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Guardians of the Galaxy

One of the great things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that it allows lesser known characters to get their own movies and hopefully become popular with the general moviegoing audience. Before they got their own movies, characters such as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America were popular within the comic book community. Now that they have their own movies and have crossed over thanks to The Avengers, these characters rake in huge box office numbers and have impacted pop culture. Now it's time for Marvel to bring one of their more obscure teams to the big screen, the Guardians of the Galaxy. When the film was officially announced two years ago, I scratched my head wondering who they were and why they were getting their own film. The goal of the film is to open up the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe after it had been teased in previous films. Guardians of the Galaxy successfully did this in a smart and entertaining fashion.

The film tells the story of Peter Quill, a man from Earth who was abducted by space bandits when he was young. Twenty-six years later, Peter is now a space outlaw known as Star Lord. After Star Lord steals a coveted artifact, he is arrested along with other criminals who are after it. These include Gamora, a feisty assassin, Groot, a tree-like creature, Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, and Drax the Destroyer, a hard as nails warrior. The five get to know each other through a prison break and form a team with a goal to keep the artifact away from Ronan the Accuser, who plans to spread terror through the galaxy with its power.

I figured I was going to like this movie from the trailers. The movie was marketed as an action comedy, a tone different from past Marvel films. And the film is exactly just that, a sci-fi action comedy. This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a while. What makes this film work is how it does not take itself seriously. A movie with a talking raccoon and tree cannot be taken seriously! The film's marketing does a good job of not giving away a lot of the funny parts. This film has a great sense of humor. It's irreverent, sarcastic, and the way it uses pop culture references is clever instead of annoying. Seriously, every two minutes or so, I was laughing! The banter between the characters is entertaining to watch and I smiled just watching them interact. This movie has a script that is really funny but it manages to throw a bit of emotion into there. There were a few parts that gave me feels. Screenwriters, James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, created a great script. From what I've heard, the movie nailed the tone of the comic. If the comics are like this movie, then I'm definitely going to start reading them!

The film has a great cast. Star Lord is played by Chris Pratt, a talented and funny actor who I really enjoy. He does a fantastic job in this film. He's like a mix between Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Tony Stark, and Flynn Rider. He's sarcastic and does not like to be messed with. He also is very funny. He has an admiration for 70s and 80s culture and that was a nice touch. He makes a few 80s references that were pretty funny. Pratt is able to pull off both funny and heroic seamlessly. In my opinion, Pratt could be the new face of Marvel Studios once Robert Downey Jr.'s contract is up. With this and next year's Jurassic World, Chris Pratt is sure to become a movie star. Next up is Zoe Saldana. This is her third sci-fi franchise after Star Trek and Avatar. She's a talented actress who knows how to bring strong female characters to life. She plays Gamora and she is such a cool character. She has good character development and she can sure kick butt. She's like the Black Widow of the team. Drax the Destroyer is played by wrestler, Dave Bautista. Other than The Rock, I'm not a fan of wrestler turned actors. Bautista is awesome as Drax. He's a great fighter with a good backstory. He was also really funny.

In my opinion, Rocket stole the show thanks to Bradley Cooper's voice work. Cooper's adds a bit of a Brooklyn accent to the character and it works. It made Rocket sound a little more aggressive. Rocket is downright hilarious. He's sarcastic and irreverent and I loved every minute he was on screen. Vin Diesel played Groot through performance capture. Although Groot hardly speaks, I still enjoyed his presence. There were two scenes with him that had me laughing hard. Michael Rooker was enjoyable as Yondu, Star Lord's boss. It was pretty much Merle from The Walking Dead as a blue alien. His weapon of choice is a sweet and I would love to get me one of those. I thought Rooker was pretty funny. I liked his character. Karen Gilliam was awesome as the cyborg, Nebula. She managed to be beautiful and intimidating at the same time. Lee Pace portrays the villain, Ronan. Pace's acting was alright but he came off as just another villain bent on domination. He was a little better than Malekith in Thor: The Dark World but he could have been written better. Apart from Loki and The Winter Soldier, this franchise has had pretty weak villains in my opinion. I really hope they starting writing better villains. Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Benicio del Toro had small roles but they did pretty good with the little they had. The film rounded up a talented cast and there was not one bad performance.

The film's talented cast was able to integrate very well with the film's impressive special effects. The film introduces to a galaxy with cool looking creatures and locations. The production design in this looks great. The sets are large and detailed and look like something from another world. Just by looking at it, it's obvious that the set designers turned to Star Wars for inspiration. The special effects on Rocket and Groot also impressed me. The actors did a good job communicating with a talking raccoon that wasn't there. Vin Diesel's motion capture work on Groot was also pretty good. The special effects artists made Groot look a lot like Diesel. Another great aspect about the film was the soundtrack. Since Peter Quill is a child of the 80s, his playlist consists of 60s, 70s, and 80s tracks. The film features tracks from Blue Swede, The Jackson 5, and The Runaways to name a few. When these songs come on, they are accompanied by some pretty entertaining scenes. It makes the scene a lot more entertaining to watch. Whoever selected the soundtrack deserves unlimited high-fives!

Guardians of the Galaxy is currently the best entry in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yup, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been surpassed in my opinion. The film is hilarious, heartfelt, has a great cast, and has one of the best soundtracks in any recent film. These characters will instantly skyrocket to the Marvel A-List along with The Avengers. It's some of the most fun you'll have at the theater this year. Also don't forget to stay after the credits. I can't wait to see the team in their next outing. The best kinds of blockbusters are the ones that are both fun and well-crafted and Guardians of the Galaxy did just that.

"I may look like an angel, but I'm sure as hell not one."

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a lot going for it. You got the casts of First Class and the first three films sharing the screen, a celebrated story arc for the film's inspiration, and Bryan Singer back as director. So can these factors result in an awesome movie? I am happy to say that the answer is yes. This is a movie that both met and succeeded my expectations.

The film serves as a dual sequel to First Class and The Last Stand. In the film, murderous machines known as Sentinels have wiped out the majority of mutants in the future. They have also killed anyone who is on the mutants' side. As the remaining members of the X-Men struggle to survive, Kitty Pryde sends Wolverine back in time to the 1970s to stop the event that leads to the creation of the Sentinels from ever happening. It is here where Logan meets up with the younger versions of Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, and Hank McCoy. Now it is up to Wolverine and the 70s mutants to change the past in order to save the future.

It is so nice to Bryan Singer direct an X-Men film again. This film marks the return of John Ottman's theme from X2, the Cerebro opening sequence, and the "X" in the 20th Century Fox logo being emphasized. The first few minutes of this film brought back good memories of Bryan Singer's first two films before Brett Ratner stepped in and ruined it with the third one. I always felt that Singer was able to show the themes of prejudice and intolerance in his X-Men films and those were some of the things that made the first two films so special. While I thought Matthew Vaughn did a great job with First Class, I think Singer was the right person to connect the first trilogy to the prequel. For goodness sakes, he was the guy who kicked off this franchise!

I simply loved the look and feel of the film. The way the future is depicted is so grim and depressing. Being an X-Men fan, there were times where I got emotional. It was depressing to see some of my favorite mutants go through some of the events depicted. The look of the future is bleak but stylish. I wouldn't be surprised if the filmmakers were inspired by Terminator and The Matrix for the futuristic look. I loved the way the film portrays the 70s. The culture, the clothing, the music of 1970s America was all here with mutants thrown into the mix. The film was shot digitally but there was a scene that emulated the look of a Super 8 camera. The way this particular scene looked made it feel like you were witnessing what was going on. It was a great touch. I love how this film brings its two time periods to life. Not to mention, the film's directing is superb. The action scenes are shot with much intensity and the cinematography is beautiful.

One thing I appreciate about this series is the acting. The film has rounded up a great ensemble cast. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine for the sixth time (seventh if you count his brilliant cameo in First Class). Jackman simply kicks butt in this role and I can honestly see nobody else play this role. He's rough and tough but is able to carry the emotional weight of the character. Some people complain that the films are too centered on Wolverine. I agree they overdo Wolverine sometimes but in this film, and although he's the one sent back to the past, he's more of an observer to all the events. The film is more about young Charles Xavier and Magneto. Patrick Stewart also reprises his role as the wise Professor X and he did a very good job here. Ian McKellen was also pretty good this time around as older Magneto. Some returning cast members such as Halle Berry and Sean Ashmore do not have roles in the movie, but in the small time they had, they did an awesome job as Storm and Iceman. Ellen Page also did a good job. There are new additions to the team. There's Blink played by Chinese movie star, Fan Bingbing, Bishop played by French movie star Omar Sy, Warlord played by Boo Boo Stewart, and Sunspot played by Adan Canto. I'm not very familiar with these characters but I enjoyed their roles in the movie. They have very cool powers. I especially enjoyed Blink and Sunspot's powers. But the best new mutant who was introduced had to be Quicksilver who was portrayed by Evan Peters. His role may have been small but he was entertaining during every second of his screen time. He also gives us one of the best sequences in any comic book movie. This scene got a huge approval from the audience I saw the film with. By the time the scene was over, I wanted to see it again. I doubt the Quicksilver we're going to see the next Avengers movie is going to come close to this.

And now on to the characters who reprised their roles from First Class. James McAvoy returns as young Charles Xavier and he is perfect in the role. In the 70s portion of the film, Charles is at the lowest point of his life. James McAvoy is able to make you feel bad for him. He really comes off as a struggling man who is losing everything. Nicholas Hoult once again plays Hank McCoy aka Beast. He's great at playing a nerd but when he's Beast, he is one awesome creature. The Beast makeup is an improvement over the last film as well. His transformation was obviously CG but it still looked cool. Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely awesome as Mystique. She was beautiful, angsty, and tough. I'm glad that they gave her a big role in this movie. Peter Dinklage was good as the creator of the Sentinels, Bolivar Trask. Lastly, Michael Fassbender is incredible as Magneto. Sorry, Ian McKellen. Your take on Magneto is good and all, but for me, Fassbender IS Magneto. His suit is pretty close to the comics and his motivations come out more clearly than McKellen. He's not only one of the best villains in a comic book movie, he's one of the best villains in any movie. Fassbender simply killed it.

In my opinion, the X-Men mythology is one of the best stories ever conceived. It's exciting, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. This film was able to tell a story that was exciting, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. The plot is wonderfully crafted, the dialogue is smart, and the time travel aspect of this film made sense. Most films involving time travel have flaws in the way they use this plot device. With this film, the way they time traveled was easy to follow and there were basically few flaws. Well, I personally, didn't catch any flaws. The film's plot takes inspiration from the Days of Future Past story arc which I happen to own. I bought it in preparation for the film. While the film is a loose adaptation of the arc, the screenwriters were able to capture the essence of the arc in the film. The film has a lot of emotion. There was a scene where Charles and Erik argue over their beliefs and this was a great scene. It showed two very different sides and each of them made very good points. The scenes with the Sentinels were intense. I don't know about you guys but the Sentinels scare me. They are giant, lifeless robots that are programmed to commit genocide. If such a thing happened in our world, we'd all be screwed. I also liked their design. It's different from the comics but they still looked great.

With its amazing storyline, terrific cast, and spectacular special effects, X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the finest installment in the franchise, it's one of the best films in the superhero genre. Throughout the film, I was reminded why I was a fan of the X-Men. They may be fictional characters with superpowers, but they are fleshed out characters that have flaws of their own. The mutants are some of the best characters in the Marvel Universe and you will root for them and cry for them. In my personal opinion, this is the best Marvel film. I had absolutely no gripes with it and it enthralled me from beginning to end. Bryan Singer, the cast, and the whole crew have created a film that is simply incredible. Don't forget to stay after the credits to see what's coming up in the series. This exceptional entry to the X-Men series is my favorite film of the year so far.

"Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn't mean they can't be saved."

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Two years ago, Sony rebooted the Spider-Man franchise under the helm of Marc Webb. While The Amazing Spider-Man didn't win over a whole lot of people, it won me over. I enjoyed Webb's take on the character. It was unique and different from Sam Raimi's interpretation even though it retold the origin story which was completely unnecessary. Now two years later, we have the sequel to the reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Marc Webb is back in the director's chair and Andrew Garfield is back in the skintight Spidey suit. I found this to be a really good sequel. I found a lot of things to appreciate about it but at the same time, there was one aspect that grinded my gears.

In this sequel, Peter Parker simply loves being Spider-Man. Although he has his critics, the city seems to admire his presence. However, his relationship with Gwen Stacy has hit some bumps along the way. Meanwhile, Harry Osborn walks back into Peter's life and their friendship also hits some bumps. There's also another subplot involving Max Dillon, Oscorp's lonely electrician who worships Spider-Man. After Max is injured in an electrical accident, he becomes Electro and lashes out on our hero. There is also another subplot with Peter finally piecing together the mystery behind his parent's disappearance.

Before I talk about the aspect I wasn't fond of, I'm going to talk about what I did like. By the way, the stuff I liked, I really liked. First off, this film has the best portrayal of Spider-Man we've seen yet. In my opinion, Andrew Garfield has completely stomped Tobey Maguire in the role of the titular hero. Garfield delivers the one-liners and quips like a natural. Also, the suit featured in this movie is the best one. I loved the huge eyes on the mask. It reminded me of the way Todd McFarlane would draw the character. Also, the web-slinging scenes were breathtaking. These sequences utilized slow motion and POV shots extremely well. By the fifteen-minute mark, I knew I was seeing the best Spider-Man. It's as if he jumped straight out of the comics and into the screen.

Andrew Garfield also plays a pretty good Peter Parker. He may not be the total nerd that Tobey Maguire showed us in the original trilogy but I really enjoy the way that character is shown here. I know some people don't like how Peter is portrayed as a hipster skater nerd but I personally like it. It's different and contemporary. Andrew Garfield does a really good job as Peter Parker. He can handle the emotional side of the character with ease and I came to care for him.

The rest of the cast did a great job. Emma Stone once again did a terrific job as Gwen Stacy. Her and Andrew Garfield's chemistry is simply adorable. It just comes off as natural which isn't surprising considering that the two are an actual couple. Sally Field did a good job as Aunt May and there is a tender moment between her and Peter. I thought Jamie Foxx was okay. I don't know a whole lot about Electro but I feel just about any actor could have played the role. When he plays Max Dillon, he came off as pretty goofy. When he was Electro, he was okay. I think Jamie Foxx would have looked ridiculous if they had gone with the original green and yellow suit. I liked how they went with a different design for Electro. He looked cool but there were some scenes that reminded me too much of Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen. My personal favorite of the supporting cast was Dane DeHaan who plays Harry Osborn. Dehaan gives James Franco a run for his money. I loved his portrayal of Harry Osborn. I love how nonchalant Harry comes off as first and then just flips out. Toward the end of the movie, he becomes a joy to watch even if his character arc was rushed. Dane DeHaan's acting skills remind of me of young Leonardo DiCaprio. If he keeps it up, this guy could become the next DiCaprio. Paul Giamatti was totally over the top in his small role but I enjoyed it. He made me laugh at how hammy it was.

The visuals in this film were awesome. The actors are able to integrate very well with the CGI. Overall, I like the visual look of this reboot. The film was shot in 35mm as opposed to digital and it looks fantastic. The film is bright, shiny, and is overall appealing to the eye. I liked how the sets were design. The goal of this reboot was to give Spider-Man a contemporary feel and they accomplished that through the visual look and design of this film. Hans Zimmer replaces James Horner this time as composer. Zimmer is not the only composer on this film. He gets some help from Junkie XL and Pharrell Williams, whose career has been on a roll lately. The composers create a memorable score that is exciting and lively. They also add a bit of dubstep into the score. Whenever Electro shot electricity, dubstep played. It was cool at first but later on, it became more of a gimmick. I loved the Alicia Keys song that played during the credits. It was catchy and fit the film perfectly.

Now on to the big gripe I had with this movie. The movie's narrative was unfocused at times. I understood what was going on but I can see why some people had a hard time following the movie. I felt the movie had one too many sublplots. You can take one of the subplots out and it would not make a difference. The film also didn't handle its villains very well. Electro was not very memorable, the Rhino was just a cameo, and there was another villain who was just shoehorned in there. I don't want to give away who the villain was but even if you haven't seen the movie, you already know who it is. The marketing pretty much gave it away. Seriously, the entire marketing team for this movie needs to be fired. They gave away a lot. Also, the film tries a little too hard to build a Spider-Man universe. Although the movie has two villains (three if you count the Rhino), I found four Easter Eggs that tease future villains. Some of the Easter Eggs were cool and others were there for the sake of being there. The film was written by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriting duo behind Transformers and Star Trek. The dialogue was pretty good but I think they crammed the film with too many ideas. It's nice to tease and foreshadow sequels but at times, it felt like that was the film's only purpose. There was also one plot twist that made roll my eyes. Another thing that annoyed me was the constant Sony product placement. It was everywhere!

Despite having a sometimes unfocused narrative, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a hugely entertaining and is a worthy sequel to the solid reboot. It has awesome special effects, a pulse-pounding score, a terrific cast, a lot of emotion, and the best portrayal of Spider-Man yet. I will be buying the Blu-ray for sure. I hope Sony and the screenwriters can take notice of the storytelling problems that were present here and avoid them in the third film. If they avoided these problems, this could have been a much better movie. In the end, I was satisfied with what I got. Some people may have disliked this movie, but for me, I had a swinging good time with it!

"You got your braces there's nothing to distract from your unibrow!"

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

After last year's Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe unveils its third entry with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film serves as a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger as well as an epilogue to the events of The Avengers and a lead-in to the events to that film's sequel which will be released next year. Captain America would have to be my second favorite Avenger. I say that because it's a tie between him and the Hulk. I really enjoyed the first Captain America movie and loved his presence in The Avengers. It's obvious that I was really looking forward to his next solo outing. After months of anticipation, I was really satisfied with this sequel.

Two years after the events in The Avengers, Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as trying to adjust to modern life. If you were to awaken after being frozen for seventy years, you would have to catch up on a lot of things. He and Black Widow is the people that S.H.I.E.L.D. sends in order to carry out dangerous missions. When S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under attack from by a mysterious enemy known as The Winter Soldier, it's up to Cap, Black Widow, and the Falcon to take down The Winter Soldier as well as discover the dirty secrets the organization they work for holds.

Many people have praised this film for its political themes. To be honest, politics are not my thing. As I was walking into this movie, I was wondering if I would appreciate the political themes or they would just bore me. As a matter of fact, the political stuff kept me intrigued. The film brought up some issues that relevant today such as military paranoia and foreign policy. These two things made for an intriguing plot. If anything, the movie is a political thriller that just so happens to have superheroes in it. The film's plot is complex but it's easy to follow. There are also a lot of twists and turns that are sure to surprise the viewers. The film's first action sequence immediately grabs the audiences' attentions and prepares for the thrilling story that follows.

The cast in this film all does a good job. This is Chris Evans' third time playing the title character and by now, he has complete confidence in his role. A large portion of the film deals with Steve trying to find his place in the modern world. He sometimes feels lost in this world and you can't help but feel for him. I just love the patriotic, good-natured attitude Evans brings to the character. But Cap isn't always the all-American nice guy throughout this movie. There are times where he has to question his morality and step out of his comfort zone in order to defend the country he cares so much for. It made the character of Captain America a lot more fascinating. While I know that Cap has a lot of fans, I always felt that he was in the shadow of some of the other Avengers. This movie will make you appreciate the character even more.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role of Black Widow and tags along with our main hero. Scarlett Johansson has always been great as Black Widow and she didn't disappoint here. Anthony Mackie plays Sam Wilson aka The Falcon and I really enjoyed his performance. By the end of the movie, I came to admire the character of The Falcon. I really hope we see him again in future films. I'm not the biggest fan of Nick Fury but I think Samuel L. Jackson did his performance as the character here. I grew to like him a lot more in this movie thanks to his performance. His character was well written. Robert Redford was a welcome addition to the cast and he did a great job. The person who played the Winter Soldier (it's best that you don't know who it is) did a fantastic job. I always felt that the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacked memorable villains. The only memorable villain in this franchise in my opinion is Loki. The Winter Soldier is the best villain in this franchise since Loki. He doesn't talk a whole lot but he is able to come off as menacing. I was on the edge of my seat every time he came on screen. I enjoyed Emily VanCamp in her small role as Sharon Carter. She's a good actress and a pretty one too. I liked her character and I hope we see more of her. The last cast member I want to talk about was Frank Grillo. He played a corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D. operative named Brock Rumlow. I thought Grillo did a good job playing an unlikable character. I have a feeling he will be a villain in a future film. When he came on screen, I felt like punching him in the face. I think the writers wanted to create a character that the audiences come to loathe. If that was their intention, then they succeeded.

The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, decided to use practical effects for some of the action scenes as oppose to CGI. I thought this was a great decision. The action scenes were planned out very well and there was some impressive fighting and stunt work. Only the climax looked like it relied on CGI. The Russo Brothers establish a tone that is different from the first film. While Joe Johnston gave a great period piece with the first film, the Russo Brothers do a great job bringing Captain America into modern times. The script was also solid. The dialogue was sharp, the comedy was witty, and there is a good amount of emotion thrown in.

In my opinion, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best film in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was impressed with the film's engaging plot, the performances from the cast, and the action sequences. The events in this film make a big impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can't wait to see how things unfold in this franchise. There are scenes during and after the credits that are sure to make Marvel fans hungry for more. Captain America: The Winter Solider is an entertaining superhero film with brains and brawn.

"I'm sorry. Did I step on your moment?"


Frozen was a film that I had been interested in since I heard about it. I was not anticipating it like crazy but I did want to see it. From the way that Disney was marketing it, it looked like it was going to appeal to fans of Tangled, which I loved. After hearing glowing remarks toward the film, I really wanted to see it opening weekend. However, I had a commitment that I had to attend. My siblings however saw it and loved it. I finally got to see it last week with my three siblings and cousin. My little brother and sister had already seen it twice and my other sister and cousin had already seen it before. Now that I have seen the film, allow me to say that I loved it.

Frozen tells the story of two sisters: Anna and Elsa. Both of them are princesses of Arendelle. Since she was a child, Elsa possessed ice powers. She can summon ice and snow from her hands as well as freeze anything she touches. As Elsa begins to age, her power grows out of control and unfortunately, traps the kingdom in eternal winter. Hoping to put an end to the harsh weather conditions, Anna sets out on a journey to find her sister who has fled into the mountains. Anna teams up with Kristoff, an adventurous mountain man. On Anna and Kristoff's journey to find Elsa, they encounter Olaf, a humorous talking snowman, a snow monster, and a tribe of singing trolls.

If I were to use one word to describe the look of this movie, that word would be gorgeous. Frozen has some of the most gorgeous animation Disney has ever put to the screen. The landscapes are vast and beautiful and there is a keen attention to detail. You can see the detail on Anna and Elsa's dresses as well as the freckles on Anna's skin. Even when the characters are walking through the snow, you can see the detail in the snow and in the footprints they leave behind. Also, Elsa's ice palace was such a sight. It looked amazing. The animation in this film is absolutely beautiful.

Music is essential for a Disney movie. Frozen features some of the catchiest, toe tapping tunes in recent years. I'm pretty sure every person who goes into this movie will come out of it singing a song from it. One of my favorite songs from the movie was "Let It Go" which is sung by Elsa who is played Broadway star, Idina Menzel. She is a really good singer and can carry a tune. Not to mention, the lyrics to this number were just wonderful. You really feel for Elsa during this sequence. Also, the visuals during this sequence compliment the music so perfectly. Another song that I enjoyed was "In Summer" sung by Olaf the snowman who was played by Josh Gad, another Broadway star. The movie's voice cast is mostly made up of Broadway stars by the way. This song is Olaf dreaming of what it would be like if he experienced the summer. He is completely oblivious to the fact that snowmen can't survive in the summer and it makes it all the more funny. Not to mention that Josh Gad sings it with so much enthusiasm. It's a very funny sequence.

Another song that I admired was "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" which is sung by Anna to Elsa at the start of the film. This scene and song helps establish the two princesses and their relationship with each other. It starts off sweet and then it starts to tug on your heartstrings toward the end. If this scene does not rile you up with feels, then I don't know what will. It certainly is one of the best songs in the movie. I found the songs, "Love is an Open Door" and "Fixer Upper" to be funny and cute. I also liked the song, "For the First Time in Forever". The score by Christophe Beck was also pretty good as well. The film would have been nothing without the music and songs. They were wonderful.

As I mentioned above, the cast is mostly made up of Broadway actors. The most high-profile cast member would have to be Kristen Bell, who started off on stage before she started appearing on screen. Bell is a charming, likable actress and she fit the role of Anna perfectly. Anna was optimistic and perky and Bell was able to show this off through her performance. Idina Menzel was also very good as Elsa. She was not only a good singer, but her voice acting was pretty good as well. She put a lot of emotion into this character who goes through a lot in the film. Jonathan Groff was good as Kristoff and Santino Fontana was also pretty good as Prince Hans. Josh Gad steals the show as Olaf. If you think Olaf is just going to be the annoying comic relief, you'll be proven wrong. The writers make him very likable and they make sure he is given the amount of screen time necessary. He was great. The writing in Frozen is really good. The dialogue is snappy and there are some really funny scenes. There was even a surprise in the story that I did not see coming. If there was one thing that I didn't really like about the movie, it was the Duke of Weselton. I didn't find myself at all interested in that character. His presence didn't do much for the story but this is just a minor complaint of mine.

I'm a sixteen year old male myself and I enjoyed Frozen from beginning to end. This just shows that this film can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. Like Tangled, this movie is able to take the motifs that Disney has been using for years and give them a modern twist and present it in a contemporary animation style. The animation is beautiful, the music is great, and the characters are fun to watch. There is also a surprising large amount of heart. As of now, Frozen is tied with Catching Fire as my favorite films of 2013. It's the perfect family film to see this holiday season. I will definitely see this another time on the big screen before its theatrical run is over. And yes, I will purchase the Blu-ray. Frozen is a fantastic animated film that reminds of how much I love Disney. If you are a Disney fan, animation fan, or movie fan in general, do yourself a favor and see it. Let's hope Disney continues to impress critics and audiences. I honestly feel that another Disney Renaissance is on the horizon.

One last thing. The Mickey Mouse short that plays before the movie is worth the price of admission alone!

"Oh, look at that. I've been impaled."

The Nightmare Before Christmas

It's been twenty years since The Nightmare Before Christmas was released and ten years since I first saw it. I remember seeing the trailers in front of some of the Disney VHS tapes I owned as a kid and that is how I became interested in it. I remember my mom taking my sister and I to the video store to rent it. I remember liking the movie the first time I saw it but I will admit, it did creep me out a bit. As the years went by and the more times I saw this movie, the more I grew to enjoy it. Now, The Nightmare Before Christmas is not only one of my favorite films to watch on the holidays, it's one of my favorite movies ever.

The film is the brainchild of Tim Burton and is directed by Henry Selick. The film starts off in Halloween Town, a home to many ghouls and monsters. Jack Skellington, the king of the pumpkin patch, grows tired of the Halloween festivities and longs for something new. Jack soon discovers a portal to Christmas Town, a bright and cheerful place where Santa and his elves live in. Jack is amazed by the concept of Christmas and attempts to get the citizens of Halloween Town to celebrate it. Jack also plans to take the role of Santa Claus and deliver toys to children. However, these plans backfire on Jack and the results are unforgettable.

There are many things I enjoy about this movie. First of all, I love the premise. Christmas and Halloween are two of my favorite holidays. Seeing a movie that combines the two is such a treat. There is enough spooky content to make this film appropriate for Halloween and enough bright colors and merriment to make it a Christmas movie. As for the story, it's very original. It's simple, straightforward, and imaginative. Tim Burton creates a cast of memorable characters here. It never gets boring. Every second of the film gives you something wonderful to look at. As for the story, it's very original. I just love the idea of a creepy guy like Jack Skellington discovering such a happy holiday and putting his own spin on it. As for the writing, it's pretty good. There's some good humor in this film.

The characters are one of the most memorable aspects of the film. Jack Skellington, is one of my favorite movie characters ever. I'm not ashamed to admit that I own a few pieces of memorabilia with his face on it. I just love his optimistic and curious attitude. Even when he gets emotional, you kind of feel bad for him. We've all been there before. We want to try something new and sometimes the outcome isn't pretty. You can pretty much relate to Jack. Sally is also a good character as well. She's a ragdoll with a crush on Jack who feels for him. She's another character you can relate to. I'm pretty sure we've all longed to be with someone and hope that our feelings for them are reciprocated. Oogie Boogie, the antagonist of the film, is a great villain. He's creepy, bloodthirsty, and I love the design of the character. Lock, Shock, and Barrel are some of the most sinister children ever created. They may be mischievous but I think they are pretty cool. And who forget Jack's beloved dog, Zero? Gosh, I love that adorable ghost dog. All the characters in the film are cool and the designs for them are awesome.

Chris Sarandon voices Jack Skellington and he brings a lot of energy to the role. He is able to show many of Jack's great traits through his performance. He is perfect for the role. Catherine O'Hara also does a good job as Sally. She is sincere and sweet. William Hickey does a good job as Dr. Ficklestein. His voice fits the grotesque look of the character. I can tell that Ken Page was having a blast playing Oogie Boogie. Like Chris Sarandon, he is full of energy. The voice acting in the film is solid. All the actors do well with their roles.

Like nearly every animated Disney film, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a musical. I personally love the music in this movie. All the songs are memorable. The opening number, "This is Halloween", is a perfect introduction to the Halloween world of the film. I love how each character is introduced. It's a great way to start the film. Another song I like is "What's This?", which is sung by Jack when discovers Christmas Town. I love the lyrics in this song and how Jack compares Halloween to Christmas. I also like seeing Halloween and Christmas come together in the song, "Making Christmas". I also like the song, "Kidnap the Santa Claus", because we get to see how devious Lock, Shock, and Barrel can be. "Oogie Boogie's Song" is also great as well. I love the music in this movie. Danny Elfman wrote some great lyrics and catchy music for this film. Elfman also provides the singing voice for Jack and he does a great job. Danny Elfman's songs and score for the film is just plain awesome.

After twenty years, the animation in the film holds up very well. The Nightmare Before Christmas was the feature length film done in stop motion. Stop motion is one of my favorite forms of animation. It always impresses me. The animation in the film is simply marvelous. The backgrounds are detailed, the sets are wonderfully crafted, and the characters move so smoothly. I just love the look of the movie. It's pure eye candy.

The Nightmare Beofore Christmas is such great film. It has an original, imaginative story, great characters, unforgettable music, and spectacular animation. I love how this is a film you can watch on both Halloween and Christmas. Heck, I even watch it when it's not the holiday season! The Nightmare Beofore Christmas is truly wonderful film. It's a classic film that I will enjoy watching for years to come.

♫There's children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads.♫

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Ender's Game
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Wreck-it Ralph

In 1995, Toy Story asked the question, "What do toys do when we aren't playing with them?" What resulted was an imaginative animated masterpiece. Seventeen years later, Wreck-It Ralph asks the question, "What do video game characters do when when we're not playing with them?" Wreck-It Ralph may not be a masterpiece like Toy Story but it's full of imagination, charm, and ends up being a pretty memorable animated film.

The film tells the story of Wreck-It Ralph, the antagonist of the arcade game. Fix-It Felix, Jr. After thirty years of wrecking buildings in his game, Ralph longs for recognition and respect. Ralph then decides to leave his game and journey into the worlds of Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush where he hopes to make a hero out of himself. However, Ralph's journey causes something that puts the arcade in danger.

Wreck-It Ralph was a film I was looking forward to ever since I heard about the film's premise and it did not disappoint one bit. The film was thoroughly entertaining and there was a lot to like about it. The characters are fun to watch, the story is entertaining, and the humor is great. I love the world that the writers and animators created. The way the characters can jump from one game to another is creative and I love the design of Game Central Station, the transportation center that takes you to different games. The games that were created for the film were creative as well. I like how Fix-It Felix, Jr. had an 8-bit Nintendo approach and Sugar Rush had 3D Nintendo 64 approach. Hero's Duty had the look of a modern first-person shooter game with realistic looking graphics and lots of detail on the characters' armor. I enjoyed the unique look of each look. The animation is wonderful and colorful. The characters in Fix-It Felix moved and walked like they would in a game which I thought was cool. The Sugar Rush world was also impressive. It looked so good that I could almost taste it! The animation and design of the film were a joy to see. Big props to Disney.

Wreck-It Ralph is a well written film. The script is humorous and heartfelt. The film had plenty of jokes to entertain kids and adults. There were some parts that did have me busting up. The characters in the film are great as well. Ralph is a pretty relatable character. We all sometimes feel misunderstood and wish we can prove to be something more. Vannelope von Schweetz, a character Ralph meets in Sugar Rush, was entertaining. She was funny and adorable. Her character gets more fleshed out as the film progressed and I started to care for her. Her and Ralph had a great friendship and there was a scene involving them that made my heart feel heavy. I liked the Fix-It Felix and Sergeant Calhoun characters. Fix-It Felix was a nice, good-mannered character while Sergeant Calhoun was tough and hard-as-nails but still had feelings.

Not one of the voice actors in the film were miscast. John C. Reilly's voice fit Ralph perfectly. He had a tough guy voice but still managed to be innocent and nice. Sarah Silverman did a great job as Vannelope. She can be annoying to some but I enjoyed her. I can't stand Jack McBrayer as an actor but I think he's a good voice actor. He did well as Fix-It Felix. The entertaining Jane Lynch also does a great job as Sergeant Calhoun. Alan Tudyk did a good job as King Candy, the ruler of Sugar Rush. I also enjoyed Mindy Kaling as Taffyta, Vannellope's rival. It was weird to see Kaling play such a stuck u p brat unlike her goofy role on The Office. There a some sweet cameos from video game characters in the film. I enjoyed Bower from Super Mario Bros.' cameo as well as Sonic the Hedgehog's. I also liked seeing Dr. Robotnik and Kano from Mortal Kombat. Dubstep musician, Skrillex, makes a cameo and I thought that was cool. I'm a big fan of his music. He also made an awesome song for the film that plays during one of the Hero's Duty scenes.

I loved Wreck-It Ralph. The animation was stellar , the characters were memorable, good story, the voice acting was great, and it was filled with so much humor, charm, and energy. There's lot of nostalgia here for fans of classic games and a lot for modern gamers to appreciate. Wreck-It Ralph is a lot of fun. Disney has crafted a film that is entertaining to audiences both young and old.

"That's not the blunt-force trauma, ma'am, that's just the honey glow in my cheeks. "

Les Misérables

Whether it's on stage or on screen, I love watching musicals. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but I love them. I enjoy the music, the choreography, and the stories. I have heard a lot about Les Miserables. I've never read the novel or seen the musical but I know the basic story and have heard one song from it. So what brought me to seeing the film? The cast looked great and the advertisements made the film look worthwhile. I am super happy that I went to see this film. Les Miserables is a grand and emotional piece of entertainment. I find it to be the best film I've seen all year.

The film is set in post-Revolutionary France and the protagonist of the story is Jean Valjean, a prisoner who did time for twenty years for stealing bread. He is constantly being pursued by Javert, a ruthless police inspector. Over the course of seventeen years, Jean becomes the mayor and adopts a young girl named Cosette and plays a big part in the June Rebellion in Paris. The film has two other subplots involving Cosette's troubled mother, Fantine, and a love triangle between Cosette, Eponine, and a Revolutionary leader, Marius Pontmercy.

Les Miserables is a marvelous production. The costumes, makeup, production design, score; they are all eligible for Oscars. The film is helmed by Tom Hooper, who also did The King's Speech. His direction is great. I loved how the musical numbers were filmed. The camerawork was a bit of an issue for me. It was a little shaky in the beginning. I got a little dizzy. I'm going to let that one slide. The cinematography was amazing especially in the very first scene. I thought the opening number was a great start to this great film. It looked great on the big screen and introduces our main character fabulously. I loved how they introduced Javert. The camera angle they used was epic. Hooper directed the solo numbers really well and there was a big emphasis on the singer. The costumes and makeup were also great. The sets and production design were also wonderful. They did a good job recreating nineteenth century France.

The acting in this film was great too. I am a fan of Hugh Jackman and I found his performance as Jean Valjean to be the best of his career. He put a lot of emotion into his role and you feel for him throughout the film. Russell Crowe did an awesome job as Javert. You can feel the tension between him and Jean. Javert's solo number had me at the edge of my seat. I thought Amanda Seyfried did pretty well as the older Cosette. I loved the little girl who played the younger Cosette. She showed emotion and the song she sang, "Castle on a Cloud", was beautiful. I liked Samantha Barks as Eponine. She was beautiful and I felt for her character a lot. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen played the Thenardiers, a pair of sleazy and mischievous innkeepers. They were the comic relief characters and they were super entertaining. When Sacha Baron Cohen came on screen, the audience started to giggle. They were an enjoyable duo. I highly enjoyed Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit as the two Rebellion leaders, Marius and Enjolras. Also, I loved Daniel Huttlestone's performance as Gavroche. That little kid was awesome! Lastly, Anne Hathaway's performance was the best of her career. Her character, Fantine, moved me. Anne is probably going to get a lot of awards for her performance. I thought her singing was incredible. I find "I Dreamed a Dream" to be one of the greatest songs ever written and Anne Hathaway knocked it out of the park with her rendition.

Apart from Anne Hathaway, the singing in the film wasn't very strong. I feel the actors gave it their all when it came to the singing but they don't have the greatest singing voices. Les Miserables is mostly operatic. The characters are singing from beginning to end nonstop. There is very little dialogue. I didn't think Hugh Jackman was a very good singer. His voice sounded a little silly in some parts. I thought Russell Crowe sang pretty well. The song, "One Day More", gave me chills. Amanda Seyfried sang pretty nice. Samantha Barks was also a nice singer as well. I thought she was pretty. I fox whistled in the theater when her character, Eponine, came on screen and I made a few people laugh. The singing was good at best but nothing spectacular with the exception of Anne Hathaway. The lyrics to the songs, however, were amazing. It's sheer poetry in my opinion.

The thing I loved the most about Les Miserables was the story. It takes place during a crucial part of France's history and you see what these people went through. It broke my heart seeing all these poor people and all of them dreaming for freedom and justice. When the rebellion part of the story came on, I was at the edge of my seat and I had all my attention fixed on the screen. The last forty-five minutes are intense! This is one of the saddest and heartbreaking films I've seen in a while. I didn't cry but I choked up a lot throughout the film. The film is worth seeing on the big screen. I had a lot of fun seeing this and the audience seemed to be into it as well. There was a power surge in the theater and the audience got pissed off. Someone started making shadow puppets with the light from their phone and projected it onto the screen and that was hilarious. When the power came back on, we were oh so happy.

Les Miserables was an amazing movie. The singing could have been stronger but the lyrics, performances, and setting blew me away. This is a great film and I think the studio made a good decision by releasing it around the Christmas season. It's gonna pick up a lot of awards in the next few months. The film is a crowd-pleaser and it's entertaining from start to finish. You get invested into the characters and story. I think those who are not into musicals will enjoy the film. My theater applauded at the end and it deserved it. Les Miserables is the best film of 2012 in my opinion. I loved it and I highly recommend seeing it. I definitely plan on getting the Blu-ray when it's out.

♫To love another person is to see the face of God.♫

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle-Earth in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in the prequel trilogy to The Lord of the Rings. This prequel may not have lived up to the standards set by its predecessors but it is still a dazzling and epic film that entertained me nonetheless.

Set sixty years before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the film tells the story of Frodo's uncle, Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo is a Hobbit who lives a relaxed and carefree life in The Shire until he meets Gandalf the Grey who takes him on an adventure. Bilbo accompanies Gandalf and a team of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Eribor that was conquered by Smaug, a villainous dragon. The adventurers must face against trolls, goblins, and orcs on their perilous journey.

One thing I enjoyed about The Hobbit was the performances. Martin Freeman does a great job as Bilbo. Bilbo starts off as a person who is so attached to his home that he doesn't want to leave it. But Gandalf tells him that there is a vast world outside The Shire that he should get a taste of. Bilbo becomes a more adventurous person once he goes on the adventure. Freeman was able to show the relaxed carefree side of Bilbo in the first part of the film and then became a more adventurous Bilbo as the film progressed. Martin Freeman also delivers his lines very well. He pretty much shined. Ian McKellen still has it as Gandalf after all these years. He was excellent and awesome. All the Dwarves had a different personality and the actors who portrayed them were able to show it. Of all the Dwarves, my favorite was Thorin Oakenshield, played by Richard Armitage. He owns the role. He was awesome. Some actors from the previous trilogy such as Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, and Christopher Lee make a return. They're not in the film very much but they still knew how to play their roles. Lastly, Andy Serkis comes back to play Gollum, the role that made him a star. The scenes with Gollum were some of the most memorable parts of the film thanks to Serkis' performance. He was just entertaining to watch. All in all, the cast members did a great job. Everyone impressed.

Peter Jackson is truly one of the great directors of our time. He knows how to take the audience to a whole other film. The Hobbit is an amazing film to look at. The visual effects and production design in the film are vibrant and flawless. The effects have come a long way since the original trilogy. Not to mention the outstanding cinematography. It made me want to travel to New Zealand! The film also makes a wonderful use of 3D. I highly recommend seeing the movie that way. There is a whole lot of depth and it makes the backgrounds pop. I was sitting pretty close to the screen so I felt like I was pulled into the action. The forest where Radagast the Brown lived looked fabulous. The atmosphere was great and the little animals looked cute even if they were CGI. The makeup is great and the motion capture used on Gollum and the Orcs was fantastic. When the characters encounter the goblin king, I was impressed with the visuals. The Goblin King is one of the most grotesque things I'd seen in a while. The film is just visually beautiful. As for the writing, it was pretty good. The dialogue was witty and smart and the actors delivered it well.

The action scenes in this film were pretty dazzling. The scene where they encountered the Stone giants was an amazing sequence. How on Earth did they plan out that scene? Anyways, it came out great. The action scene toward the end had me at the edge of my seat. It was just exciting. Jackson directed the action sequences very well. He builds a lot of tension before and during the scenes. The camerawork was great as well. I did feel that the film was a little too long. The film seemed to have two long climaxes. Some scenes felt like they dragged. I was able to get past these problems. The end made me excited for the next installment but I don't think The Hobbit is a story that needs to be made into three movies. Peter Jackson believes that three movies would tell the story better but I'm pretty sure he's doing it for money.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may not be as good as The Lord of the Rings trilogy but it is still a great film. The film excites you from beginning to end and the final frame of the film successfully gets the audience ready for the next installment, The Desolation of Smaug, out next year. It's beautifully filmed and well-acted. The visuals are great as well as the 3D. I think critics should have been a little nicer to the film. The Hobbit: An Unexpected is a great and highly entertaining fantasy film.

I could not get around to re-watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy prior to this film's release. Once I take another look at the trilogy, I'll post the reviews. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

"You can't reason with them! They're halfwits!"


For those who don't know me, allow me to introduce myself. The name is Monster, Movie Monster. One of my most anticipated films of the year was Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film. Daniel Craig returns to play the tough and suave spy, James Bond. In my opinion, Craig is the best Bond. James Bond has always been a cool character but Craig added a level of realism to it. He made Ian Fleming's creation dark and gritty, the way I like it. Many critics have said that Skyfall is the best entry in the rebooted franchise. I still think Casino Royale is the best. Words cannot describe how awesome that movie is. It left me speechless. Quantum of Solace was good but not great. I found Skyfall to be better than Quantum but not as good as Casino Royale. Despite that, Skyfall was pretty darn good.

Skyfall follows James Bond as he hunts down a threat that has put MI6 in extreme danger. This threat has also come back to haunt Bond's trusted boss, M. Agent 007's adventure takes him to Shanghai and Macau where he is given more background on this threat. With the help of Q and two new Bond girls by the names of Eve and Severine, 007 must face the villainous Silva, who plans to put an end to MI6 once and for all.

Skyfall is not based on any Ian Fleming story and it completely original. I was impressed with the story in this film. It's a well thought out plot that is finely executed. This has to be one of the deeper Bond films. Not only is this a good action film, it's a pretty good drama. The Bond and M characters are fleshed out and they work well together. I loved seeing Bond and M interact on screen. In my eyes, they have a sort of a mother-son relationship. The writing in this film is good as well. The writing is strong and I especially enjoyed the dialogue. Skyfall is helmed by Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of American Beauty. All of Mendes' past films have been dramas and this marks as his first action film. The directing in the film is impressive. The guy can also film a sweet action scene. The action scene at the start of the film was awesome and kicked off the film very well. Mendes must be really good with dialogue scenes because he directed them very well. The cinematography in Skyfall is gorgeous. I want to travel to all the exotic places shown in the film.

All the actors were great. Daniel Craig kills it again as Bond. He keeps the touch of past Bond actors. He's laidback and good with the ladies but also tough. Daniel Craig made James Bond into a deep, gritty, realistic character. Craig's performance combines Bond's swag and dark side. Judi Dench is also great as M. She and Daniel Craig have good chemistry and I liked seeing them work off each other. Ralph Fiennes, one of my favorite actors, joins the cast as Mallory. Fiennes never disappoints and he did that in this film. Javier Bardem kills it as Silva. When he appears, he looks like a stereotypical Bond villain: A sly person with an accent with an evil plot on their minds. Then Bardem becomes a total baddie during the climax and he won't stop until he gets what he wants. Albert Finney puts on a fine performance as well. He shared most of his screen time with Bond and M and he knew how to work with them. I thought Ben Winshaw was great as Q. The first dialogue scene between him and Bond was great. It was a well-written scene. I haven't seen anything else with Ben Winshaw but judging from his performance here, he seems like an actor I would enjoy. The Bond girls in this film are Eve played by Naomie Harris and Severine played by Berenice Marlohe. Harris' character was a smart and tough chick and I liked her. Her performance was pretty cool. She was a blend of seriousness and sexiness. Marlohe's character was the eye candy in the film. She was a beauty. She was okay but I felt her main purpose was just to look seductive to Bond. As for her acting, she was good.

The action scenes in this film are super exciting. The film starts off with a highly entertaining chase scene. James Bond is a total butt kicker in this scene. He's tough but still shows that 007 swag. I thought the scene that took place in a skyscraper in Shanghai was a cool action scene. I liked how Bond and the enemy were at each other's necks. The climatic action scene had me at the edge of my seat. This is where we see how much of a villain Silva is. This scene is intense and emotional. Skyfall marks the 50th Anniversary of the franchise and there a lot of homages to classic 007 films throughout the film. It had a lot for new Bond fans and long-time Bond fans. The opening credits sequence was awesome. My theater has great sound and nice big screen and those are like two ingredients to enjoy this scene. Adele does the theme song and it was one awesome track. I can't wait to see the opening credit sequence on Blu-ray.

Skyfall is a notch below Casino Royale but it is still a great entry to the James Bond series. The acting and direction is great and the story was really impressive and deep. The ending in the film made me excited for future entries in the series. Skyfall was a total thrill ride.

"Youth is not a guarantee of innovation."

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

We made it, guys! It's finally here! The final Twilight movie! I'm not one of the crazy Twihards but I've kind of enjoyed these films. Sure, they weren't the greatest. The acting and dialogue were hokey but the Twilight films aren't some of the worst I've seen. I had fun with Breaking Dawn - Part 2. It's not the greatest conclusion to a franchise but I enjoyed it. In fact, I really liked it but it's still Twilight.

