A reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale that is darker and leads to Snow White doing some battle herself. I saw this movie with Marci and Stacy. I got together with Amy and Sharon to discuss it and throw in Marci and Stacy’s thoughts on their behalf. We also really liked calling the characters by other names like Bella, Charlize and Thor so that’s going on in our review.
Side note: We did watch this movie when it came out, but I was really bad about posting this on time.
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After having separate movies for Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, along with Black Widow and Hawkeye hanging out in other movies, all the superheros come together because Thor’s brother is throwing a tantrum on Earth. It is usually just Amy and I reviewing, but this time Sharon joined in on the fun.
Side note: We all saw this movie right when it came out, but I just didn’t post it until now.
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Hunger Games is based on a book series about a dystopian future where a civil war led to the government cordoning off areas of the United States, now called Panem, into districts. To remind the citizens to not rise up against the government, each district has to supply one girl and one boy (ages 12-18) each year, known as the Reaping, to compete in The Hunger Games. It is a fight to the death where only one of the 24 kids will survive with prizes awarded to the district of the winner. The entire event is televised.
Amy and I have read the entire trilogy so we knew this would have to be a Snazzle Review for us. We do compare the movie to the book and also talk plot points so, like usual, if you want to avoid spoilers, you might want to skip the review, but if you read to the end there is a twist that no one will expect coming.
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Two CIA agents end up dating the same woman. When they find out, they make a pact to keep dating her until she makes her choice, which makes them go to war with each other trying to win her over by spying on her and each other. This was Amy’s pick for our next Snazzle Review outing. As usual, we do discuss random plot points so if you want to avoid spoilers, skip the review.
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Haywire stars a real-life mixed martial artist that Steven Soderbergh saw fight and built a film around. Gina Carano is Mallory, a contracted black-ops type of agent hired out by the government to rescue someone but then ends up with the people coming after to kill her. She doesn’t know who to trust and must kick a lot of ass in the process. Amy and I went to see it for our Snazzle Review. Personally, I was excited since I love Ewan McGregor and recently became a fan of Michael Fassbender. I thought the combination of them and some good girl kicking butt action would make for a fine feature film. We discuss what we both thought about it and do discuss various plot points, so if you want to avoid spoilers, you will want to skip it.
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We Bought a Zoo is about a recent widower with two children who wants to start over so he finds a house out in the country that happens to be connected to a zoo. It then turns into a guy with no experience trying to run a zoo while still mourning his dead wife. It sounds ludicrous, so it has to be based on a true story or no one would believe it. Amy and I went to see it for our Snazzle Review. Then we got together to discuss what we thought about it. Warning, we do discuss some plot points so if you don’t want things spoiled, you might want to skip it.
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A New Year’s Resolution that I created with the help of Amy is to watch more movies! I have really been slacking on watching movies the past couple of years, so we are going to change that. Not only will we watch movies, we are going to get together and review them afterwards as a team. We are calling this venture, Snazzle Reviews! Our first movie was one that came out at the end of last year (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), but neither of us had seen it yet. Let’s begin! We do talk about random plot points so you might want to skip it if you want to avoid any spoilers.
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I was reminded right when the movie began that the screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin. In the first scene, Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend talked very quickly while also having multiple conversations with one another at the same time. I felt like I was watching the early years of The West Wing where I had to pay full attention to make sure I caught what was going on. I have been guilty, in this day and age of multiple ways of entertainment available to me, of not fully paying attention to a television show or movie at home since I’m reading something off my smart phone, but I had to put it all down and just pay attention while watching this.
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I’ve seen Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz that were different movies, but had the same theme of the same two leads and they parodied movies –zombie and action movies. I would not have guessed this one was by the same director. First, it didn’t star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Second, it was just in a different vein. It is a mix of video game and comic book. When Scott Pilgrim has to make a decision, a decision wheel pops up in his head. When the phone rings, it actually says “Ring” on the screen. When there are fights, it is like watching the old Batman cartoons with the “Wham” and “Pow” popping up on the screen.
Scott Pilgrim is in a not very good rock band and he starts dating a high school girl that worships him and his band. Then he runs into another girl that he falls for immediately. The drawing that he shows a guy at a party to find out her name is excellent. I have no idea why he’s so infatuated with her because she isn’t given much time to actually talk in the movie. She isn’t much of a character, but it is easy enough to ignore since the movie is fun. She has seven evil exes that Scott has to fight in order to date her. That’s the only time that I wondered why he would fight people when he barely knows her, but I just went with it.
The seven exes are funny, the fight scenes are hilarious and the entire movie was highly entertaining. While Michael Cera plays himself in every movie he has ever been in, and he is the same way in this one, it does seem to be to a lesser degree. I didn’t find it to be a distraction like it could be in other movies. I also found his roommate to be very funny. He’s Macaulay Culkin’s brother. We decided he looked like his brother, but wasn’t as odd looking.That was a bonus. He could have been in it more than he was and I think it would have added to the movie.
This movie is in some ways very typical Coen brothers movie. The characters are all a bit off and entertaining to watch, while in other ways this one is very different Coen brothers movie. Even though the characters are odd, they are much more realistic than their characters in other movies. It does live up to the “serious” in the title.
In 1967, the main character, Larry, is a professor up for tenure and thinks everything in his life is going okay until it all starts to fall apart. This flusters him greatly since he didn’t see any of it coming. While one thing after another starts falling apart around him, he starts to seek advice from various rabbis who give horrible advice.
It does seem like everything is coming into place towards the end of the movie, but then craziness starts to happen again. Then it just ends. While I thought the way No Country For Old Men just ended with no real conclusion actually worked for that movie, I don’t think it was really satisfying for this one. It just seemed like the movie stopped when it wasn’t really close to the end. I was enjoying it until that point. Then, I was just left hanging.