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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Get Out
Get Out(2017)
½

Very cleverly made movie. It was not overly scary, and it did not rely on a lot of jump scares, but director Jordan Peele did a good job of creating this atmosphere of dread and creepiness, reminiscent of other great paranoia thrillers like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Catwoman
Catwoman(2004)

Poor Halle Berry. Everything about this movie was a giant mess. The fight scenes were so awkwardly put together, the awful puns, the bad characters...this makes Batman & Robin look like Citizen Kane by comparison.

No Holds Barred
½

So many badly thought out, badly scripted, and badly acted scenes, but it is hard to not like the movie. Camp ultimately saves this movie.

X-Men: The Last Stand
½

As a fan of the comics, this pissed me off, but it works as an over-the-top action flick.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

It's like a real life "Rocky". If Rocky was a video game addicted middle aged guy.

Dredd
Dredd(2012)
½

Loved the movie. The 3D looked terrific, the action scenes were amazing, and I loved the "Slo Mo" scenes were just jaw dropping.

Marvel's The Avengers

Had a great time. Breath-taking action, hilarious bits peppered here and there. Just a great time all around. Totally worth sitting in a crowded theater with a broken A/C unit.

Bowling for Columbine
½

Seen bits and pieces, I'll give it a rating when I see it all.

9
9(2009)

Sounds like a nighmarish version of "WALL-E".

Donkey Punch
Donkey Punch(2008)

Laughable plot, but it looks pretty interesting.

Safe
Safe(2012)

One of Jason Statham's better movies. Action-packed, edge-of-your seat stuff. Plus, a great story about how a man is able to seek redemption, while pitting three ruthless elements against each other (the Russian and Chinese mobs and crooked NYC Cops).

Haywire
Haywire(2012)
½

I liked it...however, I also do enjoy Jason Statham and Jean Claude Van Damme movies as well. The movie does have a similar vibe to those films, but I also liked the touches that director Steven Soderbergh put in that gave it a bit of an old-school 70's Pacino or Bronson flair.

The Convent
The Convent(2000)

Bad, cheesy, campy...I'm sure if Troll 2 found an audience, this will, too.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Fun movie, but some points did drag a bit, and the action wasn't as over-the-top as I would have liked (compared to previous Neveldine/Taylor films like Gamer and the Crank movies).

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
½

Very funny and very daring. I loved that Sacha Baron Cohen didn't pull any punches with this flick.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Classically quotable. One of the funniest films I've seen.

Crank
Crank(2006)
½

A great fun movie. Can't wait for DVD.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

I liked it. Still won't forgive it for that whole "Brangelina" mess.

Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet(2006)
½

I actually like this movie.
It has some really clever and eye-catching action scenes and Milla Jovovich kicking all sorts of ass.

Men in Black II

Classic example of sequelitis.

Cars
Cars(2006)

Too cutesy for my taste.

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor(2001)
½

Really should have focused on the invaision of Pearl Harbor, not ridiculous love triangle between Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Beckinsale.

Saw III
Saw III(2006)

Well, the film manages to outdo the first two in the gore and squirming factors (I couldn't bring myself to watch a guy rip himself free from being hooked to chains). I'd like to see how they'll try to top this one.

Saw V
Saw V(2008)

Not as clever in terms of the twist ending or explaining the new apprentice, but still pretty sick when it comes to the traps.

Captivity
Captivity(2007)

Pretty twisted, but lacks any depth or originality outide of the torture scenes.

Punisher: War Zone

It had some pretty nice parts, and is probably the closest I've seen a movie come to the true comic book version of the Punisher, but the story was pretty meager and some of the performances were pretty lackluster.

My Bloody Valentine 3-D
½

I have to admit, this is the first movie I've ever seen in 3-D, so it seemed like all the scares in the movie are more effective (plus there were some genuinely creepy moments where it seemed like guns were pointed right at the audience).

