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Coca-Cola: The History of an American Icon

An interesting documentary that falls short from being too much of an ad for Coca-Cola.

Tekkonkinkreet (Tekkon kinkurţto)

Its odd to see America struggle to keep hand drawn animation alive while Japan is still pushing it to its limits. Beautifully melds 3D animated backgrounds with extremely limited animation, every drawing bears weight in ways a still picture can't show you alongside many documentary style camera angles. The actual overarching plot takes the audience a little too much for granted and its pretty easy to get lost in the plot and just follow the beautiful artwork.

The Wackness
The Wackness(2008)

Seemed to ride a little too strongly off the entire 90s nostalgia thing and without its strong soundtrack this film would drown in its own pretentiousness. On the plus side you see Ben Kingsley making out with one of the Olsen twins in one scene. Not sure if it makes the film any better.

Clerks II
Clerks II(2006)

Packs a lot more heart and weight than the original Clerks but this is also kind of offset by the out of place nature of the film's frank irreverent conversational humor. Both halves of the movie worked really well but they never really converged at any point.


Uwe Boll's first upper-tier unwatchable effort, granted it was funnier than Date Movie but for none of the reasons Boll intended. Worth watching if only to see a scene where Boll admits that he funds his movies with "nazi gold" and to see him getting shot in the crotch proclaiming "I hate videogames". Classy.

Tropic Thunder

Functions as both a successful lowbrow comedy and a biting satire of Hollywood culture and Apocalypse Now, this movie really pulled at my heart strings by referencing a lot of my favorite movies and targetting a lot of my gripes with the hollywood system. While there were a few times that it was trying a little too hard to be funny, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. kept the film afloat above more than just a few one-liners.


Surprisingly works as both a legitimately scary horror movie as well as an entertaining B-grade exploitation movie. Re-Animator cold have probably benefited from less blood and boobs but its a fun blood soaked ride while it lasts.

The Pixar Story

Felt a little bit like a sales pitch for Pixar but considering its being retooled into a DVD special feature for WALL-E, that's totally understandable. What The Pixar Story does have is a pretty robust history of the company with the first half of the movie really focusing on Pixar in the '80s before Toy Story put them on the map nearly 15 years later. Probably the most interesting part was when they shown the Jeffrey Katzenberg produced "edgy" storyboard for Toy Story which was scrapped for it being unwatchable, the same guy was the driving force behind the mostly derivative Dreamworks Animation movies.

Singin' in the Rain

One of the most timeless movies I've ever seen, its incredibly ceepy to see a movie that is both 50 years old but still nostalgic. The music numbers are really catchy and elaborately planned too, most of the jokes have passed the time really well too.

The Cat Returns

Its kind of like Alice in Wonderland...except with more cats. If talking cats with British accents is your cup of green tea, this film will be a pretty awesome choice. The visuals and story are all quite fun and while the outcome is pretty obvious it still contains a lot of the staples of its pedigree but ultimately it lacks the deeper more adult layer present in their other films, making for an inventive but fairly short and simple ride.

If your new to Studio Ghibli your probably better off starting with some of their more creative films first like Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky.

Pineapple Express

A fun if not shallow ride that delivers a lot of laughs but its ultimately far from the best Judd Apatow produced film. Considering the fact that its a stoner comedy film though its much better than you'd expect and it has a kind of buddy comedy heart in there, it just gets lost in its Hot Fuzz-esque over the top parody humor.

Hot Rod
Hot Rod(2007)

Has a fair amount of laughs but at heart it felt like some sort of weird cash in between the humor of the Will Ferrel's sport movies and Napoleon Dynamite. Was entertaining, just a little too silly for last movie length.

A Tale of Two Sisters

A confusing horror movie that's light on the gore but heavy on the tension pair that with some strong performances by the cast and a freaky step-mother and you have yourself a solid horror movie. If your into Korea's unique brand of horror you'll probably be into this one. See it before they remake it in early 2009 just so you can complain with the legions of other geeks.

Be Kind Rewind

While the entire paper-machete premise from the trailers is only half-realized Be Kind Rewind is a film that's ultimately a lot deeper than you'd expect with the kind of feel-good light humor of any of the '80s comedy movies that they've spoofed. I'm not a big Michel Gondry fan but I can see where his inspiration to shoot this in one city block came from and this film serves as kind of a bittersweet love-letter to a quickly disappearing aspect of urban America.

Drillbit Taylor

Surprisingly not completely unwatchable, while the characters seem a bit derived from Seth Rogan's other comedy movie Superbad it has a few moments that are legitimately funny and a pretty well-written ending. The child actors are pretty bad in this though, I can't blame the bullies for wanting to beat them up :P

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

While it could have been a good surrealist satire movie this film seemed to be trying a little too hard to preach to the easy to please druggy audience. Its a really dumb movie and not even in a sarcastic way either. While this humor has been done well in the Judd Apatow movies which are fairly grounded, Tenacious D seemed like it was just trying too hard to be ridiculous instead of letting the humor seep out of its characters.

Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

Feels like one of the sequels to Spy Kids in that its wildly imaginative but it really lacks any substance to back up its vision. Much like hardboiled director Robert Rodrigeuz's take on a family movie, the Wachowski brothers went for a candy coated visual overload perhaps taking every cheesy line of the wackily dubbed cartoon series a little too seriously.

I was kind of excited for this movie from the promise of the widely polarizing trailer that they released. I actually think I would have had bittersweet feelings towards this had they chopped a good hour or so off of its runtime and focused solely on the over the top racing and less on droll dialogue styled up with random split screens and speed lines. I guess Chim Chim was still awesome, this is just one that's better off seeing on DVD where you can skip directly over to the good stuff and avoid the poorly written dialogue entirely.


While it may be very formulaic, corny and not really that funny, Hitch has huge amount of heart and entusiasm which makes it much easier to forgive for its apparent flaws. While the trailers advertised Hitch as an outrageous overthetop comedy movie, its really more of the light and mild variety, feels right at home with some '80s romantic comedies.


Conceptually this movie was an ambitious idea, remaking every camera shot and every edit of the Alfred Hitchcock classic with modern special effects and actors but the real problem with that lied in the fact that they were too afraid to make their own changes that would better suit this modern adaptation of the film leaving the true differences in the performances of the actors, none of which were as good as the original, so why bother with this shoddy remake?

The Dark Knight

Not just a fantastic superhero movie, this film raises the bar for the comic book genre as a whole and is a fine crime drama on its own merits. What The Dark Knight really succeeds at is selling the comic book characters as real life human beings debating their purpose as symbolic figures and the thin line between control and chaos. Every choice made in this film is bold, they never quite tell you the Joker's origin and every time you think he's giving you an idea of his early life he gives out a different story every time. The film really serves as a launch pad for Two-Face as a villain in the next film painting his a tragic hot shot lawyer who's ambition to clean up Gotham City was ultimately what killed his wife and drove him insane.

This movie's as good as the two years worth of hype I had before I saw it and that's saying a lot. Though, I honestly believe that the Academy is too far up its own ass to really give this film the recognition it deserves. In a perfect world, The Dark Knight and WALL-E would get nominated for best picture but they'd probably give it to some indy film or Leonardo DiCaprio vechicle. Its a shame really, Heath Ledger gives a performance scarier than Hannibal Lector.


Easily one of the most derivative films I've seen in recent memory, but that doesn't stop it from being a lot of fun. Wanted steals a lot from Fight Club with an Ed Norton-esque main character who narrates over his obsession with Ikea furniture and how much he hates his job. Likewise, as soon as he joins the "fraternity" (think The Matrix) he gets physically beat up by the members of the club. Its really shameless and it feels like a corporate cash-in on the success of 300, Smokin' Aces, XXX, The Matrix and Fight Club of course. Unlike the films listed before, this one really doesn't have a unique vision for itself and is really unsure what kind of movie it wants to be.

Though, this movie's not a total waste. There are a few action scenes which come off really well and you get to see Morgan Freeman spew out a few four-letter words, which as far as I'm concerned is worth the price of admission alone. Just don't expect to remember this film one year later.

Air Guitar Nation

Pretty much the exact movie you'd expect from the title, not too much in the way of a plot but the characters are likeable and it lead to some pretty awesome Air Guitarring. You just wouldn't want to see it more than a few times.

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely)

Not your typical Studio Ghibli movie but inspirational nonetheless, this slow paced drama had an incredibly grounded and has a slow paced live-action style to it. Its not for everyone and it may not be a easy sell if your not in the mood for it but Whisper of the Heart is a very dear and personal movie that's also very innocent. It also has a lot of John Denver in it surprisingly...

Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control

About as bad as the name implies, don't expect anything amazing but its worth a viewing if your a Heroes fan and you want to see Masi Oka in a borderline unwatchable slapstick comedy. The movie actually only clocks in at about 57 minutes with the rest of the movie being credits and a blooper reel. Not really that funny but it has a 40 second cameo of Anne Hathaway and Patrick Warburton shows up at one point...I guess that's cool....


A real testament to how an ending can make or break a movie, Hancock starts out as a dumb fun Will Smith action movie but then after the third act they decided to try to change it into a serious and emotional superhero movie and at this part the film really falls apart. They'd pretty much introduce plot points like Hancock's weakness only to use it in the immediate scene later, this seemed like a really clumsy attempt to add a heartfelt ending to something that really didn't need it.

Batman Gotham Knight

This is a difficult one to rate because conceptually it is a very good idea and its clear that all six different high-profile anime directors gave their all into their own version of America's favorite superhero but ultimately it falls short as both a full length movie and as separate short films. While each director has a completely different style, some work better for Batman than others. The best one would have to be the one by Studio 4c which had the exact animation style as their film Tekkonkinkreet and featured several different surreal portraits of Batman.

From then on it just went downhill. While I could understand what kind of project Bruce Tim was trying to create, he tries to hard to have his cake and eat it with each short film contributed to a greater overarching story but trying to be self-contained in their own right. They should have just decided to ditch the story idea and let each director have their own 12 minutes to do whatever they want. The Japanese directors all seemed isolated from each other making some stories faster paced than others and each switch from animation style felt kind of conflicting especially when the shorts would continue out from the last.

Overall its a failure but its an auspicious failure and for that its worth a look if your on the hype train for the Dark Knight. Its just not the masterpiece they advertise it to be and you probably wouldn't want to watch it again.

T˘ky˘ Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police)

two parts Kill Bill, one part Robocop and one part Monty Python, Tokyo Gore Police is a very different kind of gore flick. Unlike the Machine Girl which was a self-parody, Tokyo Gore Police made great strides to take itself seriously as an absurdist Monty Python style comedy movie. Several times you'd be treated with overthetop and off-color fake advertisements and blood soaked vignettes that were only loosely tied to the plot. But your also getting a pretty satisfactory action movie on top of the comedy with some pretty awesome sword fights and a villain that would lead to some pretty sweet mutations. Did I mention they had a human character who was just a chair? other notable scenes include a man who was propelled to fly with blood fountains coming out of his limbs and a man who's castrated penis turned into a giant shot gun.

I saw this at the New York Asian Film Festival after winning tickets to it from Twitch Film. Media Blasters has this coming out on DVD eventually. Also, stick around at the credits for hints at a sequel.


If film is art, then Andrew Stanton is Picasso. While Wall-E has environmental themes its not a message movie, in fact the plot can probably be summed up in as many lines as this review but that's not the point. Like the silent film City Lights, which inspired Wall-E its an experience where every person can come out of with something totally different.

Like Finding Nemo, Wall-E had its moments where you would force yourself to hold back the tears but the humor in it is more 1920s era Charlie Chaplin film, but unlike a Chaplin film its aided by a modern day huge budget. Absolutely polished at every seam...see it.