The film picks up immediately where Part 1 left off. If you haven't seen Part 1, I suggest sitting out of this review because some of this stuff may come as SPOILERS to you. But since many of you don't give a crap about this franchise, I'll just go ahead and give you a synopsis. Bella has given birth to her human-vampire daughter, Renesmee. She died while giving birth but thanks to Edward's biting, she has resurrected as a vampire. Bella is enjoying her new life as a vampire until the Volturi, the vampire government or whatever you want to call it, find out about her child. As the Volturi make their way to Forks to attack the newlyweds and their bundle of joy, the Cullens assemble a group of vampires to help them defeat the ememy. They also get help from Jacob and his pack of werewolves. All the buildup pays off and we are given a freakin' sweet climactic battle to end this series.

If I were to rank the films from best to worse, it would go like this. Eclipse in first, this one in second place, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in third place, the first film in fourth place, and New Moon in last place. This could have easily been the best entry in the series but it was missing the thing that made me enjoy Eclipse a lot. I can't really explain why I liked Eclipse. I think the reason is because I liked the whole Newborn subplot and the climactic battle. A large portion of this film is just buildup to the climax. The new vampires that they introduce were my favorite part of this film. If they made a spin-off film about them, I would pay to see it. The new vampires had cool powers and the actors who played them were pretty good.

The acting had its ups and downs. Kristen Stewart does a pretty good job as Bella Swan but I still don't think Kristen Stewart is one of the best actresses out there. I think K-Stew is prettier as a vampire than as a human. Robert Pattinson is still a boring actor. I never dug his acting or his character. Taylor Lautner, one of the best actors in the series, does another good job as Jacob Black. I find him to be one of the most likable characters in the series. Billy Burke returns as Bella's father and he is another one of the better actors in the series. Like Jacob, he is another one of the most likable characters in the series. He's not in the film very long but I was able to buy him as Bella's father. There's a dialogue scene between him and Bella and Burke acts pretty dad-like. As I mentioned above, I loved the heck out of the Cullen's vampire allies. My favorite out of all of them was Alistair played by Joe Anderson. With all his vampire makeup, I thought he looked a lot like Colin Farrell. Anyways, he was awesome. For some reason, I laughed at Michael Sheen's performance. He played the Volturi leader, Aro. The way he delivered his lines was just funny. His funny costume, his Marilyn Manson makeup, it's like he was in a Tim Burton film. Mackenzie Foy plays Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee and she did a decent job. With this movie on its way to becoming a huge success, Mackenzie Foy will start to get recognized and I can see her getting casted in more films in the future.

The climactic battle at the end of the film was just awesome. It was the best scene in the entire flick. However, the battle ends rather anticlimactically. It was so anticlimactic that I booed and two people got up from their seats and left. The audience I saw the film with was cheering and making comments during the scene like they were at a UFC match. There was also this lady behind me making comments about the movie every few seconds. Some of her comments were funny but then she just got annoying. I went to see this film at an 11 AM showing on opening day and it was not that packed but the audience was having a ball. I saw the last two films in the theater and those were packed showings. There were about twenty people at my screening but I think seeing it with a much bigger crowd would have been more fun.

The writing is still what you would expect from a Twilight film. Bill Condon's direction was pretty good. The special effects on Bella and Edward's baby was pretty bad at some points. He knew how to build emotion during the climax. I didn't get emotional during the climax because I'm not attached to these characters. I can just imagine a bunch of teenage girls bawling during this movie. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 wasn't a great film and many of you will avoid this film but I liked it. I also liked how they wrapped up the whole saga. It was an entertaining film and the theater experience was great as well except for the annoying lady behind me making comments. They also showed a brief teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and I let out a fanboy yell while it was playing. Good times, good times. It was a good ending to a franchise that I enjoyed.

Did you guys miss me? I know I haven't been posting reviews in a while. I plan to post some more reviews. I'm planning to review The Lord of the Rings Trilogy before the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I'm sorry if I angered you by mentioning Lord of the Rings in a Twilight review. Be on the lookout!

"I hated the first British invasion. I hate the second one even more."


Brian Selznick's award-winning novel becomes an award-winning film by award-winning director Martin Scorcese. Hugo is one of the best family movies in recent years and maybe one of the best family movies ever. It's beautifully crafted and full of eye candy. It's also a loyal adaptation of a wonderful novel.

The film follows Hugo Cabret, an orphaned boy who lives within the walls of a train station in Paris. Hugo possesses an automaton that his father found in a museum while he worked there. However, this automaton is full of secrets. Hugo befriends Isabella and the two set out to unravel its secrets and it will impact both of their lives.

The plot to Hugo is pretty simple and it's executed very well. Martin Scorcese knows how to draw you into the story. The film starts with a cold opening. The tile isn't revealed until fifteen minutes in. There is beautiful cinematography and camera work. I love how the camera swept through the train station. The dialogue doesn't kick until a few minutes. We are also introduced to the visual look of the film and I loved it. It was like something out of a dream. For a family film, it's rather long. But the film paces well. It takes it's time, the characters are well developed, and the story keeps you interested. Scorcese's direction is higly impressive. I love his camera work in the film and the cinematography in this film is beautiful. He sure knows how to direct a film. He's also very good with actors. If you can't act, then I guess you can't be in a Scorcese flick. John Logan's screenplay is well written. There is a lot of good dialogue in this film. It's stays true to Brian Selznick's novel but there are some changes. They are some side characters that weren't featured in the novel and they make bigger characters out of the Station Inspector and the librarian. Aside from that, the film was true to the source material.

Hugo has a lot of good performances. There is not one weak actor in the film. The title role is played by Asa Butterfield and he is one fine actor. For a young actor, he's very good. He totally got into his character and I could tell he was having a good time playing Hugo. I enjoy watching Chloe Moretz and I think she will have a long career. She is an impressive teen actress. And a cute one. Her performance as Isabella was very good but I did find her French accent to be a little cheesy. Other than that, the two young actors put on fine performances. I loved seeing them interact with the world around them. The world built in this film is a joy to watch. I hope the two go on to make more good movies. Ben Kingsley is great in his supporting role as Papa Georges. Kingsley always impresses and he did so in this film. I like how his character evolved over the film. I enjoyed Helen McCrory as Mama Jeanne and Jude Law did well in his small role. Sacha Baron Cohen is my favorite of the supporting cast. He plays the Station Inspector and he is very enjoyable and fun to watch. He's also very funny. Christopher Lee is awesome, right? He plays The Librarian. Lee has an awesome voice and is a great actor and he shines in his minor role. I liked the side characters they added like the lady who sells flowers, who's also the Station Inspector's love interest, the lady in the café as well as her love interest. I don't think they were in the book but they were nice touches.

Hugo pays tribute to silent films and that is one of the great things about this film. The history of cinema plays a big part in the film and you learn a lot about it. You also get to see how people perceived cinema back then. Also, the score was great. Howard Shore's score perfectly fit the film's atmosphere. There is also a bit of French music in there that is really good.

Hugo is a wonderful family film. The visual style is really cool, the writing and acting are impressive, and the story is great. This is a highly memorable film and I've watched it twice by now. I wish I could've seen it in 3D but it looks great on Blu-ray. Martin Scorcese has crafted a great family film that will entertain children, adults, and film buffs. It's also a great love letter to cinema. It made me thankful for the movies. What would the world be without them? If you love innocent family films, check out Hugo. You'll be glad you did. We need more movies like this.

"Come and dream with me."

The Dark Knight Rises

My most anticipated film of the year has finally arrived! Christopher Nolan has unleashed the final chapter in his influential Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises was worth the wait. In my opinion, this didn't surpass The Dark Knight, which I think is the best in the trilogy. However, The Dark Knight Rises is a thrilling conclusion to this series. Christopher Nolan has once again proved that he's one of the best directors and storytellers in Hollywood now.

The film picks up eight years after The Dark Knight. Batman has taken the blame for Harvey Dent's crimes as well as his death. Bruce Wayne has gave up and Batman and has locked himself in his mansion ever since. Gotham City is now peaceful thanks to Commissioner James Gordon. Bruce returns to the public eye thanks to Selina Kyle, his maid who is also a burglar known as Catwoman, and Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises businesswoman and his love interest. Evil begins to emerge in Gotham thanks to a muscular terrorist known as Bane. Bruce Wayne must put the Batman cape and cowl back on and save Gotham before it's nothing but rubble. Batman must get help from Catwoman and Police Officer John Blake.

I saw the film split into three acts. The first act shows us who life has been for our favorite characters for the past eight years. The second act introduces us to Bane and he introduces his evil scheme and the third act is the action-packed climax. Believe me when I say it is one heck of a climax! Christopher Nolan is a good storyteller and this film did have a pretty good story. The film starts off a little slow but it keeps you interested. In my opinion, the second act got a little boring. I was tempted to go to sleep but I did not want to miss how Nolan was going to wrap up his trilogy. The third act delivers amazing action and there are plot twists that I did not see coming. For some reason, I didn't care much for Bane's evil scheme but Nolan was able to make it seem intense during the climax. I still prefer The Joker's evil scheme. The film told a good but not great story. The film focused a lot on Bruce Wayne's issues but we already went through that in Batman Begins. As a matter of fact, there isn't a whole lot of Batman but when he's on screen, he kicks butt. The Dark Knight Rises bore me in a few parts but it was overall an exciting flick.

I can tell Christopher Nolan gave it his all in this movie. He had to make a worthy follow-up to The Dark Knight, one of the best movies ever made. My anticipation for this film was very high. I did not want to be let down. While this film wasn't as phenomenal as the last, I still give Christopher Nolan a lot of props. His sharp writing and stylish direction are all in this film. The film's script is sharp and has intelligence and emotion. Plus, the actors deliver their lines very well. Michael Caine sure knows how to deliver a monologue. The film does have a nihilistic tone and Nolan knows how to get it right. Although Bane's scheme wasn't the best villainous plan, Nolan makes the situation intense due to the tone. The climax kept me at the edge of my seat. I loved Wally Pfister's cinematography. It just takes the scope of the film to a higher level. The action sequences are intended to be seen in IMAX but I couldn't get to see the movie that way. I'd like to see it again in that format. The film is a nice one to look at. The cinematography is grand and the dialogue in this film is well written.

Christopher Nolan knows how to direct actors. If you can't act, then you can't be in a Nolan film. That's probably how he rolls. Christian Bale delivers another strong performance as the best Bruce Wayne ever put on film. I must say that the Batman voice has improved over the last one. It's still graspy but not as over the top. I really liked Bale in this film but I thought he looked silly when he was walking with a cane and had a long beard in the beginning. He looked like he was in his eighties or his nineties. I know you're trying to hide yourself from the world, Bruce Wayne, but don't make yourself look like a hobo. Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman kill it again in their roles. I found myself very interested in Matthew Modine's character. I didn't hate his character and I didn't completely fall in love with his character. His views on Batman were interesting. I don't remember if he played a big part in the climax. Matthew Modine was very good in this movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Police Officer John Blake. Batman doesn't show up a whole lot in this movie but this guy does. I thought Gordon-Levitt did terrific. I could see this guy as a real-life cop. He was heroic, serious, and put the lives of others before him. I loved seeing John Blake when he was on screen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been in a lot of stuff lately and I must say that this guy can act. Tom Hardy did very well as Bane. He's nowhere as good as Heath Ledger's Joker and will probably not get an Oscar nomination. Hardy didn't try to be like Ledger. Although both of them played villains, they are different. Bane is a terrorist and while The Joker did have some terrorist aspects in him, he was more of a psycho madman. Although he can be hard to understand due to his mask, muzzle, or whatever you call it, Bane was intimidating. When he appeared on screen, you knew our characters were in peril. I liked Anne Hathaway's spin on Catwoman. It's different from past incarnations of the character. This Catwoman was a mix of a spy and a burglar. They never addressed her as Catwoman throughout the entire movie. She was technically Catwoman because her alias was Selina Kyle and she was quick like a cat. Thank goodness she only said one cat pun in this movie. It's hard to compare her to Michelle Pfeiffer because the two were very different. I thought the Catwoman character wouldn't fit Nolan's reality-grounded Batman universe but they pulled it off well. Anne looked smokin' in that Catwoman outfit. Me-ow! Marion Coltiard did a good job as Miranda Tate and there are two very cool cameos that I enjoyed.

I know, finally! That last paragraph is finally over. I think it's appropriate to say that the acting was my favorite aspect of the film. For crying out loud, the longest paragraph in this review is all about the acting. This entire trilogy was free from bad performances. Since this series is very reality-grounded, the film isn't crammed with a whole lot of CGI. The only CGI in this film is when Batman is riding around in the Bat-Pod or Batwing. I know it's called The Bat in the film but it will always be called the Batwing to me. The Batwing, or The Bat, looked completely awesome and the special effects used on it were awesome. Another thing that is amazing in this film is the score done by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. It's a pitch perfect score and one of the greatest. I think all the Batman themes are awesome. The Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard theme, the Danny Elfman theme, and even the one from the 60s TV show. The score fits perfectly with the action scene. It just takes the awesomeness to a higher level. The score during the dramatic scenes is also very good. Every time the themes came on, I found myself humming it or pretending to play it on the piano.

The Dark Knight Rises is a very good film maybe even great. From the moment The Dark Knight faded to black, my expectations for this film began to grow and they were very high. My expectations grew higher and higher as every scrap of news and trailer was released. I feel the second film is the best in the trilogy. Try to put your expectations aside as you watch this film because not all of them may be fulfilled. The film isn't perfect but it is still a satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy. I know Warner Bros. is planning to reboot this series again but I hope we don't see it for a long time. If it comes out too soon, I feel it would kill the impact that this series had. Every entry in this series took the superhero genre to new heights. Thanks to this, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Avengers, I can see the genre going in a new direction. Despite some problems and issues I had with the film, it was still a darn good flick. I went to see this at an AMC theater and I got to see the first two films on the big screen before the midnight premiere of this film. I was just amazing to see the entire trilogy back-to-back on the big screen and see how Batman evolves over the course of the three films. I plan to see this movie again while it's still in the theatre. Christopher Nolan wrapped up The Dark Knight Trilogy fantastically and I can't wait to see what he and Zack Snyder do with the Superman franchise next year with Man of Steel. Thank you, Christopher Nolan and company for this amazing series.

R.I.P. Victims of the Colorado tragedy. James Holmes must burn in Hell for his despicable act of senseless violence.

"You don't fear death. You welcome it."

The Amazing Spider-Man

When the news broke out that the Spider-Man series was getting the reboot treatment, I was surprised and saddened. I was really looking forward to seeing a fourth Spider-Man movie. Some of you may disagree with me but I really liked Spider-Man 3. I was nine years old at the time of the release and I thought the film was so awesome because Spidey was going up against three villains and I found that to be very intense at the time. I've rewatched the movie many times and I can see why many people didn't like it. It's not as good as the other two but I still enjoyed it. Sam Raimi's original trilogy was my childhood. I had never picked up a Spider-Man comic at the time that the first film came out but I was introduced to the character from my dad and rereuns of the 90s animated series. I remember having to wait like two hours in line on opening day to the first Spider-Man film. I was so anxious to go in and it ended up being one of the most awesome moviegoing experiences. I have been skeptical about this reboot ever since. I got the chance to attend WonderCon earlier this year where I got to see about ten minutes of footage. Marc Webb was there and he knew how to sell his movie. My hope in this reboot was restored. Did I mention that Emma Stone was also there? Did Spider-Man need to be rebooted after only five years? Not really. Was The Amazing Spider-Man any good? Yes, it was very good.

In this film, Peter is depressed after the disappearance of his parents. He then discovers a briefcase that belonged to his father which contains clues to their disappearance. This then leads Peter to Oscorp where he crosses paths with Dr. Curtis Connors and gets bitten by the radioactive spider. Yeah, you know what happens next. He becomes Spider-Man and gets fantastic superpowers. Spider-Man is seen a vigilante by some and is being hunted down by the police. Meanwhile, Dr. Connors is having problems of his own and through a series of experiments; he becomes the vicious mutant known as The Lizard. It's now up to Spidey to go head-to-head with The Lizard.

The role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man is handed to Andrew Garfield. When Garfield was casted, I had no idea who he was and I couldn't seem his as Peter Parker. When I saw Andrew Garfield in The Social Network, I found him to be a really good actor. He plays the part very well and knows how to sell the character. He's very different from Tobey Maguire's interpretation of the character. This Peter Parker is smart and nerdy but he's not an obvious one. He dresses like an emo outcast and not much like a nerd. If you were a kid when Sam Raimi's trilogy and now you are a teenager, you will relate with this new Peter Parker. When he talks with Gwen Stacy for the first time, it's a very awkward and realistic moment. Anyways, this is a very contemporary Peter Parker. As for Spider-Man, I liked how they did it. I like my Spider-Man to be witty. Andrew Garfield knew how to be witty. He used humor to intimidate and humiliate the criminals he caught. I liked how they went with the Web shooting machines as oppose to organic webs. They brought up a topic that was totally ignored in the previous films. I'm talking about vigilantism. In the other films, people were okay with Spider-Man keeping the city safe even though he isn't a cop. He causes a stir with Captain Stacy and the NYPD and that's one thing I liked about this movie. I thought this interpretation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man was great. It's hard to decide which is better: Tobey or Andrew?

The rest of this cast is great too. Peter's love interest in this film is Gwen Stacy and she is played by the charming and cute Emma Stone. When I tell my friends that I got to see her at WonderCon, they became jealous. Let me make something clear. I did not get a picture with her or get to speak with her. I just saw her from a distance. Still, being in the same room as her is still awesome. I've don't read much comics with Gwen Stacy but I find her a more believable love interest than Mary Jane Watson. She was there to support Peter while Mary Jane acts like the damsel in distress most of the time. I actually bought Peter and Gwen's romance. It was realistic and if I say so myself, cutesy. The two had really good chemistry. Emma Stone's performance was really good. She was smart, funny, and sympathetic. Her father, George Stacy, who's also Police captain, is played by Denis Lear. I liked him. He was a cool guy and a good actor. Aunt May and Uncle Ben are played by Martin Sheen and Sally Field and they were pretty good but I prefer Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson from the original films. Rhys Ifans did a great job as Dr. Curtis Connors/The Lizard. He was a cool villain. I like how he doesn't' look like a bad guy at the start then he flips. Stan Lee's cameo was hilarious. One of his best. The cast in this film was great.

The writing in this film was very good. I can tell that the writers were going for a Batman Begins tone for this film by making it a dark, deep, character study. This movie is no Batman Begins but I liked the direction they went with this film. The film wasn't entirely dark but it took itself seriously. The other films seemed they were relying on being fun. The script was impressive. It had a lot of funny and intense moments and I though the dialogue was pretty good. Marc Webb's directing was very good. I like his style. I need to watch 500 Days of Summer pretty soon. He knew how to film the school scenes well and the action scenes were filmed well. I can't wait to see what he does with the sequels. The effects in this film were absolutely terrific. The swinging scenes are an improvement over the ones in Spider-Man 3. Those looked too CGI. I thought the visual effects on The Lizard were awesome. The 3D could have been better but I give it props for its depth and brightness. Not a whole lot of stuff flies out at the audience so you are better off seeing it in 2D.

I was hoping The Amazing Spider-Man to blow me away. The film is far from perfect but it is still very good. It's very different from the previous films and takes the series into a nice new direction. I thought it was a breath of fresh air. There is a scene halfway through the credits that set up for the sequel and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I wish it was something that would tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe but that would never happen. The film didn't answer all the questions they brought up but I'm pretty sure they will answer them in the next two installments. A Spider-Man trilogy with mystery elements? Sounds good to me! The sequel will be out in May 2014 so I don't have to wait too long. My advice is to go in with an open mind and forget about the other films. You will enjoy it more that way. If you are so attached to the Sam Raimi films and don't want to let go, you probably won't enjoy this movie as much. Anyways, I enjoyed it and I'll probably buy this one when the DVD comes out. The Amazing Spider-Man is entertaining and visually stunning Summertime fun!

"Do I look like the mayor of Tokyo?"

The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty was an animated movie I was really looking forward to seeing. As some of you may know, I am a big fan of Studio Ghibli. Due to my schedule and the film's performance here in the States, I didn't have time to see the film on the big screen. Luckily, on my last day of school, my school rented a nearby theater and we were treated to a private Blu-Ray screening of The Secret World of Arrietty. How awesome is that? I don't think this is a Studio Ghibli masterpiece but it is a beautifully animated and moving feature film.

The story is about a family of Borrowers. Borrowers are little people who live underneath the floorboards and "borrow" little things from humans such as sugar cubes or sewing needles in order to survive. Borrowers try their best to be invisible from humans. A young Borrower named Arrietty is spotted by a human boy named Sean and it puts her family in peril. Although Sean wants to start a friendship with her, Arrietty must do what it takes to protect her family. The plot is pretty simple and it is executed very well.

The film is an adaptation of Mary Norton's novel, The Borrowers. I've read it before and I don't remember it much so I won't be comparing the film to the novel. The guys at Studio Ghibli are amazing storytellers and they brought this world to life beautifully. The world in this film is very fun to watch. I loved seeing the Borrowers use the things they find. For example, they use sewing needles as swords, earrings as grappling hooks, you get it. It's pretty cute. The artwork in this film is dazzling. I loved how detailed the Borrowers' home was and the outdoor scenes were just wow. They looked beautiful. When it comes to animation, Studio Ghibli never fails.

Despite not being the director, Hayao Miyazaki penned the script. He obviously wrote it in Japanese and I saw the English dub so I can't critique the original script. The script they wrote for American audiences was very well written. There were a lot of funny moments and lot of emotional ones. The voice acting was pretty good. Arrietty is played by Bridgit Mendler and she did a good job. She gave the character her personality. She was spunky and heartfelt. David Henrie does a good job as Sean. The character goes through a lot in the film and Henrie's voice acting shows it. Enough with the Disney Channel stars. Let's go over the A-listers. Will Arnett does the voice of Arrietty's father. In my opinion, it sounded like he was doing an impression of Kevin Conroy's Batman. Arrietty's mother is played Will Arnett's wife, Amy Poehler. She also did a good job. She brought humor and compassion to her character. I think the one who did the best was Carol Burnett as Hara. She stole the show and was very funny. The film doesn't feature the most amazing voice acting I've ever heard and the dubbing looked a little off in some parts but it was overall a well done job.

I definitely agree with the RT consensus. The movie is free from family-friendly clatter. It's good to see a traditionally animated film be released in a time where most animated films are all CG and loaded with pop culture references. The audience I went to see this movie with seemed to be taking the film pretty seriously. They were mostly quiet and seem to be absorbing the movie's story and atmosphere. There were some giggles here and there but there was something that Hara said that made the audience laugh out loud. The ending of this movie is pretty emotional and I believe that I did shed one tiny tear. If not, then I was pretty close to crying. The song at the end, "Summertime" by Bridgit Mendler, was a cute little tune about friendship that warmed my heart. The Secret World of Arriety is another charming, heartfelt, and entertaining film from Studio Ghibli. I don't think it's as good as Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro but I still enjoyed it. The last line of the film also wraps up the film perfectly. A great tale of family and friendship and a must-see for those who enjoy quality animated films.

"Sometimes it's best to not go looking for danger."

Marvel's The Avengers

Four years of anticipation and build up have come to an end. The Avengers have finally assembled. It feels like yesterday that I went to see Iron Man and witnessed the now legendary post-credits scene. It was definitely worth the wait. Every time I think about the film's awesomeness, I start to get chills. This was just an epic rollercoaster ride of a movie. This Summer movie season is now off to a terrific start!

The film's plot is almost like a continuation of the S.H.I.E.L.D. subplot in Thor. If haven't seen Thor, then this may come off as SPOILERS to some of you. The villainous Norse God, Loki, has come to Earth and has gained possession of the all-powerful Tesseract. He is also backed up by an alien army. S.H.I.E.L.D. is becomes hopelessly and hilariously outgunned. Nick Fury then reinstates the Avengers Initiative and the team is rounded up. This heroic band of heroes consists of the Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and skilled master assassins, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Together, they must defend the Earth from Loki and his army.

I am not familiar with the works of Joss Whedon. From what I've heard, he knows how to take characters with very different personalities and team them up together nicely. I guess the Whedon fans are right. He certainly knew how to bring the Avengers together. Each of the heroes are different from each other and in some parts of the film, they can't get along. However, they work over their differences and that results in a spectacular climax. It is amazing to see all these characters all together in one movie. It was a good idea that each character got solo movies except for Black Widow and Hawkeye. They had some screen time in Iron Man 2 and Thor. If they tried to develop them all in this movie, it would be a mess. When each character appears, you feel like you know them very well. When they're all teamed up, it's like the most awesome thing. I've looked up Joss Whedon and I learned that he was comic writer. From his script, I can tell that he knew the characters very well. And indeed, he knew how to bring them together and work out their differences. The script is smart, epic, and funny. They combined the swag and arrogance of Tony Stark, the gentlemen and tough attitude of Thor, the brains and fierce of The Hulk, the retro patriotism of Captain America, into one film. Whedon also gives new life the old "guy wants to take over the world" plot.

The acting in this film is also very good. Robert Downey Jr. is doing his Tony Stark thing again and it hasn't grown weaker. I hope it never does. I like how Chris Evans plays Captain America. He's All-American and good-natured. His heroic side is also pretty cool. There is a very funny scene involving him giving instructions to some cops. I'm not familiar with Mark Ruffalo but he was excellent as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. This film's action-packed style would have not worked for Edward Norton. Ruffalo stole the show. The scenes with The Hulk will go down in superhero movie history. Scarlett Johansson did pretty well as Black Widow. It's a shame she got rid of her long, curly redhead look from Iron Man 2. She's still fine looking in this. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was the same as it was in the other movies and I liked Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. I'm glad they didn't use the purple costume. To me, it seemed that Renner had the same expression on his face. His character was still awesome. Whatever type of bow and arrows he uses, I want it! I wasn't a big fan of Cobie Smulder's performance as Maria Hill. She was okay at best. I loved Tom Hiddleston as Loki. He was intimidating and power-hungry. You can see the evil in his face. When he appeared on screen, you know something is going to go down. I can't see anyone else play the villain.

The Avengers has special effects that will blow you away. The motion capture technology used on The Hulk is some of the best I've ever seen. The alien invaders looked very cool. There is one thing Tony Stark does with his Iron Man suit that is just awesome. The film makes a good use of the IMAX screen except for an annoying black bar I spotted at the bottom. I was sitting five or six rows away from the screen so everything was in my face. The 3D in the film is surprisingly good. The climactic battle made the best use of the format. I felt that some of the alien ships were going to fall on me! If you don't get to see it in 3D, that's okay. You're not missing out on anything. I did think that the IMAX 3D glasses were uncomfortable at some points. I got to catch the midnight show and comic book nerdom just filled the air. The audience was having a blast. When the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises came on, the audience grew silent and all attention was fixed at the screen. It looks incredible and I can't wait until July.

The Avengers is simply an awesome superhero film. I still think Iron Man is still the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but this one comes pretty close. For Marvel movies in general, I think this and X-Men: First Class are tied for first. For superhero movies in general, I still think The Dark Knight is better. This is still is a smart, high-octane flick. By the time it's over, you'll want to see it again. I plan to see it again in the theater when I get the chance. You'll enjoy this film whether you're a comic book fan or not. This movie seems to have something for every moviegoer. The only thing I didn't like was the middle of the second act. It seems to drag. Plus, I don't think it's good enough have the #30 spot on IMDB's Top 250. The Avengers leaves you with a smile on your face and a pounding in your heart. This movie didn't disappoint and I'm excited to see what in store for future installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Stay after the credits. If you don't, you'll regret it. Prepare to be wowed by The Avengers.

"Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?"

The Hunger Games

Director Gary Ross brings Suzanne Collins' bestselling dystopian novel, The Hunger Games, to the silver screen in this thrilling adaptation. I'm one of the last few people at my school to jump on The Hunger Games bandwagon. I purchased the novel because the premise sparked so much interest in me. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Collins is such a great writer and her storytelling is gripping. I finished the novel just in time to see the film on opening weekend.

The Hunger Games is set in a nation called Panem, which was built on the ruins of North America. Every year, the Capitol selects one boy and one girl from each of Panem's twelve districts to compete in the Hunger Games. No, it's not an eating contest. Instead, it's a battle to the death where only one will survive. When Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12, witnesses her little sister get chosen for the Games, she decides to take her place. Katniss, along with District 12's male representative, Peeta Mellark, set off to the Capitol to prepare for the games. With the help of Haymitch Abernathy and Effie Trinket, Katniss and Peeta learn to become celebrities. Once she enters the arena, Katniss must fight to survive.

If you haven't read the novel, I suggest you pick it up. It's worth reading. The Hunger Games was sort of a tricky source material to adapt to film. The book is written in a first-person narrative and they had to tone down the violence in order to warrant a PG-13 rating. I seriously didn't think the book was as gruesome as many people made out to be. It is a pretty violent novel and one of the things I was worried about walking into the movie was how violent the film would be. Is it violent? Yes. There were some scenes that I found a little disturbing. I appreciated Gary Ross' direction. It showed his admiration and interest for the story. Since the scenes that take place during the games are told through Katniss' perspective in the book, the film gives you the feeling that you are watching the games at home. Every few minutes, Caesar Flickerman, a media personality in the film's universe, gives you updates and comments on what's going on the games. It's like you're watching futuristic ESPN. The film was well edited and nicely paced. The first few minutes know how to introduce the story to someone who hasn't read the novel. Some people are complaining about the shaky camera work. It didn't affect me. I thought the camerawork was overall good.

As I mentioned above, The Hunger Games is tricky source material. Suzanne Collins helped out on the screenplay, but I would have loved to see someone do the screenplay without the author's assistance. It would be quite the challenge. The script is well written. There are a lot of dramatic scenes and a couple of funny ones. When there was humor, it was done well. The performances in this film are very good. Oscar-nominated Jennifer Lawrence gives a strong performance as Katniss. She makes the character believable and likable. I heard that she was a fan of the series before she landed the part. My sister heard from a friend that when her agent told her she got the role of Katniss, she was worried. She felt they were going to screw up with the movie. From this, I learned that Jennifer Lawrence knew a lot about the character. I believe this helped her portray Katniss well. She was a strong female lead. I thought Josh Hutcherson was pretty good as Peeta and so was Liam Hemsworth as Gale. They must have been familiar with the characters they played.

The young cast were backed up by experienced actors. I thought Stanley Tucci and Woody Harrelson were perfect casting choices. They were responsible for some of the film's comedic moments. Woody Harrelson plays the alcoholic Haymitch Abernathy. He can play a darn good drunkard. I've only seen three films with Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, Captain America, this) and I've come to realize that he is a really good actor. He portrays Caesar Flickerman. He's like the Regis Philbin of Panem. He was funny, entertaining, and a little over the top. Elizabeth Banks plays the flamboyantly-dressed Effie Trinket. Just wait. Effie Trinket will be a popular Halloween costume and Cosplay item. I thought she was very entertaining and I liked how she played the character. She looked like a mix between Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter, The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, and Pris from Blade Runner. I liked it. Elizabeth Banks looked strangely hot. Lenny Kravitz did a pretty good performance and the same thing goes for that Jason Schwartzman lookalike that played The Gamemaker. This was produced on a budget of $100 million which isn't a whole lot to compared to how much Hollywood spends on their blockbusters. They spend up to $200-300 million dollars on CGI-crammed films. The special effects were awesome for their budget. The Capitol looked amazing and the style the people wore were so over the top. The futuristic technology was also cool.

I like the ending in the movie more than the novel. They are the same thing but the play out a little differently. The novel opens the door for sequels while the movie's ending feels complete and omits a cliffhanger. If the Catching Fire movie doesn't get made, the story would feel complete. In the end, I prefer the novel. The Hunger Games was still a solid adaptation of the popular novel. I'm happy that it's making a killing (No pun intended.) at the box office. Since I'm like the last to jump on this bandwagon, I was worried about seeing the movie. I imagined myself feeling lost among other teenage fanatics. I liked the crowd I went to see it with. They were mostly adults and teens who looked like that they were seniors in high school or in college. Was it worth seeing in IMAX? Nope. I saw it in IMAX Digital and it was disappointing. I know it wasn't shot in IMAX, but the film didn't fill up the whole screen. In fact, the screen was not that big. Trust me, 70mm IMAX is where it's at! It was still awesome to see The Avengers and Prometheus trailers in IMAX. I found The Hunger Games to be a well-made production. The direction and acting were my favorite aspects. The novel is better in my opinion, but this film was epic. Bring on Catching Fire!

"It's the only thing I know how to do, bringing pride to my district."

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

The year is 2017 and Replicants, a type of android that is identical to humans, are created and sent to Off-world colonies to work as slaves. After a mutiny, Replicants become illegal on Earth. Police squads known as Blade Runners are given the order to kill Replicants who trespass onto Earth. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, ex-killer, ex-Blade Runner, is sent back to work after four Replicants, or "skin jobs", make their way to Earth. This band of Replicants is led by Roy Batty, who plans to unleash his vengeance on his creator, Dr. Eldon Tyrell. Along the way, Deckard grows a relationship with Dr. Tyrell's Replicant assistant, Rachael.

Blade Runner is a very good film, but I did not find myself loving it like many other people. I do think the story and effects were ahead of its time, but in my opinion, they feel dated by today's standards. I take that back about the story. I can't think of any other complex sci-fi flicks that have to do with androids that were released before Blade Runner. There were some things that I did enjoy. The effects were very cool, the writing and storytelling is strong, and the acting is very good. Blade Runner is based on Philip K. Dick's novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Once you see the film, you'll understand the title of the novel more clearly. The film is very complex and mental. It has to do a lot with how the mind works. I guess this is where Inception may have gotten some inspiration. I didn't fully understand the movie after my first viewing. I had to read theories and explanations on the Internet and they surely gave me a better understanding. Blade Runner's story is very cool. I was a little bugged by the pacing. I watched both the original cut and the Director's cut and they seemed to pace the same way. The tone of each version was different however and I really appreciated that.

Harrison Ford takes on the lead role in Blade Runner and he portrays Rick Deckard very well. He also adds emotion into the performance. He knew how to kick butt. The supporting cast is all good, but I though Rutger Hauer was great as Roy Batty. He just had that sinister looks on his face and every time he appeared on screen, you know he's up to something. His famous "Tears in the Rain" monologue was just epic. Sean Young did a good job as Rachael, the innocent Replicant. Edward James Olmos' character was pretty cool and I liked Daryl Hannah as the seductive Replicant, Pris. Now I have a crush on the character. The cast played their parts very well.

Blade Runner is indeed a well-crafted film. Ridley Scott's direction is awesome. He claims it to be the most "complete" and personal film he has directed. The cinematography and atmosphere in the film is exciting. This is a good example of an escapism film. The original cut of the film is pretty good, but I prefer the 1992 Director's cut. It had more a dark and mysterious tone while the original one felt more like an action thriller. Either way, both version is worth taking a look. I plan to get my hands on The Final Hands and the Workprint version. The score in the film is like a mix between jazz and electronic music and I did like it. Blade Runner was a very good film. I'm glad that I watched it. I just wasn't blown away like many people. I need to re-watch the film again since I feel I'm missing something. I did catch one of the most important themes and I was able to see why many people call think this is influential. It may take me a few more viewings before I come to understand the film. Anyways, Blade Runner is an original and epic sci-fi film.

"Wake up! Time to die!"


After reading many reviews and watching the trailer, I figured that Drive would not be an action movie. I thought it would something more artistic and smart. I just watched it recently and it is indeed different than what I was hoping it to be.

Drive features a nameless protagonist portrayed by Ryan Gosling. He is simply known as The Driver. This film that you should see and I won't give away a whole lot in this synopsis. The story follows The Driver who has two day jobs. The first is working in a garage. The second, a part-time job, is being a stunt driver for Hollywood action films. His night job is working as a getaway driver and the brilliant opening scene shows him doing this. The Driver crosses paths with a young woman named Irene and her son, Benicio. They begin a friendship. When Irene's husband, Standard, is released from prison and learns about The Driver's job as a getaway driver, the two get involved in a heist. They try their hardest to not upset the two mobsters behind it. I'm leaving it up to you to see where the story goes from there.

Yep, this movie rocked. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Nicolas Winding Refn's direction is very stylish and artistic. Some have been comparing him Quentin Tarantino but I think the two have different styles. Still, Refn is a very good director. His choice of music, his pacing, and camerawork are highly impressive. Drive is a fine production. Not only does Nicolas Winding Refn do a good job as the director, the writer dished out an awesome script and the cast is terrific. I don't mean to go all hipster on you guys but I think this film was a bit too good for the mainstream audience. The film is very different than the trailer. I'll admit that I enjoy both mainstream and art films. While there are action scenes, the film is not entirely an action film. It's much more violent than a lot of the action films we see these days. It's not just car chases and guns firing. The violence is a lot more. Trust me. This film is pretty darn violent. A casual moviegoer probably wouldn't appreciate the film's quiet moments and filming style. However, I think many people will enjoy the film whether you're a fan of indie film or not. This movie does have the power to polarize audiences though.

Now that I'm done whining about the film's appeal to audiences, I'll go over the performances. Ryan Gosling is simply amazing as The Driver. He doesn't speak a whole lot, but when he does, something great comes out of his month. I also love the facial expressions he uses. Carey Mulligan was very good as Irene as well as Oscar Isaacs as her husband. Albert Brooks was also awesome. His character, Bernie Rose, seemed to have no emotions other than being angry. You can see the anger in his eyes when something doesn't go right for him. I do think he was robbed out of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. I haven't seen any of the films nominated in that category by the way. I also thought Ron Perlman was pretty good as Nino. I haven't seen a whole lot of Brian Cranston but he was great. The child actor who played Benicio did a good job too. For some reason, most child actors these days get on my nerves. This kid did well because he didn't have a whole lot of lines to begin with. A lot of his scenes were built around facial expressions. Christina Hendricks was good too although she was mostly crying or whining when she spoke her lines. She wasn't the best actor in the film but she definitely wasn't the worst. I did enjoy the last scene involving her character. I love movies with no bad actors and Drive did just that.

The writing in this film is excellent. The film does have a lot of quiet moments and there isn't a whole lot of talking. When the characters do speak, their lines are written very well. And I already went on and on about the film's direction so I'll move on to the score. Music plays a pretty big part in the movie. I really liked that song in the beginning, "Tick of the Clock", by Chromatics, and the song, "Nightcall", by Kavinsky and Nightfoxx that plays during the opening credits. For those who have seen the movie, we will never forget the song, "Oh My Love", by Riz Ortolani, that plays during the soon-to-be-classic "Mask scene". Not to mention the song that song that plays during the Elevator scene. The score and soundtrack take the film's memorability to a higher level. The songs are also pretty hypnotic and do manage to relax me. The music in this film is phenomenal. It sounds a lot like music from the 80s. Just thinking about it makes me want to jump in a car, take a road trip, and play the soundtrack in the background.

As of now, I have only seen Drive once and I am eager to give it another watch. When I was conceiving this review, I was planning to rate this 90%. However, I remembered how well-crafted and original this film is. So I'll be rating it 100%. The direction is awesome, the acting is fantastic, the score is incredible, and it's highly memorable with many scenes that are destined to become classic. Drive may have not been a mega blockbuster during its theatrical run but it seems to be getting a cult following. It deserves it. Drive is fantastic, awesomely directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, wonderfully gritty, entertaining, and has an extremely memorable ending. Depending how attached you become to The Driver, you might get a little emotional during the climax. If you're a fan of stylish and unique cinema, go rent this one. It is one the best films of 2011 and gives an example of true filmmaking.

"You shut your mouth. Or I'll kick your teeth down your throat and I'll shut it for you."

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a film that combines beautiful cinematography, romance, and tons of great action sequences. I haven't watched a whole lot of martial arts, or wuxia, films, but Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon makes me want to watch more films in the genre. Plus, I just started taking Tae Kwon Do classes so I guess that can be considered a requirement.

The plot follows two warriors, Master Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien, who must retrieve the legendary sword, Green Destiny, from the clutches of the notorious thief, Jade Fox. The warriors soon cross paths with Jen Yu, the teenage daughter of a nobleman with a secret. Jen soon finds the warrior in herself and teams up with the two warriors to get the Green Destiny back. There is also a subplot that explores Jen Yu's love life.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a well crafted film. It does a good job developing the characters and story and is loaded with eye candy. The stuntwork in this films is incredible and the performances in the cast are great. It's a very stylistic film that includes a lot of substance and the two work out perfectly.

When I sometimes think about martial arts movies, I get images in my head of a clichéd sensei or master giving wise zen quotes. The film avoids that and focuses more on the story than the martial arts. That's how I interpret the movie. This is a film that people interpret differently due to the ending. Trust me. Those final seconds of the movie are going to stick with you. The script is also fine. I love the dialogue during the romantic subplot. When Jen gets her freak on, they give her some pretty sassy dialogue.

The performances in this movie are excellent. There is not one bad actor in this film. I watched the original Madarin dub. I saw a bit of the English dub and wasn't totally impressed. It dumbed down the acting in my opinion. While I enjoyed Michelle Yeoh and thought Chow Yun Fat was awesome, major kudos go to Zhang Ziyi as Jen. This movie kicked off her career. The only other thing I saw her in was Rush Hour 2 but she's been in many other Asian films after this. Anyways, I just loved her as an actress and also as a crush. She starts off as a curious teen and then becomes a great warrior. I'm a sucker for cat fights and she engages in one of the best in cinematic history.

Also, the cinematography is exceptional. The landscapes are beautiful. It left me speechless and that's all I can say about it. The pacing started to bug me a little in the begining but toward the climax, it works very well. The romance suplot feels like an entirely different movie. It is also well developed throughout and makes an impact on the glouriously filmed final scene. Zhang Ziyi's chemistry with Chen Chang is perfect.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a spectacular film with breathtaking cinematography, memorable performances, a thrilling plot, a great romance, and has amazing action sequences. I need to explore more Wuxia films like Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon or Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Regarding Seven Samurai, I have an urge to see it but what seems to put me off is it's run time. I'll have to give it a try since it's a widely praised film. If you haven't seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, get to it. You will be entralled by this epic.

Thanks for reading my first review of 2012!

"Now give yourself up and find yourself again."

It's a Wonderful Life

George Bailey is a man with many hopes and dreams. However, his sacrifices, economic woes, and the achievements of his brother, Harrry, get in the way. On Christmas Eve, a frustrated Geroge Bailey is visited by a guardian angel named Clarence who gives him a new, and not so pleasant, look on his life.

It's A Wonderful Life is a film that should not be missed. I found it to be a perfect movie with fantastic performances, an original plot, and awesome build up. If you haven't sat down to watch it this Christmas season, you're making a big mistake, my friend.

The film features an array of top notch performances. The highlight of the film is James Stewart in his Oscar nominated role as George Bailey. Despite his behavior in the film's third act, he is a very likable character and we learn to feel for him during his tribulations. His performance is excellent. He will have you at the edge of your seat in some moments. That is a sign of a great actor. Donna Reed, who plays George's gourgeous wife, Mary, is great as well. My favorite of the entertaining supporting cast was Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter. One of the greatest jerks to ever grace the silver screen. You're going to fall in love with Henry Travers by the end of the film. Believe me when I say that. The cast is marvelous.

Where do I begin with the script? It's practically flawless because the film features a simple story and the entire film builds up to the final act. Frank Capra's script features classic dialogue that is both heartfelt and funny. One of ym favorite dialogue sequences involves George telling Mary that he'll lasso the moon for her. How romantic. I'm probably gonna use that line when I hit on girls. Frank Capra's direction is perfect as well. I want to explore this guy's filmography.

When I finished watching this, I came to realize why this has becomes a staple of Christmas. The film shows how wonderful your life can be and I think Christmas is probably the most perfect time of year to reflect on it. We learn from George Bailey and how he values his life. When the powerful moral hits us, we learn how we can imporve upon our lives. I like to reflect on what I did over the year around Chrsitmas time and this is the movie that accommodates that. Plus, it's at the very end of the year so it works perfectly. It's A Wonderful Life is a perfect movie with fantastic performacnes, build up, a nice score, and an amazing moral. Inspirational and enjoyable. Watching this movie is something I plan to make a Christmas tradition. A truly wonderful and beautiful movie. Go watch it now! And have a box of Kleenex in hand when you do.

Merry Christmas, RT Community!

"That's why all children should be girls."

The Adventures of Tintin

Tintin is something very new to me. I didn't grow up with the comic books or animated series because it's a property that isn't very well known here in the United States. When I heard that Stephen Spielbetg and Peter Jackson were going to collaborate for a film adaptation of Tintin, I got pretty excited. Two of my favorite directors were behind it and the character of Tintin had grasped my attention. After seeing the film, I have an urge to explore this wildly popular (Outside the U.S. that is) universe created by Herge.

The film follows Tintin and his trusted pooch, Snowy. He is a well known reporter who buys a model of The Unicorn, a legendary vessel. Tintin's curiosity regarding the ship begins to spark and teams up with the alcoholic Captain Haddock on an adventure that unfold's the ship's backstory and mysteries. Tintin, Snowy, and Haddock also try to outsmart and foil the villanous Sakharine in this animated 3D adventure film with mystery, action, exotic locations, and probably one of the best Family Feuds put on the screen.

If I were more familiar with this property, I would have loved this film. When i read the comics, my opinion may change. I really enjoyed this film. In my opinion, the first ten of fifteen minutes of the film felt rushed and I was hungry for character development. However, about five minutes into the film, they introduce me to Tintin in a fine matter. All of the characters, especially Captain Haddock, are introduced pretty well and they are developed throughout the film. I wish we had more of the Thompson detectives. They were very enjoyable in their scenes.

The performances in this film are well done and enjoyable. The only thing I've seen with Jamie Bell was Peter Jackson's King Kong and he was pretty good in that one. I thought he played the part of Tintin very well. Andy Serkis, the king of motion capture performances, stole the show as Haddock. He was very funny and smart despite being an alcoholic. Daniel Craig played a pretty good villain and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were also very enjoyable as Thompson and Thompson. Can't go wrong with that duo! The dog who played Snowy was awesome. One of the best trained animals I've ever seen in a movie. Not to mention, he was very, very adorable! If I were to go to The Tintin Shop in London, the first thing I'd buy would be a plush of him.

The motion capture technology in the film was stellar and impressive. This is the only type of animated Motion capture films are always criticized for the creepy appearance of the characters. This is mostly found in those Robert Zemeckis films. The characters' appearances will not make anybody cringe since the character designs follow those of the comics. Smart move. The action sequences were amazingly animated. My favorites were The Unicorn backstory sequence and the Baaghar chase scene which had awesome stuntwork. If you loved the truck chase from Raiders of the Lost Ark, you're going to love this scene. The script in the film is very smart and well written. This film had some of the Shaun of the Dead team. You got Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the cast and Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish doing the script. They delivered a very good script and that was funny and adventurous. I really liked how the mystery unfolded. They set up the sequel at the end and I'm very excited to see how it turns out.

