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Shutter Island
½

I need to start writing film reviews again... I should write one for this one. God, I love Scorsese.

Inglourious Basterds
½

Review being written after class.. haha.

District 9
District 9(2009)
½

Fucking amazing! One of the few films I really want a sequel for! District 9 kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The last 40 minutes of this movie has some of the best action scenes I've seen in quite some time.
The most entertaining film I've seen this summer and one of the best science fiction movies of this decade! Possibly all time.
Newcomer director Neill Blomkamp is a fucking genius! But of course, this brilliant film couldn't have been made without Peter Jackson's support. He let Blomkamp do whatever he wanted. Those Hollywood executives must be pissing themselves for canceling Halo.
The special effects in this film are amazing! I can't believe it has a $30 million budget. First film I've seeing recently to use it's budget effectively. (Take that, Bayformers!)
The performances are great. Unknown actor, Sharlto Copley, really shined in this film... and this is his FIRST acting role. Holy shit, he needs to be in more films.
I expect Oscar nominations for this movie... at least technical nominations. If not, the Academy is seriously screwed up. (Even though it already is.)
Very original film. Based on the South Africa's apartheid, which was the segregated policy it held for many years... Extremely moving film. Watch now!

I recommend this film to everyone! A+

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
½

The Harry Potter films manage to keep getting EVEN better! Wow, was this film great or what? I'm not posting a long review, but Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has everything that a film needs: character, plot, action, comedy, romance, suspense, emotion... I can keep going on and on! Expect me to go this film again.
The cinematography was beautiful. I expect a nod on it from the Academy... The score was great, but I still prefer John Williams. The cast was top notch... everyone! I love Rickman, Gambon, and Broadbent especially!
Overall, this film is definitely worth seeing at the cinema... TWICE! Prisoner of Azkaban is still my favorite, but this one is right behind it! A-

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)
½

*I'll write it after Finals... Awesome Film!

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

"Nothing ever ends." Well, at least not for us fans of Watchmen. We will constantly try to look for that faithful adaptation of the celebrated comic in our lifetime. I think I have found it.
Zack Snyder pulled it off. I didn't think Alan Moore's story was possible to be able to make a good film, glad I was wrong.

The film is beautiful to look at. The cinematography is amazing. One of the high points of the movie. The visual effects are good, nothing innovative and groundbreaking. Dr. Manhattan looks great. Very realistic looking.

Tyler Bate's score of the film is good. Simple yet fulfills the atmosphere. The musical selection tracks during the course of the film might make you scratch your head at times, but I see what Zack Snyder was trying to accomplish.

The acting was great for some and okay for others. Jackie Earle Haley nails Rorschach, he did an amazing job as the chilling vigilante. He is the best in this film. Billy Crudup's Dr. Manhattan is great, you can sense his unemotional self very well. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also great as Edward Blake/The Comedian. Patrick Wilson does a good job in playing Daniel Dreiberg (Nite Owl II). The weakest of the bunch, in my opinion were Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II and Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt. They were not horrible, just okay. Could have been better.

In my opinion, this film is better than 300. Of course, many moviegoers who haven't read the graphic novel won't understand the complexity of the concept as much as the fans, but at least they will have an idea.

This film is not for children. I was very disappointed to see many parents bringing their 9-year old kids to this movie. What the hell? Can't they see the R-rated rating?

Not your typical superhero movie, Watchmen is. So don't expect an X-men type of story. Not everyone might enjoy it. As for me, I can't wait for the Director's Cut on DVD.

Recommended to fans of movies such as V for Vendetta, 300, Sin City, The Matrix, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight.

A-

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)
½

*Review being written as soon as possible!

Wow, I saw this film a long time and I still haven't written the review? Me and my procrastination... well... here it goes:

Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler is a moving film about the life of Randy "The Ram" Robinson. How he lost the people he cherished due to his passion and how he got weaken by it.
Mickey Rourke's performance is one for the books. It's fucking amazing. The best, in my opinion, from 2008. The Oscar was his... though, I can't judge since I haven't seen Sean Penn's performance in Milk... yet, I still think the Oscar was for Rourke. Marisa Tomei's performance is great as well as a mother who has to care for her child by being a stripper. The other supporting cast is great as well, like Evan Rachel Wood playing The Ram's daughter.
The Wrestler is in my list of top films from 2008... it's a shame it did not get recognized by the Academy.
This film will be remembered for as long as we can remember.

Taken
Taken(2009)
½

I never thought Liam Neeson would be able to destroy Chuck Norris... this movie proved me wrong. He can beat Chuck Norris blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back.
If you're a guy, watch this movie with your friends on a boring evening with a couple of beers, it will be fucking entertaining. All the action sequences will have you laughing all the way through (well, I did) and you'll be quoting this movie after you're done. For girls, I'm not sure if they'll like it... who knows?
Anyway, nothing original in this film... just a bunch of kickass!
Recommended for guys with nothing to do.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

It's a shame Clint Eastwood was not recognized in this film by the Academy Awards. Gran Torino was a great film... sure, it was a bit racist, but that does not stop this film from being good. The kid playing the role of "Toad" in the film needs acting lessons, but besides that the film is great. I loved seeing Clint Eastwood as the badass that he is.

This movie might not be for everyone, but it's still recommended to any Eastwood fan.

Slumdog Millionaire
½

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is one for the ages. This film is incredible. From start to finish, I was hooked all throughout. A love story that won't end up in making you feel sick like most do nowadays.
The musical score is amazing in this movie. The acting is great, especially the small children. I heard the children were really from the slums of India... they must have a great future ahead of them. The cinematography is amazing as well...
I think this film will take the Best Picture and Best Director award from the Academy Awards... I still got to see Frost/Nixon, and Milk... but I can tell this one will win it all.

Recommended to everyone.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
½

David Fincher's new film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" did not disappoint even with the already high expectations I had before seeing it. This film is amazing. I hadn't felt the emotions I went through with this film in any other theater experience before. I had a knot in my throat at the end of this movie. I kept my tears inside... but I still felt all the emotions. I'm only human.
The special effects in this film are great. If it isn't recognized by the academy, the academy is surely flawed then. Brad Pitt does a great job in playing the role of Benjamin, who grows younger as the years go by.
Of course, you can't compare this one to the other David Fincher films... but it doesn't stop it from being amazing. This movie is on my Top of 2008 Film's list... it will not disappoint... well, at least it didn't disappoint me.

Valkyrie
Valkyrie(2008)
½

Bryan Singer's Valkyrie is good and nothing more. I expected a lot more from Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise did not exceed in any acting whatsoever. He was better in his short role in Tropic Thunder where he was just being a goofball. Since we know about Hitler's outcome because of history class, this film will be predictable. An okay suspense movie. Do not watch it if you're expecting great action sequences. You will be disappointed.

