Monday, February 11, 2013

Life of Pi (2012)

Attempting to get through all of the films that received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture has proven to be a somewhat difficult goal.

To watch all nine films, that supposedly comprise of the best films of 2012, with any sort of outward anguish seems like a "first world problem."

However, that does not negate the challenges I've endured in order to get through each of the nominees. Meanwhile, I am noting the same roster that includes Argo and Django Unchained, so it would seem safe to assume that there had to be at least one other gem that might carry the possibility of bringing joy to a often cynical and impatient viewer.

While joy may not be an all-encompassing adjective, I found Life of Pi to be an unexpected pleasure. I almost feel as though I'm glad that I saw the movie prior to ever reading the book. I'm sure the book lives up to its reputation. Yet, I'm limited on reading time, and a shelf over flowing with unread books may topple over me prior to even finishing this brief statement.

Some may shrug Pi off without care or notice. Others may find Life of Pi entirely boring, and so it goes each day. While entitled to an opinion, I would be inclined to doubt this type of viewer's taste and character.

Perhaps, one of the most satisfying aspects weaved within the story of Pi was the unabashed sensitivity to the nature of man and wild. Furthermore, Life of Pi possess a magical way of providing insight into each of its viewer's personal battles, struggles, and conflicts, but all without judgement or pretense.

I feel as though the film provides an experience that could be enjoyed by almost any human on the planet. Life of Pi not only administers a brilliant cinematic experience, but also serves as a mesmerizing tribute to the weary brutality and joyous celebration we all call life.

4.3 Stars.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

CSI - Crime Scene Investigation - Season 130

          Does anyone still watch CSI? 

Is it common knowledge that Gil Grissom, was replace by Larry Fishburne, who has been since replaced by Ted Danson? Yep Sam from Cheers, and the black guy from the original cast gambled him self to death or something.

I mean, I still watch it, but it seems as though I may be the only one. I'm watching it right now as I blog. Aww who is this dude that is guest starring? It will come to me. Elisabeth Shue is now one of the stars of Crime Scene Investigation too. Bet you didn't know that.

The one primary thing that I have never really liked much is the theme music. Meanwhile, please don't confuse my urge to watch the latest episode of CSI as anything but an uncontrollable urge. I still need to know. I don't know why I need to know, but I cannot... holy shit Gary Sinise!

 A New York/Las Vegas cross-over episode, as well as that guy. Who is that guy?
 Well anyway just wonde...

The fucking vampire king guy.

From The motherfucking Lost Boys, that's who it is.

Shit, gotta go.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hit and Run (2012)

I can't recall a time that I noted Dax Shepard much. I remember that he use to help Aston Kutcher with silly pranks, but never did I think to myself, "Oh nice! Dax Shepard is the star." The general trend may continue. However, were the film to be starring, written, and directed by Dax I cannot honestly think of another reaction I would produce.

Almost every aspect of Hit and Run came as a surprise to me. Meanwhile, my preconceived notions were not crushed by some contrived string of clever and unexpected editorial twists and plot turns, but rather by a highly satisfying and seasoned execution of entertaining storytelling. There's dynamic subplots, extremely interesting supporting characters, and superior performances across the board.

Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Beau Bridges, Ryan Hansen, and Joy Braynt all hit the proverbial head of nailing hilarious and compelling acting. In fact, Dax and Cooper share one of my favorite comedy scenes of 2012.

I could not imagine how, a person that does not take the world too seriously and loves comedy, would not enjoy Hit and Run.

3.4 Stars.