Posted on 7/23/08 11:10 AM
My Dark Knight Review is here:
Posted on 7/13/08 05:19 PM
One of Ferrel's lesser films, and you'd think that with the R rating, he'd be able to at least bring something funnier that we didn't see with Talladega Nights, or Blades of Glory... wrong.
Of the new Ferrel era, I actually thought that Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory were pretty funny movies. Very similar humor (aka, big ego, etc.) but honestly, I've watched 5 minute clips on Funnyordie.com of his, that were 10 times funnier than this. It had its moments, but just wasn't up to standard.
Jackie Moon was most famous for his hit disco song back in the day, and owns the team , the Tropics (he plays on the team and is a coach as well). His former fame is not forgotten, but their fans are minimal. The league that the Tropics reside in is going to be abolished, and the top 4 teams will go to the pros. So, they try to get in that top 4, with a lot of ridiculous ideas to gain new fans, such as Jackie Moon wrestling a bear (which was actually funny in an extremely, extremely stupid kind of way...) and a fight between both teams during commercial breaks.
Now, it sounds like his other films, and like it would be comical in the same kind of way, but some parts were just really misses for me. They try to be comedic in dressing the team up as mascots, and Jackie talks about he has never "puked" in his life, and finally does. Some of these attempts seem like they are trying very hard, but alas, fail.
It has some laughs, and might be worth a rent if you are a Ferrel fan, but if you don't like Talladega Nights, or Blades of Glory, avoid it at all costs.
Overall, I give it a 4/10
Posted on 7/13/08 04:58 PM
It seems like the american horror/suspense film writers are just getting lazy, now.
The Eye, a re-make of the Japanese horror film the eye, (big surprise, I can think of another 100 movies that we've done the same with...Grudge...cough) This is about Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) who lost her eyesight when she was 5 years old, at request of her sister (Sydney didn't want it so much) she gets a cornia transplant, and is given sight again.
But... she...can see dead people. Yeah, similar to The Sixth Sense, she is able to see the dead... well, after they are dead. Everyone thinks she is crazy... and she seeks to learn who the eye donor was... And so on and so forth. Throughout, the scares are a bit minimal, but I just didn't get that completely creepy vibe I've gotten from some other films that I've seen. And of course the classic, occasional beings popping out of nowhere, that may give you a small jump.
The ending actually turned out better than I thought it was going to be, which is a key point for a movie. I was actually wondering how it was going to turn out (meaning what I wanted them to do, and what I was hoping not for ... like the grudge, ending and making the first one seem pointless...)
It thankfully does not end with the possibility of another sequel, which I completely hated a lot of horror films for, and there actually is a purpose to this one.
All in all, rent it. It's not terribly bad, but not terribly good.
Posted on 7/13/08 04:01 PM
A movie that's great for the whole family, and packed with some good adventure.
Now, I haven't read the books, but I've heard this strays far from them at times. But, that's not the point. This movie is about young Jared, who is not happy with his mothers decision to move to a house she inherited. Jared begins to search the house, and finds a book, a book with many fantastical creatures, and lore of the land that they live in. But, they are only able to see these creatures (mainly the bad ones, trolls) if they use a small monocle device, that makes the creatures visible, or if a hobgoblin "grants" the ability to see it.
Basically, if these trolls get the book, they are able to learn the secrets of the other creatures-abling them to destroy them, and the humans as well. So Jared has to keep the book away from them, as he is the new holder of it. I've got to say, this was the most violent PG movie I've ever seen. I'm a bit surprised they were allowed to rate it PG, I know many younger kids who would be scared to death by this, actually.
All in all, it's a good family, adventure film, similar to those such as Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter.
My final rating, 8/10
Posted on 6/25/08 08:31 PM
A compelling drama in which Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano's outstanding performances make the viewer simply be captured by the film itself.
Daniel Plainview, (Day-Lewis) is an oil man. Travelling to a new site in which he believes will be very profitable, the town preacher Eli (Dano) allows Plainview and his company to drill, on the condition that they donate the money to the church, which is just a marketing ploy.
