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Movie Ratings and Reviews

X-Men: Days of Future Past
½

In which Singer and Kinberg proclaim, "F you Brett Ratner!"

Godzilla
Godzilla(2014)
½

The Ken Watanabe dramatic pause..."Gojira!"

Neighbors
Neighbors(2014)
½

Dildo fights always deliver.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Garfield & Stone...and other stuff.

Boyhood
Boyhood(2014)
½

Ethan Hawke: Father of the Year.

Oculus
Oculus(2014)
½

Never fully capitalizes on its unique concept.

Noah
Noah(2014)
½

Aronofsky proves it's not enough to just put your faith in something, humanity has to do it's own part. Perhaps Russell Crowe's finest screen performance to date.

300: Rise of an Empire

Eva Green...and not much else.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)

The third act is pretty damn impactful which makes the film worth it, but the first two acts could use some more emotion and character development.

The LEGO Movie
½

Hilarious, inventive and surprisingly emotional.

Kill Your Darlings
½

Dane DeHaan brings it, as always.

Philomena
Philomena(2013)
½

Avoiding the baity-ness of it all is no easy taske, but Frears pulls it off. Damn funny to boot.

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

Feig can do better, but it's polished and entertaining enough.

Her
Her(2013)
½

Perhaps Spike Jonze's finest work yet, and that is certainly saying something. Incredibly and heartbreakingly romantic.

The Wolf of Wall Street
½

May just be Leo's finest work yet, and the most vital film Scorsese has made in a while.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Ain't Them Cinematographies Beautiful.

Out of the Furnace
½

Solid, subtle work from Bale.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
½

The barrel sequence may be Peter Jackson's finest achievement.

Blackfish
Blackfish(2013)

Well, it was nice knowing you Sea World.

Magic Magic
Magic Magic(2013)

Sebastian Silva has it. What it is exactly, is anyone's guess.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)
½

Blanchett is a force of nature.

Elysium
Elysium(2013)

It may not be subtle, but it's damn good entertainment.

The To Do List

An entertaining way to pass the time, nothing more.

Fruitvale Station

The sky is the limit for Michael B. Jordan.

Only God Forgives

Exactly what you should expect from a Refn film. Style over substance? Yeah, but what style!

The Way Way Back

Keep on keeping on Sam Rockwell.

The Wolverine
½

The character-based stuff is impressive for a superhero adaptation, despite that third act conundrum.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

It's everything it should be.

Stories We Tell
½

She's the best female filmmaker working today, and this proves it.

Monsters University

A brilliant third act brings the emotion in droves. It can't touch the original, but it's still well worth it.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

Entertaining at times, if not revolutionary.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)
½

Besides Cavill being Mr. Bland and Goyer getting in his own way with absurd dialogue, it's an interesting and exciting entry into the superhero film canon.

This Is the End

It embraces its own absurdity to hilarious effect.

Fast & Furious 6
½

"Thank god for fast cars".

Star Trek Into Darkness
½

Well played Abrams, well played.

The Great Gatsby
½

Characters mean nothing to ole Baz Luhrmann.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

Shane Black's motto is apparently, "Entertain at all cost." And yup, I was entertained.

Mud
Mud(2013)
½

Mud gon get got.

Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain(2013)
½

I'm saying it. Michael Bay's best film by a country mile. All three of the main actors impress.

Frances Ha
Frances Ha(2013)
½

I just want to get in the fetal position and cry, but I'm not entirely sure why...

Prince Avalanche
½

It may just be David Gordon Green's best...maybe.

The Spectacular Now
½

This is truly how people come of age.

To The Wonder
½

Intimacy...you ever elusive devil you.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)
½

It's interesting storytelling, and visually stunning, but apart from the technical achievements there's nothing that can quite grasp greatness.

Evil Dead
Evil Dead(2013)

Thoughts pending til another viewing.

The Place Beyond The Pines
½

Just copy and paste James Franco's review for Huffington Post and you have my feelings. And yeah, Dan Dehaan is going places.

Bachelorette
Bachelorette(2012)
½

Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan should just be a couple in everything.

Spring Breakers
½

A fairy-tale with consequences. And Jeff Jarrett.

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)
½

This Schoenaerts guy is going places.

Oz the Great and Powerful

And James Franco smiles awkwardly.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
½

You nicknamed my daughter after the Lock Ness Monster!!!

The Paperboy
The Paperboy(2012)
½

Oddly compelling, although my rating is really arbitrary. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it good-bad? Who knows, but I was entertained.

Detention
Detention(2012)
½

It may be trying really, really, really hard...but damn is it entertaining.

Amour
Amour(2012)
½

Octogenarians can act.

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies(2013)

Nicholas Hoult is moving in the right direction.

To Rome with Love

Hey, there's always something to enjoy in a Woody Allen film.

Frankenweenie
½

This weenie is frank.

Pitch Perfect

One of the funniest and more entertaining films of the year.

Zero Dark Thirty
½

Jason Clarke is not to be messed with.

Cosmopolis
Cosmopolis(2012)
½

No rating. Just Cronenberg.

Les Misérables

I was with it most of the way due to the charm of the cast, but the overwrought last half hour tosses it down a few notches.

Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks(2012)

Something to admire...

This is 40
This is 40(2012)
½

Strong performances from Rudd and Mann can't overcome the messiness of the narrative. But hey, I respect Apatow for having the balls to try something like this.

Killer Joe
Killer Joe(2012)

"It could have been worse."

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

Depression in action form. My kinda movie.

Goon
Goon(2012)

Just damn strange.

Lawless
Lawless(2012)
½

Pearce be creeping.

Bernie
Bernie(2012)

This is the Jack Black we've been waiting for.

Take This Waltz
½

Painful in the best way.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)
½

Bald Tommy Lee Jones.

Silver Linings Playbook
½

A good antidote to cynicism.

Flight
Flight(2012)
½

Denzel is good, but not enough to bring the movie up to his standards.

Skyfall
Skyfall(2012)

Who says you can't go home again?

Paranormal Activity 4

The success of the first three films in the franchise was advancing the story and mythology as well as finding original ways to scare us. This fourth film doesn't really have any of that, just repeating itself and going through the motions.

Sinister
Sinister(2012)

This is a first for me...I related to a horror movie.

Seven Psychopaths

This rating is really null and void. It's a film that's incredibly hard to categorize and to just slap a number on. All I can say is, go see it and form an opinion on your own. Me, well, I loved and hated it simultaneously. That's a first.

Argo
Argo(2012)

Kyle Chandler's haircut.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
½

Words I never thought I would utter...that Logan Lerman can act.

The Five-Year Engagement

Yeah, it's overlong and not as funny as it could be...but damn it's romantic.

End of Watch
End of Watch(2012)
½

I could have watched Gyllenhaal and Pena bounce off each other for another ten hours, they're that good.

Looper
Looper(2012)

As a big fan of Rian Johnson and the talent involved, I'm shocked to be on this side of the argument.

Dredd
Dredd(2012)
½

I kinda fell asleep.

The Master
The Master(2012)

Impossible to categorize and unwilling to conform. Damn, it's something. What that something is, well...

Haywire
Haywire(2012)

I prefer my Soderbergh with a little more substance, but damn he's got style.

ParaNorman
ParaNorman(2012)
½

Coraline was no fluke. Keep 'em coming Laika.

Wanderlust
Wanderlust(2012)

Wain's work is certainly an acquired taste.

Friends With Kids

Adam Scott keeps it afloat.

The Dark Knight Rises
½

Two viewings in, slight improvement.

The Amazing Spider-Man
½

An entirely different breed of superhero film.

Ted
Ted(2012)
½

Wahlberg tried like hell, but he just wasn't able to overcome MacFarlane's brand of easy humor.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike(2012)
½

2012: The year Channing Tatum decided "Hey guys, I can act now."

The Hunger Games
½

Katniss wants that loaf.

Footloose
Footloose(2011)

Hey, Craig Brewer knows how to entertain.