A lot of critics and moviegoers believe that 3D is best used in animated films. I have to disagree. When I go see movies in this overused format, I prefer them to be live-action that way I feel like I'm in the movie. I don't get that feeling in animated films. I gave it a go with Tintin. Spielberg did a pretty good job with his first 3D film. I was expecting stuff flying out at me all throughout the film but it was only shown during the action scenes. My favorite part of the 3D was how the backgrounds popped. A lot of the effects were just the guns being fired and Haddock pointing his finger at the audience. It's still worth the price of admission and I think the movie wouldn't be as fun in 2D and even more better if I saw it in IMAX. I reccomend 3D if you're looking for a good time. I didn't like how the opening credits were shown in 3D and it made my eyes ache a bit. The best 3D movie in my opinion is Avatar. I thought you guys may want to know.

The Adventures of Tintin is a very entertaining animated film by Stephen Spielberg. For his first animated film, I'm quite impressed. When I saw the trailers, I was hoping for an adventure film in vein of Indiana Jones. While some parts did feel like watching Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark or Hook, Tintin mostly came off as it's own creation. Much like the new Mission: Impossible film, Tintin delivers Summertime fun in the Winter. It's just what I needed to post my annual case of Post-Christmas Blues. The 3D was also very nice. The reason I'm giving this an 80% because it had a great story and a well done script. It was also well edited and had some pretty awesome scene transitions. The John Williams score wasn't very memorable to me but it was also very good. I've read some people's reviews and they claim that the film is very loyal to the source material. My rating and opinion may change once I read the comics or watch the cartoon series. On top of all that, it's wildly entertaining. This film is your ticket to great Spielberg fun.


"There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure."

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

In the latest installment of the Mission: Impossible series, the IMF gets shut down after it's implication in the bombing of the Kremlin. Ethan Hunt and his top secret team embark on a globe trotting mission to clear up their name and capture the man behind the bombing who plans to begin a nuclear war. Let the thrill ride begin!

As of now, I have not seen the other films in the series. The main reason I went to see this because there was a little treat shown before the movie that I was just dying to see. I'll get to that later. Also, the trailers sold me to the movie. They were very well put together and knew how to get action fans flocking to the theater. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I've heard that none of the films have connected plots or story arcs so I was fine.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol delivers some of the most fun you'll have at the movies this year. The film is fun-filled from start to finish and features what many recent action films lack these days. That is intelligence. The film is very smart, witty, and well planned out but it won't have you thinking like a psychological thriller. It's summertime entertainment for the Holidays.

The story in this film isn't groundbreaking and I didn't find it very original. I also felt that there weren't enough surprises or twists. As I Look back at the movie, I don't think there were any. I enjoy those in an action movie. The premise is exciting and it was a pleasure to follow it. The action scenes are also very well done. Without giving away a whole lot, there is a scene involving Ethan Hunt and his partner, Benji, trying to sneak past a guarded area and they use very sly and funny techniques to complete the task. What I loved about this scene was the comedic value and the fact that there was no dialogue. It felt like watching an episode of Mr. Bean only with secret agents.

Of all the action scenes, the main highlight involves Tom Cruise climbing up the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the talletst building in the world. Those with weak constitution who see this film in IMAX should be warned. This scene is pretty intense and could make you queasy. My hands were sweating. This scene is well shot and thrilling. I saw the film in IMAX and was sitting in the fourth row. Those who have seen movies in that format should know how that feels. The expensive price of admission my cousin and I paid to see this in IMAX was worth it. Many of the film's action scenes are shot with the glorious IMAX cameras and perfectly displayed on the immense screen thanks to the director, Brad Bird. However, I felt that he took advantage of the camera sometimes just to film explosions that only last a few seconds.

The series has gotten famous directors to helm the films such as Brian DePalma, John Woo, and JJ Abrams. Brad Bird, who directed Pixar's The Incredibles and Ratatouille and the cult animated film, The Iron Giant, makes a great live action debut. I would love to see more action films directed by him and he should give Michael Bay some lessons! The shooting stlye in the film is grand and the cinematography was amazing. Thanks to Brad Bird, I have faith in Andrew Stanton (He's the best Pixar director in my opinion.) and his live-action sci-fi film, John Carter, which is out in March. Some of the action sequences feel like the ones featured in The Incredibles all thanks to the director.

The performances in this film were pretty good. I like Tom Cruise and he plays a very cool spy. I think I'd rather go on a mission with him than James Bond. I haven't seen The Hurt Locker yet but if you've been reading the site's Weekly Ketchup, you may notice that Jeremy Renner is being considered for quite a few action films. He is playing Hawkeye in The Avengers and is taking the spotlight away from Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. I think he can carry an action movie and he is pretty good in this movie. However in the trailers, I felt that he was going to be a suspicious character and he really wasn't one in the film. Paula Patton also plays a good sidekick but Simon Pegg was such a delight! He shines in every moment he's in and is practically the film's show stealer. And that guy from Batman Begins who becomes The Scarecrow's first victim was also good during his short prescense. One of my issue's with the film were the villains. They weren't intimidating to me and were a little bland. My favorite of the baddies was the French assassin, Sabine Moreau, played by Lea Seydoux. She was actually quite intimidating and also contributes to the film's eye candy. In other words, she is very hot. The film also has a solid, well written script that has nifty humor and intelligence.

Now I'm going to reveal the main reason why I saw the film. I was over at my cousin's house and we were discussing comic books. We got on the subject of Batman and discussed the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. I also told him that I saw the bootlegged version of the prologue and he wanted to see it. So we called our local IMAX to see if they were playing it, rounded up some buddies, and headed to the theater. The prologue is the first six minutes of the upcoming film. I saw a leaked version a few days before but since it was recorded with a camcorder, I was dismayed. From what I made up of it, I thought it was cool. Until I saw it on the IMAX screen, I was blown away. I was on the edge of the seat and the audience applauded when it was finished. I will definetly see the movie in IMAX.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is a great action film that is smart and amusing. It never fails to entertain but I think I would appreciate the ending more if I had seen the other films. When displayed in IMAX, it is a wonder to behold. The scenes shot with IMAX cameras take up the entire screen but the ones that are not just look like a Blu-Ray disc projected onto a six story screen. The film is great and it is the best espionage film since Casino Royale. I think that film is superior. So if you're looking for tons of fun and thrills at the movies, grab a ticket for this bad boy!

"Science is sad."

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

The Muppets are back and better than ever! The latest film in the series follows Gary, his puppet brother, Walter, and Gary's girlfriend, Mary. While on a trip to Los Angeles, they discover that an oil tycoon, Tex Richman, with the help of Muppet haters, Waldorf and Statler, are planning to destroy the Muppet Studio and collect the oil underneath it. The trio teams up with Kermit the Frog and assist him in finding the Muppet gang after they have all gone their seperate ways. I especially love where Animal and Scooter wind up. Together, they plan a telethon in order to restore their theater as well as their popularity.

Without a doubt, Jason Segal and James Bobin have made the best Muppet movie. It has great writing, fine performances, and it kept the esscene of the classic Muppet movies and shows. They didn't try to modernize them like in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. Segal claims that The Muppets were one of his biggest comedic influences and that he grew up with them. He perfectly shows this through the script, which he co-wrote, and his delightful performance. They also poke fun at muscial cliches during some of the song sequences. Some of the musical numbers are over-the-top so you're in for a treat.

I want to start off with the writing. The Muppets features a solid script. I like how they introduced the latest Muppet character, Walter, in the film. The writing knows how to keep the audience interested and the comedic timing is perfect. Once the punchline hits, you'll be howling with laughter. Not to mention Fozzie the Bear's trademark humor. He's the only person who can make a unfunny joke funny It's not a Fozzie joke until he say's his classic catchphrase. The fourth wall jokes were pretty good too. They also satarized some cliches. There is a scene where Tex Richman overdoes it with product placement. The joke wasn't shoved in your face and was actually pretty subtle.

Muppet movies need to two things in order for me to like them: smart writing and great performances. The actors in this one are great. There are some movies where you can see if the actors are enjoying their role. It is totally present in the Muppets. If I were in a Muppet movie, there will always be a smile in my face. The acting was great. I haven't seen a whole lot of Jason Segal but I enjoyed him. He made his character very likable too. I love Amy Adams and she is just so fun to watch. I haven't seen her dramatic roles such as The Fighter but she always seems to play the character who always optimistic, maybe even too optimistic, no matter what happend. As you may have guessed, I enjoyed her as well. Chris Cooper was an enjoyable villain and the Muppet cast are just perfect as always. The cameos are very nice too.

The Muppets is charming and witty revival of the classic franchise. It managed to leave me in stitches at some points. There was also a good touch of heart. I didn't cry but there was a pretty heartwarming moment towards the end. The only thing that I didn't like was the lack of Rizzo the Rat's screen time and the abscence of Sal Minella the Monkey. They also introduced my to a lot of characters that I didn't know about. There were some I've never even seen before. Who is that big blue guy we see in the poster? Anyways, this is a hilarious and entertaining family film. It also features a pretty nice score and funny musical numbers. I hope this paves the way for more puppet movies. I'm sure The Dark Crystal sequel and Fraggle Rock movie are counting on this one. They did a great job introducing the characters to a new generation. This is one The Muppets' finest achievements. Jim Henson would be proud.

"Maniacal laugh! Maniacal laugh! Maniacal laugh!"

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Go ahead and shoot me, guys. I happen to find the Twilight movies completely harmless. Although, a retarded snail can easily notice how cheesy and weak these films can be. They indeed have hammy dialouge and an inept script but sadly, I enjoy them.

In the first part of the series' final installment, Breaking Dawn, Bella and Edward are set to hitch despite being tangled up in a love triangle with Jacob Black. Not to mention that he's a vampire and she's a human. Their steamy Brazillian honeymoon is cut short after Bella becomes pregnant with a lethal human-vampire baby. Trouble stirs up between the Cullens and the Jacob's wolf pack and Bella's life is in grave danger.

I don't know where to place this among the Twilight films but this is one of the better ones. It's still chessy but the pacing and acting has improved. The script has not. Every entry in the series has had a different directing style. Catherine Hardwicke brought a emo, gloomy look to the first one, Chris Weitz gave it more of a fantasy look, and David Slade made it bleak and action packed. Bill Condon, who helmed Dreamgirls, seems to follow in Chris Weitz's steps and adds a little surreal, often gothic touch. This has a few surreal sequences that are well-made especially the final frames and a dream sequence that occurs within the first ten minutes.

The acting in this film is okay. R-Patz (Robert Pattinson's nickname) is still pretty boring. Kristen Stewart (K-Stew) probably gives her best performance as Bella Swan yet. However, you can't really feel for her. Did I mention that she got cuter? Taylor Lautner, who in my opinion is the strongest of the actors, is passable. Billy Burke was also pretty good. He probably had the least screen time along with Anna Kendrick. The cast gives their characters their all but none of them are perfect.

Scripting is a mixed bag with this entry. The entire thing sounds like a soap opera. The film shows the wolf pack communicating with each other while in their wold forms. They play corny voiceovers while I said to myself, "I paid to see Twilight. Not the live-action version of Balto." This movie tries to be good but I found it to be decent in the end. But why two parts? They could cram the entire story into one movie. It'll probably be three hours and that'll upset the haters. And you thought Warner Bros.' decision to split Deathly Hallows into two movies was a cash crab! The guys at Summit wanna milk the crap out of this gravy train. Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is a barely fresh movie.

I'll admit that it was quite fun to see this on the big screen. I didn't ask for my $20 back at the end. You got the audience laughing during the unintentionally funny scenes (The audience laughed hysterically when Edward breaks the bed during the love scene.), and all the cute, goth girls surrounding you. I kept oogling and oggling this girl sitting two seats to the left from me. Her boyfriend didn't even notice! Plus, I sat in the second row so I got a good view of Kristen Stewart, the leggy Ashley Greene (Scrumptious!), and newomer, Mackenzie Foy. Despite her age, I drooled at her looks.

Consider this favor I did to my readers who hate Twilight. They include Rachel H., Wisenheimer, Cody Fairless-Lee, Lord Naseby, Ken H., Brantastic16, and my favorite hater, Rodders. Can't wait to see him bash this movie! It grew on me and I guess this is what I get for going to see it with my sister and female twin cousins. Not perfect but passable. I'll probably redeem myself by seeing The Muppets sometime soon.

"Are those graduation caps?"

Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella)

Life is Beautiful is a truly beautiful film. The acting, writing, story, pacing, and score, are absolutely perfect. The 80% Tomatometer just saddens me. Who doesen't like it? If you haven't seen this picture, I strongly reccomend you go out and rent it.

In case you just stumbled upon my profile, I like to give a little plot synopsis on the film I am reviewing. Life is Beautiful is a movie you just have to see for yourself in order to know what it's about. The film is rated PG-13 but don't bother reading the reason why it is given that rating because it gives away some of the plot. Dont' even bother going on the IMDB or Wikipedia pages for the film. It's about a man named Guido (played by the enjoyable Roberto Benigni) who has a great job and family. His relationship with his family is strong. One day, he and his son, Giosue, land in one of the most dangerous and deadliest places on Earth. Guido makes the experience of being in this specific place less terrifying for his child by playing a game with him. If they follow the instructions, he will win a prize.

Life is Beautiful is one of the most original movies I have ever seen. It's blend of heartwarming comedy and intense drama doesen't fail. The script is witty and smart and the comedic timing is brilliant. I also enjoyed the pacing and story development. Speaking of the pacing, there are some scenes that are brilliantly set up. They start off intense and then become comedic or vice versa.

The strongest part of the film in my opinion is the performances. Roberto Benigni is perfect in his role as Guido. You can easily tell he based his performance on Charlie Chaplin. He is very witty and fun to watch and deserved the Best Actor Oscar he got. Giorgio Cartarini is one of the best child actors I have ever seen. I loved hin as Giosue. Nicoletta Braschi was very good as Guido's wife whose named after the explorer, Dora. The cast is excellent. No sucky performances are present.

The film quickly shits from a comedy to dramedy. The comedy and drama are equally excellent. They don't interfere with each other. As I was watching this film I thought to myself, "Why can't Hollywood make movies like this?" For every good movie out there, there is a bad one. It's like Yin and Yang. The film left me in awe and made mt forget of all the bad movies I've seen. If Marc L., Gordon Franklin Terry Sr., and Cody Fairless-Lee are reading this, you better change your taste quickly. Hollywood, please make more good movies like this again. I think the American film industry can look up to foreign films for help.

You'll laugh than bawl. Writer-director-actor, Roberto Benigni has created one of the best movies I have ever seen. It's funny, sad, intense, artistic, well constructed, and beautiful. I tend to avoic counting up plot holes in mistakes when I watch films so I consider the film to be basically flawless. Life is Beautiful is a must see.

"Pigeons fly, women fall from the sky! I'm moving here!"


Insidious was mentioned at The Scream Awards last night and since Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to review it. Insidious is about a family who moves into a new house. The parents happen to be Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson, who both starred in the superhero movies, Watchmen and X-Men: First Class. Everything is going nicely in their new abode until the baby starts crying too much, and their son, Dalton, suddenly dosen't wake up. After discovering that Dalton is in a coma, his parents soon hire some paranormal experts. That is when all the weird stuff begin happening.

I actually reccomend Insidious if you haven't seen it yet. If I made my synopsis longer, I would be spoiling the fun for you. Haunted house movies aren't my thing let alone horror movies. Haunted house films kind of annoy me because the characters aren't the wisest. The ending of Poltergeist still stresses me! Insidious is a pretty smart horror film. The way they explain why the house is haunted is pretty original. I got a little stressed in the beginning, mainly because of the decisions the characters were making, but the rest of the film was fine.

The performances were decent. Rose Byrne definetly looked terrified throughout the film. I may say that she is cut out for these type of horror films. However, I would not like to see her in some slasher or torture film. Patrick Wilson, who portrays Nite Owl II in Watchmen, is good as the father. The rest of the performances are good but nothing here is Oscar Worthy, folks!

Are there any visuals? Yes. Insidious isn't a low budget film and neither is it big budget film. The visual style is pretty cool. It feels very surreal and there is one special effect that is very original. I can't give it away. Plus, the music is great and very scary. IT was overdone in some scenes. Lastly, is the movie scary? The first two minutes of the film and the last fifteen to twenty are the scariest. The rest is just very spooky.

Insidious is an entertaining and frightning film. A good film for the Halloween season. Good performances and clever scares make Insidous worth watching.

"Just because you're a superhero doesen't make you invincible."

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

I figured writing a review to A.I. would be a good follow-up to my 2001 review which was my 300th review. A.I. Artificial Intelligence was originally going to be made by the late Stanley Kubrick but picked up by Stephen Spielberg shortly after his death. After seeing 2001, I can easily see that this is a great homage to a late and great director.

The film is set in a dark and gloomy future where the polar ice caps have melted and the great cities have flooded. A robot, or "meccha", named David is built. He is designed to show love and is given to a family who lost a child. David's human caretaker, Monica, can't deal with him and sends him out into the world. David dreams of becoming a real boy and sets out on a journey with the help of a Meccha gigolo named Joe and his robotic teddy bear, Teddy, to the find the key to becoming a real boy: The Blue Fairy.

Artificial Intelligence is quite underrated in my opinion. It is one of my favorites from Spielberg. This is one of two Spielberg movies, the other being Saving Private Ryan, in which we totally forget who's directing. Spielberg didn't make this, Kubrick did. It has a lot of silent moments and camera angles that the director may have used. However, the second portion of the film feels very Spielbergian but the end is Kubrick all the way!

The performances in this film are fantastic. Kudos go to Haley Joel Osment, the kid from The Sixth Sense, for his portrayal of David. Jude Law was great as the Gigolo. My favorite character in the film was Teddy. He was brilliant! I will go out of my way to get a supertoy teddybear. The writing was very good and the effect were amazing. Better than some of the films released today.

I got to wrap up this review. I'm at a library and I only have 8 minutes left on the computer. This movie shook many emotions in me but my only issue with it is that it has too many conflicts. However, i enjoyed every minute of it from the visuals to the direction to the performances. I do reccomend this one. You're gonna want to have a box of Kleenex with you towards the end.

"I've been counting the seconds since last we met."

2001: A Space Odyssey

Welcome to Movie Monster's 300th Review!

2001: A Space Odyssey. Woah. Wow. Those words came out of my mouth as I watching this brilliant piece of film. This is the first Stanley Kubrick film I've seen and I can easily see why so many people on RT look up to him. The direction is fantastic, the editing is awesome, and the tone is haunting. It puts the "science" in "science fiction". This is one you don't want to miss out on.

The film was released in 1968. No kidding. This came out in 19 FREAKIN' 68! This is a film way ahead of it's time. The film depicts an alternate and advanced look at space travel during 2001. Similar to Fantasia and Pulp Fiction, the film is told in segments. The first is "The Dawn of Man" which shows the early humans AKA apes finding a strange and extraterrestrial object. This segment features no dialogue and starts off the film excellently. It's cool to see how the prehistoric era and the future is envisioned in the film. The last two segments feature thrilling space exploration involving a discovery on the moon and two astronauts who face their ship's uncooperative computer, HAL 9000, on their way to Jupiter.

This may sound like an exciting film. It actually is but it is also very creepy. Space is depicted as a mysterious and spooky place. The movie informs it's audience to not ever go there. The film is exciting, thought provoking, and undoubtedly creepy. Two scenes in this film kept me up at night. What's scarier is that they were so quiet. This film can perfectly balance it's thrilling sense with it's mysterious one. The writing is also very good too despite the lack of dialogue.

My favorite aspect of the film is the storytelling. It is brilliant. I love the use of classical music during the scene where they're headed toward the Moon. Music plays a big part in the film. The score is epic and haunting. Very haunting. During the creepy scenes, a group of demonic opera singers (That's what it sounds like to me.) back it up. Sometimes it feels overdone but it adds a lot. Kubrick tells the audience that you don't need dialogue to tell a story. The classical music does that for us. The visuals, production design, and props are also fantastic and are way ahead of it's time. 19 FREAKIN' 68! I can't believe it! I can't imagine all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the production.

2001: A Space Odyssey has become one of my new favorite films. Because of it's storytelling format, the film is flawless and the visuals, music, and performances are fantastic. It probably won't serve well to casual moviegoers (I'm talking to Cody-Fairless-Lee, Kadeem S., and Sean C. ~The One Coz~.) and many have you have already seen it by now. Those who haven't need to. It is truly an experience. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a dazzling piece of cinema. Thank you for reading my 300th review.

"Unfortunately that sounds a little like famous last words."


Megamind is an evil "genius" and nemesis of Metro Man, Metro City's finest defeneder. After fianlly defeating him, Megamind takes over the city and fills it up with crime 24/7. However, this makes Megamind bored and decides to create a superhero that he can fight. Who is this superhero? It's Titan whose alter ego is Hal, the nerdiest kid in the city, and the camera man for the local news.

Ever since the last two Shrek sequels, I began to care a little less about Dreamworks movies. Other than How to Train Your Dragon, they all have to have the same moviemaking formula. They're all comedies sprinkled with pop culture references and subtle jokes aimed at the adult audience. Because I'm a fan of superhero and comic book movies, Megamind has now become one of my favorite Dreamworks films along with Shrek 1 & 2, Madagascar, Antz, etc. I'll make a list in the furure.

First off, the story. While it takes influence from others, it's quite original. It's themes of good and evil are taken seriously and at the same time, satarized. I can say that I have never seen a movie like this. The main parody of the film is Superman but I just really enjoyed the plot. The film was exciting and funny and well written. However, I'll give this a 70% because this movie isn't excellent but good for what it is.

Another thing I enjoyed about Megamind was the voice acting. It's probably the best aspect of the film. Will Ferrel was perfect for Megamind. Brad Pitt was fun as Metro Man, Jonah Hill was great as Hal as well as Tina Fey as Roxanne Ritchi who is also one of the cutest animated characters in recent years. David Cross was pretty good as Minion. His design and appearance reminds me of Klaus from American Dad. JK Simmons' inclusion is a good homage to the genre it satarizes. Plus, the animation is great too.

This is an amusing and very funny film to watch. Excellent voice acting, smart script and story, and cool animation. It's well edited and paced by Guilermo Del Toro. I'm not kidding. If you like superhero films, satires, or both, I reccomed this one.

"There is no Easter Bunny. There is no Tooth Fairy. There is no Queen of England."


Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel to life in Watchmen. The film is set in 1985 where President Nixon is about to serve his third term and World War III, a nuclear war, is about to begin. Superheroes have been outlawed and government hero, The Comedian, has been murdered. Who did it? Why? Now the Watchmen must band together to solve this crime and discover the secret behind the future apocalypse.

I respect those who were not fond of the film. How did I react? My rating gives it away. I really liked this movie. The visuals are amazing, the narrative structure is brilliant and the performances are great. I'll admit that I've never read the graphic novel but two geeks told me some of the story to me. I was too busy following the story did I didn't make time to catch flaws. I usually don't do that.

The film begins with a bang showing the murder of Edward Blake alias The Comedian. That comes after the studio logos which looked like a slideshow made on Windows Movie Maker. After that, we get an opening credits scene that is probably the best in any movie. This isn't the type of opening credits sequence that you can't ignore. It sets up the film's background and universe. Plus, you get Bob Dylan's "Time's Are A-Changin'" playing in the background which is extremely perfect. You have to pay attention throughout or the movie will not be interesting to you.

Watchmen is set in an alternate and bleak 1985 New York City. One of the characters, Rorschach, explicitly describes this gloomy world filled with homosexuals and people using heroin and child pornography. The quote gave me goosebumps. There are numerous characters in Watchmen and we are given a background and origin story on each. The origin sequences are well told and paced. Especially the ones about Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach. The characters are awesome by the way. I really liked Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan but my favorite was without a doubt was Rorschach. A creepy, gritty, and memorable sociopath. His origin is very creepy and a bit emotional. I thought the storytelling was brilliant. This is when narration comes in handy like Sin City. I loved the storytelling.

The performances range from "great" to "awesome". The great performances come from the guy who played Nite Owl, Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, and Jeffery Dean Morgan as The Comedian. The good performances were from the supporting cast, Carla Gugino as Silk Spectre and Malin Ackerman as Silk Spectre II. The excellent performance was from Jackie Earle Haley who played Rorschach. He was so creepy and delivered his lines excellently with his deep and graspy voice. The effects and stunts were sick. Not to mention to production design and Snyder's direction. They were all great.

You guys are probably gonna say something like this in the comments:

"Great review! I thought it was (insert negative adjective here)."

I respect those who did not like the movie. While I said that I didn't pay attention to the film's flaws, I can see which aspects many geeks didn't like. I personally really enjoyed Watchmen. It is one of the best comic book movies I have ever seen and the deepest superhero ever in my opinion. I was thoroughly enthralled and blown away by this superhero epic.

"What, in life, does not deserve celebrating?"

Mars Attacks!

I actually enjoyed Mars Attacks. I think the reason why critics weren't too nice about was that they may have taken it too seriously. As I was watching it, I took as a spoof film and not a serious alien invasion film like Battle: L.A. or Independence Day. Plus, its nice to see TimBurton do something thats not up his alley.

The film features a large ensemble cast. In the film, the First Family (played by Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, and Natalie Portman) discover that the Earth will be able to make contact with alien life. The Martians don't end up coming in peace and violence ensues after a hippie throws a dove up in the air when they land. So, President Jack Nicholson and a few other funny characters must stop the global invasion.

This is an underrated film in my opinion. Just don't take it seriously and you won't be thrown off. The comedic performances are nicely done. Mars Attacks is a throwback to the sci-fi B-Movies of the 50s and 60s and it is a good one.

Let me go into brief detail about the ensemble cast. Theres Jack Black, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny Devito, Martin Short, Pierce Brosman, Tom Jones, and many others. They know how to act not too stupid and not too serious. Jack Nicholson's two roles are very funny. I also liked the scripting and score.

Some users on RT critiscize the effects. Theeffects are supposed to be cheesy! The entire movie is cheesy so you haters should DEAL WITH IT! *Puts on sunglasses* While the film isn't perfects, its a fun, quirky, hilarious, spoof that can easily grow on you. I reccomend this one to those looking for a cheesy and entertaining film. This is probably Tim Burton's most overlooked. And if you're longing to see a decapitated Sarah Jessica Parker, you're in luck. An instant guilty pleasure!

If Rodders is reading, please forgive me.

"You gave up pork?"

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Spongebob was my favorite cartoon for the longest time. That changed when Phineas and Ferb came out. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie was released toward the end of show's glory days. In 2006, the show made a turn. A turn in which it can never escape from. A turn in which the show becomes, dare I say it, unfunny and uninteresting.

The show is basically about a manchild sea sponge and his crazy misadventures around the underwater world of Bikini Bottom. In the movie, Spongebob's boss, Mr. Krab's rival, Plankton, steals King Neptune's crown and frames Krabs. The king is set to execute Krabs if Spongebob and his dim-witted buddy, Patrick, don't come back with the crown in six days. So Spongebob and Patrick go on a perilous road trip to the far end of the ocean to retrieve the Neptune's crown from the forbidden Shell City. However, a hitman hired by Plankton named Dennis is after the two.

Rule #1: Take Spongebob as it is.

The film is its own thing. If you grew up watching Nicktoons like Rugrats, Doug, and Ren and Stimpy, I reccomend this one. Even if you don't watch the show, there are some stuff in the film that you can enjoy. Don't expect it to a magical work of Disney's, a smart Pixar film, or a fantastic Studio Ghibli film. Its a cartoon. Cartoony enviroment and characteristics are present throughout. So take the film as it is. Don't expect more of less.

The scripting in Spongebob episodes range from "good" to "average". The scripting in the film is pretty good. They crack some good jokes. However, there is nothing hilarious. You will laugh but your side won't hurt. If you want that to happen, watch something from the minds of Monthy Python, Mike Judge, or Seth McFarlane.

Tom Kenny nails his voice work on Spongebob. Although, he is a totally overused voice actor. If you love him in the show, you'll love him here. A lot of voice actors from the show shine here. Hillenburg adds some well-known actors into the mix as new characters. We have Jeffery Tambor (Hellboy) playing King Neptune, Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) as Dennis, and believe it or not, Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) as Neptune's daughter, Mindy the Mermaid. The new voice cast does well and knows how to add cartoon-like attitudes into their characters.

Lastly, the animation. The lighting is darker and the characters' designs look a tad different but still impressive. There are some live-action sequences that are shot with a good vintage look. Its the best blend of animation and live-action I've seen since Roger Rabbit.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie is a fun adaptation of this once-great show and features enough for adults and non-fans as much as it has kids. I'm giving it a 80% because it is just to darn entertaining, memorable, and quotable. The show will never go back to these roots and if it did, it will not be the same.

"I listen to public radio."

Saving Private Ryan

Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is one of the best war films ever made. Its emotional, powerful, intense, well shot, and amazingly realistic. Despite its long length and sickening violence, you will not regret your viewing experience.

In the film, Tom Hanks play Captain John H. Miller, a war captain who leads a group of soldiers on a mission to rescue Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), a survivor of the D-Day attacks. They must risk all to save them.

This is an easy and quick film to review. I'll just go over those things that I mentioned above. This is without a doubt a phenomenal and amazing movie. First, the performances. They are stellar. Tom Hanks is one of those actors who can take on anything. He can make us laugh and bawl. And to believehe got started on a sitcom where he would crossdress? He is just aweosme in this film. Same thing goes for Matt Damon as Private Ryan. Plus, look at some of the supporting cast. Vin Diesel, Bryan Cranston, Giovanni Ribisi, this film didn't get them wher they are now but its nice to see them in it. No bad performances. I love a film like that.

The direction and script work awesomely together. Stephen Spielberg's use of steady cam and epic lighing and sound mixing is one of the most unforgettable aspects of the film. This is the guy who did adventure films like Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and E.T.! Thirty minutes into Saving Private Ryan and we forget whos helming it. Amazing. Plus, Robert Rodat's script is flawless. Many of my favorite quotes came of Tom Hanks. Thanks for that, Rodat! I'm glad that its fiction, that way no historical errors aren't present. The D-Day scene was perfectly done.

The D-Day sequence is so epic, it deserves an entire paragraph in its honor. The scenes leading up to it are fantastic. For those who haven't seen this, I will warn you. This sequence is uneasy to watch. If you try to make edits to the film, the scene would suck. As a result, TNT plays the whole scene uncut and slaps a TV-MA rating on it. Spielberg and the actors create one of the most unforgettable and realisitc scenes in cinema. It is extremely violent and gory, but well done. From the lighting and sound, you will not forget it. I felt like I was there and the way the film illustrates it makes me think that thats how it really went down. It may have gone differently. Thanks, Spielberg.

Lastly, the pacing. The film is one of the longest I've ever seen but the film was set up well. Although, the way the story is told has become a cliche. Don't let that bring you down. Stellar performances, flawless script, and an astonishing shooting style, Saving Private Ryan fails to not fascinate the viewer.

"Picture a girl who took a nosedive from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down."

The Social Network

Where do people go to post pictures, videos, and status updates about their social life? Facebook. Probably the most popular sie right now. Before Facebook became a worldwide phenomenon, it was little website for Harvard students to communicate with thier buddies and was invented by a little computer nerd named Mark Zuckerburg. Wait, no! The Winklevoss brothers invented it. Who did? Let the suing begin!

And thats what the whole film is. The suing issues involved while making Facebook. Plus, where the idea came from which is pretty impressive and well done from David Fincher. The whole main film just has Mark, Eduardo, and he Winklevoss' planning a sue while flashbacks tell how the problem came to be. The Social Network was a very well made and produced picture.

David Fincher's direction and Trent Razor's original score add a lot of life into the film. Plus, Alan Sorkin's script is just sharp and to the point. Not to mention the sharp dialogue as well. Fincher's style ands lighting used seems to have this chemistry. In other words, they work fantastically.

What I seem to enjoy the most from the film were the brillinat performances. Jesse Eisenberg is just great as Mark Zuckerburg. From what I've heard, the real Mar Zuckerburg was not pleased with the way he was portrayed. I mean the way Eisenberg portrays him makes the guy who invented the current most popular website look like a jerk. I changed the way I looked at Facebook afterwards. Andrew Garfiled was great as Eduardo, Mark's friend. He is a great actor but not cut out for the role of Spider-Man. Justin Timberlake was a great choice for Sean Parker, founder of Napster. I really enjoyed him. Armie Hammer as both of the Winklevoss' was perfect! There were no bad actors in the film.

The Social Network is an easy film to rewiew in my opinion. You just have to go over the direction, score, scripting, and performance. All of those are brilliantly done. The film's final scene is destined to become a classic as well as the first scene. I must say, I didn't love the movie like many people. This is not something I would watch over and over again. Plus, the Tomatometer treats the film as if it was Pulp Fiction. Great film but not excellent in the my opinion. If you want to know how Facebook came about and why it is so popular, check out The Social Network. It was very memorable and did not dissapoint me. I reccomend it. Best Picutre? Not really. I'd be surprised if it won although I thought The King's Speech deserved it. I also thought it was a better film. Okay, I'm done. This was a very good film and almost as close as good as King's Speech. I'll give them the same rating. I just don't get all worked up about biopics.

"They don't want you. They want your idea."

Pixar will remake the film:

The Goonies
The Goonies(1985)

Before Sean Astin and Josh Brolin starred in The Lord of the Rings and True Grit, they were Goonies, a group of rag-tag tweens who go into a myserious cave in Coastal Oregon to find One-Eyed Willie's lost and supposedly cursed pirate treasure. In order to get to it, they must go through a bleak, mysterious, cannibalistic restaurant and deformed creature known as Sloth.

Scooby-Doo + Indiana Jones = The Goonies

That is exactly what I think the formula that went into making The Goonies was like. Its got an adventurous plot like an Indiana Jones flick and the spookiness and silliness of a Scooby-Doo episode. Its also cheesy like one. The Goonies is considered a coming-of-age film to many and I agree. The film contains morals of friendship and teamwork. Plus, facing your fears, first crushes, and independence.

This film is fun and cute. I didn't find it awesome like many people claimed. I found the writing to be smart and witty and the cave and restaurant scenes have a good spooky tone. Nicely done, Ricard Donner. This is definetly the type of film Spielberg would like to contribute to.

As for performances, they were great. But no matter how good the production design, visuals, and performances are, 80s films would always have a touch of cheesiness. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman (R.I.P.) are fine young actors. I just wonder why young boys aren't very good actors today. Its all about the girls these days. Abigail Breslin, Chloe Mortez, Hailee Steinfeld, etc. Also, the little kid who played Short Round in Temple of Doom is so enjoyable in this one as the kid with wacky little inventions up his sleeve. I so wanna see him come back to cinema. If they can bring back Marion for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, they should bring back Shorty for the 5th and Dr. Jones, Sr. for the 6th. Don't die just yet, Sean! Whoever played Sloth was good. Plus, you gotta love Chunk!

The Goonies is a fun little adventure movie with many memorable bits. The cast is fun and the story is good. What you expect from an adventurous kids film is delivered. A sequel is in development and I think with today's visual effects and production design, it would look great. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but a musical adaptation is in the early stages. Tell me what you think of this in the comments, folks. Would you like a sequel or a stage musical? A fun film The Goonies is. In the words of the great Stan Lee, "Nuff' said."

"Do the truffle shuffle."

Why don't we all do the Truffle Shuffle? Cue the music!

Captain America: The First Avenger

Marvel has been on a roll ever since they became a Disney property back in 2009. Remember how surprised we were to hear the news? Their film banner, Marvel Studios, has been on a roll as well. And I know. We're all going to be lining up and camping in front of our local movie theater on May 3, 2012 due to The Avengers movie. We already got our backgrounds and introductions on Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Time to look at Captain America!

Steve Rogers is a patriotic, yet wimpy, young man who want to serve his country in World War II. He is then given a chance by Dr. Abraham Erskine to be in the army and be the guinea pig in an experiment to create Super Soldiers using an advanced serum. after the experiment, Steve is given remarkable speed and strength and later becomes a mascot for the U.S. Army known as Captain America. But when an evil organization known as HYDRA, led by Johann Scmiddit, unleashes a global terrorist threat, Captain America becomes a superhero and must protect the U.S. and the World!

Captain America: The First Avenger is one of the best superhero films in recent years. Its well written, fantastically directed, and offers great performances from the cast. This is one of the top Marvel films and is up there with X2 and Spider-Man but not as mind-blowing as X-Men: First Class but still in the top 10. I will try to compile that list and I found this to be the best Marvel Studios film to date.

One of the things I love about the film is the story. It has a great one. The whole WWII backdrop is nicely done by Joe Johnston's stylish direction. He knows how to create an excellent 1940s tone with the lighting, visuals, and score. The studio hired him because they were impressed with his work on The Rocketeer. I've seen trailers and now I want to see it. To the Netflix queue! Da ne ne na! Steve Rogers is a superhero character with a lot of human touch. I like what they develop betwen him and Bucky. They didn't want to make Sebastian Stan wear that silly suit and go on the path of Schumacher's Batnipple movies. Speaking of the direction, there is a sequence that looks like it was made by different directors. Christopher nolan, Robert Rodriguez, Zack Snyder, and even a touch of Michael Bay. Hope that didn't piss off Michael Bay trolls like Daniel P. and Wisenheimer. The scripting and dialogue set the tone perfectly as well. Marvel knows how to create a human side to their fictitious characters. Other than Batman, all of DC's other characters fail to do that.

The visuals were fantastic however they differ heavily from the ones in Thor which is probably the best visuals in any recent comic book movie. But I was mostly is impressed by the set design and props. Despite the 1940s setting, the prop and set design are way ahead of its time!

Lastly, the cast. The performances were great. I was very skeptical about Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. He already played a superhero and this is his fifth comic book movie on his resume. Lets run them down.

-Fantastic Four
-Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
-The Losers
-Captain America: The First Avenger

In the end, I found him to be a great choice as Steve Rogers. I don't think I would've liked anyone else. However, I want to see Dick Purcell, Reb Brown, and Matt Sallinger's takes on the character. He improved his acting skills. Far better than his performance as the Human Torch. I enjoyed Stanley Tucci and I thought Tommy Lee Jones was great. Hugo Weaving was pretty good as the villain but its nowhere as good as Agent Smith in The Matrix. He even pays homage with that sick neck turning thing we all came to know and love from Hugo in this movie. Haley Atwell was good as Agent Peggy Carter although she's acting as is she want to get an Oscar for Supporting Actress. I also thought Sebastian Stan was good as Bucky. Dominic Cooper was awesome as Howard Stark. You can see where tony gets his charm from. To me, Atwell looked like a cross between Scarlett Johansson and Nicole Kidman, Dominic Cooper looked like Topher Grace with darker hair, skin, and a mustache, and there's this Asian dude who oddly enough looks like Adrien Brody.

Captain America: The First Avenger is one great summer action flick with fine performances and barrel loads of smart Popcorn fun! The final minutes of the film were fantastic and if you don't stay after the credits, you'll regret it. If you like fun superhero flicks, this is for you!

"You don't win wars with niceness."


Enchanted is one of my favorite films. I actually watched it again this morning on DVD. This probably had to be my fourth viewing this year. Enchanted is like Scream or Shrek. It satirizes a specific genre and also contributes to it. The film spoofs as wells as homages those classic Disney films we all grew up on.

The film is the story of a girl named Giselle (Amy Adams) from the animated fairytale world of Andalasia. She then meets her true love, Prince Edward, and two are set to wed despite being together for only ONE DAY! The evil Queen Narissa then throws Giselle down a well that transports her to the bustling, live-action streets of New York City where she meets a single father named Robert who doesn't believe in "Happily Ever Afters". She then begins to charm and annoy people with her wacky, girly-girl, princess-like antics. Then Edward and Pip the Chipmunk from Andalasia drop in. Oh, pooh!

Enchanted lives up to its title with a sharp script, unforgettable performances, and charming animation sequences. The film is hilarious with many memorable and funny quotes. Especially from Amy Adams whose awkward charm is unforgettable. Adams' is just so memorable and has to be my favorite performance from her. She knows how to act like an animated princess in the live-action scenes. she is very charming and beautiful. I happen to have a little crush on her. Patrick Dempsey even knows how to react to the oddity she causes. James Marsden of X-Men fame is very good as the equally awkaward Prince Edward. I wasn't a big fan of his performance as Cyclops in X-Men but roles like this are the ones I like to see him in. Want to see me go on and on about how enjoyable he was in Hairspray? The supporting cast is terrific. Susan Sarandon and Timothy Spall were great. Every time I see a movie with a British powerhouse cast, Spall slithers his way into there. Harry Potter, The King's Speech, Alice in Wonderland, you get the picture.

Its about time I start a new paragraph. Also in the film is Jodi Benson, the voice is probably the hottest Disney Princess, Ariel. I saw a painting of her on sale at Comic-Con that made her look her more mysterious and lusty like Jessica Rabbit. Yummy! Anyways, this is probably the only time you'll ever see her in a live-action role. I find it funny because she also dumbfounded by Giselle and Edward even though se played a princess. That was another good supporting role in the film.

Disney collaborator, Alan Menken, writes some classic tunes for the film including one entitled, "Thats How You Know", which has already become a classic Disney song. I heard it at Disneyland and a Disney On Ice show. The scene is an instant classic with great lyrics and choreography. The other song, "True Love's Kiss", is very memorable. Menken's songs had just enough Cowbell to make Christopher Walken happy!

But what makes Enchanted enchanted are its numerous parodies and homages to many Disney films, mainly the ones with princesses. Here are a few of the many homages:

-An Italian restaurant called BELLA NOTTE is shown.
-Giselle cleans up a house with a whole bunch of critters.
-Giselle forgets her slipper!
-The BEAUTY AND THE BEAST theme is heard on a Soap Opera Edward watches.

So there you have it! All the stuff that make Enchanted a memorable film, a Disney classic, and one of my favorite films. Apart from my numerous DVD viewings, I saw it twice in the theater. The second time was the best because my family and I took a friend who just moved to the U.S. from Africa and it was her first moviegoing experience. Enchanted is just charming, classic, and most of all, ENCHANTED!

"Its like you just escaped from a Hallmark card or something."

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Originality is something I feel many movies these days lack. Now that I've seen Pulp Fiction, I ask myself, "Have today's filmmakers learned?". This is just an awesome film with many classic moments and explosively brilliant dialogue.

The film is about two hit men named Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), their boss, Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhaymes), his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), two smalltime crooks known as Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) and a boxer named Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis). The film follows them as they do original things like learning the French names of different types of hamburgers, hold up a diner, compete in a twisting contest, and more. If I told you more, I'd be spoiling it.

This probably has to be the most original film I've ever seen. I can see why many dubbed it, "the most innovative film of the 1990s". It had filmmaking techniques I had never seen in films that were released years before it. The narrative structure is amazing. You will be blown away at the end!

The performances were incredible. This is one of the films that kicked off the career of Samuel L. Jackson and put John Travolta's back on track. Their performances are top notch and Ving Rhaymes is awesome as their stern boss. Uma Thurman is awesome and so is Bruce Willis. Quentin Tarantino has a minor role and it is absolutely unforgettable. One of my favorite supporting roles in the film along with Christopher Walken. There are no bad performances.

Pulp Fiction's strongest aspect is its script. Once you get a taste of its dialogue, you'll be like, "How does Tarantino come up with this?". The dialogue is just beyond brilliant, its explosively brilliant! Quentin Tarantino's camerawork and direction suits the film excellently. Forget that T.G.I. Friday's scene from Zookeeper that Cody-Fairless-Lee finds "hilarious". The Jackrabbit Slim's scene is where its at! I don't really recommend Cody this movie. I have a feeling he'll give it a low rating. Just look what he gave to the Toy Story films! Could he be Armond White in disguise?

I'll just conclude by saying that Pulp Fiction is just a mind-blowing, unforgettable, and extremely entertaining and quotable. I had a hard time choosing which quote to put at the end of my review because there are just so many good ones. Its on my top 50 films and I think it deserves the fifth position on the IMDB Top 250. If you haven't seen it, do so. You'll have a blast with this Quentin Tarantino thrill ride!

"Pigs are filthy animals. I don't eat filthy animals."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

A movie event 14 years in the making came to my eyes last night and it was truly spectacular. Picking up where Part 1 left off, Harry and his friends are still bent on finding the Horcruxes and eventually killing the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Its off to Hogwarts to find the rest of the Horcruxes and for them to participate in the epic showdown the series has been building up to: Harry vs. Lord Voldemort.

David Yates and Steve Kloves, as well as the cast, ended this beloved franchise with an ENOURMOUS bang. Its emotional, thrilling, and satisfied. The crew knows how to keep the audience happy and not sad the whole time. It delivers laughs but the film does well not trying to be something cute, sweet, and funny like Sorceror's Stone. Its the heartstring plucking conclusion to the series. Yates knows how to create a feeling of threat, evil, and hopelessness. It fills the air of the theater you're in. Make sure your theater has uber surround sound or that would be an epic fail. Kloves' scripting is just perfect though I want to smack him for leaving out a vital subplot from the book. Still, his scripting makes up for that.

The cast who we all came to know and love in thise series (i.e. Daniel Radcliffe) give the performances of their careers. Daniel Radcliffe delivers an amazing performance. If the Academy wants to nominate the movie for any awards, they should give Radcliffe a Best Actor nomination. The supporting cast is exceptional. Rupert Grint is charming like always and Emma Wason adds her trademark charm and strong emotion. I'm gonna miss Emma. She will go down as the hottest nerd in cinema. Jason Isaacs and Ralph Fiennes are great while Alan Rickman is outstanding. Rickman gives the best performance of the character. If you hated Snape, you're gonna learn to love him. There is a whole montage of flashbacks and memories involving him and really wanted to make me cry. I sucked it up and took it like a man but it is still very emotional. Poor Severus Greasy.

The effects are incredible and make the ones from the earlier films look like a B Movie. Still I respect the earlier effects. See this in 2D. There are a few scenes that looked worth paying for a 3D admission but I was able to abide not having it. You should experience it the same way you did with the past seven films. The film's action sequences keep you on the edge of your seat and deliver goosebumps and chills throughout. Molly Weasely gets her freak on in one scene that will easily go down in history. The line she delivers before it is classic and sexy. You're gonna see it pop up on many RT member's favorite quote section in a couple months, maybe even days, minutes or seconds. The movie experience felt like going on a ride at an amusement park that you have wanting to go on for a long time. Towards the middle of the film, there was a glitch with the projector and audience started a riot! You should have been there. When the problem was fixed, the audience applauded. No teaser for The Dark Knight Rises but Sherlock Holmes 2 looks sick!

The end did not make me cry unfortunately. Instead, I got a huge smile and my heart was warmed. The ending is beautifully done and extremely satisfying. The final scene is akin to that of Revenge of the Sith. No fan of the series can walk out being pissed off. Its just impossible. David Yates, the cast, and the writers brought the classic J.K. Rowling novel to life fantastically. The only reason why I'll be giving this 100% is because it was better than Part 1 and a thrilling movie rollercoaster from beginning to end. Even the credits rocked! This film is tied with X-Men: First Class for being the best film Summer 2011 has offered yet. This surpasses it by a bit. Lastly, best film in the series. A satisfying and heartwarming conclusion to such an awesome series. Harry Potter has become this generation's Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz. A film that our children and grandchildren would be entralled by. When my children see it, I will feel like a child again. But the thought of Harry Potter will always make me happy. My childhood has not died yet and I hope it never will.

"I feel like I can spit fire."

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One Week
One Week(2008)

One Week tells the story of a man named Ben who discovers that he has Stage 4 Cancer. This soon affects his life, family, and fiance. To escape his sadness, he goes trek to Western Canada on a motorcycle to spend his final weeks, days, or months.

