I’m playing a little bit of catch-up with some movies I have watched lately. I’m pretty active on IMDb.com – whenever I watch a movie and/or TV show, I check in and add it to my list and rate. However, I don’t always get to review. Well, I wanted to share a few short thoughts, so here goes, my first Mini-Movie Reviews.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Oh, yeah. I had mixed feelings at the beginning of this little treasure, but by the middle I was fully in love with Brave. Merida with her selfish motives and Elinor with her myopic sense of tradition were particularly interesting to watch full-on clash, depicting a complicated relationship in a fantastic way. Also loved how the different threads of the story ended up interweaving at the end. Great payoff.
A convicted arsonist looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman’s path.
When I checked into this movie on IMDb, I commented, “That was a badass opening.” While Stone was a good movie, I felt that it took slightly too much time on certain scenes the way I know a lot of those darker, deeper, character-centric movies tend to do. Gripping storyline, though; keeps you wanting to stick around, no matter how lingering some scenes may be.
A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Hmmm… pretty sure this is in no way, shape or form a movie I would’ve picked on my own had I not heard there was some explicit LGBTQ content as well as an unreliable protagonist. A little out of left field – a ballet thriller? – The Black Swan took that creepy little dive into the dark heart of a sad woman that I love catching glimpses of in all good characters – the present, if slight, capacity for evil.
Constantine tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to hell and back.
Ah! Constantine! I remember deriding this movie when it first came out, but after a few periodic re-watches, I have finally decided that I loved it all along. I think I related more to Constantine but fell more in love with Angela, but overall what I really find myself eager to return to is the torture present in Constantine’s existence – his backstory, his history, his life. And the absolute cleverness of his lung cancer. Watch it. You’ll know what I mean, if you’re paying attention. Plus, the world is dark and ugly and violent, but there’s light, even if it’s only meager. Also? Gabriel’s androgyny is A+.
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
Alas, one of my all-time favorites to end this little series, may I introduce Donnie Darko. I initially only watched this movie because, during a phase when I was all about celebrity crushes as a kid, before I moved on to band members (*cue shudder*), I wanted to watch every single movie Jake Gyllenhaal had made up until that point (The Day After Tomorrow era). I ended up loving Donnie more than Jake (though I do still love Jake). What a dark, fucked up little town and its people! It’s literally my #2 favorite movie, behind The Lion King, and I can’t think of many different ways to improve upon this dark time travel cult classic.
Seen any noteworthy movies lately?