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Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

A great film, definitely one of David Fincher's best. I've only seen it twice, but each time, it's been a rush. I love the characters and the actors who do such a great job with their roles, especially Brad Pitt. I love how visceral it is and how ahead of its time it was back in 1999. I love the plot and how twisted and smart it is. However, my favorite thing about it are the small details. For example, this movie has one of my all-time favorite scenes from any film, and it isn't even a major scene. Right before the "rules of Fight Club speech" as Tyler and the Narrator are walking into the bar, we get the long tracking shot of them making their way down to the club. As this is going on, Tom Waits' "Goin' Out West" is blaring in the bar. Not many people know this song, but it makes this scene absolutely badass and takes it to a whole other level.

Anyways, I'm done rambling. Bottom line, if you haven't seen "Fight Club", fix that. It's definitely worth it.

The Dark Knight Rises

And here we go.

Here it is, the biggest movie of the year. The movie I've been excited about for four years now. The one everybody is talking about, "The Dark Knight Rises". Short version: better than "Batman Begins", not as good as "The Dark Knight", great ending to the trilogy, really awesome. Long version...

So yeah, I've been pumped for this forever. "The Dark Knight" is one of my favorite movies ever and I actually re-watched the first two entries in the series before going to see this one. This one felt huge. Everything is on such a massive scale, from the drama, to the plot, to the action, to the stakes, to the villain. I guess I should break this all down.

The plot and story were very good. It drags a little in the beginning, but it picks up and raises the stakes by the end. Lots of serious issues being discussed, especially the whole idea of "class warfare", which is very topical in the world we live in today.

The action was off the charts. This is by far the most action-focused movie of the three with lots of fighting, chases, explosions and destruction. It's fitting that such a huge series like this gets a giant climactic finale.

As for the new characters, they were hit-or-miss. John Blake is a very cool character that adds a lot to the story, but I felt a bit underwhelmed by how Miranda Tate was handled. Selina Kyle turned out alright. She's interesting and cool and all, but I felt a bit disappointed. I don't really know why, it's just a feeling I get.

The stand-out, besides the always incredible Christian Bale as Batman, is Tom Hardy as Bane. While not as iconic or electric as the Joker, I still found Bane to be a great villain. I actually found him just as scary as the Joker, because the plans Bane is carrying out look and feel like events taking place right now. To top it off, he sounds awesome and his hand-to-hand fight scenes with Batman are the highlight of the movie for me, besides the incredible ending.

When I got done watching "Batman Begins", I thought it was a good superhero movie and wanted to see more. After "The Dark Knight", I was completely speechless and felt something I've only felt in a handful of my favorite movies. "The Dark Knight Rises" left me somewhere in-between the two. It isn't as revolutionary or defining as "The Dark Knight", but it offers a lot more than most other action or superhero movies. This film gets an extremely strong recommendation from me and I implore you to watch this whole series if you haven't already. I'm glad that this is the way it ended.

Act of Valor
Act of Valor(2012)

Here's the thing, I can't critique this movie over it's acting or lack of acting because the characters are all played by active duty Navy SEALs. Of course they're not going to be able to act like Christian Bale and Tom Hanks, they defend our country for a living. However, I will critique it on how it is filmed, because that was the director's decision. I wasn't a fan of all of the first-person scenes, it kind of took me out of the experience. The plot seemed lifted out of a dozen other movies or television shows, but that's OK for this kind of movie.

The one thing everyone remembers is the action. Shooting with live ammunition really brings a new dimension to the film and adds a layer of authenticity to it. The first rescue mission in particular is memorable. My biggest complaint however, is how forgettable this movie is. I watched some of the promo materials after the film where they showed clips from the movie, and besides the rescue scenes, it all kind of ran together. That's not a bad thing, but it doesn't make a memorable movie-going experience. I do appreciate it for what it is, but for me, it acts best as a poster for the military and an eye-opening look into how things work, not as a stand-alone action movie.

A Perfect Getaway

I was genuinely surprised by this thriller. I went in expecting a generic slasher film, only this time taking place on a tropical paradise. But after going through it, I could see how wrong I was. The story keeps you guessing until the end which is what I like in a suspense-thriller. I actually became emotionally invested in the characters too, which hasn't happened for me in a while when it comes to this kind of film. It's a shame that this flew under most people's radars, because it is a really good movie. I would recommend this one if you haven't seen it before.


I have seen every Pixar movie so far and I can honestly that I enjoyed all of them. When I look at Pixar movies, I generally divide them into two categories: the first is the "Wow, this movie is incredible" category, like "Toy Story", Wall-E", "Up" and "The Incredibles". The second category is the "That was a pretty good, funny movie category", like "A Bug's Life", "Cars" and "Ratatouille". Neither group is bad, but the first group contains the movies that I consider to be Pixar's best. "Brave" falls into the second category, but it is still a very solid film. Pixar keeps making these movies look better and better and I was blown away by the look of this film. The story is a pretty generic fantasy tale, and I was kind of disappointed by the "twist", but it tells a safe story that kids can relate to. The characters are all enjoyable, and occasionally hilarious, and I am very happy that Pixar nailed having a female lead. Merida isn't just your average Disney princess, she's resourceful, smart, and sure-handed with a bow. At the end of the day, "Brave" is a good movie, surely one of the best animated movies of the year, but doesn't quite reach the lofty heights of some of Pixar's best.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

OK, this one is going to be long, so just a fair warning before we go in. Short version: it's not as good as the first one, better than the second one, but still an overall disappointment. Long version; here we go.

If you've read my review of the original "Transformers" you'll see my overall opinion of the first movie. No it wasn't the best thing ever, but it was exciting, action-packed, funny, and awesome. It's a popcorn movie, but it's a good popcorn movie.

I never reviewed "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" because I refuse to watch it again and I wasn't on RT when it came out. It is by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen and I was so angry when I left the theater. I was expecting another awesome movie, but I was let down.

In brief, there were a few big problems with the second movie. First, the humor in this one just got way out of hand. The first film was a high-school movie, so having that kind of humor is expected. But the sequel was promised to be more serious and gritty, but they included some of the worst humor ever. All of the annoying characters in the first movie are back (the parents, Megan Fox, John Turturro) and are now given even worst lines to read. In addition, we get new characters like Sam's roommate, Wheelie, and the Twins to deal with and listen to the whole, two and a half hour movie.

But by far, the worst let down from this movie was the action. I knew it was going to be bad when in the first fight, I couldn't tell who was fighting who, who the good guys and bad guys were, and what the heck was going on. In the fight with Megatron and Optimus Prime halfway through the movie, I thought that Megatron died because he looked exactly like all the other Decepticons.

Also, one other major problem in the second movie that also pervades in "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" is how the Transformers aren't even the main characters in their own movie. In all the major battles of both sequels, nine time out of ten, the audience follows around Army troops with the Transformers either fighting in the background or causing random explosions everywhere. The reason the first movie was so good was because it mixed in Army vs. Transformers fights with Transformers vs. Transformers battles. This kept all the action fresh and exciting. But there are portions of the third film where we don't see an Autobot for half an hour straight in a large action scene. In a movie based on the Transformers, this shouldn't happy.

The plot is just as ridiculous as ever, and Shia LaBeouf is getting on my nerves a little bit. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was decent though, and I liked her better than Megan Fox. The ending feels rushed much like the previous movie, and I just didn't care at all about the characters. It looks amazing, but that's expected from a movie like this.

Like I said earlier, it's better than "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen", but nowhere near as good as the original. While this may sound like a recommendation, I really would not encourage anyone see this movie unless they are dead-set on watching a brainless, idiotic, loud, busy, pointless action movie. I just really hope that someone else steps into this series and breathes new life into it to produce a series that lives up to Michael Bay's original.

Marvel's The Avengers

I know that everyone has already seen this movie, but here's my two cents anyways: it's awesome. Not my favorite superhero movie, but easily the best Marvel movie, period. The script is surprisingly tight, the actors all do a great job, and Joss Whedon does an excellent job as the director. It is ultimately a bit slow in the second act, which drags on a little long, but other than that, it is a perfect example of how to make a superhero blockbuster. All the characters are great in their own ways, but the Hulk steals the show completely. Here's hoping that future Marvel movies live up to this standard, because this film raised the bar. Oh, and by the way, stay through the credits. I am really looking forward to where this series goes next.

The Cabin in the Woods

The first hour of this movie is entertaining, the last half hour is mind-blowing. That pretty much sums up "The Cabin In The Woods". I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't say too much more. However, I will say this: this movie isn't too scary, but it is an awesome, game-changing horror movie that I hope gets a huge following and leads to new and exciting horror movies in the future. Go see this movie.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

I used to watch "Sesame Street" all the time growing up, so seeing the life story of the man behind one of the most famous puppets ever had me intrigued. Though the life of Kevin Clash is interesting and well-told, it's not a documentary that really had me hooked like some other ones that I have seen. If you were/are a fan of Elmo, I would check it out, but it isn't a documentary that is required viewing.

American Pie
American Pie(1999)

I really did not expect this movie to be this funny. My friend couldn't believe that I have never seen these movies before, so they made me watch the first one with them. I have to say, it was pretty funny. Nothing that was revolutionary or mind-blowing, but funny nonetheless. It relies on gross-out humor a little bit too much for my taste, but there's tons of quotable lines and hilarious scenarios. I am genuinely interested in watching the sequels just to see what happens next.

Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole(2010)

This is definitely one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen. Seriously, don't go into this movie and expect to leave in a good mood. I know I said that I wasn't a fan of Nicole Kidman, but she actually gives a strong performance here as a mother grieving over the loss of her young child. However, I must say that Aaron Eckhart is the real star and delivers another powerhouse turn as the father of the deceased boy. Not really much else to say about this one. It's slow, a tad preachy, and achingly depressing, but at the same time, it offers a perspective that I have never really seen explored through film. That alone makes it worth recommending. Just don't expect a happy ending.

The Lincoln Lawyer

The world is going to end, I enjoyed a movie with Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. I know, I'm shocked. However, I need to give credit where credit is due and say that this is a great movie. A really slick and entertaining take on the courtroom drama/thriller with McConaughey as a lawyer who will do literally whatever is necessary to set things right in a case gone wrong. The story is smart, the screenplay is tight, and overall it's just a really entertaining movie. I am genuinely surprised by this one and have to say that this is a film that I would recommend seeking out.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

This is right up there with "Raging Bull" as Robert De Niro's best performance ever. He makes this movie as a disturbed taxi driver living in post-Vietnam New York. Martin Scorsese makes this film look great and proves why he is a master of directing and cinema. It can be a bit slow at times, but taken as a whole, it is a remarkable film. The last forty minutes or so are absolute gold. It's bleak and it's barren, but it is one of the best movies of the 1970's, and that's saying something.

Full Metal Jacket

Whenever this movie is brought up in conversation, it is usually due to the first forty-five minutes or so of the film which is set in a Marine Corps boot camp. That first section really is the best part of the film and as a whole is perfect. Afterwards, the film slows down as the troops enter Vietnam and experience the horrors of war. While this part of the film is great, it doesn't say anything too new about the nature of war and what it does to men. Most people recommend just the first half of the film, but I'm going to tell recommend watching the whole thing. After boot camp, you really begin to get attached to the characters, and it makes the last half of the movie that much more interesting and gripping. A great film by Stanley Kubrick, and a classic of the genre.

All About Eve

Going in, I expected this movie to be good, but I didn't think it was going to be this good. Everything about this movie is spectacular. The actors, the dialogue, the story, the directing, it all just comes together so well and creates such a perfect story. I have reacted this positively to a movie in a long time. It is so funny and so arresting that it was hard for me not to laugh and react. I became so invested in these characters in only about two hours worth of film. If you love movies, this is one that you absolutely have to see.


You've seen this movie before. This is one of the most generic thriller/slasher movies I've seen. It's not that it's really bad, it's just formulaic. Amanda Seyfried is not the best actress in the world, and when you combine that with a dreadful supporting cast, an awful script, and bad direction, it just adds up to a really sub-par movie. Don't waste your money on this one.

The Descendants

I'm usually not a fan of George Clooney or these movies in general, but I actually enjoyed this one. Clooney and Shailene Woodley are by far the best parts of the film in addition to the sharp, intelligent script. It really doesn't have much of a plot, and it takes it's time dragging on, but that's the point. If you enjoy these quiet, personal dramas with a touch of humor, you'll enjoy this movie.

The Hangover Part II

I loved "The Hangover" and thought it was one of the more original, hilarious movies I've seen in a while. However, the sequel is just a soulless photo-copy with fewer laughs than the first. If you've seen the first, you've seen the second. This was just a blatant cash grab. I had some hope when I saw the first trailer, but now after seeing it, I realize that it is a waste of time. It's not bad, it's just note-for-note the same has "The Hangover". My advice, watch the first one, and if you're really desperate, watch this one. Otherwise, just stay away.

Panic Room
Panic Room(2002)

Not David Fincher's best film, but a great all-around thriller. Jodie Foster makes the movie as a mother trapped in a panic room with her daughter as robbers break into her house. It's clever and keeps you hooked the whole time, but it never does anything to revolutionize the thriller genre. If it's on, check it out, but it isn't something worth going out of your way to see.

The Others
The Others(2001)

It's creepy, it's eerie, and it's interesting, but it's boring. I never really cared for Nicole Kidman as an actress, and she really didn't impress me here. It's an intriguing premise with a great twist, but other than that, I didn't think it was that great. It's a spooky haunted house movie, but I really wasn't blown away but it. You might like it more than me, and for it's time I'm sure it was good, but for me, it wasn't anything too special.

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)

The original vampire movie. The original horror movie. The silent-film that set the template for how to make a horror movie for the decades to come. And it's 90 years old. Wow.

It was really something else finally watching this. I had heard everyone sing it's praises and it does hold up as a creepy horror movie. Is it the best horror movie ever made? No, not really. But without it, we wouldn't have horror movies like we do today. A must-watch for film buffs, students, and horror fans. For the casual viewer, it may seem outdated, boring due to the silence, and slow, but it is an eerie movie that hundreds of filmmakers owe thanks to.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Let me start out by saying that I have not read the book that his is based of, nor have I seen the original Swedish version of the movie. However, I can happily say that this movie was awesome. Daniel Craig was average, but Rooney Mara knocked it out of the park in her role. It's brutal, it's disturbing, it's tense, and it's thrilling. It's everything that I look for in a thriller, and at over two hours long, it takes it times playing out. I really hope they make the other books into films, because I definitely want to see more of these characters. Oh, and by the way, David Fincher is the man. It's a challenge trying to top "The Social Network", but this one comes close. Highly recommended.


I'm really torn on this one. Parts of this movie are really, really good. The performances all around are stellar and the story it tells about Billy Beane and his game-changing baseball strategy is interesting. However, it really isn't about baseball. It's about the people who play, work in, and are around baseball. Any scene about baseball is phenomenal, but the character-study stuff about Billy gets a bit tiring. It's not bad, but it's nothing that I haven't seen in a dozen other biopics before. I would still recommend it, but don't go in expecting a baseball movie. It's like "The Social Network" and Facebook. Both aren't about the main topic. However, "The Social Network" has a much better screenplay and more interesting characters and that is where "Moneyball" falls a bit short.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

I know I'm probably in the minority with this one, but I enjoyed this movie just as much as I did the original, but for different reasons. I liked the first one for it's awesome special effects and smart story. The story in this is pretty much a rehash of the original with a few different changes and alterations. The special effects are just as impressive now and the action sequences are awesome. However, the one thing that ties it all together is the music. Daft Punk created one of the best scores every for a science-fiction movie and that's what really got me excited and made the action scenes that much better. The actors were alright, nothing special except for Jeff Bridges reprising his role from the first film. If you like the original, you will definitely like this one.


I did not think I was going to enjoy this as much as I did. This movie is a blast. Most people focus on how ahead of its time the special effects are, and they are impressive, but the movie as a whole is interesting and exciting. Jeff Bridges does a great job in his role of a game designer whole gets zapped into the digital world of The Grid. A benchmark for modern day science-fiction movies, this one should be appreciated for what it did not only in the realm of special effects, but for the entire science-fiction genre.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Other than "Iron Man" I think this is the best stand-alone Marvel universe movie. Chris Evan does a great job in the title role and Tommy Lee Jones is always fun to see. The action is great from gunfights, chase scenes, and hand-to-hand combat sequences. I wish they used Red Skull a little more, but as a whole, this is a great entry into the Marvel movie canon.

The Incredible Hulk

Not the best Marvel movie, but the best Hulk movie I've seen. Edward Norton is OK as Bruce Banner, but let's be honest, no one watches this to see Bruce Banner. No, we all want to see the Hulk. This is one of the best incarnations of the character and watching Hulk smash through New York and battle the Abomination is great fun. However, that's about all that's interesting and memorable in this movie. It mainly acts as a was to get the Hulk into the Marvel universe, and in that respect it succeeds. Not a bad action movie, but if you had to choose only one Marvel movie, all the other ones are a little better.

Enter the Dragon

I never really got into the kung fu/martial arts genre. I've seen the odd Jackie Chan movie here and there, but never watched anything starring Bruce Lee. So, I figured I should start right at the top. Don't get me wrong, this is a great kung fu movie, but I was a bit underwhelmed. The fighting was great and Bruce Lee is impressive as ever, but I guess I was expected more from what is touted as the greatest martial arts movie ever. It got me hooked enough to want to see more Bruce Lee films, but it didn't blow me away like I thought it would.

