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scott poole 12 days ago

Saw DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES yesterday I thought it was really good except I did see it in 3-D and I thought it did not look that good I did enjoy the movie and when I tell people to see it I am going to see it in 2-D not 3-D

noreenpoole1221
scott poole 15 days ago

me to they had other critics doing the show but they were no where near as good they were

noreenpoole1221
scott poole 16 days ago

i went to see deliver us from evil yesterday i thought it was pretty good i have no plans what so ever to see tammy it looks like trash and after reading you really bad review i will stay away from that movie and i would like to check out the documentary movie about ROGER EBERT i would read his reviews every now and then and i would always watch his show with siskel or roeper and any time they would fight about a movie split i would always get a kick out of it and it was because of those guys and other movie critics that is what got me to review movies here and right after roger died last year and when i did my review of iron man 3 i dedicated that movie to ROGER EBERT i did the same thing with star wars episode 1 for GENE SISKEL when he died back in 1999 they were cool guys and i do miss their show and i still some times watch their reviews on you tube every now and then

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Favorite Movies:
Gladiator, Gone With the Wind, Marvel's The Avengers, Blade Runner, Inception, Good Will Hunting, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Midnight in Paris, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Batman, Batman Returns, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Serenity, The Hunger Games, 50/50, X-Men: First Class, Pan's Labyrinth, Brazil, Thor, The Cabin in the Woods, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Fighter, Groundhog Day, Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Chronicle, Moneyball, Amadeus, 21 Jump Street, Bridesmaids, Drive, Chinatown, The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, L.A. Confidential, Patton, The Great Escape, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Shakespeare in Love, Much Ado About Nothing, The Artist, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Attack the Block, 3:10 to Yuma, The King's Speech, The Ghost Writer, Million Dollar Baby, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Friends With Benefits, High Fidelity, The Social Network, Gattaca, Captain America: The First Avenger, Superman, Superman Returns, Source Code, Phone Booth, Scream, Scream 2, Red Eye, Buried, Paul, The Negotiator, Dial M for Murder, Scent of a Woman, Alien, Aliens, Prometheus, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, The Crow, Platoon, Titanic, Little Miss Sunshine, The Graduate, Easy A, Super 8, The Departed, Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III - The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek - First Contact, Star Trek, Hugo, The Muppets, Spirited Away, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, Fantasia, The Lion King, Tangled, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Over the Hedge, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Moonrise Kingdom, The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II, The Godfather, Part III, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Memento, Fatal Attraction, A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, My Week with Marilyn, Citizen Kane, Psycho, North by Northwest, Rudy, 127 Hours, No Country for Old Men, Edward Scissorhands, Red, Avatar, True Grit, True Grit, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Raid: Redemption, The Usual Suspects, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, American Gangster, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, The Secret of NIMH, Grosse Pointe Blank, Henry V, Hamlet, Dead Again, How to Train Your Dragon, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Arthur Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Kick-Ass, Unstoppable, Inglourious Basterds, A Beautiful Mind, Role Models, Ted, The Abyss, Taxi Driver, Watchmen, I Love You, Man, Megamind, Stranger Than Fiction, Old School, Wedding Crashers, Wanted, Tropic Thunder, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Seven (Se7en), Knocked Up, Superbad, Little Shop of Horrors, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, True Romance, Mrs. Doubtfire, Burn After Reading, Aladdin, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, ParaNorman, Finding Nemo, Heat, Saving Private Ryan, Inside Man, Catch Me If You Can, Disturbia, Coach Carter, Rocky, Sleepy Hollow, The Breakfast Club, Friday, Casino Royale, Total Recall, Looper, Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Unforgiven, Die Hard, Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, Léon: The Professional, The Fugitive, Air Force One, Scarface, Margin Call, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Desperado, Maverick, The Patriot, Lethal Weapon, Adventureland, Zombieland, Dogma, Clerks, Clerks II, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Ghostbusters, Lost In Translation, The Wedding Singer, The Aviator, Donnie Brasco, Minority Report, Jerry Maguire, The Last Samurai, Back to the Future, The Prestige, Time After Time, GoodFellas, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Training Day, Fargo, Fight Club, American History X, Rounders, The Illusionist, As Good As It Gets, Trading