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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Shallows
The Shallows(2016)
½

It wasn't great but it wasn't awful. I was not convinced Blake Livley could surf and didn't buy the whole family back story or very obvious CGI of Livley surfing.

Blake being able to hold her breath underwater for a good 2 minutes and the way she killed the shark was over the top unrealistic but never the less entertaining.

What was up with her friend who ditched her? Who doesn't notice when there friend on vacation doesn't come home from surfing?

I definitely didn't have my expectations set high so it was a fun matinee to see on a hot day in July with some friends.

Last by not least, I nominate the seagull as best supporting actor.

The Fault In Our Stars

The lack of chemistry between Hazel and Gus is distracting throughout the entire movie. I am a huge fan of cheesy romance movies and this one just didn't do anything for me. I was extremely disappointed. I didn't even finish the movie. If they were to have Miles Teller as Gus this movie would have been 100% better. Gus can't act but he is nice to look at. Can't believe this movie was a 80% on RT. Also, what was with the scene with the green goblin, absolutely horrifying. That is all....

Remember Me
Remember Me(2010)
½

This movie was outstanding. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. It had so many good actors and really had a connection with the audience. You don't expect the ending, because they never told you that the movie took place in the early 2000's. They should have told us that it wasn't in modern time, that made it kind of confusing at a point. However, the little sister of Pattinson was such a little good actress! She was so cute! I loved this movie and everything about it! GO SEE IT!

The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

The German film, The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, is interesting and historical. It is however extremely similar to many films I've seen before, but has its own twist. The plot is almost identical to the recent war film, Brothers (2009). It has the two soldiers off at war and one comes back and says the other has died. Eventually, the deceased soldier returns and finds his life turned upside down. This plot is found in many films, it is recycled and popular film scenario that doesn't seem to get old. But what I enjoyed most about this film was the misť en scene. It had a strong realistic feel to it. For a few moments, I actually thought the film was being shot during World War II. The introduction of the film was so powerful that it set the mood of the film and the time period without explaining much.
Actress, Hanna Schygulla did an outstanding job at playing Maria. She was unlike any character I have ever seen before. She had a charismatic personality and manipulated people through it. From the beginning of the movie I felt there was something different about her and I was right. I thought the way she built her way to the top was rather clever. She was a smart woman who knew how to get what she wanted. Her motivation and strength was evident through out the film, which foreshadowed up coming events. I also found it interesting that Maria had an affair with an African- American. During the 1940's associating with different races was considered absolute taboo. But Maria had no shame; she did what she wanted despite everyone else's judgments.
In addition, I thought that the last scene in the film was extremely suspenseful. When Maria forgets to turn off the gas, it sets up a scary situation. I was on my toes the whole last seen, I couldn't predict what was going to happen. Are they going to blow up or what? But eventually Maria lit her cigarette and the whole house blew up. Overall, I thought the film was outstanding. All I can say is that I wish it was in English because I have a hard time following subtitles. They always take away from the film and become a distraction.

The Crazies
The Crazies(2010)

This movie had no plot. It basically was a zombie movie that wasn't even scary. It was predictable but the cinematography was great.

Inception
Inception(2010)

I thought this movie was confusing but it wasn't my favorite film ever. I enjoy Leonardo DeCaprio without a fake boston accent. Ellen Page was a perfect fit for the second main character. This is defiantly a movie you watch more than once.

The Graduate
The Graduate(1967)

The movie The Graduate (1967) directed by Mike Nichols is absolutely hilarious, it is now one of my favorite movies. The soundtrack really made the film amazing and gave the movie a great vibe. I can‚??t listen to Simon and Garfunkel now without thinking of the movie. The cast was amazing and Dustin Hoffman did an outstanding job. He took on the role as Benjamin extremely well, and presented the character realistically. I really enjoyed his personality and how he was so awkward. The way he would annunciate Mrs. Robinsons name repeatedly was to funny. My favorite line is in one of the first scenes when he says, ‚??Mrs. Robinson, if you don't mind my saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.‚?? His emotions were classic, I loved it.
While the movie was somewhat predictable from the start, I found it quite entertaining. From the first scene where Benjamin is alone with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the audience is aware of what exactly is going on. The foreshadowing of events in this film makes it even more comical. Anne Bancroft, did an excellent job at playing Mrs. Robinson, she really nailed her part. During the first scene, the cinematic devices used between Ben and Mrs. Robinson are great. The close up shots on Ben‚??s reactions, combined with the quick shots of Mrs. Robinson body, as she is seducing him, emphasizes the extreme reality of the situation. The audience is put in Ben‚??s shoes and is able to see and feel what he is feeling.
Overall, the movie was great. I loved the end and the relationship between Ben and Elaine. Katherine Ross truly was an adorable actress in her prime. My favorite scene was when Ben goes to the church and breaks up the wedding. It was funny how he used the cross to fight the people off and locked them in the church. It was a great end to a movie and I‚??d love to see it again.