Take Shelter
Take Shelter(2011)

As sure as God's vengeance...

21 Jump Street
½

I can't remember the last time I was this entertained by a movie beginning to end.

Submarine
Submarine(2011)
½

Somewhere, by the sea.

Safe House
Safe House(2012)

I was too tired to form an actual opinion.

Chronicle
Chronicle(2012)

Easily one of the best entries in the found footage genre.

Pearl Jam Twenty

It may not have as many insights as fans would like, but so entertaining and well put together it hardly matters.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)
½

I want a jack russell terrier.

Carnage
Carnage(2011)
½

Sometimes humor comes from the simplest pleasures.

Margaret
Margaret(2011)
½

It's something, there's no denying that. What that something is I'm just not quite sure of yet.

The Guard
The Guard(2011)

The world can never have enough of Brendan Gleeson.

Bad Teacher
Bad Teacher(2011)
½

"Gibby: The Movie" would have been a better alternative.

Friends With Benefits
½

This Gluck guy may be on to something.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
½

Some of the most uninspired "comedy" you will ever see on film, yet still a slight improvement over the last entry.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
½

Jude Law has a ferocious mustache.

The Adventures of Tintin

Rampant alcoholism is always fun.

Melancholia
Melancholia(2011)

I underestimated you Kirsten Dunst.

Shame
Shame(2011)

The best kind of nightmare.

Young Adult
Young Adult(2011)
½

You can always go back, but it doesn't mean you'll learn anything.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

Good luck removing the smile from your face.

The Descendants

It's a testament to all involved that a film this hilarious can also be so heartbreaking.

Hugo
Hugo(2011)

About as close to "A Trip to the Moon 3D" as we're gonna get.

J. Edgar
J. Edgar(2011)
½

If only the film were as strong as Dicaprio is in it.

Paranormal Activity 3

The funniest to date for sure.

Red State
Red State(2011)

What is potentially a step in the right direction for Smith.

50/50
50/50(2011)

Phillip Baker Hall is immortal.

The Ides of March
½

Nobody gets a haircut like Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Moneyball
Moneyball(2011)
½

I actually like Brad Pitt. Who knew?

Drive
Drive(2011)

Prepare for arthouse cinema masses!

Warrior
Warrior(2011)
½

Never underestimate the simplistic power of two people conversing onscreen.

Contagion
Contagion(2011)
½

Be careful Soderbergh...you're making me fall in love with you.

The Beaver
The Beaver(2011)
½

(DVD Review) - Not always narratively focused, but poignant nonetheless.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
½

Would surely benefit from a better child actress, as well as a director more surefooted in his approach to directing actors.

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)

Ends with the weirdest cover ever.

30 Minutes or Less

It may be incredibly immature and be lacking any assemblance of a script, but Eisenberg pleads with you to have a good time...and you somewhat do.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Easily the best in the series to date.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.
½

Characters that feel real in a romantic comedy? What a novel concept!

Beginners
Beginners(2011)
½

Cinematic therapy.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

A staggering artistic achievement, no matter what lens you view it through.

Horrible Bosses

Enjoyable all thanks to the cast.

Green Lantern
½

Yet another reason to not let actual comic book writers write comic book films.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)
½

Greatest End Credits Sequence.

X-Men: First Class

Fassbender owns your soul.

Hesher
Hesher(2011)
½

Refreshingly honest. A perfect parable for our time.

Thor
Thor(2011)

Steroids and sweeping dutch angles.

Rio
Rio(2011)
½

Jemaine Clement steals the show, but unfortunately he's one of the few funny parts about the film.

Scream 4
Scream 4(2011)

New decade. Same rules.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre(2011)
½

Fassbender's eyes penetrate my soul.

Insidious
Insidious(2011)

Pretty much the only thing that really terrifies me...f'in demons.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)
½

An entertaining, enjoyable flick from Moon's Duncan Jones. A little silly at times, but Gyllenhaal tries his best to keep it grounded.

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch(2011)

A 2 hour music video. Excess for the sake of being "cool."

The Lincoln Lawyer
½

McConaughey is...great. Yeah, I said it.

Paul
Paul(2011)
½

Seth Rogen gives such a heartfelt performance that dare I say, is the best performance of the year to date.

Limitless
Limitless(2011)
½

For the first half you feel like you're on a drug, but in the second half you realize you're actually just in a mediocre movie. Burger is only interested in giving you a quick fix, nothing more.

Battle: Los Angeles
½

Aaron Eckhart being badass and making epic speeches.

The Adjustment Bureau
½

Succeeds and overcomes some of its shortcomings due to the chemistry of Damon and Blunt.

Rango
Rango(2011)
½

One of the most visually stunning animated films...well...possibly ever.

Drive Angry
Drive Angry(2011)

Love in cinematic form.

Another Year
Another Year(2010)
½

Less Thinking...More Drinking

The Roommate
The Roommate(2011)
½

Billy Zane is in this. And that's all I have to say about that.

The Way Back
The Way Back(2011)

Beautiful landscapes...and actors doing accents.

The Green Hornet
½

Sure it's oddly conceived and downright silly sometimes, but that's what makes it so damn entertaining.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

Better than the original, but the story just isn't as compelling as it should be.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)
½

A film with these visuals and this score just shouldn't be this dull.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)
½

Christian Bale Greatest Crackhead.

Exit Through The Gift Shop
½

The commercialization of art through idiocy.

The Ghost Writer
½

Completely enjoyable, but there's just something missing from this Polanski effort that I can't quite put my finger on.

Animal Kingdom

Say it ain't so Uncle Owen.

Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole(2010)
½

Not as captivating as it could be, but still a film that works on the basic levels of human emotion.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

The first movie to ever physically alter my state.

Cyrus
Cyrus(2010)

Completely unexpected and simply great.

Red
Red(2010)

Could have done more with the great actors they were provided with, but still a fun piece of filmmaking.

How to Train Your Dragon
½

Dreamworks can pull off a good feature too.

Nowhere Boy
Nowhere Boy(2010)

Paul takes punches like a man.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

Better than most of the genre.

Unstoppable
Unstoppable(2010)
½

Tony Scott on cruise control.

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)
½

There's nothing like a view from inside the female sexual organ.

Howl
Howl(2010)
½

The force is strong with Franco.

Megamind
Megamind(2010)

Doesn't break any new ground, but enjoyable enough.

Paranormal Activity 2

I'm not afraid to admit it...this shit scares me.

Buried
Buried(2010)

Some of the best direction of the year. Cortes may be going places.

My Soul to Take

People just aren't getting it. Craven goes all B-movie on our asses.

Catfish
Catfish(2010)
½

Entertaining and depressing at the same time.

Let Me In
Let Me In(2010)
½

Remake or not, it's one of the best American horror films of recent memory...just get a new CGI guy.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

If only the film was as good as Douglas and Brolin are in it.

The Town
The Town(2010)
½

Affleck is a director, and a good one at that.

Restrepo
Restrepo(2010)
½

A moving piece of filmmaking.

The American
The American(2010)

Clooney kicks it Old School.

The Killer Inside Me
½

It never rises above merely good, which is certainly a shame with Casey Affleck on full display.

Piranha 3-D
Piranha 3-D(2010)

One gloriously gory and hilarious sequence and not much else...besides Jerry O'Connell that is.

Inception
Inception(2010)

Nolan's best. Watanabe rules all.

Greenberg
Greenberg(2010)
½

Baumbach loves his unlikeable characters.

Predators
Predators(2010)

People will always cling to 80s action films due to nostalgia. But Predators, is better.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Better than the first two...but that doesn't make it good.

Knight & Day
Knight & Day(2010)

The Cruise charisma can elevate anything.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Undoubtably the best film of the year to date, and it's not even close. One of the most emotional film experiences of my life.

The A-Team
The A-Team(2010)

A good cast can't overcome Joe Carnahan's lack of assembling anything close to coherent direction.

Get Him to the Greek

An adrenaline rush of hilarity.

Splice
Splice(2010)
½

Further proves what has been thought all along...life is about sex.

