inezco says:

Just read your review for The Town and I agree that it was a damn shame that the only nomination it received was for Best Supporting Actor. I LOL'd at your "Ben Affleck can write!?" comment because didn't he win an Oscar for co-writing Good Willing Hunting? Haha, but anyways yeah Affleck's had a real career resurgence ever since he directed the fantastic Gone Baby Gone (have you seen that one?).

It IS a shame, isn’t it?! It really deserved a lot more recognition than it got.

Haha… well yes, Affleck did win an Oscar with Matt Damon for writing ‘Good Will Hunting – but half of my sarcasm was probably a reference to the rumors/speculation as to whether Affleck wrote much or whether either wrote any of it at all. The other half of my sarcasm is due to the fact that I pretty much stopped taking Affleck seriously after ‘Bennifer’ and Gigli. Although you’re right and I have to admit, he has exceeded my expectations lately with The Town and Gone Baby Gone – yes! I have seen it and I LOVED it. If you’re so inclined, you may read my review here.

Anywayyy, thanks again for reading my blog and for the comments - and for The Bourne Legacy trailer! :D

Interesting tidbits about this movie:
This film is loosely based on the short story “The Adjustment Team" by Philip K. Dick.
In early drafts, the character of David Norris’s occupation was changed from real estate salesman to politician. 
 The phone number given to Matt Damon by Emily Blunt in the movie - (212)  664-7665 - is owned by Universal Studios and has appeared in other films  distributed by the company (Definitely Maybe, Scott Pilgrim vs. the  World) in an effort to avoid the much overused “555” prefix. If called,  it will ring indefinitely.
The final scene was filmed four months after the rest of the film was  completed shooting and has a different ending than the original version,  which involved David and Elise meeting a female “Chairman”.
[Source: Wikipedia and IMDb]

Interesting tidbits about this movie:

  • This film is loosely based on the short story “The Adjustment Team" by Philip K. Dick.
  • In early drafts, the character of David Norris’s occupation was changed from real estate salesman to politician.
  • The phone number given to Matt Damon by Emily Blunt in the movie - (212) 664-7665 - is owned by Universal Studios and has appeared in other films distributed by the company (Definitely Maybe, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) in an effort to avoid the much overused “555” prefix. If called, it will ring indefinitely.
  • The final scene was filmed four months after the rest of the film was completed shooting and has a different ending than the original version, which involved David and Elise meeting a female “Chairman”.

[Source: Wikipedia and IMDb]

your future has been adjusted

Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

As I mentioned before, back in college, I used to have a really big thing for Matt Damon. For a while I was watching almost every one of his movies as they were released. Matt and I have since had a falling out, so I’ve fallen a bit behind with his movies (the last of his movies that I’d seen were the Bourne movies), and I’ve since moved on to my new boyfriend, Jason Statham. But as much as I heart Jason, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Matt :) which is why I was excited to watch The Adjustment Bureau

This sci-fi fantasy/romantic thriller is about up and coming politician David Norris (Matt Damon) who runs for the U.S. Senate in 2006, but ultimately ends up losing the campaign. The night he is to give his concession speech, he rehearses his speech in the men’s room, where he ends up meeting a woman (Emily Blunt) hiding from security from crashing a wedding in the same hotel. The two end up having a fun and amusing conversation that ends with a kiss. The conversation ends up inspiring David to ditch his scripted speech and give a sincere, yet powerful speech, which makes him the frontrunner for the 2010 election. A month after the elections, he ends up returning to the working world. Nearby, a man named Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackey), who later refers to himself as a “caseworker”, is instructed by his boss to make sure that David spills his coffee by 7:05 am. However, Harry falls asleep while waiting for David, who ends up hopping on a city bus. As luck would have it, David ends up seeing the same woman he met in the men’s room the night of his concession speech. He ends up learning her name is Elise and gets her phone number. Once David arrives at work, he finds his coworkers, including his boss and campaign manager, all frozen and being examined by men in suits. David tries to run away, but he is knocked unconcious. When he wakes up he finds himself in a warehouse, where he is told by a man named Richardson and his men, that they are from a group known as the “Adjustment Bureau” and that it is their job to ensure that everyone’s lives go according to “The Plan”, which was pre-determined by “The Chairman”. Anyone who deviates from The Plan will have their memory erased. Lastly, Richardson tells David that he’s not allowed to see or be with Elise, as it is a major deviation from “the plan”. Richardson takes Elise’s number from David, destroys it, and sends him on his way. David, who cannot ignore the spark he felt with Elise, takes the same bus everyday, for the next three years, hoping to run into her, to no avail. Will David be able circumvent “The Plan” and find Elise, despite the efforts of the Adjustment Bureau to keep them apart?