Letters from Iwo Jima

I read "Flags Of Our Fathers" back in high school and saw the movie then as well. I liked the book a lot, but thought that the movie was just OK. It had some good moments, but overall, it didn't feel the same. I heard all the critics talk about how "Letters From Iwo Jima" was the more superior of the two films, but I never got around to watching it right after seeing "Flags Of Our Fathers".

Now, after seeing both films, I can agree and say that "Letters From Iwo Jima" is the better of the two films by a long shot. Though it is completely subtitled, the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima told through the eyes of the Japanese side is really compelling. Most Americans usually don't think about war as two-sided and damaging to both sides. This is a stark portrait of war, loss, and unity. It looks amazing on top of that. Clint Eastwood did much better here and is an amazing director. It's long and there's a lot of subtitles, but if you can get past that, this is a great war film that ranks up there as one of the best in recent years.

The Killing
The Killing(1956)

One of the original and best noir films I've seen. Stanley Kubrick does a great job directing this smart heist movie. It's so well-constructed and linked together. The action jumps all over the place, but it all fits together so perfectly together in the end. If you are a fan of the crime and heist genre, this movie is definitely for you. And if you just like seeing a tight story about robbery, betrayal, and criminals, this is your movie. I personally had a blast with this one.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Let's just get this out of the way: "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" is not as good as the original "Sherlock Holmes" movie. It's just not as fresh and memorable as the first one. It still has a tight script, funny moment, great performances by Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, but it all just feels like we've done this before; because we have. Worth a rental if you liked the first one, but you don't have to go out of your way to see it. If you've seen the first one, you've seen most of this one too.

The Big Lebowski

I never knew what the big deal was over "The Big Lebowski". I have heard people talking about it for a while before every seeing it and heard it was a cult classic. Well, now I guess I'm part of the cult. I absolutely love this movie. It is by far one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. I don't know who's better/funnier: Jeff Bridges or John Goodman? Both do a great job and make this movie worth watching. The Coen Brothers created a great story with an amazing script. Some of the funniest dialogue in a film I've seen. It may be too "weird" for some people, but I just thought it was great. If you like comedy, smart writing, and memorable characters, this is the movie for you. The Dude abides.

Dog Day Afternoon

Wow, this movie was great. Al Pacino is fantastic as a bank robber who has no idea what he's doing trying to get money for his partner's sex change operation. Really smart screenplay and cinematography. I was hooked from the first five minutes, and couldn't look away the whole rest of the movie. Pacino deserves credit for selling the character so well and making us deeply invested in what's going on. For any film student or prospective actor/actress, this is mandatory viewing. Heck, this is mandatory viewing for anyone who enjoys film. An absolute must-see.

The Next Three Days

Going in, I thought this was going to be really good. But while Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks are both good in their roles and the story is interesting, it is way too slow for my taste. A horror or drama movie being slow is fine, but having an action-thriller move at a snail's pace is a problem. I'm not saying they have to be ADD with the camera and be all over the place, but this movie is ridiculously slow. Once the escape mission gets started, it picks up and turns out to be pretty good, but that's way too late in the film. If you don't mind a slow paced thriller, check it out, but it wasn't completely for me.


Really smart and clever movie. Bradley Cooper is slick and cool in his role as a slacker who becomes a genius with the use of a miracle drug. Fast-paced and interesting story throughout, but looking back, it's not the most memorable movie in the world. I recommend it, but it's nothing mind-blowing.

The Muppet Movie

The very definition of a fun movie. Silly, funny, and heartwarming all at the same time, this is an essential for all parents to show their kids. Awesome music and characters, but as expected, the plot is generic. But what do you expect from a Muppet movie? Definitely enjoyable for kids of all ages.


When will filmmakers learn that you need some kind of substances to keep audiences entertained, not just an abundance of style. Don't get me wrong, "Immortals" looks fantastic, but that's about it. The story has been done to death, it's the same basic plot as "Clash Of The Titans", and nothing really jumped out at me. Not awful, but totally forgettable.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

I did a project on this film for a class on immigration and sexuality. Definitely an interesting movie, with both William Hurt and Raul Julia giving great performances. A little slow and a little dated, but I give it a decent recommendation.

Dirty Dancing

My girlfriend's favorite movie. If she was writing this review, she would give is a 100% easily. For me, while it's a cheesy, and cliched, and silly, it's not bad. Not a masterpiece, but not terrible either. It's not a must-watch, but the fans of this movie love it for what it is. While you might not want to go out of your way to see it, I've seen worse. And if it makes your girl happy, then just suck it up and sit though it.


It's amazing what can be done by a cheap movie like "Exam". I was intrigued by the premise, but didn't expect much from a British B-movie. I can now say that I was surprised. While the performances are all over the place, some very good while others are not, and there's a bare-bones story, they were able to get a lot of tension, suspense, and entertainment out of it. It's not a landmark movie, or one that needs to be required viewing, but I was impressed. If you ever happen to see this on Netflix or Redbox or whatever, I would give it a watch. It's better than expected.

Saving Private Ryan

Holy crap, this has got to be one of the most awesome and sad films I have ever seen. Every performance is a winner, every action scene is brutal and incredible, and the pacing is absolutely perfect. If you think about it, there are only four big battles or scenes in this three hour long movie, but it feels like it just flies by because of how perfectly executed they are. I can't believe it took me this long to finally see this movie, and if you haven't seen it yet, you are doing yourself a hug disservice.

30 Minutes or Less

I was really disappointed by "30 Minutes Or Less". I have loved every movie I've seen with Jesse Eisenberg in it, and he was good here, but he's the best part about this movie. The plot looked solid, with funny humor, but it all fell flat in my opinion. Aziz Ansari isn't funny at all in my opinion, Danny McBride was a disappointment considering how funny he usually is, and Nick Swardson and Michael Pena were underwhelming. There was really no ending and only one or two scenes made me laugh out loud. I'm kind of bummed that this one let me down, after the director created the hilarious "Zombieland". Long story short, kind of funny, but not as great as it could, or should, be.

500 Days of Summer

This may be the first romantic comedy that I enjoyed more than my girlfriend did. This film is both hilarious and tragic and juggle the two emotions masterfully. I really felt for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character and I couldn't stand Zooey Deschanel's Summer, though she did give a great performance. This may be a spoiler, but I can't stand how she completely destroyed the man's bright outlook on life and love, only to ditch him and fall in love with someone else after he gave her everything. Even though I haven't experienced much heartbreak, I could really identify with this guy and felt his pain. If you're looking for a quirky, funny, and sad romantic comedy, I recommend this one. It's going to be interesting to see what Marc Webb does with the Spider-Man franchise after directing this.


I was pleasantly surprised by "Identity". I was expecting a cheap slasher movie, but what I got was a great psychological tale. I won't spoil anything, but this is definitely not what I expected. The twists in the movie are really great and I saw a lot of ideas that were used in "Inception" displayed here. The actors were decent, but I felt like this is a film carried by the story and the twists. If you ever get a chance to see this movie, I would suggest you give it a look, because it will surprise you.

State of Play

I really enjoyed this movie. I like movies about political intrigue and newspaper writers trying to get a story. All of the actors, especially Russell Crowe and Ben Aflleck gave great performances and it tells a story that could actually happen in today's political world. Highly recommended if you enjoy a good political thriller.


This documentary will make you doubt all of your online contacts and friends. I read about this in the student newspaper on campus and became really interested in what happened in the film. It starts out a bit slow, but gets really engaging in the middle. The ending is very strange, but not very satisfying. But hey, for a true story, this was extremely interesting and I'm glad I got to experience it.


The next handful of reviews are from films I saw over the past few weeks, but have been too busy with the first few weeks of school to write about. So since I have some time, I figured I'd get them all out of the way.

Let me begin by saying that I have yet to see any movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, but I have heard many opinions on them. Going in, I wasn't looking forward to much, but this one was really, really bad. It's really silly, not scary at all, and features some of the most unlikeable, ridiculous characters ever. If this movie wasn't called "Devil", but called something else with the twist being that the devil is in the elevator with them, then it might have been a bit more of a surprise. But since we all know going in that the devil is there, it's not scary with really broad stereotypes and poorly written characters. I really do not recommend this movie at all.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

I saw this on July 17th in 3D during my weekend off. This day will go down as the end of my career with Harry Potter. I read the first book when I was in the 4th grade and read the last one before my senior year of high school. Consequently, I saw the first movie in theaters back in middle school and saw the last movie before my senior year of college. Harry Potter has been one of the biggest figures in terms of pop culture in my life, and though I didn't get emotional in the theater, it is a bit sad to see series end. However, it ended it a great way.

This has got to be one of my favorite Harry Potter movies. I never really disliked any of them, and I'll probably review the first six at some point, but this is up there in the top 3 for me. Everything about this production is great, as always. The acting is great, the directing is solid, and it keeps true to most points from the book. However, the action is ramped way up this time, which some, myself included, will enjoy compared to other, more boring films in the series.

There were only two things that I didn't like about this movie. First, I felt like the 3D was OK, but not great. It added depth to a lot of scenes, and some of the effects were pretty cool in 3D, but overall, I felt like I would have enjoyed the movie just as much without it. To this date, there have been maybe only one or two movies that have used 3D to improve the experience, but this wasn't one of them. As the film went on, I forgot I had them on, which sounds good, but it just shows hot little they improve the experience as a whole. I'm hoping this trend of using 3D to cause higher ticket prices ends soon, and that 3D is only used if it can further improve the artistic quality of a film.

The other thing that bugged me was that the movie felt kind of rushed. I know all the rising action took place in the last movie, but I just felt like overall, things seemed rather hurried. Not that this is a bad thing, but I guess I wanted the last film in the series to be really long and epic. Heck, this is the shortest Harry Potter movie in the whole series, but the most happens. I guess this goes to show how well the filmmakers could fit all of this material in a little over two hours, but the first few movies were each at least two and a half hours, and this one has way more stuff going on in it. I don't know, this may be a personal complaint, but it was enough to bother me a little.

One other thing to note is how impressive the whole Harry Potter movie series is as a whole. Some of this has been said before, but here's a series that has had almost the entire principal cast play the same roles for almost a decade and create and entire world on film that has reached millions across the world. A production of this magnitude has never been accomplished in the history of Hollywood, and should be recognized. I would not be surprised if this gets nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It would deserve the nomination, and maybe even the win, for what it has done to the film industry.

And on a side note, I pray that we do not see another sequel, or a prequel, or a remake, or a 3D transfer of the first 7 films, or a spin-off of this series for a really long time. In 50 years, sure, go ahead and remake it for a new generation to see. If that happened, I wouldn't be too upset, even though you could just show kids these films and they would love them. But I hope that no one from Warner Bros. gets greedy and decides to do one of these options now. I know that Warner Bros. is hurting because "Green Lantern" flopped, this series is over, "The Dark Knight Rises" ends the Batman series next year, and unless "Man Of Steel" does well, they won't have a "tent-pole" franchise to compete with the other studios. But I really hope they don't sink to that level this early. Please guys, I'm begging you. Please don't do it. This series is too good mess with.

Overall, this is a great film. I know my opinion isn't going to change anyone's mind, since you're already on the Harry Potter bandwagon or aren't. All I have to say is thank you to J.K. Rowling for creating a series, a character, and a world that has been so endearing to me for the past decade or so, and I'm glad to see it end this way.


Now this is a grindhouse style, old school, guy movie. Ladies, you probably won't enjoy this one. It's brutal, it's violent, it's funny, it's everything you want in an exploitative throwback. I just had a blast watching this. Machete, the character, is one badass due and Danny Trejo did a great job with him. Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert DeNiro, and even Lindsay Lohan are all great. I will definitely be watching more films by Robert Rodriguez now. Really awesome movie.

Friday the 13th

Pretty silly 80's horror movie, but it's a classic. Not as creepy as the original "A Nightmare On Elm Street" but I still recommend it for anyone who is a horror fan.

Cowboys & Aliens

I don't understand where all the dislike for this movie is coming from. No, it isn't the best movie ever, or even the best action movie this summer, but it's not terrible. The cast is really, really good, the action is decent, and overall I enjoyed it.

Most of the dislike for this movie that I've heard so far is that it "didn't have enough fun with the premise" and was "too serious". If you've read any interviews with the cast and crew, you'd realize that making a serious movie was the only reason this film got made. It was supposed to be a "Men In Black" style comedy originally, but got tweaked to being more serious because the producers didn't want to make a comedy. Not every movie with a crazy premise needs to be poking fun at itself, so disliking this movie for being "too serious" just doesn't hold water for me.

What I will say is that "Cowboys & Aliens" can be a bit tedious at times and is very, very predictable. I was able to call out exactly what was going to happen nine times out of ten. While this isn't a bad thing, it does hurt it by not being very original with the plot.

Overall, not worth $10, but worth a matinee if you're interested. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either.

The Game
The Game(1997)

This would be the second film I saw on my weekend off a few weeks ago. I must say, I was really disappointed by this one. I've seen a good amount of David Fincher's films and I really like every one I've seen, from "Se7en" to "Fight Club" to "The Social Network". But I did not enjoy "The Game". Once again, it has a really great premise, and hearing the synopsis and watching the trailer, I was definitely interested. But once I got into it, it just seemed really boring and tedious. Some parts were better than others, the actors, especially Michael Douglas, did a good job, and it is shot fantastically, but compared to Fincher's other work, I just wasn't impressed. I say skip it, but you may enjoy it. I would definitely recommend other films in Fincher's filmography over this one.

The Box
The Box(2009)

Since I've been interning this summer, I have had very little time to watch movies, let alone review them. So since I have some time before things get busy again, I'm going to write about three films I saw a couple of weekends ago, the last time I was off for a prolonged period of time, the first being "The Box".

I'll be quick with this one, "The Box" sucked. I really didn't have any expectations for this movie to be good, but it really, really, really wasn't good. The characters are uninteresting, the plot is both needlessly complicated and dumb as hell, and it just seemed so unsatisfying. It has an intriguing premise, but it worked better in an episode of "The Twilight Zone" instead of a feature-length movie. I'm really hoping that Richard Kelly's other movies aren't like this, because I am really looking forward to seeing "Donnie Darko" soon.

Long story short: it may seem interesting, but skip it. You'll thank me later.

The Collector

Based on the description of this movie, I thought it was going to be good. Unfortunately, it's just every trap that wasn't used in the "Saw" movies, only thrown into one house. Unlike the "Saw" movies, the killer has absolutely no back story, no name, and no reason for mutilating people, unlike Jigsaw from the "Saw" films. Because of this, it feels like a cheap knock-off of a better film series. It was kind of scary, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Overall, it's just kind of boring and makes you wish your were watching a better, more entertaining horror movie.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

I usually try to write these reviews right after I see the movie so I can provide my initial impressions. However, I've been really busy with my summer internship, so even though I saw this last Friday, I'm just writing about it now. So, "Super 8".

As a whole, it's pretty darn good. The first half is more enjoyable than the second, but overall it is a good film. The train crash that occurs within the first 15 minutes is a great, exciting scene and one that hooked me right away. Even though it is a science-fiction movie for the most part, about strange occurrences in a small town, it still is an intimate, emotional love letter to 70's culture and the joy of making movies.

There are two things that make this film great. First are the child actors. I don't know any of their names besides Elle Fanning, but every single one of them gave believable, excellent performances. They really ground the story and bring a whole new level of heart and emotion to the film. Without them, the film would be a lot worse off.

The second thing great about this movie is how exciting it is. It is more of a thriller than anything else, with many heart-stopping moments and scenes. Just a warning, this is a very loud movie, so if you do not enjoy those kinds of films, this won't be for you.

On that same train of thought, "Super 8" is a mean movie. Not mean-spirited, just mean to the audience. It has the habit of throwing in scary moments when you least expect them. For example, you'll be watching two or more characters talk and then out of nowhere, the monster will appear and scare the crap out of you. It's definitely exciting and a nice change of pace from most other thrillers, but it's not very nice.

The one thing holding this movie back from true excellence is the last 20 minutes or so. Don't get me wrong, their still exciting, but it felt like a letdown compared to the first half of the film. When we finally do get to see the alien, it's cool looking, but nothing revolutionary. And while the ending sequences are all breath-taking, none of them grabbed me as much as the train crash scene in the beginning did.

So, overall, I give "Super 8" my recommendation. Even thought it begins to diminish a bit near the end, it is still an enjoyable, fun, thrilling movie. One of the best of the summer so far, and I hope we get more movies of this caliber the rest of the year.

The Pixar Story

Not a bad documentary. I kind of wish that it talked more about Pixar's later movies, but those weren't out at the time. Still, a fun, insightful look at Pixar and how it was created. Recommended if you love Pixar, animation, or the like.

It Might Get Loud

I was a bit disappointed by this documentary. I thought that it would be a pretty even split between individual interviews with Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White, and excerpts from their group session. At least that's what the trailer promised. Instead, we get 95% individual segments with only very little group time. While I really enjoyed Jimmy Page's and Jack White parts, I felt like The Edge's fell a bit flat, preachy, and boring. Overall, all of the individual parts went on way too long and should have been shortened for more group time. The few parts that we see really are the highlight of the film.