Places, Coming to America, Men in Black, Horrible Bosses, Shrek, Shrek 2, The Descendants, Up in the Air, Ocean's Eleven, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fearless, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, The Untouchables, The Shawshank Redemption, Raging Bull, Wall Street, The Devil Wears Prada, Mystic River, Croupier, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror), Death Proof, Bridge to Terabithia, X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny, School of Rock, Walk the Line, Rushmore, Caddyshack, Mean Girls, Julie & Julia, Pretty Woman, Charade, Straw Dogs, Thank You For Smoking, The Ides of March, Face/Off, The Client, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Chicago, Miller's Crossing, Dave, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Gremlins, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Predator, Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys), State of Play, Big Trouble in Little China, In the Line of Fire, A Fish Called Wanda, Point Break, The Santa Clause, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Wizard of Oz, 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men), Dawn of the Dead, Spartacus, Rope, Strangers on a Train, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, Rear Window, The Birds, Miracle, Friday Night Lights, Warrior, Mission: Impossible III, The Girl Next Door
Favorite Actors:
Russell Crowe, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Christopher Nolan, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, Woody Harrelson, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Edward Norton, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Jim Carrey, Donald Sutherland, John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Meryl Streep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Tom Welling, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Amy Adams, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Viggo Mortensen, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, Clive Owen, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Cheech Marin, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Garner, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, James Franco, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Thomas Jane, Burt Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Seth MacFarlane, Michael Keaton, Kevin Spacey, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Chris Pine, Cillian Murphy, Don Cheadle, Justin Long, Nicolas Cage, George Clooney, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Anton Yelchin, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Ewan McGregor, Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Sean Bean, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Geoffrey Rush, Forest Whitaker, Jodie Foster, Chris Evans, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Charlton Heston, Terrence Howard, David Yates, Jason Mewes, Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Brad Bird, Peter Jackson, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Ryan Gosling, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, Julianne Moore, Eddie Murphy, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Kenneth Branagh, James Stewart, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Richard Gere, Wes Craven, Meg Ryan, Ryan Phillippe, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Brolin, Judd Apatow, Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Joan Fontaine, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Gene Wilder, Jason Lee, Jason Bateman, Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, F Murray Abraham, Rooney Mara
Bio:
Hey I'm JD and I love watching movies. I'm pretty much into every kind of movie I like classics, Action, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Western, Musical and even sometimes Romance. Top 10 favorite movies of 2013 1. Gravity 2. Prisoners 3. Saving Mr. Banks 4. Before Midnight 5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 6. The Wolf of Wall Street 7. The Conjuring 8. Elysium 9. 12 Years a Slave 10. Frozen Top 10 favorite movies of 2012 1. The Avengers 2. Django Unchained 3. Silver Linnings Playbook 4. Argo 5. The Cabin in the Woods 6. Lincoln 7. Wreck-it Ralph 8. ParaNorman 9. Looper 10. Skyfall Top 10 favorite movies of 2011 1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 3. 50/50 4. Hugo 5. Midnight In Paris 6. Drive 7. The Adventures Of Tin Tin 8. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol 9. X-Men First Class 10. Thor Top 10 favorite movies of 2010 1. Inception 2. Toy Story 3 3. The Fighter 4. The Social Network 5. The Town 6. Tangled 7. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 8. The Kings Speech 9. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 10. Kickass Top 10 favorite movies of 2009 1. Inglourious Basterds 2. Star Trek 3. Watchmen 4. Adventureland 5. Zombieland 6. Sherlock Holmes 7. Avatar 8. Julie & Julia 9. The Hangover 10. Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince Top 10 favorite movies of 2008 1. The Dark Knight 2. Iron Man 3. Tropic Thunder 4. Wall-E 5. Wanted 6. Kung Fu Panda 7. The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian 8. Horton Hears A Who 9. The Incredible Hulk 10. Step Brothers Top 10 favorite movies 2007 1. Gone Baby Gone 2. 3:10 To Yuma 3. No Country For Old Men 4. Knocked Up 5. Hot Fuzz 6. American Gangster 7. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street 8. Live Free Or Die Hard 9. Ratatouille 10. Superbad

