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No Strings Attached
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

No Strings Attached, quite frankly, shocked the shit out of me. I walked in expecting a solid performance by Natalie Portman, a few cheap laughs, and another bad rom-com. I walked out of the movie, thoroughly moved, thoughts of my last relationship running through my head, and feeling a deep connection to the two main characters I haven't felt before in a romantic comedy. The performances, especially for a romantic comedy are top notch. Natalie Portman with her performance in Black Swan and in this is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses. She creates a truly dynamic character that is so often missing in this genre of cinema. She has scenes where she renders truly hilarious moments and others where she brought tears to my eyes. Ashton Kutcher was also surprisingly good. Like really good. Where did these acting abilities come from Mr. Kutcher? Please have more of these and less of Killers.
I really dont have the time or desire to give this movie the review it deserves so I'll leave it at this. Not since (500) Days of Summer has a romantic comedy left me with such a good taste in my mouth. Not since I can remember has a romantic comedy left me with a connection with the characters that left me feeling like I watched family. This is the first truly underrated film of 2011. I recommend seeing this at all costs. Its a damn good movie.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson: First and foremost, I thank you. For 8 movies of consistent astounding performances, and allowing me to grow up on your epic spectacle.
The marketing poster boldly states, "IT ALL ENDS". And tragically, yet finally, the greatest series of all time has finally ended. But what a way for this movie to end. 2 hours and 10 minutes of almost non-stop, spell-binding, action sequences and tear jerking, heart rendering emotional moments. Every.Single.Performance, and I mean every literal one, is amazing. Alan Rickman as the tragic hero Severus Snape should be a front runner for a best supporting oscar nom. Ralph Fiennes has created the greatest film antagonist since Darth Vader and is quite possibly even more evil than him. Maggie Smith finally gets back on the screen and shines as Professor McGonagall, Hogwart's guardian angel. Tom Felton, the much hated Draco Malfoy brings an emotional depth to his character and has all the struggles and troubles of his unfortunate position etched on his seemingly aging face. And Michael Gambon, as the greatest wizard of all time, Albus Dumbledore, steals his two scenes with his gentle care and wise understanding on life and it's struggles.
The Harry Potter series has always relied on the performances and emotional depths of it's actors over action and violence. While this conclusion was the most action packed of any film, it did not serve as the plot to the movie. All it did was add to the narrative and strengthen the films boiling emotional pot. As characters we've always loved, or maybe have a soft spot for, die around us, our tears increase and we only want Harry to defeat the Dark Lord even more.
This film, has to be finally nominated for best picture. The Academy has always snubbed this film series for whatever reason but after the universal critical acclaim, and the record breaking box office feats it has already accomplished, 8 or 9 nominations should be imminent.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is not just a great Harry Potter film, or even the best Harry Potter Film of the series, it is the best film of the year so far. It will be hard to find another movie that does so many things right. From the raw, heartfelt, emotional ensemble performances to the amazing action sequences, to the fabulous special effects; Harry Potter does it all right. And the 19 years later epilogue, though the actors look a wee young to be 40, leaves a lump in your throat and a smile on your face.
So goodbye and farewell to Harry Potter, the boy who lived. And he will indeed live on for generations to come and so will his epic conclusion to the greatest film and book series of all time.

Black Hawk Down
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Black Hawk Down spends about 15 minutes introducing characters and explaining the plot to viewers. What takes place for the next 2 hours is non-stop action that with the violent force of a play ground bully, takes the viewer and shakes him and rattles him to the bone. Watching this movie in 2010,I realised that so many young stars are present. Ridley Scott and his cast director really outdid themselves with the cast. The ironic thing though, and this is what holds this movie back from being a top 5 war movie of all time is the little to no character development. What you learn about the characters in this movie is who the hard asses are, and who the pussies are. You also learn that this is no pussy war movie much like Jarhead that followed it. Once the action in this movie starts, it never stops. Sequence after sequence of intense street to street fighting kept my attention locked onto this movie like few war movies have done before. What makes this movie so damn good is the realism and pure intensity of the action set pieces. The viewer feels almost as hopeless as the 123 men sent in there and Ridley Scott never stops the action. Not even for one damn minute so every one can cath their breath.
Black Hawk Down is as good as war movies get. It may not have the acting and plot of Saving Private Ryan, nor the lovable characters like Platoon but in terms of non stop relentless realistic war violence, this is a damn fine movie.

Predators
Predators (2010)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Predators starts the movie on a free fall, literally. As Adrien Brody wakes up, filled with an adrenaline rush, so is the audience.
At first word of hearing Adrien Brody was cast as the main action lead, I couldn't believe it. He however, bulked the hell up and was really, really good as Royce. My only issue with his character was his fantastic hindsight with figuring everything out in like 5 seconds.
The other characters, excluding Alice Braga, were there to fill in the dying roles and add personality. Laurence Fishburne's brief but excellent role added to the movie and Topher Grace was really good as the doctor.
The action sequences are pretty sick. The shootouts with the predators and hand to hand fights were pretty exciting to watch. The scenery in the movie was beautiful and except for a terrible looking explosion the special effects were really good.
The acting was good, the story was good enough, it wasn't completely cliche ridden and the action never lets up. Its violent, entertaining, tense and scary in some parts. Its part horror mostly action. And Predators is indeed, one bad ass action movie.