Posted on 3/14/07 09:25 AM
300 was an amazing cinema experience. It had visuals, cinementography, and sepcial effects unlike any movie i have seen in awhile. The battle scenes in the movie were some of the best i have ever seen, and are up there with those of the great lord of the rings movies. The plot is simple, 300 spartens, led by king leonidus take on 1 million persians. The persians keep sending more and more at the spartans and the spartans keep proving they are up to the task. While king leonidus and his spartans are at war wit the persians, his queen is at home trying to convincle the council to send more troops to aid the 300 men at war. The council is corrrupt, so they wont submit to her pleas. This movie has everything in it that men could want in a movie, amazing fight scenes, blood, and nudity, though i did find the sex scene in this movie to be quite laughable.
300 is exactly what the trailers make it out to be, a bloody good time. Simple minded plot, but amazing battle scenes. The cinementography in this movie was just excellent, and i have not seen anything like it. NOt even in sin city. (which i wasnt really a fan of).
The only reason this movie did not get a 10 in my book, was that i felt somewhat bored during the scenes in between the battle scenes. LIke the scenes before the battle scenes were interesting because they gave you some background info on spartans, and what is goin on right now. But those scenes in the middle, where the queen is trying to get more troops to aid the spartans; while necessary to have a small break in the fighting; just seemed boring, and took away from some of the excitement i had while watchin the battle scenes. HOwever, luckily there were enough battle scenes, that i was able to over look this minor flaw, and still enjoy this movie.
Those who did not enjoy this movie at all, must not have seen a single trailer before going into this movie, because it keeps the promise the trailer makes, with breath taking visuals, and superb fighting sceens. I also really liked the soundtrack to this movie, and it mixed rock with an operah type music very well, not overplaying either one. This movie reminded me of the matrix a lil bit, where it introduced a very unique fighting style with the slomo which worked perfectly. NOw we will probably end up seeing more and more movies try to copy this style just as many tried to copy the matrix style and they all will probably blow. But atleast we got one good movie out of it, and for anyone that saw and enjoyed the trailer to this movie, i strongly recommend this to u cause it was just like the trailer. But for you that did not like the trailer, but are curious about seeing it cause everyone is talkin about it, i warn you that the movie is similar to the trailer; that is that it has the same kind of battle scenes, and dialogue. But who nos, mayb you will like it. Anyways, 300 was an amazing movie, with superb battle scenes, and extrodinary cinementography, not seen in any current movies. GO SEE 300!
Posted on 1/21/07 07:29 AM
going into the hitcher i wasnt sure what to expect, since i never saw the original, though i heard it was a pretty good b lever horror flick. Idk, but this remake didnt seem like a horror movie to me, idk if it was suppose to b, but it seemed more like an action flick with gore, and some suspense! This isnt a bad thing, just not what i expected. The plot of this movie i found to be completely unbelievable. Picking up a hitch hiker is believable, even one that is crazy and wants to kill u, but one that nos every move u r gonna make b4 u even no wat ur gonna do is not. HOwever, if you can overlook this, the movie is entertaining to a good level. One thing i can say is that i wasnt bored for the 85 min i was in the theater, though i do wish it had been a tad bit longer, since i thought the movie seemed alittle rushed at times. The basic plot of this movie was two college kids pick up a hitcher who turns out to b a physcopath, who frames them for murder, and these 2 must not only flee from him but also the police, as they make ever dum move possible to make the police believe that they committed the crime instead of john ryder, who i must say was played well by sean bean, who i like as an actor!
My favorite sceen of the movie, was also the most unrealistic one where ryder to a nine inch nails song, takes down 3 cop cars, and an HELICOPTER while they are chasing the 2 college kids, with a HAND GUN!!! it was cool looking, but also completely unbelievable.
Pros of this movie- good acting considering it was a horror movie, every1 was believable. It was entertaining, and somewat suspensful, and gorey! it had a decent plott that seperated it from some of the stupid slasher films out there that have no plot.