However, I do recommend that you rent this documentary. Do no watch it on TV on in a theater. If you buy/rent the DVD you get extra scenes featuring the three guitarists playing "Kashmir", "Seven Nation Army", as well as more from their group session. As much as I love these guitarists and the music they make, I feel that this was a bit of a let down.

X-Men: First Class

One of the best X-Men movies yet. As a whole, I really don't like this series as much as other superhero movies, but I enjoyed this one. There really isn't anything too spectacular about them, but there are consistently decent. All of the X-Men movies I have seen are entertaining, but really don't blow me away when it comes to action, character development, or story. While this one doesn't change this tradition, it did have me caring more about the core moral dilemma a lot more.

I have always sided with Professor X when it came to mutant acceptance, but this was the first movie that presented Magneto's point of view more favorably. This is the first time we see what it is really like to be one of the first mutants on the planet and how they deal with society's reaction to them. I was really impressed by how well the film accomplished this.

As far as this movie goes as a whole, it isn't as good as director Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass", but it's still a fun time at the movies, and I think I enjoyed it a bit more than "Thor". I recommend it if you like the X-Men or the superhero genre in general. I do hope they make a sequel, so we can see some more of this series. If that's not a sign that a film is worth seeing, I don't know what is.

You Again
You Again(2010)

I'm going to keep this short. Don't watch this movie. It's not funny, sweet, or endearing at all. The only thing remotely funny here is Betty White, but she's barely in it. Even my girlfriend thought it was bad, so I can't even recommend it as a girl's night movie. So, yeah, just skip it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

And here it is, the most expensive movie ever made. Besides the first one, this is my favorite film in the series. Great action, great story, memorable characters, and a great ending. Some people don't like how long it is or how complex the story gets. I actually think that the complex story makes this movie that much more interesting and awesome to watch. As for the length, while I do admit it is a bit on the long side, at least important stuff is happening most of the time. The second movie was extremely padded and was almost as long as this one. As a whole, I recommend it if you like the first two films. A great ending to a great trilogy (even though it's no longer a trilogy).

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

If you were to ask most people what their favorite movie in this series is, they'll usually say the first film or maybe the third one. And even though this is the fourth highest grossing movie of all time, it's been considered the low point of the series. Because I've seen this one the least of the three movies in the series, I always considered this to be the most underrated of the bunch.

Re-watching it for the first time in a while, I can say that there is a definite drop-off in quality since the first movie. There's nothing particularly bad about this movie, but nothing spectacular either. It mainly feels like a set-up for the third film, where all the pay-off happens.

The action is still relatively cool and the humor is funny at parts. The characters are all classic, and I really enjoy Davy Jones as a villain. The visuals are absolutely spectacular. The Flying Dutchman in particular is amazing.

But overall, I found myself mostly numb to the movie. Not a lot really happens. Like I said, it mainly acts as a set-up for the third film, so most of the time it just sits there setting up stuff. Almost the whole first hour could be cut out and it would still work as an understandable movie. I recommend it to finish the series, but as a whole, it definitely isn't the high point in the series.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

I absolutely love this movie. One of my all-time favorites. I really tried to find flaws in this, but I just can't. This is one of those movies that I've seen so many times that I've almost memorized all of the dialogue.

The actors are all great, the action is awesome, the score is epic, and the visuals are spectacular. I know that some people may think that I'm too "head over heels" about this movie, but I can't help it. I feel this way with the first three movies in the series, but this one in particular blows me away. I highly recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for some damn good entertainment.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

I was originally planning on watching all three of the previous films in the series before this one to get caught up on the story. Luckily, this film has very little to do with the first three installments because it only features some of the original characters and that's it.

I went into this movie thinking that it was going to be terrible. And up until about halfway through, I thought I was going to be right. The first half hour didn't really entertain me. I've seen enough of Jack Sparrow's antics before and it really didn't do too much for me. Barbosa, one of my favorites, is completely different and Blackbeard is nowhere near as cool as Davy Jones from the second and third movies.

But then, we get to the part when it comes to hunting mermaids, and I was genuinely excited and impressed. It was the best scene in the movie and one of the best in the series so far. The rest of the film played out a little better, but there were a few inconsistencies that had me confused.

Overall, I felt like this was as close as the series got to being like the original film. The plot was more streamlined with less characters and and a less convoluted story. But part of what made this series great, at least to me, was how complicated and over-the-top it was. It made the insane action sequences worth it and made the whole journey feel grand and epic.

I read an interview Johnny Depp gave where he said that he did not like how complicated things got in the first two sequels and how he had a larger hand in the story this time. This definitely shows. Jack is the main star here, and as much as they annoyed me sometimes, I kind of missed Will and Elizabeth. They balanced the plot so it wasn't all Jack all the time. But hey, what most fans want is just Johnny Depp, so that's what they went with.

In conclusion, I was pretty surprised by this movie. It doesn't come close to how much I like the original (as I'll review shortly), but it did it's job and was fun enough, so consider this a recommendation if you like the series. However, I really don't know where they can go from here. They finished the original trilogy and now Jack has his spin-off, but what else can they do? Maybe something else will come from this, but I don't think they'll ever top how epic the original trilogy was.


I really don't know how to judge this one. During the movie, I was pretty damn entertained. Lots of cool action scenes, interesting plot, genuinely funny moments, and I have to say, Thor really is a badass. But afterwards, and now writing about it, I really can't remember anything that is going to stick with me for too long. It's serviceable enough, and I recommend that you see it if you're into the Marvel comics movies, but this wasn't mind-blowing.

Did anyone else notice how often the screen was titled to one side. I saw it in "Thor" frequently and it really started to bug me. Everyone once in a while is fine, but I fell like this movie used it way too much. It may just be my personal opinion, but it was a real turn-off for me.

One thing I really enjoyed though was how it handled humor. There wasn't a joke every time a character talked, unlike "Iron Man 2". I appreciated the funny parts that much more, because they weren't all over the movie. The serious parts were serious, and the humorous parts were funny. I know that sounds really simple, but some movies have problems with that concept, and "Thor" nailed it.

Looking back at other Marvel movies, there have always been one or two moments per film where I said "Wow" while watching it. However, I really didn't get one of those with "Thor". Like I said, it's good, but nothing that will have a long-lasting impact on me. It's definitely not the best Marvel comic movie; "Iron Man" or one of the first two "Spider-Man" movies hold that title. Heck, I might not even be in the Top 5. But all my complaints aside, "Thor" is still a good movie, and I'm sure comic fans will love it to pieces. For the casual fan, I say give it a look. It's fun and exciting, but nothing that will leave you breathless at the end of the day.

The Green Hornet

No, "The Green Hornet" isn't anything that spectacular. But it is definitely entertaining. Funny with great action scenes, you should check this one out. But don't see it in 3D. I had to because it was the only version playing near me, but it's not worth the extra money. Not a bad way to start 2011, because I really don't have anything else I want to see until "Sucker Punch" and "Thor" come out in a few months.

Also, this is my first review since I passed the 1-year mark on RT. Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting on my reviews. You guys are awesome!!!

Saw 3D
Saw 3D(2010)

Up until now, there have been two entries in the "Saw" series which are considered the worst. Some believe that "Saw III" was the worst of the bunch, while others think that "Saw V" was the low point. But I can happily say that both of these groups are wrong. "Saw 3D" is by far, the worst "Saw" movie ever. I could easily say that if you're a fan of all the "Saw" films you'll like this one, but I can't, because I have enjoyed all of them up until this point and I still hated this.

So, where do I start? Let me just say that I saw the 2D version and if you must see this film, I suggest you do the same. I was never saying to myself, "Wow, I wish this was in 3D!" and the day I pay $24 to see this in 3D is the day that I cut my own liver out. The whole production is a mess. It looks like crap, the plot makes no sense (which I'll talk about later), and it is just bad overall.

I never commented on this in my past reviews of the "Saw" movies, but the acting here is really bad. I mean really, really bad. I've sat through the first six movies and never noticed, but for some reason it is all too evident here. Even Tobin Bell, the best actor in the series, looks out of place and is barely even in it.

Which leads me to the plot. Oh, the plot. Seriously, what the hell guys? Whoever wrote this should be ashamed of themselves. I was looking forward to this movie so much, because I knew it would be the last one and wrap up the story completely. And after the first five minutes or so, I thought that was what was going to happen. And then they decided to screw all of that and focus on just going crazy for the last installment. I felt like the filmmakers said, "You know what? We've made more money than any other horror franchise and we know this is going to be the last one, because 'Paranormal Activity' kicked our butt last Halloween. So, why don't we just throw all the traps we haven't used yet into a movie, put all the past actors in for about ten minutes total screen time, and throw a nice big twist on the end to wrap the series up and leave it open for another sequel if we want (since this will probably make a ton of money), but end the story as a whole."

I haven't been this disappointed in a movie since I saw "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" last summer. I really don't know what to say. I could go on for another hour about how they messed up the continuity, and how they messed up Jigsaw's philosophies, and how all the characters the fans care about (Jigsaw, Dr. Gordon, Detective Hoffman, Jill Tuck) are barely in it. But, instead I'm going to leave you with these last two thoughts. Without the final twist, which I actually enjoyed and thought ended the series nicely, this movie is complete garbage.

And finally, if you choose to embark on the series that is "Saw": heed these words. Go see "Saw", the original, and if you like that than see "Saw II". But after that, do not continue from "Saw III" through "Saw 3D". Because if you do, it will lead you down a path of seeing a boring movie ("Saw III") but wanting to see what happens next, seeing a better movie ("Saw IV") and having your faith restored, seeing an underwhelming movie ("Saw V") and losing faith again but still wanting to see more, seeing a good movie ("Saw VI") and after getting all pumped up to see the final chapter, you will see this and be let down completely. Don't do that to yourself. See the first two and stop there. Please. I'm begging you. Don't make the same mistake as me and come all this way just to be disappointed in the end.

Eat Pray Love

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. You're joking right? You really want my opinion on this? You make me laugh.

But seriously, don't watch it unless you like the book or like Julia Roberts, or like watching a forty-something woman whine and complain about how life is hard in gorgeous scenery. The supporting characters are OK, but it just drags on and on and on. This problem was not helped due to watching the Director's Cut. Like I said, if you love the book/Julia Roberts/stupid concept, then watch away. All others: steer clear.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

What is the most feared number in the hearts of moviegoers? 3. 3 means that the original movie was good enough to warrant a sequel, and said sequel was either very good or made boatloads of money. To this day, it is very hard to find a third installment of a series that lives up to the first two. Yes, "The Lord Of The Rings" is the exception, but even then, some prefer the first two instead of "The Return Of The King". Sadly, Pixar developed a mild case of the 3's.

Let me say up front, that "Toy Story 3" is great. It's not as good as the first two, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best movies of the year. The plot was very, very good this time and I loved all the references to prison films (especially the nods to "Cool Hand Luke"). It felt like the comedy took a back-seat this time though. The opening scene was funny, but the rest of the film felt like it was more heartfelt than funny. I can say that I laughed more in the first two than in this one.

The emotion is definitely cranked way up though, I was tearing up the last few minutes. It seems like they decided to spend more time dwelling on that and the adventure this time around. The actual adventure scenes are great and genuinely exciting.

One minor disappointment was that a lot of characters only had a few minutes on screen. Sometimes that's enough, but I felt a bit short-changed on that end. Lotso and Ken on the other hand, were great additions to the cast with great performance by Ned Beatty and Michael Keaton respectively.

I decided to see the 3D version, but I don't recommend it to you. The movie is great on it's own, and the 3D doesn't really enhance the experience that much. Unless you're really dying to see it in 3D, save your money and see it in 2D.

So wrapping up, "Toy Story 3" is great. It's not my favorite Pixar movie, nor is it the best one. It finds the right balance between emotion and adventure, but could use a bit more comedy in the mix. I still think you should go see it, especially if you were like me and saw the original when you were 5. You definitely won't be disappointed.

Saw IV
Saw IV(2007)

So if you managed to make it through "Saw III" and still want to see more than you'll be rewarded with an upgrade compared to the third installment. This is the one that starts to screw up the whole timeline and messes with the story. Not as plodding as "Saw III", but not as exciting as "Saw" and "Saw II" this is a good addition to the series, but not the best. For fans of the series, I recommend watching the Unrated Director's Cut version since it expands the story more and provides some deeper looks into the characters, but unlike the "Saw III" Director's Cut, it doesn't turn the movie into a slow, lumbering beast. So to recap, if you made it this far, then "Saw IV" will be something that you will enjoy.

Saw III(2006)

Most people see "Saw III" as the point when the series started to head south. While I do agree with them, because it is not as enjoyable as "Saw" or "Saw II", I still think it is watchable and not horrible. The biggest difference I found this time around was the pacing. "Saw III" is the longest "Saw" movie and it just drags on and on. Watching the Director's Cut didn't help matters much since most of the scenes don't really add much to the story, though they certainly expand it. The other parts of the film are still solid: the characters, the traps, and the gore (which is at an all time high). The first time I watched it I enjoyed it a lot more than the second time. If you really like the series and want to watch the rest of them than I recommend it, but you won't be missing out too much if you just stick to the first two films.


It's almost Halloween so I'm going to be pumping out a bunch of horror movie reviews in the next week or so. I started with "The Ring" a few days ago, so now it's time for me to talk about one of my favorite horror movies. Despite what most might say, I thoroughly enjoy the entire "Saw" series and I cannot wait to see the last installment next week. So over the next two days I will be re-watching and reviewing every movie in the "Saw" series so far.

So, "Saw" itself. Let me just say that this is one of the best horror movies I have seen. It isn't the scariest or the most disturbing, but the story is smart and intense, the violence is brutal, and the characters are well developed. It isn't a masterpiece in any sense, but if you can stand some blood and gore, I would definitely recommend it.

Saw VI
Saw VI(2009)

The most emotional "Saw" movie yet. I know that may be a weird statement, but "Saw VI" really lays it on thick when it comes to emotion. The gore, the traps, the characters are all the same, but having the main part of the movie deal with insurance agencies really stepped up the relevance. If you've made it this far, than you won't be disappointed with this one. I can't wait to see "Saw 3D" next week, so check back then to see my review of the final chapter of the "Saw" series.


I remember the first time I saw the trailer for "Watchmen". I was sitting through the previews before "The Dark Knight", when I saw it. I had heard of the book before, but was never compelled to read it. I also knew a movie was in the works, but didn't really care. However, after that trailer the first thing I thought was: "I NEED to see this movie. I NEED to read the book. I can't wait till it comes out."

So I read the comic and fell in love with it. To this day, it is one of my favorites of all time. And when the film was finally released of March of last year, I organized all of my friends to go and see it. I was impressed. Not blown away, but impressed. When the DVD came out last summer, I went the day it was released and bought the Director's Cut version (which I am now reviewing). It's been a year since I watched this movie and I can say that it has finally become the masterpiece it was meant to be.

The film is absolutely fantastic. I can't find anything wrong with it. Some purists complain about the different ending from the comic, but I don't find it to be that bad. Every character is realistic, every action scene is brutal, and all the detail put into every nook and cranny of this film is astounding. Zack Snyder really did his homework on this one and it pays off big time.

The thing that made this viewing different from the other times is how poignant almost every scene is. By the end of the opening credits, I realized I wasn't just watching a film, I was viewing a work of art. All of the visuals are astounding and many scenes literally took my breath away or left me with goosebumps.

Additionally, as a music nut, I was in love with the soundtrack and the score. All of the original compositions, especially the music in Dr. Manhattan's section, are rousing and beautiful. And the choice of songs from other artists such as Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and Leonard Cohen are all great. Even My Chemical Romance's version of "Desolation Row" during the credits is awesome.

Long story short, GO SEE "WATCHMEN"!!! It might take a couple of views to fully appreciate it's greatness, but if given time, I hope that it will become one of the hallmarks of not only the comic book or science fiction genre, but of film itself.

*Side Note* As mentioned in my "Kick-Ass" review, this was released in the spring of 2009, and remained unsurpassed in greatness until "District 9" came out in August. Just saying, sometimes the best films of the year aren't the summer blockbusters or the Oscar-bait in the fall and winter. Just some food for thought.

The Last House on the Left

Not a pure "horror" film, but definitely one decent thriller. Just like "The Stepfather", I haven't seen the original, so I can't compare the two. On it's own however, this is one creepy and messed up movie, in a good way. Disturbing, haunting, and absolutely brutal, if you're looking for a solid slice of horror-thriller, look no further.

Clash of the Titans

Not awful, but not outstanding. The effects are good and the action scenes are genuinely exciting, but the story, plot, and characters leave much to be desired. I was debating between "fresh" and "rotten" for this one, but I think the action pushes it over the edge from being a bad movie into a somewhat average one. Call it an extremely low "fresh" film. Matinee if you have to see it; otherwise, wait for it on DVD.

Law Abiding Citizen

I don't get where all the hate is coming from. No, "Law Abiding Citizen" isn't as good as some of the movies it's copying from (i.e. "The Silence Of The Lambs", "Saw", etc.) but it's still a very entertaining film. Both Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler give good performances and overall, I found it brutal, sick, and pretty cool. It kept me interested in the story throughout the film and I was really looking forward to seeing how it ended. Despite what critics and other reviewers might say, I still give this a solid recommendation.

