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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Usual Suspects
½

The Usual Suspects is not your ordinary cops and robbers flick. The story is told in a unique way, mainly using flashbacks and voiceovers. This gives the film a realistic feel and its complicated plot will keep you guessing until the credits roll. Aside from the story, this film contains strong performances and brilliant direction from Bryan Singer (who later achieves box-office success with the X-Men film franchise). I recommend this film to anyone looking for a great suspence film that also requires a fair bit of thought. In my opinion, The Usual Suspects is near perfection and one of the greatest films of the 90's.

The Town
The Town(2010)

With a few exceptions, 2010 hasn't been a great year for movies. The Town on the other hand, changed this trend and will probably be considered as a crime classic in the future. This film succeeds on many levels. Firstly, the acting is top notch, making the characters believable and giving them extra depth. The directing is also very well done, with a gritty and realistic vision of crime in Boston's Charlestown. However, The Town truly stands out with its fantastic storytelling. Drama and action are very well balanced throughout the film and there are even some comedic moments to lighten the mood. I give this film my highest recommendation; truly a modern masterpiece.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Quirky characters, bizarre situations and great music, O Brother, Where Art Thou is yet another hit from the Coen brothers.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

When I went to see this film, I honestly did not know what to expect. The trailers made it look pretty cool but I haven't seen the original and live-action Disney pictures don't exactly have a stellar reputation. In short, my expectations were greatly exceeded.

Tron Legacy is a visual extravaganza whose special effects surpass Avatar's. Yes, I said that. Unlike the wave of mediocre CGI oriented films Hollywood has been producing throughout the years, it is evident that this film has spent a lot of time (and money) to make a vivid, detailed virtual reality. Also, the action scenes were split up with subtle shots of this virtual world allowing the viewer to get the most captivating visual experience.

Unfortunately, this film does have a few flaws. Aside from Jeff Bridges, the rest of the acting was not the greatest. In addition, the story was a little incoherent at times making it difficult for the viewer to follow.

Despite these minor flaws, Tron Legacy is a very enjoyable film and a must-see in theaters. Don't expect a film with an intricate plot and strong character development. Instead accept the film for what it is: a visually stunning action flick, and a damn good one.

Inception
Inception(2010)
½

Will this be the year where Christopher Nolan finally wins a well-deserved Oscar? Inception, similar to The Dark Knight, had a great deal of hype before its release. Needless to say, I went into the theater with high expectations. This film was very entertaining for its 2.5 hour runtime and had a good balance of action and character/plot development. What separates Inception from any normal action flick is that, aside from being visually stunning, it is also very thought-provoking. Excellent direction, great performances and a mind blowing storyline makes Inception a must see film for any movie fan.

RoboCop
RoboCop(1987)
½

Fantastic action sequences, clever satire and a surprisingly intelligent plot make RoboCop not only a thrilling action flick but a great film all around.

Team America: World Police

Offensive, vulgar, insensitive and absolutely hilarious.

A Shot in the Dark

Peter Sellers was a true comic genius.

Schindler's List

Schindler's List is quite possibly Stephen Spielberg's finest achievement as a filmmaker.

The film tells the story of Nazi industrialist Oskar Schindler and how he saved the lives of over 1000 Jews during the Holocaust. I won't go into too much detail with the plot for those who haven't yet seen this film. One of the film's most prominent technical aspects is its use of black and white. This really gave this film a grim, yet realistic feel which was needed in a film like this. I would also like to mention one of the film's most important scenes: the scene where Schindler first sees a the little girl in the red dress. This red dress (along with a few candles) is the only colour seen in the film. In this writers opinion, this scene is significant because it is when Schindler first becomes aware of the grim reality he is living in. Before this scene, Schindler was primarily allowing many Jews to work for him for personal gain. I won't give too much away but after this scene, Schindler begins to use his money to save as many Jews as he can. This change of Schindler's character suggests that one man does indeed have the power to change the future. The colour of the dress itself also has significance but, to keep this review down to a reasonable length, I won't go into any extra detail.

One last thing I would like to address is John Williams' masterful score. I have never heard a film score as beautiful and as heartbreaking as this.

This is a very important film and, like the horrors of the Holocaust, must not be forgotten.

Apocalypse Now

Words simply cannot describe this masterpiece.

Escape from New York

Fast-paced, atmospheric and filled with suspense, John Carpenter's Escape From New York is a fun ride from beginning to end.

Predators
Predators(2010)
½

As a fan of the original Predator, I must say despite not being perfect, this film does come close the original. Also, fans will be pleased to know that there are many references to first Predator and much of the film's score was the same. I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a good action flick.

Mystic River
Mystic River(2003)

Another great film as one would expect from Clint Eastwood. The film benefits from wonderful direction, great storytelling and fantastic performances from Sean Penn and Tim Robbins.

Space Jam
Space Jam(1996)

Loved this movie as a kid. Despite its many flaws it's still a lot of fun!

Stephen King's It
½

The first half of this movie was great. The music was eerie and the performances of the child actors were actually pretty good. Not to mention Tim Curry was perfect as Pennywise the Clown. The second half however was a little disappointing and dragged on a little too long. Still the movie was not bad and I plan to read the book in the future.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Somethings wrong here, Rotten Tomatoes won't let me rate higher than 100%. Much darker and more mature than the original, The Empire Strikes Back continues the Star Wars saga with a deeper storyline and a greater focus on character development.

The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead is proof that a high budget is not needed to make a great film. This is most certainly a milestone in horror films because of its unique directing, its use of black humor and "grueling terror". Directed by Sam Raimi, who later goes on to direct the Spider Man films. A must see for any movie fan.

No Country for Old Men

I may be a little biased towards this film because I'm a huge fan of the Coen bros. Nevertheless, this movie was fantastic with thrills, great performances, solid directing and an engaging storyline. Do not miss this movie.

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is truly an amazing film. It benefits from a great cast, especially Foster and Hopkins, good directing, a memorable score and being suspenseful from beginning to end. Do not miss this masterpiece.