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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Man Who Laughs

'The Man Who Laughs' is a magnificent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. This is one of the greatest films that I have seen thus far if not the greatest. The acting is absolutely superb for a film. The main example of this is Conrad Veidt as the forever-smiling Gwynplaine. He shows incredible emotion with only his eyes. That is a marvelous talent to show that much emotion and depth with only the eyes. The scenes with Gwynplaine and Dea are absolutely touching and beautifully done. The make-up and effects to make Conrad Veidt have that large smile are incredible and are still impressive. I absolutely loved the romance between Gwynplaine and Dea. Today, this film is often considered a horror film because of Gwynplaine's smile that frightens a few people that are frightened by the clownish smiles, but if you actually watch this film, you would realize that this is basically a beautiful romance film. Overall, I absolutely loved everything in this film with a great passion.

Return to Oz
Return to Oz(1985)

'Return to Oz' is a fantasy film from 1985. This film is very often considered a sequel to the 1939 MGM musical 'The Wizard of Oz.' It is actually mainly based on the series of 'Oz' books in the early 1900's. This film is not at all supposed to be a sequel to the 1939 film. This is only supposed to be a continuation of the original book by L. Frank Baum. It becomes very annoying when people call this the sequel to the 1939 film when it is actually not. The result of people calling this a sequel to the 1939 film is that people often compare it, often negatively, to the 1939 movie. People should learn not to give this movie unneeded criticism for not being like the 1939 movie when it is supposed to be like the books. On to the film. The movie is often dark and even frightening for children. I do not mind it being scary for children because children often like being scared, and it pulls them even further into the movie. The movie is still incredibly creative and enjoyable to watch. The film is actually much more faithful to the original 'Oz' books than the 1939 movie. Overall, this film should be enjoyable to a person who likes darker fantasy movies for children or people who want a more faithful adaptation of the 'Oz' books than the Judy Garland movie.

The Phantom of the Opera
½

'The Phantom of the Opera' (1989) is a 1980's horror film adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel. The film stars Robert Englund from the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' film series. When I originally heard about this film, I was expecting another 1980's mindless slasher film that cared nothing for its plot. I was greatly enjoyed to find that this was not the case. I thought Robert Englund was superb as Erik Destler. Robert Englund's Erik is a gentleman that is menacing but charming. I enjoyed Robert Englund's performance nearly as much as Lon Chaney's performance as Erik. The dialogue that Erik has is very well-written with some great lines from Erik. The sets and atmosphere are absolutely gorgeous to look at. The film's music is wonderful as well. Erik's Don Juan Triumphant is an absolutely beautiful music score. There are only a few problems with the movie. Most of these problems have to do with part of the plot that takes place in 1980's New York. This plot with Christine's ties to a past life make little sense. Besides these problems, this is a rare great horror film from the 1980's.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
½

'Tim Burton's Corpse Bride' is beautifully-done, stop-motion animation film. Before this film, Tim Burton had not directed his own stop-motion film because he could not direct 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' due to directing 'Batman Returns.' I thought that this film is wonderful for Tim Burton's first directed stop-motion film. I loved the looks of the sets and the dark humor. I thought that this was a very emotion-driven film, which is what I mainly enjoyed about this film. The songs by Danny Elfman were absolutely marvelous even if they were not as memorable as his other songs. Overall, I loved this film greatly as it is a beautiful, creative, and humorous animated film.

The Omen
The Omen(1976)
½

'The Omen' is a horror film about the Antichrist being born and taken into the care of two loving parents who very recently gave birth to a stillborn infant, and the father substituted the other child for their lost child. They name the child Damien. The child is seen growing up to the age of five, but that is when they start noticing strange things about this child. I was instantly reminded of the two demonic-child movies that preceded this movie, 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Exorcist.' The performances are great from Gregory Peck and Lee Remick .This movie does have some frightening and disturbing scenes. The music by Jerry Goldsmith is absolutely superb and is often what can make the scenes incredibly frightening. I , overall, enjoyed this film more than other horror films.

Gigi
Gigi(1958)

'Gigi' is a musical directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on the novella of the same name. The film is about a young girl being trained to be a courtesan by her grandmother and aunt for an older man. The story and characters are far from being interesting. The movie is very forgettable, and it tries far too hard to be incredibly sweet, cute, and whimsical when its story is a tad creepy especially because it is about a young girl basically being trained to be a high-class prostitute. The songs are also a large down side of the film. A vast majority of the songs were bland, had no rhythm whatsoever, and completely forgettable. Honestly, the only song I found to be memorable was 'The Night They Invented Champagne,' my favorite song in the film. Another problem is, often, how blandly shot the song sequences are. There is often little to no movement during the songs. For example, in some songs, the only thing the singers are doing is sitting down. This is another reason 'The Night They Invented Champagne' is my favorite song sequence. There was such a large amount of movement that it was not boring to look at. Admittedly, the film does look very nice with the costumes and sets, but they are not enough to save the movie. Overall, 'Gigi' is a bland and forgettable movie musical, and to quote Gaston from this movie in a phrase that very well describes the movie, "It's a bore."

