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  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express (2004)

    December 08, 2011

  • The Pixar Story

    The Pixar Story (2007)

    December 08, 2011

    Well, I am not one to really review documentaries, mainly because they aren't like real films so there is not very much to say about them. But I have been such a big fan of Pixar I felt the need to review, and recommend The Pixar Story to pretty much any movie fan. Obviously it is just about how the makers of Pixar became such great film makers after releasing the first computer animated film "Toy Story". So I found it really interesting, since I believe Pixar animations is one of the most consistent movie making businesses in history. I do not feel that this is for everyone though, if you don't really care about Pixar then I would suggest giving this a pass, because all it does is show us all about Pixar films and some interviews with some of the people involving Pixar.

    However, for me personally the interviews were the most interesting part of the documentary. Especially John Lasseter's. Since he wrote and directed Toy Story, one of my favorite films all time, he has basically been my hero. I feel that often times with animated films, whether it be Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, or anything for that matter, the actual people making the films get overlooked. We just tend to say "Pixar" made this great film. So for me it was really interesting hearing from the actual people that are there making these brilliant films, and seeing how they did it and learning about their lives. It was also fun to hear Tom Hanks and Tim Allen talk about the Toy Story series. The interviews were just extremely interesting, and that's about all there is to say about it.

    Overall, The Pixar Story is an excellent documentary for big movie fans and big Pixar fans. It was very fun to see how they made their brilliant films, especially Toy Story. The interviews were the best part, so if you want to know what the people making these fantastic films actually think about what they have done, watch this. I would recommend The Pixar Story to about anyone who cares anything about films, or animation.

  • Manhattan

    Manhattan (1979)

    November 25, 2011

  • Red Eye

    Red Eye (2005)

    October 23, 2011

  • Dan in Real Life

    Dan in Real Life (2007)

    August 01, 2011

  • Murder by Numbers

    Murder by Numbers (2002)

    July 28, 2011

  • Lucky Number Slevin

    Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

    July 27, 2011

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

    July 26, 2011

  • The Strangers

    The Strangers (2008)

    July 25, 2011

    Returning home from a wedding reception, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) are staying in an isolated vacation house. They soon receive a quite mysterious knock on the door, in the middle of the night by a woman asking for someone they do not know. After this some very odd things begin to happen, Which frighten Kristen, and soon becomes an invasion by three strangers. This couple finds themselves in a brutal struggle for a chance to keep there lives in this night of horror at the vacation house.

    The Strangers was by no means in my opinion a very good movie. The acting was not bad, but there is not really anything special to say about it, and I found the story lacking in several ways. To start with, when a movie says that it is "inspired by true events" I have an extremely hard time believing most of the stuff that is happening in the film. So, in that case I have to say that a lot of the things that went on in this movie did not actually happen, in which case I do not see very many reasons why someone should watch this movie. With that said, there actually are a few reasons, especially if you are a horror movie fan. The Strangers has got to be one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. The suspense in this film was built up in such a way that by mid point in this movie you will be absolutely terrified. So if you are looking for a good scare then this is no doubt a movie for you, but if not, Then you probably will not think much of it.

  • Buried

    Buried (2010)

    July 20, 2011

    Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American truck driver that is working as a contractor in Irag in 2006, and one day he wakes up to nothing but pitch darkness. He feels around trying to figure out where he is, and with a lighter lights up to what he finds is a wooden coffin. As anyone would Paul begins to panic, and has starts screaming and banging on the sides of the coffin. Then he hears this buzzing noise and the coffin lights up, and Paul realizes it is a phone that someone has planted there with him. He starts to frantically call different numbers, some of which being the police and his family, but he is having very little luck getting anyone to really buy into his story. Paul begins to remember that he was ambushed while driving, and he knows his best bet at survival is himself.

    Honestly, this was a very odd film. Seemingly the story isn't too fresh of material, as we have all heard of a man being buried alive in plenty of movies right? But Buried was actually an extremely creative film, as the entire movie was shot in a coffin. I have really never seen anything like this, which did turn out to be a little annoying. I found some of the film to be horribly boring, and even my mom asked if we could turn it off about 30 minutes of the way through. Also, the story and characters get a little lost in the film towards the middle, as Rodrigo Cortes loses all focus and turns to proving his strong point, which is one I somewhat disagree with. I mean, I get what Rodrigo Cortes is trying to say, but I find it hard to believe that there would be such little effort to find a missing person, and that is where I thought the movie took a very unrelastic turn. Which is in the end my biggest complaint.

    With that said, Buried is by no means at all a terrible movie. This being Rodrigo Cortes' debut, he really did an excellent job. The faults in this film were no doubt because of him, but some of the best parts of the film were also his good direction. Like I mentioned earlier, the film did get a little boring, but it all took place in a coffin, so what can you expect? Rodrigo Cortes really did a good job with the direction and keeping the crowd interested. Aside from the parts I mentioned, the film was really a nail biter. as the movie came to a close I found myself literally about to fall out of my chair I was so far on the edge. The ending was expected, but at the same time Cortes did a superb job keeping it unpredictable at times. I had pretty much decided before the movie started what I thought the ending was going to be, but there was always the last 10 minutes the really had me question myself, and it was a great ending.

    However, the most impressive part had to be the acting by Ryan Reynolds. He really put everything he has into his performance, and I must say, I am definitely in no way a fan of his. I mean X-Men, Smokin' Aces, Paper man, and The proposal? Will someone shoot me please? He has played in good films, but seriously some of the bad ones are just a complete waste of money. Even if they only cost 1$. So as of recently I have really not liked him, but this movie started to change my mind a bit. The opening scene where Conroy relizes he is trapped starts of a little shaky. Actually a little laughable there for a second. But once the movie gets into the main parts, Reynolds performance becomes very, very good. Was it Oscar worthy? No. The guy was in a box the whole time, I can't give him too much praise. But yes, Ryan Reynolds did an excellent job acting here.

    Overall, Buried does not fall under my category for one of the best of 2010. I would not really even give it an honorable mention either. This movie was just your basic entertainment, with a little bit of surprising direction, and above average acting making it better than it should have been. The creativity was definitely there, but it made the film a bit odd, and not necessarily in a good way. Also give credit to the music in this film, maybe nothing super special, but it really made some of the scenes in the film pretty intense. Buried was a good film that was an excellent debut for Rodrigo Cortes. No doubt worth a watch here.

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