Jesus Christ Superstar

OK, so when I got done watching this yesterday, I really didn't like it that much. But the more I thought about it, the more I kept coming back to the music in the film. That is the one reason to see this film. Some characters seemed better than other (I found Judas more compelling than Jesus), and some scenes make no sense and come right out of nowhere (King Herod's scene in particular). If nothing else, see it for the music, because I'm sure glad that I was introduced to these songs.

Marie Antoinette

Let this be a lesson to all filmmakers: style is nice, but without some sort of substance, your movie will not work. Case in point, "Marie Antoinette".

Let's get this right off the bat: the film looks spectacular. Sofia Coppola definitely has a lot of talent behind the camera and everything looked amazing from the costumes, to the sets, to the scenery and cinematography. I felt like the soundtrack was a bit out of place, but I get the fact that she was trying to do something different and I respect that.

Other than that, this movie is just boring. It boils down to watching a bunch of insanely wealthy people do insanely wealthy things for two hours. I get that Coppola wanted the whole movie to be about Marie Antoinette, hence the title, and didn't want to focus on the French Revolution that much. I understand that, but she really didn't do too much with it. Kirsten Dunst does a pretty good job as Marie, but I felt like she didn't grow as a character, change much at all, or achieved anything throughout the course of the movie, so I couldn't take anything away with me.

The rest of the principal parts, minus a few exceptions, just seems out of place. Steve Coogan did a pretty good job and it was nice to see a dramatic role out of him, since he now mainly just does comedies. But Jason Schwartzman did not really do anything with his character and he seemed so out of place. The only thing more out of place then him was Rip Torn, with no French accent at all, playing the King of France at the beginning of the movie. It looks like he wasn't even trying; he just threw on a wig and clothes and then just spoke like himself.

But somehow, I feel like all of my gripes were the point of the movie. Having all the male characters be out of place, showing the banal stuffiness of rich French life in the 1700's, providing no character arc at all. But whether it was done on purpose or not, if you want to make a film look boring, it will be boring for the audience to watch. There just really isn't anything here that I suggest that you see. If you want to see good costumes, look them up online, but otherwise, I suggest you steer clear from this boring, dull film.


Entertaining as all hell, this movie is pretty great. All of the actors do a great job and the surprise cameo is just hilarious. Funny from beginning to end with great humor, great action, and gross effects. If you like anything with zombies, horror, or comedy in it, you should definitely see "Zombieland".

She's Gotta Have It

Spike Lee's first movie. It's fitting that my first Spike Lee film is the first one he made. Had to watch for my communication and gender class yet again. It starts out fine, but then gets better in the second act. I wasn't a big fan of the main protagonist, but it's pretty good film overall. Any Spike Lee fan should definitely check this out.

Fair Game
Fair Game(2010)

A very eye-opening film about what actually happened and what happens now in politics. Even though I personally think that this should be more anti-big government than anti-Bush, I enjoyed "Fair Game". Naomi Watts did a really good job here and I felt like she gave an honest believable performance, while Sean Penn pretty much just played himself: an angry, bleeding heart, anti-Republican individual. This applies even more today in Obama American than it does looking back at Bush America, in my opinion.

All politics aside, I enjoyed the first half more than the second half. I felt like all the CIA stuff was really interesting and exciting, while the witch-hunt at the end was still pretty good, but not as enjoyable. I would recommend this as a decent political-thriller, but your political leaning may affect how much you like it or not, because it can be very polarizing.

The Deer Hunter

This is a great film. I really can't put into words everything that I love about this movie. The performances are great, the directing is solid, and it has some of the most powerful scenes in cinema history. My only complaint is with the length. I understand that it's a slow, epic movie, but I felt like the first hour dragged on and on for no reason. I know it's supposed to set up the character's lives before the war, but it felt like it was a bit much. Everything from Vietnam on though is pure gold. It made me almost forget about the boring first hour. Highly recommended for any fan of cinema. Truly a classic.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

Entertaining science-fiction thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal carries this movie and does a solid job as the main character. The premise itself is really interesting and is delivered quite well by director Duncan Jones (who is David Bowie's son!). I really like his style of directing and found myself immersed in the film. I'm really interesting in checking out his other film, "Moon" now. There is a lot of cerebral logic at play in a film that will obviously be compared to "Inception". While I didn't enjoy it as much as Nolan's film, I did find it enjoyable. Some of the minor characters weren't that interesting, but it didn't take away from the movie. My big problem is some of the plot holes. There are some pretty obvious ones when you think about it, and it took away from the overall experience. It feels like the movie is trying to be too smart for its own good. But overall, I would definitely recommend you see "Source Code" at a matinee or a cheap movie theater. Worth the money, just not at $10 a ticket.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

This is a damn good movie. I really, really, really like this film. Everything about it is top of the line. Every single actor did an amazing job with this film. It has everything that a great sports movie should have. This deserves to be up there with "Rocky" and "Raging Bull" as one of the best boxing films of all time. The first half isn't as exciting or endearing as the second, but overall, a great film. Highly recommended.


A really fun and funny action-comedy. The story is completely dumb and forgettable, but seeing Helen Mirren with machine gun more than makes up for that. Bruce Willis and John Malkovich are the other stand-outs here, but the whole cast is great. My only complaint is that Morgan Freeman isn't featured enough for my liking. I was expecting a little bit more in terms of his screen time. Other than that, a fun little flick. I recommend it.


A really silly movie, but how can you not love Bill Murray's style of comedy? He makes this movie for me. Overall, a fun little flick.

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

OK, I'm incredibly biased on this one. Metallica is my favorite band, so I knew I was going to like this. But this is my favorite documentary because it delves into a side of rock and metal music that is rarely seen. From a musician's standpoint, I love seeing how "St. Anger" was made and the process that they took to create that under-appreciated album. (Yes, I like "St. Anger". Yes it's their "worst" record, but it's still a heck of a lot better than some other music I've heard). Anyways, anyone interested in Metallica, heavy metal music, or rock music in general should check this out. For a musician, it's a must-see.

The Last Detail

I had never heard of this movie before yesterday when I watched it. It's pretty entertaining. Jack gives another stellar performance, but I felt like the ending was kind of rushed and didn't provide much closure. If you're a fan of Nicholson's other movies, give this one a try.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

The sixth movie I've seen that was nominated for Best Picture in 2010. This one didn't deserve to win, but James Franco definitely should have had a good shot at winning Best Actor. As a whole, this is a very different kind of movie. Danny Boyle did a great job with this and created an engaging film. The story is gut-wrenching, and that amputation scene is brutal. However, besides the amputation scene and Franco's performance, there is nothing that really blew me away. I would recommend a watch, if you can make it through it, but overall, it's nothing revolutionary.


Perfectly acceptable action/disaster movie. Nothing too much to love or hate here. The story is exciting, the characters likable, and the action intense. The biggest problem is that it doesn't offer much new for the genre and even at only an hour and forty minutes, it feels long. Worth a rental or on Netflix, but nothing worth buying on DVD for full price.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

The twist just may be worth it. Though I thought everything else about this movie was subpar: the acting, the dialogue, the comedy, and the useless relationships, the actual story was pretty interesting. I haven't seen the original to compare the two, but I'm pretty sure that this is underwhelming. The twist is good, everything else sucks.


I am not a big fan of Hilary Swank as an actress. I've never seen "Million Dollar Baby", and I've been told that that's her best film, but as a whole, I don't like her style of acting. Which is the primary reason I didn't like "Conviction". The story is what it is, being based on a true story, but I couldn't really empathize with Swank's character at all. Sam Rockwell did a great job though as her imprisoned brother, and he made the film for me. A good ending saves an otherwise throwaway film. If you like this kind of movie, you many enjoy it, but it wasn't for me.

Phone Booth
Phone Booth(2003)

Overall, a pretty good suspense thriller. I never really liked Colin Farrell, but he does an OK job here. It has a lot of themes that can be seen in "Seven", "Saw" and, of course "Buried". At only about an hour and fifteen minutes, this is a quick film that I would recommend. Solid entertainment.

Just Go with It

A pretty bad romantic comedy. There are a few funny parts here and there, and the ending isn't bad, but overall, it wasn't very good. There are better rom-coms out there, check those out instead.

Winter's Bone

Besides Jennifer Lawrence's amazing performance, "Winter's Bone" is simply mediocre. The plot was interesting and the themes presented of family, both biological and fraternal, and trust are well played out, but I couldn't get too drawn into it. It's nominated for Best Picture this year at the Oscars, and it's nice that an indie movie is making the list, but there are better candidates on that list that are more worth your money. Lawrence should be considered for a Best Actress win, but sadly, she'll probably lose to a much deserving Natalie Portman. So, give "Winter's Bone" a shot if you like, but it's nothing too special.


Very interesting and gripping thriller with Hitchcock's fingerprints all over it. Ryan Reynolds does a very good job as the only actor in the film and the premise is quite intriguing. It makes pretty interesting commentaries on the war in Iraq, private contractors, how mega-corporations don't care about their workers, and how impossible it is to get anything done over the phone these days. The ending is a bit of a let down after watching an hour and a half of just him in the coffin, but I didn't mind it. It goes on a bit long and Reynold's likes to yell into the phone the entire time which can get a bit grating. But overall, I would recommend that you rent this one and give it a look. You may not want to see it more than one time, but you should at least see it once.

Sorority Row
Sorority Row(2009)

Pretty bad horror movie. It has a few interesting moments and some decent and gruesome kills, but every time I tried to get into it, I couldn't help but be disgusted by the protagonists. All five of the girls in this film are the just the worst kind of people: selfish, slutty, and various other words. The one thing that I liked was that it had me going about who the killer was and I was delightfully surprised by that aspect. But I can't offer a recommendation based on that alone and with acting this bad and horror this mediocre, I have to tell you to pass on this one.

The Searchers

I don't know what movie everyone is watching, but I found this to be a boring, pointless film. John Wayne was good, I guess, but this really didn't do anything for me. The American Film Institute called this the 12th greatest movie of all-time in 2007 and the greatest Western of all-time in 2008. I have to strongly disagree. "High Noon" is better, "Stagecoach" is better, "Unforgiven" is better. If you're looking for a Western, look elsewhere.

The Score
The Score(2001)

Enjoyable heist movie. All the actors did a good job, and it's nice to see Marlon Brando in his last role before he died, and a pretty good one at that. A lot of people carp about how Robert De Niro hasn't had many good roles in the 2000's but I think this was a good film for him. The only thing that bugged me was Norton's "portrayal" of mental illness. I found it to be in bad taste and I think the writers could have thought of a better way to incorporate this plot line. Otherwise, a solid film, that I recommend. By the way: Frank Oz directs it. Yeah, the voice of Yoda directs this movie. Now you have to see it.

The Bourne Ultimatum

By far, the best Jason Bourne movie. Exciting, relevant, smart, this has it all. I guess it took this long for me to start really enjoying these films, but I'm glad I made my way through the trilogy just to see this. I recommend watching the other two just so you can see this. Great action movie.

The Bourne Supremacy

I'm still not blown away yet. While better than the original, "The Bourne Supremacy" really doesn't rise above average for me. I liked the story more and thought it was interesting and exciting and all, but besides that, not much else was memorable. Entertainment Weekly called this one of the greatest action movies ever, and I have to disagree. While serviceable enough, I wasn't too impressed. Maybe the third installment will be the one to make me think otherwise.

The Bourne Identity

All of my friends tell me that the Jason Bourne series is a good one, so I decided to take a look and start here. Not much to say. Decent action-thriller. Matt Damon does a good job and the fight scenes were well-executed. Nothing revolutionary, but maybe some of the sequels will wow me more.


Ah, the "Transformers" movies. Is there a more polarizing set of films. Half of the internet thinks that both are awesome, while the other half think that both are garbage. I occupy a sort of middle-ground. I thought this film was pretty darn cool, but the sequel completely ruined it all. But as for this one:

Flash back three years to July 4th weekend 2007. I was in North Carolina for a family reunion and has two choices as to how to spend my afternoon: go to the beach with my cousins, or go see "Transformers" with my brother and my uncle. I chose the former option, since I never get to go the beach and wasn't really excited for this movie. Afterwards, all my brother could do was rave about how awesome it was. How great the action was, how cool everyone looked, etc.

Flash forward about four months. I go on a three hour bus trip and someone puts this on the DVD player. So I figure, "What the hell, why not?" Two and a half hour later, the movie ends, and we're at our destination. And let me say, I was blown away. It had everything: great action, great story, amazing special effects, funny situations, classic lines from the TV show, and Megan Fox. For a 17 year old boy, it was the perfect movie.

I just watched it today for the fourth time and it still holds up. This is my first time seeing it since seeing "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" and I can see some of the problems that I overlooked the first three times, it is much better than the sequel for one reason: balance. Michael Bay was actually somewhat restrained here. Yes there's comedy and awkwardness and cliches like crazy, but it never outweighs the action. It's a serious movie that isn't afraid to make a few jokes now and then, unlike the sequel which wasn't serious at all.

Even the action wasn't typical Michael Bay. Yes there's a lot of jerking around and such, but everything was grand and visible and clear. One of my biggest complaints with the follow up is that every machine besides Optimus Prime and Bumblebee was indistinguishable, but here, everything is perfectly clear.

One last ironic note, even though "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" is only about fifteen minutes longer than the original, it feels like an eternity longer because of how poor quality it is. Funny how time flies when you're having fun.

And that's the key word: fun. This is one of the best summer popcorn movies of all time. No, it isn't deep, moving, greatly acted, or a masterpiece. But it's entertaining, adrenaline-fueled fun. And everyone needs some of that every once in a while. You can't watch powerful dramas or tearjerkers all the time. So when you're looking for a big, silly action-movie to blow off some steam and turn off your brain: this is a great choice.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Wow. You have to see this movie. This film gave me goosebumps it was so good. If Natalie Portman doesn't win Best Actress, the Academy will have failed. One of the best performances I've seen in a while in a great film.

Thoroughly disturbing and misleading, this is a great film. There are so many ways to interpret it, but I see this work as a reflection on what artists go through in order to fully give themselves up to their craft. Darren Aronofsky did an amazing job creating this film and the cinematography is great, especially considering it was shot completely with a hand-held camera.

My one complaint is that it is very slow. I mean very, very slow. Everything up until the last fifteen minutes or so drags, even the scary and exciting parts. While it didn't bother me too much, I did find myself checking my phone a few times to see if we were getting close to the climax. Some may find it even harder to watch than it already is due to the fact that it can drag on and on for a while. But for those who don't mind it being slow for most of it.

The bottom line is that you need to see this movie. I'm not guaranteeing that you are going to love it, but you should definitely see it.

Miracle on 34th Street

Now here's a great Christmas movie. Not my favorite, but it's up there. Sentimental and heartwarming, this is definitely one that anyone of any age can enjoy. Classic filmmaker at its best. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

A Christmas Carol

I have yet to see the 1951 adaptation, which is supposedly superior, but the 1938 version of "A Christmas Carol" is pretty decent. Nothing spectacular, but the actors are pretty good and the moral is just as sound. Worth a look, but if you have a different favorite, watch that one instead.

Almost Famous

The very definition of a "bittersweet" movie. I have been wanting to see this one for a while, and when my dad taped it, I was really excited, but also really nervous that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. However, it definitely did.

Cameron Crowe does a great job of translating his real-life experiences of being a writer for "Rolling Stone" on film. The cast is great, the script is tight, and Stillwater is a damn good band. The soundtrack is very, very good, but I personally enjoyed the soundtrack to "Lords Of Dogtown" more; call it my personal taste, but this one was still good.

The reason that I am rating this so high is how it affected me after I saw it. As soon as it ended, I thought, "OK, that was pretty good. Not great, but good." But then, about 10-15 minutes later, I started thinking about the ending again. And about the music, and the story, and the characters, and I realized that this film a huge impact on me. It showed me the power music has to change people's lives in several different ways and how the choices we make and the relationships we have effect everybody around us.

Highly recommended to everyone, especially a music lover or lover of great films.

Love and Other Drugs

Just a public service announcement: "Love And Other Drugs" is not a romantic comedy. It is a pure romance movie. It was not very funny, so if that is what you're expecting and looking for, look elsewhere. Besides that, this was a decent movie. The characters were likable enough, the plot was a bit non-existent, but I appreciated a romance film that had the nerve to make adult situations, and a whole lotta sex, the central focus. A good date night movie for any couple that can see the opposite sex naked and feel comfortable about it.

Oh, and fellas: do NOT complain if your girlfriends want you to see this with them. Anne Hathaway. With nothing on. Seriously.

The Celluloid Closet

My last film that I have to watch for my communication and gender class. This documentary is a bit boring and a bit preachy, but it is still interesting for those interested in homosexuality in film. Film buffs will appreciate it, but the general public may find it slow. Don't got rush to find it online, but if you catch it somewhere, you may want to give it a look.


Really weird, really freaky, and really cool. A solid piece of science-fiction. Some call it a thriller, or a horror movie, but no, this is a pure science fiction movie through and through. Smart and entertaining. You should definitely check this one out.