RocknRolla
RocknRolla(2008)

I'm not really well known in Guy Ritchie's films, but this one did kick ass. A bit predictable, but that's no excuse for the kick ass'ing this movie will leave you at the end. The cast is good and the action sequences are great. Watch this film for a great fun time without having to think about the plot.

Body of Lies
Body of Lies(2008)

*Review coming soon..
(Sorry about all these "coming soon" reviews... I just hardly have time to post them anymore..)

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
½

I remember liking this film once I got out of the theater. Two weeks have passed since I saw Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and I don't remember much of it. (I hadn't logged in here in quite some time.) So it is quite forgettable.
It was funny in some parts that I remember, other parts it kind of dragged a bit... but not much. The search for the "Where is bunny band" (I forgot name) is basically what drives this romantic comedy. I saw many cameos of several people from past Judd Apatow films, so that was fun.
I guess, if you're a couple and want to have some fun at the theater... then this is for you.
*Note: there is a scene where Kat Dennings supposedly has an "orgasm", so the children might be wondering what the hell is going on since this is a PG-13 film.*

Burn After Reading
½

I haven't laughed like this in quite some time. The Coen's newest creation was f'king hilarious for all the wrong reasons. A great dark comedy. It makes you realize that people are pretty f'king stupid... hahaha. What a f'king clusterfuck, great way to describe it.
After the amazing No Country For Old Men, the Coens have created another wonder, but this time as a hilarious dark comedy. They haven't let me down... yet. And they probably never will.
Burn After Reading's ensemble cast is star-packed. John Malkovich was amazing, havent heard the use of the f-bomb so brilliant since The Departed. Tilda Swinton played her role so well that you end up hating her guts in the end. Brad Pitt IS Chad... hahaha. He's amazing in this. One of his best performances I've seen him in, even though it is short. George Clooney's ladies man character is so greatly portrayed that it makes you wonder if he's really like that. *Kidding, of course.* He's definitely a moron in this film.. haha. Frances McDormand's actions drive this film's plot in a way you'll never imagine. All of the stuff that happened in this film was for some stupid surgery that she wanted.
Amazing film! I loved it. If you're a big fan of the Coen Bros. (as I am) this film will surely not disappoint you. If you love cinema, be sure to check this baby out!

Tropic Thunder
½

"The movie they think they're making... isn't a movie anymore..." this sums up the film nicely.
Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder is a good funny comedy but it's not hilariously funny. You get constant laughs in this film. Some of the jokes are sick, but this is what people like to see. I liked it, seeing Robert Downey Jr.'s performance is great. Tom Cruise is back, he's one of the funniest characters in this movie. Seriously. It took me a couple of seconds to notice it was Tom Cruise and I completely forgot about his lunacy in real life... hahaha.
The gore in this film is great. It has better gore than some horror films being released today.
Between Pineapple Express and this one, I think the Express is a better comedy. This is still close behind. You'll get the laughs in both comedies, but the other one has a better laughing rate. Well, at least to me.
Oh yeah, this movie played nice homage to other past 'Nam films... but in a parody sort of way. It won't disappoint.

Pineapple Express

Another film from the Judd Apatow crew. The stoner flick Pineapple Express does what it proposed. It delivered the laughs while being an entertaining "action" flick. I found Seth Rogen to be very similar to the role he played in Knocked Up, some of his lines were almost the same. I'm not saying it was bad, just overused. It was an awesome stoner flick, which also gave the message that smoking marijuana may lead to your life getting f*cked... but in a funny way. James Franco redeemed himself in my books from his laughable performance in Spiderman 3. He was hilarious.
Playing homage to past action movies, Pineapple Express will not be a disappointment. I laughed constantly during the course of the movie. Though, I still found Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Superbad way funnier. This one is still up there. I still have to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall from the same people to compare it to.
Be sure to check it out Pineapple Express. Go with your friends, they will be roaring with laughter all the way.

The Dark Knight

"Holy amazing movie, Batman!" - Robin (1960)

Wow... I'm speechless. What else is there to say? Utterly perfect. Everything expected from this film is accomplished. Believe all the hype. Bravo Christopher Nolan, Bravo! You have just accomplished to create the best superhero movie imaginable. Wait, is this film even classified in the superhero genre? Not to me. This film takes "superhero" to a hole new level.

The Dark Knight manages to surpass Batman Begins in every level imaginable. The characters in this film are all portrayed amazing. All the buzz surrounding the late Heath Ledger about a possible Oscar nod is a great probability chance. Some scenes he was in chilled you to the bone, others he was horrifyingly hilarious. He is THE Joker... say goodbye to Jack Nicholson's Joker. Though it's a shame of the fate he had... this film would have risen him a lot.
Other amazing performances are created by Aaron Eckhart, he completely shines as Harvey "Two Face" Dent. This film shows the rise and the fall of a hero by the portrayal of Dent.
"You Either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain" - Harvey Dent
This is the quote to define this film in one sentence.
Christian Bale replays his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman amazing as well. He still is the best Batman I have seen. This film is summed up by three characters. The one who comes out on top from these three in The Dark Knight clearly is Heath Ledger. Don't forget about other great performances by Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal (tremendous improvement from Katie Holmes), Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.

This is my second favorite film released in 2008 so far (the other being Wall-E). The Dark Knight is a way better film than Iron Man was, in my opinion (and that was considered the best comic book movie of all time). Now that this one has been released, in my opinion, it should claim that top spot previously held by Iron Man.
Don't expect to go to this film as a Batman movie for the kids, it is not. Leave those to the first four Batman movies. This one takes a huge step from the typical superhero genre and takes it up another notch. Compare this with Heat and The Departed, even The Godfather: Part II (one of my favorite movies). Please don't compare this with the silly Batman and Robin and Batman Forever, they are completely different, other than sharing similar characters. Those movies were horrible.
This film won't disappoint. My expectation were way high before watching it, and they were met. An amazing piece of entertainment. One of this year's best, I can tell. Greatly recommended.

Batman Gotham Knight
½

What do you get when you mix Batman with Japanese style anime? Awesome visuals and animation depicting the Dark Knight in a way never before created. Batman: Gotham Knight is made out of six short stories all about the Caped Crusader and his alias Bruce Wayne. A warning, this animation is not made for children. Don't go showing this anime to children under the age of nine, it has some pretty graphic content within it. The first story is kind of dull, but then it starts to pick up. My favorite stories are the last three: "In Darkness Dwells", "Working Through Pain", and "Deadshot". The episode "Crossfire" is pretty decent, but these other three are the ones to stand out, in my opinion.
I'm not really much of a Japanese style animation fan, but this movie is not a miss to any Batman fan. Pretty expensive though, for what it delivers on the special edition DVD.
This is going to fill you up before The Dark Knight comes. God, I cannot wait for this film!

