Must See for 2009 – Watchmen

2008 isn’t over yet and there are still quite a few movies I’m keen to see, (I still haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet!), but a newly released trailer has me excited about 2009. Watchmen, based on the Alan Moore graphic novel looks cool. Can’t wait.

The Road

I recently finished reading "The Road" which is the most recent book by Cormac McCarthy, the guy who wrote "No Country For Old Men". I can kind of see why he’s the "it" writer at the moment. He writes in a kind of "arty" style that makes you feel like you’re reading something more sophisticated and high brow than the usual commercial paperback.

It’s the story of a man and his boy walking along the road in a post-apocalyptic future, and just trying to survive. It was okay. They’re making it into a movie with Viggo Mortensen. I’ll be curious to see how that turns out.

You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

This movie is so wrong, and so right. The rapid fire jokes hit like a shotgun, some hit the target and others miss by a longshot. The movie scored constant laughs, but there were plenty of jokes that just completely fell flat. However, it is relentless in it’s attempt at the funny so while it misses a lot, it scores more than enough times to have you laughing a lot. It’s a funny movie full of absolutely random, and ridiculous humour.

If you’re looking for something intellectual, forget it. If you’re in a good frame of mind, you can really get into this and enjoy it. It is dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb. But if you go into an Adam Sandler film expecting anything more, then you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. I liked it.

Three stars.

Dune

Dune

I finished reading the first of the Dune Chronicle books, and can definitely say I’m a fan. Dune is as epic as a book can be. Not in weightiness like “The Lord of the Rings” but in it’s scope as an enormous all encompassing story on a grand scale that plays itself out over a great many books.

Frank Herbert’s style is easy to read and not overly elaborate which make what has the potential to be extremely confusing subject matter, very accessible and tells an interesting tale.

I remember playing the video game when I was a kid, and not understanding the context behind any of it, now it all makes sense. I hear they’re making a movie of it, to be directed by Peter Berg. I look forward to it.

Hancock

Hancock

I am a big Will Smith fan, so I would turn out for anything he’s starring in. I came into “Hancock” with high hopes, but ones tempered a little by some poor reviews I had heard about, but tried to avoid. After coming out of the movie, I could understand why there were negative reviews, but still felt that it was a good movie.

A somewhat fresh concept and with some good laughs. I felt the movie had potential to be something better than it was, but it takes a bizarre turn mid-way through the movie, that some people will like and think the movie is great, but others will not and pan the movie for it. I was actually somewhere in the middle, and kind of felt like I’d seen another Will Smith movie that didn’t end the way I wished it had.

Three stars