Posted on 5/24/13 11:39 AM
It's sad how far this series went downhill with American Wedding. It basically disregards everything from the first to films and is instead a terrible comedy. Gone is the well timed humor, memorable scenes, and strong character development. Very disappointing.
The biggest problem with this film is Stifler. He was funny in the first two but all the focus on him in this film is annoying. It seems like Sean William Scott went a little too extreme with the character this time and it just isn't funny. I think the Stifmeister was always more suited to being on the sidelines like in the previous films.
Which brings up another problem, the lack of focus on the other characters. First off, most of the original cast did not return and those that did are unnecessary. There is absolutely no use for Kevin and even Michelle has limited screen time. Finch does have his moments but is underused.
The humor is awful. It's too set up and predictable. I think the writers were just looking for ways to top the previous films but didn't put any thought into context or timing. Yeah, it's gross, but it's not funny. More thought could have been used for how certain situations are set up instead of making them feel so forced.
This was supposedly the conclusion to the series until American Reunion came out, a film that brings back most of the original cast. I'm happy for that, because this would be a weak conclusion to what is, for the most part, a consistent comedy franchise.
Posted on 5/23/13 10:03 PM
American Pie 2 is surprising because it's a good comedy sequel. You don't get that often especially in this genre. The film does keep a lot of the things that made the first one great but it isn't an exact copy. The story is different (even though it's still not much of a story) and certain characters are put more in the spotlight. American Pie 2 is almost as good as the original.
I like how this film takes the character relationships from the first one and expands on them. We see strong development between Jim and Michelle that works very well. There's also things going on with Jim's friends as they deal post-high school life. I feel this is a necessary sequel because we can see how the characters have changed with time being apart.
Now the humor. Take all the raunchiness from the first film and times it by two. It's still funny and doesn't feel too forced, but if you thought the pie scene was bad... just wait. Actually, one of the funnier scenes in the film isn't all that raunchy: Jim's performance at band camp. So for the most part the humor is great.
All in all, American Pie 2 succeeds as a comedy sequel. It maintains what made the first one great but also introduces us to new things. The soundtrack is once again awesome and the film manages to genuinely deal with certain life situations once again.
Posted on 5/23/13 10:03 PM
American Pie is a very popular comedy and I can see why because it's pretty funny. The story of the film is very weak but is made up for with hilarious scenes; it also has a great soundtrack and cast. This is without a doubt one of the better teen comedies out there.
I'd say the best part of American Pie are the characters and their interactions. Everyone feels real and it helps capture the essence of high school life. Jim is obviously the funniest of them all because of his constant bad luck. Stifler and Finch are close contenders. There are also some great minor characters, Michelle and Jim's dad, that bring some good laughs. Everyone else does fine but they aren't too funny.
The humor is over the top and it's well timed. It's not just an overload of sex jokes; instead our characters are put in extremely embarrassing situations, some of them we can relate to. Not that there isn't talk about sex, but most of it is used in good context.
American Pie is an above average comedy that does a great job dealing with the issues of teenage life. With well developed characters, iconic moments, and Stifler's mom, this film is a classic.
Posted on 5/23/13 10:02 PM
This is one of the best films I've seen in some time. Pain & Gain is based off the brutal true story of a few idiots who do incredibly stupid things to make a lot of money. Michael Bay offers us something different than what we're used to and it works very well. This is entertainment at its finest.
It's important to note that the main characters in this film are not people we can root for. Instead we think they are losers and we want to see them fail, or at least I did. The private investigator played by Ed Harris is really the only character I liked. Well, Dwayne Johnson (who has the best acting in this film, surprising eh?) plays Paul Doyle. I actually somewhat cared about him even though he too makes bad decisions. But the other two guys? Not a fan at all.
Michael Bay, the man of explosions and ridiculous action scenes. You don't get much of that here. But the film isn't by any means boring. There are still scenes of tension as well as some entertaining dialogue between characters. The pacing is quick and there's never really a dull moment. Instead of constant over the top action scenes we get something more grounded in character and story.