Pocahontas
Pocahontas(1995)
½

'Pocahontas' is the 33rd Disney animated feature film. This was Disney's attempt at a more serious film then their earlier films. Disney wanted this to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards like 'Beauty and the Beast' in 1991. That is why they wanted this to be a more serious film. When it came out, the audience's and and critics' reaction to 'Pocahontas' was underwhelming. People and critics liked the film well enough, but people and critics did not praise it nearly as much as the other Disney films. I, personally, really enjoyed this film, but, to be honest, the film does have its problems. I love that Disney tried a completely different tone and setting for the film by delving into Native American culture. The songs on a whole are great. I loved the songs 'Colors of the Wind' and 'Savages' most of all. I even like the songs on a whole from 'Pocahontas' more than most of the songs in 'The Lion King' in which I liked only two of the five songs and only loved one song. The animation, once again, is incredible. The use of colors is, just, terrific. I actually found the film very entertaining. Another thing I liked is that the couple does not get to stay together like in a typical Disney movie fashion at the end. However, there are problems with the movie. The main problem is the story. Adults and, definitely, children have already seen this type of story in multiple movies and children specials. We have already seen this "Who is the savage" multiple times before. Recently, we have seen this story once again in 'Avatar' from 2009. In fact, it seems as if 'Avatar' took the same exact story from 'Pocahontas' and only changed the setting and other minor details. Another problem is, much like 'The Lion King', the bland lead. I found the character of Pocahontas as having a very boring personality even if she does do exciting things that other Disney female characters do not do. John Smith was was also a very bland character to me. I also found Governor Ratcliffe as a very boring villain because the only thing he even wants if gold. That is all, gold. Overall, 'Pocahontas' is a beautifully-animated and entertaining Disney film with great songs, but with problems with its story and a few of its characters.

Phantom of the Opera

'Phantom of the Opera' is the second film adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel. At the time of this film being made, World War II was raging, and many people did not want to he horrified by films because they were already horrified by the war. This caused horror films at the time to be made with much less horror and more spectacle. That is why this version is much more tame than the 1925 Lon Chaney version. Claude Rains from 'The Invisible Man' portrays Erique Claudin/ The Phantom. I think the main problem is that the Phantom generally appears very little through the middle parts of the movie. This is disappointing because Claude Rains gives a very good performance. The other bothersome thing about the movie is all the comic relief. This mainly refers to the characters of Raoul and Anatole and how they too often get stuck in doorways together and say the same sentence at the same time. The movie also at times got uninteresting. On the positive side, the music is absolutely superb especially Claudin's "The Lullaby of the Bells." Susanna Foster has an absolutely terrific singing voice. There are some very good performances and occasionaly humorous comic relief. Overll, if you love seeing the Phantom very often in your movie and have it dark and Gothic, you would probably not like this version as much. If you want a lighter version of "The Phantom of the Opera", you might like this version.

Silent Night, Deadly Night
½

'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is slasher film directed by Charles Sellier, Jr. It is about a man that is traumatized by a man in a Santa Clause suit that killed his parents, and the young man, then, dons a Santa suit himself and goes on a killing spree in order to "punish" people. I think the only major reason this movie is remembered more than most other slasher films is because of the controversy it caused when it first came out. This is because of an ad that showed a man in a Santa suit grabbing an axe in order to kill people. I find this funny because it was only one of two slasher films early in the 1980's to show a deranged man in a Santa suit killing people. The other film being 'Christmas Evil,' yet it never got nearly as much flack. I think 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is even more different from its slasher film counterparts aside from its premise in that it attempts to be more psychological in the first half of the film. It attempts to greatly explain Billy's trauma about the Santa Clause figure. The film tries to go in-depth into Billy's psychology from his childhood at the strict orphanage with Mother Superior to his being hired at the toy store. The actual killings by Billy do not actually start until the second half of the movie. If you want to see this movie only for the kills, you might get bored waiting for them. Overall, 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is your typical cheesy slasher fare with a bit of an attempt at a psychological approach in the first half.

