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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Tekkonkinkreet (Tekkon kinkurţto)

Treasure Town is an amazing sight to behold. Expertely crafted and stylized, you start to have a sort of connection to it. Unfortunately the movie shifts gears around halfway thru and the town's welfare is thrown to the wayside in favor of Black's battle with himself. It's sad as the movie started off with such an interesting premise. That's not saying the second half isn't well done or enjoyable to watch. It's just that I wished it had continued with what it had established. Either way it's a movie well worth seeing.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Good action, not much else.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)
½

Great special effects, a charming cast, unexpectedly funny, and it doesn't offend Trekkies. A few jokes fell flat with me, but I think Abrams got it right. A few too many "gee, what a coincidence" instances though(particularly regarding Nimoy and Pegg).

Terminator Salvation

Summer popcorn flick all the way. Big effects without a whole lot of substance. Not that I expected much else. As pointed out by a friend, some of the one-take shots are amazing(chiefly the helicopter crash in the beginning), but I don't think McG has the chops to direct such a large movie as much of it felt very amateurish to me. It's also sad Marcus's character was much more interesting than John Connor. Worthington did a bang up job as Marcus, but I certainly don't fault Bale for Connor's dullness.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Acting and effects were good, but I could not get myself to enjoy this film. Something continually felt off about the whole thing.
*SPOILER*
The only part that really worked for me was when Pitt and Blanchett's characters finally get a house of their own and there were short shots of them renovating the place and enjoying their time together.

Doubt
Doubt(2008)
½

A controversial subject matter is played very evenly with absolutely outstanding performances by the entire cast(of which all got very deserving Oscar nods). I knew Philip Semour Hoffman and Meryl Streep's performances would be worth watching, but I didn't expect to be so engaged in the events unfolding.

Bullitt
Bullitt(1968)

Bullitt is home to one of the most famous(if not the most) car chase sequences in film history. It is indeed great, but there are plenty of continuity errors to poke fun at. Beyond that, everything works fine(I was particularly impressed with the hotel shooting scene) except the foot chase at the end which drags on far too long.

Taken
Taken(2009)
½

Purchased this on a whim based on recommendation from the Digigods(Wade Major and Mark Keizer). They said it was one of the best revenge films in recent years, and I have to agree. Liam Neeson is unrelenting in the search for his daughter. It's not necessarily anything new, but it's a lot of fun. I guess my only complaint would be the ease at which he was able to acquire information and other things. Though realism is hardly the point here.

The Unborn
The Unborn(2003)
½

Again, more typical asian horror, but instead of solely focusing on the horror aspect(of which there were some decent ideas), the movie shifted to full-on investigation mode and lost even the averageness of the horror.

Re-cycle (Gwai wik)

What started out as a typical asian horror affair turned into a nightmarish adventure(literally). About a third through the movie it kicks into a whole different gear that reminded me of Pan's Labyrinth and the Silent Hill series. There were a lot of cool ideas and visuals here. Some stuff came off as cheesy, but what worked well worked very well. I don't believe the their goal was to scare you so much as to take a horror-laden journey. Plot aside(which wasn't so bad compared to most asian horror), in that they succeeded.

The Three Faces of Eve

A little long winded in parts, but Joanne Woodward is spectacular as Eve, or Eve's rather.

The Magnificent Seven
½

A classic remade from a classic. Now there's a rarity.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)
½

Very strong film with strong performances by all. The description alone should be enough to make one want to see this film. The only thing I wanted to mention was the fact the film is not in german. I complained about it in Valkyrie, but I did not mind it in this film. I believe that's due to the more convincing acting done by the entire cast.

Chocolate
Chocolate(2008)
½

Immediately after I watched Ong Bak 2, I threw in Chocolate. I'm very happy I did as Chocolate gave me everything I didn't recieve from Ong Bak 2. Ridiculous, but a whole ton of awesome.

Ong Bak 2
Ong Bak 2(2009)
½

After how fun the original Ong Bak was, I was really looking forward to this film. Unfortunately at the end I was sorely disappointed. The first Ong Bak's plot was terrible yes and Ong Bak 2's plot is much better, but 2 isn't as fun as 1. I was amazed by not only the martial arts on display in Ong Bak, but the stunts as well. Ong Bak 2 didn't have nearly as much of the stuff I loved from 1. Especially in the stunt catagory. I was hoping for so much more....

The Spirit
The Spirit(2008)

I don't know how to describe The Spirit. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. It had some cool stuff and there was some really retarded stuff as well. I... just don't know what to say.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

First off, I have not read the graphic novel. So basing this completely on film creditials alone, I do believe Zack Snyder did a damn fine job. Minus a few glaring issues. Okay, maybe just one. The sex scene. I absolutely hated the whole thing. The music for the scene was god awful, the scene lasted for FAR too long, and the end was something out of a Kevin Smith film. Otherwise the rest was great imo.

Body of Lies
Body of Lies(2008)
½

Ridley Scott has always made good movies and Body of Lies is good, but not spectacular. There are some cool things, good acting, and a decent plot. Makes for a good way to spend two hours, but nothing beyond that.

Slumdog Millionaire

I'm a big fan of Danny Boyle's films(especially Sunshine) and I expected no less from Slumdog. What I didn't expect is Best Picture of the year. I've read a lot of negative reviews and perceptions about this film and most of what I've read is unwarrented imo. One reviewer mentioned he thought there were too many "what a coincidence" moments. I'm sorry but the film is all about fate, so that statement makes zero sense. Regardless, I love the film. It brings you to some dark places, but as I had read somewhere else, it's the "feel good movie of the year."

Liliom
Liliom(1934)

Watched this on a whim. I really wanted it to be better. I didn't find the plot to be interesting, and the I really hated Liliom's character. While it may stick true to the source, I despised Liliom himself. I did, however, enjoy the old special effects. It's amazing what was accomplished back then.

Oneechanbara: The Movie (Chanbara Beauty)
½

Girl in bikini fighting zombies. Sounds like a sure fire winner for you and your friends to laugh at right? Yes. A good movie? Of course not. You get exactly what you should be expecting.

Valkyrie
Valkyrie(2008)
½

It tells a great story about how some within the ranks resisted the Nazi regime. It certainly wasn't the action packed film it made itself out to be, which was good. However, there is one huge problem. It's not in German. I didn't expect it to be, but it bothered me far more than I thought it would. Hearing what are suppose to be Germans speaking perfect english takes you out of the film.

