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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
8 years ago via Movies on Facebook

As some of you know, I REALLY liked the first Transformers movie. Yes it was generally pretty stupid, but it was a fun stupid. Apparently, Michael Bay ASSUMED this meant "Well I can just throw in more of everything I did last time, and people will love it again!"

*rolls up newspaper and hits Bay in the head*

No! Bad Bay. Bad.

So let's just get something out there. This IS supposed to be a FAMILY movie isn't it? Yes I know it's PG-13 but with that in mind I think half the PG-13 movies that have been released in the last...I dunno...10 years...should have been PG. I mean, this thing was filled with overt sexual themes and fratboy potty humor. Those aspects are bad enough by themselves, since they usually are just in movies to sell tickets to the immature high schooler/middle school crowd and aren't really funny to anyone else. But let's not forget the fact that this is a movie based on a CHILDREN'S CARTOON, which is in fact based on A TOY LINE.

W...wh-what? Come on Bay, use your thoughts here.

But we'll omit the obvious complaints about the crude (and generally unfunny) jokes, the creepy panty shot, and Mudflap and Skids (why are we stuck with the LAME Autobots the whole time?!) since everyone has made those complaints. Let's focus on the fact that Megan Fox herself recently came out and said Bay spent too much time focusing on the effects and not the acting and story telling.

...The "TALENT" is coming out and accusing you of not trying. THAT'S BAD.

With all this in mind though, I can't deny that there were aspects of the movie I thorougly enjoyed. The aspects involving the Military/Autobots were neat, as was the increased portrayal of the Decipticons, specifically Starscream and Megatron (Starscream needs to be more back-stabby, but we can do that in another film). And I would be lying if I said that the fight scenes weren't cool as could be. It's just unfortunate that the story mostly focused on Sam and friends, and they weren't nearly as interesting this time around. It worked in the first film since Sam was discovering them for the first time. But this time around his little teenage hijinks weren't sufficient enough. Stick him in the freaking military unit and make him DO SOMETHING USEFUL.

But all in all, the movie was still fun. Definetly not AS fun, but it's worth going to see. Jetfire was really the highlight of the movie as far as I'm concerned, with Optimus placing a close second.

Letters from Iwo Jima
8 years ago via Movies on Facebook

Ultimately, I think Letters from Iwo Jima definetly works better as a companion to Flags of Our Fathers. The movie is still an excellent piece of cinema on its own, but the two obviously compliment each other far better.

Like Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima has the same no nonsense delivery that Clint Eastwood's directing is known for. And this truly helps to tell the story of some geninuinely interesting and likeable characters.

I ended up liking Flags of Our Fathers more however, and this is because while the two had essentially the same story telling (from opposite sides of the line), I had a harder time following along with the story my first time through. That didn't mean the story was bad (very much the opposite) but I had to sit through the movie again just to better establish what was going on.

The other thing...and this is a personal thing of course...but as I enjoyed the movie in the back of my mind I couldn't help but remember "These WERE the guys shooting at my Grandpa and thousands of other Americans at the time."

That doesn't mean they were BAD people. In fact, as the movie showed, some of the Japanese soldiers were fond of or at least respected the American forces...something we certainly did not share with them. But you have to understand there were personal issues tied with the movie that I had to contend with.

It also didn't help that the movie did little for me in the ways of supporting the Japanese Military, considering how their citizens and soldiers were often treated (at least in this particular dipiction).

That having been was a different time, and different circumstances. And my own personal feelings did not change the fact that this was still an excellent movie, with a moving message on the horrors and brotherhood that come from conflict. And the acting in particular was top notch.

Up (2009)
8 years ago via Movies on Facebook

So Colette and I went and saw this on our "date" Friday night. We litterally went and saw it at the same time (not in the time zone sense, but physically she saw it at 10:30 while I was watching it at 9:30 my essentially the same time). Sadly, this movie just made me wish we were in the same physical vacinity, but we both had a great time all the same.