The Town
The Town(2010)

Average film. This is the down and dirty version of Boston gangster films, with "The Departed" being the glamorous version. I thought that the action was pretty good and the stars were fine, but I really couldn't get into it. If you're looking for a Boston crime caper, go see "The Departed", but if you've seen it already, this may be worth your time.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

And so continues my journey of trying to watch Christopher Nolan's entire filmography. "The Prestige" was the one I was looking forward to the most. It has a great cast, an interesting premise, and it looked really good. And now after watching it, I can say that is one of Nolan's best. No, it isn't "Inception" or "The Dark Knight", but it's close.

I loved almost everything about this film. The moral ambiguity in the characters left it up to the viewer to decide who's side is the right one. This is a trademark of Nolan's films and it shines through an excellent screenplay. Each of the actors do a fine job in their role. But the best part, by far, is the plot. It has the trademark Nolan twists and turns and leaves the audience hanging until the closing minutes.

If I can think of one complaint, it is that the film is a tad slow. Not slow enough to bore me, but compared to relentless films like "The Dark Knight" and "Inception" that had me immersed the entire time, I found myself looking a the clock a couple of times. Still, I give it a solid recommendation and encourage anyone who hasn't seen this film yet to go do so.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Just got back from it. It was really good. Not my favorite in the series, but definitely up there. I'll eventually do a review of all of the films over the summer before the last installment comes out. Overall, I enjoyed this film though. No one who hasn't already been following the Harry Potter series is going to care about this film, so there's no point in me talking about whether you should see it. If you like Harry Potter, see it.

As a film though, I thought it was pretty good. It feels a bit slow and mainly acts as a set-up for the last movie. I can't wait to see the next one and end the series! Go out and see this so you can be all caught up when the new one comes out next summer.

Super Size Me

One of my favorite documentaries, and definitely one of the most entertaining. What's great about it is that it actually sparked some change in the fast food industry. Not much else to say. Highly recommended.

Independent Lens

An interesting documentary. Had to watch for my communication and gender class again. Quite compelling and asks some very tough questions. If you're interested in this subject, go check it out.


Not bad. I was too afraid to see this movie when it came out in theaters because I heard all these reviews about how freaky it was. But looking back, I should have just sucked it up and went. It might have been scarier on the big screen, but I'm not really sure. I was kind of disappointed by this movie, but it was OK. The characters are almost all completely unlikeable and I wasn't a fan of the camerawork. The monster on the other hand was very cool, and I liked the idea of following one group through a night that goes from normal to insane. I recommend it if it's a movie you really want to see, but don't go out of your way for it.

Fatal Attraction

Another film I had to watch for a class on communication and gender. I didn't really think this was all that great, but it was pretty good. Most of this movie are really slow and plodding, but the third act definitely brings the tension and suspense to a boil (no pun intended). Michael Douglas and Glenn Close are both pretty good in it. What is interesting is the moral aspect of it. Who is more at fault: Alex for going psycho and not letting him go, or Dan for getting into an affair in the first place and planning on forgetting her a few days later? It makes you think. But anyways, not a bad film, could be better, check it out if you feel like it.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

I know everyone and their mother has rated/reviewed this movie, but since I saw this yesterday, I have to give my thought. So, "Iron Man 2".

What was weird about this movie is that for the first time, I found a strong connection between these films and the "Transformers" films from the past couple of years. Both have the whole action-comedy thing going, both of the original movies were kick-ass in every way, and both of the sequels were disappointing. However, "Iron Man 2" was disappointing only because it isn't as good as the original, while as "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" is just an all around poor film (but more on that later).

Like Michael Bay's film, "Iron Man 2" is all about "bigger is better". The action is bigger, the set-pieces are bigger, there are more characters, and the humor is cranked way up. The former two didn't bother me much; by this point I'm used to seeing huge fights and explosions, but there are several things fresh here. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow stole the show for me, War Machine's suit is just as cool (if not more so) than Iron Man's, and Downey's "hay-maker" in the final battle is absolutely astounding (if you've seen the film you know exactly what I'm talking about: if you haven't you'll see).

My biggest complaints were the somewhat over-complicated plot and the dramatic increase in humor. Every scene feels like it has to have a joke in it somewhere, even the final, climatic fight has it's share of humor in it. I know the "Iron Man" movies aren't as serious as films such as "The Dark Knight" and "Watchmen", but sometimes it feels like they're trying too hard.

I had no problems with the cast, save for Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer, who I found annoying every time he was on the screen. I hope he doesn't come back (though he probably will).

In conclusion, was "Iron Man 2" bad? Hell no. Was it cool? Hell yes. Was it worth $10.75? Eh, maybe. If you loved the first one, you'll like this one, but in my opinion, the original is still better.

(MILD SPOILER ALERT: Captain America and Thor fans: keep your eyes peeled after the credits. Marvel is about to do something amazing with this whole Avengers idea and the amount of detail they're doing to connect all these universes is astounding. The next few summers are going to be interesting.)

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

I love comic book movies. Between "Batman", "Superman", "Spider-Man", "Hellboy", "X-Men", "Watchmen", the list goes on and on. And with "Iron Man 2" coming out on Friday, I decided to take a look at the original.

In all honesty, the film is fantastic. The premise is great, Robert Downey, Jr. is incredible and all of the action scenes are awesome. But the best part of this movie is just when Tony Stark is putting on the suit in all its metallic glory.

If anything is a bit lacking, it's the climactic battle. I felt a little short-changed by how it ended. Overall though, "Iron Man" is a must-see.


So one of my film-watching goals is to see all of Christopher Nolan's films. I've already seen the two Batman films and "Inception" and have either liked or loved all of them. So I decided to start my experience with Nolan's other films with "Insomnia". While it is a very good film, I still thought it was his weakest so far, but compared to films like "The Dark Knight" and "Inception" that is to be expected. However, I was a bit disappointed since I thought it could live up to Nolan's other works.

Nevertheless, "Insomnia" is still an expertly shot, expertly directed, and expertly acted film. Both Al Pacino and Robin Williams did a great job in their roles and the film looks gorgeous being set in Alaska. Though this plot is definitely smart and twisty, it drags on at times and is a bit slow, something that can't be said about Nolan's other films. I also think that Nolan made a great choice switching to Hans Zimmer for his later scores since I think this one failed to excite me. A great score can improve the dynamics of a film by a lot, but this one fell a bit flat. The movie also was not as exciting as some of the others in Nolan's filmography, but like I said, that is to be expected.

So overall, a good film from a great director, but not a great one. Recommended if you like Christopher Nolan or want to see an interesting movie, but it isn't a classic.

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

The blueprint for all action movies after 1988. Fun, exciting, pretty humorous, and a classic in every sense of the world. Both Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman are electrifying as John McClane and Hans Gruber. Had to watch this for a communication and gender class in which we talked about the idea of the switch from westerns to "hard-body" action films (yes I know there's a joke there). A must-see for anyone who enjoys action movies, though it isn't my favorite action movie of all time.

Saw V
Saw V(2008)

Most believe that "Saw V" was when the series hit rock bottom. And while it doesn't compare to other, better "Saw" films, it still isn't terrible. The main game featuring 5 connected people is one of the best and most clever in the whole series. But other than that, the story is a confusing, convoluted mess trying to do double duty of piecing together the back-story and progressing the plot forward. It falls a bit flat here, but it is still more interesting than "Saw III". Parts of it seem a bit dull, but if you like the "Saw" movies, than you'll probably like this one. Just don't expect it to blow you away.

Saw II
Saw II(2005)

Just to clarify for everyone, this is my second time watching the first six "Saw" films. The first time around, I thought that "Saw II" was superior due to it's amazing ending. I'm not going to spoil it, but all of the twists made the movie for me. Watching it again, and knowing what the twist is, I can say that while "Saw II" is still a fun, suspenseful, and well-executed horror film, it is a slight (and I mean very slight) step down from the original. If you liked the first "Saw" film, then you should definitely see this one because it is just about on par with it.

The Ring
The Ring(2002)

My 100th review!!! And to celebrate, let's talk about what is probably the scariest movie I have ever seen. It isn't the most disturbing or disgusting thing I have seen, but when it comes to pure horror, this takes the cake. And it is a legitimately good movie. The story is solid, albeit a bit confusing, the music is great, and the characters were well developed. But the real selling points of this movie is the atmosphere and the cinematography. I was completely in suspense the entire time. Genuinely frightening from beginning to end. I highly recommend if you want to see a well made horror film from the 2000's. Just don't plan on sleeping if you do...

Norma Rae
Norma Rae(1979)

Had to watch this for a class on civic communication. I really did not enjoy this movie. Sally Field was not bad in it, but I found it hard to identity with her character at all. Yes, Norma Rae Webster in the film fought for unions and rights, but at the same time she was obsessive, slept around, neglected her kids, and whined about every little thing. Though I agree with the films message, overall, this did little to nothing for me.

The Social Network

A very, very good film. Great script, perfect cast with fine performances all around, and expert directing by David Fincher. He has to be one of the best directors around today. Thoroughly enjoyed this from start to end, but I wouldn't consider it to be a "classic" just yet. But this is still in my Top 5 films of the year so far and you should definitely check this one out.


I really don't know how to describe this one. It's definitely funny, but at the same time it is so random and dumb. I guess that adds to what makes the movie works, but it isn't completely my kind of humor. My roommate loved this film and said it's the funniest thing they've seen. While I won't go that far, it is an enjoyable hour and a half that is worth your time, though some of you may find it too dumb and silly for your taste. Many quotable line, several great scene (even though several also fall flat), but overall a solid comedy.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

This is gonna be another one of my controversial reviews. Let me start out by saying that "Pulp Fiction" is virtually perfect in every way. Great script and directing by Quentin Tarantino, awesome soundtrack, and great cinematography all around. Nearly every actor is flawless, and with so many big names, this has to be one of the most stacked films ever when it comes to acting talent. But the best part of the movie is the dialogue. Nearly every line is quotable, and during Samuel L. Jackson's famous Ezekiel 25:17 speech, I had this big grin on my face the entire time.

Unfortunately, I didn't have that same grin when the film ended. I was actually shocked to find that when the movie was over, I wasn't completely satisfied. With films like "Inception", "The Dark Knight", and "The Usual Suspects", when the movie ended, I felt awe-struck and amazed by it all. Not just the last scene, or one scene in particular, but the whole scope of the work. When I watched this, which was my second time viewing it, I fully expected to end with the same reaction. The first time I saw this film was years ago, and I really didn't get it. I thought that now, with more film experience under my belt, it would mean a lot more. While it did speak to me more, it didn't live up to my own hype.

That doesn't mean it's bad; in fact, it's nearly perfect. But to me, I was not sufficiently emotionally satisfied at the end, and I can't but it in the realm of films like "Gladiator" and "L.A. Confidential". On it's own merits, it deserves to be there, but for me, it doesn't make the cut.

While many will agree with this, this is my opinion. As it stands, "Inglourious Basterds" is the best Tarantino film I've reviewed so far, with "Pulp Fiction" as a close second. But seriously, how can you go wrong with two films like that?

Hot Tub Time Machine

I thought this was a very funny movie. It's actually quite a smart comedy film if you stick with it till the end, and they handle the whole time-traveling aspect well, which leads to a great ending payoff. Some of the jokes are really well done, but some of them fall flat. There are plenty of awkward moments, but in a movie like this, it works. This is balanced out by having plenty of 80's jokes that anyone who remembers that decade will appreciate. And the way that they interject aspects of modern life into that world is quite hilarious. Not as funny as movies like "The Hangover", in my opinion, but definitely a comedy worth your time if you get the chance to check it out.

The Strangers

Not much to say about this one either. Definitely creepy, kinda scary, but not much else to say besides that. I like the feeling of isolation that comes from having only 8 total characters, but the scares are generic and it doesn't have much else to distinguish it from other horror and slasher films. Also, the ending wasn't that spectacular and left a bad taste in my mouth. Worth a look, but nothing to get your hopes up over.

The Hurt Locker

Saw for the first time over the summer late one night with a buddy of mine before it got all the publicity from awards season. Thought it was good, not great. Watched it again tonight and it has proven to be a great film. Tightly shot and excellently directed. Slows down near the last half hour, but everything up to then is suspenseful and exciting.

One of the best parts about this film is the fact that it is a war movie that doesn't have a "pro-war" or "anti-war' message. It's just a film about how the war can affect the lives of three men in particular. I appreciate that a movie can be made like this without getting preachy about politics.

Since I'm reviewing this right before the Oscars, I think I should mention if I think it should win Best Picture. I have personally seen only 5 of the nominees and out of them, I think "District 9", "Inglourious Basterds", and "Up" deserve Best Picture more, but since it looks like it's gonna be between this and "Avatar", I'd rather have this one win. I'm not gonna spend time talking about "Avatar" here, but let me just say that "The Hurt Locker" was more entertaining and left a better impression on me. Give all the technical awards to "Avatar", give Best Director and Best Picture to this.

The Crazies
The Crazies(2010)

A pretty much average horror film. Nothing that outstanding here, but it's not too terrible either. Not much else to say about it. Don't waste your money on it, but if you can catch it for free, then give it a look.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

So if you look at my profile info, you'll see that my favorite critic is Bob Chipman (also known as "The Game Overthinker" on Screwattack.com and "MovieBob" on The Escapist.com). I discovered him one day last year, and since then, I've pretty much agreed with all of his movie recommendations and reviews, with a few exceptions. I was on the fence about seeing "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" when I watched his review, declaring it one of the best films of the summer. I was pumped. I had to go see it. It looked like everything I could get into. Sadly, I was disappointed.

No, it isn't a bad movie, but it really isn't that great either. This was primarily made for two groups of people, hipsters and nerds. Now I'm not a hipster, but I'm definitely a nerd. I'm a music nerd, a movie nerd, and a video game nerd. So I loved all the references to video games that were made and I completely dug the soundtrack. But as a film, it wasn't that great.

So many parts were hit with the awkward stick that keeps poisoning modern comedy films. Yes, Michael Cera is good at being awkward, but does he need to be so in every single film he's in? It's also a bit slow at times. The fighting scenes are good for the most part, but occasionally it gets repetitive and tedious. It really didn't work as a romantic comedy for me either. If I had to classify it, I'd call it an action-comedy, heavily influenced by gamers, made for gamers. Now, if you like that kind of thing, than this if for you.

The reason that I'm rating it so low is that I was disappointed. I was expecting this revolutionary film, and it wasn't. But it still has room to improve. This isn't the film I would watch with my girlfriend again, but watching it with friends or alone, I might appreciate the references more, which is why it isn't lower than a 50%. So pretty much, don't take a date to see this one, but if you're a nerd or hipster on the inside or outside, this is the movie or your dreams. I feel bad short-changing it like this, and I think if I watch it again, I might enjoy it more, but right now, I'm disappointed.

The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)

This is a strange little movie. It has no real plot, doesn't really go anywhere, and has very unrelated characters interacting. Then why is it so enthralling? It's because it asks the tough questions about God, the devil, faith, life, death, and the afterlife that most people, let alone films, are afraid to answer. The best part about this is that it never answers those questions. Instead, it presents the viewer with many different possibilities and lets them decide what they take away from it. Expertly shot by Ingmar Bergman, "The Seventh Seal" is a must-see for anyone who loves films, though the casual film-goer might find it a bit dull and pointless. Truly a revolutionary gem.

The Other Guys

One of the few genuinely funny movies to emerge from summer 2010. I didn't care to see "Dinner For Schmucks", but this one intrigued me. I was a bit hesitant, since the last movie I saw with Will Ferrell in it was "Step Brothers", which I found disappointing. But I strode into the theater this afternoon, and came out about two hours later satisfied. This isn't going to change to comedy landscape, or ever have much of an impact on this summer's movie scene, but "The Other Guys" was a funny time at the movies. Parts of it were a bit slow, but there were several times where I laughed out loud in the theater, something I haven't done in a while. With the disappointment of "Get Him To The Greek" earlier this summer, I was happy to see a funny comedy with likeable stars, clever writing, and somewhat interesting plot. Worth your money for a matinee view only, it isn't worth more than $8. But if you need a laugh, and you haven't had one in a while (especially this summer), give "The Other Guys" a shot.

Blow Out
Blow Out(1981)

What a letdown. Everything up to the last 15 minutes of the film is rock solid. The premise alone hooked me into watching it. John Travolta does a great job and John Lithgow steals the movie for me as the assassin. I liked the whole idea of a government killing, conspiracy theories, and one man trying to set everything right. But the end of the movie takes a turn into the ridiculous. (SPOILER ALERT) Seriously, Travolta takes a joy ride through a parade, crashes his car, gets put in an ambulance, and no one stops him from walking out and pushing through people to get to Lithgow. And then he doesn't tell the media what happens and doesn't clear the whole case when he has the opportunity to. Total garbage.

Also, Nancy Allen is annoying as all hell. Every line of her dialogue sounds forced and she continually whines and complains about everything with a phony New York accent. Other than her, the cast was great.

So all in all, it's your call on whether to see it. The first hour and a half is taut, suspenseful, and engrossing. But that ending left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Even though the bulk of the film is good, I can't give this a "Fresh" rating. I really want to, but the more I think about the film, the more I realize how let down I was at the ending and how it completely ruined the film for me. Consider this a high 50%. What a shame. If they could have changed the ending a little bit, this could have been so much better. As it is now, it's a good film with a really, really, really crappy ending. Your call, but if you get upset by the ending, don't say I didn't warn you.

