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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Royal Deceit (Prince of Jutland)

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[/size][left]Royal Deceit stars two favorite actors of mine, Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale. You can tell it's earlier on in there careers and is the first of two times they have worked with each other, the second being another small movie called Laurel Canyon. You wouldn't really know it from the title but this is actually an adaptation of Hamlet. Bale of course playing the lead role. Beckinsale has a very small part and you really don't see that much of her until the the very end of the movie.
I've read my fair share of Shakespeare plays but for some unknow reason I have never read or seen any interpretation of it until this movie. What I do know is that this film isn't an exact adaptation cause their is more of a happy ending then from the play itself. The film itself was ok, there are probably better version to choose from then this one. Which is a shame cause it does have a very talented cast who did there jobs the best that they could do.
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The Island
The Island(2007)

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[left][size=2]I really just didn't care for this movie at all. I was doing my homework while it was going on but it was so uninteresting to me that I started to zone in and out. Either way I did get what the movie was about but I felt like the whole 'clone movie' has already been done before. Theres plenty of action stuff in it but I thought way to much, all the sequences seemed to follow one after the other instead of being spaced out. But it being a Michael Bay film I'm not suprised about that or that I didn't care for the movie.[/size]
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Speed
Speed(1994)

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[/size][left]I had forgotten how great of a no-brainer action movie Speed was! I was like 8 yrs old when this movie came out and I remember all the hype that everyone was talking about over it. Basically how awesome it was and that the majority of it takes place on a bus. And how hot Keanu was even though he's not that great of an actor he sure is nice to look at on the big screen.
Granted the action stuff is cool even after some many years later. And the storyline is a strong as your going to get with an action movie about a bus with a bomb on it. Their are a few cheesy oneliners that come out of Keanu's mouth that made me laugh, but overall it was fun to watch. This was actually Sandra Bullocks big break into the movies and she did a great job and stole a little of Keanu's thunder at times.
I really do recommend it to those who remember liking it or for those who may just be into these sorts of action films. In my eyes I do see it as kind of a classic action film just cause it did take a different route then the others. And people still remember it and enjoy to this day.
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Alice Through the Looking Glass

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[left][font=Arial][color=black][size=2]I don't know why I watched this movie, it was on tv and there really wasn't anything for me to do. Why I kept on watching it like I did well all I can say is that I didn't feel like getting up from my seat. This movie was a british production of the classic childrens story of Alice in Wonderland. Except when you watch this version you feel like you just smoked whatever the giant caterpillar was smoking and the movie turned more into Alice in Ecstasyland. This movei isn't anything that I remember from the Disney version, plus Beckinsale who plays Alice is obviously pregnant throughout the whole movie! You could tell that the filmmakers were trying to hide tha fact with big puffy dresses but come on now you could tell in the perfectly in the first scene. Anyway...I truely think that the writers, producers whoever came up with the idea to do this movie were really smokin something when coming up with the storyline. this movie is suppose to be for kids, but even a 6 year old can tell you that this movie is messed up.
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Night of the Demons
½

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[/size][left]For some odd reason I thought that this film was a spin-off of the Lamerta Bava film Demons, but it wasn't. In fact this film is a series all on its own starting back in 89'. I enjoy watching cheesy 80's horror gore and this movie fits right into that category.
Supposably a cult classic in it's own right, though I have never personally heard anything about it until after I watched it. But even though the storyline was dull which is typical for this type of genera the make-up effects were kinda cool and the gore parts were enjoyable. One scene was a bit disturbing to me which involved a tube of lipstick being consumed into a womens breast. Why did this happen and what was this suppose to mean to the story in general, I have know fucking clue? But this scene is supposably one of the famous scenes out of the entire movie. If anything I would recommend seeing the film for that scene alone, cause it's the one moment that I'll remember this movie for. It's not a great horror film but I do think that it would be a fun film to watch especially for the Halloween season.
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Batman Gotham Knight
½

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[/size][left]Since the Dark Knight movie is only weeks away I decided to try and ease my excitment by checking out the new animated Gotham Knight dvd. This dvd is basically on the same level as that Animatrix movie that came out when the last two Matrix movies were being released.
Their are about six different Batman stories all done in different anime styles by different directors. The animation is mostly what I really loved about this dvd. Each style is so unique from the other, but they're so amazing to look at. Those who are fans of anime in general will love the looks of this movie.
But I was really hoping that this was going to be like a lead into the new Dark Knight movie. Kind of like how the Animatrix turned out. But the storylines were of somthig seen out of the old cartoon show. And it seemed that some of the storylines followed into the next segment, but not all them time. I actually thing that would have been a lot cooler if they just had one big giant storyline and just split it up between the different animators styles.
Again it wasn't that bad, I'm not that into anime in general but I still liked it even though I would have liked if the stories had more of a prequel to the upcoming film. Either way Batman and anime fans alike will really enjoy the dvd a lot.
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Fright Night 2

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[/size][left]Alright Fright Night 2! I've been looking for this movie on dvd everywhere and with no luck. But I searched for it on youtube and low and behold their was the entire movie. For those of you that don't know I love with all of my heart the first Fright Night. It's campy and silly at times but god love'em I just enjoy the hell out of it!
So I should suggest to those that may be interestead in this movie to please check out the first Fright Night. It is much better anyways but you won't really understand the returning main characters, or the main reason behind this story.
Like a said it's not as good as the first one but still I liked it. One good thing is that it didn't just have one main bad vampire but a group of them. Of course more attention was paid to the female leader of the group but still their was more then one bad guy to deal with. And also they brought back the main character Charlie and Peter Vincent. If they did a bunch of new character or different actors in the part I probably would have never watched it. The actors are funny and their chemistry is good together again in this part. As for the new vampire baddie I liked that they decided to go with a female, I think she is much scarier and creepy. Their are some great scenes that show that especially at the end of the movie.
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Murder Party
Murder Party(2007)

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[/size][left]Since it is the Halloween season my film club at school decided to watch a horror movie. The movie we all agreed on from just word of mouth by a fellow member was Murder Party. Previously I had never heard about this movie at all. And if I happen to come across it a the video store I usually would go right past it. From the outside cover it looks like some dumb B-movie, not the case for this.
This kind of takes to the same road as Shaun of the Dead in the case of mixing comedy and horror together. It's not all that scary but does contain some bloody death scenes. Mostly to the bone it is a weird comedy, but a comedy that I truly enjoyed and I think everyone else that watched it with me did as well. I don't know if you can buy this movie in stores but if your thinking of renting you might just see it.
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John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars

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[left] [font=Arial][size=3][font=Arial][size=2]I had only seen this movie one time over a friends house a few years ago. Then while I was in the store I happened see it for really cheap and picked it up. Now I enjoy many of Carpenter's movies but this is one of his most "out there" films. The storyline was much weirder then I had originaly remembered. It almost seemed like Carpenter was hoping to make another series such as Halloween but of a different genera. Unfortunatly the movie just didn't hold up and the ending suggested something else but I doubt to ever see that movie. It isn't a horrible movie it has lots of action and obviously contains many sci-fi elements but with a twist.
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Terror at the Opera
½

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[/size][left]A big thanks goes out to my friend David who let me borrow this film along with another Argento film Phenomena. If you are a true fan of horror movies then you probably already know who director Dario Argento is. He's a true master when it comes to italian horror movies, ands made many classics for the genera.
Opera is one of his later films and how my friend put it one of his last good films. This movie is actually the first time that I have seen an Argento movie, except for when he did the whole Masters of Horror tv movie Jennifer, which was really messed up. Opera is a strange yet intriguing film about a breakout opera singer who is being stalked by a deranged killer.
The film has some very bloody scenes when it comes to the murders but their all interesting to watch cause they are done so differently. The one scene that stands out the most is a murder that happens between the peephole of a door. It is visually stunning to watch cause at the time the movie was made it was probably never done before. And it was one of the main reasons I wanted to see this entire movie.
Storyline wise I don't think it makes a whole lot of sense especially the ending and the entire motive of the killer himself. When everything goes down and the film concluded I just sat staring at the screen trying to figure out what just happened. I wanted something a little more and I was hoping for a big twist at the end, but I didn't really get what I wanted. I don't know if this is what happens with all Argento films but I'll still give other films of his a shot.
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Land of the Lost
½

Someone needs to have a sit down with Will Ferrell and tell him straight up not to do anymore tv movie remakes. You would have figured he had learned his lesson when he did that horrible Bewitched movie. Although the new Land of the Lost movie isn?t horrible it?s still not all that great. Now the original television series aired in the mid-70?s on Saturday mornings. I?ve never seen the original series but they did do a 90?s remake that aired on Nickelodeon which I remember watching. And because of the 90?s remake am I somewhat familiar with the show.
I think the idea of a Land of the Lost movie is kind of cool, but this movie was really just another Will Ferrell movie. It seems every summer Ferrell has another movie come out, and every time it?s Ferrell playing the same character, a giant man-child. I like Will Ferrell he is a funny guy. But it?s time to get some new material cause I?m starting to get sick of you and your movies.
If you?re doing movies about a famous kid show why not gear it more towards kids. Younger audiences will probably love it cause it?s got a T-rex and a bunch of somewhat cool special effects. But it also has some adult humor that I found stupid but again it is a Will Ferrell movie. I think that the studio should have gone a different way with this movie cause obviously it wasn?t a success. The writers could have been more faithful with the original characters. On the show it was about a father and his two kids. In this movie it?s just a bunch of characters that happen to have the originals names. They could have made it a fun family movie if they stuck to the original character aspects and come up with a stronger story arch. But personally I would have like to have seen a more serious action-adventure version. They had plenty of content to go with and it does take place in a somewhat sci-fi world that opens the doors for writers. I personally wouldn?t go to the theater to watch this unless I had a kid that was bugging me to see it. Good thing I plan on never having children. Even so I probably would just tell them to wait for it to rent on dvd.

Terminator Salvation
½

When I first heard that a fourth Terminator movie was going to be done I have to admit I wasn?t all that thrilled. The third one left a bad taste in my mouth, and I?m sure in a lot of others as well. I wasn?t thrilled with McG being the director; I haven?t really liked any of his work so far that would convince me that he was the man for the job. The only glimmer of hope that I saw out of this entire project was the casting of Christiane Bale. There must have been something good about it that Bale decided to jump on board and play John Conner. I love Christine Bale, he?s one of the best actors working in the industry today and I know that if he?s attached to something then it can?t be all that bad.
Really the movie wasn?t bad, it was enjoyable. Would I go as far as saying it?s the best movie out of the series, no. It is a much better improvement from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, but it?s nowhere near as good as the first and second movies. I?ll give McG the credit he deserves; he did direct a worthy sequel/prequel to the franchise. And he did a fantastic job when it came to the action sequences. I loved the giant robot machine sequence and all of the stuff in the end-taking place in the terminator factory. All the action stuff was great. And the special effects involving all the different machines were cool as well. I really liked the snake like robots that were found in the water.
But there were a few things that I didn?t care for which in the end kind of made the movie a let down for me. What I like about the first two movies other then James Cameron directing them is the atmospheric feeling of dread. I know that it sounds weird but maybe it?s just the way Cameron directed it but thats what I always felt while watching those two movies. And I personally associate that feeling along with the franchise. I think knowing what is to come in the future and glimpses that the audience sees from them sets the tone. In this movie that future that we the fans have been getting glimpses of is finally here but I don?t get that same tone at all. And because of that it didn?t feel at all like a Terminator movie to me.
Like I said before I do love Christiane Bale and he was good in the movie but I think he did go a little overboard at moments. And the whole Batman voice throughout the entire movie really was annoying, it was not needed and it?s getting old fast. The Marcus Wright character was really cool, only problems I had was that they shouldn?t have given all that much detail about the character in the trailer. I would have preferred to be surprised. The actor that played him, Sam Worthington, did an all right acting job. But you can clearly tell that he?s an Australian actor cause he was going in and out of an American accent and his own the entire movie.
I am interested in seeing where the rest of the franchise will go. I do hope that next time they will just go forward with making it rated R. I know a lot of people were up in arms about it being PG13, and I think that it could have hurt the initial out come of the film. I believe the highest it has gotten at the box office is number 2 and in the past week has been declining. I think it was an overall fun summer movie to go see at the theaters. But I don?t think it lived up to the expectations that I was hoping for. I do however recommend seeing it, especially at the theater cause it just looks great on the big screen.

Drag Me to Hell

Ok, believe me when I say this... the movie was awesome! Excuse the cheesy pun but it really was one hell of a ride watching it. Previously the only Sam Raimi film that I really loved was the very first Evil Dead movie. I do like the first two Spider-Man movies but Bruce Campbell is the man! And just a warning, don't bother waiting around for a cameo by Campbell cause you will be disappointed. But if you are a true Raimi fan which means you love Evil Dead then make sure to pay attention throughout the movie cause there are mentions of certain stuff and few things do pop up on screen.
I should mention as well that this is a PG13 movie. Usually I don't have real high hopes for PG13 horror movies, they always end up being big disappointments. But I was really looking forward to this movie just cause it is Sam Raimi himself this time writing and directing. You don't have to worry about this movie being lame with the horror aspects cause they go above and beyond with making you jump in your seat. I know I did about five times.
Basically the whole story is about a young loan officer who encounters an old women who is begging for an extension on her house so it won't be foreclosed. But she denies the old women her extension in hopes of impressing her boss in giving her a raise. The old women ends up putting curse on her. The young women begins to be tormented by an evil spirit that in a few days will eventually come for her and take her straight to hell.
I know that the summer blockbuster season is just starting up but this is my favorite movie of the summer so far. I had heard good things but it just blew me away once I saw if for myself. It's not really scary but more so that Raimi knows the perfect times to make thing jump out at the audience. What I also love is that he included a little bit of comedy as well. There are a few scenes where you can't help but just laugh. It's a bit of a reminder of how he did Evil Dead but I would say more swaying on the first one. Also there are some gross out scenes as well, I'm not going to go into detail just cause I may make my self sick just thinking about. But I'll just warn those who get grossed out easily. But the performances were great especially from the main character Alison Lohman and the old women Lorna Raver. Even Justin Long did an ok job. Originally Ellen Page was going to be the lead but ended up dropping out. And even though I would have loved to have seen Page's interpretation of the character I think that Lohman is probably a better choice. She not as popular as Page is but thats not a bad thing, it makes me believe in the movie more.
I recommend everyone to go see this who loves horror movies, especially your a fan of Raimi and Evil Dead. The movie will not disappoint. I hope to see it one more time in the theater, then I'll wait for it to come on dvd cause I'm going to buying it.
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Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)
½

I am not a Trekie, I don't speak Vulcan, and I've never seen a full episode of the original Star Trek series. Though I have seen bits and pieces of Next Generation when it was on in the 90's. If you showed me a picture of Spock thats basically all I could tell you; his name is Spock and he's on that old 60's tv show. Naturally I wouldn't really care about an old tv show being turned into a revamped motion picture. Especially one that I didn't grow up with and am not familiar with its history at all. But I saw the trailer for this new revamped movie and I thought it looked cool enough from a movie lovers point of view that it was worth checking out. And it was!
I know that the summer has barely begun but I think this may be the best summer movie blockbuster of this year.It is so good that I want to go see it again for a second time. I went in not at all a fan and now I want to be a Trekie. I'm fascinated now with the entire mythology of this series. On tv they are actually re-airing the old episodes late at night so I've been trying to catch them whenever I happen to be up that late. This new version is suppose to be different from the original material due to the nature in which the writers of this movie went. Time travel is the main theme of the film and in having that events from the past have been dramatically altered and so the entire Star Trek characters history has changed.
One way or another it doesn't really matter all that much to me, I don't know about the original stuff anyway so I won't judge. But overall the film was fantastic; the action scenes were great and everyone was well cast for there parts. I really didn't have that much of a problem with the movie except that the main villain Nero wasn't that bright and I really didn't find him an overall badass. If they decide to do another one I am all for it. I hope it's just as good or better then this one.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine
½

I don't know about everyone else but I was excited for this movie to come out. From the trailer and teaser footage that came out last summer this was looking to be the big movie that was going to open up the summer of 2009. Well it did sorta open the summer, but it's not the movie that I was hoping it would be. Instead it brought more controversy with it since an early version of the movie was leaked a month early.
I've never read a X-men comic book so I'm not really familiar with this character or the universe he takes place in. I did however watch the 90's Saturday cartoon series on Fox and I loved that show. Wolverine was cool but he wasn't my favorite character; Storm, Beast, and Gambit rounded out my top three X-men. And when they decided to finally make a live action movie I was excited for a small portion until I saw the movie and realized it was all more of a Wolverine movie. And my favorite characters either weren't in the series at all or had tiny little side roles. Thinking back on it I'm not really sure why I wanted to see this movie other then it kind of looking cool and for tha fact that they finally decided to bring Gambit to the big screen. The last three X-Men movies had Wolverine as the main character. I don't see this movie being any different. They might as well have called it X-Men 4.
But it is a prequel and fans who were hoping to finally seeing his backstory don't have to wonder any longer. The storyline itself I actually found boring at parts and even confusing. Is Sabertooth really his brother? Then why did they fight each other in the very first X-Men movie with out any questions? And again they did exactly the same thing as in X-Men 3. They advertised new mutant characters that nobody had seen before on screen and before the audience gets a chance to know them they are gone. Why bother even having those characters or even advertise them if they are only in the movie for less then 5min? I felt like I got played, I wanted to see more Gambit and Deadpool!
Wolverine seems like a very dark character and I don't think you can get a really good origins movie on him unless you were to go for a very hard PG13 or even over to the R rating. But that will never happen cause Fox and Marvel need to make money so they have to make a movie parents can take their kids to. This story should have been very bloody (which it wasn't at all) and very violent. Neither of which really happened. Instead I saw a bunch of over the top CG effects and action sequences that didn't impress me. And the thing that bothered me and I know others have complained as well...those claws! They were badly CGI-ed into the movie I can't believe that they even got the claws the most important part of the entire character and movie wrong.
Unless your a little kid or a die hard Wolverine fan I wouldn't really spend the money on seeing this at the theaters. I would just wait for the dvd to come out and rent. But maybe their is a bit of hope, here's hoping they learn from their mistakes and make the upcoming sequel much better.

Role Models
Role Models(2008)
½

Sometimes I think I need a role model in my life, like an actual real life one. Not someone you've never met like a glamorized celebrity on tv or in magazines. But I saw the movie Role Models and I think I'm better off just admiring some rich celebrity. Don't get confused this movie isn't bad, it's actually good! The movie is directed by David Wain and stars a bunch of regulars who used to be on the show 'The State' and 'Reno 911!'. I'm actually a big fan of Wain and his gang they usually make comedies that aren't to high profile. Role Models however is the first one that I am aware of that has gotten a lot of commercial success. My favorite however is 'Wet Hot American Summer' it's become more of a cult classic over the last few years. Another more recent film of theirs was 'The Ten', which was basically a comedic parody of each of the ten commandments. Both those films are overtly silly and have a specific type of humor that not everyone will care for. Either you love it or hate it with a passion, I however love it!
Paul Rudd (or as I like to call him that dude from Clueless) & Sean Michael Scott (dude from American Pie) both star in the film about two friends that get into some trouble. Instead of going to jail and being raped they decide to go through a Big Brother program and do so many hours of community service. One is assigned a kid that reminds me of Arnold from Different Strokes but with a much more explicit and funny vocabulary. The other dresses up as if he's in the Lord of the Rings and prefers to spend time playing a Dungeon and Dragons type role playing game with people who are much older then himself.Hilarity ensues and everyone learns a good lesson by the end of the movie. I suggest checking the movie out more so the unrated version on dvd. It's more for commercial audiences which is ok so Wain and others will get money for there next project. But I still enjoy Wet Hot American Summer more.

Obsessed
Obsessed(2009)

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Crank 2: High Voltage

I find it usually rare to ever see a sequel to a movie that tends to be better then its predecessor. Of course their are a few exceptions like the Dark Knight for example. If you've seen the first Crank their really was no open ending to insinuate a second movie. And really if you watch that movie you wouldn't think their would be any reason to do another one, but they did any ways.
I didn't care that much for the original, it had it's moments but I only needed to watch it once and I forgot all about it. That is until I heard that a second one was coming out. Now really I think the only reason there is another one is more so to start up another action franchise that will hopefully make the studio lots and lots of money. When I saw this film I thought that this is what the first one should have been all about. It's a very over the top action film that doesn't take its self all that seriously. It has a unique style that reminds me of a video game, in particular the Grand Theft Auto series, mixed with over the top stunts and a frantic pace. In any other type of action film I don't know if all those type of elements would work, but for this series and storyline it does. And all combined makes it a lot of fun to watch. I enjoyed watching this more then the first.
The thing is though due to the storyline the second literally starts right up from the last one. And throughout it it makes lots of references to the previous Crank, mostly with side characters and their previous back story. Not wanting to give to much away let me say that there will be a third one. The movie does leave you hanging, and it felt kind of like a tv show cliffhanger. The story in the movie itself isn't really complete either, element plots are brought up but obviously are not resolved. If they do make a third Crank I probably will go see it just as long as the makers keep the same mood of this one.

Rachel Getting Married

It's been almost two years since I was last at a wedding. I love going to weddings more so the party afterwards! You get free food and drink, then you dance your heart out afterwards to the electric slide and the macarena. My family is huge so I look forward to whoever else decides to get married. Hopefully it will be one of my cousins from Boston cause they know how to throw a wedding after party every time! In Rachel Getting Married I wished I was at this wedding it looked like a hell of a lot of fun but also had crazy drama.
Ann Hathaway has done the best performance so far in her career. She was nominated for this performance and when you watch it you will see why. Her character Kym is an ex druggie and basically the black sheep of her family. She is in rehab and counseling for her problems. But she steps away for one weekend to attend her older sisters wedding, and all the drama begins. Hathaway's performance is something that I don't think she has done before. She is a complicated character with so many layers it's hard to imagine the same actress from The Princess Diaries try and take on a role such as this. The only other role of hers that I can think of that had some edge to it was the wife she played in Brokeback Mountain. But this is a much superior character that is raw to the core. I loved the look and feel to the entire film. Again it has a very raw documentary look and feel to it that made me feel like this was actually going on and that all these people were real. But that also probably had to do with great directing from Jonathan Demme and overall great performances from everyone.
Initially I was hesitant to see this film. I knew about the good reviews and award recognition but I was still weary. I had seen a film with Nichole Kidman called Margot at the Wedding, which I hated everything about. And I was afraid that this was going to be the same thing. Thank god it wasn't, this is a much much better film that I actually enjoyed. It's very indie and I don't thing Jonathan Demme has ever done a film like this before. This is probably one of my favorite films of his right next to Philadelphia. If you have a chance check the movie out on dvd, rent it whatever it's worth it.

17 Again
17 Again(2009)

I feel a bit awkward doing this review. It's like I'm a little tween again gushing over all the boy band and cute tv actors poster that I got out of Tiger Beat magazine. Back in the day I was in love with JTT (aka Jonathan Taylor Thomas), I had posters of him all over my room. But I've grown up and have taken down those poster and gave up my tween crush of Mr. JTT. Why do I mention all this silly tween crush stuff to you, well it's simple. Zac Efron is to these young girls what JTT was with me. I'd go crazy every time I saw in on tv and would watch any movie he was coming out with good or bad. The same deal goes with 17 Again. I know some of you (probably the guys) don't know why this movie was number one at the box office. Because it has Zac Efron in it!!! Right now there are armies of young girls out their melting at the very sight of this guy just being on a magazine. If they do that they you know their going to make their parents drive them to the movies to see him.
The thing is though most of the time these movie that they do aren't all that great but do well just because of the tween love. Eventually they look back at the movies and wonder what they were thinking cause it was bad. I don't think that will necessarily happen with this film. It actually wasn't that bad and I enjoyed it a lot more then I thought I would. I was bracing myself for another another one of those cheesy High School Musical movies, thank god that is not what I got. Instead I saw a light hearted comedy that the whole family could enjoy seeing. Ok they do pimp Efron out a bunch of the time. There are a bunch of slow-mo shots of him and he does have his shirt off a few times as well. If your a girl or a fan of his their is nothing wrong with that at all. But if your not then you might just find it annoying.
Efron is a good looking dude I'll give him that, but before this that is all I saw in him. I really don't give a crap about those High School Musical movies, those were just a stepping stone and a way to get rich for his career. I really thought that this guy was just the flavor of the week. Eventually those fan girls would grow up and movie on. But after seeing this movie and that he can actually carry a movie with his performance, he may not go away so quickly. He may just stick around for awhile as long as he picks the right roles and chooses things that will challenge him as an actor. I'm not saying he is that next Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt but he could get to the status of them if he is careful. Don't forget both Cruise and Pitt were Tiger Beat centerfolds at one time.

The Haunting in Connecticut

Ever seen a movie that pissed you off so bad that you wish you could just jump up on to the screen and punch everyone in the face? That sounds kind of harsh but after seeing The Haunting in Connecticut thats the way I felt after it ended. I can never understand these movie that say they are based off a true story or actual events, when really only 5% out of the entire movie is actually true. What makes this movie just the same as the rest, well you could just compare it to the Discovery channels documentary that they did a few years ago on the exact story.
The Haunting in Connecticut was actually 'A Haunting in Connecticut', the very first episode of the "A Haunting' series on the Discovery channel. Needless to say the tv episode is much more interesting and scarier then what the movie decided to give us. The only things that these two have in common are: Connecticut, the house being a funeral home, the boy having cancer, the boy's room being down in the basement, & the ghosts torment the sick boy. All this other mumbo-jumbo crap that they put into the movie was a bunch of Hollywood fill in crap. The whole ghost back story that they tell, never once do I remember them mentioning this on the show. Instead it wasn't just ghosts that began to torment the family but supposable demonic forces that were taking over the sick son. And the church had to come and preform not one but three exorcisms. Of course they don't mention any of this in the Hollywood version, and decided to water it down with a dumb over exaggerated storyline that no one would ever believe actually happened.
And it's PG13 of all things! This really wasn't a scary movie but it should have been. There was a lot of potential with the actual events told from the show. Almost another Exorcist, but this time being even more real. Instead Hollywood wanted to make a movie on their standards and of course made a worthless haunted house movie that will most likely get thrown in the forgotten pile.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood
½

I have already seen Watchmen the movie, which I liked by the way. I didn't love it but I had a good experience watching it, and most likely I'll see it again when it comes out on dvd. But I figured since I saw the main movie why not check out the comic within the comic,'Tales of the Black Freighter'. Unlike Watchmen, 'Tales of the Black Freighter' is an all animated movie. It actually wasn't that long and calling it a movie doesn't even feel right. It felt more like a weird dark animated episode of the old "Tales From th Cryptkeeper' the animated show. Yes, there was a Saturday morning cartoon show of Tales From the Crypt.
But this isn't an animated movie for the kids to see. It's dark, twisted, and a bit disturbing. Unless you want your kids having nightmares I don't suggest picking it up for them to watch anytime soon. Watchmen seems to be following in the same footsteps as The Matrix and The Dark Knight. Both of those films came out with their own separate animated dvds. The Matrix had The Animatrix and The Dark Knight had Gotham Knight, both of those movies were companion type pieces to the main film. They also showcase several different stories each animated by different anime artists. However Tales of the Black Freighter is different, it's only one story done in one animated structure. And this time it was necessary to make a complimentary dvd. A lot of people love the story from the book and when Watchmen was being made, they were asking if this would be included. It probably would have been too much to include it into the theatrical version, plus made the movie even longer then it already was. It is a nice companion piece to the main feature and fans of the movie or comic should get a chance to check it out.

Observe and Report

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[/size][left]So there has been a lot of talk going on about this movie, most of it from what I heard not very good. All I keep hearing about is this date rape scene and how horrible it is and this movie is for having it. Granted, no person woman or man should go through an act of sexual violation it's just horrible even talking about. And most of the time when I see such an act taking place in a movie or on tv it does make it very uncomfortable for me to watch. In Observe and Report there is a quick scene that every one is calling 'The Date Rape Scene.' However this time around watching such a scene I wasn't uncomfortable but more so weirded out by the situation and movie in general.
I'm sure plenty of you have seen 'Taxi Driver'. Well take the main dark concepts of 'Taxi Driver' and mix that with Paul Blart: Mall Cop. What you end up with is one fucked up movie starring a very psychotic Seth Rogen. Basically this movie is trying to make fun of all the movies that are similar to 'Taxi Driver'. I'm close to the brink of calling this a black comedy but I'm still hung up on this movie. Their is an equal amount of dark and twisted parts along with comical parts. It's not that I didn't laugh at all in this film cause I did a few times, even at some dark parts. But I also found myself questioning this movie as well. Who the hell would write a movie like this? The character is clearly psychotic and has issue. Some of the stuff he does to people is just wrong but funny most of the time. That rape scene wasn't funny at all, but the scene leading up to it I couldn't help but laugh. More so at Anna Faris who I think is hilarious in most of what she does. This movie is a bit of a departure for Rogen cause it's probably the darkest character so far that he has gotten to play. I did like the movie, I understood where they were going with it and what they were trying to make fun of. However, I do agree that the rape scene was a bit too much and they could have probably gone with just some typical consensual drunken sex that would end up being regretful the next day instead.
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I Love You, Man

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[/size][left]I just got done watching this today and I'm caught in the middle with this movie. I really don't see the big deal with it. I've heard from a few people that have seen it saying it's hilarious and the funniest movie to come out this year. First off it's not that funny, in fact I was a bit disappointed cause their are some really funny people in this and they just didn't bring it. Secondly it's only March there is still nine more months left of this year, I hoping there a more funnier movies that are coming out.
This movie made one big mistake right from the very beginning, it showed all the funny scenes in its trailer. And I do mean all of them. There was nothing new that made me want to laugh. Paul Rudd who is usually always funny couldn't even do it for me. Instead he made me just feel awkward whenever his character came on screen to interact, his character seemed so socially retarded but not in the funny way that they were trying to pull off. And Jason Segel basically played the straight man which was kind of a bummer cause I did enjoy him in last years Sarah Marshall. I can only hope that they have an Unrated version of the movie which will come out on dvd and change my mind. I know that people are calling this a chick flick for guys but I think that the humor is just way to weak for guys to really get into it. Instead I would just consider it a chick flick that includes dudes as the main characters.
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Monsters vs. Aliens
½

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[/size][left]It has been a good while since I've last seen an newly released animated movie. I think Wall-E which was last summer was the last one I had seen, but Kung-Fu Panda was actually the last animated movie that I really enjoyed. Wall-E was ok but who doesn't like animated animals doing kung-fu? I was never really planning on seeing this movie, but I did cause I was just bored and had nothing to do. I didn't even know that this movie was coming out now, I remember seeing the 3D commercial during the Super Bowl but I thought it was going to be a summer movie. It kind of felt like one to me, which made me upset when it was over cause it's not summer time a all where I'm at. Hell, it doesn't even feel 100% like spring...dame you mother nature!!!
But unlike some animated movies that come out around this time every year (Horton Hears a Who), this one was really enjoyable. And like I said before had the feel of a summer movie, such as Shrek. I really don't have to explain the plot to you cause you can figure it out from the title what this movie is all about. All the so called 'Monsters' are characicatues of the old 50's Monster B-movies. When I was watching it I kept thinking about my Grandfather cause he grew up with those kind of old movies, and I think he would get a kick out of this. And the movie is only just for kids, I think adults will find it entertaining as well. There are a lot of pop culture references which little kids won't get but the adults will, and they may have a laugh.
I really liked the look of the animation in this, it had some similarities with the Shrek movies. Obviously the two are made by Dreamworks, but I really like how they make people look real but exaggerate on them at the same time. This is probably one of my favorites to come out of Dreamworks, other then Kung-Fu Panda. I know that people love the Shrek movie and I do enjoy them but I like certain scenes from those movies. I find that Shrek is over-rated and the sequels the keep pooping out just can't live up to the first one. I would however like to see them do a sequel to this movie, which I wouldn't be surprised if they have already started the process. I really liked the different characters and would like to get to know them better in another installment and see what the makers of the movie would have them do next. I really liked the movie, much better then I had originally expect. And kids and adults will both enjoy it, plus I heard that it's awesome in 3D. Everything is awesome in 3D!
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Wind Chill
Wind Chill(2007)
½

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[/size][left]Late last night I saw this movie called Wind Chill with Emily Blunt. I had been contemplating for a few weeks now if I should watch it or not. I saw the trailer featured on a dvd, it looked good from what I saw but I still wasn't sure. I don't remember this coming to theaters, so most likely it went straight to dvd. Usually thats not a good sign about the movie. But before I judged I asked around to a few of my friends. Just so happens everyone that I asked had seen it, but I was getting mixed reviews. My one friend said it was good and to check it out. Another said to not waste my time. I was stuck in a hard place. But I decided to see it for myself, and I actually liked it.
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[left] At first I had no idea where this movie was going. In the beginning I thought this might be some kind of weird stalker-ish stuff going on with the two main characters. One of them is pretending to be someone there not, which started putting different scenarios in my head of where this film might take me. But that dynamic in the end really is more for character development, so I wouldn't get so hung up on it in the end. I think this may be one of the causes why people will either like or dislike the movie. But really this is a ghost story to some crazy extent. It's not a great one, but it isn't horrible either. I really liked Emily Blunt in this movie, even though she kind of plays a bitch for half of it. But for her characters defense she kind of had too and I wouldn't blame her, nor should you. The other actor, Ashton Holmes I haven't really seen him in anything other then the son in A History of Violence. But I still thought he did a good job and would like to see him more often in other things.
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[left] I really enjoyed this movie cause for once I didn't know what was going to happen. It's rare to find a good ghost movie nowadays with vampires, zombies, and slashers taking up most of the room. But this was a ghost movie with a bit of a mind bender to it, which in the end I kind of liked the most about it. I see why my friends were split when it came to liking this movie. Some aspects of it audiences will hate, while others like me will think of as refreshing and different. I just say give it chance, take a breather from those horror movie remakes and glittery vampires.
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Dance of the Dead

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[/size][left]I know what your thinking--"God, not another one of those zombie movies!" Yes, this is another darn zombie movie that went straight to dvd. But the only difference from this and those other ripp-offs are that this was enjoyable. I didn't think I was going to like it at first. My friend from school had been telling me for along time that I had to see it. And finally last week during our film club meeting we all sat down and watched the entire thing.
It seemed pretty much that all of us who watched it liked it, including myself. The movie dosen't take itself seriously, and most of the time we all found ourselves laughing at particular scenes. It has all the cliches of a teen movie just they added zombies to the mix. There are a few gorey parts to the movie but nothing to gross. It was a low budget film you can tell that right away. But I think for what the filmmakers had they did a good job. And at the end of the movie it really was a suprise to me of how much fun all of us had watching it. I'd say that if you like zombie movies but you're in the mood for something fun check this dvd out.
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Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

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[/size][left]After much anticipation Watchmen is finally out! I wasn't one of those who was counting down, but after seeing the first trailer during the previews for the Dark Knight I knew that I was going to see it just cause. So Friday opening night me and my friend went to go see it. Originally we wanted to see it in IMAX but all showings were sold out. Maybe next time. Instead we saw the regular version, and I enjoyed the movie. I know fans and critics seems to be at war with each other on whether it was a good adaptation or not. I happen to have read the comic before hand just to see what all the fuss was about.
Is it an exact adaptation page for page of the comic? No, but that is almost impossible and would take way to much money and time. But I thought that the movie did capture most of the characters the way they were intended as well as the overall message of the book. The ending was changed to be a hollywood ending but I it didn't make any difference to me.
The look of the movie has this comic book aspect to it that I love. It was all visual eye candy to me and had that same look Zack Snyder trys to bring to all of his films. But the one thing that I loved the most about this movie was Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach. That man kicks ass in this film and from what I remember from the comic gets him down perfectly. He was my favorite character in this film and I just wanted to see more and more of him on the screen. Thank god now I don't have to think of Haley now as a creepy child molester from Little Children. Now I got straight to him a Rorschach. Everyone else had there moments that I liked about there character. But there are two people in this film I didn't care for, and that was Silk Spectre 2 and Ozymandias. Both performances I thought were a little weak especially the guy who is Ozymandias. Not only did I think his performance was on the verge of laughable but that bad wig they made him wear didn't help him either.
Two other things that kind of bothered me about the film were the really bad make up jobs and Dr. Manhattan visual effects. You can go see the movie for yourself so see what I mean about the make-up. As for Dr. Manhattan when their are close-ups to the character he looks pretty good and they took their time on making him look real. But then when you see longer shots of the character you can tell that he is digitally put into the scene or he's a computer animated effect. They probably need more time or money to go back and perfect some of those scenes with him cause you can tell right away CG effect.
Other then those two things I liked the movie a lot. For the entire time I was sitting in the theater I was entertained. And believe me I was in that theater for a while. This movie is over 2hrs long and I hear the dvd cut will be even longer. For a comic book that they said was unfilmable I think they did a pretty good job. I know there are alot of the die ahrd fans that are pissed about the film but all I have to say is that it could have been worse. I don't think it was bad. But for those who can't sit long in a theater definatly check it out when it comes to dvd, more importantly buy the Bluray. And watch Jackie Earle Haley kick some major ass!!
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All Dogs Go To Heaven
½

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[left]I saw this in the cheap dvd bin at the store and grabbed it up right away. When I saw it I had a flash back of childhood memories from watching it. Me and my brother had a copied VHS version of it when we were younger that we watched over and over again. I love this movie especially cause I grew up having German Shepards for pets and the main character in the movie is a German Shepard.
Don Bluth had a few animated movies that came out in the late 80's early 90's. That being this movie, The Land Before Time, and Rock-A-Doodle. I like Land Before Time more then this one, but still their both great animated classics in their own right. At least they didn't rape this movie like they did with the Land Before Time by making 25 crappy sequels.
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Philadelphia
Philadelphia(1993)
½

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[/size][left]Why in the world have I not seen this movie before?! Its been around for years, has a great cast and I've never watched it until now. Of course I have heard about it, but hearing is different then seeing it. The film centers on a lawyer who was fired from his job because he has AIDS and is now suing his old firm. Denzel Washington is his lawyer who helps to take on the super sensative case.
[left]This movie was great, there was never a dull moment. And Hanks gives the best performance, probably better then Forrest Gump. I know her won an Academy Award for both roles in a row but his performance in this is just much more emotional and raw. Also the storyline drags you in right away and is so compelling. I saw this documentary series call Movies that Changed the World, and they did one show on this particular film. It was one of the first movie to ever address the AIDS epidemic to the masses. And it did literally change the way we see and talk about the disease. If you haven't seen this film don't wait around forever like I did go out right away and rent it! You will not be disappointed.
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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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[/size][left]Who in the world thought that making another Street Fighter movie would be a great idea? You would figure that they would at least try to improve from the mistakes that the first one had. But they didn't, and I didn't think that it would happen but it did. This one turned out to be worse then the 1994 version.
Yeah I know, how could this be any worse then Jean-Claude Van Damme's version? Well at least that movie was fun to watch in all its cheesy goodness. And it also gave a variety of the games characters. This movie only has four of the games characters in the films; Balrog, Vega, M. Bison and Chun Li. They were all kind of lame. Especially the Bison character, he is nothing like the original game character. What the hell blonde hair and blue eyes, I don't think so! Oh, and why is Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat in this? Someone forget to tell him this was the wrong video game franchise.
Kristen Kreuk is kind of the only good thing about the film. Though I don't really think she looks at all like Chun Li, except for this one scene in the movie where she is fighting in a bathroom and she kind of is wearing the outfit from the game. She has a few fight scenes as well but nothing that you haven't seen before. A bunch of wire work and SFX stuff. She did an ok job for what she had to work with.
The Vega character was kind of cool even though he was on and off the screen so fast you might miss him. I would have like to have seen more of his character developed, and so with the Balrog character as well. The one character I hated the most was Chris Klein's character. The problem was that Klein is a horrible actor. By far the worst performace I have seen this year and last. He is like the poor mans Keanu Reeves with a bad Nic Cage haircut. Just horrible acting with really bad oneliners that he says directly into the camera.
Overall the movie was just dumb. And I don't know why it is considered wide release cause I could only find it playing in one theater that was actually near me. That should be a sign of how bad this movie is, when it's not even being distributed as a wide release feature. It probably should have been a straight to dvd movie. If anything this movie will however make you want to pull out your old game systems and play the original game or even go and watch the 1994 version. You decided!
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The International
½

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[/size][left]Somebody should have shot me in the head, cause this movie was painfully boring! Whoever thought this would make a great thriller of a film was greatly misinformed. Where do I begin? I can't really tell you the whole plot of the film cause it was a bit confusing and I started to zone out halfway through. So I'm just going to give you the actual written synopsis; The plot centers on an obsessive Interpol agent (Owen) who spearheads an investigation into one of the world's most high-profile and powerful banking institutions in an attempt to expose them for worldwide arms brokering, corruption and murder. Watts will play a Manhattan assistant district attorney who partners with the agent to take down the bank. (Yeah, that's what the movie was about ;P)
Actually the film started off kind of interesting, well at least the first five minutes were. Then it just went off into another direction that I got completely lost in. It took forever until something stimulating actually happened. That ended up being this ridiculous gun fight scene in a NYC museum. Even that wasn't all that great when it started, and a bit over exaggerated for this type of film. This seemed like a rejected Jamed Bond scrip that they turned into a Clive Owen movie. I've like a few Clive Owens movies, my favorite being Children of Men. But latley he has been making these really watered down thrillers that don't have anything going for them. And it seems he's playing the same character each time. Naomi Watts is also in it but her character was in and out of the film so many times that I ended up not caring what happens to her.
The saddest thing to me about the movie was that it was directed by Tom Tykwer. He went from Run Lola Run to this. Actually Run Lola Run is the only other film of his that I have seen. But that is so good, and this is so dull. Don't bother with this film, it's boring and not worth the money or time.
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Heavyweights (Heavy Weights)
½

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[/size][left]Along with my find of the 3 Ninjas dvd I also found another childhood favorite of mine, Heavyweights! I loved this movie when I first saw it as a kid, and I still do. Heavyweights centers on a summer camp overweight kids. The camp is suppose to be really cool and lots of campers return each year. But when they arrive for this summer the campers find out that the old owners have sold the entire camp to a crazed fitness guru. Tired of how the new owner is running the camp the young campers decide to take matter into there own hands.
When I went back to rewatch this after many years I was a little afraid, caue I wasn't sure if I would still like it. Luckily for me I still did and it holds up very nicely. Sure it's still very mid-90's but I think that is what I love about it the most. You don't see Disney movies like this anymore. Instead they try to bank on their lame tv channel series. God I miss the 90s!!
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3 Ninjas
3 Ninjas(1992)
½

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[/size][left]Want to know if someone was a child of the 90's, just ask them if they remember the kids classic 'Three Ninjas'. I was in the store when I came across this movie and a rush of childhood memories came back to me. I knew then that I couldn't pass up the chance of getting the dvd especially when it was there only copy left.
I loved this movie as a kid. This was one that me and my brother made my parents rent over and over again. 'Three Ninjas' came out around the time Power Rangers was all the rage with kids. And of course the movie industry wanted to get in on the action as well. I think a few other types of movies around the same format as this one all came out around the same time. Eventually they just went to a Power Rangers movie.
Looking back on the movie it really isn't all that great. Some of the acting is really bad and there are plenty of cheesy scenes, even more then I can originally remember. But I don't care cause I still love this movie. My favorite scene still is with the three boys messing with the dumb kidnappers. The movie went on to become a franchise, I believe three other sequels were made after this one. But from what I remember none of them were as good as the original.
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The Last Word

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I've been waiting forever for this to come out. Being a Winona Ryder it's very rare to see a new movie of hers, especially one that is in the theaters or limited release. This film seemed like it was in limbo for over a year until then decided recently to give it a dvd release date. It won't be out for a few more months, but I have my ways of seeing things. The Last Word is about a young writer who makes a living writing elegant suicide notes for his clients. He ends up meeting and falling for one of his recent clients sister. He becomes conflicted in the true nature of his work and the secret association that he has with his new girlfriends dead brother.
This is suppose to be a romantic comedy but I really don't see it as one. I did find it funny in some parts, suprisingly mostly scenes with Ryders character. But the romance aspects of the movie were more so creepy, and that is probably because of Wes Bentley. For one thing the dude really can't act, at least from my stand point. I don't know if it was just the weird way his character is but he does seem like he is playing the same dude from American Beauty. Just a weird creepy guy that you probably for the most part would stay away from due to the fact that their is a chance he could be a serial killer. Also Ray Romano has a supporting role in this as well, but his character isn't funny. I was a bit suprised in seeing him in this sort of indie type movie and also the type of character that he plays is a complete 180 from his tv show persona.
I found the movie to be ok, I didn't think going into it that it would be anything special. I was right of course, it was a stright to dvd movie so what do you expect.
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My Boyfriend's Back
½