The Conversation
½

Not a fan. It was extremely boring and confusing.

Shutter Island
½

This movie was okay, it was very confusing. I wasn't expecting it to be the way it was. It was advertised as being a scary movie, but it wasn't at all. It was more of a mystery that had me fooled the whole time. I don't like Leonardos fake Boston accent, it's distracting the movie is just kinda weird.

The Maltese Falcon
½

The American film, The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston in 1941 is quite confusing. It stars actors, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Peter Lorre. I personally did not enjoy the movie because I had an extremely hard time following it. The plot did not interest me in the slightest bit. I thought it was very boring. The acting was poor, especially by Mary Astor; she seemed unprofessional in my opinion. From the first scene in the movie I did not like her acting or her character. She came off as manipulative and annoying; I did not want to watch her. I thought Humphrey Bogart did an okay job, but he wasn't charismatic. There was nothing special about his character or his acting. He came off as an average guy, with over exaggerated masculinity and arrogance. I've seen his character in movies hundreds of times and he did not stand out what so ever. Peter Lorre was the only actor I actually was intrigued by, he was unique and knew how to act. I enjoyed his humor and how he presented his character. Overall, throughout the whole movie I could not figure out what was going on. All I really knew was that the characters wanted the falcon. Basically, everyone tried to manipulate one another in order to get the falcon. They all wanted to run off with a massive fortune. However, they all were fooled and the movie was unexciting and I would never want to watch it again. The only thing I can say was that the presentation of the movie looked professional, while the actual movie itself was not. I was extremely disappointed.

It Happened One Night

The movie, It happened One Night (1934) directed by Frank Capra is now one of my favorite movies from the 30's. I really enjoyed the acting by Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert well as the plot. I was able to really get into the movie and forget I was in film class! The romantic comedy genre kept me interested and put me in a good mood. The movie started somewhat similar to my favorite movie Overboard (1987) staring Goldie Hawn. The typical rich girl who's tired of her clichť life decides to jump over into the ocean and runway; except in Overboard, the actress falls overboard. She runs into a man who she believes isn't up to her standards, however, she ends up falling in love with him. The scenario is a recycled movie plot, yet it seems to never get old, everyone movie puts its own unique twist on it. The relationship between the main characters, Ann and Peter is a very comical one from the start. They have a fun and entertaining connection between one another. I found their acting amusing and easy to relate to. I loved how Peter kept his love for Ann a secret and was so modest and witty. He can play a serious game of hard to get, as well as Ann. The two of them were perfect for each other despite their extreme differences, which brought them together. The only bad thing I can say about this movie is that it was predictable, but still kept me interested. This movie could be remade today and it would be successful. I really enjoyed this film and I would watch it again and recommend it to anyone. The movies we watch in this class are a hundred times better than the ones we watched in film analysis. I can't believe how much more I enjoy classic films now; it completely changed my opinion.

Some Like It Hot

The movie, Some Like It Hot (1959) directed by Billy Wilder is one of a kind. I really enjoyed the humor as well as the plot. The characters all fit perfectly with their roles and it kept me interested. This was my first time seeing a Marilyn Monroe film and I have to say I am impressed. Her acting was so modern as well as her look. She wasn't like any ordinary actor during the 1950's, which made her so popular. She was the first "dumb blonde" of the golden age it seemed! The acting by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon was outstanding. They made the movie hilarious. I actually thought that Tony Curtis looked like a girl at the beginning of the movie, which was weird. I am a big fan of the 50's film style, with the gangsters and flappers. It's interesting to see how people lived during that time; it seemed wild. However, the relationship between the two guys is now a common plot in film and TV today. The competitive best friends, who treat each other like crap. It works every time and everyone gets a good laugh out of it. There is always the one guy who dominates and gets what he wants, while the other is stuck hating his life.
This movie reminded me of so many movies dealing with a boy pretending to be a boy, vice versa. The plot is common and has been recycled through out the history of movies. Some example would be Disney's, Mulan, She's The Man and Shakespeare In Love. All these films have characters pretending to be the opposite sex but fall in love and go back and fourth. It always makes for a good movie, and I would recommend a Marilyn Monroe film to all my friends. I can't wait to see another one of her film's, she's quite the character.