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  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

    Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

    July 12, 2014

    I've said it a few times already, but I'm going to say it again, 2014 is a really good year for movies so far. I'm really looking forward to what Oscar season is going to give us, but at the same time Oscar season might not be better than the summer season. Let's face it this summer brought us excellent movies, like X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: Winter Solider, Godzilla, How To Train Your Dragon 2, 22 Jump Street, Chef, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars and now Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a highly anticipated movie by me and lots of other filmgoers and when the trailer leaked a few months back people were really pumped to see some apes with machine guns kick ass. I'm not going to lie, but I was a little nervous going into this movie because like all movies I'm pumped to see, I still get a little skeptical and think maybe the movie isn't as good as it looks. So far this summer all the movies that looked good turned out to be good, so that was a relief, but was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes the first movie of the summer to be overhyped? The answer to that is no, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a fantastic movie. The action was intense, the characters were compelling, the performances were great and the special effects were just stunning. Right from the opening shot, I know that I was going to love this movie. Michael Seresin was the director of photography for this movie and he made this movie all the more better with his brilliant camera angles and beautiful shots. Right when this movie opens you see the eyes of the main ape, Caesar and the camera just stays on him. After that it just slowly pans back and then you see all his fellow apes standing beside him. Now the reason why this shot is so beautifully done is because with this one shot you already know a lot about the movie already. You know Caesar is the leader, you know he has this hatred in him, but at the same time he's a leader and he has to protect his fellow apes. You also know he's got a lot of weight on his shoulders because he's not just responsible for himself and his family, but for every ape. Now for one camera shot to do that and express that much to the audience in the first 30 seconds of the film, then that is just brilliant filmmaking. The closing shot is the same thing, it shows Caesars face and then it just slowly gets closer and you see his eyes and this time it's not hatred in his eyes it's hope. The character Caesar learns a lot in this movie and after all the stuff he goes through I think that last shot in the movie was a perfect way to end the movie. So as everyone can probably tell one of my favorite things about this movie was the cinematography. I love good camera angles and shots in movies, but that's not usually my favorite part in movies, but for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes it was because it was just so captivating and when I was watching this movie I couldn't take my eyes off the brilliant cinematography. If this movie gets any Oscars I think one Oscar should go to the cinematography because it was the best I've seen in a movie this year. Speaking of Oscars, I think a certain person in this movie should get an Oscar nomination and that person is Andy Serkis. I know the Oscars and I know they'll probably never nominate an actor who played as a CG character, but I think the Oscars should make an exception this year because Andy Serkis was amazing. Andy Serkis is a really talented actor and he is at his best in this movie by playing Caesar. Sure there were a lot of human characters in this movie and most of the actors did a good job playing their roles, but Andy Serkis gave the most compelling performance out of everybody. The character Caesar has so much depth to him and he's so darn interesting that it takes a really good actor to play a character like that and Andy Serkis did a great job. He probably won't get an Oscar nomination for his performance, but he should. Now as for the other actors in this movie, they were all great. Jason Clarke was very good in this movie; he played a typical and likeable human character, but he did a good job. Keri Russell also played the typical and likeable human character, but she too did a good job, she wasn't as good as Jason Clarke, but she still held her own. Kodi Smit-McPhee was a pretty surprising performance, I loved him in ParaNorman, but this time he actually did a good live action performance. Now as for Gary Oldman, the actor who's fantastic in almost everything, I thought he was, of course amazing in this movie. I actually liked his character very much because he wasn't really a villain; he was just a man who was doing what he needed to do to protect his people. At times he comes off as a bad guy, but he really isn't, he's more of a stubborn human, who's just lost everything, so it's pretty understandable. Gary Oldman is a great actor and he's great in this movie. So the performances were great, but how was Matt Reeves' direction? Matt Reeves was always a mix bag for me because I enjoyed the movie Let Me In, which he wrote and direct, but I didn't like Cloverfield, which he directed. So when I was about to see this movie, I was thinking is Matt Reeves going to make this movie like Let Me In or like Cloverfield and as it turns out it's neither because Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a way better movie, then both Let Me In and Cloverfield and plus he had a way different style with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. You see in Let Me In he made that movie really dark and kind of gothic and in Cloverfield he made that movie more mysterious and kind of creepy with a lot of shaky cam. However in this movie, Matt Reeves makes the movie more character driven, the movie is all about the characters, which I liked. Some people thought Matt Reeves was going to be a bad choice to direct this film, but as it turns out he was a good choice. I thought he executed the film very well and he made the movie really emotional, powerful and intense all at the same time. I can't think of many problems I had with this movie, so I'm just going to say that this movie was terrific and I recommend it.

  • Begin Again

    Begin Again (2014)

