Quick & Dirty #1

Quick & Dirty is a new feature that I will be implementing here at The Warning Sign. I watch a lot of movies, play a lot of video games, and listen to a lot of music. I don’t have the time to write full reviews on everything I see or do, but I still would like to discuss them with the handful of readers I have. That’s where Q&D comes in — brief summaries of how I feel about recent films/games/music/etc that I have indulged in. Today’s batch of movies:

28 Days Later [2002, Danny Boyle]
Terrific zombie movie. At first, the usage of digital video turned me off to it, but I gradually came to like the camerawork, which ultimately gives it a darker and grittier feel. The entire portion with the soldiers was great, and it was a refreshing change from your typical zombie flick. Plus, how can you not like Brendan Gleeson’s character? 8/10

Anchorman [2004, Adam McKay]
I don’t think I ever watched this all the way through when it first came out, but watching it this time finally made me realize where everyone was getting their quotes from in college. Stuff like “yogging”, “I love lamp” and “Stay classy, San Diego.” Now it all makes sense! Very funny movie; I can see why everyone fell in love with it. 8/10

Flipped [2010, Rob Reiner]
Surprisingly decent coming-of-age romantic drama. It has some funny moments, and is generally well-acted by its young lead performers. It kind of reminded me of The Sandlot, at least in terms of its 50’s setting and the use of a narrator. Worth a rental. 7/10

Knight and Day [2010, James Mangold]
Mindless summer action/comedy with two actors who I had pegged as “washed-up.” This was better than it had every right to be, although that really isn’t saying too much. A decent way to spend a couple hours without having to put too much thought into it. 6.5/10

The Third Man [1949, Carol Reed]
Stunning film noir that makes me want to watch many more in the genre. What can really be said about this? I loved the “big reveal” of Orson Welles, and the final closing shot of the movie is one of the best I have ever seen. I also loved the usage of multiple languages without subtitles — it reminded me of my recent trip to Europe and the struggles of not knowing other languages. Just a fantastic movie all around. 9.5/10

The Town [2010, Ben Affleck]
Very good Boston crime drama with an excellent cast. I noticed some big similarities to Heat, and there were some intense action moments. Jeremy Renner’s performance was incredible, and he definitely deserved his Oscar nomination. I was a little disappointed by the ending, but other than that this was a lot of fun. 7.5/10

3 thoughts on “Quick & Dirty #1

  1. Aiden R. says:

    LOVE 28 Days Later and there’s really nothing quite like seeing The Third Man for the first time. Would love to see that again actually. Good capsule reviews all around, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to Knight and Day.

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