Friday the 13th
½

'Friday the 13th' is the first installment in the popular 'Friday the 13th' slasher movie series, and it is directed by Sean Cunningham. It is, arguably, a cash-in on 1978's massive hit 'Halloween.' I will admit that I like the idea of a camp setting that would become a common slasher film setting. Technically speaking, 'Friday the 13th' was not the first major slasher film to come up with the camp setting. You could say 'The Burning' was the first slasher film with the camp setting because it was in production before 'Friday the 13th,' but it came out after 'Friday the 13th.' I see the only real point to this movie is to watch graphic death scenes one after another. As a movie just to watch graphic death scenes with intricate effects, it works as just that, but as a regular film, 'Friday the 13th' is not really good at all. It seems to try to recreate what 'Halloween' did, but the film stumbles when it comes to a few things 'Halloween' did right. 'Halloween' had little blood that was often kept from view by shadows, camera angles, and cutting away, but it still had a great impact and amount of suspense and tension. 'Friday the 13th' did almost the opposite. It had the maximum blood, gore and violence that it could get away with to get an R rating. While this may please other people, I thought it did not leave much room to have suspense of tension in the story for the characters. It just left you waiting to see how these people would die instead of keeping you on the edge of your seat in suspense. As for the characters, they are your typical slasher film characters. Overall, 'Friday the 13th' is your standard slasher movie, and it is one of the better installments in the 'Friday the 13th' series, but that still is not saying much when you look at the other films.

A Night to Remember

'A Night to Remember' is a non-fiction re-creation of the maiden voyage and fateful sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, and it is directed by Roy Ward Baker. It is an adaptation of Walter Lord's non-fiction novel of the same name. This film simply tries to tell the story of the R.M.S. Titanic's sinking without trying to add heaps of more unneeded drama in a story that is already drama-filled. This is partly why I find it so admirable. They did not feel the need to add a fictional story as the focal point of the movie. They attempt to stick to the facts as close as possible given the information at the time. Although it tries to be very accurate, there are still some inaccuracies, such as the christening at the beginning of the movie that did not happen, the real Titanic did not have a playroom/daycare for children, and the ship not breaking along an expansion joint. Even though it is inaccurate in some places, it still comes across as the most historically accurate Titanic film. The film, itself, is held up by great performances and a great attention to detail. Honestly, I think the film is more emotionally affective than any other Titanic film due to it showing the tragic sinking as it was without being distracted by fictional characters as the main focus of the movie. Overall, 'A Night to Remember' is probably the definitive Titanic film.

Halloween III - Season of the Witch
½

'Halloween III: Season of the Witch' is the third installment in the Halloween film series,and it is directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. It is also the only one not to feature Michael Myers as a major part of the story. Technically speaking, Michael Myers is in the movie, just only for a few seconds. He showed up in the commercial for the original 'Halloween' in the bar with Dr. Challis. The film itself seems to be a throwback to previous cheesy horror films. It is also very entertaining in how the film seems to have fun with its silly premise and its plot holes. An example is how they have fun with the Silver Shamrock masks in a montage. They have fun by showing children in large cities wearing the all three same masks and mixing and mashing the most bizarre costume combinations with the masks, such as a clown with a skull head. The film also has a creepy and affective score by John Carpenter. It also has a very good atmosphere. I will honestly say that I think Conal Cochran is a much more intimidating, evil, and better villain than Michael Myers. Michael Myers has brute strength and a natural killing instinct, but Conal Cochran has something that makes a villain all the more intimidating: intelligence. Michael Myers comes across as a mindless killing machine that will kill anybody in his past just to get to one person, but Conal Cochran is entirely conscious of how evil and sadisitic he is and takes great pleasure in it. It also helps that Conal Cochran is attempting mass genocide with millions of innocent children along with their families who might get killed along with the children under the guise of simple and innocent advertisement and consumerism. I also love Conal Cochran's speech about ancient rituals about the sacrifices of children and animals and his plans for Halloween night. To be honest, this is probably one of the most hated movies by audiences that I have seen. This is mainly due to the lack of Michael Myers as the killer, but, honestly, I find it quite refreshing that Michael Myers is not part of the plot of this movie. After the second installment, which I found disappointing, it was nice to see something unique put into these movies. The concept is very unique and creative in comparison to the rest of the series which became a constant retread of the first one. They wanted to create an anthology series with the Halloween series with different Halloween-themed movies with different and creative ideas coming out on a regular basis. If this is what they came up with in just this movie, I would have loved to have seen what other things they could have come up with. Rumor has it that the original 'Fright Night' movie was originally an idea that was created for the once proposed Halloween anthology series, and one has to wonder if John Carpenter's film 'Prince of Darkness' was originally an idea for the Halloween anthology series as well. Unfortunately, this anthology idea did not come fully to life due to constant moaning and whining about the lack of Michael Myers and poor box-office performance. This led to Michael Myers being brought back even though he was supposed to be dead at the end of 'Halloween II' with both of his eyes being shot out and being blown up and burnt to a crisp. Instead of a series of potentially unique and creative films, we ended up with a series of incredibly tedious, unoriginal, and often very badly made films. Overall, 'Halloween III: Season of the Witch' is a very unique, cheesy, and enjoyable horror film that could have led to something incredibly creative and unique instead of the incredibly tedious series we ended up with.