Cons- also the plott, cause it was soo unbelievable. it was not scary AT ALL, so dont expect to b coverin ur eyes in this one, unless u dont like some gore. but it was alil suspenseful. also the run time, i thought the whole thing seem kinda rushed, especially after the first confrontation with ryder.
Overall the movie was entertaining if u can overlook the unbelieveable plot, just dont expect this movie to scare u at all!
one prop i must give to micheal bay though, is that even though he doesnt produce the best horror movies, atleast he doesnt make these stupidass pg-13 horror movies that suck way more balls then wat he makes. He atleast doesnt tone it down. even though by remaking these movie, it is just to make a quick buck, he doesnt completely kill the genre by makin his movies pg-13 trash!
Posted on 10/29/06 05:53 PM
Great movie, better than the first 2. At first i didnt like the begginning, i thought it seemed pointless, and there was alittle too much talking, but much there was much more blood, and gore. Also, though the ending wasnt really a twist, i didnt see it coming. I suspected alittle bit of what may happen, but not close to completely. I loved the ending and how it pulled everything together, and gave some point to the beginning of the movie. All these people that dont like this film probably hated the first 2 but for some reason still saw this one, thinking it would be sooo much different. IT is alittle different than the first 2, and there was more irony in it that twists, but it was still a great movie. If you loved the first 2 you will most likely like this one. Great way to end the trilogy. The director ended on a good note. Also tobin bell is great as jigsaw, and adds such a creepy feeling to his character. GREAT MOVIE!!!!
Posted on 10/06/06 04:57 PM
Wow, thats all i was able to say after seeing the new scorsese film. It was amazing. The first 30 min of the movie i was a bit skeptical, cause it was a little boring, but that was just to set up the characters, cause the last 2 hours are amazing, leading up to a finale that i did not see coming (i didnt see internal affairs).
The whole cast is great in their roles, and Leonardo Di caprio has come along way from titanic, and he was really convincing. Matt Damon was also superb in his role, making him the guy you love to hate, and Marky mark added some style/humor to the film, and he was also very good. However Jack Nickilson steals every scene in which he is in. He was just superb at being the big crime lord. He would have you laughing at one moment then the next moment hating him. He deserves an oscar.
However if anyone deserves an oscar its scorsese for directing the best movie of the year. He is long overdue.
The basic plot of the movie deals with leo as the good cop who is undercover as one of jacks bad guys, and damon as the crooked cop. When both sides find out there is a leak on each side, leo and damon must race against each other to find out who the rat is to save themselves. The movie is a thriller/crime-drama. It is very suspensefull, and for the last hour i found that i was at the edge of my seat for most of the time. It was that suspensful.
I Highly recommend this movie if you like either thrillers or crime dramas, cause it suceeds at being both well. It is worth every penny, and is scorsese best picture since goodfellas. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!
Posted on 7/09/06 08:05 AM
Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is in no way a bad movie, like some of the people are making it out to be. It has amazing special effects decent to great acting (depp once again was amazing), and some very exciting scenes. However, it is too long. They could have easily made this into a 2 hr. movie, which would have also made it alot better, because some scenes are drawn out too much, and other scenes are just pointless. For example one sword fighting scene must have been almost 30 min long, and it could have been half that and still be very exciting. Also the plot was not the greatest, with too many subplots, going back between jack, elizabeth, and will. Also it can get somewhat confusing at times, and younger kids may not understand it. Plus the cliffhanger at the end leaves soo many questions to be answered that you wonder how they can answer them all completely in under 3 hours. Well this was all the negative things now for some positive stuff.