As my friend put it, "When the movie has you on the verge of tears in the first 10 minutes, it's doing something right."

And yes, Up DEFINETLY did many things right. To be perfectly honest I could have just walked in, seen the opening sequence with Carl and Ellie, and the movie could have ended there. It would have been a little bit of a downer, sure, but it was such a bittersweet sequence that showcased all the ups and downs of life that it and of itself was worth the full ticket price.

...But it did help that there was a lot more adventure to be had.

Anyway, so there were a lot of things that I liked about Up. First of all, it was nice to see an elderly protaganist. Yes that's right, an old guy. I'm so tired of all the heroes being "hot, young super stud(ettes)". And I'm tired of seeing all the older protaganists (on those rare occassions) being the "gruff, gritty, hardend kind". There's certainly a place for those, but it was nice just to see an old protaganist who wasn't some tough gritty jerk.

Secondly, they nailed Dug. Really, they nailed the dogs in general. As the happy owner of two dogs and having now been through four total, I gotta say that the dog's personalities are pefect.

"Hello Master, I was under the porch because I love you..."


Silly dogs. And their squirrels

And finally, no movie that I can think of recently has made me cry on and off more frequently then Up. It really is just a tear jerker. Grant you, many of those were happy tears, but there were sad tears too. But it worked well all in all because ultimately the characters were well developed enough that I was able to feel their hurt and joy...which for a movie that was just an hour and half long, that's awfully impressive.

The movie wasn't perfect though. Most of the characters were well developed, but the main villian seemed as more of an afterthought. Honestly it would have made about as much sense to be some random villian as opposed to Carl's childhood hero. Additionally, although the story was still developed enough that it didn't feel like anything was DID kind of feel like it was still brisked along at a fairly quick pace. And ultimately as a result it felt like the message or jokes weren't quite delivered with the some punch as other Pixar movies, which felt like they had more time to deliver.

...Although I still think the first exchange between Carl and Kevin is one of my favorite sight gags in the movie.

All in all, this is still a FANTASTIC movie. It is not as good as Wall-E. But it is a very close call. If you haven't seen it by now, I highly recommend that you do.

Flags of Our Fathers
8 years ago via Movies on Facebook

As someone in PR, and with the subject of "propaganda" always a hot button topic, it was good to see a no nonsense look at the entire ordeal from the eyes of the soldiers. Clint Eastwood did an amazing job, and the movie was very moving.

The movie was also, very VERY depressing. I suspect I probably won't see it again because of that.

But I recommend you at least see it once. Addmittingly, the story does jump around a bit, which can be difficult to follow, but all in all the movie is fantastic and a great tribute to some of the wonderful men who died for the US, and I highly recommend it.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
8 years ago via Movies on Facebook

So I finally had a chance to see this. And I have to say it's easily one of my favorite movies ever.

Let's get beyond the obvious part. It's about video games. Specifically, it's about Donkey Kong. I love video games, especially Nintendo. So you can imagine that the premise of two men competing over a Nintendo game was in and of itself enough to ensnare me. And it did.

But the movie itself also surprised me. I was expecting this to be a comedy...and in a way, it still mostly was. But not in the "Ha ha he made a joke" or "Ha ha pie to the face" thing. This was mostly funny because "Ha ha Oh good Lord they're taking this so seriously...It's FREAKING DONKEY KONG."

But what really caught me off guard was the (as the creators put it) David and Goliath story that ultimately emerged from this. And it was really very moving. It went beyond the reach of "Well, this is just a bunch of forty year olds playing a 20 year old game" into "This is one guy trying to make himself a winner at something and a bunch of other guys who are going out of their way to see he doesn't."

And even though the topic in question will obviously appeal to the nerdy/gamer crowd more...the story in general is something that I imagine we can all relate to. And because it's such a universal story I highly recommend this movie to just about anyone.

...And hey, if you think it's a dumb movie, you can still laugh at all the nerds.

HA HAAAA...degregation.