Shock Treatment

'Shock Treatment' is a 1981 comedy musical directed by Jim Sharman. It is very often mistaken as the sequel to 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', but in truth, this film actually is not the sequel at all to that film. 'Shock Treatment' actually did start out production as an actual sequel to 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', but that idea was scrapped when most of the original cast could not return to reprise their roles and other problems arose. After those difficulties, they decided to make a completely different film with the two main characters from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' in a completely different movie world. The film does feature a few characters and many actors from that movie, but it is still not meant to be a sequel at all. When the film came out, audiences were not capable of understanding the film at all because reality TV was very little known at the time. This can be seen because the film was far too ahead of its time. 'Shock Treatment' is a highly entertaining film. The film, on a whole, is very humorous. The songs by Richard O'Brien are great, entertaining, and highly memorable. I mainly loved the songs "Shock Treatment", "Little Black Dress", "Lullaby", and "Look What I Did to My Id." The great performances given by Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Barry Humphries, Richard O'Brien, and Patricia Quinn are highly entertaining because of the energy they give off in their roles. The film also does well in making most of the characters and settings look as if they arrived straight out of the 1950's. I also loved many of the lines of dialogue in the film. Overall, 'Shock Treatment' is a highly underrated, comedic, and entertaining film that has many great songs.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)
½

'Dark Shadows' is an adaptation of the Gothic soap opera of the same name, and it is directed by Tim Burton. When I heard of this project, I must admit to have some decent hopes for this movie. I thought it would be very interesting to see Tim Burton helm a vampire movie. While seeing the trailer for this film, I wanted see the movie even more. The trailer made this film look as if it would be in very similar tone to 'Beetlejuice' in that the trailer made 'Dark Shadows' look like a pure comedy film like 'Beetlejuice.' After seeing the film, I must express that I had a great deal of disappointment in the film. I will say my biggest problem with the movie is how uninteresting it came across as. I often felt very bored while watching this movie.This boredom often came about during the middle parts when it felt like there weren't many interesting things going on. To be honest, I also think the movie should have stuck with the tone that was being set up by the very well-done introduction with Banabas's past. A tone that was fairly serious and dark. I think that if the film had stuck with that tone, then, the film might have been more successful in its execution. With the tone the final film has, it is fairly a mess in the wide range of tones that it has. It does not really seem to know what type of tone it wants to have. Some scenes can have a certain tone while the next scenes have an almost entirely different tone. I also noticed something strange about the movie. The movie, for about the 20 minutes after the introduction, makes it look like Victoria will be a main character because the film focuses on her for those 20 minutes. After Barnabas arrives in the movie, she almost completely disappears for most of the rest of the movie. I also did not really care for the ending where it came across as a typical action-filled Hollywood ending. Many things seemed to have come out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly as they appeared in the movie at the end. Overall, 'Dark Shadows' is a very visually impressive, but disorganized and oft-boring film.

Terror at the Opera

'Opera' is an Italian giallo film directed by Dario Argento. It is based off of an original idea by Dario Argento himself. Although, I will admit that the premise of this film still sounds almost like a Phantom of the Opera adaptation because it is about a young opera singer making her debut after a famous opera singer is unable to fulfill the role. All the while, she is being stalked by masked homicidal maniac. To be quite honest, this actually feels much more like a Phantom of the Opera movie than Dario Argento's actual Phantom of the Opera movie. At least in this movie, we actually have a masked character stalking the opera singer. After hearing about how this movie was praised as one of Argento's best, I naturally had fairly high hopes for this movie. I will admit that I did express some disappointment in the movie, but I still enjoyed it. The thing that stuck out most about the movie is the camera work and cinematography. They are absolutely creative, unique, and interesting to watch. Although, they can be rather dizzying at times as well, such as the viewpoint of the crow circling and descending upon the opera audience. As with many Argento films, the acting is nothing great, but it is never supposed to be the main focal point of the movie. Also, as with many of Argento's films, it is not entirely logical, but it still does not treat its audience as if they are complete idiots. It is also similar to other Argento films in that the murder scenes are often well done and incredibly gruesome and violent. It is rather sadistic in the way they portray Betty being tortured and forced to watch murders with needles taped underneath the eyes. It is also very stylish in the way the film is presented. I will admit that I did have extreme dislike for the ending of the movie that seemed rather questionable and confusing. Overall, this is your typical Argento fare with stylish directing and over the top violence. This is one of those movies I will not judge as if it is trying to be a fantastic movie, but I will judge it as if it were trying to be a simple and enjoyable giallo film.