Maxed Out
Maxed Out(2006)

I've always been wary of documentaries as they can easily be riddled with false information and one-sided opinions to make you believe what they want. This doc is no different. If you get one thing out of this, it's that it's far too easy to get into credit debt and one should avoid it unless necessary. There's a good section about the companies who buy bad credit. I never knew that millions in credit debt could be bought for next to nothing only for them to gamble on the fact you're going to pay on it.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
½

This documentary tries to make Wal-Mart out as the most evil company around. It succeded in telling the viewer about the overtime pay scandal and a couple other things, but most was over-exaggerated.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom)

The latest film from one of my top directors, and he doesn't disappoint. It starts with the opening train sequence(which is amazingly shot), and doesn't let up. Who knew that a Korean western could work so well. I'm just so impressed with the way Kim Jee Woon directs his films. It's a wonder why he hasn't gotten more recognition outside of Korea.

The Midnight Meat Train

Clive Barker's at it again. This time with a fairly straight up "slasher". I put it in quotes as he uses a meat tenderizing mallet. Ouch. Anyhoo, thankfully it doesn't have the stereotypical teens having party, girls start to get naked, then start to die. Beyond that, it's actually a good film. Ryuhei Kitamura did a fine job. My only two gripes are about the "battle" at the end. It felt a little drawn out to me, and there was an unnecessary use of a rotating camera.

Hancock
Hancock(2008)

Hmm... forgot to write a review. Funny, but became too serious for its own good. The first half of the movie is by far the better half if not only because he's such an asshole.

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)
½

I was so pleasently surprised with this. Steve Carell can be very funny and he the right chord here. Only a couple jokes fell flat or ran a bit too long, but the rest was spot on and the spoofs were great. Hilarious.

The Day the Earth Stood Still
½

One word to describe this movie, dull. I especially hated Jaden Smith's character. He did a good job acting, but the character he had to play was terrible. Katy Bate's character was horrid too. Keanu Reeves did his typical non-acting which was less than entertaining. Most of all, I just didn't care. If you're going to put out a big CG effects movie, you better make the rest of it interesting. Even then the "action" elements bored me. Thankfully I had zero hope for this going in, so nothing lost but my $6.50

Akumu tantei (Nightmare Detective)

Cool concept that I don't think was fully utilized. Maybe with the title Nightmare Detective I expected Ryuhei Matsuda's character to do more in the film. Even so, the stylish cinematography and refreshing horror elements make up for that. As much as I like asian horror, it was nice finding one that is more original than the rest.

Quantum of Solace

It's not a particularly bad action film, but that's the extent of it. Much left me confused as to why it was labeled as a Bond flick. Sure it has Bond, the girls, guns, and a typical Bond villian, but nothing else felt like Bond. There weren't any gadgets, the Bond girl didn't feel like a Bond girl(as awesome as Olga is), and it was more about gaining information than Bond doing his thing. I also found it rather disjointed. Clearly they knew the audience would get lost so they added the name of the location everytime it changed. That was helpful, but it was all over the place, literally and figuratively. Characters were underdeveloped, the plot was barely there, and it really gave me no reason to care. The throwback to Goldfinger was mega awesome though.

Tropic Thunder

I'm usually not one for stupid comedies, especially ones with Ben Stiller, but this certainly had its moments. I enjoyed the majority of the movie, but it got very strange around 3/4ths through and it lost me. Thankfully it redeemed itself in the end. Funny and worth the time, but don't expect anything more than that.

The Happening
½

Neat premise, but executed horribly wrong. It wasn't the plant thing that bothered me either, it just wasn't well directed. It's sad because the suicide scenes were done very well and quite haunting imo. The way the construction worker scene was shot really got under my skin. I was hoping that level would continue throughout. What we got was mediocre acting from Wahlberg, and senseless scenes of chatter. It never fully grasped the cool concept it had established.

Water Lilies
Water Lilies(2008)

Much the same as, Like Grains of Sand, this is a subdued story about homosexuality. Only this time it's about the other sex, and it's French. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Like Grains of Sand and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because it seemed like the plot was having the girls trying far too hard to find their sexuality. Marie's character was a little creepy in her ways, but kept things in check. The other two were trying so hard it felt out of place.

Kung Fu Panda

I was pleasently surprised by this film. It was a little obnoxious with the cliche's but it was fun. Being about martial arts there was much more action than most CG movies. That definitely helped it out as the core message was uninspired. My only wish is that it was longer.

Nagisa no Shindobaddo, (Like Grains of Sand)
½

An excellent drama dealing with a student and his feelings for a friend. As with many Japanese film's the story is presented in a rather subdued way. There are some awkwardly long scenes involving the two, but it certainly doesn't throw homosexuality in your face. Toss in an outcast who tries to help the situation and you've got a slow moving but ultimately compelling film.

The Bridge on the River Kwai
½

A classic movie that's very well directed. The only downfall are the sections that go away from the camp. I found those bland and uninteresting. They had to be there to advance the plot, but I wasn't hooked.

Shoujyo: An Adolescent
½

Pretty much a Japanese take on the story, Lolita, with a few extra twists. It did a fine job in telling the story it wanted to. Nothing spectacular tho.

Aozoranoyukue (Way of Blue Sky)
½

A pretty good teen drama about a guy who is soon to leave the country and how the many girls who have fallen in love with him deal with the impending loss. It's far more upbeat than one would suspect, and ends with a positive message.

By˘soku 5 senchimŕtoru (5 Centimeters per Second) (A Chain of Short Stories about Their Distance)
½

Being of a fan of Makoto Shinkai's films, I'm sad I did not watch this sooner. This is three short stories each relating to a single relationship. As a whole the movie doesn't quite work as well as Voices of a Distant Star. When taken seperately it's much more enjoyable imo. The first segment is by far the best of the three. Everything gels perfectly and sets up a mood you would hope the rest of the stories would follow. Unfortunatetly that's not the case. The second segment is told thru a different person and didn't quite have the impact the first did. The third segement is a complete throw away. It started okay, but it very quickly turns into a music video and completely destroys all the attachment you had. Why he decided to end this way is beyond me.

Sunset Boulevard

A true classic in every sense of the word. Sunset Boulevard remains a shining example of how films should be made. The whole movie is excellent in every catagory, but Joe's comments on the unfolding events and his eventual demise are superb and probably my favorite aspect. If only more movies were of this caliber these days.

The Nanny
The Nanny(1965)

NANNY!!! That's all I would have to say for this review, but I will elaborate. It's cheesy and very mockable, but a few of the scenes are quite shocking content wise.

Kame wa igai to hayaku oyogu (Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected)

Starts off very funny, but after the halfway mark it kinda peters out. I would love to give it a higher rating cause I got a few good laughs in. Sadly the comedic factor does not hold up.