[center][size=5]My Boyfriend's Back
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[left]The 90's who doesn't miss them? I know I do, it was the pinnacle part of my childhood. A lot of good memories I have from that era, good movies too. Well this isn't really a good movie, but some how I remember it from way back then. Everything about this movie screams the 90's. Just look at the dvd cover.
Johnny is a teenage that is shot and killed while trying to protect the girl of his dreams, Missy. Before he dies Johnny asks Missy to the prom and she says yes. Johnny comes back from the dead to fufill his promise to take Missy to the prom. The only problem is Johnny is a zombie and needs to feed off human flesh to stay amoung the living long enough to go to the prom. This movie is pretty stupid but it does remind me of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. It clearly doesn't take itself seriously, you can tell by the reactions of the characters and the basic premise of the story.
What I find really funny about this movie is that it contains a bunch of huge stars with minor roles. And yet I have no clue who any of the leads are; well the best friend character kind of looks familiar. This dvd is actually my sisters and rarely do I ever borrow movies from her. We have the opposite tastes when it comes to movies we like. But when I saw this I had to see it cause I brought a flashback of the 90's to me. It's really not that great but for nostalgia purposes I watched it for fun.
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Friday the 13th
½

[center][size=5]Friday the 13th
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[/size][left]I had a crazy ordeal in see this movie opening night. It seemed that everyone wanted to see this I went to one theater which ended up being sold out of tickets. So I had to leave that theater and my friends who had gotten their tickets ahead of time. They called me later and said that the theater was pack with people. So then I drove back home and ended up catching it with my sister at our rinky-dink local theater. That theater was jam packed as well. At one point I dared my sister to sit in the very front row all by herself for the movie and yell at the screen when the scary parts came on. She would have done it too until before we knew it the entire theater was full of young adolescences. And all the seating including the front rows were filled.
You're probably asking what I thought of the movie, well I really didn't think that much of it. I really didn't see this as being a reboot or a remake. Instead it just kind of felt like another sequel to the series. Sure they try to put their spin on stuff but I didn't think that it worked very well. What the filmmakers tried to do was take the original parts 1-3 and smash them into one. They hinted on the original, which was very weak effort on their parts. Basically a slap in the face to that entire first film and the movie history that it help create. Then it picked a choosed certain stuff fromthe last two and incorporated them into the storyline, such as Jason wearing a sack on his head then moving on to the hockey mask. There are some other things as well but I don't know if they may have incorpotared them from the other sequels then just the first three.
I know that some people were really excited for this to come out, but I made sure not too. And I'm glad I did cause this film is basically what I expected it to be. It's kind of funny I was listening to these kids months ago talking about movies they were most excited to see. And they all were excited to see this. I started laughing to myself, one: these kids were like 12 or 13 years old so I doubt they would be able to get into the movie by themselves. Secondly, I bet these kids have no clue about the original series other then seeing reruns of the latter films or Freddy vs Jason. And I'm sure a good majority of the younger crowd who went to see this film hasn't seen the original.
Hey, but I certainly have! And this does not hold up to the original. And whoever thinks that the death scenes in here were great and bloody you need to rethink that very carefully. There was only one clever killing at the very beginning which involved a sleepingbag. Everything else I've seen before in this series and in others. There was nothing new and exciting to add to this old franchise. Only thing new was that Jason runs really fast when chasing his victims....what? Jason takes his time in his fast pace walk, cause you know that he'll get whoever he's after no matter what.
So as far as is this worth seeing I would go with renting it. There really is nothing interesting about this remake that hasn't been done before. And it is very predictable, almost to he fact that I found myself getting bored watching the movie. Just go see the the best out of them all the original!
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My Best Friend's Girl

[center][size=5]My Best Friend's Girl
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[/size][left]This movie was just plain dumb! The only reason I watched this was because I heard the song 'My Best Friends Girl' on the radio and I automatically thought I should see this movie. When I watched this I felt like somehow I might have seen this before. Not really the movie itself, but stuff in the movie copying from other movies. That basically means that it's typical. Nothing really original about it, I mean come on they even took the title of a song for the name of the movie.
I dont know if Hudosn has fallen on hard times but lately she's been making some crappy movies. Sadly I think her last good movie was Almost Famous; wait that was her big break? (how sad) Dane Cook just does crappy movies in general, nothing he's done is good. I perfer to listen to his comedy albums then see him in anymore stupid movies. And Jason Biggs what the hell is he even doing in a movie. Shouldn't he be humping a pie or something?
This movie was boring and not that funny. In fact it was annoying! I watched the unrated or whatever edition and I still didn't like it. I didn't see what the point of the whole movie was when it ended. Jason Biggs character wants is friend, Dane Cook, help Kate Hudson fall in love with him. Instead she ends up falling in love with Dane Cooks character instead. You can probably guess how it all turns out in the end. Again this is a dumb movie don't waste your time like I did!
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The Changeling
½

[center][size=5]The Changeling
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[/size][left]Just to start off this is not that Angelina Jolie movie. This is much older and it's also considered a classic horror movie. After seeing a bunch of lame horror movies in a row it was such a relief when I watched The Changeling. I think thats what I'm going to do for now on, when I see a new lame horror movie I'm just going to go back to the classics. The Changeling is about a man who moves into this old house after the loss of both his wife and young daughter. Weird things begin to happen in the house and soon the man realized that he is not the only occupant.
I actually found this movie to be really creepy. There are a few scenes that kept me on edge, waiting for whatever to pop out. It is a haunted house/ghost story but also their is a mystery in the mix. I can't really go into to much detail cause it would ruin the plot. But because of that mystery element I even liked the movie more.
Now being that this movie is about 30yrs old some things were a bit over the top. But their wasn't a whole lot of it. Being a ghost story you see the same practical tricks used, but they pulled it off to the best of their abilities and scared me a few times. Hopefully some of you have heard about this movie,those who haven't no you have. Horror movie fan or not I do think that this movie is worth a glance.
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Mirrors
Mirrors(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Mirrors
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[/size][left]Lately I've had no luck in seeing a good horror movie. Everything in the theaters are PG-13 and lame in the scary department. I just want to be freaked out! I had been bitching about the last few horror snoozers and someone told me to check out Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland. I remember the movie coming out in theaters and the ads playing on tv all the time; I didn't have the urge to run to the theater and see it. But this was the second person who said I should look into it, it supposably freaked them out.
So I watched it, and I wasn't freaked out. It has some disturbing death scenes that were cool, but the story was so confusing. It took forever to finally come to a simple explanation for everything. But then when the movie finally concluded it just left me scratching my head in confusion. Is this another remake of a Asian-horror movie, I wouldn't be suprised if it was? I certainly felt like one to me.
Even though the ending was lame all the stuff leading up to it was interesting. I wanted to know where this whole movie was going. I did laugh a little bit cause while watching Sutherland do his thing, I forgot I was watching a horror movie and thought it was an episode of 24. He's running around all over the place in the film and he does have a gun. For those who get scared easily go check the movie out the movie will do its job in freaking you out. If your not then I don't know what to tell ya you'll just have to wait like me for something good to come along.
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Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

[center][size=5]Eagle Eye
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[/size][left]Eagle Eye has been a movie that I have been hesitant to see for a long time. But I finally gave in and ended up getting it for cheap on dvd. I had heard too many mixed reviews while it was out in theaters that I just skipped it all together, but still it had my interest. Lately though Shia LaBeouf hasn't made one film that I have loved. I was disappointed with Indiana Jones 4 and I just didn't really care for Transformers. And I hated Disturbia, and guess what Eagle Eye is directed by the same guy! Thats really the main raeson for my hesitation. It's a reteaming from Disturbia, and I really don't want to see that movie again. So as you can tell Shia doesn't have that great of a record for me. And even though I find him cute, it doesn't help that he keeps getting himself in trouble off the set.
But back to the movie!
I'm glad I didn't go into this with high expectations, cause it wasn't that great. It did however keep me on my toes, I did like the thriller aspec of the movie. I just wanted to know how all this would come together in the end. But when the end came it was a bit of a bummer. Really it was kind of a cop-out. I was thinking for a big elaborate reveal but it wasn't and it has been done before plenty of times. It did however have plenty of action scenes that were kind of cool, but again I have seen before. As for performances everybody was ok, nobody really stood out enough for me to care.
I don't know if I should recommend this movie or not, it has it's moments either way. But it does have a mixure with viewers. Some actually like it while others hate it. I'm in between and don't think it's horrible, but in no way was this a great movie. I guess you'll just have to see it for yourself.
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Lars and the Real Girl

[center][size=5]Lars and the Real Girl
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[/size][left]I decided to watch this movie because my friend recommended it to me. I kind of always wanted to see it, but I didn't really know what to make of it at first glance. Is it suppose to be a comedy or a drama? Well actually it is a little bit of both, but more on the dramatic side. Lars is just a socially awkward guy and clearly has some issues that need to be sorted out. But all in all he is a sweet guy. Out of the blue he brings a sexdoll, who he thinks and acts like she is real, to his brothers house for dinner. The rest of the film goes on as Lars friends, family, and basically his entire town go along with his delusion of a fake girlfriend.
Like I previously said from the synopsis it sound like a comedy. But in fact I found there to be more dramatic moments. I the beginning when he first introduces the sex doll to everyone you can't help but laugh at the idea and of course everyones reactions. But then it gets serious when you see Lars, who clearly is going through something that no one can understand. There are a lot of touching moments in this film and you do start to consider the doll itself a seperate character on its own in the film.
There are a lot of touching moments throughout the film, that I couldn't just name one. But there are times that the scene was just dragging on a bit to long. And it does have one of those up in the air endings where they leave it up to the audience. Sometimes I don't mind those kind of endings, but in this case I really did want a concret ending with the characters. Ryan Gosling is such a good actor, and I don't think anyone could have pulled this role off any better then he could. Also the rest of the supporting cast did a great job as well, and without them they probably wouldn't have been able to pull off the believe the doll was a character.
Happy my friend recommended this movie to me, it was a sweet suprise.
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Paul Blart: Mall Cop

[center][size=5]Paul Blart: Mall Cop
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[/size][left]I think the end of days may be coming, and the first sign of that is Mall Cop being number one at the box office for two weeks. This movie was stupid I just can't wrap my head around why people would keep on going to see it. It's not worth the ticket price of seeing it in the theaters!
I had seen the trailer for this only once and I could tell that it was going to be a stupid movie. And when I saw the movie for itself I realized that all those funny scenes from the trailer were ALL the funny scenes from the whole movie. So in general the trailer spoils everything, and the funny thing is it showed everything in chronological order from the movie. Basically you would be better off just seeing the trailer cause thats the entire film wrapped in a nutshell.
Since 'King of Queens' Kevin James is trying to establish himself as a movie star. This is like the second big comedy he has been in that has bombed for me. The first being 'Chuck and Larry', which he starred along Adam Sandler. Granted that was more of a Sandler movie but they were both on the bill and I still didn't like it. I also know he was in Hitch but that is different cause I liked that movie and James was a supporting character. This is his second strike for me, I guess if he does one more movie I'd give it a shot. But if it is going to be Mall Cop 2 forget about it. I don't know where they could go with that anyways? They already went with the extreme of the mall being robbed by a group of robbers who all seemed to have been recruited from the X-Games. Seriously, they were riding Huffy bikes and skateboards. What the Hell?
Please don't give the producers of this filma reason to make a sequel, cause this film was far from funny or great. If your wanting to see it at least wait for the dvd to come out and rent. This movie is really more for the crowd that can't get into rated R comedies, and those who laugh at anything especially dumb slap-stick humor.
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The Holiday
The Holiday(2006)
½

[center][size=5]The Holiday
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[/size][left]This is the last of my romcom movie marathon that I began over the weekend. And I had unknowingly saved the best for last. I didn't know what to expect from this movie, would I like it or not? And suprisingly it wasn't that bad. I figured it couldn't be horrible cause Kate Winslet is in it and if all else fails in the movie Winslet won't let me down. I haven't seen all of her movies yet, but so far I haven't seen a Kate Winslet movie that was down right bad.
And you know what Winslet was good, as usual. I enjoyed her moments and storyline in the film much more then Diaz and Law. She had some very funny and moving scenes. Diaz I just found a bit annoying at time and her story arch wasn't as if I've never seen that happen before. The movie was cute, drag a bit but not that bad. I enjoyed myself and was smiling at the end of it. Nancy Myers wrote and directed this film, which wasn't a huge deal for her. Myers has made a living out of romantic comedies genra and I don't think she will ever drift off into something else. It's what she is good at, and without her we wouldn't have quality chick flicks that are actually enjoyable to watch.
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P.S. I Love You

[center][size=5]P.S. I Love You
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[/size][left]Ok so those who regularly check into my little review page often probably think that I have gotten all out of sorts since I'm reviewing a bunch of romcoms. I really don't know what has come over me but I've recently watched three romcoms in a row over the last two days. Maybe I have deprived myself from the chick flick genera for far too long? Or maybe I'm just bored since there really isn't anything worth my time and money in the theater. I just got into a really girly mood and borrowed some dvds from my friend, all of them being chick flicks.
P.S. I Love You is a film I've been meaning to watch. Not cause I really, really wanted too. But because I caught 1/3 of it on tv and never got to finish it. And when you start something it's always a good thing to finish it. So I did and I wasn't too impressed. I mean it was like every other movie of the genera, except for the ending. The ending kind of pissed me off a bit. It was a bit untraditional in a sense, but everything and characters involved in the build up were a waste of time and space. Basically what the hell was Harry Connick Jr. doing in this movie in the first place?! Hilary Swank is a great actress but I don't think romantic comedies are her thing. I really could have cared less about her, I would have rather just seen Gerard Butler prancing around then listen to her bitch and moan the entire movie. I figure there are a bunch of people that like this movie but I'm not one of them. It was ok and the whole romantic aspect of the film was captured well within the storyline, but it just didn't capture me as an audience member.
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The Uninvited
½

[center][size=5]The Uninvited
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[/size][left]Have you ever watched a movie for the first time, and in the first 15min predict an important plot twist or just the ending in general? Well that's what heppen with me when I watched this movie. Naturally I planned on not seeing this movie at all. I had only seen the trailer once, and other then that didn't hear or see anything else on it. I do know that it is another Asian horror remake of a movie called 'A Tale of Two Sisters'. Never saw it, so I was going into the film with a semi-open mind.
First off the movie is PG13 so that should be a warning right there. This kind of horror movie is for those who aren't old enough to see a scary rated R movie, and ones who are just easily scared of horror films in general. Both of these types were in the theater with me when I watched the film. In fact almost an entire row of tween girls sat in front of the theater and fuckin' talked and played with their cell phones the whole time. Tween girls are so fuckin' annoying I can't believe I used to be one.
So the main problem with this movie was that it's too predictable. Me and my friend were able to piece almost everything together before the big reveal at the end. I know some people were confused when the film ended and were like 'What?', and that could have been they were distracted by the stupid tweens or they just didn't pay attention real well.
And secondly, this is not a ghost story like I had thought it to be. I'm not going to go into details but the advertising for the film is a big lie. That the one thing I was kind of looking forward too. I had thought it was going to be a ghost movie, and since they're rare in seeing I was hoping this might be it. Well it's not and it was another disappointment for me.
So unless you are one who falls under the PG13 horror movie crowd I don't think that this film will be up to your high level of horror entertainment. But if you do then go ahead check it out but not in the theater myabe once it comes out of dvd.
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Bride Wars
Bride Wars(2009)

[center][size=5]Bride Wars
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[/size][left]It's been awhile since I've seen a girly comedy, usually there is one released around this time every year. Before I saw the movie I thought this looks a lot like that 27 Dresses movie. Which may I remind you I believe came out around the same time last year. But that movie was more of a romantic comedy then this. Bride Wars is more of a comedy for girls and it happens to have to do with getting married. But the main focus is about these two friends and their relationship they have with one another. The title says it all, you don't really have to be a genius to know what the movie is all about. And if you see the trailer, well thats the whole movie in a nutshell. If your a guy you probably won't have any interest in seeing this, unless one of two things:
a.) your girlfriend drags you along and makes you watch it; or
b.) you have a thing for either Hudson or Hathaway, or maybe both.
Well I personally didn't hate the movie. I thought it was ok and it had some funny moments that I hadn't seen from the trailer. It was pretty predictable and everyone can kind of guess how it all turns out in the end. I wouldn't say rush to the theaters and see it. It's probably one of those movies that you're better off waiting to see when it comes on dvd.
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The Reader
The Reader(2008)

[center][size=5]The Reader
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[/size][left]The Reader is one of the last films that I have been meaning to see that is part of this years award season. This is also the second movie of Kate Winslets that I have seen for the end of last year. The first being Revolutionary Road, which I didn't care for all that much. Anyways I like this movie a lot more. And I think that this performance by Winslet is much interesting to watch, plus more award worthy. All the performances were pretty good but Winslet is the one that stands out the most.
One thing that I don't get about the film is why they tried to advertise it as if it was some kind of a mystery thriller. Cause it isn't and the whole big turn around is obvious from the get go. The poster's tagline is 'Unlock the Mystery', what mystery are they talking about? So don't get confused, this is really just a pure dramatic piece that goes backwards and forwards through time. And everything about the characters are obvious from the very begining.
I haven't seen that much stuff said about it until Winslet's recent award wins and nominations. So is it worth checking out? I would have to say yes. I don't know if it is in limited release or not but whenever it comes out on dvd I recommend checking it out.
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
½

[center][size=5]The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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[/size][left]When I first saw Benjamin Button I thought it was like no other movie that I had ever seen before. But then others said that it's just like a backwards Forrest Gump. At first I was like no way those are two different films, but then I started to think back about the two in general, and those people were right. It kind of is like Forrest Gump but not an exact copy. There is more of a whimsical feel and look to Benjamin Button. Plus Brad Pitt is no Tom Hanks. Pitt is good in this film, probably one of his better roles in years, but I don't know if I can agree with all the Best Actor nominations.
The movie in general is great and I've added it on to my favorite of 2008. I like the storyline and the whole aging backwards thing. And the look of the film and special effects are just amazing as well. When you see Benjamin as a child but in the form of an old man it's hard to tell that all that is computer animated stuff.
My only real issues with the movie was that it was a bit long and some parts seemed to drag on too much. Also I hate to say it but I just didn't care for Cate Blanchett. She was great as an old lady, I think she did a fantstic job when it came to those scenes. But she has to play the Daisy character from early twentys and on. I just didn't buy it and it really bugged me cause they probably needed an actress just a few years younger who could pull off being in their twentys. Blanchett is hitting fourty and you could tell, plus they did some CGI stuff to her face to make her look younger. But really she just looked off to me the whole time. Acting range she is great, but physically I think they should have looked for someone else. I would have personally gone with Kate Winslet, she has the talent but could pull off the aging stuff as well.
But those were really the only main issues I had with this film other then that I thin it is great. Definately one of the best movies of last year. And as for the Forrest Gump comparison I think I might just like Benjamin Button a bit more then Forrest Gump.
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Bolt
Bolt(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Bolt
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[/size][left]Seems like the last time I saw an animated film was in the summer when Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda were in theaters. My interest in animated films nowadays seems to be low. Though I did enjoy Kung Fu Panda. But Bolt itself is another cute talking animal movie from the Walt Disney Company. I know a lot of people really like this movie just cause and it does have some cool action sequences that you don't typically see in an animated feature. But Bolt is a little different all together. The story revolves around a tv show about a dog with super powers. The problem is that the dog Bolt, actually thinks everything on the show is real along with his super powers. Yeah, turns out that this movie is an entire rip-off of The Truman Show.
Maybe little kids won't notice the unoriginal storyline plot but I know I did along with a few other grown-ups. It's not that I didn't like Bolt, I just didn't love it like others. The action stuff I must say was cool for an animated movie. But I've kind of seen that stuff before in actual action movies. I did however love that fat little hampster, he got the most laughts out of me while watching the movie.I would say that little kids of course will love the film, cause its got talking animated animals and a nice little story to wrap it all up with. To me it was just another annuall cute Disney movie.
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Doubt
Doubt(2008)
½

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[/size][left]Generally when I go to see a film the first thing I usually look at is the trailer for it. But for this film I never saw the trailer, instead I had just heard some positive things about it. Plus why would I ever doubt Meryl Streep to be in a horrible film. Another thing is that I asked my Uncle of all people what he thought about it. You see my Uncle is a Priest in D.C and he is also an avid movie-goer. We don't really have the same taste in films but for this certain movie I was interestead in what he thought. When I asked him he said that he hadn't seen the film but did see the play. Either way the guy that did the play is the same one who adapted it and made it to the big screen. All he said was that it leaves you with doubt at the end. I figured that was the answer he was going to give me. Really he was telling me to go see for yourself. And I did.
I thought that this film was probably going to be good, I mean just look at the cast. But I didn't think that I would like it and get into it as much as I did. In the end my Uncle was right, the film does leave you sitting in the theater with your own doubts about the characters in the film. I found myself relating my feelings with the Amy Adams character in the film. She jumps back and forth between Hoffman and Streeps characters trying to justify ones thought over the others. But in the end it's up to the viewer to decide who is right and wrong even though you never get a direct one.
I love that the movie ended the way it did. I know others may be turned off by it just cause some people like to have a final conclusion instead of their own opinion. But for this movie it ends perfectly, and leaves you wanting to discuss it with other on the car ride home.
All the performances were great, and rightfully so that just about everyone in the film is nominated for an Oscar. I don't know if any of them will win but they all deserve the nominations. It is a great movie that I found went by really fast. I don't know if thats a good think or not but I was all into it then suddenly it was over. But it is definatley on I won't forget about.
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Nothing But the Truth

[center][size=5]Nothing But the Truth
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[/size][left]I think I should first start off this review and say that this isn't a film about Judith Miller. And I think the filmmakers have stated that a few times as well. For those who don't know Judith Miller was a journalist who was jailed because she named a CIA agent and refused to give the name of her source. This movie is obviously inspired by Miller but isn't her true story.
Kate Beckinsale is the lead and plays the jailed reporter who refuses to give up her lead source. I'm a big fan of Beckinsales I think she really is a good actress when she is given the right roles. And finally everybody else is seeing that she can do more then be a vampire and kick ass. It seems she keeps on topping herself with each of her performances. This may just be one of the best roles she has done so far. It is just sad that there is so much drama going on with this film getting a release date and studio to back it up. It is a good film with great performace including Matt Dillon and Alan Alda. The storyline is really intriguing and you watch the entire movie waiting to see if she breaks and reveals the source. Also I found myself trying to guess who the source might be, thinking maybe it was someone she worked with. I had a main person that I thought might be it, but then when you find out my mouth just dropped. You really will never know who it is until the very end.
I don't know when this film will ever get a release date or if they will put it on dvd. Either way it should have been up there with the other award nominated films this year cause I think it was that good. And Beckinsales performace should have at least gotten more recognition, I don't kow if it would be award winning but the very least nominated. Along with Alan Alda and especially Matt Dillon. Go check the movie out whenever it becomes available.
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Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans

[center][size=5]Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans
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[/size][left]For those who don't already know I'm a huge Underworld geek, I love this series! I needed to be a super fan of a movie series/trilogy and I don't care for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter. But I love horror movies inparticular vampire movies so this really is the series for me. I've been eagerly waiting for this part of the installment to come out for about seven months now. And now it has finally come!
I know some are a bit skeptical to see this since it is a prequel to the two previous movies. And for the fact that the main star Kate Beckinsale isn't back to reprise her role as the vampire Selene. It's ok cause I was the same way when I heard the news as well. But they have a great cast of actors coming back to reprise some roles, and Rhona Mitra who is NOT taking over the Selene part. She is another important character, infact without her their probably wouldn't be a Selene.
But like I said it is a prequel and it is all based off of the lycans (werewolves) perspective. I knew that I was going to like the movie just cause it's part of the series but I didn't think that I would like as much as I did. In fact I like this one a lot more then Underworld 2. The special effect were really cool and there are a few bloody scenes here and there that I did enjoy. Lots of cool actions sequences, near the end a giant war breaks out with thousands of lycans overtaking the vampires castle and that was really awesome to see. Also great love story, I know it reflects the original movies but I find this one to be better for some reason. I know that its basically the same but it could just be the story in itself or the chemistry of the two actors really worked.
Even though fans of the series basically already know what going to happen in this film I really do recommend seeing it. It's really fun to watch and the special effects with the lycans are so cool to watch I don't think you'll get the same experience seeing it on tv. Plus this is also a great chance for people that aren't aware of the series to acually get into. It's really the first chapter so it's not like you'll be in the dark about stuff. And the film literally ends right with the very begining of the first Underworld. I'm actually going to rewatch Underworld now cause I feel now after seeing this movie I'll have a different experience in watching it.
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Notorious
Notorious(2009)
½

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[/size][left]I'm not really sure why I watched this movie but I did. I don't particularly listen to rap music in general, and I hardly remember Biggie Smalls when he was alive. Who could blame me I was a kid, I had better things to do them worry about the East vs. West Coast rivalry. But for those who may still be a bit in the dark we get another musician biopic about the rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
There was some hype about the film in its early stages when they hired an unknown to play the lead. In fact most of the cast was unknown to me except for Angela Bassett who plays his mother. But then it seemed everything kind of went quiet after that. I really haven't seen that much publicity for this film, only a few tv spots here and there. It's not like this is a horrible film, but it certainly isn't the best movie biopic about a dead musician. But I will say that all these unknown actors were very good, especially the lead Jamal Woolard. He did a really good job for his first time in a movie and I actually look forward to see what else he will do.
As for the movie itself I think that it basically plays out stuff that the media and fans already know. I personally didn't know a lot but I knew some stuff. But really this is more for fans of the man himself. The movie was ok but I'm not a fan so I really don't care all that much. I probably won't see this movie again but those who are interestead I would just wait for it to come out on dvd to rent.
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My Bloody Valentine 3-D

[center][size=5]My Bloody Valentine 3D[/size][/center]
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[left][size=2]Usually when I see a trailer for a slasher movie like this one I have no intentions at all in seeing it. The plot and killings are all the same, and you can always guess who the killer actually is half way through the film. And true to form this movie fits perfectly just like all the ones that have come before it. But what is different about this film is that it's in 3D![/size][/left]
[left][size=2]Yeah, the 3D is the only real good thing this movie has going for it. If they stared doing this with more crappy horror movies then I may just change my mind and go see ones with stupid unoriginal storylines, such as this one.[/size][/left]
[left][size=2]Again this is another 80's horror remake, but of one that I have never heard or seen before. Everything was new to me about this film so I really can't say if it lives up to the original or not. Basically the plot involves a crazy killer dresses up in a coal miners uniform and goes on a killing spree on Valentines Day. Ten years later the crazy dude returns from the grave and starts going after the survivors of his Valentines Day killings. I know it sounds kind of lame and like all the rest of those types of horror movie. But I really enjoyed the 3D. It brought a lot of fun into the experience of watching this movie then it would have if I watched it in regular 2D.[/size][/left]
[left][size=2]You watch the entire film with your 3D glasses on, the whole look of the film pops out just a bit. That is until the intense killing scenes show up and you have blood, pic axes, and body parts flying at you. The only thing that let me down a bit was that their should have been way more blood splattering coming at me. It's called My BLOODY Valentine, and I was expecting gallons of it in the film. Another thing was that you can only do some many different way of killing some one with a pic axe over and over again. After about the 3rd killing it was starting to get alittle old and I was hoping that they would find some other creative ways of killing people instead of just the pic axe going through some ones head of stomach.[/size][/left]
[left][size=2]Even though the storyline itself is unoriginal the only real reason to go to the theater and see this movie right away is because it's in 3D, and they give you the 3D glasses. I still kept mine you could throw them away at the end but I think their cool. I know that there are regular none 3D version to see in the theater as well but it won't be the same and a waste of money. 3D is the only way to see this film and have a good time. Believe me everyone in the theater was enjoying the film, and I think it was really because of it ebing in 3D. Also during the trailers they show a trailer for a movie called Coraline and you have to watch it with your 3d glasses on and that look awesome. I couldn't believe how cool it was with those glasses, it sold me and I'm going to see that one when it comes to the theater in 3D.[/size][/left]
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The Orphanage
½

[center][size=5]The Orphanage[/size]
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It seems like forever since I've actually seen a good ghost/haunted house movie. They seem to be rare these days, the last good ghost movie I can remember was The Others. And this time around The Orphanage is presented to us by the wonderful director Guillemo Del Toro. He didn't actually direct this but instead pulled a Tarantino and presented it to American audiences. And for those who don't know this is a Spanish film so unless you are fluent in the language your gonna have to watch and read the subtitles.
The movie is basically about a women who comes back with her family to reopen the orphanage that she used to live in when she was a child. But weird stuff starts to happen in the old orphanage when her young son starts playing with his new invisible friend.
Even though Del Toro didn't direct the movie it kind of had the same look and feel to one of his. It actually reminded me of his movie The Devil's Backbone in some ways. (If you haven't seen that film I recommend check that out as well.) But The Orphanage I liked a whole lot more then what I had originally expected. I think that movies that deal with haunted houses and ghost in general can sometimes be really hard to pull off. And either it's going to be really good or really bad and cheesy. This movie however came out really good in my opinion. At first I didn't know where is was heading and at one point I thought that it had morphed into another genera. But I really liked the finale outcome of the film, and or once didn't see it coming. Their were other part of the film that I kind of suspected what would happen but wasn't all that sure. It did have a bit of a fantasy element to it that put me off track for part of the movie. The only negative thing I would have to say is that it does drag a few times throughout the film, but it does eventually pick itself back up. If you like a good ghost movie I do recommending checking this one out.
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Mother of Tears: The Third Mother

[center][size=5]Mother of Tears
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[/size][left]Mother of Tears is the finale film in Argento's Three Mothers Trilogy, that began almost 30 years ago with Suspira and followed up with Inferno. However, out of all three films Mother of Tears is the weakest and my least favorite. You would think after so much time has gone by that Argento had plenty of time to put together a solid script that would satisfy his fans that had been waiting so patiently for this finale film to come out.
For those who don't know about the Three Mothers Trilogy, the films all focus on three sisters that happen to be wiches. Each film focuses on one of them and the location of their houses that were built for them, one in Germany, New York, and Italy. Mother of Tears focuses on the last sister, the oldest and most powerful of the three.
I was really looking forward to this film cause I had enjoyed the previous two and figured that since this one was just recently made in the last two years that it had to be great. Given the technology that movies have today and the fact that Argento is a horror icon , this movie should kick major ass. But it didn't!
The film started off at a good point but then slowly started to go down hill. My major problem with the story was that the powerful witch in this film didn't seem all that great. In fact you don't really get to see her all that much until the very end. Mostly you get little glimpses of her like a close up of her mouth or eyes. Or her face is completely hidden but she is walking around half naked or completely in the buff. But she's not like the wicked witch from the west in fact the film states that she is the most beautiful of the witches, and they don't lie. The witch is hot, like runway super model hot. But as for being a mighty witch she didn't really impress me she just made her little hench monkey do all the work, when she obviously could have just done it all herself.
Asia Argento also is in this movie, the directors daughter, she is the main character and the audience follows her as she tries to find the Mother of Tears and destroy her before she destroys the entire city of Rome. Asia is a good actress, she is ok in this film but I know that she was probably just did this because her dad asked her to. I think she overacted it a lot of this and at times that their was no need for it
Even though this is probably the worst of the Three Mothers Trilogy I still recommend it to those who are Italian horror/ Argento fans. You don't see a lot of horror films that feature a witch as the main monster, so I give it credit for being different in a time where zombies and vampires are in. Check out Argento's other two films Suspiria and Inferno!
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The Unborn
The Unborn(2009)

[center][size=5]The Unborn
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[/size][left]For weeks now all that I've been seeing on tv is ads for The Unborn. Even seeing the advertisments over and over I still couldn't really come to a conclusion if this was going to be a decent horror movie. The quick flashy images of a creepy little kid with blue eyes running around and the fact that they say the co-writer of the Dark Knight (David S. Goyer), wrote and directed it. Well if the dude who helped write one of the best films of last year is a part of it then it can't be all that bad...right?
Well as you could have guessed it wasn't all that great, I was actually disappointed. But it doesn't mean that I didn't have fun watching it in the theater. Their were a lot of silly moments that you can't help but laugh at, I know I did as well as half the people in the theater.
First off the movie just got off to a bad start with me personally. Their were no opening titles, the title of the movie wasn't even stated on screen until the movie was over. I don't know why some movies decide to wait till the very end of the credits to do this cause, I find it lazy on the film maker and studios part. I don't know if they are trying to be cool and different but most people just get up and leave after the credits roll so they miss it anyways. Personally I like to know either way what the name of the movie is that I'm watching, and who is aprat of it a head of time. Ok, so the film just starts right up and it's going along and it felt like I had missed the first 15 minutes of it. The main characters aren't even given a proper introduction, and right away the horror elements kick in. Usually I welcome the fact that a horror movie wants to kick off with a scare, but if you haven't fully established your character and storyline first it comes off a bit confusing to everyone else. Basically the film opens with the main female character, who looks like a cross between Jessica Alba and Megan Fox, having a nightmare about jogging and that creepy little kid from the advertisements. Then once the dream is over you see her on the phone talking about it with her friend.
As the film goes on you find out that this girl is trying to be taken over by some Jewish demon. So her eyes slowly start to change from brown to blue. And she has to say away from mirrors and get an exorcism done before it takes her over. Just a note to Goyer: do not do close-ups on eyes especially ones that are creepy cause the audience can see the contact lens. The audience knows that the actors have to wear contacts anyway for that part, but it really does ruin the moment when the camera is right up in their eye. You might not be able to notice so much on regular tv, but theater screens can see everything.
All together the movie felt like it was all scrapped together at the last minute. Even the special effects weren't all that impressive, and I was suprised when I saw them cause you wouyld figure they would at least be on top of the priority list of making them look as good as can be. The script also felt rushed and near the end of the film it started to contradict everything it had established with itself from the begining. Plus that ending was really confusing I didn't know if it was a happy one or not.
I wouldn't recommend seeing this film in theaters cause it just isn't worth the ticket price. It's what could be expected for a PG-13 horror movie, but one that would better be seen once it is out on dvd to rent.
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Nip/Tuck: The Complete First Season
½

[center][size=5]Nip/Tuck: Season 1
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[/size][left]Finally the long wait is over and I have caught up with every season of Nip/Tuck, except for this new upcoming one. For those of you who don't have FX or have never seen the show--where have you been?! You are missing what is or used to be one of the most provactive shows on tv! And season one is where it all started.
The show is set in Miami, and are about two plastic surgeons Sean McNamara and Christian Troy. Sean is a family man who works long hours to provide for his wife, son, and young daughter. But the job of being a plastic surgeon is starting to put a strain on his married life. Christian is a playboy who's only pleasures in life are money and the women he sleeps with. He can have anything he wants except for his own partner/ best friends wife.
These two main characters are great, they are complete opposites yet they need each other in their lives to fully function. Their is a real depth not just thses two but all the main players in the show that grabs the attention of its viewers. Not only that but the writing is cleverly written and has a dark edge to it not seen in a lot of regular cable shows. It's a total soap opera, but a really good one without the cheesey character and sappy love stories. Nip/Tuck not only pulls you in with the regular plots of the main character but also the patients and procedures that you see every episode. The patients and the surgeries are eye opening at times, it looks like an actual live procedure taking place. It's fake but you can't help but squirm in you seat at some of the things they have to do on this show.
- A patient with split personalities
- Face reconstruction on a hit and run victim
- Liquid heroin implants
- Christian being an expectant father
- A three-some intervention
- Invitation to a swingers club

[u][b]Special Features[/b][/u]: There are deleted scenes from a few episodes, a music video for the theme of the show, a gag reel, and also three short documentaries.

Giving Drama a Facelift-
It talks with the creators (Ryan Murphy) and how the main idea of the show came to be. Also the casting of each character and the disscussion of their complexities. It's probably the most interesting of the three docs about the show. You get indepth interviews with everyone and particularly their main take on the show and where they hope it will go.

Realistic Expectations: The Practice of Plastic Surgery -
Talks about the different aspects that come with plastic surgery. Also the training and background needed to become a certified plastic surgeon. Three actual surgeons give their take on the show itself. I didn't really find this to be all that interesting, you just keep on hearing the doctors talk about what they do and mostly stuff we already knew.

Are They Real or Fake?-
The process that the makers have to go through in writing and creating a surgery that will be seen on the show. Talks with the make-up artists who make the prostetics and the on set surgeons.
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The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

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After his last film being somewhat of a flop, Aronofsky is back with another amazing film. And along with that Mickey Rourke is in the title role that has resuscitated his once dead career. The Wrestler is about Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a has-been wrestler who is struggling to get by. Once a prominent force in the 80's, Randy wrestles in school gyms on the weekends and at a deli on weekdays. Barely getting by he has a hard time keeping up with rent on his trailer, and the only form of a relationship is lap dances and conversation with a stripper. After a serious heart attack the doctors tell him he can never wrestle again. He begins to re-evaluate his life and tries to make amends with his estranged daughter and create a new life without wrestling.
From first glance the movie looks good even though I'm not into wrestling, or know that much about it in general. Aronofsky's view of the film is so raw and real that you can't help but think your watching a documentary of some sort. It's also sad as well cause most likely a lot of what happens in this film is the harsh reality to wrestlers after their time and bodies expire. Rourke has probably done the greatest performance of his entire career. And one of the best career comebacks ever. After watching him you really can't picture anybody else in this role. He brings so much depth and emotion to the role that you won't forget about it for days. His face maybe fucked up from whatever he's been doing but in the end it worked to his advantage. He is now my personal favorite to win best actor in whatever awards he's up for. This is another great film by Aronofsky, and a memorable one at best. I highly recommend anyone who has interest in seeing this film to do so. All the praise it's getting is for real!
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Yes Man
Yes Man(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Yes Man[/size]
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[left]My how the mighty have fallen. In the good old days-- the 90s Jim Carrey was at the top of his game. He made classic movies such as the Mask, Dumb & Dumber, and Ace Ventura. Now these last couple of years he's been reduced to these awful comedies that have no spark or imagination to them whatsoever. Not to mention the just aren't that funny. I'd hate to think that the man that used to make such funny movies when I was a kid has lost his touch.
The last great film that I can remember Carrey doing was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but that wasn't a comedy. Granted I loved the movie and it probably is one of the best dramatic roles he's ever done, but I want the man to make me laugh so hard I start o cry.
Yes Man is just about a dude (Carrey) who decideds to say yes to everything in his life and mishaps that he gets himself into by doing so. I don't know about everybody else but didn't he do a movie like this before called Liar, Liar. It sure sounds like it and when I watched it I kept thinking about that movie, and how much funnier it was then this one.
The weight of the film is all on Carrey's shoulders and he does what he can but I don't thn it was his best. I really didn't laught at this movie at all. I kept waiting and waiting for some thing funny to happen, but the it ended. It's not a memorable film and is thrown in with the other comedy duds Carrey has been giving us. I only recommend seeing checking this film out on dvd when nothing there is nothing else better to watch.
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Nip/Tuck: The Complete Second Season

[center][size=5]Nip/Tuck
Season Two
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[/size][left]I'm going a bit backwards with my Nip/Tuck seasons. Previously I have done reviews for seasons 3 & 4. Even though I already knew how most of these storylines would end I just want to catch up on the seasons and episodes that I have missed. The second season really is one of the best out of the television series. A lot of open storylines from the first season are resolved, one of the main ones being that everyone finds out about Matt's real father. Also old characters come back and cause more drama as well.
But one thing about the series that does get under my skin is how the writers decide on wrapping up uncertain storylines. Even though their are many going on at the same time, some are left open for the next season. While others are wrapped up but don't really satisfy me personally cause they always leave room for us to come back to that story/characters. For example the whole Ava plot, it ends...kinda? Season three you see her in flashbacks, but has she come back since in the real time, no! And so on with many other characters. Either end the plot so you don't gets fans hopes up or just kill them cause, most likely the really juicy characters won't ever be back.
Of course most of every episode in this season is great but the most memorable to look forward to are:
- Sean's hand spasm dilemma
- Matt starts to sleep with his "life coach"
- Matt's paternity is finally out
- Treatment on a women who may have stigmata
- Surgery on adult conjoined twins
- Christian's fight to make Wilbur his son
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[/b][/u]-Recurring Pain:Three Women and Their Man
A short feature dealing with the three main women that evolved around Christian this season; Mrs. Grubman, Gina, and Kimber. This was the only feature on this dvd other then the included deleted scenes from a few episodes. It was an interesting perspective from the three main actresses, their opinions of their characters and what they contribute to the show and Christian in general.
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Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

[center][size=5]Gran Torino
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[/size][left]First off for those of you who haven't seen the trailer, no this movie is not abou some crazy old dude and his car. That is far from what the main plot of this film is about. I really don't know why they even called this film Gran Torino cause it's really just a prop piece in my opinion. The story is really about a recent widower, played by Clint Eastwood, who is one mean son of a bitch. He is just tough as nails and racist, he basically looks pissed off the entire time in this movie, even when he says he is happy he looks like he wants to beat the shit out of everyone. And one of his young Korean neighbor kids trys to steal his Gran Torino as a gang initiation, doesn't really workout. The kid then is about to get his ass beating by the gang on his own front lawn until good old Clint comes out and saves the day. Basically becomes a hero in the neighborhood and he ends up getting close to his two teen Korean neighbors. And if you want to know more go watch the movie.
I was skeptical coming into this film, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. Eastwood is a great director but since he was starring as well would he still be as good, thats more of work load for him. But in the end he was able to pull it off and I really enjoy the film. It was touching at certain moments and even funny. Which I was really suprised, Clint Eastwood being funny? Not on purpose mind you, but I could help but laugh at his pissed off face and he does say the word pussy a lot which I found hilarious.
Eastwood's performance is very good and I don't know if he is going to continue acting or not but if he stopped this is the film that he should go out on. It's perfect and the end says a lot. I haven't really seen a whole lot of Eastwod films and I know he's big with Dirty Harry and the westerns, but I liked him in this. And if your a fan of Eastwood then I really recommend this film cause I don't know if he has ever play in this type of character before but he goes with it and the movie just works.
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The Day the Earth Stood Still

[center][size=5]The Day the Earth Stood Still
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[/size][left]I'm still not sure why I actually wanted to see this movie but I did and you know what, I really didn't think it was all that special. To be seriously honest it was a bit boring through a good portion of the film. The concept was interesting even though this is a remake so it wasn't entirely original. But I could see why they decided to do a remake, the original is dated and it is sci-fi so we can improve all the UFO stuff and make it cooler. Well I thinking I should have probably watch the original cause it would probably be a lot more entertaining then this.
Keanu isn't playing "the one" this time, but he is an emotionless alien who has come to save the earth but kill all humans. Go figure! Oh and he isn't alone cause he brought his giant CGI robot to protect him. Connelly plays a some kind of scientist who's running around with her little annoying side-kick/stepson Jayden Smith, trying to persuade Keanu's character to give the human race a second chance.
The storyline sounds interesting but then when you visually see it their is really nothing refreshing about it. After the movie ended I said to myself, "Thats it?" Their are a bunch of sci-fi alien invasion type movies that have been released over the last five years. And all of them are basically the same, this is one of those films I would just had to the growing pile. Just that the film itself would probably be voted as the most boring of them all. All the action/ exciting stuff you see all those scenes in the trailer. And you can guess how the movie is going to end their really is no suprise their, I just think it was a bit abrupt. And one more thing it may be just me but I found that Jayden Smith to be a very annoying bratty little kid in the film. I could have lived without his character being in the picture, and so other character to replace him. [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/mad.gif[/img](He and his father in general aren't on my goodside right now since I heard they were going to do a Karate Kid remake, and the dumb shit ideas that they've been wanting to do with it.)
Anyways, I and others I've talked to who have also seen the movie also agree that this isn't worth going to the theaters to see. It would be a big waste of money for you in the end. If you are a fan the the sci-fi genera or are just curious about it being a remake then just wait for the dvd. It has some cool moments but it isn't that great and doesn't hold up to the original.
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Milk
Milk(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Milk
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[/size][left]Let me start off by saying that Sean Penn really is amazing in this film. All the great stuff that people have been saying about his perfromace is 100% true. He is able to transform himself completely into this role that when you watch him you believe that you are watching Harvey Milk and not Sean Penn. So far in this awards season Penn is my pick for Best Actor, cause his performance is my favorite so far this year.For those who aren't familiar with Harvey Milk and the movie, it is a true story about the first openly gay politician and the events leading to his election win and assassination.
There is a huge assembly cast in this film; James Franco, Josh Brolin (supporting actor nod), and Emile Hirsh just to name a few. All do wonderful jobs as well along side Penn. They really do help the story go along and don't leave all the weight of the movie on Penn's shoulders. The story is great and truly gives out an inspirational message to not just those who are gay but just to people in general. I really think that the studio who released this film should have put it out before voting of Proposition 8 cause it might have had an effect on how people would have voted on it. (just my personal opinion on the matter)
So for those interestead I totally recommed seeing this film one way or the other. It is a tragic yet heartfelt movie that does leave you thinking at the end about society and people in general. I have added it to my list of favorite movie for 2008. I think its one of the best movies playing right now and I will be telling anyone and everyone I know to go and see it. So go see it!
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Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon(2008)

