Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - adults will love those just as much as kids. The movie also depicts heaven (oversized food). I think the ads speak for it. Go see it, guaranteed love.
I didn't like that movie. It was boring, unfunny, repetitive, and lacked heart or imagination. It just really goes to show how much better Pixar is than anyone else in the business.
Anyway, I've watched quite a few since last time. I got sick of posting after each movie because I felt like I was clogging it up, so I'm only going to post after I watch a few.
Virtuosity (1995) -
Despite two of the biggest stars in the business, Virtuosity never is able to maintain any entertainment out of a decent premise. Denzel Washington is slumming here, and yet he still manages to make the movie watchable. Russel Crowe's villain is a virtual reality creation of about 200 different killers (from Jack the Ripper, to Charles Manson, and finally the guy who killed Denzel Washington's characters family) who escapes into the real world. Russel Crowe is completely defeated by the role. He has multiple personalities he has to incorporate and it makes his character uneven and at times hilariously over the top. I never felt for one minute like he was menacing or terrifying. Add in a mediocre production surrounding the two stars and a plot that doesn't do much and you have wasted potential. I expected more from this movie.
Moon (2009) -
A deceptively simple movie with quite a few surprises up its sleeve. It relies completely on Sam Rockwell and he gives it his all in a wonderful performance. I don't want to give anything away because it will take away from your enjoyment of it. I will say that it is a little too slow at times and doesn't have enough drama and emotion as I would have liked given the ideas it presents, but this is thought-provoking science fiction and it uses a small budget effectively. Some people won't like this because of its slow pace that makes its 97 minute length seem longer, but if you stick it out I think you'll be rewarded with a satisfying experience you won't forget soon.
Thirst (2009) -
Thirst is a movie I admired more than I liked. It has great visuals and atmosphere, fine performances, and good cinematography, but the film is a mess when it comes to the story. It has many moments that lack coherence and the pacing is all over the place. The film is 2 hours and 13 minutes, but it felt like 4 hours. It is way too long and lacks the emotional resonance necessary to draw some one in for a long period of time. The movie is a romance first, gothic horror second. I think that was the problem I had with it. I expected something totally different than what I got. It's also incredibly gory and features lots of nudity. In other words, it's no "Let the Right One In", but it isn't without its gory and sensual pleasures.
Extract (2009) -
This is a highly enjoyable film with plenty of funny moments and a brisk running time that goes by quickly. The performances are uniformly good. Ben Affleck is very good as the stoner buddy to Jason Bateman's character, while Jason Bateman seems to be playing the same kind of character he has been playing in his last few roles. Kristen Wiig isn't her typical quirky self, restrained effectively by Mike Judge. David Koechner always turns in a great performance as the annoying neighbor. Don't be fooled by Mila Kunis' significant amount of time in the ads though, she isn't in the film much and doesn't do anything memorable with a very small part. I haven't seen any of Judge's other movies, but if this is anything to go by, I will be checking them out here real soon. Extract is one of the better comedies to come out in 2009.
Pandorum (2009) -
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. You can basically call it "The Descent" in space because it has a bunch of similarities with that movie, but it has also plenty of satisfying science fiction to go with it. This is a sometimes thrilling and intense movie with an intriguing set-up and interesting ideas. It had a few twists and turns I wasn't expecting and kept me guessing most of the way. It explores the mental stability of someone who is stranded in space and doesn't have any help. I know I wouldn't want to be in their situation, but just watching it through this movie was a satisfying experience that I recommend to anyone with an interest in this sort of movie.