I'd give it a 3.14159265358979323846?/5

Kung Fu Panda

Surprisingly void of pop-culture references, the large amount of slapstick gags overshadows some of the awesome action sequences they were able to create. Like Over the Hedge this one has a few too many needless marquee voice actors and they could have spent a bit more on the writing. By the time Po actually does give up its really hard to believe it because half the time he "failed" his kung fu challenges he had a smile on his face.

Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (The Castle of Cagliostro) (Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro)

Proof that Miyazaki has always been a creative genius and he does not necessarily need all the talent at Studio Ghibli to prove it. This was Miyazaki's first full length anime film and while it lacks a lot of his trademark character designs and whimsy, it still has a lot of the same themes from his other films including flight and characters who at first appear evil but then wind up to be good natured. Some of this really feels aged given that its almost thirty years old but the humor and dialogue is still every bit as sharp as it was thirty years ago. Its still no where near as strong as Miyazaki's later efforts and for most people its better to start with those first.

Kataude mashin gÔru (The Machine Girl)

One of the few films that lived up to every expectation I had of it from the trailer. If you gave a psychologically scarred Kill Bill obsessed 12 year old five million dollars and asked him to make a movie, you'd probably get something only half as awesome as this. Tons of over-the-top physically impossible gore and a plot with about as much depth as an episode of the Power Rangers if you've seen the trailer and extended its runtime to 90 minutes, you'd have this movie.

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)

Falls somewhere between a sequel and a relaunch of the Rocky franchise, while it serves as a continuation of the original storyline it makes a pretty pronounced effort to remake or reference everything that is the "essence" of Rocky. Stallone wrote, directed and played a really heartfelt character that follows a lot of the cliches the sports genre is known for and misses a couple just to throw you off. The dog was also kind of awesome.


A beef-headed motion captured disaster which unlike the Polar Express, cannot be redeemed by a charming script. Its a total mystery to me how this got a PG13 rating, there are puddles of blood and entrails in just about every action scene and Angelina Jolie's digital nipples are only slightly obscured by a layer of gold body paint. Most of the movie is fairly generic however putting most of the emphasis on the motion captured acting which gets even creepier when they try to make it erotic... :-/

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)

Pulls off some amazing special effects without the help of CG or a large budget, the visuals in this film are a lot stronger than the writing. While it still has Darren Aronofsky's signature cinematography the plot is a bit too pretentious biting off a lot more than it can chew. Still fairly entertaining, just a disappointment because it has all the ingredients of a masterpiece. Also, they filled the tree at the end with Alkaseltzer...

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

A decent piece of fanservice which is worth seeing in theaters but not really the logical next step in the series. Most of the memorable scenes in this seem to be recalling the past Indiana Jones films. Its obvious that Speilberg, Lucas and Harrison Ford filmed this just for fun. Granted, its pretty swell to see Harrison in his Indiana Jones get-up twenty years later and Shia Labeouf is surprisingly not terrible in this either. Sadly a lot of the action scenes are ruined by a little too much CG animation, its totally obvious and I almost feel that the film would be stronger if these scenes simply weren't there.

I wasn't really that happy with the sci-fi elements they put in this film. Cate Blanchett was not really that memorable as a villain and her ending with the alien was just bizarre. Aliens have their place in film, just not in Indiana Jones.

Live Free or Die Hard

If your going to watch this, see the Unrated version as the PG-13 version is totally lame, the Unrated one is the profanity laden Die Hard film I was expecting. The action in this was surprisingly void of CGI and it had a lot of pyrotechnics, when they did resort to CG it was pretty obvious though. The plot is pretty much non-existent in this but if you want to see Bruce Willis and Justin Long kick a lot of ass, this movie will deliver in spades.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

A smart character driven romantic comedy that could have easily been a forgettable Ben Stiller movie if it did not have so much heart. The main character in this could have easily been just an unlikeable jerk but he kind of unwillingly acknowledges that and shows enough insecurity that you know it is just a reaction to a hard time for him. Really funny one-liners too.


While its not actually based on a true story or anything, the mix of black humor and gritty crime creates a pretty eclectic cast of characters that think they know more about the overall plot of the movie than they actually do. The violence in this is quite good for a film of its type and the acting is quite good as well.

Forbidden Planet

At first glance Forbidden Planet may look like your typical B-sci-fi flick of the 1950s but that's really only because of how influential the piece was as a whole. The special effects and set pieces were surprisingly elaborate for 1956 and the script never takes itself too seriously. Also there are a ton of shots in here that were directly "borrowed" in the Star Wars films, its no secret that this was George Lucas's favorite film.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I was totally lost in this, the last harry potter film I saw was Chamber of Secrets and there is little here that is self contained. It spends about the first hour patching up all the loose ends from the past movies but after that it starts to get closer to an actual plot of its own. The story is pretty weak, most of it is just Harry Potter whining but I guess when it comes to fifth movies in series, it could be a whole lot worse.


A gimmicky if not new perspective on the standard monster flick. At times the camera work felt a little too "amateur" to the point where it kind of lost any sense of realism it would have had. I really liked how they used different footage on the tape to set up the beginning and the end of the film which was surprisingly chilling. I kind of wish they didn't show the monster at the end, after seeing the monster in full it kind of loses all of the mystery.

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)

It plays out kind of like a more sarcastic version of Juno where the adult relationship goes exactly where you can foresee it. While the collaboration between the director and the screenwriter existed before in Art School Confidential, Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes were able to find heart in their sour moral and characters by showing their vulnerabilities. While not perfect, Enid and Becky are incredibly strong characters whose different connections to the adult world are what ultimately pulls them apart. Steve Buscemi pulls off a funny character as well, but one that's not too funny that you can't take him seriously. I kind of felt that the ending was a bit too depressing for a comedy movie and didn't necessarily resolve much of anything but I guess when there wasn't much of a plot to begin with for the first half of the movie its not too much of a big deal.


While it has some great choreography and a few of the songs are quite catchy I feel as though too much of the weight of this movie was placed on the stars as opposed to the actual quality. The cabaret show gimmick for the musical sequences had some good set pieces but in the end only reminded me that I'm not seeing it on broadway, all the fun of seeing the presence is kind of lost and it made the music seem separate from the actual drama in the movie. Its not bad, just not great.

Akeelah and the Bee

Its awfully hard to dwell on the small flaws when the film has such a large heart. I almost cried at a few parts of this film and that means a lot considering the only film I cried during was Grave of the Fireflies. Its inevitable to draw comparisons to the documentary Spellbound which was also about the Scripps National Spelling Bee but this one took more of a heavy drama approach while Spellbound was more of a lighthearted comedy that put more emphasis on the intensity. Akeelah and the Bee was also more about social issues, almost serving as a commentary on racism (on both sides) and the flawed school system in America. Really moving to say the least despite being funded by the evil Starbucks corporation.

Groundhog Day

A beautifully clever and unique comedy movie that covers psychological grounds that has rarely been explored in cinema, let alone big budget hollywood cinema. This is a fantastic comedy movie because it could have easily been a pretentious art house film but it does it all with a smile on its face and an acknowledgment oh the film's quirks. In its brief 90 minute run time, Bill Murray goes through just about every emotion imaginable and every what-if scenario. Very funny but also touching, as the repetition makes you almost feel as if you are also participating in the time warp and are watching every nuance of Phil Connors's subconscious unwravel.

Marie Antoinette

A unique and stylized portrait that runs on a bit too long for a film with very little in the way of plot or character development for that matter. If the film were 30 minutes shorter and the bubblegum personality was more pronounced I think I would have liked it a lot more. It seemed kind of indecisive whether it wanted to take a serious or light-hearted approach to her character and as a result it drifted in and out of each world. Kirsten Dunst I feel had the right kind of energy to play this part but there are some scenes where her acting takes center stage and her mediocrity begins to shine through, especially with the crying. The costumes and set designs were quite good though and food looked absolutely delicious.

The Orphanage

Most of the chills come from the cinematography and a script that is more tragedy than it is horror. Its commendable how this film refrained from using gore to deliver scares but rather to emphasize the insecurities of the characters. Takes a bit long to get off the ground, especially for its relatively short run time but when it gets going, it gets quite good. Most of the horror transcends the Spanish language barrier but at times it just feels a little too dense, every shot in here is incredibly thought out and there's kind of a sensory overload that takes away from the mood that they were working so hard to build up.

It kind of bothers me how much they are plastering Guillermo Del Toro's name all over this film, when he was really only just a producer on the piece. The sensibilities are a bit more '70s low budget horror and art house film than the more high scale with a low budget fantasy that Del Toro is known for.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Easily the best superhero movie since Spider-man 2, manages to tell the origin story of a character that would be difficult to like without getting muddled up with unnecessary subplots and popcorn action. The action in the movie however is intense, the film does a great job building up drama and stacking the odds against Tony Stark before you even really know who the villain is. An excellent first chapter of a film trilogy and stands on its own quite well.

National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze has Topanga from Boy Meets World in it if that's any consolation. The plot is muddled and just unfunny throughout, I guess I was expecting this from the get go but its pretty obvious that the National Lampoon name was just slapped onto this project (which according to the commentary track, it was).

Teen Wolf Too

More or less just a cheaper version of the original Teen Wolf movie, just replace Michael J. Fox with Jason Bateman. To Arrested Development fans, some of this may become just a bit more hilarious, as it proves that Bateman has been a tool for his entire life but don't expect anything too amazing.

Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf(1985)

A shallow and unconventional teen movie, that surprisingly dodges many of the werewolf cliches but does not replace them with anything that makes sense. The only real funny parts of this movie come from just how poor the make-up job was handled and how ridiculous it is to see Michael Jay Fox dressed up as a werewolf playing basketball.

Skeleton Man
Skeleton Man(2004)

Laughable dialogue, continuity errors grace every scene and there is a fixation on making everything explode. If it weren't a Sci-Fi channel original movie, this would be an easy candidate for the bottom 250 on imdb.

Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto's Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Pretty much just takes the music video for One More Time and adds the other 64 minutes of the Discovery album to it. Its an ambitious film with a couple of incredibly clever shots, just don't expect it to win you over if your not already a fan of Daft Punk.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

I heard it gets better with repeated viewings, but for the first viewing anyway, the first two acts seemed a bit too slow for their own good. The ending was intense however and the music and cinematography were good enough to warrant a viewing.

Alone in the Dark

Beautifully terrible, hands down the worst horror/action movie I've ever seen. To Uwe Boll's credit though, this is a hilariously poorly made movie, perhaps its more effective as a satire film that it is a horror flick.

Within the first 10 minutes your treated to a car chase at a staggering 30 miles an hour and a man who simply jumps through windows when it would be easier to open doors. I think the plot has something to do with an evil scientist kidnapping orphans but apart from the long opening crawl little actually happens in the plot.


When you strip away this movie's loud sense of style, music and cinematography, your left with a fairly substandard revenge film that runs out of steam by the end of its runtime. The few action and torture scenes are fairly graphic and the film's sense of humor are creative enough to warrant a viewing, its just not terribly memorable.

Requiem for a Dream

A rare and eccentric kind film that would work perfectly on the basis of script alone but gains an extra layer of depth from its rhythmic cinematography and soundtrack that emphasizes the repetitive nature of the themes in the film. It manages to pull all this off without feeling like a masturbatory student film, but rather a film that wouldn't care what you'd think of it.

While by definition, Requiem for a Dream could be considered a drug movie, its more of a film about addiction in general and the slow build up to sociological and psychological problems.

Freddy Got Fingered

I'm not surprised that this is often cited as the worst movie of all time, but to its credit, it was slightly more watch-able than Epic Movie, that's still not saying much. The fascinating thing about this film is just how little build up there is to any of the jokes often followed up with gross out scenarios with absolutely no backing.