Twilight
Twilight(2008)
½

I can't say that this movie was bad, but I feel that the entire story pretty much missed the point when it comes to vampires, high school flicks or novel adaptations.
The movie is about a teenaged girl named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart, "Zathura") who moves to her father's home in Washington and adjusts to her new surroundings while swooning after the most popular boy in school Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"). By the way, Edward is also a vampire.
There was very little I could think was any good from this movie. It all felt so amateur.
The performances seemed so stiff, they acted like they were made of wood. The story seemed like it wasn't thought out at all. Direction for the actors seemed like it was just, "Okay, stand there and look pretty". For example, look at the movie's meal ticket, Pattinson. His character had two speeds, skulk and gripe, until he reveals himself to be a vampire, and kicks into full on bitch-mode. The entire "vampirism" thing seemed...tacked-on. They don't even suck blood or kill anyone, except the lone, actual vampire, James (Cam Gigandet (TV's "The O.C.") who pretty much threatens Bella.
Then again, a single 20-something guy is probably not who the movie is intended for. So, take all that however you want.
Overall, I didn't like this movie. I wouldn't say its bad, but I do think its a dumb movie. Maybe it would be best to steer clear, unless you actually read, and liked, the book.

Amusement
Amusement(2008)

Feels more like a greatest hits compilation rather than an actual movie thanks to being split up a la "Sin City" or "Pulp Fiction". A lot of things in the movie have already been done, sometimes better than the predecessors, sometimes not as good. Not too original.

Repo! The Genetic Opera
½

Something this unusual has to be seen to be believed.
The movie takes place in the future, where a worldwide epidemic of organ failures causes an artificial organ transplant company, Geneco, to become so powerful, that they are legally allowed to murder clients to take back their organs. The movie focuses on the Repo-Man (Anthony Head, TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and his teenaged daughter, Shilo (Alexa Vega, "Spy Kids"), who is confined in her room until her father can find a cure for her disease. There is also, his employer, Rotti Largo (Paul Sorvino), who is begrudingly looking for an heir to his Geneco empire, and has to choose from his 3 spoiled, incompetant, and surgically addicted children, Luigi (Bill Moseley, "The Devil's Rejects"), Pavi (Ogre, lead singer of the band Skinny Puppy), and Amber Sweet (Paris Hilton).
The film has an extremely ambitious and imaginitive plot, and looks terrific thanks to its production design and costumes. I could see some people getting turned off because, unlike a lot of musicals today, there is very little spoken lines (This a rock opera, after all). Fortunately, the cast has an impressive group of singers (especially Sorvino and Sarah Brightman). The movie is also very gory and graphic. I remember one scene in particular where the Repo-Man happily sings while slicing out a victim's entire digestive system. A couple of songs are pretty catchy ("Zydrate Anatomy" and "Mark It Up" come to mind), but it would probably take more than a couple of watchings for them to sink in.
I know this movie won't appeal to everyone, but I would think that a movie like this would appeal to the midnight movie musical crowd (like "Rocky Horror Picture Show").

Knowing
Knowing(2009)
½

This movie is really testament to how great a sci-fi director Alex Proyas ("The Crow", "Dark City") is. Even though the movie takes huge leaps in logic and a somewhat questionable performance from Nicolas Cage.
The film stars Cage as a recently widowed father and astrophysics professor at M.I.T. One day, his son, Caleb (Chandler Canterbury, from "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") receives a paper full of seemingly random numbers written by a little girl 50 years ago. That night, Cage notices that the numbers have a pattern that accurately predicts pretty much every single disaster from the past 50 years, and warns of even more to come. In order to figure out what this means, he visits the only living relative of the girl (played by Rose Byrne from "Marie Antoinette" and "Troy") and her daughter. Eventually, he learns that the numbers are the key in what might be the end of the world.
The story itself is pretty interesting. And Proyas is great at crafting a gripping, tense, and suspenseful atmosphere, and this film is no different. Even though its not actually a horror film, it is probably one of the scariest movies I've seen recently. And even though Cage's performance is hit and miss (with a lot of "misses" at the film's climax), Proyas still kept the film together.
Even though I actually like Cage as an actor, this film really isn't a highlight of his ability. He tends to overact when it comes to suspense/ thrillers (see: "The Wicker Man"), and at certain moments he seemed to be more about posturing for the camera rather than doing a subtle or nuanced performance.
Overall, I actually liked this film a lot. It really does a good job showing off Proyas' skill as a filmmaker, making a story that actually kept me at the edge of my seat.