Daniel, sees the worst in people. And hates every last one of them, he is an excessive drinker, and cares of nothing but becoming a complete oil conqueror, and basically, well, control the entire market.
This is some of the best acting I've seen in a while. The final scene, and ending, just gives you chills. It's so well done, and immerses you in the film, making the characters seem real, full of emotion, and hatred.
I won't give away too much, but Daniel and Eli are pitted against eachother, and Daniel shows how someone can truly turn completely evil, and mad with with power, without the force or temptations of the dark side.
Honestly, this is the best drama I have seen in a while, but I don't understand why the MPAA gave it an R rating, it really isn't fitting. But, I'd reccomend you watch it.
Posted on 6/25/08 06:42 PM
Hillarious, with a serious and more sincere side as well.
I'd first like to say I'm a big fan of Jack Black, he's always been hillarious to me... although he usually plays the same character.
This one is about two guys, Mike who is left in charge of the video store (Mos Def) and the other, Jerry (Jack Black) whom the owner Mr.Fletcher wants to stay away from the store completely. Jerry has a conspiracy theory that the government is controlling their minds with the power transformer in the city... so he tries to destroy it (Yes, random plot throw in, I know) but is charged up with electricity instead.
This causes him to become magnetized, and upon entry to the store (despite Mr.Fletcher's demands) erases all of the tapes. A friend of Fletchers checks up on the store, to make sure they aren't ruining it completely, and finds it a mess, wanting to rent a copy of Ghostbusters, in which she hasn't seen.
Unable to find a copy, Mike decides that they should try to remake the movies themselves, and they surprisingly, become the talk of the town. Upon learning that their store will be relocated, they use the money they make from the "Sweded" (you'll get it when you watch it ) films towards it.
Jack Black makes the movie, honestly, I don't think I would have heard about it if it wasn't for him (this being an indy film) but it has also spawned a cult of youtube videos based on short mediocre films that you create based on your favorite movies.
I laughed numerous times, I especially liked their version of Rush Hour 2. But towards the end of the movie, it got a more dramatic/serious tone. Although it was still good to go that way, more of the parodies would have been better
Some of the movies being parodied included Ghost Busters, Rush Hour 2, The Lion King, Robocop, and Driving Miss Daisy. (There are more). But they should have showed more of the movie knock-offs, and less of the seriousness towards the end.
All in all, it's a good movie, with some good laughs. But I felt that they should have stayed more comedic, even in the last half of the movie, which it went towards more of a drama, it worked, but It wasn't what I was expecting personally.
Definitley rent it!
I rate this movie, 7/10
Posted on 6/21/08 05:54 AM
I was completely surprised and blown away by this movie. It was a great war/action flick,and brings back our favorite war hero into a modern situation-Burma, in Asia.
Theres still, many human rights violations in that area (Although it is no longer burma) and some violence still occurs, and a war with genocide that lasted over 50 years, and was hardly brought attention to. Rambo goes there, and doesn't sugar coat it as you'd think.
No joke, This was the most violence and gore I have ever seen in a film, and is being considered one of the most violent movies of all time. But don't think the excessive violence ruins the movie, it really does portray the truth of the horrors of war and Stallone makes sure we are leaving the PG-13-fake action mentality behind after this one.
John Rambo has been hiding out in North Thailand, living somewhat of a peaceful life. Some christian missionaries ask him to take them to Burma, to negotiate. A Rambo-Like quote comes up there, "We're going to make a change." Rambo: "Are you bringing weapons?" - "No" - "Then you're not changing anything." He finally agrees to take the missionaries there, despite his beliefs that they will be wasting their time.
When they arrive at the village, it is ambushed by the Burmese Army, as it was destroyed and ravaged. The missionaries were then taken captive by the military, as the rest of the village was slaughtered (Innocent people) Rambo is then informed that a group of rebels could use his help getting across the river, he ends up doing more than that.