Love & Pop
Love & Pop(1998)

The description for Love & Pop doesn't do the film justice. It's much more than a simple look at the "assisted dating" trend. You follow Hiromi through hanging with her friends to dealing with her emotional issues. This journey would seem fairly boring, but Hideaki Anno's directing style makes it more interesting than your typical story of a naive teenager. Much of the camerawork is very experimental and the aspect ratio changes thru-out. The ratio used thru most of the film bothered me at first but I grew accustomed to it fairly quickly.

Wet Hot American Summer

Was forced to watch this by some friends. It had a couple hilarious parts(like throwing the kids out of the van to the side of the road), but otherwise it's a waste of time. It turns into complete randomness and none of it makes any sense. Just because something is random doesn't make it funny. Maybe a more streamlined plot would have helped this one out.

Sukiyaki Western Django
½

This film is greatness. Not sure what else I could have wanted from this. Maybe a little better english, but that's a fairly small gripe all things considered. I can't help but think this was Tarantino's wetdream of a movie come true.

Frailty
Frailty(2002)
½

I expected the typical plot of a serial killer deep in the woods. What I got was a crazy family killing for God. I give it props for being fairly unique and being well directed(who knew Bill Paxton would be good at directing). I'm also glad it didn't pull any punches when it came to the religious subject. Good movie, but more could have been done in the suspense/horror department.

Burn After Reading
½

Burn After Reading is just one big clusterfuck of events. While random in what's going on, the characters really make this stand out. Brad Pitt plays one of the funniest roles I've seen in awhile, and even J.K. Simmon's small part is greatness.

M
M(2007)
½

I expected something completely different going in and it was a little tough to follow in the beginning. Once it kicked in tho, it was an enjoyable story. Not too sure the highly stylized look was necessary, but I guess it worked out okay.

Lars and the Real Girl

Many of the situations presented in this strange indie film made it a very akward watch. If you can get past the sheer oddballness of it, you'll find an endearing story of a whole town doing everything they can to help a friend.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
½

I'm not entirely sure how to rate The Clone Wars. While the battle sequences were very well done and fun to watch(even if the animations could use some work), the story told is drab at best and the dialogue is abysmal. I enjoyed the focus on the interactions between the clone troopers, on the other side they made the droids far too human. While done for comedy's sake, it felt out of place. It was an entertaining watch but unfortunately as a whole the bad outweighs the good.
Oh and Jabba's "uncle".... good god....

Future by Design
½

This documentary delves into the mind of futurist, Jacque Fresco. Not only does Fresco design tools, buildings, vehicles, ect. He has a clear vision of a brand new society. One that is highly efficient and works with our environment. By using less energy and utilizing resources to their full potential, we could create and maintain a better society for everybody. That is only a small part of his vision and it's a wonder why many of his ideas and designs have not been implemented.

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder

While it was great seeing Casper Van Dien reprise his role that he's a cult hit in, it doesn't save Marauder from being sub-par. It starts out well enough with the news clips that were so well liked in the first movie, and then an attack on a Federation base. Soon after, ST3 enters into the realm of religion and takes it so far that I almost thought I was watching a religious program. Even despite bad acting and low production values, I had hopes this might bring Starship Troopers back to the original. Unfortunately after the first 20 minutes, my hopes were shattered by an unrelenting and horrid script.

The Dark Knight
½

Best comic book film? I dunno, it's definitely up there. While Batman and the Joker take the spotlight, this movie's highlight is the performances. Everyone in the film put forth their best and elevated this movie to the status is has today.

Duo Shuai (Fatal Move)
½

A decent Triad movie that deals with the typical subject of betrayal. What sets this apart is the ultra-violent content, hence the CAT-III rating. Most of it is digital which can get a little obnoxious at times. If it interests you, it's worth a shot.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)
½

I am continually amazed by Pixar's use of CG. With Wall-E, they push the boundries of realism. Thankfully, the movie goes far beyond that and delivers an endearing story about a curious little robot. Wall-E meets Pixar's high quality, but I wish there was more of the relationship between Wall-E and Eve and less of the humans.

Feast
Feast(2006)
½

An awesome film filled with gore and laughs. Feast knows its roots and doesn't try to be something more than what you'd expect from a creature feature.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)
½

One word describes this movie: disjointed. As much as I love Guillermo's visual style and creature designs I couldn't help but think Hellboy was him throwing all of his cool ideas into one package. I guess I didn't expect much more than a visual feast, but it would have been nice to have something beyond that.

The Orphanage
½

It doesn't stray too far from the typical ghost story stuff, but it's well done. Thankfully it's more of a get under your skin than trying to fake horror thru jump scares.

Phantasm: Remastered

It's a classic, but boy is it cheesy. Bad acting, bad dialogue, bad effects... and for some reason it's still classic and I sort of like it. *shrugs*

The Incredible Hulk

First off, I cannot compare this to the Aang Lee film as I have not seen it. I'm assuming this is the best of the Hulk movies, but it still doesn't make it all that good. The first time Banner turns into Hulk is a brilliant scene. The second time he Hulks up is an action packed ordeal that's highly entertaining. They follow up two really good Hulk scenes with an ending that I found kinda dull. On top of that, the character and relationship scenes were not all that interesting imo. Maybe it's just my dislike of the Hulk character in general that put a stain on my opinion of this film.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

What a disappointment. Not only was most of Indy's latest adventure completely unbelievable, the whole movie looked and felt far too fake. Everything from the bad lighting to the poor CGI just screamed sound stage. Some of the CG work looked really good(a certain explosion and the water sequence at the end), but much of it was muddled and unfocused. I feel sorry that Spielberg had to be credited with directing this as it's obviously Lucas's film. To its credit Indy and crew stayed true to the characters and they paid decent homage to sequences in past films.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
½

I thought the first film was decent but there were definitely times you could tell the production values fell. The latest addition to the Chronicles of Narnia films corrects that problem, but it wants to be Lord of the Rings so bad and can't quite get there. Prince Caspian is a slightly darker tale than the first film. It sticks to the PG rating, but it's willing to take a few risks. That gives you battle sequences that are child friendly but still have enough edge to be enjoyable for all. Some bits of bad dialogue and odd placement for slow-mo and other film effects were the only two things that took me out of the film.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Robert Downey Jr. vaults Iron Man to the box office giant it has become. His performance is flawless and is complimented well by Jeff Bridges. The relationship between Stark and his assistant Pepper Pots is so well done that it never failed to put a smile on my face. I only fault this movie for not having quite as much Iron Man in it as I thought it would have, but that's a small complaint due to the way the characters were handled and portrayed.