I stumbled across this film on Netflix under the "Romance" section which I think is misleading. There is a romantic relationship in the film but thats not the whole thing. The cover also looked like an entirely different film. The poster on the left of this review is more accurate. This is a very good and underrated film. Its a simple film with an easy plot to follow and it does not get all over the place.

Little-known actor, Joshua Jackson, does a great job as the lead role and knows how to carry the scenes where only he is visible well. The rest of the cast is terrific. The narrator was great and funny as well. Because of its simplicity, this gets a 90% but for a 100% it'll need to get rid of one thing: the narrator. He was necessary at some points and at others, he was not. Some scenes were told in music and pictures like a Kubrick film and it should have been like that.

Is it dramatic? Yes. It did warm my heart at the end.

One Week is a simple and very good indie Canadian drama. Simplicity is one signal of a good film in my opinion. I'm suggesting this film to Simon M., The Creep, Brantastic16, Wisenheimer, and anyone who want to see this great drama.

"I'm just searching for moments."

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(2003)

P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan gets props for staying very true to the original J.M. Barrie source material. That is pretty much all I can acknowledge the film for. Other than that, the actors are annoying, the visuals are a tad overdone, and lastly, its forgettable. For the true timeless classic, watch the Disney version. For the true Peter Pan story, read the original novel. So, Hook gets a rotten rating and this gets fresh??? This one just didn't grow on me.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

The music industry has drastically changed. Every song talks about partying hard, booze, and hooking up with chicks and is all smothered in Auto-Tune. That just proves that people can't sing anymore Good music is dead and artists like Adelle and Mumford & Sons want to bring that good age of music back. Sadly, everyone loves this Young Money, Ke$ha, and Pitbull trash. However, they all seem bash Justin Bieber as if he was Hitler. He is a 17 year old kid from Canada who posted his singing work on Youtube. This then gets the attention of Scooter Braun, Usher, and soon the world. This documentary tells his story.

The film features Step Up director, John Chu, and his camera crew as they follow Bieber on the ten days leading up to his monumental Madison Square Garden concert in NYC. We get a look at his family, early gigs, his Youtube videos, celebrities' reactions to him, and almost everything you want to know about this prodigy among tweens in 90 minutes.

The film is literally every Bieber fan's dream. We get glimpses of his infancy, toddler years, and what girls faint at: a shirtless Justin Bieber. Every other girl on your block may know about this kid. I'll admit that I do have one of his songs on my iPod. But many people just hate this dude. People trash this film on IMDB and give it a 1.4/10. I've read many cold things on the film here on RT. The funniest was, "Save yourself $14 by going to Wikipedia". This film could change the way you look at this kid. He works his backside off and never says "never". Anyone who pans this film are unemployed losers who still live with their parents. I'm just guessing.

This is a well-put together documentary. Paramount wanted to make the haters "beliebers" as the kids say. The clips used we'll surprise you on how diligent this kid is. Trust me. He sounds much better acoustic. I don't get psyched about documentaries but this does deserve a 70% in my opinion. Its well put together and could inspire. Watch this if you:

-Want to know more about Bieber
-Are a kid who wants to get into the music industry but feels hopeless about doing it
-Wants to boost self-esteem

Justin Bieber is just another kid who wants to follow his dreams. I've heard better (Aretha Franklin) and I've heard worse (Rebecca Black). I still respect this kid even though I don't obsess over him. If you don't like this kid, thats okay with me. Just don't bully him on Youtube and Facebook and call him "gay" and "untalented" and pushing dislike buttons 4200 infinity times. That is called cyber-bullying and you don't want to end up like Jessie Slaughter. This is still a good quality film. The only disadvantage is that we get a lot of looks at his creepy overly-devoted fans. I'll never be one of those. Please respect my opinion. Thank you.

"ATL, shawty!"

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

I wish another Disney Renaissance would happen again soon. The company was at their highest peak at around the time that this came out. They made history with this film and made many classics in the years that followed. They had hard times in the 80s but in the 90s, Disney rocked! They were okay in the early 2000s as well. January 2006 saw the release of High School Musical and the face of Disney was pretty much changed in my point of view. They rebranded themselves with tween targeted material. High School Musical, Hannah Montana, you name it! For now, lets go back to 1937 and review the film that started it all: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

This groundbreaking achievement tells the story of Snow White. This is the only film from Disney that I can recall that dosen't add the studio's trademark story twisting technique into it. The film tells the story of a fair and beautiful woman named Snow White, who dreams of a prince and has a nice voice. The queen is jealous of her fairness and sends a huntsman to kill her. She runs away from him and finds a cottage in the woods that belong to seven dwarves with colorful personalities. However, the evil queen is still bend on putting an end to her.

A simple little film Snow White is. Its colorful, has wonderful artwork, and classic music. Snow White in my opinion doesen't have much of a three-dimensional persona. Shes just kind. Thats all! The prince is just a singer and kisser. Thats all! The queen is just evil and bent on killing her. Thats all! The ones with the real personalities were the dwarves! Their names give away their personas:

-Doc (This one doesen't give away a whole lot!)

In order for me to give this a higher rating, the main characters need more of a personality. But I can still tolerate what they were given. Its a simple film to review. The only things you can really go over are the music, characters, and art. They were all great for its time. A simple and nice film. For the 1st animated film the world has seen, it is great. But animation got better as the years went by. Pinocchio, the 2nd film from the studio, is dope! I am also baffled that I gave Transformers 3 a higher rating but that just my opinion. Deal with it. There are many good Disney films out there but this is still wonderful.

And cue my dream Disney Renaissance in T-Minus...2,000 milleniums.

"A fine bunch of water lilies you turned out to be."

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

A Cybertronian spacecraft had crash landed on the moon and the U.S. Government learns about it. As a result, the Apollo 11 moon mission is commissioned and the legendary Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin inspect from this strange object. A secret that has been kept for over 50 years is soon discovered by Sam Witwicky and his new girlfriend, Carly, along with Sector 7 Agent Simmons. The Decepticons are now after the spacecraft's secrets. And as you may have guessed, the Autobots and Decepticons are going to fight for it.

Michael Bay has 86ed the Skids and Mudflap characters and immature humor and makes Dark of the Moon look like he spent a lifetime planning it despite the two year interval between this and the last one. He almost wants to make it in the style of a slight reboot like X-Men: First Class. He kinda fails to. Shia LaBeouf's character has a different approach and the audience learns to love it. Thats if they want to. Ehren Krueger's script is quite witty and smart. The RT consensus says it was thinly written. I think critics were comparing it too much to the writing of The King's Speech which is fantastically written. For a film about alien robots, the scripting is appropiate.

Sam Witwicky has graduated from college in this one. He isn't that whiny kid anymore. He works in an office from a cubicle. They kinda rebranded his personality in this one. Shia's attitude is great in this film and his acting is good. Transformers 3 features two Coen Bros. collaborators. The first being John Tuturro. I find him enjoyable in this role. He has attitude and wit so I'm quite baffled by the fact why so many diss him. Francis McDormand can definetly play a strict government agent who dosen't like being referred to as "ma'am". Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson are back doing what they do best: playing strong yelling soldiers. Ken Jeong was hilarious in his minor role. Almost the whole audience recognized him and had a ball! Patrick Dempsey was very good. His performance was totally out of his league. Rosie Huntington's acting. Where do I begin? I've seen worse and I've seen better. She falls in between. Boy, was she beautiful. She is beautiful. But Megan Fox will always be, well you know, foxy. Bay really wanted to make the best of her debut film by having her appear semi-nude in her first scene and shooting her in 3D. Its hard to sayt which Transformers girl was hotter. I guess its a tie. Voice acting is nice. Peter Cullen is always phenomenal as Optimus Prime. Leonard Nimoy, yes, Leonard Nimoy, is a fantastic addition.

My main issue with the films were the villains. It was either there were too much or they couldn't decide who it should be. Megatron is hardly important in this one and Shockwave was a waste. Every other action scene had one too many fades to black. Dumb technique.

The effects are incredible. Best in the series! So detailed and almost very real. The 3D was great. It had a lot of depth and detail but the way it was projected was a bit too bright and made my eyes ache a bit. Lots of debris come out of the screen. At some points, we were unsure if it came out of the screen or not. In order to insure that, Michael Bay uses a pretty original slow-mo technique in some scenes that way objects fly out of the screen. Other than that, the 3D strongly adds to the experience and I reccomend it. The 3D action is dope! The plot is a bit incoherent at some points but thats not the reason we lign up to see these films, right? We go for the robots and explosions. Thats if you want to.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon wraps up the trilogy with a big bang. Awesome effects, good story, and delivers so much fun! Easily the best in the series. I'm giving it a 90% because I gave the first a 80% and I stated that this is a big improvement. A good film to turn off your brain to.

"Code Pink, as in Floyd."

The King's Speech

Dig this: King George VI has a stuttering problem. Oh no! What shall we do? Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist and expert on theater. Logue is bent on helping the King with his speech issue before the king must address his people about WWII.

So there is the story in a nutshell. Its a very simple plot. Tom Hooper's The King's Speech is a truly marvelous film with exceptional performances, perfect writing, and a realistic shooting style.

Colin Firth's performance as the King, or Bertie, is fantastic. He really deserved that Oscar. He perfectly stutter and when he flips out, he does it well. Geoffrey Rush is also great as the speech therapist and so is Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen. The entire cast knew how to help out Firth with his problem. Guy Pearce was great as well. Plus, Dumbeldore is in this and he is good in his minor appearance!

The writing is just perfect and realistic. The therapy scenes were very real and some of the dialogue was inspiring. The world renown speech scene at the climax is just awesome.

But my favorite part of the film was Tom Hooper's shooting style which is so realistic and sets the mood of the era and setting excellently. The angles he used put me right in the action. The film makes a great use of intense close-ups and wide angle shots at some occasions. I would want to see more movies like this from Hooper. With his style, he could have directed a decent Harry Potter film. Too bad David Yates beat him to that! The score by Alexandre Desplat also set the mood for me. A sign of good storytelling is a nice piano piece and accompanies the scenes. Very artistic indeed. Nice work, Desplat!

The story and the performances are fantastic and simple. The film avoids having an incoherent plot. I'm also glad that the film wasn't any longer than 2 hours. They told the story well in the amount of time given. The film would've gotten a 100% rating from me if it were nail-biting. Unlike Slumdog Millionaire, the events leading up to the climax made me sweaty and scared. What leads up to the climax isn't very intense in my book but still well done. I was at the edge of my seat. Lastly, its so much better than Inception!

A near-perfect picture that I think deserved more than just 4 Oscars. I too am also baffled to see that I gave X-Men: First Class a higher rating. Anyways, I enjoyed this and thought that the film's style and storytelling were brilliant. A definite crowd pleaser.

"Your face is next, mate."

Monster House

DJ and Chowder are best friends who think that there is something strange about the house across the street. After the grumpy owner, Mr. Nebbercracker, leaves the establishment, the house becomes a vicious monster with teeth and a roar. DJ and Chowder collaborate with a girl named Jenny to go into the house and find the secret of the Monster House.

The film's goal is to get kids into the horror movie genre and create a feeling of nostalgia to those who read Goosebumps and watched Are You Afraid of the Dark while growing up. The film creates a good spooky feeling and the comedic aspect dosen't interfere with it. They work together.

The performance capture in the film is great! Many people critiscize the style because of the creepy look of the characters even in inviting settings. Best example include Zemeckis' The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol. The animation kinda hides the fact that it is performance capture and the beackgrounds and design of the characters look like an excellent blend of computer animation and stop motion even though they are not, The performances from the actors are good as well. The kids know how to act in the situations they're in. I especially like Maggie Gylenhall, Steve Buschemi, Jason Lee, but love Jon Heder in this film! He does add his Napoleon Dynamite attitude into his performance.
The score was good as well and the writing.

This is also the first film I've seen in Blu-Ray 3D. The high definition quality is awesome and the 3D is okay. The film is still entertaining in 2D.

Monster House isn't perfect and not terrible but still fun and spooky. A must for those who enjoy eerie animation like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.

"You make me want to throw up on some tinfoil and eat it!"

X-Men: First Class

The 1960s. Not only was Beatle Mania sweeping the nation, but the Civil Rights Movement and Cuban Missle Crisis came to our attention. At around the same time, Mutants teamed up with the CIA to take down those behind the Missle Crisis and a unsteady friendship was behind it all. The friendship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. These were the origns of the X-Men.

X-Men: First Class is the best movie I have seen this year. How? The story and backdrop are exceptional, the performances are fantastic, the effects were great, this is clearly what comic book movies should be like from now on. This is the best Marvel movie ever made and land on my top 10 comic book movies.

The film features some of the best backdrops and storylines in any comic book movie. I did stae above that the film is set in the 60s where Nuclear War was being suggested and the Civil Rights Movement was rising. X-Men and the Civil Rights Movement are strongly similar and works excellently. There are about three or so different plot lines but the writing and pacing make them easy to follow. Try telling that to Spider-Man 3! The story is deep and intense, keeps you on the edge of your seat, nail biting, and on some occasions, makes you squeal like a little girl. Especially during the fight scenes, cameos, and the final scene.

The performances were great and awesome. McAvoy and Fassbender own this picture with their deep portrayals of Xavier and Lehnserr. Fassbender was the best. Each scene that he was in got better and better and better. Apart from the climatic battle, the best scene with Erik was when he was in the Argentinian bar. The rest of the cast was terrific and the cameos rocked! Kevin Bacon...outstanding!

The effects were terrific and the score was incredible. Especially Magneto's theme.

First Class is what every comic book film should be. Thids reboot is intense, brilliantly acted and written, eye-popping visuals, and extrememly entertaining. Nothing wreaked about the film and the rating that I'm giving it is well put. The scenes were also well set up. Yes, this is a reboot. New cast and crew and a lot of the continuity is changed around. Alas, this is a superhero movie gem along with the two Nolan Batman films. Makes the past films look like Disney Channel movies. Sorry if I offend, but this makes Inception look like Batman and Robin. Perfect in every way it can be.

"Let's just say I'm Frankenstein's monster and I'm looking for my creator."

It Happened at the World's Fair

I'm not a big Elvis Presley but I enjoy some of his music. I saw this at my Grandparents' house (huge Elvis fans there) and this one was quite enjoyable. Toe-tapping tunes and cute tender moments. I guess this is what we expect from Elvis' films.

The film is about Mike Edwards, a cropduster pilot whose plane gets be repossessed. He then goes to the World's Fair where he believes he can get money. Then some dude drops some Asian girl in his care. He takes her to the fair and they have fun. He takes her to the nurse there and he begins to hit on her. The funny part of the film is how Mike keeps going to the fair so he can more chances to score. Thats the plot in a nutshell.

So its got cute moments and some good songs. The little girl was funny as well. I'm pretty sure the inspiration for Lilo in "Lilo and Stitch" came from here. But its quite forgettable. If you like Elvis, give it a go. If not, I don't. Its an okay film.

"How would I like to kick you in the shin?"

The Lion King

Many people call this Disney's finest modern acheivement. Is it really? I just finished giving this a rewatch and I am quite impressed by "The Lion King"'s set up. Its got action, drama, humor, and plenty of fun. They perfectly balance all of those elements.

Simba is the royal heir to the throne. He is really ecstatic about becoming the future king of the Pride Lands. After his father, Mufasa, is killed and Simba runs away. There, he is taken under the care of Timon and Pumbaa where they teach hime "Hakuna Matata" and help him cope with his loss as he now lives a carefree life. After he discovers that his arrogant and evil uncle, Scar, has taken the throne, Simba returns to the Pride Lands to fight for the throne with the help of his friends.

The film is more epic than the synopsis I just gave. However, I'm pretty sure you've seen the movie already. I mean, who hasn't? Its a classic. It surely is a classic. I've seen this movie many times as a child. Now that I've given a rewatch, I've come to appreciate this a lot more and my film buff persona helped that. When I watch a film, I pay attention to the writing, acting or voice acting, visuals or animation, development, all that stuff but still leave plenty of room for me to enjoy it.

"The Lion King" was the fifth film released during the Disney Renaissance and just may be the most grand. The animation is so grand. Its colurful, detailed, and vibrant. Those are the only words I can come up with to describe it. The design of the characters are fantastic as well. Even from their first appearance, Simba looks like hes going to be spunky but still get into trouble and Scar looks like a menacing, jealous sadist.

Looking for some memorable Disney quotes? Theres aplenty in this one! The dialogue is so great in this movie. The most memorable ones come from Scar, Timon and Pumbaa, and the hyeneas. The other characters are just what you expect from an animated film with themes like these. Classic Disney films always have memorable characters and this also has aplenty. The quotes perfectly fit the character and the voice actor. While this film has good characters, the characters are just animals and don't seem all that real to me. I think the most human characters were Nala and Sarabi. I can see them being played by Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep.

You can't forget the music. I love how the actions of the characters' actions go perfectly with the lyrics of the songs in the background. Best examples include the "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" sequences. That perfectly developed the romance between Simba and Nala and how they really change their thoughts on each other. Friends become lovers. Nice move, Disney. The "Be Prepared" scene balanced the humor and ominousness well.

Disney's "The Lion King" is really good Disney twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and is 100% memorable. But by the characters and set up of the scenes, the film is an overrall 80%. The best part of the film is the music, voice acting, and animation. I just think you guys overreact with the film. I'm talking to you, Gavin the Moviejunkie1994! I love the film and it is definitely one you will never forget. It really is a near-nearperfect piece of Disney magic.

"Oohh, I shall have to practice my curtsey."

Final Destination 3

I recently saw the trailer for "Final Destination 5" and it looks like a total rehash of this installment. This is the only entry in the "Final Destination" series that I've actually sat through. I came across it on TV. Though it was not a very good film, I was entertained. Thats the main goal of the film: to entertain and not be smart. On some occasions, the film will try to act smart.

The film is about a group of cliched teens who attend their Grad Night at a theme park. They then go on the most thrilling ride in the park, "Devil's Flight". Once they board the ride, one of the students named Wendy has a horrific vision of her friends dying in a rollercoaster derailment. They get run over, fall off, and a dude even loses his torso. She gets them off before the REAL situation comes true. But, Death, or The Grim Reaper, won't stop there. You can't cheat with this dude. Hes after the kids and taking them away by rewarding them gruesome deaths.

I descriped the characters as "cliched" and they really are. The scripting, acting, and characters are all cliched. But this is one of those fun cliched horror films.

I love the deaths in this movie. Chick gets impaled with a pole, man gets crushed, chicks get killed with nailguns and get cooked in their tanning beds. The tanning bed death is quite disturbing. I found that one to be elaborately stupid, but fun! I mentioned how the film tries to be smart on some occasions. Every couple minutes, they hint the deaths visually with clues. I found this quite smart but the problem is that the film tries to be a mindless gorefest and also be a thinking film. Thats a big issue.

This also scared me a bit psychologically. I love rollercoasters and I would hate to be in a derailment. Due to this fact, I'm scared to go on "California Screamin'" at Disney's California Adventure again but plan to go on again soon.

Now that I really think about, the film was dumb and lies in between being terrible and decent. My only option is to givie it a 50%. So if you like mindless gorefests with dumb characters, watch this one and the other films in the series if you can. But this is a very forgettable film, folks. Horror movies are a lost art.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play two aspired and famous magicians. Their names are Robert Agnier and Alfred Borden. During a performance, their latest trick, "The Transported Man", goes terribly wrong. Borden and Agnier are bound to improve the trick with a secret that no other magicians will ever know. However, they begin to sabotage each other's tricks and get involved in a love triangle. With who? The beautiful Scarlett Johansson, thats who! It all happens in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige", the only film I hope to ever find in my movie watching days that I find better than Nolan's overrated declared masterpiece, "Inception".

What is a prestige? You see, every magic trick has three steps, or acts. The first is the pledge. The magician takes an ordinary object and may ask to inspect it and make sure eerything's okay with it. The second is the turn. The magician alters the object. The last is when the illusion kicks in. That is called the prestige. Pretty cool, eh?

The story is very original and well put together. Almost everything about it (i.e. acting, lighting, writing, directing) accomadated the story very well. Christopher Nolan's writing is sometimes too good for words. The dialogue is BA Nolan dialogue like usual. Its detailed, well put off by the actors, and very memorable.

The acting is superb. Christopher Nolan's #1 rule about being an actor is don't suck! Say the lines well, when you have a flip out moment, do it well, yada yada yada. Jackman and Bale have excellent chemistry together and their performances are superb. Michael Caine always great in a supporting role, Andy Serkis was good, and Scarlett Johansson was very good as well. I think I fancy her. I didn't like Bale's acting in one scene. He gets injured but groans as he was taking a painful dump. We've all had those moments, right?

Nolan's direction is awesome! Its very different from his past films and thats why I fancy it. The funeral scene looks like it was directed by the great Stanley Kubrick with the camerawork and music cues.

The effects almost looked like the magic tricks as well. That means its good!

But what really got me into the movie was the twist! Its so incredible! You would want to pay attention (Not too much!) during the viewing. After the twist, you would want to see it again and catch all the clues. However, that didn't happen to me. If I get this on DVD, I'll see it again.

Great acting and effects and awesome writing, "The Prestige" is near-near-perfect magic. See if you like magic, Nolan films, the actors, and films with awesome twist. Remember the three acts of a magic trick. The film progresses like that and is a wonder to behold! If you have ADD, I don't reccomend it. When you get cured, check it out!

"A pretty assistant is the most effective form of misdirection."

Kung Fu Panda

This review coincides with the sequel's release, which is today. I like this movie and I thought it got the good reviews it deserved. I do think it is slightly overrated but I think most of the reviews that have 90% and 100% are just one thing: overreaction. I'm talking to you, Gavin the Moviejunkie1994!

The plot follows an orphaned panda who is being raised by a goose who owns a soup restaurant. His name is Po and dreams of becoming a Kung Fu fighter. He ends up becoming a Dragon Warrior (most powerful type of warrior in this film) as told in an ancient prophecy. So him and the Furious Five (the group of other warriors) must protect the valley from the evil Tai Lung who has escaped from a security breach prison. Pretty cool. However, clumsiness gets in the way.

The first in a young franchise, "Kung Fu Panda" has a very familiar premise that is spiced up with talking animals from Ancient China and good martial arts action scenes. I liked the characters but didn't really feel anything for them. Can pandas really fight in actuality? No. I know this an animated film but these aren't characters I can get attached to. They're both memorable and a tad forgettable.

The voice acting is great! Jack Black perfectly suits the bumbling idiot panda and I liked Dustin Hoffman as the sensei, or trainer, or whatever you want to call it, Master Shifu. David Cross was okay, Jackie Chan was good, but I thought the best of the Furious Five was Tigeress played by Angelina Jolie. Mmmm. I also had a thing for Seth Rogen as Mantis. Had like one line but it was funny. When I see the sequel, and the future sequels, I hope he has more lines.

Th writing was just right for the plot. Po the Panda had funny lines and the voice acting complimented them. The animation was good but was a little annoying. The backgrounds were amazingly designed. The thing I don't like about Dreamworks is how they can never stick to one animation style. "Shrek" had its own, "Madagascar" and "Megamind" look similar, "Antz, "Bee Movie" and "Over the Hedge" all shared one, and "How to Train Your Dragon" has its own as well. However, I liked this style. At some points, I didn't dig the design of some of the characters, especially the extras in the film. But the anime sequence was very cool. Looked like a loyal parody to the "Samurai Jack" style.

Lastly, the action. Its what sold this movie to me. Very good action indeed. I like some of my martial arts films to be stylized. "Kung Fu Panda" was very stylized. However, I only really liked the action scenes with the Furious Five. The ones with Po were a bit stupid. The action tries to be comical at some points. Maybe a bit too comical. I would've payed $20 or more to see Tai Lung's prison break scene and the fight over the bridge on an IMAX screen. They kicked arse. Major arse. Major arse on animated arse-kicking standards. The action was the best part.

I may have to ultimately call this film Dreamworks' "Lion King". Its a good film that people overreact over them. But this film delivered a lot of laughs and action. It isn't one of the best animated films IMO and I don't find this to be 80%, 90%, or even 100% material. It managed to keep me busy and entertained. Great film! Lets cross our fingers and hope that Dreamworks does not make this franchise their next "Shrek". That would wreak.

"There are no accidents."

See what happens when this film and an upcoming superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds join forces:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

On Sunday night, I had a dream of seeing myself walk into this movie. Just my luck, I got to see it last night! The latest in Disney's most successful franchise is better than the third. That would be the simple way of putting it. On September 11, 2009, I went to IMDB and the main story on the homepage was the announcement of the film and that it had been officialy greenlit. I was like, "Yay! Another Pirates flick!", and I was also like, "Okay, Disney. You're starting to milk it." It was an unneccessary film and a perfect example on how far Disney can go to make more money. However, the film was teased at the end of the last one. They're even trying to get more out of it by presenting the film in 3D. However, they took away my money in a good way.

Though it is the fourth film, it feels like Disney was developing the fifth film instead of this one. While searching for ideas for the fith, they use the plot from Tim Powers' "On Stranger Tides" and incorporate the franchise's characters into it. Plus, a bunch of new faces to make up for Keira Knightely and Orlando Bloom's absence. In the film, the Spanish disover the legendary Fountain of Youth. The word goes out all the way to Jack Sparrow and Johamee Gibbs who decide to find it for themselves. However, Blackbeard and his crew are after it as well as the Royal Navy with their new cpatain, Barbossa. Also, Jack crosses paths with the beautiful Angelina, a woman from his past. More swashbuckling action and adventure follows in this family-friendly film packed with zombies, topless mermaids, and ton of computer-generated stuntwork.

As I mentioned above, the story is not original. But it was an exciting one. Greek mythology and Pirates are a fine mix. However, this didn't feel like a "Pirates of the Carribean" film. With its plot of them trying to get to the Fountain of Youth and tons of others after it, it felt like an "Indiana Jones" film. But "Indiana Jones" and "Pirates" make a great combination! It didn't work at some points.

Johnny Depp reprises the role that put him on the map and recent Oscar nominee, Geoffery Rush, makes a warm return. Them and the guy who played Gibbs still have the thing that made them so memorable in the previous films. If the film ends up being a stinker, they still shine. New to the cast is the beautiful Penelope Cruz as Angelina. She was one of the best things about the film and has great chemistry with Depp. The addition of Ian McShane was great. He was a good Blackbeard. Gemma Ward plays a beautiful mermaid named Syrena. Before I continue, go to Google Translate and put "Syrena". Only replace to "y" with an "i". Then set it to Spanish to English translation. You'll be surprised with what you get. Gemma Wars was a good mermaid. Her name was Syrena. However, I got distracted with her gorgeous eyes. For a role that only gave her five or so lines, she perofrmed it well. In my opinion, she can work as a good Bond Girl. That is if Daniel Criag was a bit younger. And the dude who played Phillip was pretty good. Is it me or does he look like Young Cary Elwes?

The writing is just what you expect from a film in this series. Witty and adventurous with many good lines. It had plenty of that. The visuals were great but I wasn't fond of how they computer generated some of the stuntwork. If you weren't a fan of Thor and Jane Foster romance, heres your second chance. If the romance in "The Little Mermaid" were a little more emotional, it would look like the Phillip and Syrena romance. Sparks flew higher than Thor and Jane Foster's but it was still silly. However, they had good chemistry. This will probably be the Will and Elizabeth of the new trilogy. Yup, another two more entries are coming after this one.

See it in 2D. I'm glad I didn't take this film to the third dimension. Swashbucklers and 3D aren't a good mix to me. While it was filmed with Fusion Camera System used in "Avatar" and "Tron: Legacy", it was used poorly and had a lack of gimmicks. See, Disney is trying to take your money. Be safe and buy a ticket to a 2D shwing if you do see it.

"On Stranger Tides" was funny, action-packed, and was far better than "At World's End" A retarded sloth could've easily figured that out. But it was more on the par of "Dead Man's Chest" with some of the fun of the first into it. Also, it didn't feel like the right time to release this entry yet. However, the series isn't getting stale. Maybe on the storywise side but not the entertainment side. It was a great addition to the Summer 2011 line-up and good film overall. It was as good as the second. That is why I'm giving a 60%. It got better as it progresed but the film is an overall 60%. But no matter how many more of these films are released, nothing will ever top the great film known as "The Curse of the Black Pearl".

"He's religious. I belive its required."

Watch Deadpool's take on the film:


James Franco plays Silas, a former inmate who has made a deal with his parole officer to be let out unless he marries his chatterbox niece, Camille. Silas agrees to but can not stand the women. Camille and Silas are of to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon. For Camille, its a dream come true. For Silas, its torture. The two are later harmed in an accident. Silas lives but Camille has stop breathing and is slowly decaying. However, she can still walk and talk. Its up to Silas to get her to Niagara Falls before she passes on.

Its amazing what kind of films you can watch instantly on Netflix. This was one of them. It really was quite something. It was a good blend of romance, drama, and dark comedy. "Camille" is a dark romantic dramedy.

James Franco is great like always. Even in films that aren't of the best quality (i.e. "Spider-Man 3", "The Green Hornet"), this man can still shine. He can also make a good southern accent in the film. He was great in the film. I think I would trust him to carry a corpse around the country. Sienna Miller of "G.I. Joe" fame plays Camille. I don't think anyone else could have played the character. She was very good. Miller and Franco are the only big names in the cast. I don't know anyone else. But the supporting was great and knew hot to react with a living corpse walking around.

There really isn't much special effects. There was a weird dream sequence with a weird effect. It was cheesy but fit with the film. The writing was also great!

"Camille" is a unique little indie flick. I wish it got more attention from the public. If you love ghost films or dark romances like "Corpse Bride", seek out "Camille". It is really something. Its a great dark romance.

♫"Faith" was more than just a word.♫

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

In celebration of the apocalypse, I will review "Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs". An animated disaster movie thats literally fun for the whole family!

Set in a seaside town known as Swallow Falls, Flint Lockwood creates a machine that will turn water into food to save the starving citizens. After the machine flys away into a rain cloud, it activates and food begins to rain like crazy. But it becomes a fight for survival as the portions get bigger and BIGGER. Can you spell "worldwide epidemic"?

This was a pleasant surprise of a film. It wasn't much of a breath of fresh air but it was so fun. The characters are funny and the animation is stylish. It has a bit of a retro look which I am find of.

Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Mr. T, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, and many others do wonderful and hilarious vocal work. The dialogue is silly and funny and the story was great. Though it is loosely based on a book and dosen't really follow the plot of that book, it stays true to the illustrations. Great movie overall.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is a delicious film! Well so long, folks! The world has come to an end. Farewell. A big comet is on the way and I must wrap up. I will miss you all.

"What's an imooze boosh?"

P.S. The world is not ending. It was a major hoax.


Stephen Chow's "CJ7" is like a Chinese version of a Robert Rodriguez family film. It contains many of the elements of his family movies and Chow seems to make use of them. Cartoony effects, kids with bully issues, silly parents, yup, Stephen Chow used all of these.

The film tells the story of an extremely poor single father named Ti and his son, Dicky. Trust me when I say "extremely poor". Ti can't seem to afford anything for his son even though he is employed. Dig this: they eat rotten food! *Barfs* Dicky begs his father to get the hottest new toy for him, CJ-6, which is a toy robot. Yup, he dosen't get it for him and a very awkward moment ensues. Something you wouldn't find in an American family film. However, Ti witnesses an alien landing. An alien who would make a perfect friend for his son. A little furry, cute little alien who he calls, wait for it, CJ-7. And so, silliness, and often tragedy, occurs when the alien enters their lives.

The film did not recieve the English dubbing that Chow's other films got. So we're stuck with subtitles. From the subtitles, it was a pretty funny film. It had very weird, fish-out-of-water moments and some touching dialogue.

"CJ-7" also had a good message for youngsters. It was a film that I enjoyed but it wasn't the best. However, I would've loved the film even more if it didn't take away my apetite. Despite the fact that the boy and his father eat rotten food, there is a scene involving human waste. Unpleasant.

So, if you like silly and sweet family films, seek out Stephen Chow's "CJ-7".

"I'm gonna stab you in the heart!"


Have you ever seen "Hook"? Was it a film you enjoyed as a child? Were you a little shocked at what critics said to this film? I just anwered "Yes" to all those questions. "Hook" is a critical mystery. Why did so many of the mainstream critics hated it? I personally love this film and you probably will. Its a creative Spielberg take on the tale of Peter Pan. A classic story we all love. Did you know that this was originally intended to be a Spielbergian remake of the Disney "Peter Pan" film?

In this film, Peter Pan has grown up. Shocking! He is married and has two annoying kids. Trust me when I say "annoying". They travel to London where Wendy is getting a hospital dedicated to her. While Peter, his wife, and Wendy go to the ceremony, Peter's annoying children, Jack and Maggie, are kidnapped by Captain Hook. Tinker Bell then revisits Peter and takes him back to Neverland, where things haven't been so right since he left. There, he meets the Lost Boys' new leader, regain his children, and face his longtime nemesis, Captain Hook.

This is one of my favorite Spielberg film and one of my favorite Peter Pan renditions. If explores a question we would have not bother looking at: What if Peter Pan grew up?

Robin Williams plays the main character. Williams is an actor that entertains me and can also get on my nerves. He plays Peter well. I enjoyed him. Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook was quite silly but passable. Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell was good and Maggie Smith (Professor McGonnagall) was good too. Bob Hoskin was entertaining as Smee as well. We all love Smee, do we? Denise Richards: annoying. Her acting: "meh". A lot of the children in the film are weird actors.

The effects are cheesy but just like Hoffman's performance, its passable. The writing is just what you expect from a family film. A GOOD family film. I think one of the problems critics had with this movie was the amount of weird, oddly executed, scenes. Some of them include:

*Santa Claus being the umpire at Jack's baseball game. What was that all about?
*That weird dude that lives with Wendy.
*The cheesy scene where Hook kidnaps the children.
*The scene where the mermaids give Peter CPR underwater. Okay???
*The scene where Peter has a feast with Rufio and the Lost Boys.
*The scene where the pirates have their own baseball game.
*Denise Richards

The list goes on and on. Then again, this movie is set in Neverland. Strange and magical things occur there. Except for Santa being an umpire. Also, what was up with the length? This runs for two hours and twenty-four minutes. A lot of kids are going to be able to sit through that! The length makes it feel like Christopher Nolan directed it.

Its a harmless film that is so easy to enjoy. And when you do, you notice how great and fun this film is. Sure it has its weird moments. That "Boo-box" scene still frightens me. Seasrch that on Youtube! I feel to lazy to post a link. If you ever watch this, you'll wonder why critics hated it. That is still a big mystery. "Hook" will always be one of my favorite films and I think you will enjoy it too. It isn't the best but its passable and so enjoyable! I know I've already said that. Great 90s Spielberg family fun!

"This is for not letting me blow bubbles in my chocolate milk."

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Video game adaptions are something I tend not to pay attention to. So yeah. I'm not a Pokemon fan. Heh heh. Don't get me wrong! I love video games but I'm more of an avid film fan than gamer. I'm not a crazed person who counts down the days until "Gears of War 3" comes out. Anyways, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is a video game I happen to own on my PS2. Yes, I still play PS2. I got it for Christmas of last year. I was aware of the video game franchise and this film way before I got my copy of the game. To be honest, I didn't like this film even though I wanted to.

The story is about Dastan. A fearless boy who grew up in the slums until the king takes him under his wings and takes him as his son. He grows up to be a warrior and witnesses his father's death, who he is framed for. He flees fomr the kingdom, along with Princess Tamina who he was offered to wed. He then finds a magical dagger of Tamina's that can turn back time. Thats all I got from the story. The film for me was so complex. The dagger was cool but I wish we got a little more of it. When the film didn't focus on that, lame possible plots fill the gaps. The story was the main issue for me.

Now on to acting. I like Jake Gylenhaal. He was okay in this movie. Its both weird and quite cool to see him take on a role like this. Ben Kingsley was okay and Alfred Molina could have had potential but fell flat. I enjoyed Gemma Arterton and it wasn't just because I had a crush on her. She had good chemistry with Jake and was sassy. The entire cast was okay. The performances are very far from being good or great.

The effects were too much CGI but better than the effects in that other Disney film that was released two months before this.

I'll wrap up by saying I was not fond of this film. The story and pacing were no-nos. Its a merely okay film that was both dull and exciting. Odd mix. I'll stick to the video game instead. i just didn't like it and I don't know why.


The mighty god of thunder, Thor, has put the kingdom of Asgard in grave danger. Due to his action, the all-father, Odin, takes away his immortality and godly powers and banishes him down to Earth where he is found by aspired scientist, Jane Foster. On Earth, he must regain his hammer, Mjolnir, from those at S.H.E.I.L.D., and help Jane understand who he is. But back in Asgard, where Odin is close to dying and the evil Loki has taken the throne, Thor, the mighty avenger, must return and fight back.

The latest Marvel offering is a good one. It wasn't as good as "Iron Man", "X-Men", or "Spider-Man" but it sure was entertaining. Instead of a man who was bitten by radioactive or a man with a tormented past who takes vengeance on crime, "Thor" gives us a different superhero. This is a superhero-version of the Norse legend. "Thor" is a man raised by gods so he was born with his powers. Hes not really a mutant. I like the story here a lot. Between you and me, Thor is a character that I was never really interested in. The fact that he was god made not read the comics. I'm picky with comics sometimes. But any film based on a Marvel comic sends me to the theater and this leads up to the long-awaited "Avengers" film so i had to see it. I still haven't converted into a Thor fan yet.

The Norse god is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, the man who played James Kirk's father in the opening scene in J.J. Abram's "Star Trek" film. He was good in this role and I think no one else could have portrayed him. However, he failed to be emotionally appealing. In some scenes, Chris acts like he wants the audience to feel his pain. He failed and I felt nothing for him. Recent Oscar winner, Natalie Portman, is good in this film and her co-star, Kat Dennings, was entertaining as well. I also enjoyed Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner in their cameos. Really enjoyed Renner in his cameo. Won't tell you who he played, though! I thought the best actor in the film was Tom Hiddleston. He played Loki. He was creepy throughout and had the charm of a Death Eater. Very good performance indeed. The acting was clunky at some points and Mjolnir was the better actor sometimes. Anyway, the acting was good overall. These guys will probably be nominated in next year's MTV Movie Awards but they're not good enough for the Oscars.

Despite the good story and actors, "Thor" had its silly moments. Many of them came from the Asgardian side of the story. But the performances of Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, and Stellan Skarsgard react to the silliness. How would you react if the god of thunder came under your care? Weird, right? That is one of the best things of the film. The other dumb thing about the film was the "romance" between Thor and Jane. It felt forced. They acted like friends at first and then they oddly kiss. If you ask me, Thor and Sif could have had a thing going. But with Thor's short temper and Sif's title as the goddess of war, that would have not worked out. Besides, this is an action film not a romantic chick flick. Talk about product placement! Dr. Pepper, 7-Eleven, Budweiser, Burger King, Facebook, it was nuts!

Lastly, the visuals. The visuals kicked arse! The design of Asgard was beautiful. It was mostly CGI but it was better than than Tim Burton's Wonderland and almost as good as Pandora. "Avatar" seemed to have taken visual effects to new heights. The most disappointing aspect of the movie was the 3D. "Thor" had the potential of being a really good 3D movie if Gilderoy Lockhart decided to shoot the film in 3D. Only one thing came out of the audience and it was blurry at some points. Not worth it, folks. It felt like watching a 2D film with glasses on. See it in 2D, folks. I plan to stick to films shot in 3D for now on but I'll give these post-converted films a try: "Deathly Hallows: Part 2", "Green Lantern", and "Captain America".

"Thor" isn't the best superhero film but it delivered barrel loads of fun and a perfect way to kick off Summer 2011. It isn't the best film of 2011 so far ("Rango" is in my book) but its worth the watch. I love Marvel films. Take that, DC!

"I just downloaded thirty songs from there."

George of the Jungle

Now that I got my review of "Dudley Do-Right" out of the way, time to look at the best Brendan Fraser adaption of a Jay Ward cartoon. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm talking about "George of the Jungle". This is not only a guilty pleasure of mine, its one of my favorite film that I think I will never grow tired of.

In this parody of the "Tarzan" story, a young explorer named Ursula travels to Africa with her annoying fiance, Lyle Van De Groot. Ursula can not stand Lyle and then gets her heart nabbed by the muscular, yet clumsy, jungle man, George, a man raised by apes since childhood. Wow, I've never used so many commas in one sentence! George than travels to Ursula's home in San Francisco where he gets a funny taste of our world.

This is my favorite Brendan Fraser role. I haven't seen "Crash" yet. He really acted like the original cartoon character with his performance. Leslie Mann (It took her years to get where she is now!) is funny and sweet as Ursula and Thomas Haden Church (This is my favorite of his roles) and dim-witted and funny. Even though John Cleese played an ape in this, he still acts goofy and witty and always look like he tries to hide it. That is what I love about Cleese. But my favorite of the supporting cast is the narrator. Witty, random, and always breaking the fourth wall in a good way.

If a movie is based on a cartoon, its definitely something that should not be taken seriously. The script even sounds like it isn't taking itself seriously and that is what makes the magic of this movie come alive. With its goofiness and memorable cast, "George of the Jungle" is a live action cartoon adaption that works and can easily entertain.

"I said "awe". A-W-E."

Dudley Do-Right

Brendan Fraser is a living cartoon character. In every film I've seen him in, he has zany characteristics and gives cheesy smiles at the camera. Even in "The Mummy", I feel like I'm watching an action-packed cartoon series. Universal tried to cash in on the success of Disney's "George of the Jungle" adaption with Brendan Fraser by putting him in a theatrical adaption of another Jay Ward (creator of "George of the Jungle") toon, "Dudley Do-Right".

The film felt like a quest to find a plot! The film is about a clumsy mountie named Dudley Do-Right (because he's always doing right!) who must stop his long time nemesis, Snidley Whiplash, from taking over Semi-Happy Valley. The rest is just a whole bunch of plot threads who were abused by hardly being developed.

Fraser is doing what he does best: acting weirdly. So I consider him to be the best actor in the film. Alfred Molina speaks in a annoying cartoonish voice. It worked sometimes at got out of hand for the remainder. Sarah Jessica Parker was acting terribly. She looked like the thought, "I'm getting paid for this, right?", ran through her head throughout her screen time. Supporting cast: LAME! Not even Eric Idle helped.

The humor is so flat! Eric Idle was not funny and so was Alfred Molina. Not even the "Pokemon" reference helped! When I did find something amusing, I replied with dry chcukles. I just wonder how much they paid the writer, Hugh Wilson. The other stupid thing was the opening credits. The titles, "Written by Hugh Wilson" and "Directed by Hugh Wilson", are seperate. Were they just too lazy to put "Written for the screen and directed by Hugh Wilson"? Laziness, people! Laziness! The film was even unsure of itself. It felt and anachronistic and bored of itself. The film was just lazy. It was flat, lazy, and supplied very little to children. Low on slapstick. What a shame. "Dudley Do-Right" is a do-wrong. The "George of the Jungle" movie was more butch and that live-action "Flintstones" movie had more dignity than this. Come on, Hollywood! Come on!

United 93
United 93(2006)

I can't stop thinking about the man who was killed yesterday. You know who I'm talikg 'bout, right? He was one of the main men behind 9/11, an event that will never be forgotten by us Americans. Yesterday will probably go down in history. Paul Greengrass, director of the last two Bourne movies, made a very good movie about the events that occured on that tragic day.

Here is a film that was so emotional. Even the opening credits were emotional. We see one of the men aboard Flight 93 and discover that he was a family man. My heart literally stopped beating at this very scene. "United 93" is an film that everyone knows how it ends. If you say, "I didn't like this movie because it was so predictable!", go jump off a cliff! The film is character-driven and we get a glimpse of almost everyone on the plane's backgrounds.

The entire film was intense. The credits even leave you speechless. The dialogue was intense, the shooting technique was intense, "United 93" is an intense film, period. The film features a talented no-name cast that we become very attatched to. We weep with them, we yell with them, we're with them the entire way. The film was edited and shot excellently and may just be one of the most powerful films you will ever see!

Before we all go nuts on Friday to see "Thor", I suggest we take some time to remember those who were lost in this event by giving "United 93" a watch. You really should.

"Sit and I will go you the sign."

The Princess Diaries

Once in a while, I enjoy a good, cliched teen comedy. In honor of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton taking place today, I shall review "The Princess Diaries". This is the film that made Oscar-nominee, future Catwoman, Anne Hathaway a star.

Anne plays a shy, lonely teenage girl named Mia Thermopolis. When Mia's rich, royal grandmother comes to visit, Mia discovers that she has royal blood and is the princess of a made-up foreign country known as Genovia. She gets a makeover, learns royal manners (which she fails to learn, very funny!), and gets what every celerity hates: unwanted media attention.

I thought "The Princess Diaries" was a sweet, funny movie. Anne Hathaway is a great actress in her role of Mia and plays a charming, clumsy princess. I love Julie Andrews and she plays the kind, witty woman we all came to know and love in films such as "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins". Hector Elizondo was cool and funny. I would like to hang out, or even make a movie, with him. The supporting cast includes Mandy Moore, Eric Von Detten, and Sandra Oh. Mandy Moore played the snotty, popular cheerleader. Oh, she was funny but her acting skills: meh, okay. Eric Von Detten is the arrogant jock Mia has a crush on. Decent actor. Of the supporting minor cast, I enjoyed Sandra Oh as the vice principal. I don't watch "Grey's Anatomy" but I seem to be entertained by Sandra Oh when I see her in any film.

The writing was good. Had witty moments and also its weak one. It had a good script but I think the main issue is that the film is cliched. Girl likes jock, stuck-up blonde cheerleader, invisible, socially awkward protagonist. We've all seen these before. "The Princess Diaries" is a great family/teen comedy. Its got enough for both genders to enjoy from and is one of the better live-action Disney family films from the 2000s decade. I like this movie and I bet you will enjoy some of it too. Thanks for reading and leave clean comments below. We all like at least one movie that has a Rotten rating on the Tomatometer, don't we?

"Its alright! Its okay! You're gonna hit it anyway!"

The Sixth Sense

Last year, M. Night Shymalan pissed off critics and audiences everywhere with two films known as "Devil" and "The Last Airbender". Shymalan has to be one of the most struggling directors in the buisness today. Has this Hindi director ever done a good film? Yes. And it is his best one. "The Sixth Sense" is one of the best thrillers, and films in general, that I have ever seen.

The plot is quite simple: a therapist played by Bruce Willis is helping a troubeled child with a history of ghosts. Shymalan throws in awesome dialogue and clues so by the time the twist is revealed, you immediately want to watch the movie again and catch all the clues.

I may have said this before, but I can live up to the age of 150 and would've not come up with a story this chilling. I have made up and told some scary stories before but I usually don't choose paranormal activity as the subject. M. Night can really tell a story and boy is this film freaky!

While Bruce Willis' performance is very good, Haley Joel Osment is flat-out aweseome in his role as Cole Sear. Toni Collette plays a good Lynn Sear. Everyone seems to have very good chemistry with Haley Joel.

The music, direction style, writing, lighting are all very good. The spooky sequences newver wore out and stayed spooky from the moment they ended. Looking for jump scenes. Clearly visible here. Apart from the twist reveal, my favorite scene in this is when Cole tells his mother about the woman involved in the bike accident.

