Hello and welcome to Day Ten of our first ever “Binky International Film Festival“. We have reached the end of 2011 and also the end of this series, yeay! 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog series as much as I have, it has been great, looking back and reviewing the movies I saw this year, and I’m really excited to begin 2012 because it seems like it’s only going to get better, what with the highly anticipated Hunger Games and The Amazing Spider-man premiering in March and May respectively.
And now let’s end this series right with the last genre: “Cool Guy Flicks”. It’s not action hero, but it’s pretty darn close. Cool Guy Flicks are the movies in which the protagonist charms, dazzles, saves the day and gets the girl. There aren’t that many that I saw in 2011 but the ones I did were pretty memorable, so let’s take a look, shall we?
“Cool Guy Flicks”
Opening Weekend: March 18, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 105 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Neil Burger & Leslie Dixon
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Abby Cornish, Robert DeNiro, Anna Friel
Haven’t you ever wished there was a drug that could make you not only smarter, faster, stronger but also be as cool as Bradley Cooper? In Limitless, that’s exactly what happens to loser Bradley Cooper when he gets his hands on a drug that turns him into super awesome Bradley Cooper – like all the cool Bradley Cooper characters you love combined. Of course great power comes a great price, but you can’t deny that while he’s on top of the world, it is an awesome wild ride. Bradley Cooper does charming manic really well, and even though I still think he’s NOT the sexiest man alive, I can see the appeal. One thing I especially love about the movie the unusual ending, something refreshing (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it) that doesn’t usually happen in movies like this. If you want your cool guy flick comes with a dash of intelligence, you definitely should give this one a watch.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Opening Weekend: April 1, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 93 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Duncan Jones & Ben Ripley
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Unlike Limitless’ Bradley Cooper, Source Code’s cool guy protagonist isn’t exactly all charming and handsome and powerful. However he does have to save a train full of people from a terrorist attack over and over again, so he’s definitely a real hero. I really like the premise of Source Code, especially when the possibility of alternate realities (universes) existing within the source code is introduced, and Jake Gyllenhaal knows how to carry this movie and plays the hero without being a little too much, but the ending kind of pisses me off a bit because it opts for a romantic happy ending that leaves more questions than answers, at least when it comes to the logic of these alternate universes that exist within the source code. It’s good right up until the end and then it gets kind of lame, which makes it a little frustrating and anti-climactic. Ah well, better luck next time, Gyllenhaal.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Opening Weekend: August 19, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 106 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Craig Gillespie & Marti Noxon. Story by Tom Holland
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots
Remakes haven’t really had a successful run this year, with Footloose being the worst of it all, but sometimes there are some remakes that can be a fun watch. Fright Night is one of them. I’m not saying this vampire flick is good, I’m just saying it’s actually fun to watch. It’s campy, it’s ridiculous and it’s a little stupid but it’s never lacking in fun. Colin Farrell once again shows his comedic chops as the bloodthirsty vampire neighbor, and he’s just awesome in this. After the “emo vampire” trend that has swept the world these last few years with Twilight, Vampire Diaries and to a certain degree True Blood, it’s quite refreshing to see good ol’ fashioned non-brooding, conscience-free, freakishly violent vampires for once. I wonder why vampires became emo in this side of the millennium. Is it because the majority of the population are on some kind of anti-depression lately that vampires, who live on human blood, become so Zoloft-y mellow? I doubt the diabolical, evil yet sexy and delicious vampires of years past will make a comeback anytime soon, but at least it’s nice to relive the good ol’ days with these bloodsuckers for once.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
And that concludes Day Ten of Binky International Film Festival. I’m all done, you guys, woohoo! It’s a little bittersweet for me to close this year without having seen so many of the highly anticipated 2011 movies such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and especially Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, but I’m hoping I’ll get a hold of them soon. Until then, I wish you a fabulous new year, may 2012 proves to be an amazing one for us all.
Happy New Year, Blogosphere!