[center][size=5]Frost/Nixon
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[/size][left]The only real reason I actually watched this film was for the fact that it's been nominated for a bunch of stuff this award season, and for the growing admiration that I have for actor Michael Sheen. Other then those two things I really wouldn't have had any interest in ever watching this film. I'm personally not one for political dramas, I find that most of them tend to drag on a bunch and I loose interest in the storyline very quickly. This film however was originally a play that as you see now was brought to the screen and directed by Ron Howard. What I think is great was that they decided to get Sheen and Langella to reprise their roles from the stage. An excellent choice on the film makers parts cause both actor do great jobs in their roles.
The film itself is based off the television interview that Nixon first gave after his presidential impeachment. David Frost was a British talkshow host who amazingly was able to get the interview together and get Nixon himself to confess his wrong doings in the Watergate scandale.
I suprisingly liked this film it really wasn't what I had expected. But the story really caught my attention and I was able to stay with it and the characters every step of the way. And again great performances by both Sheen and Langella. Langella in particular because in no way or form does he look like Richard Nixon, he really just talks silly throughout the film. But his performance is so good that you do believe him in the role as Nixon, and he really does deserve all the nominations he's up for. I don't think Sheen gets enough credit cause without his performance I think the movie could have turned out in a not so good way. He really should get a supporting actor nod, he's a great actor and I think this is just the beginning of what it to come of him in his film career.
If you like historical-political type films then a would recommend this film for you. It has a great cast, interesting script, and all of it is true. It's a good film and once you see it you'll know why it was a successful play and now award worth film of 2008.
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Caligula
Caligula(1979)

[center][size=5]Caligula
[img]http://www.moviecritic.com.au/images/caligula-with-malcolm-mcdowell.jpg[/img]
[/size][left]The only reason I even saw this film was because some friends of mine were talking about it and one of them lent me their copy to watch. I now regret ever having watched this movie altogether. It's so bad but not even in a good way. It's not fun to watch at all, at least it wasn't for me. The storyline was way to long and was pieced together with random sex scenes and situations. Oh yeah, when I say sex scenes I mean like actual porn stuff.Their is random girl on girl action, orgies, and a blow job on a fake boat. The audience gets to see everything and anything. And sometimes none of those particular scenes made that much sense for the story itself, then I realized that Penthouse help produce the film and it's probably not suppose too.
Malcome McDowell who was great in a Clockwork Orange, plays the lead character Caligula. And after seeing him in this film after all the admiration I had for him in Clockwork just kind of disappeared. His perfrmance in this was just bad, I mean like over the top acting bad. I couldn't believe that I was watching the same actor. And Helen Mirren, the fucking Queen is in this movie, and she is just as crappy as well. Crappy with a bit of creepyness on the side. I don't think I'll ever be abe to watch the Queen again without thinking about certain scenes from this film.
Don't see this film especially the unrated edition cause it's extra long and personally for me a little to much. If I ever happen to see it again I'll make sure I'm super wasted.
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Boys
Boys(1996)

[center][size=5]Boys
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[/size][left]God was this movie a big fat bore fest. I really don't know what the entire point of this film was to begin with and how anyone thought this should have been turned into a theatrical release. I originally wanted to see this film because A. it has my favorite actress Winona Ryder in it and this is one of her films that I have never seen & B. the movie was made and takes place in Maryland where I am from.
So I figured it's nota very well known film Ryder is the only big named attached to it maybe its gonna be like a mid 90's indie type of movie. No, this film is like a pointless LMN. For those who don't know what an LMN stands for it means: Lifetime Movie Network. Yes this film is that bad that I have downgraded it to the bottom of the bin a Lifetime movie. But the storyline itself really doesn't make any sense and the gaps in the storyline drag the viewer til the very end thinking that when the big reveal comes were all going to be blown away, but I wasn't. The ending was lame and I didn't like any of the actor when it was over. Ryder's character just confused me cause I thought she was going to be like this bad girl type and in the end she was just depressing and basically a pediphile to young teenage boys. And Lukas Haas along with all the other teenagers were just dumb as shit and annoyed the hell out of me. I hoped their characters all got expelled cause how can you go to such a nice expensive school like they do in the film and have no common sense and just be so stupid? I'm a bit mad after seeing this cause the stupidity of the character came off onto me afterwards cause I felt dumb for having sat through the entire movie.
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The Host
The Host(2007)

[center][size=5]The Host
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[/size][left]Not to long ago I was able to see the opening of this film and I got sucked into it that I went out and watched it on my own. Last year I had heard a bunch of stuff about it but I'm not one who's personally into the Asian cinema. At first glance I just figured this was another dumb monster movie like Cloverfield. But then I watched it and I found this film much more entertaining and had a better plot in general then that other American monster movie.
At the very core of the film it is a drama about a father and his family trying to find his young daughter. So really it's sorta a family drama but just add a crazy water monster to the mix. And speaking of the monster I'm still not sure if I as an audience member am suppose to know just what this thing originally mutated from, or what the heck it is in general? At least I know how it came to be and it wasn't this big thing covered in mystery throught the film. No, it the first few minutes of the movie the audience is told how this thing came to be and you get a big close-up look at at as well. I still don't understand why you wouldn't want to hide a big ass monster from the audience when the thing is huge to begin with, it just doesn't make sense to me?
Anyways, I now see why their was a bunch of buzz for this film and I would totally recommend it to those who are fans of the monster movie genera. I found it much better then Cloverfield and the storyline was more entertaining and it snuck in a few political points as well at the end. The only negative thing I could say about it was that I wasn't that impressed with the monster itself, you could tell it was CGI and I think maybe with a bigger buget or more work put into the monster itself it could have looked more real. Other then that I think it was a really good movie that is fine just the way it is and I would prefer that America doesn't try and fuck it up by doing a remake of it cause we all know that it won't come even close.
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Australia
Australia(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Australia
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[/size][left]So I ended up seeing Australia the other day and I didn't think it was as bad as people been saying. Don't get me wrong it's not the best film of the year but it isn't the worst. I do agree with one critic when they said it felt like watching three movies in one. It did drag on and on, and just when you think its going to end and happily ever after something else starts up that brings in another turn in the plot.
I do enjoy most of director Baz Luhrmann's films this one included even though it's not my favorite. He has taken to a different style to this film then his previous ones. While still visually beautiful and featuring epic landscapes, the ultra high color and fast pace of editing is dwindled down. Australia is suppose to be apart of another new trilogy that Lurhmann is taking on. His previous three films where all apart of his Red Curtain trilogy. Now he wants to do three more movie that all connect together by being about historical periods. This film Australia is the kick off.
Its been awhile since audiencs have seen an epic romance movie. I believe that the last one might have to have been Titanic, which was about ten years ago. Films like these just aren't made any more or only come around every so often. I think Luhrmann was trying to make his own version of Gone with the Wind. But this time Scarlett is Nicole Kidman and the South has been relocated to the Outback.
The film itself is a historical movie about Japan bombing the country, but all that doesn't happen until the very end of the movie, which I call the third movie-in-a-movie. The begining half is really about Kidmans characters coming to Australia and fixing up the farm there that she owns. The second part is basically her falling in love with Hugh Jackman's character. Like I said the movie was really long for my taste and at some points just dragged on then would pick up again with interesting stuff. This happen to me throughout the film. Personally I don't think this is as epic a movie as the studios and whoever else wants everyone to believe. I do however think their is an audience for this type of film, I just don't know how big it might be. Or even if fans of Lurhmann's would want to see this new style he is bring to the table. If you were to look at the core of th film it really is a love story between the two main characters, so if you like those epic romance movies from the past then I would suggest checkingthis film out. If not then it might be worth checking out on dvd when yu have some time to spare.
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Beowulf
Beowulf(1999)

[center][size=5]Beowulf
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[/size][left]Not to long ago I had seen the animated Beowulf movie, which I enjoyed. Then I happen to be looking around and came across this other version of Beowulf and thought I'd give it a try. It be like the animated movie but just with real actors....not so much. This film only has similar elements from the actual legend itself, but it's a whole different movie all on its own.
For one thing it's more sci-fi then fantasy, kind of like Mad Max meets Lord of the Rings. More so the plot is about killing a monster, and Beowulf is a mysterious stranger with a secret past and special powers of his own. Lambert who plays Beowulf was just silly to me. He went around with his bleach blond hair and his raspy voice, making weird faces and trying to be all badass and cool. But it really came off funny looking and he really just looked crazy. The film itself was a bit over the top with the acting and fight sequences. In the end it just came out looking like one of those B-movies of the month that the Sci-fi channel makes. If you want to see a good movie about Beowulf I would just stick to the recent animated release, it much more entertaining.
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Suspiria
Suspiria(1977)
½

[center][size=5]Suspiria
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[/size][left]So I'm really starting to get into these Argento horror films. I'm really glad that I finally got around to watching the classic Suspiria. Cause it is by far the best out of the few handful of his films I have seen. Anyone out there that is a horror fan and has never seen an Argento film I highly suggest to watch Suspiria first.
The crazy thing about the movie in general is that it is a film about witches. I was kind of suprised, cause the only other horror movie that I've seen about a witch is The Blair Witch Project, and the Wizard of Oz [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/tongue.gif[/img]. I would you could only go so far with a horror movie about witches, but Argento was able to pull it off in this film and make it scary. In fact this is the first film of Argento's Three Mothers Trilogy. In 2007 he released the finale third film, so I plan on see the second called Inferno and the third is called Mother of Tears. I don't know if they are any good but my curiosity has got the best of me.
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May
May(2003)

[center][size=5]May
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[/size][left]Holy Hell did this movie give me the creeps!! I actually got to meet the star of this film Angela Bettis a few years ago at a convention. She was actually giving out autographs and promoting this film. Me and a friend got to meet her and everything but we hadn't seen this movie and we had always wanted just cause we felt bad that we met her and didn't. Well I'm glad now that I met her before I saw this film cause she would have freaked me out! Her character is so weird in this film and then goes all crazy psycho-bitch. All I can say is she does some pretty messed up shit.
It isn't the greatest horror movie and it actually doesn't get right to the horror elements until the end of the film. But it actually has a lot of humor in it and I found myself laughing a lot. Maybe at somethings that I really shouldn't have but who cares it was funny to me. I really don't know what else to say about this movie just that people need to see it. Even though I'm giving it kind of a low rating it is still worth seeing if your a horror fanatic. It's just one of those films that you have to see to believe so you can tell your friends later on about it. Also for next Halloween it would be a good rental if you decide to stay home and watch movies.
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Changeling
Changeling(2008)

[center][size=5]Changeling
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[/size][left][size=2]You know Clint Eastwood makes really good dramas, but why do they all have to be so depressing? Like in the first 15 mins of the movie where the characters are introduced, I knew that once this movie ended I was going to be in one funky mood.
But so what if this movie was kinda sad, I really liked it! One of the main reasons is that Jolie is finally playing a character that doesn't fire a gun or do crazy stunts, and kicks peoples asses. But it is sorta the same type of character she played in A Mighty Heart, except without the weird accent and over the top make-up job. Jolie plays this sweet single mother who is just trying to make ends meet and care for her son. Then her son is basically abducted from their home while she is at work, and she spends the rest of the movie trying to find out what happen to her son. Their is more to the story but why should I waste telling you it when you can go see it for yourselves.
Other things I like about the film where the storyline, it was really captivating and I couldn't believe that it was based off of a true story. The one problem that I had was that the movie just kept on going on and on. There were a few times that I thought this is it and it is going to end but it didn't. It just kept going on and some things in the story I just didn't think were that important and probably could have been cut and not effect the storyline. Eastwood once again did a fine job of directing, I enjoyed this one a bit more then his last Flags of Our Fathers. It may not be his best movie but he still did a good job.
And again I thought Jolie did a great acting job. She played against type which I have been hoping she would do for awhile and blew it out of the park for me. I hope that she at least gets acknowledged for the part, because it the only female performace that I have seen so far that has impressed me. If the movie is still out near you or when it comes out on dvd I recomend picking it up. It is a little long and you maybe a bit depressed after the film ends but it is a good film and one that I can add to my favorites list for 2008.
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Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls
½

[center][size=5]Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
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[/size][left]I really enjoy this movie, it's classic Jim Carrey right before he became hugely popular. I kind of had to think about that, their was a time when Jim Carrey wasn't popular. And I was around for that! But luckily I was young enough to enjoy his many earlier funnier films, starting it all off with Ace Ventura.
If their is one role that Carrey will be forever remembered I think it would be as this character or The Mask. At least that is what I always think of when I see him on tv. I remember first seeing this movie and thinking it was the funniest movie in the world. Carrey brings a certain presence to the screen that is like no other. His energy is always high especially in his comedic roles and the audience can feel that.
The story itself isn't the greatest and has its flaws at times where it seems to drag, but Carrey's performance makes up for all of that. In every scene that he is in you can't help but at least smile at his face gestures or his silly stunts.
It had been a few years since I had last seen this movie but it was still just as funy as I remembered it being. Still my favorite scene ever in the movie is when Ventura is pretending to be insane and his hair is all wild and he's wearing a tutu. When he does the football slow-mo and instant replay is hilarious and I had to watch it twice in a row.
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Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls
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[/size][left]Ace Ventura 2 maybe one of those rare sequels for me that is just as good or even better then its predecessor. Carrey came back and did a sequel to one of his most popular characters to date. I actually remember my mom taking me and my siblings to see this, we had begged her and she finally gave in.
It's just as funny, maybe even funnier then the first. I know for one it's a lot raunchier but when I was younger I didn't get any of those references at the time. I was just there to see Carrey do what he does best. This time around the story is centered around Ace finding a missing sacred bat from an African tribe. We get to see a lot more exotic animals and places, and some interesting situations that Ace gets himself stuck in. Such as trapped inside a fake rhino, it is a classic scene and one of the funniest things I have ever seen on film. I would just say watch this movie for that scene alone just cause it's the best part and I guarantee you'll want to rewatch it again.
I really do believe that this is one of Carrey's most beloved characters he's ever done. It basically started his career into the movies and will be one of those things that people will always remember him for. I had always wished that maybe he would come to his senses and do an Ace Ventura 3. Well I just recently found out they were doing one but it's Ace Ventura Jr. and no sign of Carrey will be seen which means that the movie is basically going to suck.
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
½

[center][size=5]Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
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[/size][left]I really enjoy this movie, it's classic Jim Carrey right before he became hugely popular. I kind of had to think about that, their was a time when Jim Carrey wasn't popular. And I was around for that! But luckily I was young enough to enjoy his many earlier funnier films, starting it all off with Ace Ventura.
If their is one role that Carrey will be forever remembered I think it would be as this character or The Mask. At least that is what I always think of when I see him on tv. I remember first seeing this movie and thinking it was the funniest movie in the world. Carrey brings a certain presence to the screen that is like no other. His energy is always high especially in his comedic roles and the audience can feel that.
The story itself isn't the greatest and has its flaws at times where it seems to drag, but Carrey's performance makes up for all of that. In every scene that he is in you can't help but at least smile at his face gestures or his silly stunts.
It had been a few years since I had last seen this movie but it was still just as funy as I remembered it being. Still my favorite scene ever in the movie is when Ventura is pretending to be insane and his hair is all wild and he's wearing a tutu. When he does the football slow-mo and instant replay is hilarious and I had to watch it twice in a row.
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Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls
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[/size][left]Ace Ventura 2 maybe one of those rare sequels for me that is just as good or even better then its predecessor. Carrey came back and did a sequel to one of his most popular characters to date. I actually remember my mom taking me and my siblings to see this, we had begged her and she finally gave in.
It's just as funny, maybe even funnier then the first. I know for one it's a lot raunchier but when I was younger I didn't get any of those references at the time. I was just there to see Carrey do what he does best. This time around the story is centered around Ace finding a missing sacred bat from an African tribe. We get to see a lot more exotic animals and places, and some interesting situations that Ace gets himself stuck in. Such as trapped inside a fake rhino, it is a classic scene and one of the funniest things I have ever seen on film. I would just say watch this movie for that scene alone just cause it's the best part and I guarantee you'll want to rewatch it again.
I really do believe that this is one of Carrey's most beloved characters he's ever done. It basically started his career into the movies and will be one of those things that people will always remember him for. I had always wished that maybe he would come to his senses and do an Ace Ventura 3. Well I just recently found out they were doing one but it's Ace Ventura Jr. and no sign of Carrey will be seen which means that the movie is basically going to suck.
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Twilight
Twilight(2008)

[center][size=5]Twilight
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[/size][left]For a few months now all I have been hearing about is anticipation of this Twilight movie. I have never heard of the book series until the news of the film adaptation started going around. And lately all the entertainment shows have been in rotation on the same news stories of girls going wild over the male lead Robert Pattinson. Personally I saw the trailer and though I love a good vampire movie when it comes along this one just didn't interest me at all. But since all this buzz was going around about the film and it had a huge opening weekend I gave in and saw it.
Now if I were 11 or 12 years old again and had read the books and liked them, maybe I would be one of those tween girls going crazy for the film and Robert Pattinson. But last time I check I'm in my twenties and I know a bad film when I see one, and this is one cheesy bad movie. I wasn't one going into this film wanting to hate it, I was going to give it the benefit of the doubt. But talk about being one big dumb soap opera. I don't know if anyone knows of the recently cancelled soap called Passions, but it seems that the author of the book took a few pages from their scripts. Passions of course was a so-bad-it's-good soap opera on nbc that had a lot of supernatural and over the top elements to the storylines. I'm not suprised that they took whats supposably is a popular book series and make it into a motion picture, their just jumping on the Harry Potter band wagon. But for this series I just don't see why they didn't just make it into a television show. They did it to the Gossip Girl books, why not just add this one to the pot as well?
The story its self was long and boring, it only started to get interesting at the end, but then of course the movie was over and everybody will have to wait until the sequel to see what happens next. I don't see what the big deal is about the film or books, but it seems everyone is going gaga for the Bella and Edward relationship. Well I'm sorry fans but I just didn't see the chemistry between the two actors. The girl who plays Bella isn't that great of an actress, and looked uncomfortable the entire movie. I even talked to someone who liked the movie and they at least agreed with me when it came to her. There is a scene with her in a hospital near the end which perfectly shows my point.
And as for Edward/Pattinson why did he look like he was going to shit his pants and kill himself throught the entire movie? That dude was creepy and fucking annoying. All he does is stalk the girl but tells her they can't be friend and to stay away from him, he wants to eat her but he loves her....huh? And half the time of this movie is pretty much everybody staring at one another. As shown by the above picture.
And lets notget me started on the whole vampire part of the story cause they are not vampires even though theysay they are. Vampires for one have fangs and don't fucking bitch and moan about glittering in the sunlight, cause their skin doesn' FUCKIN GLITTER LIKE DIAMONDS!!! And if your a 100 year old vampire why the hell would you choose to go to high school then travel the world and have fun??? Ok I'm done, that actually felt good to get off my chest.
I'm probably going to watch this movie one more time, when it comes on dvd. And I'm going to get a bunch of my friends who also didn't like the movie and we are going to also get a lot of alcohol and drink it. Then we are all going to laugh our asses off at this movie cause its so bad and the effects are so shitty we won't understand why anybody would love it.
As for a sequel, well they are going to do it and maybe with more money they will have better special effects and just a suggestion but take their time to develope the characters in the script. Maybe then their would be a slight chance of it being better then this film.
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno
½

[center][size=5]Zack and Miri Make a Porno
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[/size][left]First off I just want to say how disappointed I was when I saw this film. I had really high hopes and Kevin Smith crushed every last one of them. I went into this film thinking I was going to see a hilarious Kevin Smith film about porn that involves Seth Rogen, and I'm going to be laughing non stop. Well that wasn't the case at all, instead I felt like I got done watching some weird chick flick. I don't want to see a rom-com I wanna see some funnyass porn stuff.
Their are two main sex scenes one with the dude who usually plays Jay and some stripper, and the other is with Rogen and Banks. The one with Jay was kind of funny but it turned a little weird then I just wanted it over with. Then the other one with the two leads wasn't even shot porn like, it was your average "making love scene" thats done in every movie. It didn't have a hint of comedy to it. Basically I could see where the whole plot of the movie was going and the happy ending would be resolved.
As for the rest of the film their wasn't a lot of funny jokes or stuff in general to laugh at, at least not for me. The only real time I was cracking up was in the begining with Justin Long as the gay porn star. I really hope that Smith was just pulling my leg and that there will be an Unrated dvd with all the funny shit he wrote that the studio wouldn't let him put in theaters, cause what I just saw was weak. And Clerks 2 was way better then this movie.
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Alphaville
Alphaville(1965)

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[/size][left]If you ever happen to see one of those lists naming the greatest movies ever, then this film might be on it. Why? Well I'm not really sure cause I didn't like it. It's a French sci-fi movie though nothing really stands out as being science fiction other then a robot computer with one crazy annoying voice.
The movie is a mixture of French New Wave cinema meets Film Noir. The plotline and main detective character are typical in a film noir movie, even though the plot was confusing so maybe that part isn't so much. Honestly I don't know what this movie was all about and generally I would always go back and watch the film again to better understand it but I don't think I could stand another seating of this film ever again!
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Quantum of Solace
½

[center][size=5]Quantum of Solace
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[/size][left]For the first time ever in the James Bond series the makers decided to make a sequel. I for one enjoyed Casino Royale a bunch and still think it's one of the best Bond movies that I have seen, even though I have only seen the ones made in the 90's. That being said Quantum of Solace the follow up to Casino Royale is still a good Bond movie, just not as good as its predecessor.
First a fair warning for those interestead in this film, watch Casino Royale first! This again is a sequel not an entirly new Bond film. You will not know what is going on in the storyline unless you know what went down in Royale. Quantum of Solace basically starts minutes after where Casino Royale left off. And from their Bond just wants to get revenge from the death of his previous lover Vesper.
One main thing that I didn't care for about this film was the storyline, even though it's basically a solid conclusion for Casino Royale, I found it hard to follow at times. The main thing being Bonds search for the truth behind his lovers death and whether or not she really betrayed him or not. Even after the film ended I still wasn't sure if Bond really found out himself or was just putting up a front, since thats what he did to his superiors in the film.
The only other thing that was a disappointment for me was the new Bond girl. She didn't really do anything until the very end and she just fought one guy, that was it nothing more. She didn't even sleep with Bond, just a kiss on the cheek. Whats going on here? Now I understand why Bond didn't really want to get with anybody due to him still getting over his dead girlfriend, but he could have been a little tempted. I hope that if they decided to do a 3rd film which it kind of looks like it maybe they could bring this girl back with more depth to her character, thats just my opinion.
As for my likes of the film the action and acting were both good. If you are wanting lots of action scenes you won't be disappointed. Their is a foot chase, car chase, boat chase, airplane chase, and plenty of fighting in between. But once again Craig carried the film and did a great job playing Bond. Also Judi Dench who plays M did a good job as well. Their characters in this film are really tested and I did enjoy the mother-son type relationship that was going on between them. Whenever he didn't listen to her she would take his assets away from him and then make somebody track him. The writers didn't go back to the psychology of Bond which I believe was one of the main sucesses of Royale, instead they went to this bonding that we see start to develop with him and M.
As for a third film their most likely will be one cause just like the previous one the storyline hasn't ended, it just keeps on going on to something else. I won't be suprised in the next few weeks if people start talking about what will happen in the third. So for all those Bond fans or whoever is interestead in this film, it is worth going out and seeing but I just don't think it will be as good as Casino Royale was.
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Let the Right One In

[center][size=5]Let the Right One In
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[/size][left]Let the Right One In is the best movie (other then the Dark Knight) that I have personally seen all year round. The film itself just blew my mind, it truly takes the horror genera into a direction that I have never seen done before. Everything about the film is perfect, story, directing, and performances all are top knotch.
I would consider it a vampire movie with a lot of heart. Yes, this is a vampire movie but not your typical one. The central characters are young kids one a lonely little boy the other a young looking girl who happens to be a very old vampire. Together they form an unlikely bond that really is beautiful. The audience really does sympathize with both characters and you do end up liking both and this weird friendship that develops even after the fact that the girl is discovered to be a vampire.
But don't for a second think that this movie doesn't contain its own mess of blood. It has some great scenes even though part of the time the camera looks away so that the audience can use their own imaginations. All I can say is wait for the conclusion cause it was one of my favorite parts of the movie, and most memorable for me.
Again great performances by both the little kids especially that girl who plays the vampire, she blew my mind! Her performance is a break-out and I hope that she has an amazing career ahead of her cause was fantastic. If I could I would give her an Oscar, this whole movie in fact should win something the least best foreign picture! If you want to see a different kind of horror film and a great movie all at once then see this movie when ever it is possible!!
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Phenomena (Creepers)

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[center][left]This is the second Dario Argento film that I was able to watch this week. Phenomena or Creepers as it's called in other countries is another one of the directors latter films from the 80's. It also stars a very young Jennifer Connelly.
This film was very weird to begin with, it contains elements of murder and psychic mind reading of insects. And a knife wielding monkey. When I read the backcover about the insects I just scratched my head in confusion. Then I figured that maybe everything will be cleared up in the movie to make me believe it, not a chance. This movie just didn't know what it wanted to be, a good murder mystery or a horror movie.
In my personal opinion I would have gotten rid of the insects and progressed farther on the serial killer themes. But instead their are all these crazy elements involved that make up one weird story with another messed up ending.
I liked some aspects of them film, Connelly did a good acting job for such a young age. You really do feel for her character and pull for her all the way through the movie. I did read up on this film a little and they were thinking of doing a sequel to this back in 2001. I don't think it is a great horror movie but I do welcome the creativity that was involved with in the plot, even if it is a little out there.
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W.
W.(2008)
½

[center][size=5]W.
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[/size][left]I'm not a very political person, in fact I hate politics in general. But for some reason I sorta wanted to see this movie, just cause I thought it was going to be comical about our soon to be departing president. What I got instead was a semi biopic film of George W. Bush but nothing was really funny about it. Well except for Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, it was dead on and for some reason I couldn't stop laughing everytime she came on screen and began talking.
But really I'm a bit confused why Oliver Stone wanted to make a movie about Bush now, I mean he isn't even out of office yet. And even if he was wouldn't you wait a few years anyways, when people kind of try and forget about him however hard that might be. The fact of the matter is Bush is basically a fuck-up in more ways then one and this film just adds on to what the general public already know. But because the film goes over circumstances of why we are at war right now, it's still a little to close to home and is no laughing matter. The one positive thing I can say about this movie is the performances were good especially from Brolin who did his very best impersonation of Bush. Some have been saying that he should win an oscar, I wouldn't go that far but I haven't seen any competition yet that he can match.
As for the story in some part I found it a bit boring and disinterestead since they kind of just go out in dramati details what the general public already know. But also get more personal with him even though I didn't come out with any sympathy more so he wasn't listening to the voices of reason, and got into stuff for the wrong reasons. I just didn't care for the film and who suggest if anyone else out there is thinking about doing a biopic on Bush wait a few years after he is out of office, when the war has finally ended, or when he is dead and buried.
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Max Payne
Max Payne(2008)

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[/size][left]Don't bother, seriously don't go to the theater and waste your hard earned money on this. For those who were hoping for a good solid adaptation of the popular video game will be greatly disappointed. I've played Max Payne, and this film isn't even close to what the game was. The story from the game was so good I have know idea why the filmmakers would want to stray so far away from it. Even the character Max Payne isn't anything like what the game made him out to be.
First off I do not think that Wahlberg was the best choice for this role, I would have prefered an unknown or lesser known actor in the role. He just didn't have the look and he's kind of played this sort of role in previous films. Why not give someone else a shot?
As for the plot it was boring and you could figure out how it was all going to go down in the first 20 minutes. Also their are these random devil angel things flying around thoughout the film, which are brought on by characters getting high. Don't really know why they decided to put them in cause it just made the screen writer seem like they are copying off of Constintine. And their are random character that are introduced then never seen again by either killing them off before the audience really gets to know them or just disappear into elevators with no explaination of there whereabouts.
This was a real disappointment for me cause I liked the game and their were a lot of good elements that they could have taken from it to make a good adaptation. But instead the makers did a complete turn of the storyline and character and made yet another worthless video game movie.
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Burn After Reading
½

[center][size=5]Burn After Reading
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[/size][left]When I heard that the Coen Brothers were coming out with another film I was a little apprehensive in seeing it. I did not like for their last film, No Country For Old Men. But that was a weird drama, this time they went back to their roots and made a comedy/thriller. Think in the terms of their older films Fargo or Blood Simple. This time they fill the movie with humorous idiotic characters that misconstrue everything that comes before them.
I really liked this movie, after No Country I was tempted to write off the Coen Brothers. But they went back to storywise what I think they do best. Even though I don't think it is one of their best works and it probably will be over looked by their past movies. Frances McDormand is really funny in this movie and was my favorite of the entire cast. I know that a lot was going around Brad Pitts performance but he was just a goofy character in general, and anybody could have played him. The same goes for George Clooney though his character was a bit more dynamic then Pitts.
Come awards time I don't really know if this film will be up for anything in particular. If it does I personally wouldn't mind seeing McDormand up for an actress award. She probably won't win but she kept me entertained through the film to at least get recognized.
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The Midnight Meat Train
½

[center][size=5]The Midnight Meat Train
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[/size][left]Midnight Meat Train is one crazy ride of a movie! It's very different from most horror movies out there today being that it is an actual original story based of a short written by Clive Barker. Yes, the same Clive Barker who brought us Hellraiser. Only he didn't direct this film which was kind of a disappointment for me cause I would have been more interestead in seeing the film in Barker's directorial vision.
Either way the guy they got to direct it did a good job even though I think there was too much special effects used with the camera going in and out of the subway cars. Two or three times would have been fine but they seemed to use it almost everytime someone stepped on to a train and most parts it really wasn't needed.
But the great thing about this movie is that it did bring on the the blood and gore. So if you are a fan for that then you shouldn't think twice about seeing this film. Again the storyline was original and different from most horror movies distributed nowadays. The conclusion was different and something that I never would have originally guessed. It's out on dvd and would be a good choice to watch for the Halloween season if you want to see something new.
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Quarantine
Quarantine(2008)

[center][size=5]Quarantine
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[/size][left]So now I have finally gotten to see the American remake of Rec, and I think that the new version is just as good. Some changes have been made to the story and a few more scenes add, but pretty much the two movie are completely the same in every way. Even the actors lines are word for word, and most of the shots and set-ups are a mirror image.
But like I said their are a few minor changes that I think improved the story and changed it from the original. Like for example the ending explaination, the set up is the same but I believe something involving demonic possession was the cause for the original. The American version tried to make it more believeable, though lets just say it seemed like a bit of a 28 Days Later ripoff. Another minor difference was that a bit more time was taken in getting to know the fireman in the beginning. More interaction scenes were added with them and the reporter, which I think they did so the audience would be more familiar with the characters and like them. And one or two added scenes that take place when they are in lock down with the zombies, which were added for more suspense and also to be a reminder to the finale explained conclusion.
It's still scary and just as good as the original maybe even better due to the better plot explaination, and even the zombies looked a little better and you got closer shots of them. This is rare for me but I actually liked this American remake and suggest people should not miss out on it. If you were let down by Cloverfield, then heres a film that will make up for it.
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[Rec]
[Rec](2007)

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[/size][left]Minutes ago I just got done watching this film, and it was awesome! Now I know that Quarantine is the American version that just came out but if you can, see the original first. I still plan on seeing Quarantine even though it's probably going to be exactly the same. Be aware that Rec is actually a spanish film so your warned that you have to read subtitles unless you already know spanish.
It's basically the Blair Witch meets 28 Days Later. Shot entirely on handheld cameras and has that sense of actual real footage. This movie was much better then Cloverfield, it actually had a good story and at the end it explained to the audience what was actually going on. Another thing that I liked was even though I don't know who any of these actors are, even if they are Spanish actors I liked that they were unknowns. Having unknown actors in these sorts of films really gets the filmmakers point across of making the story feel like reality. Which in return scares the audience even more. If there was even one actor that I had recognized it probably would have taken a bit away for me. That being who knows how the American version will turn out. I hope they don't mess it up cause this is one of the best horror movies I've seen in a long time that truly creeped me out. It officially going on the top of my list of favorite/best horror movies.
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Young Frankenstein

[center][size=5]Young Frankenstein
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[/size][left]So it's not exactly a scary movie but I'm loking out this time to those who hate to watch scary movies. So instead of some slasher movie or zombie flick to watch this Halloween season how about a classic comedy take on Frankenstein. And who better then director Mel Brooks to make a classic comedic film.
You really don't have to see the original Frankenstein to get a kick out of this film. And if you've never heard of this film then you must be living under a rock. From begining to end it's laugh out loud funny and has a bunch of memorable lines and scenes. I certainly get a kick out of it everytime I watch it. And if your a fan of other Mel Brooks movies then your going to love this one. It's probably one of the best movies that he's done along with Blazing Saddles and Space Balls.
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The Bride of Frankenstein

[center][size=5]Bride of Frankenstein
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[/size][left]When I was younger the Universal monster movies were really the only type of horror movies that my parents felt comfortable enough for a young kid like myself to watch. Me and my brother ended up watching all the main ones and the spin-offs/sequels like this one. Basically it is the follow up to the original Frankenstein, starting up right where the first one ended. And this time around Frankenstein forces the good old doctor to make him girlfriend.
Neither this movie or the original are scary,though this one I did however find a bit of humor in it. But it did have a weird fantasy element to it that wasn't present at all in the original. It's still an interesting movie to watch and probably one of the better halfs of a sequel that could even be more enjoyable to watch.
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

[center][size=5]Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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[/size][left]While I was taking the later half of my film history class we got to watch the very beginning of this film. I was kind of captivative by the whole storyline and the way that my professor described it really got my interests up. So eventually I rented the film and watched all of it, and even though all the performaces are great I wasn't all that to impressed with the story it self. It sounds good maybe on paper or like I had the benefit of somebody telling me. But once I sat down to watch it I realized that it just played out to much in a lot of scenes. Plus sometimes I just didn't know where some of the characters discussions were going so I was left in the dark.
One thing that I realized was that it originally was a broadway play brought to the big screen. After knowing that then I came to understand all the long speeches. But in the end I was a bit disappointed, and wanted really this to be a real classic in my eyes like it is for many others.
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The Thing
The Thing(1982)
½

[center][size=5]The Thing
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[/size][left]When it comes to horror movies John Carpenter is one name that you must know. Not only has he directed this film but the classics Halloween and the original Fog. But the Thing in my opinion is Carpenter at his very best, and his finest overall. Don't get me wrong Halloween is legendary in its own right, but their have been so many sequels and Michael Myers is so familiar with audiences that he's lost his creepyness.
What makes this film so awesome is the special monster effects and the storyline. In some senses it kind of reflects the first Alien movie, which had already been released a few years earlier. Both take place in isolated areas with a group of survivors and have to do with a alien intruder. This film whoever has a bit of mystery in it since the alien is a shape shifter and throughout the movie everyone is trying to figure out who the alien is.
Again the monsters are scary as hell in this movie and I think still stand the test of time. Supposably I heard that they are going to actually make a prequel to this film which I think would be a great idea as long as Carpenter is some how involved. And its a long shot but I would love for them to stick with the same animatronic make-up effects rather then do it completely in CGI, just so that it would stay true to form. If you haven't seen the Thing then you are missing out on a great horror movie. If your gathering a bunch of scary movies together for the Halloween season then make sure to put this one the top of your list! (This poster isn't the original but it's still awesome I couldn't resist putting it up.)
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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
½

[center][size=5]Batman-Mask of the Phantasm
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[/size][left]Technically I haven't seen this movie since my father rented it for my younger brother when it was first released on video. As a kid saturday mornings on FOX kids was when the animated Batman show came on, I used to watch it all the time. And then somehow during the series they decided to do an animated movie, but instead of direct to video they put it out in the theaters.
The movie itself was on HBO the other day and it had been forever since I had seen it that I just sat and watched till the end. The movie makes me miss those good old saturday cartoon shows. The stuff they have on now is crap and I feel sorry for kids these days cause they missed out big time. Really I don't see why they put this out in theatrical release cause it's just one long regular episode. Though they could have just split it up into individual part and showed it during the ending of a season. Or again direct to video would have been more reasonable.
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Spartacus
Spartacus(2004)
½

[center][size=5]Spartacus
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[/size][left]This version of Spartacus was a made for tv movie a few years ago. I have never seen the older version so I can't compare the two, only that I know that this one is suppose to be more historically acurate. It was a little over two hours long but I found the storyline to be entertaining enough that I went right through the first and second parts of it.
I couldn't really tell you why I decided to watch this but I did. The only thing is that it reminds me of a mixture of Gladiator and a tiny bit of 300. Which isn't bad since this is based on actual events. But you do see where the influences come from for those types of films. This movie may not be the best, it is made for tv and contains a bunch of unknow actors, but its still fun to watch and gives a better account of the Spartacus history.
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

[center][size=5]E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
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[/size][left]I was suprised that I hadn't already put up a review for this, but then I realized that it had been years since I had actually watched the film. I love E.T, I think it is one of Spielberg's greatest films. What's their not to love about E.T. The storyline is fantastic and will always do two things to the audience: 1. warm your heart and 2. make you cry.
The version that I recently purchase is the 20th anniversary, with all the newly added CG E.T. I personally don't care for all the new CG additions. I found that it was to distracting at points and took away from the main storyline. I prefer just the original theatrical version with the regular puppet cause it made E.T look more real. The CG one you can tell right away and it gives off a cartoonish look that I didn't like. The only thing I did like with the CG was when they used it for E.T close ups. They gave his face more emotion then the original puppet could make which was ok, but not scenes where it shows him walking around or key interaction with the child actors.
Another thing about the newer edition is that it does have added scenes that I don't remember. One being a bathtub scene with E.T and another with the mother going out to look for her kids during Halloween. But the directing, acting, and writing is still amazing on this film. Its a perfect childs film even though it does have some dark content going on at times and the film kind of opens up like a horror movie. I suggest try to watch both versions new and old to judge for yourself which one you prefer, I'll go with the original.
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Night of the Living Dead
½

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[/size][left]Adding on to my 2008 Halloween countdown is a rebooted 90's versions of Night of the Living Dead. They started to reboot before it became all the fad like it is today with horror classics. I have to recommend this updated version to those who love the horror and zombie generas. I actually think this one of the better horror remakes. It sticks close to the original but changes a few things so it's not like your watching the same movie twice. And I like the changes to the script cause the makers just wanted to tweak it to have the character standards that you would see in todays films. This time being that the female character isn't weak but strong and decideds to fight instead of cry in a corner.
Also another big difference is the make-up effects, so much better then all three dead movies combined. It makes the movie even scarier then before and no two zombies are the same. Not to mention that it does call for some interesting death scenes, expect to see loads of blood and guts. This is a fun remake and does have its silly moments but on purpose. If your able to find it then I suggest checking it out.
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The Omen
The Omen(1976)
½

[center][size=5]The Omen
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[/size][left]If their is one version of the Omen that should be watched it is the original. Do not watch the new version, I repeat do not watch that horrible new version! This one has a bunch of talented actors that can actually act and the kid in here is a bit creepier.Technically both the new and old film are pretty much the same as for storyline, but it's performed better and gives a bigger impact then the updated version.
For those that are unaware of the movie, the Omen is about the anti-christ being born to this one couple and the havoc that he causes. It may not sound all that scary but once you watch it you are likely to get the chills or creeps a few times during different scenes. Gregory Peck does a great job in this role as the conflicted father who has to figure out what exactly is going on.
I don't doubt that this movie will probably be on tv some time during the Halloween season. When it does I recommend those who haven't to take a look at it. But it you decide to rent it do yourself a huge favor and make sure to pick up this version and not the new one or the horrible sequels that followed it.
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Jaws
Jaws(1975)

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[/size][left]I know that Jaws isn't exactly one that people would watch during the Halloween season, but I know people who are deathly afraid to watch this movie. And it probably to watch it in October then the summer when your actually going to go swimming in a pool or visit the ocean.I've never really gotten creeped out by this movie, just cause I wasn't born at the time it was made and scared the crap out of people. I know that Jaws is a giant robo-fish, and me and my dad watch the movie once while were on vacation in North Carolina. We did go swimming afterwards.
But even though I know all this stuff about the movie I still enjoy it. It still keeps you on the edge of your seat at certain times and that famous theme music doesn't cut the tension. And it may just have one of the best death scene openers ever! Jaws may not be your typical movie monster but it is a giant killer shark and in the end they still exist in the real world.
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Wolf
Wolf(1994)

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I remember seeing the trailer for this movie when it first came out and it scared me. Little did I know that this really isn't a horror movie, it has its moments but the trailer just made it out to be scary. Its more of a drama/thriller. The storyline was a bit slow and at times I wasn't really sure where it was going. The ending was a bit confusing to me as well and I'm planning on rewatching it again cause I feel that I must have missed somethings or wasn't aware of stuff. I have always wanted to see this movie, for awhile I had looked around for it at the video store but they didn't have it.
For some reason when Jack Nicholson just kind of made sense to me as play a werewolf. I don't know why but he has some kind of features that made me think he would be good as a wolfman. By the way his look as a werewolf is actually scary, but it takes him until the very end to make a complete transformation.
It's also nice to see him a Pfeiffer working together again since Witches of Eastwick. They have good chemistry together though its a little creepy to watch the whole romance thing. He's just a little too old and gives of the creepy old dude vibe. But I still love Jack and this time I didn't feel that he was playing the character like he plays all his characters with a bit of smugness. He only used that as long as the scene called for it, which is nice cause his way of portraying characters can get annoying after awhile. Its not a great werewolf flick and their are probably a dozen out there that are better. But werewolf movies are a bit rare these days and good ones for that matter. So this is really a recommendation for those that are curious and who want to see a moderday revision of the movie monster.
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From Dusk Till Dawn
½

[center][size=5]From Dusk Till Dawn
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[/size][left]Now I know that their are a bunch of people who love his movie, and it has its own cult following. I like the movie but I'm not totally in love with it. As for the fact that it is a vampire movie it's very creative in the use of a fresh new storyline and not the same old stuff told again and again.
The storyline is great but the begining is a little too long for me in establishing the characters. Half the movie is already over when all the fun and gore starts to happen. And when it does happen it seems to be over and done with like that. I would have prefered to have had more time fighting off the vampires at the bar then watch them worry about getting caught crossing the border.
Other then that the make-up effects and action stuff was a great, if your looking for an action movie as well this one also delivers. Acting was also resonably well; Clooney, Keitel and Lewis were all great and I liked their characters. I don't care for Tarantino as an actor cause he just acting like himself most of the time, but he did an ok job in this one. The only one I didn't liek was that stupid asian kid who couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. If only his death scene had come sooner in the movie.
Dusk Till Dawn is a perfect Halloween movie to watch, its got the vampires and a tone of blood and guts to keep you entertained for a long time.
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The Rocker
The Rocker(2008)
½

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[size=5] [size=2] I knew that the Rocker was probably going to be stupid but I still saw it anyways. I enjoy Rainn Wilson from the Office but I think he has ways to go before he can actually pull off being a lead in a movie. Or at least needs to pick better scripts cause this one in particular was no good. It reminded me a bit of School of Rock but just not as funny. Their is a reason why this was in and out of the movies so quickly, it is no good.[/size]
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Take the Lead
½

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[size=5] [/size][left]I have to admit that I'm not one for these boring dance movies that seem to be put out each year. My two younger sisters however love them and go to the movie and buy the dvds to all of them. This film just happen to be on tv a few months ago and I figured I'd watch it so I have at least one dance movie review on my blog.Cashing in to this whole ballroom dancing craze, thats what Take the Lead is all about. And also stealing from those early 90's movies about the teachers helping under privliaged kids. Antonio Banderas is of course the teacher and their are a bunch of unknow actors to play the dancing teens. I'm not even going to bother with explaining the plot cause you could guess and you would probably be right.
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Lakeview Terrace
½

[center][size=5]Lakeview Terrace
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[/size][left]The past few weeks there really hasn't been any movies that I've wanted to see. But I decided to check out Lakeview Terrace just cause I was bored and it was more interesting then anything else out.
Lakeview Terrace turned out to be an ok movie. It does bring up the racial card, and it started off good. Sam Jackson was just nasty throughout the entire movie and you feel horrible for the couple he torments. But the explination for his actions were so stupid and really didn't make any sense to me. He does give a good performace, actually everybody in the movie does.
But as for actually going out to the movie to see this one I personally would wait it out for dvd. It was good but not great. I do think that it will get people talking due to the subject matter after they've seen it.
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Eastern Promises

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[left][size=2]I been meaning to see this movie for some time now. Through the grapevine I had heard mostly good things about it. And knowing that Mortensen and Cronenberg were teaming up once again after just working together on A History of Violence,I was all in.[/size][/left]
[left][size=2]Compared to A History of Violence both movie are different in the subject matter of stoylines. Both are also violent movies but this movie is really hitting the bar whe it comes to graphic content. There is still blood and guts, but also expect to see a very naked Mortensen is in a all out bloody brawl.[/size][/left]
[left][size=2]I really like Mortensen in this film, probably more theh History of Violence. His character is more complex and their are many layers of him that unfold throughout the movie until the very end when you finally see him for who he really is. He totally deserved his Oscar naomination, and in my mine it's one of his finest performances.[/size][/left]
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[left][size=2]I did however enjoy the storyline and was basically on the edge till the very end. The only thing that bothered me was how it ended, again I get an abrupt ending with the basic plot closed, but not the characters themselves. At least I just wanted a little bit more but Cronenburg didn't give all of it. Movie is still good though and I recommend it.[/size][/left]
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Un Chien Andalou

