A Bit of Backtracking, pt 3.2

Here are the rest of the reviews of the movies I watched within the last six months.

Match Point (2005)
Very pleasing performance by Scarlett Johansson, and an even more impressive one by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, though I wish Emily Mortimer had more screen time.  The story was very clever, and darker than you’d expect from Woody Allen’s genius.  8/10.

No Country for Old Men (2007)
Though I can definitely understand the love that the Coen brothers receive, I don’t understand the love for this movie.  Maybe I just don’t “get” it.  Javier Bardem is perfectly horrifying as the serial killer, and the killings are truly disturbing.  7/10.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Jared Leto is surprisingly good.  Ellen Burstyn’s performance scares the hell out of me.  Jennifer Connelly manages to stay beautiful even after her character falls apart.  Somehow, despite how disturbing this film is, it’s actually quite beautiful.  Definitely a must-see for everyone regardless of taste.  Very strong staying power.  9/10.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Now I know where the character of Gregory House comes from.  Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams are all very satisfying in their respective roles.  A very entertaining movie.  The ending did a great job of putting all the pieces together.  7/10.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Amazing stop-motion animation.  Great voice acting from Meryl Streep and especially George Clooney.  A children’s film with just enough to keep adults entertained.  Very colorful characters and a delightful, albeit rather simple storyline.  8/10.

The Road (2009)
Great story, great directing, some really intense scenes.  I don’t know why the ads made such a big deal out of Charlize Theron being in the movie, she only had about five minutes of screen time.  Viggo Mortensen was snubbed of an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.  8/10.

Up (2009)
Kept remind me of Paradise Lost, which is why I didn’t find it nearly as original as Wall-E.  As usual of Pixar, beautiful animation, lovable characters, very funny scenes, and a story that children as well as adults can enjoy.  Some scenes are tearjerkers.  8/10.

Up in the Air (2009)
Jason Reitman does a fantastic job writing and directing this film.  The three lead actors are all amazing in their roles, but ultimately, this is George Clooney’s film.  Quite possibly the best performance of his career.  The addition of real-life victims of the downward-spiraling economy were a nice touch.  9/10.

Whip It (2009)
Surprisingly good directorial debut by Drew Barrymore.  Plays out like your typical coming-of-age tale, but with very likable and unique characters.  The roller derby scenes were done very well.  Ellen Page shines.  A strong scene between her and her on-screen mother about ¾ of the way through.  8/10.


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