Bruno
Bruno(2009)
½

Sacha Baron Cohen returns as Brno, a homosexual Austrian fashionista who one day finds his celebrity status in Europe fallen. So he decides to start over in America, While in the USA, he tries a number of publicity stunts, such as adopting an Afican child, trying to make a sextape with Presidential candidate Ron Paul, and even trying to create world peace, or get kipnapped in the process.
I have to say, Cohen is absolutely fearless in doing these jokes. The fact he goes into these situations, risking his life and well-being to make us laugh. He actually goes into these areas in these outrageous outfits hitting on guys, and making out with one in the movie's finale, and he nearly gets beaten. That's either incredibly brave or batshit crazy. Still, the movie was funny, and it's share of really funny moments. Funniest movie I've seen this year, so-far. Plus, at the end, the movie did put an interesting spin on homophobia in our society.
One thing I was kinda disappointed about was the film's format. Even though there were some moments where it paid off, it seemed like it was trying too much to top Borat.
Overall, I thought it was really good. Not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of moments which would offend basically everyone, but it's worth it. Funny as hell.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

So, one month removed from "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", we are treated to another big summer blockbuster action film based on a line of 80's action figures by made Hasbro. This time it's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra".

The story focuses on two young soldiers, named Duke and Ripcord (played by Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans, respectively), who are ambushed while escorting a set of very dangerous missiles. They are saved by a group of highly trained military specialists called G.I. Joe, led by Heavy Duty Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje), Scarlett (Rachel Nichols), Snake Eyes (Ray Park), and General Hawk (Dennis Quaid). The bad guys, on the other hand, are led by the Baroness (Sienna Miller), McCullen (Christopher Eccleston), Storm Shadow (Byun-hun Lee), and the mysterious Doctor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and the two engage in fierce battles with lots of explosions.
Really that's all there is. Not much happens as most of the movie focuses on an outstanding number of flashbacks focusing on most of the characters' back stories. The battles are pretty entertaining, and focuses a lot on the technological aspects of the weapons, aside from the ninja fighting styles of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (which leads to a somewhat thrilling, if not, anti-climactic fight scene).
However, this is pretty much the type of movie that would be considered a good Michael Bay flick. Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) isn't really known for these types of movies, but still manages to pull off something that classifies as "big, dumb fun". Really, nothing wrong with it, but it is better at being that than Bay's own "Transformers" sequel, even if it does run a bit long (just a bit under two hours).

I will say, if you liked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", you should like this one, and maybe even like this one better.

Orphan
Orphan(2009)

Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard play two parents who are dealing with the loss of a child who was recently stillborn. They decide to go ahead and adopt a little girl from an area orphanage, where they meet an adorable 9 year old Russian girl named Esther (impressively played by Isabelle Fuhrman). Early on, she seems innocent and unassuming enough, until it is revealed that she has a darker, more sinister side.
First, off, I loved the performances by Farmiga and Fuhrman. Farmiga is very good at playing someone who is in over her head (There was a scene in the film Running Scared, where her son is discovered in the home of a couple of serial child killers and I thought she did an incredible job). Fuhrman was a great villain, and was able to make Esther into a terrific menacing villain, with shades of Hannibal Lector.
What I didn't like? Too many "black cat" scares early on. Have you ever seen a movie, where the hero is looking around an old house, and when they open a closet, *loud sound* *something jumps on screen*, "Oh, it's a cat". There weren't any cats in the movie, mind you. It's more of a general term. At first, the movie tried too much to establish a sense of suspense, which, I thought, took away from the personal drama surrounding the parents and their back story. Eventually, the story gets us to Esther, and it progressively gets better, even if it also gets sillier and plays to the conventions of the "adorable child from hell" genre.
But, I loved the ending. It was one of the biggest shocks I've had at the end of a movie since The Sixth Sense. It's bloody, it's violent, and I thought it was great. Highly recommended.

Postal
Postal(2007)