[center][size=5]Un Chien Andalou
(Andalusian Dog)
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[/size][left]Andalusian Dog is a messed up short film by Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali. I'm not really sure what the entire film is about, I'm guessing some kind of weird surreal nightmare. But the most disturbing and famous scene in the movie is the opening credit with the slit of the eye. It is so disgusting and gives me the chills even though I know it isn't real.
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Meshes of the Afternoon
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[/size][left]I didn't actually watch all of director Maya Deren's experimental films just the one entitled Meshes of the Afternoon. Similar to Andalusian Dog in that it is another experimental film, and has the whole storyline of a dream within a dream. I liked this short film a little more cause it kept my attention and it was a little more creative with the use of the camera.
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Maya Deren: Experimental Films

[center][size=5]Un Chien Andalou
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[/size][left]Andalusian Dog is a messed up short film by Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali. I'm not really sure what the entire film is about, I'm guessing some kind of weird surreal nightmare. But the most disturbing and famous scene in the movie is the opening credit with the slit of the eye. It is so disgusting and gives me the chills even though I know it isn't real.
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Meshes of the Afternoon
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[/size][left]I didn't actually watch all of director Maya Deren's experimental films just the one entitled Meshes of the Afternoon. Similar to Andalusian Dog in that it is another experimental film, and has the whole storyline of a dream within a dream. I liked this short film a little more cause it kept my attention and it was a little more creative with the use of the camera.
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The Family That Preys

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The real reason I decided to watch this movie was for the fact that when I first watched the trailer I got no sense of what the movie was about. It seems Perry is putting out a movie every year, I believe this is his second for 2008. But as for now last years Why Did I Get Married? is my favorite.
This movie however was just ok, and I think that confusing trailer made it be more dramatic then it really was. I'm not sure if this is another one of his plays but it contains all the typical moral and family values that are always in his films.
The storyline was easy to follow and you could see all the little twists coming a mile away, at least I saw them. It had a nice assembled cast though I only recognized three actors. Other then that I didn't find anything special about it and I only really recommend it to those who are fans of Tyler Perry.
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South Park - The Complete First Season

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Season One
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[/size][left]I was only in middle school when South Park first aired, and even then my house hold didn't have Comedy Central. After so many years later I have to admit that I have only seen a handful of episodes plus the movie that they made. But the other day I found an offer that I couldn't beat and I purchased the very first season of the show.
Funny thing is that those handful of episodes I have seen are from this season. But I still enjoy the series even though I find Family Guy funnier, at least compare to this season. The more memorable episodes that I did enjoy were the Halloween special with the zombies and pink eye, and Cartman trying to figure out who his real father is.
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Boston Legal - Season 1

[center][size=5]Boston Legal
Season One
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[/size][left]Usually I have no interest in legal tv dramas, but for some odd reason over the summer I started watching the first season of Boston Legal. And suprisingly I really got into it that I kept on trying to follow the episodes in order. So while I was out the other day I just picked up the very first season on dvd. What I really enjoy about the show is that even though it is a legal show it is actually a comedy and probably is in the same catagory as Alley McBeal, another David E. Kelly show.
The shows dynamic duo played by James Spader and William Shatner are really what keep the show together. If their characters weren't on the show their wouldn't be any comedic relief. Shatners as lawyer Denny Crane is the most hilarious and one of my favorite characters on the show. I haven't seen any following seasons but eventually I plan on getting to them.
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The Sentinel
The Sentinel(1977)

[center][size=5]Sentinel
[/size][left]I had originally heard of this movie due to watching one of those 50 scaries movies marathons on tv. I don't know why but I remembered this movie. From the preview and personal reviews this movie looked like it would be a little scary or at least creepy. It was made in the mid seventies so I wasn't expecting too much from it.
But after watching the film all the scary content that I remember from seeing previewed on tv was basically all the scary stuff in the movie in general. I always hate when that happens to movies. The film seemed to try and be the next Exorcist even though the two films content are entirely different. But during this era the whole topic of religion and horror was at its peak, mostly because of the release of The Exorcist. But the Sentinel has one of those confusing storylines where you don't know where it is going until it is finally revealed at the end. And when everything came out I was just left disappointed all over. The acting was great and featured people that I didn't know but had a supporting cast of well knows early on in their careers, such as Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum.
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Square Dance
Square Dance(1987)

[center][size=5]Square Dance
[/size][left]On tv their is a channel called Lifetime, which is basically a womens channel with all inspiring shows and made for tv movies. This movie I consider to be in that catagory and its story is a sterotype for that channel.
I believe that this actually was a made for tv movie when it came on back in 1987. And it also features a very young Winona Ryder in only her second movie but first starring role. The storyline itself isn't that great but the performances were better then expected. For being so young at the time Ryder was still able to carry an impressive performance that would highlight her future career. And Rob Lowe is also in the film as well. What is so weird about his character is that he is doing a Forest Gump impression, but Forrest Gump wouldn't be made for another couple of years after this film.
My own recommendation really to see this movie would be just to see Lowes performance just to prove that I am not crazy about the Forrest Gump thing. (Tom Hanks had to have seen his performance before he made Forrest Gump) Or if your one of those who likes a good LM(Lifetime Movie) once in a while.
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Snow Angels
Snow Angels(2007)
½

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[/size][left]Finally after almost three years of waiting I was able to see Snow Angels. I had read the book that the movie was based off of awhile back and couldn't put it down. Once I heard they were making a movie I got so excited espcially after I heard that the likes of Rockwell and Beckinsale were attached.
I really don't think that the movie would be half as good without the two cause they are both perfect in their roles and play it just the way they should be as in the book. Not to mention that they were just great in general when it came to the acting. I think that this is so far the best role that I have ever seen Beckinsale in and I think she should have recieved more recognition for it.
They story was still as I remembered it and not much was drastically changed from the book to screen. David Gordon Green really captured the true dramatic essence of everything and I liked how he showed everyday on goings of a small town. I live in a small town and I liked how he captured an almost documentary look to some scenes, it actually reminded me of where I live and my tiny little town.
The only think that held me back from making this a perfect movie and giving it a ten out of ten were an addition to a third storyline that I really don't should have been written in the movie. There was already enough stuff going on and I understand the relationship dynamic to the story arch but the stuff with the parents was just boring to me and dragged on. (those who see the movie will understand what I'm talking about) I actually don't recall that much emphasis in the book on them as much as the movie depicted it. If it was I don't remember and Green could have written it out cause I wouldn't have minded at all.
After viewing this I'm probably going to get the dvd, I've waited to long for this to come out and it is a good movie with some amazing performances. I recommed reading the book first then watching the movie.
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Disaster Movie

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[/size][left][b][size=3]After 15mins of this I ended up turning if off. This movie sucks and so does the people who think these type of movies are a good idea to make! Hows that for a review.[/size][/b]
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Margot at the Wedding

[center][size=5]Margot at the Wedding[/size]
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My original interest in seeing this movie was reading the back of the dvd, also Kidman and Jason Leigh are both good actresses in their own right. But I'm kicking myself after watching it cause I should have check to see that the director was Noah Baumbach. I do not care for Baumbach at all, I don't like his writing in particular how he writes his characters cause they all end up being mental assholes. Usually charaters with some type of mental disorder or one going through a breakdown would make that character interesting and usually have some amount of sympathy from the audience. But not Baumbach's characters. Kidman plays Margot who in one way is going through some type of mental breakdown but is in denial. That still doesn't play to the fact that her character comes off completely unlikeable and even if she was in a complete downward spiral she still is a complete stuck up asshole in her everyday life. Jennifer Jason Leigh's character was a bit of the opposite and I found myself tending to sympathize with her character just because she had to deal with Margot for the entire movie. But she still had her flaws cause she is one of those people who has a buch of potential but doesn't try and go out and do something with it. As for Jack Black he was still playing off of what he usually does but with a hint of seriousness when it came to certain scenes. I just couldn't take him seriously even when it came to some highly emotional scenes I kind of thought there is a slew of actors who could have been a better choice.
Just like Baumbach's previous films like the Squid and the Whale (you do not want me to get into that movie) I was completely turned off. I couldn't stand watching the main and supporting characters. And I was disinterested with the entire plot of the storyline whuch seemed to go nowhere and end with no real solid conclusion that I as an audience member could be satisfied with.
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Death at a Funeral
½

[center][size=5]Death at a Funeral
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[/size][left]This is another film that I choose to watch just from reading the back of the dvd. I don't remember this ever being in the theaters, but I do know that I had heard about it via word of mouth. It's a little British comedy directed by Yoda himself Frank Oz. And basically features a cast of unknown British actor that I don't recognize, except for the short guy (I forgot his name) who I've seen in a few movies and appearences on tv.
It is rare that I actually enjoy a British comedy, except for Monty Python and the original Office, I just don't get the humor or even know what they are talking about due to the difference in their types of slangs. But this movie was different and I really enjoyed myself while watching it. I wasn't lost in any language translation and a lot of the movie was physical comedy.
It's a funny little indie movie from across the pond that I really enjoyed, especially when it came to all the scenes with the guy high on drugs during the funeral. It has its moments through out and I think is at least worth renting to check out for yourselves.
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What Lies Beneath
½

[center][size=5]What Lies Beneath
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[/size][left]Just the other day this came on tv and it had been a few years since I had seen it. I have mixed feelings for this movie, I like it to a certain amount but I also feel that it could have been done better. Movies involving ghosts as the main theme I believe can be very hard to pull off. Only a handful in the last 30 years have actually been sucessful, and have been able to scare or thrill and audience. What Lies Beneath is sort of in between, it has a good solid storyline that keeps the audience on their toes until the very end. But when it came actually scaring the audience I don't think it was that sucessful. This really isn't a horror movie even though it has supernatural elements and one or two at the most jumpy scenes. It is a thriller and a mystery that the characters have to solve. But maybe that is what the makers actually wanted in the end.
I just think with this very interesting script that it could have actually been more creepy and terrifying. But the SFX in my opinion weren't all that impressive and I could tell most of the time when an actor was in front of a green screen or that certain things were digital. The performances were good though and it was nice to see Pfeiffer back on screen in a lead role. If it were anybody else I just don't think I would have bothered to watch.
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976-EVIL
976-EVIL(1989)

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[/size][left]I was over my friends house just hanging out having a good time when we all decied to find a movie on tv to watch. We were going through and decided that a scary movie is what we wanted. Then 976-Evil came up and my friends started laughing and said that I had to see this movie, it was so bad it's good type thing. A bad horror movie from that 80's, I'm all in I think they're the best to watch and more importantly Freddy Kreuger himself directed the movie.
The movie itself overall is horrible and there is nothing special or memorable about it other then me laughing throughout it. But what can you expect from a movie about a hotline that can have you possessed my a demon. That funky looking dude from Fright Night (a fav horror movie of mine) was in it and ends up getting all possessed and goes through one crazy transformation.
Lets just discuss this transformation shall we: dudes suppose to turn into some crazy sort of monster or at least looks like hes possessed by something, right? Not joking when I say that he ended up looking like a Michael Jackson impersonator. He's got the short pants with the socks showing, sunglasses, and the bad haircut.
If anyone happens to see this movie I only advise watching it if: 1- you like cheesy 80's horror movies or 2- just to actually see for yourself if the guy ends up looking like Jackson. If anyone sees or has seen this movie let me know if you noticed the Jackson factor like I did, I hope I'm not the only one!
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The Fall
The Fall(2006)

[center][size=5]The Fall[/size][/center]
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[left][size=2]This is by far one of the most beautiful movies that I have ever seen. And has now become a personal favorite of mine. Almost every single inch of reel in this film looks like it could be an amazing photography that you would want to hang on your wall. In my mind this entire movie is almost like one giant masterpiece of art.[/size][/left]
[left][size=2]I went into this movie knowing nothing about it or who directed it, now after seeing it I want to see everything that this director has done. One of which was the movie The Cell, amazing to look at in its own right but that storyline wasn't all that great in general. But this particular film is, and I'm stating right now that this is my favorite movie of 2008! I really enjoyed the storyline, it was very touching and creative. As I watched it I was reminded of the Wizard of Oz and how you could compare these two films together cause they have a lot of the same elements. Both are contained in fantasy genera and have the same storyline structure. Yet this a much darker movie and I wouldn't exactly let little kids watch it. But for film lovers and people who can look at this and know that a lot of hard work went into every second of this film should not stop and think about it, but must watch it![/size][/left]
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The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea

[center][size=5]The Little Mermaid 2
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So if you don't already know, but the Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie of all time and it is also part of my top 10. If Disney decideds to make sequels to one of my favorite animated movies then I don't care if I'm going to be twenty-two, I'm going to watch it! The Little Mermaid 2 basically continues the story of Ariel but follows up with her young daughter. The story was cute but I actually didn't really care that much for it. The way they ended the original was enough for me that I really don't see why they thought it was needed to create another follow up story, let alone that they focus it more on another character.I did like that they brought back original characters but they did create new sidekicks and villians which I couldn't get that into.
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After seeing The Little Mermaid 2 I was a little hesitant about number 3. But being the Little Mermaid fan that I am I gave in and actually enjoyed this one a lot more then the second one. First off it is a prequel which I liked the thought of and the storyline cause it kind of explained a stuff that wasn't stated in the first movie. I also liked that this time you get to meet Ariel's sisters which you only briefly see in the beginning and end of the original movie. And you basically get more of a backgroung story which after watch kind of could move right along to the next (original) installment.
I think that the Disney company should have skip the previous sequel altogether and just did this movie. It has a more interesting story and I think has a little bit but not all of the same spark that captured the previous audience. It's not a classic in my eyes but you can tell there was a lot more thought put into it and that they really just want to get a new generation of kids to get into the same old characters like I was when the first one came out.
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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
½

[center][size=5]The Little Mermaid 2
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So if you don't already know, but the Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie of all time and it is also part of my top 10. If Disney decideds to make sequels to one of my favorite animated movies then I don't care if I'm going to be twenty-two, I'm going to watch it! The Little Mermaid 2 basically continues the story of Ariel but follows up with her young daughter. The story was cute but I actually didn't really care that much for it. The way they ended the original was enough for me that I really don't see why they thought it was needed to create another follow up story, let alone that they focus it more on another character.I did like that they brought back original characters but they did create new sidekicks and villians which I couldn't get that into.
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After seeing The Little Mermaid 2 I was a little hesitant about number 3. But being the Little Mermaid fan that I am I gave in and actually enjoyed this one a lot more then the second one. First off it is a prequel which I liked the thought of and the storyline cause it kind of explained a stuff that wasn't stated in the first movie. I also liked that this time you get to meet Ariel's sisters which you only briefly see in the beginning and end of the original movie. And you basically get more of a backgroung story which after watch kind of could move right along to the next (original) installment.
I think that the Disney company should have skip the previous sequel altogether and just did this movie. It has a more interesting story and I think has a little bit but not all of the same spark that captured the previous audience. It's not a classic in my eyes but you can tell there was a lot more thought put into it and that they really just want to get a new generation of kids to get into the same old characters like I was when the first one came out.
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Timecop
Timecop(1994)
½

[center][size=5]Timecop
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[/size][left]The last movie I can recall seeing Van Damme in was Street Fighter the movie and that was a looong time ago. Not really a fan of his but I do like to say his name just cause I think its kind of kick ass. Timecop was on tv and I was determined to watch it cause it looked really cheesey and nothing better was on at the time.
I'm guesing this was at the hight of all his Van Dammeness cause I read that this is his highest grossing movie to date.(I could be wrong but thats what I read.) I felt like I actually took a trip back to the early 90's cause this movie had all the early SFX going on in it. I find it out dated and if they wanted to they could probably remake it. Just as long as they work on improving the storyline, cause the one in the movie was weak and you could kind of expect what would happen next. And the Van Damme fighting wasn't all that impressive, there was only one scene were I thought it was ok but I've seen a lot better. This movie really is only for those who love the 90's action flix and miss seeing the likes of Van Damme on the screen.(whatever happen to him??)
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Flatliners
Flatliners(1990)
½

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[size=5] [/size][left]As I was going through my dvd collection the other day I happen to come upon a VHS copy of Flatliners. Its been a good five years since I've seen this movie, I almost forgot that I owned it. So I dusted off my tape player and put it on. For some reason I was expecting this movie to be better then what it ended up being when I recently watched it.[/left]
[left]Remember when their was once a time that not everybody knew who Julia Roberts was. Yeah, I know that it maybe hard for some of you to believe but their was. This was made probably around the same time Pretty Women came out and Roberts was gaining some momentum in her career. She's the only female role in an all star 80's cast lead by Keifer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon. And what do ya know it also has one of the Baldwin brothers just not that one everybody knows and likes. That otherguy I don't really know why he's in it cause his part was really only their to yell at the other characters who didn't listen to him, so I personally think his character was a waste overall.[/left]
[left]Even though I don't think it's a perfect movie it's still an interesting and entertaining one. The general idea overall was creative, yet how they ended up portraying it and going off with the storyline was a bit over the top and could have been handled better. I also think that they could have gotten a little darker and if they wanted to more scarier instead of a thrill once in awhile.[/left]
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Mommie Dearest
½

[center][size=5]Mommie Dearest
[/size][left]Ever since I saw Whatever Happen to Baby Jane? a few months back, I've been wanting to see this movie. This is not another Joan Crawford movie, but some sorts of a biography. Based mostly from her daughters point of view. I don't know if everything in this movie actually took place but if it did I feel horrible for the kids.
The movie isn't all that great but it does have some memorable moments that make up for it. The most infamous is the wire hangers scene. That scene still makes me want to wet my pants out of fright and laughter. Dunaway does a great impression of Crawford and really transforms herself. But she was a little over the top in a lot of scenes, which I'm guessing that's the way they wanted her to play it. When she wasn't her performance was better in my opinion, and more believeable.
If you have never seen this movie I totally recommend it. It's not the greatest biography movie but it considered a cult classic to some and has some memorable scenes.
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The Italian Job

[center][size=5]The Italian Job
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I have never ever seen this movie until a few weeks ago when it was given to me. I had heard about it but I didn't give it any thought that is until I decided to watch it. And I actually liked the movie, it was a lot better then I had expected it to be.
I had figured that it was going to be a copycat of the Gone in 60 Seconds, but that movie and this are completely different. The only thing they have in common are they're both remakes. This movie inparticular is mostly about thieves stealing a bunch of gold bars. In some ways it kind of reminded me of the Oceans 11 series in the way they plan everything out, but this more entertaining and actually fun to watch.
The movie has a little bit of everything for anyone but more importantly it has a good steady storyline that keeps the audiences attention throughout. And it also has some really impressive action sequences. I've heard rumors about doing a sequel and I for one am all in just as long as it is just as good or better then this one.
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Big Top Pee-wee

[center][size=5]Big Top Pee-Wee
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[/size][left]For years I thought I had gone insane cause I thought their was a sequel to the Pee-Wee's Big Adventure movie but I never could find it. Then the other day at the store I found the dvd and picked it up so I could prove that I wasn't going crazy to the nay-sayer who didn't believe me.
I don't think this movie is as good as the previous movie, but I actually prefer the original tv show over all the movies in general. It's random in every which way and most of the time doesn't make a whole lot of sense but what do you expect out of a Pee-Wee Herman movie. It does contain a bit of a love story, which I didn't really care for and at points was a little uncomfortable. Maybe because I see Pee-Wee as sort of a manchild and seeing him makeout with women doesn't really go with the image.
But Big Top Pee-Wee did have its moments just like the previous one did but maybe just not as many. If your a fan and like me grew up watching Pee-Wee then jst know that the dvd is out there and could be worth a viewing.
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Tropic Thunder
½

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Tropic Thunder is officially the last of my 2008 summer movies. And it ended it with one big bang! Ever since I had seen the trailer at the very start of the summer I knew that I wasn't going to miss out on it. It has a cast of very talented comedic actors and it looked funny as hell! But when I finally sat down to watch the movie when it was all over I was just a sad bit disappointed.
Ok, so I was thinking that this was going to be the funniest movie of the summer but in the end it wasn't. A lot of the funniest moments in the film were already shown in the trailer, which I always hate when studios do that. But I did laugh every time Downey Jr. showed up on screen, if anything his performance is worth going to the movies and seeing it. Everybody else wasn't all that great, well at least I didn't think so. Their were a lot of jokes in my opinion that just weren't that funny or they could have made them funnier. Stiller I've never found funny; when he goes off on his neurotic rants its just annoying to me. But I'll admit that I did laugh when he did the whole Simple Jack thing that protesters are all up in arms over. Yeah I know I'm probably going to hell for laughing at it but at least I won't be alone cause everyone else in the theater was laughing as well.
I still recommend that those who want to go and see it. It's not side splitting hilarious but it does have its moments and I did find myself laughing out loud a few times. The story is wacky but once you realize that Stiller and crew are actually making fun of how Hollywood in general works it ends up being very creative. And then you start to try abd figure out who and what in general are they are really pointing the finger at.
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Pineapple Express

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I was really curious to see this movie even though I knew it was a stoner movie. But I do enjoy most of what Apato and company make, so I gave it a shot. I've stated in previous reviews that I'm not a real fan of the stoner comedys. I always feel like I'm out of the loop while watching them, and that it's a requirement to actually be a stoner or just high in general while watching these types of films.
Some are calling this the greatest stoner-comedy ever, I personally don't think so. I also didn't find it all that funny. I only found myself laughing a few times throughout the movie. The jokes and comical stunts were typical and nothing that I haven't seen or heard before. Another thing I don't get is why everyone is calling it an action-comedy? There were only three major action sequences and they weren't all that impressive. Is the action-comedy coming back? I have no clue but if their are anymore to follow hopefully they will be better then what Pineapple Express had to offer.
I did enjoy the chemistry between Rogen and Franco, they did the best job actors could do at pretending to be a couple of dumb potheads. Though I don't think Rogen had to act as much.Obviously there is a popular demand for these tyes of films and if you are one who enjoys them then this is your kind of movie. But if your like me then mybe you'd be better off renting it.
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Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake
½

[center][size=5]Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake...
[/size][left]If you want to see a really good conspiracy movie you don't have to go to the theaters, just rent this dvd. The mystery surrounding rapper Tupac's murder has been the talk in the entertainment industry for years. In the doc it gives you a first-person perspective of the last days of Tupac by his main personal body guard. Who was a witness to the rapper being gun down in his car. The bodyguard tells his point of view on everything that he witnessed and to events that lead after Tupacs death.
Investigators and reporters also chim in on their views of what happen including rumors of who was/wasn't involved in the shooting. This doc really caught my interest and even though I don't really listen to rap music in general or know anything musically about Tupac I was glued to my screen from start to finish.
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The U.S. vs. John Lennon
½

[center][size=5]The U.S. vs. John Lennon
[/size][left]One of the most interesting documantaries that I have ever seen. If you like explotation of government powers and music, then you should watch this. John Lennon was obviously a legend in his own right but he was also a strong activist during the Vietnam War. He peacfully and artistically tried to get his views across during that time and obviously became very influential. So much that the presidential administration became threatened by him. Of all people he should have been the least of his worries. And it goes on to show all the hell Nixion and J. Edgar Hoover put him through. The documentary is very good and really makes you think about the way our government is run and the amount of power they really have.
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Postcards from the Edge
½

[center][size=5]Postcards From the Edge
[/size][left]I was really hoping to like this movie but for some reason it just wasn't as good as I had originally expected. The story wasn't all that funny and I thought I would get alittle more outragousness out of the whole thing. But their were a few scenes that were actually funny, therest just fell short or got a little too dramatic for what it really was. Streep is always good in every role she's given, I just wish that the movie was a little better in general.
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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
½

[center][size=5]Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
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[/size][left]Its been a few years since the first Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle came out. I barely remember that movie and I don't think I even watched all of it. I've never been one to really get into the "stoner flix", there are less then a handful that I actually like. But Harold and Kumar was one that I could never really get into. And I feel the same way about the sequel.
I tried to give the movie a chance, everybody that I know who saw it thought it was funny. My brother ended up getting the dvd and so I sat down and decided to watch the unrated version sinc those are always the best. I ended up falling asleep halfway into the movie. I had to rewatch everything, but even the second time around I still didn't really find the movie funny rather stupid instead.
Even though the humor in these types of films are suppose to be stupid, it wasn't enough to make me laugh. And I actually got kind of annoyed with the movie altogether. I didn't really care for the storyline and all the characters got on my nerves to the point that I almost turned the movie off. Kal Penn especially got to me, I couldn't stand his character.
This is probably more for those who love stoner movies or like the Harold and Kumar characters. I for one do not prefer neither and this will probably be the last time Harold and Kumar movie I see in a long time. Most likely they'll make a third one, but I don't plan on watching anything else from this series.
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The Mummy
The Mummy(1999)
½

[center][size=5]The Mummy
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[/size][left]If anybody thought that this was going to be a remake of the 1932 monster classic starring Boris Karloff, you are going to be a bit disappointed. Instead of a horror classic reboot you get an all out action-packed popcorn flick with a buch of cheesy oneliners on the side.
When I was younger my father introduced me and my siblings to all the classic Universal monsters including the Mummy. The old 1932 version always put me to sleep, but Karloff did give me the creeps in the title role. This time around I was awake for the entire movie but I didn't get scared of a CGI Mummy. Which in this case I don't think that was the purpose.
I've never really cared that much for Brendan Fraser as an actor but I think he did a decent job carrying the lead in this movie. This movie also introduces Rachel Weistz, who I had never seen in anything until this movie. I actually enjoyed her a lot in this movie, she is probably my favorite character in the series. Normally a character like hers would just annoy me but she had some comedic and action scenes along with the whole damsel in distress, that it made her more dynamic.
They could have gone a few roots in making this movie but they decided to make it a fun action movie, and that is really what it is in the end. Although I myself would have been curious if they tried to make it more of a horror movie. Everyone of all ages will enjoy it and I would recommend it to anyone who like a fun silly action movie.
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The Mummy Returns
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[/size][left]After the success of the first Mummy movie they go on and decide to make another one! I actually remember going to the theater to see this and being kind of excited. My younger brother became a bit obssessed with the movie, but that was only because The Rock was in it and he was all into wrestling at the time.
I think that this was a pretty decent sequel, just because it stayed at the same level the other one was on. It didn't try to out do itself, or go another root, it just stuck with the same formula. Even though it is a sequel for me it's just like the extended version of the last film. All the same characters are back the only difference is it's like ten years later and they added a kid to the mix.
I did like that they went a little deeper into the storyline and explained a lot of things. But I could have cared less about the whole Scorpion King stuff. You just get some stuff about him in the beginning and finally at the end. I just think they put that into the story so that it would give the producers a reason to do a spin-off. ( a spin-off that i think sucked) It still was a fun movie and I still enjoyed it, with or without the whole Scorpion King.
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
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[/size][left]So to be honest I didn't even know that they had decided to make another Mummy movie until I saw previews for Indiana Jones 4. After the Mummy Returns I didn't think that there was any reason for the series to go on. But for some reason, seven years later here we are again with another Mummy movie.
In my opinion the only good thing that they did with this movie was to get a new Mummy villian, that being Jet Li. Even though the movie still isn't that great it would be a little redundant to bring back the same guy from the previous two.
But even with Jet Li as the new villian the movie still wasn't great. It had few fun moments, but not as many as the previous two. I actually was bored for the most part. The story just wasn't that interesting and the characters were dull and didn't seem to have any spark to them whatsoever. I always enjoyed Rachel Weistz's character, but this time they got Maria Bello to take on the character. Bello is a good actress in her own right but she didn't do as good of a job as Weistz was in the role. But after seeing the movie I understand why she choose not to come back for the third.
Hardcore fans of the series (if their even is any) may enjoy this new installment. It has its fair share of action scenes and special effects, even though it all kind of reminded me of the Van Helsing movie. But it really isn't worth the price of a movie ticket, I would wait for it to come out on dvd to rent.
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
½

[center][size=5]The Mummy
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[/size][left]If anybody thought that this was going to be a remake of the 1932 monster classic starring Boris Karloff, you are going to be a bit disappointed. Instead of a horror classic reboot you get an all out action-packed popcorn flick with a buch of cheesy oneliners on the side.
When I was younger my father introduced me and my siblings to all the classic Universal monsters including the Mummy. The old 1932 version always put me to sleep, but Karloff did give me the creeps in the title role. This time around I was awake for the entire movie but I didn't get scared of a CGI Mummy. Which in this case I don't think that was the purpose.
I've never really cared that much for Brendan Fraser as an actor but I think he did a decent job carrying the lead in this movie. This movie also introduces Rachel Weistz, who I had never seen in anything until this movie. I actually enjoyed her a lot in this movie, she is probably my favorite character in the series. Normally a character like hers would just annoy me but she had some comedic and action scenes along with the whole damsel in distress, that it made her more dynamic.
They could have gone a few roots in making this movie but they decided to make it a fun action movie, and that is really what it is in the end. Although I myself would have been curious if they tried to make it more of a horror movie. Everyone of all ages will enjoy it and I would recommend it to anyone who like a fun silly action movie.
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The Mummy Returns
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[/size][left]After the success of the first Mummy movie they go on and decide to make another one! I actually remember going to the theater to see this and being kind of excited. My younger brother became a bit obssessed with the movie, but that was only because The Rock was in it and he was all into wrestling at the time.
I think that this was a pretty decent sequel, just because it stayed at the same level the other one was on. It didn't try to out do itself, or go another root, it just stuck with the same formula. Even though it is a sequel for me it's just like the extended version of the last film. All the same characters are back the only difference is it's like ten years later and they added a kid to the mix.
I did like that they went a little deeper into the storyline and explained a lot of things. But I could have cared less about the whole Scorpion King stuff. You just get some stuff about him in the beginning and finally at the end. I just think they put that into the story so that it would give the producers a reason to do a spin-off. ( a spin-off that i think sucked) It still was a fun movie and I still enjoyed it, with or without the whole Scorpion King.
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
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[/size][left]So to be honest I didn't even know that they had decided to make another Mummy movie until I saw previews for Indiana Jones 4. After the Mummy Returns I didn't think that there was any reason for the series to go on. But for some reason, seven years later here we are again with another Mummy movie.
In my opinion the only good thing that they did with this movie was to get a new Mummy villian, that being Jet Li. Even though the movie still isn't that great it would be a little redundant to bring back the same guy from the previous two.
But even with Jet Li as the new villian the movie still wasn't great. It had few fun moments, but not as many as the previous two. I actually was bored for the most part. The story just wasn't that interesting and the characters were dull and didn't seem to have any spark to them whatsoever. I always enjoyed Rachel Weistz's character, but this time they got Maria Bello to take on the character. Bello is a good actress in her own right but she didn't do as good of a job as Weistz was in the role. But after seeing the movie I understand why she choose not to come back for the third.
Hardcore fans of the series (if their even is any) may enjoy this new installment. It has its fair share of action scenes and special effects, even though it all kind of reminded me of the Van Helsing movie. But it really isn't worth the price of a movie ticket, I would wait for it to come out on dvd to rent.
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The Mummy Returns
½

[center][size=5]The Mummy
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[/size][left]If anybody thought that this was going to be a remake of the 1932 monster classic starring Boris Karloff, you are going to be a bit disappointed. Instead of a horror classic reboot you get an all out action-packed popcorn flick with a buch of cheesy oneliners on the side.
When I was younger my father introduced me and my siblings to all the classic Universal monsters including the Mummy. The old 1932 version always put me to sleep, but Karloff did give me the creeps in the title role. This time around I was awake for the entire movie but I didn't get scared of a CGI Mummy. Which in this case I don't think that was the purpose.
I've never really cared that much for Brendan Fraser as an actor but I think he did a decent job carrying the lead in this movie. This movie also introduces Rachel Weistz, who I had never seen in anything until this movie. I actually enjoyed her a lot in this movie, she is probably my favorite character in the series. Normally a character like hers would just annoy me but she had some comedic and action scenes along with the whole damsel in distress, that it made her more dynamic.
They could have gone a few roots in making this movie but they decided to make it a fun action movie, and that is really what it is in the end. Although I myself would have been curious if they tried to make it more of a horror movie. Everyone of all ages will enjoy it and I would recommend it to anyone who like a fun silly action movie.
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The Mummy Returns
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[/size][left]After the success of the first Mummy movie they go on and decide to make another one! I actually remember going to the theater to see this and being kind of excited. My younger brother became a bit obssessed with the movie, but that was only because The Rock was in it and he was all into wrestling at the time.
I think that this was a pretty decent sequel, just because it stayed at the same level the other one was on. It didn't try to out do itself, or go another root, it just stuck with the same formula. Even though it is a sequel for me it's just like the extended version of the last film. All the same characters are back the only difference is it's like ten years later and they added a kid to the mix.
I did like that they went a little deeper into the storyline and explained a lot of things. But I could have cared less about the whole Scorpion King stuff. You just get some stuff about him in the beginning and finally at the end. I just think they put that into the story so that it would give the producers a reason to do a spin-off. ( a spin-off that i think sucked) It still was a fun movie and I still enjoyed it, with or without the whole Scorpion King.
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
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[/size][left]So to be honest I didn't even know that they had decided to make another Mummy movie until I saw previews for Indiana Jones 4. After the Mummy Returns I didn't think that there was any reason for the series to go on. But for some reason, seven years later here we are again with another Mummy movie.
In my opinion the only good thing that they did with this movie was to get a new Mummy villian, that being Jet Li. Even though the movie still isn't that great it would be a little redundant to bring back the same guy from the previous two.
But even with Jet Li as the new villian the movie still wasn't great. It had few fun moments, but not as many as the previous two. I actually was bored for the most part. The story just wasn't that interesting and the characters were dull and didn't seem to have any spark to them whatsoever. I always enjoyed Rachel Weistz's character, but this time they got Maria Bello to take on the character. Bello is a good actress in her own right but she didn't do as good of a job as Weistz was in the role. But after seeing the movie I understand why she choose not to come back for the third.
Hardcore fans of the series (if their even is any) may enjoy this new installment. It has its fair share of action scenes and special effects, even though it all kind of reminded me of the Van Helsing movie. But it really isn't worth the price of a movie ticket, I would wait for it to come out on dvd to rent.
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Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)

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[/size][left]Its taken forever (almost half the summer) but I finally got around to watching Get Smart. Let me start off by saying for those who aren't aware but this is another tv show movie update, or whatever they call it these days. In other words the movie is basd off a tv show from the 60's or 70's, I don't really know cause I wasn't born yet. But anyway the show was basically a spoof of the James Bond spy movies that were being made at the time.
This movie really wasn't on the top of my summer list this year but I decided to go see it since there haven't been that many good comedies. I really didn't go in expecting that much, and I'm glad cause it really wasn't anything special. I love Steve Carell and this was a perfect type of role for him but it just wasn't that funny. Granted most scenes that were funny had him in it, but I felt like he was holding back. It's nothing like 40 Year Old Virgin or even Anchorman, which all were mainly for adults. This movie however was for fans of the show and those young enough to see a PG 13 movie.
It had silly little quirks here and there but it wasn't making me bust up in my seat laughing. Basically it was all gags that I figured were going to happen eventually. But I did enjoy the cast and they did a good job at what they were given. I did wish that Hathaway had more comical scenes to work with instead of Carell. I think she could have pulled off a few gags here and there, instead of just playing it straight all the way through.
Again the movie was alright but it really wasn't anything special. But it was one of the better comedies so far that I have seen this summer. And also it stuck with the format of the original tv show, so its also one of the better tv show movies.
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)
½

[center][size=5]The X-Files: I Want to Believe
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[/size][left]I for one have never been an X-Files fan, I don't hate the series I just could never get into it. Plus I was just 7 when it first started airing on tv. I know that there was a previous movie before this one and I'm pretty sure that my brother and cousin (who both were into aliens at the time) made me sit down and watch it with them. I had no clue what that movie was about and I feel the same way about this movie as well.
I thought that the X-Files was basically about aliens and out of this world type stuff, this movie had nothing to do with that at all. Ok so it had this psychic stuff going on in the storyline but it was all alittle confusing for me and boring! I figured the most I'll get is a little egde of my seat action or a jump of suprise, but no I got nothing at all. Where were the aliens and the government conspiracy stuff? This movie was so boring it was nothing from what the series was originally about, instead this turned out to be one long storyline out of a CSI crime/drama show.
I wanted to believe that this would at least be an entertaining movie but instead it became the most boring movie of the summer. You would think that after a few years of being off the air they might have been able to take those years off and come up with an amazing script. I'm suprised that the starts of the show even signed on to do this, they must have needed the money. There never was a high demand for another X-Files movie, at least I didn't think there was. And whoever thought it was a good idea to do another movie was dead wrong. Any fans out there I'm sorry to say but you will be disappointed big time, and I would suggest to just watch the show on dvd instead.
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Step Brothers

[center][size=5]Step Brothers
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[/size][left]So it's around that time again that movie audiences expect to see another Will Ferrell comedy. Lately I haven't been that impressed with what Ferrell has been coming out with, Anchorman seem like the last comedy that really got me cracking up laughing. But this time Ferrell decided to team up once again with John C. Reilly, last time they were together was Talladega Nights.
But unlike Talladega Nights I actually found myself laughing a lot more then I usually would with a movie like this. It's not the best comedy but it did keep me laughing throughout the movie, however dumb and stupid the entire plot and characters may have been. The story itself seem like it could have originally been a skit from SNL and was streched out into one long movie instead. The characers played by both Ferrell and Reilly could have easily been turned into something from Ferrells days at SNL.
I really doubt that this will be the best comedy of the summer, I think that Tropic Thunder may take that title. And I also don't think that a lot of people will like this mvie in general. It's really only for those who actually like the crazy, and insane at time, humor that seems to spill out of Ferrells brain. I thought it was ok and I found myself laugh a few time just beause it was truely funny , but most of the time because some of the stuff was stupid that I could believe that they put it in the movie. If you seen everything else in the movies or not ready to sit through a hour long movie like the Dark knight, then maybe think about checking out this one.
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Seasons 3

[center][size=5]It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Season 3
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[/size][left]I've been waiting forever for this season to come out on dvd. This is by far the funniest show on television and I really don't think that it gets the credit that it deserves.
The first and second seasons were just hilarious but the third may just be the best one so far. The gang takes it to the next step and is pretty much going to offend some people or just make you bust out laughing. I actually laughed at all 15 episodes, which I don't do all the time with other tv series. I love this series so much and am so glad that it has been renewed for a fourth season. I recommed this show to anyone who loves improve and that like to push the viewers limits. It is one of the funniest yet under-rated shows on tv.
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

[center][size=5]Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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[/size][left]I'm not really a fan of the first Hellboy movie, but I do like Guillermo del Toro and his visonary style. Thats probably the only real reason that I caught this movie. The storyline didn't really interest me that much. In fact I really didn't care about the whole golden army plot, at times I found myself a little bit bored.
But I did love the whole look of the movie and it really is a actual representation of what the illustrations of the comic look like and maybe a little more. Toro really does put a lot of time and effort in creating a visual feast for the eyes. And what I absolutly love is that he doesn't abuse the power of CGI like a lot of director nowadays do, and tries to make everything real that can be done. You can see for yourself in the different characters and set designs. The introduction of the Angel of Death is one of the most beautiful yet horrifying monsters I have ever seen. Fans of the first movie and the comic may love this movie, but the only thing great about it for me was the visuals and nothing else.
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Batman Begins

[center][size=5]Batman Begins
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[/size][left][font=Arial][size=2]Ok, so another Batman movie usually to me means bad idea. Well at least the last time I saw Batman on the big screen George Clooney and the Governor of California were battling each other in complete cheese-ballness. Thankfully this time around Batman has gotten revamped and the series has gone back to the way Burton had original started it off, dark and serious. I loved the first two Batman movies directed by Tim Burton, and now I can add this movie to the list. Christian Bale was an excellent choice to fill the shoes of a younger Batman. With a fresh new storyline comes with a fresh new face and he's the one for the role. And so is Chris Nolan as director, I really enjoy his past work especially Memento.[/size][/font]
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The Dark Knight
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[/size][left]The wait is finally over, the movie I have been looking foward to all summer has finally come. I attended the midnight showing of the Dark Knight on friday with a packed crowd. There were actually three theaters playing the movie and all were sold out!
I really don't want to go too in depth in a review since a lot of people still want to see it spoiler free, so I'm going to wait a bit.
What I can say for now is that it was an awesome movie that does not disappoint and was well worth the wait and the money. Everyones peformance in the movie was close to perfection. And all the stuff about Ledger is true, he gives a performace that will not be forgotten so easily, he should atleast be given a Oscar nomination. Again the movie was great and is probably one of my personal favorites of this year. If their is anything negative about the movie I would only think it could be about the 2 hours and 45 minutes running time.
The movie was awesome, everybody go and see it!!!

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The Dark Knight

[center][size=5]Batman Begins
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[/size][left][font=Arial][size=2]Ok, so another Batman movie usually to me means bad idea. Well at least the last time I saw Batman on the big screen George Clooney and the Governor of California were battling each other in complete cheese-ballness. Thankfully this time around Batman has gotten revamped and the series has gone back to the way Burton had original started it off, dark and serious. I loved the first two Batman movies directed by Tim Burton, and now I can add this movie to the list. Christian Bale was an excellent choice to fill the shoes of a younger Batman. With a fresh new storyline comes with a fresh new face and he's the one for the role. And so is Chris Nolan as director, I really enjoy his past work especially Memento.[/size][/font]
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The Dark Knight
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[/size][left]The wait is finally over, the movie I have been looking foward to all summer has finally come. I attended the midnight showing of the Dark Knight on friday with a packed crowd. There were actually three theaters playing the movie and all were sold out!
I really don't want to go too in depth in a review since a lot of people still want to see it spoiler free, so I'm going to wait a bit.
What I can say for now is that it was an awesome movie that does not disappoint and was well worth the wait and the money. Everyones peformance in the movie was close to perfection. And all the stuff about Ledger is true, he gives a performace that will not be forgotten so easily, he should atleast be given a Oscar nomination. Again the movie was great and is probably one of my personal favorites of this year. If their is anything negative about the movie I would only think it could be about the 2 hours and 45 minutes running time.
The movie was awesome, everybody go and see it!!!

