My top 20 are in order, but the rest of them are just scatterd...
1. On Golden Pond
4. The Dark Knight
5. V for Vendetta
6. Lord of the Rings trilogy
8. Spirited Away
9. Edward Scissorhands
11. District 9
12. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
13. Little Miss Sunshine
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
15. Lars and the Real Girl
16. Alice in Wonderland(1951)
17. The Wizard of Oz
18. Pans Labrynth
19. Toy Story
21. Paris, Je T'aime
22. The Triplets of Belleville
23. The Orphanage
24. Where the Wild Things Are
25. The Matrix
28. I Love You, Man
29. The Blind Side
30. Batman Begins
33. The Corpse Bride
34. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
35. Father of the Bride
36. Galaxy Quest
38. Chronicles of Narni: The Lion, The With, and The Wardrobe
39. Batman Begins
40. The Lovely Bones
42. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
43. King Kong(2005)
45. Howls Moving Castle
46. Phantom of the Opera
48. Toy Story 2
49. Indiana Jones Crystal Skull
Ok, so this is completely off movie topic, but i'm writing a short story, and i need a awesome guy character name! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated?
This Weekend I will be reviewing "the Fourth Kind" Starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, and Hakeen Kae Kazim. Directed by Olantunde Osunsanmi.
The Fourth Kind has taken on an idea that as been tossed around vibrantly from generation to generation, and it still hasn't completely nailed it. While the film takes an interesting approach to this overdone topic, it still is a little preachy and not intelligent enough to pull it off.
Milla Jovovich starts off the movie as herself, and tells us she will be protraying Dr. Tyler in this 'dramatization' of what really occured, while we are still shown 'actual' footage of the case studies. Its an unique approach, and i fairly enjoyed it. The film is obviously trying to seem more realistic, but it doesn't really pull that off either. Dr. Tyler's husband is murdered one night by something unknown to her. It was a vague happening and she can't seem to remember who committed the crime? Thats all a part of the plot development as we try to discover what it really was. And we eventually do. We then get to meet some of Dr. Tyler's patients, they all seem to have the same problem. A strange owl keeps appearing to them while there sleeping, and they dont know why, and they can never remember exactly what happens. Creepy right? Yes, it is indeed creepy.
What is really intriguing is all of the cool audio and video we get to hear and watch of the 'actual' occurences and sessions with the Doc. Even though it still doesn't feel as realistic as say "Paranormal Activity" it still is cool to see the comparisons, but i don't really understand it. Either they show us a documentary version, or the real thing there is no sense in making us watch a split screen of two actors saying the exact same thing at the exact same time.
Milla Jovovich tells her patients she wants to try something different being that all of her patients are coming to her with the same weird problem. She decides to hypnotize them and ask them questions. Usually this ends in the patients flailing around the room in turmoil. It doesn't really lead anywhere...until one of her patients goes under the hyonoses and then the 'alien' starts talking in a old sumarian language. weird. Things elevate and eventually her daughter is abducted, and noone knows why? Her son is then taken from her because Officer August believes she has done something with her daughter, the same to her husband. So, she tries everything in her power to get her daughter back. Resulting in her and her 2 partners getting abducted. But, they are returned in the same night. There are too many twist and turns in the movie to write a truly detailed review. But, this, i think, is enough information to understand.
The film ends asking one simple question...
"What do you believe?"
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For anyone who is reading my blog/reviews for the first time its basically a review I've done or a movie i just recently watched and i go into more detail than just my few sentence consensus.
I know its not exactly the weekend, but i absolutely loved this movie, so its coming a little earlier this go around. This Review also contains detailed segments of the film and most likely will contain spoilers, so be you warned!
Ill be reviewing Where the wild things are starring Max Records as max and a ton of voice talent provided by: Paul Dano, Forrest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, Catherine O'Hara, Lauren Ambrose, and James Gandolfini. Its rated PG and was directed by Spike Jonze.