With a good structure and scary nature, "The Sixth Sense" is a horror/thriller film you can't afford to miss. Please go back to making films like this, Shymalan! Pretty please with a cherry on top! Thanks for reading and leave clean comments below.

"Look at my face, I was not thinking anything bad about you."

The Mask of Zorro

"The Mask of Zorro" has always been, and always will be, one of my favorite movies. I watched it again on Easter Sunday for the first time in a while and it wasn't as fun as I remembered it to be. Well, I picked the right time to review this since a new version of Zorro is in the offing and one of the film's stars, Anthony Hopkins, will be seen in "Thor" next week.

The film is set in the 1800s when Mexico was under Spanish rule and Mexicans were colonizing California. When the Spainsh push the Mexican's buttons too much, one man takes care of it: Zorro. He's got the black mask, cape, gets around in a black horse, his hifeout is a cave, go ahead and call him the Mexican Batman. After Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) witnesses the murder of his wife and kidnapping of his daughter, he becomes depressed and hangs up the Zorro suit for good. But when he comes across Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas), a man who wants to avenge the death of his brother, Mr. Hopkins gives him the mask and cape to avenge the death of his brother held responsible from a merciless general.

"Zorro" moves at a good pace and features plenty of action. If you were to mix the superhero genre with a swashbuckler, you get "The Mask of Zorro". The film features entertaining performances from the main and supporting cast, perfect production design and shooting style, and delivers barrel loads of fun.

This'll probably be the only time you will see Hannibal Lecter, or Odin, with a tan and a Hispanic accent. Anthony Hopkins plays a good Mexican. He also adds emotion into it since his character has been throught some tough times. But don't expect a lot of emotion, this film is not a tearjerker. Antonio Banderas will always be Zorro in my book. He sly, witty, and the characters fits him excellently. Zorro's personality is similar to that of Batman but has the wit and charisma of Spider-Man. And by sly and witty, I mean sly and witty. Put the word, "zorro", on Google Translate, set it to English from Spanish, and you'll never believe what you'll get! I love Catherine Zeta-Jones in this. And I mean "love" in two ways: her acting and her looks. She had a very good character that had excellent chemistry.

I seem to enjoy the swashbuckler genre because of the dialogue found in most of the films. They have very witty dialogue that I would've never came up with him. They criticize each other in a sword fight and the hero comes up with a very sassy comeback. In "The Mask of Zorro" features a lot of sassy, witty dialogue from, if I'm correct, all the characters. Very well scripted.

Great acting and action and fun dialogue, "The Mask of Zorro" is a swashbuckler classic IMO. Don't get me started on the sequel, folks. Thanks for reading! Leave clean comments below.

"You are like your mother. Same eyes, same mouth, same spirit."

Steamboat Willie

Happy Easter, Rotten Tomatoes! Today's review will take us back to 1928 when Walt Disney's immortal creation was born: Mickey Mouse. Mickey shined the screens in the first animated short with sound known as "Steamboat Willie".

"Steamboat Willie" dosen't really have a plot. We just see Mickey (Willie in this case) working on a steamboat captained by Pete, pick up a cow, meet his longtime crush, Minnie, and make music with the boat's objects and dances with the cow.

Walt Disney made this little film funny and exciting from beginning to end. Mr. Disney voices Mickey magnifecntly and Minnie shined. The dancing scene is unforgettable and will mark as the only time you will see Mickey make music with the nipples of a sow.

Funny and cute, this film is a sheer classic and will never die! Mickey's legacy will live! I mean, who dosen't love that rodent and the way he whistles at the film's start? I don't!

Mary and Max
Mary and Max(2009)

Mary Daisy Dinkle is a chubby, eight-year old girl from Australia who is neglected by her parents and has no friends. She then finds a pen pal named Max Jerry Horovitz who is an atheist, obese, mentally ill, loner living in New York City. For a twenty-year span, the two write letters and send each other things as they answer each others questions involving the issues in life.

Of all the themes director Adam Elliot could have gone with for "Mary and Max", he chose life and all the issues that come with it. "Mary and Max" is a extremely unique animated film that treats itself as it was live action. The characters are awesomely designed with realistic issues. When they're stressed, you feel stressed. When they're sad, you feel depressed. Many emotions and sparks fly in the film. I did not cry but I felt that someone has grabbing my heart with a tight grip.

Its a claymation film with very strong, mature PG-13 themes. The animation was gnarly. Almost every prop in this was designed with clay and I am very proud at the animators. I've mentioned how strong the themes are and the animation and design of the characters don't seem to go along with that. However, the films makes us deal with that. I would've given this film 100% if it was live action but the animation aspect is still quite beautiful. I tend to be put off by narration in films but that is what "Mary and Max" was built upon and Adam Elliot made it tolerable and interesting.

The voice acting was phenomenal. Whoever voiced Young Mary in the beginning did a fantastic job. Toni Collette was awesome as older Mary. This is the second film I've seen with her, the first being "The Sixth Sense", and my first ever with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He was excellent as Max added much, much emotion into the terribly troubled character. The narrator, who sounded like Geoffery Rush, was very good. Maybe the best narrator (who is not a chatacter) that I've seen in any film.

The film has well crafted opening credits that give us an a very good look at part of the film's setting. Once the narration kicks in, it adds very funny lines and unexpected, and some vulgar, humor. Once the character's issues kick in, the movie takes a very different direction to a emotional romp. Elliot knows how to make a scene more intense as it progresses. For example, the acclaimed "Que Sera?" sequence. My. Jaw. Dropped.

It is no way intended for children and that probably is the best thing about it. "Mary and Max" is a top-notch film that gives us an excellent look at life and its issues. If you are currently down in the dumps, get your butt up and rent this movie. It'll probably make you more depressed but make you appreciate your life more and make you so grateful that you neither Mary nor Max. I wonder if this is really based on a true story as it said at the start of the film. This is a film that is 100% guaranteed to stay in your memory. You need to see this. I urge you to. Big Oscar snub, I'm talking about right here. Well, I gotta go. I need to go watch the latest episode of "The Noblets". Thanks for reading and leave clean comments below.

"The stars made more sense."


Another failed franchise by Fox. Sloppy structure, bad acting, lackluster effects, weird acting, "Eragon" gives a headache to anyone who is unfamiliar with the source material. I don't even wanna give the books a go.

A Little Princess

Alfonso Cuaron, who did the amazing third "Harry Potter" film, brings us the well-done adaptation of the classic novel, "A Little Princess". Trust me, this has to be the longest 97 minutes in my life. The film felt like 2 1/2 hours, but there is more to that.

A girl named Sara is sent from her home in India to New York City to attend a boarding school while her father is serving in WWI. After her father dies, Sara brings happiness to the girls of this school run by a stern headmistress by telling them amazing Hindi legends and making them believe that they are all princesses. Hence the title. She also makes the school's black servant girl feel good about herself.

The story is very sweet and has a very good narrative structure. The story sequences were very good despite the bad CGI. My favorite part of the film had to be the production and costume design and I usually don't pay attention to aspects like that.

Liesel Matthews is a very good actress. Sucks that she only did three things in her career: this, "Air Force One", and "Blast". When I saw her perform on the computer screen (I saw this instantly on Netflix), this thought came to my head: Why can't children act like this anymore? Nowadays, children act like they're going to cry or start laugh maniacally any second. Liesel shows how its done with her emotional and sweet performance. She is also very pretty. Also, I think the better young actresses are females. Take a look at Hailee Steinfeld and Chloe Mortez.

Lighting, camera angles, they're all good here. Cuaron can really direct! He showed it in "Prisoner of Azkaban" and watching this made me want to see "Children of Men". The music adds a lot to the mood. Everything I mentioned above (Lighting, camera angles) add a bigger feel to the story.

I have a good friend who has read the book and claims that this movie is pretty true the book by 75%. Pretty close to my rating. "A Little Princess" is no "Inception" or "Phone Booth" and doesn't require thinking when viewing but I advise you to be awake when viewing. It started to bore me towards the start of the film.

Good film that you should watch if you like family films or cute, formal girls. Heh heh. The 95% rating on the Tomatometer is too high for me and I give this a 70%. I've seen much better films. But this is one of the better films I've seen recently.

Nice direction and structure, "A Little Princess" is a very touching treat. When you watch it, you'll make this feel like it never flopped at the box office. Thanks for reading! Leave clean comments below.

"Magic has to be believed. It's the only way it's real."


I just wanted to get this review over with. "Bolt" probably has to be the best Disney attempt to make a computer animated film without Pixar. They failed with "Chciken Little" and were okay with "Meet the Robinsons". "Bolt" had action, comedy, thrills, and charm but I didn't find all of that which I just mentioned enjoyable.

The plot follows a mega-famous dog named Bolt who is the star of a BA, kick-A, action series that bears his name. After his last episode ends with a cliffhanger in which his owner, Penny, gets kidnapped, Bolt leaves the set to find her due to the fact that he thinks the situation is real. Bolt goes on a road trip with a streetsmart and witty cat named Mittens and a hamster who claims to be Bolt's biggest fan named Rhino.

If theres anything I really LOVED from the film, it would have to be the opening sequence. We learn that Bolt started off as a pound puppy and gets adopted by Penny. How sweet. But then the whole film turns into an animated episode of "24" as we see a clip from the show where Penny and Bolt are on a rescue mission. I'm a guy so I obviously love action. The scene looked like a Bruce Willis action scene only with a dog and looked like it was directed by the Wachoski Brothers using Joel Schumacher's lighting technique. Very good scene that was actually a shame to see it end. If the whole film were like that, I'd give it a higher rating.

The vocal performances were good. I'll give props to Miley Cyrus because the character she played really looked like her and her vocal work went very well with the character's actions and emotions. John Travolta as Bolt was good although the character dosen't really give us a feeling of Travolta. But he was funny and cool. Mittens probably had to be my favorite and I am definetly not a cat person. I really like how they made her know about canine sterotypes. She teaches Bolt how to drink out of the John in one scene. Rhino grinded my gears and I wasn't fond of him.

The design of Mittens and Rhino is something I'm gonna praise. Mittens was always talking in a sarcastic tone and the lines she had went well with her tone. She is also a black and white cat. From my perspective, Mittens was like a sarcastic emo person whos fun to hang out with. Rhino was a chubby hamster who reminds me of fanatic college fratboys.

The art was also good. Looked a lot like Pixar's but had many of its own original flair. Very three-dimensional and detailed.

"Bolt" has good voice acting and chracters but had its cheesy moments like the end (which I liked) and Rhino's quotes. Also, the fact that the dog has powers like superstrength and supersonic barks were a little weird but I was still find of it.

Its cute, has good dialogue and structure, (Except the middle. It felt drawn out.) but "Bolt" can be forgettable to some and lovable to many. I fall right in between. I've only seen this once and I'm done. I bet you've guys have come across a film that you enjoy but don't feel like looking at it again. That what this film is for me. I just can't see myself watching "Bolt" over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and get the picture.

Funny film, had its weak spots, but enjoyable and fun. But the fun and enjoyableness is only fun once since this is a one-shot film for me. Not a Disney masterpiece though. Very far from being one. Its got a 89% on this site, which I think is too high, and a 7.3/10 on IMDB. I'll have to go with the IMDB voters and give this a 70%. Thanks for reading, guys. Leave clean comments below.

"Go on, use the dog face. This is gonna be beautiful."

Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius

Two days ago, I sent my fellow RT friends a list of films I wanted to review and this was one of them. This got the most requests so now I'm here reviewing it. "Jimmy Neutron" is a film that I enjoy everytime I see it. I saw twice in the theaters and was a avid watcher of the TV series that spawned from this.

Jimmy Neutron is a very intelligent 4th grader who sends a message to some extraterrestrials wanting to know more about our planet that we they know what to expect when they invade it. When the aliens learn about Earth's large supply of parents, the kidnap them and are about to use them as a sacrifice to a god named Poultra. When the kids are informed on this, Jimmy takes the children of Retroville (funny name) out into the far reaches of space to reclaim their mommies and daddies.

The film dosen't have the best when it comes to the plot. Its a kids movie financed by Nickelodeon so you shouldn't expect greatness. But Nickelodeon did acheive greatness last month with "Rango". Its a kids movie with a kiddish premise. Children looking for their parents. We've seen this at least once in our movie-watching days. But wheter you're a kid or adult, there has to be something in this film that elates you. Could it be the robotic dog, the pop soundtrack, or Jimmy's ecstatic fanboy friend, Sheen? It has to be either one of those. While the premise is silly, the film is witty, charming, and has many moments plus funny lines. The film has a good script.

The film's animation is done by O Entertainment. The ones who did "Barnyard" and those Thumbnation short films like "Bat Thumb" "Thumb Wars" and "The Blair Thumb Project". They were the ones who introduced us into the animation technique where you can put the voice actor's voice into an object (i.e. "The Annoying Orange"). But when it comes to a full-length computer animated films, they don't reach the highest standards. But I think the animation was acceptable for its time. Many studios at the time of this film's release try to recreate the success of Pixar's films. If this movie came out around today, I probably would be disgusted by the visuals.

The voice acting and characters were very funny. Jimmy is always fun, Carl is very likable, Sheen is hilarious, Cindy is funny, etc. The characters are mostly voice by voice actors from cartoons but we do get some A-listers. Patrick Stewart is pretty funny as the alien king and Martin Short as well. He was funny also. We also get cameos from the two host from "Entertainment Tonight" and that is pretty funny as well. Lastly, the soundtrack. It was mostly 90's and early 2000's pop from Aaron Carter and The Spice Girls. Catchy tunes but nothing special.

You either enjoy this or dislike it. It isn't love it or hate it. I really enjoy it because I love good animated films. Its funny, well paced, and memorable. But it just depends on how you act towards it. One of my faves. Thanks for all your requests, guys. I had fun reviewing this.

"My clothes don't match, my clothes don't match. I'm out in public and my clothes don't match!"

Captain Eo
Captain Eo(1985)

"Captain EO" is a 3D short film that I got to see at Disneyland yesterday. It stars Michael Jackson as the title character as he and his ragtag space crew of aliens and robots head to a desolate planet to give the ruler (played by Angelica Huston is prostetic makeup) a gift that will change the world and the entire universe itself.

The film is directed by, believe it or not, Francis Ford Coppola, and produced by George Lucas. This is totally something George would produce. "Captain EO" is like a mixup of "Star Wars", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and "Thriller". The direction was good and the choreography in the musical number was impressive.

Even for a 20-minute short, the story isn't that good. I wished it would've been a bit longer that way it can have a little more plot development. The 3D was okay. I like my 3D effects to hurdle their way toward my face and then go over my head. "EO"'s effects fly over your head or disappear before they go toward your face. The most diappointing part is they the film is still kind of blurry with your glasses on.

Angelica Huston and MJ were good. Not great. Huston is a professional actress so we should expect her to impress. I loved her in "Ever After"! Michael Jackson is obviously a singer and entertainer and has very little acting experience. But this man knows how to act in front of a camera. That is if he isn't being interviewed about his whereabouts with little boys!

Unless you've been living under a rock, Disney parks have resumed playing the film due to popular demand after Jackson's death. While this isn't the best short film I've seen, "Captain EO" is still fun for both young and old.

"You ate it?!"

Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation

This is without a doubt one of the best and laugh-out-loud funniest animated movies I've ever seen. Ahhh, memories!

The film revolves around the characters from the hit 90's toon, "Tiny Toon Adventures", as they spend their summer vacations in style! There are four seperate storylines.

1. Babs and Buster going on a raft adventure through America.
2. Plucky and Hammy's family going on a long road trip to get to the world's best amusement park, Happy World Land.
3. Fifi the Skunk chasing celebrity, Johnny Phew, in order to get his autograph.
4. Almyra going on a safari to get a new kitty.

All four stories are so gut-busting hilarious! The film makes an excellent use of pop culture refrences and the gags are never tiring. Many animated films these days try to make witty gagas and pop culture references but fail sadly. "How I Spent My Vacation" shows how its done!

Well scripted, well set up, jokes and gags are pitch perfect, this film is almost near-perfect. I may be overreacting there.

Sadly, this was never released on DVD. I had this on VHS for years and it broke just last year. One of the saddest days of my life.

I need all the "Tiny Toons" fans to send emails to Warner Brothers and urge them to bring the DVD or Blu-Ray release to store shelves. This needs to happen before I pass away.

Excellent animated comedy! Eighty minutes of pure neverending fun! 100% garunteed to leave you in stitches. It can be viewed on YouTube in parts. I just can't enough of this!

"Lights are dimmin'! Lights are dimmin'! Light are dimmin'!"

Princess Mononoke

Prince Ashitaka has been bitten by a demon and he is on the verge of becoming one. After being banished from his tribe, Ashitaka goes far out to find a cure but is caught in a violent war between humans and the gods of the forest. Ashitaka teams up with the fearless, sexy, BA, wolf-raised princess, San, to bring peace to the forest.

"Princess Mononoke" is an anime film like no other. Director, Hayao Miyazaki, has brought another wonder to my very eyes. The film has wonderful setting that would've take me a million years to come up with. For Miyazaki, it took about 16 years. Yes, Miyazaki took 16 years to develop the enite film. The hard work paid off! The film takes place in an alternate, mytical Ancient Japan where gods can be seen with the human eye. Very original indeed!

The characters were designed perfectly. Ashitaka isn't the typical hero found in most films. He is very unique. San was very awesome character. She was the anime, female Tarzan. She is raised by something nonhuman and believes shes one of them. She is also fearless and diligent. Jigo the Monk was entertaining, Lady Eboshi was great, and Toki was so charming and unforgettable!

The voice acting was powerful. Billy Crudup, who fanboys will recognize as Dr. Manhattan, was fantastic as Ashitaka. Billy Bob Thornton was great as Jigo, Minnie Driver was perfect for Lady Eboshi, Jada Pinkett Smith as terrific as Toki, and Claire Daines was absolutely awesome as San! Gillian Andersen and Keith Davis had epic voiceovers as the animal characters.

The art was phenomenal and I highly praise the fact that there really no antagonists in the film. Miyazaki's greatest? To me, no. His best is still "Spirited Away" in my book. Mainly because the film didn't have overtly bloody/gory violence. My stomach churned a couple times. This movie has an amazing blend of action, drama, and romance that is truly one of the better animated films I've seen. I'm still unsure if I can put this in the "Best films I've ever seen" category. I also felt close to the main characters and felt their tension at some times. No other animator can make me do that but Miyazaki. I felt like bawling when Chihiro was began to burst into tears in "Spirited Away".

I give props to Studio Ghibli for actually taking the plunge to do this. They've done a lot of family-friendly stuff and this was totally out of their league.

After 2 1/2 hours of drama and limbs flying all over the place, the ending was incredibly beautiful and me feel warm and fuzzy. The guys at HISHE shouldn't even bother parodying the film. My eyes almost watered. Miyazaki is a true genius. My heart feels warm right now. Its so warm after seeing this. I also wish I could have my Animated Crush list right now so I can give a spot to San. She is my first anime crush. Man, those Japs know how to draw women!

Awesome film that I gotta a big kick out of after only one viewing. I cannot wait for Miyazaki to hit me with his next masterpiece.

"I was prepared the very moment that I let my arrow fly."

Friday the 13th

I can easily see how this became a horror classic. For me, "Friday the 13th" kicked off all those notable and infamous horror movie cliches. I actually saw the sixth and seventh films in the series before I got around this one. I actually
agree with the Tomatometer on this one. "FT13" wasn't all

The story follows a group of stupid, sexed up campers who visit the newly reopened Camp Crystal Lake, commonly known as Camp Blood due to its murderous past. Murderous past, eh?
Yup, you guessed it. Some knife-wielding maniac is staliking
these campers. And yes, they get killed one by one.

Lets begin by discussing the deaths. These deaths weren't very exciting. The film relied more on eeriness and jump
scenes as oppose to scariness, IMO. I like my horror films
to be scary. If not, then it isn't a horror film. I also
prefer the deaths to be elaborate and gory. But not too
gory. I can get a bit squeamish myself. The deaths in this
seem to all be throat-sliding and stomach-stabbings. If there is one death that I enjoyed, it would have to be the
one where Kevin Bacon's girlfriend gets pwned with an axe.

"Friday the 13th" has some of the stupidest characters I've
seen in a film. I did state they were all just stupid and
sexed up. And that is so true and annoying. Sex seems to all they care about. Remember the scene where they play "Strip
Monopoly"? Oh, how fun! **Rolls eyes** They end up having
to stop the game (Can't remember why) and what got me the most is that one of the girls go outside in her lingerie
and a raincoat. She doesn't even bother dressing back?
What a retard! They just did that to keep balancing the
sexy aspect of the film with the horror one. Didn't work
for me. I learned a lot from this film like putting your
clothes back no matter what.

I think the series got better when introduced Jason Voorhees as the killer. The killer in this, Pamela Voorhees, is
trying to be like Michael Myers too much. Jason on the other hand, was more original. Hockey mask and machete, I'm in.
But the series went downhill from these. But from my POV, this series was never great.

The last problem I had with the film was how long it took
to pick up. The opening scene was spooky but that was just
maybe only the best part.

Lame movie that should only be recognized for being so cliched and dull.

Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey

These days, talking animal movies come and go. But no other film featuring talking animals stays closer to my heart than "Homeward Bound". Oh, what an epic title.

The film tells of two dogs and a cat. The dogs are Chance and Shadow and the dog is a sassy feline named Sassy. They are sent to a realative's farm while their family is vacationing. After a while, our animal heroes can not put up with the farm, they become homeward bound and set off a journey to find their family and get back home. They embark on a perilous trip where they find themselves running away from bears, drowning, and even being impounded.

This is a moving film that really makes you stand up and cheer at the end. We become attatched to these characters for an hour and a half and boy, is it a pleasure. It is indeed a kids movie so you shouldn't be expecting it to be something like "Lawrence of Arabia". "Homeward Bound" has very good dialogue. Very good for a talking animal film. The film is well-structered and has a good momentum. I'm especially happy on how the animals didn't really talk in the film, they had voiceovers. More tolerable, ain't it? Bad CGI lip movement is absent.

Wonderful film with great characters and a beast premise.

"Are we going in circles? That tree smells familiar."


You gotta admit. Guy Ritchie has a very unique filming style. That is best shown in his crime comendy, "Snatch".

"Snatch" is the story of a couple of gangsters who come up with a plan to steal a valuable diamond that belonged to the now-deceased thug known as Freddy Four-Fingers. Each dude has their own way of getting to the diamond.

The best part of "Snatch" is the twisted sense of humor. Its dark and edgy and brilliantly scripted. I especially enjoy the quotes written for Brad Pitt's character, Mickey. Mickey is the best part of the film. Its what sold the film to me.

"Snatch" is a very entertaining crime film that has a very stylish direction style by Guy Ritchie, features a great ensemble cast, well constructed with a great pace (Suprisingly short!) but I didn't think this was all that. It has a 72% on the Tomatometer and thats acceptable. I don't know if this deserves a place on IMDB's Top 250 list but I'm cool with that.

Looking for cool gangsters, catch score, funny one-liners, great actors, and dogs who eat chew toys? "Snatch" is for you!

"Do you have anything to declare, sir?"

"Yes. Don't go to England."

You Got Served

Today, I will review the critically acclaimed Academy Award winning musical, "You Got Served". I've seen quite a couple movies about dance crews. Many have great dancing but don't really have a plot. I give "You Got Served" kudos for actually having a story.

Its about a dance crew (OBVIOUSLY!) who is famous around the neighborhood. They called up by another dance crew to do a dance-off (OBVIOUSLY!) with the reward being fifty grand. After the dance-off, the crew finds out that most of their moves were taken. They get SERVED by the other crew and comepete in a professional dance-off where not only they win a lot of moola, but get casted in Lil' Kim's new music video.

I forgot to mention the film's subplots. There is a romance subplot that revolves around Omarion and the cute Jennifer Freeman and a whole lazily developed gangster crime subplot. The crime subplot didn't work and the romance was "meh".

"You Got Served" is like watching an episode of a BET series extended to movie length. I really like hip-hop and break dancing but this movie just didn't work. I find it so funny how the creators try to get us emotionally attatched to the characters. I know you readers are not gonna waste your time seeing this depending on your tastes but one character gets killed off-screen.

The acting was okay not terrible. The acting looks like "YGS" was an amateur film for YouTube. By the way the characters act and go along, we know we're not going to remember them by the time the film ends. These aren't memorable characters. Break dancers just come and go.

Predictability level: high and low. At some points we knew how it was gonna go down and some points we don't. Lastly, the dancing. Good but not great. Dance moves are so familiar and been-there-done-that.

Better than many dance flicks but it still isn't anything special. I've seen many movies that are so better than this. We can say that the writer/director of the film just got SERVED by better directors!

I'll just watch "America's Best Dance Crew" for the time being.

From the creators of "You Got Served" comes "Voltron":


Just in time for my 250th review! With the DVD release out this week, I decided to review "Tangled". What kind of a title is that? Disney was originally going for "Rapunzel" or a more epic title like "Rapunzel Unbraided". They went with "Tangled" that way it can appeal more to boys. Still, the title is quite dumb. It marks as Disney's 50th animated film and the first fairytale done in computer animation. This is also the last fairytale Disney plans to produce.

The story of Rapunzel has always been one of my favorite fairytales growing up and since I've always been watching Disney's animated fairytale films, I was waiting for the day when the studio adapts Rapunzel. When I heard about the project, I was hyped. Not "Dark Knight Rises" hype, but I was still excited.

In this twist on the timeless tale, a notorious bandit named Flynn Rider who escapes the royal guards by escaping into the faraway tower where Rapunzel walks. Rapunzel is afraid of men becuase not only has she seen one, she dosen't wanna trust them. So she hits Flynn with a frying pan (like Jessica Rabbit) and interrogates him. After telling him that she has been locked in a tower for 18 years and plans to escape into the real world. Flynn and Rapunzel escape the tower with Rapunzel's special, freakishly long hair leaving a trail. They then explore the wonders of Germany for themselves and run into some silly, lighthearted thugs.

The two lead characters are played by singer/actress Mandy Moore, and nerdy and bumbling Zachary Levi. I have never seen an episode of "Chuck" but I can easily see Levi's charisma after seeing "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2", which I loathed. While the voice actors are pretty much polar opposites, they have great chemistry together. I know they're animated characters but if I would put the two in a real-life dating situation, I think they'd work out well.

As with supporting characters, "Tangled" features a charming chameleon and a wise horse. The horse, Maximus, was funny and had its moments. He seemed funnier in the trailer. The chameleon, Pascal, is just so darn funny. The horse seemed more for the young boys watching the film while the lizard was for everyone. If I would want any animal to have my back at threatning situations, I'd go with Pascal!

I found myself suspiciously put off by the musical aspect of "Tangled". I love muscials, don't get me wrong, but this one of those movies that I didn't want the characters to burst into song. Okay, there were some catchy tunes and memorable lyrics but "Tangled" is far from other animated Disney musicals. But this music is better than "Camp Rock" though.

I've read many reviews for this film on Rotten Tomatoes and many critics have pointed out that "Tangled" is quite coming-of-age. I do agree with that. Most coming-of-age Disney film since "Little Mermaid". The stellar chemistry between Rapunzel and Flynn make me feel like I'm watching a cute, cliche-avoiding teen romance flick. I think "Tangled" is a good date night movie.

I may have to say that "Tangled" isn't Disney masterpiece material. Sure its funny and cute but I've seen better from the studio. The trailers were slightly better than the film and made it look like it was going to be excellent like "Enchanted". But the film is good in some points, not in others, but is overall entertaining and memorable. Its works well as the Disney's 50th toon and sweetly concludes the part of Disney that made them famous: fairytales.

I have an odd crush on Rapunzel now and I don't even like blondes!

Want something to look foward to? "Tangled" will be involved in one of my upcoming blog so check my blog section often. Be prepared.

"Your dream stinks. I was talking to her."


Ughhh, so dissapointing. This is a movie that has so much potential but then ends up falling flat. First off, Ben Affleck. I didn't buy him as the role of Matt Murdock. And I thought the film got cornier as it progressed.

"Daredevil" gets props for being gritty and ominous. The Braille opening credits were pretty cool and then we cut to a computer-generated rat roaming through a spooky, nighttime New York City. This is when the movie jumped the shark for me. A computer-generated rat??? Ooooh, so scary! Then it picks up again and we see Matt Murdock bleeding of his wounds on top of a church. Okay, gritty again. We then get to see Matt's emotional backstory for the next thirty minutes of the movie. I thought the backstory was too long because by the time it ended, there was like an hour left in the film. "Daredevil" moves at a dissapointing and odd pace.

So Matt Murdock gets toxic chemicals in his eyes, goes blind, develops a radar sense, and dons a red suit and mask and dubs himself as Daredevil: the man without fear. Okay, thats cool. We then see Spider-Man villain, The Kingpin, being played by Michael Clarke Duncan who wastes his talent with this role. We are then introduced the hitman known as Bullseye who is played by the pestering Colin Farrel.

Matt Murdock meets Elecktra Natchios (Say "Natchios" 10x fast!), falls in love with her, gets freaky with her, and then Elecktra's father passes. She then avenges his death by becoming a superheroine who has a pair of sais as a weapon.

Notice that I just summarized the entire movie for you? Why? Because this movie is so dumb that you'll just feel weird when you view it and ask yourself, "Why did I just watch that?". The acting isn't the best, the dialogue is so cheesy, the use CGI was odd, jumped the shark many times, etc. "Daredevil" adds nothing new to the superhero genre. The direction was not amazing as well. Chris Nolan, the Wachowski Brothers, Zack Snyder, John Woo, and even Francis Ford Coppola could've made a better "Daredevil" movie.

Its a hit-and-miss film but its mostly a miss. I need to watch the Director's Cut version someday because I've heard its quite an improvement over this.

A ho-hum superhero film. I have high hopes for the upcoming sequel/reboot.

Back to the Future

Marty McFly is a regular, slick teen from the year 1985 who is the assistant of bumbling scientist, Emmet Brown. When Doc Brown asks Marty to test out his new DeLorean time machine that is run on a strange element known as Plutonium. After something awry happens with the DeLorean, Marty is sent thirty years into the past to the year 1955 where he falls in love with his mother's younger self. Marty's existence is now in danger and must make his parent fall in love again and he will fight until he sees the sunlight.

"Back to the Future" is an instant classic but I don't think that its 100% material. But the film has some of the most smart and witty scripting I have seen in a comedy film. The characters are so well portrayed by wonderful acting! Christopher Lloyd is definetly what makes up this movie for me! Michael J. Fox, Crispin Glover, the pretty Lea Thompson, and everyone else are great!

"Back to the Future" is a very funny film but actually needs focus when you watch it. The story can get a bit confusing. Great film that you should see if you haven't! Go ahead and shoot me but I enjoy the sequels more.

"What's a rerun?"

Back to the Future Part II

Watching the "Back to the Future" trilogy is like crossing an old, rickety bridge. It starts off smooth, gets rough in the middle, and you start getting your hope in the rough part and cross the bridge saftely. Okay, this probably isn't the best simile I can come up with but this is how I would put the events in the trilogy. If you've seen this one, you probably understood the simile.

Part 2 follows Doc Brown and Marty McFly as they travel to the year 2015, thirty years after the events in the first film. They must prevent Marty's future son from going to jail. While that happens, the future Biff Tannen gets ahold of the DeLorean and goes back to 1955, changes the events in the first film, and creates an alternate, dystopian, 1985. What do Doc and Marty got to do? Go back to 1955 and fix up the screw-ups Biff made.

This is my type of movie. As much as I liked the first entry, I thought this was a bit better. RT's Tomatometer disagrees with me on that. This is the intense, nail-biting sequel. A very worthy sequel as well. The rough part of crossing the bridge represent the intense events in the film. Bet ya didn't know that Zemeckis and Gale did not want to make a sequel but were forced by Universal Studios to do so. They did it very well. Everything was great about this sequel except the abscense of Crispin Glover. Not even the archive footage can make up for his loss.

Definetley a better sequel. Great film with an excellent structure.

"Better that I devote myself to study the other great mystery of the universe: women!"

Back to the Future Part III

I don't have a favorite "Back to the Future" film. I find it hard to put them in order from best to worst because they're all just funny, well crafted, exciting films that have an extremely high entertainment value. All great things must come to an end, even "Back to the Future". Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale end their world-famous franchise in a fine and pleasing manner.

Part 3 puts Doc Brown and Marty McFly back in action as they head to the Old West in the year 1885, one hundred years before the events in the first film. They are there to get rid of the beloved DeLorean. Have you seen how much trouble the time-traveling automobile has put them in? They must also battle Biff's outlaw ancestor, Buford Tannen, and rewrite history along the way. Marty also meets his ancestors.

"BTTFP3" has a completly different feel to it due to the change of the setting. The scripting and story used in this entry make it feel like a loose Old West remake of the first film. The running gags (i.e. "What are you? Chicken?" gag) are changed to go with the setting. Many think that this is the worst in the series but whoever says that can go jump off a cliff. Part 3 is a great film with lots of memorable material.

I actually choose the two sequels over the first film. This is one of the better films in the series yet I still can't say which is the best. I also find the comedy element of the films distracting. Why's that? The plot and structure of the events conveyed in the trilogy can be confusing to me. While I try to figure that out, I get lost in the humor. But the movie is undeniably funny. The ending is very perfect but a bit anticlimatic.

"Back to the Future 3" is just an amazing conclusion to a great series that has an awesome moral: the fate of the future is in our hands. My rating may be too high but thats my opinion, suckas!

"I do my killing before breakfast."

Hatching Pete

Why do I keep watching these poor Disney Channel movies? I don't know. I just do! This one, which has an incredibly stupid title of "Hatching Pete", is one of the Top 5 worst films this network has released. It has a poor premise, horrid acting, annoying, unoriginal, bad music, and extremely unfunny.

They're trying to make us giggle with the fact that the school mascot is a chicken. Really, a chicken? What were the writers smoking? One of the worst films ever. I feel dirty just reviewing this.

This perfectly describes the chicken character:

Slumdog Millionaire

This is a jaw-dropping, superbly directed, amazingly realisitic, awesomely edited, powerfully acted, greatly concieved film! Aaaah! I'm still shaking in awe! "Slumdog Millionaire" is a perfect film in every way it can be.

The film tells of a depressed, uneducated boy named Jamal Malik from the Mumbai slums who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?". He is very close to winning 20 million rupees. How did he get there? The answer to each question is in his past and brings one step closer to the prize cash and beautiful true love (IMO), Lakita.

Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto, and the rest of the cast give powerful performances that are accompanied by a great, gifted director, Danny Boyle. The choice of music is amazing and so is the cinematography.

"Slumdog" is an amazing movie. Definetly on my top 20. Up there with "Moulin Rouge". This is an M3, a modern movie masterpiece. I can live up to the age of 100 and not come up with a movie as exhilirating as "Slumdog Millionaire"!!!!

"The chaiwalah has done it again!"


Since "Sucker Punch" released today, I decided to review another film that stars that hot hottie, Vanessa Hudgens. "Bandslam" is one of the most poorly marketed films whose trailers looked like it was only going to appeal to Disney Channel's demographic. And this is coming from the studio that made the first "Twilight" look like it was going to be awesome. No wonder why it flopped upon its release. Not to mention that it was going up against "District 9" on its opening weekend. I eventually caught the film on DVD and I was proved wrong!

The plot follows a kid named Will who is bullied and alienated in his high school. After him and his mom move to New Jersey, he meets a weird girl named Sa5m (the "5" is silent), who is played by ever-attractive Vanessa Hudgens, and a popular girl named Charlotte, played by Alison Michalka. Their school is participating in a Battle of the Bands competition known as Bandslam. Will is a music geek so he forms his own ska band to participate in the competition.

"Bandslam" is not predictable tween-targeted garbage. This movie is actually too sosphisticated for tweens. It features smart, witty dialogue and like what the RT critical consensus says, it avoids cliches. It also avoids predictability. It also adds a good blend of coming-of-age drama. But the drama is not too edgy, folks. So don't expect Vanessa Hudgens playing a depressed, knocked up teen.

"Bandslam" is a movie for music lovers like me. If you love classic rock from the 70's and 80's than this is for you! And if you're a Gleek, give this a watch as well. Heads-up for all the "High School Musical" haters: nobody bursts into song in this.

This is a film you either like of love. As for me, I really liked it.

"I do feel like Clark Kent."

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

I finally got to see this on Friday at a second-run discount theater where admission was only was a whomping three bucks! This is also the first Coen Brothers movie I've ever seen. After seeing this, I'm eager to see their other work!

Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld plays Maddie Ross. A believable, dilligent, sassy, 14-year old girl who hires a U.S. Marshall named Rueben "Rooster" Cogburn (played by Kevin Flynn a.k.a. The Dude a.k.a. Jeff Bridges) to find her father's murderer, Tom Chayney, who is portrayed by Jonah Hex a.k.a. Josh Brolin. She is also accompanied by a Texas Ranger known as LaBeouf (No relation to Shia!) who is played by Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon. They then take a long, dangerous trek through Indian territory to give Chaney a taste of his medicine.

What does the title refer to? You see, Maddie needs a person with legitimate moxie, I mean, true grit, to hunt down the killer.

For starters, this film isn't very exciting. Don't expect an epic high noon shootout. Thats not even included in this! There is one shootout scene but I doubt it took place at noon. "True Grit" is a dialogue film. It felt like a watching a stageplay throughout. However, there is no lifeless, unexciting dialogue. The dialogue i terrificly written. Is there funny dialogue. CUSS YEAH THERE IS! Little "Fantastic Mr. Fox" reference there. Hailee Steinfeld also knows how to carry out a dialogue scene without getting tired. That scene where she meets LaBeouf is destined to become a classic!

The acting is awesome. Jeff Bridges' cowboy accent does get very annoying and gets a bit hard to understand. I thought Batman's grasp voice was more comprehendable. He vas very good but he dosen't quite deserve the Best Actor nomination. Josh Brolin is on the same par as Jeff. Matt Damon and Miss Hailee Steinfeld were the two great ones and had amazing chemistry when on screen together. Damon should have gotten a Supporting Actor nomination and Steinfeld deserved hers!

Very good movie. Although the ending was a little "meh". It should have won some Oscars but I think it did pretty well without. I'm not a big Western fan but I think this movie will get me to watch more films in the genre. I also plan to watch the John Wayne original (Yes, this is a remake.) and more Coen Brothers films. I think I have a crush on Hailee Steinfeld now. <3

"Wait, are we doin' another trade?"

Snakes on a Plane

"Snakes on a Plane" is the movie Indiana Jones dosen't want you to see! Ha ha. Made a funny. This is a very odd movie. First of all, the title. A title like "Snakes on a Plane" isn't gonna attract many people unless you study reptiles.

Despite the awry title, the plot is interesting. The first few minutes of the film show a young, adventure-seeking, surfer who is bike riding through the beautiful, lush, areas of Hawaii. He then witnesses a brutal gang beating that then leads to murder. Hes the only witness so the gang is after him. Enter Samuel L. Jackson who plays a cop who will take this boy to a court trial in Los Angeles. They then take a plane where a dim-witted rap group, a newlywed couple, two innocent boys, a courageous single mother, and a feminine male flight attendant are all on board. However, a deadly race of creatures comes along. SNAKES!!! While solving the mystery of who put them on the plane, those on the plane must avoid deadly demises.

The film is supposed to be a throwback to corny, cheesy, cliche-ridden B-Movies. The film succeeds in that. Then again, it tries to be a good B-Movie with reliable and memorable characters. This is a movie where we sometimes don't care whats gonna happen to the characters. You sometimes feel happy when someone gets killed off. If there are any characters in this in which we have to care about them, it would have to be the single mother, the two little boys, the surfer, and obviously, Sam Jackson.

There is really no point in seeing this movie. The plot is entirely covered in its title. However, there are some good things about this. These are the inclusion of SNL funnyman, Kenan Thompson, and the scene where Samuel flips out in that hilarious monologue! "Snakes on a Plane" has its pros and cons and moments, but its forgettable and waaay too corny. But this is a guily pleasure film of mine that I actually own and feel like watching again. What have I become of myself?

I usually don't put a quote at the end of a review with a 50% rating or lower, but this is an excpetion.

"Thank you, PlayStation!"

V for Vendetta

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November..."

Awesome movie I'm talking about here! "V for Vendetta" takes us to a near-future Britain where the Parliament has taken control of almost everything. A young woman, Evie (portrayed by Natalie Portman), who has had a dreaded past, meets a masked freedom fighter and terrorist named "V", portrayed by the amazing Hugo Weaving. Together, they will bring Parliament down!

The Wachowski Brothers of "Matrix" fame write a smart screenplay based on Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name. They add awesome dialogue into the characters. Thats pretty much what to say about the scripting.

The acting is stellar. Natalie Portman plays a likable, sometimes believable character. Stephen Rea and John Hurt plsy creepy and well-portrayed characters. Hugo Weaving is just too good for words.

I'm just gonna cut to the chase by saying while "V for Vendetta" may offend some people's political beliefs, the film is superb with powerful performances and an amazing script!

"Yeah. But it made me feel sorry for Mercedes."

Warner Bros. will release a G-Rated cut of the film:

The Simpsons Movie

"The Simpsons" is one of the biggest pop culture fads. Not only is it one of the most highest-rated shows on television, it spawned numerous video games, toy lines, a magazine, and even an amusement park ride. It occured to Fox that they should please the worldwide Simpson fanbase with a film. And they did ti just right!

In the film, the clumsy Simpson family try to persuade the people of Springfield to not pollute the lake. However, they fail to and the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) put the city of Springfield in a large dome. The family makes a run for it by escaping to Alaska but they can't hide from the government. Thats the funny part of it.

This is not one of those "It has its moments" movies. We're talking numerous funny quotes and scenes. This is the Simpsons at its finest. I may have to say that this is better than most of the series' episodes. I'm not a huge Simpsons fan but I really enjoy the show. My favorite episodes include the ones where Bart falls in love with the Reverend's daughter and when Homer sees an alien. Very funny script that is accompanied by impressive vocal work.

The animation is the best I have ever seen in anyting related to the yellow family. While it stands as 2D animated, there is a good blend of 3D animation.

I'll wrap it up by saying that this is a very, very funny movie.

"And I wish you didn't have the devil's curly hair."

Christopher Nolan is remaking the film:

Battle: Los Angeles

Just when you thought Los Angeles was going to be torn apart by gangs, a global extraterrestrial invasion comes its way and the people of L.A. are in grave danger. The film follows a team of U.S. Marines led by the reliable Aaron Eckhart who must terminate the galactic invaders and take a group of civillians to shelter.

This is a movie I was not super-hyped about but one that made me say, "I'm gonna see that!", after seeing the trailer. However, the movie's premise almost looks like it was developed through the marketing campaign. If you are familiar with the proposed UFO sightings in Los Angeles around the 1940's, thats what the plot is built around and it was pretty much what the marketing campaign was built around. The movie jumps into the plot and dosen't go mention the UFO sightings at all. The film felt like playing a Xbox game by the way it is shot and progresses. The editing was very impressive.

The film has an okay script. Its not excellent and there is indeed corny dialogue in some points. But Aaron Eckhart has some pretty good lines.

I think my main issue with the movie is the characters. While this is a ficticious science fiction film, it also tries to capture the feel of a war film due to the marine characters. Then again, they're fighting aliens. I don't think I would take alien-fighting marines seriously. The actors also try to add emotion into the characters but pretty much fail.

The acting is good. Not very good, not great, and not excellent. Aaron Eckhart is very good as the lead role, R&B artist Ne-Yo was okay, Ramon Rodriguez is improving his acting, and Michelle Rodriguez was hot and awesome, but expected a bit more out of her.

Lastly, the effects and score. The score is well-composed but very familiar. It contained a lot of soundbytes from the "Transformers" score. The effects are what make up the film and is simply the best part of the film. The design of the aliens was awesome. The Big Daddies from "Bioshock" and Alpha from "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" had a baby and it resulted in the "Battle: L.A." aliens.

The film was okay. Not worth one to get crazy about. Oddly, I think watching the trailer before the film were funner than the film itself. I got to see the trailers for the upcoming blockbusters, "Priest", "Super 8", "Sucker Punch", and "X-Men: First Class" unfold their awesomeness and ownage on the big screen. But the film was still fun. The film also tries to avoid being to popcorn which is pretty good. Its also the loudest film of the year so far.

I can't really recommend this film. See if it you want. I leave the choice to you. "Battle: Los Angeles" is decent entertainment.

"No promises in combat."


Animation isn't going places in 2011. We have unnecessary sequels to films with talking automobiles, animals with combat skills, and risque, singing penguins. Also, aliens who kidnap parental figures, Shakespearean lawn ornaments, and an orange, furry, sword-wielding, chick magnet feline. However, we have already found ourselves a contender for the Best Animated Feature award at next year's Academy Awards. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you "Rango"!

"Rango" is about Rango, a quirky, gullible, terribly confused chameleon, who is played by the awesome Johnny Depp, who winds up lost in the Mojave Desert. He then meets female iguana named Beans who takes him to the western town of Dirt where the citizens only survive on alcoholic Cactus Juice and the water has dried up. After defeating a deadly eagle in front of the citizens, Rango becomes the Dirt's new sheriff. However, Rango has to deal with murderous outlaws and bring the H2O back to Dirt.

Rango is a character made for Johnny Depp. The character features a lot of wittiness and silliness that made his "Pirates of the Carribean" character, Jack Sparrow, I mean, Captain Jack Sparrow, movie gold. The character is so memorable and funny. The supporting characters are also funny and memorable, and also bad-A. I don't swear, folks. Whats better than gun-wielding desert critters?

The script is also smart and witty like the characters in the film. "Rango" is very original but also makes a good use of movie references. There are a lot of funny references to "Star Wars", "Lord of the Rings", "Pirates of the Carribean", and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". There showing Dreamworks how it done! I mean this because Dreamworks films always have constant movie references.

Lastly, the animation. Finally, an animation stylee thats original, fresh, and new! This almost makes "Happy Feet" look like a wimpy flash animation. The character design is amazing and realisitc. However, the character's apperance can be grotesque to some, especially little kids. I can't see myself seeing hordes of little kids buying Rango plush dolls at Toys R Us. I just can't. Speaking of little kids, this movie is being dissed for its lack of child appeal. In my opinion, this had more appeal to children than that movie, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" ever had! The movie has slapstick. Slapstick can keep any kid occupied and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" had none of that. But there are a few naughty words and subtle adult in-jokes but this isn't as vulgar as "Antz".

The best film of 2011 so far. I'm strict when it comes to animated films. I only see any hand-drawn Disney or Pixar movies and any Dreamworks movie that nabs my intrest. "Rango" is none of those and I think this has become one of my new favorites. Great film that is very unique and one-of-a-kind.

"Strangers don't last long here."

16 Wishes
16 Wishes(2010)

Rule number one about watching a made-for-TV film is you should never expect it to be excellent. Thats exactly why they never get nominated for Oscars and you never see the film's title appear at the marquee of your local multiplex. One of the best examples of low-grade TV movies is the 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie, "16 Wishes" starring Debby Ryan.

In "16 Wishes", Debby Ryan plays a girl named Abby who is about to turn sixteen years old and dreams of making the most out of it. She has a list of sixteen wishes that she wants to become true. One of them is to be treated better. However, without any plot development whatsoever, Abby is considered an adult by her parents and peers and is forced to leave her house and purchase her own, buy a car, and get a job. As a result, Abby is treated as an adult. The rest of the film has the protagonist trying to work the problem out.