The current king of bad filmmaking returns with yet another videogame adaption. This time its "Postal", based on a video game series with the same name, where an unnamed young man (played by Zack Ward), puts up with a number of horrible things, such as his wife cheating on him, being verbally assaulted by people on the street, dealing with a number of random shoot outs that for some reason pop up for no real reason, makes up a get rich scheme that involves robbing a German themed amusement park for a toy that is supposedly worth thousands. And for some reason, the Taliban is there, too.
Really, there is no real plot to this. The movie probably managed a chuckle from me, but I spent the majority of the film with my head buried in the couch wishing for it to end. The comedy mostly comes from an overdose of gratuitous violence, where they show a number of people, usually bystanders, getting shot. One shoot out, that takes place in the German theme park is essentially nothing but little kids getting shot. I guess there had to be a reason for that scene. Besides all that, there appears to be a bit about Boll trying to inject a bit of topical humor in it as well, where he shows Osama bin Ladin palling around with then-president Bush, as being co-conspirators, and at the end of the movie, shows Osama and Bush, skipping, hand-in-hand into a mushroom cloud in a ham-fisted attempt at either art or controversy.
Perhaps the only thing I did like about the film is Uwe Boll's self realization that he is generally not very well liked. He is portrayed by himself as wearing lederhosen, claiming he is financed by nazi gold, attacked by the lead designer of the game "Postal", before getting shot in the balls and dying.
Overall, Boll has made yet another bad movie. Not as bad as, say, Alone in the Dark, but is not better than Bloodrayne, which is still a terrible movie. I have to give it to Boll, he has made some films which has actually been painful. I think a little bit of me dies when I see them.

Casino Royale
½

As far as Bonds go, Craig doesn't seem to be as good as Brosnan or Connery. But the movie itself was pretty good. A grittier 007, that's for sure.

Romeo + Juliet
½

Pretty interesting take on the Shakespeare play.

Van Helsing
Van Helsing(2004)

It's fun just for the cheese factor.

I Love You, Man

I'm hoping this is as funny as Rudd's last movie, "Role Models".

Skinwalkers
Skinwalkers(2007)

Skinwalkers tells a story about two warring factions of werewolves, the ones who want to cure themselves (led by Elias Koteas) and the ones who fully embrace their power and bloodlust (led by Jason Behr) and a 13 year old boy who holds the key to curing them all.
The movie was pretty much a letdown. The werewolves looked alright, but the action scenes with them weren't very good (shootouts weren't bad), and the story itself wasn't that good either. This was pretty much a big letdown.

The Da Vinci Code

It was alright. Not as fun as National Treassure. Nowhere near as good as any of the Indiana Jones flicks.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

It was alright. Although it seemed like it would never end.

Shaun of the Dead

One of the best zombie films I've ever seen.

The Dark Knight

Incredible film. Amazing performance by Heath Ledger.

An American Carol

'An American Carol' is a retelling of the Charles Dickins classic fable A Christmas Carol but this time, instead of an old, greedy miser named Ebenzer Scrooge being visited by a group of spirits, exploring the meaning of Christmas, we get an anti-American filmmaker named Michael Malone (played by Kevin Farley) being visited by the spirits of 3 American heroes, presidents John F. Kennedy (Chriss Anglin), George Washington (Jon Voight) and General George Patton (Kelsey Grammer), and a country singer, oddly enough (Trace Adkins, as himself), in order to rediscover the meaning of patriotism (which, in this case, means supporting the war on terror) and the 4th of July.
As a comedy, the film falters from its lack of originality. David Zucker (veteran director of classic parody films like 'Airplane!' and 'The Naked Gun') has lost his touch. The film is hoping that the target audience would get a hoot from seeing a thinly-veiled Michael Moore caricature being slapped silly over and over, but it gets old. And the film does try to find a balance between the few somber moments where it pays tribute to the men and women in the military and the many screwball comedic pratfalls by Farley and a number of disabled children. These somber moments feel out of place, and kinda stalls the film.
As a political statement, it seems like it misses the point. The main target for satire in this flick are anti-war protesters and liberals, but it sounded like the message of the movie was that you're not a patriot unless you regularly yell out "God bless America!" and listen to country music (which I don't necessarily agree with, seeing that I hate country music, myself). The film's message seemed as aimless and disjointed as a Sarah Palin speech. It was done much better in the Matt Stone/Trey Parker comedy 'Team America: World Police'.

Ninja Assassin
½

'Ninja Assassin' tells the story of a young man named Raizo (played by Korean pop star Rain) who rebels from his ninja clan and helps a Europol agent named Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris, of '28 Days Later' and the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trilogy) uncover a series of mysterious assassinations done by the Ozunu clan, led by his ruthless "older brother", Takeshi (Rick Yune, from 'Die Another Day') and his merciless master (Sho Kosugi).
'Ninja Assassin' is basically what you'd expect from a movie with the title 'Ninja Assassin'. The plot is barely there, and the movie observes a lot of martial arts film cliches. However, the fights themselves are the highlight of the film, and there's plenty of those to go around. The films starts off in a graphic fashion, as a lone ninja takes out a group of yakuza, and continues on throughout with limbs and heads flying off and blood shooting out as if their bodies contained a mixture of Diet Coke and Mentos. Of course, all of this makes for a good time for me, an action junkie and gorehound.
The movie is a lot of fun, but I could see some people being turned off by the gore, and more attention given to the fights than the story itself.