Alice in Wonderland

One of the worst movies i've ever seen. I couldn't stay focused, and the 3D was poor. Also, Ann Hathaway was weird in it, she shouldn't have had the part, it made it awkward. The plot was scattered, there basically wasn't a plot. I was basically lost the whole time!! BAD MOVIE, BAD BAD MOVIE!

The General
The General(1927)

The General

I thought the silent film The General (1926), written and directed by Buster Keaton was hilarious and outstanding for its time. It was actually surprising to see the humor from the twenty?s still appeal to today?s generation. Most of the class seemed to laugh and enjoy the main character Jonnie and his dorky personality. Everybody knows a guy like Jonnie in the film, which makes it even funnier. When the movie first started it didn?t seem like it was going to be enjoyable. It seemed as though it was going to be a dry story about a guy who never got what he wanted. However, the movie slowly started to change once the main character Jonnie overcame his troubles. The whole middle half of the movie was extremely comical, as Jonnie became a one-man show fighting the soldiers. The mix of comedy and action gave it a unique style as Jonnie performed his very own daring stunts. It?s wild to see characters do stunts with out stunt doubles or special effects. That is what truly makes this a one of a kind silent film. As the movie ended, Jonnie became a man of victory and saved Annabelle Lee. He was able to prove himself to the army and fool everyone around him and get what he wanted. This movie had you see the point of view from Jonnies perspective, which made it an outstanding comedy. I was surprised to see it have somewhat of a modern plot. It was impressive and I am glad I was able to see this movie; it changed my perspective on silent films dramatically. The first film I saw in my film analysis class last semester made me want to jump off the roof of the DC, but not this one. You don?t need words to explain how awesome this movie is.

500 Days of Summer
½

500 Days of Summer is everyones life story. We all know Summer, she happens to be our best friend.

Orphan
Orphan(2009)

It's not necessarily scary, it's just freaky and has a good twist. You get up out of your chair and cheer for the characters who kick ass. GO MAX!!

Definitely, Maybe

Super cute chick flick, I loved it!

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

This movie was unique, it had an unusual plot. I mean its not everyday that a robot lady who's controlling the world calls your cell phone and takes over your life. The movie also made the government look like a bunch of terrorists and made the military look bad too. However, It was interesting to see Shia Labeouf in such a serious action film, he did a good job. He seems very real when he acts. The movie overall wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great. It just was a little insane and completely unrealistic, but it was free on demand so why not watch it?

Brothers
Brothers(2009)
½

It was okay. I thought it was going to be allot better. Everything you went to see you already saw in the movie trailer.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon
½

I'm not that big of a fan of Twilight, I tried. Honestly, they couldn't have made Folktown any more miserable and pale, I practically could see through Eddy's face. Jacob's biceps were a good touch and his unrealistic mullet was cute too. Bella needs to pick better boys to fall for... first a vampire then a werewolf! Someone give this girl a break and a one way ticket to Cancun.

Step Up 2 the Streets

Ghetto version of High School Musical. Not that bad of a movie. Has the typical recycled plot and decent cast. There didn't seem to be enough dancing for a dance movie. It was quite predictable and it was awkward to have Channing Tatum in the beginning. The movie could have been better easily. But what can you do?

Taken
Taken(2009)

I loved this movie. The only part that was bad was the daughter. She kept running every-time she went somewhere and acted like a idiot. The end was a little dry, it could have been a little more dramatic and the daughter should have been more grateful. She didn't seem to think think it was a big deal that her Dad traveled the globe and killed half of France's scum bags!

The Strangers

I thought that this movie was really scary. Its pretty creepy and a little weird. It ends very confusing and doesn't really explain it. I hate when movies end like that. The actors did a good job. I bought the dvd.

He's Just Not That Into You
½

I really enjoyed this movie. Almost every girl can relate to it when dealing with relationships. It kept me laughing and it had a solid cast.

28 Days Later
½

I enjoyed this movie for the most part. However, I thought it could have had more events and more survivors. There wasn't enough drama or action.

Paranormal Activity

I don't understand how anyone can say this movie is scary. It was more of a comedy to be honest. The whole movie was basically the couple sleeping and occasionally the door would move or foot steps would appear!! BIG DEAL!? How is that scary..it's all fake..none of this stuff actually happened so i don't know why everyone is making this movie seem so awesome. I almost fell asleep in the theater!

The Stepfather

It was suspenseful for the most part. It left some things out and ended kind of shortly. It could have had more events and a better ending.

I Love You Beth Cooper

I was looking forward to seeing this movie. It turned out to be horrible, no plot and just a typical horrible teen movie.