War (Rogue Assassin)

Lots of action and martial arts, and that's about all WAR puts forth. Fun for an adrenaline rush, but don't expect anything great.

La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

Marion Cotillard single handedly elevated this film to the status it has today. Her performance is both beautiful and heart wrenching. The film starts off a little rocky, but about 45 mintues in it picked up and became far more engaging. However, the constantly shifting timeline could have been straightened out for a less confusing experience in my opinion.

Death to Smoochy

Death to Smoochy shows how corrupt people can be, even in the kids show business. It was fine, but I expected it to be funnier. *shrugs*

Death Sentence

What a waste of time this was. Most of the scenes were laughable at best and Kevin Bacon was unconvincing in his role. The action was pretty good, but that's all I can say about this one.

The Brave One
½

I wasn't so sure I'd like this when I went into it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The main thing it gets right is the way a person changes after having been through a situation like Erica's. I also liked how it wasn't just about her going after her assaulters, but dealing with the pain and confused thoughts first. However, my biggest problem with the film are the many times I thought "gee, what a coincidence."

King Corn
King Corn(2007)

A nifty little documentary about Iowa's corn crops and where that corn goes after it's harvested. I had no idea that most of the food we eat and drink has corn in it in some way or another. It also explores how that has effected the way we produce food via harvesting the corn and feeding cattle with said corn. I find Supersize Me a better documentary, but King Corn is still worth a watch.

Saved!
Saved!(2004)

Wow, can't believe I forgot to rate this one. Anyway, hilarious movie filled to the brink with religious humor without being overly offensive. It's surprising to see Mandy Moore in a movie such as this, but it all works out.

Revolver
Revolver(2005)
½

With a name like Revolver I was expecting more of an action movie, but instead it was more of a thinking man's movie. Jason Statham and Ray Liotta are awesome(even if they played very strange roles) and the movie was full of style, but I found the animated bit rather unnecessary.

Over the Hedge

Over the Hedge kinda got pushed under the radar for many people but I urge people to give it a shot. A strong voice-cast make each of the animals stand on their own without too many being unneeded. A very over-the-top presentation help it differentiate itself from the other CG movies out there. Those elements combined with the unflinching family theme bring the whole package together.

Thank You for Smoking

I was surprised at the number of top actors that somehow got into this film, but they all contributed nicely to funny little movie that's not as "Don't smoke!" ridden as I thought it would be.

There Will Be Blood

Very much different than I expected, but that almost made it better. Daniel Day-Lewis's performance is up there with the greats and deserved the oscar he won. On top of that, it has some of the best shot scenes in recent memory. There Will Be Blood is truely a cinematic masterpiece.

Little Children
½

It recieved some flak for the pedophile bits, but what is there is hardly worth raising kane about. The bulk of the movie centers around the affair between Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson. Both play their roles well enough to convince you they are human just like everybody else, and like everybody else they make mistakes too. That extends to the supporting cast as well. While the movie brought its message across, I think it could have done it in a better fashion. Particularly in the ending.

American Gangster

Ridley Scott has yet another great movie under his belt. Unfortunately, I couldn't shake the thought that it felt like a typical Denzel Washington movie. That's not necessarily a bad thing as I tend to enjoy his movies, but he needs to get out of this rut. Otherwise it's a compelling film but can get a little long winded at times. I recommend checking it out, but realize there's not a whole lot of action.

Halloween
Halloween(2007)

A tricky project for Rob Zombie to undertake and it was a valiant effort, but in the end it doesn't come off quite as great as everyone was hoping. The first half of the movie was genius. Seeing Michael's downward spiral is a great way to bring the series into a new generation. It's also a very disturbing look into a serial killer's mind. So you have all of this great backstory set up for the second part of the movie and what do you get... your typical slasher horror with no development of Michael's character. The second half may have been rather dull, but at least Scout Taylor-Compton was super cute.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)

I was expecting so much more from this one. I have not read the short story so I can't comment on accuracy, but from what I hear, accuracy is fairly non-existant. Either way, Will Smith played his role very well and the relationship between him and his dog was pretty cool. The movie started off well enough, but fell apart as it went on. Plus I was not a fan of the vampire/gollem looking creatures. My main issue with them is they looked too soft and smooth. They needed more texture to them or something; more rough looking.

Silent Hill
Silent Hill(2006)
½

I didn't have a comment on this one before, but I watched it again recently so what better time to comment than now.

Ganz did some good. The alternate Silent Hill parts were superb. They really captured the look and feel of when the town turns. The plot was fairly forgettable(even tho it did follow a slightly similar plot to the first game), but the "follow the clues" parts of the film mirrored that of the games remarkably well. The acting was definitely sub-par, but you could look at it as a sort of mockery of the bad voicing in video games in general(yes that's a far stretch). I'll end this with the one thing that I hate in the movie and it's one of the worst scenes in my recent memory. That scene is the "flashback reveal" near the end. I loathe that scene so much it makes me want to stop watching. It's like they couldn't think of a better way to integrate the backstory so they just threw it all in a jumble at the end. *sigh* I can only hope that if a second movie ever gets made that the people working on it actually put some more thought into the backstory so that catastrophe doesn't happen again.

Juno
Juno(2007)
½

I loved this film. It has that same quirkiness and offbeat humor that Elizabethtown does and that's what makes it so great. Ellen Page is adorable as always and plays her part with ease. The only problem I have with the film is Michael Cera. His character is pretty much the same character that he portrays in Superbad. He seemed a bit too dopey to me. Otherwise, fantastic film.

Black Sheep
Black Sheep(2006)

Oh my... what to say about this. It's awesome, yet man... I laughed so hard. You can't go wrong with this if you need a hilariously bad film to watch with some friends.

Justice League: The New Frontier

The New Frontier opens up with a couple scenes that show this movie is more for the older crowd rather than your children. That continues with the heavy political plot. I'm not a huge comic book fan, but I did enjoy most of the movie. The problem is the characters are under-used. Sure you see a lot of Martian Manhunter, Batman, and the beginning of Green Lantern, but you only see them use their powers for a brief period.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)

Thank god this wasn't as terrible as the first AVP was, but that still doesn't make it good. It was rated R which was nice, but you could tell the budget was not there. Most of the movie is far too dark so you couldn't see what was going on half of the time. They needed to cover up their lack of a budget and that's how they did it, which is sad. I hope the next film fairs better.

