Review: Moon

film review smallMoon is this summer’s hidden gem in a sea of explosions and popcorn. This film had surprises around every corner and kept you guessing. There is something not right going on in this space station and Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is trapped in between a moon rock and a hard place.

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Review: Paper Heart

film review smallThe love movie about a documentary about love. This quirky little indy film was a delight to see and suggest you see it when it comes to theaters. This film starred and was written by Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up, the high asian girl). This movie also starred Jake M. Johnson and Michael Cera. Charlyne and Michael both use their own names as characters except for Jake who goes by Nick in the movie who plays the director.

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Review: (500) Days of Summer

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“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know up front, this is not a love story.”

(500) Days of Summer is not your typical linear storyline; it is beautifully told within a series of events between the 500-day relationship of Tom Hanson (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a greeting card copywriter living in Los Angeles and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), the newly appointed secretary of Tom’s boss. Chronological order is disregarded from the very beginning, while throughout the movie we travel back and forth in time putting all the pieces together. This misguidance of time gives a fresh face in the calamity of stereotypical romantic comedies seen these past few years. Sometimes we don’t always explore time in a particular order, but as a series of events that have happened the way you want to see them and this film takes you through that journey.

Tom meets Summer when she is introduced as the boss’ assistant and instantly falls in love. The further we venture into their lives the more complicated the relationship becomes. At the beginning of the film, Summer tells Tom that they should stop seeing each other, which comes as more of a shock than he wants to believe. From here, Tom starts his mission to try and win her back, but in the process he learns more about himself and his relationship than he first thought was possible.

Summer is the embodiment of tireless hours that men have struggled over to figure out the ultimate mystery of the world, women. First time film director, Marc Webb, fully understands the emotions of Tom and Summer and takes this small indie story to a more personal level. Most romantic comedies only dream to achieve a sense of real characters that you can relate to, which (500) Days of Summer have captured elegantly. Sometime throughout our lives we have either been a “Summer” or a “Tom” and Webb’s direction places this familiarity on the viewer, which brings you into the situations more personally.

As a music video director, Webb is very familiar with encompassing the right tone of visual elements while complimenting music. Music plays a big role in the film’s emotional settings and it even has a brilliant dance number. Webb uses many interesting filming techniques that he incorporates well as part of the story. The color blue also plays an important role in this film as Webb creates a very playful use of the color planting it into your mind whenever Summer is or is not present. Visually this film is also beautifully shot, with some of the frames feeling almost photographic and monochromatic.

Filled with cute witty dialogue, that could only be found in a post Diablo Cody’s “Juno” era, (500) Days of Summer flirts with your emotions while you root for our hero Tom. Comedic, moving, and musically inclined, (500) Days of Summer hits all the right notes for a fun and clever must see story. Something entirely different comes out of this film and is captured wonderfully by Marc Webb. The movie skews your perception of time and events, but that never takes away from the excellent on screen chemistry of Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel.

If you are looking for a romantic, moral driven, happy ending, you should walk in the other direction. (500) Days of Summer is not your typical Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, this film requires you to get involved with these characters and join in on this tale of boy meets girl.

I give it: 5/5

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Hellogoodbye US Fall ’09 Tour

Apparently for some forsaken reason Hellogoodbye is touring with Hanson?! WTF? Hanson? That’s so odd. Also with guests Sherwood and Steel Train.

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I got this information from a myspace post that Forrest they decided to drop. I’ll probably just go to see Hellogoodbye and leave. They put on a really good show and their show is the only reason why I started liking them in the first place. The tour starts the end of September and goes on til November. This tour is a sort of philanthropy of course, knowing HGB’s character, that when you buy a pair of shoes the Toms Shoes will donate a pair to a child in need. Hellogoodbye’s new album should be coming out pretty soon and I’m pretty excited for that.

After the jump is the list of tour dates that they are appearing at. Fortunately they are going to be in Chicago twice:

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Review: Star Trek

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(This review contains minor spoilers)

Trekkies rejoice! Star Trek reignites the fire that is the Star Trek franchise. J.J. Abrams – the king of modern nerds – has createda wild ride back into Starfleet Academy where it all began. Performances by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Eric Bana make you believe in the characters and bring you to a world that only few love, opening up the Trek universe to a more mainstream audience. The epic tales of James T. Kirk and Spock may now be enjoyed by those who didn’t even like Star Trek in the first place.

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Review: Star Trek

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(This review contains minor spoilers)

Trekkies rejoice! Star Trek reignites the fire that is the Star Trek franchise. J.J. Abrams – the king of modern nerds – has createda wild ride back into Starfleet Academy where it all began. Performances by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Eric Bana make you believe in the characters and bring you to a world that only few love, opening up the Trek universe to a more mainstream audience. The epic tales of James T. Kirk and Spock may now be enjoyed by those who didn’t even like Star Trek in the first place.

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Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Here it is my Review for Transformers: ROTF. Ultimately all my film reviews will be like the image at the end of the review that you can enlarge and view in the Film Review Section of my blog. Now with no more waiting, I give you my review:

The behemoth that is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has plopped in our laps. This epic sequel was directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger (Scream 3), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (both MI: 3, Star Trek, The Island). Of course this couldn’t be a hit without Shia LaBeouf and the woman on top of the world, Megan Fox along with Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Ramon Rodriguez and Isabel Lucas (who could have been more attractive than Fox in the film).

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Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Here it is my Review for Transformers: ROTF. Ultimately all my film reviews will be like the image at the end of the review that you can enlarge and view in the Film Review Section of my blog. Now with no more waiting, I give you my review:

The behemoth that is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has plopped in our laps. This epic sequel was directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger (Scream 3), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (both MI: 3, Star Trek, The Island). Of course this couldn’t be a hit without Shia LaBeouf and the woman on top of the world, Megan Fox along with Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Ramon Rodriguez and Isabel Lucas (who could have been more attractive than Fox in the film).

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