The Devil's Rejects

Now this is my kind of horror movie. It's odd for me to say that, because a few years ago, I refused to watch any horror movie period. But now, I can appreciate a good freak-out movie such as this. Rob Zombie did a great job with this one and it really shows off how multifaceted he is as both a musician and director. Though it's the sequel to "House Of 1000 Corpses", you don't need to see that film to understand this one. I didn't and I got along find. Great acting by the principal cast, awesome soundtrack, and really sick, and sometimes funny scenarios.

It's funny because IFC is airing their "Helter Swelter" series of movies tonight which consists of "Saw", this film, "Hostel", and "Hostel: Part II". I've seen all of those films, except for the last one, and it looks like the evening will diminish in quality as the night goes on: from my one of my favorite horror movies ("Saw"), to a pretty damn good one ("The Devil's Rejects"), to a really disgusting one ("Hostel"), to one I'll never, ever watch ("Hostel: Part II"). If you haven't seen any of these films and are a fan of horror, I suggest you check them out, but be prepared to see some freaky, sick stuff.

Charlie St. Cloud

Did you really expect this to be good? Let me start off by saying that Zac Efron isn't bad in this. He's not great, but not bad. I know that's a lot of the reason why people will go see "Charlie St. Cloud", and for that alone, you might be satisfied. But for the rest of us, guys and girls, you'll be disappointed.

The biggest problem is the plot. **SPOILER ALERT** After his brother dies in a car accident, Charlie makes a pact to visit the memory of his brother baseball practice every day. I know it's about letting go and learning to live your life, but he does this for 5 years. And in the meantime, he doesn't go to college, stops seeing friends and women, gives up all his passions, and works in the graveyard that his brother is buried in. Now, I know that no one should control his life, I mean he is a grown man at this point, but didn't someone think to talk to him and bring up the fact that working at a cemetery where his brother and friends now rests isn't a really good idea for his health? I don't know.

The rest of the plot is more preposterous than "Salt" was. It's like "The Sixth Sense", only more boring. I think the part that turned me off about this movie was when he first starts fooling around with his love interest, Tess. They start by touching in his house, which is OK. Then she runs away and they play hide-and-seek in the graveyard, which is odd, because who would do that in a graveyard. At this point, I turned to my girlfriend and said, "I really hope they don't start...Oh, wait. There they go. They're gonna have sex in the cemetery", which they then proceeded to do. Am I the only one who finds that messed up? I mean, the director, editor, and cinematographer all had the opportunity to shoot the scene in the woods, which is a bit less morbid, but they all thought that Charlie and Tess getting it on where people, including his brother, are buried was a good idea. I know it's supposed to be a romantic and touching scene, but the sheer fact that they're having sex IN A CEMETERY completely turned me off.

The rest of the movie, including the twist, wasn't that good. Guys, if your girl doesn't want to see this one, don't offer. And girls, if you want to go with your man to a movie, I don't know, wait until "Eat Pray Love" comes out; maybe it'll be better than this.

One last note: Why is Ray Liotta in the movie? Seriously, I didn't realize it was him until the credits, but what is he doing here? Ray, you were in "Goodfellas". You and Martin Scorsese are on a first name basis. Can you really do no better than this? I can't believe that you read the script and said, "Wow, this is great stuff. I'd like a part in this". I just can't believe that.

OK, last thing, I promise. This is more concerning one of the trailers, and not "Charlie St. Cloud". Why is there a second sequel to "Meet The Parents" coming out this year? I mean the first was funny enough and showed that Robert De Niro could do comedy, but come on, both him and Ben Stiller are way better than that and could be getting better roles. "Little Fockers" should not exist. OK, now I'm done. :D

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

If you take a look at my reviews, you'll see that the genre that I review (and enjoy) the most is Action/Adventure movies. One year ago, it looked like a pretty good summer to be an Action fan. "Terminator Salvation", "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" and this movie all seemed like great summer entertainment. In fact, at the start of the summer, the only movie I was looking forward to was the Transformers sequel. And after seeing such great films as "Watchmen", "Coraline", "I Love You, Man", "The Hangover", and "Up", I thought that 2009 would easily match or beat the greatness that was Cinema 2008.

And then I saw "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen". And it sucked. And then I saw "Terminator Salvation". And it was average. So I gave up all hope on the rest of the summer. I didn't want to see anything else because the one movie that I looked forward to let me down. But in August, my hopes were restored by three films: "Inglourious Basterds", "District 9", and this movie I am reviewing right now.

I know that even mentioning "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" in the same sentence as those two masterpieces is blasphemy, and I would be the first to admit that. But compared to every other summer action movie last year, this one rocked. Why? Because it was fun. Not overly-serious. Not overly-comedic. Just fun. And after being pummeled by the 2 and a half hour mess that Michael Bay coughed up in June, I really needed some fun.

Now to be fair, I was really pleased when I first saw it, but watching it again on DVD, it's charm diminishes. At first, I was so glad to see the action, not just a jumbled mess of metal I couldn't make out that I forgave the poor acting, cheesy delivery, and horrendous CGI at certain parts. Watching it now, I'm a bit less forgiving. At some points, it just looks bad. The pacing is a bit off too. It starts out slow, than picks up in the middle, and fades a bit in the end.

No, it isn't smart. No, it isn't mind-blowing. But, no, it isn't garbage. If you're looking for a two hour, thrill ride with guns, swords, ninjas, robots, flying, subs, missiles, lasers, and the like: then look no farther.


Buffalo Springfield once sang, "Paranoia strikes deep." Nowhere is that more relevant than in "Bug", one messed up psycho-drama. To be honest, when I decided to watch this, I expected a film like "Cabin Fever". You know, a gross-out movie with creepy-crawlies and tons of blood, which would have been poor to average. What I got was a tight, insanity laced drama set in one motel room. Ashley Judd wasn't that bad, but stage vet Michael Shannon stole the movie.

As for the plot, well, just watch the movie. It has to do with paranoia, government conspiracies, missing children, and insanity. It starts out a bit slow, but the last hour or so had me breathless the entire time. Some may not like the ending, but I thought it was fitting.

I'm shocked that so many people here at RT didn't like this movie. I was pleasantly surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did, and I highly recommend this movie to those who enjoy intense drama and thrillers.

The Dark Knight

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. The funny thing is that at the start of Summer 2008, I wasn't excited for this. My big must-see film was "Iron Man", which I saw and enjoyed. It's hard to think that almost two years ago I was in the theater seeing this. My expectations were high, since I had already seen "Iron Man", "Wanted", "Get Smart", and "WALL-E" and enjoyed all of them. I saw "Batman Begins" for the first time a few days before seeing this and I thought it was good, but nothing outstanding. The main reason for seeing this was how much money it made and how everyone talked about how great it was.

So the movie starts, I see the bank robbery scene and I thought "OK, this is pretty good". Then I see the first few Batman scenes and it's just like the original, which isn't bad, but not great. And then the Joker walked into a room full of mobsters, jammed a pencil into the table, and rammed a henchman's skull into the pencil. The theater was dead silent. Everyone stood in awe of the character on screen. Two hours later, I exited the theater and was blown away by what I saw. The movie had me hanging on it's every moment, and I couldn't find anything wrong with it at all.

All the performances are great. Christian Bale doesn't get enough credit for his job in the two Batman movies, which is understandable when you look at his co-stars. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman all gave great supporting turns and Maggie Gyllenhaal is a vast improvement over Katie Holmes (though she is still gives the weakest performance). The real unsung hero is Aaron Eckhart, who was perfect as Harvey Dent. He captured the full spectrum of emotions here and I can't see another movie he's in without refering to him as Dent (See my review of "Thank You For Smoking" if you don't believe).

But, of course, the real star of this movie is Heath Ledger. It's a damn shame that we will never see a performance like this by him again. In fact, I don't think we will ever see a performance as great as this from this day forward. Every scene he's in is just electric. Every line, every look, every laugh, every action, was just pitch-perfect. He deserved to win that Oscar and this film definitely should have been nominated for Best Picture.

This is the film that got me excited about Christopher Nolan. Before, I only know him for Batman, but now the top 4 movies in my "To See List" are "Memento", "Insomnia", "The Prestige", and "Inception", the only movie I'm still looking forward to this summer. The cinematography is great, the script is great, the action is great. This film is flawless, and I don't toss that word around lightly. One of the best films of the decade. If you haven't seen it yet, shame on you, go see it now. If you have, go watch it again, because it is that great.


Like in my review of the 2010 version of "Clash Of The Titans", I'm sitting on the fence between giving this a 50% and a 60%. It's pretty much empty spectacle with a preposterous plot that doesn't really make sense. It's funny because I spent 50 cents total on this film. I got a free ticket coupon, as well as a free popcorn and soda coupon. I spent 50 cents on the medium size soda and for 50 cents, "Salt" was worth it. My brother on the other hand spent the full $8 for a ticket and was disappointed. So, if you have enough money to only see one movie, go see "Inception" (again if you've seen it already) or "Toy Story 3", it it's still playing near you. But if you find a cheap theater showing this for a few bucks, then it might be worth a look, but don't expect much.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ah, the eighties. A time when pop music was silly, the clothes were even sillier, and the Brat Pack films existed. This is my first foray into John Hughes' work, and I have to say that it's OK. Some of the jokes are very funny, but most of them have been done by popular movies and TV shows of today, so I spent most of the film saying, "Oh, so THAT'S where that comes from." Matthew Broderick did a pretty good job in this film, although the character, Ferris Bueller gets on my nerves. He starts and end at the same place entirely, and he really doesn't grow as a character. That can be said about everyone in this movie, except for Ferris' friend Cameron. Cameron's transformation from the quiet, nervous, depressed individual he was to actually standing up to and defying his parents at the end left me very satisfied. Otherwise, this film is just fluff from the eighties. Very good and funny fluff, but fluff none the less. Check it out to see all the jokes you've probably been missing since you haven't seen this.

P.S. I know this is like a very well received movie for those who grew up in the eighties, so don't get offended if I didn't like this movie as much. It's not bad, just not as great as other movies of the time.


Go see "Inception". Now. Right now. I could spend the next hour and the next 24920 characters talking about this movie, but you really just need to experience it. Best movie of 2010. One of the best movies I've ever seen. Go now, watch this movie. Go.


Also, for those who have seen it: awake or dreaming at the end?

The Cooler
The Cooler(2003)

I feel bad for William H. Macy. All he ever gets is "down on his luck loser" roles. Between this, "Fargo", and "Wild Hogs" (the only movies I've seen with him in it), he plays the same character only with different jobs and people around him. Yes, he's good at it, but that's kinda depressing when he's good at playing losers. Anyway, "The Cooler" is OK. Maria Bello is hot and Alec Baldwin is pretty good in it, but it just doesn't have anything that endearing it it. Not bad, but not great. Worth a look if you want, but you won't be missing much if you pass on this one.

Beyond the Sea

This really wasn't that bad. Kevin Spacey, not only did his own singing and dancing, but also directed this film. That alone is impressive. Yes, Kate Bosworth wasn't that great and the plot was a bit ridiculous and bombastic at times, but it wasn't bad. Don't go out of your way, but it's not a waste of time to watch.

American Psycho

I was disappointed by this movie. I had heard good things, so I decided to check it out. Christian Bale is this movie. He gives a great performance and is the one thing that mad me enjoy this film. The first half is pretty good, and Bale's diatribe about Huey Lewis is one of the best scenes I've seen in a while. But the second half is a bit lacking, a bit preachy, and I really didn't like the open ending. Yes, I know, it lets the viewer decide the end, but I was looking for a bit more closure. Seeing that 90% of the RT Community find this film good, I'm in the minority and you might agree with the other 90%. But for me, it wasn't that great.


Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn are a great comedic duo. They both have great comedic timing with each one filling a specific role. Vaughn is the loose-cannon, while Favreau is more of the straight, nothing-but-business man. Vince eventually paired with Owen Wilson to the same effect, but Favreau is still a great actor.

"Made" is a great blend of comedy and mob drama. Yes, it's a very light take on mob dealings, and some of the drama is a bit lacking, but the funny bits are really good. Not comedy gold, but one entertaining movie that is very funny at parts. Recommended for a laugh.

Lord of War
Lord of War(2005)

I really enjoy these kinds of films. This is a lot like "Thank You For Smoking", only with guns instead of cigarettes. Also, "Lord Of War" is a much more serious commentary of the state of the world and it's arms dealers. Nicolas Cage is very good here, but the real stand-out for me was Jared Leto, who gave a great performance as Cage's brother. A bit preachy, but the story is solid. A nice character study that is worth watching.

Layer Cake
Layer Cake(2005)

British gangster movies are extremely underrated here in America. It's a shame too, because they are usually very entertaining. "Layer Cake" is no exception. It has a great plot, but it can get confusing at times with so many different characters having different objectives. All the actors, especially Daniel Craig, do a great job. Personally, I find it hard to distinguish some characters because of the way they talk, and the British accents can be hard to understand at certain points. If you're looking for action, you won't find it. The most you'll get is a chase scene and a couple of bullets. But if you want a good, complex story about honor, money, and power, "Layer Cake" is for you. Yes, "The Departed" and "Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels" are both better, but the performances and story make this one worth watching.

Monsters, Inc.

I loved this movie as a kid. It was funny, bright, colorful, and had a great story. Looking at it again for the first time in years, I still thinks it's great, but not as good as some of Pixar's other works. This one seems to be more geared towards children, while films like "Toy Story" and "Up" were meant for everybody. That being said, it's still cute, funny, and well worth the time to watch. If you have kids, or are just a kid at heart, you'll enjoy "Monsters, Inc."

The Wild One
The Wild One(1954)

One of Brando's best early movies along with "One The Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". It's actually quite funny at some points. Was relevant then, but can also be important to today's society. The whole idea of anarchy vs. mob rule vs. talking about everything is thoroughly analyzed here. A good movie from the 1950's, but not a must-see.

The Usual Suspects

Wow, just wow. You know, about halfway into this film, I thought, "OK, this is pretty good, but not the masterpiece that everyone says it is". By the end, I was proven completely wrong. I can't think of a bad part of it looking back. The performances are great all around, but Kevin Spacey is absolutely phenomenal as Verbal Kint. The directing is great, the script is fantastic, and plot is one of the best I've seen in a while. Some will complain about the ending and how unnecessarily complicated it is, but that's the point. This is one twisty knot of a story that doesn't simply tell the viewer everything until the very end, which I found extremely effective. Highly recommended. I haven't been blown away by a movie like this in a long time.

Old Dogs
Old Dogs(2009)

Did you really expect this movie to be good? Honestly. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel. It's silly, it's stupid, it's dumb, it juvenile. It's poorly written and poorly directed. There are a couple humorous moments and that's about it.

The biggest shame though is how far John Travolta and Robin Williams have fallen. Both were very good actors in their own rights with great performances in several different films. You can tell that they're past their prime and it's a shame that they don't get many good roles anymore. Then there's good actors like Matt Dillon and Justin Long who got suckered into doing this movie. And then there's Seth Green, a comedy genius with the creation of "Robot Chicken", who is way better than this film. You're wasting your talent, Seth.

But now I'm rambling. Long story short, "Old Dogs" isn't very good. Not the worst movie of all time, not the worst of 2009, but close. I don't recommend it.


I have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER seen a more gruesome, disgusting movie. I am literally sick to my stomach right now, and I was wincing and gagging the last half hour. If you cannot handle blood, gore, and really disturbing content, DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!!

Now that that's out of the way: I can actually review this. A few years ago, I was talking to some friends and said that the two movies I would never watch were "Saw" and "Hostel". Now, I have seen and enjoyed (for the most part) all six "Saw" films and just got done watching this. I do not plan on seeing the sequel.

Now I've seen some disturbing films: all the "Saw" films, "Hard Candy", "Cabin Fever", and "Antichrist", and they all have some freaky stuff in it. And for the first hour of this film, I thought it was gruesome but restrained, like director Eli Roth's previous film, "Cabin Fever". I thought that the story was decent, but believable, and the horror and gore simply helped the story develop. Yes it was really, really bloody, but like "Saw" it was mainly to advance the story forward.

And then the last half hour happened, and I lost all faith in the movie. It truly became "torture-porn". While "Saw" has ridiculous amounts of blood and guts, I never felt like it sacrificed the story for the gore. The same goes for films like "Antichrist", which was the most messed-up thing ever (besides this movie), but I could still find the story gripping even thought the violence was brutal. Here, it just seems like they said, "Screw it, the plot is set, let's just go all out on the gore." That's what ruined a somewhat decent movie for me.

Up until the end, I thought it was a bit better than "Cabin Fever", but I can honestly say that it is worse. If you're looking for "Saw"-like horror that's gruesome, but not at the expense of story, don't watch "Hostel". But if you want nothing but disgusting gore and blood than by all means go ahead, because I plan on never watching this again. Ever.

One last note: I'm still feeling sick and the movie ended about half and hour ago. IT'S THAT MESSED UP.

