Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekend Movie Picks

I'm sure that William Shakespeare is rolling over in his grave, but Anonymous was a good movie. It's clearly fictional, but I'm ashamed to admit that it was incredibly entertaining to see the most brilliant playwright of all time depicted as a fraudThere have been several "candidates" for the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. Anonymous depicts Edward De Vere the Earl of Oxford as the true author of Shakespeare’s plays. The Earl is brilliantly played by Rhys Ifans, who unfortunately is best known for his, albeit brief, engagement to the ultra-trampy Sienna Miller, rather than his amazing acting ability.  

Joely Richardson (Vanessa Redgrave's real-life daughter) & Jamie Campbell Bower play the younger versions of Queen Elizabeth & the Earl of Oxford. 
I'm equally surprised that Roland Emmerich managed to direct a half-way decent movie. This is after all the same Roland Emmerich who directed those memorable "classics" like Godzilla, 2012, 10,000 BCThe Day After Tomorrow, and Independence Day.

The Three Musketeers
Luke Evans, Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, & Ray Stevenson
The Three Musketeers was slightly silly and over the top, but it was so much fun to watch. The swordplay was fantastic. The cast was great, which included Orlando Bloom, Percy Jackson himself--Logan LermanRay Stevenson, and of course Milla Jovovich (who needs no introduction as a tough-girl).

Despite it's shortcomings, no one does sword fighting like the musketeer films. The plot was ridiculous and the film itself was a spectacle, but if you go in with no expectations other than to be entertained, then you won't be disappointed. Director Paul W.S. Anderson (and husband of Milla), is best known for the Resident Evil films, which are my own personal guilty pleasures.

Paranormal Activity 3

So I guess this is the week that I disagree with the majority of critics because the best reviewed film in theaters is Paranormal Activity 3,which I absolutely despised. I usually agree with the majority of critic so this week is unusual. I enjoyed the first two Paranormal films, but I thought the third one was awful, just awful. Whereas on Rottentomatoes.com Anonymous is rated 44% and The Three Musketeers is rated 25%. I'm flabbergasted. Anywhoo, happy viewing.

9 comments:

  1. I want to see Anonymous because I am a Shakespeare junkie and am familiar with all the myriad conspiracy theories out there. So many people find it hard to believe a non-noble at that time could be that brilliant. Thee Musketeers sounds right up my alley. I love Milla.

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  2. I'm with you on Paranormal Activity 3... that whole franchise is a snooze fest. The first movie was 90 minutes of boring footage leading up to a jump scare.

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  3. I didn't like the first Paranormal Activity! Probably won't see Three Musketeers until NetFlix. Wife wanted to see Puss in Boots this weekend, so we did - and it was pretty good! Think adventure not comedy though.

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  4. I enjoyed checking out your blog. However, I was not a fan of the three musketeers film. That was one of the worst films I have had the misfortune of reviewing this year.

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  5. There was early good buzz on "Anonymous" but now I say, hah!

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  6. I so wanna watch ANONYMOUS. The reviews in the UK have been really snooty.

    I wasn't keen on PA3. It didn't scare, nor did it creep me out, at least not like the first two.

    One thing though, I liked the way the grandma asks her daughter to have a son, which she declines, hence why Toby came back for the first born in PA2. That was clever.

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  7. MsMariah ,Have a Happy Halloween :-)

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  8. Nice movies, I've to watch them!
    Nice blog.
    +Follow

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  9. I can't wait to watch both ANONYMOUS and MUSKETEERS, I did a number of spotlights throughout the year on these two films. Love me some period movies! And there's my dahling Luke Evans again :)

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