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

Even better than Hellboy, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army is nonstop thrills from the get-go. From the cartoony start of the film, you know for sure that you're going to be in a great ride. Guillermo Del Toro did not disappoint, well at least he did not disappoint me. This movie had the right amount of comedy with right amount of action, mixing CGI within it. It works. My theater was roaring with laughter in some scenes, it kind of felt we were watching a straight comedy movie. The visuals in this sequel are breathtaking, better than the predecessor. It gives Pan's Labyrinth competition just from watching the visuals.
This movie is not as serious as the first one, this is more light-hearted. (For me, at least) The majority will love it, some will hate it. Couple's will love it, I guarantee you that.
And beware, you will crave beer when watching this film, I did. As a matter of fact, I'm drinking a Tecate while writing this review just for Hellboy because we all now he loves them. Right?

Wanted
Wanted(2008)

This movie was meant to be kickass, and kickass was accomplished. Yes, it wasn't that faithful to the graphic novel, but we got an entertaining flick by Timur Bekmambetov. I should check out some of his past films. Plus, Morgan Freeman is a badass in this movie. What more do you want? Oh yes, Angelina Jolie in the nude? Check. Dirty talk? Check. Kickass action that rivals The Matrix? Check. Blood? Check. Mr. Tumnus kicking ass? Check. Angelina Jolie nude? Check. Nice SFX? Check. Did I mention Angelina Jolie in the nude? Check.
This movie is a what mostly all guys want to see in a movie. Hot chicks and action. Typical guy stuff.
James McAvoy can do an American accent, I did not know that. He played his role great, we'll definitely see this guy in many upcoming movies in the future.
Wanted is a great action flick that entertains. Cheesy, but fun. Check it out.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)

Pixar has yet to let me down. Their newest film, Wall-E, proves that they're the leading producer of great quality films. All of their films are amazing, even Cars, which is my least favorite.
This film is stunning. Since the beginning, it takes hold of you all the way throughout the end of the film. Depicting morals that are clearly affecting us today, Wall-E will make you realize about certain events taking hold of our world. It's philosophical even, I noticed it throughout the film. Children will feel lost in this film, as they wouldn't understand the issues, but they will be happy just by seeing Wall-E the robot. All the kids in my theater loved Wall-E, and most were crying when *SPOILERS* Wall-E was dying.*END SPOILERS* The audience will get really attached to the characters. In the beginning their is no dialogue, but it works. Pixar took the risk, and it ended up being a great success.
Pixar has yet to fail me. This movie has made it to my favorites list, it is that amazing. Some will not like it because of its dark issues. It's no Kung Fu Panda, were the funniness is in your face all the time.
Wall-E is a beautiful piece of work, the visuals are breathtaking. Andrew Stanton, who directed Finding Nemo, knows what he's doing. Watch this film, you will not regret it. A+

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)
½

Steve Carell's interpretation of Maxwell Smart is faithful to the original Get Smart series back in the 60's (for what I remember watching, I don't remember the series very well). I remember just seeing a few episodes as a kid, and the film brought the funny elements of the series to the big screen but adapted into our modern times.
Anne Hathaway looked amazing in this film. I never noticed how beautiful she really is. This movie is worth watching just for Hathaway's beauty... I am not kidding. She's smoking hot. (I had to use a cliche just to show how amazing she looked).
The plot was predictable, but still it does not stop the movie from being a fun ride at the theater. The audience was laughing all throughout the movie. The action sequences were good for a comedy. "The Rock" played the typical typecast role he always plays. Bill Murray's cameo is worth watching, even though it is short... and weird. In a tree?
Recommended to pass a fun weekend with the family. They'll enjoy it.

The Incredible Hulk

"Hulk Smash!!!!" - The Hulk
Deeply incredible. The Incredible Hulk was amazing. Hulk done right, for once. Not like Ang Lee's version of it... what was he smoking when he did it?
This movie is pure awesomeness, with the fight with Abomination having cool action sequences. The visual effects were pretty good, the Hulk's look was very realistically done. I thought it would look quite poorly, but I was wrong. Good thing I was wrong. The beginning scenes from the movie have beautiful shots of Brazil, something to look at when you see the film.
Edward Norton's portrayal of Bruce Banner was excellent. I wasn't let down at all. Liv Tyler's was good, she improved, in my looks, from the atrocity that The Strangers was. Many cameos are in this film, I enjoyed Stan Lee's cameo... funny. And look forward to Downey's cameo as Tony Stark, definitely worth it. My nerd inside me was screaming to get out. I can't wait for The Avengers. Hopefully, it is done right.

Across the Universe

What a trippy film this was. Across the Universe was probably made for the stoners out there in the world... kidding, of course, but you did felt high up there just by watching it. Frida's Julie Taymor did a pretty good job on this love story. The characters of Jude, Lucy, and Max were played decently for the cast being not that well known. The Beatles songs were covered nicely. This film is filled with cameos like Bono from U2 and Salma Hayek, not a miss if you're watching it. For a musical, this movie was pretty good. Rarely I am fond of musicals. Recently almost every teenaged girl I've met loves this movie. I don't know why... but it is getting a lot of kids these days become The Beatles fans.

Apocalypse Now
½

Francis Ford Coppola's view on the Vietnam war with Apocalypse Now is horrifyingly well made and acted. Marlon Brando plays the crazed ex American colonel who now inhabits Vietnam with its citizens treating him like royalty. He's not in much of the film, but he is still brilliant and shocking. Martin Sheen is excellent, but Robert Duvall steals the show. He deserved an Oscar for his role in this film. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Genius! One of my favorites, Apocalypse Now will not disappoint. Try to watch the theatrical version though, many don't like the redux version.

The Green Mile

Deeply moving tale about the injustice the prison system might bring. Frank Darabont's take on the novel by Stephen King, The Green Mile, is beautiful and touching. My second favorite Frank Darabont film, right after The Shawshank Redemption. Michael Clarke Duncan gave an excellent performance. This man can clearly act brilliantly, but these days he's been choosing poor film roles. Tom Hanks? Great as always. I didn't cry on this film, but it is definitely one of the saddest movies I have seen in my short life. Great film to watch on an evening.

Dog Day Afternoon
½

"ATTICA! ATTICA!!!" - Sonny Wortzik
Dog Day Afternoon is a bank heist film with cops and guns... but not your typical average bank heist film with cops and guns. This one is brilliant. One of Al Pacino's best performances after The Godfather: Part 2. John Cazale is amazing, it's a shame he died so soon. He was an amazing actor. Dog Day Afternoon is worth renting, watch it. Really great film.

