Posted on 11/11/11 04:05 AM
"Get Him to the Greek" is the latest installment from the guys over at APATOW PRODUCTIONS, it is also probably one of their strongest films to date. This is Nicolas Stoller's second film, and he shows absolutely none of the symptoms that new directors seem to show in their films. It was nice to see Jonah Hill in another one of these films in a starring role. The last few films that he had done with the group were more of cameo roles. Russell Brand is BACK as the drug using, rock-n-rolling, sex maniac rock star Aldus Show from the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and he knocks it out of the park. I haven't seen a funnier film this year. From start to finish, this film just delivers laugh after laugh while being extremely endearing and lovable. Sean "Diddy" Combs comes out of no where as one of the funniest men in this film. With seasoned comedy vets like Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, I was actually quite amazed that they weren't the only ones giving me the funny. This entire film is topped off with an excellent cameo from Kristen Bell as Sarah Marshall, and a soundtrack that is almost all INFANT SORROW!!! That really made the film work was most of the background music was Russell Brand singing with the movie band, Infant Sorrow. "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is my favorite APATOW PRODUCTIONS film, and while I don't feel "Get Him to the Greek" is as strong as it is, it's still an excellent film that is worth everyone's attention, especially if you are a fan of APATOW PRODUCTIONS!!!
Posted on 7/10/10 02:21 PM
"Predators" is a 2010 20th Century Fox sci-fi action film and is a sequel to the 1987 film "Predator" and the 1990 film "Predator 2". The film is produced by Robert Rodriguez through his company Troublemaker Studios (producer of Planet Terror, Death Proof, Sin City, El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, From Dusk till Dawn, From Dusk till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3: Game Over, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Shorts). The music is composed by Academy Award Nominated Composer John Debney (composer of The Passion of the Christ, Iron Man 2, Sin City, The Scorpion King). The film is directed by Nimrod Antal (director of Armored and Vacancy).
Leave it to Robert Rodriguez to take a 20+ year old franchise that has had two very bad spinoff films ("Alien vs. Predator" and "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem") and make a fun and exciting action thriller. Made for a budget estimated at about $38 million, with about $7 million in marketing and advertising, "Predators" shows in its truest form how a talented team of people can make a film on a limited budget.
Adrian Brody and company brought their "A" game to the table in terms of badassness. With a team of soldiers, mercenaries, and killers, action and comedy are both abundant with the characters. The alien hunters return in amazing fashion, bringing a brand new type of species to the table. Stan Winston would have been proud to have seen the predators in this film.
John Debney honors Alan Silvestri original score with the music in this film. While mimicing original themes from "Predator" and "Predator 2", new exciting music helped add to the tension of this new movie.
Very few CGI effects help this movie to feel more realistic than other films that come out lately.
All that should really be said is, if you are a fan of the original then you will definitely enjoy this. Otherwise, "Predators" is a movie that everyone will enjoy, but fans will enjoy much more.
Posted on 7/03/10 03:30 AM
"The Last Airbender" is a 2010 Nickelodeon Movies adaptation of the highly successful Nickelodeon Cartoon Series "Avatar: The Last Airbender", more accurately, this movie is based on the first season of the show. It is distributed by Nickelodeon Movies parent company Paramount Pictures and written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening). The music for the movie is done by James Newton Howard.
This whole film is completely wrong!!! Forget the fact thats its a TERRIBLE translation of the cartoon to film...but its an extremely bad movie.
There's absolutely no character development whatsoever. how am i supposed to feel anything for these characters when the time isn't taken to develop the characters properly. When the character Aang breaks down after learning that his people were destroyed by the Fire Nation, we as an audience are supposed to feel regret and sadness for him, but we don't. It's simply amazing that the cartoon show could evoke these feelings in me in the same exact scene. This was possible by having Aang, from the start of the show, be this very carefree lovable funny character, and we are with him like for for the better part of about 6 episodes. So when he does have this massive character turn to sadness and anger, the impact of this is so much greater. In the movie you get none of this. Instead of being cheerful, he's brooding, due to being weighed down by the responsibility of being the Avatar. The cartoon Aang was also weighed down by the responsibility of this, but he's also a 12-year-old kid that likes to have fun. This is just an example of poor character development in this film...there are plenty of other things I could have said about other characters, but I don't wanna give the movie away.