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)

While the storyline and the action seem entirely scaled back from its predecessor, City of God it still has the washed out overly realistic style and cinematography that made the original such a fantastic film. This one doesn't stand out nearly as well as the first but is still a fine film on its own merits, it just depends on what your looking for. Its also worth noting that this one has considerably less gore than the first one and the sexuality has been reduced to just silhouettes and blur.

Bee Movie
Bee Movie(2007)

Entirely forgettable and hashed together, the film feels indecisive on whether it wants to be a spoof of the Graduate, to be a "slice of life" comedy movie, or just rely on puns and wordplay for most of the jokes. It falls on all accounts because its just not exactly sure what it wants to say with the thinly veiled moral changing once at least every 20 minutes. Its not bad or anything, its just consistantly mediocre and none of the jokes are particularly funny.


Most of this is really just comedians complaining about how hard their jobs are with the occasional interview clip from Jerry Seinfeld. While it provides an interesting portrait of the field with an occaisionally funny piece of stand-up, overall its kind of hard to recommend based on the tone of the entire movie.


John Cusack really holds this together in what is essentially just a one man show. There are some legitimately horrifying psychological thrills in here which is pretty admirable for a PG-13 rated film with hardly any gore. I know the script was originally going to be planned for an R rated movie but they decided to tone it down so it would be more marketable. I wonder how different this movie would have been had they gone for the R-rating. The special effects and sound seemlessly compliment Cusack's performance.

I kind of feel this film got a bit more attention than it deserved due to the fatique of the torture porn horror flicks and its release being really close to that of Hostel: Part II. While its an incredibly solid film, it gets a little too caught up in itself with its twist ending and the actual real ending to it doesn't really resolve much of anything. Its incredibly entertaining to watch though.

Shrek the Third

DREADFUL, ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE, At times this teetered on the brink of just being unwatchable, while I may not be so keen on the writing in the Shrek movies, I was at least entertained by the charisma and sight gags in crammed in every frame of the movie. The problem with this one is that they just were unable to really come up with a solid story, King Arthur was really nothing more than a empty high school stereotype and a lot of the jokes just felt incredibly forced and formulaic and as far as I'm concerned that's the exact same thing the first Shrek movie was trying to make fun of.


A loving send off of Disney princess movies with a clever script and a convincing performance by Amy Adams that pulls the movie together, has enough heart to please families and fanboys alike. What sets this apart from Shrek and the countless imitations as of late is that this movie refrains from sarcasm and crass pop-culture references and lets a lot of its humor naturally come out of its premise. The musical segments of the film are surprisingly well written and choreographed too.

Its not perfect though, about halfway through the joke begins to drag on a bit and there are a couple of scatological jokes that really drags the script down to a level its far above. It took me out of everything it built up and its a real shame that those few seconds had such an impact on the film to me. Same went for the forced Carrie Underwood song at the end. My only other complaint is minor but the entire change in aspect ratio at the beginning does not really faire well outside a theater setting. Otherwise its incredibly solid and appealing, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who does not at least enjoy this movie.

101 Dalmatians

Easily Disney's most contemporary movie, the sense of style in this transcends beyond the beautifully simplistic backgrounds, scratchy lines and dark color palette and by the end of the day is entirely undisney-like in its presentation. Had a very sharply written script and it avoided falling into the typical musical formula of Disney movies before it but at the same time had a huge sense of play as seen in the opening titles. One of my favorite Disney films.


I rented this because it looked unspeakably horrid and by some odd chance it was far from being as unwatchable as I expected it to be. The film tries really hard to be more than just an 87 minute fart joke but it just seems way too mean spirited at times to to take seriously.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

While I could appreciate the quirky style and narration, absolutely nothing really happened in this film. You could walk in on the movie in 20 minute intervals and it would still seem exactly the same. I guess it was worth seeing for just how original it all was but its far from a movie I'd want to see again and could have functioned a whole lot better as just a short film.

There Will Be Blood

Maybe I'm just too much of a product of the ADD infused MTV generation but I felt the three hour runtime was a bit much for a film that is more or less centered around one character. Some of the conventions they chose in the movie were interesting such as the decision to have no dialogue within the first five minutes of the film, however I kind of wish they spent a little more time on this part of the movie because the tone changed considerably after that. The score at times was really moving but at other times just felt a bit jarring and out of place, it incredibly stuck out when the oil geyser set on fire. Too many of the scenes were just too low key and mundane for my tastes, I'd probably rate this a lot higher had they trimmed it down to 90 minutes or so.

Curious George

Incredibly cute and innocent, a total breath of fresh air away from the "edgy" pop-culture scatological faire that's all the rage nowadays. Had a fantastic look to it too and surprisingly catchy soundtrack. While the script wasn't anything too spectacular, it didn't really need to be, half the charm of the children's books were the simplicity in the first place.

Night at the Museum

A fairly forgettable excuse to show off amazing special effects. Too bad half the jokes in it simply amounted to Ben Stiller running down a hallway away from one CG animated pitfall to the other. I didn't really laugh once at this movie, but I'm also probably three times older than the average age of someone who would see this. Passes for babysitting fodder but there are plenty of other movies that don't suck that children could get a kick out of too.

Epic Movie
Epic Movie(2007)

Caught this on my HBO watching marathon, was slightly less offensively horrible than Date Movie but that's still not saying much. It still is a prime example of just how stupid today's movie goers are but at least it did not have a fart joke exceding the length of two minutes like its predecessor had. Then again, its predecessor didn't try to parody MTV pop-culture from eight years ago either.

Date Movie
Date Movie(2006)

Watched this out of morbid curiosity when it aired on HBO yesterday and I have to say it was even worse than my already ridiculously low expectations for the movie. You'd think that somewhere in the movie they'd be able to come up with at least one good joke, but its amazingly consistently bad. Most of the movie "parodies" in here seem to be nothing more than a mere reference to the film's existence and it feels like the writers haven't even seen half the movies they were making fun of. Even then, half of the films were comedy movies in the first place. Any once of wit added in this movie comes from cheapest possible attempt to get a laugh, most of its scatological though at times it goes for the occasional pimp joke, a little kid cursing or a fat suit. Almost becomes high art in the fact that it is impossibly bad and it still managed to rake in $80 million in the world wide box office. If that isn't a sign of social darwinism, I don't know what is.


I can understand why Fox didn't give this movie a full theatric release or much in the way of marketing for this film. Apart from the scathing parody of the Fox network, this film is just a bit too bitter for its own good. While it still retains some of the same tastes as Mike Judge's other films, it lacks the sickeningly sweet ending and message that Office Space had and instead doesn't really end at all.

Not to say that there were not any funny parts, the film had a fantastic opening and the hillbilly/gangsta/valley girl dialect of the future was pretty hilarious, its just that this would have been a whole lot funnier as an 8 minute short film or something.

No Country for Old Men

Intense, this is the kind of film where having a close call during a chase scene is not good enough, its really into breaking limbs and getting people shot. A lot of the time the characters in the movie are simply just alone anticipating bad news, the two main characters never actually see each other face-to-face on screen.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Plays out a lot like what the Dodgeball movie would be if it actually had a brain. At first you can't help but laugh at its obscure premise but towards the end this movie gets pretty intense. The cast of characters is incredibly well-rounded and could not have been done any better if it was a scripted comedy movie. Billy Mitchell is the perfect movie villain, his ego is hilariously inflated while Steve Wiebe is perhaps too much of a normal guy. Pretty amazing considering it was edited in iMovie.

American Pimp

Feels more like a collection of 10 or so interviews edited together than a full fledged documentary. American Pimp embraces pimp culture instead of exploring it, only briefly delving into topics like the history of pimps and goes more into their role as a cultural icon. Its worth watching for some of the unintentionally funny lines that the pimps say in the interviews but overall the "bland" outweighs the good in this.


The Citizen Kane of castration movies, if your going to see this see it in theaters. The reaction of the audience during some of the more graphic scenes was worth the price of admission alone. But apart from maybe four or five minutes of graphic violence this movie is fairly low key throughout the rest. Plays off as some kind of combination between a Lifetime TV movie and a B-horror spoof. The movie didn't play itself entirely off as a joke but it didn't take itself too seriously either, a lot of the dialogue had the audience laughing pretty hard. The soundtrack had some nice Danny Elfman-esque vibes throughout.

There is no other movie quite like this and its pretty hard to forget just because of how bizarre the entire premise was. Also, since its only playing in one theater in NYC you'll be in it with a lot of others.

Roger & Me
Roger & Me(1989)

A lot more rigid than most of Michael Moore documentaries but the message is still every bit as relevant as it was back in 1989. If anything this documentary is worth watching just to see Michael Moore before he was such a powerhouse like he was today, you can't help but support the little filmmaker that could. Some of the footage he has of the poverty caused by Roger Smith speaks volumes over any editorial.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)

Surprisingly intelligent and fresh for a blockbuster movie of its kind, Will Smith pretty much pulls off a one man show acting off of a dog a la Wallace and Gromit. I really loved the scenes that were guided only by a flashlight, the isolation in there was intense. The desolate New York City and overgrown Times Square was worth the price of admission alone to see.

While they pulled off the mood right, I felt cheated a lot by how they used the mutants. I'd rather see fewer of them and have them be harder to kill than have them come back in an endless crowd at convenient moments in the plot.


A bold and genuine animated piece that manages very personal and political issues at the same time without feeling like a National Geographic special. The traditionally inked animation was a refreshing change from the usual Shrek level perfection of 3D animation and even then feels fresh with clever Kaufman-esque characterizations. The film also covers a very broad scope of around 20 years and it actually pulls it off, there are few times in the movie when the plot is not moving forward. Though being one that read the graphic novel I was kind of disappointed in how some of the most powerful moments in it were just reduced to a simple three seconds in a montage but I guess that's what they had to do, it was mostly created from the ground-up.

This is going up against Ratatouille for best animated picture at the Academy Awards. While I believe Ratatouille was a better movie than Persepolis I really hope this wins just because I'm getting kind of sick of high budget 3D animated flicks.

Nacho Libre
Nacho Libre(2006)

There is a good movie in here, somewhere but you have to sit through a few dreadfully bad gross-out and same-ish slapstick gags to get there. For some reason I feel at one point this movie was actually quite good but if the "fart" jokes which have absolutley no reaction or set-up for are any indication I feel as though a producer or something wanted to make the movie more extreme or something to appeal more to the Nickelodeon crowd.

If you look away from that however, there are still shreds of Mike White's deadpan humor and Jared Hess's low key direction in it. The gags might make you think otherwise and Jack Black is still as funny as ever.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

It may be a raunchy stoner comedy on its surface but you'd be hard pressed to find a movie with more heart, comedy or otherwise. Its funny not only because how witty the off-color remarks are but also for just how realistic Apatow was able to get the characters. Men are almost EXACTLY the same way when they're all around each other and its probably the same with women. The movie also does a fantastic job making you fall in love with Ben Stone, a feat that would seem impossible at the beginning of the film but he was actually more genuine than the picture perfect husband of Alison's sister. As corny as it was, Knocked Up could have very easily been altered into a very effective drama but as a comedy I loved it more anyway.

Blades of Glory

An entertaining if not forgettable comedy romp that feels more like a series of skits than a full length movie. Luckily enough of these skits are funny enough for it to warrant a viewing while its goofy charm keeps it from getting grating when it isn't funny. Seems a bit unsure of what kind of comedy movie it wants to be, there are a lot of crotch jokes littered throughout but its at its best when it "takes itself seriously".

If they wanted a mindless sex comedy they should have just went for an R-rating and gone as over the top as they possibly could whereas if they wanted to keep it at a PG-13 they should have taken away more of the obvious crotch gags and left it as a subtle implied hint.