The Phantom of the Opera
½

'The Phantom of the Opera' is the Hammer Horror Film treatment on the classic story by Gaston Leroux. This is mainly a remake of Universal's 'Phantom of the Opera' from 1943. This time, Herbert Lom portrays Professor Petrie, the Phantom. I enjoyed his performance and his voice because his voice is very suitable for the Phantom character. I also thought that the music for the Joan of Arc opera was absolutely wonderful. Hammer horror film veteran Michael Gough portrays the antagonist Lord Ambrose d'Arcy. I greatly enjoyed Michael Gough's scenery-chewing performance as the thieving and cruel Lord d'Arcy. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this film mainly for the music and performances by Herbert Lom and Michael Gough.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II
½

'Hellbound: Hellraiser II' is a horror film sequel to Clive Barker's 'Hellraiser' which was a mild success the previous year. This film was already put into production at the time the first was released. The director this time is Tony Randel instead of Clive Barker. I must admit that I think this is definitely one of the most violent films I have as of yet. Even though I found the gore and violence a bit much at times, I am still not really a supporter of censoring films. I suppose that the graphic nature portrayed here is not really my preference. I must admit that I, nonetheless, enjoyed the film. The aspect of the film of which I most admire is that of the portrayal of Hell. Hell, as portrayed in this film, is not the typical Christianized version of Hell with fire and Satan. Instead, Hell is portrayed as a dark and Gothic labyrinth of endless corridors which has its "god" at the center of the labyrinth. Its "god" is Leviathan instead of Satan. Leviathan is portrayed as a sort of a mysterious diamond-shaped figure at the center of this labyrinth with beams of darkness sprouting from it which causes horrifying memories and thoughts to come to mind. There is also little known about Leviathan. This Hell is designed for only the ones who opened the Lament Configuration and other portals. Those unfortunate souls are dragged into this Hell for unendurable suffering. I must admit that I enjoyed the Cenobite characters. To me, the saying "less is more" definitely applies to these characters. Because we did not see the Cenobites quite often, they still held a power over the audience with their mysteriousness. They were most interesting when we knew little about them. It was still very interesting to find out more about these characters in this film. I also give a great credit to Christopher Young's terrific musical score. The music score by Young is greatly befitting the film and does feature some subtle creativity with the first sight of Leviathan in which a horn is blaring in the background in morse code. The morse code actually spells out the word "god." Another aspect of the film I will give my praise to is the visuals. I believe that this is a great looking movie. The visuals are incredibly well-done such as in the set design and art direction. The design of the labyrinth is reminiscent of the artwork of M.C. Escher. I also most credit to the scope that the film has. It has been commented that the props and sets appear flimsy, and the effects look poor. I, however, give credit to the film due to it only have a budget of, possibly, about one million dollars. For a low-budgeted film, the film looks great. I am basing the budget on this film on the one million dollar budget of the first film because I have not been able to find the actual budget for this film. I also find it very interesting how most of the film can be seen as up to the interpretation of the viewer. One example is why Julia is pulled into the wind tunnel trap and not saved, supposedly, by Leviathan. My interpretation is that Leviathan saw her as of not of as great importance now because she brought Dr. Channard into Hell, betrayed him, and had him turned into a Cenobite. Leviathan possibly saw Channard as a much more efficient collector of souls than Julia now. This may explain why we see the scene of Channard as a Cenobite followed by the scene of Julia being pulled into the wind tunnel. The only real problem I have with the movie is the confusing plot which requires to be thought over a few times before it can make any sense to the viewer. Overall, 'Hellbound: Hellraiser II' is a well-done horror film which is atypical for the 1980s in which the main type of horror film was slasher films.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
½

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' is the third entry in the 'Harry Potter' series. It is based off of J. K. Rowling's book of the same name. This movie is darker and more mature than the first two films. That is the main thing I liked about this movie. I think that this film is even better than the first two movies in the series.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

One of the few horror films that does not sacrifice the film's story for gore and violence. This one of the two "Nightmare" films that uses your fears but not humor to make their film.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' is a 1975 cult classic musical directed by Jim Sharman. It is based off of the stage musical 'The Rocky Horror Show' by Richard O'Brien. When the film first came out, it was a great failure at bringing in audiences, but the film gradually attracted more and more audiences over the years when it was shown at midnight screenings at some movie theaters. This film is considered to have the longest theatrical run due it running continually at movie theaters since its release. I must say that I did only see this film in a home viewing instead of attending a theatrical showing so that I could truly see the movie itself. I admit that I rather enjoyed watching this film. The film is a sort of parody of B-movies. It is very easy to see the influence B-movies had on this film. One of the most entertaining and memorable things about the movie, of course, the songs. The songs by Richard O'Brien are a great entertainment to listen to. The film itself is rather entertaining and humorous. The actors also do very well in their performances. The actor who excels the most in his or her role is, of course, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. He is a great joy to watch and listen to, and he pretty much is the role. Throughout the movie, I felt capable of feeling a wide range of emotions from excitement to sadness. Overall, 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' is an highly entertaining and campy musical which proves to be one of my guilty pleasure films.

