bad or anything.  I suppose I recommend it for people who enjoy mocumentaries, Australian cinema, and ballroom dancing…not much else to say really.  2.5/5 stars.

Terminator Salvation (2009) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 9:48 pm


terminator_salvation_bale_worthingtonPlot: Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

Ok…plain and simple, this film reminded me of a mixture of: War of the Worlds, 28 Days Later, and I Am Legend.  If you liked 2 of the previous film, I recommend this.

terminator-salvation-baleThe film itself was better than I expected, however, I did go into the movie with literally no expectation.  It was exciting, fast, and kept me awake, but I wouldn’t necessarily watch it again.  I think my favorite part was when Arnold came back…that was hilarious.

I recommend this film for anyone ages 14+ and give it 3/5 stars.

May 20, 2009

Planet of the Apes (1968) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 8:03 pm


Plot: Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.

charltonhestonkissesmonkeyThis classic had been on my list for years, and I FINALLY got to watch it.  This classic stars the legendary Charlton Heston with the classic line “take your hands off me you damn dirty apes!”  

I thought the plot and script were absolutely fantastical…brilliant…amazing…clever.  I found the film itself actually pretty boring and slow, however, I thought the plot/script made the film.  The relationship between animal and man is truly fascinating… I really recommend this film to anyone and give it 3.5/5 stars!

Silver Streak (1976) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 4:55 pm


silverstreakPlot:George Caldwell is taking a slow restful trip to Chicago on the Silver Streak. Or so he thinks. He’s involved in a love affair, a murder, is thrown from the train, wanted by the police, and joins forces with a car thief to re-board the train to save his love.

This film is one of the many colaborated pieces by both Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.  The film is a dark comedy involving murder, love, and comedy…the first half was pretty boring, but as the film went on the film began to pick up speed and become funnier.  However, I definitely don’t think its Gene Wilders best role, I am one of his biggest fans, and I would rather recommend Young Frankenstein or Blazing Saddles.

silver_streak_1976_685x385I recommend this film to people who are Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder fans…2/5 stars. 

Here is the funniest scene of the film by far…and most famous:

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