MacGruber
MacGruber(2010)
½

MacGruber isn't consistently hilarious, but its funny in spurts and is overall a very enjoyable, good time at the movies.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

Would have been more aptly titled "Robert Downey Jr. 2" because once again there isn't much else. Sam Rockwell is great as always and it maintains a certain level of being enjoyable, but Favreau has to be aware that when you spend every minute of a film trying to be overly likable to your audience, it can get old pretty fast.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Jackie Earle Haley is quite good and the third act is decent as well, but the journey getting there is laborious and dull.

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)

The first half has some rough patches with Millar-isms that don't quite translate perfectly from comic to the big screen, but the second half is just pure cinematic bliss. The Cage channeling Adam West is something that needs to be seen.

Clash of the Titans
½

Heh....someone needs to fire the composer...stat.

Brooklyn's Finest
½

A decent first half with some good performances is let down by a move to cliche-town.

Alice in Wonderland
½

Burton's worst, despite the Crispin Glover factor.

Shutter Island
½

Scorsese does Noir, and pays homage to classic Hollywood to some success, but not complete success.

The Crazies
The Crazies(2010)
½

Pretty good for horror nowadays.

Sherlock Holmes
½

See it for Downey and Law's great performances...I wasn't originally planning on seeing the film, but it has turned out to be one of the more pleasant surprises of the year.

Up in the Air

The best film of the year...it will shatter your soul.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

Is it one of the best films of the year? Nah. Is it as mind-blowing as it would like to be? Nah. But...has James Cameron forgotten how to entertain, corny dialogue and all? Nope.

The Road
The Road(2009)
½

A Stunner....One of the year's best that will no doubt be one of the year's most overlooked.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
½

Proof that when he's on, there is no actor as entertaining as Nicolas Cage.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
½

Another Wes Anderson classic. To be fully appreciated, leave the kiddies at home.

Antichrist
Antichrist(2009)
½

Women are evil....Lars Von Trier says so.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

I don't really feel passionately about it one way or the other...its certainly not Oscar worthy despite some pretty great performances and I was never really emotionally involved, but there was something admirable about director Lee Daniels taking chances and pretty much throwing everything in his pocket at the screen.

A Serious Man

The Best Coen Bros. Film.

Where the Wild Things Are

The ballsiest adaptation of a piece of children's literature ever....the Best Film of the Year.

Zombieland
Zombieland(2009)
½

Surprisingly dissapointing and inconsistent. The actors involved are likable enough as Harrelson and Eisenberg give us plenty of laughs, but in the end there is really no point to it all. One wonders if in the hands of a more experience filmmaker whether Zombieland could have reached its full potential, not only in regards to being a horror-comedy, but also as a film with an actual story to tell.

Inglourious Basterds
½

What's interesting about Tarantino's latest flick is that I could probably point out about a hundred flaws with it, but its still the best film I've seen so far this year. I have a feeling Christoph Waltz will be having a meeting with the Academy sooner rather than later.

District 9
District 9(2009)

The most original film of the year....who knew a film about humanity's flaws could be so entertaining and action-packed.

500 Days of Summer
½

Originality in a comedy about romance, who knew it was possible? This film is just more proof why Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel will be around in Hollywood for quite some time.

The Ugly Truth

Gerard Butler is likable enough, but the film seems to be trying too hard to be raunchy and comes across as tastleless rather than funny as the Apatow comedies have proven sexual situations to be.

Funny People
Funny People(2009)

The idea behind the film is perhaps more brilliant than the film itself, but it is still a great entry in the Apatow clan's filmography. Both Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann are great but it is Adam Sandler who really steals the show with a funny yet heartfelt performance that many may not have seen coming. Funny People isn't just a comedy, its a deconstruction of the persona Sandler himself has come to adopt through his fame and fortune.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
½

Its the Best Harry Potter film...period. The cinematography is mind-blowing for a film of this nature and Delbonnel most definitely needs to be considered for an Oscar. The cast seemed to always hit the right notes and what the film lacks in action sequences is made up for with fantastic dialogue and character interactions. Its funny, horrific, and dramatic all at the same time.

Public Enemies

Michael Mann has made a very enjoyable gangster flick, but the problem is there really isn't anything memorable about it. Depp and Bale are both fine in their roles, but we are given really no insight into who their characters really are as people. The shootouts are good in typical Mann fashion, and I actually didn't have a problem with his direction which seems to be drawing a lot of criticism, but what I really wanted was a gangster flick with depth. From the man who has made one of my fav movies, Heat, I certainly expected more, but I can say I was entertained.

6.5/10

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

I am now embarrassed to say that I somewhat enjoyed the first film. That is all, because Michael Bay's latest isn't even worth this much writing.

Moon
Moon(2009)
½

Yet another reason why Sam Rockwell is one of the most underused actors in Hollywood, Moon delivers exactly what you want out of a sci-fi film, and perhaps even a bit more. It is hard to imagine that a film of this nature was made by a first-time director, as Duncan Jones does a superb job of setting the tone and letting Rockwell perform his one man tour-de-force. The score is mesmerizing.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)
½

Not up to par with the recent string of great R-rated comedies, but still a really entertaining time at the movies thanks to great performances from Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The writing at times prevents the film from being as funny as it could be, but the cast is just able to rise above this on numerous occassions. Big props on the Rain Man parody.

Up
Up(2009)
½

Yup, Up is yet another Pixar classic. Easily one of the most visually stunning films I've seen in quite some time, its right up there with Wall-E for Pixar's film with the most awe-inspiring animation. Its films like this that should get people to realize that we are in a golden age of animation, and that these are not just films put out there to entertain the kiddies, but are so much more. Up honestly has one of the most touching stories I've seen in all of film, let alone animation, in quite some time (crying is a possibility...just saying).

Drag Me to Hell
½

Drag yourself to the theater, cause guess what, theres an actual good horror movie playing! Now I'll be the first to say that I am biased, because I worship at the house of Sam Raimi, but I can't see how anybody will leave the theater unsatisfied with this film. Raimi's style is distinct, as he is about the jokes and humor as much as he is about the horror, and the balance works gloriously in Drag Me to Hell. Easily one of my favorite endings to a film in quite some time and the most satisfying horror flick in years.

Terminator Salvation
½

Terminator Salvation is not awful, but its not particularly good either. McG seems to be heavily borrowing from many other better movies, and at times it does entertain, but not all the time. I've always been a Christian Bale fan, but no, this is not the kind of performance you win awards for. Bale is pretty much a straight up A-hole as John Connor, and yells his lines at the most random times. Worthington shows some potential as Marcus, but the little dialogue he and any of the characters are given is not exactly Shakespeare. To be honest, it was a movie that was there and was what it was, but you can't help but wonder what exactly the point of making this film was.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

This just in...a Sci-fi movie that actually has good acting and is perfectly cast. Thank you J.J. Abrams. Now I'll be first to admit that I've always been a Star Wars guy over Trek, but so is Abrams. With this Star Trek, however, he took the thought and intelligence of old Trek and combined it with the action of Star Wars. The result is one of those films that never has a dull moment. And yeah, Chris Pine is perfection as Kirk. Yeah, the guy from some Hillary Duff movie is awesome...who knew?

Rating: 8.5/10

Observe and Report

Without a doubt will go down as one of the most underappreciated films of 2009. Observe and Report is a kick to the face of all genre conventions, with Seth Rogen delivering the performance of his career. The thing is Ronnie (Rogen) shouldn't be a likable character, yet I still cheered for him despite the heinous things he did during the course of the film. Ronnie's voice-over is classic and the ending is just epic. In these dark times, America needs some dark comedy and absurd violence, and Observe and Report delivers on both counts.

8.5/10

Adventureland
½

People expecting a Superbad-type comedy from Greg Mottola's third directorial effort need not buy a ticket, cause this isn't that kinds of movie...instead, although I do love Superbad, its something entirely different...a great coming of age tale that feels real rather than entirely forced and predictable like most teen flicks released nowadays...all the performances are great, with Jesse Eisenberg using his intelligent loser persona to great effect.

