Being a big Tarantino fan since I first saw Resevior Dogs when I was a kid. I must say that it comes as no surprise that his latest feature is a home run without question. Featuring great performances by both Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio. This movie offers both action, drama, and lots of blood. Not to mention the ending is absolutely kick ass! Although I think Inglorious Basterds had a slightly better feel good ending. This one does not disappoint. Some might be offended by the over use of racial slurs throughout the movie and true they may have went a little overboard by it but personally I found it not very distracting while watching the movie. Overall this movie is the bomb. One of Tarantino's best probably second to Pulp Fiction.
Duel, This is a Steven Spielberg gem that I never hear anyone talking about. It came out before Jaws so that probably explains why it is not that well know. It's one of those movies that you dig up and either really end up enjoying or end up finding it really boring. I am a big fan of films that have simple plots and this movie is no exception. It starts out normal and then the suspense just keeps on building. It really kept me at the edge of my seat while watching this, I kept thinking the whole time whats he going to do to get away from this maniac? Now some people may not enjoy this movie for a few reasons. Since the whole movie is just a guy on the road trying to avoid this crazy person in a truck who is, what the audience is assuming, trying to kill him, some people out there may not find it too entertaining compared to most movies that are out now a days. One other flaw is that once you know how the movie ends it really doesn't have a whole lot of re watch value. Really those are the only flaws I can find in this movie. I personally found it to be really enjoyable. It may not be a movie for everyone but if you ever come across it on TV or in the store for cheap I wouldn't pass it up.
I am a big fan of Pink Floyd, so once I finally got the chance to see this movie I have to admit it took me a few more viewings to fully appreciate it. When I first watched it I have only listened to the album only 2 or 3 times and at the time I just listened to the music but didn't really take the time to actually understand the meaning behind it. Once I took the time to understand it I went back to this movie and overall I found it to be a really good screen adaptation of the album. The movie does a really good job at showing the characters emotions. It looks really good for the time not to mention the animation scenes look outstanding! My personal favorite scene in the movie is the Empty Spaces animation sequence. Just the way the things morph into other objects it really looks spectacular. I can't think of any other movie at the time that had such great animation. As much as I love this movie there are a couple things that are wrong with it, just a few minor complaints. Now this movie while does a really good job at putting The Wall to the big screen, there might be people going into this movie and they might not listen to Pink Floyd that much or not at all. If there are people who first see this movie and they are not a hard core Pink Floyd fan then seeing this movie is opening the door to Pink Floyd for them. The movie has a few offensive scenes that might be to much for the sensitive people out there. While you can still watch this movie and not listen to Pink Floyd and still really enjoy it because it tells a story that a lot of people in the world can relate to but I think that this is a movie made mostly for the fans of the band. I know there are tons of people who complain about this movie for that but honestly before watching it and start complaining just look at the title I mean you should know what you are getting. One other complaint is the absent and changed songs in the movie, nearly all the songs were changed a little bit for the movie and really some of them I liked but others I was just thing I wish that they kept the original versions in the movie. I think it would have been neat to see Hey You brought in the finished film. Overall I think this is a really great film. It is a perfect flick to put on when you just want to relax and it is just a great album.
When I am asked what my favorite christmas movie of all time is I always say Die Hard. Most people look at me weird when I say that but I know that I am not the only one. Some people out there don't want to watch a cheerful christmas movie. We all seen the same old classics such as A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol. Don't get me wrong those are all great christmas movies but not my favorite. But I think I have talked about christmas enough in this review now on to the movie itself. The 80's and 90's were the best when it came to spitting out great action adventure movies. Lethal Weapon, Mission Impossible, and of course Die Hard. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of this movie besides our badass main character, is the main bad guy Hans. The guy is so evil and so smart you can just tell he is willing to go as far as he can go to get what he wants, money, which becomes a funny joke by the end of the movie. Bruce Willis is at his finest in this role. The character John McClane is the perfect example I think of when I think of bad ass action heros. Badass Personality, memorable catch phrase, and he always knows how to kick ass. Now thats not to say that the other characters are boring because trust me they aren't. This is one of those movies where it gets better every time I re watch it. Just the action, suspense, the characters, the story, I mean I couldn't praise this movie enough, with out a doubt in my top five.
Office Space, As a fan of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butthead, I really wasn't aware of this movie until I was a little older. I have to say that I am glad that I saw this at a mature age because if I would have saw this movie when I was much younger I probably would have thought it was boring and probably would have never watched it again. This is a real funny and entertaining movie. The characters, the simple plot, the perfect humor its all a good recipe to make a great movie. There are too many funny moments in this movie to count. Really the only flaws that I can point out in this movie is pretty much a minor complaint. The computers are out of date and it makes the movie stand out as being looked at as a 90's flick. It's not a bad thing but it might be something that might keep some people from seeing this movie. The film really knows how to show you how repetitive working in a cubical can become. Just watching all the little things that bug our main character is just comedy gold, especially once he starts not caring and doing what he wants, I was almost in tears laughing so hard. Overall this movie is great, after seeing this movie and realizing how good it really is it makes me wonder why Mike Judge hasn't directed more movies after this? He should make a comeback cause this movie shows how funny the guy can be.
The Hangover Part II, When I saw the first movie last year I was actually surprised by how funny it ended up being. I'm a fan of Old School so I thought the first Hangover would be just as funny if not funnier then Old school. Overall I was generally surprised by it. But once I heard that a sequel to The Hangover was coming out instantly I thought. Oh no, this is going to be a waste of time. After seeing the trailer I wasn't too impressed. It looked almost identical to the first one with the same basic plot with a different location. But I put what I saw in previews in the back of my head and went into the movie with an open mind and didn't expect a whole lot except a movie that provides good laughs. So once the movie was over the first thing that came to my mind was, Well this was pretty funny but still I seen this before. In my opinion this movie was made simply because the first one was a big hit, and they thought that if they got the same crew back together they can make another big hit. The result was an hour and a half of laughs and the same basic plot. Some parts I did enjoy like the scene where the asian guy hops out of the freezer, similar to the first movie but it's a freezer and not the trunk of a car. And the song sequence when they are all on the boat. Parts like these I enjoy because it takes scenes from the first movie and revamps them into something somewhat original. But personally those were my two favorite scenes in the whole movie. The rest was just okay, I didn't really care to much for the new characters that were introduced or any of the new elements they tried to throw in. I know there isn't much more to throw into the stew to make it taste better. But really this is one of those movies that really didn't need to be made. It was simply for money. But for what its worth it was enjoyable to some extent. If they would have come up with a more original plot it would have made it a lot more enjoyable. Besides the plot the acting was decent, the movie looked pretty good. Final words, the movie could have been a lot better if they put more effort into writing a better story and putting more effort into the project rather then it simply being just for money.