Posted on 8/28/13 08:36 AM
What a combination of drama and comedy into one movie. This film takes you on the journey of Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) as Adam battles cancer. The movie delivered many memorable jokes while still being sensitive towards the subject at hand. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a very convincing role, especially at the end when the final battle with cancer is coming.
The movie is going to have its sad parts that may bring some tears, but the movie will come right back to cheer you up with a light-hearted joke. I would say that 50/50 has to be one of the best comedies I have seen in years. It seemed like more of a clever comedy rather than a comedy filled with dumb joke after dumb joke. The movie really gets the viewers attention and sucks you in to the point where you feel as if you are right there helping your friend through their problem.
I can see why some people might be a little weary about the film since cancer can be such a sensitive subject for people, but make no mistake, after viewing this film and as the ending credits scroll on the screen you will have a very positive feeling about 50/50.
"See, but... that's bullshit. That's what everyone has been telling me since the beginning. "Oh, you're gonna be okay," and "Oh, everything's fine," and like, it's not... It makes it worse... that no one will just come out and say it. Like, hey man, you're gonna die."- Adam
Posted on 8/28/13 08:36 AM
I love seeing all of the different comic book films, even though some of them end up being pretty bad (Green Lanturn), they are usually a fun ride. Captain America: The First Avenger is exactly that, a fun ride. The movie is not going to blow you out of the water and make you into a die-hard Captain America fan, but the film delivers an entertaining, action packed experience for the viewer.
The action sequences make you sit on the edge of your seat with all of the excitment and different stunts the Captain does. These scenes are well balanced with the whole origin story of Captain America which is setting up next summer's blockbuster The Avengers. Since the movie was made as a stepping stone, it causes the movie to stand in the shadows of the upcoming movie The Avengers.
Overall it was a good movie worth checking out, but watching it just made me even more excited for The Avengers.
"General Patton has said that wars are fought with weapons but are won by men. Our goal is to create the greatest army in history. But every army begins with one man. He will be the first in a new breed of super-soldier. We are going to win this war because we have the best men. And they, personally, will escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of Hell."- Col. Chester Phillips
Posted on 8/28/13 08:36 AM
My older brother had been bothering me for the past 7 years to see this movie, and I am not sure why that it took me until now to watch the movie. To me the movie lived up to all the hype that my older brother had given the movie. I would be willing to put The Big Lebowski up there with my all time favorite comedies, or even films. The dialogue between the characters is hilarious with how they respond to each other with different, usually insulting, remarks. Jeff Bridges and John Goodman put together strong performances in the lead roles as a burnt out stoner and a Vietnam war vet. The plot gets crazier and more random as the film goes on, but that is partially what makes it so fun, you have a hard time trying to guess what is going to happen next.
It is yet another masterpiece by the Coen Brothers that is easily up there with other hits of theirs such as Fargo and No Country for Old Men. The end scene of the movie is what really brings the film together and could possibly be one of my favorite scenes in all of film.
"The dude abides."- The Dude
Posted on 8/28/13 08:36 AM
Going to see The Muppets I was not sure what to expect. I wanted to see it because when I was younger I use to love all of their old movies. Throughout the film it is obvious who the intended audience is for this film, families with younger children, but it still had some laughs for adults. Jason Segel does a great job acting with The Muppets, and as a co-writer of the film, makes his work even more impressive.
The movie kept spicing itself up with the different clebreity cameos that the movie had, anywhere from Whoopi Goldberg to Neil Patrick Harris to Jack Black. I would reccomend this film to anyone who use to love The Muppets, but when watching it, it is important to keep in mind that the movie was made for children, not adults, so there is not going to be the type of comedy many of us have come to expect from watching so many PG-13 and R-rated comedies.
"Why are there so many songs about rainbows" - Kermit the Frog
Posted on 4/25/12 12:17 AM
It's been a while since my last review, so my for my first review in over month I will talk about "Stranger Than Fiction". "Stranger Than Fiction" is a drama/comedy that stars Will Ferrell as a socially awkward IRS agent.