This movie starts us off with Max, we steadily learn that he is a lonely kid who doesn't have many friends. When he tries to get his sisters attention by pelting her and her friends with snowballs things go amuck when they trap him in his homemade igloo. Max, already feeling pretty down goes into a wild rampage and destroys his sisters room. He later then tells his mother, after she was a little attentive towards him, and they clean it up. When then find something crucial about max out, that he like to make up stories, and his mother writes them down. Later in the film we learn that Max's mother has a boyfriend played by Mark Ruffulo. Max does not like this at all, so again he goes on a wild yelling spree where he stands on the dinner table and basically shows his butt. His mother is continuously yelling at him saying, "What is wrong with you?!" and her boyfriend is saying "You shouldn't let him treat you that way." I think her boyfriend needs to shut-up personally. Max then yells back something along the lines of I cant help it, or something like that and then dashes out the door and runs into the forrest while his mother frantically chases him. Pause: We all know this will be the crucial point in the film when Max discovers Where the wild things are, but it definitely took away from the film by stretching what happened in the book. Even though it could be justified to make the film have a more easier flow and a more powerful ending it still would have been nice to have the same thing from the book which was, max goes into his room(being dismissed from supper) and his room suddenly begins to change into a jungle. I didn't think the redoing of this crucial plot development necesarily took away from the film, but it would have been nice to have stayed more true to the book in that sense. Play: When Max gets off of 'his' boat he comes across Where the Wild Things Are. Each and every wild thing is a reflection of Max in someway, may it be Carol's sense of loneliness or not belonging, or Judith's downer attitude, they are all apart of Max which was extremely inventive and rather interesting because it was one of the more intellectual parts of the fim. Another thing i loved about this film, and specifically this part in the film, is how the Wild Things seem to be having the same problems Max is having. Making it that more relevent that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Stating that everywhere in the world there are problems, and no matter how hard you try to fix them, you simply can't, not by yourself anyways.
One of the major flaws of this movie is that it doesn't come across as a kids movie, whereas in the trailer it kind of did. This film is filled with depressing and mature themes created to make you think and give you a decent and intellectual experience. Kid's movies shouldn't be designed that way. Although I'm glad with this particular movie that it didn't decend into cheesy childrens movie, but it certainly stayed above the PG rating it seemed and probably bored the kids too death, or either scared them out of there minds being that the visuals and Wild Things looked absolutely spectacular. Another thing that made this movie less enjoyable is that it wasn't long enough, i think they easily could have come up with more things to compell the viewers for at least an extra thirty minutes. But, thats definitely a minor flaw and hardly worth mentioning.
All in all, this movie ascends into deep thinking and critical issues. Child development is important and all kids should be payed attention too and especially if your in a broken family such as Max's. All he needs is a little bit of lovin'. This film is beautifully made with compelling characters and stunning visuals almost striking a perfect note in each department. This one is for the ages and a masterpiece in its own right.
This week ill be reviewing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Kate Winslet, and Jim Carey.
I thought this film was basically what cinema is all about. A good plot, wonderful performance, and just an overall good experience. The subtle humor, drama, and light sci-fi overtones really make this move pop and bring it up a level above your average romance. This movie has plenty of heavy materials that make it a little hard to follow sometimes, especially when hese going in and out of worlds, but you will eventually catch up and understand it better for it.
The title says it all, and what this movie is based on, deep, deep, down under its surface anyway. This film is all about the bliss of ignorance and not feeling pain in any circumstance, but thats not possible and bad things will come your way and you'll have to deal with them. Kate Winsley does a superb job as her rustic edgy heart breaker who has an awesome! name, clementine. She is all about living life in the moment, and living it to the fullest. Then there is Jim Carey, who is the laid back and has that 'dealing with life' personality. Those two dont mesh well right? Well it all unfolds and it certainly meshes well.
This movie is certainly a very hard one to write about, and explain as well. So, if i didnt do adequetly feel free to let me know.
This weekend i'll be reviewing "Clue" starring Tim Currey, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael McKean.