A pretty standard rags to riches story with a lot of musical numbers that all sounded exactly the same. While not certainly a bad movie its kind of upsetting to me that the Academy was all over this, to the point of giving Eddie Murphy an Oscar nomination. If they shaved it down from a little over 2 hours to 90 minutes it could have probably ran off of all the energy from the performances but I just wasn't really digging this one.

Year of the Dog

Starts out warm and quirky but then gets really creepy really fast. The tone is a refreshing change from the typical dick joke ridden comedy with its unique brand of subtle and uncomfortable humor.

It also does a good job respecting the characters and leaving them to their quirks without making a joke out of them. Would have been a lot better if it stayed low key throughout the movie instead of trying to add substance in the last act, pretty much everything they tried to say with it was already said and better in other parts of the movie. Sort of a depressing way to end an otherwise lovable movie.


Pulls off a ton of different elements and does them all spectacularly. On the sci-fi canon its a weird mix between cyberpunk and steampunk while in cinematically it juggles Osamu Tezuka's 1930s cartoon art style, modern 3D animation, a jazz inspired soundtrack and remakes probably the first science fiction film in the process. The ending is heavy while the rest of the film is lively and heartfelt. Not quite as universally appealing as other big anime movies but totally a must see for anyone with a love for dystopian sci-fi movies or just film geeks who happen to be familiar with the Fritz Lang masterpiece of the same name.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Needed less chatter and more splatter. If they were going to have Sweeney be as unsympathetic as he was, they might as well have had some fun in the meantime. While they did a pretty good job with the prosthetics for all the throat slicing, there are only so many different ways to slit someone's throat and I was disappointed that of all the people who fell on their neck that there was not a single decapitation in the entire film, and the part where he cut up the judge would have been perfect for that.

A bit overblown at times but there were enough inspired montages in it to set it up for a mild recommendation. Especially the part where Sweeney was slitting throats to music and the blood spurted out of the neck to the music and the entire Mrs. Lovett fantasy montage. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter actually pulled off a fairly solid performance considering none of them had any background in music. They actually did a better job than the annoying child actor that happened to be in a lot of the scenes. There are a few side stories too but none of them are really resolved and we don't really get to see much of what made Sweeney so dark in the first place either. I guess it was still pretty entertaining but only because there isn't another film quite like it. I wanted to like this film a lot more than I actually did.


An energetic quirky comedy movie with a ton of emotional weight behind it and a whole lot of heart. Its not afraid to be corny either and it totally works with it. If anyone follows the screenwriter Diablo Cody's blog, you can definitely see her voice coming out from Juno especially in some of the bizarre off-color remarks throughout the movie. Michael Cera does a great job continuing his awkward teen role that he's been playing in Superbad and Arrested Development and Ellen Page did a fantastic job playing a character who'd be crying in one scene and making witty remarks in the next. The writing here is very clever, subtle and smart and is probably one of my favorite movies of the year so far. An easy pick for anyone who's enjoyed high school comedies with dramatic touches like Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


Just so you know, a lot of the kids in this movie have a Facebook account (does that make me creepy?). For a meek G-rated documentary this is more intense than many R-rated movies. Some of the 8 kids you absolutely can't stand while others you just have to root for. The film spends about 50 minutes of its runtime introducing you to the kids that they'd follow through the bee and they probably could have spent half that time on it and gotten immediately to the good stuff. The problem with that was many of them were eliminated early on, making the five or six minutes spent on them feel like a waste.

Man of the Year

Probably the worst out of all of the Robin Williams dramas and with the exception of Dead Poet's Society there isn't much good to pick from. For the first 20 minutes this movie started out fairly solid, while the jokes weren't really that funny it was a lightweight feel-good drama that followed a what-if question (this is what they advertised the movie as). Then all of a sudden they thought it was a good idea to shift all the focus away from Robin Williams over to a female lead that no one cared about and it turned to a poorly acted stalker thriller that garnered more laughs than Robin Williams's stand-up schtick (and not in a good way). I don't know what happened, if they changed writers or all of a sudden wanted to make a different movie but it really lacks any of the framework required for us to care about the characters.

On top of that, even the first twenty minutes of the movie were flawed because pretty much every target of political satire that they went after was playing it safe and was something that pretty much everyone agrees with anyway. How are we supposed to believe that he'd even be able to garner that much support in the first place?

The Hours
The Hours(2002)

Being a fan of Mrs. Dalloway I was a bit confused at what exactly this movie was trying to do. Was it trying to retell Mrs. Dalloway, profile the life of Virginia Woolf or just tell about the dark side of the American dream. For the majority of the movie, these stories just seem a bit too seperate and this isn't really helped by the slow pacing and intentionally boring scenes. The last thirty minutes of the movie however pound the ho-hum beginning in the face and tie it all together with an emotional punch. The musical score by Phillip Glass is a real treat too. They should have tried to liven up the movie more in the beginning or cranked up just how mundane the subject matter was just to make it more interesting.

Wild Wild West

This is what would happen if Ed Wood was given $100 million and asked to direct a movie with Will Smith. While the set designs are amazing, the film just isn't as smart or funny as it thinks it is. Hard to believe that this came from Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Pushing Daisies) as well as many of the same special effects artists and writers of Men in Black. It does have a few moments that are just so terrible that it can at least warrant a sarcastic laugh such as the Giant Spider that was asked to be put in by John Peters and a villain that keeps on reminding the audience of his lack of genitalia and has women henchmen who are offensive stereotypes of just about every country.

The Hebrew Hammer

While there were a couple of gags and film references that were clever, most of the film seemed to rely more on gross-out humor, an angsty anti-christian tone, cheaply written black jokes which are made even more offensive when the Jewish stereotypes used in this film are more flattering than scathing. Maybe its just beacuse the Jewish culture isn't as absurdly sensitive that blaxploitation films are a reaction to. The idea may have just been flawed from the start as Jewish culture really isn't distinct enough to have something so tasteless that it points out how ridiculous racism is.

Allegro Non Troppo

A bizarre artsy film that's nowhere near as solid or grand in scope as Fantasia but its a clever wink and a nod to it with a lot of bizarre risque pieces that could have never happened in Fantasia. Had a great sense of humor too.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

While the Mr. Toad short is fun and all, as the box shows the Legend of Sleepy Hollow short film on here is the real star of the show. About as scary as an old Disney can get the character animation is really amazing in this, a lot of the jokes they have from Ichabod are just from how lanky he is. Really holds up well too and is probably the best retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to date, and yes I am counting the Tim Burton one.


Proof that you don't need a big budget or a big cast to make a funny movie. I was surprised that this originally got an NC-17 rating when the dialogue isn't really all that explicit by today's standards. The film is actually filled with continuity errors and scenes that were just shot at a place without a permit but that's exactly what makes it more charming than Kevin Smith's more higher budgeted movies.

Black Sheep
Black Sheep(2006)

The scariest B-horror tribute/satire on this side of Snakes on a Plane. The music in this movie is really good and a bit of a shame considering just what kind of movie it went into. The special effects and gore are pretty good in this movie too and even when its pretty obvious that the sheep is just a puppet, you'll be laughing too hard to notice.

American Gangster

A long-winded but enjoyable crime romp that comes really close to being a future classic but slightly misses the mark. Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe pull off very convincing performances and it makes for a very fun game of cat and mouse. The first act is really strong and the movie does a great job at telling a handful of stories and making them all seem very strong. By the end it screeches to a halt and it loses a lot of the rhythm established in the other scenes of the movie. Very much in the style of Ridley Scott, a lot of dialogue and very little action but when there is action its incredibly rewarding. This sort of works for a gang movie but is more suited for a film about isolation like Alien than one about organized crime.

The Pursuit of Happyness

A powerful if not a bit corny and predictable biopic that has a very strong performance by Wiil Smith. Despite the film screaming oscar bait it was incredibly heartfelt and its a bit refreshing to see something as innocent as this in theaters.


A movie that is greater than the sum of its parts. While Planet Terror and Death Proof are fun movies, they are both very different interpretations of the 70s grindhouse genre (with Planet Terror being more of a parody and Death Proof being more of a tribute). Between the film grain, the fake trailers and a cut running time for Death Proof this was way better in theaters than on the lackluster DVD sets.

30 Days of Night

It may not do the popular comic book justice but it had to be one of the most unintentionally entertaining movies of the year. It probably helped that when I saw it, the theater broke out laughing many times in the movie, making the pauses between cornball dialogue more awkward than it was suspenseful. On its on, the vampires were pretty frightening looking and as a movie itself it has been one of the better vampire movies in the past decade, I just can't really recommend it too much.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Would have been better suited for TV but its quirky enough to get a good laugh out of anyone. A lot of the humor seemed to be a bit dumbed down for the big screen. Very hit or miss but a whole lot funnier than a lot of other "family comedies" out there.

Little Shop of Horrors

Great songs and the parts that are actually based on sections from the musical are fantastically choreographed. The songs that they left in and the puppetry are top-notch, pushes foam and rubber to its limits with some clever camera tricks and dialogue.

The film struggles a bit in the scenes that they added to the movie and especially the ending that they took away. The cameos of Bill Murray and John Candy seem really forced and don't really hold up to the rhythm of the dialog in the rest of the movie (the scenes were improvised). Its understandable that they changed the ending from the $5 million finale that was more akin to the musical but what they put in its place was a bit too obvious. The loss of the Its a Gas and Don't Feed The Plant songs is a bummer because those were some of the strongest numbers in the musical.

Overall though, it pulls through especially if you don't have anything to compare it to. It just came sickeningly close to being a lot better.

Bella (Beauty)

A heavy but surprisingly light-hearted drama that pulls its punches but plays itself on the safe side a little too much. Also its a bit hard to follow due to it starting a bit deep into the drama and only explaining it far later on in the movie. The pacingly is deliberate but ultimately its a fairly engaging drama with a couple of rough spots here and there, might be worth a rental.

All Dogs Go To Heaven

A surprisingly dark departure from the typical "family" animated movie faire. Incredible character animation, especially for four legged characters and a couple of sharp performances too. Its unfortunate that most of the musical sequences and characters are pretty forgettable because otherwise this movie had all the ingredients of an animated classic.

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

A much deeper and richer experience than Death Proof, a ton of fun if not a bit shallow a times. This one was more of a parody of old exploitation films than it was a tribute but an above average zombie film at the very least. The gore was especially great in this film, the 10 minutes added for the DVD and UK release are mostly just different gross-out shots padded throughout the movie.

Batman: The Movie

A camp classic, it may not be Batman Begins but its not Batman and Robin either. Much of this movie feels like it was just made up as they went along and throughout the movie it runs on the border of self-parody, both of which are a good thing.


A wacky spoof flick that plays most of its laughs pretty safe but has enough moments of cleverness to warrant a watching. Has much of the same kind of humor that one would expect from Weird Al and its premise opened itself up to a whole lot of unrelated skits. A lot of these skits were a whole lot funnier than most of the movie. Some of the other parts were a bit dull but it never crosses into being obnoxious, a fate of many other spoof films.


Its not a silent film but it has no dialogue, its not a vaudeville performance but its not a modernist piece of entertainment either, it has a narrative but it has no plot. Playtime is a lot of things and its worth watching just for the fact that there isn't anything else quite like it. The first 30 minutes of the film are a work of genius, towards the end with the restaurant scene it starts to lose some of its momentum but its clever sight gags and subtle sense of humor are strong enough to carry the movie throughout.

Silent Hill
Silent Hill(2006)

Changes the psychological minimalist horror from the Silent Hill games into a mindless gross-out horror flick, still has the beautiful art and sound design of the video game but suffers from a lackluster script that just doesn't "get" Silent Hill. Many of the disturbing disfigured creatures from Silent Hill (which in each game, were tailored around the dark desires of the characters) have been changed to no more than just zombies. It steals a lot of camera angles from the video game and locations but all of this feels forced just to appease the fans.