Mars Attacks!

'Mars Attacks!' is director Tim Burton's homage/parody of 1950's/1960's science-fiction and alien invasion films. It is also based off the children's Topps trading cards of the same name. I must say that I was surprised when I viewed the Topps trading cards because, at times, they seemed vastly more violent and gory than the movie. When this film came out, it did not do very well at the box-office. This can be seen as mainly due to 'Independence Day' being released earlier that same year. Critics also did not really like this film. I suppose that the film was not well-liked by many United States audiences yet it was very well-liked more in foreign countries may be due to the fact that the film seemed like it was making fun of the United States government and army at times. I, myself, actually greatly enjoyed this film. The film does very well in creating the feel of a 1950's alien invasion film. The film does have a certain type of creativity to it. I actually found myself very entertained by this film. It does have its very humorous moments. One of the aspects I loved most about the movie is the Martians. The Martians are very entertaining and humorous. You could tell director Tim Burton preferred the Martians over the humans due to how much screen time is dedicated to the Martians. They could be seen as the main reason to see the film. I also loved the music score by Danny Elfman which greatly enhances the feel of a science-fiction film. The greatest piece of music in the film is most likely from the film's incredibly well-made opening title sequence. I must admit that this movie is stupid, but it is supposed to be stupid due to it being a homage/parody of 1950's alien invasion films such as 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' directed by Ed Wood. In fact, I find it very interesting that Tim Burton released this homage to films like Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' soon after he released his terrific biopic film 'Ed Wood.' I could certainly call this a love-it or hate-it film due to how split the audience is on this film. Overall, 'Mars Attacks!' is an entertaining and humorous homage to 1950's alien invasion films, and it is definitely a guilty pleasure film of mine.

The Black Cauldron

Disney's 25th animated feature is a beautifully animated film. The darkness of the film may have frightened children who saw it, which caused the film to be an underrated box-office failure. The Black Cauldron proves to be a wonderful adventure tale for the older audiences. This film also gives us one of the best villains Disney has ever made, the Horned King.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
½

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is the second film adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book of the same name. It is directed by Tim Burton. I greatly enjoyed this film. 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is actually far more loyal to the original book than the 1971 classic 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.' The film actually uses the same songs from the book, but they are shortened. I greatly liked how they updated the children to the modern times. I liked the songs done by Danny Elfman very much. I enjoyed Johnny Depp's performance as a weird, quirky Willy Wonka, very much like in the book, but I love Gene Wilder's perfect performance far more. In my opinion, Gene Wilder will always be Willy Wonka. Overall, this is a very good adaptation of the book, but I did not enjoy it more than the first adaptation of the book.

Ed Wood
Ed Wood(1994)

'Ed Wood' is a film that is about a very strange director of many films that many people often considered the worst films. This film is directed by Tim Burton. The film mainly follows Ed Wood as he directs 'Glen or Glenda', 'Bride of the Monster', and the infamous 'Plan 9 from Outer Space.' I loved how the film shows Ed Wood's great passion for making films even when a person tells him his film is the worst he has seen. I often found that the movie was very humorous, but it still had emotion with the humor. The film is capable of going from a humorous moment to a tragic moment without a problem. I thought that the performances from Johnny Depp as Ed Wood and Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi were nothing short of excellent. Overall, I absolutely loved this film from beginning to end.