Honestly, before I watched this movie, I had no idea what it was about. I had seen all the running around in the trailers and I figured it was some kind of government-spy-thriller-movie. Despite the fact that this movie was not what I’d expected it to be, I still ended up liking it. However, I can see this movie as being one in which you either love or hate.

I think it’s obvious that this film has some definite underlying spiritual themes, with “The Chairman” being symbolic of “God”, the “caseworkers” representing angels, and “The Plan” representing fate. David’s resistance to abiding by “The Plan” presents the concept of free will and brings up the age-old argument about whether we control our own destiny by our actions, or if everything that happens is pre-determined by some omnipotent being (ie, God). As a member of the cult known as Catholicism, I caught onto the symbolism in this movie quite quickly. However, I think the movie does well in presenting all of this without being too philosophical or religious, but I’m guessing that my being kind of a spiritual person factored into my liking this movie. Those who aren’t too spiritual or associate with any big-name cults such as Catholicism or Judaism might see this as less spiritual and more of just a sci-fi/ fantasy.

So what was my favorite part of the movie? Probably the scenes towards the end where David and Elise are running around New York, looking for The Chairman. The scenes were very quick, yet intense, and it really gave me the feeling of urgency and breathlessness. I also liked Matt Damon’s character, and I thought he had great chemistry with Emily Blunt’s character.

Overall, I think this movie was well put together and it was a good mix of romance, suspense, and fantasy. Nothing Oscar-worthy here, but still pretty enjoyable.

Contagion Character Posters Want You to Be Afraid, Very Afraid

[Source: I Need My Fix]

“Don’t talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone.”

Six new character posters for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion have come online thanks to Yahoo Movies. Poor Gwyneth Paltrow. You know the expression, “she should be the poster child for {fill in the blank}”  Well, Gwynnie looks like the poster child for sheer terror.

The other principal actors Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotilliard, Laurence Fishburne and Matt Damon get posters too with variations on their scenes from the trailer. All are designed to heighten the panic and paranoia, especially when viewed altogether like this, since they all contain the film’s tag lines, “Don’t talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone.”  Does it get any more paranoid than that? Why wait for the government to quarantine the populace if you can get them to do it for themselves? Considering that fear begets aggression, I envision this getting very ugly indeed.

Contagion, in case it has escaped your notice, is an action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Contagion will infect the good people of Venice at the Venice International Film Festival (luckily, the Venetians have survived plague and pestilence for centuries, so they’ll be fine), before “The World Goes Viral” on September 9 when it’s released in the US then spreads to the UK on 21 October.

Looks intriguing!

Edit: It just occurred to me …Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon - it’s The Talented Mr. Ripley reunion!

you of all people should know… in your hotel, there’s always someone watching

Movie Review: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Thinking about Ocean’s 11 always brings back good memories for me. Its opening day happened to fall on the week of my 21st birthday during my last year of college. In the days leading up to my big day, my roommates asked me what I’d like to do to celebrate. So what did I want to do? Well, dinner with my close friends, followed by a dose of Matt Damon and company. You see, at the time, my choices in movies were mostly driven by my undying love of Matt Damon. Does that sound sad? It sounds sad - way to party it up on your 21st, Olive. But don’t worry, I’m not completely lame - we ended up going out the following night for drinks and dancing where I was able to use my now-legal driver’s license to get in. But I digress…

Ocean’s 11 is a remake of the 1960’s film of the same title, and follows Danny Ocean (George Clooney), who has just been released from prison. His wife Tess (Julia Roberts) has since left him, and started dating casino owner, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). Danny wants to win her back – and why not also screw over Benedict in the process? But how? Recruit 11 others - former associate Rusty (Brad Pitt), pick pocket Linus (Matt Damon), explosives specialist Basher (Don Cheedle), the Malloy brothers (Casey Affleck and Hawaii Five-O’s Scott Caan), former casino owner Reuben (Monica and Ross’s dad Elliot Gould), among others - to help him rob the vault that holds the money for MGM Grand, The Mirage, and the Bellagio on the night of the big boxing match and possibly pull the biggest heist in history. Walk out of the Bellagio with $150 million in cash without getting stopped? Piece of cake.

Overall, a cleverly made movie, with some comedic moments along the way as well as some clever plot twists. I especially enjoyed some of the quick-witted snappy conversations between Danny and Rusty, and really liked the intricacies of the heist itself. It also helps that there are a lot of big names in this film but I think that the actors were well cast, and the ensemble had great chemistry. Plus, I have a special place in my heart for Vegas too, so that the fact that the backdrop of this movie is set in sin city scores this movie a couple automatic brownie points.

Love this film – so much that I actually own it and have re-watched it several times since my 21st birthday. It’s been almost 10 years and needless to say, my love for Matt Damon has since waned. But either way, this movie is still a favorite in my book :)