At the end of the day, its still fairly entertaining throughout its long feeling two hour runtime. For a video game movie Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf director) crafted a much more faithful movie than the Resident Evil movie series and made something 10 times better than Uwe Boll ever did but that's not saying much at all.

Death Proof
Death Proof(2007)

Easily the weakest movie of Grindhouse, made even weaker with an extra 26 minutes of dialogue. For the first hour there is not a single death and that's pretty bad for a psychological slasher flick. The emphasis on the "characters" would be okay if it didn't end so quickly and abruptly. The 20 minute car chase at the end was fantastically executed but its paled in comparison to the non-stop action of Planet Terror.


A clever documentary that makes a lot of the very little it has. One of the few documentaries out there about graphic design is a lot more tongue in cheek than you'd expext. The argument over the font and its use i advertising as a parallel to modernism vs. postmodernism was pretty neat. Then again, its still a documentary about a typeface and by the end of its run time it starts to feel a little tired.


A one-joke premise that tries to be a gross-out teen comedy with a PG-13 rating. A lot of the lines seem forced and there are more laughs in the trailer than in the actual movie. By the end of the movie it pretends to have a "serious" meaning at the end but it only comes off as cheesy due to how little weight was placed on the characters in the first place. This plot's been done before and better in teen sex comedies from twenty years ago.


Fails to make any witty observations on the original Star Wars trilogy, while there are a few funny moments of inspiration most of the jokes were just too lame while anything funny has been quoted to death on this movie. Its definitely watchable, but with the internet there have been many funnier and smarter Star Wars spoofs made by fans.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)

Everything that Smokin' Aces promised to be but wasn't, Shoot 'Em Up climbs so far into kitsch that at times it feels like satire but while being over the top it had some very clever action scenes and editing. Any trace of a plot was non-sensical but this is definitely one you'd want to see in theaters. At every moment and every gag the theater was clapping and laughing a bit more than they probably should have. Its worth noting that the director Michael Davis has a background in animation.

Stephen King's Rose Red

A better than average television miniseries that starts out really well but then tends to lose its steam towards the end. Some of the marketing tactics such as the fake documentary about Ellen Rimbauer were pretty low but in the end the miniseries was still pretty awesome. On DVD they put every 44 minute episode together like it were a movie which makes it seem a lot longer than it really was. The ending gets a bit bizarre, especially when this guy's mother comes back from the middle of nowhere and starts choking him.

Boom Boom Sabotage

A terrible terrible career vechicle that is only watchable by just how transparent the entire movie is. Wooden animation, a cliche ridden script with poorly stereotyped characters and only about 10 minutes of Tony Hawk make this a movie that exists for all the wrong reasons. You know there is a problem wh If you see Playstation 2 quality texture work in a rendered 3D piece, direct to video or not. Only worth watching if you have a bunch of sarcastic friends in the room to complement just how lame the movie is on Cartoon Network. Even as a celebrity cash-in its as low as a movie can get.

Art School Confidential

A pretty substandard dramedy with a couple of scenes that have some good drama and some good comedy but overall its a bit too negative for it to make you love any of the characters in it and the targets of their jokes are just too easy. What they said in the beginning about all the characters being stereotypes is pretty true, except it exists here in the worst possible way.

On the other hand, the writer Daniel Clowes received a lot of his material for the film and the comic book from his stay at Pratt Institute. He actually would take pictures and record random conversations he heard on the campus for it. So in that sense, it was kind of cool to see the similarities in Strathmore Institute's architecture, location and sculpture garden but that's about it.

Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea)

Visually stunning but lacks any trace of the imagination or creativity that Studio Ghibli is known for. Its pretty obvious that Hayao Miyazaki deliberately did not directly given his son Goro any input on this movie because its a pretty big mess throughout. Don't let that awesome dragon on the poster fool you, dragons are only on screen for about five minutes. I know a lot of anime freaks will complain that this movie will not get a stateside release in the next four or five years due to a copyright conflict with the Sci-Fi Channel but to be perfectly honest, if that barrier was not in the way there would be no reason to watch this.

You'd probably be better off just watching one of Studio Ghibli's fascinating other movies some other time.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

A smarter than usual spoof film that's not quite as clever as its often given credit for but has a lot of the same humor that made Spaced and Shaun of the Dead into classics. Has a lot of legitimate subtle humor and whenever it goes outright into absurdity it never really feels pretentious. Most of it is written with an incredibly straight face with the humor coming from just how strange the set-up for it is. I don't know if I could recommend it, especially compared to Edgar Wrights other movies and I don't know if it was funny enough to warrant a second viewing but the chances are if you know what this movie is and you want to see it, you'll have a blast.

The Gleaners and I

A heartfelt, sweet and stylized documentary that runs a little too long for its own good but there are bits and pieces that are inspired throughout but comes off a bit mundane. Its sweet to see Agnes Varda get so deep into her work and for a woman of her age really embrace her handheld camera.

The Animatrix

About as artsy as a direct-to-video marketing tie-in can get, the shorts are very hit-and-miss but luckily they're short enough that it never really becomes a bore. Its worth noting that it contains what has to be the most awkward looking uncanny valley 3-D animated sequences. Not only is their action wooden (done by the late Square Pictures before they went under after the Final Fantasy movie) but its even creepier when it tries to be erotic. *shudders* At least half of the shorts were worth viewing and its a pretty solid set for any fans of the Matrix. Great art too.

Queen of the Damned

Has a whole lot of style but is not even corny enough to be dumb fun.


While on the surface this movie may look like just another teen sex comedy, its really a whole lot smarter. Its more of a comedy movie about teens that doesn't hold back. The cast is incredibly relatable and beautifully awkward. Micheal Cera continues his Arrested Development-shtick and plays such a nice guy that it makes Seth's character seem even more like a jerk. Its both really offensive but really innocent at the same time and in the end, it has a very sweet moral that's every bit as conservative as the ending of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

The only thing I'm afraid of is this movie falling into the bowels of pop-culture like Borat and Napoleon Dynamite were. I really hope no one quotes this one into the ground. Whenever that effect wears off, this is bound to be a classic.

Men in Black II

Pretty much as unnecessary as sequels come, still has some of the wit of the original but any brain found in here is either just recycled themes or gags continued out from the original Men in Black. At times it was really smart but there were a couple of cringe worthy pop-culture references that really dragged down the entire movie. If the first Men in Black wasn't so amazing, this would be your fairly standard summer flick, but it really could have been so much more.


An agreeable and relaxed comedy movie that is much sweeter than it appears on the surface. It often goes into very taboo subjects but it never feels that way and delivers a good share of deadpan and delightful laughs with really emotional spots as well. The ending could have gone really wrong in a movie such as this one and it could have been sour really easily. Its a shame that Adrienne Shelly was murdered back in November before it was at Sundance, I'd be a huge fan .


A real departure from typical Disney at the time going for a more serious tone and mature themes than the past five megahit feature films from them and it shows in just about every aspect of the film especially when it comes to the art and lighting. I still wish they didn't make both Pocahontas and John Smith have the Barbie doll "perfect" figure to them, from a distance someone may just see this as a washed out Disney movie because of that, and its a damn shame.


If this movie doesn't sweep the floors of the Academy Awards, then there is no god. Corny, preachy, over-the-top and perfectly cast its really impossible not to fall in love with this movie. Incredibly stylish and a whole lot of fun, John Trovolta actually pulls off his role very well and I actually got caught up in some of the more emotional scenes he played. It bothers me when people compare this to Grease because it is 10 times better. Nikki Blonsky is an absolute treasure in this.

Also, look through the credits for the cameo that John Waters (director of the original movie) makes in it. His cameo works extremely well with his entire raunchy resume.

The Simpsons Movie

Definitely a lot better than I thought it would be, but it didn't really surprise me either. Had a light laughter go throughout the audience from start to finish and was a real crowd pleaser. A lot of its humor was hit or miss but had me laughing for most of them. Plays out like a really long "better" episode of The Simpsons, I had a lot of fun I just don't know if I'd really want to see it again or anything.

I loved that "four years of Film School for THIS" line at the very end of the credits, that was cool :P

Pan's Labyrinth

A beautiful movie that gets better with repeated viewings, there is never a dull moment. No matter how you view the fantasy world which it leaves really up to you, there is a strong message in this movie that's never forced. Its amazing that this was made on a $20 million budget, the textures on things and the art in here is much better than many movies that cost four times as much. Part political revolution and part fairy tale with a lush visual quality, this film has something for everyone.

Just Like Heaven

Its a cute, predictable and harmless chick flick that doesn't really do anything particularly bad nor does it do anything that good either. The actual overarching story and idea is not really THAT bad, just the writing is pretty dull and obvious throughout spoon feeding you the plot instead of pulling it out of the characters. It was pretty shallow too and a quarter the way through the movie you'd know exactly how it would end and the entire coma catch that it has.

Elizabeth was really annoying for half of the movie, maybe even going a little too far. Though it was a fun movie, not art by any means but for a chick flick you can certainly do a whole lot worse.


An incredibly clever movie that manages to be about comic books without being a popcorn action flick. There is a ton of originality here and it gets really suspenseful. The typical "M. Night Shyamalan" ending is here but this time it makes you think long after the movie's over.


A very different kind of sci-fi film. Its less action/adventure and more thriller. There is a ton of tension here and the special effects hold up extremely well today, even better than the 3D animated stuff. Considering the Alien itself was just a man in a suit, they really did a fantastic job making it into something really threatening. This movie moves really slowly and the amount of actual "action" in it is pretty sparse but that's also what makes it so tense and fun.

Though, this movie is a bit overrated. They killed every single character I really liked and by the end the only one left was the one I hated. To her credit, she was able to pull off some great acting as the only one left towards the end of the film and the entire way they killed Alien was pretty neat.

I prefer the larger scope of the sequel though.

Children of Men

A really inventive and creative movie, I was a little lost but I'm sure the fact that I missed the first fifteen minutes had something to do with it. I really loved their dystopian view of the future and the entire birth of christ analogy in there too, but I don't know if I really could recommend this.

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

Just when you think this movie is the same thing as the original Toy Story with the roles of Buzz and Woody replaced it goes the direction you wouldn't have expected. While it has many scenes, especially the chase in the end that are very reminiscent of the original Toy Story, well that's why you watch sequels in the first place and this is about as good as a sequel can get. With a larger scale than the original but still the same amount of heart. Though I have to say, the simplicity of the first Toy Story places it a little bit ahead of this one.

Galaxy Quest
Galaxy Quest(1999)

If loving this movie is wrong, I don't want to be right. To call this movie a satire would be selling it short, it is a love letter to anyone whose a fan of sci-fi, with smart jokes and a story that works on its own outside of its own wacky premise. It lovingly pokes fun at Star Trek but has great drama as well.

It bugs me how little attention this gets, especially compared to Space Balls. This movie has a heart and characters that stand well on its own. I guess the best comparison would be that Space Balls is like Family Guy whereas Galaxy Quest is like The Simpsons.


Quirky, colorful and surprisingly dark. Has incredible cinematograpy and the actors do a good job pulling off a plot that is so bizarre that it could possibly loose you. May not be for everything but there is also nothing quite like it out there.

Stand and Deliver

A real crowd-pleaser that sets an impossible goal but is completely believable too. Both the teacher and the students are really lovable probably because of just how imperfect all of them were.


Michael Moore constructs a very strong argument about the ties the health care industry has to the government. In the typical Moore style, its ripe with personal stories and some humor sprinkled throughout. Unlike Fahrenheit 9/11 there is not really much of a clear message behind this one but it provides enough information for you to think for yourself.