The Lion King

"The Lion King" is Disney's 32nd animated feature film. It is also the highest-grossing 2-D animated film of all time. This film is considered by many fans to be possibly the best Disney film thus far. I would not go as far as to say that. I actually saw this film as a teenager, after I am sure a majority of people had already saw it. I think nostalgia may be a factor in why people love this movie more than I do. There are a few glaring problems with the movie. Before I discuss those, I will talk about the good things. The animation is absolutely terrific in creating the African landscape. Han Zimmer's musical score is, for the most part, wonderful. Some of the comic relief is actually hilarious sometimes. I absolutely love the song 'Be Prepared', and I really enjoy the song "The Circle of Life.' I really love that Disney tried making a more adult film by basing this film on 'Hamlet.' Now on to the problems. The primary problem I find with the movie is the message it tries to get across. It started out to be a great moral. The problem arises from the way the movie tries to tell it. At the end of the film, Simba tells what he believes to be the truth, and Scar and the hyenas corner him at the edge of the cliff and threatening to kill him. While this is happening, not a single other person is trying to help him at all. When it turns out Simba did not actually kill Mufassa, everybody is trying to help him. The way it is told, it makes message to seem more like "Do not tell the truth" because we saw that nobody tried saving Simba from death at all after he did tell the truth until it turns out he did not commit the crime he thought he did. Another problem with the problem is Scar. Before he killed Mufassa and gained the throne, he was turning out to be a great and interesting villain, but after he gained the throne, he just became a whiny and highly uninteresting villain. My other problem is some of the songs. I actually did not like the songs 'Can't Wait to Be King', 'Hakuna Matata', and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight.' 'Can't Wait to Be King' is just a bland, forgettable, and forcefully comedic song at least to me. 'Hakuna Matata' is a song which feels far too out of place right after the tragic death of Mufassa. 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' is just an overly cheesy and forgettable song. Overall, this is an incredibly entertaining movie with terrific animation, an incredible song, a great music score, and some great comic relief, but it also has a few glaring problems.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' is Disney's 34th animated feature film which is often considered Disney's darkest film. It is a retelling of the dark and Gothic Victor Hugo novel of the same name. I was surprised that Disney made this film at all because it seems like a very strange choice for an animated children's film. It is also strange that Disney released this film right when they were loosing their audiences due to the underwhelming reaction from the audience and critics to the previous year's 'Pocahontas.' I do not think that was a great idea to release this dark of a film right when you are loosing your general audience, but in my opinion, I think this is an incredibly well-made Disney film. I love how Disney did not water down this film so that it lost all of its darkness. I was mostly amazed that they did not get rid of the dark theme of lust from the movie altogether. Of course, the thing I loved about the movie the most was the antagonist Claude Frollo. He was an incredibly dark and complex villain that I absolutely loved having in the movie. I also loved the songs, primarily "The Bells of Notre Dame", "Out There", "God Help the Outcasts", and "Heaven's Light/Hellfire." The animation is absolutely superb, especially in the recreation of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Overall, this is one of Disney's best films in my opinion.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a live-action adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss book directed by Ron Howard . This film stars Jim Carrey as the title character the Grinch. I often found that this film was far too mean-spirited. The colors in the movie are, strangely, darkened which gives the movie a somewhat darkened tone to the feel of Whoville. The Whos themselves also seem to go through a drastic personality alteration from the book. The Whos in this film are very often rude, competitive, and cruel to others as seen in such scenes as the Grinch's past and towards the end when the blame is being put on others of the presents being stolen. The Whos in the book always knew what the Christmas spirit was, and they did not have to be told what the actual Christmas spirit is. I am sure Jim Carrey attempts his best behind all of that make-up, but the script was not well- written and often not humorous. There are only a few humorous moments out of the entire film. There are, however, a few good things about the movie. I liked the sets that feel like they come from an actual Dr. Seuss book illustation. I also enjoyed Jim Carrey's performance. The make-up used to transform Jim Carrey into the Grinch was also well-done. Overall, this film is too mean-spirited for me to enjoy as a Christmas movie. If you want to watch the Grinch's story in a better adaptation, just watch the animated feature of the same name featuring Boris Karloff.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

'The Cat in the Hat' is a live-action adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss book of the same name directed by Bo Welch, the production designer of such films as 'Beetlejuice', 'Batman Returns', and 'Men in Black.' It stars comedian Mike Myers as the title character. This film was most likely produced due to the large success of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' at the box office a few years earlier. Just like 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', 'The Cat in the Hat' has many problems, but this film has even more problems with it than 'The Grinch.' A majority of the jokes are far too often for the adults rather than children, yet this is a children's film. Many of the jokes are far too inappropriate for children. The movie is often far too idiotic for me to enjoy whatsoever. There are only a few decent things about the movie. The sets remind me very much of the original book's illustrations, and the very scarce half-funny scenes. Overall, this is a terribly-done film that is far too inappropriate, and it disgraces the name of Dr. Seuss.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' is yet another film in the National Lampoon's Vacation series. This entry is my favorite in the 'Vacation' series for many reasons. I enjoyed how this all takes place only at their house for once. I also thought that it greatly captured many of the chaotic and insane occurrences of the Christmas season. It captured the crazy parts of Christmas very well. I also liked how it even shows the boring parts of the Christmas season. Overall, 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' is a great and very humorous Christmas film.

Alice in Wonderland
½

'Alice in Wonderland' in Tim Burton's sequel-of-sorts to the original Lewis Carrol novel. I was greatly intrigued when I first heard about this film project. I thought that the story of 'Alice in Wonderland' was perfect for Tim Burton's direction because it is a highly strange and unusual fantasy story. Upon viewing this film, I must admit that I was disappointed. The first strange thing that I noticed was the lack of the wonderful and exciting opening credits that we usually see in most of Tim Burton's films. I was also greatly disappointed in the incredible over-usage of CGI. I would think it would not be impossible to make at least a couple of sets for the Underland scenes such as the Red Queen's castle. I also did not like the far too short cameo of Christopher Lee as the Jabberwocky. This movie also lacked much of the magic that is so often in Tim Burton's films. On the positive side, the visuals are wonderful. The costumes are also very well created. I also greatly enjoyed the performances mainly given by Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Overall, this is not as good as Tim Burton's other films, but it is not his worst film.