The Deer Hunter
½

The Deer Hunter is a very realistic portrayal of the Vietnam war and what it brought to its veterans. Michael Cimino's best film, in my opinion. Deserving the Oscars it got. Christopher Walken is amazing in this film, his scenes were portrayed to cause terror to the audience.The Russian Roulette scene... wow, amazing. Clearly one of the best scenes in cinema. The Deer Hunter had amazing performances all throughout, including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, and Christopher Walken.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)
½

One of David Fincher's best flicks! Fight Club is pure awesomeness. Genius and never dull. It's a psychedelic trip you will never forget with the twist ending. The cast is top-notch. Edward Norton is amazing, as always. Brad Pitt is great as Tyler so is Helena Bonham Carter. All great performances. Even Meat Loaf surprised me. Amazing movie, one of my favorites.
"The first rule of Fight Club is - you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is - you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!" - Tyler Durden

Full Metal Jacket
½

Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket is separated into different segments. My favorite being the Boot Camp one. This film depicts realistically the horrors the war on Vietnam brought to the troops... Kubrick style. Check it out, it's great!

Casino
Casino(1995)
½

Martin Scorsese. What more do you want? Oh yeah, Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci.
Casino is "fucking" brilliant! Just watch the famous scene where Pesci and De Niro are talking in the desert. The script for this film is great. Best use of the word 'f*ck' that I've ever seen before. Also, Sharon Stone is not a waste in this one.

Heat
Heat(1995)
½

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the same movie? Are you serious? Yes, I am very serious. Michael Mann's Heat is a great American film. Once you see the infamous gun fight on the street, you'll realize this is pure genius! Perfect cast, and it has two of my favorite actors.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

One of the best westerns in cinema history. Sergio Leone created a magnificente western masterpiece. Even thought it was shot and made in Italy, this film never loses the touch of the good, the bad, and the ugly western.

This film also includes one of the most famous and unforgettable scores ever composed on a film. Ennio Morricone is a true genious. Don't forget about the badass Clint Eastwood!

Batman Begins
½

Batman Begins is definitely the best Batman movie I have seen. I've been a Batman fan ever since I was born, and this film was perfect for me at the time it came out back in summer 2005. Christopher Nolan reinvented the franchise in a realistic way. Cinematically, this film is amazing. In my opinion, it is not even considered a "superhero" movie, but a drama/thriller.
Christian Bale IS Batman. No more Batnipples, no more Clooney. Goodbye Joel Schumacher, here comes Christopher Nolan.
I can't wait for The Dark Knight!

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

What better word to describe this film than, "Rosebud..."
Orson Welles powerful film Citizen Kane has played a major influence on almost every film released after 1941.
Considered by many the best movie ever, this masterpiece is definitely a must see. All throughout the movie, we're trying to find out who the mysterious Rosebud is. When we find out who it was, you'll be astonished. Brilliant!

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)
½

Damn, what a f'cking classic. Pulp Fiction is simply... Pulp Fiction. No other words to describe it. One of Quentin Tarantino's best works. This star-packed movie is definitely not a miss for any film buff out there. Who hasn't seen it? Samuel L. Jackson should have received the Oscar for this film... wow. The dialogue drives this movie forward, you can quote almost anything.
"Bitch, be cool!"

The Strangers

I want my precious money back. What an awful waste of my money with this pointless movie. The whole "plot" of The Strangers was so damn predictable that I knew everything that was going to happen by the first 20 minutes. At the beginning of the movie, it actually looked like quite a good decent horror film... but then it dragged on and on. For the 86 minutes it lasts, it was very dull. Come on Liv Tyler, you could have done much better than this. Hopefully seeing Tyler's performance in The Incredible Hulk will make me forget this so called movie. Don't waste your money on this film, it is not worth it. I regret watching it, I should have seen Sex and the City... it wasn't even a little scary. I have come to the conclusion that it's going to be rare to see a "scary" movie in the future.

Not recommended.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)

What an awesome movie this is. Instant classic! I was finally able to watch the film Cidade de Deus by Fernando Meirelles last night in all it's glory and wow... what an amazing film. I was left speechless at the end. The dangerous "City of God" in Brazil is filled with brutal life and tragic end. This film was portrayed very realistically that sometimes it seems as if it were a documentary. The cast is phenomenal, amazing performances by all. "Cidade de Deus" what more can I say about it? Watch it as soon as possible. You're missing out if you haven't seen it. I need to get this film on DVD as soon as possible. A+!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

What can I say about Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr.'s fourth adventure in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"? That I was fairly let down by it. Don't get me wrong, the film is not a complete waste as it is faithful to the previous Indy movies, but it could have been a lot better. They should have sticked with Frank Darabont's original script of the movie. You can clearly see Lucas' work in this film, the CGI is everywhere... well not really everywhere, but for an Indiana flick it's a lot of CGI. I guess it's because of our modern times we live in. Spielberg adapted the screenplay as best as he could, it turned out to be a fair film. Cate Blanchett's performance is great, she's believable. Harrison Ford IS back as Indiana Jones, he shines. It is great to see Karen Allen back in "Indiana". As for Shia, he's good.. but annoying. I guess the producers were aiming for that image of him. I don't want to spoil anything, but I can clearly tell that there will be another Indiana Jones film in the future. Overall B - .

There Will Be Blood

"I have abandoned my child! I've abandoned my child! I've abandoned my boy..." God, what an amazing performance by Daniel Day Lewis. He definitely deserved the Oscar he won for his portrayal of Daniel Plainview. Another amazing performance in this film was Paul Dano. His performance was brilliant, not as great as DDL, but still pretty good. I was left speechless after the viewing of this film, "There Will Be Blood". This film is phenomenal. I have to buy it as soon as possible on DVD. Paul Thomas Anderson has made another epic film. I will gladly watch his future films. The cinematography in "There Will Be Blood" is beautiful and the musical score is out of this world. Very eerie and strange than your everyday musical score. I loved it. I know this film will be remembered in the years to come, I will sure remember it. It will be in many top film lists of all time in the years to come. We just have to let it sink in.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
½

I enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis as a kid. I read them all in a sitting... what does this have to do with the Prince Caspian film, I don't know. I just know that the movie "Prince Caspian" could have been a lot better overall. The main kids lacked certain emotions that separate them from the Harry Potter kids. They can act, but not in an expressive way. I enjoyed "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" a lot more than this movie. Don't get me wrong, I liked this movie, but it did disappoint the expectations I had on it. I thought it would have been structured a lot better than it was. The battle sequences were pretty awesome for being a PG film. The special effects improved greatly from its predecessor. Kids will love this movie, they might see it as a substitute for "The Lord of the Rings" films. I recommend people to see this film with their families. The family might love it, it just depends on the kind of person that you are.

Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

Speed Racer definitely surpassed my expectations. I had low expectations on this film by reading some professional reviews by critics online, but I don't really know what they were smoking while they were watching it... this film was amazing to me. The Wachowski's have made another decent movie that will be remembered for some time... in later years. This movie is underrated at the moment, but as soon as word gets out of it's brilliance, people might go ahead and watch it. The movie is faithful to the original 60's cartoon by the way it plays the scenes. Trippy film to be honest.. not for everyone because of the constant motion of bright colors, it might induce a headache... a great headache, mind you. The visuals were amazing. I recommend this movie to anyone. Just give it a chance, but if you end up having a seizure, do not blame me.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

"I am Iron Man..." This movie definitely kicked the start of the summer in a great direction. Jon Favreau has accomplished an amazing start for this future franchise. Robert Downey IS Iron Man, no point arguing there. This film showed us that Marvel is capable in producing great quality films and not just crap. It's on my list of best comic adapted movies but Batman Begins still surpasses it. The special effects are spectacular in this movie, so is the sound. Whenever you watch it, make sure to stay AFTER the credits, I do not want to spoil anything.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

"I will have vengeance. I will have salvation..." basically sums up the movie very nicely. Tim Burton has recreated the setting of Stephen Sondheims' musical "Sweeney Todd" in a way that will leave you wanting for more at the end. Deliciously dark and evil, filled with huge amounts of buckets of blood. Johnny Depp brings the character of Benjamin Barker (Sweeney) in such a way that only he could perform. The pipes he has for singing are brilliant. I didn't know he could sing that well. All the cast was perfect. Helena Bonham Carter was great. I also did not know Alan Rickman could sing, he did a good job. His portrayal of the corrupted judge left a bitter taste in my mouth. Borat, I mean Sacha Baron Cohen, is in it, but only for a while... a good while. Reminded me a bit of his performance in Borat. This film has it all, comedy, horror, music, and gore all compacted into a single film. Recommended for any musical and horror lovers, well... recommended for any lover of film, basically!

Memento
Memento(2000)

Definitely a modern day masterpiece from the 2000's. "Memento" is one of the most intelligent movies you will ever see. Christopher Nolan brings you a film that has been structured in a way that confuses the audience. There are parts that are backwards and parts that are forwards, requiring you to think while watching the movie. Without turning on your brain, you will be lost throughout the film and it would be hard to come back and understand. Every scene is important. Enjoy the twisted ride and be rewarded by this film's excellence! This film brings a new spice to thrillers. Great acting and a great screenplay. One of my favorite movies, I recommend this movie to anyone with a brain. A+!!

Under the Same Moon

This is a very moving picture that depicts one of the main issues in the United States. Illegal Immigration. It shows the horrors that people have to go through as they cross the border to "live a better life". A lot of well known Mexican actors are in this film, Carmen Salinas, Eugenio Derbez, Kate Del Castillo, Ernesto D'alessio, and others. Adrian Alonso played a role of Carlitos, a kid who crosses the border in search of his mom (Kate Del Castillo) and a troublesome journey begins. Derbez gave an amazing performance that brought comic relief to the film (which it needed). I never thought I'd see the day with Derbez in cinema, he did very well. Kate Del Castillo played an okay portrayal of the mom, but she could have done better, in my opinion. Little Adrian deserves a lot of credit for this film, at this age and acting like that? This kid has a future in cinema. I think we all can see that. The famous "Los Tigres Del Norte" have a cameo on this film. Truly a great moving film that should be seen by anyone with a heart. I recommend it.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)
½

Westerns are finally back! This movie proves it! Amazing film with amazing performances. I have not seen the original (plan to though), but this film sure is a great remake. Crowe and Bale blend in so well with their characters that you may even guess that they're from the Western days. Ben Foster plays the total badass, he fit the part so well. The cinematography in this film is breathless. Beautiful. This should have had more nods in the Academy Awards but oh well... truly an amazing picture that I had to buy after I saw it. I deeply recommend it!

Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn(2007)

Oscar worthy performances by both Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. This film is based on the life of Dieter Dengler. An American pilot of German background who gets taken by a Vietnamese concentration camp that gives competition to the horrors of Aushwitz. Bale went through a lot for this movie, he lost a lot of weight. A realistic portrayal that should have been rewarded. Zahn gave an amazing performance as well. The horrors that the camp brought were played right on. "Rescue Dawn" is an underrated film that should be seen by everyone. I recommend it.

No Country for Old Men
½

Simply one of the top films of 2007! This film blew my mind away. The Coen Brothers have created an amazing adaptation from the novel by Cormac McCarthy. I haven't read the novel (yet), but I sure hope that it's even better than the film. This film is not for everyone to get, since the ending is very abrupt though brilliant. The ending was perfect for this movie but not everyone gets it. Javier Bardem gave an excellent performce as the menacing Anton Chigurh a.k.a Death. Everytime he was on, he sent chills. Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Broslin gave memorable performances as well, but not like Bardem. See this Coen's adaptation. You will not regret to watch it.

The Mist
The Mist(2007)
½

Frank Darabont has done it once again. "The Mist" delivers a great quality film from the start to the end. An amazing film. Darabont has adapted another Stephen King piece and made a great film out of it. This movie is shocking, its ending will send a punch to you and shake you all over. A great twist. You'll leave the theater feeling a terrible remorse. See it to believe it. Marcia Gay Harden's performance will make you hate her forever. She portrayed her role perfectly.

"The Mist" is right next to "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile" in cinematically delivering a great movie. Yes, it needs better special effects, but that doesn't stop this film from being up there. Certainly one of the best films of 2007, in my opinion.

American Gangster
½

What a fantastic film. Ridley Scott has given us another film to enjoy from him. Amazing performances from both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. This movie might give some Oscar nods to Washington. A mix between Scarface and Heat, this movie will not disappoint. Excellent crime drama. Also worth mentioning that it's finally good to see Cuba Gooding Jr. in a decent film role (thought it's a small part), I was beginning to think that the man was useless. I guess he still has some talent left over even though his recent disastrous movies were horrible.
"American Gangster"is worth your money. Trust me, it's good.

Saw IV
Saw IV(2007)

These films have turned into pure gore, loosing the suspense that the first one brought. This film has none of the thrills and eeriness of the first film. It has no storyline whatsoever, just a plot that tries to find a "twist" at the end that turns up as a failure. The gore was great though, not complaining about that. Jigsaw's autopsy in the beginning is worth the ticket price, but the rest is... not so good. Come on, give it a rest already Hollywood! No decent original horror ideas anymore. Just remakes and sequels... crappy sequels and crappy remakes. At least make them "watch-worthy" for God's sake. Give it a rest!

Michael Clayton

This film was an amazing thriller. Smart dialogue and with a very character driven plot. It will grab your attention quickly. A great cast was set in this film. George Clooney was "seriously" great. Several Oscar nods might be up for Clooney, Swinton, and Wilkinson. A serious film that exceeds most expectations. The story was brilliant, excellent screenplay. The ending was just... wow. Make sure to check it out in theaters soon. I recommend it!

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

A true Scorsese masterpiece! "Taxi Driver" is about a lonely taxi driver man called Travis Bickle, played brilliantly by Robert DeNiro, who is sick and tired of the "scum" walking the streets of New York. "God's Lonely Man" lives an empty life... this film's dark shots play a perfect mood for this emotional story. This film is a classic, also with its famous "You talkin' to me??" scene.