Doomsday
Doomsday(2008)
½

It's a shame Doomsday did so poorly in theaters. Though I figure it's for the same reason Grindhouse failed. A crazy society ruled by punks, another by medievals, violence, gore, and a nod to Mad Max. A fun ride indeed.

The Kingdom
The Kingdom(2007)
½

The Kingdom took a chance by throwing in a bit of the terrorist point of view, but it pays off by creating a film that makes you think about the topics brought up but is also entertaining. I rank it in the top 5 of 2007.

Surf's Up
Surf's Up(2007)

I don't have enough good words for this film, so I'm not going to waste my time saying everything that's great about it. Forget Happy Feet and its environmental propaganda, this is the penguin movie you want to see bro.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
½

After watching this a second time, I enjoyed it much more. The old-timey feel works perfectly and everything in the film fits that feel. Definitely an awesome throw-back to the old sci-fi films of the 50's and 60's.

The Lookout
The Lookout(2007)
½

Here's an oddity of a film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt truely took his character to heart and it shows. Performances are top-notch and the rest of the film follow suit. It is an enjoyable watch but I can't shake the feeling that something's missing.

Resident Evil: Extinction

They just can't seem to get these movies right. There is some decent action and gore, but that's about all it's worth.

Pathfinder
Pathfinder(2007)
½

I wouldn't say Pathfinder is a horrible film, but it's definitely not as good as it could have been. It had its moments but overall it was another "meh" experience.

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia is more about the relationship between Jess and Leslie, and less about the fantasy elements. In that respect it seperates itself from others that are more fantasy based, and it works extremely well. I went into this without knowing anything about the book or the film, and when a certain event happens, it hit hard. I will say nothing more so I don't spoil anything, but just know that it can be a tough watch.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

I can't help but feel this movie was made for goth and emo kids, kinda like every other Tim Burton film. It is a good movie and musical and I did enjoy it quite a bit, but the atmosphere got rather pretentious and annoying towards the end.

30 Days of Night

I haven't read the graphic novel so I can't comment on the accuracy of the film, but even so I didn't think much of this one. It wasn't bad, but not all that good either. The actors played their parts well enough and the atmosphere was good, but the whole experience left me saying, "meh."

Dragon Wars
Dragon Wars(2007)
½

A film directed by a Korean but with an english cast, but it's technically a Korean film... what a strange concept. To speak bluntly, Dragon Wars is not a good movie. Acting is fairly terrible, and the CG(while very cool) is far from looking realistic(as much as giant creatures can be). However, watching the destruction of L.A. reminded me of the reason I love these types of movies so much. Hyung-rae Shim accomplished exactly what he wanted to with Dragon Wars and for that I hold him and his movie in high respect.

Wonderful Days
½

Even though it's Korean, it has all your typical anime plot and characters. That's not to say it's a bad film cause it's not. It's well made and produced, but don't expect anything too out of the ordinary.

Live Free or Die Hard

While not as great as past Die Hard movies, or even feeling like a Die Hard movie, I enjoyed it none-the-less. It's pretty much an action bonanza and I expected nothing more.

Jigoku k˘shien (Battlefield Baseball)
½

This is simultaniously one of the best and worst movies I have ever seen. Ridiculousness to the extreme, this is great fun with your friends. I would highly recommend liking anime or manga as a pre-requisite to watching this movie.

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)

I was hoping this movie would be great, and I was very pleased that it was. Well developed characters and a kickass monster. A fan of sci-fi and monster movies couldn't be happier.

Across the Universe
½

First thing's first, I hate The Beatles. So I was skeptical about watching a movie featuring many songs by a band I disliked so much. That said, I enjoyed Across the Universe. Everyone sang their parts well and the story told was very interesting. It started out a little rough, but once the group got to New York, it got much better. Could have done without some of the trippiness tho.

Hitman
Hitman(2007)
½

Surprisingly, this was one of the better video game to movie adaptations. While the plot was nothing special, but what saves this film from the pits of hell is it sticks fairly true to the game, and it's actually entertaining.

Superbad
Superbad(2007)
½

A fun film about good buddies, but some of the sexual jokes get a little outta hand.

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)
½

Never read the poem but from what I've read the movie doesn't follow it. Either way this was a decent film. It's far from what everybody was expecting, but managed to have a few cool scenes. The animation was... not good. Everything worked okay but the characters seemed too stiff. It looked like a video game cut-scene(something created in the PS1 era) that had been extended far too long. While I didn't think the movie was all that great, Final Fantasy: Advent Children has FAR superior animation.

Harsh Times
Harsh Times(2006)

While the plot was definitely interesting I don't like how Christian Bale over-acted his part. You can tell he doesn't fit his role and that's probably half the point, but it was just weird. Once the second half hits Bale redeems himself and shows his true acting skills. Bale does psycho so well. I was highly impressed with Freddy Rodriquez's performance tho. Worth a watch for the story and seeing the performances(espcially during the second half) but if you're not a fan of either of the leading actors than you can safely pass this one up.

28 Weeks Later...

I'm not exactly sure how they messed this up. The opening scene is superb, but as soon as it's done it goes all family orientated and I just got annoyed with it. The outbreak scenes were great, along with everything up until the helicopter scene(badass that was). Once it reached that point it went to shit again. While the idea of bringing family into the mixture was good, it was executed all wrong. Basically I found the children to be overly annoying and I ended up not caring for them. Once Doyle took out the other sniper I kept expecting it to get better and it never did(minus the helicopter scene of course).

Fantastic Four
½

The only good part about this movie is the excellent mixture of practical effects and CG.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
½

Surfer was done very well, but the rest of the movie was in shambles. What did they do to Galactus!? And the power mixing... *sigh* They one upped themselves in the cg department, but man the rest is bad.

Kamikaze Girls
½

Well here's an odd film. You have a very strange friendship between two vastly different people. This friendship is what carries the movie(once you get past the backstory) and while most of it is over-acted(on purpose), they do bring the whole thing to a meaningful closure. I was satisfied, but most of the movie is so random that it's sometimes hard connect with it. Halfway through, the movie takes a more serious approach which was much more enjoyable than the comedy filled first half imo.

Shutter
Shutter(2004)
½

I kept hearing this was one of the better asian horror films but I had always been cautious about seeing it considering how many average ones are out there. Thankfully it is one of the top horror films from Asia. It doesn't necessarily do anything new and the plot is very basic, but it's so well done that you can't help but get sucked in. That said, I was surprisingly frightened through much of this film. Most of it is typical asian horror fare, but it has a gritty realism to it. The film is not overly produced so it has a very real look and feel which helps immurse you. Many horror films now tend to have a very clean and clear look to them(even when the sets are dirty), so Shutter is refreshing in that sense.

