Tuesday, August 25, 2009

From Hulk to Hunk!

Eric Bana has always been regarded as a great actor, and now I can say with full confidence that he has sex appeal as well. Playing the lovable bad boy Huck Cheever in Lucky You with Drew Barrymore, we saw a lighter side to this deep, dark and emotional actor. He was scary as shit as Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read in the Australian film Chopper, consequently the first thing I saw him in. The Hulk sucked, but not for lack of a great performance by Mr. Bana, whose range is never ending. From Hoot in Black Hawk Down to Avner in Munich, to Hector in Troy, you can always count on a solid performance from this brilliant actor.

In the Time Traveler's Wife he was both lovable and truly sad. His character, Henry has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel and he never know when or where it is going to happen. This makes for a tragic character which Bana portrays beautifully. The chemistry between Rachel McAdams and him sparks from the first moment they are on the screen together.

I highly recommend this film for not only did Bana do an excellent job, the story is woven between a Sci-fi exploration of the space-time continuum and a heartfelt love story that will pull you in and make you believe that anything is possible and love conquers all. Bring the tissues!

The book by Audrey Niffenegger has been adapted well in this film directed by Robert Schwentke, (Flighplan and Lie To Me~TV series) but as with most, the book is a bit better if you fancy a good read.

You can see more of Eric Bana in this summer's Funny People with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogan.

Here is a list from Fandango with a list and synopsis of Mr. Bana's brilliant career.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Ugly Truth About How Not to Make a Romantic Comedy

The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler is neither romantic or a comedy. It is, however; completely stupid, boring, predictable, NOT funny, not believable, or romantic even for the biggest fan of the "RomCom". Recently I read a bad review of the film and in that review they talked about the formula used; strong independent-man-hating-self-hating-single woman desperate for love and romance falls for bad boy obnoxious jerk type~BORING. That said, How To Loose A Guy In Ten Days also has these two people in the leads, yet it is both funny and romantic. You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Bridget Jones, etc. etc. . . need I go on?
This film wasn't even remotely interesting, and even the worst offenders of "chick-flicks" are better than this. The story was full of holes and weak. The acting was fine, but nothing comedic about either of them. The scene when Abby (Katherine) has an orgasm at dinner because she is wearing vibrating undies is so badly done, I was embarrassed for her~the actress. It was a poor imitation of the fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, and not funny at all.
I didn't care about either of them, and or if they got together. The chemistry was non-existent and the whole film just fell flat.
However, at least it was a great example of how NOT to write a romantic comedy. If you like Katherine, rent 27 Dresses which is basically the same story told better. If you like Gerard Butler and you want to fall in love with him, rent P.S. I Love You~and P.S. Gerard, we forgive you for your shitty Irish accent because you're so lovable in this film.
I'm just sayin'~save yourself 12 bucks and 2 hours of your life and skip this one.