Archive for the 2011 Release Category

DRIVE ANGRY 3D (2011)

Posted in 2011 New, 2011 Release, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 24, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/24/2011

Nicolas Cage is Milton, a father who has escaped hell to avenge his daughters murder and find his granddaughter so that he can save her from a Satanic cult. Chasing him to bring him back is The Accountant (William Fitchner). The film tries its hardest to be outlandish and exploitative and it works sometimes, others… not so much. There are some great standout sequences and every single second Fitchner is on screen is awesome. The rest of the film is marred by some embarrassing CG (like… LAWNMOWER MAN bad), uninteresting scenes of fauxmotion on Cage’s part (who is annoyingly boring in his role, you’d think he’d let loose in this kind of film), bad 3D (it’s never good, even when shot in 3D so please stop), and a general sense of trying too hard. Still, I’d say it’s 100% worth watching once if only for Fitchner who is absolutely awesome.

Buy DRIVE ANGRY on DVD here! Or on Blu-ray here!

  • 2011 New: 60
  • 2011 Re-see: 31
  • 2010 TOTAL: 91

I AM NUMER FOUR (2011)

Posted in 2011 New, 2011 Release, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 19, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/19/2011

Was excited enough for this to see it in IMAX. I wasn’t expecting a great plot, just some fun action with magic shit flying out of people and explosions. I didn’t even really get that. What action there was was poorly directed and edited and just annoying. The plot was worse than expected and not a single thing was resolved at the end. I’m torn because a.) it was a bad movie but b.) I kinda need to know what happens… So maybe I’ll see the sequel if it every happens. But more than likely I’ll just read the Wikipedia page.

  • 2011 New: 52
  • 2011 Re-see: 27
  • 2010 TOTAL: 79

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER (2011)

Posted in 2011 New, 2011 Release, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 13, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/13/2011

Yeah, I saw the Bieber movie. In 3D. I didn’t really know anything about the kid and while this doc/concert film may only show the “good” stuff, it’s all I have to go on. I came out liking the guy even though his music really isn’t my thing. He knows how to play instruments and play them well. That he was discovered, made it big and now is making a killing doing what he loves is admirable. It appears from the film he has a strong support structure around him from proud parents to a fun manager. Hopefully it is genuine. And hopefully we don’t hear about this guy OD’ing in 5 years. I don’t really get annoyed by pop-culture stuff like Bieber, he doesn’t “invade” my life in any way. So I just enjoyed this movie for what it was, a documentary and concert film. I enjoyed it.

  • 2011 New: 49
  • 2011 Re-see: 23
  • 2010 TOTAL: 72

Sundance 2011: MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (2011)

Posted in 2011 New, 2011 Release, Movies (2011), Sundance 2011 with tags , on January 28, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/28/2011

Tweet review:

::MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE is masterful at ever increasing tension. Paranoia is palpable due to brilliant score & superb performances.::

This is the story of a woman (Mary Kate and Ashley’s younger sister Elizabeth Olsen) who escapes a cult (led by a magnificent John Hawkes) and ends up with her sister. However, she suspects the cult may be trying to get her back. It’s a wonderful character study and exercise in paranoid tension. Great stuff. Look out for this one!

  • 2011 New: 40
  • 2011 Re-see: 16
  • 2010 TOTAL: 56

Sundance 2011: TAKE SHELTER (2011)

Posted in 2011 New, 2011 Release, Movies (2011), Sundance 2011 with tags , on January 27, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/27/2011

Tweet review:

::TAKE SHELTER is an apocalyptic paranoia thriller, American suburbs style. Hypnotic, haunting & featuring a stunning Shannon performance.::

A wonderful piece about relationships and trust under the guise of a suburbs-thriller. Michael Shannon is absolutely incredible in this. The less you know, the better you are. Just go see it ASAP when it’s released and let is wash over you.

  • 2011 New: 39
  • 2011 Re-see: 16
  • 2010 TOTAL: 55

Sundance 2011: IN A BETTER WORLD (2010)

Posted in 2011 New, 2011 Release, Movies (2011), Sundance 2011 with tags , on January 27, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/27/2011

Tweet review:

::IN A BETTER WORLD has too many manipulative moments to be great. Engaging story but mostly unconvincing emotional beats.::

This is the story of two boys, both from homes broken in different ways, who form a friendship that could prove to be destructive and even fatal to those around them. A morality tale that is a bit too forceful with its emotions.

Read my full review over at Gordon and the Whale!

  • 2011 New: 38
  • 2011 Re-see: 16
  • 2010 TOTAL: 54

 

Sundance 2011: SUBMARINE (2010)

Posted in 2011 New, 2011 Release, Movies (2011), Sundance 2011 with tags , on January 25, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/25/2011

Tweet review:

::SUBMARINE is a wonderfully poignant & often hilarious story of learning about responsibility in relationships. Ayoade nails it.::

Really loved this movie, a great British coming-of-age story that’s full of charm and sometimes very dark humor. The leads are wonderful as are Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins. I predict this will be a treasured classic one day. Wonderfully realized by director Richard Ayoade (Moss on The IT Crowd, Dean Lerner/Thornton Reed on Darkplace).

  • 2011 New: 36
  • 2011 Re-see: 16
  • 2010 TOTAL: 52