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Nine
Nine (2009)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I can't quite recommend Rob Marshall's Nine but I'm going to recommend its soundtrack. This film truly has the best soundtrack of the year. And, there are some other things that work -- like the superb cast, I thought that Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Marian Cotillard, and Judi Dench were all wonderful in their roles... the only qualm that I had with the ensemble is Kate Hudson but she isn't given enough screen time to put much of a damper on things. Her slight performance really clashed with the whole vibe of the picture. Whenever she'd appear on screen she'd manage to pull me out of the picture. She strikes me as being a 21st century woman playing dress up in 60s garb. The main problem with the picture is the fact that I just didn't care about Guido Contini and I didn't really like him either. Not only is he an unsympathetic figure, he's also a boring figure. So, it's a musical about a despicable bore. Yawn. The rest of the production is sexy as hell. The women, the cinematography, the clothes, the sets, and the locations. It's a gaudy bauble that dazzles but quickly evaporates once the film plays out its final reel.

Alice in Wonderland
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I wanted to like this more than I did. Tim Burton is a mad genius. He rarely disappoints me. The only time I haven't liked a Tim Burton film... well, I wasn't too fond of Corpse Bride. Instances like that have been rare. I loved his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (some of you, didn't, I get that). I thought that Alice in Wonderland was a perfect choice for him and so I was eagerly anticipating his take on it. What goes wrong? The flaccid script fails to deliver on the same level as the visuals. Burton has always had this problem and usually I'm willing to overlook it but here it just really felt empty. And, come to think of it, Burton failed miserably with that Planet of the Apes disaster... so, that's three disappointments in an otherwise stellar filmography.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2 (2010)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm not gonna lie. This sequel felt rushed and I wasn't satisfied at all. So, why the fresh rating? Well, if you'll notice, it's only at 60%. It barely made the grade. What I liked about Iron Man 2 is this: The Cast! Jon Favreau sure knows how to create a winning ensemble. Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Sam Rockwell as Hammer, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Sam Jackson as Nick Fury (I did want to see him do more, though), and Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow. They were grade-A additions to the franchise. So, what went wrong? Almost everything else! There's too little action, the screenplay seems half-baked, and Rourke should have a meatier role. It feels like they rushed this sequel into development without giving the script a decent polish. Think about The Dark Knight or X2 and you've got a satisfying sequel. Iron Man 2 sadly falls very short of that.

Sex and the City 2
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This wouldn't even pass as an episode of the show let alone a feature film requiring two hours of the audience's time. It's time to abstain from sex and move out of the city.

Shrek Forever After
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

While this ogre collects the green from our pockets, he also inspires the green bile of illness with this insipid and uninspired retread of the first Shrek film. The fact that it desecrates It's a Wonderful Life is just adding insult to injury.