I Love You, Man
½

Another smart adult comedy...Paul Rudd is finally becoming the leading man he was destined to be, but Jason Segel really steals the show and his likeable persona should become a staple with these types of comedies....at times the direction was lacking, but as the film went on it got better...Overall, a funny movie, period.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Last House on the Left
½

I haven't seen the original so its hard to judge in that sense, but as a straight-up horror film for nowadays it was decent. The kills were entertaining, and the landscapes used for filming provided some nice visuals. The main problem with the direction is the constant use of close-ups, as although it definitely sets a particular mood, it tended to give me a headache. Overall I wouldn't call it a fun time at the movies, but an entertaining one, if that makes any sense.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)

Ok, so I went and saw it again, this time in IMAX and I gotta say that as a fan I was blown away...sure the flaws were still there, but since I had already seen them I just let the film wash over me and didn't pay much attention to them....Ackerman was still terrible, but the sex scene didn't seem as bad, maybe its because I came to the conclusion that Snyder was including it to show the absurdity of Dan's problem...anyway, much better the second go round...can't wait for the director's cut. My rating moves up from a 7 to an 8.5.




1st Viewing: Very inconsistent and certainly not for everyone, but as a Watchmen fan I couldn't help but enjoy Snyder's adaptation...there are scenes in the film that are down right awful, one sex scene for example, but for once I wasn't overly critical and just enjoyed seeing these characters I love brought to the bigscreen...Haley is AMAZING as Rorschach and is the clear stand-out, with the best sequence of the movie probably going to Manhattan's past...If you didn't read it, I really don't see how you are going to enjoy the film...Watchmen is the best piece of fiction I've ever read, but the film is not great...Its enjoyable and sometimes thats all you can hope for with an adaptation of something so great. 7/10

My Bloody Valentine 3-D
½

I saw it a couple of weeks ago so here are my thoughts from back then

If it weren't for the 3D, this flick would not even get a second thought...the story is lame, and the acting is prety poor...at times, however, it can be quite entertaining at the sheer ridiculousness of it all...Kerr Smith is my hero

Coraline
Coraline(2009)

Selick delivers again...Coraline is a visually stunning piece of filmmaking that puts good use to the 3D technology at hand

Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon(2008)
½

Without question Ron Howard's best film to date....the acting is superb all around, and the third act is so masterfully done that it left me with chills

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)
½

Easily one of the best of the year, with Mickey Rourke delivering one of, if not the best performance of the year....I will certainly be pulling for him on Oscar night...other than Rourke, there was plenty else that I was impressed with, most especially Darren Aronofsky's direction, but that should come as no surprise...its a wonder why the academy didnt put this in the Best Picture race...and oh yeah, this def aint the feel good movie of the year

Revolutionary Road
½

I can certainly see why this film isn't for everyone, but it certainly is for me...it encapsulates that feeling of being trapped in a life that you hadn't planned...both Dicaprio and Winslet are good as always, but Michael Shannon truly steals the show...its a wonder why he isn't getting more awards talk

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

Cliches are abound and its not all that original, but sometimes all you need for a great movie going experience is a great central character and some old-school filmmaking. Fortunately for Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood delivers on both. It isn't a great film, but it is very entertaining and makes you laugh more often than you'd expect. Eastwood has defintely delivered one great performance.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The dissapointment of the year, but that is certainly not to say it is a bad film....Fincher's direction and Pitt's acting are both great, but the script is where the film fails...for the first two-thirds I felt no emotion for the events playing out, but was rather just an observer to those events and when the third act kicks in and Im supposed to feel emotion, I had been frozen for such a long time that it just didn't work...overall beatufiul to look at and Pitt is great but the gimmick wears thin

Slumdog Millionaire

Amazing...Easily one of the best of the year, if not the best....if Danny Boyle doesn't win Best Director at the Oscars the academy should be brought in front of a firing squad

Milk
Milk(2008)

Gus Van Sant's direction is superb in Milk, a very good film, but not quite the greatness I expected...overall it was Van Sant's ambition that eeked through every shot with his amazing usage of documentary footage...the acting was superb as well, with the main exception being Diego Luna...the writing by Dustin Lance Black is what keeps the film from being great, but there is no question that for a first time screenwriter his writing was definitely impressive...overall Milk is a very good film that oozes with ambition...its definitely worth your time

Doubt
Doubt(2008)

Overall a very good effort from John Patrick Shanley...the acting all around was fantastic with Hoffmann IMO being the standout as always...the film doesnt necessarily provide all the answers the audience is looking for, and for that I am certainly grateful....the major flaw with the film, however, is the way it ends, as if Shanley had just taken that last line out perhaps it would of been more fitting...I understand why he used the ending, but it doesn't mean I have to love it

Role Models
Role Models(2008)

Consider me pleasanlty surprised, but I found Role Models to be consistently entertaining and utterly hilarious...Mintz-Plasse shines once again and proves to be more than a one hit wonder, Rudd is great as always, Sean William Scott returns to form, and the Bobby kid was solid as well....overall really solid, although some of Wain's direction (constant usage of close-ups) was a bit much sometimes

Quantum of Solace

Its not even close to the triumph that was Casino Royale, but Daniel Craig is still as good as ever...the 1st half of the film seemed like Forster and company were trying to hard to make the film like Jason Bourne, but the 2nd half turned the film into an overall positive experience....the best parts occurred when we finally saw Bond showing some emotion and talking about Vesper death, as I actually found the action sequences to be the worst parts of the movie, with exception to the opera sequence

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
½

It's not on the level of the great comedies of recent years, but it is certainly a worthy entry into Kevin Smith's film canon....the dialogue is quick and snappy and all of the characters are likeable, which is exactly what we should expect from Smith...I certainly laughed out loud a bunch of times, and the way Seth Rogen fit into a Kevin Smith film so well surprised me a little...overall, a really enjoyable film, I mean, leave it to Smith to make a film with Porno in the title but turn it into a heartwarming romance tale

Sex Drive
Sex Drive(2008)

I went to see this with my friends and never really planned on seeing it, and I probably should have kept it that way....that doesnt mean that is was completely a waste or as terrible as most of the teen films outside of the Apatow factory are nowadays, but it just wasn't all that original....none of the characters stand out particularly, although Seth Green did get a couple of chuckles out of me, and the writing and directing are just average....overall, some may enjoy it, but I would of rather just see it as a rental then pay full price for the theater experience

W.
W.(2008)

Brolin, Dreyfuss, and Cromwell are fantastic. It may not be IMO Oliver Stone's best film JFK, but it is certainly a worthy entry in his filmography. Some people may say its jumbled and all over the place, but it worked for me as Stone was certainly trying to alternate between past and present to keep the viewer interested, and I certainly was throughout. It probably won't get any other Oscar noms, but in the acting categories it is certainly worthy. Congrats Josh Brolin. Welcome to stardom.

Righteous Kill
½

Carla Gugino is a perfect 10, but this movie is not...another flick where you wonder why Deniro and Pacino said yes to the ridiculous script, the dialogue is bad, all the cultural references are bad, and don't even get me started on the direction by Jon Avnet....and as far as the supposed twist goes, I called it when the first trailer came out...yeah it was that easy

Burn After Reading

Not the triumph it could have been, but the Coens bros. know what they are doing....they may be making a film filled with crazy idiotic characters, but all of their actions are directly commentating on contemporary society, and thank god for those actors bringing those characters to life...in lesser hands this film would have come across as a mess, and it still did slightly, but not enough to take my complete enjoyment out of it....Brad Pitt steals the show

In Bruges
In Bruges(2008)

Just rented this film and it blew me away with how great it really was....McDonagh has a touch for both witty and hilarious dialogue and it stays consistent throughout...the visuals are also top-notch, as well as the acting by Farrell, Gleeson and Fiennes

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

An absolutely beatifully shot film by Woody Allen, which provides audiences with a realistic take on romantic relationships....Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz steal the show

Tropic Thunder
½

It wouldnt work as a straight up comedy, but as a parody of what Hollywood and the films it puts out are, Tropic Thunder works....Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise steal the show...the main problem with the film? The opening fake trailers are so f'in hilarious that everything else in the film fails in comparison to them, but only slightly

Step Brothers

John C. Reilly steals the show, as the comedic Will Ferrell is barely present in the film. It's certainly better than the steaming pile that was Talladega Nights, but Adam Mckay has failed to prove that he is a comedic genius yet, although most of his films have had their moments, and Step Brothers certainly has a bunch of them thanks to Reilly.

