Movie Review: Inception

Remember the last film review where I said that I don’t like spoiling movies by giving out plot point? Well, Inception is going to really test me, but I think I figured out a way to write about it. Without further ado…. my review:

I have a headache just thinking about it... but in a good way.

Inception is about Leo DiCaprio who plays a ____________ who _____________ and _____________ with __________ then _____________. The best part is when _____________ and Leo ___________ ____________ ___________ __ _________ _______. But the real crazy part is _____________ and ____________ ____________ when she __________ then ____________ and they ___________.

It blew my mind. The effects were absolutely amazing, and how Christopher Nolan got snubbed is beyond me. There are many movies that lose something when they go to video, as opposed to seeing them in the theater, but I saw Inception in the theater and have the Blu-Ray disc, it holds up very well.

Sadly, for how much I liked this movie, I don’t think it’s going to win much this year. But it’s still an excellent movie with loads of action and a mind-bending-numbing plot.

Summer Movie Preview – Peno Noir

Last Thursday, Joe gave you fine readers his list of must see and must not see movies for this summer. I’m here to give you my list, so without any delay here is Part Deux of The First Annual EJSIC Summer Movie Preview:

It's like they don't even try anymore.

Must See:

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – Um, Jake Gyllenhaal with little to no shirt? Yes please. Even though his accent sounds terrible, maybe I’ll just listen to my iPod while the movie plays.

Inception - Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan has to be great right? Right.

Iron Man 2 – Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best out there, and I enjoyed Iron Man. Plus, I am NOT a Paltrow hater, but I hear there’s a Paltrow Punch.

Grown-Ups – It looks like it could be good, as long as I remember that Adam Sandler is no longer Billy Madison and is leaning more towards dramedies rather than straight comedy. Although, I miss the days of drunken penguin chases.

Dinner For Schmucks – Paul Rudd and Steve Carell team up in a re-make of the French film “Le Diner de Cons.” I liked the French version, I like Steve Carell, I love Paul Rudd. I’m in.

Must NOT See:

Marmaduke – Come on. Garfield didn’t work, and I love Garfield comics. Marmaduke, I have lukewarm feelings for already.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – I didn’t see the first however many that have come out yet, I don’t play on starting now. Plus, it’s summer, I want to see some tans.

The Karate Kid – Why mess with near perfection? SWEEP THE LEG!

A Nightmare on Elm Street – No. No. No. No more. Its been done, don’t do it again.

Salt – This looks like 97% of Angelina’s other movies, play a new character already!

MacGruber - SNL is starting to turn skits into movies again… remember Superstar and how that turned out? Not well, my friends, not well.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – This isn’t a Harry Potter movie.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – Sequels are usually terrible, think of how bad they can be when the original wasn’t good.

Step Up 3D – Are they kidding with us with this? 3D dance movie? Yeah, I’ll pay $9 to think I’m going to get kicked in the face, sounds like a great time.

Piranha 3D – <sigh> Whatever.

A Review of ‘Shutter Island’

I have a confession to make. Martin Scorsese has directed close to 50 films… I have seen close to 5 of them. The worst part of this confession is that I majored in film while in college… I know, I know, I kick myself about it everyday. I’m trying to redeem myself, slowly but surely.

Anyway, in the pursuit of a little redemption I ventured out in the cold to see his newest release Shutter Island, based on the book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, the guy who also wrote Mystic River.

Ooohhhh, mysterious and creepy!

Shutter Island stars frequent Scorsese leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, supported by a thin bit of facial hair, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and a few other familiar faces. The film is set in a 1950′s asylum/prison Shutter Island. DiCaprio plays US Federal Marshal Teddy Daniels who along with his partner Chuck (Ruffalo) head to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a prisoner patient.

When they arrive they are taken to meet the doctor who heads the hospital/prison, Dr. Cawley (Kingsley) who offers little to no help with the investigation. The two Marshals are forced to stay on the island after a hurricane hits and the result is something that would have been better had I dropped some acid or eaten some shrooms before hand. (Important Note: The EJSIC does not condone the use of illegal substances…)

Thankfully, the acting and Scorsese’s direction saved this movie. The plot itself was relatively predictable, with Scorsese doing all he could to try to confuse you just enough to make you think just a little bit more. The smaller roles were the most haunting and memorable of the movie. Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson and Emily Mortimer gave three very good performances even though they were on screen for maybe 30 minutes combined of the 2 hour movie… Yes, that’s right. 2 hours.

The movie runs a long 2 hours. Usually I don’t mind long movies because I figure there’s a reason for them to be that long, but in my humble opinion this one was about 30 minutes too long. I knew the movie was too long when I caught myself thinking about how I couldn’t wait to watch Men’s Olympic Curling when I got home. My mind also wandered away from the movie after I heard the voice of Ted Levine coming from the theater speakers. Ted Levine plays the Warden of Shutter Island, and also played Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb in The Silence of the Lambs.

Remember this guy?

I couldn’t place him when he first appeared on screen, but after hearing that voice the only thing that ran through my mind for the next 5-10 minutes was, “It rubs the lotion on the skin, or else it gets the hose again!”

I know it may seem like I didn’t like this movie, but I did. Seriously, I love movies with twists and turns and complexity. Shutter Island at times had a very Kubrick-y The Shining vibe to it, and I love The Shining. Under the control of anyone else, besides maybe David Lynch or Stanley Kubrick (RIP), this movie could have been a complete and total bust, but in Scorsese’s hands it was saved.

In short: long movie, kind of over-written/done, but worth a watch.