The plot jumps around WAY TOO MUCH to form a coherent story. Trying to cram a 22 episode season into an hour and forty minute movie just didn't work. Alot of important information is left out from the movie. Information that is vital the story later on. So instead, we get random shot after random shot of scenery and bad green screen effects.
The process of "bending" the elements was ridiculous. In the time it took a fire or water bender to do anything, a smart person would have just walked up and kicked them in the balls...fights over.
The names were changed from the show to movie. "Aang" is now "Ong" and "Iro" is now "Ero" and "Avatar" is now "Ovatar" etc etc. It doesn't matter if the pronunciation of the names was "more accurate" to Japanese/Asian phonetics...since its based on an already established universe with established names, changing the pronunciation of those names is completely idiotic and unneeded. All you do when you do something like this is alienate an audience that's already mad to begin with.
The music, done by James Newton Howard, just seemed...uninspired. Almost as though Howard wrote some generic music pieces a few years ago and went on vacation. When he realized that he hadn't written the score for the movie yet, he just decided to send M. Night his generic pieces......then he ate a pizza.
To top it all off...M. Night is one of the worst directors in hollywood today. This man has never made a good film, and for him to take the liberties that he did with "The Last Airbender" was not only wrong of him, it was offensive. This was the easiest job ever for a director. EVERYTHING WAS DONE FOR HIM!!! all he had to do was transfer the story to a different medium, and he couldn't even do that without messing it up.
Let's end this now, this is the worst movie to come out in years. Right after seeing the movie, I was so angry that I couldn't form words to express my anger, so I opted to use angry sound effects instead. I was more offended by this movie than by the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.
"The Last Airbender" is a film that needs to be avoided at all costs. Go watch the cartoon show "Avatar: The Last Airbender" is you want the real story, and a truly wonderful experience.
Posted on 6/30/10 04:14 AM
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is the third installment in the romance vampire series that is helping us normal people answer that important question...do girls prefer necrophilia or beastialtiy?
Truth be told, with the exception of a really drawn out and stupid ending and over-the-top romantic scenes between Bella, Edward, and Jacob, this movie wasn't that bad. A vast improvement over "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and in a completely different league than "Twilight".
David Slade, director of "30 Days of Night", took the reigns of this third movie, and did an amazing job with it. The pacing on this movie is greatly improved over the first two. It was consistent most of the way through, and Slade was able to keep the dialogue from interfering with the flow. The playtime was also cut down from the first two to just over two hours, apposed to "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and it's playtime of about 2 hours and 35 minutes. The violence is shot up with steroids and shown for all to see, complete with heads being ripped off and hands being severed, to wolves tearing shreads to vampires. Even some supporting characters bring in some much needed comedic relief when scenes are getting a little too serious for their own good.
The best part of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"......Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene) has much more screen time than she did in the first two!!!
The music is once again probably the best part of the film. Academy Award Winning Composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) does an amazing job with the score and music chosen for certain scenes. The music has always been a highlight of this film series and Howard Shore doesn't fail with this one.
Unfortunately, a big thing this movie suffers from is Kristen Stewart. In three movies, she has not grown or matured as an actress. Everyone else in this movie stepped up their game for this one, but Stewart just seems content with being her average can't close her mouth completely self. Even Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner brought more to the table. In fact, the two of them seem to have better chemistry together than Kristen Stewart has with either of them.
With a film series that started out TERRIBLY, had a sequel that was only slightly better simply due to the fact that Alice Cullen was on screen longer, to this......not bad. It's simply amazing what a talented director can do even with this film series. Unfortunately though, David Spade will not be returning for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I". Instead, Bill Condon (director of "Dreamgirls") is taking over. Well, at least we got one decent movie out of this.
While it's not a very good movie, it is a VAST IMPROVEMENT over the first two. Fans will enjoy the film, and people like me that despise the first two will be pleasantly surprised by "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse".
Posted on 6/30/10 03:48 AM
"Grown Ups" is a 2010 Happy Madison Productions film distributed by Columbia Pictures. After Adam Sandler's last film "Funny People", he returned to his comfort zone and made another comedy with a ton of his friends. The film also stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider.
This movie is just filled with bad ideas. There's almost no story whatsoever and really no script either. Now normally with stupid comedies I don't mind the lack of story and writing, but those movies are also usually rated R and filled with cursing and nudity. "Grown Ups" was trying WAY TOO HARD to be kid friendly. This really hurt the film.