Pineapple Express

Certainly an acquired taste, Pineapple Express shamelessly parodies all of those ridiculous action flicks which we see so often today....James Franco steals the show as Rogen's pot dealer and delivers a line so hilariously stereotypical I nearly fell out of my seat....Indie Director David Gordon Green also proves that for once, a stoner comedy can be pretty damn visually impressive

The Dark Knight

Watch the trailers, watch the first look on HBO, watch the clips online...because to be honest it won't mean a damn thing. The Dark Knight is a film that is completely different from anything you would ever expect of a Batman film and believe me when I say that is a DAMN GOOD THING! The whole film is Chris Nolan being ambitious and it shows in every shot. And as far Heath Ledger's performance goes, Yeah, it was that damn good and he owned every scene with the Joker in the film. It will defintely take repeated viewings for me to really know how I feel about the film, but right now, it's the best film so far this year!

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

Hellboy II is a visually stunning, funny, and entertaining flick that shows why Guillermo Del Toro is a master of his craft, at least visually that is....The storytelling isn't first rate as we've seen in other comic adaptations like Spiderman 2 and Batman Begins, but it does enough so that Del Toro is able to provide us with funny and entertaining characters placed in visually stunning locales

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)
½

As far as 2008 goes, WALL-E is easily the best of the year thus far....the visuals are stunning and the plot is heartfelt....one thing I have to say is this is certainly a crowning animated achievement, but it isn't really kid oriented, it's more of an adult, Charlie Chaplin-esque animated film

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)

Although certainly by no means a great comedy, Get Smart turns out to be occassionally funny and most of the time very entertaining thanks to the likeable everyman that is Steve Carell

The Incredible Hulk

Both the beginning and the end to Leterrier's "The Incredible Hulk" hint that the filmmaker wanted to make a great superhero flick, but thanks to a flawed second act he isn't quite able to achieve that and join the club of "Spiderman 2" and "Batman Begins." I'll be honest I wasn't expecting much from the film but found myself very entertained up until Liv Tyler's first appearance. If there's one thing Ang Lee's Hulk has over this version, it's certainly Jennifer Connelly, who can actually act. Tyler as Betty Ross seems to be overracting most of the time, and many of the scenes between her and Norton appear awkward and silly. Norton delivers a fine performance, pretty much what you'd expect. Hurt and Roth also deliver solid performances, albeit very "comic book" stereotype performances (what else would you expect?). Overall this new "Hulk" can be considered a success, despite numerous flaws with the most present being the presence of Liv Tyler as Betty Ross.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Good, old-fashioned Indy fun...Sure its not perfect but then again I didn't really expect it to be...Certainly a worthy revisiting of a classic character that stands up there with Temple of Doom below Raiders and the Last Crusade

Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

Although enjoyable at times, Speed Racer is essentially a Wachowski Bros. experimnet gone haywire....sure theres some crazy action and it is openly trying to be silly, but despite the intention it still is distracting....Matthew Fox is probably the only one that actually showed some assemblance of acting skill in the film, while Christina Ricci was the highlight simply because she is smoking hot....I didnt nearly hate the film as much as I thought I would, but I did hate that kid playing Speed's younger brother..Ritalin anyone?

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)
½

Despite many, and I do mean many flaws, Iron Man turns out to be a really entertaining ride due to the performances from Downey Jr. and Bridges....overall the direction from Favreau was the major problem I had with the film as well as Gwenyth Paltrow, who seemed really out of place and seemed to be stumbling on every line she had to give...the script seemed uneven but to be honest listing all the flaws would be overkill....its Iron Man...its Robert Downey Jr....its Fresh

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
½

A really entertaining comedy sequel which isn't as funny as the original but lets face it, what potheads are more likeable than Harold & Kumar...the jokes start off pretty flat but eventually the movie won me over because its basically ridiculous, funny, entertainment

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

A really likeable comedy that may not be as laugh out loud hilarious as other Apatow-gang flicks but is just really entertaining....sure at first you can tell the editing is pretty sloppy but Jason Segel's character of Peter brings it altogether in the end, Segel delivering a performance that is so damn likeable that he may just be the everyman that Seth Rogen wishes he could be...dont get me wrong Rogen is hilarious, but Segel has that quality that you feel like you see some of yourself in his personality...Overall, despite some editing and direction problems, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is just really likeable, providing a vehicle for Segel which will no doubt lead to more comedic starring roles

Lars and the Real Girl
½

A film that makes you feel every human emotion possible. Gosling is fantastic and the film ranks with the best of 2007.

Stop-Loss
Stop-Loss(2008)
½

A movie that never quite figures out what its trying to say...Stop-Loss is entertaining and have some good scenes but it is simply too inconsistent to be rated any higher....I like Ryan Phillippe but at times it seemed like he was trying too hard

Into the Wild
½

Emile Hirsch is mesmerizing as Christopher McCandless in a film that makes you just want to get away from it all and leave your typical life behind

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
½

[color=black]Casey Affleck delivers a performance second to only Daniel Day Lewis for the year of 2007....Jesse James is a beautifully made film with an interesting character in Robert Ford that keeps you sucked in[/color]

Sicko
Sicko(2007)
½

[color=black]Michael Moore's best and funniest film to date[/color]

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

[color=black]Wow...an absolute masterful documentary...and damn is Billy Mitchell the greatest villain ever![/color]

Michael Clayton

[color=black]Michael Clayton is a film that is flawless in its acting and directing, but at times its script can be too intelligent for its own good. For the common movie goer it may be tough to follow, as the film relies heavily on legal jargon and dialogue that you may need background on to really fully understand...however, the stylish direction of Tony Gilroy and powerhouse performances by Clooney and Wilkinson make this film vastly entertaining and it doesn't have a dull moment.[/color]

There Will Be Blood
½

I had been looking forward to this film forever and boy did it deliver...Daniel Day Lewis gives audiences a performance the likes of which has never been seen and should almost certainly be guaranteed the Best Actor Oscar...Writer-Director Paul Thomas Anderson also delivers some polished direction and you wouldn't even know this was the same director as such classics as "Boogie Night" and "Magnolia"...overall despite being over two and half hours, I was never bored at any point in the film, and although some may disagree with me on this one, Damn I loved that ending! There Will Be Blood is definitely up there on my list for 2007.

Sunshine
Sunshine(2007)

Damn I love it when I see a film unlike anything Ive ever seen and it just blows you away at the end. Boyle proves he can make a stellar science fiction film that not only keeps dedicated sci fi fans interested, but also throws in some horror film elements in the last half hour that throw you for a loop, but suprisingly work. Many may say that is is typical sci-fi as the astronauts are getting picked off one by one as usual on their mission, but it is the mission they are on, the stunning visuals, and the perfect voice over at beginning and end that let audiences know the film is trying to send you a message unlike any other. Cilian Murphy once again proves he is more than a capable actor, and even Chris Evans suprises with a solid performance, although he wasnt really asked to do much out of the ordinary acting way. Overall its a stunning visual achievement that will leave you with a great feeling of satisfaction at the end. Its in my top ten of 2007.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
½

Im a big John C Reilly fan and I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed Walk Hard tremendously. It doesnt try to be anything but ridiculous and goofy and it works. Traveling through the different musical periods with Dewey Cox is fun, getting some great impressions of music icons along the way. The drug scenes and the scenes in which Dewey rips sinks out of the walls steal the show. The directing is certainly far from perfect but the thing about this movie is it doesnt try to be anything its not.