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Lost Boys: The Tribe
½

[center][size=5]Lost Boys 2: The Tribe
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[/size][left]I am a huge fan of the original Lost Boys, so much in fact it is one of my favorite movies. When I heard that they were going to do a sequel I had major doubts. Even with the casting of Corey Feldman and Haim I still knew that it would no way be close to what the original was like.
The main problem being that the storyline was stupid and didn't make sense at times.
They tried to bring in little elements of the previous film, some only fans of the first would understand. And they made the two leads related to one of the previous character but the film never elaborates to much into it. The group of vampires I considered really lame, they are a bunch of surfers with dumb-jock attitudes. And the leader of the group looks like a wannabe lead singer of a goth band. Even bring Feldmans character back really didn't help the film that much. He really didn't have that much screen time anyway. I think the only reason his character was brought back was so that some fans of the original would make an attempt at watching. But we should all know better since it went straight to dvd.
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Marie Antoinette

[center][size=5]Marie Antoinette
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[/size][left]I've been meaning to watch this movie for sometime, and while I was on vacation it came on tv. Usually I find period pieces boring, but this one was different. As you can guess the film is about Marie Antoinette and her years as the Queen of France.
I really did like the look of the film, it had this very pastel color look to it. I also like that the entire soundtrack and background music was all modern artists. The film it self was beautifully shot and at some points felt like a documentary. The only thing I didn't care for was that the acting could have been a little better. And I would have liked more of an ending instead of an abrupt one. The story was ok but I found it boring at times and it dragged a lot.
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Awesome: I F. Shot That!
½

[center][size=5]Awesome! I Fuckin' Shot That!
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I'm not a huge fan of the Beastie Boys but I am familiar with their music. I happen to catch this on tv the other day and I couldn't turn the channel. This entire movie was captured during one of their concerts at Madison Square Garden. 50 cameras were given to random concert goers in the crowd to capture every angle.
This is probably one of the best concert movies that I have ever seen. It has the feeling of actually being at a concert, I can only imagin how it must have been seeing it on the big screen. Even if you don't know or care for any of the Beasties music it won't really matter. They put on a great show and the movie makes me want to actually go to one of their concerts now cause I was so impressed.
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The Brothers Solomon

[center][size=5]The Brothers Solomon
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[/size][left]Probably about a year ago I had seen the very beginning of this movie but then I ended up turning it off. While I was away on vacation the movie popped up on tv so I watched it again all the way through this time. It's not a very good movie at all. And you can tell just by looking at the dvd cover.
The story is horrible and so is the acting. I did find myself laughing a lot through out the entire run of it, only because of how stupid everything and one was. This probably one of the worst movies that I saw that came out during 2007.
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Ali G Indahouse

[center][size=5]Ali G Indahouse: The Movie
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[/size][left]Other then Borat I haven't really seen that much of Sacha Baron Cohen's work. Ali G is another one of his many characters, he even had his own tv show. But unlike Borat this movie isn't in the documentary style. It's just another wacky story about a very wacky character.
I've never seen anything previous with the Ali G character, just heard things about him. The movie itself was ok for me but I think it was more for the fans of the character in general, and whoever liked the tv show. There were a few funny parts but I didn't laugh that much. It was mostly stupid funny and weird Britsh humor that I didn't get all the time. I also didn't always understand exactly what Ali G said as well.
Those who like the Borat movie may not care about this movie as much cause its not as funny. But if your a fan of Cohen or his wie range of character that including Ali G then I would suggest checking out this dvd.
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WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Wall-E
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[/size][left]Like always Disney has put out its yearly animated summer movie, this one being Wall-E. However this movie is different then the rest of Disney's movie. The main character for one thing is a robot that barely talks in the first part of the movie. And when he does he can only repeat his name and the other robots name Eve. In some ways this main character kind of reminds me of Dumbo.
But even with the limited amount of dialogue Wall-E is still a nice little animated movie. The whole look of the film is really beautiful. An so is the main story itself, though it contains underlying themes such as protecting the enviroment and corporate america. I found it clever that the creators decided to put that into the movie, even though adults will probably catch on quicker then kids.
I liked the movie but its not my favorite Disney movie or animated movie this year. In the beginning I found he movie itself to be a little depressing due to the post-apocalyptic theme. But I think kids will still like the movie in the end, its very different from other Disey movies but it is the most imaginative that I have seen.
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Hancock
Hancock(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Hancock
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[/size][left]When I saw the first trailer for Hancock it looked funny and I was looking forward to an interesting Will Smith comedy. But then I saw a second trailer and this one looked more dramatic and not so much funny. I had been confused since then on whether I wanted to see this movie. If I want to see a dramatic "superhero movie" then I'll just wait to watch The Dark Knight.
But I really wanted to see a movie this weekend since the weathers been horrible and Hancock was it. As for the comical and dramatic factors the movie actually contained both. It starts off with some funny scenes and then it takes this giant dramatic turn halfway into the film during a big reveal in the storyline. And when I say funny I don't mean hilarious, mostly it got a little chuckle out of me but that was it.
I think that some people may be a little disappointed in this film cause it really isn't a comedy and I wouldn't really say its a superhero movie either. It contains a superhero theme but I think its more about character developement. But the action scenes were cool and contained just the right amount of them to keep everyone satisfied.
I liked Hancock and Smith did another fantastic job as the main character. He was funny when he had to be but also was able to be dramatic and not over do it. For me this movie made-up for my disappointment over Smith's last movie I am Legend. Don't believe all the negative press that it got, just as long as you remember that it is not a full blown comedy.
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The Love Guru

[center][size=5]The Love Guru[/size]
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[left][size=5][size=2]So this movie really is as bad as everyone is saying it is. I just wanted to see how bad it was for my own self. I kind of already knew it was going to be bad from just looking at the trailer.I seriously don't know what Myers was thinking when he wrote this movie cause it seriously was just one dick joke after the other. And it wasn't like they were even funny dick jokes to begin with. The movie was just ridiculous in every shape and form. The storyline was just plain stupid and the acting was just horrible as can be,especially from Timberlake. Why the hell was he even in this movie he wasn't funny and he had a horrible french Canadian accent! And Myers himself looked like a Beatle-reject from the late 60's.
Instead of creating this pile of crap Myers should have just worked on another Austin Powers script cause thats really what every body wants to see. And really it's the only real sucessful character that he has done that isn't an animated character. I did like Wayne's World but that was over a decade ago.I really don't even think that anybody should rent this movie when ut comes out on dvd cause it's that stupid. Maybe then Myers will get the hint and do something funny and what the general audience really wants.
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Wanted
Wanted(2008)
½

[center][size=5]Wanted
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[/size][left]So last night me and my friend decided to see Wanted. I had no previous knowledge of what this movie was about except for what was in the trailer and just knowing that it was semi-based off a comic book.
After viewing the movie I see the many flaws that it had, mostly in the storyline and the casting of actors. What I really enjoyed about the movie was the great action sequences that it contained! There are some pretty badass scenes that go on in this movie that people who just enjoy action will love. Expect to see two crazy car chases, a bunch of wild gun fights, and stuff involving trains. Most of the action reminds me of the Matrix, and some may say that it is a rip off of that movie, but I don't really care. I don't think the gun stuff was that intense more of a watered down Matrix-effect. But the stuff involving the cars were pretty amazing to watch even if it was a little outlandish, it was still cool.
Ok, on to my two main problems with the storyline and actors. In the begining the storyline was interesting. It caught my attention and I was really getting into the characters and the problem at hand. Then it goes and does a 180 on you and your looking at the screen asking what was the point. I think if anything some may not like the film due to the storyline. I thought it was a little weak once the second half of the movie starts off. And you kind of remember back from the begining of the movie little things in the scenes that didn't make sense had a purpose later on but it was a lame purpose. And the story itself seems to resemble some parts of Fight Club.
After seeing the movie I looked into what the comic was based off of.
Instead of assassins it was suoer villians. I myself would have liked to have seen the super villain aspect pulled off instead of this secret group of assassins. I think that all the outlandish stunts would have been more believable in a superhero type world instead of an everyday one.
And to my thing with the actors. It wasn't so much about the performances as it had to do with the actors that were choosen for the different roles. I basically just had a problem with McAvoy and Jolie. I know that McAvoy is this new "It" guy thing going on, but he got that way due to the movie Atonement, which was a tragic romance movie. I thought they could have gotten some when else that was more suited for the role. He's suppose to be a loser type guy that is transformed into an assassine, well I saw the loser part but I didn't buy the assassine transformation. I like McAvoy but for me I don't think that the action genera is for him. But I will give him credit for still trying and not sticking to one genera. Jolie on the other hand is a whole different story. I'm getting a little tired of her only doing action movies, were she plays some badass who does crazy stunts and shoots at people. Sure she did that Mighty Heart movie last year but what about all the other movies she's done previous.... action movies! And secondly I can't really believe anymore that she could beat up other people anymore due to the fact at how skinny she is. In this movie you can really see that she is skinny but I'm talkin stick thin. A few years ago when she starred in Tomb Raider I thought she looked like she could kick major ass. But then again she didn't have the army of kids, and everybody thought she was fuckin crazy....ohh how I miss the good old days.
Granted she had the acting down cause her character is kind of mysterious and a little scary at times which I got. But I don't think that if she got into a fight with McAvoy she would be able to beat the living crap out of him without shattering a bone or passing out due to lack of food. Ok I'm done my Jolie rant, those must judge for themselves.
What it comes down to int his movie is that the action is cool even though some may see it as a rip off to previous action films of the past. The storyline was a little weak and I would have actually like to seen it go more toward the comic book and the characters be based off of superheros instead of a group of assassins. But overall I still had fun when I went to see it and I should mention I actually laughed a few times as well.
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Rush Hour 3
Rush Hour 3(2007)

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[/size][left]It took some time but I finally got to catch up on the latest installment of the Rush Hour franchise. I have enjoyed the previous two films especially the second one. But this new movie just wasn't as funny as the other ones were and seemed to have lost its spark. It just seemed like they decided to make this movie cause both Tucker and Chan needed work. Well at least Tucker did cause I don't see him in anything nowadays.
The storyline was kind of boring and I really just didn't care what it was about. Chan and Tuckers chemistry is still strong and keeps whatever is left of the movie together. There are a few funny scenes but not a whole lot, mostly the same stuff with the two of them bickering. But the action was still good, event though it didn't seem like there was that much of it like in the privious two. There is one big action fight that takes place on the Eiffel Tower that I did think was cool. Other then that this is probably my least favorite of the series, and I kind of hope that they either just end the series with this or take their time and write a better script if they do decide to do another one.
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First Blood
First Blood(1982)

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[/size][left]The first time I saw a movie from this series was the newest Rambo movie that came out earlier this year. So ever since seeing that film I figure it's high time I see the previous three in the series. Starting off with the film that introduced Rambo himself, First Blood. So far in my own opinion this is probably my favorite of all in the series. It just has a well written script and it even has some good performances one of which I think is Stallone himself.
In the end yes, it is a big old action movie. But what I liked so much about this action movie is that it deals with some pretty serious content, including the Vietnam war and its treatment of the vets returning home. And also the psychological toll that war itself has done to a POW lke Rambo. Thats what I think really made this a great movie.
And of course the action as cool as well. When Rambo has had enough and basically cracks all hell breaks lose and the fun of the movie really begins. Rambo really is somone you do not want to mess with cause one wrong move or word could set him off on one badass massacure.
If you have never seen any of the Rambo movies or don't have a real great interest in action movies, I would still suggest to at least check out the one that started it all off First Blood. It is a classic and all around great movie to watch.
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First Blood: Pt. II
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[/size][left]So after watching the First Blood I popped in Part Two right away. Now this movie starts off some time after the first movie, which I am always like. And basically Rambo is sent on a mission to find missing POWs.
You can tell that the studio really just wanted to milk as much as the could off the first one and Stallone himself and make as many movies with Rambo. The thing is that the storyline in this film was a bit over the top and of course so was the action. I doubt one man alone could take on an entire army, unless that man is Rambo.
The storyline was ok but I found boring at times and caught myself trying not to fall asleep. Eventually a bunch of action scenes came along and I regained myself control to watch the rest of the movie. So part two doesn't have the great dramatic content of the first one but it did have a lot more over the top action scenes, and Sly running around with his shirt off. I still enjoyed myself to an amount even though I think I had enough Rambo for one night and decided to wait another day before I watch the third movie in the series.
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Rambo: First Blood Part II
½

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[/size][left]The first time I saw a movie from this series was the newest Rambo movie that came out earlier this year. So ever since seeing that film I figure it's high time I see the previous three in the series. Starting off with the film that introduced Rambo himself, First Blood. So far in my own opinion this is probably my favorite of all in the series. It just has a well written script and it even has some good performances one of which I think is Stallone himself.
In the end yes, it is a big old action movie. But what I liked so much about this action movie is that it deals with some pretty serious content, including the Vietnam war and its treatment of the vets returning home. And also the psychological toll that war itself has done to a POW lke Rambo. Thats what I think really made this a great movie.
And of course the action as cool as well. When Rambo has had enough and basically cracks all hell breaks lose and the fun of the movie really begins. Rambo really is somone you do not want to mess with cause one wrong move or word could set him off on one badass massacure.
If you have never seen any of the Rambo movies or don't have a real great interest in action movies, I would still suggest to at least check out the one that started it all off First Blood. It is a classic and all around great movie to watch.
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First Blood: Pt. II
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[/size][left]So after watching the First Blood I popped in Part Two right away. Now this movie starts off some time after the first movie, which I am always like. And basically Rambo is sent on a mission to find missing POWs.
You can tell that the studio really just wanted to milk as much as the could off the first one and Stallone himself and make as many movies with Rambo. The thing is that the storyline in this film was a bit over the top and of course so was the action. I doubt one man alone could take on an entire army, unless that man is Rambo.
The storyline was ok but I found boring at times and caught myself trying not to fall asleep. Eventually a bunch of action scenes came along and I regained myself control to watch the rest of the movie. So part two doesn't have the great dramatic content of the first one but it did have a lot more over the top action scenes, and Sly running around with his shirt off. I still enjoyed myself to an amount even though I think I had enough Rambo for one night and decided to wait another day before I watch the third movie in the series.
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Innocent Blood
½

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[/size][left]Innocent Blood is actually a movie that I have been looking around everywhere to find on dvd. I remember seeing it a couple years ago on tv, but I could never remember what the name of the movie was called. And I also always missed the beginning of the movie. But after years of searching I finally found the dvd in a bargin bin over the weekend, just my luck!
The movie itself isn't that great in general. It's directed by John Landis, the guy who did An American Werewolf in London, Animal House, and who could forget the Thriller video. I guess he wanted to try his hand at making a vampire movie, it just didn't work out as well as his werewolf one did. It has bits od comedy as all Landis's movies somehow incorporate into them. But I didn't really find any of the humor that funny. In general the storyline was weak, a lot of stuff mostly with the female vampire girl was never really explained. And after thinking about it the word "vampire" was never actually said through out the entire movie. What I did like about the movie was the whole mafia incorporation into the main plot, and the interaction between the vampire women and the male lead kept me entertained. And also for all the special horror effects, even though they are out of date by todays standards I didn't really mind at all. It may not have the best storyline but I still enjoyed myself while watching it.
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Nip/Tuck Season 4
½

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[/size][left]After seeing all of season three of Nip/Tuck I just became addicted to the show. I didn't think that it could get any better, and I guess I was right cause season four just didn't have that great of a major storyline like they had the season before. This time there was a whole deal with black market kidney harvesting, which sounds good but I found a bit boring after a while. And there was other side storylines with supporting charcters that were started but weren't explained very well nor did they resolve it at the end of the last episode. But I won't let this season get me down, I still plan of checking out season 5. And even though this was probably my least favorite season I still love the show in general. And recommend it to any one who is able to watch it on tv or get previous seasons on dvd.
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Now, Voyager
Now, Voyager(1942)
½

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[/size][left]Ever since seeing Whatever Happen to Baby Jane?, I have become determined to watch Bette Davis movies. Ok so far I have only seen three including this movie, but I needed to see one when she was in the prime of her career and Now, Voyager is one of them.
The movie kind of reminded me of Miss Congeniality except without any comedy and had a much more romantic tone to it. But what mostly reminded me of it was it has that ugly duckling change to a swan storyline. Davis is a first unrecognizable as a unattractive old maide who is going through a nervous breakdown. But with the help of a doctor and a good makeover she is transformered into a very attractive women. She even goes on cruise to boost her confidence in front of others and ends up falling in love with a married man.
The best part of this movie was Davis's performance and her emotional and physical journey that the audience witnesses. Her character is very complicated and I don't think a lot of actor from that time woud have been able to carry it off as well as she did. Not only that but the storyline was good as well, it will be very enjoyable to those who love a good romance once in awhile.
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The Happening

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[/size][left]My brother went the other night to see this movie, when I asked him if it was any good he just shook his head at me in disappointment. But I wanted to see for myself even though I have hated every movie that M. Night has done except for the Sixth Sense.
The problem with the movie for me was that it just wasn't scary and instead it was a little corny and a bit hilarious at times. From the R-rated trailer I thought that this may just be the one that gets M. Night back on my goodside....it didn't. I wanted to fall asleep so bad during this movie but I held it together, hoping that maybe that twist to the story will come along and blow me away, again it didn't. But the one good thing about the whole movie for me was that M.Night did not put himself as a character in the movie.
I would like to just spill what the main cause of the movie is all about but I don't want to spoil it for those few who still want to see it. All I will say is that it is a little silly and totally unbelievable. Let's just say that at one point people are freaking out just because the wind is blowing, the WIND people come on!! Do not waste your money the movie is totally not worth it, and for those who may still be interestead either way in seeing it please just wait for it to come out on dvd and rent.
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The Incredible Hulk

[center][size=5]The Incredible Hulk
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[/size][left]It has been a few years since Hollywood made a weak attempt at Hulk. But everybody should get a second chance and that is what happened. The Incredible Hulk was such a better movie, 10x over then Ang Lee's Hulk. Everything that was wrong with the first one was made up for in this movie.
This time the producers of the film decided to base this version of the Hulk on the popular 1970's tv show. Not wanting to retell the same story twice, this version sees Bruce Banner/Hulk on the run from the government and hiding out in South America. All the while he is still looking to finding a cure.
With it being based off a tv show I suggest keeping a close eye out for cameo appearences by Lou Ferrigno the original Hulk. And a quick tribute to Bill Bixby who played Banner in the show. A lot of certain scenes are suppose to remind you of the tv show. The original theme song is snuck in there, and even the very begining of the movie has a flash back sequence similar to how the show would first begin. Luckily for me they used to have reruns of the show on the Sci-fi channel when I was a kid that I got all the references.
And as for the Hulk himself he is much cooler looking then the other. You can still tell that he is all CGI but he is much grittier looking which gives him a more life like appearence instead of a cartoon look. Not only the Hulk but the baddie of th film the Abomination is great to look at and has the same feeling for him too. The end fight scene that the trailer shows a small begining clip of is just awesome! And there is a lot more that follows then them just running and jumping on each other. There are actually three major fight scenes all together and they will not disappoint.
In all I liked this movie a lot more then I had expected. I was a little hesitant cause I didn't enjoy the other Hulk movie and was afraid I'd get bad flashbacks. But once you go in watching this film you totally forget about the other. I actually liked this movie more then Ironman just cause there was a lot more action packed into it, and I felt a little short changed with Iron Man cause I didn't there was enough. And speaking of Iron Man there is of course I Robert Downey Jr. cameo and many references to Stark Industries and well as the future Avengers movie which I am excited to see how the studios will pull it off.
If you want your moneys worth this movie will not disappoint any comic fans and I totally recommend checking it out in the theater!
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Midnight Cowboy

[center][size=5]Midnight Cowboy
[/size][left]When I was taking the second part of my History of Film class last semester we had a small discussion of Midnight Cowboy. My professor was only able to show us part of them film but enough that when I was out one day I ended up buying the movie. It took me a while but I eventually was able to watch the full movie, and it's a great one!
I have seen less then a handful of Jon Voight movies, the main one I remember seeing is Anaconda. Everything else nowadays he seems to just be a supporting character. I've never really taken notice of him as an actor. I'm more of a fan of his daughter Angelina Jolie. But if you watch this movie you see where Angelina gets her intensity from as an actress. They even have similar facial expressions. Both he and Hoffman do such a great job with their performances I would have given them an Oscar.
This is such a powerful yet sad movie to watch, you don't doubt why it is considered as classic. For its time it was risky in all forms,being the themes in the storyline, graphic and somewhat violent images, and even the way the director edited certain sequences.
I'm sure compared to todays films this movie is nothing contains nothing different maybe even less, but I think that it was a film that was ahead of its time and changed the way movies would be made and the content that they would contain. That is why it is such a powerful film and why it should be viewed by the most beloved film fanatics.
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You Don't Mess With the Zohan
½

[center][size=5]You Don't Mess with the Zohan
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[/size][left]Every year Adam Sandler comes out with a comedy, last year is was Chuck and Larry the year before that it was Click, The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, and so on. This summer Sandler decideds to grace us with Zohan a Israeli agent who secretly wishes to be a hairstylist.
For me this is one of the weirdest characters that Sandler has come up with, that and Little Nicky. The movie itself is just stupid all together. If I were Middle Eastern I may be a little offended since the majority of the movie has characters from the Middle East. One thing could be Sandlers horrible accent. Really all the actors accents were just plain horrible. Sandler sounded more French then Middle Eastern. Their is also this underlining theme about the war going on about Israel and Palestine but the outragous situations in the movie overshadow it.
I'm starting feel a little bad for Sandler cause his movies just aren't as funny as they used to be. Granted some people may not even like his movies altogether. His movies are very much the same when it comes to the comedy aspects and what you usuall expect on seeing. You either love his type of movies or you down right hate them. I for one liked some of his earlier work, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore, the ones that are considered Sandler classics. The last movie of his that I actually enjoyed was Click, and that was one of the more family oriented themes to it which was kind of a departure for him.
But Zohan just doesn't cut it for me. I didn't really laugh at any of the jokes or comical stunts. I really just wanted the movie to end so that I could quickly put up this review. For anyone thinking about seeing this movie I would just wait for it to come out on dvd.[size=5]
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Heat
Heat(1995)
½

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[left]I was given this movie as a present a few months ago and have just recently decided to sit down and watch it. I at first wasn't really sure if I was going to like this movie or not. It seemed like a real guys movie, and I didn't know if I was going to be able to handle it being that I'm a girl. But I put the dvd in and I sat through the entire movie eyes glued to my tv the entire time. And for anybody who has seen Heat this movie is long, and that may be my only tif with the it all together.
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[left]Pacino and De Niro are like a match made it heaven, and probably a wet dream come true for all the guys out there who worship them in all there classic roles. Even though they really only have two scenes together through out the entire movie, they are both very intense scenes that are great to watch.
The movie itself is a just a great cops and robbers movie from beginning to the very end. You have sympathy for all the character no matter if they are the good or bad guys. The storyline is so addicting and clever I couldn't believe that some of the characters were actually based on real life people.
If your one for great heist movies and have a love for anything Pacino or De Niro then this is the movie. I myself have seen a few of each actors major movies but I have to admit that this one my just be my favorite. At least when it comes to Pacino I really enjoyed him in this and (gasp) like him more in this role then anything else that he has done. Check out this movie!!
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Kung Fu Panda
½

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[/size][left]When I went to see the new Indiana Jones movie a few weeks ago this was one of the trailers that appeared. I usually don't have any desires to see animated movies anymore, but after seeing this trailer I became excited. I had a lot more fun watching this movie then I did last summer when Shrek 3 and Ratatouille were released.
I've never really cared that much for Dreamworks animated movies except for the first Shrek. Which obviously is their bread and butter since a new Shrek movie comes out every other year it seems. And I don;t think that series is getting any better. But Kung Fu Panda is something fresh for this studio, which always seems to be one step behind whatever Disney throws out.Their are two things that really makes this movie work: 1 Jack Black and 2 the amazing fight sequences.
If Jack Black were an animal I think he would be a big fat Panda. He was the perfect voice for this particular character, rather the whole cast was perfect in their voice roles. But Jack Black is really what makes this movie. You can feel his energy go through this character, and it makes for some really great and entertaining scenes. When you watch this movie it is actually like watching a live action kung fu movie. You can tell that each fight sequence was carefully planned out and made to look more real then animated, with actual fight moves and responses.
As for a kids movie, well if I liked it then kids will love it! It has a great storyline and Jack Black's Panda character brings on most of the films comical elements. I really liked this film and I'm glad that I decided to see it. I'll even say that it just might become one of my top 20 favorite animated movies of all time.
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Reservation Road
½

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So a few days ago I was sent out to the video store to pick out a movie for those in the house hold. Well the two movie that they wanted to see weren't even there which sucked cause they were new releases and should have been. And just my luck my cell phone had died so I could call to see if their was another movie they wanted to see. I was looking and looking, wasn't really sure what to get until I came across this movie. The trailer for it was actually playing in the store so I choose it praying that it was good enough for everyone waiting back at home, and it was!
Reservation Road is a dramatic movie with more twist and turns in the storyline to mke you dizzy. Some of them were a little predictable, but the storyline was good enough that it keeps your attention through out the entire movie.
All the drama happens when a young boy is struck and killed in a hit and run accident. The father of the boy is desperate to find out who the driver of the car was that he becomes obssessed with the case, and starts to neglect his wife and young daughter. The driver of the car is horrified at what he has done and contemplates turning himself in. Their is more to the story but I rather you watch it then me give everything away.
I liked this movie, I thought that the performances were very strong by all the actors especially Phoenix, Connelly, and Ruffalo. Again the storyline is what really pulls you in but near the end you kind of guess where the next twist in the story is going to come and after awhile it becomes a little predictable. Yet it is predictable in a good way cause the audience wants and expects for it to happen.
I don't remember this being out in the theaters which is a shame cause I do think it is worth at least one viewing. It was a little depressing but the performances were solid enough to compensate for a somewhat of a predictable storyline.
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The Strangers
½

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[/size][left]The Strangers is a fast paced thriller that will keep you jumping out of your seat until the credits finally roll. Its felt like a few months since the last time a thriller has been out in the movies, well at least one that looks worthy to watch. Supposably the story is based off of actual events, if that is true then I'm always living in a highly populated area for the rest of my life.
If Vacancy and Funny Games were to mate then The Strangers would have to be their offspring. A lot of elements reminded me of those two particular movies. Basically the stranded tortured couple, masked home invasion killers, and everything taking place in one single night.
I do think that the performances of the two leads played by Speedman and Tyler could have been a little bit better. I really didn't feel that these two had that much chemistry together. And I believe that had to do more with Speedman being very emotionless in the begining of the film, which was kind of pivotal in establishing the two main characters. Tyler on the other hand was show the right emotions but again her interaction between Speedman just wasn't that believeable to me. But the three people who played the masked killers I think were perfect. They played their parts just right and didn't over do which made for some very creepy moments.
I actually enjoyed myself when watching this movie and so did the audience I watched it with. (It's always fun when you watch a thriller with people who get scared very easily.) There are plenty of creepy moments not just from what is shown from the trailer. I think the only problem that some people may have with the movie is the ending. I myself thought had no problem with it, but I wouldn't call it your typical Hollywood ending.
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets
½

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[/size][left]Nic Cage is back to reprise his role as treasure hunter Ben Gates in the follow-up to the 2004 hit. During a presentation Ben Gates and his father are confronted with information that could link their family with John Wilkes Booth and the assassination of President Lincoln. After doing research Ben and his team are taken on an international hunt to find the clues that lead to clearing their families name and even discovering a lost golden city.
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[left]When you can't get Indiana Jones for the job done then the second guy in line I imagine would be Nic Cage as Ben Gates from National Treasure. Its been awhile since I last saw the first National Treasure, but I do remember watching it think how much of a Indiana Jones wannabe it was. Don't get me wrong I didn't think the movie was half bad, but come on when you watch it you can't help but think it.
My one real problem with the movie was how long and slow paced I thought it was. It took forever just for the "Book of Secret" to finally appear on screen. There was a lot of running around finding all these clues and time of them planning on getting to the clues, I thought it should have been cut down either the scenes theselves or they should have reworked the script and not put as many treasure hunting element. Cause in the end they find what they were really looking for but it just took too long that I almost gave up on the movie and turn it off. Other then that I really don't have that much to complain about other then Nic Cage couldn't have been anymore cheesier with the one liners. Or that sporting that haircut doesn't hide the fact that your actually bald.
But the film does contain it's share of the action and chase scenes from start to finish. I was sometimes on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the clues along with Nic Cage's character. I did enjoy the storyline and the idea of why they were going on another treasure hunt of the sorts. And that they decided to include Helen Mirren as the mother. Plus they pretty much brought back all the important characters that everybody liked from the last movie as well.
If it wasn't for my dad who enjoys both movies I probably wouldn't have bothered watching this movie at all. It's no Indiana Jones but it the end it is still fun to watch. And it a movie that kids and adults can watch together.
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The Ice Storm
½

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[/size][left]The Ice Storm is one boring movie that I fell asleep to very quickly. I tried to stay awake as long as I could but I just couldn't stick with it. I feel like each one of these characters has been copied from some other movie due to their personal and mental problems.
The movie just kept dragging on. From looking at the dvd I thought I would be getting myself into dramatic maybe even thriller of some sort, but no I did not. The characters, however mental they may have been to me were still boring as well and I didn't care what happen to them at all. None of them were likable in any sense, except for Toby Maguire's character. In fact they got on my nerves and I really didn't believe that there problems were handled in any real situation.
This is another film by Ang Lee that I didn't like. In fact the only movie of his that I really enjoyed was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Ice Storm and Brokeback Mountain I feel the same about, because both movies made me bored out of my mind.
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Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch(1991)

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[/size][left]Eraserhead will be one of those movies that I will keep on wondering why I watched it in the first place. The entire movie just got me very depressed, probably due to the entire film being shot in black and white. Which I actually enjoyed cause the images on screen just looked much better then if it were in color. Plus the storyline kind of went with it being just dark and black.
From the cover of the dvd you can tell that this is one weird ass movie. When you find out that its by David Lynch you know for sure that freaky stuff is going to happen and may even freak the hell out of you, like it did with me. I really don't know where to begin with this review, it took me several viewing until I was able to actually sit through the entire movie. It could have just been the creep storyline that I had to follow or the surreal images that would pop up to explain what is going on in. Like in the being of the movie where random images capture the moment of sex, yet you don't actually see anybody having it.
After numerous attempts once I was finally done with the movie I was more so relieved that it was finally over. I just didn't care for this arthouse type thriller. I'm still not even sure what genera this film goes under. I was just disappointed cause I had heard about and read about this movie by numerous sources. So I had went into it with really high expectations and thinking it was going to be this great David Lynch
masterpiece that was going to blow my mind. Well it blew my mind but that wasn't a good thing. And my hopes for it dwindled in the first 15 minutes. This maybe a great film for others to watch but it was just to out there and freaky for my own taste.
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Brazil
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[/size][left]I've seen my fair share of Terry Gilliam films but this is by far visually the most outlandish of them all. The plot of the movie I kind of understood cause it was about government and the mistakes that they make, and trying to cover it up by putting the blame on someone. I just still don't understand the whole title of Brazil with the rest of the film other them the theme song.
Again visually it is crazy to look at cause it is surreal as well as abstract. It is beautifully shot like most of his films but the crazy storyline seem to be taking away from what was going on screen. I just couldn't wrap my mind around everything that was going on. And the movie was so long and kept on going I ended up turning it off and going back to it the next day cause I just couldn't take any more.
This was another one of those movie that I intended on watching cause of all the great things said about it by other movie critics. I tend to disagree with all the praise that it may have gotten over the years, but the subject matter seems to have caught up with the times. And I would recommend it to those who are interestead in the government to look at all the political references that it is trying to say.
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Naked Lunch
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[/size][left]Let me be honest, I can't tell you what this movie is about! All I know is that it's directed by David Cronenberg and it my least favorite movie of his. I don't even know where to begin with.
Looking at the movie I thinking that this is going to be some sort of sci-fi film noire, kind of like Blade Runner. But what I got was people getting high off bug spray, mutating insect typewriters, secret spying, and a guy writing a book but doesn't realize it. That kind of sums the entire movie, I think?
This movie was for those who just really dig genera mix-ups, and that would mainly be sci-fi elements with eveything else. But sci-fi as the main foundation to the story. I on the other hand did not like this movie at all and was really disappointed cause Cronenberg has made some really great films lately. And usually when it comes to the weird or unusual Cronenberg is at his best; The Fly, Dead Zone, Videodrome.
I think the main reason for my own dislike of the film was the story itself. It was to confusing for me and I never really could follow along with it, and I tried really hard too. There were so many characters coming in and out of the picture, and it didn't help that the character and what looked like the actors themselves were kind of looking around trying to figure what the hell was going on. I may one day go back and watch the movie all over agin but for now I am going to stay far away from it and enjoy the newer works that Cronenberg makes
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Eraserhead
Eraserhead(1977)

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[/size][left]Eraserhead will be one of those movies that I will keep on wondering why I watched it in the first place. The entire movie just got me very depressed, probably due to the entire film being shot in black and white. Which I actually enjoyed cause the images on screen just looked much better then if it were in color. Plus the storyline kind of went with it being just dark and black.
From the cover of the dvd you can tell that this is one weird ass movie. When you find out that its by David Lynch you know for sure that freaky stuff is going to happen and may even freak the hell out of you, like it did with me. I really don't know where to begin with this review, it took me several viewing until I was able to actually sit through the entire movie. It could have just been the creep storyline that I had to follow or the surreal images that would pop up to explain what is going on in. Like in the being of the movie where random images capture the moment of sex, yet you don't actually see anybody having it.
After numerous attempts once I was finally done with the movie I was more so relieved that it was finally over. I just didn't care for this arthouse type thriller. I'm still not even sure what genera this film goes under. I was just disappointed cause I had heard about and read about this movie by numerous sources. So I had went into it with really high expectations and thinking it was going to be this great David Lynch
masterpiece that was going to blow my mind. Well it blew my mind but that wasn't a good thing. And my hopes for it dwindled in the first 15 minutes. This maybe a great film for others to watch but it was just to out there and freaky for my own taste.
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Brazil
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[/size][left]I've seen my fair share of Terry Gilliam films but this is by far visually the most outlandish of them all. The plot of the movie I kind of understood cause it was about government and the mistakes that they make, and trying to cover it up by putting the blame on someone. I just still don't understand the whole title of Brazil with the rest of the film other them the theme song.
Again visually it is crazy to look at cause it is surreal as well as abstract. It is beautifully shot like most of his films but the crazy storyline seem to be taking away from what was going on screen. I just couldn't wrap my mind around everything that was going on. And the movie was so long and kept on going I ended up turning it off and going back to it the next day cause I just couldn't take any more.
This was another one of those movie that I intended on watching cause of all the great things said about it by other movie critics. I tend to disagree with all the praise that it may have gotten over the years, but the subject matter seems to have caught up with the times. And I would recommend it to those who are interestead in the government to look at all the political references that it is trying to say.
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Naked Lunch
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[/size][left]Let me be honest, I can't tell you what this movie is about! All I know is that it's directed by David Cronenberg and it my least favorite movie of his. I don't even know where to begin with.
Looking at the movie I thinking that this is going to be some sort of sci-fi film noire, kind of like Blade Runner. But what I got was people getting high off bug spray, mutating insect typewriters, secret spying, and a guy writing a book but doesn't realize it. That kind of sums the entire movie, I think?
This movie was for those who just really dig genera mix-ups, and that would mainly be sci-fi elements with eveything else. But sci-fi as the main foundation to the story. I on the other hand did not like this movie at all and was really disappointed cause Cronenberg has made some really great films lately. And usually when it comes to the weird or unusual Cronenberg is at his best; The Fly, Dead Zone, Videodrome.
I think the main reason for my own dislike of the film was the story itself. It was to confusing for me and I never really could follow along with it, and I tried really hard too. There were so many characters coming in and out of the picture, and it didn't help that the character and what looked like the actors themselves were kind of looking around trying to figure what the hell was going on. I may one day go back and watch the movie all over agin but for now I am going to stay far away from it and enjoy the newer works that Cronenberg makes
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Brazil
Brazil(1985)
½

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[/size][left]Eraserhead will be one of those movies that I will keep on wondering why I watched it in the first place. The entire movie just got me very depressed, probably due to the entire film being shot in black and white. Which I actually enjoyed cause the images on screen just looked much better then if it were in color. Plus the storyline kind of went with it being just dark and black.
From the cover of the dvd you can tell that this is one weird ass movie. When you find out that its by David Lynch you know for sure that freaky stuff is going to happen and may even freak the hell out of you, like it did with me. I really don't know where to begin with this review, it took me several viewing until I was able to actually sit through the entire movie. It could have just been the creep storyline that I had to follow or the surreal images that would pop up to explain what is going on in. Like in the being of the movie where random images capture the moment of sex, yet you don't actually see anybody having it.
After numerous attempts once I was finally done with the movie I was more so relieved that it was finally over. I just didn't care for this arthouse type thriller. I'm still not even sure what genera this film goes under. I was just disappointed cause I had heard about and read about this movie by numerous sources. So I had went into it with really high expectations and thinking it was going to be this great David Lynch
masterpiece that was going to blow my mind. Well it blew my mind but that wasn't a good thing. And my hopes for it dwindled in the first 15 minutes. This maybe a great film for others to watch but it was just to out there and freaky for my own taste.
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Brazil
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[/size][left]I've seen my fair share of Terry Gilliam films but this is by far visually the most outlandish of them all. The plot of the movie I kind of understood cause it was about government and the mistakes that they make, and trying to cover it up by putting the blame on someone. I just still don't understand the whole title of Brazil with the rest of the film other them the theme song.
Again visually it is crazy to look at cause it is surreal as well as abstract. It is beautifully shot like most of his films but the crazy storyline seem to be taking away from what was going on screen. I just couldn't wrap my mind around everything that was going on. And the movie was so long and kept on going I ended up turning it off and going back to it the next day cause I just couldn't take any more.
This was another one of those movie that I intended on watching cause of all the great things said about it by other movie critics. I tend to disagree with all the praise that it may have gotten over the years, but the subject matter seems to have caught up with the times. And I would recommend it to those who are interestead in the government to look at all the political references that it is trying to say.
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Naked Lunch
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[/size][left]Let me be honest, I can't tell you what this movie is about! All I know is that it's directed by David Cronenberg and it my least favorite movie of his. I don't even know where to begin with.
Looking at the movie I thinking that this is going to be some sort of sci-fi film noire, kind of like Blade Runner. But what I got was people getting high off bug spray, mutating insect typewriters, secret spying, and a guy writing a book but doesn't realize it. That kind of sums the entire movie, I think?
This movie was for those who just really dig genera mix-ups, and that would mainly be sci-fi elements with eveything else. But sci-fi as the main foundation to the story. I on the other hand did not like this movie at all and was really disappointed cause Cronenberg has made some really great films lately. And usually when it comes to the weird or unusual Cronenberg is at his best; The Fly, Dead Zone, Videodrome.
I think the main reason for my own dislike of the film was the story itself. It was to confusing for me and I never really could follow along with it, and I tried really hard too. There were so many characters coming in and out of the picture, and it didn't help that the character and what looked like the actors themselves were kind of looking around trying to figure what the hell was going on. I may one day go back and watch the movie all over agin but for now I am going to stay far away from it and enjoy the newer works that Cronenberg makes
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Rebel Without a Cause
½

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Rebel Without a Cause is my first ever James Dean movie! I've always wanted to see this movie but never have gotten the chance, and since I'm try to watch more older movies this was one I put at the top of my list. This may just be one of the best movies that involves teenage angst in the storyline. Well at least teenage angst that out grandparents went through when they were younger.
James Dean is great even though it's hard to believe that the guy is trying to portray a teenager when he is clearly in his twentys. His emotions in the movie were so raw and real that you wonder what is the real cause behind it all. Natalie Wood is good as well even though she kind of plays the typical girl with issues and just trying to fit in with the wrong crowd.
I just really loved the whole storyline and the performance by Dean himself. He really does make the movie and I couldn't really see anybody else in the role from back then that could have done a better job. Well maybe Marlon Brando but he was to old for the role. You really do witness just how great Dean was as a performer and that he really did put his entire self into it. Its just a shame that he never really got to fully live out his potential due to his tragic death.
If you truly want to watch a great classic then Rebel Without a Cause is one that I would highly recommend. All the amazing things that have been said about the movie are true. Filmlovers shouldn't miss out on this movie.
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Sex and the City

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[left]I should first start off by saying that I've only seen one full episode of Sex in the City and that was the very first episode. Other then that I have seen bits and pieces of different episodes here and there. From what I have seen from the show itself I don't really care for it. But that is to say that I was only twelve when the show first appeared on HBO. And even though that I am older now and fully well understand the plots and characters I still have no interest like when I was twelve.
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and the rest of her gang have all returned for a full screen adaptation of the highly successful HBO series. Starting off right where the series left (I'm guessing?) Carrie and Mr. Big decide to take the plunge by moving in together, and maybe even getting hitched? All the other girls seem to have their own problems going on as well but they more so swirl around Carrie and all the drama that seems to follow with her and Mr. Big. (This is all I'm going to give cause I don't really know how much people want to know of the plot.)
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[left]I have no doubt in my mind that Sex in the City fans are probably loving this movie and have been waiting a long time for it to come out. On the other hand people who aren't fans and have never watched the show (like me) most likely will not really care at all. It wasn't really hard to understand the storyline, it wasn't like you had to see every single tv episode to fully get everything. But I'm sure there are a few tidbits hidden in there just for the fans to truly understand. And in the end it seemed like each character's story is tied up that fans will be pleased.
But the thing about the storyline for me was as if it was an alternative ending for the very last season that they decided to ditch. In my mind it was just one giant 2hour long series ender. They could have just had this as a special on HBO instead of putting it as a theatrical release. But then again money making was probably the real reason for it every getting made in the first place. And the humor that they put into the movie really just fell flat on its face with me. It wasn't like it was really funny quick witted humor, more so like potty humor which was really surprising for this type of movie. Did they even have potty jokes on the show?
I really don't see the appeal of any of these women or the reality of the show itself. Why would anybody want to watch a show about four self centered women who fuss about not finding Mr. Right and spending hundreds of dollars on over priced clothing? Did I also mention a hint of sexist as well. I'm sure that all of those things that I list were probably reasons that got people to watch the show in the first place. I can't stand people like that in real life (and I know you are out there) let alone a tv show or movie. The reason they can't find "the one" is that no real good guy out there in their right mind would ever want to date one of these women. That is unless they are just as much into themselves or they just want you for your money.
In the end I didn't really care one way about this movie, and I'm sure the writers and makers of the film don't care either. This movie was made for the fans of the show or to get people interested in the show and to check out the dvds. And thats all that really matters. Its one last final love letter to all those who had watch and prayed for a Sex in the City movie to make its way to the theater. From what I have heard from the fans opinion it doesn't disappoint and it great. So all I can say is that if you are a real fan of the series you wouldn't want to miss this at all. If you've never see the series then I would just forget about it cause this movie wasn't made for you. It you happen to get curious about it later down the line watch one or two original episodes then check it out once it comes on dvd.