The scenes with davy jones were amazing, because he looked soo real and the actor that did his voice did such a good job at making him sound erie. These scenes alone are worth the price of admission. Also the battle scenes were amazing aswell, especially the ones with the krakon. Also the last 40 min or so were the best of the movie which led up to a very big cliff hanger, that makes you upset but excited at the same time. Though i did not love this movie, i still cant wait for the 3rd one to answer soo many questions. The movie wasnt as funny as the first but it did have some funny scenes, especially when jack was on this island and the inhabitants there believed he was a god. The music was also great. It really added a creepy tone to the movie, especially the music played by jones on the piano.
The best way i can describe wat the dead mans chest was like is by comparing it to watching action pacted movie, with a ok plot, and then in the middle of the movie when a big twist just happend, turning it off and waiting a year to see the rest of it. Dead mans chest is basically the first part of that action movie, seting everything up, adding some twists in there, and then just leaving you wanting to know wat is happening next. Basically to fully rate this movie, one whould have to watch the third part aswell, because it is like rating a movie that you have only seen half off. This is why i think so many people had problems with this movie. Dead mans chest by itself, isnt really a movie, and if there was not another movie coming out, dead mans chest would earn a much lower rating. I gave it a seven with the asumption that the third one, at worlds end will tie everything together, and once that movie comes out, dead mans chest hopefully will make more sense, therefore making it a better movie. All in all, this movie was still entertaining, and there is nothing like it out there (except for the first one), and if you enjoyed the first one, i recommened that you see this one, even though i wont gaurentee you will like it. It will atleast set you up for the third one, which i hope will be great. Also there is a scene at the end of the credits, but trust me it is not worth waiting for, cause it has nothing to do with the story, and is less than 30 seconds long.
Posted on 6/28/06 07:41 AM
The new superman movie was better than i had first expected. The teaser, and first trailer for this movie didnt really make me want to see it, but then it started to get good reviews. So i saw it at a special 10pm showing on tue. night. It was actually quite good.
The first 45 min. or so of the movie is superman getting back to earth, and just dealing with getting back to the old routine(becoming a reporter again, saving people etc.). During this time there is only one action scene, but it is a very good one. The rest is just him trying to get back louis lane, who has been hurt that superman left without even saying good bye. She also has a son, and a fiance, which makes superman alittle angry/sad. He really wants her back, and in some romantic scenes (that were alittle cheesy for me), she starts to fall for him again. During all this romantic stuff, lex luthor is planing to build his own continent from the crystals he found in supermans hide out.
After a compelling and exciting plane scene (that action scene i talked about up above) the world is reintroduced to our hero, and everone is in love with him. HE starts to save more and more people, gaining more and more respect. But he still struggles emotionaly, over louis.
(WARNING: the next paragraph reveals everything that happens in the last half of the movie. IF you do not wish to no everything that happens skip to the next paragraph)-Then when louis goes missing, superman and her fiance go looking for her. She is on lex's boat,(which she basically got on by trespassing, when trying to find out info on a story she was writing, and for some stupid reason brings her son with her) which is in the middle of the ocean, where he dropped one of the crystals in (when in water they start to become land, with lots and lots of rocks around them.) LEx just leaves her and her son on the boat. Eventually after saving the city from fire caused by the expanding land, superman finds and saves louis, her son and fiance. HE then goes looking for lex. FInds him, but realizes the place is full of kryptonite, and lex stabs him with it and superman falls into the ocean and starts to drown. After being saved by louis superman goes back, and bacially lifts the new land out of the water and throws it into space. THen in a semi emotional scene superman falls back to earth, where he is then sent to the hospital, and believed to be dead. Everyone mourns for superman, but he gets better. HE visits louis and her son (spoiler* who is actually his son) END OF SPOILER- then leaves to save more people. THE END.
Though this movie didnt have much action, it was never really boring. I did find it a bit long, and the begginning to be a bit slow, but the special effects were still amazing, and the action scenes were great. Also the acting was quite good. ON par with the first superman movie, though the two are pretty different, and alittle bit under the amazing batman begins. Basically if ur a fan of superman you will like this movie, or if you dont mind a movie that isnt full of action unlike spiderman or xmen, with some romantic scenes here and there. It has a good storyline, and the movie doesnt really only on special effects to be entertaining, which is good. It is also quite funny.