Juno
Juno(2007)
½

Every year a movie comes along that takes audiences by storm despite it not being considered a mainstream production. Last years was Little Miss Sunshine and this years is Juno. The thing about Juno is though, it kicks Little Miss Sunshine's ass. Starring Ellen Page as Juno, the film can be hilarious at times while also telling an easily relatable story that everyone can relate to. Page definitely should get some Oscar love, and despite there being plenty of terrific film this year already...this is my personal favorite so far. Oscars here we come.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

To put it simply, Sweeney Todd is the best musical I have ever seen, and is possibly Tim Burton's best work...the singing is superb, the gore fits in perfectly with the story, and once again Burton creates a settting unlike any other...Without question Sweeney Todd is one of the best of the year and heres hoping Tim Burton wins Best Director at the Oscars...the only thing bad I have to say is that I felt there should have been one more scene at the end..otherwise the best time you will have at the movies all year

No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men to some may just be a film that never quite figures out what story it is trying to tell..but to me, it was one hell of a ride with superb acting. The direction and editing are what really stand out as the Coens have proved that their work on this film is certainly Oscar worthy. The first half of the film there was little dialogue and you werent quite sure the point of it all, but it is in the second half of the film in which the story comes to life with scenes that are pure cinematic greatness, including Tommy Lee Jones stealing the show with his mix of humor and enlightenment, as well as Javier Bardem's scene with the Moss' wife. To be honest when it was over, I wasn't quite sure what it was trying to say, but to be honest I liked the artistic vision of the Coen brothers and it is definitely a different experience than most films I have seen.

American Gangster

American Gangster is another solid outing for director Ridley Scott as well as actors Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington....The first half of the film was good, although I was expecting it to pick up and become more intense, and it certainly did...in fact as an admitted Denzel fan I was surprised he didn't really breathe real life into his character until midway in..Crowe was great as always, and Brolin surprised in his supporting detective role..overall I was expecting greatness from the film, and although it didnt quite reach that plateau, it was certainly a very good film

Dan in Real Life

When I saw that Dane Cook was in this movie I was scared...but it actually turned out to be good, and Cook wasnt even that annoying! Steve Carrell delivers a terrific performance in this film and proves he can be dramatic as well as comedic, in fact this film could get him some nominations for acting awards...im not a big romantic comedy fan, but this one worked

Gone Baby Gone
½

Let me start off by saying...I am very surprised the Tomatometer is that high for this movie..there are so many problems with it im suprised critics didnt jump all over it...anyway the film can be broken down into two halfs...the first hald which is pretty blah, and the second half which is pretty good...It was an entertaining film and I really enjoyed the second half but by no means is this an Oscar worthy film...Ben Affleck does a solid job, with Casey affleck and Morgan Freeman shining as always..entertaining but not award worthy..the dialogue during the first half was pretty laughable

In the Valley of Elah
½

This just in, Tommy Lee Jones is the man! And he certainly delivers an oscar-worthy performance in "In The Valley of Elah." A film that is far better than its tomatometer could ever suggest, writer-director Paul Haggis keeps adding more greatness to his resume and will probably get some more Oscar nods for this film. Charlize Theron also delivers another solid performance which should not come as a shock to anyone. "In The Valley of Elah" may have plenty of political ties to its message, but critics need to stop worrying about politics and just realize that this is a great movie with great performances. This film is definitely in my top ten of the year thus far.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)
½

This film is to put it simply one of the most over the top movies I have ever seen...but damn was it entertainining...Writer-Director Michael Davis does was he apparently set out to accomplish with this film..provide the audience with one hell of a time...this is the ultimate popcorn flick

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)
½

Its the year 2007 and who would of thought that the best film of the year thus far would be a western? Well certainly not me but it just turns out that 3:10 to Yuma changes all that. Just an overall amazing movie with great performances by Crowe and Bale and a very entertaining turn by Ben Foster. The scenes between Bale and Crowe were superb and the nice humor touches thrown in throughout the movie really worked to the movie going crowd. There is one thing I am wondering about the movie though that I almost fell out of my seat when I saw it...Luke Wilson makes a cameo?! I mean isnt it sad that some people are now actually calling him the better brother?!

Superbad
Superbad(2007)
½

Another comedy movie from Apatow and Co. that really makes you think that the comedy genre is no longer the running joke that many thought it had become. From Knocked Up to Superbad, it is a good summer to be a fan of some funny stuff with a heart. Superbad is a movie that is just so easy to like due to its loveable characters and easy to connect with story. This movie makes you feel just like ur in high school again going through those awkward stages and it comes across pretty realistically in Superbad. The cops and Mclovin steal the show with some really goofball comedy and Seth Rogen is proving why he is a rising star in the film industry. Keep up with the comedy Seth cause you and Apatow are doing loads for the genre.

The Bourne Ultimatum
½

In a summer filled with a lot of blockbuster letdowns, the Bourne Ultimatum stands out as a blockbuster with style, action and just about everything else your looking for in a movie. Matt Damon may not talk that much in the film but is still superb as Bourne and the new addition of Straithairn to the cast was a perfect choice. Definitely the best movie of the summer and second to only Zodiac for film of the year thus far!

Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn(2007)

As a big Christian Bale fan I was waiting for Rescue Dawn to come to a theatre nearby and today it happened. Once again Bale delivers with a great performance but the movie itself was just OK. I mean the acting was good and it gave you a realistic feel of being a POW in Vietnam but the movie itself dragged a little and the corny ending didnt really help either. There were nice little humor touches thrown in the movie that helped me enjoy it a little more but when all is said in done the movie itself was just OK while the performances were definitely top nothc, especially Bale.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
½

Right on the level of the Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix continues the trend of the Potter films continuing to mature and get darker as they go along. For me anyway, this is what I was waiting for. Some people may miss the young days of Harry Potter but in comparison to where he is now of film, I find the darker and more mature Harry far more entertaining. Radcliffe does his finest acting job yet in Order of the Phoenix as a tortured Harry who is tormented by his very thoughts and dreams. Despite the darker tone of this film, the humor is still present and all the characters are still there good old selves, with Ralph Fiennes once again portraying Voldemort perfectly and getting to say lines that everyone dreams of. I enjoyed this film just as much as I enjoyed Goblet of Fire(my favorite film of the series thus far) and Im glad to hear David Yates will be returning for the next film. I cant wait for the next because if there was one thing wrong with the fifth film it was a lack of my boy Draco. Although I do not read the books, I know from my friends that Draco makes his presence felt in the sixth one. Bring on the Malfoys! Order of the Phoenix is definitely the most mature Potter film to date and the feeling of eerieness I got while watching was well worth the price of admission. Definitely the best of the blockbusters this year.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)
½

When me and my friends went to the theatre at midnight last night, we flipped a coin to see if we would see Knocked Up or 1408, and damn im lucky it flipped in Knocked Up's favor. This movie was absolutely hilarious, way better than the 40 year old virgin, and it is simply one of the best true comedies I have seen in a long time. Keep up the good work Apatow. Seth Rogen rules!

Transformers
Transformers(2007)
½

If there was ever a summer movie to take the critic out of you and put the kid back into to you, Transformers is it. The movie, like all Michael Bay films, has plenty of flaws but it was the most fun at the movies Ive had all summer with all of the blockbusters. Spidey 3 was the most dissapointing movie ever made(and the corniest to boot), Pirates 3 was just about the most unnecessarily long movie ever, didnt see Shrek 3(i wasnt really that big a fan of the first 2 to begin with, and Live Free or Die Hard was an entertaining film but I found just as much entertainment in Transformers. To be honest I am shocked that I enjoyed this film as much as I did as I am a full fledged Michael Bay basher. This film has plenty of corny humor and tons of buildings blowing up but hey, at least it doesnt really ever try to take itself too seriously. Oh yeah, and why the hell is Shia Labeouf so damn likeable?!