The Road
The Road(2009)

Creepy, depressing, and very hard to watch, "The Road" surprised me. My mom read the book and hated it, so I was a bit hesitant about watching the film version. The first half hour or so was not very good: it's bleak, empty, and boring. After that though, the movie picked up and by the end, I really starting caring about the characters and the choices they made. Stunning visuals throughout and great turns by all the principal players. Definitely not for everybody, but worth looking into if you have the chance.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

I barely enjoyed this movie at all. The performances by Sean Penn and Don Cheadle were both good, but I could only sympathize with Cheadle's character in the film. Penn's Samuel Bicke just came off as a hypocrite the whole movie. (SPOILER ALERT) He talks about how he will only be honest, but he lies about being married in order to get his job as the furniture salesman. He wants to run a honest business, but steals from his brother before he finds out about his loan. The most annoying scene was when he complains about not getting a loan because the bank members are racist because he has a black partner. Didn't he think for a moment that maybe they didn't think it was a good idea, or maybe they were told that he acted completely off-the-wall in his interview? These all could have been it, but nope, he thinks it's racism and the film runs with it.

That's my biggest complaint with this movie, it's just so preachy and condescending. I get the point of this film, about the American Dream, and honesty, and the problem with big businessmen, but it just seems so "holier than thou" about it. Yes, most businessmen and the President at the time were corrupt, but there were other people who worked hard, honest lives to make it in this country. But instead of mentioning that, the filmmaker decided it would be better to comment on the life of one hypocritical, preachy man in his plot to kill Nixon.

If you like Sean Penn, you will enjoy this movie because he gives a very good performance. But I can't recommend this movie for any other reason than that. It's just preachy, depressing (in a bad way), and downright mean.

Get Shorty
Get Shorty(1995)

One of those "watch it once and never see it again" movies. It's funny at parts, but it's mainly boring and really doesn't go anywhere. The ending is worth it though. The last 15 minutes are the best in the whole film. Like I said, watch it once if you want, but once is enough.

Batman Begins

Let me say this up front: No, "Batman Begins" isn't as good as "The Dark Knight". Now that we have that out of the way, we can continue.

The sad thing is that a lot of people compare this film to the greatness that is it's sequel when they should really judge this on it's own merits. Christopher Nolan did a great job bringing back this franchise from the absolute lowest pit imaginable ("Batman And Robin", anyone?). After two films of nothing but pure drama, "Memento" and "Insomnia", it's nice to see him go out of his element a bit to make an action movie.

What makes this work is that he chooses to focus on how the Batman story could really happen (i.e. somewhat realistic villains, weapons, and scenarios). He has chosen to not use any of the over-the-top enemies in the Batman canon, like Mr. Freeze or Poison Ivy, and instead uses characters who have no super-powers, just evil.

One of the reasons I think that "The Dark Knight" was more well-reviewed, besides Heath Ledger and the overall production value being higher, was the fact that Batman met someone of his caliber. All he fights here are a bunch of thugs and a completely underused Scarecrow. I mean, for an origin story, fighting crime bosses and henchmen are OK, but one of the biggest flaws of this film is how they tossed Scarecrow aside. They could have devoted an entire movie to him and made it like a horror film, but instead, he's on-screen for 10 minutes here and 2 for the sequel. It's a shame because Cillian Murphy could have done a great job as the character let loose on the entire city of Gotham.

The rest of the cast is very good, with one exception. Ah yes, Katie Holmes. She's not a bad actress, but I just can't take her seriously. She looks like she's 14 the entire movie and all her dialogue sounds like pouting. Christian Bale did a good job here, although that Batman voice does get a bit old after a while. The rest of the cast (Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and a dynamite Michael Caine) are all great as well, though they all get upstaged by the late Mr. Ledger in "The Dark Knight".

Also, you can tell that Nolan didn't have a lot of experience with action-movie directing at the time of shooting this. I love the fact that he used very little CGI shots and that everything was filmed live, but his editing is a bit poor, and some of the fights seem jumbled and confusing. Just a little complaint, but not enough to ruin anything.

One interesting note is the use of color. As seen in the poster to your left and throughout the film, the color yellow/orange is used a ton while in the sequel, the predominate color was blue. I don't know if this is symbolic, but I noticed it and thought I'd share it with you. (If the villain for the third installment is The Riddler, which it probably will be, expect the color palette to be mainly green.)

So overall, "Batman Begins" is a great film that is overshadowed by it's follow-up. While it isn't as good as "The Dark Knight", it isn't supposed to be. It kick-started the Batman franchise out of it's horrible state and got it on the track to make the sequel one of the great movies of the past decade. When it comes to completing that task, "Batman Begins" passed with flying colors.

Cool Hand Luke

I know I'm in the minority, but I didn't think that this was amazing. It's not horrible, but parts of it just dragged on and got very repetitive. I guess that's the point, but it just bugged me. Paul Newman and George Kennedy saved this movie for me. Both of them give great performances, especially Kennedy. He definitely deserved his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. As a whole though, it's decent, and that's about it. Like I said, I'm in the minority, so you might like it more. But I personally thought it was a bit of a letdown.

Lords of Dogtown

I wish I could have lived in the seventies. Well, at least the seventies as portrayed in this film. Nothing but great music, hot chicks, sex, drugs, booze, and skateboarding. But look beyond that, and "Lord Of Dogtown" is still fun and compelling. Great performances all around. The story, even though based on a true story, is a bit predictable, but still enough to keep you interested. Awesome editing and AMAZING soundtrack. Some might say that it's not enjoyable to those who have no interest in skateboard. I personally have no interest in skateboarding, but the feeling of freedom and recklessness had me loving this film. I haven't seen "Dogtown and Z-Boys", the documentary based on the same story, to compare the two, even though the latter is supposedly better. I'll have to see for myself, but as it stands "Lords Of Dogtown" is worth your time.

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

Not as good as the original, but pretty darn close. The humor is still there, the characters are still charming, and the visuals still look amazing 11 years later (especially on Blu-Ray). I love all the nods to other Pixar works and the "adult" jokes are even funnier than the "kid" jokes. The only thing I found lacking was the story. It's not bad, but it's not as endearing or as memorable as the first "Toy Story".

The one way that "Toy Story 2" improves over the first one is how emotional it is. Honestly, when Sarah McLachlan sings "When She Loved Me", I bawl every time. Yeah, call me a wuss, but you tell me the last time you've been moved by a computer generated cartoon film made primarily for elementary school kids.

Long story short, "Toy Story 2" is great. Not perfect, not as good as "Toy Story", but great. See it so you can be caught up for the third installment, which I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE!!! Seriously, I've been waiting eleven years to see this movie, I grew up with the original, and I really hope it can live up to the first two. Check back sometime next week to see my review of "Toy Story 3". In the meantime, if you haven't seen the first two, get on that. Now.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

So yeah, "Prince Of Persia". OK, it's painfully average in every way. Jake Gyllenhaal is decent, Gemma Arterton is a babe, but not a great actress, and the rest of the cast is passable, I guess. The action is OK, but nothing revolutionary. To be honest, I didn't think this was going to be great going in, but with Mike Newell (director of "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire", which is one of my favorite of the Potter films) at the helm, I thought it would be decent.

Maybe I'm judging this a bit harsh because I just got out of seeing "The A-Team" before seeing this and compared to that, it was really lacking. Also, this was billed as the successor to the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" PG-13 Disney epic, but it barely lives up to the second and third installments of that series (it's not even close to the first "Pirates" film).

The action is a mixed bag, the acting is cheesy, and the ending will tick you off, I know I got a bit annoyed by it. Maybe you'll like it more than I did, but there are definitely better films to spend your money on right now **cough cough "The A-Team" cough cough**

The A-Team
The A-Team(2010)

Awesome movie. Some of the most fun I've had watching a film this year since "Kick-Ass". I love the action, the humor, the cinematography. That's all fine and good, but what really sells this movie for me is the chemistry between the four leads. Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quintin "Rampage" Jackson, and Sharlto Copley really work well together and play off each other really well. Neeson works his wise, bad-ass charm, Cooper is still as funny as ever, and Jackson actually has some decent acting chops. But the real star is Copley who is balls-to-the-wall crazy and completely hilarious. With only two films under his belt, the other being the brilliant "District 9" where he improvised all his dialogue, this guy is definitely one to watch and one of my new favorite actors.

So, wrapping up, if you want fun, excitement, and humor to beat the summer heat, look no farther than "The A-Team". I pity the fool who misses out on this (sorry... I couldn't help myself. I had to get some sort of pun in here somewhere).


Just got done watching it, but I don't plan on seeing it again. I know it's supposed to be dark, but damn, that was really, really dark. Especially having been out of high school for only two years and still in college, I understand what this is about and how poignant this is. I didn't enjoy it as I was watching it, but after the fact, it's not bad. Not great, but not horrible.

Christian Slater is the movie for me. He made every scene great and gave a terrific performance. He reminds me of a Joker-esque character in the fact that he spreads chaos for no reason and has no other purpose but to prove a point about society. I'm not saying he's even close to being as creepy or awesome as Heather Ledger's Joker, but the similarity is there. The rest of the cast is just OK.

I wouldn't really recommend this movie if you want entertainment. I really didn't find it that funny. Definitely some thought-provoking stuff though. I know that most people thought it was great, but I just can't give this more than a 50%. I'm torn because the moral and message moved me a lot, but the film itself was sub-par in it's delivery. Call it personal taste or the fact that I liked the message more than the film itself, but I really didn't enjoy watching this.

Get Him to the Greek

Really disappointing. With names like Judd Apatow, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, and Russell Brand attached to this film, I was really looking forward to it. What I expected was balls-to-the-wall rock and roll excess humor on a grand scale. What I got was a bit of that excess mixed with the traditional blend of awkward comedy that is so popular nowadays.

Now don't get me wrong, awkward comedy has it's places. Films like "Superbad" and "I Love You, Man" worked because of the level of awkwardness present. But movies like "Get Him To The Greek" don't need this to be funny. There is more than enough lampooning that can be done about the rock star lifestyle. Some of that is accomplished here, but most of it is squandered for more and more scenes filled with awkward dialogue and scenarios.

It's not all bad though. The cameos from many famous music stars, especially Diddy, are hilarious. You can tell that they were all for making fun of themselves and their work. Ironically, the songs from the fake band Infant Sorrow actually worked really well and were quite funny. They stole the movie in my opinion. Additionally, I enjoyed Brand's performance, but not his character. His swagger and demeanor are great, but it's wasted here.

But perhaps my biggest complaint is how much is left out that was previously seen in the trailers and commercials. I know that there are some things that are removed in the final cut that were in the trailers, and that's fine. But there's so much material that looked hilarious that was missing. The scene where they go jogging, gone. The shot of someone jumping off a cliff with a backpack, not present. The description of "Mexican Jonas Brothers" and "Flush-Tones", absent. Hell, the scene from the red-band trailer that made me want to see this movie, involving Mr. Hill, a blonde woman, and a large white object is in the film, but the line about cleaning said object that had me dying laughing ended up on the cutting room floor (check the trailer if you don't believe me).

Overall, "Get Him To The Greek" was disappointing. Not really funny, not very good. If anyone, like the critics, says that this is the next "The Hangover", I'd like to know what movie they saw, because this certainly doesn't deserve that title.

Thank You for Smoking

I love this film. Smart, hilarious, witty, clever. I can't give it enough praise. Harvey Dent, uh, I mean Aaron Eckhart, is absolutely fantastic and every other member of the cast is astounding. It's great how a movie can make a push towards free-will and making your own choices. Delving deeper for information is the only way to be informed. Going in, I though this was going to be good, but I was delighted by what I saw. Jason Reitman should be proud to create such a masterpiece. I have to see "Juno" and "Up In The Air" now because I can't believe that this genius can only last through one film. Highly, highly recommended for anyone who enjoys an intelligent, well-made film.

Wall Street
Wall Street(1987)

Oliver Stone is one of those filmmakers that I enjoy, but don't really agree with. I've seen both "Platoon" and "World Trade Center" and have enjoyed both of them, but I was never compelled to see "The Doors", "Alexander", or "W." However, I can happily say that "Wall Street" was great and is definitely my favorite picture done by Mr. Stone.

Michael Douglas did an amazing job with the character of Gordon Gekko and Charlie Sheen isn't bad either. The supporting cast is great including stand-outs like Hal Holbrook and Terence Stamp, even though they only have bit parts. Yes, it's a bit preachy, but that should be expected in an Oliver Stone film. A great cautionary tale for anyone looking to go into the stock market. Not flawless, but one of the better pictures that defines the 1980's. Highly recommended.


Really, really weird. Darren Aronofsky was always one of those directors that I wanted to get into, but never did. "Pi", his first film, is pretty good. The filmmaking itself is impressive: how he edits and sets up shots is quite good. The story is intriguing, all about numbers and mathematics in the world. But there was one thing I was missing: closure. The movie doesn't really end, it just stops. *MILD SPOILERS* I wanted to know what Max's take on the number was, but it doesn't hurt the film that much. It's one of those films that just hooks you by it's premise and leaves you to make sense of the proceedings and ending; that's what kept me going through it. I'll probably watch it again to get the full scope of it; I recommend you do the same.

One last interesting tidbit: the film's running time is 1 hour, 23 minutes and 45 seconds. 1:23:45. Mr. Aronofsky, you clever devil...


Let me start off by warning you: this is a very difficult film to watch. Some of the most disturbing and gut-wrenching scenes ever. But does that make it a bad film? No, no it doesn't.

If you have the stomach for it "Antichrist" is definitely worth your time. Despite being repulsive and horrifying, it is continually engaging. Messed up, but worth watching more. I'm not going to give away any of the story, but let's just say that it's about dealing with the loss of a loved one. And that's all I'm going to say.

Long story short, if you don't mind seeing really, really freaky and disturbing content, you might enjoy "Antichrist". But if you don't, stay away. Stay far, far away.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

This has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time. I have seen it so many times as a kid, and I just watched it again tonight for the first time in years. This is one of those films that anyone can enjoy. It has the charming story and gags for kids, the really, really great adult jokes that parents love, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Pixar has never, ever made a bad film; this is the one that started it all. If you haven't seen this movie yet, stop what you are doing, go out, and buy it. Now. I'm not kidding. Get off the computer, go to the store (I don't care if it's closed), buy it and watch it. Or watch it on TV. Or a friend's copy. Or online. I don't care as long as you find a way to see it. Even if you've seen it before, watch it again. I guarantee there will be something you missed or forgot (there was plenty I did). Anyways, thank you Pixar for making one of the greatest films of all time.


I really love Woody Allen. He reminds me of one of my uncles who currently lives and grew up in Brooklyn. I love the humor of this film. Woody has great timing and knows how to write a great screenplay. Being from the city, I love the cinematography; it really captures the city beautifully. Great decision filming in black and white.

The plot is a bit simple, but I see this movie as a love-letter to New York City itself and no matter who Woody dates in his films, his one true love will always be the city. Cast is good, with Meryl Streep in a great supporting role, and the dialogue is great. A bit boring and mundane at times, and it can also get a bit preachy (but I think that was on purpose). Solid film. Ranks up with "Annie Hall" as one of Woody's best.

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

I don't understand where all the hate is coming from. "Eagle Eye" isn't that bad. In fact, I really enjoyed it. Saw it in theaters and thought it was good, so I bought it on DVD and it still holds up. Shia LaBeouf isn't that bad, even though he's just repeating his whole "Transformers" behavior again, and the rest of the cast holds their own. Yes, the plot is "preposterous", but it's something that makes you think in the techno-crazed times we live in. Nothing revolutionary, just the kind of film where you turn your brain off and go along for the ride. Recommended if you have the opportunity, but isn't worth going out of the way for.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

My brother is a die-hard Star Wars fan. He loves everything Star Wars related: movies, books, video games, the works. I have seen all six films in the series and have enjoyed them all, some more than others. So we watched this tonight.

Let me say up-front, it could have been A LOT worse. No, it doesn't even comes close to Episodes IV, V, or VI, and doesn't even live up to the standards of I, II, and III, but it isn't terrible. Die-hards are going to hate it, like everything since "Return Of The Jedi", but this isn't for them.

If you go see this film, prepare for an action-heavy story with great special effects and battle sequences. But at the same time, expect some dodgy CGI, poor voices, a over-complicated plot, and some of the most annoying dialogue ever. Yes, the whole Padawan/Master relationship is new and different, but does every line from Anakin and Ahsoka need to be banter. Seriously.

Yes the series isn't what it used to be, but "The Clone Wars" isn't necessarily "bad". Purists stay away, but as long as you don't have to pay money to see it, it's not a complete waste of time. Hopefully, George Lucas will realize that it's time to stop milking this franchise. Don't get me wrong, I love the films, but enough is enough, man. Sometimes, even a great tale needs to end.

My Cousin Vinny

Really funny movie. Joe Pesci and Maarisa Tomei do a great job as your typical Guido New Yorkers. Having been born in New York and now currently living in a rural Southern town, I really appreciate the humor of this film. The culture shock is really evident here. I could watch this over and over and still laugh. Not perfect, but close to it.

Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever(2002)

Actually not that bad. No, it isn't a classic, but it's pretty entertaining. The horror elements are really gory and disgusting, but there's this underlying sense of humor that can be quite funny at times. Eli Roth did a great job with this one, and his cameos in the film are hilarious (if you know what he looks like). Worth watching.

