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Posted: March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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“Carnage” is an overlooked movie with four well-known stars Jodie Foster, John Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. Based on a French play called “God of Carnage,” this movie is about two couples whose lives are intertwined because of a fight between their sons. In the background of the opening credits, you will see a boy hits another boy with a stick.

This movie is somewhere between civilize politeness and a release of insanity. The lesson learned in “Carnage” is how parents can act proper and welcoming, but that doesn’t mean they never act childish. This movie is entirely conversational dialogue but holds entertaining value through clever word choices.

As the movie goes on, slowly the characters begin to uncensored their feelings and thoughts. Although I do not have children, I know that parenting is complex. After watching “Carnage,”  I know this for a fact. This movie intellectual quotes and urban features. This movie is not on Netflix or Vudu yet.  I found this movie at my local video store.

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“When’s the Magic Date?”

Posted: March 8, 2012 in movie
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Don’t let the title trick you or..scare you; “Marry Me” is a pleasing romance movie. It tells a story of a work-focused female social worker who meets an old soul Romeo. It is in the chick-flick genre but not one of the completely velvet smooth heartthrob or a romantic comedy that over tries to please the male tag-a-long audience.

It has the romantic quirks to make girls blush and feel a sense of innocent. Its fresh points here and there prevent it from becoming a super “lovey-dovey” movie. However, the motif of any love story is the classic love-triangle; and in this movie it should be called a “trifecta.”
There is the perfect Romeo type, the rich smooth-talking best friend playboy and the ex-boyfriend adventurer that returns with a humble cause and a proposal. Who will Rae Carter, played by Lucy Liu, choose?

Thinking she has run away from all of them, which one chases after her, and most importantly, who will catch her? I can’t blame her for wanting to run away, like one of her cases, to a place far from her starting point. I’m sure that everyone once in a while thinks about jet-setting; taking off to some wild adventure. Don’t you hate it?…I mean, don’t you hate how simple it is in movies? Only fantasy get the better deal but that is why we love movies.

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“Mao’s Last Dancer” is an inspiring historical drama.

But first off, I must reveal my only complaint about the movie. Being from Houston, I noticed several mistakes in the first few minutes of the movie. For some reason, the director uses multiple stereotypes of a cowboy for each character.

Besides during the rodeo, western hats are not commonly seen in Houston. Also the movie mention the Houston Oilers which is the football team that has not existed since the late ’90s. Yet in the next scene, the Houston Aquarium, which wasn’t built until 2003, is clearly spotted in the background. Not knowing about the Houston Aquarium, is like living on the beach and not knowing if there is a boardwalk near by.

These things were enough to distract me that I almost stopped watching the movie. I am glad I did not because I enjoyed learning about the struggles Li Cunxin faced in his lifetime. An interesting fact I discovered is this movie is the autobiography of Li Cunxin. (Li wrote the movie; he did not direct the movie.)

Li is world-famous dancer from the People’s Republic of China. He grew up in a large family in a poor village until he was picked to live in the capital to bring honor to China. As he begins to question to the rules of his homeland, he finds himself in an international dispute. There is several dance pieces throughout the movie. “Mao’s Last Dancer” can be found on Netflix for a limited time.

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Lipstick for the Murdered

Posted: February 23, 2012 in movie
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Lipstick, bullets, and funerals brought this modern family together. “Drool” is about an Oklahoma mother, Anora, who survives her abusive marriage by living in her own fantasy world.  In her head, she has “fantasy Bob,” who is a kind, romantic and most unrealistic husband. But the fantasy in her head isn’t enough anymore to stop her to want what she truly desires.

Then, destiny intervenes and the lonely housewife meets her new neighbor, Imogene. Imogene is a beautiful, spunky black woman who works as a traveling beautician. Her racist husband tries to stop their friendship, but the two women are naturally drawn to one another. Soon, they fall in love, which leads to the accidental death of Anora’s husband.

It seems like a strong women empowered movie yet it is more of a twisted dark comedy with a female lead. After Anora’s husband’s death, the story takes off. Since a dead body is not environmentally healthy to keep in the house, Anora takes her two kids and her new lover to Georgia to dispose of the body. Of course, Georgia is the most rational place to go when you have a dead body in the trunk!

This movie fit between “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Sunshine Cleaners.” The dark characters of the movie are covered perfectly by situational humor. Its shows how death can bring a family closer together. This short independent movie is perfect for the awkward time in your weekend’s afternoons. This movie is on Netflix.

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Classy Horror

Posted: February 16, 2012 in movie
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One of my all-time favorite horror movies is “The Others.” Set in England’s countryside after the World War II, the movie begins in a classical Gothic tone. Grace Stewart, (Nicole Kidman), waits in a darkened mansion with her two children for her husband to return. The movie begins when three servants arrive to care of the household of the questionably mad family.

The servants learn of the strange disappearance of the previous servants of the household. However, they are not scared away and stay to take care of Grace’s strict demands and the children. No one seems to be telling the truth and, in the shadows, unseen strangers begin to take action. Are you keeping the right people close to you; or have you accidentally locked your only hope outside?

This movie involves a level of mystery that lurks in the shadows between open doors. Different from most horror movies, suspense is built upon the questionable behavior of the characters than sudden pop-up horrific images. What I love most about “The Others” is plot driven, which provides the long-lasting chill up your spine. “The Others” can be found on Netflix and Vudu.

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Nothing to do except watch Nothing

Posted: February 9, 2012 in movie
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Nothing is the absent of…well, anything. “Nothing” is also a movie about nothing at all. I have looked for this movie a while and it is now on my favorite movie list.

 This movie evolves around only two characters and their friendship. Dave is a hermit who is incredibly terrified of the outside he cannot throw his own trash away. Answer is Dave’s longtime friend and roommate friend who takes advantages of Dave’s friendship. There is also Dave’s turtle, which happens to be the only witness to the chaos the two friends cause in the world of Nothing.

The movie starts in everyday life filled with clutter, noise and people. These two best friends find escape from reality by wishing away their problems. By wishing, of course, I mean hate. The real world was against these two friends to live, in peace, so they defended themselves by hating the world and everything in it away.

The world of Nothing they find themselves in was created through their power to hate.  Soon they realized they had this one god-like power to make all the bad disappear. The movie continues as the two friends co-exist in the vast void of nothing-ness. This movie is creative with twisted-humor and friendship.

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