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

[center][size=5]Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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[/size][left]After almost twenty years Indiana Jones(Harrison Ford) has finally returned to the big screen for another non-stop action adventure. The last time we saw Dr. Jones he was riding into the sunset after stopping the Nazis from stealing the Holy Grail. This time around a few years have passed and it?s the late 50?s, America is at war with the Soviets. Indiana Jones, much older now, is still a part time teacher/ treasure hunter. The Soviets lead by Irina Spalko (Blanchett) are in search of the crystal skull and the mysterious powers it possesses.
I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time. It had been at the top of my list of movies to see this summer. Its been something like 27 years since the very first Indiana Jones movie first appeared on the big screen, I wasn?t even born yet. And I was only four when The Last Crusade was released. It was kind of funny cause I went to see this movie with my father who was the same age I am when Raiders of the Lost Ark came to the theaters.
When the film was being made I tried to ignore any little leaked info that was being released about the plot. Luckily the makers of the film were tight lipped as it was about any little details getting out all at once. But then I heard one rumor that I just couldn?t ignore, that the plot may center around aliens. WHAT!!!?..no this cannot be!! If I want to watch a sci-fi movie made by Spielberg or Lucas I?ll watch E.T or Star Wars. I want a good old action adventure movie just like the last three movies were. But to my dismay when I went into the theater after about 20 minutes into the film I realized that the movie very well indeed had to do with some sort of alien lifeforms.
First, let me start off by listing what I did like about the movie. Number one would have to be all the action. Out of all the previous movies this one contains the most out of all three combined. From beginning to end thats all you get is non-stop action sequences. Sure a few were a little over the top, (LaBeouf swinging through on vines like George of the Jungle was a little ridiculous and cheesy) but what do you expect out of an Indiana Jones film. The car chase in the jungle, warehouse fight, the three water falls, and the killer ants were all memorable action moments in the film that everyone will enjoy.
Some were skeptic that Ford in the age that he is would even be able to live up to the same Indy expectations. Yes, Ford has aged a bit from the last Indy movie but for a guy who is in his mid-60?s he?s in pretty good shape. There is a scene where he is shirtless that proves my point. So I was able to believe that a 60 something year old in tip top shape could still get away with kicking some ass and getting his own ass kicked at the same time without dropping over dead. The filmmakers reference several times about the time that has passed and the old age. So the characters aren?t delusional about time and what they can and cannot still do. Now that you have all the good point in the movie, lets go on with what I didn?t care for.
When did Spielberg get so lazy as a film maker that he decided to do some of the simplest scenes in the movie with green screens and CGI. What was so great about the previous films was the grittiness and realistic approach. That was sort of lost here in this movie. The producer Frank Marshall supposable had said previously before the film was made that their wasn?t going to be a bunch of special effects. Well I guess he lied cause there were a lot, and about 85% of the movie was filled with them. If a movie opens up with digital groundhogs and you know for a fact that they are CGI, I might just get a little worried. Even though the other previous movies were made before all the advances in special effects they are still good for todays standards. I understand that they want to pull out all the stops for an Indiana Jones movie made now, and there were some really great scenes that you just can?t do without SFX. But it was just a bit overwhelming to me.
My other problem with the movie was obviously the storyline. Some, like my own father, will like it. I on the other hand was a little turned off by everything. And let me just make it clear it was the whole crystal skull origin and conclusion that I didn?t like. Everything involving Indy and his relationship with Marion (Allen) and Mutt (LaBeouf) I thought was fine and worked really well. I was really glad that they decided to bring back the Marion character, but she really didn?t have that big of a part that I wish she could have had. She really was there to move the storyline along and to be arm candy for Indy. LaBeouf character was ok as well, you kind of see where the storyline is going with his character after a few minutes of him interacting with Ford. He fit in nicely as the comic relief and sidekick which is always needed in every Indy movie. At the end of the movie there is a scene of almost the passing of the hat to his character. I hope that doesn?t happen, even though he was good in the movie he was good in a sidekick manner.
Ford is Indiana Jones and thats what people want to see not somebody else. I wouldn?t mind if they just leave this as the last film, it ends in a appropriate manner that I could deal with. Plus I just could believe that Ford could do some of the stuff at the age of 65. I don?t think he can be fighting and whip swinging around at the age of 70. For a summer blockbuster this is a perfect movie to kick everything off. And Indy fans will still enjoy it either way. [/left]
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Eyes Without a Face

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[/size][left]Eyes Without a Face is a french film from 1960s directed by Georges Franju. A doctor goes insane trying to reconstruct his daughters face that he damaged due to a car accident. With the help of his assistant he preys on innocent young women who's face resembles his own daughters. He abducts and drugs them, cuts the skin off there faces and dumps their dead bodies off on the side of the road. But each face he takes isn't attaching to his daughters, which just makes him more insane as time goes on. A fellow doctor and ex-boyfriend to the scarred young women, whom eveyone believes is dead, begins to suspect that his collegue maybe the one responcible for all the murders going on.
I really didn't know anything about this movie but I had heard of the title before. And the dvd cover was creppy enough that it peaked my interests. Eyes Without a Face is no doubt a creepy movie, even if its a somewhat of an older/french movie. It wasn't scary and I don;t think anyone will jump out of their seat in fright. But I know that I got chills everytime that girl appeared on screen with that mask. The movie itself almost reminded me of an episode of the Twighlight Zone. And I wouldn't be suprised if their is an episode that kind of resembles it. I keep on think of the one about all the people with pig faces and the girl with a normal face. Both stories are totally different but somehow thats what first popped into my head while watching this film.
For fans of the horror/thriller genera I would recommend this movie just cause its something different. To me it was a little refreshing even though its an older movie. It was something different then your American slasher remakes from the 70s and 80s. The storyline was different yet made the movie move along fast but nicely paced. Its something more original then what they are putting out nowadays and I think is worth a chance to look at.
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Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

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[/size][left]From director Giuseppe Tornatore comes the Oscar winning movie for Best Foreign Film, Cinema Paradsio. I have seen that this movie has been featured on a few users favorite movie lists. So I got curious enough to check it out the other day for myself. My only fault is that I decided to watch the directors version which is much longer, and I was very tired after the movie finally ended.
But Cinema Paradiso is one of theose films that movie lovers should not overlook, especially if you like a good coming of age story. The story really is what makes the entire movie so great. There is so many different generas packed into this movie you'll end up being an emotional wreck by the time it ends. It features memorable main and supporting characters, mostly that are made up of the local towns people. But the main characters are just as great and the performances are wonderful that you really do care for them especially the main character Salvador since the audience watches as he grows up and experiences with him all his trials and tribulations. And the overall look of the movie was beautiful as well, and the director was able to transition nicely as the years go by and the different physical changes occur.
Even though the directors version is much longer I do recommend watching that version, just because you get more out of the story and what the director is trying to get across. Otherwise it is a movie that people should still see. Its not the greatest of all time romance movie but its still worth watching no matter.
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Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

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[/size][left] From the warped minds of the Wachowski Brothers comes Speed Racer a dizzy mind bending experience based on the popular cartoon series. Hollywoods "It Boy" of the moment Emile Hirsch is the title character Speed, while Christina Ricci plays his girlfriend Trixie. Matthew Fox, John Goodman, and Susan Sarandon round out the rest of the cast.
Sadly this movie was just not made for me. In fact I don't think it really was for anyone above the age of 8 years old. Maybe fans of the cartoon series will like it, I really don't know cause I've never seen an episode myself. For the Wachowski Brothers this was a weak attempt at an adaptation of a cartoon series. With all their success in the whole Matrix trilogy you think they would have decided on a much better movie. To be honest I didn't even care for the last two Matrix movies, the original is the best of the three. But again this movie is clearly for kids and nobody else. It's flashy and colorful with a simple but not that great storyline, which is all the makings of a kids movie.
If there is one thing that is positive about the movie it would have to be the visual effects. It seriously is like one big giant acid trip. Ok so maybe only young kids and those who like to drop acid will be the ones to really enjoy this movie. But the effects were something to look at and I'm sure it probably would have been an interesting time in the theater for some who saw it in IMAX. It could be just me but it was a bit overloaded with visual effects. I understand all the crazy car racing sequences, but do you really have to have every scene seem like it's shot in front of a green screen?
Again the movie really isn't my cup of tean but I'm sure that my 9 year old cousin would just love it. Your probably wondering, well if it wasn't that great why give it a 6 out of 10 rating? Cause kids will like it and it clearly was made for them. And for a kids movie it's not horrible and will keep there attention from start to finish with all the flashy visuals. And its probably a better experience to watch it on the big screen, then wait till you have to watch it on dvd on a regualr tv screen. The movie was clearly over hyped and not what everyone was hoping it would be, unless your young at heart or like to drop acid.
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall
½

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a hilarious romantic "disaster comedy" written by and starring the very funny Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother). Segel plays Peter a music composer for a television crime show and an aspiring playwrite. Peter's girlfriend is Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), an actress and star of the same show Peter works for. After being in a very long term relationship, Sarah tells Peter that she has found someone else and is breaking up with him. Completely devastated by the break-up Peter is encouraged to take a vacation and try to get over Sarah. Peter decideds to go to Hawaii and is suprised when he runs into Sarah and her new rockstar boyfriend Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) at the same resort. Mila Kunis stars as Rachel the spunky customer service girl that begins to help Peter forget about Sarah Marshall. Jonah Hill (Superbad), Paul Rudd
(Knocked-Up), and Bill Hader (SNL) all have comedic supporting roles.
The movie was again brought to us by the same team who created the "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and last years hit "Knocked Up." In my own opinion I believe that this movie is probably the best out of them all so far. And that mostly to do with the funny script that Jason Segel has written. Audiences have seen many movies about break-ups on screen, not to long ago "The Break-Up" with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. But most of them are light hearted chickflicks and very rarely are they good or original. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is all that and more, not to mention funny. It was much more raunchier then I had expected with some very unexpected fontal nude scenes featuring Segel and his member, not once but twice. Even with this type of humor that we're all used to seeing this movie has more meaning and reality to the characters. And not ones thats that were just made to be put in unrealistic situations just for laughs. Their is a depth and realness to most of the characters that the audience is able to relate to them. Thats what I really liked about the movie and probably why I liked it more then Knocked-Up and Superbad.
I really was looking forward to this movie from the first time I saw the trailer. It looks like it will be the funniest movie that has come out this summer, even though it's not really summer. I probably would have waited to release it later on in the summer when all the summer blockbuster had battled it out. I think then it would have managed to make it number one at the box office. But either way even if it is not number one don't think that this movie isn't worth checking out in the theaters. Granted it has gone on my list as one to buy when it come out on dvd.
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Baby Mama
Baby Mama(2008)
½

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[/size][left] Baby Mama stars two of the funniest women on tv, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But saddly the movie doesn't measure up to how funny these women can really be.
Kate (Fey) is a very successful single business women, after putting her career before everything Kate is ready to become a mother. But after several attempts at getting pregnant herself she finds out that she just can't have one and the adoption agency has denied her. So she decideds to go a different rout and gets a surrogate named Angie (Poehler). Angie is wild and unpredictable compare to conservative Kate. When Angie shows up at Kate's doorstep with nowhere to go she takes her in and prepares for the unpredictable upcoming nine months.
I was really hoping that this movie would have been better then it ended up to be. From the trailer it looks funny but all the funny parts in the movie were featured in the trailer. Fey and Poehler were good in the material that they had to work with, but I can't help to think that it could have been better. They should have given the script to Fey to see if she could have made it better.
The other thing that really bothered me about the movie was the directing. In several scenes you can cleary see the boom mike that hangs over the top of the actors heads. I don't know if this was a first time director, but you figured you would say cut if you see anything out of sorts in a shot. Being that I'm going to school for film I squirmed in my seat everytime I saw that mike.
The movie really isn't worth seeing in the theaters, and I'm suprised that it went to number one at the box office its first week. There were other films that were much better to see. I really do wish that this movie was better then it was but sadly it wasn't. The chemistry between Fey and Poehler is the only thing that kept me going till the end, and they're probably the only thing thats really good about this movie. This film basically comes down to being a rental when there is nothing else to watch.
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Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)
½

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[/b][/size][left] Iron Man is a non stop action packed thrill ride that will keep all the fanboys out there at ease. Robert Downey Jr. is in the role of which he seemed born to play billionaire playboy Tony Stark/Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, and Jeff Bridges rounds out the rest of the cast.
Billionaire Tony Stark (Downey) has made his living chasing after women and inventing defense weapons for the government. During a test weapon demonstration in the Middle East Stark is kidnapped and wounded by terrorists. The terrorist demand him to make them one of his biological weapons to use in one of their attacks. Instead he builds a defense suite made entirely of iron and manages to escape. When he returns home Stark has a new perspective on life and improves his suite to become Iron Man.
One of the things that really made this movie was Robert Downey Jr.'s performance. He was perfect in every aspect of the character. And one of the main reason to see this movie. The other reason is simply the amazing special effects. Every action scene was so cool and awesome to watch, it's just a shame that they didn't have more of it. For director John Favreau I had my doubts at first if he could pull off a superhero movie, I'm used to him doing something with Vince Vaughn. But in the end he successfully pulled it off.
Everybody is giving the movie great reviews and calling it one of the best superhero movies, I agree to a certain aspect. I understand that there will be a trilogy of sourt with this franchise and that the first movie really is an introduction to the character of Tony Stark. But I really do wish that there was more screen time of Iron Man in action. Sure we get to see him do battle in the end which I kind of think could have been a little bit better, and there is some stuff in the middle as well. But the movie kept me wanting more, I guessing thats what the filmmakers were wanting anyways. I look forward to the next installment of this franchise. The character Tony Stark seems the most real out of all the superhero's they are putting out. He is a believable character with real issues , and not just some alterego personality disorder. If your a fan of the comic I don't see why you wouldn't want to see this movie.
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Family Guy - Volume 3
½

[center][center][size=5][font=Arial]Family Guy[/font][/size][size=5]-Volume 3 [/size]
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[left][left][font=Arial][size=3][font=Courier New][size=2][font=Arial] This is the second Family Guy dvd that I own. I'm really getting more and more into this series and I'm slowly trying to catch up on the episiodes that I haven't seen. This dvd is the season that started back up after the Fox network had originally cancelled the show. Compared to my volume two dvd the episodes on this dvd are funny, but I didn't think they were as funny as the previous season.[/font] [/size][/font][/size][/font][/left]
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30 Rock - Season 1

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[left][font=Arial][size=2]30 Rock is one of my favorite shows to watch on NBC other then the Office. But due to my school schedual I wasn't able to see all of the episodes from the first season and second. Luckily the first season is on dvd and I was able to watch all 21 episodes. I have always liked Tina Fey, as a writer and comic actress. She was headwriter for SNL when I enjoyed it the most. And now that she has her own show it just makes it even better. 30 Rock's comedy isn't for everybody, sometimes it's alittle random and not everybody firsts notices the jokes or quirks that they try to hid in there the first time. But I enjoyed the show a whole lot, and I always expect to laugh sometime during an episode. If you haven't seen this show you must it's got great characters and very funny storylines.[/size][/font]
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Wings of Desire

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[left][left][size=2]When I was nearing the end of my film history class my professor had everyone view this movie, Wings of Desire. For those who have never heard of this film it is russian and was made right before the wall was torn down. But more importantly this film inspired an American version call City of Angels with Nic Cage and Meg Ryan. The storyline with the characters are a little different from the two versions but the main plot is the same.
But Wings of Desire is very much an arthouse type of film. It is mostly shot in black and white to depict the angels point of view, but then changes over to color when you see through a humans perspective. My professor told the class that we were all going to really enjoy this movie but I myself actually didn't. The storyline is very interesting altogether but I found the movie to drag on a lot of the time which made me bored. It also could have been that I had to read subtitles throught the entire movie which I prefer voice over more just cause I always end up missing somthing important in a scene cause I'm trying to read whatever someone is saying at the bottom.
But I do feel a little bad cause I don't think I really gave this movie fair shot and I have to admit I wasn't in the movie watching mood when I had to view this during my class. Eventually I will go back and give it another try, but this is one of those films you have to be in one of those moods to watch.
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[font=Courier New][size=2][font=Arial]I'm really not one to watch asian martial arts films so I was a little suprised that I actually took time out to watch this movie. I had my own idea of how I though the movie was going to be, kind of like Hero or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but actually it wasn't at all.
For those who are martial arts fans this movie was probably a dream come true to see, Jackie Chan and Jet Li kickin' each others ass. But those of you who actually expect to see an all out brawl between the two for an entire movie might be a little disappointed. Basically cause there is only one fight scene between the two and that is it, its cool but it doesn't last through out the movie, the way the storyline plays out it just doesn't work.
The movie itself was more like a weird kids kind of movie. It was silly most of the time and had a fantasy element to it. The only other way to describle it is like Neverending
Story/Wizard of Oz/Kung Fu. Maybe down the road people will come back to it and watch it just cause its a fun fantasy film with cool martial arts action scenes, and of course Li and Chan both star in it.
I would have prefered something more intense with Li and Chan. Something tha really showed them facing off against one another. The storyline was just silly and a bit of a disappointment to me. It would have been cool if they did a more modern good guy vs. bad guy type thing for them to star in but instead the fans got this. Maybe they will do something else together and this time maybe it will have an R rating and they really go at it with one another.[/font]
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Some Like It Hot

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[left][size=6] [size=2]This was the last movie that I had borrowed from my grandmother that I needed to watch. I plan on returing the rest this weekend and coming back with another bundle. Believe it or not this was my very first Marilyn Monroe movie, crazy I know. I seriously didn't think that I was really going to like this movie, I've seen my fair share of movies with men dressing up in drag. And I figured that I'm probably desensitzed to this kind of comical behavior in films. Yet when I watched this movie I ended up really liking it and found it to be much funnier then I had originally planned. What really makes this movie for me are the two male leads played by Curtis and Lennon. I really think they did a fantastic job in their roles and they didn't over do it. Even Monroe was good as the ditzy but likeable blonde singer of the band.
I think I might have found another movie to add to my favorites list. I feel stupid for not seeing this movie any sooner. I have heard things through the years but I never really thought anything of it. But since I have decided that I need to see more older movies I really have been pleasantly suprised by the amount of good older mvies that I have seen. This movie really is a classic and I would recommend it to those who like romantic comedys, especially to those who only watch todays rom-coms cause this might just suprise them at how good it really is.
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Rope
Rope(1948)

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[left][size=2]Next to Rear Window this is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. I really wasn't expecting that much when I decided to view this film. Really I'm still on my old movie thing and I haven't seen all that much of Hitchcocks movies, only about a handful. I totally recomend checking this movie out just for fun or even if you are a one who just loves film. It really is one of those films you can disect from the storyline all the way to how it was edited and shot.
I think after watching this movie I might have to add this to my favorite movies of all time list. I just really enjoyed myself while watching this entire movie. I was on the egde of my seat the whole time just waiting for these to guys to slip up or someone to uncover what they had done. But what I really love about this movie is that Hitchcock used one entire room to film the movie, and made it look like there are no cuts inbetween (even though there are and I could point them out). I also really liked that you as a viewer were able to get inside a killers head and understand ther motives however cruel and unsympathetic they might be. This is one Hichcock movie that one just can't skip over.[/size]
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Dial M for Murder
½

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[left][size=2][font=Courier New][font=Arial]To continue my resolution to watch more older films I decided to yet again check out another Hitchcock classic. Dial M for Murder is another movie that I had always heard about but have never seen. After watching Grace Kelly in Rear Window and absolutely loving that film, this one was next on my list.
In my opinion this movie just doesn't compare to Rear Window or any other of the previous Hitchcock films I have seen. In fact this is probably my least favorite of his. It's not that the movie is horrible, it was somewhat good. But I got alittle confused in the end cause right before the final reveal of everything.
Ususally in a Hitchcock film your on the edge of your seat for most of the film, and I was in the very beginning. But then I just kept on watching cause I was confused with where the whole storyline had gone. And I really kept on watching cause I really just thought I missed some major point of the movie and hoped that soemthing would bring me back and ahead of everybody else.
Again its not that bad of a film and eventually everything comes out in the end. But I just didn't care for it as much as I have with Hitchcocks other films, and I kind of think that this movie is a little bit overhyped.[/font]
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Funny Games
Funny Games(2008)

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[left][left][font=Arial][size=2]Funny Games is one of the more interesting and original thrillers that I have seen in a long time. I had heard good things about the original version, but I have not yet seen it. But when I found ou that an American version was being made and that Michael Pitt(HOT!) was going to be in it I got really excited. It actually took me a while to actually sit down to watchthis movie. You really have to be in one of those moods, at least for me, when watching this type of movie. But I really did enjoy the movie and it was a great and somewhat refreshing thrill to watch. The plot was different and so were the two main psycho-kidnappers. They weren't like any other psycho's that I've seen before, they were extremely polite and from the outside two very clean cut guys. They were played very well by Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet, it was a little creepy cause both actor look so much alike. But thats what the filmmaker wants the audience and the characters to think, and that whole saying "don't judge a book by it's cover,"really plays into this movie. I also loved that their are some really violent scenes that occur but the director makes sure to cut away when it begins and just let the audience hear what is happening instead. I would really liked to have given this movie a higher rating but the only problem that I had with it was that some scenes were just really drawn out, and I understood it was to keep the audience on the edges of there seats, but I got a little bored from the dragging. And I was really confused with the reaction of two characters when someone is killed. They really weren't responding in a very real way and it just made them come out cold and turned me off on them for a little bit. But overall I really liked how twisted the movie and its characters were, and totally recommend it those who appreciate a good thriller when it comes around.[/size][/font]
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Andy Hardy Collection, The - Love Finds Andy Hardy

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[left][size=3][size=2] I've been meaning to watch more older movies and so I went and raided my grandmothers movie collection which basically consists of old movies. And going through I've realized that me and my grandmother have the same passion or movies just she only likes to watch movies from the mid 60's and back. So I borrowed two Andy Hardy movies this being the first one. The reason for wanting to watch it, don't really have one. I just remember see an Andy Hardy marathon a few years ago and catching parts of it. And I believe that this was one of the movies I happen to catch. Now I didn't really care for this movie or the other one I watched. But I wasn't bored when I watched it, if anything I thought that it was a cute little movie. But really with the storyline that it contained did they really need to make a whole movie about it. I would say they should have just made an Andy Hardy tv show, but then I realized that tv hadn't been invented yet. One big thing that I really did not like about the movie was the false advertising. You think that there is going to be a love thing going on with Mikey Rooney and Judy Garland's characters but they really don't. It really left me disappointed cause poor Judy Garland's character has a huge crush thing going on for Rooney, and I just felt bad for her cause I really just uses her. Movie was a little bit of a rip off since it wasn't what I had thought it would and should have been.[/size]
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Frisky Dingo - Season 1

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[left][size=3] [/size] [size=3][size=2]Frisky Dingo is a show that my younger brother has been trying to get me to watch for well over a year. Most of the time my brother just likes to pester me to watch stupid stuff and this series is no different, yet I laughed more then once while watching all thirteen episodes. Each episode runs for what seems to be like 10-15 minutes not your typical running time but this again isn't your typical animated tv series. It's highly random and never really makes any sense at all. It's not until the very last episode that you finally understand why the show is called frisky dingo, even though it still doesn't really make that much sense. But if your one, like my brother who enjoyes these type of random comical animated shows that they create only on cartoon network them just maybe this show is for you. As for me it was ok, I enjoyed the random humor that the show contained, but the stroylines seemed to go nowhere at times and thats really what threw me off alittle.[/size]
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The Life of David Gale
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[img]http://z.about.com/d/movies/1/0/c/5/2/davidgalepubm.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][center][left][size=2]All I can say about this movie is "wow!" I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to watch this. I really thought it was going to be some boring legal drama, and I figured that I'd watching for 5mins and then turn it off if I got bored, that was not the case. From beginning to end I was on the edge of my seat.
This movie is totally under-rated cause Spacey, Winslet, and Linney were all fantastic in this movie. Well they usually always are but they were really at the top of their game in this movie. And I think that would have to do with the fantastic script that was written. It had a little bit of everything, but most importantly it really made you think at the end. And the message of the entier film is heard loud and clear at the very end. If your looking for a really good thriller that will keep you on your toes then you have to check this movie out.
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Leatherheads
Leatherheads(2008)

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[left][left][size=3][font=Courier New][size=2][font=Arial]When I decided to watch this film I really was going out on a limb cause I knew that it was directed by Clooney and so far he hasn't really disappointed. But I did see the trailer and I wasn't that impressed, but sometimes the movies are better then what their trailers depict. Not the case for this film.
I don't care! Really, thats what I thought about this entire film. I didn't care for the story or football in general, and their wasn't anything special to really make you like the charcters. In fact I think the tried to had to want you to like them that it backfired, well at least it did in my care.
Clooney and gang were trying to do an old Hollywood type comedy and it just doesn't work. Maybe sixty years ago when the right actors were still alive but not now, general audiences don't care. Especially if your audience doesn't even know who someone like say Cary Grant or James Stewart is. Those are the actors who would have been cast in this film if it had been made back in there day.
Maybe if your a football fan and your in the mood for a different type of comedy this could be a movie for you. But it certainly wasn't for me. I'm not even sure if the entore story is based off a true story or just another Hollywood making script. Either way it just wasn't for me and it's my least favorite movie of this year so far.[/font]
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Highwaymen
Highwaymen(2004)

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[/b][/size][/font] [left][font=Arial][size=3][size=2][font=Courier New][font=Arial]I had never heard of this movie before, but I was bored one night and just happen to give it a chance. And to my suprise it wasn't that bad. Don't get me wrong it has its flaws and you can see why it went straight to dvd, but I had fun watching it.
It is actually directed by the guy who did the original Hitcher,not that horrible remake.
The movie is really about this cripple psycho that runs people off the road for no reason and just ends up either killing them or messing with them first then eventually killing them. But this one guy who's wife was killed is hunting him down and trying to kill him himself. Thats the basic plot to the entire movie. But the film itself was different and it's nice to see something that isn't a remake, and actually is original and someone actually thought it up themselves. There is plenty of action car chase stuff for any of you out there that are into that. And I happen to appreciate that the film was pretty fast paced. Their are a few scenes that were alittle drawnout but they film mostly moved along nicely. So I would recommend it to whoever is into this sort of movie or likes car chases.[/font]
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Nip/Tuck: The Complete Third Season

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[/b][/size][/font][left][font=Arial][size=2]Nip/Tuck is such an addicting show I don't know anyone who whouldn't get hooked after just watching one episode.The first time that I saw an episode of Nip/Tuck was late at night while I was channel surfing. Nothing was really on until I came across a episode ( in season three), I didn't know what was going on exactly but I became hooked right away. Now I haven't seen all the seasons yet, I have a lot of catching up to do, but I've seen my share of mixed seasons that I know the problems of each character.
But I decided to buy season three cause that was the season that got me hooked to the show in the first place. The entire season in fact is just so good, each episode gets better and better. But what made the season so great for me was the entire Carver storyline and trying to figure out who the carver was. The best part is that the show did not disappoint and even though I guessed in the begining who the Carver probably was I just didn't expect all the twists and turns that popped up. Even the one at the very end of the last episode I didn't see coming.
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Chasing the Carver-
This feature was your typical behind-the-scenes look at all the hush, hush that took place in hidding the infamous Carvers identity. You hear from the actor and makers of the show, and get their point of view of the third season and mainly the Carver storyline.
The Perfect Look: Set Design-
I really had no interest in the production work of the sets. Yes, they do look cool during the show, but I'm paying a lot more attention to what actually is happening in the show then the background decorations.
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Shooter
Shooter(2007)
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[left][size=2][font=Courier New][font=Arial]My one main reason for actually sitting down to watch this movie was basically to see Mark Wahlberg. I really wasn't expecting a whole lot from this movie and I also did think I was going to like it either. But after 15-20 minutes in I didn't think it was so bad.
The story is basically about an ex American sniper who is asked by top government official to help stop an assassination that is suppose to go down soon. It ends up that he gets set-up and made to look like he was the assassine. And he goes on a wild goose chase to clear his name and get revenge on those officals that set him up.
So the storyline may be one that is used over and over again, but I didn't really care. The action scenes were a little gritty but not like a Bourne movie gritty. It also had a lot of survivial type style to it as well since the main character used to be a solider. It kind of had MacGyver moments to it. Even though some situations you could tell were totally Hollywood and in real life the dude would have been dead.
It was an ok movie, better then I had originally thought. It is pretty much a mans movie and has plenty of action and thrilling moments to keeo action movie junkie satisfied.[/font]
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Superhero Movie
½

[center][size=6][font=Courier New][size=5][font=Arial]Superhero Movie[/font]
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[/size][/font][/size] [left][left][left][size=2][font=Courier New][font=Arial]I hated this movie, in fact I just hate the guys who keep on making these type of movies altogether. As you can guess this is a parody of all the recent super hero movies, mostly Spider-Man and the X-Men.
Everybody in this movie was horrible and nobody was funny at all. In fact the I don't remember laughing once during the entire movie. Everything was just plain dumb and I even got bored after awhile. I don't understand why anybody would want to watch these movies anymore, their not funny and they get actors who can hardly act. I don't recommend this movie or any that follow it.[/font]
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Alien3
Alien3(1992)

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[/size][/font] [left][font=Arial][size=2]With the viewing of this movie I have finally been able to see all the movies in this series. And I must say that my friends were right about this movie, it's the least liked out of the entire series. I enjoyed Alien Resurrection more then this movie. The main reason would probably be the ending, I see how the film makers were trying to take it into a different direction just like the first movie did with having a female lead, but it was just so disappointing. But the storyline in general was also as well, they never really explain in great detail how an alien got on board the ship in the first place, they don't do any flashbacks or references at all. I would have rather perfered as well that they brought back the surviving characters from the last movie instead of killing them. They could have come up with a plot involving all of them then this one. I would have probably even would have not cared as much if Ripley did die, as long as another interesting character was there to fill in her place. Of course give it some kind of happy ending or it was all just a nightmare type thing. [/size][/font]
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Aliens
Aliens(1986)

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[left] [left][font=Arial][size=2]Isn't it kind of sad that this is the very first time I've seen this movie, ever! A few months ago I had purchased the first alien movie and have been meaning to watch the second and thrid film since they are the only ones I haven't seen. Some people think that this movie maybe even better then the first. The performances are great and so it the storyline, but to me I like it just about the same as the first one. The only difference the the second one was that I was a little bit more on the edge of my seat, and of course the storyline situation was more complex which made it that way. I'm still not a crazed fan of the series like some are but I still enjoy watching the movies, and prefer them more to the new alien vs predator series.[/size][/font]
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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

[center][size=6][font=Arial][size=5]Horton Hears a Who![/size][/font][b]
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[left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I didn't plan on seeing this movie but it just so happens that I did just for the hell of it. I don't know about anybody else and maybe its just that I really don't watch cartoons anymore but I'm getting tired of these kinds of movies. Basically taking a Dr. Seuss book that only a few pages long and a hundred words and turning it into a two hour movie. I love Dr. Seuss I think I read almost every book when I was kid and saw the little cartoon shorts as well. But these movies they've been making just don't really do any justice to the books at all. The only positive thing I could say about this film is that the animation is wonderful it really captures the illustration style of the books. And little kids will most likely love the movie, but anybody else like me who are all grown up and grew up with the books will probably just roll there eyes at the screen.[/size][/font]
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Music Within
Music Within(2007)

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[left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I had never heard about this movie or even remember it coming to the theaters. But I was in the mood the other night to watch a movie, nothing was really on tv and crap is basically playing at the theater. This movie however is a nice indie drama thats based on a true story, which I always enjoy. The storyline was really good and each character was played very well by the actors. I was more so impressed with britsh actor Michael Sheen who had to pretend to have cerebral-palsy. The only problem with the movie that I had was the main character was played by Ron Livingston who was in Office Space. Its probably my own little problem but everytime he came on screen I just kept on thinking about him in Office Space. Luckily it didn't distract me that much cause I was able to go on watching the rest of the movie. If you enjoy true life stories like I do then I recommend this movie.[/size][/font]
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Doomsday
Doomsday(2008)

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[/size][/font][left]When I had originally wrote my review for Doomsday I didn't care for the movie at all, and I gave it a low rating. But for some reason I decided to give it a second chance and when the unrated dvd came out I watched it. This review is for the Unrated version because I found it much better then what they was put into theaters.
The unrated version is a lot longer then intended, when I watched the dvd there are a bunch of scenes that were added but missing from the theatrical cut. Basically these scenes just added on to certain parts of the story, one of them being entering the city and searching a building. It was a lot longer but it was able to display certain supporting characters that the audience never really gets to know. Another scene that is a bit longer which I'm still not sure why they left it out was after the escape on the train, once they get off they end up walking and discovering that underground bunker previously then end up coming back to it later for a getaway. Also there are a few more bloody scenes but nothing no hardcore that I haven't seen before in other movies.
After seeing the unrated cut I'm completely puzzled as to why they cut down some much on the storyline. Looking back the pace of the theatrical cut is way to fast and really messes with the storyline in general, like the movie itself just wants to hurry up and get it all over with. Personally if they had kept some of those scenes I would have given it a better rating the first time.
But don't get me wrong this movie still has plenty of flaws, one being that it doesn't really know what it wants to be. Marshall had too many influences with this movie some that just don't go together at all. I could have lived without the whole Medieval Times section of the film, which I found really random and dumb. In the end this is a movie for fans of other movie generas to watch and see the influences. And may even make you want to go back to the originals and rewatch them for yourself.
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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland
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[left][font=Arial][size=3][font=Arial][size=2] When I decided to watch this I figured I was just going to see a whole filmed version of this comedy show, much like those other comedy movies like the Blue Collar and Kings of Comedy. What I got instead was a behind the scenes look at what happen behind the tour. Sure they showed clips of each comics bit that they do on stage but not the entire thing, which I would have liked to have seen. Instead you get movie of a detailed back story on each guy and why they do stand up for a living and there life on the road and the different bumps that appeared along the way. Sadly I was disappointed I was really just looking for a comedy show and nothing else. I wanted to laugh at a few jokes and then the movie would be over but that wasn't the case. And some of the comics weren't even that funny when they showed them on stage which was even worse. At least the filmmakers would have picked better and funnier moments. I really just don't recommend seeing this cause it really being falsely advertised as something that its not, and it really just isn't worth the money or time to check out.[/size][/font]
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There Will Be Blood

[center][font=Arial][size=5]There Will Be Blood[/size][/font][b][size=6][font=Arial]
[img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/n/j/k/PHgxTojjcnnnjk_m.jpg[/img][/font][/size][/b][left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]It really wasn't until I saw this movie that I was finally able to see the amazing performance that Day-Lewis gave. I wasn't really sure if I was going to like this movie, mean I only wanted to see it cause of him. But the movie was really good as well and I enjoyed it more then No Country for Old Men, which I really have to rewatch. The storyline really captured me as well as the performances, it just sucks you in that you can't take your eyes off the screen. But what I loved most about the movie was the very dark humor that emerged at the very end of the movie basically the last scene. Basically all those milkshake spoofs that are on the internet, that scene I couldn't stop laughing. And the very last line of the movie I was rolling on the floor. I don't know if that was really the intent of the director but I certainly enjoyed every minute of it. I totally recommend watching this movie, every positive thing said about it is 100% true and if anything else you have to see Day-Lewis's amazing Oscar winning performance.[/size][/font]
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The Fly II
The Fly II(1989)

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[left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I really haven't seen this movie in a really long time and sad to say but I've never seen it from the very begining. I always come into the movie after he's already begun to transform. But this time I got to see it all the way through. I have to say that I love this movie, I really don't know why just that I think its great. I don't think its scary, disgusting YES! And thats probably why I love it so. Originally it sounds kind of cheesy, a man turning into all things a giant fly, but the you find out that it's directed by Cronenberg and you know that its going to somehow be an awesome movie. I really think the only cheesy thing about the movie is Jeff Goldblume.[/size][/font]
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[/size][/size][/font][left][font=Arial][size=2]After watching the first movie I think it was only right to watch the second one as well. I've seen parts of this movie but not all of it. Isn't as great as it's original but at least the storyline follows where the other left off. What I did like were the cool creature effects which I think were better then the last one. If you enjoyed the first movie you may like this one, its worth checking out once.
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The Fly
The Fly(1986)

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[left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I really haven't seen this movie in a really long time and sad to say but I've never seen it from the very begining. I always come into the movie after he's already begun to transform. But this time I got to see it all the way through. I have to say that I love this movie, I really don't know why just that I think its great. I don't think its scary, disgusting YES! And thats probably why I love it so. Originally it sounds kind of cheesy, a man turning into all things a giant fly, but the you find out that it's directed by Cronenberg and you know that its going to somehow be an awesome movie. I really think the only cheesy thing about the movie is Jeff Goldblume.[/size][/font]
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[/size][/size][/font][left][font=Arial][size=2]After watching the first movie I think it was only right to watch the second one as well. I've seen parts of this movie but not all of it. Isn't as great as it's original but at least the storyline follows where the other left off. What I did like were the cool creature effects which I think were better then the last one. If you enjoyed the first movie you may like this one, its worth checking out once.
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The Abandoned

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[img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/g/T/O/PHOjWSRXUuhgTO_m.jpg[/img][/b][/size][/font][left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I actually really wanted to see this movie because the trailer looked freaky. When I watched the movie it was still creepy but the storyline confused the hell out of me. At the end everything seem to wrap everything up and my head didn't hurt as much but still I didn't really want to wait till the end to understand everything that I had watched. But even with a confusing storyline I still liked that it creeped me out visually. And the story was good after I was able to understand what was going on and how everything connected together. I don't think everyone will like this movie and this might need a second viewing from me, but it wasn't horrible and at least worth a watch from those who enjoy horror movies.[/size][/font]
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Network
Network(1976)

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[left][font=Arial][size=2]I was required to watch this movie for my film class and I didn't really care for it at all. I was hoping that it was going to be really good since it won a bunch of awards back in its day, but I just couldn't get into it. The storyline was goofy and different which it really the only reason stopping me from giving it a lower rating. But I drifted off a few times and had to rewatch what I had missed. I wouldn't recommend this movie, some may like it but I didn't.[/size][/font]
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Semi-Pro
Semi-Pro(2008)

[center][font=Arial][size=6][size=5]Semi-Pro[/size][b]
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[/b][/size][/font] [left][font=Arial][size=2]Well this was one big steaming pile of poo for a movie. I think it is time for Will Ferrell to think up some new ideas for movies now. I can say that I did not like or find any of this movie to be funny or entertaining what-so-ever. I'm not even sure why Ferrell is even advertised as the main character, Woody Harrelson's characters has more of a storyline. Ferrell was more of a stupid supporting character thats was there to entertain the audience with studpid stunts and jokes. But I'm getting a little tired of the same old stunts and jokes that are featured in everyone of his movies. This probably is by far the worst movie of Ferrell's that I have seen and I'll even go as far to say so far the worst movie that I have seen of 2008.[/size][/font]
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The Island of Dr. Moreau
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[center][font=Arial][size=6][font=Arial][size=5]The Island of Dr. Moreau[/size][/font][b]
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[left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I'm not really sure why I wanted to watch this movie but I just did out of pure impulse. It's an adaptation of an H.G. Wells story. But I personally don't think its that great of a story, at least not compared to War of the Worlds. If I could say one positive thing it would have to be the make-up effects, they were pretty cool to look at. Other then that little tid-bit their is really nothing that great about the film. The acting was bad and so was the story along with being weird as well. I recommend just not bothering with this movie at all.[/size][/font]
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All About Eve

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[left][font=Courier New][size=2][font=Arial]So I had previously watched a movie starring Bette Davis and I just became interested in her work as a actress. I found this movie at the store and bought it without any questions. I had heard about the movie but never really knew anything about. I went into watching the movie hoping that I hadn't wasted my money. Even though it was an Oscar winning film doesn't mean that I personally would like it. But I can tell you that I did like the film. The storyline was what really captured me as well as the performances. Davis's character is a hoot and is so memorble in everyway that she steals the entire movie. I'm slowly getting myself into watching more older movies. I've been catching myself turning to the Turner Classic Movies or AMC channel and seeing what kind of older movies they are showing. But I really have to go and visit my grandmother cause she is the one who has a boatload of older movies and knows a knowledge about them as well. But back to the movie itself, I really do recommend this one it was worth it and it keeps the attention of the viewer.[/font]
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
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[left][font=Arial][size=2]I've decided that I need to start watching more older movies. I'm getting a little tired of all the lame movies that have been coming out lately so why not watch movies that have been out for years and have great reviews. I ended up picking this movie up at the store on a spur of the moment kind of thing. I had heard about the movie but had never seen it. Luckily for me I made a great choice, cause I enjoyed this movie a lot. And now I've become obsessed with Betty Davis, I'm determined to see more of her movies. I just loved her performance in this movie. She was insane and scared the crap out of you, yet you still felt sorry for her. Joan Crawford was great as well as the wheelchair bound sister who just wants to get the hell out of the house and far away from her sister. But ther best part about this movie for me wasn't just Davis's performance but the story itself and most importantly the twist that came at the very end. I just love this movie now and totally recommend it to others who like a good thriller with a twist.[/size][/font]
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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
½

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[left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I used to watch this movie all the time when I was younger. Me and my brother would always rent it when we went to the video store. Even though this movie basically type-casted Keanu for the rest of his career it is one of my favorite movies of his, other then Private Idaho. But I consider it to be one of those guilty pleasure movies.[/size][/font]
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For Your Consideration

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[center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I was pretty much disappointed after watching this film. I usually enjoy these type of improve documentary-like comedys, such as "Best In Show." But this one just didn't do it for me. The group of actors are the same from past projects and are usually funny but I just don't think that the material was that great. I actually got a little bored half way into it and the jokes just didn't go over with me either. There were a few parts that made me giggle but not that many. The movie could have been much funnier and written better. All of Guest's movies seem to be ending up just like the previous one hopefully he'll think up new material cause it's just getting a little old now.[/size][/font]
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Be Kind Rewind
½

[center][font=Arial][size=6][size=5]Be Kind Rewind[/size][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=6][b][img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/9/g/f/PHdV5hhjlnR9gf_m.jpg[/img][/b][/size][/font][left][font=Arial][size=2]I watched this movie last night and I enjoyed it a lot more then I had originally expected. The storyline is a little silly but then again it is a comedy so what would you expect. But its more then just a funny movie, its got a lot of heart to it as well and it has a feel good happy ending. But the most fun I think is when the main characters film there versions of films. When they did the "Ghostbusters" I couldn't stop laughing. The only thing negative about the movie I would have to say would be that Jack Black is basically still playing every characters he's ever done. Someone should give him a ritalin to calm his ass down, he wears me out just looking at a picture of him. But his enthusiasm went somewhat good with the movie so it was ok. I don't think that this movie will be for eveyone but if you like off-beat comedys with a little heart then check this one out.[/size][/font]
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Last Days
Last Days(2005)

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[/b][/size][/font][left][font=Arial][size=3][font=Arial][size=2]This was a movie that I was really looking forward to watching. One reason is that it stars Michael Pitt who is second when it comes to celebrity crushes, Johnny Depp is of course number one. And it is directed by Gus Van Sant who did "My Own Private Idaho" which I love more and more after each viewing. So I was coming into this movie with high expectations an the fact that the storyline sounded interesting. But in the end I actually found this movie to be dull and very slow at times. I know that they were experimenting with the film and kind of doing a somewhat subdue improv, but it just didn't go over with me. I actually fell asleep halfway through the film, granted I was tired but I was hoping that the movie would be good enough to keep my attention. I'm not going to give up on the movie that fast. I'm going to give it a little time and when I get in the mood I'll try to rewatch it again. If anything I really did enjoy watching Pitt he was really the only thing that didn't stop me from shutting off the movie. I think he is a great up and coming actor who really just needs his big break cause he kind of reminds me of the next River Phoenix.[/size][/font]
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Bless the Child
½

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[img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/e/v/B/PHsctuwxrZyevB_m.jpg[/img][/b][/size][/font][left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I think that I haven't seen this movie since it was first out and that was like 8 or 9 years ago. I never really cared for this movie cause if anybody else remembers but around the time that this movie was out there had been a boat load of other movies as well that dealt with the whole satanic themes. I'm talking about Stigmata, End of Days, and another movie called Lost Souls. This movie is just the same like all the rest of them. For me all those movies including this one tend to mash altogether they even look like they were filmed the same and used the exact special effects. I guess Satan had a big interest around that time for movie making. After rewatching the movie my feelings are pretty much the same from when I first saw it. There is really nothing interesting about the movie or the performances, well unless you are glad to see Kim Basinger finally in a movie. This was a movie that I totally had forgotten about and eventually will again.[/size][/font]
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Sunshine
Sunshine(2007)
½

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[left][center][left][font=Arial][size=2]I've been really wanting to see this movie for awhile but just haven't gotten to it until recently. If you like sci-fi movies then this is definately a movie to see. Danny Boyle is a great director and has made some great movies, and this movie is no different. It may not be his best but visually it is stunning to watch. The storyline for me was a little confusing at first just because you think it's going one way as a voyage to the sun. But then it turns into this crazy deep space thriller almost like the first alien movie just without the aliens. And there is this paranoid claustrophobic feel to it as well. You witness it happening to the characters on screen and as the movie goes along you the viewer experience it as well. It's definately not what I had originally thought it was going to be, I was think more on the lines of 2001 Space Odyssey but it came to be something else which I didn't really expect but still enjoyed.[/size][/font]
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The Bone Collector

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[left][size=2]This was the very first movie that I have ever seen Angelina Jolie star in. I actually went to the movies with my dad to see it and had to sit in the front row because the theater was packed. It was a brand new movie theater with nice seating that I swear had speakers in the seats cause everything was really loud and I jumped at every moment. I also should mention that I have a small fear of taxi rides due to this movie. I know that sounds weird but if you watch the movie then you understand. Even though this movie isn't popular and neither Jolie or Washington are really remembered in these roles I still love this movie. I became a fan of Jolie's before she became all super famous, even before she went through her whole Billy-Bob stage. And this is the movie that got me to check out previous performances she did such as Hackers and Gia. The movie for me is a good who is the killer thriller. It has you on the edge of your seat the entire time and you never can guess who it is in the very end due to the many twists and turns in the storyline. So if you want to see a good under-rated thriller and a pre-oscar winning Angelina Jolie, then give this one a chance.[/size]
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Legend
Legend(1985)

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[left][left][size=2]Just to clarify in the beginning of this review the version of Legend that I recently viewed was the directors cut. It's been a long time since I've actually seen this movie all the way through and supposable this version is a little different from the theatrical realease. I couldn't tell you what is different but it still seemed the same to me. I'm not really sure why I enjoy this movie, but I just do. I loved the whole fantasy-fairy tale elements to it but also that it contained that darker almost horror element to it as well. The scene with the ugly witch popping out always gets me. And what can I say about the make-up in this movie but amazing. Even after all these years that the movie has been out the make-up effects still stand the test of time and are truely breathtaking to look at. This is probably my favorite Tom Cruise movie ever. He's very young looking in this movie and clearly hadn't reached the peak of his celebrity. I much perfer his early works cause you don't see the cockiness in his performance like you see now a days. So for those out there who enjoy watching a little fantasy adventure movie I insist on watching Legend.[/size]
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Something New
½

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[/b][/size] [left][size=2]Something New was for me a refreshing romantic comedy. There wasn't anything different structure wise that makes it different from other rom-coms. It ends just the way the audience expects it to, and contains all the sillyness and drama that most do. It was a little slow for me in the begining trying to establish the main characters and there differences. But I tended to get over that once the real storyline started going. But what makes it somwhat different is the inter-racial storyline. Thats the real reason that I decided to sit down and watch this movie. Usually rom-coms bore me to death and the ones that they usually crank out each year are the same just like the one previous to it. It's nice to once in awhile see a movie that deals in making people talk about certain issues going on today, and this one does. It reminded me of a more light-hearted happier version of Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. The cast was great and the leads were perfect in there parts. I just really enjoyed this movie more then I had originally thought, it makes you think and want to discuss with others after it has ended. If your one for romatic comedys and are looking for something that has a little more to it then all the rest I suggest checking this movie out. [/size]
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Nothing but Trouble
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[left][size=2]Nothing But Trouble is a movie that I haven't watched for a good ten years. My grandparents used to have a copy on tape, so when we visited them on the weekends we used to watch it all the time. Eventually the tape somehow got lost and being that it wasn't a very popular movie I could never find it in the video store, until recently. I actually got lucky and found a dvd copy of it which I ended up buying fairly cheap. Now don't get me wrong the movie is far from being a perfect comedy, instead it is a weird little movie that includeds Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, the late John Candy, and Demi Moore. For my tastes I liked the movie however weird it may be. I tend to just like odd movies for some reason. But being either for sentimental reasons or my preference for movies I still like this movie. Even after years of not watching it when I look back it is amazing the jokes that you don't get when you were younger but now that you are old enough it seems like a different movie. I've always like Chevy Chase as a comedic actor I really enjoy him in the Vacation movies. It was just fun and entertaining to see three great comedians come together and bounce off one another like Aykroyd, Chase, and Candy did. I miss John Candy, some people may have forgotten about him or not even know who he is but I always found him to be funny. And I enjoyed a lot of his movies as well especially The Great Outdoors. I was suprised to find out that Dan Aykroyd actually directed this picture, but his part is the most memorable of all since he had to transform himself into the old Judge in the movie. A part that at first you can barley recognise him under all that makeup. Another suprise was Demi Moore, to be honest I haven't really seen that many of her films. But this is the only one that I personally can remember her buy even if it isn't her greatest part. She was able to hold herself up well against the three comics and a few jokes herself. So it may not be the best comedy but I enjoyed it for personal reasons and maybe others out there will as well.[/size]
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The Hunger
The Hunger(1983)
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[size=2]I bought this movie just for the fact that I saw parts of it on tv a few months back. I had no idea what was going on but I was interestead. So when I saw it for $4 at Record & Tape Trades I decided to take a chance. It is some what of a vampire movie even though no one in the movie ever says or talks about vampires. I love vampire movies as you can tell from the many vampire movie reviews that I have done. But this is one of the weirdest vampire movies I have ever seen. Basically the storyline was a little odd to me once I finally saw what the whole thing was about. It begins with David Bowie's character and his female lover getting it on together. Then he can't sleep which means that he is sick and loses his eternal youth and begins to age rapidly until he looks like a walking turd. Then Dr. Susan Sarandon comes in and wants to help him but instead his lover chooses her as a replacement and the movie has a long random girl on girl sex scene. Then a bunch of the ladys past zombie lovers, who she just randomly stores in her attic, come after her. But what really got me was the ending of the movie. A main character (don't want to say who) who you thought was clearly dead from the begining ends up alive but without any explaination. Sometimes I don't mind that in movies but this one just got me confused, and it wasn't like they were going to make a sequel anyways. Tony Scott directed this movie and the look of the film reminded me a lot of his brother Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. The whole eerie feeling and the darkness to the picture really resembled Blade Runner and even the look of the actors especially Miriam the female vampire. This isn't one of my favorite vampire theme movies at all, it's probably going at the bottom of my list. But due to it complex yet interesting storyline it won't be one that I will forget so easily.[/size]
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Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary(1989)