Now let's talk about the humor. This film is damn funny. It has a lot of dark humor, similar to that of Burn After Reading. We laugh at the stupidity of the characters. Seriously, how could you be that dumb? It was fun after watching this film talking with my brother about how stupid these guys were. But there are still scenes with a serious tone; the balance between the humor and dark nature of what happened works perfectly.
Time to bring up some problems. I didn't like most of the slow motion. Also, while I did say this film is funny, there are a couple gross out gags that are not. And the voice-over work sometimes feels extensive and I think it could have been left out in certain areas.
That about sums it up. Pain & Gain is definitely a film I enjoyed. It does a fine job establishing the characters, telling the story, and creating its own style. Say what you want about Michael Bay, but the man knows how to entertain.
Posted on 5/01/13 02:04 PM
The Avengers feels more like a product than an actual film. It's a silly concept bringing all these superheros together and it's evident that this was made for those who love comics. As an actual film it falls short. As a fan service for those who want to see Thor vs. Hulk, then this may be a masterpiece.
We get to see a lot of Marvel superheros join together and take on a giant army. That's all to the story, really. Not much else goes on. It's very predictable and it doesn't take any innovative directions that made films like The Dark Knight so good. We basically know what's going to happen after about ten minutes in.
But like I said, this film is a fan service. I don't read comics and am not a big fan of the film genre so seeing all these superheros fight in a giant, underwhelming, CGI-fest does not excite me. A film like this is ridiculous to begin with and there's not much more you can do. Just get your get your heros together, have them interact a little, and then have them take on an army at the end. But the film doesn't surprise or leave any lasting impact. It takes the safe route and does what it needs to do to please those who love comics.
I did like Loki. He's an interesting villain and his motive is clear. The army I didn't care for, just a bunch of generic CGI with no backstory; it made for a very boring battle. All the other characters aren't developed that much. There is more time spent on them trying to outdo each other on who can up with the best one-liner. I'd say Tony Stark takes the cake on that one.
It's understandable why some may love this film. For me there's no depth to it and it's actually kind of boring. I'm really not that excited for the sequel or for any other superhero films. They are all starting to feel the same.
Posted on 5/01/13 02:00 PM
I love Titanic and it's one of my favorite films. Over the years it has gotten quite a bit of hate for reasons I don't know why. I've watched it many times and it doesn't feel dated at all. James Cameron has really created something spectacular here and it's one of the best films ever made.
A complaint that often occurs is the love story. Probably the biggest complaint. It's considered to be cliche. Well, I found the love story to work very well. It's a slow developing romance and it makes sense; it's not like The Dark Knight Rises where they just have sex right away.
And how about all those corny lines? There are so many of them! James Cameron is a terrible screenwriter! Ok, let's discuss this. There aren't that many bad lines. Not any more than say, The Hobbit or Zero Dark Thirty, both of which I think are poorly written films yet are considered masterpieces by many. I can agree that James Cameron isn't the best when it comes to dialogue but I just don't see how the script to this film is as bad as everyone says. Granted, there are a couple corny lines but it's not constant cheese throughout.
But there is something that makes this film truly great and that is the sinking of the ship. Everything before seems minuscule when James Cameron gets to the action. And recently I watched a Plinkett review and found out that Titanic was at first advertised as an action film but then over the years became a romantic film. This may be why people don't like Titanic because of the marketing. I mean, just look at the poster for this film. Who wants to say they love a film with a poster like that?
Not that the romance is necessarily bad, as I've said. But Titanic really is an action film. The sinking of the ship is one of the most intense, powerful, and horrifying sequences ever to be captured on film. It's an incredible feat in cinema, really. Now I don't mind the romance; it's used to create structure to the story. Gimmick or not, it works. But when James Cameron gets to what he's best at, that is when the film shines.