Live Free or Die Hard
½

Die Hard Number 4 may have one of the most ridiculous/inconceivable plots ever presented on film but hey....what an entertaining ride the film takes us on. When the film started off I really was confused as to whether this was actually a Die Hard film or just a PG13 ripoff but as the film continued to progress I was drawn into the film with the crazy action visuals and special effects as well as the John Mclane we all know and love finally coming around and showing his true colors. Justin Long was actually entertaining as Mclane's sidekick and although Timothy Olyphant seemed a little out of place as the main baddie, there was enough action and Die Hard goodness to keep your eyes on the screen. This film is just a really entertaining summer flick that is all in good fun.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
½

If there was one word to describe this superhero flick, it would be LAME. Tim Story proves once again that he may be incapable of making a film ever directed at being enjoyable for more than just children and teens. Its hard to say if this film is better than the original seeing as how it is so short is running time it is really hard to get an opinion on it. The acting by Gruffud and Alba is still awful and although Evans and Chiklis provide the film with some memories of those great comics by Stan Lee, the film fails once again at being nothing more than a really corny popcorn flick. The inclusion of the Silver Surfer is nice to look at but thats about it because he really doesnt do much for the story. Galactus of course is a pitiful excuse for an intergalactic god and well Tim Story, please call it quits. I beg of you to spare us from a trilogy.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider(2007)

Finally a comic book film has come along that doesnt hold a candle to 'Batman & Robin.' I know, hard to believe isn't it. Ghost Rider is possibly the worst comic book movie ever made and also may be the worst Nic Cage flick ever(although I am yet to see The Wicker Man remake). God awful waste of two hours. Seriously, warm throwup.

Brooklyn Rules
½

So since this film was made by a filmmaker from my parts from here in the smallest state in the nation, I was fortunate enough to have a theatre nearby playing it. Overall it is a solidly made mob movie with some notable performances. Of course as a mob movie it borrows heavily from those films who made the genre such a success but this film is quite different from its predecessors and is just a good, entertaining time at the movies. Although Alec Baldwin's time is limited in the film his presence is felt, Scott Caan does good work, Turtle from Entourage is decent, and even Freddie Prinze Jr. isn't that bad playing a kid from Brooklyn. This film is just an entertaining mob flick that is to put it simply, worth the price of admission.

Little Children
½

If there was ever a film that deserved the title of masterpiece "Little Children" is it. After just renting the film and watching it I have never felt so blown away in my life...yeah I expected it to be a good film but not this good. It is an absolute crime that it was not nominated for Best Picture this past year and should have won if it was hands down...I mean I liked the Departed just fine but it doesnt hold a candle to this film. Every performance in Little Children is oscar worthy and I was intrigued by every single moment of dialogue throughout the entire film. Just a really genuine and powerful film that I know I will never be able to forget.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

It is very apparent from this Pirates entry that the ultimate point of the Pirates series was to make more money as the series went along but to also make less quality films as they moved along. This film was far too long for its own good and should of at least had a good hour cut from it as halfway through I was already tired and waiting for the end. The plot was confusing although it is solved in the end with at least a somewhat solid ending. Most of the enjoyment of the film comes from those two pirates whose name I do not recall(one-eyed guy and short-fat guy) who deliver good comedic performances...the rest of the comedic stuff however, including Capt. Jack was really dumbed down. Obviously the worst of the three films and a case of sequelitis indeed. Long live the first Pirates film

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

Honestly my most anticipated movie ever and the biggest letdown ever. I love Spiderman, read the comics, and loved the first two films. I can honestly say with absolute certaintity that this is easily the worst of the three and I cant help but wonder..why Sam Raimi why? You love Spiderman just as I do and you give us this movie!!! Topher Grace gets all these four points...great job as Eddie Brock but Venom was pretty pathetic....Seriously Sam since when did you want to be a mix between Michael Bay and a Soap Opera director...You were one of my favorite filmmakers before this and I love ur other work but this movie really makes me wonder if there was too much pressure and money...as for Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, hes a good actor and all but he couldnt save this script...Tobey was Tobey and Franco was Franco but they couldnt save the script....Kirsten Dunst well, since when did we expect anything out of her anyway...A few of the feelings I felt after watching this well...Anger, Depression, and honestly complete elation that it was over...Sorry Sam but its time to move on...So to sum up once again what was good and bad about this movie Ebert & Roeper style...Topher Grace Thumbs Up...Rest of the Movie Thumbs Down....Is there a God in this world?

The Lookout
The Lookout(2007)

A film that is completely absorbing yet you dont know exactly why. The performances are remarkable and Jeff Daniels is simply the man. It is a well written thriller that is just completely engrossing and well made from start to finish.

300
300(2007)

300 is certainly not as accomplished as Sin City and nor would I expect it to be. Sin City was what I thought of as a modern masterpiece and 300 is certainly no masterpiece. What it is is simply an entertaining bloodfest and if I did not enjoy the battle scenes and beheadings so much I certainly would not have enjoyed the film as much as I did. But the bottom line is that 300 is what it planned to be...a film about visuals and epic battle sequences and on these topics it delivers.

Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)
½

some people may say Zodiac is too long of a movie...but all 2 hours and 40 minutes of this film I loved and is so far my favorite film of this year..Gyllenhaal, Downey Jr., and Ruffalo all deliver solid performances and David Fincher has once again made a solid crime flick

Breach
Breach(2007)

Chris Cooper delivers another stellar performance and Ryan Phillippe surprises with a very solid acting job as well. Just an all around solid film with a great last scene.

Letters from Iwo Jima

Eastwood has done it again with one of the finest films of this past year. After renting Flags of our Fathers and enjoying it I knew I had to go and experience Letters from Iwo Jima and I am glad I did. Ken Watanabe delivers a superb performance and this film provides images that arent so easy to shake off. Well done Clint once again.

Children of Men
½

Children of Men is a film that is entertaining and confusing at the same time. Clive Owen delivers a solid performance and Michael Caine as always delivers, all i can say is im happy Moore got killed off early cause she just irritates me for some reason. I like the futuristic elements of Children of Men and the end of the world idea is rather intriguing and I rather enjoyed the first half of the film. During the second half however it just seemed sort of muddled and the abrupt ending of the film didnt really sit well with me either. Overall it is an entertaining film that is definitely worth seeing for the visuals it provides.

Blood Diamond
½

Blood Diamond is an entertaining film that is helped mostly by strong performances from Dicaprio, Hounsou, and Connelly. This film has plenty of death and a bunch of kids shooting machine guns is always entertaining, but the film was a little bit too long. If it was shorter, there is no question it would be one of the finer films of the past year but this is simply not the case. One thing I find odd however is that Leo got an Oscar nod for this rather than Departed. In Blood Diamond is does a good job but i dont even think it is on the level of his performance in the Departed. Hounsou's nomination is definitely well deserved.

Déjà Vu
Déjà Vu(2006)
½

There is no question that Im a sucker for movies that make you think, as well as movies with the great Denzel Washington, and Deja Vu combines both of these elements into one. Now I must say that this movie is certainly by no means a great film, but it is damn sure entertaining and thought-provoking. The whole concept of the film I feel is great, not really regarding the whole time travel thing..but rather regarding destiny and how it can change by just one little event, and there is no question that if the ending followed this formula then the film may be able to be rated much higher. Now let me explain exactly what I mean by this(Let the SPOILERS begin). I didnt hate the ending of Deja Vu and actually found it rather entertaining and interesting, but if the film really wanted to get its point across it would have ended with the end result not changing at all. Think about it, Jim Caveziels character talked about destiny in the film and it would make sense and just send home the point that destiny cant be changed or toyed with. If the ship just blew up, with the Denzel from the future dieing in it and the female lead(cant think of her name) dieing as well...it would make sense that the future cant change. Then the Denzel from the present would show up at the end and just like at the beginning of the movie go through the same exact events, a constant looping of time of some sorts. With all this said, Deja Vu is a film i rather enjoyed simply because it makes me think about..what if?