    July 12, 2014

    From what I saw the movie, Begin Again looked like an okay movie. I thought if I saw this movie I would think it was either a really terrible movie or a pretty damn good movie and now after I saw it my consensus is that this movie is awesome, it's not terrible and it's not just pretty good, it's really good. Now since people may have not heard of this movie I'll give a brief synopsis about it. The movie is about a drunken record-label executive, who just lost his job and has given up on everything, but when he stumbles into a bar and hears a beautiful singer sing an amazing song he right away wants to make her a star. However since he's been fired from his job his old partner offers him a deal and that is if he can make a good record with a low budget, then he might consider helping the singer. So both Dan (The Record-Label Executive) and Gretta (The Singer) round up a team and start making a record by using New York City as their recording studio and each new song they make they pick a famous New York place to record it in. Begin Again is mostly about a group of people trying to make something different and bring something unique to the music industry. The movie is also about the two lead characters and about their pasts and how they both have so much in common. Now one thing that I loved about this movie was that this movie wasn't a romance, it has a bit of romance, but barely and the fact that they could've easily made this a love story between a drunken washed up executive and a singer who wants to make it big and make them both fall in love, but then go through a break-up and then make-up in the end. Well.... This movie doesn't really do that at all because the two lead characters don't even fall in love and they don't even end up with each other in the end and the reason that is, is because this movie is about the music and how their changing the music industry and it's also about a friendship, which is something you don't see very much. The chemistry between the two leads is very strong and it's not in a romantic way, it's in a friendship way. Yes at times this movie kind of hints that there having romantic feelings for each other, but then that just stops because friendships between a man and a woman can start off as attraction, but then end up being just respect for each other, which then grows into a friendship. This movie did that and I think it did that very well and I liked the fact that they didn't want to go too clichéd with it. Sure this movie has a few clichés, like the asshole boyfriend cliché, the washed-up father cliché and the goofy best friend cliché. Now as much as some clichés can be really annoying this movie actually made all of the clichés work. The reason they worked is because of the actors, the actors who played all these characters all did such a good job that you didn't even care about the clichés. Sure, Adam Levine plays the asshole boyfriend, but his performance is so darn good that you kind of let it pass. Sure the asshole boyfriend cliché is annoying, but when the actor plays it so good you just have to give it a pass. Now as for the washed-up father cliché, I thought that was the only problem I had with this movie because that cliché is just so overused and it just doesn't work, especially for this movie. Now the good thing about that cliché is it's only in the beginning of the movie and the other good thing is that Mark Ruffalo gave a really good performance, even though the cliché is stupid and it shouldn't be in this movie, Mark Ruffalo still did a great job. Now as for the person who did the best job in the movie, Keira Knightley. Keira Knightley has done her fair share of good movies and bad movies, so it's a good thing to say that she has another movie to add to the good movie pile. Begin Again was a perfect movie for her to play in and the character Gretta was a perfect character for her to play. She got right into her character and she just blew me away with her performance. Plus I never knew she could sing and sing that good, so that was another huge plus. The songs actually were probably favorite parts in this movie because they were done incredibly well, between its strong lyrics and amazing singing by Keira Knightley. John Carney wrote and directed this film really well, I loved the dialogue in this movie, I enjoyed the characters and I found the story very gripping. Begin Again was a movie that surprised me and it was a movie that I would most definitely recommend. This is another one of those great 2014 movies, it's so far in my top list, it may not be the number one, but it's still on the list. Check this movie out because it's a funny, interesting and deeply written movie about music.

  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

    Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

    July 12, 2014

    I knew that this movie would suck, but the reason I watched it is because I wanted to know how badly this movie sucked and as it turns out, it really sucked. Now it's not because it's a sequel to The Wizard of Oz because there have been other sequels and prequels to The Wizard of Oz and some were okay and some were not that great, but this movie was just horrible. I don't think there was a single thing that was done right in this film, basically everything was absolute crap. Even though this movie was animated it still could've felt like a Wizard of Oz sequel, but it didn't. Between the horribly written story, terrible songs, bad jokes, lame puns, annoying characters and cheap looking animation, there isn't a thing anyone can enjoy in this movie. The movie looked like it was made for TV and I've seen many movies that have came to theaters, but they look so cheap looking they look like they should be a TV movie, that's pretty much what this is. It's stupid because it dragged good actors, like Dan Aykroyd, Oliver Platt, Patrick Stewart and Kelsey Grammer. Speaking of Kelsey Grammer, what the hell is he doing? He was in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Think Like a Man Too and now this and that's just this year. He's a great actor, but he has to stop with these shitty movies he keeps playing in. Anyways as for this movie, I don't really know what else to say about it other than it's a pile of crap and it should have never been made. So if you want to watch this movie, please don't because it's really terrible and it'll be just a waste of time, so skip it.

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself (2014)

    July 08, 2014

    Not always, but occasionally I do a documentary review because I like to mix it up a little bit. This documentary is called Life Itself and it's about one of the greatest film critics, Roger Ebert. The film explores Roger Ebert's life and tells us how he became a film critic. The film also tells you about Roger Ebert's passion for film and it goes into great detail on how the show, Siskel & Ebert At the movies came about. My favorite part of the documentary was learning all about Siskel & Ebert's relationship and how passionate they were about film. I never knew they hated each other so much in the beginning, but in time they grew to respect each other. When you watch the Siskel & Ebert show they always yelled at each other and disagreed with each other, but you never knew they hated each other so much, which I found interesting. I liked how the documentary showed Siskel & Ebert and I liked how it showed them through time they began to respect each other, which again was interesting. I also loved that Martin Scorsese was in this movie and I found it pretty cool that Roger Ebert was his good friend in real life and it was because of Roger Ebert he got inspired to make movies. Now this documentary has some really interesting facts about Roger Ebert, which were really cool to hear and the footage in this movie was very well put together, but not everything in this documentary was fun to watch, some parts were actually really sad and very hard to watch. Near the end of Roger Ebert's life he got cancer and got really sick and in this film you see him in the hospital in the last few years of his life and it's hard to watch. As a whole I enjoyed this documentary very much, there were some other things this film could've explored more of, but this was still a good film. Roger Ebert was a fantastic film critic and he inspired so many people including myself. It sucks that he died because everyone will miss his reviews. I'm glad they made a documentary about his life and I'm glad that I saw it.

