OLDBOY is a korean film directed by Park Chan-Wook. It tells the story of a man named Oh Dea-Su who is imprisoned in a small room for 15 years and when is released with no explanation, he must find out who did this and get his revenge. I don't want to give to much of the movie away but it is one of the best movies I have ever seen and it does a great job of depicting what some people will do for the ones they love even when they know what they are doing is wrong. I only have a handful of movies I can watch multiple times by myself and this is one of them. A must see for anyone that hasn't heard of this film 10/10
Well technically there is still about 20 minutes left but this and holy shit is this movie awesome.
Scent of a Woman: tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, medically retired Army officer. Al Pacino is the reason this movie works so well, I've never seen Pacino so comfortable in a character like in this. The movie tackles a lot of issues without beating it over our heads, everything here works well and I feel is a overlooked film. Great stuff.
With the recent awesomeness that is Toy Story 3, I've been on a bit of a Pixar kick, so I'll post mini reviews for all their movies throughout the week (already done the Toy Story Trilogy).
A BUG'S LIFE (1998)
When his colony of fellow ants is being oppressed by a gang of grasshoppers, the misfit inventor Flik decides to venture outside of the colony and find warrior bugs that could drive the grasshoppers off.
This is probably Pixar's weakest film, but being the worst Pixar film is kind of like being the worst Navy Seal. No matter what, you're still pretty bad ass! This is a very good movie with all of the heart, charm, & humor that we come to expect from Pixar. It basically expands on the idea of Toy Story with Pixar exposing us to yet another universe that could exist right under our noses. It also draws inspiration from Seven Samurai, Three Amigos, & of course the classic fable of The Ant & The Grasshopper. When comparing it to other Pixar films, I think the only thing that brings it down is in the concept. I guess Superheroes, Monsters, Talking Toys, Robots in Love, & Rats in Kitchens are more appealing to me than bugs, but its still a great movie. Oh and I have to say this: Hopper, the leader of the grasshopper gang, is kind of a bad ass!
MONSTERS INC (2001)
Mike & Sully, two friends & hardworking employees of the child scaring energy company Monsters Inc, find themselves caught up in a huge mess as a human girl breaks into their world and turns everything upside down.
The imagination put into this one is off the charts with the various monster designs, and the absolute brilliance of the "bedroom door portal" technology (which leads into a fantastic chase sequence in the door storage facility). But the real heart of the story comes from the relationship of the characters Mike, Sully, & the little girl that they simply name Boo. The friendship & loyalty that the characters have is challenged & ultimately strengthened by the rough situations they find themselves in, kind of like what happened to Woody & Buzz in Toy Story. The movie is also very funny & very kinetic & fast paced. As far as the villains go, I'd have to say that up until Lotso came on the scene, Randall was my favorite Pixar villain. What a prick!
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Avatar - It's plot wasn't super original, and maybe it's messages weren't very subtle, but it was pretty damn good. Beautiful visuals and it managed to make me care about what was happening and who it was happening to throughout it's 2+ hour length. Kinda corny, but kinda awesome.
Get Smart - A lot of these kind of old school TV adaptations can be pretty painful to watch. It didn't stray from the formula being used for these types of comedy movie, but crucially it managed to be bloody funny!
Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice.
Incredible. Did fans of the series have any doubt? It's toys, it's Pixar, it's FANTASTIC. Never a dull moment. Sometimes you just have to sit back in awe for how much effort was put into all the animations and brilliant writing evolved. Having grown up loving these films, seeing a 3rd one wrap up so nicely was a treat. Few moments had me a tad emotional, only the "Toy Story" franchise can do that to me. Go see it now and have a really awesome time.
A fish named Marlin must travel across the massive world that is the ocean in order to find his lost son Nemo. Along the way, he meets Dory, a forgetful yet very optimistic fish, as they travel across the ocean confronting all sorts of dangers along the way.
When this movie came out, I honestly thought that Pixar would never top it. Toy Story is a classic, and I enjoyed all the other films they did, but I thought this would be their masterpiece. Its a very simple idea: A father is looking for his son & learns how to be a better parent along the way. But staging it in such a grand environment with so many different creatures and obstacles to overcome, it paints the picture of a grand adventure, and its a lot of fun to watch. Its also a very funny film as well, with Dory being the obvious standout as far as laughs go. Its a wonderfully imaginative film with plenty of heart & laughs, and its easily one of Pixar's best (though not their clear cut best anymore IMO).
THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
Years after superheroes are forced into hiding, Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, & their children are forced into action when a mysterious super-villain unleashes a giant destructive robot on the world.
I use this line a lot when talking about The Incredibles, but isn't it funny how this is a better Fantastic Four movie than the Fantastic Four Movies? Its a superhero adventure film and a damn good one at that. The action sequences are amazing, and as usual with Pixar, we have an engaging story to compliment them. It feels like they drew inspiration from The Watchmen comics by deconstructing superheroes, but here we view them as a family unit, which is interesting. Its also obvious that the people that worked on this film are huge fans of the comics & superheroes in general, which makes the experience even more fun. Of all the Pixar films, this is the one I would love a sequel to the most because when your characters are superheroes, you can do just about anything with it.
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Great movie. Unlike other sequels (or whatever it's called), this one ain't bad at all. It's nostalgic and watching it made me feel old because Andy and I are (I think) at the same age. He goes to college and leaves his toys behind, except for Woody. The rest of the toys go to a daycare center then blahblahblah.
PS The Barbie and Ken scenes made me lol so hard. Very <3