This is a twisted romp that keeps you guessing until the very end! The performances are fine and the humor is hysterical. This is a very interesting film that kept my attention the entire way through. I was imedietly drawn into this 'game' of guess who? While there are flaws, this movie is simply way to good to heave down on them. This movie is consistent in the humor, thrills, and just overall mystery. While it stays 'lighthearted' most of the time, it gets a little creepy here and there.
Overall this is the perfect murder mystery that can be watched over and over and over! again. This is a wonderful live action version of the loved classic board game. A timeless classic.
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So I've decided to, every week, review a movie in more detail than just my usual few sentences. This week I'm reviewing John Carpenters classic "Halloween"[Blue-ray]
So this movie is basically, Jamie Lee Curtis and The Shape. JLC gives her breakthrough performance as the heroine of this highly original slasher flick that started a long line of total repeats and copycats. She is basically the scream queen giving one of the all time most thrilling performances from a horror movie I've had the pleasure of viewing. While the rest of the 'teen' cast could be described as terrible, her performance is still absolutely great and definitely worth the praise she has gotten. It all starts when little Michael Myers kills his family. Its a really vague killing, not really sure who he is killing or why he is doing it. That makes it a lot more compelling and eerie. Than we skip about 15 years into the future to a psych ward where the crazy M. Myers escapes and returns to his home, Haddonfield. Laurie, the smart 'good' girl is just expecting another boring halloween babysitting. But when she starts to notice a creepy guy standing across the street of her school she starts to become a little uneasy to say the least. Then she starts seeing him on her walk home, is she crazy? i think not. She tries to overlook it and just look forward to her really exciting night of...babysitting, tommy, who is afraid of the boogeyman. Things start to go terribly bad when her friends start disappearing and she is left to figure it out by herself. Curiosity killed the cat. Then, of course, Myers puts Laurie in his view and doesnt stop until she is his. Pause for a second. when i think of this movie, its hard not to think of it as cliche, but then i have to remind myself this was THE one that started it all, so when it seems like ive seen this movie, over and over, and over, and over. Even though i basically have, this movie is highly fresh and is an intelligent independent film. Play. Laurie is basically forced to go check out the house across the street, where her friend is supposed to be babysitting a little girl but dumps her with Laurie so she can screw her boyfriend, and what she doesnt know is that 2 of her friends and there boyfriends have all been killed, and are the perfect trap to lure Laurie into Myers arms. To make a long ending short, she is trapped inside the house with Michael and uses every resource she possibly can such as: sewing needles, cloths hangers, and even the killer butcher knife, and in the end kills him, kind of. This movie is set up for a sequel, definitely. Overall this movie is amazingly original and has a really great performance from Jamie Lee Curtis. It also doesnt thrive off of cheap thrills, its genuinly terrifying. A iconic slasher film, and a masterpiece from Carpenter.
Well, tonight i got to experience a drive in movie theater for the first time. Where i moved from there was no such thing, the only one we had was torn down when i was like 6 so i never got to go, but where i moved to has one and i got to go see the time travalers wife, and the proposal. It was like a double feature type deal. It was absolutely awesome. I loved being outside and seeing the stars on screen, and the stars in the sky! it was pretty nifty. I just thought i would write a little somin' somin' because i really enjoyed it. I would definitely love to see a serious kick butt action or horror movie on one of those bad boys, especially because it was out in a huge open field. Creepy?
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Ok, so this isnt really about movies. I just wanted to talk about a indie group a ran across while watching the best channel ever...Current. There called The Dodo's, strange i know, but there music is actually pretty decent. I was pretty surprised. So go check them out on Itunes, Myspace, etc.
To me, "Sorority Row" looks like an exact imitaton of the limited released film "Tamara" starring Jenna Dewen from the original "step up". I'm not at all looking forward to this horror flick, simply because it looks completely unoriginal, and a teen slasher flick that Isnt necesary. There are too many of those, especially with "the Final Destination", and "Halloween" just coming out. I think it looks shallow and completely uninteresting. I know im being brutaly honest, so whats your oppinon?
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