Coraline
Coraline(2009)

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Push
Push(2009)
½

Push follows a group of superpowered group of people, unwillingly led by Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a "mover" who can move things via telekinesis, and Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a "watcher" who can see the future. Together, they look for a girl named Kira (Camilla Belle), a "pusher" who can push people via suggestion, who has the key to bring down a powerful government organization called the Division.
While the film has an ambitious plot, it really doesn't seem fully developed. The action scenes were fun, and it's interesting seeing the different abilities play off each other, it seems like the movie doesn't take full advantage of it. It becomes disappointing because the movie has a sense of blandness about it

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

"The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" follows a man known simply as Ryder (John Travolta) as he holds a subway car full of people hostage, and plans on killing every single person there unless he gets $10 million. The hostages only hope falls on the shoulders of subway dispatcher, Walter Garber (Denzel Washington), the only man Ryder wants to talk to.
As far as action-oriented summer blockbusters go, this is probably more brainier than a lot of things coming down the pipeline (certainly moreso than Transformers: Rise of the Fallen or G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). The acting is top-notch, thanks to Travolta and Washington. There were also a lot of "edge of your seat" moments as Scott ratchets up the tension at several moments of the movie. Plus, I also liked James Gandolfini as the Mayor of New York City, since he plays the part of comic relief while actually contributing to the story. (take that Twins from T:ROTF!)
As far as negative things go, there were a couple of action scenes that seemed to have been crammed into the film, and seemed a little out of place.
Overall, I really liked this. It was clever and knew how to play it. A good antidote to the big action-zero intelligence blockbusters, I named earlier.

Friday the 13th

A sort of remake/sequel to the "Friday the 13th" franchise, this film follows a guy named Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki) and his group of friends as they try to find his sister, Whitney (Amanda Righetti), who went missing. However, they have to contend with the legendary hockey-masked killer, Jason Vorhees (Derek Mears).
I've been a long time fan of Jason Vorhees and the "Friday the 13th" series, so I was actually optimistic about this film since it has the creative team of Marcus Nispel (who directed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, which I liked) and Michael Bay (who produced both the TCM and Amityville Horror remakes, which, again, I lked) behind the camera. And, well, it seems like the guys did a decent job carrying on the spirit of the original movies. Also Derek Mears did a pretty good job as Jason, even though there seemed to be quite a bit of changes done to his personality.
As for the rest of the cast, they are pretty much paper thin. They are nothing more than stock retreads from the past movies, and are nothing more than pretty corpses waiting to die a gruesome death. At least in the previous Bay remakes, there seemed to be more going on with them. And, again, there were quite a few changes done to Jason's personality and M.O. He leaves traps, he takes prisoners. This isn't as different as "Jason Goes to Hell", where it was explained that he was some sort of demon, but I still found it to be a bit strange.
Overall, if your a Friday the 13th fan, you might enjoy it. I did, but I was also kinda disappointed that it brought nothing new to the table. It still basically boils down to Jason kills horny, pot-smoking teens.

The Haunting in Connecticut

As far as PG-13 rated horror movies go, this...is certainly one of them.
The Haunting in Connecticut tells the story of a mother (played by Virginia Madsen, "Sideways") who moves her family to their new home in Connecticut so her terminally sick son (Kyle Gallner) could be closer to a hospital that can save him with an experimental procedure. Well, bad news...the house is haunted, and the son and his younger siblings can see the ghosts and, naturally, they are all scary looking and stuff.
And, as far as haunting movies go, this really isn't any different than anything else that has come out recently. Basically, the entire movie is built on cliches. Even the movie's plot twist at the end is a huge cliche that's been done to death. I think what this movie has that is pretty good, were some of the performances by Madsen, Gallner, and Elias Koteas ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "The Prophecy").
Overall, this movie is pretty much interchangable. If you liked "An American Haunting" or "The Messengers", then you'll like this. Otherwise, its pretty mediocre.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop
½

