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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Shutter Island
½

The first time you watch it, it's a mystery, suspense story. Any viewing after that, it becomes a multi-layered, engrossing tragedy and a first-rate character study, in a way only Scorsese seems to be able to tell.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Genuine suspense, unexpected emotional resonance, terrific performances by Travolta and Washington, and a respect for the original while updating it for our modern era, this movie is probably one of the most underrated films of 2009. I may get a lot of shit for that remark but I couldn't care less. 99 problems but bitches ain't one.

Deliverance
Deliverance(1972)
½

In my view this movie is one of the most unique movies ever made. It's part adventure, part suspense, part terror, part drama, and also part comedy (just slightly). The story is so simple, but it's elevated by incredibly real acting, taut directing, and a genuine fear of what awaits in the wilderness where society has seemed to stop progressing. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started watching it, but as the movie went on it grew much more extreme and intense. The film is also one of the few films from the 70's that doesn't necessarily have a 70's look or feel to it which will help it in the years to come to keep reaching new viewers who, like me, maybe not sure what to expect from it but will come away shocked and fascinated. Overall, it is a unique and challenging movie with Burt Reynold's best performance and a scene you'll definitely be talking to your friends about.

I Love You, Man

Simply one of the few brightspots of modern comedy. I Love You, Man is so funny because the interactions between the characters feel real and not like they are taken from a typical Hollywood script. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel work so well together that their friendship feels real and truly inspired. I think Paul Rudd has waited forever to get to shine as a main character in a movie, and in this movie ( as well as Role Models) he is so naturally funny and goofy yet restrained and laidback at the same time. Jason Segel also shines and manages to both work off of and follow Rudd's style. Their scenes are hilarious and so are the scenes with a gay Andy Samberg as Rudd's brother and the scenes with Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly as a couple who only really get along when they have kinky sex. This movie could have been a standard comedy, but the unique idea of a bromance and the incredible execution and interplay by Rudd and Segel make it one of the best of the past decade.

Caddyshack
Caddyshack(1980)
½

With memorable performances by the entire cast, great one-liners and memorable quotes, classic set-ups, and even a surprise turn from a mechanical gopher, Caddyshack is one of those great comedies that is funny each time you watch it. And if you're like me, you'll watch it at least 100 times a year.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

One of my all-time favorites that always puts a smile on my face no matter what. Everything about the movie is great. From the locations to the score to the wonderful adult and child performances. Gene Wilder gives the best performance of his career and lifts the movie to a whole new level of madness and magic with his pure wit and manic tendencies, but also an underlying layer of heart and warmth. The kids are all different and unique and give the movie a lot of diversity in terms of characters. The setting in Germany really shines and gives the movie a classic look. The music score is also highly underrated and lingers on with you long after the movie is over. The oompa-loompas (say what you will) are always fun to watch and the lyrics to their songs are ingenius. Overall, an all time classic for the kids and basically anyone else.

2001: A Space Odyssey

If a movie could be described as a piece of art, then 2001 is one of the few movies that fit that term. A film that comes across the best when viewed in images and emotions rather than a solid story, it absorbs you and holds you in its grasp through its entirety. Well, it'll either do that or you'll be bored to death and think it's the most pointless piece of shit ever made. So many questions are raised and never answered which opens the floodgates for interpretation and discussion that will keep the movie in your mind for days. This movie ties with Blade Runner in being the most thought-provoking and philosophical science fiction movie of all time. And the visual effects are still just as dazzling and awe-inspiring today as they were when the movie first came out.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

God I hate this movie. That's really vague and mean but it's how I feel. This was a movie that I had an open mind for when I saw it, but I came away feeling robbed of the joy and sense of wonder that I still take from the original. This one was just weird and pointless. Johnny Depp (not one of my favorite actors but one I still respect and admire) was pretty lousy and awful in this movie. The kids were just annoying and weren't very fun to watch, as was most of the other characters in the movie. The tone was just campy and made me take no emotional investment into Charlie and his situation. The only thing I really liked was the inclusion of Christopher Lee. I guess I either love the first one way too much or the movie really was a big chunk of shit. My opinion doesn't really matter though cause I'm in the minority on this one, unfortunately.

Inception
Inception(2010)
½

If 2001, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Ocean's Eleven, James Bond films, and Shutter Island got together and had a massive orgy and there came an offspring, then I think that could somewhat accurately describe what Inception is. It's tough to call it a masterpiece because it just came out, but it's without a doubt the most engaging and intellectually mainstream blockbuster film of the year. Without giving away too much, I will describe my favorite aspect of the film. There's so many things happening on-screen simultaneously that you're constantly juggling ideas and plotlines in your head. If some part of the film wasn't engaging me, then something else would be. There was always some part or plot line that had me interested and invested in what was transpiring on the screen. The acting was exceptional, with the entire cast making the most of their characters and bringing depth and characterization to what could have been simple caricatures. The music score was exceptional and brought the proper mood and tone to the project. The production design and visual effects were extremely well done and were used to serve the bold story rather than what some might say the other way around. And, of course, director Nolan brings his A-game and makes the whole thing come together and work to create a cohesive whole.