The only downside of this film was when it started to glamorize the health care systems of Canada, France and Cuba without really mentioning all of the problems their nations have as well. That is almost excusable though due to the editorial style of the documentary itself.

Thank You for Smoking

More of a drama than it is a comedy, has a really sharp satire of a very serious issue. The entire family issues between the father and the son that they brought into the picture really helped make Nick Naylor seem very realistic and less like a walking cartoon character.

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Biased but has enough facts and proof to back up its argument that the current rating system does not work. The interviews with the directors who have been slapped in the face with an NC-17 rating such as Kevin Smith, Kimberly Peirce and Matt Stone really show just how stubborn the MPAA is and how suspiciously inconsistant their rating system is.


The over-the-top explosions and special effects are a real thrill and was backed up by a clever script and some strong performances, really makes the CGI characters seem more real.

Though, the overarching story was never really finished nor did it really finish off the backstory of Sam's grandfather, not only that but the ending was just about everything you could have expected and could have had a much better surprise. Still, this is one awesome movie that is too much fun to wait for on DVD :P

Hostel Part II

It was at its best when it was campy but the problem was that it tried to take it self seriously in other scenes. You can't have both. It also spent a little too much time on character development, which would have been a good idea had they not killed off the characters so quickly and they really failed to show how the deaths really affected the plot at all. Even the violence wasn't nearly as disturbing as they hyped it up as.

On the other hand, it had fantastic special effects and cinematography. But don't be fooled, this is still a popcorn movie.


This is absolutely everything you'd expect from Pixar and then some. Even though most of the themes that it touches on have existed before, it never feels that way, everything in it is sweet, sincere and original. Every joke, every motion and every expression pushed the plot forward and is every bit as good as Toy Story and Monster's Inc.

Not only that, but Pixar has absolutely perfected the art with this one. Every surface looks exactly as it should on the technical side and the humans are animated and designed just as well as Chuck Jones would have done it.

The Omen
The Omen(1976)

Now this was a cool Horror movie. Not to be confused with the remake from 2006, pretty much everyone knows a little kid that was like Damien :P

Homeward Bound II - Lost in San Francisco

The first one was my childhood, the sequel while still in the same spirit was pretty forgettable. Though it was from the director of Snakes on a Plane :P

Bridge to Terabithia

Not nearly as imagined as the more recent adaption of this book, still manages to capture some of the heart despite its incredibly poor production values. Rest assured, I don't think this one is really worth seeing any more due to how much better the 2007 version was on all fronts.

To Kill A Mockingbird

This is one of those few times when I liked a movie better than the book.

James and the Giant Peach

Not quite as good as The Nightmare Before Christmas and it seems to be a bit more childish in tone, is still worth a watch but will never be a classic like Nightmare was.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

This movie looked really really cool, but add in some wooden animation and a ho hum sci-fi plot and you really have little left.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

There is a reason why this movie has remained the definitive Christmas classic for generations to come.

The Namesake
The Namesake(2006)

This was one fantastic movie. It would have been a lot better had maybe 20 minutes of it been cut out but otherwise as perfect as it can get. Otherwise a very heartwarming and uplifting film.

Kangaroo Jack

Saw this on Nick at Nite, don't let the fun box art and trailer fool you there is very little rapping kangaroo in this movie. Seemed more like a throwaway heist movie that was changed to a family flick at the last minute. About as terrible as movies come.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

About as funny as one of the "better" episodes of Aqua Teen stretched out to feature length. Its energy should keep you entertained but probably won't survive even another sitting.

My Date With Drew

A sweet and innocent documentary that may be a tad creepy but it makes up for it in its low-budget heart.

Super Size Me

It has a pretty baseless argument. If you eat so much McDonald's food to the point of you throwing up, of course your going to get fat. Overeat at Subway and the same thing will happen. Its not rocket science.

Bowling for Columbine

One of my favorite documentaries up from the past few years. Unlike Fahrenheit 9/11 this one shows both sides of the argument and makes a pretty interesting argument at that.

Love Me if You Dare

This was one incredibly bizarre French film. The childhood storybook style beginning was wildly creative but it seemed to lose some of its steam by the end.

Star Wars: Empire of Dreams

This was a fantastic documentary and it does not do it justice just to label it as a special feature. The story behind the making of Star Wars is interesting enough to warrant a movie itself.

The Warriors
The Warriors(1979)

Captures the seedy nature of Coney Island along with the tackiness that was the 70s. Not the greatest movie of its kind but its so fun that it really doesn't matter.

Cadet Kelly
Cadet Kelly(2002)

Your typical Disney Channel original movie camp fest that came out around Hilary Duff's emerging popularity. Other than being a vehicle for Disney channel sitcom stars felt pretty contrived and seriously PINK CAMOUFLAGE? WTF?

Patch Adams
Patch Adams(1998)

I liked this movie a bit too much considering it was a Robin Williams dramedy, certainly had its moments

A Prairie Home Companion

An incredibly warm movie that makes a whole lot of sense as Robert Altman's last film. Even if country music is not your thing, its pretty amazing how all of it was performed live in this moive and it had some really funny moments as well.

Waking Life
Waking Life(2001)

I really loved this movie, was really deep and had a nice conversational style. The art style was both beautiful and nauseating at some times.

Big Trouble in Little China

Ridiculously awesome popcorn flick.

Saw (short film)

Pretty senseless violence on a low budget. Doesn't have much in the story department and really isn't that scary due to how little you can actually see. Mildly amusing in spots but bad and completely grotesque.

Baby Geniuses

Sadly, I was forced to watch this back in elementary school on a field trip. It hurts me to even think about this movie.


Some of the humor and quasi-science were fun but that doesn't get by the fact that its nothing more than a substandard clone of Ghostbusters (which is also from the same director of Ghostbusters surprisingly).

Jack Frost
Jack Frost(1998)

If you don't count the Star Wars Holiday Special or Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, this would be the worst holiday film I ever sat through. The special effects especially come off as creepy.

Fantasia 2000

Some of the new stuff is hit and miss but otherwise a pretty worthy semi-follow-up to the original.

Stranger Than Fiction

Incredibly funny and clever comedy that never talks down to itself but also knows when to be serious and be very funny.

A Scanner Darkly

A pretty big disappointment for me. Had it not been rotoscoped I probably wouldn't have finished this movie. Tries a little too hard to be profound that it often forgets about the story and the characters that are required to bring out the philosophy in the first place. It looked beautiful though.

Osmosis Jones

Had some legitimate laughs but there was little to really separate it from your average big budget low heart animated movie. Trades snot jokes for plot.

The Rugrats Movie

Seemed like more of a stunt to keep the franchise popular than an actual movie. Though the entire little brother subplot was cute, I thought it was pretty terrible overall...and I thought that when I was 9...

Inspector Gadget

Matthew Broderick has immortality for playing Ferris Bueller but god, he almost lost it for being in this movie. Its a shame too, the Dic cartoon series was a big part of my childhood and it hurt me to watch it turn into nothing more than uninventive slapstick gags and a token "innuendo".

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Now this is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre I know and love, made with an incredibly low-budget but a lot of heart, much better than the recent high budget remake.

Tristan & Isolde

I saw French language track of this in French class, was pretty bland overall especially compared to the Luhrman (sp) Romeo and Juliet.

The Iron Giant

The ending of this movie is fantastic, launched Brad Bird into animation nerd immortality. Definitely deserved more attention than it received, was better than a lot of Disney efforts at the time.

Edward Scissorhands

A look at how shallow humans are, probably Tim Burton's most emotional film.

Good Burger
Good Burger(1997)

A guilty pleasure of mine, yearns back to one of those movies I always wanted to see when I was six years old but was probably better off skipping. The Carmen Electra cameo seemed a bit odd, especially for a family movie of sorts.

Small Time Crooks

Bizarre but it completely works, I must have seen this movie at least 12 times now and every single time I see it the same jokes are every bit as clever as the last time I saw it.


A bit too sour and mean spirited even for a dark comedy, the actual romance in it wasn't really too believable either. Has its fair share of laughs though.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

This movie was actually a pretty big part of my childhood for some reason despite being absolutely violent.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss is rolling in his grave at this one.

Child's Play
Child's Play(1988)

Campy and fun but not necessarily scary. I guess it makes sense that I saw this at 2 AM...

West Side Story

Its amazing how well the themes of this movie hold up to today.

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

Has a lot more heart that Adam Sandler's other movies but it still feels like it was injected into the film. The jokes are really hit-and-miss its at its best when its not trying to be "over the top".

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Though I felt the book did a better job exploring the characters and showing that Randle P. McMurphy fought for the well-being of the other patients in the institution, both are incredibly crafted pieces with perhaps one of the best antagonists of all time. Perfectly acted and can go from laughter to tears in a matter of seconds.


Your pretty sub-standard Disney faire, it bothered me how they touted filming real life backgrounds as "innovative". Seems more lazy if you ask me.

Star Wars: Holiday Special

Easily the worst movie I have ever seen in my life, there are a whole lot of things wrong with this movie but probably the most obvious would be how it does not know whether or not its a variety show, christmas special or some weird musical. But to its credit, it has a ton of camp value and there's nothing awesomer than seeing Chewbacca's family cooking up some Wookie Ookies.

Babe: Pig in the City

A slightly disappointing follow-up to Babe that still has the charm that made the first movie so lovable.

2001: A Space Odyssey

A bit too deep for just one sitting is surprisingly accurate with its future predictions.

Undercover Brother

As terrible as it looks, it was actually a lot better than the Austin Powers movies in the same genre.

Like Mike
Like Mike(2002)

A pretty standard kid's film but does little more its innocent and it doesn't go too far into pop-culture references which puts it above 90% of all other "films" for "kids"

Napoleon Dynamite

Has a lot of heart but would probably be better off as a short film (much like how it originated) than an actual movie. Not really worthy of all the pop-culture memes it created.

My Boss's Daughter

The only difference between the "R rated" version and the PG-13 rated version would be just 30 seconds of a wet t-shirt. Oh marketing :P The movie sucked too...


A fun movie for what it is.

Shaolin Soccer

One of Stephen Chow's best movies, combines off the wall soccer antics with an absolutely adorable story. This movie's bizarre but it totally works.

Lady in the Water

When most directors would just stop making movies when they are in a slump, this movie is proof M. Night Shaymalon needs to know when its okay to take a break...

Lost in Space

A clever adaption considering how hard it is to work from the source material.


Has much more style over substance, if it weren't for the Spider-man franchise no one would care about this movie.

March of the Penguins

A touching documentary that had its fair share of action and suspense in an age where all of that is added in later with 3D animation :P

The Stepford Wives

Has nothing on the original.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

After they perfected the Spider-man formula with Spider-man 2 its sad to see the franchise stoop down to your average braindead superhero flick. Worth seeing for the special effects but the plot was a mess.


The second one fixed everything that was wrong with the first but this movie raised the bar for superhero films.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

The perfect sequel, took everything that was good about the first one and took it to the next level but on top of that added a lot more depth and balance to the movie than any other superhero sequel before it.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

This movie is absolutely hilarious, whether you've worked in a cube farm or not.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

This movie has sold out to the Hot Topic crowd. Tried to be another Nightmare Before Christmas.

The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

Not much funnier than your typical live-action cartoon mix, the 3D animated Rocky and Bullwinkle are creepy too.

The Master of Disguise

One of the few movies I actually walked out of, gets worse as it goes along.

13 Going on 30

Won't change the way you view movies or anything but its a slightly enjoyable chick flick. Jennifer Garner was charming enough to make it worth a viewing if you are able to catch it on cable television.

Shark Tale
Shark Tale(2004)

Why can't big studios understand the reason Pixar is famous is not because their movies are 3D animated but because their plots are superb. This is an example of the big budget crap in the past 5 years.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

This movie was my childhood. Its Hollywood at its best, not only does it have amazing special effects but its also very smart at the same time.