Posted on 6/20/06 02:31 PM
I know alot of people are bashing this movie because most of the jokes are silly and stupid, relying of farts, gags, and other kiddie stuff to make you laugh. So i guess if you cant find stuff like that funny, or totally hated the jokes in Napolean dynamite, you will most likely not like this movie. However, if you can still find the little kid inside of you, and go into this movie expecting nothing more than an ok story, with some funny yet childish jokes, you will have a great and fun time watching this movie. I was able to do this, and i found myself laughing harder than i have in a long time at the movies. Everyone that was in the theater i was in, was also laughing hysterically. I even laughed harder in this movie than i did in either the wedding crashers, or 40 year old virgin, and both those movies were funny.
I also want to say that Jack Black made this movie. With out him, most of the jokes would have not been funny. His facial expressions alone were priceless. Also his ring partner was also pretty funny, and they worked good together. There is not much character development, and the movie got right into the whole wrestling thing quickly, but that was ok, since this was more of a kids movie, that was there more to entertain than to have a deep story. The only negative thing that i can say about this movie, was that eventually the jokes started to get old, and overused. I think the director may have went alittle to far with the fart jokes, but i still liked the movie.
Most people that watch this movie will either love it or hate it, cause all the jokes are in some way or another the same. And those that give it a mediocre review, probably did because of the sweet, and feel good story line. But like i said before, if you dont like these kiddy type jokes, you will most likely hate this movie, but if you can find these jokes to be funny, then i highly recommend this movie to you. I gaurentee you will atleast laugh.
Posted on 5/30/06 11:26 AM
Before i saw this movie on Sunday, i was hearing alot of mixed reviews about it, and i noticed that most of the negative things were coming from those that had read all the comic books. They were saying how Ratner ruined it, and how it was stupid to end it here. But it was not Ratners fault at what happened wit this movie, it is the studios, and the producers faults for making this series end so soon. I dont no why they wanted to end the x-men movies here, instead of following the comic books more, but since i never read a single xmen comic book, it didnt really bother me, becuase i at first thought this is how it went in the comics till my friend told me. I enjoyed this film alot. Many people were saying that there wasnt much emotion or depth in this movie, but i thought there was plenty of it. My one complaint is that it should have been longer. They could have easily made this movie into a 2 plus hour movie, because it did seem as if ratner rushed some scenes. But it was still a very enjoyable film, that was very exciting. I guess if you read the comic books, and loved how that story went, then you may be mad at how this one ends, with many main characters unexpectidy dying. (if you have not yet seen the movie then skip to the next paragraph SPOILER*- i didnt like how they killed cyclops so early, and that he was only in the movie for like 10 min)
For all those who enjoy action, with some emotion, and dont mind some cheesy dialogue here and there, then i am sure you will like this movie. If you are a big fan of the comics, and read them all, you may be dissapointed at how they decided to abrubtly end the series, but to everyone else, i feel you will like this movie for its action scenes, especially the end battle, which has great special effects.
PS: make sure you stay till the end of the credits for a quick little clip that suggests there may be an X-men 4.