I finally got to own this film on DVD.... I've been wanting to buy this film for quite a while now but never could get hold of it, now that the special CE came out all I can say is... this edition is amazing! All it needs is a comentary by Scorsese himself, though it does have one from the screenwriter which is great also. The special features are amazing and worth the price of the DVD. It was worth it waiting for this edition to come out. Scorsese is a genius! A+ fuckin' plus!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
½

Laugh-out-loud comedy from start to finish! I couldn't stop laughing, really. These guys were/are amazing. To write such a piece of work requires talent... these guys have this "talent". Yes, it is stupid... stupidly intelligent. The ending was hilarious... nobody would have expected an ending so... unexpected. Haha, just thinking about it makes me laugh. A comedy classic! Watch this film if you still haven't seen it. Ridiculously histerical!

The Simpsons Movie

"The Simpsons" are finally back in business! This movie has what the recent seasons of the TV show have been missing... this one is actually brilliantly/stupidly funny. Eighteen years in the making truly didn't dissapoint. I laughed my way through totally in this film. I didn't expect the cameo by Tom Hanks.... this film is worth watching at the theater... about four episodes of the show in length, yet still awesome.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A tremendous improvement over the last film "Goblet of Fire" which was plain choppy.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by newcomer David Yates is done wonderfully great. Though alot of scenes had to be cut from the 900 paged book. Yates and Goldenberg (new screenplay writer for this movie) got the "most important" ones he could find from the novel and adapted a brilliant film. Much darker than the previous ones in the series, "Order of the Phoenix" does not disappoint. It does not have that kid-friendly magical feel the previous ones had, though it did get a nice serious, or Sirius-ly, mood. My second favorite so far from the series. "Prisoner of Azkaban" will be hard to top, pure brilliance from Alfonso Cuaron.
Daniel Radcliffe has definately improved his acting skills, it clearly shows here. Next year's "Half-Blood Prince" will be an improvement once again since he has just finished the tour on the play Equus across England. Imelda Staunton plays the part of Dolores Umbridge perfectly in an evil way. You will hate her character, brilliant performance.
A great "Harry Potter" adaptation that the book fans will either love or hate. In my case, i liked it... though not as much as "Prisoner of Azkaban". Still, a great film to spend money on at the theater. Can't wait for the release of the last book, "Deathly Hallows".

Transformers
Transformers(2007)

Transformers, where to start? I really tried to like this film... I really did... but it was Michael Bay's usual stuff, what was I thinking? Mediocrity, is that even a word? Well that's what this film is. I was enjoying this movie, the first half, that is. This movie is way too long for what it delivers. No decent storyline with tons of awesome CGI? The special-effects were awesomely fantastic, those Robots looked amazing... yet it was used a bit TOO much. I got lost in the movie the last 40-50 minutes. What was going on? I have no idea. I just then realised at the end that Megatron had been killed by the cube, and all the happy gathering of the Autobots with Shia Labeouf (he did a good job in this film, made me not get bored) and the hot chick (she was just damn hot, can't say anything more about her), and I was telling my friends, "That's it?? What kind of crap is this... oh yeah, Michael Bay... typicall." My friends were giving me angry looks, they LOVED this film. I can't see why. The Robots fighting was way too long. It didn't grab my interest at all. I don't know why... I couldn't tell what was happening. It could have been way better, IMO, if the final 40 minutes had not happened. Too many shaking cameras... too much exaggerated CGI. Michael Bay, thank you for this film. You improved, yet still don't have the "touch" you seek.

Almost everyone has been praising this movie as the best Summer blockbuster... am I the only one that didn't enjoy it? I guess I am. Well, it's just my opinion. I don't know what to give this film, either 3 stars or 3.5... what the hell, I'll just give it 3.5 for the awesome special-effects.

UPDATE: I just rewatched this film, (due to many, many complaints among the people around me), and it was way better than when I first saw it. I understood it alot more. What was so difficult about it? Haha. Pure cheesy fun! It isn't a "deep" film. Just a good cheesy entertaining one. Sorry Michael Bay for my harsh review before. I was just too biased.

Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)

I haven't enjoyed an animated movie this much in a long... long time. This movie is fantastic. The storyline is amazingly great, filled with pure brilliance, imagination, and wit. Brad Bird has outdone himself in this one. Even better than "The Incredibles" and "The Iron Giant", and those films were amazing as well. Pixar has proved us again and again that they are the masters in modern-day animation. They haven't failed... yet. Their weakest film (IMO) is "Cars", though it was still good. Peter O' Toole's voice of Anton Ego was amazing... sent shivers down my spine on one of the last scenes where he was reading his "critique" on the restaurant. Simply great! Even better than "Finding Nemo". I definately will buy this movie when it comes out. It's right next to "Toy Story" in being my favorite animated movie. I can't wait for next year to see the next big screen Pixar film, "Wall-E". I bet it'll be spectacular! Watch this film, you won't be disappointed.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Greatly introduced the world of the young wizard.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Entertaining... but lacked something.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Good adaptation of the second book in the series!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
½

My personal favorite of the series. Alfonso Cuaron has proven that he can save a franchise with a fitting style, mood, and pace. The previous two films (Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets) were... "good"... they just followed the book straight. That didn't work out really well. The film has to stand on its own two feet and still be faithful to the book. Prisoner of Azkaban did just that. Cuaron made a spectacular HP film with stunning cinematography and visual effects... the mood was perfect for this film. Deliciously dark. This film has made the next Potter films be a little loose to the books, making better adaptations than what Chris Columbus had originally planned. Clearly, the third is the better movie of the four HP movies at the moment. I hope "Order of the Phoenix" is as good as this... even better.

1408
1408(2007)

I was totally surprised with this film... I went with low expectations, due to the fact of recent Stephen King adapted films being complete CRAP, but this movie is actually great. "1408" stars John Cusack who plays the character of Mike Enslin really well, his portrayal of loosing his mind clearly shows here. Samuel L. Jackson has a good small role in this film where he tries to "stop" Mr. Enslin from staying at the room 1408... a crucial role in this film. It has many twists and twists... some that will leave you speculating after the movie is over. For a change, this is one of the better PG-13 psychological thrillers out there. Full of endless suspense. I don't consider this a "horror" film, though it does have its jumps. Scarier than the other recent pile of garbage recently released in theaters... (Messengers, anyone?) I highly recommend you all seeing this film, I have to read Stephen King's short story now... this man is a true genius. Great film!