Tokyo Godfathers

Has a whole lot more warmth than you'd expect. The animation, music and art are top-notch here. A lot of the characters express more emotion in their movements than many actors ever could.

Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)

Has little appeal outside of its shameless over the top violence which gets old because there is little drama to back it up.

The Polar Express

As whimsical as the art is for this movie, its awfully hard to ignore how wooden the animation is and how corporate this movie comes across as.

Beavis and Butt-head Do America

Keeps to the spirit of the series but is entertaining throughout.


After five masterpieces in a row, Pixar took a fall on this one. While its fun the first time around, the pacing issues are incredibly apparent the second time around. By Pixar standards its a disappointment but by all other standards, still pretty good...

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)

Funny the first time around but by the second time you'd want to rip your face off. Unlike George Miller's Babe, this one comes across as too preachy and a lot of the elements of the plot seemed to make things seem too cluttered when the simpler approach would have said things better.

The Queen
The Queen(2006)

Provides a deep and interesting look on the recent Princess Diana death and how it impacted the royal family in England. The acting is fantastic in this.

Orange County

A bit too hip for its own good but has its fair share of funny moments and a great use of Jack Black.

How High
How High(2001)

Poorly written stoner comedy movie that has little build up to its humor and lacks any rational thought.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

A great look at how much politics relate to the products we can consume.


The definitive violent historical movie.

Charlotte's Web

This movie is a classic, we've all seen it in elementary school and if you don't cry at the ending your a bastard :p

The Scorpion King

Typical spin-off had some great special effects but failed to offer the thrills of The Mummy franchise.

X-Men: The Last Stand

After two good X-Men movies, the third one officially killed the series. If you have any respect for the X-Men just do yourself a favor and skip this.

An Inconvenient Truth

A great documentary pushing the facts of global warming while giving you a very personal story of Al Gore as well.

Over the Hedge

A nice change of pace from the usual Dreamworks movies. This one does not resort to using Pop-Culture references and actually makes a great political statement too. Don't let the cute animals fool you, this is actually pretty good.


Tim Burton's short film created in the '80s to play before a re-release of Pinocchio. The short was later left out because it received a PG rating but it has a great Dr. Seuss meets Edgar Allan Poe charm to it.


The finale to the cult series Firefly and unlike many other finales, this one was willing to kill off a few of the characters and turn the series on its head.

Christmas With the Kranks

Another case where the book was WAY better than the movie. Its only worth watching if your a big fan of the well-written John Grisham book but even then you'll still be pretty disappointed in the direction they took the source material. Seeing the book acted out makes the plot feel even more unrealistic than it is when you read it out.

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

There was plenty of room for improvement in the original but this one seemed to be even worse.

The Return of Jafar

The first and best of all the cheapquels :P

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Took the clever and tongue-in-cheek humor from the book and turned it into a dumb comedy movie. Please do yourself a favor and just read the book instead, this film just doesn't "get" the humor. Even on its own merits it spends too much time almost making fun of the characters instead of having humor bounce off of them.

The Time Machine

Flawed but at least the first time traveling sequence looked cool.

The Omen
The Omen(2006)

Compared to the original one, this was a comedy movie.

Around the World in 80 Days

Not all that funny or clever. Why would anyone cast Jackie Chan in something that is not an action movie? Watch the original one instead.

National Lampoon's Vacation

One of those funny road trip comedies.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Is often dragged down by its deliberately slow pace and is based off of a story that really doesn't hold up very well outside of school.


A bit long and not historically backed but has a great portrayal of one of the rockstar of classical music.

Fat Albert
Fat Albert(2004)

As innocent as movies can get but sadly wasn't really that funny or inventive.

The Flintstones

Took the cartoon a bit too literally.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

A wonderful film that is every bit as powerful and relevent to society as it was back then as it is today.

Titan A.E.
Titan A.E.(2000)

Even with the writing by Joss Whedon there was very little that could save this movie from being just another throwaway sci-fi movie. Had beautiful art and special effects at the very least.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

This romance movie is a bit creepy in theme but its entire two perspectives on one story thing was an interesting enough gimmick to hold up the film.


Pretty magical movie with fantastic art design and a great soundtrack. If you have the means to see it its absolutely worth it.

Kung Fu Hustle

If Looney Tunes and Kung Fu action movies had a super genius baby, it would be something like this.

Dead Poets Society

Easily the best Robin Williams drama with an incredibly memorable ending.

Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew

I remember waiting in line for 2 hours to see it and then being incredibly disappointed. Tries to have a message but its too obvious that it is just a stunt to make more money off of the Pokemon fad.

Finding Forrester


Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Recycles too much of the tried and true humor from the old Looney Tunes shorts but fails to even match the subtleties back then and all the new humor just fell entirely flat and artificial.

Secondhand Lions

Rarely funny, this film was way too sentimental for its own good.

A Christmas Story

My favorite Christmas movie, I'm sad to see the director died. Does one of the most accurate depictions of the fragile innocence of childhood and what the holidays are all about.


As hot as Jennifer Garner is, this is one really terrible superhero flick. Not as bad as Catwoman but that does not make it good either.

Beauty Shop
Beauty Shop(2005)

My favorite part about this movie is just how racist it is. You know there's a problem when every time the white character talks they tell her to shut up whereas if that were done in reverse it would give Al Sharpton a heart attack.

Snow Dogs
Snow Dogs(2002)

Tries to reminisce to the time when Disney made comedy films back in the '60s but this movie just doesn't really entertain. The ads were misleading too, there is nothing "fun" about this movie.


Clerks the animated series was absolutely amazing, its a shame it did not even finish its run.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

A pretty good follow-up to the first Harry Potter movie, sadly this is also the last one I saw.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

A sweet low-budget comedy that deserved all the success it received. It never strays too far into absurdity but it has enough that absolutely anyone can relate their family to, Greek or not.

Planet of the Apes

The other disappointing Tim Burton movie...

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

Suffers a bit from terrible early 90s culture but is a genuinely heartfelt movie, as heartfelt as a slapstick comedy can get :P

Mars Attacks!

One of those Tim Burton films I'd like to forget about...

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Often cited as being a lot more revolutionary than it actually is. When you take away the live-action cartoon gimmick all your left with is a subpar comedy movie.


A funny movie with fantastic scenes but the overarching story is a bit disappointing by the end. Not as good as Kevin Smith's other movies but still an easy recommendation.

28 Days Later

One of the better zombie movies in the past few years.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A fun musical that is best appreciated with the insane cult following.

The Phantom of the Opera

Feels more like a commercial than the musical. Strays a bit too far from the source material.

Batman Begins

Reinvents Batman with a darker and more mysterious vision than the Burton/Schumacher era. Successfully takes away all the camp factor attached to Batman and brings him back to his detective roots. Christopher Nolan was the perfect director for the job.

The Fox and the Hound

A bit cutesier than the standard Disney faire but still a lot better than let's say...Chicken Little :P

The Matrix Revolutions

One of the most disappointing sequels ever made.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

One of the few cheapquels that was actually halfway decent; its still no Lion King though.


Looks absolutely stunning but beyond that the film is completely braindead. It mentions topics such as slavery but it does little to flesh them out. Even in an action movie sense it never really gives a good fight and does little to embrace us in the chaos of battle.


Low budget with cheap thrills. There's nothing scary in Saw, it has the violence but it lacks any suspense. On top of that the camera angles ruin any violence there is to be had and make the pain even harder to relate to.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven's original horror masterpiece before its been driven into the ground by countless sequels.

The Benchwarmers

This kind of sports movie has been done many times before and a lot better in other movies. I'm also a bit sad to see Jon Heder sticking to the Napoleon Dynamite-shtick in poorly written movies.


Guillermo del Toro has an incredible talent of making the most out of a small budget. This film looked like it costed twice as much as it actually did. He perfected that with Pan's Labyrinth.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

Jack Nicholson at his best and perhaps one of the greatest horror movies, psychological or otherwise that I've ever seen.

The Covenant
The Covenant(2006)

A fun action movie but not much more.

Chicken Run
Chicken Run(2000)

My favorite film from Aardman Animations has a great mix of light British humor, incredibly intricate stop-motion animation and characters that its really hard not to like this.

Hollow Man
Hollow Man(2000)

This movie was a disaster but at least it was a disaster with good special effects. Has some camp value here. Its better than Paul Verhoeven's other film, Showgirls :P

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

They invented the PG-13 rating specifically for this movie. A wonderful finale to one of the best film series of the 80s.

Jackass: Number Two

This sequel actually topped the first one in every way imaginable. There's a certain innocence to all the immaturity here and it only becomes more interesting as they get older.


When I was five I thought this movie was amazing. Saw it lately on the Sci-fi channel (hurh?) and it really seemed a lot worse than I remembered.

The Parent Trap

I'd hate to admit it but I've seen this movie a whole lot of times growing up. Not as good as the original one but still has its moments.

Chicken Little

Its disheartening that this movie was so successful in the box office, this film simply did not have the "magic" that you come to expect out of Disney and felt more like the uninspired imitations that come from other studios.

The Village
The Village(2004)

While not as horrid as Lady in the Water, this movie marked a change for the worst for M. Night Shyamalan. The movie thought it was a lot better than it was and it really gave us no reason to care about the twist ending in the first place.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Now this was the good Charlie Brown Christmas Special. There's a reason why these shorts hold up so well even more than forty years later.

The Princess Diaries

A fun if not cliched family movie that is absolutely perfect as a father-daughter movie but little else.

Sleepy Hollow

Not Tim Burton's best but not his worst either. Its at its best when its at its weirdest, as someone who grew up with the Disney short film it didn't really meet my expectations.

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Surreal and ridiculous, there are some legitimate laughs to be had here and oddly its even a little bit educational too.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

A deep movie that gets better with repeated viewings and has some incredible performances. May be a bit hard to watch if you can't dedicate yourself 100% to it but if you have the time, you'd absolutely love it. Same goes for anything else from Christopher Nolan.

Johnny English

Rowan Atkinson is capable of so much for than crude slapstick humor. Could have used a whole lot more subtlety.

A Night at the Roxbury

A guilty pleasure. I know its a terrible movie that gets old pretty fast but for some reason I was entertained.

The Santa Clause

Of all the Christmas movies I've seen, this one has come closest to a tradition for me. Its legitimately funny, sweet and it actually understands Christmas without going too far into familiar territory. Too bad the sequels weren't half as good as this one.

High School Musical

I have no clue why this caught on with the 9-12 age group so quickly. I'd hope they'd be able to see right through it :(

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The first full length animated movie and it still holds up incredibly well. Not only revolutionized animation at the time but also changed what is expected from a story as well.

Independence Day

Its like Men in Black except without a brain...

Alice in Wonderland

One of those movies I couldn't stop watching throughout my childhood.

Resident Evil

By video game movie standards, this was pretty good but by any other standard its just not worth seeing.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Its sad how a lot of people watch this movie in the same way Stan, Kyle and Cartman watched the Terrance and Phillip movie but this film does a great job poking fun at the flaws in the "values" of American society.

Die Another Day

Flawed but at least had some good action scenes.

Atlantis - The Lost Empire

Pretty disappointing considering how much effort was put into the animation. A mixed bag.

I, Robot
I, Robot(2004)

Your typical summer action faire, had plenty of robots, explosions and Will Smith. It would help if it actually had more in common with the book of the same name :P also it had way too much product placement.

Jackass - The Movie

I wouldn't want to see it twice but it had enough energy to make it entertaining throughout.

An American Tail - Fievel Goes West

I can barely remember this but as a kid, I would always pass by this title on the shelf for a better Disney movie.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

What was once an exciting low-budget horror film was remade into an expensive slasher flick. The problem with this is that it completely forgets what made the franchise so appealing in the first place.

