Sunday, January 27, 2013

2 More Movie Reviews

Today was my day off from work (well, the FT job anyway) and I was able to watch 2 new movies.  One was Hansel & Gretel that is just now in theaters and the other was Happy Together that was actually released in 1997. 

Hansel & Gretel

An action movie no doubt.  It stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arteton as a supped up, ass-kicking, witch hunting duo.  The make-up is awesome in this movie.  I was impressed at first because it looked like it may stay somewhat true to Grimm's original fairy-tale.... then it strays after the first 5 minutes in the movie.  A good movie for guys night out.... not a good date movie.  Don't take little kids to watch it, lots of blood and guts.  Good twist at the end!  ***/5

Happy Together

I am trying to make myself watch more "Indie" movies as a way to add more culture and points of views to my own personal development.  I recently added the "Snag Films" to my xBox 360 app lists and this is one of the featured Indie movies... So I watched it.
2 Gay lovers from Hong Kong buy a lamp with a waterfall on it, they decide to look up where the waterfall is and find it.  This leads them across the globe to Argentina.  They have a fight and break up.  They part ways and one works at a night club while one turns to prostitution.  The Prostitute gets beat up and finds himself on the doorstep of his ex-lover.... The ex-lover believes it is his duty to nurse his former boyfriend back to health.  The prostitute that originally broke things off between the two decides he wants to "Start Over" with his new/old roommate.  The ex-lover does not want this.  The ex-lover quits his job at the bar, starts working at restaurant where he meets a new acquaintance.  You can tell that they want to start something together but they never do.... a missed opportunity you might say.  The ex-lover and prostitute have a fight again and they move away from each other... the new acquaintance finally saves up enough money to get back to Taiwan and leaves.  The ex-lover finally saves up enough money to find the waterfall then travels to Taiwan to find the acquaintance, but finds his family instead....missed again.  The prostitute goes back to being a prostitute. 
This movie is very voyeuristic in that there is not much dialogue, but a lock if just watching.  You can get the emotions from how they look at each other and their mannerisms.  Some parts of the movie are in Black in White which really helps you focus on the emotion be expressed at that moment.  Good Movie....   Not in English, you have to read subtitles  ****/5

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