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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
5 years ago via Flixster

a pretty good film, though it fails to capture the same mystique and awe of the Lord of the Rings series. some of the camera work and special effects seemed almost too fancy, like they were trying too hard to make everything look good. the characters weren't terribly memorable. most of the dwarves (not looking a thing like I had come to imagine) were pretty unexciting or just totally passed over as background characters. Balin showed the most promise, but even he held to closely to telling back story for plot purposes and didn't do much on his own. the plot from start to finish really wasn't that action-packed or thrilling, despite numerous attempts to make it such. Lord of the Rings is a sweeping epic and is filmed to match. The Hobbit is a pretty tidy adventure story, but is still being filmed as a sweeping epic--which it just isn't. we'll see what the next two films have to offer, but this one was just OK.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi (2012)
5 years ago via Flixster

visually, maybe the most beautiful film since Avatar. as a story, I think it conveys the basic message from the novel extremely well, particularly at the end. it's a very engaging plot with solid acting, beautiful scoring, and as previously mentioned, brilliant visual spectacle. what I didn't like so much was how insubstantial it felt at times. while the novel is very satisfying, this film leaves you wanting more....although what that is concretely, I can't say. it just feels thin in places. other than that, a very good movie.

Ghost (1990)
5 years ago via Flixster

corny yet sincere, graphic and dark, funny and silly yet thought-provoking and serious.....this movie has a lot going for it. the romance is really schmaltzy (pottery wheel...I mean, really), but Demi Moore manages to make it feel believable. Swayze is awesome in this role, but his acting is campy and downright poor in places. the look on his face when he discovers he's dead is absolutely priceless. still, the writing is solid and Zucker does an excellent job of establishing several different moods, feels, and intensity levels all throughout. overall very entertaining.

Hercules (1997)
5 years ago via Flixster

not wildly impressive, but still entertaining. pretty basic "hero's journey" story thinly laced with Greek mythology--certainly no history lesson to be had here. still, the writing is clever, the characters are memorable (well, the supporting ones at least. Herc himself is pretty bland), and the music is catchy. not really top-tier of 90s Disney, but nonetheless watchable.

Argo (2012)
5 years ago via Flixster

edge-of-your-seat intensity practically from star to finish. an awesomely entertaining thrill ride about covert ops during the Iran hostage crisis. Ben Affleck really shines as a director here, but his acting is about as average as it always is. the rest of the actors are excellent. the writing is taut and intelligent and the overall flow, while chaotic at times, works tremendously well. solid film from all sides.