Evan Almighty
½

The critics seem to misinterpret that this is a FAMILY movie... for christ's sake. Of course there isn't going to be any offensive sexual/racist jokes due to the fact that this is a FAMILY oriented movie. In my opinion, this is a decent entertaining flick to see with the family. Bring the kids, they will love this film. It may be too exaggerated with all the wild animals... to have a boat ride across the city (lol), but this is a movie. A nice movie. Steve Carrell, as alway, does a terrific performance with his slapstick comedy. The fact that Morgan Freeman is in this deserves any movie ticket price. Overall a decent film, but still... Bruce Almighty is better. The critics are just too harsh on this film, it's not bad actually... pretty good for a family film.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)
½

Hilarious, smart, and innovative! Apatow proves us once again that his style of writing a comedy is actually funny. I hadn't laughed as hard as I did for this film in ages at a theater... practically ran out of breath. Funnier than "40 Year Old Virgin", and that's saying something. The reality within the movie sets a significant tone throughout the film's atmosphere. This stuff happens... the earthquake was important in this film to express this realism. I highly recommend this film for any fan of comedies!

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
½

I'll write a short review for this movie since the movie was not that long.... sarcasm, eh? I had high hopes for this film after seeing the trailer it had, yet this film was a let down. Not as original as the first Pirates but better than the second pirates... hard to grasp because of all the "Arrrrrr... mate rum arrrr", you get the point. So far the "blockbusters" of 2007 have been fairly dissapointing to me.

Shrek the Third
½

Not as good as its past films in the franchise, yet still fun to watch. In my opinion the original "Shrek" remains the best and then followed by Shrek 2. This film was targeted towards children though the content within it seemed too crude for them., yet I found it quite funny. The CGI animation was insanely realistic. Awesome graphics. This time around, the voices of Diaz and Myers sounded less enthusiastic than the rest and Murphy got really annoying. The voiceover of Banderas was the best, he really does know how to make his Puss in Boots work. Timberlake wasn't that good, I found his character lacking quite alot. Overall a nice film to watch at the movies.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)
½

What can we say about one of the years most anticipated releases? All we can say is that it was a hilarious ride at the movies. I hadn't laughed that much at the movies in months! Spider-Man 3 is not as good as the previous films in the franchise... but it's still a nice kick in the balls. Laugh-Out-Loud acting by Tobey Maguire (I almost choked myself to death by laughing at his horrible acting). One of the only good performances in this film is by Thomas Haden Church who played Sandman, he really convinced me he was Sandman. The special effects in this film are over the top and extremely badass. I loved them. This is really the start of a great movie-packed summer! I hope (If they continue the franchise) that the next Spider-Man is better than this film.

Notes on a Scandal
½

This movie surpassed my expectations! Fanfuckintastic! Amazing performence by Judi Dench, she really freaked me out and it's hard to freak me out in a film. She definately deserved half that Oscar Helen Mirren got for "The Queen". The beautiful Cate Blanchett outdoes herself with an amazing performance as well. This film revolves around an affair (scandal) a teacher has with her student, a fifteen year old boy. Ms. Dench is present while the teacher and student are "getting it on" and a whole mess results from that effect. This film could have gotten an Oscar for it's screenplay also. The score is extremely over the top yet it creates an eerie atmosphere that may cause shivers, really fitting to the mood in the film. Truly a must see, you won't regret it.

Unforgiven
Unforgiven(1992)
½

Clint Eastwood scores... and scores he does. This all-star cast movie, (Eastwood, Hackman, Freeman, Harris), is a great Western directed by Clint Eastwood. This film is Eastwood's last western he appeares in up to this day with a great performance. Hackman shines in this villain role, deserving his Oscar in 1992 for Best Supporting Actor. Freeman and Harris are wonderful as always playing old outlaws that try to murder a cowboy who tortured a prostitute. In my opinion, this is one of the many great westerns out there. Not as good as "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" though, but still great!

Grindhouse
Grindhouse(2007)
½

Awesomely insane and totally out of this fuckin' world! Rodriguez's and Tarantino's "Grindhouse" is pure hilarious intense action, blood, gore, cheesyness, hot chicks, energy, and excitement. I can't decide which film is my favorite: (Planet Terror or DeathProof), both were a kick in the ass. Planet Terror was very cheesy, that's what made it awesome. DeathProof had one of the best endings I have seen... hilarious. Very Tarantino-ish with the endless dialouge at the beginning. The fake trailers were laugh out loud funny, especially Eli Roth's "Thanksgiving" one. "Machete" looked awesome too. I think Rodriguez is releasing it straight to DVD...

Overall: An awesome great fun movie experience. I definately recommend it to any Rodriguez or Tarantino fan!

Blades of Glory

Hilarious film. Will Ferrell plays another laugh out loud role as a professional ice skater. Jon Heder isn't as annoying in this film as in his other past films, in this one he's actually quite funny. Extremely stupid, yet hilarious... this film won't dissapoint if you want to have an awesome time in the movies.
In my opinion, not quite as funny as Talladega Nights and Anchorman but still close by behind. Definately a must watch if you just had a long day.

Children of Men

Alfonso Cuarón proves yet again what he is capable of doing. This man is a true genius as a director. His direction for "Children of Men" was incredible. This SciFi film acts in "first-person", making us feel like we are really there next to Clive Owen. Depressing film, yet wonderful... it has one of the best battle sequences I've ever seen (next to Saving Private Ryan). Not everyone will like it in my opinion (I thought it was great). I hoped this film would get an Oscar for its beautiful cinematography, but it didn't. It truly deserved it.

TMNT
TMNT(2007)
½

Cowabunga! The turtles are back! With less comedy and more action for the kids. As a kid, I remember seeing these guys alot. This is a good comeback for them... though it isn't that funny. The movie is mostly about the turtles and their emotions. It could have been made better, though it's still good. The kids will love it.

300
300(2007)

The most kick-ass film so far released this year. 300 will punch you down in the seat and set you to watch some intense overplayed battle scenes that are extremely fun to watch. Frank Miller's historically inaccurate comic book has been made to an entertaining film that... entertains. Nothing more than that. Wenham stoled the show in this film, setting one of his most important performances to date. If you are into bloody movies, then I recommend this film for you.

Bridge to Terabithia

Excellent film. Don't judge this film by the false trailer it has, blame Disney for that. Yes there are 'fantasy' elements in the movie, but nothing like another Narnia-ish picture. Very emotional movie. Small children won't comprehend the plot for this film, an after-talk about life will result after you view this film with small children. Still haven't read the book, but I know it's even more emotional than the film (and that's saying alot.) The kids were wonderful in their roles, they have a future in acting. I ALMOST cried! No movies has ever made me cry, and I don't think any will. I highly recommend it if you want to see a beautiful movie.