Spirited Away

Now this is more like it. My review of "Howl's Moving Castle" got people a little riled up, but let me say this: "Spirited Away" is absolutely gorgeous. Miyazaki really created a classic with this one. I am so glad that I did not give up on anime, because I became fully engrossed in the universe of this film. All of the characters are strong, the animation is awesome, and the story is great. I really can't think of anything wrong with it. Absolutely stunning from beginning to end. If you aren't moved at one point or another in this film, you have no soul. Do yourself a favor, find this and watch it.


This has got to be one of my favorite action movies of all-time. So much fun. The action in breathtaking, the humor is great, the acting is pretty good, the plot is twisty. Not a masterpiece, but very, very, very fun. Have seen it several times now, and every time it stays fresh and exciting. Definitely watch this one.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Damn, this was a good film. Jack Nicholson shines as a member of a psychiatric ward who doesn't need to be there and is willing to do whatever he can to cause problems and upset the establishment. Louise Fletcher does a great job playing the manipulative, cold, stone-faced Nurse Ratched. The battle between the two forces is astounding to watch.

What is creepy is the fact that the "insane" patients are sometimes more in-tune to reality than the "normal" doctors and wardens. This message is a great reminder of how having an over-bearing establishment can be a huge downfall to society.

Another interesting thing to note is that you have to wonder if the doctors are actually harming the patients instead of helping them. The big twist with Nicholson's character at the end is one example, but (SPOILER ALERT) when Billy emerges after his "fun" to face Nurse Ratched, he doesn't speak with a stutter at all while the other members of the ward applaud him. He has confidence and seems to be a regular kid. But as soon as Miss Ratched starts glaring at him and making threats, he degenerates into his former self. Kinda makes you think.

But all analysis aside, this is a great film. Great performances, great screenplay, great chemistry between the characters. Deserves to be one of the classics from the 1970's.

Tropic Thunder

This is one of those films that causes my opinion to change every time I see it. I went by myself to see this (while my brother was seeing "Star Wars: The Clone Wars") and I thought it was hilarious. I died laughing constantly. When I bought it on DVD, every time I watched it, it became less and less funny. Now, I realize that this isn't laugh-out-loud humor; this is a stark, biting satire of Hollywood.

Everything that could be skewered, is. Ben Stiller did a great job as writer/director/star and this is probably one of my favorite movies he's in. Everyone in the cast is great from Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. (in an Oscar nominated role he deserved) to lesser parts like Steve Coogan and Bill Hader. And yes, even Matthew McConaughey isn't that bad, but this is the only film that I will say that about. Overall, a really funny movie, but if you're expecting anything less than hard satire and parody, you won't be satisfied.

Hard Candy
Hard Candy(2006)

Watched after a recommendation from a friend of mine. One twisted, disturbing, suspenseful film. Both Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are very good and the story will keep you hooked until the last scene. One little tidbit: director David Slade created a pretty good film, given that this is his debut as a feature director. Prior to this, he directed several music videos for Muse (which is awesome) and is set to direct the upcoming "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (which I have no interest in). Not a classic, but definitely one wrenching story that is worth your time.


One of the first comic book movies that started the popularity of the genre. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold up as well as others do. The fight in and around the Statue of Liberty is awesome, but the rest of the film is a bit slow. Not as good as the first sequel and the Spider-Man or Batman films, but definitely entertaining. The very definition of a Summer matinee popcorn flick. See it so that you can understand the plot of the improved second installment.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

I was not looking forward to watching this. The premise scared the crap out of me. After watching it, I realized I was worried over nothing. It's definitely creepy, but not really scary. It doesn't have the whole "loud noise jump scare" of most movies now. However, the idea behind this film, being killed in your sleep, is a great one. Sadly, it really isn't a "great" film. I don't plan on watching the sequels or remake, and neither should you. But this one is definitely worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is about.


This movie was hilarious. One of the funniest I've seen in a while. So many quotable lines. The only thing holding it back is how awkward it is. Some people may like it, but I find it excruciating sitting through some of the awkward situations. Definitely worth checking out as soon as you can.


No, I'm not gonna say it. But it really was. "Kick-Ass" lives up to it's name. It's brutal, funny, suspenseful, and just all around awesome. I really hope that if for some reason they do make a sequel, it can live up to the original's standards. Sorry Scorsese, but I have a new #1 film of 2010 so far.

As a side note, just a movie thing in general, I have found that movies released earlier in the year end up turning into some of the best for the entire year. For example, last year "Watchmen" came out in March, and that was my favorite film of 2009 until "District 9" was released in August. And this year, both "Kick-Ass" and "Shutter Island" prove that this year is off to a great start at the movies. It's gonna be hard beating these two.

But back to the film at hand, go see "Kick-Ass". It's really worth it. I plan on buying it on DVD when it comes out, and I haven't said that in a while. While not a masterpiece that deserves a 100%, it definitely deserves a look.

The Prince of Egypt

Let me start off by talking about the two things I enjoyed in this film. First of all, the visuals are absolutely stunning. One of the best hand-drawn, animated movies I've ever seen. My hat is tipped to the artists and animators for their amazing work. Secondly, I enjoyed the music during the chariot scene. And that's about it.

As a whole, this movie was underwhelming. I'm kind of biased, since I love "The Ten Commandments", but I went in with an open mind and was still disappointed. My biggest complaint is the plot. Yes, we all know the story of Exodus, but the filmmakers tried to condense that sprawling tale into a 74 minute picture. The problem this causes is that the whole film feels rushed. Every song seems half-finished, every character is under-developed. Hell, they barely go into all the different plagues and the creation of the Ten Commandments is barely seen as an after thought. I know this was intended as a film for kids, but come on, by adding about 20 more minutes of film to delve deeper into the story, this movie would be so much better, and it would still be only an hour and a half long.

I know a lot of people loved this movie, but it wasn't for me. Give it a look for the animation alone, but don't expect much else besides that.


The first time I saw "9", I was disappointed. I went to a late night show and had to pay $10 for a 72 minute film that was completely average. Watching "9" again at home, I can appreciate it for what it really is. Director Shane Acker has done an amazing job creating a creative and visually stunning movie. The images on-screen are jaw-dropping at points and the atmosphere really sucks you in. The plot is decent, it feels like an animated version of the "Terminator" franchise, but it holds up.

I find it refreshing to see a film that is completely CG and yet expresses very mature and adult tones. Don't get me wrong, I love Pixar movies, but it's also nice to change things up from the bright and cheerful into a place that is dark, bleak, and haunting. "9" does that.

In conclusion, was "9" worth my $10? No. But is it worth a view? Yes. Go in with an open mind, give it a shot, and it will take you on a ride.

Shutter Island

If you've been following my reviews, first of all thank you, but more importantly you can see that I have found all the Scorsese movies I've seen to be very good. All except for "Raging Bull", which is perfect. While "Shutter Island" doesn't reach those heights, it does rank as a great film all it's own. Very creepy with a twisting plot that keeps you guessing to the very end, literally. At some points it's slow and plodding, but this is a Martin Scorsese movie, so I've come to expect that. Definitely worth a look and as it stands, this is my #1 movie of 2010. So far at least...

Battle Royale

Let me start off by saying that "Battle Royale", the novel, is one of my favorite books of all time. And so when I heard there was a movie and that it was one of Quentin Tarantino's personal favorites, I had to give it a look. And boy do I regret it.

"Battle Royale", isn't a "bad movie", just an extremely disappointing one. Any fan of the book will be annoyed by many of the changes made (CONSIDER THIS YOUR SPOILER ALERT). One of the best parts of the novel was the fact that you learned about each of the 42 characters on a personal level and could identify with any number of them. I know that this is impossible to accomplish in a film, but I still wish they would have elaborated a bit more. Secondly, I hated the way they treated the teacher. In the book, he's this cold individual who shows no emotion besides blind rage, where as here, he comes of as a complete nutjob. But perhaps my biggest complaint is how they handled Shogo Kawada and Kazuo Kiriyama. In the book, they're just regular students with their own problems, but in the film, they were "added to the game to make it more interesting" which is complete crap. Kazuo in the book was especially creepy and had a crazy backstory that didn't get mentioned at all here. And when the two finally fight after 90 minutes of buildup of how ruthless Kazuo is, Shogo kills him in about 10 seconds. Absolute garbage.

The political subtext is gone. The thoughts of rebellion are barely present. How everyone is affected by everyone elses's choices is almost completely gone. All this film is is action and blood tied together by a good premise from the book, but poor execution. You personally might be like Mr. Tarantino and like the film, but if you loved the book like me, you'll be disappointed.

P.S. If i get called a "fanboy" for this, I'm sorry. I just can't stand to see a great book turn into a mediocre film.


Pretty good movie. It's not one of my personal favorites, but I sure did enjoy it. Brad Pitt and Eric Bana are both fantastic and I found myself rooting for both of them throughout the course of the film. Great effects, great action, solid plot: what's not to like? Definitely a step up from the recent "Clash Of The Titans" remake, but nowhere near as good as the epicness that is "Gladiator" when it comes to the "swords-and-sandals" films. Recommended that you give this one a look.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I know that I'm going against the grain a little bit here, but I didn't think that this was a comedy goldmine like everyone else seems to believe. Don't get me wrong, part of the film is absolutely hilarious, but as a whole I felt a bit unsatisfied.

"Silly" and "random" pretty much describes this movie. That's part of what makes this film work and also hurts it a bit. Some of the funniest parts come completely out of left field and are well worth the silliness. But other scenes drag on too long and are completely pointless. And for a 90 minute movie, I felt myself looking at the clock way too often. Not bad, but not outstanding. Worth a look for the memorable parts at least. Maybe you'll appreciate the humor more than me, but I can't guarantee it.


First things first: GREAT MUSIC. Some of the best "musical" songs of heard in a while. As for the film itself, it's not bad. Not great, but not bad. Renee Zellweger is the low point for me; all her dialogue sounds like she's a spoiled, whining brat, and only one of her songs show off her talent. The rest of the cast is great, especially Richard Gere and an underrated John C. Reilly. While Reilly deservedly got nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, Gere got completely snubbed. If it's true that the whole cast did all their own singing and dancing, bravo. Definitely worth it for the music alone, but take away that and it's just average.

The Boondock Saints

Definitely entertaining. Not the best action movie ever, but a pretty good one. A bunch of my friends love this movie and it seems to be a cult film among many. As it stands, it's a good shoot-em-up action movie that anime fans will recognize as "Death Note" set in Boston. Moral choices can be talked about, but probably won't be by the audience of this film. It's all about balls to the wall action and violence with a good dash of humor and shock laughs. Check it out, but it's nothing extremely spectacular.

Repo Men
Repo Men(2010)

Good idea and decent cast wasted on subpar film. Parts of it were really good and exciting while the rest of it felt slow and unnecessary. Worth a rental, maybe a matinee, but definitely underwhelming.


Everyone is prejudiced. That seems to be the theme of this movie. Both deeply moving and emotionally powerful, this is one good film. Great performances all around and a great choice of setting in L.A. Was a sleeper win for Best Picture in 2005, but I believe it was well deserved. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you really should.


"Epic" doesn't begin to describe this movie. Come to think of it, neither does the word "Amazing". One of the best movies I've seen since "L.A. Confidential" and definitely one of my new favorites. Everything from the cinematography to the drama to the action is great. And Russell Crowe is completely spectacular. I know I'm gonna make the fanboys angry, but personally, this comes close to being as good as "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, if not better. Watch this film. Please. I'm begging you. It will be worth it. And you will thank me later.

The French Connection

Average film. I know that everyone says that this is brilliant and it's on the AFI's 100 Best Films list, but personally I think it's just OK. While everything during and after the famous car chase is taut and exciting, the rest of it before that is mediocre and a little slow. Though this was one of the first "detective who will stop at nothing for justice" movies of it's time, there have been many since that have been better. "Dirty Harry" for example is a much better movie than this, even though it's central story and character was probably lifted from this film. Give it a look, it's worth checking out, but don't be surprised if you realize that you've seen better.

Gangs of New York

Just about as good as "The Departed" is. It's pretty much the same story of revenge and gangsters, mentors and police. And once again the Irish are involved. Daniel Day-Lewis is incredible as usual and Leo is pretty good. Why Cameron Diaz is in a Scorsese movie is beyond me, but she's not too bad. Once again, the cinematography is outstanding and the soundtrack is awesome (seriously, if you like the music in the film, buy some Afro Celt Sound System. You'll thank me later.) Some parts of it dragged, but the parts that were exciting were well worth the wait. And the shot of the World Trade Center at the end still gives me goosebumps. Overall, a solid movie, but "Raging Bull" is still Scorsese's best.

The Blind Side

THIS is nominated for Best Picture? Really? I find that hard to believe because this film is your typical "feel-good" story that has Sandra Bullock playing "the white woman that saves the world" and has nothing much to offer besides that. Seriously, this is your general rags-to-riches tale that has been done a million times before, and most of them have been better. "Remember The Titans" is better, "Radio" is better, "Rudy" is better. If you want your fix of football schmaltz, watch those instead. As it stands, this is just another movie that became popular because Sandra Bullock is in it. I'm not trying to knock the story of Michael Oher, but as a whole, the movie isn't that great.

Couples Retreat

Meh. That's about all that can be said when it comes to "Couples Retreat". There are a few genuinely funny moments, but it mostly feels like Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau (who write and star) are mainly using all the jokes then couldn't fit in any of their other, better movies. You could do worse, but you could also do a lot better than watching this.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

Great movie. Though the story is hard to follow early on, once you get into it, it's a gripping and twisting gangster tale. Good acting, marvelous directing, amazing camerawork. One of the best soundtracks to a film I've seen in a long time. Almost every song is chosen perfectly, and me being a music geek, I can appreciate a good ear. Though I personally like "Raging Bull" better it's still one of Scorsese's best.

The only reason this didn't score higher for me was that a very similar movie was made a few years earlier that told a similar tale about police and gangsters, "L.A. Confidential", which I enjoyed much more. If you have to see only one crime/gangster film, I would recommend "Confidential" or either of the first two "Godfather" movies. Not to take away from "The Departed" though. It's still a great film, but there are others in the genre that are better.

The Secret of NIMH

There's a problem growing up as a Disney kid. All throughout my childhood, and even now, I have been programmed to respond favorably to Disney's animated movies. Not that this is a bad thing, but it make it harder to appreciate other supposedly "great" animated films made by other movie studios. Such is the case with "The Secret Of NIMH". While everyone says that it is a great film, I couldn't really get into it. The story about the rats themselves is interesting but other characters such as the shrew and the crow got on my nerves as soon as they appeared on screen. Though I personally didn't enjoy this film, I'm sure that many others do. It's definitely worth a look, but if like you're like me and grew up in a Disney world, you may find this to not be in your liking.

The Stepfather

Actually a pretty good movie. A lot of critics didn't like it, and I haven't seen the original to be the judge of if it's better, but on its own it's not a bad film. The ending is a bit ridiculous and parts of it had me yelling at the screen at how stupid the characters acted, but overall I enjoyed it.

Dear John
Dear John(2010)

The parts of this movie where Channing Tatum interacts with his father are really great and moving pieces. However, the parts where he deals with his selfish girlfriend/lover are annoying and tiring. Since only 30% of the movie is the first part, only 30% of the movie is good.

Inglourious Basterds

This is a great film. Brad Pitt is both awesome and hilarious as Lt. Aldo Raine and Christoph Waltz is spectacular as Col. Hans Landa. The first time I saw this in theaters, I thought that parts of the movie dragged. But watching it again on DVD, I can really feel the tension of every scene and how it keeps you on edge throughout. One of the best of 2009 and an amazing picture.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)

Thought the book was better. Will Smith isn't bad and the action is OK, but overall not that great. Kind of disappointed because I wanted this one to be good. Oh well.

District 9
District 9(2009)

Great movie. One of the best of 2009. Great action and smart story. Can watch over and over and still get blown away by the action. Check this one out.


OK, I was hesitant about watching this, but it was pretty good. Some moments had me dying with laughter, others had me wanting to puke. Definitely offensive and extremely crude. Like "Borat" it has a few spectacular scenes, while the rest is just mediocre. Recommended only if you appreciate/enjoy this kind of humor.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

Absolutely hilarious film. One of the few movies I can watch more than once and still enjoy. Seen it four times with four different groups of people, and each time I find something new that's funny. Great humor and great acting in one of the funniest comedies I've seen.


Great movie. Amazing fight scenes with beautiful cinematography. A little confusing when it comes to all the flashbacks and which ones actually happened, but the story is very sound. Great visuals and killer action, what's not to love?

Howl's Moving Castle

I know I'm going against the norm, but I couldn't get into this movie. I'm not the biggest fan of anime and other movies like this, but some of my friends have told me that all of Miyazaki's movies are great, so I gave this one a try. While the animation is great and some scenes are really good, the movie as a whole didn't get me excited. I'll probably look into some of Miyazaki's other films, but this one didn't do it for me.

Youth in Revolt

If "Fight Club" met a romantic comedy, this is what would happen. Funny and sweet with Michael Cera being awkward as usual. Not bad, but not fantastic either.

L.A. Confidential

Just saw for the first time today. Absolutely phenomenal film. Everyone from Russell Crowe to Kevin Spacey to James Cromwell to Danny DeVito is incredible. Twisting plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire movie. Definitely check this one out.