Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weekly Round Up (7/24/11 - 7/30/11)

Amok (Lawrence Fajardo) ***1/2 -(See review below)

The Honeymoon Killers (Leonard Kastle) *** - This is a low-budget black comedy/thriller/love story based on the true story of the Lonely Hearts Killers who robbed and killed as many as 20 women during the 1940's. The tone is all over the place shifting from borderline campy dark comedy and straight-up thriller and it doesn't always work. In other words, the parts are better than the whole. However, the performances of the two leads, Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco, are pretty great and holds your attention althroughout and the film does contain lots of great moments.

Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston) *** - I always thought that a Captain America movie would be tricky to pull off. In the wrong hands, it would come off as overly jingoistic, red-state, flag-waving type of film. But placing the character in World War II is a good move that perfectly justifies the character in a very tasteful way. The result is a very entertaining, well-made Americana/World War II film with a superhero in it. In a way, it also feels like an Indiana Jones movie as well and it's a better Indiana Jones movie than The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Missing (Costa-Gavras) ***1/2 - The film is the true story of the search of the father and wife of an American journalist who disappeared during the U.S. government-sponsored Chilean coup in 1973. Jack Lemmon gives a simply magnificent performance as a father, who despite their differences, simply wants his son back. It's a very human and beautiful performance which trascends the political thriller/intrigue angle of the film which fades into the background but is always present. It's not a perfect film; but Lemmon's performance sells it for me.

12 comments:

Magixx said...

nice review, cpt america is on the top of my "to do list!" :D

Natural One said...

Looking forward to seeing Captain America

Diego Sousa said...

don't think i'm gonna watch this movie soon...

J.B. said...

I'm thinking about checking out Captain America too, but I don't know if it's really up my alley. thanks for your opinion. It might be worth the money for the theatre ticket.

Pkblogger said...

Sick review

Everything Yoga said...

great reviews, I really want to see the honeymoon killers

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Y'know, yours is one of only two good reviews I've seen of Captain America. Everyone else (by that I mean everyone else I've seen on the internuggets no matter if it's a blog or a forum or whateverhaveyou) seems to report that it sucks balls.

I dunno, I'll just wait 'til it comes out on Netflix streamin'.

Dig your other reviews, especially Missing. Sounds like somethin' I oughta keep an eye out for!

Kamatacci said...

The Honeymoon Killers actually sounds pretty cool from that little blurb.

The Angry Lurker said...

Captain America is a must see.

Electric Addict said...

good to see captain america is a well made movie!

msmariah said...

Capt A did have an Indiana Jones feel to it. I couldn't put my finger on it, but that's it. I think that's why it reminded me of The Rocketeer. I really enjoyed it for what it was.

msmariah said...

Following you now.