During the film he starts to hear a voice in his head that is narrating everything he does throughout his day. One day as he is waiting for the bus he hears the narrator of his life mention his imminent death. Upon hearing this the main character, Harold Crick (Ferrell), tries to seek help from a college professor (Hoffman) to figure out who the narrator (Thompson) is in his head.
The plot of this film was definitely something I had not seen before; an author writing a book that ends up being the narration for a persons actual life. Although I would say the film is mainly a drama, the director still manages to fit in some comic relief that sort of relieves the tension in the film as the main character is constantly trying to escape his 'imminent death'.
In addition, I was a real big fan of the cast as a whole. We are use to seeing Will Ferrell play his usual type of role in comedies, but in this movie we get to see Ferrell's more serious side. Maggie Gyllenhaal does a great job playing opposite Ferrell as the rebel baker who Ferrell eventually falls in love with. To round out the cast Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah all put in excellent performances to really bring this film to the next level.
I would definitely recommend this film to anyone. My only piece of advice for someone who is considering watching this film is to not expect the typical performance we have come to expect from Will Ferrell. Even though there are some comical parts in the movie, the film focuses more on the story and the characters than it does trying to squeeze laughs out of you like so many of Ferrell's other work.
"Because it's a book about a man who doesn't know he's about to die. And then dies. But if a man does know he's about to die and dies anyway. Dies- dies willingly, knowing that he could stop it, then- I mean, isn't that the type of man who you want to keep alive?"- Kay Eiffel (Thompson)
Posted on 3/13/12 10:12 AM
Last night I had to sit through one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. In one of my classes I had to watch the film Little Buddha and let me tell you it was pretty brutal.
The film is about the origin story of Buddha. While telling the origin story of Buddha the movie follows around a little boy who people believe could be the reincarnated form of Buddha. I don't have much to say about this film but here are a couple things I really didn't like:
2. It is hard to find decent child actors.
3. Keanu Reeves was NOT made to play Buddha.
I wouldn't really recommend this film to anyone. If I had to pick an intended audience it would be for people who are looking to be very bored. The film felt more like one of those educational videos that you would watch in elementary school. So, unless you want to learn more about Buddhism in a boring way, stay clear of Little Buddha.
"You are pure illusion, you do not exist. The earth is my witness" -Siddhartha
Posted on 3/07/12 08:14 AM
Last night my father and I went out for a guys night out. He wanted to go see a movie he knew my mother would not want to see, so he picked the film Act of Valor. It was an enjoyable movie to a certain extent, but there were a lot of flaws throughout the film.
Act of Valor is centered around a group of soldiers that are trying to stop a potential terrorist attack in the United States. The terrorists are attempting to use underground tunnels from Mexico to get into America to use these explosive vests they have on. The film stars active duty soldiers and supposedly uses real life military tactics.
No doubt the actions scenes are pretty awesome. Constant gunfire and explosions going on, what more could a group of guys ask for in a movie? To be honest though, there is a lot more at least I could ask for.
I don't think at the end of the film I could name a single character. The film spent little to no time actually developing the characters so when the action scenes started I really didn't know who was doing what. I thought that since the movie involved active duty soldiers that the film-makers would want to try to create a relationship with the characters to make it more intense. In total I would say there was about 10 minutes of dialogue in the movie, and the rest were action scenes. Although it is clear that these soldiers are great at what they do, they were not meant to be actors.
Between the terrible acting and the lack of character development it became kind of hard to care much about the characters. I won't completely spoil it for everyone, but at the end when something happens to a certain character I found myself asking "who was that?" For a scene that was meant to be so dramatic I wish I could have known for sure who the character was. Eventually you are able to figure it out before they show you, but I thought that something that was supposed to be one of the most powerful scenes in the film that it would be pretty clear.
I would not say this was a bad film. Yeah, the acting sucks and you don't really know who the characters are, but the action scenes are pretty awesome. It was pretty cool to watch the soldiers in action and getting a different perspective on what it is like for the soldiers as they go on their missions. Check out the movie if you are into war movies but I would recommend keeping a couple of the things I mentioned above in mind while watching the film.