Posted on 5/21/06 08:57 AM
I have been waiting for these movie for such a long time. I read and loved the book, and was hoping the movie would be just as fun and exciting. Then the bad reviews came, and i was really dissapointed. I really thought the critics would love the film. However, despite the bad reviews, people still saw it and it got good user reviews, so i finally decide to see it, and i am glad i did. Though this was not nearly as good as the book, it was also not nearly as bad as the critics say it is. I thought the first hour and a half moved pretty quickly, and then once Lee (Ian M.) started to explain about the whole jesus being human thing, there was alot of dialogue, that at times was a little boring, but i never found myself falling asleep, or looking at my watch. Also there are some scenes that were interesting in the book, but not in the movie. But all in all it was entertaining. One of the problems i had with it though was how Ron Howard softened it up a bit making Langdon a religious man who doesnt believe in the whole jesus being human thing to make this movie less controversal. In the book Langdon somewhat believed/accepted this theory, but in the movie he basically treats it like it was propostorous. Also i heard that some people did not like the flashbacks in this movie that were used to tell what the person was thinking (cause in the book the characters thought alot to themselves). I thought they were fine. They helped make the movie more understandable. The ending that he changed was also not bad. As for the acting, i thought Ian did a fantasitic job, but thought the other two leads Tom and Audrey were just ok. At sometimes hanks was very good, and at other times his acting just seemed text book type acting that was just mediocre. And Audrey was at times hard to understand. What i also believed made me enjoy the film more were the bad reviews. These reviews lowered my expectations greatly, so when i saw the movie i did not expect much, and ended up pleased with it. This is why i think it is getting so many good user reviews. There expectations were all lowered, so when they finally saw it they were like "o this isnt that bad". However had this movie gotten amazing reviews, the expectations would have been real high, and i think alot more people would have been dissapointed. Anyway, this movie was entertaining, and exciting, and i recomend it to anyone who read and liked the book, or likes movies that are interesting and exciting at the same time. IF you go into this movie expecting a nonstop action/thriller type movie, you will be dissapointed, but if you go in expecting a movie that will entertain you, and make you think, you will most likely enjoy it!!!
Posted on 4/30/06 06:55 PM
I am so pleased that i had the opportunity to view such an amazing and superb movie. Not since the Passion have a felt such agony, and terror in watching a movie. I went to see this movie because of all the postive word of mouth that it was getting, and i have to say that the word of mouth was correct, this was an amazing film. I was not to sure what to expect when i entered the theater to see this movie. I was not sure if i would be all the horrified, or emotional, because it takes alot to make me emotional in a movie. But when i saw the footage of the second plane crashing into the second trade center tower, a chill ran down my spine, and i remembered watching that same clip over and over on Sept 11. The whole movie from beggining to end was suspensful and at times hard to watch. The scenes in the control towers were intriging and interesting, as you watch the people in the towers move around frantically trying to figure out what to do with the hijacked planes. Also the scenes where the people in those towers watch helplessly as their planes crash into the wtc and the pentagon are chilling, because the look on their faces represents what every ones face looked like on that day, and you really feel like each time a plane crashes, a part of them is taken with it. The first 30 min of this movie united 93 is delayed, and on the ground, then once it takes off and gets hijacked, your heart never stops pounding. Some of the scenes on the plane are very disturbing (minor spoilers ahead - though if you know the story you know what happens). Some people on the plane get stabbed, including the pilot, co-pilot, and a flight attendant, and there is a good amount of blood. Then when the people on the plane get ready to attack after realizing the bomb was fake, your heart really starts to pound, and youre eyes are glued to the screen. Once they attack, the camera is all shaky to represent the chaos that is happening. The music sets the mood and adds to the terror that is happening. And one thing that kept going through my mind as they finally broke into the cockpit of the plane was just that i kept pulling for them to succeed even when i knew the outcome. (Here i say how the movie ends, so if you dont want to know skip to the next paragraph)The movie ends with the plane crashing into the ground, and as the lights came on, the whole theater was in silence, except for some crying.
This was such an emotional film that i feel most should see. However i would understand that some people feel that it is just to soon. I personally did not feel that, but this movie was very disturbing, and may bring back to many bad memories for some people. I feel that eventually every american should see this film, to see just how brave those people where. They were just ordinary people that became heros, and greengrass really makes it clear that it could have been anyone on that plane, and that is what makes it so scary. This was truly a tribute to those that had died on 9/11, and i praise greengrass for truly making such a rememberable movie.