No one really seems to be trying in this film. Everyone just kind of seems to spit out childish one liners that are only funny to tweens. We as an audience are supposed to believe that these guys have been friends their whole lives and that just doesn't come through on screen. What makes this even worse is that these guys actually have been and are best friends.
With the exception of a few giggle moments, "Grown Ups" is a film that is just better left alone.
Posted on 6/26/10 02:29 AM
"Knight and Day" is a 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises attempt at making a fun action/romance date film, unfortunately, too many things about this movie make it an awesome FAIL. Lets start with the bad first.
First is the amount of locations. This film took advantage of some of its budget and shot in some amazing places, unfortunately there are so many shots of these things that they lose their appeal, and they go to so many places in the movie that you really can't focus on a certain place for long. Second is the story. It started out very funny with Tom Cruise's acting, but about half way through the film this stops. It's almost as though someone told him to stop being charming and funny on camera and play the part straight. This causes him to become very stale boring for the rest of the film. We needed Tom Cruise to be that over-the-top sarcastic guy that he is so good at, and for half a film we did. Last is Cameron Diaz. All she really does in this movie is the same old creepy big smile and laugh thing that she's done for the last 1,000 years. Her acting ability is extremely low and up against a man like Tom Cruise, this trait is highlighted in super detail. This role really should have gone to a female star that can deliver a serious portrayal of fear when the time was appropriate, while at the same time being able to just throw caution to the wind when called upon. She just couldn't do this. In every scene she was in, she was doing that nervous smile thing people do, but it just didn't look natural. And the biggest thing of all was just herself. It almost felt like every scene she and Cruise were in she was trying to steal the spotlight. This movie needed and actress that could compliment Tom Cruise and not try to upstage him. Lastly was the length of the film. With a playtime of over 2 hours, you need something to keep you interested. This movie didn't have that. I counted about three different times that it should have ended. By the last time, I was angry.
And now the good. Short and sweet with two words...TOM CRUISE. It was such a treat to see him back up to his old self again. He is that perfect mix of believable action star and charming funny man that this movie needed. Say what you will about his personal life, Tom Cruise on screen of cinema gold. Unfortunately, his acting ability was cut short half way through the movie. The action scenes were very well done. Whether it was driving through a tunnel with tumbling SUVs, riding on a motorcycle escaping a stampede of bulls, or leaping from rooftop to rooftop, the action choreographer did well. I particularly enjoyed the fight on the train. Very well shot, especially in such a small space.
Overall, "Knight and Day" started out great, but ended up tanking in the end.
Posted on 6/22/10 12:49 AM
"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is the latest film brought to us viewers from the powerhouse team of Walt Disney Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, National Treasure 1 & 2, G-Force, Con Air, The Rock, King Arthur, Pearl Harbor, Gone in 60 Seconds, etc.). Unfortunately, this movie had a HUGE stigma against it since Video Game Movies usually do not do all to too well at the box office (Hitman, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Max Payne, Silent Hill, Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros.). Thankfully though, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is able to break the stereotype and be an awesome summer popcorn film.
Jake Gyllenhaal brings his "A" game in his portrayal of Prince Dastan. Alot of fun and a great to watch on screen. He seemed to just have a blast shooting this movie, and all of that excitement and fun came poring out of his performance. Gemma Arterton is just such a beauty on camera. Alot of magazines rank her as one of the most beautiful actresses working today, and I'd have to agree with that. The best part about her is that she can act. She played such a great "straight man" to Gyllenhaal and Molina's over-the-top-ism. Alfred Molina just adds to the amazing cast in this movie, and I don't think I've ever seen him have to much fun doing a movie. Being the comic relief in the film really allowed him to just kick back and stretch his funny bone for 2 hours. Ben Kingsley plays Dastan's uncle and the villain of the movie. Needless to say, this man just doesn't do bad in movies.
The action sequences are very well done. For fans of the video game series, all of those wonderful scenes come back. Sword fighting, scaling walls, and Parkour everywhere. It felt very much like the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film. The CG looked great, especially during the "dagger time reversal" scenes.
With a director like Mike Newell, who gave us the best Harry Potter film in the series (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), to top it off, this movie became a fun summer flick.