Debby Ryan is okay in this movie. I also she thinks she pretty cute. Shes not a hot actress like Ashley Greene or Olivia Wilde but she is one of those people I would take out on a date. The way she acts in this movie looks like shes trying to cope with the film's mediocrity. How were the supporting cast? Don't get me started!

The script was really gay and the film is 100% predictable. Also, the jokes are forced and unfunny. There is a running gag in the film that shows one of the protagonist's friends appearing in the most mundane places with a different occupation. One minute we'll see her as a band geek and ten minutes later she's a crossing guard. Its funny the first two times and then it gets tiring. See what I mean by these jokes?

The reason why I sat down to watch this perplexes me. This is one of those type of movies you find on TV when nothing else is on but then regret watching it. I do regret watching this. This movie is not worth laying your eyes on. It just really isn't worth it. I feel like the movie critic ducks who watch "Meet the Parents" in that Seth Macfarlane short.

Not even the word, "poor", can describe the film.

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Quantum of Solace

In "Quantum of Solace", James Bond goes after those responsible for the death of Agent Vesper from
"Casino Royale". The plot is quite simple in this entry of the series but gets more complex as you watch it. The movie tried to be superior to "Casino Royale" but was far from it. It did this in entertainment value as well as critically and commercially.

Like a lot of Bond films, the acting is awesome and the awesome acting comes from the man who portrays the main character. In this case, that man is Daniel Craig. Craig is my favorite Bond and he indeed shined in this one. The suppporting cast are all very good. However, the main villain was not as great as the terrorist banker in
"Casino Royale" and sometimes got on my nerves. The leading ladies, Gemma Arterton and Olga Kurylenko, perform their characters well and don't let their looks get in the way. However, I think Olga was hotter. Hence my "Celebrity Crush" on my information column on the left.

This is a very different Bond film and it felt like a Bourne flick at some points. The feeling when I was viewing it was different from the other films and Daniel Craig did not mutter "Name's Bond. James Bond." and the classic James Bond walk was saved for the closing credits. OFFENSIVE!

Not as good as the predecessor but the action scenes, exotic locations, hot chicks, and sweet cars still make
"Quantum of Solace" a very enjoyable film. Very excited for the 23rd film out next year!

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"Do you know you're being played?"

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Deep Impact
Deep Impact(1998)

I bought some "For Your Consideration" videotapes of at a yard sale two years ago. This film, known as "Deep Impact" is one of them. I just watched this for the first time this morning and I was impressed. This very film here is one of the better disaster movies I have seen.

The film tells of a boy named Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood) who discovers a comet that is headed toward Earth. This comet here is as big as New York City and will destroy the Earth if it makes an impact with us. At the same time, a young reporter named Jenny Learner (Tea Leoni) and the President of the United States (Morgan Freeman) must help the people of the Earth help prepare for the collision.

Many disaster movies these tend to be pointless, yet still fun to watch. This one has a very nice plot set up to it and feature emotion. Something we don't see much in this genre. The performances in this film are really great.

The first half is really great and edge-of-your-seat. After the first hour, the film begins to suffer from three major plot holes. But the effects and story make up for that.

I did not know anything about this movie and it was quite a surprise. This makes "2012" and "The Day After Tomorrow" look like school plays. See it if you haven't!

"Biggest story in history? What an ego."

Moulin Rouge!

A young poet named Christian (Ewan McGregor) travels to Paris where he helps a group of Bohemians write a stageplay known as "Spectacular Spectacular". Christian and his bohemian pals then decide to cast the Moulin Rogue nightclub singer and courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman), as the leading lady in the show. Christian then falls for Satine as they put the show together. However, Satine's owner, The Duke, has plans of his own that can interfere her and Christian's love for each other.

"Moulin Rogue" is one of the most well-crafted, outstandingly performed, and most extravagant films I've ever seen. The first half is more of a comedic, weird and trippy film with music. Once the romance portion begins, the film turns into a very opera-like musical. This works well and is one of the most many wonderful parts of the film. Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman give Oscar-worty performances to their characters. Ewan McGregor adds a lot of realism and likeness in the Christian character and Nicole Kidman is both believable and sexy. The two have excellent chemistry. John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, and Richard Roxburgh are all amazing co-stars.

Don't expect the movie to have catchy, original, songs. The movie's soundtrack is composed of covers of 80's and 90's pop and rock with the musci rearranged. The music they use go really well with the story. For example, Madonna's classic song, "Material Girl" is sung by the nightclub courtesans. Very good cover indeed. The makeup, costume and production design are phenomenal as well.

Many say you have to be artsy, flamboyant, or even homosexual to enjoy this movie. This is not true. I like artsy things but not a lot. But if you're a fan of musicals like me, you will absolutely fall in love with this after the first viewing. If you're not a fan of musicals, but looking for a good immersive film, this is it right here!

I stated that the film is immersive. It is, my good friend. The film did not need 3D to be immersive, the visuals and design make you feel part of it. The viewing experience is unforgettable. Best viewed at night.

One of the best films of the decade and one of the best I have seen myself!

"We're creatures of the underworld. We can't afford to love."

Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four are silly characters from the start. However, I am still fond of them. Just like a lot of superhero movies from Fox, the trailers were deceiving. I remember my moviegoing crowd at the midnight premiere of "Revenge of the Sith" went wild after the trailer was shown. Two months later, its opening day and we see this film unfold on the screen. We come out of the theater disappointed.

The dialogue, effects, and writing are the film's weaknesses. This movie had so much potential. The actors even try to cope with the film's issues. This movie makes me want to watch the low budget 1994 film even more. I saw the trailer for that one and it looked like "The Godfather" to me. Even the villain was wasted!

The only good thing about this movie was Jessica Alba and all the girls that share their screen time with Chris Evans. This is a popcorn flick and I have a thing for those types of films. You're gonna hate me but I enjoyed seeing this in the theater on opening day. I remember the audience being dead silent when the "Corpse Bride" trailer came on. A funny little kid behind me said "What was that?" all weirdly when the trailer ended. Ahhhhh. Memories.

I hope they reboot the series right!

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

This was better than that insulting first movie. This was had a plot and was exciting. However, this is an excuse to NOT make a Silver Surfer movie. They had to put him in an FF film. However, the Silver Surfer was the best thing about the film. He was really cool and well performed. However the film still suffers from the thing that made the first suck. Its childish. Silly effects, silly dialogue, and weak acting.

This movie spoke to me. If I were CEO of Marvel Comics, I would not sell the character rights to Fox. Apart from the cool X-Men movies, look what other disasters they did. These disasters are known as "Daredevil", "Elektra", and the first "Fantastic Four" film.

This could've been a fun moviegoing experience if it weren't for the annoying 5-year old kid behind me mimicking the film's dialogue. I'm giving this film a 50% because it was better and a bit funner than the first.

Howl's Moving Castle

This is the anime version of "The Wizard of Oz". Take my word. Also, this is very different from Miyazai's other work since the concept is not his. It is loosely based on a little-known American novel of the same name. Lets get on to the review!

"Howl's Moving Castle" tells the story of a beautiful young woman (Seriously, for an anime character, shes got looks.) named Sophie. She is then cursed by the hideous Witch of the Waste (Say that five times fast! Sounds like "Witch of the West"!) how turns her into a suprisingly cute 90-year old woman. She then searches for for a wizard simply known as Howl, who is voiced by the too-good-for-words Christian Bale. She then helps inmprove his life, and falls for him, while traveling in his awesomely animated moving castle.

Great story, awesome voice acting, stunning beautiful, and just plain epic! This is definetly worth the watch! Just like "Spirited Away", the first viewing is memorable. If you're a fan of fantasy, anime, and comic books (due to the inclusion of Christian Bale), this is the movie for you!

This is my third favorite anime film behind "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro".

"Find me in the future!"

Independence Day

"Independence Day", also known as "ID4", is probably the best example of mindless, big budget, popcorn Hollywood science fiction action films. The story is okay but isn't all that sturdy. However, the effects are freakin' explosive and amazing!

The story follows different American citizens as they try to fight for survival as aliens invade the Earth on the 4th of July. Will Smith plays a very likable pilot who is bent on destroying the mothership and Jeff Goldblum plays his trusty ally.

I pretty much watch this movie just for the aliens, SFX, and Will Smith, one of my favorite actors. The story is not that great, like I stated earlier. However, this is one of my favorite movies and I enjoy it everytime! I do enjoy a good alien invasion flick. That is why I'm anticipating the new movie, "Battle: Los Angeles". It looks like a more sophisticated remake of this. However, I will always enjoy "ID4"! Mindless fun for all! I'll be the first in line when the sequel is released.

"If this isn't an insanely beautiful woman, I'm hangin' up."

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

The acting is powerful, the scripting is superb, and Orson Welle's direction is amazing. "Citizen Kane" is one of the most powerful and amazingly told films I've seen. This is one that is definetly worth the watch! Believe it or not, the end made me cry.

See it. Thats all I can say.

"I think I did pretty well under the circumstances."

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This movie is beyond hilarious. The scrpting, acting, plot, and overrall siliness is superb! This leaves me in stitches after every viewing! This is what true comedy is!




One of the most bizarre, random, and funniest movies I have ever seen. Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" tells the story of Joe Bauers, a military librarian who is sent 500 years into the future. The future is completely ruled by stupidity and Joe is the only smart person alive. Joe is now on a mission to bring back intelligence to the world.

I encountered this movie while channel surfing. The awkward opening scene caught my attention and I decided to sit around the whole thing. The humor and scripting is really unique and had me satisfied at the end. The acting is pretty good too. Luke Wilson really knows how to act around a bunch of stupid people. Dax Shepard, Maya Rudolph, and the funny dad from "Everyone Hates Chris", Terry Crews, are all very entertaining in this.

This movie is not for everyone. Many will find the plot and humor style unsuitable for the taste. I have a thing for movies with random humor, like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", so I found this very funny. The movie left me in stitches.

Check this one out! I highly recommend it indeed!



Ratatouille is a good film but is a trillion miles away from being one of Pixar's masterpieces.

Ratatoille is the story of a rat named Remy with a good sense and knowledge of French cuisine. After getting lost and encountering himself in Paris, he helps a troubeled chef named Linguini rise to stardom. Only if he dosen't break the rules of no rats in the kitchen.

Well animated but the story feels a little bit like the 1997 film "Mouse Hunt" with Nathan Lane but had its own original flair. We did not see this theaters because it didn't interest us despite being huge Pixar fans. But after hearing many good things about it, we eventually ordered and saw it while staying in Bally's in Las Vegas. Needless to say, this is very overrated. But we were entertained.

Good but not the best. If this is on your list of top 5 Pixar films, your name must be Paris Hilton.

"It sounds like "rat" and "patooti". Ratpatooti! And does not sound delicious."

The Sound of Music

Such a wonderful film! It must be me but I personally believe that "The Sound of Music" has the marks of being a perfect movie. Yes, I think this is a perfect movie! For a movie to be perfect, it has to include these elements:

-Plenty of comedy
-Action (if necessary)
-Edge-of-your-seat moments

"The Sound of Music" has three of those elements. So to me, its a perfect movie. The plot follow an Austrian woman named Maria whose job as a nun comes to an end after the Reverend Mother learns of her extreme love for music and singing. She is then picked to be a governess for the Von Trapp family. The father of the family runs a real tight ship and the seven children never have time for fun. However when Maria comes to stay, fun and music runs into the family's heart. And in the viewers as well.

The film has some of the most memorable performances in cimema. Julie Andrew's performance as Maria is outstanding. Christopher Plummer's performance of Captain Von Trapp is outstanding and powerful. Nowadays, it is very hard to find a movie in where there are no weak supporting actors. There is none in "The Sound of Music". The child actors are so fantastic in this film! This is when children used to act, folks! Now they just put them in movies and TV because of their cute faces. Little do they know they have no talent. The children are believable, realistic, and wonderul, lovable, and memorable.

It is a musical, my friends. The songs have some of the catchiest tunes and top-notch and uplifting lyrics I have heard in a film's soundtrack. Every song is great! EVERY SINGLE ONE!

"The Sound of Music" is one of the best family films and one of the best films, period. This is one of those movie that are perfect from beginning to end like "The Godfather" or "Up". You're a sinner if you don't show love for this one.

"I want to show her my finger."

The Tale of Despereaux

Oh my goodness gracious! They ruined such an amazing story with this movie. I love the book, "The Tale of Desperaux". It was exciting, funny, fresh, and original. You can easily see how much they tried to honor the source material but they easily failed at every chance they got.

The story is about a fearless mouse named Desperaux who has exceptionally large ears and a big taste for adventure. He live in a castle and a has crush on the princess, who is voiced by Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame. Thats one of the very few good things about the film. I don't want to give too much away about the story. Read the book for more.

To me, the animation was detailed and good-looking but was unoriginal. Its like they tried to mix Pixar with a Da Vinci painting! The voice acting was decent but not that pleasing. They've could've done a much better job with casting Desperaux. The most annoying thing about the film was Sigourney Weaver's freaking narration! It was poorly written and made me want to perform hari kari on myself.

They did not honor the source material, they raped it! They severely raped a wonderful tale with this. They failed to make it exciting like the book. This is sure to bore children to sleep. They also failed to add intereting humor. What kind of G-Rated animated movie contains no humor? There were like only two jokes in this. None of them made me laugh. I'd rather look at a pile of horse droppings for the entire film's runtime. If you plan to see this, read the book first. If you end up giving this a watch, you'll be saying "Forget this movie! The book was so much better!" when it ends.

It sucks so bad, I could not make it to the end, folks.

The Princess and the Frog

Depending on how big of a Disney buff you are, this is one you will immediately fall in love with after you first see it. "The Princess and the Frog" is a fairytale film set in New Orleans during the Jazz Age. Tiana is a waitress who never has any time for fun and adventure. She then comes across a frog, who is really a prince. He believes in the big cliche that if you kiss a frog, he will turn back into a human. After Tiana kisses him, she dosen't break the spell and turns into a frog herself. The two frogs then wind up in the Louisiana Bayous where they embark on a musical journey.

Disney is notably known for putting a twist on the fairytale and not sticking to the way it usually goes. The way they twist the classic "Frog Prince" story is remarkable. Who knew the story would work well if the film was set in Jazz Age, not medievel times? Oh, thats right! DISNEY! The plot and script is very smart. Many good jokes in this one.

The music is phenomenal. They songs are wonderfully written and composed by Randy Newman of "Toy Story" fame. If you don't hum the songs or at least get one of them stuck in your head, you have issues!

The animation is some of the most colorful and extravagant I had ever seen in an animated film. Very detailed and breathtaking. The animation even made the trippy voodoo sequences seem spooky. The character design is great! The characters are oh so memorable and lovable!

This is such a wonderful and beautiful animated movie! I want to see Disney make more 2D-animated musicals from now on instead of dumb CGI ones. However, I am still pissed off that this movie wasn't as successful as Disney hoped. The family audience flocked to the filmhouse to see "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2" instead of this. SHAMEFUL! Lets look back at the bright side. I love this film! Love it, love it, love it! Check it out if you haven't! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

"No more Mr. Pushover! Now who would like a puppy?"

Beauty and the Beast

The plot follows a selfish prince who gets his punishment by being turned into a hideous beast. He soon kidnaps a innocent old man. The man's daughter, named Belle, goes out to rescue him but is enslaved by the beast. While working in the beast's lair, she falls in love with him and finds the good in him.

"Beauty and the Beast" is declared as a Disney masterpiece by many, but not by me. I really dislike this film. The characters are all messed up. Belle's so-called beautiful looks (I don't think she's pretty!) get in the way of her personality. She is so stupid! We can see where Stephanie Meyer got her inspiration for the Bella Swan character in "Twilight". Bella is much smarter than Belle, BTW. How on Earth can you fall in love with your father's kidnapper and then waste your intellegence finding the good in him?! Belle has her heart where her brain is supposed to be for Pete's sake! The beast was a butthole from the start. He dosen't deserve to get his curse lifted at the end.

The plot and characters are the main issue for me. They annoy me so much. The only "realistic" characters in this were the talking household objects.

However, the music and animation is really well-done. The lyrics to the songs are great and the animation is pretty extravagant.

This film has poor characters and a dissapointing plot. "Beauty and the Beast" has always been one of my least favorite fairytales, along with "The Princess and the Pea". All the RT reviewers and critics are out of their minds! A 92% fresh?! No, no, no, no!

I will never show love for the film and the story. But I must say, that new movie, "Beastly", which is a modern take on the story, looks like "Star Wars" when compared to this!

Overrated and stupid.

The Green Hornet

Britt Reid is the rich, playboy son of James Reid, the owner of the popular newspaper The Daily Sentinel. After James comes across an unexpected death, Britt becomes in charge of the media empire. He then meets Kato, his dad's mechanic. The two then team up to free the city of the corrupt organized gangs. Britt becomes widely known as a masked vigialante known as The Green Hornet!

Seth Rogen is the star of the film. With him involved, you shouldn't be expecting a top-notch superhero film. To me, an actor has to at least have one awkward role in their career. Arnold Scwartzgenegger was in family movies like "Kindergarten Cop" and Dwayned Johnson played a tooth fairy. For Seth Rogen, its playing a popular superhero. However, he does make the movie pretty funny, since he wrote it. The script is not the strongest but still acceptable. The goal of the movie was to make a superhero a bumbling idiot. But Britt Reid wasn't an idiot in the TV series. Little mistake there. Although the TV show was more sophisticated than this adaption, it is very clear that the writers wanted to make this more in vein of an action comedy like "Rush Hour". This movie is pretty much "Batman" meets "Rush Hour". Newcomer Jay Chou was very enjoyable as Kato. He needs a little help with his english but hes fine. Cameron Diaz was pretty good. Christoph Waltz was okay. Plus, James Franco and Edward Furlong were pretty good in their cameos. Wait...James Franco's cameo was awesome! Edward Furlong's was alright.

The action is pretty tight. It comical but still intese, edge-of-your-seat, and violent. Just the way I like an action scene. There were cool action scenes, like the car chase, and some that were just plain random, like a guy simply walking into his car and then exploding! Haha!

Lastly, I saw this in 2D. From what I saw, the 3D conversion looked like a joke. There are barely any gimmicks so I recommend saving your money for a standard showing. Darn studio executives tricking us out of our money!

"The Green Hornet" is nowehere close to the high quality, top-notch superhero films like the "Spider-Man" series and is far, far, away from being as good as "The Dark Knight". But this movie is still fun and hilarious! A total Popcorn flick!

"You are blowing this guy completely out of proportion."


Dom Cobb (portrayed by the brillant Leonardo Dicaprio) has one of the most amazing jobs known to man: he can enter a person's mind through their dreams. He is hired to plant an idea into buisness mastermind, Robert Fischer. This act is known as "incpetion" and it has never been performed before. Until now.

The film is set in one of the coolest places: the human mind. "Inception" is one of the most intellegent and smartest films I have ever seen. The writing is brillinat and the film is original.

Ladies and gentlemen, I was THIS close to giving "Inception" a 100% rating. The first half-hour of the movie was so perfect and top-notch. After that, it got a litlle fuzzy and mind-boggling, and a bit confusing to keep up with. However, the breathtaking visuals and cinematography were still very impressive. The story is complex and imaginative. This is proof that Christopher Nolan has imagination. A very complex imagination.

To me, 97.5% of the film made sense to me. There was two major flaws:


1. How did Dom spin the top in the dream world?
2. The main characters don't die. I can't really explain it but they just don't. They had many chances to but they didn't. Watch the film for more depth.


The acting is brilliant. There is no such thing as wooden supporting actors in "Inception". Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are awesome. The film is 100% fiction but I must say, the most realistic charcters in the film were the ones portrayed by Leonardo Dicaprio and Cillian Murphy. Chris Nolan's direction is superb! I am very pissed off that he didn't land on the Best Director Oscar nominations list. This film will win some Oscar but not Best Picture. The hype suurounding "The Social Network" and "The King's Speech" make me feel in my gut that they will take home the most gold.

Finally, is this superior to Chris Nolan's last masterpiece known as "The Dark Knight". Not really. Its on the same level as "Batman Befins", FYI.

Still, this is a superbly directed, amazingly written, brilliantly acted film. AMAZING!

"Ha, ha, bloody ha."

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Henry Jones, Jr. is a part-time college history teacher who has a deep obsession for studying some of the world's greatest historical artifacts and then going on a quest to find them. He later dons a fedora hat and wraps a whip around his shoulder and becomes Indiana Jones! In this film, he teams up with Marion Ravenwood, his love intrest, and a smart and funny excavator, Sallah, to search for the Ark of the Covenant. But them corrupt Nazis will stop at nothing to get the Ark first.

George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is supposed to be a throwback to the globe-trotting, adventure movie serials from the 1950's. They also wanted to make their own Bond-like character. What a coincedence! They later went on to have Sean Connery in the third film. Hahaha! The result is a smart and fun film.

There is no other man that can play Indiana Jones than good ol' Harrison Ford! His acting and witty sense of humor fit the character perfectly. Karen Allen is perfect as Marion Underwood and the supporting cast, even Alfred Molina, are fantastic!

The visuals in "Raiders" are amazing. The cinematography is also at its finest! Indiana Jones makes the dry and barren places he travels to more exciting because hes there!

The visuals really help make the villains' demises in this film one of the most magical and beautiful thing I ever laid eyes on.

This film is amazing, well-written, fun, and is a pure classic! "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is such a fantastic movie. It has made an impact on cinema so much. Take "National Treasure" for a change.

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is unavoidable! Indiana Jones rocks!

"Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level?"

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

George Lucas wanted the second installment of the "Indiana Jones" series to be the darkest of them all, akin to "The Empire Strikes Back" in the "Star Wars" series. His goal was a success but this one was just not as good as "Raiders". In the film, Indy teams up with a nightclub dancer named Willie Scott and a little Asian kid named Short Round. After their plane explodes, they land in a small Indian village where there are no children in sight. Indiana discovers that the children have been enslaved by an evil cult and three magical stones known as the Sankara Stones will restore peace in the village. Indy, Willie, and Shorty embark on a quest to save the children, get the stones, and stop the evil cult. However, the way there is full of obstacles.

Child slavery, evil cults, this movie has "dark" written all over it. Lets not forget the stomach-churning feast and gory ritual scenes. The dark themes and gore is what throws off a lot of people about this movie. Conveniently, I have a thing for dark movies so "Temple of Doom" is enjoyable to me. The other problem is the story and campiness. I really find the fact that Indiana Jones teams up with a nightclub singer and a little kid who have no experience with archeology. But hey! I love campiness in films, but not "Batman and Robin" campiness. The story is creative but not entirely. This is set a year before the first film and lacks development. Beofre you go criticizing me, I've never seen an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles". I may have to watch that to satifsy my craving for development.

Stephen Spielberg's direction is really good. The cinematography is great and sets are great. The visuals and stunts are pretty good. The action sequences like the nightclub fight, the plane explosion, and the mine cart chase were awesome and put me on the edge of my seat.


Before we wrap things up here, I wanna state that the villain's demise in the film was the weakest of the series. The Nazi's faces melt and explode in "Raiders", age quickly and rot to death in "The Last Crusade", and have their eyes catch on fire in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skuull". In this one, we just have them fall of a cliff and have their flesh torn out by gators. Gory, but lame.


It is no joke that this entry lacks the intelligence of the first installment. But on the bright side, "Indy 2" is fun, campy, and adventurous!

"Are you trying to develop a sense of humor or am I going deaf?"

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Its hard for me to decide which of the latter two "Indiana Jones" films are better. I enjoyed "Temple of Doom" but it was indeed silly. In terms of story, "The Lasst Crusade" is better. In the film, Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. reunites with his father, Henry Jones, Sr. to find the legendary Holy Grail. Yes, you guessed it. The Nazis are after the artifact as well.

The story George Lucas decided to go with is better than "Temple of Doom". Instead of going on a quest to find fake magical stones, they look for the Holy Grail instead. They stuck with the biblical object theme statred in "Raiders".

The acting is good. Harrison Ford is great and Sean Connery delivered. The supporting cast also did well. The visuals are very cool and the cinematogrpahy is perfect. The structure of the film is pretty good. I really enjoyed the opening scene.

However, "Indy 3" didn't deliver the entertainment value that the first two did in my opinion. But it is still a cool and fun film. Thats the point of the series!

"I'm like a bad penny, I always turn up."

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

As you are reading this, millions of Indiana Jones fans are holding a grudge on both George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg for making this movie. Honestly, Spielberg still has his movie-making talents. Lucas, on the other hand, is losing his movie-making talents. The "Star Wars" Prequel Trilogy did not live up to the originals. "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" also didn't live up to the original Indy films. I'm wasting my time. Here comes the review.

The plot is set about twenty years or so after the events in "The Last Crusade". World War II is over so now Indy isn't dealing with Nazis this time...he's dealing with the Russians. Indiana Jones discovers the myth of an crystal Aztec skull that will grant you all the knowledge in the world. Indy then teams up with a greaser named Mutt Williams and reunites with Marion from "Raider of the Lost Ark" to find the skull. But them Russians are after the skull as well!

This plot is a bit silly. This whole film is silly by the way. The new characters are okay. I didn't Shia LaBeouf ruined the film. However, there a lot of silly elements found in the film. Indiana survived the nuclear bomb by hiding in a refrigirator? Mutt Williams swinging on vines with monkeys? The skull belongs to something out of this world? These had me rolling my eyes.

Harrison Ford was awesome like usual. Marion was portrayed well. Shia LaBeouf was okay. He was a bit off at some points. The most laughable of the film's performers was Cate Blanchett! I lol'd at the Russian accent! Ray Winestone was pretty good in this one.

Cinematography and visuals are great. Thats one good thing about this film.

The bottomline is that "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is both good and bad. Its nice to see Harrison Ford put his fedora hat back on his head but the final result ain't all that pleasing. Still, "Indy 4" is a fun and silly movie that deserves a 70% rating.

You need some serious help, George Lucas. Can I hook you up with therapy? Maybe with M. Night Shyamalan? HA!

"They're not here for the milkshakes."

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The Muppets Take Manhattan

For my 215th review, I'll be doing my favorite of the numerous Muppet movies, "The Muppets Take Manhattan"! Its got comedy, music, and great writing. Its what you'd expect from a movie that both kids and adults will enjoy.

The plot follows the Muppet gang as they come straight out of college. After performing a successful play in fron of the campus' students, the gang plans to take their play to Broadway and get it produced. Much hialarity and funniness ensues.

I'm not a big fan of musicals but I do enjoy watching them. This one has great toe-tapping tunes that anyone will be humming and singing for years to come. The amazing puppeteering allows the characters to perform the musical sequences amazingly.

Like a lot of the Muppets movies and specials, this one has great writing. The dialogue is so funny. Who knew puppets and humans can have great chemistry together? A smart script is the key to a good movie in my opinion. Trust me on this one, folks!

As we come to a close, all I want to say is that this is the best Muppet movie ever!!! The music is well composed, the songs have great lyrics, the writing is perfects, the jokes and gags stay funny and fresh and never wear, and its entertaining! "The Muppets Take Manhattan" is just as good as "The Muppet Movie"! Wait, I take that back! Better! But I can't decide if the original is better or worse. Hence the fact that they have the same ratings.

Me writing this review is making me more anticipated for Jason Segal's Muppet movie that will be out later this year. Can't wait to see the Muppets come back to the screen for the first time in 12 years. Yes. Its been that long.


"I think we're engaged."

The Muppet Movie

We all love a good origin movie, right? What about an origin movie depicting how the Muppets got to their place? All right, count me in! "The Muppet Movie" is a prequel to the "The Muppet Show" and by George does it deliver tons of fun! Great writing, great music, great story, THIS MOVIE IS JUST GREAT!! Fun for all!

And now a classic dialogue scene by the ever-hilarious Waldorf and Statler:

Statler: "I'm Statler."
Waldorf: "I'm Waldorf. We're here to heckle "The Muppet Movie"."
Gate Guard: "Gentlemen, that's straight ahead. Private screening room."
Statler: "Private screening?"
Waldorf: "Yeah, they're afraid to show it in public."

Muppets From Space

This is one of the better Muppet movies because we get discover what Gonzo really is: an alien! This one has a pretty good story and like all the others, its hilarious! The puppets and celebrity cameos by David Arquette and Hollywood Hogan are hilarious. Great writing as well. You can never go wrong with the Muppets! I know I can't!

Gonzo: "Hey, Rizzo, come here! I think my Kap'n Alphabet is sending me a message."
Rizzo the Rat: "Yeah, I know what you mean. I had some guacamole last night, and it's still speaking to me."

The Great Muppet Caper

Of all the Muppet movies I've seen, I enjoyed this the least. I couldn't follow the plot at some points and the story just didn't intrest me. The Muppets solving a mystery just isn't my type. But there is still funny quotes and the movie has its moments. That is why I am giving this a 60%.

Funny dialogue scene:

(A truck driver is pushed out of his truck and is thrown next to a trach can. A person comes out of the garbage can next to him.)

Truck Driver: "What are you doing here?"
Oscar the Grouch: "A very brief cameo."
Truck Driver: "Me too."

Shaun of the Dead

Two lifeless British slackers are about to make use of their lives when they are caught in the middle of a zombie apocalyse. "Shaun of the Dead" is smart, well-written, and funny. They did a good job at balancing the comedic tone of the film with the gory zombie part of the film. Not only is it funny, its also a great gory zombie film. Its got a good amount of zombies eating people and gore. Just the way I like it! "Shaun of the Dead" is a bit overrated but, boy, is it good!

"Come and get it! It's a running buffet!"


Rose Bukater and Jack Dawson are aboard the R.M.S. Titanic when they encounter love at first sight. Their intense romance is on the rocks due to two issues: Rose has an arranged marriage and they're aboard the Titanic. Ya'll know what that means? IT'S GONNA SINK!!!

James Cameron did an outstanding job on this one. I can't think of another director that can make a movie that is both an romantic drama and an epic disaster flick. Its amazing how "Titanic" bizarrely starts as a romantic drama with an amazing score and breathtaking cinematography. Towards the last hour of the film or so, "Titanic" quickly transfers to an thrilling, edge-of-your-seat disaster/survival film. Great! Just great!

Leonardo DiCaprio is an amzing actor. His character, Jack Dawson, has a lot of realism due to Leo's performance. Kate Winslet, on the other hand, was pretty good. You can tell that she is trying to give this character her all but she is still not as good as DiCaprio. Call me an idiot but I don't like Rose. She had the I.Q. of a stoned parrot. However when the disaster portion of the movie occured, she was getting a bit smarter. I personally thought the older Rose Bukater was more attractive that her younger self. The supporting actors, including Kathy Bates and Bill Paxton, were all great.

James Horner's dramatic score is top-notch and perfect. It perfectly suits the atmosphere of the film. The theme, "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, is so beautifully done and plucks my heartstrings everytime. It so hard for me to go through the whole song without shedding a tear. This film really deserved the Best Original Score and Best Original Song Oscars.

Visuals, visuals, visuals. "Titanic" dosen't have the really good James Cameron visuals seen in "Terminator" and "Avatar" since the film is much more realistic than those sci-fi movies. But how the reenactment of the sinking ship is amazing and well-done!

"Women and children first!", "First class only!", "Sorry, sir, women and children only!", AAAHHH!!! When the quotes are muttered, I get chills up my spine. The other thing that gets me about "Titanic" is how real the sinking ship scene is and the how the ship's crew is a real pain in the backside. They're being too polite and only caring about the ship's speed instead of the people aboard. When they hit the iceberg, you can see how hard they try to save everyone but fail in the process. This movie is so amazing because it has the most stupidest ship crew. The Titanic was captained by potheads, retards, and dirtbags. This is what pisses me off the most about the movie. Of the 1500 people aboard, 600 were saved. Sad, sad, 1000x sad.

"Titanic" is not only an epic film, it an experience. This movie is brillantly done and I cherish every viewing experience I get from this. James Cameron's epic depicting a romance aboard the ill-fated ship is a wonder to behold!

"I am sick of all this politeness!"


Easily one of the greatest films ever produced by Disney. The visuals is what everyone go gaga for this film but how good is everything else?

"Tron" tells the story of Kevin Flynn, a ex-employee of the software company, ENCOM. After ending his job, he went on to become a video game designer and now owns an arcade. One day, he is asked by his old chum, Alan Bradley, to come back to the ENCOM headquarter and hack into a computer to shut down the company's Master Control Program. While hacking, the MCP sends Kevin into the computer. In order to escape, he must compete in video game-style games like disk wars and lightcycle races.

"Tron" has a pretty good premise but its the visuals that are the best part of the film. This came out in 1982 and was the first film to use computer animation. For a film released in '82, the effects are amazing. They can be a little silly at some points but there is no way you're not going to be impressed.

The acting is pretty good. Jeff Bridges' performance as Kevin Flynn is great. Dan Shor is awesome as Ram!

This is a movie that you either love or loathe. This movie is not for everyone. It'll bore the heck out of a child of age four. But if you're an avid video game player or a computer geek, you'll love "Tron"!

This dosen't have the best story or acting but "Tron" is all about the visuals! This film has made an impact on cinema. Without "Tron", there would be no Pixar. Convinced? You should see this film! It is totally worth the watch.

"He fights for the users."

Listen to the lyircs:

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

Sam, the smart and mischievous son of the former CEO of ENCOM, Kevin Flynn, finds himself in the digital world of The Grid. While trying to find his long-lost father, Sam completes in the classic disk wars and lightcycle races, meets a program named Quorra, and temas up with her and his father to bring down the evil program known as CLU, who is making The Grid a terrible place.

"Tron: Legacy" has some decent performances. I had doubt in Garrent Hedlund. From what I saw in the trailers, he looked like he was going to be lifeless like Keanu Reeves in
"The Matrix". His performance was decent. It isn't gonna get him an Oscar nomination, but he did pull it off. Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn. He played him in the original. He did pretty well. Kevin is a pretty old guy in this one but he still uses young, hip words like "man" and "radical". I'm pretty sure this alludes to his character in "The Big Lebowski". Olivia Cockburn, widely known as Olivia Wilde, did very well with her character Quorra. She was funny and very sexy. She was sexy in both her looks and in the action scenes she was in. Not a lot of people are noticing this but I really enjoyed Michael Sheen in this one. He was flamboyant and funny. Daft Punk's cameo was awesome!

This film has some of the most sexiest visuals I have ever seen. It is no lie that the people behind the visuals have fufilled the dreams of the visual effects crew behind the original 1982 film. I bet this is how they originally envisioned The Grid back in '82. The effect were very showy but in a good way. The disk war and lightcycle race were awesome and well-conceived. This is definetly a contender for the Visual Effects Oscar.

The music is one of the best parts of the film. It is composed by French techno duo, Daft Punk, who cameo in the film. Their score perfectly suits the enviroment of the film. Not only did they mix their traiditional awesome techno beats, there was also a good amount of video game beeps and noises. Daft Punk need to get an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.

Is this a movie for everyone? The original seemed like a film that would entertain video game junkies and computer geeks. "Legacy" will totally get a big audience. Yes, there are a lot of stuff for video game people and computer nerds, but a lot of stuff for people out of that leaugue! They got Daft Punk's score to keep avid techno listeners (Like me!) have their feet tapping. They also got Olivia Wilde and other fine women to keep some of the male audience busy.
Heh heh. ;) About an hour into the film, the story gets a bit wobbly. I also caught three plot holes. So if you don't want to get lost in the story, give the original a watch.

See this one in 3D!! It is worth the extra buck or two. Despite being filmed with camera used in "Avatar", the 3D was not that awesome like I hoped. But the 3D still adds to the experience. I don't think Olivia Wilde would've been sexier in 2D. I couldn't help but to look through her beautiful eyes through my RealD shades.

Everything about this film was great except the ending and the lack of Tron being in it. Anyways, "Tron: Legacy" is still a very cool film.

"You're messing with my zen thing, man!"

Awesome "Tron: Legacy" mashup:

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider(2007)

"Ghost Rider" would've been awesome if the script was better and Nicholas Cage was not casted as Johnny Blaze. I have my fingers crossed that the sequel will be better.

Imagine That
Imagine That(2009)

A horrid family film. While the child star is convincing, Eddie Murphy was so bad in this film. He was both a terrible father and buisnessman! A film so bad, it makes "The Game Plan" look like "Raiders of the Lost Ark"!

When your career is down the drain, make kids movies!


Let's start by saying "Apocalypto" is not for the faint of heart. The violence is very realistic, the gore is sickening, and the plot is very intense. Despite that, "Apocalypto" is an amazing look at the once-great Mayan civilization. The cinematography and acting are amazingly done. Only Mel Gibson can do a movie this good.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Every viewing experience I get from this is A TOTAL BLAST!!! "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", the first chapter in the Chronicles of Narnia saga, is a visual and fun treat for all.

In this amazing film, the Pevensie siblings are sent to stay in the mansion of their strange uncle while the Air Raids of World War II are invading their home in England. While a game of Hide-and-Seek in the mansion, Lucy Pevensie finds a wardrobe that leads her to the beautiful and magical world of Narnia. Her siblings then discover this realm later on. They encounter talking beaver, warrior centaurs, friendly fauns, and an evil Witch. With the hel of the Narnian army and the great lion Aslan, the Pevensies must battle the White Witch and bring peace back to Narnia.

Story, story, story. Narnia is a very original concept. The plot and story in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" are amazing, edge-of-your-seat, and well-told. Narnia is notably known for its Christian allegories. The allegories are amazing.

The acting is well-done. The children, James McAvoy, Tilda Swinton, and Liam Neeson are fantastic. So much emotion and is put into the characters.

To wrap things up, lets talk about the effects and action. The effects are amazingly well-done and breathtaking. The CGI creatures are great. Now here comes my favorite part of the movie...THE BATTLE SCENES!!! The final battle scene is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on the silver screen. So intense and well-designed.

Once you see this, you will fall in love. I did! I saw this three times in the theater and each viewing is a blast. I own the DVD and watch it many times. I love tis film and I think it is one of the best films of the last decade. Beautiful and mesmerizing. A blow-out!

"I ain't gonna smell it if thats what you want."

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

I loved the first Narnia movie! I saw it three times in the theater and watched it many times on DVD. I was beyond being super-hyped when the trailer "Prince Caspian" arrived in front of my screening of "National Treasure 2". I went to see it the day after opening. I should've never gone in with high expectations because the movie wasn't all that great.

The first frames of the film show a woman going though intense childbirth. Due to its intensity, I was thinking the film was going to be intense and action-packed. I thought the baby being born was Prince Caspian. A few minutes later, we are proven wrong. The teenaged Prince Caspian is then shown running away from his castle and being chased by Telmarine soldiers. He passes out and finds himself in Narnia, a land with inhabitants believed to be extinct. The Pevensie children then drop in. Its been centuries in Narnian time but only a few years to the Pevensies. We then discover Narnia is in war with the neighboring kingdom of Telmar. The Pevensies then join forces with Prince Caspian to restore peace in Narnia.

Okay, the plot is great but the way the film progresses is such a pain! There is a lot of action but there is a good amount of just slow dialogue scenes. The run-time of 2 1/2 hours feels like 3 1/2 hours due to the slowness. This is the main thing that threw off the film for me. I have a thing for movies that are just story development and lack excitement. This is just like "Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix" only slightly more entertaining.

The acting is great. Ben Barnes is really tight as Prince Caspian. The Pevensie children's performers are great as well. Eddie Izzard is funny and enjoyable as Reepicheep.

The effects are astounding like the original. The action is much better than the first. I adore the fact that there are two back-to-back action sequences. Very intense and awesome. Speaking of the action, the deaths were not that original. A lot of them were just an arrow to the chest. LAAAAAAAMEE!!!!
The Telmarine soldiers looked like the Immortals from "300". Did the film's costume designer even hear about originality?

"Prince Caspian" is not as good as the first but is still a good watch.

"I was going for something a little more original."

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I went to see this over the holiday season. My expectaions were not too high and not too low. I just wanted to be entertained. So how was the Narnia flick? Movie Monster's review on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" begins right now!

In the third chapter of the Narnia saga, Lucy and Edmund are now living in the home of their bratty cousin, Euastace Scrubb, while World War II is still at large. Peter and Susan are in the U.S. with their parents. At the home of the Scrubbs, they discover a Narnian painting of a ship. Suddenly, they are transported into the painting and hop aboard a ship known as the Dawn Treader. King Caspian (Yes, he's king now!), fawns, menataurs, and an array of Narnian sailors are aboard the ship as well. Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace set sail to Narnian islands where they will be tested of their loyalty, courage, and their will to avoid temptation.

Lets begin with the story. "Dawn Treader" has a good story but it is not as good as "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "Prince Caspian". This one was more of an adventurous seafaring movie rather than a fantasy movie. Is it like watching "Pirates of the Carribean"? No. It has its own style.


Georgie Henely, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, and Liam Neeson reprise their roles in the movie. Their acting hasn't changed. Its still great. How was Will Poulter as Eustace Scrubb? For the first part of the film, he was okay. Later in the film, his character turns into a dragon. When he is turned back, his acting improves. Strange, huh? There is another actor who improves as the film progresses. There is a girl in the movie named Gael and she is performed by a girl named Arabella Morton. Her performance starts off lifelessly. A little more emotion is added into the girl's performance later into the film.


The effects are not as amazing as the first two. There are a few "WOW! AWESOME EFFECTS!!!" moments but the effects have gotten a bit too cartoony in this film. The Menatars and Reepischeep look like more CGI was poured on them. The direction was a bit silly. Andrew Adamson is replaced by Michael Apted for director. While the cinematography is breathtaking, the camerawork is a tad silly. There were a few pan-and-scan scenes that threw me off. In terms of Narnia directors, I prefer Andrew Adamson over Michael Apted anyday. TAKE THAT, APTED!!!

Lastly, should you travel to Narnia wearing 3D glasses this time around? I recommend not to. I saw it in old school 2D and caught about three or four 3D gimmicks. To stay safe, buy a ticket for a 2D showtime. I don't think 3D would've enhanced the viewing experience. How was my viewing experience, you may ask. I had the best seats in the entire theater...THE SECOND ROW!!! **Shot myself in the head!**

The bottomline is "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is not the best Narnia movie but it is still entertaining. Don't let the critics get in your way, just enjoy the film.

♫We can be the kings and queens of anything if we believe.♫

Fantastic Mr. Fox

I just watched this on HBO and enjoyed it a lot! I've been hearing so much praise on the film and decided to see if it was worth all the rave. A bit too overrated but it was pretty good.

In "Fantastic Mr. Fox", George Clooney voices Mr. Fox, a sly and smart fox who steals food from three cruel local farmers in order to provide for his family. After going a bit too far with one of his roberies, the farmers are after him. He then gets help from the local animals who help him run away into the sewers and help him come up with another plan to outsmart the farmers.

While the plot is not one of the best, the humor takes it all away! The film is so smartly written! The screenwriters, Wes Andersen and Noah Baumbach, blend both funny, unfunny, and just plain random humor into the movie's script. The result is just perfect! The dialogue is just so well written. The characters have some hilarious one-liners! Is this true to the source material? Yes and no. But Roald Dahl were still alive, he'd enjoy the film!

This has got some of the best voice actors in an animated film. George Clooney's animated performance as Mr. Fox is hilarious. Clooney was able to pull off the script with his voice acting. Meryl Streep is very quiet as Mrs. Fox but she is still enjoyable. Big props go to Jason Schwartzman as Ash! Animated hialarity at its finest! Owen Wilson and Wilem Dafoe are great in their minor, yet funny, roles.

The stop-motion animation is stunning! Very detailed and well-shot. This was much better than the animation in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and just as good as the one seen in "Coraline". Wes Andersen has directed a great animated film! His direction and style are perfect!

To wrap things up, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" delivered the same fun that "Chicken Run" did, had a great script like the first "Pirates of the Carribean" film, featured the siliness and randomness of a "Family Guy" episode, and had its own great and entertaining sense of humor. Though children will have a hard time finding this one entertaining, teens and adults will get a load of "Mr. Fox"! Highly recommended!

"But in the end, he's just another dead rat in a garbage pail behind a Chinese restaurant."

My Neighbor Totoro

Welcome to my 200th review!

I'm going to put "Christmas Movie Review Mania" for a small pause right now to write my 200th review. For some reason, I want to do it on a non-Christmas film. My 200th review will be on a Hayao Miyazaki anime masterpiece, "My Neighbor Totoro". Gosh, I love this movie!

In "Totoro", two sisters known as Satsuki and Mei move to the Japanese countryside with their father. They like their new house and all but strange things occur around it. They see weird black, dusty creatures and small, gray furry creature that can disappear when frightened. They also encouter a big, furry, gray creature who they call "Totoro". The two girls then begin to do amazing, and sometimes bizarre things, with the cretures they meet.

Like a lot of anime films, the animation is dazzling, brilliant, and very detailed. The design of the setting and characters is a wonder. Lets move on to the characters.

Satsuki and Mei are wonderful protagonists. They are realistic and fun. Two of the best female protaginists in the history of cinema. Their father, despite having a small role, is funny. The girls' mother, who has a very small role, is sweet and realisitc. Totoro and the other creatures are magnificentely designed and concieved. The creatures are so wonderful. The way Miyazaki pictures them makes you wish that they were real and that they were your friends.

The story is very good. You can see that Miyazaki took some influence from some other works but adds a lot of his own good flair. The musis is well composed and catchy. You'll be humming the score for weeks!

Lastly, the voice acting is great. The Fanning sisters, Dakota and Elle, add some great voicework into Satsuki and Mei. Frank Welker was great as Totoro too!

"My Neighbor Totoro" is a amazing and heartwarming anime film. A classic! Any age group will enjoy it!

"Trees and people used to be good friends."

Christmas With the Kranks

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #14: Christmas With the Kranks

Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis' "Christmas With the Kranks" is indeed cliched and predictable. I'm going to tell you the truth...I LIKE THIS MOVIE. You'll probably never hear me say that again to a movie that has 5% on the Tomatometer.

Luther and Laura Krank don't know how to spend Christmas with their daughter, Blair, out of the country. Luther insists Laura that they take a vaction on a 10-day cruise across the Carribean. There's just one thing they have to do...SKIP CHRISTMAS. However when the neighbor's hear of the Krank's plan, they strongly urge them to get back in the Yuletide mood. But they better be quick because Blair is unexpectedly coming home for Christmas with her fiance!

I like this movie because it is funny. Tim Allen can really pull off a Christmas movie. Take the "Santa Clause" movies for an example. Jamie Lee Curtis is also very wackey and hilarious. Dan Ackroyd is funny in the film as well. There are a few children in the film that are poor actors but who cares about them? I DON'T!

"Christmas With the Kranks" is either a like-it or hate-it. But from my perspective, I like it. I always watch this one during Christmas.

"But its not even Saturday night."

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #13: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss' story of the cold-hearted green creature who despises Christmas is one of my favorites of all-time. The Grinch is not only a wonderful book but also an entertaining animated TV special.

The Grinch is a furry, green creature who lives on a high mountain north of Whoville. It is stated that every Who down in Whoville loved Christmas a lot, but the Grinch did not. On Christmas Eve, the Grinch gets a wonderfully terrible idea: he's going to steal Christmas! With the help of his innocent dog, Max, the Grinch, in a Santa Clause disguise, breaks into the homes of the Whos and steals everything that is Christmas-related in order to stop the holiday from coming. However, the Grinch learns that theres more to Christmas than nice gifts and fancy decorations.