Overall I still really enjoy Titanic to this day. I think it's deserving of its Box Office success and Oscar wins. This film is one of the reasons why James Cameron is my favorite director. I don't care what anyone says; Titanic is an amazing achievement in film.
Posted on 2/11/13 05:30 PM
I didn't like Zero Dark Thirty for multiple reasons. For a film being about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, I expected it to be much more engaging. But it's poorly written and has uninteresting characters which makes it difficult to get involved with what's going on in the
Jessica Chastain did not impress me with her performance. She has a couple scenes where she breathes loudly and puts her hands on her face and another scene where she screams like a maniac. Well, I didn't get to know her character aside from the fact that she's obsessed about getting bin Laden. I didn't care for her. She lacks depth.
But I can't blame all the poor acting on just the actors. The script is to blame as well. For one, I don't think the writer knows how to correctly use the word "fuck" and other variations. Multiple times it feels out of place and completely ruins a set of dialogue. There's a couple scenes where Maya introduces herself with "fuck" in the first few sentences. Really? Everyone watch out, Maya's a badass! Now I don't have a problem with the word only if it's used in correct context. Aside from the misuse of that word, the script is also full of many other corny lines.
The pacing is poor. We get too many boring talk scenes with the occasional explosion/gunfire to please those with short attention spans. I also question the accuracy of this film as some of the things that happen seem a bit unrealistic. Probably the biggest problem with Zero Dark Thirty is that we know how it's going to end. I was patiently waiting for the climax (which isn't even that thrilling) but it took forever to get there. It doesn't help when everything before threatens to put you to sleep.
The film would have been better had we a character to root for. But Maya annoyed me more than anything. Also, improvements could have been made on the awful script. So overall it's a dull film that is only moderately entertaining during the climax.
Posted on 2/11/13 05:30 PM
"The Dark Knight Rises" is a mess of a film full of many plot holes and underdeveloped characters. Many use the term epic for this film but I strongly disagree. Christopher Nolan's attempt to create something epic, or memorable, is laughable.
The film has a slow start as we are introduced to many boring, one-dimensional characters. This then leads to a dull second act until we get to the bloated, pointless action at the end. The film does not flow; this is due to the many unnecessary side stories. It would have worked better if John Blake and Miranda Tate were done away with.
Bane is one of the worst villains in the franchise. He is not menacing, he talks weird, and the plot twist involving him is a giant slap in the face. Selina Kyle is somewhat interesting but her motives are unclear, especially at the end. So the film could have used a better villain or better handling of them.
There are plot problems all over the place. Many of the things that happen are implausible; any sense of realism is lost. We also have strange plot devices such as the prison that has no guards and a way to escape. Really? "The Dark Knight Rises" comes off as a poorly written, rushed film.
Definitely the weakest in the trilogy but you may like it if you don't mind underdeveloped characters, bloated action scenes, and plot holes. "The Dark Knight Rises isn't an intelligent film; it fails because it tries too hard to be complex.
Posted on 2/11/13 05:30 PM
A film that makes fun of the cliches of the horror genre and also offers something grander than its seemingly simple premise. "Cabin in the Woods" is one hell of a ride that is sure to entertain. It's one of the best horror/comedy films ever made.
It's well directed, perfectly written, and the suspense is always there. The acting is superb with the stoner dude being the obvious standout; he's hilarious. The film may seem straightforward, but trust me, you won't know the whole deal until the very end. It's basically a work of genius.
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon obviously had a lot of fun here; together they have created something truly original by using the generic horror story as their template. But there's more than meets the eye to this film.
Posted on 2/11/13 05:30 PM
The greatest sci-fi film of all time and James Cameron's finest achievement, in my honest opinion of course. The visual effects still hold up today and the action scenes are some of the best I have ever seen. Cameron has a strong sense of character and he creates people that we care about, even a machine. Everything about this film is bigger than the original but it never gets bloated with a bunch of mindless action and explosions; it stays grounded in the story and keeps you interested. "Terminator 2" is a near perfect film.