A big problem I had with this movie however was the ending. It seemed like a huge cop out. I really dislike it when movies do things like this. Not to give anything away, but there are no consequences for the actions taken, but that's a small problem I have for an otherwise entertaining movie.
If you have a chance, go see "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time". You won't be disappointed.
Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present a Jerry Bruckheimer production "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" Music by Harry Gregson-Williams Based on the video game series Prince of Persia Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Screenplay by Boaz Yakin and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard Directed by Mike Newell
Posted on 6/22/10 12:30 AM
"Shrek Forever After" is the fourth installment in the first DREAMWORKS ANIMATION franchise...it is also the fourth installment in a film series that should have ended back in 2004. While this movie is better than the dismal "Shrek the Third", it's not that much better. Nothing new is brought to the table, and instead of getting smarter and wiser like "Shrek 2" did with the original, this film just decides to go with the simplest jokes that only appeal to 5-year-olds. What happened to this series? The first two movies were filled with tension, action, drama, and jokes that were smart and interesting. These last two seems as though they were done by the original crews kids, explaining why they're so kid-friendly and not good at all. Everyone returns to provides their voices...and no one really cares. Mike Myers hasn't done a good movie since "Wayne's World 2", Eddie Murphy hasn't done a good film since the mid 1990s, Cameron Diaz has never done a good movie, and Antonio Banderas is like Eddie Murphy (he was relevant back in the day, but no one cares now). With plot holes abound and a cast that mattered 20 years ago, "Shrek Forever After" is a giant snoozefest that should just be ignored by all.
Posted on 6/21/10 03:33 AM
"Jonah Hex" is the latest comic book-turned-movie for the masses. From comic book juggernauts DC Comics (Batman, Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, etc), Jonah Hex is a gun-wielding, ex confederate-turned-bounty hunter anithero that shoots first, shoots second, and when everyone is dead try to ask a question or to. Short and sweet, this movie is terrible. The only redeemable quality of this is film is its star Josh Brolin, who plays Jonah Hex so well, for moments at a time, I almost forgot that this movie was just that bad. Alot of criticism towards Brolin states that his portrayal of the title character is too mean and broody...but unfortunately, Jonah Hex the character is broody and mean.
John Malkovich was......well......getting payed??? He really just seemed bored and really didn't want to be on set. Megan Fox was her usual CAN'T ACT, TERRIBLE LOOKING self. How she keeps getting hired onto movies is beyond me. At least Michael Bay came to his senses and fired her from "Transformers 3". The soundtrack is METAL!!! Heavy Metal band Mastadon brings an interesting sound to the film, but ultimately fails at adding any tension to the very dry scenes. As much as I love action films, comic books, and METAL music, "Jonah Hex" is a movie that seemed like a good idea on paper...but just falled flat on its face.
Posted on 6/21/10 02:43 AM
"The A-Team" is a big screen adaptation of the popular 1980s action tv show. THIS IS WHAT A SUMMER MOVIE IS SUPPOSED TO BE!!! Fun, popcorn, and action packed. While the plot of the film is fairly linear, you really don't care due to the entire cast being that damn good. Liam Neeson plays Col. Hannibal Smith, and clearly understood that his amazing acting skills weren't needed for this film and just decided to have insane amounts of fun on camera. Bradley Cooper plays Face and is his usual charming, good looking self and knows how to do it well. The new comer to the screen Quinton "Rampage" Jackson plays B.A. Baracus, a role made famous by Mr. T. He doesn't add anything new to the role, but I wasn't expecting much from him. For a guy whose job it is to beat people up in the ring, he did rather well. And the man that clearly walked away with this movie was Sharlto Copley who played Murdock. This man was cinematographer that did his director friend a favor and starred in "District 9", his first acting job. Now he is the best thing in a film with Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. "The A-Team" is just tons of fun that everyone can enjoy. The director Joe Carnahan had some making up to do after his snorefest that was "Smokin' Aces" and boy did he ever. The soundtrack is done by legendary composer Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, Night at the Museum 1 & 2). For the first time in a long time, it actually seemed as though he cared about the movie he was working on. As much as I love Silvestri, he has been phoning it in on the last few scores that he has done (for example: A Christmas Carol and G.I. Joe). It was nice to see an awesome summer action movie again, that wasn't trying to be anything more than what it is. If you want extreme amounts of fun this summer, go see "The A-Team" now.