The story is very original. Dr. Seuss concieved the characters very well. The Grinch (despite being the villain) is loveable and Max is very enjoyable and funny. The special is mostly narration and the Grinch has a few lines. The narration is very well-written and performed. Whats a Christmas special without songs? The song, "You're a Mean one, Mr. Grinch" is catchy and has some hilarious lyrics. The "Fah-Who-For-Aze" song is very cute.

Go ahead and call me an idiot but I prefer the 2000 film adaption with Jim Carrey. I like this one because its very respectful to the source material but I really the Jim Carrey version because it develops elements that were not in the book and animated special. But they are both very enjoyble and must-sees for the holiday season.

Anyways, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a fun and wonderful Christmas special.

"All the noise, noise, NOISE!!!"

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #12: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 film)

I don't care what critics think about this one. It's a good adaption of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and Jim Carrey is an awesome Grinch. The co-stars shine too. My Christmas season just isn't complete without seeing this.


Miracle on 34th Street

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #11: Miracle on 34th Street

This is a wonderful and cute movie. The story and moral are brilliant and the acting is great. The little girls is so enjoyable and so is Santa. I recommend this one if you haven't seen it. Great Christmas movie!

"That dosen't make me Joan of Arc."

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #10: Home Alone

Welcome to Episode 10! I'll be reviewing "Home Alone", the holiday family comedy without the family! If I were to stay home alone on Christmas Eve without my family being aware of it, I'd freak out. However, Kevin McCallister can make use of it. Since he has the whole house to himself, much mischeif and hilairity ensues. But when the notorious town theifs try to break into Kevin's house, Kevin finds out he has to do what hes gotta do to rid of those bandits.

Macaulay Culkin is so hilarious in this movie. His acting and one-liners deliver. Wait a second, the film has tons of hilarious one-liners! Some are not even muttered by Kevin! Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are enjoyable as the dim-witted bandits. While the comic violence is something many dislike, I find it enjoyable and unnecessary at the same time. It just depends on how you feel about violence in movies.

A great holiday classic! Hilarious and enjoyable!

"Look what you did, you little jerk!"

Kevin's best quote:

These two movies have a lot in common:

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Christmas Move Review Mania
Episode #9: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

I like reviewing the sequels before the original for some reason. Thats just me. Anyway, Home Alone 2 isn't much of a worthy sequel. While the film is very funny, the plot is predictable and dumb and the comic violence is unneccesary and sickening.

Home Alone 2 is a good watch but it is not the best movie. The first is indeed better.

However, there is one element of the film that is so beast!

Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #8: Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is like Rudolph only more heart-warming. That is a fact. This is a beautiful Christmas special that ACTUALLY promotes the true meaning of the holiday. Not going to give away a lot. Check it out for yourself! Especially, the kiddies!


Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #7: Gremlins

Yes, this is a Christmas movie. In "Gremlins", a boy is given a creature named a Mogwai (commonly referred as Gremlins) for Christmas. However, there are three rules one must follow in order to take good care of this creature.

1. Never keep it in the light. They'll scorch to death.
2. Never give it water. It will reproduce.
3. Never, under any circumstances, feed it after midnight.

However these rules are broken and gremlins are unleashed everywhere. Really, its a disaster.

Gremlins is a highly original film. It contains lot of twists, turns, humor, and beautiful amounts of blood and gore. Yes, you heard me! BLOOD AND GORE!!! I freakin' want to snuggle up with Gizmo!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!

Gremlins is a great Christmas-themed horror comedy. You can watch it during Christmas, Halloween, Administrative Professionals Day, who cares?! Its a great film at anytime of year!

"Now I have another reason to hate Christmas."

Behold! The most epic scene:


Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #6: Elf

Elf is a hilarious Christmas comedy. It tells of Buddy. A former orphan who was raised by elves. He is a human but he was raised thinking he was an elf. After he finds out the truth of his real father, he sets off into the Big Apple to find him and spend Christmas with him. He then turn the city of New York upside down with his crazy antics.

Elf could have easily been a terrible movie if Will Ferrel was not casted as the lead role. He stels the entire show. James Caan is very enjoyable as the lead's father. Did I mention Zooey Dechanel? She needed a bit help.

Elf is a hilarious film. The jokes are so funny. You'll have to see it to believe it. The music is also very catchy. This is a movie you can't have your Christmas season without.

"I'm just a cottonheaded ninnymuggins."

Best scene:

What if the film was more gritty and dark?

Deck the Halls

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #5: Deck the Halls

Welcome to the first negative review in the Christmas Movie Review Mania series! Deck the Halls is a predictable Christmas movie with a very stupid plot. The acting is mediorce. The humor is both funny and unfunny. This is nowhere close to all those funny Christmas comedies like "The Santa Clause" or "A Christmas Story". Did I mention that the movie has a bit of offensive humor? Anyways, don't watch unless you're in the mood for a bad comedy.

Santa vs. the Snowman

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #4: Santa Vs. the Snowman 3D

This is a very funny and energetic Yuletide short film. It just what you would expect from the creators of "Jimmy Neutron". The 3D aspect of the short is pretty good. It does rip off "The Nightmare Before Christmas" a little but that shouldn't offend. Check it out! It could be playing at an IMAX theater near you this season!

"The Easter bunny is gonna have a hard time believing this one."

The Snowman
The Snowman(1982)

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #3: The Snowman

Don't think that I'm a bad guy or a hater but I don't watch "Frosty the Snowman" much during the Christmas season. I watch another Christmas special about a snowman coming to life. Its entitled "The Snowman" and it is one of the most beautiful things I've ever laid eyes on.

It is a silent film. There is music to add more emotion. It tells of a boy whose snowman comes to life and they both embark on a magical adventure on Christmas Eve. Its a very simple film.

The animation is wonderful and amazing. The story is well told. You'll wonder this short film in awe. I cry everytime I watch this. I need you to watch this to know why I cry when I watch this.

A beautiful Christmas special. Take that, Frosty!

The Polar Express

Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #2: The Polar Express

Welcome to Episode 2! Today I will be reviewing Robert Zemeckis' The Polar Express. This Yuletide motion-capture animated film based in Chris Van Alsburg's childrens book of the same name is a Christmas classic in my opinion. Forget what people say about this movie and listen to me.

It tells of a boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to see Santa give the first gift of Christmas. Along the way, him and the other train passengers embark on amazing adventures.

I think this movie is quite true to the source material. The book is only 32 pages long and the movie is about 90 minutes long. So obviously they had to get away by adding more elements not found in the book. It loosely follows the plot of the book but mainly stays very true to the illustrations.

I really enjoy the visuals. It is one of the first things to be entirely animated through motion-capture and it is truly a sight! The motion-capture perfomances of Tom Hanks and Daryl Sabara are great! This movie is pretty much Tom Hank's moment to shine since he plays numerous characters.

The Polar Express has great animation, great music, and a great moral. This movie is truly wonderful. If a train were to approach my house on Christmas Eve, I'D DEFINETLY GET ON!!!

"What in the name of Mike?"

The Nativity Story

Christmas Move Review Mania
Episode #1: The Nativity Story

It's the last day of November and people around the world are preparing for the Christmas season. I am to and welcome to Christmas Movie Review Mania! I will be writing reviews of Christmas movies up until the big day. This won't be a daily thing. To start off, I will review a film that promotes the true meaning of Christmas: The Nativity Story.

The film is a retelling of Mary and Joseph story. Despite the fact that Mary is a virgin, God makes her the mother of Jesus Christ. Her and her arranged husband, Joseph travel to Bethlehem in order to pay their taxes and give birth to the child as well. Meanwhile, the Wise Men are on their way to meet the child and King Herod make a plan to massacre baby boys and the Son of God himself.

The cinematography is amazing and realistic and Catherine Hardwickes's direction (she also helmed Twilight) is wonderful. The acting is good. I don't see why many critics hated it. Mary's actress added much emotion into her character. Oscar Isaac was awesome as Joseph. The supporting cast delivers as well. A beautiful film that everyone needs to see this season. I mean it!

"I wonder if I will even be able to teach him anything."

28 Days Later

Probably the most intellegent zombie film I've ever seen. The concept and story are really great. The acting from both the humans and the zombies (Yes, zombies are actors too.) are really good. The cinematography and score is dramatic and top-notch. Wait a second, the whole movie is top-notch! See it!

"They've quarantined us. There is no infection... Just people killing people... HE'S INSANE!"

The Others
The Others(2001)

This movie is good. Its spooky, creepy, well acted and written. Nicole Kidman and the rest of the cast are great. The twist is so good. It'll knock you off your socks! Check it out! You must or they will find you. Mwahahahaha!!!!

"My name is Ann and I'm walking. I'm walking and my name is Ann."

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

This past Thanksgiving, I stuffed myself with delicious turkey and stuffing and the entire Matrix trilogy. The original Matrix is indeed one of the most innovative science fiction films ever made. Great characters, awesome direction, and barrels of mind-blowing action. Sit back, relax, and get ready for this awesome review.

The Matrix is not entirely original. The Wachowski Brothers' main influence was the anime film, "Ghost in the Shell", which shares a lot of similarities with this film. However, they do add a lot of their own flair into the mix. The film tells the tale of Thomas Andersen a.k.a Neo. He is a very smart computer hacker who is trying to run away from the evil Agent Smith. He then encounters Trinity (who he later falls in love with) and Morpheus who tell them that our world is a fake and the real one is a computer program known as The Matrix. In there, he has all these amazing powers. However, Agent Smith lurks in the Matrix and Neo must stop him.

The story is very impressive and the plot will leave you stunned. Now what's the next part of a movie? That's right! Actors!

Keanu Reeve's acting is terrible. His character, Neo, is very cool but his acting needs improvement. He adds very little emotion into the character. But he has some pretty good one-liners. Carrie-Ann Moss is great as Trinity. Laurence Fishburne is excellent and I really can't go into detail on how good is Hugo Weaving's performance as Agent Smith.

The Matrix is notably known for its Hong Kong-style action. Well, it delivers a lot of awesome action. The action is awesome. There are so many words to describe them but I just can't say them! The action is accompanied by amazing visual effects. You have to see it to believe it.

The Matrix is an excellent movie. Great characters, great visuals, great everything! You want more after it ends and that is why there are the sequels. This movie could've never been done without the imagination, teamwork, and brotherly love of Andy and Larry Wachowski.

"It means buckle your seat belt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye."

The Matrix Reloaded

In my opinion, "The Matrix Reloaded" is one of the best sequels ever made. Its perfect in every way. From story to action! Its far more entertaing than the predecessor and I'm about to give you details! This going to be one the most epic reviews I will publish! Sit down and enjoy the ride!

The first Matrix developed the whole story. We get to know what is the Matrix, how it works, and whats in it, and we got to see Neo get used to it. Now that he is used to it, we get to see him in full-throttle action! This is one of the best examples of an action movie. Its action for two and a half hours straight! No lie! You gotta admit that the basketball court and highway action scenes kicked some serious butt. I can't get enought of the techno beats playine durin the highway scenes. If you were to look up the term, "sci-fi action film" in the dictionary, this movie will be the definition.

A movie can't be a movie without actors. Keanu Reeve's acting sucked in the first film. He slightly improves in this one. Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity is great like the first. There's only one word to describe the performances of Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving: AMAZING!!! Monica Belluci and the dude who plays her husband were pretty good. Don't let Bellucci's sexy looks fool you! She is indeed a good actress. Who can't get enough of the Twins? I can't! They are so awesome.

What makes up a movie? Thats right! Story! The story and plot in the movie are awesome! The way the film progresses is very impressive. The whole story is good except for the (SPOILERS!!!) ending. What was the whole point with Neo having powers OUTSIDE the Matrix?!?

Anyways, this film rocks! The Wachowski Brothers have made a sequel that is both better and far more entertaining than the original!

"Isn't that worth dying for?"

The Matrix Revolutions

I'm guessing one of the Wachowski Brothers said, "Let's make this final chapter something everyone will be talking about. The ending will leave the audience stunned." before they started penning the script. Unfortunately, that didn't leave many stunned and "The Matrix Revolutions" recieved very, very mixed reviews and what you're abou to read is exactly that.

The first two were amazing and fantastic. They had excellent storytelling and the pacing of the films were good. The Matrix develops everything and has great action while "Matrix Reloaded" was pure action for two and a half hours straight. "Revolutions" on the other hand is a bit slow. This movie barely has any scenes that take place in the Matrix. The movie only focused on two things: Neo trying to destroy Smith and the great battle in Zion. I hate when movies do that.

The first two were action-packed and fun. While the films have serious themes, this one is very serious. The first two were total sci-fi action films while this is plainly a typical sci-fi film. It felt like watching a Star Wars movie. However, the film has some good action sequences. Its mostly explosions and shoot-outs and didn't have the traditional flipping, walking-on-walls, guns-everywhere scenes. That only happens once. But the Zion battle sequences were pleasing. They also left things undeveloped. What was the deal with the guy with the gun in the subway? Hmm? Hmm?

Through my eyes, Keanu Reeve's acting was getting better in "Reloaded". However in this one, he gives his worst performance as Neo to date. You need help with your acting, Keanu. Carrie Ann-Moss was great as Trinity once again and Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving were awesome like always.


The ending is why a lot of people hate this movie. Trinity's death really got me and the ending made me pretty confused and me ask, "Why?". The ending is gonna leave you either happy, sad, or just plain confused. However, the final confrontation between Neo and Agent Smith was good.

This film is okay. I wouldn't consider it mediocre. The film could've been better if Neo didn't have powers outside the Matrix. However, you'll get mixed feelings after viewing it. All that if suffered from was being anticlimatic.

"I believed."

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Cool effects, awesome characters, great action, and awesome plot. Hellboy is such a funny and cool protagonist! Liz is sick and Abe Sapien is so cool! A comic book movie that really feels like a comic book. Fun movie! See it!

"Didn't I just kill you?"

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

Very different from the original. The first Hellboy was a total comic book movie. This one was more like a fantasy movie like Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. However, the action was cool and so was the story. Good but not the best.

♫I can't smile without you...♫

The Santa Clause

This movie will be a holiday classic forever. It is so funny and creative! The characters are so lovable! This movie is sure tp please you. A film you must watch during the upcoming Christmas season. You'll regret it of you don't!

"Just because you can't see something, doesn't mean is doesn't exist."

The Santa Clause 2

The first is better but this one is also good. The new characters are fun and the plot is decent. With the holidays coming up, this a reccomendation. Fun for the whole family!

"I think Santa feels a little buzz!"

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Not as good as the first two but an okay conclusion to the series. I just wish Bernard was in it.

The Fifth Element

I grew up with this movie and have a blast everytime I watch it! Bruce Willis delivers a cool performance and Milla Jovovich does the same. The visuals are amazing and the action is great! One of my favorite sci-fi films. Once you see it, one character from the movie will always stay in your heads...Leeloo.

"Aziz! Light!"

Meet the Spartans

Pretty bad movie. I only laughed because it was bad. If you're in the mood for a bad comedy, check out Meet the Spartans. If thats not the case, don't waste your time!


One word: Overrated. However, there are some good and memorable quotes. We will always remember Gerard Butler as the man who said these words: "THIS IS SPARTAAAAA!!!!!"

The Village
The Village(2004)

Well shot, well acted, but the movie was indeed pretty slow. The beginning is very intriguing but the movie starts to bore you a little. The movie later picks up and you become interested in the story. I wouldn't consider it a terrible film but it is pretty lame. M. Night Shyamalan needs some serious help with his career.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

What's to hate of this movie? NOTHING!!! SUPRISINGLY NOTHING!!!

It's sweet, funny, dark, visually stunning, and pure magical. It's very true to the book its based on. In other words, you're reading the movie.

It's always entertaining everytime I see it. I at least watch it ten times a year. THAT"S HOW MUCH I LOVE IT!!!

You are sure to become a Harry Potter fan after seeing this.

"She really needs to sort out her priorities."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I like how the story gets darker and more complex but I feel that the charm that was deliveres in the first one was not shown here and was overshadowed by the darkness and complexity.

Though there are some very enjoyable elements of the film. I mean who doesn't like the wand duel with Harry and Malfoy, the giant snake and spiders, and the little plant creatures. They were ugly, annoying, and cute at the same time and I think I'm the only one who enjoys that.

Good film but I think the first and second are EQUALLY good.

"We have ice cream."

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I actually regret not liking this one for a period of time but after watching it again recently, I had to re-evaluate my thoughts on this one.

The way the story is told is great and it keeps you guessing and hooked. I LOVE the addition of the Sirius Black character and the discovery that Ron's rat, Scabbers, is really a menacing Death-Eater named Peter Pettigrew a.k.a Wormtail. The magical action sequences are good too.

One of my favorite in the series.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Prisoner of Azkaban proved that Harry is maturing but this one takes it to the max!!!

The action is full-throttle, the story is excellent, and the film's tone makes it better.

Harry is growing up and so is the saga's tone. The Goblet of Fire puts Harry in a a death-defying tournament filled with dragons, killer merpeople, and the Dark Lord himself. Sounds dark? I know.

The tournament scenes are real good, the humor is killer, and the new characters (Fleur Delacour, Cedric Digory, Mad Eye Moody) make the story more better.

I knew this was going to be real good due to these reasons:

1. I was quite worried that this was PG-13 but hey, the film deserved it

2. I avoided watching the trailers and surprised myself.

3. By the time Mad Eye Moody and the announcement of the Tri-Wizard Tournament came up in the movie, I was all strapped up for a two-hour rollercoaster ride of a film.

I love this movie so much and you will too if you see it. You'll also rank it one of the best in the series.

"Everybody loves a rebel, Harry."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I am a serious HP fan but I just couldn't stand this film for these reasons:

1. The Order of the Pheonix focused too much on story development and lacked magic.

2. Ya know how how every film introduces a new professor to Hogwarts and they kinda end up being jerks? Well, the new professor, Professor Umbridge, is a very realistic jerk. She's just a very annoying character that seemed to throw off the film for me. She may be a woman but I'd constantly pimp slap her in reality.

3. The ending fight scene was cool but anti-climatic in my opinion. My day would have been made better if they included the scene in which Harry uses the torture curse on Bellatrix LeStrange.

My review sounds very childish but that's how I feel about this film.

I come from a family that are mostly Harry Potter fans and we all hated it.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


I was hoping for this movie to be just as good as the dark, kick-butt Goblet of Fire adaption and better than the lame, boring Order of the Pheonix movie. I was right on the "being better than the Order of the Pheonix" part but did it live up to the Goblet of Fire?

First, the movie is entitled "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Suprisingly the movie forgot the words "half", "blood", and "prince." That whole thing on the Half-Blood prince was not developed throughout the two-hour film and just goes on to talk about Voldemort trying to take over the wizard and muggle worlds. The Half-Blood prince is talked about three times throughout the film. I want more, Steve Kloves!!! He's the screenwriter.

The action scenes are well done. The opening scene where the Death Eaters attack London was just!!! I wish I could've seen that scene in IMAX and 3D!!! Dumbledore's last action scene (Yes, he dies in this one.) was good and a well-done farewell scene to the character. The film had about three action sequences which were all good but not as good as the other four. Yes, I'm excluding the crappy Order of the Pheonix.

Harry is now seventeen years old in this volume and the film respects that. He ain't that cute little wizard boy anymore. He's a badbutt, revenge-seeking, serious wizard now. Like Pull-Ups Diapers would say, "He's a big boy now!" Because him and his buds are now teenagers, they come across teenage problems. No, Harry and Ron don't become drug-addicts and Hermione dosen't have eating disorders. Not those kind of teenage problems. They encounter first crushes and love intrests. Even though this is about wizards trying to fight off the forces of evil and darkness, the romance bit of the film is quite necessary. It's cute and enjoyabe. I just sound all weird and fuzzy writing this down.

It's a good Potter film. One of the best!

"I have to do this."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

After "Toy Story 3" earlier this year, the movie I was dying for next was the first part in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". I have been itching for it since the teaser trailer leaked in December of last year and, boy, was it worth the wait. I was able to see in IMAX format last night and it was amazing.

The Half-Blood Prince left us with a cliffhanger in which Harry, Ron, and Hermione get a mysterious letter and make a vow to find and destroy all of the Horcruxes that keep Voldemort strong. However, that little part takes a while to kick in in this one. The first half of the film is exciting, action-packed, and funny while the second half (BELIEVE ME!) get a little slow, dark, and serious. However, you can still hang on to it when it gets slow. I know this is being split into two parts but the characters in this movie only focused on destroying one Horcrux. That part felt like when Sam and Frodo go on a long journey just to destroy one ring. Ya know what I'm sayin'?

The effects are amazing like always, storytelling is magnificent, and the acting is great. The film is emotional, funny, edge-of-your-seat, and breathtaking. The ending keeps you waiting for Part 2! I'm going to have to say this now but THIS IS THE BEST POTTER FILM YET!!! You'll have a blast seeing this one!

"Your ministry...remains...strong."

Casino Royale

Is this movie good or is it good? Casino Royale is the best Bond film. It's stylish, gritty, and extremely action-packed. There is no way that you're going to hate it!

"Thank you, M."

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

I recently saw this for the first time and was like "Wow." The visuals are awesome and artistic and the storytelling is dynamic. Thw actors also deliver great performances. Especially Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Elijah Wood. I'm not a big fan of narration in movies bu this probably the use of narration ever! Anyways, check it out for yourself if you haven't.

"I took his weapons. Both of them."

The Little Mermaid

Well, here I am. I'm sittin' at my laptop, listening to "Like a G6" by Far East Movement, and reviewing the movie that ressurrected Disney Animation, The Little Mermaid. I'm probably one of the few dudes in the world who loves this movie!

Ariel is a very different mermaid. She is very curious about the world above the oceanic surface. She does these things in order to know more:

1. She visits shipwrecks
2. She collcets human objects (forks, paintings, etc.)
3. Spies on her dream boy, Prince Eric, above the surface.

This later causes some anger over her father, King Triton, king of the underwater mermaid utopia, who later destroys her collection of human objects she found. :{

Ariel then turns to Ursula the Sea Witch who grants her wish of becoming a human in order to get close to Prince Eric. Oooh, sexy. The wish is granted but Ariel is being set up by Ursula. Now with a romance in the middle, Ariel, with the help of her overprotective crab friend, Sebastian, and her timid friend, Flounder, must defeat Ursula.

The movie is well told and animated. The songs are wonderful and so is the romance between Ariel and the prince. Odd that you're hearing a guy say this. XD

This movie is a classic and I enjoy it everytime. Let's kepp this between me and you, but I have a crush on Ariel. Oooooooooh.

Good film. That's it.

"My poopsies."

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)

In Emperor Land, where the emperor penguins roam, you must be able to sing and share "heart songs" in order to find a soul mate. Mumble is a deformed penguin who isn't born with the ability to sing. However, Mumble has the talent to dance. With the help of his adelie penguin friends, Mumble must dance his way into the heart of his love intrest, Gloria.

All I knew about the movie was that it was about singing and dancing penguins. I went to see it opening weekend and was amazed by the movie. Me seeing this movie on the big screen is one of the best theater experiences I ever had. The concept is original and the animation is superb. This is not done by an animation studio like Pixar. Its done by a visual effects company known as Animal Logic who provided the special effects for the hit action film The Matrix. No wonder it looks so real. It made my friend think that the characters were REAL PENGUINS!! Awkward.

The voice acting is really good. Elijah Wood was the right person to play the misfit protagonist and Britanny Murphy (R.I.P.) was perfect to play the love intrest. The adelie penguins were hilarious. Robin Williams's character, Ramone, stole the show.

Anyways, Happy Feet is a fun musical romo that entertaining for both young and old. The only problem in this movie was the risque humor. Other than that, the film is pleasing.

"Hey, baby. Show me those flippin' feet."

Home on the Range

A Disney movie that is dull and forgettable.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Elliot is a troubeled kid. He can't get along with his family and always gets picked on. One night, he encounters an alien who he calls E.T. and they become the best of friends. Elliot with the help of his brother, Michael, and his little sister, Gertie, played by the cute, young Drew Barrymore, must keep E.T away from the government, who want to experiment him.

E.T. is a well acted, well-written, and amazing film. The special effect are great and Stephen Speilberg's direction is amazing.

The children actors in this movie are great. Henry Thomas is great as Elliot and Drew Barrymore as Gertie is so cute! I wonder why child actors these days can't act like them. Whoever did the performance of the alien was good too.

Now before I wrap up this review, I'd like to tell you a funny story. When I was younger, I owned this movie on VHS and watch it all the time. When I saw the preview for the 20th Anniversary Edition that was hitting the theatres, I thought I was luckiest guy on Earth. I didn't know it was a re-release so I thought the movie was barely going to the theatre and I was the first to own the movie on video. Funny, ain't it?

Anyways, E.T is a good film. I reccomend it for kids 7 and older since there is a lot of frequent language. Great film!

"I don't know. Something scary."

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

In Tim Burton's directorial debut, Pee-Wee Herman is an immature child-like man who loves his bike. One day it disappears and Pee-Wee goes out to look for it. He then embarks on a road trip all over the U.S. in order to find it. ALong the way, he meets strange people and runs into tons of hilarious mischeif.

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is bizarre, surreal, sometimes downright creepy, but most of all funny. Despite being immature, Pee-Wee is not annoying. He can make anyone laugh.

This is probably the best movie where the protagonist is immature and child-like. Very funny! Check it out if you haven't!

"I meant to do that."

Fred: The Movie

What a waste of time! We can sit through Fred's YouTube videos because they're usually 2-3 minutes long but not through an entire 82-minute film with him!

Fred gets critiscized for being annoying. Well, that's the point of his character. His videos are not hilarious but they deliver a few chuckles. This movie is not funny. Lucas Cruikshank didn't write the script. If he at least co-wrote the movie, the film could've been slighly better. The premise is just horrible and poorly conceived.

Cruikshank is not a Hollywood actor. He's just a guy who knows how to act in front of a camera and act annoyingly. The dude who played Kevin was obnoxious and Pixie Lott's performance as Fred's love intrest, Judy, was terrible. Megan Fox could've been better. iCarly's Jeanette McCurdy added no feeling into her character, Bertha. Her character is supposed to be the weird goth punk girl who talks quietly but she could've been better. John Cena didn't make the movie better either.

This was originally intended for a theatrical release but instead went to TV. This could have been an EPIC FAIL if it went to the theatre. Critics would've bashed it and it would be a HUGE FLOP!!! Kinda of glad Nickelodeon picked up the film. Whether you watch it on TV or some other way, the viewing experience would still suck. Five minutes into the film and you already want it to end. Suprisingly, we sat through the entire thing.

If you're looking for a film with an annoying, immature, childish protagonist, we suggest Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

The Perfect Game

We were very lucky to see this film even though the release was very scarce. The film stars Disney Channel stars Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Moises Arias (Hannah Montana). It also stars Hayden Panettiere's younger brother, Jansen Panettiere. Them and other young actors play poor kids from Monterey, Mexico who all love one thing...BASEBALL!

Along comes a man who played for the St. Louis Cardinals who is willing to make the boy's dreams of comepting in the Little League World Series in Texas. They then embark on an uplifting adventure built around hope and teamwork.

The Perfect Game is an uplifting, funny, and heartwarrming family film. The acting is great and the script is great! The young boys in the movie are believable and likale. This movie is highly reccomended. We think every family should see this!

The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith is one of my favorite actors and this is one his best performances to date. The Pursuit of Happyness is heartwarming, tearjerking, and believable. Jayden Smith's film debut was great! He was believable kid!

Despite it being PG-13 for language, this is a film reccomended for family viewing. It'll teach your kids a good lesson.

"This part of my life... this part right here? This part is called "being stupid."

Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

I would've enjoyed it more if it weren't for the terrible CGI.

The Last Mimzy

The Last Mimzy is a more family-oriented version of "Donnie Darko". They both have to do with the future and they both have characters that are rabbits. The only problem is is that this movie is way too confusing for the little kids and promoting this as a family film was a big slip. What kind of family movie has two characters that are domestic partners???

Anyways, the storytelling is smart and intelligent. The acting is good. I really liked Rainn Wilson's character. He played it out well. The kid who played Noah was good but whoever played his little sister was great! Her performance was much better than most child actors these days. Michael Clarke Duncan was good as well.

I went to see this at the theater and thought the film was going to be a E.T.-type sci-fi family film. WROOOOOOONGGGGG!! I was focused and at the edge of my seat the whole time. When I got out, I actually had to discuss the film's analysis with my sister and father. You know its a good psycological science-fiction film when you discuss the analysis.

Is this review convincing you, parents? If yes, GREAT! This movie is highly recommended. But I suggest the film for kids age 8 and older. Too confusing for little ones. Adults will love it too. I think adults will like it more than the adults.

When you see it, you'll enjoy it!

LOL!!! The Mimzy doll was powered by Intel! LOL!!!

"This is Mimzy. She teaches me everything."

Cheaper by the Dozen

Good family entertainment! Steve Martin is funny as always and the kids are good too. The story is good and believable and the jokes are quite funny. Yes, it has the cliches you see in movie with parents who deal with tons of kids but that shoudn't matter to the viewer.

Looking for a zany family film both the kids and adults can enjoy! This is the one!

"Know any good restaurants?"

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Very different from the first film. The story is more complex and the humor is more cruder. Steve Martin again delivers a funny performance and so does Eugene Levy. Bonnie Hunt as Mrs. Baker is again funny and Carmen Electra needed some help but she was okay. There are like twenty kids in the flick and maybe only half of them were good actors. The ones that did well were Hilary Duff, Alison Stoner, and Taylor Lautner. Yes, Taylor "Sexy Abs" Lautner is in this.

Though not as good as the first, it still delivers zany fun for the whole family! Cheaper by the Dozen 3 is in development right now. I hope its better.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Cute, sweet, funny and watchable. We were never big fans of the series but the movie does satisfy. Though tween girls are the film's demographic, it has humor for guys and adults. Good family film.

"We're going to the place where they invented spaghetti!"

Just Wright
Just Wright(2010)

Its sweet, funny, and watchable. The two leads are great together. But this is the typical, predictable, boy-meets-girl romcom with cliches. Apart from that, its a highly reccomended pick if you are having a date night.

"I'm not one of those salad-eating chicks."

Camp Rock
Camp Rock(2008)

So Disney comes up with another plan to get tweens into musicals following the massive success of the "High School Musical" movies. They come up with "Camp Rock", a film about kids trying to get into the world of fame in a popular music camp.

When we first heard of the film, I knew it wasn't going to be as good as HSM but I found it entertaining. Demi Lovato's performance as Mitchie Torres was good. Her character was believable due to her performance. The Jonas Brothers also prove to be good actors as well. But we really have to give props to Meaghan Martins' performance of Tess Tyler. Snotty, mean, and believable.

A lot of you Rotten Tomatoes members are dissing because it is predicatable. Well it is. There are the typical tween movie cliches but you probably won't catch them. The songs are good and toe-tapping. You'll get them stuck in your head for weeks!

Camp Rock is good family fun. It may have "tween" written all over it but it can be found entertaining depending on your mood.

"Whatever, major loser."

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Camp Rock tried to give "High School Musical" a run for its money when it first came out in our opinion. Unfortunately, the film was pretty original and entertaining. However, the sequel is trying to give "High School Musical", "You Got Served", and "Step Up" all a run for their money. The film's plot sufffers deeply from unoriginality. Despite toe-tapping tunes and okay acting, the film is spurting out cliches as it progresses. The plot concerns of the Camp Rockers competing against Camp Star in a musical competition in which only one camp will survive. We've all seen this before!

The characters need some serious help too. What in the living heck was up with Axel Turner not making his hideous daughter the star of all Camp Star's acts? Why was Nick creepily stalking Axel Turner's daughter? Why does Tess turn to "the dark side"? By that I mean joining Camp Star. Mitchie was plain stupid and being all self-centered. She only cared for herself and "saving" the camp from closure.

The music was not as good as the first but still okay. What really killed us is how they the characters burst in song. Remember how in the first film, the characters would plan the song in advance and then sing in front of the mic? In this one, they don't and burst into song like Broadway actors. That annoyed us!

Overral, Camp Rock 2 is one of the worst sequels ever made and deserves hatred.


Babies is a much simpler film than you think. The trailer just shows a montage of clips featuring cute babies. The actual film just shows us how different cultures raise children. Since babies don't talk much and the film is set in Africa, Mongolia, and Japan where English is not the native language, the movie is mostly silent and makes you discuss what you're watching with your chums.

Ponjiao was undeniably adorable, Mari was cute, and Hattie was cute but her hippie tree-hugging parents were creepy. The movie focuses a bit too much on the Mongolian baby, Bayar but that shoudn't kill you. The point of the movie is to make you love all the babies.

Babies is a must-see. The viewing experience is enjoyable but don't let the infant and maternal nudity throw it off for you.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

We all loved the Original Trilogy, right? We were all curious to know what happened before the tale of Luke Skywalker, right? We all wanted to know before Anakin became Darth Vader, right? Then we get to see how it all began in Episode 1 of Star Wars in The Phantom Menace.

Despite the good effects, the story needs help and some characters need more help on being more likable and others need to be removed. I'M TALKING TO YOU, JAR JAR BINKS!!! Also the kid who played Anakin needed more help with acting and tolerance. HE WAS SO ANNOYING!!!

Other than that, I really liked the inclusion of Qui-Gon Jinn (best Jedi master ever) and Darth Maul (best Darth ever)! But I just hate (SPOILERS!!!) how they get killed inj this movie.

Phantom Menace is not the best Star Wars movie, but its okay.

"Are you an angel?"

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

It seems to be bad luck if a Star Wars movie has the word "clone" in the title. The Clone Wars movie was just terrible and this one was just so lackluster. The movie is just too slow and the plot is somewhat hard to follow.

Is the movie about the Clonetroopers or Jango and Boba Fett? I'm just confused. The action scenes were good but not the movie, THERE I SAID IT!!!

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

The Prequel trilogy was not the best. The Phantom Menace was okay and Attack of the Clones was lame. But George Lucas sure did know how to end it well!

Revenge of the Sith is a real good ending to the Star Wars saga. I real like it how they link to the Original Trilogy. I have a thing for movies with dark themes and this is one of the best examples. Revenge of the Sith was emotional, dark, violent, and really good in my opinion.

I have so much every time I watch this. Its so surprising and very emotional by what Anakin had to go throught to become the infamous Darth Vader. I remember attending the midnight screening. Good times, good times.

Lets just sum it all up, ITS A GOOD STAR WARS MOVIE!!

"We got him, R2."

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

A bipolar teenage boy named Donnie Darko is visited by an extremely creepy bunny who tells him that the world would end in 28 days, 6 hours ,42 minutes and 12 seconds. He also guides him into doing mysterious crimes. Are Donnie's visions of the apocalypse real or are they going to let him slip?

Donnie Darko is an amazing, surreal, and intelligent film. Richard Kelly's script and direction is amazing. Filled with mind-boggling twist and turns, this movie is highly recommended to any one who enjoys watching movies that cause you to think. A must-see!


"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"

The Secret of Kells

We've heard much rave on the film ever since it was nominated for Best Animated Picture at the Oscars earlier this year. We saw the trailer shortly after the ceremony (film lost to "Up") and was interested. We watched it today because we couldn't say "no" to this movie being on Netflix's "Watch Instantly" library. We were just amazed by how AMAZING the art was and how WELL the story is told. We can't go in to detail, just SEE IT!!!


The story of "X-Men" in my opinion one of the greatest superhero stories ever told. It features superheroes who are misunderstood due to their "weird" powers. What the mutant haters don't know is that they can save our world from evil?
The X-Men movie is fun, cool, and delivers great action. Like the Spider-Man and Iron Man movies, you can enjoy them without being a comic book fan. Highly reccommended.

"Well, that's the point, stupid, otherwise it wouldn't be an adventure!"

X2: X-Men United

The follow-up to "X-Men" is one of the best superhero movie sequels ever! The story is great and the action is amazing! The new mutants introduced (Beast, Nightcrawler, Pyro) make the film better. Overrall, a good movie. A REALLY GOOD movie.

"Have you ever tried... not being a mutant?"

X-Men: The Last Stand

A little slow, story a little weak, but X3 was decent. But the whole thing on Jean Grey coming back to life and turning evil was stupid and unnecessary. The ending was a little anti-climatic but the film was overrall entertaining.

"I'm not your father. I'm your friend."

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

There was room for improvement...a lot of improvement. Action is okay and so is the story. The Wolverine spin-off everyone was dying to see isn't all that great.

Follow this link for a funny fan-made parody of the film:


Watching "Cloverfield" is probably the most fun I ever had feeling nauseous and dizzy. Yes, the film is pretty much people documenting a monster's destruction for eighty minutes but thats the part that sucks you in. Good film. See it next time its on TV or rent it.


"How are you going to survive without Rob? He's like your main dude."

The Karate Kid

A good film that teaches us powerful life lessons. A boy is taught karate by a the wise Mr. Miyagi that way he can kick the bully's butt in a karate tournament. The acting and story is excellent in this film. The karate fight scenes are so BA (y'all know what that stands for!). A must-see for thse suffering of low confidence and bully problems. A powerful movie like this help.

Daniel: "Hey, what kind of belt do you have?"
Miyagi: "Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?"

The Karate Kid

Really good remake on the original 1984 film. Jaden Smith's performance was suprisingly good and Jackie Chan delivered like always. Highly reccomended. Its on DVD now so go out and rent it!

"Too much of something is not good."


This is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. The songs are incredibly toe-tapping, the animation is superb, and the characters are lovable. Princess Jasmine is freakin' hot and the Genie is hilarious! Robin William's voice acting for the Genie is outstanding! The title character is also believable too. It is impossible to not be entertained by this film.

"Can you believe it? I'm losing to a rug."

Now I found this video. It mashes up this and another movie I rated 90%. I did not make it. Enjoy.

The link is right here:

The Mask
The Mask(1994)

Good and enjoyable film. It may be very cartoony but Jim Carrey's jokes and gags make it a fun watching experience. A must-see for those who like cartoons. Just stay away from the sequel!


Son of the Mask

When seeing the trailer in front of "The Polar Express" back in 2004, I noticed that there was no Jim Carrey. That fact did not kill me. I already expected that the film would have cartoony effects like the first. Did not see it in the theaters. I went to see "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" on the weekend this was released. I know, strange. And boy I was glad that I didn't see this. I enentually saw it on Cartoon Network (right TV channel to air this film on) and felt stupid throughout the entire broadcast. The jokes are not funny, the story is too simple-minded, and the effects were horrid. The first "Mask" movie was good because if Jim Carrey was spinning his legs around like a Looney Tune character, his face would not be computer-generated. But here, if the little baby is doing cartoony things, they horridly make his face all CGI. I am sorry for all those who were victims of the film's terribleness. Is that even a word? This movie is only to be seen by mental patients.

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life(1998)

I'm probably the only one in my family who found this enjoyable. It is funny, sweet, energetic, and imaginative, but is not the best Pixar movie in my opinion. If I was stranded in house with no doors and this was the only movie available for me to watch, I wouldn't mind. A Bug's Life is fun for both kids and adults. But if the adults don't really enjoy it, I reccomend "Antz".

"Who ordered the poo-poo platter?"


While Pixar's "A Bug's Life" is a film about insects aimed at children, Dreamworks Animations's debut film "Antz" is very similar but aimed at the more sophisticated older audience.

A troubled ant named Z is a worker ant who dosen't like to work. His friend who is a soldier ant decide to switch places. Z is then dragged into a brutal war with termites (which is an awesome scene), and gets stranded with the Princess of the ant colony. While trying to get back home, they run into hilarious mischeif and fall in love in the process. Sounds like a good plot but the film is very smart that little children won't get very much out of it. Not to mention, this film has some pretty surprising language for PG-Rated animated flick.

It's not one of the best animation films out there but its worth watching.

"You the ant!"

Night of the Living Dead

The one that started it all! The directorial career of George A. Romero and the kick-off of the zombie genre. It's "Night of the Living Dead"! Filled with great story, suspensful camera angles, sequences, and music, believable characters, and not to mention the beautiful amounts of blood and gore.

We watched recently for the first time and was shocked and entertained and so will you, dear reader.

With Halloween coming up, this is a must-see.


"I don't want anyone's life on my hands."

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock

Let me guess. You scrolling down the review section of our profile, looking at each poster on the left of the reviews, and come across this review and see only kids on the film poster. Yes! Robert Rodriguez's "Shorts" is a kids-only film. The film's actors are decent but the film and its sense of humor is too silly for adults. But I have to give props to its creativity, the way the film is split into chapters (probably a homage to Quentin Tarantino movies), and energy.

Not as good as the "Spy Kids" movies but better than the terrible "Sharkboy and Lavagirl" movie. Eeesh! Double eesh!

Open Season
Open Season(2006)

Ashton Kutcher's character did make the film a little funny but not entirely. Open Season has unimpressive animation and a weak story. This is not memorable and it is forgettable.

Chicken Little

It was a bad idea for Disney to make a computer-animted film without the masterminds at Pixar. The animation was not all that great, the story was dumb, and there were some funny jokes but they weren't hilarious or gut-busting.

If you look to your left, dear reader, you can see the film poster which shows Chicken Little from behind. Thats the perfect example. This movie is SO BUTT UGLY!!!

Despite my negativity, the Fish out of Water character did deliver some laughs.

Alice in Wonderland

The second highest-grossing film of 2010 really dosen't deserve the spot. I'm sick of how people thinks this was "a visual treat." IT REALLY ISN'T! The effects were stupid and annoying. It's just abusing the invention of CGI. They made Crispin Glover's character, the Knave of Hearts, have computer-generated arms. THAT'S PATHETIC!

Now let's talk the acting. Mia Wasikowska plays a likeable Alice but she is surrounded by lackluster co-stars. ESPECIALLY JOHNNY DEPP! I was hoping for him to tickle my funny bone like he did in the Pirates of the Carribean movies, but he failed to. Instead, he spends his freakin' screen time laughing at his own jokes! The villain, the Red Queen, really isn't evil. She's just annoying and keeps saying, "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!" If you want to see a movie where Helena Bonham Carter (the chick who plays The Red Queen) is evil, see the fifth and sixth Harry Potter films. The only likeable character was the Cheshire Cat. He had good lines and every scene he was in, HE SHINED!

I've heard that the film was shot in 2D and was later converted into 3D. I saw the film in 3D and the only serious 3D effect was the Red Queen's henchmen sticking their spears out towards the audience. The rest of the effects flew over your head instead of going hurdling their way to your face.

The film has a decent story but it's just spoiled by bad FX and lame acting.

I suggest you see Alice in Wonderland just to laugh at it.


SpongeBob SquarePants - Atlantis SquarePantis

Why on Earth did they do this? This is one of the worst SpongeBob episodes, oh I'm sorry, "TV movie", eesh! The songs are so terrible and the plot was completly stupid. David Bowie's guest appearance didn't make it any better. The animation of the Atlantis citizens is so repulsive and disturbing. And the Patchy the Pirate sequences are so cheap. Has Stephen Hillenburg ever heard of visual effects? Hillenburg really needs to get rid of the Patchy the Pirate character.

If one of your life goals are to watch every SpongeBob episode ever made, you can pass on this one.


One of my favorite traditionally animated Disney films of all-time. It features a fierce, butt-kicking, princess, a hilarious dragon named Mushu, and a lucky cricket that dosen't really bring you luck. The action scenes are so well animated and intense. And not to mention, EPIC!!!

Mulan is one you can't miss!

♫Now I really wish that I knew how to swim!♫

Good Burger
Good Burger(1997)

"Good Burger" is dadgum hilarious! Maybe critics hated because of its used and cliched pllot. Yes, the plot is used, been-there-done-that, and cliched but the acting and humor is sure to please anyone.

Kel Mitchell's performance as Ed is comic genius. Okay, I'm overreacting. Kenan Thompson was also good too. Every dialogue scene between Kenan and Kel is hilarious! It is impossible to not have fun with this movie.

"I don't remember what my dad looks like either, but at least I get to see him everyday."

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Iron Man tells the story of a rich, girl-loving (And the girls he loves are pretty dang HOT!!!), weapon designer named Tony Stark. He is kidnapped by a group of terrorists who want him to build a missle for them. He decides not to and builds a super-powered armor to get through the bad guys and escape to his home in Malibu. When he gets home, he then begins to upgrade the armor and fight crime with it.

What make this film good? It's Robert Downey Jr.'s performance, baby! Like Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, RDJ plays a believable, physical, and likable Tony Stark.

The action is good also. Every scene where Tony uses his Iron Man suit is a complete BLAST!!!! In other words, the whole movie is a BLAST!!! Like Spider-Man, you don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy it.

"I'm Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division."

Follow this link for a funny parody of the film:

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

Iron Man 2 is better than the first but at the same time as good as it.

The first Iron Man pretty much consisted of Tony Stark building a robotic suit and fighting crime every time the suit looks shinier. It was Robert Downey Jr. that made film humorous and fun. Iron Man 2 does keep the essence of the last film but instead its in an action-packed plot instead of a man building a super-powered armor for most of the part.

The film delivers some good action and hilarious fun. Many disagreed on the addition of new characters (Whiplash, Black Widow, Justin Hammer) but I personally had no problem with it. They were able to shine on the screen with RDJ. I enjoyed this film and so will you. Can't wait for the third film!!!

"It's me, I'm here, deal with it."

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap delivers nice, heartwarming, good, clean and funny entertainment to viewers of all ages! You'll love it!

"You didn't know what a good thing you had when you had it."

The Parent Trap

This remake is great! Lindsay Lohan (before she was a druggie, folks) portrays the two twins well. The parents played by Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson are also good.

Sadly, its hard to say which one is better: the original or the remake. That just proves that both films are good.

A fun film for kids and adults alike!

"I gave you a fright?"


Annie is 127-minute musical extravaganza of humor, great songs, and cuteness. This is truly a classic! Parents, if you're kids haven't seen it, please add this to your Netflix queue or something and make them watch it. They'll enjoy it! Its impossible to not love this film.

♫Dumb dog, why are you following me?♫


This is a good TV remake. It's well acted, funny, but we prefer the 1981 film version. This one dosen't have the songs "Dumb Dog" and "We Got Annie" and the character, Punjab, is written out of the story. But still this is very entertaining and worth watching.

We still own our VHS recording of the night it premered. We even got the commercials. Hahaha. We get slapped with 90's memories everytime we watch that tape. Awww, memories.

♫NYC, just got here this morning. Three bucks, two bags, ONE ME!♫

Monsters, Inc.

What are monsters doing when they are not in our closets or under our beds? The answer is told in one of Pixar's best films, "Monsters, Inc.".

In the fictional city of Monstropolis, monsters work at a place known as Monsters, Inc., where they scare kids and collect their screams in order to power the city. Sully, one of the city's most famed monsters accidently lets out a small little girl out of her door in the factory. He and his roommate, Mike, must keep the girl, who they name Boo, out of the sight of the company officials, their enemy, Randall, and the whole city itself.

This film is amazingly original and well-written. It also a very hilarious. One of our favorites from Pixar, its one of their biggest masterpieces. Everyone who is reading this and hasen't seen, X out from the window, buy or rent it, and sit down. You're in a for a fun-filled 90-minute rollercoaster. A masterpiece. That's all we can say.