Cinderella
Cinderella(2006)
½

The plot was pretty interesting so it kept me hooked thru-out, but the movie falls prey to asian horror cliches and that's what ultimately hurts it. Tho honestly, you have to expect that if you're watching near any asian horror so you can't really knock it for it.

The Princess Bride
½

After hearing from many people that I needed to see this film, I finally got around to watching it, and it ended up being all that I hoped it would be. I do wish that there were a few more fantasy elements like the Fire Swamp, but that's the only complaint I have for this fun film.

The Dead Next Door

This is possibly one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Nothing tops Manos: The Hands of Fate, but The Dead Next Door is close. My main problem is the plot is obsurd because it doesn't even follow zombie traditions, and all of the characters show zero emotion thru-out the whole movie. To its credit there is some decently cheesy gore and the "friend" zombie at the end was pretty cool.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)

As some have pointed out, it's not a good movie in the traditional sense of the comment, but it wasn't meant to be that at all, so most should have no problem with that. That said, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard during a movie in the theater. I believe it's safe to say that Shoot'em Up was probably the craziest all-out action fest created. It holds no punches in breaking reality and it's great. Highly recommended if you want a fun action film to laugh at with your friends.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

While very funny in parts, I honestly found Shaun of the Dead a better movie. The action sequences were extremely well done and the acting was superb as expected, but maybe it was because I wasn't expecting that type of a plot to unfold. *shrugs* Pretty good, but not great.

Yo-Yo Girl Cop
½

Felt like a live action anime. You could guess by the title, but it's rather ridiculous. I knock this down not because of the oddness of it, but because she's suppose to be great at martial arts and whatnot, but she shows on numerous occasions that she pretty incompotent. I guess that does fit the anime feel of it well.

Sunshine
Sunshine(2007)
½

A stunning masterpiece on a visual level. This is one to see for that fact alone. I've seen complaints on here about unrealistic characters and scientific improbabilities, but honestly, do we watch movies such as this(or any movie for that matter) for completely realistic experiences? No, we watch them for entertainment, realistic or not. The horror aspect was unnessecary, but it kept it entertaining. I was surprised at how much I cared for the characters.

Renaissance
Renaissance(2006)
½

A very unique film not only in visuals, but storyline as well. It's rather slow moving so my friend got very bored with it, but it was pretty much what I expected. The ending was rather abrupt and uneventful, but it tied up main plot point well.

Highlander: Search for Vengeance

What a waste of time this was. Animation was good of course, but the rest of the movie fell short of anything impressive. There were a few choice action scenes that were cool, but for every cool scene there were two ridiculous scenes.

Dolls
Dolls(2002)
½

I was a little torn about it at first, but after watching an interview with Kitano, it started to make sense with what he was trying to get at. While much of the symbolism will pass people by(me included), the film is stunning. The colors are so highly saturated that they pierce thru the screen(espcially the reds). It's a very tradgic tale that has you questioning the events that unfold, but shows you that these characters are at the director's will, just like the Banraku dolls.

Severed: Forest of the Dead

I was expecting much more from this film. It seemed promising and it looked great visually, but something was missing and I'm not entirely sure what. I just wasn't engaged enough throughout.

Fighter in the Wind

While the acting was good, the plot is ludacris. I hear this is suppose to be based on a true story. However, I have a hard time believing some guy who went into the forest and beat the shit out of himself suddenly became this great fighter. I could be wrong tho.

Strawberry Shortcakes

Despite the title, this is a very adult film. Watching these four women go through their issues makes for a tough watch at times, but the way the film is presented is far from gratuitous. I would have liked more of a conclusion, but Yazaki Hitoshi gives but a glimpse of the girl's future that fits with the rest of the film. A good choice for those who prefer more adult situations with their "slice-of-life" dramas.

Orora gongju (Princess Aurora)

The opening death scene is honestly one of the best I've seen in a long time. Unlike many movies, this one has you continually ask "who is this woman and why is she doing what she's doing", but it all comes together in the end in a tradgic reveal of the past.

Rough
Rough(2006)

It's odd, I don't like to watch sports or anything, but I'm a sucker for school sports dramas(mostly of the asian kind). Rough fulfilled that quota very well.

Gamera: Chiisaki yusha-tachi (Gamera the Brave)

Three cheers for Toto! You may be able to tell by my profile pic that I absolutely adore this film. While the heisei-era Gamera's were spectacular, Gamera The Brave brings Gamera back to his childhood roots with success the showa-era Gamera movies could only dream of. The action took a backseat in this one, but the bond between Toto and Toru is fully fleshed out and the action that is there is great. Top-notch kaiju movie and one of my favorites to be sure.

Gui qing ni di hu (Last Ghost Standing)

This is definitely a horror/comedy that rips from many different films(including Evil Dead), but this movie is full of insanity and you find yourself asking why. You know it's bad when you start fast-forwarding thru the last half of it.

Daikaijű kessen: Gamera tai Barugon (Gamera vs. Barugon)(War of the Monsters)
½

I would rate this one second best of the showa era Gamera films. It was actually pretty dark compared to some of the others.

Gamera tai daiakuju Giron (Attack of the Monsters)(Gamera vs. Guiron)
½

Most of the movie is completely ridiculous with the kids, but Guiron is a hilariously awesome so those are winning points in my book.

Daikaijű kuchu kessan: Gamera tai Gyaosu (Gamera vs. Gyaos)(Return of the Giant Monsters)

By far the best of the showa era Gamera films.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
½

While fairly funny in parts, the part I liked the most was that Ferris always talked to the viewer. I thought it added a certain uniquness to the movie.

Gaichu
Gaichu(2001)

While a good movie, I'm not sure why I didn't like it more. It seemed like it wanted to be something special, but many of the scenes didn't go anywhere. Maybe because I was so pissed off at the ending it hurt my liking the film.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
½

Another Christmas classic. No matter what anybody else says, Hermie's the gayest elf in the North Pole.

Romeo + Juliet
½

A pretty good adaptation of the play(even tho I'm not a Shakespeare fan). The updated look and time worked very well.

Yogen (Premonition)
½

Much less horror than I was expecting, but as a mystery/thriller, it has done good.

Shin seiki Evangelion Gekij˘-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni (Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Eva
½

Much more entertaining on the whole than the series itself. While it does conclude the series, it also provides the viewer with a better reason to continue watching. I find the series to be highly over-rated and even boring, but the movie makes up for that. I have to say that the scene when Asuka goes batshit is one of the most enjoyable sequences in any anime film. Worth watching just for that.