Cheaper by the Dozen

Its a real shame to see someone as talented as Steve Martin to be put through something so mundane.

Mrs. Doubtfire

This movie is ALWAYS on TV but whenever its on, I always have to watch it. Its funny but it has a big heart too. A modern classic I guess.

Daddy Day Care

Does little to stand out from being just a typical family hack-job.

Dude, Where's My Car?

As much as I hate to admit it, I kind of liked this movie.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

This would be an awesome movie...if I were 12. Had a good cast but it just felt pretty contrived.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Pretty overrated, the humor needs to be fleshed out a lot more. Had its moments, I'd almost recommend it.

Apocalypse Now

I absolutely loved this movie. It took something as vanilla as Heart of Darkness and fleshed it out into something greater than the sum of its parts. Explores the thin line between civilization and the psychological impact of war without ever seeming preachy.

Big Fat Liar
Big Fat Liar(2002)

Ack! saw this on ABC Family once at 2 in the morning. This comedy is pretty broken right from the start.

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)

Not nearly as original as the first one. Replaced any wit with more pop culture references. Given what they had to work with and how the original wrapped up the plot, it was still a great movie. It just may drive you crazy.


At the time was a breath of fresh air and officially put Dreamworks on the map. While the sequel killed any heart that was left in the first one, the original Shrek is still a great film to watch.

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

Sometimes goes a little too far for a laugh but still one of the greatest comedy movies of the year. Anyone who loves Reno 911 would love this

School of Rock

The perfect "family film" offers something for everyone. Yes the plot was obvious but it did all the cliches so perfectly and was so fun you'd be a bastard not for liking this film.

Bridge to Terabithia

This is one you need to watch with an open mind. While it may start off with the typical Disney Channel cheese by the end you'll be holding back the tears and any Drama that can pull that off gets a good score in my book. Probably the best family flick of 2007 so far.


You can see why they decided to end the canon and start over for their next Hulk film. Strayed too far from the comic.

Garfield - The Movie

Saw it on FX once. In theory it should be about as good as reading Garfield comics for 90 minutes (which is still not that funny) but barely even reaches that point.

Rat Race
Rat Race(2001)

One of the best comedies of a dead summer. Despite being all over the place it somehow delivers.


Overall a pretty entertaining movie thanks to Woody Allen actually adding a lot to his voice role.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Every bit as charming as the short films it inspired. Its hard not to love this film.

Bicentennial Man

Between this and the animated fiasco Robots, Robin Williams really should avoid roles where he plays a machine.

Aeon Flux
Aeon Flux(2005)

It was better than Ultraviolet if that says anything...


The movie really never lived up to how funny the series was. All of the new jokes fell flat and the recycled ones were told better on the BBC show.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

One of those movies I grew up with, there's probably some sort of nostalgic bias here :P

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Saw this on Disney Channel one morning when I was really bored. Typical Disney Channel-faire does little new to the formula.

The Lost World - Jurassic Park

An above average sequel to the absolutely amazing Jurassic Park

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

I really wish I haven't seen this...

Memoirs of a Geisha

Visually stunning, great lighting and costumes. Too bad the writing was nothing special outside of its Japanese themes.

Freddy vs. Jason

Would be a typical slasher flick but the ending was a total cop-out defeating its premise.

The Ring Two
The Ring Two(2005)

Lacks the energy and freshness of the original Ring. Most of the scares here were recycled from the first one.

Mission: Impossible

Worth watching when its in HD :P


One of those movies your embarrassed to admit that you like.

Bruce Almighty

A bad script and a big budget lead to a watchable very bad movie. Bruce isn't a very likable character and even with its inserted moral, it makes little sense that he received god powers.

Van Helsing
Van Helsing(2004)

It has a lot of special effects but very little else. Even then, the CGI all seems very out of place. The script could have used a whole lot more work.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

It only gets one star for Sean Connery.


Just because its based off of the headlines in the news at the time does not make this flawed drama any smarter.

Romeo + Juliet

a really cool and stylish adaption of a classic story that actually works on a lot of levels.


Overrated but still a fun and deeply emotional trip down one of the most facinating aspects of American culture and beliefs.

The Da Vinci Code your self a favor and pick up the book instead.

The Lion King 1 1/2

This movie doesn't "get" The Lion King. Whatever it is though, it certainly is watchable to some degree and little kids will probably go crazy over it.

Spy Kids
Spy Kids(2001)

I can only imagine how this idea was devised...

Executive Board Meeting 5/2000:
Exec. #1: Lets make a movie about Spies that's for kids!
Exec. #2: What shall we call it?
Exec. #1: SPY KIDS!!
Exec. #2: BRILLIANT!!!!!

I Heart Huckabees


Now that I got that out of my system. This film has all the ingredients of a good movie but halfway through its change of tone completely ruins the entire picture.


Ugh, don't even take your kids to see this movie.


A well-made albeit campy Superhero movie. While this one was good, the campiness became worse and worse as the movies went on until Batman and Robin. Batman Begins was definitely necessary.

Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal(2001)

This comedy worked...sort of.

Stuart Little

Pretty formulaic family film. It does exactly what it was aiming for which was to entertain anyone under 9 but does little more.

American History X

Violent, gritty and straight-to-the-point. This film does a great job showing how disgusting racism is without being preachy. This film will make you think about the world, even days after you watched it.

Ice Age
Ice Age(2002)

The animation and art direction are both pretty good. But this movie needs a lot more than just that to keep it interesting for 90 minutes. All of the characters in the film are jerks and this isn't even debated in the plot.


This G-rated movie has more emotionally complicated characters and motives than many R-rated films. More than just a good "kid's movie", this is a good movie by any standard.

Jingle All the Way

Represents everything I hate about Christmas wrapped in a crotch-kick filled movie. To say it lacks the Christmas spirit would be being nice.

The Mask of Zorro

A little humor, action and an all-around fun character make this a film just about anyone can enjoy.

Apollo 13
Apollo 13(1995)

This film is worth seeing for the entire sense of scale alone. Ron Howard gets a lot of credit for being able to pull off a dramatic scene with a slide rule.

Fantastic Four

Breaks down some of the best American superheroes into a dumb sitcom family.

The Lion King

Just about as good as "standard Disney" can get.

The Legend of Zorro

The Mask of Zorro was an amazing movie that put Zorro on the map. The Legend of Zorro was nothing more than a shell of the original.

Scary Movie 4

the half a star is only for Dr. Phil


Its impossible to downvote this film.

Billy Madison

I can barely sit through this movie.

Monster House

Saw an early screening of this. As a whole it fell short in answering all the questions raised by its overwhelmingly simple plot. Though there was still some fun the be had watching this movie.

Superman Returns

Great special effects, some scenes didn't really work that well. There was no chemistry between Superman and Louis Lane in this one.

The Devil Wears Prada

I was the only guy in the theater but that didn't stop me from enjoying this well-written movie. Think Office Space meets Sex and the City.

Snakes on a Plane

Its a bad movie and its well aware of it, making for one of the most fun homages to 80s B-movies yet. The audience participation rivaled that of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

If you want to see shiny cars going fast, this movie is for you. Everyone else should watch something with a brain.

Meet the Parents

Some great acting, the script itself was pretty bad.

Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story

The one joke premise of a guy getting hit in the face with a ball gets old really fast.

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle

Don't let the skimpy clothing, bad writing and shameless editing fool you, this is nothing more than a chick flick marketed towards the Maxim crowd.

Saving Private Ryan

The best depiction of World War II ever put onto film.

The Matrix Reloaded

Not as good as the first one but WAY better than the third one...

Not Another Teen Movie

Don't let its title fool you, it is just another teen movie.

Liar Liar
Liar Liar(1997)

Jim Carrey at his best.

Back to the Future Part III

A disappointment compared the the spectacular Part I and II.

Big Momma's House

Its like Mrs. Doubtfire, except without any strain of originality and bad writing.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The only bad Indiana Jones movie in the series.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

One of those movies I vividly loved as a child but I cringe now every time I see it on TV.

Dr. Dolittle 2

If you find poop and fart jokes as comic brilliance than this movie is made for you. In other words, if you are under 6, you'd love this film.

The Jungle Book

Does it pass the test of time? sort of. If anything, has some of the greatest sense of weight ever shown in animation.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Great music and even better animation.

Big Fish
Big Fish(2003)

Does not hold up to repeated viewings.

Open Season
Open Season(2006)

This film's only saving grace is the IMAX 3D version. If there weren't raindrops falling into the audience I would have walked out.

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life(1998)

Lacks the key story points that Toy Story had and the characters aren't nearly as intricate but on its own merits, there is a lot you can get out of this.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

One of the most influential films of the past 10 years. Not only set the standard for 3D animation but its plot even to this day has yet to be surpassed.

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

Probably one of the saddest movies ever made, animated or otherwise. Is up there with Schindler's List. Gets its true story across and serves as an example of how much of a big impact war can have on civilians alone.

My Neighbor Totoro

I'm embarrassed to admit how much I love this movie. I wish I could have seen this one growing up.

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

Not quite as good as everyone makes it out to be but its still pretty amazing.

Spirited Away

A masterpiece by every sense of the word. While it is abstract and full of symbolism it doesn't use that as an excuse for a confusing plot. Everything makes sense and it invokes a ton of feelings.

Do the Right Thing

The ending was great, it almost made up for the boring rest of the movie.

The Illusionist

One of the most surprisingly good movies of the year.

Howl's Moving Castle

a bit disappointing compared to Hayao Miyazaki's other masterpieces but its still a Miyazaki movie with great visuals and a pretty good plot.

Castle in the Sky

I can recommend this movie to just about anyone.

Kiki's Delivery Service

A change of pace from the usual anime movie also Patrick Warburton's last voice acting role.

Little Miss Sunshine

This comedy has just about everything. An intriguing cast of characters, a deep yet easy to follow plot, legitimate laughs and most importantly a great message behind it.


Its a weird concept and it goes along with it. Making this teen-noire really entertaining when its not captivating.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

What I'd consider the perfect movie, can go from funny to heartfelt in a minute.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Not quite as creative as the original and considering the massive budget was a bit underwhelming yet its highly imaginative and fits in well with Tim Burton's other films.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

This movie thinks its smarter than it actually is. Its paper-thin characters would hold wel if it were just a dumb popcorn movie but its awfully hard to take a nearly 3 hour pirate movie seriously.

King Kong
King Kong(2005)

A little long but otherwise perfect.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

A satisfying ending to a disappointing series of prequels.


This movie achieved any goal it was aiming for. It had the theater and my family laughing throughout. The plot was really rushed and you did not care for the characters though. Got old pretty fast.


Great visuals, the plot was a mess. Tried to hard to tell as many jokes as possible trying to hide its broken plot. The jokes weren't funny and the plot was made on an assembly line.

Fahrenheit 9/11

While I agree with the politics, this documentry did little to show both sides of the arguments and was just preaching to the choir.

The Ring
The Ring(2002)

Some good scenes and moments that feel inspired other times it drags on. Color is a bit too washed out even if it was for effect.

The Incredibles

Well directed, well animated and great characters. This is one of Pixar's best.

The Day After Tomorrow

Talks too far down to the audience but there is some fun to be had with this one. Just leave your brain out of it.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

A fun 90s action movie, not quite worthy of becoming a pop-culture icon but still an achievement in special effects.

Little Man
Little Man(2006)

More groin kicks than a season of America's Funniest Home Videos.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Even worse than the first one. Would have been a great popcorn flick if it were an hour shorter. The ending is practically non-existant.

Saw II
Saw II(2005)

low-budget, cheap thrills and high box office grosses considering the ridiculously low budget. Not really scary or atmospheric.

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Does everything the mediocre first one did except a lot worse.