"You live your life by a code, it's your shore line - it's what guides you home. And trust me, you're always trying to get home."- Navy Seal
Posted on 3/02/12 08:58 PM
This could quite possibly be my favorite film of all time. Before you read any further into this review I feel I should give you fair warning... I am a huge Star Wars nerd. That means that this review could be a little bias in my heavy praise of the film.
Star Wars- A New Hope is the perfect example of the classic battle of good vs. evil. As director George Lucas does an excellent job of telling this story of good and evil. The film starts out with a bang right away with a huge blaster fight aboard the Tantive IV. The Empire, along with Darth Vader, is attacking this ship in hopes of finding the stolen plans to their gigantic space station, the Death Star. These plans were stolen by the Rebel Alliance, which is a group lead by the beautiful Princess Leia trying to bring down the ruthless Empire. The film then moves on to follow the films main protagonist, Luke Skywalker, as he takes his journey towards joining the rebellion and learning the ways of the Force.
The film is filled with many likable characters and each one has a different personality that works real well together. From Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker to C3PO to Chewbacca, the viewer gets a taste of every type of personality. It is at times pretty amusing to watch them work together despite their conflicting personalities. My personal favorite would have to be Han Solo (Harrison Ford). He is what I would say the perfect definition of "badass". His care-free approach to danger and his smartass remarks to anything said to him really make him a fun character to watch.
To sum it all up I would say that this film has everything. A compelling story, edge of your seat action, likable characters, and quite possibly the greatest villain in cinema history, Darth Vader. If you have not seen this movie yet and consider yourself a fan of movies, go watch this immediately. It is a must watch for anyone.
"Hockey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."- Han Solo
Posted on 2/20/12 09:47 AM
Being the original does not always make it the best. This was a movie I had been wanting to see because, like so many others, I love zombies. So, I figured I should watch the zombie flick that got the whole genre going, Night of the Living Dead.
I can say that my rating is a little biased. I have been spoiled with seeing movies like the Dawn of the Dead remake, Zombieland and 28 Weeks Later in which the zombies look pretty legit. In this 1960's classic the special effects certainly look a little dated, but that is to be expected.
Once I got past the fact that I could create better special effects than the ones used I started looking at the story and the influences the film had. The film kept things interesting throughout by adding in a couple characters here and there and killing off others. The movie is filled with social and political references which makes it more than just people hiding from zombies. It is also very easy to see how the different zombie films coming out today got some of their ideas. There are even scenes in the film that may look a little familiar if you have watched other zombie movies.
Overall, I enjoyed being able to watch a classic film that has influenced so many films today. That being said, I can honestly say I prefer the modern day zombies over the 1960's zombies. Definitely check it out though if you have a love for the genre.
"Don't you know what's goin' on out there? This is no Sunday School picnic!"- Ben
Posted on 2/02/12 09:33 AM
This movie does not have much going for it. A zero on the Tomatometer. Only 35% of viewers actually liked it. An average user rating of 2.7 out of 5. Produced by Happy Madison productions. Once you get past all of that negativity surrounding the movie, it can actually be a pretty entertaining ride.
Filled with raunchy, completely inappropriate humor, the film delivers exactly what it promises. A really really dumb comedy. And that is what it is. I feel people try to look too into some movies and don't realize what films like these really are: a joke. No way the writers, directors, producers and actors sat down together when they made this film and thought collectively that this was going to be the next ground breaking achievement in film. They knew the film was going to be "bad" and once you accept this as the point of the film you can actually have a pretty enjoyable experience with it.
The film is about a wildlife show that is not your typical show you would find on Discovery or AnimalPlanet. They swear, they smoke, they drink, they steal, and they even kill. Put all those things together and you have a pretty ridiculous movie. If you are one of those people who feels every time you watch a movie you are expecting something great, don't bother with this movie. But if you are one of those people who can appreciate straight humor without having to think much (or at all) I would totally recommend this movie. In no way would I put this up there with one of my all time favorites, but it is a fun ride that I believe the Tomatometer is a little too harsh on.
"When a shark appears in the area sea lions will leave the water immediately. Luckily there are no tigers on the shore waiting for him, or he wouldn't know what the fuck to do."- Peter Gaulke