Paprika
Paprika(2006)
½

While a good movie to be sure, there were parts that were a little too tripped out for my tastes.

Nihon chinbotsu (The Sinking of Japan)
½

A pretty good apocolypse movie, but it suffers from being too long, not enough disaster scenes, and a Hollywood-esk romance plot. The effects are the best in any Japanese film, and what's there is excellent. There are just too few of them.

Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll(1995)

While a good film for the most part, I don't feel it lives up to the high ratings everyone gives it.

National Treasure
½

From the trailer, this movie looked like crap. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Highly looking forward to the sequel.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

This is the other Christmas movie I must watch every year(the other one being the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas). Chevy Chase and the rest of the family are absolutely hilarious. One you can't miss.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

At least there were some decent effects?

Flesh for the Beast

The opening scene was pretty good, but the rest of the movie was a sorry excuse for sex/nudity and bad gore.

The Brave Little Toaster
½

This was by far my favorite movie as a kid, so I'm obligated to give this one a high rating.

The Adventures of Milo and Otis
½

This is one of the first films I saw as a child and it's adorable. Was a favorite when I was younger.

Matchstick Men
½

I really liked this movie for some reason. Nicolas Cage having OCD and having to deal with his daughter leads to some funny moments. Plus Alison Lohman is super cute in this movie, so that's a big win in my books.

The Last Temptation of Christ
½

While it's certainly an interesting take on the whole story, my main problem is that it dragged on and on. I usually don't have a problem with slow moving films, but this was rough.

Izo
Izo(2004)
½

I'm sure Miike had some major symbolism going on here about violence and war, but honestly it was just a bunch of random scenes of Izo killing people. Then throw in more random shit like a sex scene and zombies. You'd think after all this senseless violence you'd reach a big climactic ending, but it just fizzles into one of the strangest endings I've ever seen.

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)
½

I really enjoyed this one. My buddy may think it's a mess and the racial elements are bleh(then again, it's Spike Lee so it's to be expected), but for what they did with it, it was good.

Space Jam
Space Jam(1996)

This movie was awesome when it came out. It was fun and cheesy, and it had all my favorite Looney Toons characters in it. Looking back on it, the movie is very bad, but it still has a certain spot among my list of movies I enjoyed as a child.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This is a classic and one I have to watch everytime Christmas rolls around.

Heat
Heat(1995)

Most of it was great, but there were some scenes I thought were rather unnecessary or dragged on for too long.

Frankenfish
Frankenfish(2004)

This was surprisingly good for what it was. It had some wicked death scenes too.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

A vastly different film than the original from which it was cut, but for the time and the resources they had to work with, they did a damn fine job of re-cutting the film for an American audience.

Feardotcom
Feardotcom(2002)

Such a terrible film, but it did have some really cool moments and a few good disturbing scares.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly(2002)
½

The very definition of mediocre.

Cars
Cars(2006)

I would almost say that this might be Pixar's best. I do believe it trails ever so slightly behind Finding Nemo. In any case, they've done very well. The Nascar stuff is great if you're into it and can get some of the subtle jokes. It may be a hilarious in parts, but Pixar has taken the more serious side and really struck an emotional chord here. Thumbs up to them for creating another true classic.

Eegah
Eegah(1962)

A great MST3K, but a great movie, eh... not so much.

The Lion King
½

Timon and Pumba are a couple of the greatest Disney characters ever.

A Walk to Remember

It may be the sappiest chick flick ever, but for some reason I grew attached to it. Both Mandy Moore and Shane West play very likable characters and it may be Hollywoodized, but it shows the core of what a good relationship should have.

Liar Liar
Liar Liar(1997)

One of the better Jim Carrey comedies in my opinion, but that's not saying much.

Spawn
Spawn(1997)

It may be cheesy, it may be bad, but it has a certain charm to it.

The Shawshank Redemption

Incredible movie. I don't think I need to say anything more. If you haven't seen it, do so.

Munich
Munich(2005)

I bought this one on a whim when it came out, and boy was I in for a treat. Spielberg took a risk with making this one, but he hit the mark. One of his best works.

Coyote Ugly
Coyote Ugly(2000)

It may be a chick flick, but for some reason I like it. And John Goodman(who plays the father) is hilariously awesome.

Elizabethtown

I didn't have high hopes for Elizabethtown, but it turned out to be one of the most quirky and entertaining movies I've seen in a long time. While it seemed like Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst were only brought to this film to appeal to the younger crowd, both performed flawlessly in their offbeat character's roles. In addition to that, its dark sense of humor is a perfect counterpart to the more touching moments. Highly recommended.

Uchu kaijű Gamera (Super Monster)
½

Just a conglomeration of previous gamera films, you can't exactly give it a high score for that fact alone.

Starship Troopers

Oh how I love this film. This is another one that doesn't take itself seriously and it helps it tremendously. Over-the-top action, great digital effects, and a memorable score. This one is near the top of my all-time favorite sci-fi films. Military vs. army of bugs = win nearly every time.

Eight Legged Freaks

A wonderful throwback to the atomic B monster movies of old. I love those dearly for all their cheesy goodness, and the same holds true for Eight Legged Freaks.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

They did what they could with the low budget and I commend them for that, but this movie just isn't any good. It's too bad really.

Deep Rising
Deep Rising(1998)
½

I love this film. Good cheesy sci-fi action that never takes itself seriously. Can't ask for more than that when looking for something to kick back and enjoy with some friends.

Creep
Creep(2005)

Could be likened to The Descent(this came before it of course), but executed in a much different way. They give the Creep a sense of character. So much so you really start to feel for him by the end of the film. Ranks among my favorite horror films.

The Dark
The Dark(2004)

Honestly, I didn't expect much from this film, but I was decently surprised. Sean Bean was the main draw, but it turned out to have some good horror elements. Funny it can sort of been seen as a tamer Silent Hill in a way.

Cube Zero
Cube Zero(2004)

After the progression we saw from Cube to Cube 2, we now take a step backwards. Thus giving much more insight into the Cube only this time it's even more primitive than the one in the first film. Again not great, but a step up from Cube 2 I think.

Cube 2 - Hypercube
½

While technically not a very good film, the progression you see from the first is nice. Plus it gives you a little more insight into what the Cube really is.

Cube
Cube(1998)
½

A unique film with some creative traps and deaths. The opening scene is still a favorite in any movie.

The Butterfly Effect

This film is a real trip the whole way thru with a wicked ending(director's cut). It's too bad Ashton Kutcher doesn't choose to do more movies like this.