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" is about a lonely and overweight mall security officer with a pretty bad name, Paul Blart (Kevin James), who unwittingly finds himself battling with a gang of crooks when they try to rob his mall.
This movie was kind of surprising, the humor works, for a bit. James did a good job as the titular character, as he was kinda sympathetic, but still managed to play it for laughs.
The story, however, seemed to me like what might happen if Disney ever decided to remake "Die Hard", dumbing it down, made the Bruce Willis character an extra fluffy lovable loser, and the crooks recruited straight out of the X Games for stunts that don't really fit in the context of the movie. Plus, I hate the title. Too many long "a" sounds put together. It sounds like talking through a yawn (I've tried it, too. Sounds exactly like it.) It's really a superficial complaint, I know, but that's not good when your talking about a comedy.
Overall, it's for the kids. Tweens will probably love Blart for trying and succeeding at the end, but the humor may get to be too raunchy for kids younger than that. But, I thought that this may have been the worst movie I'll see all year when I picked it up, but, it's really not that bad.

The Invisible

"The Invisible" tells the story of a teen named Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) who has been brutally beaten and left for dead, and his spirit wanders around until his body is found.
Its really hard to come up with something good about this movie. Hmm....oh! It has Marcia Gay Harden in it! She was great in "The Mist"! And I think she won an Oscar a while back. I forgot for what movie, though. She was alright in here. Not her strongest work, but she was still pretty good. Also, Margarita Levieva was pretty hot once she ditched the beanie cap.
The bad...is...well....everything else. The story lurches along at a snail's pace, as half the movie is either Nick or Annie (Levieva) staring off to space. The soundtrack was horrible, as the movie kept playing mopey song after mopey song after mopey-frikken'-song. The story was dull and cliched. The movie kept replaying the same effect over and over of Nick doing something, stuff reacts, camera pans over to him, and nothing happened. It would have been cool once or twice, but not seven times. All the characters were flat, but Nick had to have been the dullest, most wooden and lifeless character. Not because he was half dead through most of the movie, he was like that when he was alive, too. Maybe it's the actor, cause the few times he was trying to emote, he sounded ridiculous. Plus, The guy had to have been an idiot. Why he was still trying to hit on the girl after she tried to kill him is beyond me.
Overall, this is a sorry attempt at trying to be a deep movie, since it is as deep as a puddle. Horrible acting, bad story, bland characters, I have no idea who would come out of this feeling good about it.

Star Trek: First Contact

"Star Trek: First Contact" follows the expoits of the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew, led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as they battle an evil race of cybernetic aliens known as the Borg, and travel back in time to prevent the Borg from destroying Earth's first contact with an alien race.
There were so many things I liked about the show, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart's portrayl of Capt. Picard made him so courageous, that people tend to claim he's the better captain over the original's Capt. Kirk. The rest of the crew had such interesting characteristics and personalilties, like Worf (Michael Dorn) or Data (Brent Spiner), a couple of personal favorites of mine. And this movie certainly took advantage of all these traits and more. Plus, the Borg are certainly an interesting and frightening villain. They operate very similar to zombies or vampires, interested in assimilating as much as they can in order to gain knowledge and become a perfect being. The Borg Queen (Alice Krige) makes a chilling, yet seductive villain. Also, some great battles as the Enterprise crew combat the invading Borgs on the ship.
My only gripe with the film was the concept of time travel. It wasn't really explained as well as it was in the latest Star Trek film, it seemed to have been haphazardly thrown in, and I don't think they explained how they would get back too well. But that's pretty minor compared to how well the rest of the movie was.
Overall, there is a reason why this is considered to be one of the best Star Trek films. Great characters, great villains, good story. A nice bit of nostalgia watching this, and any fan of the shows or films would be glad to see it.

Syriana
Syriana(2005)

Good job from the cast, however, the story was too difficult for me to follow.

Year One
Year One(2009)

"Year One" tells the story of an incompetant hunter named Zed (Jack Black) and timid gatherer named Oh (Michael Cera), who are kicked out of their tribe and set off on an adventure, and manage to run into various stories from the Bible.
The premise of the story is interesting enough, and there were quite a few hilrarious moments by some really great co-stars like David Cross and Paul Rudd as Cain and Abel, Oliver Platt as the High Priest, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Isaac.
One thing I didn't like was that the movie felt incomplete. There were some jokes that were introduced, but didn't follow through, and the story felt like it was bouncing around too much. They probably felt that they had to cut down on time or take out some jokes to make it a PG-13 flick, but I'm expecting it to be cleared up with some sort of "unrated" cut on DVD.
Overall, I think its not a bad movie. I laughed pretty good at a couple of parts, but it also felt rushed and incomplete.