We're currently counting down the days until "Monsters, Inc. 2". November 2, 2012! CAN'T WAIT!!!!

"I can't believe it. I'M ON THE COVER OF THE MAGAZINE!!! OW!!!"

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Seeing Finding Nemo three days after release on a giant screen at an Edwards Cinema theater (Not IMAX) is one we will never forget.

The film follows a small and deformed clownfish named Nemo who is fishnapped by divers. His overprotective and clinically depressed, Marlin, teams up with another fish named Dory to help find his son, Nemo. The catch: Nemo is being kept up in a fishtank n a dentist's offfice on the surface of Sydney, Australia and Marlin's companion, Dory, suffers from short-term memory loss. Ay ay ay. Trouble.

Finding Nemo is an adventure film where we don't feel doubt for the characters. That problem is solved by humor. Great, hilarious humor! Dory, who is voiced by Ellen Degeneres, steals the show. If you don't laugh at her crazy antics, you have problems!

The animation is breathtaking. It makes you feel like beeing in the beautiful Coral Reefs of Australia. The film is beautifully written and directed by Andrew Stanton, who also helmed "Wall-E". He is truly Pixar's most visionary director and is very gifted. Can't wait what Stanton is gonna pull out of his sleeve next!

Three words: SEE FINDING NEMO!!!!

And now a funny dialogue scene:

MARLIN: "Don't tell me to calm down, Pony-Boy!"
BOB: "Pony-Boy?"
PHIL: "Ya know, for a Clownfish, he really isn't that funny."
TED: "Pity."

The Incredibles

This is very different than the other Pixar films. It has all-human characters and a more adult storyline. But "The Incredibles" delivers.

The film follows Bob Parr who was a superhero known as Mr. Incredible. He gave up that job in order to get married with his wife, Helen, who was a superheroine known as Elastigirl, and raise his three kids. Two of them were born with powers. Bob dreams of going back to fighting crime. His wish comes true after he is recruited to stop an evil robot known as the Omnidroid from destroying the world. Little does he know that he's being set up.

Like my Ratatouille and Cars reviews, this in my opinion is not a Pixar classic. But stands as being one of the most original films I've ever seen. The animation is great also. The Incredibles is an action-packed romp anyone can enjoy. It may be one of the very few, but The Incredibles is the BEST ANIMATED SUPERHERO FILM EVA!!!!!

"Next time you gamble, bet on your own life."


Cars follows rookie racecar, Lightning McQueen as he encounters himself in the small and alienated town of Radiator Springs after causing an accident with the town's asphault roads. There he meets new friends and learns valuble life lessons.

The story kind of feels "been there, done that" and does not live up to Pixar's other work. But the film is able to cover up the "not-a-Pixar-classic" feel with great humor and jokes. The story is a 60% but the humor and animation boost this up 10% more. Our final rating is 70%.

Cars is an enjoyable film for all.

"Was that floating like a Cadillac or stinging like a Beemer? I'm confused."


You don't want to know the harsh pain I'm going through to rate this film. Wall-E is one of Pixar's best, but I thnk they have better ones. But the film is very wonderful.

Wall-E is a trash collecting robot who falls in love with a robot named Eve, who is looking for any plantlife in the futuristic and polluted planet known as Earth. After she completes her mission, Wall-E follows her into space in which they must get the human race back to Earth after being on a space cruise for 700 years.

Wall-E is wonderfully animated and told. I feel a lot more tension between the romance between Wall-E and Eve than Edward and Bella's in Twilight. Haha, I made a funny. Also, the first twenty minutes have no dialogue since the robots barely talk. Its just amazing how you can tell a story without dialogue. Pixar does that in their short films but I would never expect that in one of their feature films.

Despite me rating Wall-E only 80%, this is definetly going on my top 5 Pixar films as soon as I get the whole list in my head.

See Wall-E, you'll think it as wonderful film. Or maybe a work of art.

"I DON'T WANT TO SURVIVE! I want to live."


Up is another film that proves that Pixar is still is and always will be the greatest animation studio in the industry. Its one of those perfect films that offer action, humor, and intense, heartwrenching melodrama. You have to see it to believe it.

"I was hiding under your porch because I love you."

Despicable Me

We were able to see "Despicable Me" yestersay in mind-blowing 2D...oooh!!! It was our only option. Our theater was only playing one 3D movie: "The Last Airbender".

Anyways, this movie was very funny and original. The trailers made it look like a film heavily relied on slapstick humor and wasn't as wanting. Yes, it heavily relies on slapstick humor, but the film also delivered charm and wit.

Remember that 2007 stinker film, "The Game Plan" with The Rock, Despicable Me is almost like an animated version of that. Its an infamous supervillain who plans to steal the moon while trying to deal with three orphan girls. Similar to "Game Plan", right? ONLY BETTER!!!!

Can't say anymore, go see "Despicable Me"! Its fun for all ages!


"We stole the Staue of Liberty...the small ones from Las Vegas."

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride is not as good as The Nightmare Before Christmas but its decent and I like the way Tim Burton directed it. The only things that I didn't like is that it was PG. The themes were very dark. I mean (SPOILERS!!!) Emily was murdered by her fiance. The other thing was the ending. I didn't get it. But still it was enjoyable.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This school comedy based on Jeff Kinney's bestsellng books is a treat.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a live-action/animated family comedy film tells the story of Greg Heffely as he chronicles his harsh and hilarious Junior High experiences along with his childish friend, Rowley.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is very (NOT ENTIRELY) true to its source material and can entertain those who are and not fans of it.

Its also got humor for many types of people. Slapstick, observational, and gross-out to name a few. Unfortunately, the kids in this film are decent actors but were poorly casted. The only good casting were the parents, Steve Zahn and Rachel Harris, and Greg's older brother, Rodrick. He's played by Devon Bostick, a Canadian actor who I heard was in Saw VI. Nope, haven't seen the Saw films.

Despite the cast, this is a fun and enjoyable movie. For those parents who need a good film to sit down to watch with their kids, go out and rent this at Redbox or purchase on Video on Demand. You will all enjoy it.

"Patty, Patty, she's a fatty. Has a face just like a ratty."

Johnny Test: Johnny Test VS. Bling Bling Boy

Yipee! I'm the first to revew the TV show "Johnny Test", sadly this is a bad review.

This is one of the worst cartoons targeted at kids these days. Its trying to be a 2D animated version of "Jimmy Neutron", a much better show. Its so annoying and immoral. I feel that this show is trying to teach girls to use their little brothers as freakin' slaves and test him on dangerous things. Wow, how educational! Kids will suffer from ADHD if this is watched, its that bad.

The title above is "Johnny Test VS. Bling Bling Boy." Bling Bling Boy is a stupidly concieved character. I don't want to get into detail, I'm already ticked off.

Parents, don't let your kids watch this.

The Passion of the Christ

To many, The Passion of the Christ is a hard movie to find enjoyable due to its extremely graphic violence. Apart from that, the film is well acted and directed. Jim Caviezel's performance as Jesus Christ is amazing and belivable. Also the women who played Mary and Mary Magdelin were fantastic! A masterpiece.

Pan's Labyrinth

An amazingly haunting and fantastic film! Kicks more butt than Alice in Wonderland! Too good for words, see it for yourself!!!!

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. is so bad, it's good! A must-see for fans of the video games! It just depends on your mood while watching it.


18% Rotten?! In my opinion, Rock-a-Doodle is one of Don Bluth's most underrated work.

I've been watching this film since I was like five years old and I still enjoy it. The demented owl gave me the heebiejeebies as a child. Don't make fun of me, but I have feelings for the characters. The scene where the club that Chanticlier performed announced that no cats, dogs, birds, and mice were allowed make me feel bad for our heroes. See? Proof that I feel for the characters. This movie also shows how corrupt the world would be if populated by animals. Just take a look at Pinky the Fox! He's got "jerk" written all over him.

Also, the scene where the owl keeps Chanticlier hostage under that creepy tree stump still gets me today.

Don't make fun of me for this but I think Chanticlier's hen girlfriend is freakin' hot! She's far more sexier than the animatronic hen at Chuck E. Cheese restaurants.

Well that's what I think of "Rock-a-Doodle", haters!!!

"Jeepers, I'm furry!"

Babes In Toyland

This movie never gets old! I watch this every Thanksgiving at my grandparents's house and I enjoy it everytime. The characters are so sweet and lovable and this is so hilarious! A must-see for adults and kids alike.

"Christmas? Christmas in the middle of July?!"

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands, Burton's first collaboration with Johnny Depp, is a good film but not our favorite Tim Burton film. But its worth watching.

"I can't eat that, he used his hands. I think it's unsanitary."


Who knew Tim "I make really dark and quirky films" Burton could make a pretty good superhero film? And to be true with y'all, he was never a fan of comic books.

This 1989 Batman film doesn't tell the origin story of Batman. But without the origin, the movie is still good. Jack Nicholson delivers as the Joker, but he is nowhere close to Heath Ledger's Joker. Michael Keaton is also a good Batman, but is nowhere close to Christian Bale's Batman.

Like most Tim Burton films in the 80's and 90's, Batman is quite cheesy. But don't let the cheesiness throw off the whole film for you, the action is good.

I think this Batman film is decent, not the best. The 1992 sequel is where its at. Tim Burton should make another superhero film and not whacked-out movies like "Alice in wonderland." EESH!!

See this film, you'll have fun watching it.

BEST SCENE: Batman flies up in the bat-shaped Batjet and eclipses the moon with it, thus recreating the Batman logo on the moon.

"And yes, I'm a lot more happier now."

Batman Returns

Batman Returns is an entertaining, dark, disturbing romp of a superhero movie and is truly one of Tim Burton's film masterpieces. But sadly, this film is so underrated.

The story is so dark and brooding and is so suitable to Burton's directorial style. The Penguin and Catwoman are very silly villains but the way Danny Devito and Michelle Phieffer portrayed them make these silly characters more likable. Also, Michael Keaton lets out his violent side as Batman. The film's action sequences are so violent and sick! Oh, Christopher Walken's performance of Max Shreck is good as well.

This is a much bigger improvement on the 1989 predecessor. And I'm not lying.

I just wish Tim Burton can do more movies like this instead of films about drugged-up girls chasing rabbits and falling into holes.


BEST SCENE (SPOILERS AHEAD!!!): Max Shreck's death. Disturbing yet amazing.

"You didn't invite me, SO I CRASHED!!!"

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour

Not a fan of Hannah Montana and this movie. This 3D concert is funner to watch in 2D.

The Wizard of Oz

Welcome to the Movie Monster's 100th review!

The Wizard of Oz may have been a financial disaster upon its release but that dosen't stop it from becoming a film classic.

Based on L. Frank Baum's famed book, the film follows Dorothy and her adorable dog, Toto, as they are swept away by a tornado into the magcal world of Oz. There they must defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, help the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion deserve the brains, heart, and courage they deserve, and get help by the Wizard of Oz to help Dorothy get home.

The film has so much lovable characters and memorable lines that you will easily remember my heart.

The Wizard of Oz is a film everyone need to see. You can't consider yourself "human" until you do.

Well there goes the 100th review on the Wonderful Wizard of OZ!

"I'll get you my pretty. And your little dog too!"

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Stephen King's It

What a freaky film! Saw this back in 2006 during ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween with my family and we all got the living crap scared out of us!!!

It, which is based on a horror novel written by Stephen King, tells the story of a group of kids who are haunted by the devious, child-eating, clown known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Only kids can see this creature. After experiencing horrific flashbacks, the kids (now adults) must work together to stop Pennywise from terrorizing children.

It was a four-hour broadcast and I only caught the first two hours due to a Halloween party beng held that same night. I already knew this was good after two hours.

I plan to see the rest this Halloween. I'll edit the review when I do.

BEST SCENE: A girl hears noises coming from the bathroom drain. A balloon comes out of the drain. The balloon pops and tons of blood and gore are seen. Its so beautiful!

Robin Hood
Robin Hood(1973)

Phooey to you, critics! Robin Hood is one our favorite and best Disney movies we've seen. It's so funny, sad, cute, and the end will have you cheering.

BEST SCENE: The Archery Competition

"Hey Rob, are we the good guys or the bad guys?"

Clash of the Titans

Despite many crappy reviews this got, we found this enjoyable.

We just wish the film was much longer and was less paced. But the story is good and Sam Worthington (who we all know and love as Jake Sully in Avatar) played a good Perseus. On the other hand, Liam Neeson (who we all know and love as Qui-Gon Jin in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) is a very kick-butt Zeus. And Gemma Arterton...ohh, Gemma Arterton. Ooops, sorry, Movie Monster #1 had a moment there.

Unfortunately, we saw it in 3D. Despite the crappy response of how the film looked in 3D, we thought "Clash of the Titans" was cool-looking in three-dimensions. Not a lot of stuff came out, but just Like "Avatar", we felt sucked into the adventure.

This is one movie you'll either love or hate, it just depends on the mood when you see. But we loved it.

Hope to see the original soon.


The Forbidden Kingdom

Despite cool martial arts scenes, The Forbidden Kingdom is just a bit too silly to be a martial arts film. But Jackie Chan and Jet Li make a good team. If you decide to see it, only do so once.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

I've seen it once and the movie is so not memorable. Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman have better things to do than be in this movie. The only good thing that came out of this movie was Kermit the Frog's cameo.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

We don't give a crap what critics said. Yes, it's highly cartoonish but its fun and action-packed. A theater experience we will never forget. It's better than Transformers 2 though.

"What does it accelerate?"


Lame but better than most talking animal movies.


A cheesy yet pretty scary horror movie. Really scared the crap out of us even though we don't believe in ghosts. Frustrating ending though.


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The film is sweet and delicious as the candy Willy Wonka makes.

"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple."

Follow this link for a funny parody of the film:

Planet 51
Planet 51(2009)

Saw bits of it and all I can say is that Planet 51 is a very mediocre animated film.


So sweet, funny, and cute. A flat-out classic!



Director Henry Selick makes his first stop-motion animated film without the assistance of Tim Burton. THANK GOODNESS!!! What is the film exactly? Its an adaption of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed horror novel, "Coraline."

Coraline tells the story of a girl named Coraline Jones who just moved from Michigan to Oregon. Her new home is old and dull and her parents are frickin' boring. She soon discovers a small door that leads her to an alternative universe in which her parents are fun, her neighbor is less annoying, and where danger and dark secrets lurk.

Coraline is well animated, voice acted, and directed. The characters are believable and likable. We are VERY VERY VERY upset that I did not see this in the theater in 3D because it could have been a movie experience we would never forget. It's that good.

You don't have to be goth or emo to enjoy Coraline. You'll like it and it is sure to entertain you.

As much as we enjoy the films of Tim Burton, we're glad he was not involved in this.

"Thou art still living."

Batman Gotham Knight

In the style of The Animatrix, Batman Gotham Knight is six different anime segments that take place before the events in The Dark Knight.

All six segments are well-animated, well-told, and contain so much animated blood. The animated blood is a good thing because that proves that Batman can be pretty gritty.

Batman Gotham Knight is a must-see for fans of the Caped Crusader. Even the younger fans should give it a try. What?! My 6-year-old cousin saw it and loved it.

"I'm just doing my job."

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

We were never interested in Star Trek and were never Trekkies. But when this came out, we became fans and were very satisfied with the film.

"If you don't tell me your name, I'm gonna have to make one up for you."

Follow this link for a funny parody of the film:


The night I went to see Avatar in RealD 3D is one I will not forget.

My expectations were very high when I walked into the movies. But once the first frames of the movie popped up, I knew I was going to love it and have fun for three hours. The 3D effects are dazzling and good. The movie is pretty much Pocahontas in space,mixed in with Star Wars, and a bit of Transformers. James Cameron really knows how to build great chemistry between the main couple, Jake and Neytiri. He also knows how to suck you into the world of the movie with the 3D effects! WOW! Just WOW! Also, the acting was good. Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, and Michelle Rodriguez was just so butt-kicking in her performance. She should've got a Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Overall, an excellent movie.

I suggest that you go out and rent Avatar. Look out for all the 3D gimmicks!

"Eywa has heard you!"

Follow this link for a funny parody of the film:


And now the moment y'all been waiting for: my review of Twilight!!! The movie based on the book with a fan-base that's growing by the second!!!

I heard many good things about this movie before I saw it. I personally thought I wsn't going to like it. But when, I saw this on VOD, I found this quite enjoyable.

I know, I know, this movie takes a while to pick itself up. When it did, that's when I knew the movie was good. The acting could have been better but I thought the story was quite original. I'm a guy but I felt the chemistry between Edward and Bella, the main couple. It was quite an intense chemitsry. The supporting characters delivered too. James, Emmet, Jasper, Alice...ohhh, Alice. Sorry, I have a crush on Ashley Greene, Alice's actress.

I loved the ending of this movie and how it was open for another one. That resulted in a movie called New Moon which sucked. Read my review below.

Twilight is good but not excellent. I would give i a 65% but Rotten Tomatoes won't let me give it that rating. I'll rate it 60% for now.

Give Twilight a try.

"I prefer radio-active spiders and kryptonite."

Follow this link to see a funny parody of the film:

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

New Moon is just a dull, long, and annoying sequel to Twilight, a movie that I thought was pretty good.

The story revolves around Bella who is dumped by Edward because he can get in trouble for loving a human. Why couldn't they explain that in the first film?! The rest of the movie just shows Bella being all emo. BORING!!! The only advantage of the film was that the friendship (and romance) between Bella and Jacob is building up in this movie.

The end began to get a little exciting but it just didn't work out.

If you're barely getting into the Twilight craze, watch the first one and this but you won't like it.

Eclipse was so much better. Trust me!!!

Follow this link to see a funny fan-made parody of the film:

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


The third installment in the ever-popular Twilight series is extremely entertaining.

I went to see this opening day and caught the 4:15 showing. This was my first time seeing a Twilight movie on the big screen. I saw the first on Video on Demand and the second on DVD.

This is one of those movies where you get different emotions while you watch it. The chicks in the theater were screaming when Jacob was on screen and screamed louder when his shirt was off. So the audience had a happy emotion. When the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle was getting more serious, I felt the intensity of the audience. And when Victoria was decapitated by Edward, the audience stood up and clapped. That's an emotion of happiness and relief that the main villain is gone.

I walked in the theater with very high expectations. By the end of the opening scene, I already knew this was better than New Moon.

Just like many superhero movies today, Eclipse can entertain anyone who isn't a Twi-Hard.

Hands down, the best Twilight yet and one of the summer's best.

"Well, I am hotter than you."


While "Thriller" may not be Michael Jackson's best song, the music video is truly a sight.

A good blend of music and horror films is just great!!! A must-see for Michael Jackson and music fans!!! Even kids should watch it.

"See you next Wednesday."

Watch this amazing video here:

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Sure to please anyone who is delighted by the music of Michael Jackson.

This is It consists of never-before-seen rehearsal footage from MJ's planned shows to take place in the O2 Arena in London. Sadly, he died before he could do them. But the breathtaking footage can be seen in the film.

All of Jackson's greatest hits (Thriller, Beat It, Smooth Criminal) are shown here along with proof that he was a real nice person despite the controversies involving him and little kids.

This is It is truly the greatest concert never shown.

"You knock me off my feet right now, baby! HOO!"

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

Pixar's first film is one of their finest.

Toy Story is a wonderful film that introduces us to wonderful characters. The film has a wonderful story. Though this is a fantasy film, it makes me think, "Do toys really act like this when we're not playing with them?" When you see this, you'll ask the same question. For all the young people out there, this film makes you appreciate your parents for buying you toys. If you're an adult or senior, it'll bring you back memories playing with them toys.

Toy Story not only wows you with the animation but with the story, the humor, and heart.

If you had not shown this movie to your kids, you are a bad parent. You can't consider yourself "human" without watching this!!! You must see and buy this!!!!!!!! I recommend the 10th Anniversary DVD. It's worth every little dime and penny.

A movie like this really deserved to spawn two sequels (see my reviews below), and to become our favorite film of all time.


"That ain't no happy child!"

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

Toy Story 2 is a perfect sequel to the perfect film known as Toy Story.

The new characters are lovable and funny and the story is so epic and well done. This is a film you want to see again and again.

One of the best sequels ever made.

"What's the point of prolonging the inevitable? We're all just one stitch away from there."

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Toy Story 3...the movie we've been waiting for since it was announced in 2006.

The third and concluding film in the groundbreaking series is hilarious, heartwarming, emotionally intense, and fun.

The new characters are fun and cool and the dialouge is great. The villain (can't say who it is) is great and cool. Pixar did it again with making disillusioned characters who turn out being the villain.

Pixar also kept the story simple and to the point. The sad thing is that characters like Weezy, RC, and Bo Peep were written out of the story. Darn! But like we said, Pixar tries to make the story simple and to the point and tries to avoid having to many characters so they can introduce new ones.

Us, the Movie Monsters, went to see this in RealD 3D on Friday. The 3D effects were on and off in this movie. But when they appeared, they fun and cool.

Truly a masterpiece in the history of movies.

After seeing Toy Story 3, we considered The Toy Story Trilogy as one of the best in cinematic history.


"That's Mr. Evil Doctor Porkchop to you!"


The movie that made me a fan of Transformers.

First things first: the plot. Why is it being critiscized? I thought it was cool and it went along with the action.

The action is exhiliratng and mind-blowing. Autobots ripping, shooting, and bashing puney little Decepticons. What more can I ask for?

Also the characters are so likeable and cool. I know the movie focuses a little too much on the human characters instead of the robs. I may sound like a weirdo but both the humans and the robots get the same time of screen time.

Overall, Transformers rocks!!! So sad how it got a sucky sequel.

"No, no don't ask any questions, my father's the head of the neighborhood watch!"

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Oh man! A very frustrating sequel to such a great film!!!

The trailers made it look like it was going to be a better sequel, but once you see it, you are proved wrong.

Everyone knows that Transformers is about robots who can disguise themselves as cars, army tanks, jets, yada yada yada. But the sequel kind of abuses that fact.

I went to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for one thing: Autobots kicing Decepticon butt. It did have that but not a lot of it. There is good action but that gets overshadowed by unnescessary crude humor, sex references, a scene in which Sam's mom gets high on marijuana, and young female co-stars in short clothes that reveal tons of cleavage. I bet they just did that to distract the male viewers from the main thing of the film: transforming robots!!!

The film lasts for 2 1/2 hours and seems to go like this: A twenty-minute opening battle scene in Hong Kong, a full hour that revolves around Sam going to college, and hen the rest of the movie is about the robots. That didn't work out!

I liked Megan Fox in the first one. She worked out as agod sidekick for Sam. But this movie abuses Megan's character and only cares about her looks. This is probably the reason she dropped out of the third film. The real hottie in the film is Alice played by Isabel Lucas. Alice was not a likable character, but despite her dirty behavior and attitude, her looks were off the hook.

Why on Earth does everyone blame Michael Bay for this? The action scenes and the film itself was OK directed. I blame the screenwriters, Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Ehren Kruger for writing such a lackluster film. Y'all should too.

Despite all of this negative crap, this is actually a fun movie to watch. I hope Transformers 3D (Yes, the third film will be in 3D) is better than this.

Over the Hedge

Animated flicks should always be original. Over the Hedge is not. Its based on a not-so-famous comic strip thats rarely funny. Had its moments but its not up there with Dreamwork's other work and is considered their worst to date in my opinion.


Spider-Man is a phenomenal superhero movie. Though it is based on a world-famous comic book series, the way the film was conceived, written, directed, and acted make the film enjoyable to anyone who sees it and that's a fact. Tobey Maguire plays such a believable and amazing Peter Parker. No one else can beat him. Let's just hope Andrew Garfield plays a good Spidey in the 2012 reboot. Why did it have to be rebooted? Lets forget about that for now and focus on the film's pros and njot cons.


"Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale... if somebody told you I was just your average ordinary guy, not a care in the world... somebody lied."

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

I know critics went very gaga for this one but I think it was the weak one in the trilogy. The villain wasn't the best choice but the story was good and could've been slightly better.

But its entertaining.


Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

In the final chapter of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Peter Parker's Spidey suit get hit with a symbiote that turn it black while trying to battle the Hobgoblin, the Sandman, and Venom and get proposed to the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson.

Yes, there are a bit too many storylines in this one but I thought it was a very entertaining and dazzling movie and made my love for the Spider-Man character more strong.

Despite what many people thought about, I think its the second best in the series behind the first one.

"So good."

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

At least everyone who pops up on this planet is raised watching movies and almost anyone who is raised watching movies has probably seen or heard about a little movie with the title of "Star Wars."

What is Star Wars? It's a sci-fi film set in a galaxy far, far, away where a young farmboy (Yes they have farms up in space.)meets an old man named Obi-Wan Kenobi and they team up with two cool dudes whose names are Han Solo and Chewbacca. They go on this expedition (or quest to make it sound cooler) to save Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Darth Vader.

So it sounds like the usual fairytale-fantasy-save-the-princess-type of story only in space. WRONG!!!! The movie is actually extremely original and imaginative and the visuals make it more pleasing. The characters are so lovable and unforgettable.

Star Wars was first released in 1977 and every time I watch it, I ask myself this question, "How did they create those visuals?" You'll ask yourself the same thing when you see it.

You can't live your life without seeing this film or being involved with the series itself. If you just see opening crawl of one of the films, that counts. But you guys go and live your lives how you want to.

An excellent film. A ginourmous must-see.

"May the force be with you."

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Much better than the first Star Wars and that's a fact.

The Empire Strikes Back is a big special effects, lazers-flying-everywhere, emotional, dark, and entertaining romp of a sci-fi film. Definetley one to see before you die.

And now, Yoda's most powerful quote. It will stay in your heart's forever.

"Do or do not, there is no try."

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

A great ending to a great trilogy. 'Nuff said.

And now I will post the beautiful last dialogue scene between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

Darth Vader: "Luke... help me take this mask off."
Luke: "But you'll die."
Darth Vader: "Nothing... can stop that now. Just for once... let me... look on you with my own eyes."
[Luke takes off Darth Vader's mask one piece at a time. Underneath, Luke sees the face of a pale, scarred, bald-headed, old man - his father, Anakin. Anakin sadly looks at Luke]
Anakin: "Now... go, my son. Leave me."
Luke: "No. You're coming with me. I'll not leave you here, I've got to save you."
Anakin: "You already... have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister... you were right."
[Anakin slumps down in death]
Luke: "Father... I won't leave you".

The Haunted Mansion

It's kind of funny but it's not scary and the plot is kinda stupid.

Can't wait for Guilemro Del Toro's reboot!!!

Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!(1991)

The gags and jokes are pretty darn funny. Watched this on Mother's Day of '09 with my cousin and all I can say we laughed and had a good time. But Hot Shots 2 is slightly better.

"I'm goin' to Disneyland."

Hot Shots! Part Deux

Funny and witty. You'll laugh until it actually hurts!

"Why did I bring helium instead of air?"


One of the worst family films I've ever seen. It has a heavy depiction of dysfunctional families, bad language used by little kids, and for the record, Jumanji was better.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

The dogs are cute but not the film itself.

Walt Disney would shoot himself in the head if he saw it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

One of the best films that has ever been pitched to Disney.

It's a swashbuckling, hilarious, action-packed romp!!! This is why Johnny Depp was born so he can star in a movie like this. Much better than his roles in Tim Burton movies. A must-see!!!

"Don't be alarmed, we're taking over the ship."

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Focuses a little too much on being fun and Jack Sparrow's silly personality (which I love) but worth watching.

"Where is the thump-thump?"

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

The finale of the first POTC trilogy (Did I just say "first trilogy"? Yes, the fourth out next year is the start of a brand new trilogy, dudes.)is a good film.

At World's End is 100x better than Dead Man's Chest. It may have a very complex story, long run-time (Second longest film I saw in theaters behind Peter Jackson's "King Kong" remake), and Jack Sparrow acts a little cartoony and clumsy in this one but overall it's very entertaining.

The action is amazing, the acting is good, and a very entertaining film anyone can enjoy.

It's such a great conclusion I don't understand why they are making a fourth. But with Penolope Cruz in it, I guess it will be good.

"MY peanut!"

Fun & Fancy Free

A decent and enjoyable Disney film. All three segments are the BOMB!!!

"They tossed him around like an old shoe."

The Little Rascals

Watching these kids act and crack jokes is a joy. A must-see for kids and their families.

Usually I post a quote from the movie at the end of my reviews. This time I'm going to post a short but very funny dialogue scene from the film. ENJOY!!!

Stymie: Porky, you sure know how to make a sand-wich!
Porky: That wasn't sand, that was kitty litter.
Buckwheat: Don't worry, it's pretty fresh.

Lady and the Tramp

A truly romantic and beautiful film. Much better than today's romantic comedies.

"Just a cute little bundle... of trouble!"

Race to Witch Mountain

Good visuals are destroyed by bad acting and a lame story in Race to Witch Mountain.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(1953)

Charmed me as a child and still does today. It's that good.

"You'll get a free tattoo."

Spirited Away

Miyazaki, you're a genius! The story is awesome, the animation is so wow, (there's a much better adjective than "wow" to describe this film I just can't think of it) it's just an excellent film. Miyazaki makes this film worth your three hours. BEST ANIME FILM EVER!!!

"His butt is getting bigger, so there's plenty more to kiss."


Had some funny bits in it but Valiant's story is not the best and the animation just seems to ripoff Pixar. Only a fool would enjoy this.

Vanguard Animation, the production company behind this, is truly the worst American animation studio out there. Their films have unimpressive animation and stupid stories with plot holes. But this is better than their other film: Happily N'Ever After. I don't plan on watching their other films: Happily N'Ever After 2, Space Chimps, and Space Chimps 2.

This could've been a real great film but they had to screw it up.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

I liked how Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, the people behind the Ice Age Trilogy, decided to make a Dr. Seuss adaption and not Universal Studios after the disastrous film known as "The Cat in the Hat."

Suprisingly, the film keeps the charm of the Grinch film since Jim Carrey once again plays a Dr. Seuss character.

Horton Hears a Who is a charming, funny, well-animated film that Theodore Seuss Giesel would be proud of.

I hope sometime in the future, Blue Sky and Fox plan on making a "Horton Hatches the Egg" film. That'll make me proud.

FUN FACT: Anyone noticed that the Mayor's ninety-six daughters were eating green eggs and ham? Also, one of the whos was wearing the same hat the cat wears. Only it was blue and white.

"Seriously, who is this? Is this Burt from accounting?"

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Oh no! Seeing this movie is one of the very few things I regret.

Whose frickin' idea was to make a movie out of one of Dr Seuss' most famed books, add double entendres, potty humor, sex references, and a very suggestive Paris Hilton cameo? Yes, the chick in the party scene was Paris Hilton.

This movie is only useful to use as scratch paper (that way you can write another horrible movie) and a bullet to kill yourself. My sister got the movie for her fourth birthday from a friend. I honestly think they where just tring to get rid of the movie. Maybe they tried to give my sister a disease.

DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE!!! YOU'LL TOTALLY REGRET IT!!! Your kids may enjoy it but if you're a sophisticated adult, you won't.

Charlotte's Web


What an excellent adaption to such an excellent book!!!

Charlotte's Web is so true to its source material it just makes me proud.

The characters are so loving, well-drawn, and well depicted. The story is so sweet, well concieved, bittersweet, and enjoyable.

Even though the characters are animals, they are very believable. Wilbur's chemistry with Charlotte the spider is so strong it almost feels like a romance even though a romantic relationship between a spider and a pig would be pretty sickening. Charlotte's death always got me when I was younger and still gets me today. Her death is so emotional I think it even surpasses Ellie's in Up. Oh, and who does not love Tempelton? I mean he is one awesome rat!!! And a gross one too.

Parents, if you have kids, you should expose them to the book and this movie. JUST DON'T EXPOSE THEM TO THE DIRECT-TO-VIDEO SEQUEL!!! Also, give the live-action version a try despite my bad review below.

Charlotte's Web is such a great film. E.B White would be proud.

"I have no name but you can call me Uncle."

Charlotte's Web 2 - Wilbur's Great Adventure

The animation is terrible and so is the story. Why on Earth did they decide to make a follow-up to the already good film, Charlotte's Web? I do not want to know the answer.

Charlotte's Web is a story that dosen't need a sequel or follow-up. I hate anyone who was involved in this. Oh, what's with the blacksheep who wants to be a pig? SSSSSTTTTUUUUPPPPIIIIDDDD!!!!!

E.B White will shoot himself in the head if he sees this.

Barney's Great Adventure

It's suprisingly entertaining. A must-see for toddlers.

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

There's nothing memorable about this. Parents, your kids are better off watching the show on PBS, reading the books, and playing with the toys involving Thomas the Tank Engine.

3 Ninjas Knuckle Up

Terribly acted, the action is badly choreographed, and the dance scene...IT JUST SUCKS!!! I don't know why this is PG-13 and why I own it. I don't plan on watching the rest of the series in the future due to this pile of crap.

High School Musical

The toe-tapping, fizz-pumping, catchy-tune film that kicked off an enormous worldwide fan-base. Does it deserve a big worldwide fan-base? Suprisingly it does.

High School Musical is "Grease" for a new generation. It's about a dude named Troy (played by Zac Efron) who falls in love with this chick named Gabriella (played by the beautiful Vanessa Hudgens) through music. There's just one problem: he's the captain of the school's basketball team and she's a nerd. They're two different people with entirely different characters.

High School Musical is a fun, sweet, and original movie with great music, and a good moral that teaches kids to believe in themselves and be who they want to be.

The hype may be annoying but High School Musical is worth a try.

"Good job, playmaker."

High School Musical 2

First of all, the film should be called "Summer Vacation Musical" because the film's characters aren't in high school for most of the movie. They are working kitchen duty at a country club owned by the snotty Sharpay Evans.

Trilogies sometimes have a weak entry and this is the weakling of The High School Musical Trilogy. It was kinda bubblegum and aimed too much at younger kids and not really tweens. It's a teen movie that really dosen't have drama in it. Its more of a happier movie.

The songs are not as good as the first but very toe-tapping.

High School Musical 2 is fun and worth watching but is not the tween movie you'll see.

"It's summer, everything changes."

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

The concluding chapter in the popular tween-friendly series known as "High School Musical" is sure to entertain audiences outside the tween zone.

It's offers catchy fizz-pumping songs, choreography that'll have you saying, "Wow, good choreography.", and good teen melodrama.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the "Toy Story 3" of the series. Remember how Toy Story 3 made us ask the question, "What will happen to the toys in the future?" HSM 3 makes us woinder, "What will happen when these teens graduate?" That question will be answered while you are embraced in the music. The story may be lame to you but you'll actually enjoy it due to the music, songs, and dancing.

High School Musical dosen't stand as one of the best trilogies in cinematic history but this conclusion is worth watching and may become one of your favorite trilogies after you see this final chapter.

"I haven't played with Robo-Rob since third grade."

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride may have the word "princess" in the title but it dosen't just appeal to girls. It is sure to entertain anyone.

It's got tons of great humor and dialogue, romance, action (very violent action, love it), and gallons and gallons of charm.

This movie is just well done. The direction, the score, the acting, the lines, the way the characters are depicted and how their personalities are. I mean who dosen't love the chemistry between Buttercup and Westly, the giant, the R.O.U.S's, Miracle Max, and Inigo Montoya who is well acted out by Mandy Patankin of TV's Criminal Minds.

To sum it up, The Princess Bride is one of the best comedies and medievel-themed films ever produced. Thanks, Rob Reiner and William Goldman!!!

"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Spy Kids
Spy Kids(2001)

Robert Rodriguez puts his blend of action into an original and energetic family film. Adults will like the action and kids will love every scene with Carmen and Juni, the spy kids. One of the best family films ever made.

"You're just getting stupider by the minute."


Funny, sweet, action-packed, scary, heartwarming, the adjectives for this movie go on and on.

This is one brilliant animated film. One you have to see before you die.

"A boy who won't be good, might just as well be made of wood."


Parents, if you ever see this on the shelf of a video store, don't let the cute little dog wearing shoes fool you. Fluke is a very heavy dog movie. And by heavy, I mean by the film's themes.

Here's a brief synopsis: Fluke is a dog who was once a human. After dying in a horrific car accident, he re-incarnates as a dog and goes on a journey to find his wife and kid who he left behind. Sounds dark? I know.

Who knew that a movie about a dog can be a real tearjerker? Fluke is either going to make you cry or make your heart like a 10-ton safe.

This is not a movie for the toddlers. Watch this movie if you have kids who are 7 and over. DO NOT WATCH THIS WITH VERY SENSITIVE KIDS!!!

It might be pretty hard to see this at the video store. If your a Netflix member, definetly add this to your queue. When you do, I hope you enjoy it.

Fluke only grossed $5 million upon its release and was badly received by critics upon its release. But with mostly positive reviews by the Rotten Tomatoes community and a 60% fresh rating, I have a feeling that Fluke might have become a cult classic.

"We can keep each other warm."

Napoleon Dynamite

Such a funny movie! Napolean's one-liners always get me and all of the supporting actors really know how to act around a guy like Napolean. The movie is pretty silly and random but that's what makes it funny! I suggest you go out and rent Napolean Dynamite or check the TV Guide for the next time it's on Comedy Central!

"Do the chickens have large talons?"

Alvin and the Chipmunks

It made me smile and laugh a few times but overall it wasn't the best. I know that critics hated this film but this was highly overrated by the public.

I was shocked when this one the Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Movie. Kids have no sense of movies and rather chose this over the other nominees:

-Pirates of the Carribean 3
-Are we Done Yet? (Still sucked but better than this!)

The sequel was much worse. Read my review below. To make matters worse, they're making a third entitled "Alvin an the Chipmunks 3D!!" Can people get any stupider??

Despite my negativity, its a good film to view as a family.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

THIS GROSSED 400 MILLION AT THE BOX OFFICE?!?! That just proves that families who spent their money on this piece of crap don't have a sense of movies.

If you adults grew up listening to the music and watching the cartoons of the Chipmunks, I really have no problem if you enjoyed it. But this film seems to have a drug that gets the younger viewers so high that they begin to love the movie so much it goes on to win the Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie. Here were the other nominees:

-X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Weak X-Men film but better than the Chipmunks.)
-New Moon (Lame Twilight movie but more exciting than this.)
-Transformers 2 (Way too violent and crude for the kiddies. It was also a weak sequel. But 1000x beter than this.)

The Chipmunks was the only one of the nominees to not be a PG-13 movie so it got away with winning. But if I were the kids who were voting, I'd go with Transformers 2.

Now heres what really ticked me off about this movie. Not only was this a commercial success, but this film is the reason why Disney's The Princess and the Frog went to DVD so quickly. A film with much better reviews made less money than the Chipmunks. I feel so bad for Disney.

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 can be enjoyable to some, but I personally didn't like it. I didn't even finish it!!!

Spongebob Squarepants - The Complete 1st Season

One of the most original and entertaining cartoons to be put on television. Every episode rocks!!!

Spongebob Squarepants - The Complete 2nd Season

The animation is brighter, the jokes are funnier, and this season lives up to the first. The best episodes are Bubble Buddy and I'm With Stupid.

Spongebob Squarepants - The Complete 3rd Season

The fist and secnd season rock but I have to give props to this one. The best episode is the Krusty Krab Training Video.

Spongebob Squarepants - Season 4: Vol. 1

After a short hiatus, SpongeBob premeired new episodes in 2005. The fist three episodes were pretty sucky and I almost wanted to stop watching the show. But when more new episodes werew popping up in the fall, I knoticed how the show's sense of humor turned from being hilariou to gut-busting.

When you see these episodes, there's no way that you're not gonna laug.

Good season but not as classic as he first three.

Spongebob Squarepants - Season 4: Vol. 2

The last few episodes of the season that revived this good show are worth watching.

SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 5, Volume 2

SpongeBob's 5th season is decent. It's better than the disastrous 7th one. TRUST ME!!!

I, Robot
I, Robot(2004)

A 58% rotten? You critics are out of your mind!!!

I, Robot is fun, high-tech, and trilling everytime I watch it.

I saw this movie at the theather in The Orleans in Vegas and I was blown out of my mind.

The visuals are good and the action is full-throttle.

Will Smith is one of my favorite actors and this is one of the best he's done.

See it.

The Last Airbender

I did watch the show that this is based on but didn't follow the whole series and don't cnsider myself a die-hard fan. I did want to give the live-action movie a try.

It was good but the only problem was I couldn't take the characters so seriously. They were believable and likeable in the cartoon but not as much in the movie. Noah Ringer did play a good Aang, Nicola Peltz a decent Katara, but Jackson Rathbone wasn't a very good Sokka. Who gets Jasper from Twilight to play Sokka? Whoever did it was smoking too much weed. LOL!!! Dev Patel wasn't also a good Zuko. He could've been better.

The visuals were a little too cartoony but it didn't annoy me as much as the critics who are tearing apart this film. The action sequences made me feel like I was playing a video game. Not good. I had very mixed feelings about his one. I would rate it a 55% but Rotten Tomatoes won't let me. So my only option is to rate it a 50%.

For thse who haven't seen it, I suggest you wait for the DVD and rent it.

And yes, I did see it in 2D.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

I remember seeing this on VHS when I was little and loving it! Since I was a toddler, I didn't see the movie as a murder mystery and took it literally as a comedy. The scene where they kill the animated shoe with the DIP still haunts me to this day. Not to mention Judge Doom's death. IT'S ONE OF THE BEST DEATHS IN HISTORY!!!

Funny, cool, scary, and entertaining everytime!

The Wild
The Wild(2006)

The animation is unimpressive, story sucks and its not original, there is no memorable scenes or lines, and makes Madagascar look like it never existed.


Happily N'ever After

Happily N'Ever After is a movie that re-defines the word, "suck", for eighty minutes.

I watched this movie on DVD (so glad I didn't waste money to see this in the theater) and by the first quote was muttered, I knew this was going to suck.

Like how The Wild made Madagascar look bad, Happily N'Ever After makes Shrek look bad. EXTREMELY BAD!!

I don't know how this happened but a few weeks ago, I felt like watching it again. But then the DVD was severely scratched. SO HAPPY!

The movie offers no heart and the humor is so dry and bad. Even the voice acting is bad! This marks as the worst animated film I ever saw.

If you have nothing to do on a boring day, watch paint dry instead of watching this.

Batman Begins

Tim Burton's Batman was good but kinda silly. I watched a few minutes of one of the Joel Shumacher Batman films and all I can say is, IT SUCKS!!

Eight years later, a man by the name of Christopher Nolan decides to take Batman into his own hands. He makes it gritty, scary, and uses actors who can, well you know, ACT!!

The film is so well in devoloping characters especially Batman. The action is good, gripping, and intense. The villains, the Scarecrow and Ras Al Ghul, are one of the best villains in a superhero movie.

If you're not familiar with the whole Batman thing, start by watching this, the sequel The Dark Knight (which is awesome, see my review below), the Tim Burton films, and try not to get around the Shumacher ones.

The Dark Knight

Batman Begins was a good, dark reboot of Batman. The sequel, The Dark Knight, kicked way more butt than its predeccesor.

The acting is solid gold, the lines and dialogue are outstanding, and the story and action is awesome. But very violent for a PG-13 film.

Heath Ledger's performance of the Joker is flat-out awesome. He is sinister and sadistic, but has a very twisted sense of humor.

This is one superhero movie you must see before YOU DIE!

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

My least favorite of the Spy Kids films but still acceptable.

Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over

The most different of the Spy Kids films. The story is good. The 3D visuals are EXTREMELY SILLY AND GIMMICKY. But 1000x better than the ones in Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Spy Kids 3D is more of a Matrix-type of movie instead of a spy movie. This is actually one of movies where the effects are so cheesy, they are fun to look at. This was actually the only time where Red/Cyan 3D glasses were quite comfy. Can't wait 'til Spy Kid 4 next year! This time it'll be in Digital 3D!

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

The 3D effects are gimmicky, the story is kinda lame, and in my opinion, Robert Rodriguez's worst family movie of all time. But a good family movie.

Monsters vs. Aliens

MVA was the first movie I saw in digital 3D. I was wowed by the new 3D technology but what about the story? It was an OK story. It could've been better but it was fine the way it was. When I first heard of it, I thought it was going to be Dreamwork's rip-off on Monsters Inc mixed with aliens. Good thing it wasn't and I was proved wrong. The humor and gags are good. Mostly the ones from B.O.B., a brainless blob of goo played by Seth Rogen. Fun movie to watch! See it!


Shrek may be a crude and irreverant animated film but has charm and wit. Every character in this film is so funny especially the Gingerbread Man. He cracks me up everytime he's on screen. The film also knows how to decipt the characters well. Shrek starts off as a mean and heartless ogre but gets funny along the way., Princess Fiona looks like a sweet princess but proves she can be fiesty and butt-kicking, and Donkey he makes you smile once he says his first line.

The ending of Shrek is one of the best I've seen in a movie. Shrek and Fiona have a happy ending and Donkey sings a great cover of "I'm a Believer."

I don't like the fact that some other crappy animation studios try to make a comedy about fairytales because they just turn out being a ninety minute pile of SUCK! Except for Pixar. Their movie, "Brave", is a fairytale film that is expected to come out in 2012. I'm excited for that. I can never go wrong with Pixar!

When you get around Shrek, sit your butt down and watch it!

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)

Shrek 2 is a great sequel but I like the first one better. In my opinion, when a movie sequel introduces new characters, they don't seem to be that likeable. But when Shrek 2 added new characters like Prince Charmming, Fiona's parents, and Puss in Boots, they make them loveable and make them shine when they are on screen. Even their voice acting is good!

Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) oficially became my favorite Shrek character after seeing this. I really don't want to be a hater but I don't think Shrek 2 should hold the record for highest-grossing animated film. The place should really go to some Pixar movie. Despite that, Shrek 2 is fun and charming. It's even fun to watch it on DVD.

It feels like yesterday when I saw this at the movie. The popcorn tasted good but smelt like warm milk.

Shrek the Third

I went to see Shrek 3 opening night. I attended the 8 PM and it was packed with kids and their families. WOW! These parents allow their kids to stay up and see the lastest Shrek movie on a Friday night! LOL! Enough with the kids at the showng and on to my review.

I had pretty high expectations for this movie. After the movie I thought that it was somewhat better than Shrek 2. When I bought the movie on DVD later that year, it spoke to me, "This movie sucks." It focuses too much on medievel themes and not fairytale themes. Also, the movie dosen't start off with the reading of the book. WHICH GENIUS AT DREAMWORKS DECIDED NOT TO START THE MOVIE LIKE THAT?! Still, Shrek the Third was a fun movie to sit down for ninety minutes. Shrek 4 was a much bigger improvement on this!

Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After is a good conclusion to the satrical Shrek saga. The story is good and proves that Dreamworks dosen't have to make a fifth film. The third one had its moments but it somewhat sucked. It focused too much on medievel themes instead on fairytale themes. This one focuses a lot on fairytales.

The movie also feels like watching the first and second film again. The film starts off with a book being read to the audience. That's how a Shrek movie is supposed to stat, Dreamworks! Why the heck did you guys not start the third one like that.

I caught the film in 3D. It wasn't in RealD or IMAX 3D but it was this thing called MasterImage 3D and it worked good. The 3D effects were kinda weak but it was fun to watch.

Go see Shrek Forever After. It may not be the best film you'll see this year, but it will be a fun movie-watching experience.