I find it ridiculous that critics called this movie over-the-top and gratutious unnecessary violence. This is actually a situation, a REAL-LIFE situation, and actually went on. During the set, Stallone even said in an interview that there were death threats on the set to the cast members, because of the area they were shooting in (the real area) and the subject matter. Stallone doesn't sugar coat war, and I respect him highly for it. But he also brings back the classic Rambo, the one man army.
If you have a weak stomach, or are offended by violence-I wouldn't reccomend seeing it. But it's a very good movie, definitley better than Rambo 2+3, if not the first.
Posted on 6/17/08 11:42 AM
I went in with high hopes for this movie... And came out satisfied over those hopes, amazingly.
Most superhero movies aren't as good as this one, it ranks up there with the original Spider-Man, Batman Begins, and others-in the top tier of superhero movies.
Anyway, the story. Tony Stark, owner of Stark Industries, a weapon manufacturing company, goes over to Afghanistan to test one of the companies newest and most deadly missles. He and the soldiers accompanying him are ambushed, and Stark is captured, being hit by a blast from one of his own bombs, he is now in captivity.
The shrapnel would have reached his heart and organs, but one of the Afghan doctors hooks him up to a machine, in which magnetically pulls the shrapnel away from his heart, and keeps him alive. The Afghans want one thing-the missle to be built, but he has other plans, as Stark builds a prototype assault suit instead.
His life was saved that day, and he knew it was for a reason-dedicating his life to saving others, and not building weapons that would be used against him.
Yeah, it is as good as it sounds. This is literally, the best superhero flick I've seen since Batman Begins. If you are a fan of superhero movies, and haven't seen this... go now. The action is great, Robert Downy Jr. also establishes himself as the role, and makes me wonder if this film would have done as well with anyone else.
Overall, I give this movie a perfect 10, flawless, indeed.
Posted on 6/17/08 11:41 AM
In a premise that had great potential, this movie is definitley a rent-once type of movie.
Our lead character, David Rice, played by Hayden Christensen is able to "teleport" from place to place with a special ability he is given. He uses this to benefit himself only, and not others, by robbing banks, helping his girlfriend, who is pretty dumb, by the way... To only find that the "Paladins" or Anti-Jumpers, want to stop him.
The Paladins, as seemed to be led by Samuel L. Jacksons character Roland, are "religious nuts" and want to kill them because they're taking god's work into their own hands. They use some sort of shock sticks, to generate electricity through the Jumper's body, to prevent them from jumping... (although they could just shoot them and get it over with, but that would NEVER work... right?)
So, basically, David teams up with another jumper to kill Roland... and I won't spoil it if you still want to see it.
Well, it sounds interesting, I know. It's a good idea, but since David does not help other people, or try to use his unique power for good and only help himself, we gain no sense of caring/emotion towards him.Meaning: we don't care what happens to him or his girlfriend, really.
On the bright side, some action sequences are good, but somehow feel hollow, and some of the scenery is great. If you are interested in seeing poorly developed characters with some good action, and an interesting premise made into a crappy plot... you'll have to rent it for yourself.
My rating is a 3/10
Posted on 6/14/08 05:22 AM
Random Ninja-Like warriors flipping in like a power rangers rip off, Burt Reynolds as the King of the land, Characters that you develop NO CARES or feelings for throughout the film. Need I say more? This was hard to sit through.
The only reason I'll give this a 10%, is because Jason Statham was actually a decent actor in the movie, I'll admit. But good acting + stupid screenplay, and other terrible actors = BAD.
I wont even bother with a plot synopsis, because it wasn't that great, and you probably won't want to see it.
I've played all of the Dungeon Siege video games, and the Krug, who look NOTHING like the Uruk-Hai from Lord of the Rings (As they are portrayed here) appear as the main enemies in this, and seriously, look like something out of a cheap High School production of LOTR.
I'm extremely disappointed, and for some reason disturbed...This can hopefully be forgotten...It looked like a decent movie. Let's hope Boll doesn't completely destroy more video games, by making them into movies. He needs to either start making them well, or stop.