2 Movie Reviews and My Picks for the best and worst films for the first half of 2009

July 9, 2009 at 12:29 am (Uncategorized)

I have been truant yet again and I apologize. Just got caught up in the holiday weekend. So here are a few movie reviews and my picks for the BEST and WORST movies for the first half of 2009.


So I didn’t have much expectations from the film going in. I knew it was Jessica Biel and that dude from Prince Caspian…oh yea and COLIN FIRTH (yummy). I also read in one of those lovely Angelika movie brochures that it was “a romp” so I was in.

Set in the 1920s, Easy Virtue is about John (Ben Barnes), a young English gentleman, who brings home his new American wife Larita (Biel) to the utter dismay of his mother (the wonderful Kristin Scott Thomas). Larita tries to fit into her uptight, new surroundings and obey her mother-in-law, but she soon finds that that might be impossible. A battle of wits ensue and the battle for John begins, but his mother may have more tricks up her sleeve than Larita expected.

This script is brilliant with some great lines and really funny characters. The butler “Furber” (Kris Marshall) is hilarious and Biel really shows her acting chops and proves her comic timing. The energy between Biel, Firth and Thomas is great and they really work well together. Another plus is that this movie is only 97 minutes so if it is not your cup of tea, it is blissfully short.

My Rating: B   This is a great, sharp comedy that will brighten your day.


This one I was super exited for this one. It has Johnny Depp, Chrisitan Bale and an interesting back story. I actually saw this movie right after I saw Easy Virtue, which I really enjoyed so I was hoping for the same experience. I expected to like it because the trailer was so good and the music with it was perfect.

Based on the life of American gangster John Dillinger, the movie follows the outlaw after he got out of his first stint in prison. It chronicles his meeting Billie Frechette, his love interest, and the FBI trying to track him down. On the FBI side, the movie also chronicles Melvin Pervis, the lawman who is in charge of tracking down the criminal.

Well… I don’t know how I feel about this one. I think it is one of Christian Bale’s best piece of acting. I felt Depp was a little aloof and not really in this one… in my opinion. I thought the music was TERRIBLE. Just awful. The story was ok and I thought the movie was fine… just not all what I expected it to be. I wanted something better, but it was decent none the less. Sorry that review was choppy.

My Rating:  C+    I feel like I need to see this one again. Maybe I would like it better. I just was disappointed the first time around.

So in my opinion the BEST movies this year (so far) and in no real order-

Star Trek

The Hangover


Easy Virtue

17 Again (cute Zac Efron film that had a lot of heart and great comic timing)


Year One (top 5 worst movies of all time in my book)

My Life in Ruins

Watchmen (god… give me my three hours back!)

My Bloody Valentine 3D (this movie made me nausious and it wasn’t the 3D)

I Love You, Man (I’m so over this whole plot line that is the same in every Judd Apatow movie….)

I am sure my picks aren’t yours, but hey it is totally my blog. And now the movies I’m looking forwar to!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7/15)

500 Days of Summer (7/17)

The Ugly Truth (7/24)

Julie and Julia (8/7)

GI Joe (8/7)

The Time Traveler’s Wife (8/14)

Gamer (9/4)

Shutter Island (10/2)

Whip it! (10/9)

Where the Wild Things Are (10/16)

The Box (10/30)

New Moon (11/20) …. bahahaha

Nine (11/25)

Brothers (12/4)

The Lovely Bones (12/11)

Sherlock Holmes (12/25)

All of the other great movies in between…

I hope to post soon, but we shall see… I am planning to be out of town this weekend so it might be another little bit.

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