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Dean L

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The Adjustment Bureau
5 years ago via Flixster

There are few films that I actually go to the theater to see anymore and this was one. Based upon Phillip K. Dick's "The Adjustment Team" this adaptation was visually stunning, thrilling and thought provoking.
Here we see existentialism brought to life in the myriad of choices we must make (or do we) every day.
The lives of two people, the loves of two people hang in the balance and one must choose between different fates,
Yes, a paradox. If it is fate how can one choose?
This is the core, the essence of this film. Do we have free will? Can we choose? Does love conquer all?
This film follows the 'life paths' of David Norris and Elise Sellas.
The chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt was palpable. I can honestly say I have not felt that kind of connection between two actors since, well, I really cannot remember. You will be rooting for these two all the way through the film.
The cinematography was fantastic as we are a blur through Manhattan's various districts and beyond.
While I give this film high honors I will say that it misses the mark in some areas. It truly could have pushed the envelope a little further and become something utterly fantastic, but it played it a little too safe and for that it only earned four stars, Where it sought to stimulate the intellect they held back and that disappointed because there was so much more in that capacity that could have been explored. Leave it to the viewer on that one I guess.
If you are looking for a romance, you found it. If you are looking for action, you found it. If you are looking for some flash, you found it. Intellectually stimulating...that too.
Definitely go and see this when you can. You will not be disappointed.

The Kids Are All Right
5 years ago via Flixster

I read the reviews and I love the actors, but this movie just did not strike me the way it seemed to others.
There was absolutely nothing to hang on to in this film.
The characters were unlikable for the most part. The relationship lacked, well...love.
The chemistry between the players was not there at all.
I adore Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. I thought for sure I was going to adore this film, but it missed me.
It felt contrived. I knew what was coming every move and the fact that the central relationship in this movie is lesbian is probably the main reason this movie received as much publicity as it did.
I didn't hate this film, I simply did not think much of it and I really wanted to love it.
This is a decent movie about the trials and tribulations of any family and it misses the mark in evoking emotion, passion, chemistry and even dialogue. It had all the component parts, but they did not come together well.
This movie was just "all right" and nothing more.

How to Train Your Dragon
6 years ago via Flixster

I enjoyed this film through and through.
I have seen it likened to a video game sans controls.
I have seen it written about as all style no substance.
I don't see where these writers are coming from.
This is a heartwarming story of a boy who is misunderstood by his lot and finds a kinship with a dragon who brings him his bravery and takes him places he never dreamed possible.
This is a story of tolerance and peace found in chaos.
This is a tale of adventure and intrigue.
Again, I am not one to be a spoiler so I will leave the plot points there.
This is every young boy's fantasy carefully scripted, incredibly well animated, well-voiced and faithfully delivered to the viewer in CGI splendor done right.
I loved it. My six-year old loved it.
It had humor and adventure for all ages and I plan on adding it to our collection as soon as possible.
Predictable? Maybe so, but as predictable as the story and message are I enjoyed them both.
Ann McCarthy fans rejoice for here there be dragons.

Doomsday
Doomsday (2008)
6 years ago via Flixster
½

"I have an idea! Let's combine "Road Warrior" with "28 days Later" add in a dash of "Escape From New York." Let's add some B movie gore too. Some pretty faces and a name or two as well. Let's see what else..."
"Oh, over here...can we make it suck?"
"Yes, Yes we can. Thank you for asking."
This movie was a mash-up of various films and concepts chewed up, partially digested and delivered to the viewer in unpalatable chunks.
Some of the "splatter" was fun to watch and I love when directors play to the cheese factor if that is what they are after, but this one just did not come together.
At the same time, there was some fun to be had here.
I love Malcolm McDowell and I love watching Rhona Mitra, but there was nowhere to go in this film.
The blood is on the wall from the very beginning and the only thing that was missing was a headstone.
2.5 stars for the fun, cheese/gore romp.
Nothing for content.
I might even subtract a few points for poor set design, crummy cinematography and costumes I could find at the Salvation Army.