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]It seems like forever since I've watched this movie. And I don't think that I ever seen it all the way through until now. Pet Sematary isn't my favorite story or movie from Stephen King, but it isn't his worst. For some odd reason when watching it, it seemed like it could have been a made for tv movie, minus all the gory scenes. But it could just been that it was made some time go and that there was nobody famous that starred in the movie. Well except for the old guy who played Herman Munster. The look and feel to the movie was creepy which was good, and mostly what I liked about it. I also enjoyed the basic idea of the storyline that if you bury something on this indian burial ground it comes back to life. But due to the fact that the soil is sour whatever comes back is evil. At some points in the movie I found it a bit cheesy and over the top. Thats mostly fromt he over the top acting. And a few overly gross out scenes as well. But in all the movie was ok, I actually perfer the second Pet Sematary but I'll have to rewatch that one as well.
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Joshua
Joshua(2007)
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[size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I really wanted to see a good thriller and so I rented this movie hoping to get one. And sadly I was disappointed yet again. In the begining it starts out semi-interesting, but then as the movie progresses I had no idea where it was going. In many ways it reminded me of the Omen, creepy weird little boy except without all the devil stuff. But instead the boy is basically trying to drive both of his parents crazy for what the viewer is guessing because of the birth of his baby sister. And being that the kid is highly intelligent he messes with his mother who happens to suffer from the baby blues and leads her to complete insanity. Then he goes after his father when he begins to uncover what his son has done. All sounds good to me but then it ended and it was such a horrible ending that it completely made the movie a waste of time for me. [/size]
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Wedding Daze
Wedding Daze(2006)

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[img]http://z.about.com/d/movies/1/0/-/H/P/weddingdazepubb.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][center][left][size=2]If it wasn't for my sister I probably would have never rented or watched this movie. And sad to say my sister never got to watch it, she fell asleep 15 minutes into it. Comedian Michael Ian Black, he's one of the guys you see being interviewed all the time by VH1's I love the 80's, wrote and directed this movie. Recently he wrote the british comedy Run, Fat Boy, Run, which I personally enjoy. But this movie was just not funny at all. Jason Biggs apperas to the screen once again, it what seems to be the same role he has played his entire career. You would figure after doing three American Pie movies he would want to go in a different acting direction. And then there is Isla Fischer who I loved in the Wedding Crashers. I felt kind of bad for her in this movie cause I knew that she could be funnier then the material that she was given, and if she were cast in a better comedic role she could really go with it. And the rest of the supposrting cast was just ok. I didn't really know who any of them were nor did I care. A few looked familiar due to the fact that some starred in Wet Hot American Summer, which was a movie that the director starred in and is a personal favorite of mine. But the storyline even though it was somwhat original the stuff in between seem used in other movies. And in some parts it was just plain weird and gross (in a dirty humor sort of way). I would not recomend this movie at all, it was boring, unfunny, and made my sister who originally wanted to see it fall asleep.[/size]
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The Eye
The Eye(2008)

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Death Sentence
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La Jetée (The Pier)

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[/b][/size][left][center][left][size=3][size=2]When I watched this movie in one of my film classes today I realized that I was watching the story that inspired 12 Monkeys. But what makes this movie interesting is that the entire movie/short is just made up of photographs with a narration of the story over it. The photographs are beautiful and tell the story eloquently even though at times it drags on at points. But I would suggest those who enjoyed 12 Monkeys to check this movie out to see where this basis comes from.[/size]
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Meet the Spartans
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[center][size=6][size=5]Meet the Spartans[/size][/size][size=6][b][img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/Meet_The_Spartans/mts05_502.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=3][size=2]What a crappy movie! Seriously I only laughed once and that was the Britney Spears part, everything else about this movie was just stupid. These parody movies are getting old they should have stopped long ago with Scary Movie 3. But no, they keep on cranking these suckers out each year. This right now, even though it still is early, is the worst movie I've seen for the year. All the jokes were so over done were used prior in other entertainment forms such as comedy sketch shows and the internet. I recommend to just skip this movie all together it is not worth the money.[/size]
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Gone Baby Gone

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]Finally Ben Affleck is good at something and I'm not talking about acting! He did a great job as a first time director in my opinion and I think he should screw acting and just do this. The story was also great cause you didn't really know where it was going to go next, you begin to experience all the twist and turns thrown out just as the characters are. Casey Affeck did a fairly well job even though I still don't care for him as an actor, and so was the rest on the cast. It took awhile and a lot of good reviews later for me to finally give in to see this movie. But I'm glad I finally saw it cause it was that good and I think everybody who still hasn't should.[/size]
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27 Dresses
27 Dresses(2008)

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[size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]As a female sometimes I feel like I'm required to watch these romantic comedys even though I really don't care for them that much. Going into this movie I already knew how it was going to start and how it was going to end, theses movies are so predictable. But I can't just give it a bad rating cause there are others out there (like my own mother for example) who really enjoy these type of films. It was ok but really wasn't anything special, and for me something I would have rather rent when theres nothing else to see. But I now believe that Heigl is going to be the new Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock, and this most likely will be the first of many rom-com roles she will have. [/size]
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Rambo (Rambo IV)

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[/b][/size][left][center][left][size=2]Let me start off by saying that I have never seen any of the "Rambo" movies. And after this one I'm not so sure I want to. When Stallone wants to he can make a nice movie, Rocky Balboa for example. But this movie had such a weak storyline I just couldn't get into it. But I must say if you are a Rambo fan or just love the action genera then this just may be your movie. Blood and guts are splattered all over this film and ridiculous action sequences are from start to finish. One thing I can say is that thankfully just like the Rocky series it seems Stallone has hung up Rambo's bandana as well and that you won't see any more movie sequels from him. If you love action and lot and lots of blood and guts go see it on the big screen. Otherwise don't bother with it at all.[/size]
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First Sunday
First Sunday(2008)

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[/size][/b][/size][left][size=2]Ok, so just to let everybody know I fell asleep the first time I saw this movie. The second time I was half asleep and managed to wake up for most of it. I was tired when it started but it also could have been that the movie wasn't that great to begin with. The storyline wasn't that original or entertaining for that matter. Ice Cube and Morgan just got on my nerves with there bickering back and forth. I don't find Morgan one bit funny and should have known that this movie was going to be lame the first time he appeared on screen. The only memorable thing about it is that it takes place in my hometown of Baltimore and Katt Williams was the only thing that kept me semi entertained even though I saw all the jokes featured in the trailer. Other then those two things it's not really worth spending money to see in the theaters, but maybe a rental.
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Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)
½

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[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/Cloverfield/Cloverfield20_502.jpg[/img][/b][/size][/b][left][size=2]So I know that a lot of the "fanboys"out there are giving this movie rave reviews but I just don't see what all the major fuss was about. I kind of saw it coming when they were making a big deal about what the name of the movie would first be and then it ended up being... Cloverfield? I do agree that the special effects where great and that the concept of using a blaire witch style approach to the story was creative, but that is where the compliments stop. There were one too many things in this movie that just got on my nerves. I even waited and decided to sleep on it, but I woke up even more pissed off then after it ended. The main reason for my agitation were the character in the movie. Is it required that every monster movie must included a cast full of dumbasses? I did not feel bad for any of these characters at all and could not wait for them to just get killed. They were just annoying and made the stupidest decisions that no one in there right mind would make. That and the fact that the monsters origin was never really explained, I would have liked to know what it was or where it came from. It might have made me cheer for the monster alittle more. [/size]
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Juno
Juno(2007)

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[/b][/size][left]I like so many went and saw Juno in the theater due to all the hype that it was getting. Plus I really enjoy Ellen Page, she was awesome in a little movie called Hard Candy (totally recommend to eveyone). So I went, saw it and loved every minute of it!
This is on my own list as one of the top best movie of 2007. I really enjoyed the whole storyline and thought it was hilarious for a movie which main subject is teen pregnancy. Page is absolutely perfect in the title role in my opinion. She just kind of fit together with the writting and in the end it just worked. I'm totally glad that she was at least nominated for the role, but its too early for her to get one. Page to me is like my generations new Jodi Foster, I think she will just get better and better as the years go by and she eventually is gonna get another role that she'll blow everyone away with.
I loved about every second of this film except for one small thing, Michael Cera. He was the only thing about the movie that I for one didn't care for. His character was so weird and probably acted the most unrealistic in the given situation. He basically ran throughout the movie and had awkward conversations with everyone....Dude you just knocked a girl up, whats wrong with you?!! I'm atonished that Juno would have sex with a guy like that in the first place. All I can say is that Cera need to starts putting some range on his acting or he's going to be playing geeks and losers for the rest for his career, and you can only go so far with that.
But other then my tiff with Cera everyone else in the supporting cast was great. And in the end they made a great little film that blew up to mega movie proportions. Not everyone is going to like this film so I only recommend to those who like the quick smart-ass type humor that comes along with a movie like this.
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Across the Universe
½

[center][size=5]Across the Universe[/size]
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[left][size=2]Another day another musical, I think I've seen the most musicals in the last two years already. Well I figured this movie can't be that horrible, at least I like the Beatles so I can enjoy the music if not the movie itself. But I found that I did enjoy teh movie to a certain degree. The visuals in it were amazing and beautiful, yet trippy. It worked very well with the content and the area being depicted. As for the storyline it was alright but nothing really that great about it. I just found it more clever to have the Beatles songs incorporated and have the same meaning as well. Overall it was an alright movie that I still enjoyed watching.[/size]
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Stephen King's 'Thinner'
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Thinner[/size][/size][left][size=2]I haven't seen this movie since the very first time I watched it at a Christmas party over ten years ago. Ok, so it's not Kings most popular or best novel but it wasn't a horrible movie. And yet I didn't know any of the actors that were in it except for the italian guy who looked slightly familiar. I don't know about others but I enjoyed the movie purely for just entertainment. It was alittle bit cheesey at times and the acting was over the top but for a movie that is close to being a b-movie it is expected.[/size]
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The Village
The Village(2004)

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I hated this movie when I first saw it, I was so pissed after it ended. Me and my friend went to the movies to see it when it originally came out thinking it looked pretty good from the previews, boy were we mistaken. I specifically remember talking before the movie started with my friend and made a prediction on how the movie might end, well my prediction came true. When it ended my friend actually thought that I had seen the movie before hand but I didn't. I hate it when I am able to predict and ending to a movie. I like to be suprised and see something different for a change. Ever since M. Night made the Sixth Sense none of his movies he's made after it have been very good. And is supposable suprise endings have flopped in my opinion.[/size]
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Family Guy - Volume 2: Season 3

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[/size] [size=5]Season 3[/size][b]
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[/b][/size][left][size=2][i]Family Guy[/i] Volume 2 sees the return of America's most outrageous animated family with all 21 season three episodes, plus one never-before-seen episode-"When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" banned from TV, and only available in this collection![/size][size=2]In this hilarious final volume, the Griffin family faces all new dilemmas, including Brian's unintentional foray into directing porn, Stewie's rants oninational TV, Meg's date with a nudist and Lois's Yuletide insanity. [/size][size=2] Meanwhile, Peter is surprised to discover Lois was once a groupie, and his son, Chris, is more "endowed" than he is.[/size]
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Willow
Willow(1988)
½

[center][size=5]Willow[/size][left][size=2]It's been a real long time since I've seen this movie, and I don't think I ever saw it all the way through. I actually expected it to be a little better then it really was. Some parts seemed to just drag on or really weren't that need in general. The acting was alright and the special effects were ok for a movie at that time in the late 80s. I guess I was expecting a little more magical and humor such as the Princess Bride, instead I got a watered down version of Legend.[/size]
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Balls of Fury

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[size=6][/size][left][size=2]Obviously I knew that this movie wasn't going to be that great but I still gave it a chance. What was wrong with this movie was pretty much everything. The story sucked big time and so did the jokes. Whoever thought a movie about ping pong would be funny was dead wrong. I would just skip this movie altogether.[/size]
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

[center][size=6][size=5]Sweeney Todd
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[left][size=2]Alright I don't watch musicals, I just don't. People still look at me weird for saying that I'm a film student but that I have never watched The Sound of Music. That movie just seems really long and I have a feeling I'll fall asleep 1/3 of a way into it. Ok it's not like I've never watched a musical in my entire life. I've seen Dreamgirls and enjoyed that, and wasn't the Golden age of Disney mostly made up of singing animals and such. I know some of you may still be pissed that I haven't seen The Sound of Music but you'll have to wait in line behind my Grandmother. That's her favorite musical and I think overall movie. Well if I had to pick my favorite film musical then I'm going to pick Sweeney Todd.
I think it's rather fitting for me since it's directed by my favorite director of all time Tim Burton and stars my favorite actor Johnny Depp. I'll watch anything that both of them to especially together, they make a great team. But I have to admit I was skeptical at first when I heard that they were going to do a musical. It's something that both are very new toward and have never done before in their careers. But given the dark content of the story again it was a perfect combination.
I really did enjoy every aspect of this movie. It was like a musical that was made for my personal tastes. It's got a very dark storyline but has just the perfect amount of humor that pops up here and there that you aren't totally drug down into Sweeney Todd's world. I wouldn't say Depp has the best voice, but he did give it his best overall and in the end it's his performance that stands out. Also Helena Bonham Carter was great as well and I just lover her character every time she came on screen. She brought a lot of heart and laughter to the film. Out of all the movies from 2007 this was particularly one of my very favorites. And I can just add it on to more reasons why I love the teaming of Burton and Depp.[/size]
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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]When I first saw the trailer for this movie I wasn't sure if I was going to like this movie or not. And after seeing it I know now that I didn't. I'm getting a little tried of these fake autobiographical movies being put out by the same group of guys each year. They're just not that funny anymore. And most of the funny stuff is always shown in the trailer. But the thing about this movie was there wasn't that many funny parts. I don't remamber laughing at all when watching the movie. The jokes weren't that great and they were being repeated over and over again. I wanted to scream at the screen "we get it already, now move on!" I don't care for John C. Reilly as a comedic actor, he better just sticking with being a character actor in serious movies. I would wait for this one to come out to dvd before considering spending your money for it in the theater.[/size]
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Poltergeist II: The Other Side

[center][size=6][size=5]Poltergeist 2:The Other Side
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]I didn't really like this movie that much. The storyline was a little weak and I just didn't care for the new ghostly character of Rev. Kane. It seemed like it had the same special effects that were used in the last movie and that they didn't try to do something new. I just got bored after watching it for a while. i would just stick to the original.
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[/size][/size] [left][size=2]Again this movie just doesn't cut it compared to the original. This time the entire family is gone except for Carol Anne, and hte storyline just didnt catch on with me. I really didn't like the Rev. Kane character from the last movie and I sure wasn't excited to see that he made a return in this movie. Bt I was glad that they finally just ended to series for good. I didn'tt any hope of it getting any better.[/size]
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Poltergeist III

[center][size=6][size=5]Poltergeist 2:The Other Side
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]I didn't really like this movie that much. The storyline was a little weak and I just didn't care for the new ghostly character of Rev. Kane. It seemed like it had the same special effects that were used in the last movie and that they didn't try to do something new. I just got bored after watching it for a while. i would just stick to the original.
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Poltergeist 3
[/size][/size] [left][size=2]Again this movie just doesn't cut it compared to the original. This time the entire family is gone except for Carol Anne, and hte storyline just didnt catch on with me. I really didn't like the Rev. Kane character from the last movie and I sure wasn't excited to see that he made a return in this movie. Bt I was glad that they finally just ended to series for good. I didn'tt any hope of it getting any better.[/size]
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Poltergeist
Poltergeist(1982)

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]A family is terrorized by a supernatural presence thats haunting there home. The family's youngest child Carol Anne becomes abducted to the other side. There only way of communicating with her is through a dead channel on the television. To get Carol Anne back they family asks for help from a paranormal research team and a medium. The family soon discovers that the reason they are being haunted is due to the fact that there home is build over top of a grave yard.
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[left][size=2]This is my first entry for the entire Poltergeist trilogy. I think that this of course is the best one. It's not so much scary but it still is interesting and fun to watch. You really don't see that many haunted houses or movies about ghost that much. But I liked the somewhat of a modern telling of a ghost story. In my mind I consider this movie to be a classic and I love every moment about it.[/size]
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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)

[center][size=6][size=5]Aliens vs Predator 2: Requiem[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/WMG2007/AVP_502.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]Well this movie really puts you into the holiday spirit...NOT! What can I say about this movie that hasn't already been said? For starters its much bloodier and gorey then the last one. It had some really gross out scenes as well. But the thing for me was that I just couldn't get into the storyline. Usually you tend to feel for the humans who are caught up in the middle of the two but I didn't. All of them got on my nerves at some point in time and I was just waiting for either the Predator or Aliens to kill them. I actually wish that they would have brought back the same female survivor from the last movie, she was much more likeable. But I did like fight scenes between the two monsters and that they made a cool looking hybrid creature as well. I don't know if they are going to make a third or not. The ending isn't like how they ended it last time, I believe it was more of a reference to the Alien movies but who knows or cares.[/size]
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AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Alien vs. Predator[/size][b]
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[left][size=2]In the spirit of getting ready to watch the upcoming sequel I figured it would be appropriate to review the film that started it off. I've seen movies from both franchises and even played the computer game starring the two monsters themselves. Even though I prefer the Alien movies slightly more over Predator after watching this movie you can't help but root for Predator. I'm not really sure if the audience is suppose to go for one side or another but obviously Aliens end up getting the upper hand. I liked the storyline to a degree and enjoyed the little references to the two previous main films including having the Bishop character from Aliens. But I wish that the film makers would have used this to there advantage and made it somewhat of a prequel to the Alien franchise. At least that was what I was hoping for but it didn't really happen. But major fans of both movies will most likely enjoy this one.[/size]
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Sleepers
Sleepers(1996)
½

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[/size][size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]This movie was for the most part very good and somewhat intense. The movie itself was longer then I had originally first expected. But given that it had a great storyline and performances it didn't really matter that much. Not really the movie to watch to get into the holiday spirit but one it watch if your in the mood for a good dramatic piece.[/size]
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Party Monster

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I had first heard about this movie when I watched a special on tv about Michael Alig. The one good thing about the movie that I can say is that the storyline is whats interesting. And the fact that the entire movie is based on true events. But thats the only good thing about the movie in general. The acting was just plain bad. Culkin may have been able to get away with his acting when he was a childstar but now he's all grown up and it just doesn't cut it. He was horrible and couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. And so was the rest of the cast. I would just stay away from this move all together.[/size]
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The Bucket List
½

[center][size=6][size=5]The Bucket List[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/Bucket_List/bucket_30_502.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]It doesn't come out until Christmas but I have my ways and got to see this one early. When I first saw the trailer for this I could tell it was going to be a good film. If the storyline doesn't sound interesting then you have to admire the cast, Nicholson and Freeman together. Both were great and really did bounce off one another when it came to the comedic aspects of the film. It's a nice heartfelt buddy movie ,if that's one way I could describe it. It seemed fast paced to me but not fast enough that you miss out on things, it gets to the point of things and isn't drawn out. I have heard rumors of supposably it being oscar worthy but I wouldn't go that far. It's a nice movie but it isn't the greatest movie that Nicholson and Freeman have starred in. But it certainly is a heart puller at moments and is going to be added and another favorite of mine for 2007.
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Before the Devil Knows You're Dead[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/Before_The_Devil/8233-hawke-hoffman_502.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]For a few months I had heard little things about this movie, all were good. But when I had seen the trailer for the movie it seemed like it wouldn't interest me that much. Well today I took a chance and saw the movie. Mostly I enjoyed the storyline and how each characters view on the situation was re-examined for the audience. There were also some great perfomances as well by Hoffman and Hawk, I'm alittle suprised now that neither weren't at least nominated for something. I thought it was an interesting little movie that kind of kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end. I did enjoy it more then No Country for Old Men but I wouldn't go so far as saying it was the best movie I saw this year.[/size]
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Ladyhawke
Ladyhawke(1985)
½

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[img]http://www.alicia-logic.com/capsimages/lh_036NavarreHawk.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I have been looking for this movie all over the place and had almost given up hope. But then today as I was finishing up my Christmas shopping there is was on the shelf at Target, and for a cheap price. I've never been able to see the movie the whole way through so that was one reason for wanting to get it in the first place. It's not the greatest fantasy-romance movie out there but I still enjoyed it either way.[/size]
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I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]I Am Legend[/size][b]
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[size=6][/size][left][size=2]I was hoping to end the year on a good movie, but yet again I was saddly mistaken. I Am Legend is the second movie this year that looked like it was going to kickass but fell short in the end...anybody else remember Spider Man 3. The teaser trailer is what first got me all excited. But then when the normal trailer came out a few months ago my expectations were lowered. What really went wrong with the film were the "infected people". Are you kidding me CGI monster people!!! How am I or anyone for that matter take the movie seriously when you expect me to be scared by some computer animated zombie thing. Smiths performance was ok, it reminded me of Tom Hanks character in cast away. And instead of a volleyball to talk to Smiths character has a dog and a group of mannequins. I've seen the really older version with Vincent Price not to long ago and the storyline was pretty much the same. I expected that the ending of the film would mirror but not be the same as the older version as well. To me this movie was done all wrong, it had so much potential to be great but wasn't.[/size]
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American Gangster

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]Even though I had heard a bunch of great things about this movie it still took me months to finally see it. I wasn't planning on watching it cause I just didn't think that I would care that much for a crime drama film. Plus I haven't really been in that type of mood to watch a fim like this. But finally I decided it was time to give it a try. And of course everybody was right, it was a good movie. The storyline really kept my attention from start to finish and the acting was great. I see another nomination coming Washington's way again. Great movie, another one that shouldn't be missed.[/size][size=6][/size][center][img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/6/Q/P/PHMyPNPQ2ip6QP_m.jpg[/img]
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Contempt
Contempt(1964)

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[/size][/size][left][size=2]I didn't really care for this movie at all. I found it very, very long and way drawn out. And it also had an annoying dramatic musicial score which they kept on repeating over and over again at random moments. I also just couldn't get into the storyline and found the dialogue between the two characters boring that I stopped listening after awhile. The book it is based off of may be more interesting but this movie just wasn't for me. [/size]
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Blow-Up
Blow-Up(1966)

[center][size=6][size=5]Blow-Up
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]This was the very last movie that I had to view for my film adaptation class. We first read a short story that the movie was based on, which was very confusing when reading it and didn't make that much sense to me. But I somewhat enjoyed the movie to the best that I could. I just found it very drawn out and boring at times. It took forever till the audience figures out that a murder has taken place. And the ending was a bit of a let down and just weird in general. Who would want to end a movie with a gang of mimes playing tennis, I know random isn't it.[/size]
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Awake
Awake(2007)

[center][size=6][size=5]Awake[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/Awake/DF-Awake_03566_150.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I never really intended to actually see this movie, but this was the only movie that looked good enough to watch on a chilly friday night. It's not the best thriller out there and really from watching the trailer you aren't suprised at the stuff they throw at you. Everything I figured would happen did happen, and usually that turns me off while watching movies. I don't like to predict a movie and everything that happens, I want to be suprised and blown away. The only reason that I didn't give the movie a lower rating was because I did like the whole anesthetic awareness thing that made up the plot. It was just interesting and that it happens a lot to people that undergo operations, that's the only thing that creeped me out about the entire movie. [/size]
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Bully
Bully(2001)
½

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[left][size=2]I happen to catch this one on tv a few weeks ago. It was almost like a blast from the past since actor Brad Renfro stars in the movie, and I haven't seen a movie with him in it since Tom and Huck. The movie in some ways reminded me of Alpha Dog, probably the different types of characters that you see inside the teenage group. The storyline as well was based on true events which I always find appealing. Plus it also has a supporting role for my new movie star crush Michael Pitt.[/size]
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Enchanted
Enchanted(2007)

[center][center][size=6][size=5] Enchanted[/size][b]
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[left][size=2]I didn't think that I really was going to care that much for this movie but I was pleasently suprised. All the good things said about this movie are true. The storyline was great and had alittle bit of everything for all ages. I really loved how they were able to capture all the great elements that make up a Disney cartoon and put them into this movie. Adams must have just watched every Disney Princess movie ever made and put a little bit of all of them into her performance. Great kids movie of the entire year.[/size]
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Showgirls
Showgirls(1995)
½

[center][size=5]Showgirls[/size]
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[size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]Wow, what a crappy movie. Yeah I know what your thinking, why the hell would you want to watch this movie? I've never seen the entire movie before. I caught some parts on tv but usually would just pass it while changing the channel. I know that there is some sort of cult following to this film which I'm not sure why. There is nothing special about it at all. The storyline was weak and the actors danced better then they acted. Berkley I remember from the days of watching Saved by the Bell. This movie basically killed any hope of her having a sucessful career after the tv show. And probably as well with anyone else that was involved.[/size]
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Control
Control(2007)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Control[/size][b]
[img]http://media.movieweb.com/galleries/5168/2924/lo/01.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]After watching the movie now I see why I've heard a bunch of buzz about it. This is probably one of my favorite movie that I've seen this year. I am hoping that it gets nominated for a bunch of award when the golden globes and oscars are announced. I loved that the entiremovie was in black and white, it fit so well ith the content of the story. And the performances are great also. Sam Riely who played Ian Curtis was just great and I'm crossing my fingers that at least he gets nominated. This was such a good movie probably one of the better biopics about a musician I've seen. If you get a chance you must see it.[/size]
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August Rush
August Rush(2007)

[center][size=6][size=5]August Rush[/size][b]
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[size=6][/size][left][size=2]I really liked this movie. When I first saw the trailer I really wanted to see it. After watching the Mist it was time for a movie with an upbeat storyline. August Rush was everything I had expected it to me and more. the storyline was great even though I was a bit disappointed in how they just cut to the end of the film. And the performaces were pretty good as well, Highmore is so cute and is such great young actor. If you want to see a nice family film then go check this movie out.[/size]
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The Ten
The Ten(2007)

[center][size=6][size=5]The Ten[/size][b]
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[/b][/size][left][size=2]Ten stories are told to the viewer each inspired by the ten commandments. A guy becomes an international hero when he goes skydiving without his parachute and survives, but is stuck in the ground. A woman travels to Mexico and has a sexual incounter with a local named Jesus. A doctor ends up going to jail after killing his patient by making a goof. A police officer and his neighbor try and up one another by seeing who can own the most CATscans. A women hires a Schwarzenneger impersonator to play father to her two sons that happen to be black. A prisoner who tries to covet another prisoners bitch. A women who steals a ventriloquist dummy after falling in love with it. A cartoon rhino who learns why it's never good to tell a lie. A man who decideds not to go to church on Sundays and instead hang around his house with his friends naked. And finally a guy who is having trouble with his wife and his much younger mistress.
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[left][size=3][size=2]Finally!!! You do not know how bad I've been wanting to see this movie. It came out in the summer to select theaters and when it actually came to a place close to me I missed it and it was gone. This is from the same team that did the movie Wet Hot American Summer, which is one of my favorite comedys. I like the humor that both movies contain, stupid with a bit of randomness. Each story was funny in their own way but my favorites were Thou Shall Not Steal, and Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbor. The movie is coming to dvd soon and I plan on getting it. If you are a fan of Wet Hot American Summer or the sketch comedy show The State then you have to see this.
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The Mist
The Mist(2007)
½

[center][size=6][size=5] The Mist[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/TheMist/mist06_502.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]So I'd been reading the reviews from those who had seen this movie just to get an idea if it was worth a viewing or not. Mostly everybody enjoyed the movie so I took a chance. I was weary in the first place because the last Stephen King movie I saw was 1408, and those who did see that movie know how it turned out. Overall the movie was ok, I don't think it was the greatest but it wasn't horrible. I like movies about the supernatural but this was way beyond the supernatural. It's probably just me but I don't find a bunch of mysterious (SPOILER) giant bugs and creatures that scary. I would have found it more creepy if you just don't know what was in the mist at all. Anyway I think that it is worth seeing in theaters and is much more enjoyable then 1408 was.[/size]
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Alien
Alien(1979)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Alien
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]So while I was shopping on black friday I picked up the very first Alien movie. Is it sad to say that it's been a really, really long time since I've seen this film. I don't think that I ever saw it all the way through. I actually watched it last night with a friend, it was pretty cool. I wasn't sure if I was going to get scared or not , but I did jump at a few scenes. I totally recommend checking out this movie if it's been awhile since you've seen it.
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No Country for Old Men
½

[center][size=6][size=5]No Country for Old Men[/size][b]
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[size=6][/size][left][size=2]I think that I might have to have another sitting with this one cause I just don't see what all the talk is over this movie. I like the Coen brothers but to me Fargo is there best movie. I just couldn't get captivated by the storyline, I fell asleep somewhere in the middle of the movie. Until I fine time again the rewatch it I'm still going to stick with my rating.[/size]
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Hitman
Hitman(2007)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Hitman[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/Hitman/HMKS-002_502.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=3][size=2]I remember playing the Hitman game at least once, my brother used to own the game. But none of the elements from the game seem to have transpired to the movie adaptation. The only thing that is the same is the bald main character going around killing people. In plain words the story sucked, obviously the guy who wrote the script never played the game all the way through. It was confusing at times cause I just didn't know what was happening and near the end turned into some weird corrupt political thriller. I don't think big fans of the game will be very happy once they see this. Don't waste your time on this one, you'll have a better time playing the game.[/size]
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Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Demons 2
The Nightmare Returns
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]This time instead of a movie theater the demons decide to attack in a high rise apartment building. After watching a documentary about Demons on tv a young women is turned into a demon herself when one pops out of the tv and attacks her. It justs so happens that all this goes down during a big birthday party, which she ends up attacking all her guest and they to become demons as well. Now they are all running rampant in the high rise apartment building (that has gone on lockdown) and attacking other tenents. Only a few surivors are left and must find away out of the building before the demons find them.
[/size] [size=2]So alittle while ago I did a review for the first Demons movie, ever since then I've been looking for the sequel. Finally I found it and not as good as the first one. Don't get me wrong both movies aren't the greatest but this movie didn't really follow where the first one left off. So it just was a little confusing, but the whole demon elements stayed mostly the same. If you like cheesy 80's Italian horror movies then maybe you would enjoy this one.[/size]
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Pee-Wee's Playhouse Volume # 1

[center][size=6][size=5]Pee-Wee's Playhouse
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[/size][/b][/size][left][size=2]I used to watch Pee-Wee's Playhouse religiously every Saturday morning. My dad would sit there with me and my younger brother, he never really got Pee-Wee and to this day thinks we are both crazy for ever watching the show. But Pee-Wee was great and a big part of my childhood. We still have our Pee-Wee doll from Christmas years ago. The show however weird it may have been was great and I still love it after rewatching the episodes today.[/size]
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Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog)

[center][center][size=5]Night and Fog[/size]
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[/b][/size][left][size=2]Night and Fog was a documentary made in the 50's, a few years after the war had ended. The film shows colored footage of what one of the concentration camps looked liked in the present and followed with black and white pictures of the past. It doesn't just show the genocide of many people but explains that this could happen again and to anyone.
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[left][size=2]Another movie that I watched in my film class. It was the only documentary that we have watched. It also was a real mood killer as well, can't believe that my teacher wanted to go on and have a healthy discussion following the movie. It shows some really disturbing holocaust pictures that I have never seen before and will be burned in my mind forever. Some of the pictures shown I have seen or are typical of what is shown say via the history channel while their were other that were way to graphic to show on tv altogether. I already knew that the Holocaust was a horrible thing that happen this movie just proves it even more.[/size]
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Seasons 1 & 2
½

[center][size=5]It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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[left][size=2]This is such a funny-ass show. I bought my brother seasons 1 & 2 dvd for his birthday, and decided to watch it myself since I bought it for him. He's the one who got me into it during the airing of the second seasn on tv. I'm usually late when it comes to watching tv shows. Either I'm a few season behind when I get into it or the show has already ended or cancelled. But this show is great, I love the type of humor that it contains. It's kind of similar to the office but they get away with saying and doing more stuff. The storylines are original and usually leave me laughing on the floor. If you haven't checked out this show you should, it airs on the FX network.[/size]
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Uncovered
Uncovered(1994)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Uncovered[/size][/size][left][size=2]This is a very early piece of work that Kate Beckinsale starred in. I don't think it ever even reach state side. But I ended up finding it in my local video store and decided to give it a try. It's certainly not her best work or movie in that case, but I did give it some credit for having a somewhat of an interesting murder mystery plot. Plus it has the guy who played Alfred in the first Batman series. It's mostly a forgettable movie and probably one that Beckinsale wouldn't want people to remember her in anyway.[/size]
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Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Beowulf[/size][b]
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[size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]Let me start of by saying that this isn't your typical CG-animated kids movie. In fact I found this to be very violent and graphic and not for young kids at all. This is a giant leap from the Polar Express. I really liked it, the graphics and the entire look of the film were beautiful. Even the storyline was good enough to keep my attention through out the entire movie. I wouldn't be suprised if it gets nominated for best animated feature. But even though it was cool looking I still don't understand why they just didn't make it into a regular feature film? I mean they wanted everything to look more human then graphic. Although I would understand that some of the action scenes would be a bit over the top if they tried to do it with real actors. Anyways...I was impressed and got a lot more then I had expected, seriously A LOT more. Did not expect to see Angelina Jolie totally butt naked and covered in gold (well i mean i heard she was gonna be semi nude,but come on parents are gonna take there kids to see this!), or random ass shots in general. Yes, I did just say random ass shots, which it wasn't a bad looking ass I just wasn't expecting it. Just go see the movie to judge for yourself.[/size]
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Fred Claus
Fred Claus(2007)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Fred Claus[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/FredClaus/FCD-00153.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=3][size=2]I really wanted to see this movie when I first heard about it. It kind of reminded me of the movie Elf, but wasn't as good. It had it's funny moments but I thought there would be more. I would recommend seeing this movie when it comes out on dvd.[/size]
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I Think I Love My Wife

[center][size=5]I Think I Love My Wife[/size]
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[/size][/b][left][size=2]This movie was just boring as hell. I don't care for Chris Rock and don't find him or any of his movies funny. The storyline was dull and I really stopped paying attention after the first 30 mins. There were only a few scenes that made me laugh, the rest of the jokes fell short for me. I wouldn't recommend seeing this movie at all.[/size]
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Strangers with Candy

[center][size=6][size=5]Strangers With Candy[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/StrangersWithCandy/SWC993-sedaris1.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]This is actually a prequel to the comedy central tv series from a few years ago. I've only seen a few actual episodes and they were ok, so I decided to give the movie a try. It was alright but I don't think everybody will like it unless it's there kind of humor. If you enjoyed the tv show then you'll probably love the movie.[/size]
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A Mighty Heart

[center][size=6][size=5]A Mighty Heart[/size][b]
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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I been really looking forward to seeing this movie for a long time. Jolie is a great actress and lately she hasn't been in any really great movies that can show how talented she really is. But this movie does just that. I'm hoping that she will be nominated this year. Before this movie there wasn't any standout female performances that I could remember.This is probably her second best performance that I have seen other then the movie Gia. A really great and intense movie with outstanding performances that I highly recommend.[/size]
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The Big Sleep
½

[center][size=6][size=5]The Big Sleep[/size][b]
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[/b][/size][left][size=2]A private eye is hired by a dying General to find out who is blackmailing his family. During his investigation he meets both the Generals two beautiful daughters. He begins to fall in ove with one while the other is caught up in a murder mystery.
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[left][size=2]This was another movie that I had to view for my adaptaion class. The best part about the book that it is based from was the dialogue spoken by the main character. Luckily they were able to keep that aspect of the book to the film. Is it sad to say that this is my first Bogart film? If you couldn't tell I really don't watch a lot of "older" movies, but I'm trying to get better. The film itself was ok but I already knew what was going to happen so my mind tended to wander while viewing. But if you are in the mood to watch a quirky film noire movie then I would recommend this one.[/size]
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Run Fatboy Run

[center][size=6][size=5]Run, Fat Boy, Run[/size][b]
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[left][size=2]When I was watching this movie I realized at the end credits that Ross from Friends is the director. I didn't know he directed but not bad of a movie. I think the best part of it all is Simon Pegg and one of the other guys from Shaun of the Dead was in it. The storyline was funny and was sort of an off beat comedy. And it wasn't really a "british comedy" where there are somethings that American audiences wouldn't understand. Suprisingly American comedy actor Michael Ian Black wrote the script, he's always one of those people that VH1 will interview during I love the 80's part 200. Anyway I really liked enjoyed the movie and recommend others see it when it hits the states in a few months.[/size]
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Sid and Nancy

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[size=5][/size] [size=6][b][img]http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/bff/2003/img/strands/alexcoxlead.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]I was really impressed with this movie, mostly with Gary Oldman's performance. I always knew he was a good actor but this really shows it. When watching the movie I really thought I was watching the real Sid and Nancy. I don't know how acurate the movie is in general, Johnny Rotten the lead singer and famously put down the movie . But I liked it no matter what, it was like a modern punk version of Romeo and Juliet.[/size]
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Sex and Death 101
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]One day a man recieves a mysterious email list of every women he will ever sleep with. He becomes obssessed with the list and even cancels his own wedding so that he can continue sleeping around. But as the list begins to narrow down he looks at the last name and discovers that it is the name of a local serial killer. A real life femme fatale going by the name Death Nell, her victims are men that she ends up sleeping with then putting them into comas.
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[left][size=2]The movie doesn't come out until early next year, but lucky for me I got to see it. I was especially excited to see this movie cause it reteams writer Daniel Waters and Winona Ryder since they worked together in Heathers.(which is on my top 10 list) It's not as great as Heathers but I still enjoyed the black comedy that it contained. The only problem that I had with the storyline was these 3 weird guys running around in matching grey suites that are part of some mysterious agency. There roles aren't really explained well and I wasn't really sure why they were around in the first place. But other then that and the fact that they could have given Ryder more screentime, it was a fairly good movie. Not sure how others will take to it when it comes out. It seems to have gotten mixed reviews at the different festivals have screened it.[/size]
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

[center][size=6][size=5]Invasion of the Body Snatchers[/size][b]
[img]http://www.celluloidheroreviews.com/images/invasion-of-the-body-snatch.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]This is one of two sequels based of the old 50's version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The other one was this years Invasion with Nichole Kidman. Even though both are generally the same, the way in which the alien life form travels between humans is different. In this version it is from coming in contact with a alien hybrid plant that begins to grow all over the world and then from there the body snatchers themselves. Also this movie doesn't really have the happy solution in the end like the new one. But even though this version was made in the 70's it's not intirely all that bad. Sure the acting is a little over the top with a hint of cheesyness, but I did find the SFX more creepier.[/size]
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Land of the Dead
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I find it a little funny that the same man that basically created the zombie genera has made a crappy zombie movie. I, like others who love the dead series, was excited to hear that another installment was being made. But sadly the finally product just wasn't like the previous movies. The story didn't appeal to me at all, it just seemed like any other zombie movie thats been cranked out over the years. And the actors weren't the best out there either. The other dead movie are great to watch this one is the worst of the series.[/size][size=6][/size][center][img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/t/R/R/PHN6iPOTgZktRR_m.jpg[/img]
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Interview with the Vampire

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[center][left][size=2]I really love this movie because I think it's rare today to see a sucessful adaptation of a book to film. Pitt's performance is to me his best and my favorite of his. He really captures the true nature of the character and makes it his own. Now when I reread the novel I can only see Pitt as the Louis character. Fot those who are fans of the vampire genera then this is defiantley a movie that cannot be missed![/size]
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Jeepers Creepers
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Jeepers Creepers[/size][/size] [size=6][b][img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/g/9/8/PH6Htf6e9WBg98_m.jpg[/img]
[/b][/size][left][size=2]I really just did not get this movie. It wasn't even scary!! It just seemed really really cheesy. I'm suprised that they just didn't make it a direct to video or one of those sci-fi channel B-movies they make all they time. The storyline was original yet it bored me. And the acting wasn't too impressive, but I didn't expect that anyway with a movie like this. But I was suprised to see Justin Long who mostly just does comedies, yeah he should stick with just them.[/size]
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
½

[center][size=5]The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford[/size]
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[left][size=2]This was a decent movie to watch. Probably one of Pitt's better roles to date. Wouldn't be suprised if he or the movie gets any nominations this year. The only problem that I did have was Casey Affleck I really don't think he's that great of an actor. He just seemed really akward on screen, and I know that half of that was suppose to be from his character but I think most of it was just him in general. But overall the storyline was really good and it wasn't what I would call a western but a good dramatic biopic.[/size]
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30 Days of Night
½

[center][size=6][size=5]30 Days of Night[/size][/size][size=3][/size]
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[/b][/size][left][size=3][size=2]This movie was just what I needed for the Halloween season! It was everything I had expected and a little more. I love vampire movies I don't know what it is about them but they are my favorite movie monster. 30 Days is now up there as being one of my favorite vampire movies, right after Underworld of course. And I think one of the best horror movies that I've seen this year. The storyline is what really gets you into it, it just really creative and makes you wonder why you didn't come up with that. If your a fan of the horror genera and vampire movies for that matter then you gotta check this movie.[/size]
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House on Haunted Hill
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]So I love the original of this movie starring the great Vincent Price. I know that it wasn't that great of a horror movie by todays standard and it's probably cheesy but I liked it. I couldn't believe that would even think about doing a remake of it a few years ago. But I did give it a try and they do stay with where the original storyline was and have similarities of the characters. But then they added the crazy experimental doctor who torchured his victims and that just kind of took it over the edge for me. I didn't really find it scary and I wasn't that impressed with the ghostly special effects. I ended thinking this movie was even more cheesy then the original. Some may liked and other like me will jus be disappointed.[/size]
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The Brave One
½

[center][size=6][size=5]The Brave One[/size][b]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/BraveOne/1.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]So I finally got to see this movie! It looked really good from the previews and it doesn't disappoint. Foster was great like always, its good to see her again on screen. I think that this character really suited her well. The storyline was really good even though I thought they could have made a better ending then the typical hollywood ending that I had expected anyway. Really happy I saw this, nobody should miss this one.[/size]
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Return to House on Haunted Hill

[center][size=6][size=5]Return to House on Haunted Hill[/size][b]
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[left] [size=2]I didn't even know that they made a sequel to House on Haunted Hill. I never really cared for the other movie, I just enjoy the old original with Vincent Price. I this movie the storyline was weak and the acting was horrible. And the scares just didn't cut it for me either. At least the other one was a bit more entertaining and not so off the wall and cheesy.[/size]
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Why Did I Get Married?

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[/size][/b][left][size=2]I really wanted to see this movie. After seeing the trailer it looked kind of interesting. After seeing clips on tv and finding out that it was number one at the box office I knew I had to see it for myself. I loved the storyline and the different marital problems that each couple was going through. Not only that but it was a lot funnier then I had expected. There were some really funny and memorable moments. I'm not that big of a fan of Tyler Perry, I've seen most of Diary of a Mad Black Women, but I think this movie is much better. Plus he's not dressed up in drag as an old lady just for laughs ,which I find is just getting old in hollywood altogether. Funny , dramatic, and all around great date movie that I've seen this year.[/size]
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Why Did I Get Married?