  • Tammy

    Tammy (2014)

    July 08, 2014

    Is anyone else getting sick of Melissa McCarthy? I know I am! Sure I loved her Bridesmaids and I thought she was decent in The Heat, but other than that she hasn't done anything else that's good. She was in This is 40, The Hangover Part 3 and Identity Thief and all three of those movies were terrible. I think because she played such a funny part in Bridesmaids she thinks she has to play that same type of character in all her films. Now in this movie Tammy she was not only the same character as she always is, but she was even more annoying in this movie then she was in any other movie she has done. That's right this movie Tammy is not just a bad comedy, it's a horrendously bad comedy. What's it about? This movie is about a girl named Tammy and she's your typical chubby foul-mouthed woman stereotype and in the movie she gets fired from her job and dumped by her husband all in the same day, so what does she do? She takes herself and her grandma out of their small little town and they go on a road trip to Niagara Falls. Of course this being a clichéd road trip movie a lot of silly things happen to Tammy and her grandma and by the end of the movie you just think to yourself "why does this movie even exist". This movie shouldn't exist and the reason why it shouldn't is because there are already a shit ton of movies like this, so we don't need another whacky road trip movie because that idea has been done to death. Melissa McCarthy was already in a road trip movie and it was terrible, but the fact that this movie was worse makes me feel bad for Melissa McCarthy. Sure I'm getting sick of her movies, but I know she's capable of being really funny in a movie; she's just got to stop playing in the same crap. I know she tried very hard in this movie Tammy, but that wasn't enough because she and everyone else in this movie didn't make me laugh once. Melissa McCarthy's husband wrote and directed this movie and I got to say he's a terrible writer. Melissa McCarthy co-wrote the film with him and she's bad too because none of them know how to write a proper comedy. The jokes in this film were horribly written jokes and the characters in this movie were either unlikeable or just annoying. I think the shittiest thing in this movie though was probably the cast. Come on! When you have Dan Aykroyd, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Toni Collette and Allison Janney in your film and there still isn't a single funny part in the movie, then that's a problem. If you want to make a clichéd road trip movie at least make it funny and if it's not funny, then what's the point of watching it. Like I said I don't hate Melissa McCarthy, but I wished she could explore some different comedic elements because playing the chubby foul-mouthed woman isn't funny anymore, so please do something different or else you're just going to ruin your career. So, in closing was the movie Tammy a good movie? No, it wasn't! Was it the worst comedy of the year? I'm going to have to say yes. Some people might think this movie is funny, but those types of people are people that don't care about real comedy they just want to watch something stupid and laugh about it. So if you love dumb road trip comedies, then you'll love this film, but if you hate dumb road trip comedies, then this movie will be annoying to sit through.

  • Deliver Us from Evil

    Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

    July 08, 2014

    I'll start right off by saying that this movie, Deliver Us from Evil is not scary, it may look scary from its previews, but it's not. So if you're going into this movie expecting another Sinister or Conjuring, then I suggest you lower your expectations because if you go into this movie not expecting much, you're just expecting a violent and disturbing horror movie, then you might actually like this movie. I'll admit that there were some things in this film that I enjoyed, for example the films creepy atmosphere and its decent performances by Eric Bana and Olivia Munn. Now what I mean by creepy atmosphere is that this entire film was shot in a very dark and bleak way and plus thanks to its production design and score, it made the entire mood of the film so uncomfortable almost to the point it was creepy. Now unfortunately all that creepy atmosphere lead to nothing scary, sure I enjoyed this films creepy atmosphere, but there was never a point in this movie that I found myself scared and the reason that is, is because this movie isn't scary. It's trying to be scary and at times it almost succeeds, but then they ruin it with it's over the top violence and stupid jump scares. I have to say right now that jump scares aren't scary and I'm sick of movies using them. Also making a movie really violent doesn't make it scary either, just look at the Saw movies, those are perfect examples of gory movies with no scares. The reason horror movies put a lot of blood and gore in their films is because they don't know how to scare people, so they just think if they gross people out that's the same thing is scaring them, which of course it isn't. When you look at movies, like Sinister, The Conjuring and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the reason those movies are good is because their genuinely scary, plus their extremely well directed and well paced. Plus none of those movies used a lot of gore to make their movies scary, they used good atmosphere, good direction and relied on its actors to give realistic performances. Now, Deliver Us from Evil did some of those things right, like the films atmosphere was done very well and it was creepy, but the direction in this movie was way off. The structure of this movie was really sloppy and I didn't know what this movie was trying to do. At times this movie felt like a real spiritual movie, like The Conjuring, but then the movie got really violent and it felt more like a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie and then actors like Eric Bana and Olivia Munn give these dark and very good performances, which made the movie feel more like Sinister, but then the silly performances of the supporting cast members made the movie feel like a Final Destination movie. So this movie was just all over the place, between its tone and its pacing this movie was just a mess. I know Scott Derrickson, the guy who directed Sinister directed this film as well and as much as I enjoyed his direction in Sinister, I thought he did a pretty sloppy job with this one. I'm not going to say that I hated this movie because I didn't, I actually was trying really hard to like it, but I ended up giving this movie a mediocre rating. It's not a terrible movie; I think people might enjoy it if they don't have high expectations. As for me, I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted too, but I didn't think the movie was awful, just really sloppy and unoriginal.