Another thing to note is that, after seeing the film 3 times, I can honestly say I was emotionally engaged every single time I saw it, which is what many critics seem to say was the worst aspect of the movie. I felt like I was on Dom's journey and could feel his pain and his need to escape his past and regain his life with his children. DiCaprio did a terrific job bringing me into his character and so was Marion Cotillard as his haunting and tragic wife who he never seems to be able to let go. I also was very impressed by how much I cared about Cillian Murphy's character and almost teared up at the end when the idea was finally planted into his mind and he shared a touching and tragic moment with his father within his subconscious. Oh, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who's fast becoming my favorite modern actor) did so much with a somewhat underwritten role and should win some award for training so hard and throwing himself into the hallway zero-gravity fight scene, which is just short of breathtaking.

Witness
Witness(1985)
½

A truly powerful movie that has slowly become one of my favorites. Harrison Ford proves his mettle as a dramatic actor and not just an action superstar and the supporting players, including Kelly McGillis, Danny Glover, Lukas Haas, and a young Viggo Mortensen, each provide layered and equally impressive performances. This also is one of my favorite love stories because it's so welly handled and it comes out of the deadly situation that the characters are thrown into. The cinematography is great and the film is obviously the work of a master director: Peter Weir. A transcendent and provocative love story and crime thriller that still packs an emotional punch to this day.

The Wolfman
The Wolfman(2010)
½

With an uneven pace and overall tonal issues, the movie goes back and forth between a seriously bloody rampage and too much camp for it's own good. The movie's thrills are often second-rate and the movie feels rushed and choppily edited. There is entertainment value in this movie, but it is ultimately undone by structural problems and a lack of enthusiasm from it's seasoned cast who have all been much better in other films. But like I said, it is not without entertainment value and is not a full disappointment. A mixed view overall from this guy.

National Lampoon's Vacation
½

One of my all-time favorite comedies, this 80's comedy always puts a goofy smile on my face and provides both laughter and warmth to my soul. Chevy Chase was never better (except maybe in Fletch) and his obsession with getting to Wally World and making sure his family has a good time is a joy to watch. Like Caddyshack, it is fun to watch all year round, but especially fun to watch during those warm summer days cause it truly embodies that summer state of mind. Randy Quaid also provides many laughs in the few scenes he's in and would go on to help make Christmas Vacation pretty funny too. It's just a wonderful movie and truly a classic in my book.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

It's got the best group of dumb and goofy guys since Anchorman hit the screen. Galifainakis, Helms, and Cooper work so well together that they have taken a movie full of your typical crude and rude humor and spun it through a spiral of freshness and outlandishness that no one could have foreseen this comedy ever becoming the huge hit that it became. With other funny and surprising turns from Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, and Mike Tyson, this movie is definitely a performance and concept driven comedy for the ages.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)
½

Maybe not the scariest movie of all time, but it's definitely up there in terms of pure sweat-drenching suspense and an infinite sense of dread and creepiness. Stanley Kubrick could almost be called the master of any genre, seeming as how he's made great films in almost each genre (except maybe Westerns). The movie moves so slowly, but so eerily that you're never bored and you're always waiting for some crazy shit to go down. Which is great cause when Jack Nicholson finally loses it in the second hour of the movie, you're scared out of your fucking mind. You know that Nicholson is gonna go crazy, but his transformation is so engrossing and so prolonged that you're constantly guessing when he's gonna go apeshit on his family. The hotel also spawns dread as the sense of isolation is always pulling at you and keeping you in a constant state of uneasiness. The real star could be the little boy whose classic REDRUM might at first bring laughter, but then it's repeated so much that it starts to give the goosebumps. A truly transcendental movie that still provokes fear and dread because it shows the capacity that people have to do harm and not be able to control their urges.

Thunderball
Thunderball(1965)
½

To me, Thunderball is perhaps the essential James Bond movie. Even Goldfinger falls short of the scale and pure panache of Thunderball. It is such a fun movie to watch and has one of the best James Bond plots as well. Sean Connery proves that he has mastered the role and everything he does in this movie is done with style and grace. The bigger widescreen aspect ratio also helps as James Bond finally feels truly larger than life and the action scenes and vibrant underwater scenes greatly benefit from it. The babes could also be the sexiest of the series, with one being sweet and innocent while the other is ruthless and willing to kill. The movie also epitomizes the vibe and feel of the swingin' 60's, largely in part by the epic and jazzy score by John Barry which can't do no wrong. It's a little long, but everything counts and almost everything matters. With Sean Connery at his best, the series in full swing, and an incredible look and feel, this Bond is at the top in my book.

Jaws
Jaws(1975)

JAWS. The novel was very written and suspenseful. The movie was also well written and executed with a sense of fun, suspense, and excitement in a perfect combo rarely matched. Steve's best movie (in my opinion) and one of the defining films of the 70's that make me wish that I had grown up in the 70's so I could have seen it in the original release. From scene 1 to the rousing finale, it holds your attention and keeps drawing you in as it progresses. Each of the leads are at the pinnacle of their game (especially Robert Shaw who should have at least been nominated for an Oscar). The film score by John Williams is absolutely genius and one of the all time greats. It's both dark and fun and generates as much excitement as it does dread. Overall, the movie still is exciting and no amount of CGI or seeing more of the actual shark could have made it better. A classic!

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
½

This is definitely one of the best films of the 80's and one of the best comedies of all time. The script is great. Bill Murray truly shines as one of the great funnymans with his remarkable performance as Peter Venkman and almost completely steals the show (if it weren't for Rick Moranis also delivering a hilarious performance). The comedy is simple, but genius (thanks to the writing combo of Akroyd and Ramis) and the special effects, while primitive compared to today, are still pretty well done and still are fun to watch. A perfect combination of imagination and restraint, this movie still holds up really well and is probably Ivan Reitman's best movie (besides Stripes).