Welcome! I'm MovieKnight

Movies are my passion. Movies are my life. If you can't talk about movies, I can't talk to you.
I don't have a "5 Stars" or "two thumbs up" rating system of my own. I rarely see a rating I agree with, and I'm not about to make the same mistake myself.
I do my best to make this blog interesting, useful, and informative.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Edge of Darkness (January 29, 2010) R

Mel Gibson (Braveheart 1995, The Beaver 2010)
Ray Winstone (Beowolf 2007, Red Snow 2011)
Danny Huston (30 Days of Night 2007, Robin Hood 2010)
Bojana Nokanovic (Drag Me to Hell 2009, Devil 2011)

I love Mel. Always will, no matter what stupid, ignorant stuff he says. He's always been a brilliant actor, and I've loved everything I've seen him in. Including Edge of Darkness.

But not all I have to say about Edge of Darkness is good. The film did have a lot of heart. Mel really pulled me into the pain he felt at the sudden, horrid loss of his only daughter--the only woman in his life. I felt his pain right along with him, and I don't even have kids!

The film also had an originality to it that is strange considering it really was, in a lot of ways, just another conspiracy movie. It was an unpredictable conspiracy movie, and one that I liked a lot.

And, of course, Ray Winstone is in it along with Danny Huston, so there was no lack of legitimate actors doing great jobs contributing to the whole dark, foreboding mood.

Factoid: Part of the purpose of this movie, according to Mel and the Director, was to show what a man can do when he has nothing left to lose and doesn't care if he lives or dies.
Also, the film is a remake of a BBC mini-series television show of the same name, with the same character names, and a similar political/conspiracy plot-line.

From Paris With Love (February 5, 2010) R

John Travolta (Face/Off 1997, Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride 2011)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III 2006, At Swim-Two-Birds 2010)
Kasia Smutniak (Carnera: The Walking Mountain 2008, La passione 2010)

What an awesome movie. I have a renewed respect for John Travolta. Rhys Meyers was alright, but this was definitely Travolta's show.

I half expected this to be another Rush Hour type movie, with lots of laughs and enough plot to get by. As it turns out, the plot wasn't the best part of this film. It was Travolta, and the great things he says and does throughout the story.

I mean (sort of a spoiler-alert here...) Travolta makes Rhys Meyers carry around a big vase full of crack for half the movie! How often do you see stuff like that?!

And, as in the previews, Travolta enjoys a "Royale with cheese." It was great to hear/see that, being the enormous Tarantino fan I am...

And, I swear, Travolta must've lifted like crazy to look how he did. I've never seen him like this.

Factoid: Travolta enjoyed acting with Rhys Meyers, and describes him as "agreeable", punctual, and intelligent.

The Wolfman (February 12, 2010) R

Benicio Del Toro (Sin City 2005, The Three Stooges 2010)
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria 2009, Gulliver's Travels 2010)
Anthony Hopkins (The Mask of Zorro 1998, Thor 2011)
Hugo Weaving (V for Vendetta 2005, The Hobbit: Part 1 2012)

I had high hopes for The Wolfman, I really did. Some of my hopes were met, like my hope that the movie would surprise me here and there, that the film would be extreme and grotesque, and that the film would have great acting and shed an artistic light to the mindlessly bloody story of the wolfman. The film did all of these things, but it also failed in some important regards.

The plot was supposed to be deep and maybe even meaningful, but the film all felt too self-contained and predictable. It felt like this film exists for its own sake.

If you're not looking for anything deep or philisophical though, this is still a great movie. Blood, guts, jump-scenes, great special effects, action, and the creepiest ferrel boy you've ever seen.

I liked this movie, but it was disappointingly predictable and unoriginal.

Factoid: Today is Emily Blunt's 27th birthday.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief (PG) February 12, 2010

Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma 2007, Gamer 2009, Untitled Spiderman Movie 2012 rumored as Peter Parker...)
Brandon T. Jackson (Fast and Furious 2009, Lottery Ticket 2010)
Alexandra Dadario ("All My Children" 2002-2003, "White Collar" 2009-2010, Bereavement 2010)
Sean Bean (Troy 2004, The Magnificent Eleven 2010)
Pierce Brosnan (The Tailer of Panama 2001, The Ghost Writer 2010)
Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds 2008, The Zookeeper 2010)
Catherine Keener (The 40 Year Old Virgin 2005, Nailed 2010)
Uma Thurman (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003, Kill Bill: Vol. 3 2014)
Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix 1999, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010)

Alexandra Dadario is hot, and in real life she's 24 even though she plays a 17-year-old in this movie. Very hot. That's the most important thing in this blog posting.

The movie would be entertaining if I was much younger, but overall it had little to offer by way of originality or thrills. The story was rushed like the movie Eragon was. Also, it was predictable and childish.

Not even Sean Bean could save it with his depiction of Zeus. I thought he'd show me something new, but he breezed through the role only managing to take away from the movie.

It's a movie for kids, though it does hold some entertainment value for grown-ups. It's a good theater experience too, as parts of the movie are epic in scale.

Factoid: Alexandra Daddario trained at a sort of "boot camp" for three weeks for her action roles. Also, she's very hot.

Legion (January 22, 2010) R

Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code 2006, Priest 2011)
Lucas Black (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006)
Dennis Quaid (Pandorum 2009, Soul Surger 2011)
Tyrese Gibson (Transformers 2007, Transformers 3 2011)
Adrianne Palicki (Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II 2008, Red Dawn 2010)
Charles S. Dutton (Secret Window 2004, The Obama Effect 2010)
Willa Holland ("The O. C." 2006-2007, Straw Dogs 2011)
Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009, Robin Hood 2010)

Going into the theater I didn't expect much in the way of creativity or "film art" from Legion. I've seen Paul Bettany play the same character in so many other movies--dramatic, serious, and breathy. Part of what drew me to this movie was Kevin Durand, the rest was knowing that if the movie was terrible, it would at least be entertaining.

The film wasn't completely terrible, though. It had a few moments. It touched on the psychological as well as the Biblical--in a very non-Biblical way of course.

The plot lays out exactly as the trailer explains: God has lost faith in mankind, but he already promised not to flood the earth again. So to wipe out mankind, he's sending angels. Paul Bettany is an angel, but he doesn't want to kill mankind, so he comes to Paradise Falls (coincidental town name?) to rescue a pregnant girl whose child is the only hope humanity has of survival.

Sounds lame? Yeah, it pretty well is, but the film-makers did a lot with what crap they had to work with. I'm sure an ensemble cast helped a little... I have yet to see a Bettany or Durand movie I didn't love.

And what was very grabbing was the enchanges between Bettany and Durand. I'd love to see them do more movies together. I can't wait to see Durand play Little John, fictional histories favorite side-kick.

The film also had cool fighting and action scenes. Lots of guns.

Factoid: Paul Bettany went on record saying that the reason he accepted his role was because it was a kind of role he's never played before. Lots of guns.