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

    June 28, 2014

    Every time a new Transformers movie comes out I always try to think positive and hope that Michael Bay didn't screw it all up. Now I have nothing against Michael Bay, sure he's made a lot of crappy movies, but I do think he has the potential to make a good movie. Now the fourth Transformers movie would be a great start for him and if he actually put some effort into the movie and made the movie about the actual Transformers, then he might be on the road to a good career. However, this is Michael Bay and this is the guy that made movies, like Bad Boys, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Island, Pain & Gain and the three previous Transformers movies, so I don't think he's going to change. His new movie Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth installment to the Transformers movie franchise, not including the 1986 Transformers animated film. Anyways this movie takes place years after the third film and basically most of the Transformers have been wiped out by the humans, until a poor farmer finds an old truck who turns out to be Optimus Prime. The government then finds out about this and starts hunting down Optimus Prime as well the farmer, his daughter and the daughter's boyfriend. The movie also goes into a huge battle between the Autobots and the humans and the Autobots and Lockdown, who's a Transformer that works with the humans. So this movie has lots of guns, explosions, running, slow motion and shaky cam, basically everything in a typical Michael Bay movie. Now was this Transformers movie good? No, not in the slightest bit! Was it the worst Transformers movie? Almost! You see the first Transformers film was a really bad movie, but at the same time it was kind of fun to watch. The second Transformers film was just a bad movie, it wasn't fun it was just bad. The third Transformers film was pretty much the same movie all over again just without Megan Fox, which was a huge plus, but the writing and direction was so damn bad I couldn't really get into it. Now Transformers: Age of Extinction pretty much does what the third Transformers movie did, it has the same story as the previous two Transformers films and it focuses more on the humans, then the Transformers. I don't think many people will think this Transformers film is the worst, but in my opinion I think it's the worst. Sure, technically the second Transformers movie is a way shittier movie than this one, but this Transformers movie did something the other ones didn't do and that was bore the shit out of me. Seriously this movie was 2 hours and 45 minutes and it felt like 2 hours and 45 minutes. At least in the previous Transformers movies I never got bored, I got pissed off and irritated, but never bored and if you can make a movie that's about a bunch of robots fighting each other boring, then you have failed. Let me break this movie down just so people can understand how terrible this is. First off this movie begins right off with a lame back story about the Dinobots and how Transformers were the ones that caused all the Dinosaurs to die. Now as dumb as that is, I can forgive that, but what I can't forgive is the fact that this movie is all about the humans. Yup, once again Michael Bay makes a movie called the Transformers and the movie isn't even about the Transformers. Now the reason Godzilla had human characters in it, is because Godzilla can't talk, so we need human characters in it to make the story more interesting. You see the Transformers can actually talk and there's more than one Transformer, there's a bunch of them. The story needs to be about the Transformers and only about the Transformers. Yes they brought in Mark Wahlberg instead of Shia LeBeouf again, which is good because Mark Wahlberg is a great actor and to be honest he wasn't half bad in this movie. His character was really generic, but Mark Wahlberg still played the part really well. Now that brings me to the next problem I had with this movie and it's a problem I had with all these Transformers movies, which is if you're going to make a movie filled with human characters make them somewhat interesting. The characters in Transformers: Age of Extinction were horribly written characters, all they did was complain, make bad jokes, get in the way of all the good fights that are happening and of course act like their stereotypical selves. This movie had all the stereotypes, they had the overprotective father, the attractive and dimwitted daughter with no personality, her bad boy boyfriend with no personality, the science genius with bad puns and the over the top villains with bad motivations. So when you dedicate most of the movie to all these clichéd characters at least have some good writing, solid action and a coherent story to go along with it. The action in this movie could've been really good, but again this movie focused on the humans, so when the action stuff was happening the camera was on all the humans while you can see all the Transformers fighting in the background. That right there is just stupid; people came to see Transformers fight each other not see humans run away and occasionally fire their guns at the Transformers. So the action sucked, the script was lame and the story was the same damn story as the previous films, so what else did this movie do to screw it all up? Well from the trailer it seemed like there was going to be some badass Dinobots in the film, which is true, but unfortunately the Dinobots don't come into the movie until the last ten minutes. I enjoyed seeing the Dinobots, but putting them in the movie for only the last ten minutes is just stupid. Also, with the exception of the Dinobots, I thought the Transformers in this movie looked really bad. The CG they used looked pretty cheap looking and I'm not saying they looked good in the previous films, but in this movie they looked kind of awful. Now the other things that bothered me in this movie were the constant expositions and corny dialogue. Seriously the dialogue throughout this film was just horrible, it contained so many unfunny jokes, clichéd speeches and really bad character interactions. The exposition was another lame thing in this film because almost every other scene we had people explaining shit and the shit their explaining is pretty obvious, but this movie treats its audience like their idiots. You don't have to explain everything because throughout the course of the film we'll eventually get what's going on, so all the film should be doing is giving good character development, smart dialogue and fun action scenes, but this film failed to do any of that. Plus this movie is way too long, between its mindless action and boring character interactions they could've cut some of the scenes down a bit. Honestly I can probably keep going on and on about how bad this movie is, but I think I ranted on long enough. So I'll just finish off by saying that Michael Bay once again failed to make a good Transformers movie. I know many people like Michael Bay's Transformers films and that's fine because if you do, then you'll probably enjoy this one, but if you hate his Transformers movies, then you will really hate this one. This movie may have good actors in it, like Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, John Goodman and Ken Watanbe, but that's not enough to make a movie good, plus most of them sucked in this movie anyways. For a summer action film this movie failed and I will not recommend it to anyone.