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

Loved it! I thought it was a great film.

The International

"The International" was a nice try at a more grown up version of a James Bond movie.
Starring Clive Owen as an Interpol agent and Naomi Watts as an American DA investigating a major bank's connection to major weapons dealings, the film focuses a lot on investigating and espionage rather than focusing on action (although the movie does have a really good shoot out taking place in the Guggenheim Museum).
There were some pretty good performances, thanks to the film's two leads, but overall, I'd say the movie was too slow for me to really enjoy.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

Speaking as a fan of Marvel comics, the story was kinda lacking. Now, Wolverine really isn't my favorite X-Man, his character is stereotypical badass rebel with a heart of gold, and origin is basically randomness that can be chalked up to brainwashing. They put that together and you get Wolverine.They did do a couple of things right, though. I did like Gambit and the 5 minutes that Ryan Reynolds was in it (He was close to actually being Deadpool in those 5 minutes). But, I think they tried to make too much more out of it. They shoehorned Cyclops in there, I guess as a sort of apology to the fans for X-Men 3.
As a movie fan, it was so-so. Some of the special effects were pretty bad. They had about 4 effects companies working on it, you would think one of them would have done a better job with Wolvie's claws popping out. Had some pretty nice action scenes, but I don't think they were too memorable. And the part with the elderly couple was pretty strange, too. I guess the writers thought, "eh, let's take something from Superman".

All in all, it wasn't as disrespectful to the fans as X-Men 3 was, unless your a Deadpool fan, but the plot could have made better sense, and the special effects could have been better.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)

Quite possibly the most accurate movie I've seen adapted from a comic book.
After the death of the super powered vigilante named The Comedian (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, from TV's "Supernatural" and "Grey's Anatomy"), a band of superheroes band together to solve his murder. These heroes include the violent and psychotic Rorschach (Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children"), the ultra-powerful and god-like Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, "Almost Famous", "Big Fish"), and retired, second generation heroes Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson, "Hard Candy") and Silk Spectre (Malin Ackerman, "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle", "27 Dresses").
Director Zack Snyder goes the same route he went when he dd his other comic book adapted flick, "300", as he did with this film. Taking his cues directly from the source, the movie becomes a hyper stylized, moving comic book. The movie aims for mature audiences with a lot of violence and a lot of nudity. I have the graphic novel that this is based on, and I could remember every little detail of the story, and I am impressed that the filmmakers did all they could to bring it to life and still manage to throw a couple of curveballs to the fans out there, like the film's finale.
I think I'm becoming a fan of Snyder's work, however I would like to see him do an original film, since his all of his feature films so far have been adaptations (2004's "Dawn of the Dead", "300", and this one).

Amadeus
Amadeus(1984)

Terrific job by Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham, with fantastic visuals thanks to the production design and costumes.
The movie tells the tragic story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Hulce) and his meteoric rise to stardom, only to die suddenly, through the eyes of his rival/confidant/fellow composer Antonio Salieri (Abraham).
The performances really made this movie. Hulce brought a lively childlike energy to Mozart, while Abraham brought a complex and sympathetic light to Salieri. The movie was very well written, also. It had moments of great humor and pure dramatic brilliance. The only problem I had was the runime (nearly 3 hours).

Mirrors
Mirrors(2008)

Even though the movie had a couple good scares, the film ultimately falls flat.
Keifer Sutherland stars as a washed-up ex-cop who is recently hired to look after a burned down department store. While making his rounds he notices something odd about the mirrors that surround the store's interior. He sees things that aren't really there.
The movie would have been alright, thanks to the direction of Alexandre Aja ("High Tension" and "The Hills Have Eyes"), but the story falls apart for me, simply because there are absolutely no engaging characters at all, and a weak final showdown between Sutherland and a possessed woman.

Funny Games
Funny Games(2008)
½

Even though it is incredibly slow moving at first, the movie becomes increasingly more disturbing as it goes on. Very clever filmmaking.

Find Me Guilty

Best performance I've ever seen from Vin Diesel. Very surprising.

The Man Who Wasn't There
½

I like the cast, it's just that the movie was so slow.

Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy(1990)
½

I love the sets and the costumes.

A History of Violence

Some really good performances, but the story was a bit of a letdown.