Phantom of the Paradise
½

'Phantom of the Paradise' is a Rock musical mainly based off of the two books 'The Phantom of the Opera' by Gaston Leroux and 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde. 'Phantom of the Paradise' is also slightly based off of the 1943 film adaptation of 'The Phantom of the Opera.' It includes a part of the plot from that 1943 film in which the musical genius has his music stolen and is soon disfigured after that. 'Phantom of the Paradise' is about a songwriter named Winslow has his music stolen by Swan, a god in the music industry. Soon after he is disfigured by a record press, and he goes to the Paradise to try and get back at Swan. Winslow only will let the beautiful Phoenix, and no one else, to sing his music. I greatly enjoyed the songs and music of this film. I also thought that 'Phantom of the Paradise' was very humorous and also tragic. I very much liked the performances given by William Finley, Paul Williams, and Jessica Harper. Overall, I think that this is a very great film.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' is a fantastic film based off of Roald Dahl's original book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.' I recall that I loved this movie as a child, and I still love this movie after all this time. The absolutely perfect performance given by Gene Wilder is one of the best performances I have seen thus far. The timeless songs are still wonderful to hear with my favorite song being "Pure Imagination." This one of the most charming and greatest family films I have seen. After 40 years this is still a film that does not age, and it will probably continue to be a timeless classic.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' is the sequel to the film 'Twilight.' This is based off of Stephenie Meyer's book 'New Moon.' I thought that is had all of the problems the original had. The movie, if possible, is even more uninteresting than the first one. There are long periods of time in the movie that are painfully uninteresting. The acting is equally as bland and emotionless as of the first one. I also thought that Bella in this movie has even more unlikable qualities than in the first. This is a movie that if you did not like the first one, you will definitely not like this one.

Twilight
Twilight(2008)
½

'Twilight' is a fantasy-romance that involves a teenage girl falling in love with a vampire. This film is based off of Stephenie Meyer's book of the same name. I did not really enjoy this movie at all. I thought that a majority of the time that the acting was bland, emotionless, and lifeless. This mainly refers to the acting of Kristen Stewart whom portrays Bella Swan. Many times the movie becomes uninteresting instead of romantic. Overall, this movie often times seems very silly and is often uninteresting.

Phantom Of The Opera
½

'Phantom of the Opera' is the first film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's original gothic novel of the same name. Lon Chaney Sr. gives an incredible and memorable performance as the deformed Erik. The grand scale of the movie is incredibly impressive when compared to other movies of the time. The make-up that Lon Chaney designed himself is, so far, the closest to the description of Erik in the original novel. The only thing I did not enjoy about this movie was the ending that shows the mob beating Erik to death. My opinion is that the ending of the novel was far superior to this ending.

The Bride of Frankenstein

'The Bride of Frankenstein' is the first sequel to the 1931 classic 'Frankenstein.' It is based off of a chapter in Mary Shelley's original classic novel. 'The Bride of Frankenstein' is a rare sequel that is equally as good or even better than the original. This is a film that greatly blends dark comedy with horror. 'The Bride of Frankenstein' boasts stupendous performances from Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, and Ernest Thesiger. This is one Universal's greatest classic monster movies, if not the best. 'The Bride of Frankenstein' is surely a masterpiece on many levels.

Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan

Friday the 13th Part VIII is the point where the audience begins to wonder if this film series will ever end. The main problem of this movie is that barely any of this film takes place in Manhattan.

Friday the 13th Part VII - The New Blood
½

Friday the 13th Part VII is a little interesting, because of Jason's new adversary. After that, there is nothing else interesting in this movie.

Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning

Friday the 13th, Part V-A New Beginning is another pointless film sequel. This film has all of the exact same problems as the previous films.

Friday the 13th Part 3
½

Friday the 13th Part 3, like the other two, has multiple problems with it. A majority of the characters were very unlikable. The 3-D gimmick was overly idiotic. This film's only plot seemed to be that Jason stalks people and then murders them.

Independence Day
½

This movie seemed to be copying the 1953 classic the War of the Worlds. All of the characters in Independence Day seemed to be nothing but stereotypes. When a character died in this movie, they expected us to feel sad and sorry for them, but we can not, because they gave us too many characters to care for a single one of them. It was fun to see all of the explosions and buildings being destroyed, but after all of that, there is nothing more to care about.

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
½

This is a film sequel that should not have been made in the first place. This film has great actors, but it has a terrible story.