  • Think Like a Man Too

    Think Like a Man Too (2014)

    June 21, 2014

    This has been a big year for sequels in movies and I'm not complaining because most of the sequels were actually really good and with the exception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I thought most of them were enjoyable. Now, however this movie came out, which is a movie that shouldn't exist. The first, Think Like a Man movie wasn't really a great film, it wasn't bad either, it was just average. When I saw the movie I was just glad it wasn't a Tyler Perry movie and I was glad that Kevin Hart made the movie more enjoyable. Now this movie, Think Like a Man Too was not only pointless, but it was also generic, formulaic and really unfunny. Tim Story directed this movie and he also directed the first one and despite the first one being too long and too predictable, I still found things in that film enjoyable, but in this one I couldn't find very much to like in this movie and that's mostly because of Tim Story. The direction in this film was bad and when I mean bad I mean the story was a mess, it didn't have a proper structure and the movie lacked in originality. I felt like the director was just thinking "hey I should make this movie a boring, unfunny romantic comedy that takes place in Las Vegas and also I should put every single romantic comedy cliché in this film and plus make all the character go through the same problems as they went through in the first one, so that can create more drama". This director may have thought this movie was a good idea, but I can say right now that this movie was utterly pointless. I can tell Kevin Hart was trying to make this movie at least funny and a couple of times he did make me laugh, but that wasn't enough. Sure there are some big stars in this movie, like Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Brody, Jerry Ferrara and Wendi McLendon-Covey, but all of these big stars weren't that good in this movie. Well like I said Kevin Hart had his moments and he was probably the only enjoyable person in this movie. Between this films horrible direction, terrible writing and clichéd story, I don't think many people will enjoy this film, even if you're a fan of the first film. I wouldn't recommend this movie, even to couples. If you're a couple, I suggest going to see the movie, The Fault in Our Stars because that was a much better film, then this clichéd bore.

  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street (2014)