Duelist
Duelist(2005)

Most of the plot didn't make much sense, but the artsy fight scenes were enough to give this one a decent score.

Microwave Massacre

It's so bad, but hilariously awesome at the same time. You want to waste an hour and a half of your friend's time, make them sit through this one.

Manos: The Hands of Fate

I believe this is quite possibly the worst movie ever made. TORGO!

Beginning of the End

What better to reak havoc than giant grasshoppers!

Kimy˘ na sÔkasu (Strange Circus)
½

Loses focus in the middle, but otherwise a good watch for those who can handle the subject matter.

Running Scared

It pleases me that Wayne Kramer was not afraid to delve into some truly terrible situations and not pull any punches in the way he filmed it. Kudos to him. Ranks as one of my favorite action films and Paul Walker's best performance, hands down.

The Thing
The Thing(1982)

Could possibly be my favorite film of all time.

Pan's Labyrinth

An extremely dark tale that superbly blends human tradegy with fairytale elements. I would have liked a few more fairytale-esque scenes, but it's still a wonderful movie.

Pulse
Pulse(2006)

When I first saw this film I liked it a lot, but watching it again I realize my mistake. However bad the film may be as a whole, I do like the visual style.

Crash
Crash(2004)

An extremely powerful film that touches on many issues plaguing not only America, but the whole world.

Darkness
Darkness(2004)

Too slow in the beginning and middle. The end scenes are incredibly awesome though.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

This movie fails. Tried to cram way too many fighters into one movie.

Mortal Kombat
½

A video game adaptation done well! Funny it was before the big video game boom too.

The Giant Gila Monster

It's a classic, but that doesn't mean it's good.

Jesus Camp
Jesus Camp(2006)
½

A frightening look into the lives of evangelical Christian children. However, the documentary is filmed in such a way that is very unbiased. One of the better documentaries I've seen.

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator

A sorry excuse into the Alien franchise. *sigh*

The Descent
The Descent(2006)

Ranks among my top horror films.

Casshern
Casshern(2004)

Enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Excellent stuff.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence
½

Most people either love it or hate it. Personally I think it's very well done.

Video Girl Ai
½

Unfortunately this anime doesn't convey the soul of the manga.

Grindhouse
Grindhouse(2007)
½

Planet Terror was awesome beyond words. Quentin Tarantino got too caught up in his own rambling humor in Death Proof. The pay off at the end more than made up for it tho.

Predator 2
Predator 2(1990)
½

A decent sequel that has many good Predator elements, but it falls short of standards set by the first.

Predator
Predator(1987)

One of the greatest sci-fi films ever made.

300
300(2007)
½

Fairly disappointed in this one. Most of the great parts were given away in the trailers. My main complaint tho, too much slow mo. While the movie is visually beautiful, the slow-mo gets on one's nerves after it's used for EVERY action sequence.

Gone With the Wind

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
½

I would say this is pretty much the definitive pirate movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
½

It may be misguided, but I do love this movie. It could just be the Kraken tho.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
½

Production values thru the roof and worth seeing just for the special effects. Unfortunately the plot is extremely convoluted it's difficult to follow.

A Tale of Two Sisters

My favorite horror movie. Tho it's more a psychological trip than horror. Who knew a horror movie could be so beautiful.

The Land Before Time
½

From a time when kids movies were more mature than they are now. Too bad the sequels continue to go downhill.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze
½

A pretty good sequel to the first movie, but the seriousness is turned down a notch. Hurts the film IMO.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
½

A wonderfully faithful transition from the original comics to big screen.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

A weak movie. Why they thought ancient Japan and time-travel was a good idea when they already had so many other options open to them I'll never know.

TMNT
TMNT(2007)
½

I was scared they were going to muck this one up, but I am surprised at how good it is. The plot is rather weak(the whole alien bit), but it is a Turtles movie thru and thru. *thumbs up*

Bad Boys II
Bad Boys II(2003)

BB2 improves upon the original in every way. The ultimate action film. Micheal Bay's greatest work in my opinion.

Bad Boys
Bad Boys(1995)

A high octane action film that does so many things right, but falls short of greatness in my books.

Transformers
Transformers(2007)

Michael Bay has done great justice to all Transformer fans. My favorite of 2007 so far and it'll be a hard one to top.

Daikaijű Gamera (The Giant Monster Gamera)

Some may say he's a Godzilla rip-off, but even so, he's a damn cool kaiju and this movie starts it all. That poster is wrong tho.

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)

Darren Aronofsky has crafted a masterpiece of a film.

Alien3
Alien3(1992)

Good for what it is, but definitely didn't deliver after the success of the first two films.

Alien Resurrection
½

Plot went down the tubes, but the special effects are the best of the series. THIS is how the aliens are suppose to look in my opinion.

Aliens
Aliens(1986)

More aliens, more action, more greatness.

Alien
Alien(1979)

Another classic. Sci-fi doesn't get much better than this.

Escaflowne: The Movie

Many people rate the anime better than the movie, but I believe the movie captures the best parts of the anime and is sometimes even better than its counter-part.

Howl's Moving Castle

It seems like Miyazaki can do no wrong as he continues to bring create true classics.

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

My favorite anime film. Miyazaki at his finest.

Mothra
Mothra(1961)
½

One of the classic kaiju films, and Mothra's start. She's stuck around about as long as Godzilla has. Something to be said about that.

The Incredibles
½

At first I didn't want to see this one, but after watching it I loved it.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Best CG movie, hands down. Cute and hilarious.

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah - Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

An amazingly dark Godzilla film here. The other monsters were handled very well, and the movie has a satisfying conclusion.

Gojira
Gojira(1956)

The original. Nothing more to say.

Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira)

Best of the showa series, and arguably the best Godzilla sequel ever made.

Godzilla: Final Wars

Very disappointed in this one. I admit it was good seeing human action compared to a bunch of scientific mumbo-jumbo, but Kitamura spent way too much time and money on it and not the kaiju action. Saddening.

Godzilla
Godzilla(1998)
½

It just needs to not be called Godzilla. It would have done much better I think. I sort of enjoy it for the popcorn action, but as a true Godzilla fan, I can't help but cringe at what they did.

Godzilla vs. Biollante

My favorite Godzilla film. Doesn't get any better than this(except for the original).

Godzilla 1985
½

Godzilla's great return after a long hiatus. No other kaiju to battle, just Godzilla rampaging thru Tokyo. Great stuff.

Jason and the Argonauts
½

One of my favorites as a kid and it still holds true today. Ray Harryhausen's effects are at their finest here.