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[/size][/b][left][size=2]I really wanted to see this movie. After seeing the trailer it looked kind of interesting. After seeing clips on tv and finding out that it was number one at the box office I knew I had to see it for myself. I loved the storyline and the different marital problems that each couple was going through. Not only that but it was a lot funnier then I had expected. There were some really funny and memorable moments. I'm not that big of a fan of Tyler Perry, I've seen most of Diary of a Mad Black Women, but I think this movie is much better. Plus he's not dressed up in drag as an old lady just for laughs ,which I find is just getting old in hollywood altogether. Funny , dramatic, and all around great date movie that I've seen this year.[/size]
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Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)
½

[center][center][size=5]Rear Window[/size]
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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I just got to watch this movie today in my film class. Yes, sad to say that this is the first time that I have seen this movie all the way through. Hitchcock's Psycho and North by Northwest are the only two major movie that I have seen. But I think that Rear Window is probably the very best. It has everything that makes a great thriller and more including a little bit of humor and romance. Great movie a must see on the egde of your seat thriller![/size]
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The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]The Exorcist[/size][b]
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[left][size=2]This movie still scares the crap out of me and it's sometimes just hard for me to watch. I don't think there is any other movie like it. Many have tried to copy off of it but have failed to get even close to the original. I believe that the reason that the movie creeps me out is because its based on actual events. My uncle is a priest in D.C and he has a book that discusses the ritual that go into an exorcist. And everytime we ask him about it he says that he isn't allowed to say if he's ever had to do one or not, he isn't even allowed to show us what is inside the book. Also my parents told me that the priest who baptised me and married them was the original priest that was witnessed to the actual exorcism that the movie is based on. Creepy!!![/size]
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The Ring
The Ring(2002)
½

[center][center][size=5]The Ring[/size]
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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I really did hate this movie when it first came out. All I heard was how scary and creepy the movies was, and how it was the scariest movie they ever seen. Well that was a bunch of bull! I just don't find a creepy looking little girl coming out of a television scary. What really got to me was the ending, just when you think it was going to end and everything was going to be settled they just add more to it. More that was completely irrelevent and was probably add to continue the franchise in another crappy movie.[/size]
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The Others
The Others(2001)

[center][size=6][size=5]The Others[/size][b]
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[left][size=2]I rememeber seeing this movie with my cousin and being so excited cause the trailer for it looked so creepy. In general the movie is creepy and gives me chills just recollecting it. I like that there was that twist in the story and it was generally made to put you on the edge of your seat then just scare the crap out of you. Another great movie to watch during the Halloween season.[/size]
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Atonement
Atonement(2007)
½

[center][size=5]Atonement[b]
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Atonment is a mesmerizing romantic drama that keeps your attention to the very end. It contains great performances by Keira Knightley, James McAvoy , and newcomer Saoirse Ronan.
Taking place in England during 1935, a young 13 year old Briony (Ronan) and her older sister Cecilia(Knightley) are staying at there family's large country estate for the summer. Also visiting is the housekeeper's son Robbie(McAvoy) who is back from college. Briony has a crush on Robbie, while Cecilia and Robbie both have a sexual attraction to each other that neither have acted on. Robbie decideds to tell Cecilia in a letter his true feelings for her, after several drafts he gives the letter to Briony to give to her sister. It is only moments afterwards tha Robbie realizes that the wrong draft was given, and instead a very steamy and inappropriate letter was given. Before giving the letter to her sister Briony reads it a is clearly jealous and fluster at what is in the letter. She comes to the conclusion that Robbie must be a sex addict.
During a dinner party Robbie and Cecilia express their true feelings for each other in a very passionate scene taking place in a study, but only to be interrupted by Briony. Also during the dinner party a rape occurs and Briony accuses Robbie of the attack. He is eventually arrested and is sent to prison. A few years go by and an older Briony must comes to terms with the mistake of her false accusation that has changed the lives of herself and everyone around her.
One thing that really stands out in this movie is the great performances by all the actors. Knightley impresses with her turn in a much more mature role then audiences are used to seeing. She gives one of her best perfomances and mostly likely memorable. Both James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan are a breath of fresh air as two new talents that we haven't seen the last of. But behind every great performance and movie is a great director and that is Joe Wright.
Wright can be considered on of those directors that you have to watch with this being his only second feature film. His first was 2005 Pride and Prejudice which also starred Knightley. The film is beautifully shot and you can tell each scene was carefully planned out to every last detail. I look forward to what his next project will be.
The film for me was one of my favorites from 2007, the storyline just right a way captured me and kept my attention until the climatic end. It is so well done in every aspect its hard not to like it. It's also not what I had expected at all when first going into it watch it. It's not your typical love story, in fact its more of a tragic romance in the lines of Romeo and Juliet. If you like those type of films then I don't see why you wouldn't love this movie any different. It's an instant classic that shouldn't be taken for granted, and is one of the best films that came out n 2007.
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Rashômon
Rashômon(1951)
½

[center][size=5]Rashomon[/size][/center]
[center][left][size=2]Had to watch this movie today for my adaption class after we just read the two short stories that inspired the film. I have heard things about the movie in the past including that it is considered a classic. But I never really had any interest in the japanese cinema, I always think of samari's and bad english dubbing. But this movie changed my entire perspective. Mostly because there's more to the storyline then just the fighting scenes. Their is an undertone of the darkness of human nature in the entire storyline, that mostly stays true to the short story even though the story also had more of a psychological aspect to each of the characters. I would suggest watching this movie and even reading the two short stories and see how the director incorporated both together.[/size][/left]
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House (Ding Dong, You're Dead)

[center][size=5]House[/size][left][size=2]I remember seeing this movie years ago and I just so happen to find it over the internet and cable. I just happen to finally know what the title of it was called after watching it. For years I never knew what it was called so I didn't know what t look for it under. It's not the greatest horror movie and in some scenes its a little comical which it tries to be on purpose. I just enjoyed seeing this movie again, it doesn't scare me anymore but I'm glad I got another chance.[/size]
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The Heartbreak Kid

[center][size=6][size=5]The Heartbreak Kid[/size][b]
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[size=3][/size][left][size=2]This movie was lame,I don't know why people were comparing it to Something About Mary. I didn't find any of the jokes funny. It seemed like they've been used over and over again in other movies. This movie was seriously not worth it and I would just wait till it comes on dvd to consider seeing it.[/size]
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Gin gwai (The Eye)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]The Eye[/size][b]
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[left][size=2]This movie was actually on tv today and I decided to take a chance and watch it. I don't like japanese horror I find them all to be the same with pale face asian ghosts wearing black makeup around their eyes. I hated both the American versions of the Ring and the Grudge. But this movie I'll make an exception for. I liked the storyline and the whole concept of the film. It kept watching till the very end with a satifiying ending. An American version starring Jessica Alba is suppose to come out sometime next year and I think that I'll go and see it. Just as long as they don't mess the whole concept up.[/size]
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3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]3:10 to Yuma[/size][/size][size=6][b][img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/310ToYuma/13_300dpi.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I enjoyed this movie more then I thought I would. Westerns are my least favorite genera, but I decided to take a chance since I heard a lot of positive things. The performances are very strong, I really liked Bale and I tolerated Crowe ,even though he looks to be a jackass in real life. I would suggest this movie to those like me who aren't real fans of the western.[/size]
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Boogeyman
Boogeyman(2005)

[center][size=6][size=5]Boogeyman[/size][b]
[img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/screen_gems/boogeyman/barry_watson/boogey3.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I did not find this movie the least entertaining. Instead I saw a storyline that was weak, and overall cheesy. One seating was it for me I wouldn't think twice about giving it a second chance. It was really was that bad, at least to me it was. It just wasn't impressing and I didn't find any scary or jumpy moments that stuck out. The boogeyman never fightened me as a child and neither did this movie.[/size]
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Sleepy Hollow

[center][size=6][size=5]Sleepy Hollow[/size][b]
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[left][size=2]This is a really good movie to watch during Halloween. Burton puts a creative twist to a classic ghost tale and seems to make it darker then it originally was intended. I love that this is really the only horror type movie that Burton has directed. Everything else has had a gothic twist but nothing that would give you the scares. A movie that has a little bit of everything but still stays true to the legend.[/size]
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The Dead Zone
½

[center][size=6][size=5]The Dead Zone
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[/size][/size] [left][size=2]I like the Dead Zone because for the whole concept of the story itself. Someone waking up after being out for five years to realize that not only has everyone around them changed but they themselves have woken up with this frightening gift. The movie itself for me wasn't as scary or thrilling as I had first hoped. I haven't read the book but I'm sure it's still a good read.I just got a little turned off with the ending and the political aspect that came into play.Walkens not the greatest actor to grace the screen (even though my brother would think otherwise) but I think he fit well in the shoes of this particular character. Walken is just plain strange to begin with, but in a way so is this character so those to elements combined went really well. I would suggest the Dead Zone to others but I think some may like it and others will hate it.[/size]
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Good Luck Chuck
½

[center][size=5]Good Luck Chuck[/size]
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[left][size=2]I really wasn't that impressed with this movie I actually was a little disappointed. I didn't expect it to be so crude at times. I was actually thinking it would be more of a romantic comedy. I like Dane Cook as a comic, I have both his comedy albums and think they are great. I just don't think he is that great when it comes doing movies. I was also suprised to see Jessica Alba in this sort of movie as well. I thought she had some of the funniest scenes but she could have found a better morer smarter comedy to star in.[/size]
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Double Indemnity

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[img]http://www.cnn.com/interactive/entertainment/0203/wilder.films/double.indemnity.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I had to watch this movie for my film adaptation class. It was ok but I was more entertained with the book instead. I'm still trying to get better at watching older movies, this is one step in the right direction.[/size]
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Georgia Rule
Georgia Rule(2007)

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[left][size=2]I never planned on see this movie or any movie featuring Lindsey Lohan ever. But it just so happen that my house hold decided to rent it more so because Jane Fonda was in it. I knew from the start I wasn't going to really like this film even without the negative reviews. For one thing Lohans character who seems to resemble this character in real life, was just stright up annoying. And you'll understand what I mean cause she's the reason I was confused the entire movie. Is she telling the truth or is she lying cause shes a dirty slut? I don't know but I'm still not impressed with her supposably great acting abilities. The storyline was just sloppy and made the audience confused at whether this was a family comedy or a drama. Either way I don't care, I thought it was a waste and I don't plan on seeing anymore Lindsey Lohan movies until she is completely sober and clean....that basically means NEVER![/size][/left]
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Resident Evil: Extinction

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[/b][/size] [size=6][/size][left][size=2]Out of all three of the resident evil movies this one was my least favorite. It just didn't have the same fun elements that the last two had. It was kind of depressing and boring at times. I wasn't really impressed with any of the fight sequences and the zombies were just really bad looking. And when I say bad looking I mean just a horrible job in the make-up department. I wasn't really digging the whole surviving in the desert thing either. I kept on expecting that an old fashion western gun fight was going to happen since all the exterior elements reminded my of a western movie. And another thing everybody was saying that this is the last movie in the series, well if that is so then they really should stop making the endings with the audience guessing what might happen next. Just end it already! I'm sorry but I loved resident evil 1 and 2 but this one could have been a lot more and wasn't.[/size]
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Misery
Misery(1990)
½

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[left][size=2]This is another movie that I had heard was good but have never gotten around until now to seeing it. Bates is truly wonderful yet wicked in her performance.I loved the storyline it kept me on the dge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. Another great Stephen King adaptation that you shouldn't skip over.[/size]
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Videodrome
Videodrome(1983)
½

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[size=5][/size] [size=6][b][img]http://www.criterion.com/content/images/featured_dvd/248_feature_350x180.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]I'm still not sure what to put this movie under but for now it's under horror cause it kind of freaked me out. For one thing Cornenberg's movies just give me the creeps all together. That can be a good thing most of the time cause it takes a lot to freak me out. But this movie feaked me out in a bad way. I just didn't know what the hell was going on or what any of the stuff going on was suppose to mean. I wish there was a commentary on the dvd that I watched so that someone could have explained what the movie was really trying to say. But anyways it's just a freaky mindbender movie which disturbed me for some reason. If anybody else has seen this movie I'm really interested in your thoughts on it.[/size]
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Hairspray
Hairspray(2007)
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I've never seen the original Hairspray but I hope to see that one next.This movie was just ok for me, the storyline was alright and I tolerated the music. It just didn't do as much to me as Dreamgirls did. But all the performances were fine except that John Travolta just creeped me out. Even without him not dressed up as a women he still kind of creeps me out.[/size]
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Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)

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[size=6][/size][left][size=2]To me this was another fun action movie. It was loaded from start to finish with lots and lots of cool action scenes.But I have to say I wasn't that thrilled with the storyline. I believe that the filmmakers thought up the action stuff first then tired to fit it all into a weak plot. But if you are a huge fan of the gun crazy heros then this will probably be the movie for you.[/size]
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Stardust
Stardust(2007)

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[size=6][/size][left][size=2]Yea, I finally got to see this movie. I just love a good fantasy fairy-tale movie, and this was it for me. It kind of in a way reminded me of the Princess Bride but just not so much of the silly humor. All the performances were good especially Pfeiffer as the evil witch. Even Claire Danes who is really a great actress was good as the fallen star. I really enjoyed the storyline and the little twist that came at the end. This is going on my list to must get when it comes out on dvd.[/size]
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Fracture
Fracture(2007)
½

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[/b][/size] [size=6][/size][left][size=2]I don't really care for these kind of courtroom thrillers but this one ended being good at the end. I wasn't really on the edge of my seat the entire time but I just really wanted to know how they would get the guy in the end. It was a smart movie cause the entire storyline was just so twisted you never really knew where it was going to at points. But it was an ok movie that's worth renting.[/size]
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Celebrity
Celebrity(1998)
½

[center][size=5]Celebrity[/size][size=3][/size]
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[/b][/size][left][size=3][size=2]This was a really boring movie that I didn't find funny at all. I think this is my first Woody Allen movie that I have ever seen. And for now I'm not that impressed and dont' see the big deal. But I don't want to get ahead of myself, this movie is close to what people say about his other more previous movies such as Annie Hall. So I won't let this movie drag me down from see another one of his film. But really there was no point in this film at all. I didn't really know where the storyline was going, actors would pop in and out never really knowing what the meaning of their part had to do witht he entire plot. The lead actor got on my nerves really bad cause he was doing a horrrible imitation of Woody Allen. If that was the case Allen should have played that role instead, it just didn't make sense to me[/size].[/size]
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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
½

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[/b][/size] [size=6][/size][left][size=3][size=2]This movie was just ok to me. I was hoping for a little more humor but it ended up being a sappy friendship movie. And it also was showing support for pro gay marriage, which to me was fine as well. But I just got bored with everything after awhile. I knew what was going to eventually happen at the very end. And I expected the type of humor displayed as well for an Adam Sandler movie. I had just wished there would have been more to the film then gay jokes and potty humor. Even with other funnyman James the movie wasn't the best. I would wait this one out until it comes to dvd.[/size] [/size]
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Skinwalkers
Skinwalkers(2007)

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[left][size=2]So this movie was just a complete mess from start to finish. The storyline was corny and seemed to liked it had already been used before. And the supposed twist that came about you could see coming a mile away. Also the monster make up wasn't really scary and looked cheesy to me. This should have gone straight to dvd cause it's not worth the time seeing it in theaters.[/size]
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Halloween
Halloween(2007)
½

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[img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/H/p/u/PHmc8mrvSgRHpu_m.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I was very interested in seeing how Zombie would adapt this movie. At first when I heard that they were making a remake to this I was suprised cause it is such a classic horror movie and character that shouldn't really be touched. Plus there have been so many sequels in this franchise that it just seemed too much. But I decided to give it a try. What I did like more in this one compared to the original is that you get a real backstory to Michael Myers as a child. You get to understand where he is coming from and he seems more human then from before as some kind of superhuman monster. But I didn't give it anymore of a higher rating of 6 is because after the backstory of Myers is done with the movie goes right into the original. There wasn't anything different from the two storylines when it got to that point. I've seen the original plenty of times and know what happens, you could at least change some scenes around. Even the dialogue seemed like it was the same.[/size][size=2] I think that Zombie did a good job of character development in the begining of the movie that made me think the rest of it might be really good, but then the rest just became a photo copy of older version. It kind of reminded me of the Omen, and how the new version was just like the original and nothing in the storyline changed to make it different. I hope that some horror fans will check this movie out just cause I'm interested to see if they feel the same way I do. Other then that I would just wait for it to come out on dvd or just watch the original.[/size]
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Candy
Candy(2006)

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[left][size=2]Don't know if anyone else has seen or heard about this movie, but now you have! This was a really great indie movie probably one of the best that I've seen this year. The performances were great. Ledger should have been nominated for this role instead of brokeback. It was such a sad yet beautiful love story. It's based on a book and I plan on reading it cause usually the books are even better then the movies they are based off of.
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The Basketball Diaries
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]Another great performance by DiCaprio. It's been along time since I've seen this movie. I don't think I've ever seen it all the way through. I just love stories that are based on actual people and this is such a great story. If you haven't seen this movie I recommend taking a trip down memory lane, before DiCaprio hit all his Titanic fame.[/size]
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I Could Never Be Your Woman

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[left][size=2]I really liked this movie and suggest when it finally comes out in theaters that others should see it as well. It's most a girls movie but I did find it clever and very funny at times. I'm used to seeing Rudd in this type of comedic role, which he did a good job playing. I was suprised to see Pfeiffer in this sort of movie all together cause I don't think she's ever played a comedic role like this before. I was really suprised at how much I liked this movie, so much that I am tempted to get it when it goes on dvd.[/size]
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The Ex
The Ex(2007)
½

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[img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/s/L/H/PHGYzLJPGiOsLH_m.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]I don't know why I wanted to see this movie, I actually thought it would be funny. Sadly I was mistaken, all the so called funny scenes were already shown from the trailer. Nothing else really got to my attention not even the storyline was all that great.This was my first time watching Zack Braff in a movie and I am still not impressed with him. I've never found him funny and don't think he's all that great of an actor.I wouldn't bother wasting your time on this dud of a movie.[/size]
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Married to the Mob
½

[center][size=5]Married to the Mob[/size][size=3][/size][left][size=2]I've always thought that Michelle Pfeiffer was a good actress, I enjoy everything that she does. This movie I really liked, from the look of it I thought it might be some stupid comedy but it wasn't. It was funny but it had some great performances that really stood out. I would suggest checking this movie out.[/size]
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A River Runs Through It
½

[center][size=5]A River Runs Through It[/size][size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]Never saw this movie before and figured it might be good since it was directed by Robert Redford, and is based on a true story. Sadly I found it boring and drawn out. I love movies that are based on real life events or stories but this one didn't contain anything that grabbed my attention. Everything basically surrounded around the fly fishing, I don't know anything about fishing altogether, none the less fly fishing.I wouldn't recommend this movie unless you want to fall asleep.[/size]
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The Invasion
The Invasion(2007)
½

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[size=5][/size] [size=6][b][img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/TheInvasion/TVD-01898.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]It seems that I really haven't heard that much about this movie.So I wasn't sure if that was a real good thing or not. But I got to watch it and I actually liked it. Some may not know it but this is sort of a remake of the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." I never seen the older version all the way through but I do know that the storyline in general is sort of the same just more updated.Anyway I liked it, it was sort of a change from all the lame horror movies that have been made recently.[/size]
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Superbad
Superbad(2007)
½

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[left][size=2]I have to admit that I didn't laugh as much as others did while watching the film. It was entertaining and it did have some funny moments but I just wasn't into it. I'm thinking I might have to see it again, I really wasn't in a movie mood when I watched it. But I do think it is worth seeing and will probably become a cult classic with memorable moments and quotes.[/size][/left]
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Big
Big(1988)
½

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[left][size=2]I haven't seen this movie in a really long time, but I just remembered who much I love it. Its my favorite Tom Hanks movie ever. He is so good in this movie and really captures the performance of a kid.[/size][/left]
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The Simpsons Movie

[center][size=6][size=5]The Simpsons Movie[/size][/size] [size=6][b][img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/SimpsonsMovie/S-015.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I was a wasn't really sure about seeing this movie at first, but I enjoy the tv show so I gave in. I was suprised, I had expected a movie length episode of the show but nothing special. But even though the storyline could have been material for their typical setting it did well in motion picture format. It also was a lot funnier. The Simpsons are typically funny but the movie made them funnier then usual and they got to do stuff that you don't typically see. It was definatly worth seeing and owning.[/size]
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Dumb and Dumber
½

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[left][size=2]Who doesn't love this movie? I can never get tired of it, it's probably one of my favorite movies by the Farrelly brothers. Jim Carrey is at the top of his game and playes one of his funniest characters. Him and Jeff Daniels go so well together.The entire storyline is out there and the jokes and gags are hilarious.If you've never seen this movie well...I just feel sorry for you.[/size][/left]
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Indecent Proposal

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[left][size=2]I'm still not sure what I think about the movie, it wasn't horrible but it wasn't that great either. The performances were ok but I wasn't that impressed. The storyline was interesting for the most part but tended to drag on at times. I guess that others would just have to see the movie for themselves to decided.[/size][/left]
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Basic Instinct
½

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[left][size=2]This is the very first time that I have ever seen this movie.I have heard many great reviews about it (sad to say not so many for the sequel). One word that comes to mind would have to be erotic, I had heard things but really didn't expect all that was shown.At first I just thought it was way to much stuff that I really did not want to see. But after watching the movie it actually seems like it needs to be in it to tell the entire story.Great perfomances by Douglas and Stone. I don't really care for her that much she's never really impressed me but this her only role that she was really good in that I enjoyed.[/size][/left]
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Body of Evidence
½

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[left][size=2]This was such a crappy movie,it was trying to be another Basic Instinct.It was also close to being rated X, just a lot of random sex scenes with all of Madonna's stuff hanging out which I did not wnt to see. Also Willem Dafoe just did not do it for me, he's goofy looking and wasn't really right in this role.And lets face it Madonna can not act and should have stopped with her attempts at being an actress with this movie.[/size][/left]
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Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)
½

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[left][size=2]I was really excited to see this movie cause David Fincher has amde so really good movies. But I wouldn't call this movie one of his best.First of all it was really, really long. It seemed like it would never end.The storyline basically dragged on even though a good amount of years go by in the film I didn't feel like they need to have some stuff included cause it really wasn't relevant.I did like the cast however and they all did a great job in there roles.But even though the movie was a little long there are still parts that I did enjoy which contained all the thrilling moments.[/size][/left]
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Wall Street
Wall Street(1987)
½

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[left][size=2]I have heard about this movie but have never seen it at all and was suprised at myself for even taking the time and watch it. Typically I normally would have no interest in this sort of movie. I really can't follow the stockmarket for one thing and numbers and math were not my stongest subject in school.But I had heard so many things about Douglas's performance that I decided to give it a try. Suprisingly I was able to keep up with the storyline and even though I didn't really know at times what they were talking about when it came to stocklingo it didn't really matter cause the storyline basically was all I needed.[/size][/left]
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Freedom Writers

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[left][size=2]I didn't think I was really going to like this movie, I had other chances to se it before but just didn't feel like it. But I couldn't sleep the other night so I finally gave in. I really enjoyed this movie, the storyline was really good and so was Swank. It kind of reminded me of Dangerous Minds but not as hard core. I also liked that everything was based on a true story. So if you ever get in the mood for one of those feel good type movies then this is it.[/size]
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The Hitcher
The Hitcher(2007)

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[left][size=2]Another night of nothing better to do but watch a movie.I for one have seen the original Hitcher, and I prefer the older version more then this one.There was nothing thrilling about the movie and I already knew where the storyline was gonna go part way into it. The storyline didn't reakky follow the same way as the original, there was really one real lead, and one bad guy.Rutger Hauer was a much better hitcher then the guy in this.This guy just didn't have the same psychotic state that Hauer had.I just wasn't that impressed with this movie and neither would anybody else.[/size][/left]
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The Darwin Awards
½

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[left][size=2]I wasn't really sure if this movie was going to be all that great before I sat down to watch it. I had never heard anything about it and it's basically on of those direct to dvd movies,which is never a good sign. But after viewing the movie I actually enjoyed it. The whole idea of the Darwin Awards is just silly but I find it more amusing since it is actually real.I was entertained throughout the movie and laugh a few times. It's not a real laugh out loud comedy, it's mostly stupid stuff that get you.But I liked it an hopfully someone else will watch it so I won't be the only one.[/size][/left]
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Death Becomes Her
½

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[left][size=3][size=2]Don't know about anybody else but I like this movie. I found it entertaining but it still has an undertone of dark humor to it as well. It may not be Streeps best cinematic performance but it is one of my movies that she is in other then the Devil Wears Prada. Also Willis seems a bit unrecognizable here since he's playing a role that is some what out of the norm for him. Anyway I like the storyline and the performances were well played out.[/size]
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The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King)

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[size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]Me and my friend decided to watch this movie tonight, but after the first ten minutes we were tempted to turn it off. It really just seemed like it wasn't going to be all that great of a movie, that is until this random guy is thrown into a hanging head of a bull. Yeah I know it sounds a little weird but it was the funniest thing we had ever seen. And I must admit we rewinded it ten times so we could watch it again and again. It was just so random and funny that we decided to watch the rest of the movie. Mostly the action sequences were really good. And there is one were it is shot in one wide take and it's pretty cool. Also there's another fight seen where the guy like crouch kicks this guy in the face, it was kind of cool yet hilarious at the same time. The storyline however wasn't that great at all, and I lost interest in it twenty minutes into the film.[/size]
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The Monster Squad

[center][size=5]Monster Squad[/size][b][size=6]
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[/size][/b][left][size=2] I haven't seen this movie in such a long time. I remember it would sometimes appear on one of those Saturday afternoon movie marathons, but that was awhile back. Its kind of like the Goonie except instead of pirates you got monsters.Again it's another one of those 80's tween movie, but I for one am a fan of 80's kid movies. Their really ins't that much to the storyline but it was just fun to watch and to see how they incorporate the classic universal monsters. Not as great as the Goonies but I'm glad I got to rewatch it since I've been looking for it for some time.[/size]
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix[/size][b]
[img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/d/j/g/PHgitigo5qHdjg_m.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]Not a huge HP fan, I've only read books one and three. I've decided to just wait for the movies then spend hours on those long books. I feel that this series is starting to take a much darker turn. This movie and the last are much darker in content. I felt like it was basically like the last movie, it was really long. And for the most part I stayed in touch woth the whole story. But my mind did wonder at times of when it was going to end. It's not my favorite movie of the summer and I really didn't plan on seeing it. But it was ok and I'll probably see the next one that comes out.[/size]
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Something's Gotta Give
½

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[left][size=2]This came on tv the other day while I was on vacation. I've seen it before just never all the way through. I actually liked it more then I thought I would. Most of the time romantic comedys are all the same so I just don't watch them that much, but since Jack Nicholson was in it I decided to give it a chance. Jack is great in everything he does so I think I liked it more then I ususally would with anyother movie in this genere because of him. Everybody else was ok, Keaton is a great actress most of the time but I would like to see her in something else for a change. it just seems lately she plays the same type of character over and over again. But the story was funny and I stayed and watched all the way through.[/size]
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The Punisher
The Punisher(1989)
½

[center][center][size=5]The Punisher[/size]
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[left][size=2]I was hanging out over my friends house today when we decided to watch this movie. I never knew that their was another version of this comic. I more familure with the most recent version. It is very different storywise from the other version, it just seems to start off half way through the Punishers story, never really going that much into his backstory. The only one good thing that I liked about the movie was the guy who played Drago in the Rocky movie was ok in the title role. He really looks badass and seems more suited for the role.[/size]
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Lucas
Lucas(1986)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Lucas[/size][/size]
[left][size=2]I just want to point out that this movie isn't really a football movie. it basically features the sport near the end of the movie. It's really about teen romance's and crushes. It's a cute little movie but I am really know Sheen and Ryder since there still working on movies today. The two leads Green and Haim I remember from other 80's teen films two of which are on my top 10. It doesn't have the same feel and success as other teen comedys of its time, but it's still a nice little movie that shows the early development of two future stars of today.[/size]
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Transformers
Transformers(2007)
½

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[/b][/size][left][font=Arial][size=2]So I have to admit that I never really was much of a transformers fan when I was a little kid. I may have watched the cartoon once and tried to put my brothers Optimus Prime action figure back into a truck without much sucess. And yeah, so what if I didn't have a seizure and just stare at the screen in total awe when I first saw the teaser trailer for the movie. The thing is the movie was fine to me, the action scenes with the robots were the best thing about the entire thing. I just didn't care for the storyline or the actors that were in it. I think that the storyline all together was a little weak, and being that I really don;t know much about ther series other then the robots I don"t really know if it has anything to do with the original cartoon storyline. With the actors I found no chemistry between the two leads and thought they could have done better. I know that it's an all out summer blockbuster and that it's a film by Micheal Bay so acting quality isn't at the top of there list. But I did like the film and I was entertained throughout. It does live up to the hype that it has been getting all this time so it is worth going to the movies and checking out.[/size][/font][font=Arial]
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Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C.

[center][size=6][size=5]Hell's Kitchen[/size][/size][left][size=2]Johnny and his friends from hell's kitchen get involved in a heist that goes wrong with one of their friends dead,and Johnny going to jail. A few years go by and Johnny is set free and is determine to turn his life around and focuses on a boxing career. When his ex girlfriend gets wind that he is out she sets a plan to seek revenge on Johnny since her younger brother was the one that was killed in the heist.[/size]
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Brokedown Palace
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Brokedown Palace[/size][b]
[img]http://www.thai-blogs.com/pictures/guest/brokedownpalace.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=3][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I actually own this movie but haven't seen it in a long time, I just rediscovered it today while going through my dvd collection. It's basically your typical chick flick, two female leads that go through something tramatic together that tests their friendship, and by the time the movie is over their even better friends then before. And of course there are a few tears shead thoughout the length of the film. I thought everything was ok about the movie, nothing really special about it. It had it's moments but dragged on in certain parts that kind of made me lose interest. The storyline could have been better and had a lot more potential. The acting was probably the better part of the entire picture since it does include a talented cast.[/size]
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Birth
Birth(2004)
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Birth[/size][b]
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[/size][/b][/size] [left][size=2]What a disappointment this movie was. When reading the discription about it, it sounds pretty good....it's not! It was sooo boring and after awhile I just didn't really care if the boy was her dead husband or not. It just dragged on and on, theres even one seen where the camera looks at Kidman's face for about 5-10 minutes while her characters is watching a play. I'm really not sure what the filmmaker was trying to get across but it flew right over my head and just really began to piss me off. Sure Kidman is a beautiful women and a great actress but I want to see her act not stare at her while she's staring back at me through the tv screen. This movie is totally not worth seeing.[/size]
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Live Free or Die Hard

[center][font=Arial][font=Arial][size=5]Live Free or Die Hard[/size][/font][b][size=6]
[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/LiveFreeOrDieHard/DH4-08771.jpg[/img][/size][/b][/font][left][font=Arial][size=2]At first I wasn't really sure if I really wanted to see this movie. I have never seen any of the other movie in the series all the way through, just bits and pieces here and there from when they come on tv. So I was worried that I may be a little left out in the dark since I don't know the main character very well. But even if you haven't seen the previous movies this one still is so worth seeing. It is pump full of action from start to finish and gives the right amount of time to take a breath before it hits you again with another dose. There is no question that Willis can still kick some major ass twenty something years after the original Die Hard came out. you want to see a great action movie then this is it![/size][/font][font=Arial]
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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

[center][size=6][size=5]Dragon
The Bruce Lee Story[/size][/size]
[left][size=2]This movie is suppose to be a biopic of Bruce Lee but after a few minutes of watching it you come to realize that half the movie is fictionalized. Some of the stuff is just over the top, random hollywood style fighting sequences that I highly doubt even happen to Lee. And I have a feeling some of the facts that were given were probably inacurate as well. The only good thing that I can give about this movie was that the love story between Lee and his wife was the only thing that seemed genuine to me. The two actor who portayed them both did a fine job, I only wish that the story was more fitting to a celebration of Lee's life then make a hollywood mockary of it.[/size]
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Enter the Dragon

[center][size=5]Enter The Dragon[/size][size=6][b]
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[left][left][size=2]This was my first Bruce Lee film! I feel kind of bad that I haven't seen one of his films sooner. Enter the Dragon was his first and last U.S hit, he died a few weeks before the movie was set to open. But it is a fun film to watch, the storyline might not be the best but the action in it takes that away. Lee kicks some major ass and truely is the best. I don't knopw what else to say but if you love a good action movie especially one with martial arts then this is the movie for you.[/size]
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Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)
½

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[/b][/size][left][font=Arial][size=2]This was another cute Disney movie that was once again created by the great Brad Bird. I enjoyed this movie much more then last year Cars. It was generally aimed towards children but I enjoyed it just as well. There was alittle bit of humor for eveyone of all ages. The storyline was witty, original, and entertaining from start to finish. A movie everyone of all ages will want to see.[/size][/font][font=Arial]
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Evan Almighty

[center][font=Arial][size=3][font=Arial][size=5]Evan Almighty[/size][/font][b]
[img]http://media.movieweb.com/img/z/w/C/PHtswvxvE2FzwC_m.jpg[/img][/b][/size][/font][left][font=Arial][size=2]Some critics were really harsh on this movie which I really don't understand why. It wasn't terrible but I do think that Bruce Almighty may have been funnier. I was alittle disappointed though because basically all the really funny moments were featured in the trailer or already shown in clips on tv. But I did like the story it was more creative then the first one and I just enjoy Steve Carell in anything that he does. I don't think it will be the best comedy this summer be it is worth checking out.[/size][/font]
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1408
1408(2007)
½

[center][font=Arial][size=6][size=5]1408[/size][/size][/font]
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[font=Arial][size=2]I was sadly disappointed with this movie, but I can only blame myself for seeing it. I should have known that it wasn't going to be all that scary since it is after all only PG13. From the look of the trailer and knowing that it is based off a Stephen King story I thought I was going to be well entertained. For some reason I kept on thinking maybe it would be like the Shining, since that was by King and it took place in a hotel...not the case. Sure the movie did have it's moments but I only jumped in my seat maybe two times. Cusack's performance was fine with the material that he was given. But the story could have been better and there were a lot of random moments in the film that just didn't make any sense and there really was no explaination for why the room is basically evil. It was an interesting movie but I would sadly have to say that it is better to wait for it when it comes out on dvd.[/size][/font]
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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer[/size][/size] [size=6][b][img]http://www.canmag.com/images/front/fantastic/silversurfer4.jpg[/img]
[/b][/size][left][size=2]This is another movie on my summer list that I wanted to see. The first movie was a bit disappointing when I saw it so I didn't get my hopes up on this one either. But the sequel is much better even though I found it to still be somewhat goofy. It is generally intended for the younger audiences which figures cause I was surrounded in the theater by little kids. I think what really made the movie for me was the addition of the Silver Surfer. If the movie just had a rematch between Dr. Doom again it would have been a waste for me. But the Surfer was great and has some cool action sequences. I hope that they go ahead and do a movie with him now cause his backstory seems interesting. This movie did what I had wished Spiderman 3 would have been, it tryed to fix itself and make it better from the last movie but still stay true to the characters. And it was a lot more entertaining and didn't drag on.[/size]
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Ocean's Thirteen
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Ocean's Eleven[/size][b]
[img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/warner_brothers/ocean_s_eleven/_group_photos/brad_pitt5.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]I really did not see what all the fuss was about with this movie. I know it is a remake and that it has an all star cast but even with all the star power in the world the movie isn't always great. In the end after watching it I was just flat out disappointed. I found the storyline boring and somewhat over the top at times. Their were so many characters going in and out all the time it was hard for me to get to know each one of them and what exactly they are suppose to do. Some may like this movie but I for one did not.[/size]
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]This movie was even worst the the first one. Again way to many characters with not enough time to get to know each one very well. Plus the storyline was so confusing I had no idea what was actually going on. There seemed to be one to many things going on that it was really hard to follow, and yet I was bored out of my mind. I found nothing exciting or entertaining, my mind was just numb after watching the entire thing.[/size]
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[/b][size=5]Ocean's Thirteen
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]I really hope that they just stop making movies in this series for good. Even with a great actor such as Pacino added to the cast it still doesn't measure up to a good movie. It was boring and non-exciting. All the parts that were suppose to be funny weren't and I just thought the movie dragged on to much. It's just like the two before it, nothing new or different to the storyline which is a waste of time for me. I pray this is the last one cause I can't take another one of these lame movies again.
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Ocean's Twelve
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Ocean's Eleven[/size][b]
[img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/warner_brothers/ocean_s_eleven/_group_photos/brad_pitt5.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]I really did not see what all the fuss was about with this movie. I know it is a remake and that it has an all star cast but even with all the star power in the world the movie isn't always great. In the end after watching it I was just flat out disappointed. I found the storyline boring and somewhat over the top at times. Their were so many characters going in and out all the time it was hard for me to get to know each one of them and what exactly they are suppose to do. Some may like this movie but I for one did not.[/size]
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]This movie was even worst the the first one. Again way to many characters with not enough time to get to know each one very well. Plus the storyline was so confusing I had no idea what was actually going on. There seemed to be one to many things going on that it was really hard to follow, and yet I was bored out of my mind. I found nothing exciting or entertaining, my mind was just numb after watching the entire thing.[/size]
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]I really hope that they just stop making movies in this series for good. Even with a great actor such as Pacino added to the cast it still doesn't measure up to a good movie. It was boring and non-exciting. All the parts that were suppose to be funny weren't and I just thought the movie dragged on to much. It's just like the two before it, nothing new or different to the storyline which is a waste of time for me. I pray this is the last one cause I can't take another one of these lame movies again.
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Ocean's Eleven
½

[center][size=6][size=5]Ocean's Eleven[/size][b]
[img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/warner_brothers/ocean_s_eleven/_group_photos/brad_pitt5.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]I really did not see what all the fuss was about with this movie. I know it is a remake and that it has an all star cast but even with all the star power in the world the movie isn't always great. In the end after watching it I was just flat out disappointed. I found the storyline boring and somewhat over the top at times. Their were so many characters going in and out all the time it was hard for me to get to know each one of them and what exactly they are suppose to do. Some may like this movie but I for one did not.[/size]
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]This movie was even worst the the first one. Again way to many characters with not enough time to get to know each one very well. Plus the storyline was so confusing I had no idea what was actually going on. There seemed to be one to many things going on that it was really hard to follow, and yet I was bored out of my mind. I found nothing exciting or entertaining, my mind was just numb after watching the entire thing.[/size]
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[/b][size=5]Ocean's Thirteen
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[/size][/size][left][size=2]I really hope that they just stop making movies in this series for good. Even with a great actor such as Pacino added to the cast it still doesn't measure up to a good movie. It was boring and non-exciting. All the parts that were suppose to be funny weren't and I just thought the movie dragged on to much. It's just like the two before it, nothing new or different to the storyline which is a waste of time for me. I pray this is the last one cause I can't take another one of these lame movies again.
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Christine
Christine(1983)

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[img]http://www.geocities.com/buzzbombgarage@sbcglobal.net/58fury.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][center][size=3][/size][left][size=2]This is the second movie that I picked up over the weekend when I went shopping. I like most of the film adaptions that are based off of Stephen King's books. This film isn't the best of his writting but it is another fun movie to watch. When you watch it the car is what really steals the movie, which it should since that is what it's about. Basically the stunts and effects are cool to watch,but the actors weren't that impressive or worth remembering. I've never seen this entire movie all the way through just in parts so that's why I picked it up. If your a fan of King or the director John Carpenter then I suggest checking out this movie for fun.[/size]
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Fright Night
Fright Night(1985)
½

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[left][center][left][size=2]Don't know if many people have seen this movie but I found it the other day when I was out. It is definatly one of those out dated 80's horror movies. But I love those kind of movies and this movie I been looking for on dvd for a long time. It used to come on tv all the time then I didn't se it ever again. It combins horror and comedy together, and you get a equal amount of both in the story. The special effects are not as impressive in todays standards but its still for me a fun movie to watch.[/size]
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Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

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[img]http://entimg.msn.com/i/gal/KnockedUp/27_2342_400.jpg[/img][/b][/size][size=6][/size][left][size=2]I was really excited to see this movie cause it looked really funny and it's from the same people who did 40yr Old Virgin. This will probably be the one movie this summer that won't disappoint since all the other ones are. It's hilarious and has some of the funniest dialogue ever.You can't miss this movie it will most likely be the best comedy that you'll see this entire year![/size]
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Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter)
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I really haven't seen that many martial arts movies, maybe the most including this one three maybe four. But I probably should watch more of them if they are like this movie. I enjoyed the storyline it wasn't just all about the cool action sequences but the story itself was captivating. The entire movie was just cool to look at and of course the fight scenes are amazing. Too bad this is Jet Li's last major martial arts film, I guess I'll just have to catch up on the rest of his movies.[/size]
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Shortbus
Shortbus(2006)

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]I really don't know what to say about this film, it was definatley not what I had expected. It's probably one of the most graphic movies that I've seen, and probably wish I hadn't. The story itself I could deal with and was what really captured me to see it all the way through.The realtionship between the two guys is the one storyline that I enjoyed the most because it was the most intersting and there was more to it then just the sexual realtionship between the two. But all the random sex scenes were a bit over the top for me and is the reason I gave it the rating it has. An interesting movie with a worthy storyline but a bit too much for me with the sexual content.[/size]
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Predator
Predator(1987)

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[left][size=2]This movie reminds me of the good old days when Arnie wasn't running California instead he was yelling at people to "Get Down!", and "Come with me if you want to live!" Today the special effects are out dated but it's still cool to watch. And Predator is still badass look 20 something years later.[/size]
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Cry_Wolf
Cry_Wolf(2005)
½

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[/size][/size][left][size=2]This is another movie that I just so happen to watch cause I had nothing else better to do. And I couldn't sleep. I didn't find this movie scary at all or thrilling. The basic thriller parts took awhile to actually show up, and when they did they really weren't impressive. This is just another teen oriented movie that doen't deserve to be called an all out thriller. Like many other movie in the same nature I early on predicted what the ending was going to be and I pretty much was right. For once I'd like to be kept guessing till the very end and this movie did the opposite.[/size]
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My Super Ex-Girlfriend
½

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[/i][/size][left][size=2]I was a little mixed on this movie cause it wasn't horrible but I didn't care for it that much either. It is a goofy somewhat romantic comedy with all the original factors seen in those types of movies. It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be and the storyline actually ended up dragging on. Thurman is a good actress but this movies just doesn't display her range of acting. Wilson I wasn't suprised to see since he awlays does a movie like this atleast once a year. Some may like this but I don't expect a lot.[/size]
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The Marine
The Marine(2006)
½

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[left][size=2]I just really didn't care for this movie that much. The storyline was dull and actually had a lot of random moments which involved dialogue that didn't make any sense whatsoever. It looked like it was going to be pumped full of over the top action sequences but there really wasn't that much. Or really any thing new that I haven't seen before. They got a little boring after awhile, and there was a lot of random running and chasing people, too much if you ask me. I hope this wasn't a film that's suppose to pay tribute to the U.S Marines because the film is just disappointing.[/size]
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Feast
Feast(2006)

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[img]http://media.monstersandcritics.com/articles/1211359/article_images/feast1.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]This was one of the stupidest and worst so called "horror movies" that I've seen. I should have known it was going to be bad when the cover said that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon help produce it. Whats with that, they're bad at acting now they want to see it they can maybe make it as producers...I don't think so. The storyline was sloppy and didn't give any explaination on what the hell was going on. the characters were boring and i didn't care what happen to any of them. It also seems that the film makers were trying to also make this out to also be somewhat of a comedy. It failed numerous times, I knew that it was suppose to be a joke or a poking fun of at something but it just didn't work. A friend told me to see this movie cause it was really bloody and disgusting, so that's the real reason for me seeing it. There was lots of bloods and guts but it was all just over the top and sadly I've seen worse...anyone seen a little movie called Dead Alive! It actually seems like it wanted to measure up to a movie like Dead Alive but this one failed horribly in my book. It was a waste of my time and so not worth watching at all.[/size]
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Fido
Fido(2007)

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[left][size=2]I know that just looking at the title you would think that it was about a boy and his dog, but your wrong. It's about a boy and his zombie. I thought that this movie was actually funny and clever. i was highly entertained from start to finish. In some senses it does remind me of Shaun of the Dead, but this movie is way more goofy. And it also has that feel good family friendly ending at the end even though it has to do with zombies. I got to see this movie a little earlier so I'm not sure when it will be officially out in theaters or if it will have a wide release. But if your a fan of zombies and looking for a light hearted movie I suggest checking this one out.[/size]
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Mortal Kombat

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[size=2][/size][left][size=2]Just happen to catch some of this movie the other night. I remember playing the original game when I was younger. This is probably the only video game based movie that I have seen that is as close to the original then any other. It keeps all the same elements and characters and doesn't over glamorizes it like most of these films do. Also I remember at the time the effects in the movie were pretty cool as well. It not my favorite movie but it is fun to watch and the techno soundtrack can be a little addicting to listen to. Just something I figured I bring up since it's been awhile since I've seen this movie or the game.[/size]
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Requiem for a Dream

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[img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/artisan_entertainment/requiem_for_a_dream/_group_photos/jared_leto2.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]If you want to see a truely chilling movie then this is it. I've heard that if you really want to know what it is like to be addicted then this movie is very close to depicting it. Every performance is top notch and the story is well written. Overall the directing of it is beautiful and shows that Aronofsky is an amazing director. I highly recommend see this movie!!
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Incubus - Alive at Red Rocks

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[/size][/b][left][size=3]So one of my favorite bands that I love is Incubus. I have all their albums and even was able to see them in concert a few years ago. They are able to really rock out in one song then move you with the next. This dvd shows how amazing they are to see live and the atmosphere at Red Rock is just out of this world. I wish I lived near Red Rock caused I'd see all my concerts there. If your a huge fan of the band like I am they I suggest picking this dvd up.[/size]
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I Am Sam
I Am Sam(2001)
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]Another really great movie that I just so happen to watch on tv today. It's been awhile since I've seen this movie and I've forgotten hwo good it is. The acting is sensational and Penn, Pfeiffer and Fanning all should have been nominated for their roles. I still think Penn should have won a best actor award for this part. If your look for a heartfelt movie to watch then it has to be this one.[/size]
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Reign of Fire
½

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[/b][/size][left][size=2]The only thing that I really liked about this movie was that it had Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey in it. But this is really is more of a guys movie and something I wouldn't watch. There is a lot of action and some cool dragon special effects, but thats really the only impressive thing I can say about it. the storyline was a little on the boring side in my opinion. I'm just not all that into dragons or mythical creatuers so that probably why I couldn't attach on to it that well. Plus I was distrcted most of the time by watching Bale and McConaughey with their shirts off. Not really impressed with this one.[/size]
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Rudy
Rudy(1993)

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[img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/tristar_pictures/rudy/sean_astin/rudy4.jpg[/img][/b][/size][left][size=2]Another football movie based on true events. I was just kind of bored and came apon this movie in my dvd collection. Sad that I didn't even know that I owned it. Not really into sports movies this one just reminded me of the ten other football movies that are already out there as well. The story was inspiring like you would expect but I just got bored after awhile and already expected the outcome since there all the same.
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