    June 21, 2014

    Phil Lord impresses me with every movie he makes. He's one of the few directors that take the strangest ideas for a movie, that shouldn't work and he makes it work. He made the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie and it was good, he made 21 Jump Street and it was really funny, he made The Lego Movie and it was incredible and now he made 22 Jump Street, which is basically the same story as 21 Jump Street and for some reason the movie works. I think the main reason why 22 Jump Street works so well is the fact that the movie knows it's the same movie as the first one. The movie even jokes about itself being the same thing as 21 Jump Street and I actually found some of those parts very funny. Now the story of 22 Jump Street is that Schmidt and Jenko have to go to College and infiltrate a bunch of drug dealers that are on campus, so it's pretty much 21 Jump Street, but there in College instead of high school. Also in this movie Jenko becomes a part of the popular kids and Schmidt becomes a part of the art class kids and they start to question their friendship when their in College, which is a little bit similar to the first movie, but it was done a tad different in this one and I actually found their relationship much funnier in this one. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum both return in their roles and their both great in this movie; they both have good chemistry with each other and their both really funny in this movie. Another person who was very funny in this movie was Ice Cube; he actually had a particular scene in this movie that had me laughing my ass off. Ice Cube was great in 21 Jump Street, but I enjoyed him a lot more in this one. As for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, I thought they were both great in this movie, but for some reason I enjoyed them a little bit more in the previous film. Yes their very funny in this movie and their chemistry is better in this one, but I thought their performances were stronger in 21 Jump Street and their humor was better in that movie as well. Also in 21 Jump Street I enjoyed a lot of the side characters and some of the cameos were hilarious, but in this movie the side characters weren't that great. Nick Offerman and Peter Stormare are in this movie and their both okay, they get a few laughs in the film, but they weren't top notch or anything. Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube made this entire movie and all three of them were hilarious. Plus, Phil Lord's direction was terrific and the films witty script was great. I was glad to see that this movie was good; there were some problems I had with the movie, but I still thought it was really good. I laughed through most of the movie, I thought the three lead actors were great, the script was very well written and Phil Lord directed the film very well. 21 Jump Street maybe a better movie, but 22 Jump Street is still very good and very funny and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh.

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

    June 21, 2014

    Like most people I was shocked to see that the movie How to Train Your Dragon did very well in the box office and I was even more shocked to see that the movie itself was really good, it was more than just good actually, it was fantastic. How to train Your Dragon was a beautifully animated DreamWorks movie that had great writing, likeable characters and wonderful atmospheric scenes. After, How to Train Your Dragon came out I was hoping to see a sequel soon and now four years later we got How to Train Your Dragon 2. Is How to Train Your Dragon 2 a good movie? Yes it is! Is it a beautifully animated movie like the first one? Yes it is! Is it actually better than the first movie? Surprisingly, yes! I know it's very hard to compete with the first How to Train Your Dragon, but somehow this movie managed to be better. Now, How to Train Your Dragon 2 isn't a lot better than the first movie because they're both solid animated films, but the second film was just a little bit more compelling and much darker, which I liked. The story focuses on Hiccup and his dragon Toothless and they're both experienced riders now and they have taught the Vikings in their village that dragons are good and harmless creatures. However, Hiccup and Toothless run into other Vikings, who are not only dragon hunters, but are lead by an evil Viking named Drago, who's voiced by Djimon Hounsou. Also thanks to the trailers you find out that Hiccups mother isn't really dead and she too is a dragon rider like Hiccup. The mother character, Valka is voiced by the talented Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett is a great actress and I thought she was the perfect choice to play Hiccup's mother in the movie because she's a great actress. All of the voice actors were great in this movie, Jay Baruchel returns as Hiccup and he does a great job. Many people think Jay Baruchel is only good at playing nerds in movies, which somewhat true, but this movie proves that he can do more than that. I know this is only animation and not live action, but it takes talent to do good voice work in an animated film and I thought Jay Baruchel was really good in this movie. The character Hiccup really grew from the last movie, which I liked because he's not the same guy. In the first movie he's kind of a bumbling nerd, who has a lot of heart and in this movie he's the villages greatest warrior and plus he's really strategic and very honorable. I enjoyed how different Hiccup and a lot of the other characters from the first movie were because it shows growth and realism. Now don't get me wrong the characters are still the same characters, it's just that their more mature and more compelling. Dean DeBlois wrote these characters very well and I thought he executed the story marvelously. Dean DeBlois was the writer and director of this film and he also did the first How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch and he also wrote Mulan. When I watch Dean DeBlois' movies I can tell he always wants to make his characters compelling and likeable and he wants his movies to have a good message. When it came to his previous films he succeeded at that and when it came to How to Train Your Dragon 2 he really succeeded at it. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has a very deep message and it had incredibly likeable characters. I think the only character I didn't like in this movie, which is actually my only probably with this movie is the villain. The villain in this movie was really weak because he was just your typical generic villain that had predictable motives. The good thing about this villain though was the fact he doesn't come into the movie until the third act, so he wasn't in the movie enough to really drag it down. So other than the forgettable villain this movie had no problems. The films score was excellent, the animation was top notch and it had just as much if not more atmospheric scenes. As for the 3D, I didn't see this movie in 3D, but I did hear this movie looks great in 3D, so I recommend seeing this movie in 3D. This movie is a great film to watch with the family because the kids will enjoy the action, animation and comedic scenes and the adults will enjoy the flawless direction, the terrific atmosphere and the compelling and emotional scenes this movie has. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an amazing movie, I would even say it was better than The Lego Movie. So if you love animated films, then check this movie out.

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