Casino Royale

So I did have a big review typed up but my computer decided to suck so Im just going highlight some main points I have after seeing Casino Royale.

~Daniel Craig is possibly my favorite Bond ever and is the key factor that makes this film that much more enjoyable.
~This film is unlike any other Bond before it and hinges on the character development of a very different kind of Bond who is rough around the edges, humourous, and shows his true emotions all at the same time.
~This film is a little too long and does drag on at certain parts in the middle but just when u may think it is dragging, Craig does something that just gets u right back into it.
~The show stealing scene was the torture scene!!!

Saw III
Saw III(2006)
½

I was a fan of SAW and SAW 2 and to be honest im not all that into horror movies but after seeing the first SAW i just really enjoyed the story and concept behind it all. So i figured id go and see the third one to see the continuation of the story and the beginning of SAW 3 really got me into it cause it picked right up from where the second one left off. Unfortunately after the entertaining beginning, the movie dragged at parts. First of all, there was a whole lot of nothing happening during the middle and a lot of talking which i did not expect from a SAW movie. Secondly, i liked the concept of the man who lost his son due to a drunk driver having to confront him but the tests he had to go through were just stupid and not entertaining as the others involved in the first two films. This third SAW was just completely different as there wasnt a particular detective searching after Jigsaw, but rather Jigsaw was just lying in a hospital bed the whole movie and had to be kept alive by an individual who would die if she did not keep him alive, again a novel concept but dragged out a lot. To be honest this film was heavily focused on teh Amanda character and i hate the actress that plays her as i find her incradibly annoying and i guess that was part of the turnoff for me(although i was rewarded by the films end lol) The major point where this film failed to live up to its predecessors was that the ending of the film lacked the impact of the first two. Although i enjoyed the flashback sequences from the first two, i felt that they led to nothing and the ending was less than satisfactory. I connected more with the characters in the first two than the ones in this film and thats most likely why i felt the ending lacked the necessary impact. And I couldnt help but be dissapointed to see who gets killed off and to be honest it left me confused because..where the hell can the story go from here seeing as how they plan on making more films?!

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)
½

1st Viewing: 9/10Well I just got back from seeing The Prestige and in a year of film that has lacked many special ones I've got to put Nolan's latest effort right up there among the best of the year. Christian Bale and Michael Caine are as great as ever and Hugh Jackman did a solid job as well. This movie was very interesting and though-provoking and has you searching for the secret as soon as in begins. Unfortuantely for me and my perception I figured the secret out quite quickly as it was right under all of our noses, but for me that doesnt hurt an overall solid film. I definitely prefer this to The Illusionist as i figured that secret out rather quickly too but that film was made in such a way that the secret wasnt really as cleverly portrayed as the way Nolan did with The Prestige.\

Repeated Viewings: 7/10

After first seeing this film in theaters I guess I was blinded by my love for Nolan, Bale, and Caine to see that the Prestige wasnt a great film but is simply an entertaining film about magic...I still think it is better than the Illusionist but after repeated viewings it just reveals itself to be an entertaining movie that is still good but probably Nolan's least accomplished work(and thats saying something)

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

1st Viewing: 9/10WOW! I cant put it much better than that about what I felt when I walked out of the theatre after seeing The Departed. The acting was outstanding, the story was interesting, and the ending was simple greatness. Leo Dicaprio was the one who stood out for me as he portrayed the one character who brought the emotion into this film. Mark Wahlberg was simply perfect as the wiseguy. Matt Damon did a great job in a role very different from his other roles as he was a cocky a-hole for once. And of course Jack Nicholson was just being himself and when has he gone wrong doing that?! I have to say im not big into the mob movies and although I respect Goodfellas and Casino as good films, I have to say I enjoyed The Departed thouroughly more. Job well done Scorsese, you made the BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!

Repeated Viewings: 8/10
The Departed is one of those films that got caught up in the Scorsese hype and somehow managed to win best picture at the Oscars. I dont think it deserved it but that doesnt mean it was a bad film. It was a good entertaining crime flick with a lot of good actors and a Director who knows what hes doing. It was a good movie but wasnt the best film of '06.

Poseidon
Poseidon(2006)
½

Poseidon to put it simply is an overtop action flick coming from the man, Wolfgang Peterson, who made one of my favorite movies in Air Force One. It certainly is not one of Peterson's best efforts but this movie can be entertaining at times. Kurt Russell is his usual heroic self but you can not really care for many of the other characters. It does not try to be anything else than what its meant to be though and thats what brings this movie to a 5 out of 10 rating, Lots of over the top action and deaths!

Thank You for Smoking
½

I rented Thank You For Smoking and it is pretty much my favorite film of the year. Aaron Eckhart comes across perfectly as tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor and you find yourself rooting for him, even despite the fact that I'm against smoking. This movie provides plenty of laughs and just the confidence that Eckhart's character exudes is enough to absorb you into this film. This movie was the most entertained ive been by a movie all year, and although it certainly provides plenty of laughs, it also has a good message as well as you can plainly see between the interaction of Eckhart's character and his son.

The Illusionist
½

A movie that I simply had to see as anything with Edward Norton for me is a must see. Edward Norton as always did a stellar job in the lead but Paul Giamatti is who really stood out in this film with a very solid, and humorous performance. I could of done without Jessica Biel but thankfully for me the direction of the story solved that problem in no time. The cinematography for this film was simply stunning and this film was certainly well directed as well. The one thing that frustrates me about this film is how it builds up to an ending that is way too predictable. I was hoping for an ending that would shock me or that we would be able to find out how Norton's character performed his illusions but I was simply disappointed with an ending that I predicted halfway through the film. The ending however cant take away from a well made and well acted film as I got swept away and although the ending to say the least dissapointed me Ive got to accept this film as one that was to put it simply, good.

Gridiron Gang
½

Gridiron gang certainly wasnt a film i was planning on seeing in theaters but I had nothing to do the other day and there was nothing else playing so I decided why not. I have to say this movie impressed me, especially Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson's performance as head coach of the training school's football team. Sure there are your typical stereotypes and cliches all over this film, but this film just cant help but succeed in its mission of making a movie-goer feel good by the time the credits roll. The Rock is proving that he is certainly worthy of being a leading man in Hollywood and this type of film is his bread and butter and he comes across in a very genuine and real way that you cant help but connect with.

The Last Kiss
½

As the good Zach Braff fanboy I am and seeing as how I visit his website every day, I had to check out his next project The Last Kiss. To me it is a movie that hints at greatness but just never gets there. The acting is pretty solid all around and is definitely a strong point of the film, but the story just seems to lack that X factor. At the beginning of the film, you are introduced to a lot of different characters, and going back and forth to them from scene to scene was really not enough to get to know them with exception to Michael (Zach Braff) and his girlfriend. Then as the film progresses it seems to fixate on Michael's journey with just a bunch a side characters thrown in and not being able to connect with the other characters really hurts The Last Kiss. I enjoyed the scenes between Rachel Bilson and Zach Braff a lot because they were really real to how people would normally act in real life. Beside that however, the ending is what boggles my mind as *SPOILER* Michael's girlfriend decides to let him back in the house after she outright says she cant take him back. I would of much rather have an ending with uncertainty then to see it end in a way that doesnt make sense from a story standpoint. Anyway the acting was good but the story just couldnt pull through.

Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland is a perfect movie for those film students hoping to become actors in Hollywood some day because all of the actors involved are at the top of their game. Adrien Brody lights up the screen as a reporter hungry for publicity and most of the time he provides the audience with some good laughs. Ben Affleck is simply amazing as George Reeves in a performance that should automatically put another Oscar on his shelf. It is hard for critics to say he is a bad actor after witnessing this performance. And then there is Diane Lane who is simply being the wonderful actress she is. Most of the big time critics agree that all of the actors are at the top of the game but apparently they did not enjoy the story all that much. To me it is the actors that drive the story and keep you interested and I simply loved this film. To me the best film of the year thus far, although I'm hoping Christopher Nolan can steal that title with my most anticipated movie of the year, "The Prestige."