Short post today because this week was pretty darn average. Everything was kinda "meh"-ish to me this week in terms of film news, movies and just life. If that makes sense...
So looky here, I finally have all three of the original "Star Wars" trilogy's film posters! I wake up every morning with a feeling of awesomeness when I see these. I actually have enough room on the wall for the prequel trilogy as well and am considering to get those extra three. In other news, it would appear that females everywhere have decided never to come into my room and speak to me. (Y)
WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING
"Red Riding Hood" is a darker revisioning of the classic fairy tale that most of us are familiar and accustomed with in our childhood years. Unlike the seemingly innocent fairy tale present there, this version turns the wolf into a werewolf and plays like a "who-dun-it". Unfortunately, with a fairly weak script and not much in the way of direction and acting, the film isn't as exciting as it could've been. Yes, the potential is there (and if someone like Leonardo DiCaprio loved the idea so much to produce it himself, there's definitely potential to be had) but the film just feels hollow and isn't never really lives up to that potential. I'd normally praise Amanda Seyfried for just about anything but here she's just not doing it and is totally unbelievable in role as Valerie, our girl in the red hood. The romantic angle, for which the marketing campaign were trying to promote, led no where and lacked any semblance of on-screen chemistry. At least there's Gary Oldman. No matter what project he's a part of, he always seems to make watching the film a little more enjoyable by adding his charismatic screen presence. He embraces the cheesiness of the film and hams it up which makes the film a bit more watchable. And the sets... oh the sets. They just looked really uninspired, cheap and bland - perhaps a metaphor for the entire film?
To follow up an instant modern crime classic like, "Se7en", would have been no easy feat for director David Fincher. Where would one go from there? "The Game" was his follow-up to previously aforementioned film and follows Michael Douglas as Nicholas Van Orton, a wealthy business tycoon whose brother (Sean Penn) offers him a present in the form of game that consumes facets of Van Orton's life. The film is, for the most part, largely far too ambitious for it's own good. It begins intriguingly enough and as the film progresses, it gets harder to distinguish who to trust and what to believe (as most good thrillers should). The plot twists and turns, leaving you in a state of disarray, much like Van Orton, but as the film goes on and on, you're eventually lead to question what the point of it all is. Fincher doesn't seem to really connect with the material as he does with a lot of his other films and because of that the film really just kinda lacks a lot of what makes Fincher's films exciting. And while the acting was fine from everyone involved, by the time you reach the film's ending, you may feel cheated and even betrayed. Simply put, the ending kind of ruins the entire film. You're lead to believe one thing the entire way through only for Fincher and everyone involved to say "screw you" and go in a completely opposite direction. It's a poor attempt at twist ending that really destroys the entire film.
I promise to make a better post next week... and yes I haven't changed my banner yet because I'm lazy. So I'll get around to that... GOTTA LEARN TO PRIORITISE HIEU!