GoodFellas
GoodFellas(1990)

One of the best gangster films in cinema history, Scorsese depicts the life of the past gangsters very realistically. Pesci was absolutely hilarious in this film, appearing in awesome memorable scenes that will be remembered always. Liotta and De Niro were great as well, but this film was Pesci's... he was just awesome! Marty really shined on this one.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Excellent performance by De Niro, Pesci, Moriarty... but most importantly Robert De Niro. He plays the part of Jake La Motta extremely well, one of the best performances ever. Scorsese did an excellent job in this film. The editing is just as wonderful also.
Martin Scorsese is really one of the best directors out there today... I can't believe he didn't get an Oscar for this.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

Martin Scorsese has shown us once again what spectacular film making is. This movie was pure genious work. Even though it's a remake of "Infernal Affairs", it never loses its touch. Amazing! Full with twists within twists with a shocking ending you couldn't have imagined. I still can't stop talking about the plot. In my opinion, this is the BEST film of 2006. Scorsese deserves his long awaited Oscar... if he doesn't win for Best Director, well... the Oscars are worthless anyway. 5 stars!

The Messengers

This movie was a waste of time. Predictable plot that is overated and overused. Nothing in this film is scary. Doesn't Hollywood get any fresh ideas lately? Everything is really unoriginal. STOP MAKING WORTHLESS PG-13 "HORROR" FILMS OF CRAP!!! It's actually our fault that they keep making these abominations because stupid people like us keep paying to see these hideous creations. A waste of money!!

Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls(2006)

I'm not a really big fan of musicals, but this movie is... amazing. Jennifer Hudson has some amazing pipes. I got goosebumps everytime she sang... splendid. She'll get the Oscar, no doubt about that. Foxx the "money-making" manager, stressed me out in this movie. That's a good thing, he did what he was supposed to do. Murphy deserves his nomination as Best Supporting Actor, but I don't think he should win (in my opinion). Beyonce looked gorgeous in this film... she always does. One of the best musicals I've seen in a while.

Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces(2007)
½

Smokin' Aces: entertaining, amusing, sexy, action-packed... etc. This movie is alright, yet confusing. You have to concentrate to understand the plot (if there was one) I wasn't understanding it intil it finished, alot of characters crammed in it. Though Alicia Keys looked fuckin' hot in this film, no doubt about that. The action scenes were good to watch... but thats about it. 3.5 Stars

Apocalypto
Apocalypto(2006)

Mel Gibson delivers us, yet again, with another tremendous piece of work. "Apocalypto" is an intense, action-packed movie with a realistic portrayal of the Mayan civilization. Yes, the movie has blood and violence... but that doesn't stop it from being excellent. This is one of the best films I've seen this year, no doubt about that. Thank you once again Mel Gibson for showing how good cinema is suppose to be.

The Queen
The Queen(2006)
½

The Queen is all about what happened during the week in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death. Mirren truly deserves her nomination for an Oscar in The Queen, one of the best performances of 2006. Sheen wasn't even acting, it all came perfectly natural for him, I could picture him as the real Blair. Overall great film, yet IMO not best picture of 2006.

The Godfather, Part II

I know everyone has already said this, but... this really is one of the best sequels EVER made! De Niro and Pacino do spectacular performances. Not as good as the first, yet still amazing!

The Good Shepherd

De Niro does a tremendous job in telling us the story of the start of the CIA. Damon is the perfect dull character, he had to act in that manner to achieve the general mood throughtout the film. His seriousness was portrayed excellent. This movie is long... but worth watching if you like to question films. Intelligent movie.

The Godfather

This is the start of one of the best trilogies in cinema history. My favorite of the trilogy, this film depicts the different mafias of America and the corrupted law enforcement system here. Al Pacino acts the part great, Marlon Brando is spectacular. A true gangster film classic.

Night at the Museum

Overall... entertaining movie nonetheless. Ben Stiller plays a moderate role in this film. A dad-type role where he wants to impress his kid at his new job as a nightguard in the museum. Several funny parts, the kids will love it. Just a bit too long and cheesy.

Pan's Labyrinth
½

DEFINATELY! one of the best films of 2006 I have seen. Guillermo del Torro captures the setting wonderfully. The gore in this movie sets the tone perfect for the scenes to come, the level of darkness is adequate. "El Laberinto Del Fauno" should definately be a contender for an Oscar in the foreign film category.
A MUST SEE!!!

The Pursuit of Happyness

Touching film "based" on the hardships of Chris Gardner. Will Smith plays his role excellent. This movie is depressing and emotional, makes the viewer feel awful for what Smith's character had to endure. All the hardships he had to go through to achieve his huge success. Deeply touching film.

Eragon
Eragon(2006)
½

I thought this movie was going to be good... guess I was wrong. The acting sucked, storyline was dull, and dragons don't have feathered wings. The only thing I enjoyed from this movie was the use of special effects, 8 out of 10 in special effects. Oh yeah, Jeremy Irons played Brom well, that gives it a star.
The book is way better than this dull movie.

Déjà Vu
Déjà Vu(2006)

As always, an extraordinary performance by Denzel Washington. This film is a great rollercoaster ride, having it's ups and downs. Though the plot is predictable, this film is enjoyable in almost every possible way. I recommend this film to anyone that likes movies.

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)
½

This movie definately is on my list of top animated films of 2006. It was absolutely brilliant! Wonderfuly created and brings back the life from "March of the Penguins". Teaches a moral to the audience... pure brilliance. I recomment this film to people of all ages.

Flags of Our Fathers

Clint Eastwood deliver's us yet again with an emotional film dealing with humanity and it's so called "heroes". The heroes of Iwo Jima are portrayed as the ones who raised the flag. This film reflects the emotional challenges war brings to the people in obvious ways. The cinematography used on the battle scenes is beautifuly done.

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)
½

Great performances from Denzel Washington and Clive Owen, this movie had a good plot filled with complex structure. An overall good film with surprising twists all around. I recommend it to everyone that likes heist movies.

The Illusionist

An enjoying movie with great cinematography. Norton and Giamatti were made for these roles! Splendid performance from both. Biel was good too. Many of the illusions were left in mystery, but still a wonderful film with a twist at the end. Still haven't seen "The Prestige" to compare it with.

The Shawshank Redemption

One of the best films I have laid my eyes on. Truly inspiring... that teaches us a great deal in the human spirit. Great achievement in cinema history.

Flushed Away
Flushed Away(2006)
½

I highly enjoyed this movie. Definately one of the better animated films released this year. Smart and hilarious.

United 93
United 93(2006)
½

An intensely emotional film that documents the horror of flight United 93, with gathered evidence and speculation of what might have happened. This movie is truly worth seeing... once.

Jackass: Number Two

Hilarious!! I was laughing out loud all the way. Bam could sure lose a few more tears.

Saw III
Saw III(2006)

I'm a bit dissapointed. Expected far more from it. The acting could have also been better... I still think the first one is better and more mysterious.

World Trade Center
½

An emotional film depicting the tragedy of September 11. Stone sets a perfect mood throughout the film, showing us the desperation of two men under hell within.

V for Vendetta
½

Great in every possible way imaginable... depicts how biased the modern government system truly is.

Beerfest
Beerfest(2006)

A good funny comedy film... similar to "Super Troopers", and this is good... only problem is its length.